2017 Speakers included
Ron Given is the Co-Managing Partner of the Wolf Theiss office in Warsaw. He previously served the firm as the head of the Croatia office and as a resident senior partner in the Czech Republic and Ukraine offices. He joined Wolf Theiss in 2008 after a long career as a corporate and banking partner with the international law firm Mayer Brown. He also served for several years as the general counsel of a NASDAQ-listed, Bermuda-based international insurance holding company.
Krzysztof Krawczyk is a Head of Warsaw office at CVC Capital Partners, one of the world’s leading private equity and investment advisory firms. He is also a board member of CVC's two Polish portfolio companies, PKP Energetyka and Zabka.
Krzysztof has over 20 years of successful track record in European private equity and he served on the boards of numerous private and publicly-listed companies in telecom, media, manufacturing, logistics and healthcare sectors throughout CEE region.
Prior to joining CVC, Krzysztof was Managing Partner at Innova Capital, a leading mid market private equity firm in Central Europe. Krzysztof also worked at Pioneer Investment, a Poland-based private equity fund, and Daiwa Institute of Research, an advisory arm of Japanese investment bank Daiwa. He is a Vice President and Treasurer of Polish Private Equity Association and co-founded and co-chaired its LBO Committee in the past.
Krzysztof holds a degree (with Honors) in Finance & Banking from the Warsaw School of Economics. He is also an alumnus of Executive Program at Harvard Business School. Krzysztof has been awarded a PE Person of the Year for 2014 by members of Polish Private Equity Association.
He has over 20 years of experience in investment banking in Poland and CEE gained in numerous privatizations, M&A and ECM transactions and private placements. He specializes in advisory to financial sector. Jacek Chwedoruk supervised the privatisation of the first Polish companies including the first five companies listed on the Warsaw Stock Exchange. He is a founding member of Polish Institute of Directors and a member of the Polish Business Roundtable. He joined Rothschild & Co in 1992.
Ludomir Biedecki has extensive experience in share and asset transactions, mergers and other forms of corporate combinations. He also specialises in capital markets, both equity and debt (IPOs, SPOs, management stock options programmes, public takeovers, squeeze-outs, delistings, issuances of bonds, etc.).
Entrepreneur, financial crime and compliance advisor and leader in the area of regulatory risk. Pawel is an expert in compliance and anti-money-laundering with extensive experience conducting global projects for international financial institutions and cooperating with supervisory authorities. He is also the chairman of the Compliance Association of Poland and a member of the advisory board of the International Compliance Association.
Kinga is Managing Partner and Founder of Experior Venture Fund, responsible for Fund’s operations, including deal sourcing, value creation and mentoring in investments, supervision of exits from investments, obtaining debt financing for portfolio companies as well as for relations with the Fund’s private investors and KFK.
Kinga has been working in investments and finance for the past 17 years. Her experience encompasses direct equity investments (private equity and mezzanine) as well as investment banking (M&A, capital raising in the form of private and public equity, financing) and investment supervision. Today she sits on the boards of XTRF Management Systems, Tourmedica, iTaxi, Luna Lang, WeGirls, Custom (Tylko), Perfect Dashboard and Cosmose.
Prior to EVF, she was Global Head of TMT at Raiffeisen Investment in Vienna from 2007 to 2009. She started her career in banking at Salomon Smith Barney (Citigroup, London) and followed on to become a Manager in Equity Capital Markets team of ING Barings, with responsibility for the EMEA region. In 2001-2007 she was a Principal Banker at European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (London and Warsaw), where she led equity investment and structured financing projects across the TMT and infrastructure sectors. She was responsible for supervising selected assets of EBRD’s equity portfolio.
Kinga is the Vice President of the Polish PE Funds Association (PSIK). She is member of the European Innovation Council - High Level Group. She is active in supporting women led companies – Kinga is a mentor in Vital Voices and Foundation for Women Entrepreneurship.
Artur heads the Polish investment banking effort at Goldman Sachs and is the director of Goldman Sachs International, Warsaw Branch. He joined Goldman Sachs in 2006. In his role, he has originated and led several of the landmark transactions in the Polish/CEE market across products (M&A, ECM and DCM) and various industries. Prior to joining Goldman Sachs, Artur worked at Lehman Brothers and ABN AMRO. He earned an MBA from IESE Universidad de Navarra, Spain.
Kimberly Romaine works with a small number of clients in the private equity space providing corporate communications services such as marketing, public relations and investor relations. She has 16 years' experience in private equity research and publishing, and her 'sweetspot' is the mid-market in the UK and Central & Eastern Europe. Kimberly holds an MSc (Hons) in Political Economy from the London School of Economics and a BSc from The College of New Jersey.
Paweł Padusiński is a Partner at Mid Europa Partners and has more than 10 years of private equity experience. Prior to joining the team in 2005, he worked for the corporate finance department at PricewaterhouseCoopers in Warsaw. While at Mid Europa, he was involved in various deals in healthcare (Luxmed, Diagnostyka, Alpha Medical), retail (Allegro, Żabka), manufacturing (Norican), and telecomunication (Bite).
Paweł holds an M.A. in Finance & Banking and M.A. in Strategic Management with Honours from the Warsaw School of Economics. He is also a Chartered Financial Analyst.
Piotr Noceń is a co-founder and Managing Partner at Resource Partners. Prior, he was Director at The Carlyle Group and Investment Director and Partner at 3TS Capital Partners where he led and co-led 3 investments in telecom, media and financial services.
Before joining 3TS Capital Partners in 2001, from 1999 to 2000, Mr. Noceń was Executive in PricewaterhouseCoopers’ Financial Advisory Services department in Warsaw, as part of the Central European team focusing on merger and acquisition lead advisory projects. He began his career in 1997 as Junior Equity Analyst at Deutsche Bank Research (formerly Deutsche Morgan Grenfell).
Piotr earned his M.Sc. in Finance and Banking from the Warsaw School of Economics and has also completed post-graduate studies in International Economics at the same University.
Krzysztof Urbański graduated from the Warsaw School of Economics in 1996. Since then, his career is devoted to mergers and acquisitions. He spent his first 8 years at the corporate finance advisory arm of mBank (Commerzbank Group) and the next 3 years at Societe Generale. He became Mergers and Acquisitions Director of Orange Polska in 2007 and restructured its capital group. The largest transactions he realized are: the acquisition of Eurobank and the disposals of Emitel and of Wirtualna Polska.
Horst Ebhardt, Partner and Head of the Practice Group Corporate / M&A at Wolf Theiss, specializes in complex cross-border M&A transactions, privatizations and restructurings in Austria and throughout the CEE/SEE region. He regularly advises clients from a broad range of industries, including financial institutions, life sciences and private equity, on corporate finance and governance matters. Over the last 12 years, Horst has served as the lead attorney on approximately 90 transactions, several involving a value of more than EUR 1 billion. In addition to his practice, Horst teaches an M&A program at the law school of the University of Vienna. He is admitted in Austria and holds an LL.M. degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science.
Mr. Muzyczyszyn joined Innova in 2008. He spent the previous three years as a Director of Darby Private Equity running the Polish office. His responsibilities included mezzanine financings and private equity investments across multiple sectors and countries in CEE. Prior to joining Darby, he spent over eight years in total with Allianz Specialized Investments, where he was part of a team managing the Emerging Europe Fund.
Mr. Muzyczyszyn’s chief responsibilities include leading the Portfolio function which oversees the development process for Innova’s investments. He is also engaged in coordinating the financing & debt raising for new investments and for portfolio companies. He has co-led investments in Meritum Bank, Expander Advisors and Bakalland/Delecta.
Mr. Muzyczyszyn holds a Master’s Degree (Distinction) in Law from the University of Warsaw and an MBA from Cass Business School in London. Leszek is a President of the Polish Private Equity Association.
Piotr Babieno – CEO of Bloober Team S.A. Since 2006, he has served as managing developer in companies creating games on next generation consoles. He is a lecturer, member of the Program Board and the co-creator of the program and the syllabus of the postgraduate course "European Academy of Games" organized by the Jagiellonian University in collaboration with the Academy of Mining and Metallurgy. In 2009, thanks to the extensive experience and knowledge of new technologies, has been appointed as an expert for "Technology Perspectives Krakow - Malopolska 2020" - Foresight.
He has a 10-year professional experience in private equity and investment banking in Warsaw and London. He has worked for such renowned institutions as Citigroup, Penta Investments, and CAG, and presently is working for MCI Capital/Private Equity Managers. During his professional career he has been involved in over 20 investment projects, both on the buy-side and the sell-side (as the owner or an advisor). The major transactions that he has taken part in are as follows: the take-over of 100% of the shares of Mobiltek/Dotpay and 51% of the shares of eCard, the investment in and then – the disposal of non-controlling interest in Netia, the preparation and the disposal of the shares of Mediasoft Polska (eBroker) and other projects attended by such companies as Bakalland, MK Żary, Promedica24 and the Iglokrak Group. He manages Helix Ventures Partners fund and is in charge of investment projects at the MCI.EuroVentures 1.0 fund.
Bartłomiej Gola, General Partner SpeedUp VC Group
He's involved in early-stage project implementation in the areas associated with martech, marketplace, IoT, fintech and hardware. He has a wealth of experience in the marketing & advertising industry – he went through all the career positions all the way up to managing partner of the BLT Group (co-founder and shareholder) and TEQUILA\ Poland. He's been in the startup sector for over 8 years; starting as an investor in several initiatives implemented by other business partners, he's a co-creator of about a dozen technology startups. His knowledge and experience help support portfolio companies in the business model development and testing, managing and creating business strategies as well as negotiations. He preps them for acquiring consecutive rounds of funding and supports them in the sale of shares, and cooperation with big business partners. For the last couple of years, Bartłomiej has been intensively supporting the development of the Polish startup community.
Peeter Saks is the Managing Partner of BaltCap and Member of the Management Board of FinanceEstonia. BaltCap is the leading private equity firm focusing on mid-market buyout and expansion capital investments the Baltic States. BaltCap has strong presence in all three Baltic countries with local offices and experienced team of 20 investment professionals. To date BaltCap has managed several generations of private equity, growth capital and infrastructure funds with total capital of EUR 300 million and has made over 75 investments and 40 exits in various sectors across the Baltics. Peeter’s past positions include CEO of the Baltic investment bank Suprema Securities, Chairman of Tallinn Stock Exchange and Manager at Price Waterhouse. Mr Saks received his MA in Economics from the Tallinn Technical University and additional education from INSEAD and HBS.
Ondřej joined Genesis Capital in 2007 from the position of Account Manager with Ogilvy Public Relations Prague where he specialized in financial sector clients. He began his cooperation with Genesis Capital as a turnaround manager in one of the portfolio companies Vltava.cz. Since then, he has been involved in GTH Catering, AZ KLIMA, Servodata, JRC Czech, HSW Signall and 3070 projects.
An entrepreneurial executive with strong experience in investment fund services, business development and commercial leadership, Fèmy joined JTC Luxembourg as a Director in 2016.
Prior to this, he was the Executive Managing Director and Conducting Officer of another Luxembourg based fund administrator and also worked in a senior role with a ‘big four’ firm and a telecoms group as well as founding his own consulting business in West Africa.
Fèmy currently has management responsibility for an international client portfolio and supervises a team involved in the administration of their associated accounting, tax and legal requirements and is a CSSF approved conduction officer.
He is also the Vice-President of Luxembourg Africa Investments Association (luxafrica.org), an association promoting Private Equity investments in Africa and a qualified Chartered Accountant.
Qualifications - Masters Degree, Commercial Engineering, HEC, Belgium Masters Degree, Audit and Finance, HEC, Belgium Qualified Luxembourg Expert-Comptable.
Przemyslaw is a Managing Director and Head of the Polish office at Mezzanine Management, the first dedicated mezzanine fund manager for Central and Eastern Europe. It manages four funds with total funds under management of EUR 700 million and over 45 investments to date.
Prior to joining Mezzanine Management, Przemyslaw was with Ernst & Young ‘s Corporate Finance and Audit departments. He currently seats on boards of Dominium, PEM, Primocollect, Spearhead, Flucar and Netia.
Entrepreneur since 1985. For the past 20 years, Venture Capital/Private Equity investor, co-founder and Group Managing Partner @ MCI CAPITAL – one of the leading European private equity groups with focus on technology and digitalization.
Managed funds, with assets under management at USD 600 M, have portfolio companies across Europe; between London and Moscow, Stockholm and Tel Aviv. Currently, 50% of companies are outside of its origin market – Poland. Portfolio companies all come from disruptive digital economy sectors: fintech, SaaS, IoT, e-commerce, marketplaces.
MCI Capital has over 17 years of track record, with over 30 exits, and IRR above 23%. Latest milestone transaction, was the sale of INVIA, regional (CEE) champion in e-travel, in 2016 after 8 years of management, with realized 46% IRR and 11x return on primary investment.
Other major elements of the portfolio include: iZettle, MarketInvoice, Gett, Windeln, Indeks, KupiVIP and a number of market leaders in Poland: ABC Data, ATM, Dotpay, Morele.
Jacek Levernes is a senior executive with 20 years of leadership experience working across CEE, Europe and globally. His specialties include general management, operations, outsourcing & offshoring, strategy, business development, as well as investment growth and restructuring.
Currently he is the CEO of Finteco - a holding dedicated to building a specialized financial services and technology provider, owned by a leading global investment management firm and a premiere Polish/CEE private equity house.
He is also the co-founder and President of the Association of Business Service Leaders (ABSL) in Poland - an organization representing 220.000 sector jobs and 180 large investors like IBM, HP, Google, McKinsey, Infosys, Sony, Shell, Thomson Reuters, UBS, Credit Suisse, Citi, Bertelsmann, Cap Gemini, State Street, Accenture and Goldman Sachs.
He has studied, lived and worked in Norway, Poland, Spain, Belgium, Switzerland, Singapore and the USA.