CEE M&A and Private Equity Forum

room Intercontinental Warsaw
  • 19:00

    Warsaw Skyline Cocktail Reception - 28th September 2021

    Warsaw Skyline Cocktail Reception - registration required 

    • Date: 28th September 2021
    • Time: 19.00
    • Venue: Wolf Theiss, Mokotowska Square, 49 Mokotowska Street, Warsaw

  • 09:00

    Registration and coffee

  • 09:40
  • 09:45

    Keynote Presentation: Private equity key trends

    Private equity firms remain a key driver of European M&A, buoyed by a healthy financing market, and extensive amount of dry-powder available to deploy.   

    Barbara will explore the impact of COVID-19 on fundraising, buyout and exit trends in the CEE region.  

  • 10:05

    Panel: Deal activity in CEE

    In 1Q21 M&A activity in CEE reached EUR 8.5bn (121 deals) by value, representing a 49.7% increase compared to the same period last year (EUR 5.7bn, 115 deals). This represents the region’s highest first quarter figure since 1Q13 (EUR 10.6bn, 109 deals). Dealmaking in CEE this year has been driven by several larger transactions led by foreign investors. 

    Despite ongoing challenges including further waves of COVID-19 and subsequent lockdowns as well as global trade tensions and growing regulatory pressure, M&A activity is likely to accelerate in 2021 as both pulled processes return and new processes enter the market. Competition for premium assets is fierce, leading to more aggressive dealmaking including a rise in pre-emptive bids.  

    This session will explore how changes to FDI screening is likely to affect cross-border M&A activity in CEE regions. The impact of COVID-19 on pricing and valuations and the sectors likely to emerge strongest from the pandemic. 

    Kerim  Turkmen
    Kerim Turkmen Partner, Mid Europa Partners
    Wojciech Janczyk
    Wojciech Janczyk Managing Partner, Oakbridge Capital Advisors
  • 10:50

    Networking break

  • 11:20

    Fireside Chat: Day in the life

    Hear a Head of M&A discuss how their daily routine from corporate strategy, deal origination, execution, and integration has been impacted by COVID-19 and what trends are here to stay.

  • 11:45

    Panel: Strategic portfolio management – New business model

    The pandemic has caused many companies to reconsider their portfolio strategies, both with a shorter-term focus on generating liquidity but also on refocusing to ensure they are prepared for future market disruptions. Divesting non-core businesses can help to rebalance and potentially fuel growth.  

    This session will explore the expected rise in corporate divestitures and the benefits and challenges of different strategies including spin-offs and carve outs, including public IPOs.  

  • 12:25

    Networking lunch

  • 13:25

    Presentation: Integrating ESG factors into VC/PE investment considerations

    Over the last few years sustainability has climbed higher not only on the agendas of management boards but also consumers, employees and regulators, puting emphasis on the importance of taking the environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors into consideration while making VC/PE investment decisions. The development is certainly also driven by LPs who tend to put much more emphasis when it comes to the ways ESG impact is measured by the GPs. Moreover, incroporating ESG factors into the investment decision making process is increasingly seen as a question of value-generating business development rather than merely a risk mitigation.

    Małgorzata  Walczak
    Małgorzata Walczak Investment Director PFR NCBR CVC, PFR Ventures
  • 13:45

    Panel: Poland adapting to a new deal-making environment using technology

    That pandemic acted as the catalyst to accelerate digital transformation as companies and investors across all industries sought to maintain business operations in a new remote environment. It has become clear that strong technological competency has helped ease the pressures of conducting deals remotely but moving forward, how can technology be used to gain competitive advantage and successful outcomes? How Poland is dealing with technology now, compared to 20 years ago? 

    This session will explore how Polish firms can utilise advanced technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), big data and web analytics to make smarter and more efficient decisions and gain deeper insights throughout deal origination, due diligence, and portfolio monitoring processes.


  • 14:25

    Networking break

  • 15:05

    Panel: Digitalization and innovation – the future of retail

    Digital transformation is not a new trend, the continued growth of new technologies has been dubbed the fourth industrial revolution. But in many industries, like retail, the adoption of these technologies remained relatively low, until the pandemic drove companies to adapt their footprint to futureproof their strategy. With both corporates and sponsors looking to invest in innovation, digital enabled businesses across all sectors could prove ripe targets for acquisition.  

    This session will explore which sectors and sub-sectors have shown resilience throughout the crisis and are likely to continue to see growth.  

    Paweł Malon Managing Director, Stability Capital
  • 15:45

    Panel: Private equity: would you buy it?

    Our panel of PE heavyweights debate hypothetical investment opportunities to explore the various approaches to the deal process, value creation strategies as well as sector views.

    Stepan Karpukhin Managing Director, The Rohatyn Group
    Ivan Zhivago Partner, LetterOne Health
  • 16:25
  • 16:30

    Networking drinks reception