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Iran: Open for Business?

DWF are pleased to host the first in a series of Iran debates, in conjunction with New Sparta Events and Mazars.

With its spectacular endowment of oil and gas, it is easy to forget that decades of isolation have forced Iran to diversify its economy to the point that oil and gas only account for 25% of GDP. How, then, has long term isolation affected Iran’s other sectors and how will these sectors negotiate their reintroduction to the global market? Potential investors and businesses are enjoying a new found freedom, but what are the challenges facing those looking to enter the biggest market to hit the global stage since the fall of the Soviet Union?

Date: 19 May 2016

Time: 8.00-9.45am

Location: DWF, London 

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  • What unforeseen risks should be on the agenda for business in Iran; remaining sanctions, corruption, OFAC, infrastructure and investor ties with the US?
  • Are financial services ready for the influx of investors and new business?
  • Iran hopes to be a future hub for regional business and trade, but how will it cope in this first year of no sanctions with recent elections showing major gains among moderates?
  • Do remaining sanctions show that Iran might not be a sound investment yet?
  • Outside of oil & gas, where is Iran going to see the strongest growth and investment?
  • How is a lack of reliable market data going to affect planning for new ventures in Iran?

The panel will include;

  • Lord Lamont, Former Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy to Iran and Chancellor of the Exchequer
  • Vahid Alaghband, Founder, Balli group and Chairman, Iran Heritage Foundation
  • Oliver Bolthausen LL.M. FCIArb, Executive Partner, DWF LLP - @Law_Bolthausen 
  • Liam Halligan, Editor at Large, bne IntelliNews (Moderator) - @LiamHalligan 
  • Rudi Lang, Leader Global Financial Institutions Group, Mazars  
  • Andy Wragg, Senior Manager, Lloyd’s International Regulatory Affairs

To book your place, please visit the New Sparta Events site here. To receive the early bird discount, book before 21 April.


Oliver Bolthausen LL.M. FCIArb

Executive Partner (Germany)

I am a dispute resolution specialist and highly experienced Arbitrator/Mediator. I advise on a full range of real estate transactional work and German corporate/commercial law.

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