Rahul Diddi has worked as a financial advisor on Ukrainian, Russian and Kazakh transactions since 1990

U.S.-Ukraine Business Council (USUBC), Wash, D.C., Wed, Sep 8, 2010

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Carolina Capital Markets Inc. (CCM), a FINRA regulated US based broker-dealer specializing in trading bonds worldwide,
has been approved for membership in the U.S.-Ukraine Business Council (USUBC), the USUBC executive committee announced today on behalf of the entire USUBC membership of over 130 companies and organizations who have business operations, investments or other development programs in Ukraine.

Carolina Capital Markets, Inc (CCM) specializes in fixed income brokerage and independent research services for institutional accounts. The firm was founded in 1994 and is a correspondent of Clearview LLC, a subsidiary of BB&T Corporation.

Rahul Diddi will represent Carolina Capital Markets, Inc. on the USUBC board of directors. Mr. Diddi is a Series 7 & Series 63 registered representative at Carolina Capital Markets Inc. He has worked as a Financial Advisor on Ukrainian, Russian, and Kazakh transactions since 1990.

In Ukraine, Mr. Diddi has concluded several transactions such as $35 million sale of Ukrainian VAT bonds (2004), $30 million debt financing to a Ukrainian bank against a consumer loan pool (2005), sale of a 10% stake in Kievoblgaz (2002); equity stake sales in Slavutich, Zakhidenergo, Dnipropetrovsk Pipe, Mironiv Feed Plant and others. He is presently working on transactions related to the 2010 Ukrainain VAT tax bonds.

Rahul maintains active relationships with several Russia/Ukraine-oriented Institutional funds and strategic investors in these sectors and has worked in New York with Russian Investment Banks such as Sovlink and US NASD brokerage house H. Rivkin & Company (1998-2004).

Mr. Diddi worked as a consultant on a US AID funded project (1994-95) advising the Republic of Moldova in the mass privatization of large enterprises. He also worked on several projects funded by The World Bank (Restructuring of a large Electric lamp manufacturer in Moldova; 1996) and The Asian Development Bank (Development of the wool industry in Kazakhstan; 1997).

He worked as a financial advisor at the Austrian Bank Creditanstalt Bankverein in New York and advised clients such as Sheraton ITT, Transammonia Corp. and others on hotel and infrastructure (port) financings in Russia and Ukraine.

Mr. Diddi completed Executive Training in M&A at The Wharton School of Finance (2008), and was a graduate fellow at Western Michigan University (1984-85), where he earned a Masters degree in Business Administration (MBA) in Finance (1985).

He holds a M.S. with distinction (Mechanical Engineering) from The Russian Friendship University in Moscow, Russia (1983). Rahul is fluent in Russian and served as the simultaneous interpreter for President Gorbachev at the Reagan-Gorbachev Summit in Washington DC (1987; C-SPAN TV).

"Rahul has spent considerable time in Ukraine this year this working with his major focus being the 2010 Ukrainian VAT bond issue. He has clients who have an interest in possibly buying the VAT bonds. Rahul has developed a considerable list of contacts in Ukraine over the past few years," according to Morgan Williams, Director, Government Affairs, Washington Office, for the SigmaBleyzer Private Equity Investment Management Group, who serves as President of USUBC.

"Rahul came to a USUBC meeting in New York in June and discussed the VAT bond program in Ukraine. I then met with him in Kyiv in July. USUBC is very pleased to have Carolina Capital Markets, represented by Rahul Diddi, as a new member. USUBC looks forward to working with Rahul to improve the business climate in Ukraine, to get Ukraine fully open for business, to develop the financial markets, and for the expansion of his work in Ukraine," said Morgan Williams.

INFORMATION: Additional information about Carolina Capital Markets can be found at The e-mail contact for Rahul Diddi is: rahul (at)

One-Hundred Thirty Members, September 2010, Membership in January of 2007 was 22.
The complete list of USUBC members can be found at:

[1] Anders Aslund, Senior Fellow
Peterson Institute for International Economics, Washington, D.C.

[2] Ariel Cohen, Ph.D, Senior Research Fellow
Allison Center for International Studies,
Davis Institute for International Studies,
The Heritage Foundation, Washington, D.C.

[3] Keith Crane, Senior Economist
Rand Corporation, Washington, D.C.

[4] James Greene, President
Effective Engagement Strategies, LLC, Washington, D.C.
Former Head, NATO Liaison Office Ukraine

[5] Anatoliy Kinakh, Head
League of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs of Ukraine
Member of Parliament of Ukraine, Kyiv, Ukraine

[6] David Kramer, Senior Transatlantic Fellow
The German Marshall Fund of the United States
Washington, D.C.

[7] Leonid Kozachenko, President
Ukrainian Agrarian Confederation (UAC), Kyiv, Ukraine

[8] William Green Miller, Senior Policy Scholar
Woodrow Wilson Center, Washington, D.C.
Former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine

[9] Steven Pifer, Senior Fellow
The Brookings Institution
Senior Advisor, Russia & Eurasia Program, CSIS, Washington, D.C.
Former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine

[10] Dr. Edilberto Segura, Partner, Chief Economist
SigmaBleyzer Private Equity Investment Group
Chair of the Advisory Board of The Bleyzer Foundation, Kyiv, Ukraine

[11] Keith Smith, Senior Associate
Europe Program, Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)
Former U.S. Ambassador to Lithuania, Washington, D.C.

[12] William B. Taylor, Jr., Vice President, Peace & Stability Operations
United States Institute of Peace, Washington, D.C.
Former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine

[13] Damon Wilson, Vice President
Atlantic Council of the United States, Washington, D.C.

[14] James Wilson, Director
EU Ukraine Business Council (EUUBC), Brussels, Belgium

For Year 2010 (

[1] Margarita Karpenko, Managing Partner
DLA Piper Ukraine LLC, Kyiv, Ukraine

[2] Michael E. Kirst, Regional Vice President
Central/Eastern Europe and Russia
Westinghouse Electric Company, Brussels, Belgium

[3] John R. Miller, Director,
International Business Development, Europe, Israel, Sub-Sahara
Raytheon International, Inc., Arlington, VA

[4] Dr. Irina Paliashvili, President and Senior Counsel
RULG-Ukrainian Legal Group, P.A., Washington, D.C./Kyiv, Ukraine

[5] Andrew A. Pidgirsky, Chairman, Board of Governors,
Ukrainian American Bar Association (UABA), Houston, TX

[6] Samir B. Sahgal, Director, International Operations
Washington, D.C. Operations, The Boeing Company, Arlington, VA
Treasurer, USUBC

[7] Diana Sedney
Manager, International Government Relations
Policy, Government and Public Affairs, Chevron Government Affairs
Chevron, Washington, D.C.

[8] John F. Steele, Director, International Government Affairs
Eli Lilly and Company, Washington, D.C.

[9] Vanessa Stiffler-Claus, Director, International Affairs
John Deere Public Affairs Worldwide, John Deere, Washington, D.C.

[10] Patrick H. Sweet, President
Sweet Analysis Services, Inc. (SASI), Alexandria, VA

[11] E. Morgan Williams, Director, Government Affairs, Washington Office
SigmaBleyzer Private Equity Investment Group, Washington, D.C.
Chairman, Executive Committee, USUBC, President/CEO, USUBC

[12] Van A. Yeutter, Vice President, Corporate Affairs
Cargill, Washington, D.C.

[13] Jack I. Heller, Attorney at Law
Heller & Rosenblatt, Washington, D.C.
Legal Counsel, USUBC