Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Inside Geithner's Atlanta Pow Wow

On Monday morning, Treasury Secretary Geithner traveled to Atlanta, Georgia. In addition to delivering a speech before the International Monetary Conference, he meet with a group of local businessmen.

EPJ has obtained the list of firms represented at Geithner's private meeting:

 Aflac Incorporated

 Delta Airlines

 Baranco Automotive Group

Cousins Properties


Southern Company

The Coca-Cola Company

SunTrust Banks, Inc.

H.J. Russell & Company

McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP
While most of the names should be readily recognizable, here's background on the two that may not be:
H.J. Russell is a construction and real estate developer.
McKenna Long, according to its web site, has" the ability to convert change into opportunity and challenge into solution...Known for our ability to 'see more,' we meld sophisticated legal, business, and government acumen; insight into our clients’ industries and businesses; and an approach to client service that emphasizes effectiveness and value. Whether you seek to grow, to navigate an increasingly complex regulatory environment, or to manage risk, our goal is to help you achieve your vision. "
Most interesting is that under key management at McKenna Long, Alina Gorokhovsky is listed as Chief Strategy Officer, based out of Washington D.C. Her background:

Alina Gorokhovsky
 Alina has more than 20 years of experience in national and international business and public policy, working extensively with governments and the corporate sector in a wide-range of practice areas, including: public-private partnerships, energy, biodefense, risk management, government contracts, and government relations. She has helped clients strategize and implement public private partnership initiatives in transportation, health care, infrastructure, energy, IT, and government services.
In addition to her experience in legal and policy sectors in the U.S. and Europe, she has worked throughout the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), living in Russia, Ukraine, Azerbaijan, and Kazakhstan. Prior to joining the firm, she provided technical assistance to, and worked closely with, U.S., U.K., Canadian, and German Embassies, and business associations (throughout Europe and the CIS) on stimulating commercial sector development by encouraging the growth of a competitive private sector.
In Russia, Ms. Gorokhovsky worked closely with advisors to the Duma, Ministry of Economic Development and the Central Bank to provide counsel and technical assistance support for the Corporate Governance, Land, Tax, and Administrative Codes, as well as banking and economic reforms.
She sounds like she is somewhere between an insider, an economic hitman and a CIA operative. This is not an ordinary law firm.

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