Hussar & Co. Begins Building a Business Leaders’ Coalition in Ukraine

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Hussar & Co. Managing Director, Thomas PB Frater, has travelled to Ukraine to help build a Ukrainian Business Leaders’ Coalition in attempts to reinvigorate the Ukrainian economy and attract foreign investment. Hussar & Co. is a boutique merchant bank headquartered in New York that focuses on corporate finance and M&A advisory transactions in the CIS and CEE regions.

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Hussar & Co. was focused on Ukraine long before turmoil erupted in the region. We remain committed to the country and optimistic for its future.

Thomas PB Frater, Managing Director at Hussar & Co., travelled to Ukraine late Sunday night to help build a business coalition and facilitate dialogue between the Ukrainian business leaders and governmental officials. “Hussar & Co. was focused on Ukraine long before turmoil erupted in the region. We remain committed to the country and optimistic for its future,” said Mr. Frater on Monday afternoon.

Recognizing Mr. Frater’s expertise on Ukraine and understanding of investor appetite for the region, Fox Business News invited Mr. Frater to appear on After the Bell, on Monday evening ( As Mr. Frater works to bring the business leaders of his coalition before members of Parliament in Ukraine and governmental officials in Washington, D.C., he will make additional appearances on the Fox network.

Hussar & Co. is a boutique merchant bank that focuses on the CIS and CEE regions. “The problem is that these markets are often overlooked by international investors. Companies seeking capital are left with very limited alternatives. They can either take on costly debt from local lenders or they can offer equity to some of the oligarchs in the region.” Mr. Frater explained that strong companies – those with solid gross margins and robust revenue growth face complicated struggles in tapping the global capital markets.

Mr. Frater affirmed, “We started this company because we believed that we could help businesses fulfill their growth plans and help spur development in traditionally less developed countries. Now that the political situation has significantly deteriorated, our mission has become even more important. We are committed to the region and to Ukraine for the long haul.”

Through Mr. Frater’s leadership, he is forming a coalition of Ukrainian business leaders to work towards establishing a sustainable and free democracy in Ukraine. Together, the coalition members will liaise between Ukrainian officials and officials in the United States, Western Europe and the NGO community to facilitate stability and improve Ukraine’s fragile political and economic spheres.

Mr. Frater and his partners have over 50 years of experience working in emerging markets. They are neither deterred nor frightened by the near-term picture. “We’ve been here before. We were here in the early nineties and we are here in 2014, I am confident that the community of business leaders can greatly contribute to helping return Ukraine to its growth trajectory.”

About Hussar & Co.
Hussar & Co. is a New York based boutique merchant bank delivering advisory services in the areas of corporate finance, mergers & acquisitions and capital formation to emerging Europe. While our focus remains in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), our partners’ expertise constitutes a truly global presence beyond the borders of our mandates.

Some of the most resilient and versatile companies in the world reside in the CEE and CIS regions, many of which have persevered throughout the global financial crisis, avoided EU contagion, organically achieving success, and are poised for expansion in the coming years. Hussar & Co. delivers a unique bespoke advisory service, developing a strong understanding and connection with its clients that lasts well beyond the capital raising process.

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