Meet the speakers
Michal Kedzia, Partner at Enterprise Investors, concentrates on the FMCG, financial services and healthcare sectors. He is also responsible for investments in Slovenia and Croatia. Michal’s most important projects up to date include Dino, Intersport, Nu-Med and X-Trade Brokers. In 2018 he closed two new significant deals in Croatia: Pan-Pek and Studenac. Prior to joining EI in 2007, Michal worked in the mergers and acquisitions team at Ernst & Young (today EY) in Warsaw.
Mr. Karpukhin is a Managing Director at the New York-based asset management firm, The Rohatyn Group (TRG), based in London and making private equity investments across CEE. Mr. Karpukhin has completed and exited investments in many sectors, including pharmaceuticals, retail infrastructure, and consumer. He currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Prestige, the market-leading confectionary manufacturer in Bulgaria, and Chairman of the Advisory Board at Pet Network, a CEE pet care retail group.
Prior to joining TRG, from 2006 to 2013, he was an investment officer at Citi Venture Capital International (CVCI). At CVCI, Mr. Karpukhin led private equity investments throughout the EMEA region and Russia/CIS and served on the Boards of Directors of four portfolio companies. From 2000 until 2006, Mr. Karpukhin was with Booz Allen, a leading global strategy consultancy, based in London, where he led a variety of strategic and operational assignments for global clients in the retail, consumer, telecommunications, and oil & gas sectors.
Mr. Karpukhin holds an MS degree in Mathematics and Artificial Intelligence from Moscow Engineering and Physics Institute and an MBA from Duke University. He is an enthusiastic follower of developments in a broad range of technologies and a keen investor in technology start-ups.
Ivaylo Slavov is a highly qualified entrepreneur and corporate executive specialized both in developing start-up and established organizations. He has more than 20 years of international experience in the fields of Information Technology, Financial Services, IT-Outsourcing, Business Process Outsourcing and Human Resources.
Ivaylo Slavov co-founded BULPROS in April 2010 and for 9 years under his leadership the company grew at a very fast pace and continuously doubled its size, year over year. Currently BULPROS has over 1200 employees in 19 offices across North America and Europe. Its offerings include Industry Digitalization, Cyber Security, Digital Workspace, Cloud and Support Services, Technology Services and Sales Services, with focus on Manufacturing, Professional Services, Telecommunications, Healthcare, Retail, Financial Services and Insurance.
In 2018 Ivaylo Slavov has been confirmed as the new Chairman of the Bulgarian Outsourcing Association. In 2017 and 2018 he was recognized by Deloitte and Manager Magazine as one of the top 10 managers in Bulgaria. He was also selected as a member of the Board of Directors of American Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria (AmCham).
Mr Secci is a Vice President at J.C. Flowers & Co. Prior to joining the firm in 2013, Mr Secci was an investment banker in the Financial Institutions Group of J.P. Morgan in London.
Mr Secci serves on the Board of Directors of First Bank in Romania (formerly Piraeus Bank Romania) and the Supervisory Board of GroupFinancière CEP in France. Mr Secci played a key role in J.C. Flowers’investments in Acuon Capital (South Korea), Eurovita Assicurazioni (Italy), Interactive Investor (UK), Lunis (Germany), UK General Insurance (UK) and VallBanc (Andorra).
Mr Secci studied at Bocconi University in Milan where he received a bachelor’s degree magna cum laude in Business Administration and a master's degree magna cum laude in Finance.
Igor Stebernak graduated from the University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Electrical Engineering and obtained Executive MBA degree from Clemson University, South Carolina, USA.
In his career he worked most of the time in financial sector – in SKB bank, Societe Generale Group and as a Board Member in Triglav insurance and Abanka. His current position is Member of the Management Board of Petrol, the biggest energy company in Slovenia. He is responsible for finance, accounting, controlling, IT, BI, risk management, project management and back office. As a member of the Association of Supervisors of Slovenia he was a Member of Supervisory Boards in several companies.
Luiz Rossato was appointed Executive Vice President and Head of Corporate Development in October 2017. Luiz joined Magnesita Refratarios in 2008 and was the Vice President of Legal, M&A and Institutional Relations, as well as responsible for Corporate Communication, being a member of the Executive Committee of Magnesita Refratários from 2012 until 2017. He graduated in law at Mackenzie Presbyterian University, in Brazil. He worked in renowned law firms in Brazil, including Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. and Quiroga Advogados. He was also a corporate lawyer and company secretary at Abyara Real Estate Planning until the beginning of 2008. In 2012 Luiz was received the General Counsel of the Year – Latin America Award by the International Law Office – ILO, and in 2013 he attended the Advanced Management Program at Wharton University in the United States.
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.
Franjo Bobinac has wide international experience in various business functions. Mr Bobinac is an accomplished leader with in-depth theoretical and practical knowledge, an extensive comprehension of the consumer products industry and with excellent leadership skills.
Mr Bobinac completed his MBA studies at the Ecole Superieure de Commerce in Paris. During his career, he was Managing Director at Gorenje’s branch office in Paris from 1993 to 1998. After Gorenje’s transformation into a Joint-stock company in 1998, he became a member of the Management Board of Gorenje, d. d. in charge of sales and marketing for the following 5 years. In 2003, he was for the first time appointed President of the Management Board of Gorenje, function that he performed until March 2019. In 2018 he was appointed also Vice President for Marketing of Hisense International Co. Ltd. and as an Honorary Consul of Monaco.
Mr Bobinac is also President of the Handball Association of Slovenia and a member of the Supervisory Board of the IEDC Bled School of Management. He is also a member of European Trilateral Commission and occasionally lectures at various institutions at home and abroad. Mr Bobinac was awarded the decoration of Knight of national order of merit of the Republic of France. He received the award of the Chamber of Commerce of Slovenia for exceptional economic achievements in the year 2009 and the medal of Janez Vajkard Valvasor for economists granted by the Jožef Stefan International Postgraduate School.
Michal is an Investment Director at KKCG, a Prague-based financial group with EUR 3 bn+ under management. He oversees the firm’s investments in the technology space where he currently focuses on building-up a Czech-Slovak IT services market leader. On the VC front, Michal set-up Springtide Ventures (EUR 60 mn in-house venture fund focusing on CEE and Israel) and co-invests with JAZZ Venture Partners (USD 400 mn Silicon Valley-based fund focusing on human performance technology). Michal has degrees from the London Business School and Prague School of Economics.
Markus Bruckmüller is the Co-Managing Partner of the firm's office in Slovenia. He is specialized in corporate/M&A, banking & finance and real estate. His experience includes advising on numerous large-scale M&A transactions, cross-border banking and finance projects, and real estate transactions. He regularly holds internal and external lectures on aspects of M&A transactions and restructurings, for example at the Wolf Theiss School of Excellence and for the Ljubljana Faculty of Law.
Markus is admitted to the bar in both Austria and Slovenia.
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 forInnova’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, ExpanderAdvisors, Neomedic, Bakalland/Delecta and OSHEE.
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.
Mr. Andrea Moneta is Senior Advisor Italy and Operating Partner FS for Apollo.
Before joining Apollo he worked, inter alia, as Divisional CEO and Group CFO in leading financial service groups, including Aviva and UniCredit, and served as Head of Strategic Planning at the ECB.
He has held board positions in more than 35 listed and non-listed companies across 15 countries in US, Western Europe, CEE, CIS, Turkey and the Middle East.
John McNaughton is involved in international banking business and mergers and acquisitions for the Expobank Group. He is currently sitting on the Board of Directors of Expobank Russia (formerly Barclays Bank), Expobank Czech (formerly LBBW) and Expobank Serbia (formerly Marfin Bank). Expobank is currently seeking to expand its banking franchise throughout Europe and the CIS through acquisitions. Mr McNaughton has been with the group since 1997.
Csaba is the Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Day One Capital. As the COO, Csaba oversees the daily operations of Day One and therefore has played an integral role in the structuring, negotiation and consummation of all Day One investments to date. His current portfolio includes Optoforce (now merged to OnRobot), Oradian, Commsignia, Nowtechnologies, Kinestica, Talk-a-Bot and AImotive. As the former Minister of Economy in Hungary, a senior regulatory expert in the National Bank of Hungary and in the Diplomatic Mission of Hungary to the OECD, Csaba brings over 15 years of regulatory and financial experience, a strategic mindset and a wide international network. Csaba holds a Diploma in Law from the Eotvos Lorand University, Budapest, Hungary.
Director, joined CVC in 2014. Jakub is a member of the CVCEastern Europe & Middle East team and is based in London.
Prior to joining CVC, he worked at Advent International and atSociété Générale.
Jakub graduated from UCLA and holds a BA degree in business economics.
Mr. Mäki is the Managing Partner of 3TS and is primarily responsible for general management of 3TS. Previously, Mr. Mäki was the Managing Partner of Red Catalyst Ltd., a strategic business development consultancy and an investment boutique. He has also been an entrepreneur and executive in management consulting and with advertising agencies across Central and Eastern Europe and in Finland. A true European Mr. Mäki speaks five languages and has studied at Helsinki University of Technology, IESE Business School in Barcelona, Universidad Complutense in Madrid and Wirschaftsuniversität in Vienna.
Brian Wardrop has been originating, executing, monitoring and exiting private equity investments in Central and Eastern Europe ("CEE") since 1997.
Mr. Wardrop is Managing Partner of ARX Equity Partners, which is a private equity firm with a 20-year track record supporting the growth and development of mid-sized companies in select Central European countries. With more than € 300 million raised in four funds, ARX has become a leading private equity firm in its segment in the Central European region.
Prior to joining ARX, Mr. Wardrop was a Principal and head of the Prague office with sector specialist private equity firm, Baring Communications Equity (Emerging Europe).
Mr. Wardrop holds a Master’s degree from Boston University and a Bachelor’s degree from Bishop’s University. He is also a graduate of the Owner/President Program at Harvard Business School.
Mr. Wardrop is also an active supporter of the non-profit social enterprise sector via his roles as a board member of NESst (which is a non-profit organization focused on developing sustainable social enterprises in emerging market economies), and as a member of the investment committee of Tilia Impact Ventures (which is the first fund in the Czech Republic investing in social enterprises).
Catherine Ford is the Editor-at-Large for the events division of Acuris. She is a consultant editor to event programmes, and engaged in the development of timely editorial content for global corporate finance, M&A and capital markets related conferences and events. She routinely moderates discussion panels at conferences across the region. She has worked for Acuris since early 2002, holding a number of senior editorial roles in the company’s European, US and Asia-Pacific head offices.