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 Richard Branson: Iran emergence one of the most exciting things happening in the world

richardBranson.jpgRichard Branson, founder of Virgin Group, has been an optimist about the talks leading to an Iran deal - and he proved to be right.

Back in March 2014, he wrote a piece in the Virgin official website titled "Optimism over Iran". He writes: "One of the most exciting things happening in the world today is Iran being brought into the global community".

"The international community should embrace, welcome and celebrate what looks like being one of the most important foreign policy breakthroughs of our generation", he continues. (Also after Lausanne agreement in April 2015 he writes another piece congratulating all parties involved).

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 Accor hotels enters Iran and starts its first hotel operations

accor-iran-axisAccor, Europe's largest hotel group by number of rooms, has started the operation of their first four-star Axis hotel in Tehran - Financial Times is reporting.

This is the first time since the revolution 36 years ago that a western company has started managing a hotel in Iran. A five star Axis Prime is also set to open nearby in the same airport complex.

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 London firm First Frontier signs MOU with Tehran brokerage firm Agah

agah-first-frontier.jpgAgah Group, a Tehran-based financial firm, and First Frontier Capital a London-based boutique investment bank, has announced an MOU to work together on producing research reports on the Iranian stock market.

According to Nicholas Banszky Chairman of First Frontier this partnership is in response to an increasing number of requests from their institutional clients who are preparing for a time when relations between the West and Iran are normalized.

Agah Group is listed in the Directory of Iran Investment Opportunities with the code PB206

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 Renaissance Capital chief economist visits Iran and writes this report

RobertsonCharles.jpgRenaissance Capital's Global Chief Economist Charles Robertson has visited Iran back in March 2014 and published an interesting report after his visit.

"The past 10 years have seen global investors reach into previously untapped markets, from local-currency corporate bonds in emerging markets to equities in frontier markets ... We believe Iran would represent the last such opportunity globally, in an investable scenario. No other country is as large or as untapped."

"Unlikely as it may sound, stock market capitalisation is roughly $170bn (similar to Poland) after a wide-ranging privatisation drive over the past decade. The free float on the main market is closer to $30bn, which is above the MSCI free floats of Kuwait and Nigeria. This would make it equivalent to roughly 25% of the MSCI frontier index if all companies qualified for inclusion. On the local exchange's data, daily trading volumes are around $150mn. This compares with $26mn in Nigeria in 2013. There are no Iranian barriers to foreigners investing in the market: foreign brands from Coca-Cola to Danone are in the country."

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 Italian $1 billion shoemaker Geox CEO visits his Iran operation

geox-iran.jpgThe Italian public shoe-maker Geox, with a $1 billion valuation, has been operating in Iran since 2008. Recently their chairman visited Iran and provides interesting details on their Iran operation.

Through partnership with their Iranian partner Caspian Mode, with seven shops in four different cities, they have already sold around 85,000 pair of shoes and 15,000 of different clothes. They expect this to double in the next few years.

Geox Iranian partner, Caspian Mode, is listed in the Directory of Iran Investment Opportunities with the code XJ174

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 American venture capitalist Schroeder re-visits Iran and writes a report

chris-sh.jpgAmerican venture capitalist and tech entrepreneur Christopher Schroeder has been visiting Iran in the past year and has been publishing fantastic reports about his visits.

Back in May 2014 he writes a report in Harvard Business Review titled "What It's Like Being a Business Traveler in Iran":

"We almost immediately learned that Iran is an astoundingly lovely place, with very little of the deep poverty one sees intertwined into the societies of most emerging markets ... We didn't see a fraction of the religious tension we expected. Everywhere we went, people came up to us even on the streets, tourist spots and restaurants to say hello, to thank us for being there, to express affection."

At the same time he writes a more tech-centric post for the tech website Pando. And a couple of weeks ago he writes a new piece in Politico. All of them are fantastic reads.

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 Jay Pelosky of J2Z Advisory visited Iran and writes in FT

jaypelosky.jpgJay Pelosky, a senior global macro strategist and principal of the advisory firm J2Z Advisory, has recently visited Iran and shared his views in this Financial Times article

"On the ground, Iran reminded one of earlier economic and market transitions such as Latin America at the turn of the 1990s or Russia and central Europe in the mid-1990s. ... However, Iran has some unique characteristics that suggest a nuclear deal could stimulate an accelerated transition", he writes in FT.

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 US advisory firm FSG writes a report on Iran post-sanctions

fsg-logo.jpgFrontier Strategy Group, an advisory services firm for emerging market executives, has surveyed 28 of their clients on their approach to Iran.

Although the survey is conducted back in May and before the deal, it still has some great insights on the thinking of multinational firms to approaching Iran business opportunities. (Make sure to follow their fantastic Iran analyst Matthew Spivack on twitter @IMaSpiv)

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 Lebanese entrepreneur and investor Samer Karam visits Iran

samer-karam-iran.jpgLebanese entrepreneur and angel investor Samer Karam recently visited Iran and signaled his interest in investment opportunities in the tech sector.

"Iran has the infrastructure, resources, talent, culture, and passion to become the leading startup ecosystem of all of the Caucasus, Arab World, and Central Asia. I will surely invest in Iran, and so should you." he said. He visited and had a presentation at AvaTech, a startup accelerator in Tehran.

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 UK firm Charlemagne Capital raising fund to invest in Tehran stock market

turq-charl.jpgCharlemagne Capital, a London-based emerging market asset management group with about $2.5 billion under management, and Turquoise Partners, a Tehran-based financial services firm, have teamed up to establish funds that will invest in the Iranian securities markets - Reuters is reporting.

Charlemagne expects the fund initially to raise over $70 million from global investors, increasing beyond $200 million in the short term - Dominic Bokor-Ingram, portfolio adviser at the firm said.

Turquiose Partners is listed in the Directory of Iran Investment Opportunities with the code PB202

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