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Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee Charter

The Nominating and Governance Committee (the “Committee”) of the Board of Directors (the “Board”) of Net Element International, Inc. (the “Company”), has the responsibility and authority to (i) identify individuals qualified to become Board members; (ii) select or recommend to the Board director nominees for each election of directors; (iii) develop and recommend to the Board criteria for selecting qualified director candidates; (iv) consider committee member qualifications, appointment and removal; (v) recommend corporate governance principles and a code of business conduct and ethics applicable to the Company; and (vi) provide oversight in the evaluation of the Board and each committee.

The Committee shall be appointed annually by the Board and shall be comprised of at least two (2) directors, each of whom must be determined by the Board to be “independent” under the rules of The NASDAQ Stock Market LLC ( “NASDAQ”) and the Company’s independence guidelines; provided that a director who does not meet the independence criteria of NASDAQ may, subject to the approval of the Board, serve on the Committee pursuant to, and subject to the limitation under, the “exceptional and limited circumstances” exception as provided under the rules of NASDAQ.

Each member of the Committee shall serve until his or her successor is duly elected and qualified or until such member’s earlier resignation, removal or death.  Any member of the Committee may be removed or replaced by the Board.  Unless a chairman is elected by the full Board, the members of the Committee may designate a chairman by majority vote of the full Committee membership.  The Chair shall preside at all regular meetings of the Committee and set the agenda for each Committee meeting.

In fulfilling its responsibilities, the Committee shall, to the extent permitted by law, be entitled to delegate any or all of its responsibilities to one or more subcommittees of the Committee comprised of one or more members of the Committee.

The Committee shall have the authority to obtain advice or assistance from consultants, legal counsel, accounting or other advisors as appropriate to perform its duties hereunder, and to determine the terms, costs and fees for such engagements.  Without limitation, the Committee shall have the sole authority to retain or terminate any search firm to be used to identify director candidates and to determine and approve the terms, costs and fees for such engagements.  The fees and costs of any consultant or advisor engaged by the Committee to assist the Committee in performing its duties hereunder shall be borne by the Company.

The Committee shall meet as often as it deems necessary to fulfill its responsibilities hereunder, but not less than once a year, and may meet with management or individual directors at such time as it deems appropriate to discuss any matters before the Committee.  The Committee may request that any employee of the Company attend any of its meetings or meet with any Committee member or consultant.  The Committee shall meet periodically in executive session without the presence of management.

Formal action to be taken by the Committee shall be by unanimous written consent or by the affirmative vote of at least a majority of the members present (in person or by telephone conference call) at a meeting at which a quorum is present.  A quorum shall consist of at least a majority of the members of the Committee.  Any actions taken by the Committee during any period in which one or more of the members fail for any reason to meet the membership requirements set forth above shall still constitute duly authorized actions of the Committee for all corporate purposes.

The Committee shall maintain written minutes of its meetings which will be filed with the minutes of the meetings of the Board.

The Committee shall have the following authority and responsibilities, subject to such modification and additional authority as the Board may approve from time to time:

  1. Nominating Functions
    1. Evaluate and select, or recommend to the Board nominees for each election of directors, except that if the Company is at any time legally required by contract or otherwise to provide any third party with the ability to nominate a director, the Committee need not evaluate or propose such nomination, unless required by contract or requested by the Board.
    2. Determine criteria for selecting new directors, including desired board skills, experience and attributes, and identify individuals qualified to become directors, as needed.
    3. Consider any nominations of director candidates validly made by the Company's stockholders.
    4. Review and make recommendations to the Board concerning qualifications, appointment and removal of committee members.
  2. Corporate Governance Functions
    1. Develop, recommend for Board approval and review on an ongoing basis the adequacy of the corporate governance principles applicable to the Company. Such principles may include director qualification standards, director responsibilities, committee responsibilities, director access to management and independent advisors, director compensation, director orientation and continuing education, management succession and annual performance evaluation of the Board and committees thereof.
    2. In consultation with the Audit Committee, consider and present to the Board for adoption a Code of Business Conduct and Ethics applicable to all employees and directors which meets the requirements of Item 406 of Regulation S-K promulgated by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, and provide for and review prompt disclosure to the public of any change in or waiver of such Code of Business Conduct and Ethics.
    3. Review, at least annually, the Company's compliance with the NASDAQ corporate governance listing requirements and report to the Board regarding the same.
    4. Assist the Board in developing criteria for the performance of the evaluation of Board and the committees thereof.
    5. If requested by the Board, assist the Board in its evaluation of the performance of the Board and each committee of the Board.
    6. Review and recommend to the Board changes to the Company's bylaws as needed.
    7. Develop orientation materials for new directors and corporate governance-related continuing education for all Board members.
    8. Oversee succession planning for executive officers jointly with the Compensation Committee.
    9. Make reports to the Board regarding the foregoing as appropriate.
    10. Review and reassess the adequacy of this Charter at least annually and recommend any proposed changes to the Board for approval.
    11. Perform any other activities consistent with this Charter, the Company's Bylaws and governing law as the Committee or the Board deems necessary or appropriate.
  3. Annual Review

The Committee shall review on at least an annual basis the scope of responsibilities of the Committee and the Committee's performance of its duties. Any proposed changes to this Charter or the scope of responsibilities of the Committee, where indicated shall be referred to the Board of appropriate action.

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Committee Members

Mr. Freeman is an accomplished industry veteran with more than 30 years of electronic payments and merchant services industry experience. His experience includes extensive work with agent banks, referral banks, direct sales, software integration, internet sales, dining programs, American Express, Diners Club, Discover Card, JCB and ISO/MSP programs. Mr. Freeman is currently the President of Freeman Consulting, Inc., a payments consulting firm that works with private equity groups and independent sales organizations. Prior to that, Mr. Freeman served as President of Merchant Data Systems from 2009 to 2013, Group Executive at Chase Paymentech from 2006 to 2007, and Executive Vice President at JP Morgan Chase-First Data JV (Chase Merchant Services) from 2000 to 2006.  Mr. Freeman earned a bachelor of business administration degree from the University of Miami.

Mr. Ash is an accomplished executive who served as C-level executive for a variety of high profile, international companies, including Israel Export Development Corporation, CITA Americas, BioCard Corp., IEDC Marketing and Abrams, Ash & Associates. In addition, Mr. Ash started an interest-free microloan society in 1987 that has provided more than $15 million in microloans throughout the United States and Israel.

Mr. Ash currently serves as the Chairman of Claridge Management, a private finance company, as well as a member of multiple boards of directors domestically and internationally. In addition, Mr. Ash is the only non-UK citizen serving on the Advisory Board of the E2Exchange, the Institute of Entrepreneurs. Mr. Ash is active with multiple non-for-profit and charitable organizations including One Laptop Per Child and Circle of Life Resource Center, Inc., a food bank in Miami, Florida that feeds several hundred families per week.

Mr. Ash earned a Bachelor of Commerce degree, with Honors in Accounting and Law from the University of Witwatersrand (South Africa) and a Bachelor of Accounting Honors degree from the University of Witwatersrand (South Africa).

Najarian is a professional investor, money manager and media analyst. He is a co-founder of Investitute, LLC, the industry leading options education firm that recently launched “Crypto Basics,” new educational course which covers the basics of cryptocurrency, blockchain technology, altcoins and Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs). Najarian is also a host of the International ICO Channel, a part of CoinBoost, whose goal is to bridge the divide between blockchain and mainstream media by offering distribution to traditional financial media outlets. In 2016, Najarian and his brother Pete co-founded Najarian Advisors, a company advising institutional investors on options strategies. The brothers invest in and work with start-ups via Rebellion Partners, a venture consulting firm they launched in 2015.

Najarian can be seen weekly on CNBC, where he is a cast member of the “Halftime Report” and the “Fast Money” show. Najarian is also the feature of the “DRJ Report” on CBOE-TV, the exchange’s popular webcast.

Najarian was a linebacker for the Chicago Bears before he focused his attention to trading on the Chicago Board Options Exchange (“CBOE”). He became a member of the CBOE, NYSE, CME and CBOT and worked as a floor trader for 25 years. In 1990, he founded Mercury Trading, a market making firm at the CBOE, which he sold in 2004 to Citadel, one of the world’s largest hedge funds. In 2005, Najarian co-founded optionMONSTER and tradeMONSTER – he negotiated a partnership with General Atlantic Partners in 2014, which then began a roll-up strategy, resulting ultimately in a sale to E*Trade for $750 million in September of 2016. Najarian developed and patented trading applications and algorithms used to identify unusual activity in stock, options, futures and cryptocurrency markets. optionMONSTER, an options news and education site was described by Securities Industry News as “content king of the options business.”

Since 2013, Fichman has served as a managing director of C-Anax Ventures & Advisory, where he assists early-stage companies with corporate strategy, streamlining operations, and financial analysis. Fichman is also an adjunct professor at Florida International University, where he teaches in the Business School with a focus on international management and entrepreneurship.

From 2005 to 2015, Fichman served as a senior vice president of International Business Strategy & Initiatives at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. From 2003 to 2004, he served as a director of Operations, Procurement and Insurance at the Township of Cherry Hill, New Jersey. From 1999 to 2003, Fichman was a vice president of Strategic Initiatives at Actrade Financial Technologies, where he helped create B2B banking products that were at the forefront of commercial payments. Finally, from 1997 to 1999 he was a Senior Wall Street Analyst.  Fichman received his MBA in Finance and Management from the University of Miami School of Business and Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice from the George Washington University.

Mr. Caan has been a director of the Company since October 2, 2012.  Mr. Caan served as a director of the Company’s predecessor, Net Element, Inc., from January 1, 2011 until October 2, 2012.  Mr. Caan also has been Chairman of the Advisory Board of Openfilm since October 12, 2009.  Pursuant to Mr. Caan’s advisory agreement with Openfilm, Mr. Zoi and Mr. Kozko are obligated to vote their shares in the Company in favor of Mr. Caan as a director of the Company until December 14, 2013.  Mr. Caan is an actor and director, having worked in the film and television industries for over 40 years, and he is one of the entertainment industry’s most renowned talents, having starred in over 80 films. 

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