US, France duke it out for Iranian business
The relaxing of US sanctions against Iran for six months has led to fresh trade rivalry between American and French companies. [...]
The US aeronautical company, which moved its headquarters from Seattle to Chicago in 2001, is in both the civil and military sectors, like its European rival Airbus. At the heart of the US defence industry, Boeing has powerful contacts in Capitol Hill and at the White House.
Chief executive of Blenheim Capital since its foundation in 2006, Grant Rogan has been active in the Gulf since the 1980s. His father, Richard Grant Rogan, was already a connoisseur of the region. Middle East director of Northrop Grumman in the 1970s, he was a regular contact of Adnan Khashoggi, the famous Saudi arms dealer. His son, Grant, quickly opted to specialise in the discreet offset sector [...]
Aaron Frenkel is today one of the most influential commercial middlemen in the area of the former Soviet Union. Through his company Loyd's Aviation Group (no link with the Lloyd's insurance market), he facilitates the sale of Western aircraft manufacturers like Dassault, Cessna, Embraer and Pilatus in eastern European markets and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS, ex-Soviet Union). In ad [...]
Engineering firms that install French missiles and electronic components on foreign-owned or outdated French materiel are leaving France one by one to set up shop in countries where there are fewer controls on defence companies. The departure of companies such [...]