Learn about the latest M&A trends and deal drivers across CEE for the year ahead

Palais Ferstel
Vienna
19 April 2018
#CEEMnA18
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    • 19:00

      Pre Event Networking Drinks: 18 April 2018

      Join fellow delegates at the opening networking drinks from 7pm on the 18th April at Sky Bar for an evening of networking and entertaining ahead of the forum.

      Please add this to your registration when booking online or contact sarah.morrow@acuris.com to inquire about availability.

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    • 08:30

      Registration and Breakfast

    • 09:00

      Chair's welcome remarks

      Markus Bruckmüller
      Markus Bruckmüller
      Partner, Wolf Theiss
    • 09:10

      Keynote Presentation: CEE Private Equity -The State of the Market

      Robert Manz
      Robert Manz
      Managing Partner, Enterprise Investors
    • 09:30

      Panel: M&A Drivers and Assessing the M&A Landscape

      • Panellists will discuss the M&A trends, drivers and facilitators for deal activity in Q1 2018 and how this compares to 2017 deals. What sector have seen a recent spark in M&A activity – will this continue and has the interest from European and Asian investors continued?
      • What are the challenges investors, acquirers and advisers face and how do you mitigate them as well as stay competitive in the M&A market and what is the attraction of the CEE market compared to global M&A?
      Dr. Marcell Soós
      Dr. Marcell Soós
      Director of Investment Portfolio Management, Egis Pharmaceuticals
      Peter Mitka
      Peter Mitka
      Head of M&A, Energetický a prumyslový holding, a.s. (EPH)
      Tomasz Podgorski
      Tomasz Podgorski
      CFO, Adamed
      Igor Mesenský
      Igor Mesenský
      Partner, TPA Group
      Hedde Draper
      Hedde Draper
      Managing Director and Head of Corporate Finance Advisory (Austria & CEE), UniCredit
    • 10:20

      Fireside Chat: M&A Transaction/Deal execution

      • The speakers will discuss deal crafting in today’s M&A market and how acquirers compete to win deals in the current environment. What processes do firms follow and how are firms internally structured to find the right target?
      • How to choose an advisor and common mistakes made in the deal execution phase.
      Katja Tautscher
      Katja Tautscher
      Chief Legal & Procurement Officer, Borealis AG
      Lee Vernon
      Lee Vernon
      Senior Analyst Strategy & Group, Borealis AG
      Catherine Ford
      Catherine Ford
      Editor-at-Large, Acuris
    • 10:55

      Morning Networking Break

    • 11:35

      Panel: TMT and Digitalisation

      • This panel will explore the trend of digitalisation in the economy and how companies in traditional industries are adapting to stay relevant.
      • The technology, media and telecommunications (TMT) sector has been one of the liveliest in terms of M&A activity for some time. What opportunities and threats are disruptive technologies having on M&A?
      Krzysztof Konopiński
      Krzysztof Konopiński
      Partner, Private Equity Managers S.A. / MCI Capital S.A.
      Klaus Tutschek
      Klaus Tutschek
      Group M&A, International Affairs and Regulation, Telekom Austria
      Jacek Michalski
      Jacek Michalski
      Partner, Wold Theiss
      Thomas Haneder
      Thomas Haneder
      Partner, TPA Group
    • 12:20

      Presentation: Abandoned Acquisitions – why do some deals fail to complete?

      • Why are some deals more likely than others to fail?
      • What factors are significant predictors of deal failure?
      • What can acquirers and targets do to increase the likelihood of successful deal completion?

      This presentation, based on a 25-year study of over 78,500 worldwide M&A transactions by the M&A Research Centre at London’s Cass Business School and Intralinks, will answer these questions, providing insights, advice and sometimes counterintuitive conclusions

      Philip Whitchelo
      Philip Whitchelo
      Vice President, Strategy & Business Development, Intralinks
    • 12:40

      Lunch

    • 13:50

      Panel: Financing Trends

      • The panel will discuss the reactivation of capital markets and what sources of alternative funding is available? 
      • The panellists will analyse the DCM and ECM markets.
      • HY bonds as a mean of financing deals – are they still regard as a secondary option? 
      Zsófia Zséger
      Zsófia Zséger
      Head of Group Funding, Treasury, MOL Group
      Niklas Pichler
      Niklas Pichler
      Managing Director – Vienna, Mezzanine Management
      Kristijan Buk
      Kristijan Buk
      CEO, AZ Pension Fund
      Bozen Zivaljic
      Bozen Zivaljic
      Director, UniCredit DCM
    • 14:35

      Panel: Romanian Deal Activity

      • Why has there been an increase in deal activity in Romania and what are the hot sectors?
      • How intensively are Chinese and Asian strategic investors looking at Romanian investments?
      • Is there a valuation gap between sellers and buyers?
      Serban Roman
      Serban Roman
      Country Director, Enterprise Investor
      Dan Farcasanu
      Dan Farcasanu
      Investment Director, Resource Partners
      Jan Kocián
      Jan Kocián
      Investment Manager, Penta Investments
      Bogdan Iliescu
      Bogdan Iliescu
      Board Member, Electrica
      Cornel Marian
      Cornel Marian
      Co-Managing Partner, Oresa
      Ileana Glodeanu
      Ileana Glodeanu
      Partner, Wolf Theiss
    • 15:25

      Panel: PE Trends / Developments and the current state of the Exit Environment

      • The panel will discuss key drivers of deal flow in Central and Eastern European private equity and what they think are the drivers for investments: what factors define the companies see as attractive?
      • Cross-border buy-and-build strategies have historically been a value driver for PE – what scope is there to build portfolio companies into CEE-wide operations?
      • Hot sectors – Where are the opportunities and expert trend forecasting?
      Andrej Babache
      Andrej Babache
      Director, Mid Europa Partners
      Robert Engels
      Robert Engels
      Managing Director DACH, Aon M&A and Transaction Solutions
      Milan Kulich
      Milan Kulich
      Director - Frankfurt, Advent International
      Nikolaus Manich
      Nikolaus Manich
      Head of FSS, UniCredit
    • 16:10

      Chair’s closing remarks and networking drinks

      Markus Bruckmüller
      Markus Bruckmüller
      Partner, Wolf Theiss
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