26 March 2018

EM’s Tom Blackwell Joins Advisory Board of Hong Kong Blockchain Industry Association

EM, the leading financial, corporate and digital communications advisor for emerging markets, announces that its CEO Tom Blackwell has been appointed as an advisor to the Hong Kong Blockchain Industry Association (香港區塊鏈產業協會).

Says Tom Blackwell: “The explosion of blockchain-based businesses and interest in token offers over the last year has played to a number of EM’s strengths, including our constant drive to be at the forefront of digital trends and innovation. The Hong Kong Blockchain Industry Association has been created at the right time with an important agenda, and I am honoured to have been invited to act as an advisor and representative for the Russian market.”
Rex Wong, Founder and CEO of the Hong Kong Blockchain Industry Association, said: “A global organization such as ours demands the highest quality advisors from around the world, making Tom a perfect fit, given his outstanding communications and digital credentials in Russia, and prominent standing in the blockchain community.”
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31 March 2018

O2 performs as consultant in Alpha Bank and Sbarro deall

O2 Consulting has joined the deal of Alpha Bank’s purchase of Sbarro, the Russian master franchisee.

We are glad to officially confirm the information of closing the deal of selling of Sbarro Rus LLC (the Russian master franchisee of American pizza restaurants chain of Sbarro) to Alpha Bank.
We hope that this asset will become a new step in development of retail chains for Alpha Bank structures, while our client who sold the asset will open new horizons to reach. We express our gratitude to the great team of O2 Consulting led by Karen Melik-Shakhnazarov for the perfect performance on the project.
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24 January 2018

Davos World Economic Forum 2018: Future of Fintech discussion moderated by EM’s Tom Blackwell

Our partner Tom Blackwell is moderating the Future of Fintech discussion in Davos. Speakers include: Spiros Margaris​, Campbell Bethwaite, Greg Thain​, Brian Pallas​ and Vladislav Martynov​.

EM comes to you live from Davos for a discussion of the future of financial innovation with some of the sharpest minds in the business. Join EM CEO Tom Blackwell during the World Economic Forum annual meeting to hear cutting-edge thinking on fintech, blockchain, cryptocurrencies, ICOs and much more. Here’s a fragment of Davos 2018 Panel discussion of the ‘Future of Fintech’.

26 December 2017

European Excellence Awards announced EM Communications among Top Five Agencies

EM is delighted to have been named among the top five Agencies of the Year by the European Excellence Awards.

We are pleased to congratulate one of the members of the KeyICO consortium – EM Communications – who have recently been named one of the top 5 Agencies of the Year by the European Excellence Awards! We are proud to be working with the leading specialists across all fields!.

10 December 2017

Interview at BNE IntelliNews given by KeyICO representatives

Ben Aris from BNE IntelliNews took an excellent interview with blockchain expert and co-founder of KeyICO Pavel Sukhachev and Vladimir Dobrynin, CEO of an awesome US-based tech startup.

The market for ICOs is exploding. Investors have poured over $3bn into more than 200 ICOs this year, according to data from, and the tech-savvy Russia is a major player in the game. At the crossroads between crowdfunding and traditional IPOs, Russians already account for a disproportionately high share of ICOs. Hype or revolution? Still in its infancy, the question of where the blockchain technology will go remains an open question. BNE IntelliNews' editor-in-chief Ben Aris caught up with three experts on the topic in Moscow:
  • Pavel Suhachev, co-founder of KEYICO, an international consortium providing a turnkey solution including legal, marketing and financial expertise to companies looking to ICO.
  • Vlad Dobrynin, CEO of Humans, a US-based online business, which brings together people offering their skills and people in need of jobs done. Humans plans to provide additional services in the future, ranging from blockchain backed financial services, peer-to-peer lending, sharing of goods and assets, currency exchange, promotions and advertising.
  • Tom Blackwell, CEO of EM, a leader in financial communications of IPOs coming out of Russia and the CIS. EM is also involved in several upcoming ICOs.
Please follow the link to listen to the podcast:, iTunes

8 December 2017

Cryptospace Conference in Skolkovo: attended by KeyICO team

The KeyICO team attended the Cryptospace Conference on December 8 in Skolkovo, the largest Eastern Europe Blockchain and Cryptocurrency Conference.

We made many new contacts and held a number of successful meetings with potential clients. A great event and effective networking!

1 December 2017

О2 Consulting has been included in top three companies in M&A market in 2017

On 30 November during the 7th National M&A Congress, O2 Consulting was mentioned among the three best legal firms working in Russian M&A market in 2017.

O2 Consulting won the third place in Russia M&A Awards as Best Russian legal company in the M&A market. Mr. Kanr Lidgiev, the Managing Director of Preqveca, handed the award to Karen Melik-Shakhnazarov, the Head of International Jurisprudence of O2 Consulting.

5 November 2017

Tom Blackwell at GCTN

On 2nd November Tome Blackwell, EM's CEO, gave a live interview in Global Business program for the leading Chinese GCTN channel

In this interview that took place in Beijing, Mr. Blackwell talks about bilateral trade and the development of Russia-China relations.