An expert seminar on the business opportunities of Finnish companies in today’s Estonia

17. mai, 2012

On 6th of June at 12:30 entrepreneurs are invited to Scandic Marina Congress Center reflecting on the question “Should we also expand to Estonia?”

The ground for developing business relations between Finland and Estonia is now better than ever. As the rest of Europe will be struggling with over-indebtedness and low economic growth for a long time to come, our nearest neighbour Estonia is one of the least indebted countries in Europe and its economy is growing fast once again. The country has plenty of creativity, courage and perseverance forged through history. The lack of trade unions is said to be “the Estonian Nokia”, and in addition to the flexible labour force also the tax system is supporting entrepreneurship and investment. Is the Estonian miracle just an illusion and pure luck or is it, after all, the result of skill, courage and determined pioneering spirit? We know the answer to this and will be more than happy to share our experiences with you as well.

Welcome to listen how the nimble “Baltic tiger” is preparing for a new leap and how your business may benefit from its success.


12:30–13:00 Registration
13:00–13:10 Opening remarks
Mart Tarmak, Estonian Ambassador to Finland
13:10–13:35 Success factors of the Estonian economy
Peeter Kross, Rector Emeritus of Estonian Business School
13:35–14:00 Estonia: looking for a role in Nordic financial services
Priit Põldoja, Chairman of the Board ofFinanceEstonia
14:00–14:25 What attracts in the Estonian taxation system?
Pekka Puolakka, Managing Partner with SORAINEN
14:25–14:50 From an Estonian to a Nordic firm 
Margus Schults, Managing Director at Tallink Silja
14:50–15:10 Coffee break
15:10–15:35 A Finn leading an Estonian company
Tero Taskila, President and CEO of Estonian Air
15:35–16:00 Why to invest in Estonia? Perspective of a private equity investor
Peter Fagernäs, Chairman of Hermitage Group
16:00–17:00 Q&A and a panel discussion: How is Estonia preparing for a new leap and when will it happen?
17:00–… After the seminar the guest will have the opportunity to continue the discussion with the presenters at a dinner – We invite you to indicate on the registration form whether you wish to participate (at the Scandic Grand Marina).

The expert seminar will be held by SORAINEN, a leading law firm in the Baltics, and by the most prestigious Estonian school of economics the Estonian Business School, in co-operation with the Estonian centre for export promotion Enterprise Estonia (EAS), the Estonian Embassy, and the Finnish-Estonian Trade Association. The organisers of the event reserve the right to modify the agenda. Presentations will be held in English and Finnish.

The seminar will be held on Wednesday, 6 June from 12:30 to 17:00 in Scandic Marina Congress Center (Katajanokanlaituri 6, Helsinki).

To attend, please register by 17:00 on 25 May 2012 with the enclosed registration form or by sending an e-mail to Participation fee for the expert seminar is EUR 75 + VAT. Additional charge for the dinner is EUR 40.

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