The Ukrainian company Milkiland had been ignored and effectively passed down with respect to a crucial development loan from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD). Milkiland sought out help. The challenge was to overcome the network of interests that were blocking the EBRD from assessing the request of Milkiland on the face of it.
The strategy was for us to simulate a check and balance mechanism in a more private context, within the nature of EBRD, being positioned in between the public and private domain. We co-ordinated the relevant playmakers and acquired a detailed awareness of EBRD’s internal politics. We delicately navigated the assortment of economic and political objectives and obligations. We put forward that the behaviour of the EBRD was contrary to the purpose of the organization. By prejudicing the position of a Ukrainian company, it was acting against the stated objective of helping Ukraine become a stand-alone market economy.
High end political access
The result was a tremendous 30 million dollar loan for Milkiland. This achievement was the consequence of a careful triangulation of sensitive political and private interests. Legal and institutional certainty, and ethical business behaviour, are now a cause for enhanced development prospects in Ukraine.