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Through different employers and connections, Robert D. Strahota, 1969, Ann Wallace, 1986, and Theodore ‘Ted’ Urban, 1974, are coincidentally sharing their financial market expertise with the government of Ukraine during the fall of 2009. The CUA law alumni are shown here in the capitol city of Kiev.  


Helping an Independent Ukraine Create Bull Markets


The Ukrainian chapter of the Catholic University law school alumni association grew to at least three this fall, as a trio of highly experienced graduates found themselves by happenstance working at the same time in the capitol city of Kiev.

The CUA alums, Robert D. Strahota, 1969, Strahota Capital Markets, LLC; Ann Wallace, 1986, chief of party, USAID Capital Markets Project; and Theodore ‘Ted’ Urban, 1974, an urban independent investment banking professional and former general counsel and executive vice president at Ferris, Baker Watts, Inc; were all in Kiev for the same purpose: to share their expertise with Ukrainian government officials on how to build prosperous capital markets.

As head of the USAID Capital Markets Project in Kiev, Wallace oversees a 20-person office charged with creating a vibrant and effective financial sector that will facilitate economic growth and reduce the risks to a sound pension system.

Strahota is currently in the country on a consulting assignment to advise the Ukrainian government and regulatory authorities on the "dematerialization" of their securities certificates, i.e., electronic record keeping. Urban is advising local officials on the regulation of Ukraine's nascent private (non-state funded) pension fund system.

Although the three alumni did not overlap at CUA during their law school careers, they made a point to get together in the city of Kiev for a group photo. It was sent to Professor David Lipton, director of CUA’s Securities Law Program, with a note expressing their regret at being unable to attend the annual securities law alumni association luncheon on Nov. 12.