HVCA 23rd Annual Investment Conference – Invitation

Dear CVCA Members,

The Board of HVCA is kindly invite you to the 23rd Annual Conference of the Hungarian Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (HVCA), which will be held on October 7, 2022, at the Budapest Marriott Hotel.

This one-day event brings together more than 150 participants representing private equity funds, Funds-of-Funds, venture capitalists, CEOs of PE-backed companies, Banks, ambitious start-ups, business angels and more.

Main topics:

  • COVID, war, sanctions; the economic impacts of all of them on the economy
  • Challenges of Hungarian Start-up Investing
  • The challenges and rewards of cross border, co-investment
  • Life after exit of the financial investors
  • Workforce recruitment, retention, and motivation

For further information on the event please click on the below link:

HVCA 23rd ANNUAL INVESTMENT CONFERENCE 2022

For immediate registration please click on Registration

The member companies of CVCA will receive 20% discount of the conference participation fee. Please indicate the 20% discount in the registration form by ticking the box- discount for CVCA members-.  Please note that the registration fee contains intermediate services (catering), to this the discount does not apply.)

Kind regards,

Katerina

ESPIRA Fund exits Czech call center ICON Communication Centres

ESPIRA Investments (ESPIRA), a Prague-based private equity firm investing growth capital in SME companies based in Central Europe has exited ICON Communication Centres s.r.o. (ICON), a Czech multilingual business process outsourcer (BPO) to yoummday GmbH, the marketplace and technology platform that matches independent entrepreneurs with companies needing customer service talent.

ICON has provided international companies with outsourced customer operations functions since 2003. The company was co-founded by CEO Helen Hickin after identifying Prague as an ideal nearshore location due to its geography, advantageous price point, and the depth of multilingual talent available. ICON is capable of providing complex customer interactions in 30 languages and counts several of the world’s most well-known travel, telecommunication, and education technology companies within its client portfolio.

ESPIRA and ICON’s executive management team acquired ICON in 2019 in a management buy-out transaction that aligned with the private equity firm’s diversity-oriented investment focus. Emília Mamajová, ESPIRA’s Co-Founding Partner, stated “Our goal together with the management team was to develop ICON on the international arena as a successful independent provider of high value-added services – and over the past three years Helen and her team have succeeded in reaching this objective. We congratulate them and wish the team continued success in their partnership with yoummday.”

“Over the past twenty years, the BPO sector has changed significantly, and our investment cooperation with ESPIRA was key to strengthening ICON’s positioning in this fast-changing environment. Through innovative technology, yoummday has found an exciting new way for companies to outsource operations with greater flexibility. Now is the right time for ICON’s next phase of evolution and yoummday is the ideal partner to ensure ICON’s clients continue to benefit from innovative delivery solutions”, states Helen Hickin, CEO, ICON Communication Centres.

The purchase of ICON is yoummday’s first acquisition which accelerates the company’s international expansion as it seeks to disrupt traditional BPO and contact centre models. ICON brings significant benefits and expertise with respect to native-level multilingual capability, global reach, and B2B customer experiences.

“The acquisition of ICON furnishes the opportunity to strengthen our growth strategy, which is predicated on integrating traditional BPO operators into our own proprietary marketplace platform. We look forward to working with the ICON team and weaving their unique capabilities into the yoummday brand”, emphasized Dr. Klaus Harisch, CEO and Founder of yoummday.

ICON’s C-Team will continue to operate alongside yoummday, and the ICON brand remains in in operation for the foreseeable future.

The transaction was concluded on the 20th of July 2022 and the parties have agreed not to disclose the financial details of the transaction.

Dentons advises on the sale of Affidea

Global law firm Dentons has advised private investment firm B-Flexion and Affidea Group on the sale of the Group to Groupe Bruxelles Lambert.

Founded in 1991, Affidea is the largest European provider of advanced diagnostic imaging, outpatient, and cancer care services. Under B-Flexion’s ownership, the company has grown from 120 to over 320 centers across 15 European countries. With more than 11.000 professionals in its network, Affidea provides services to almost
12 million patients annually.

“Our team is delighted to have helped B-Flexion and Affidea for the next phase of the Group’s growth,” said Rob Irving, Co-Head of the Dentons’ Europe Corporate and M&A Group, who led the legal team on the transaction. “This deal showcases Dentons’ capabilities in major cross-border transactions throughout Europe, as well as in highly specialized and regulated sectors such as healthcare.”

“We were pleased to have had Dentons by our side to facilitate a smooth and efficient sale process,” said Carole Ducrest, General Counsel of Affidea Group. “With their broad experience and capabilities in both the healthcare and private equity sectors ensured that they were ideally positioned to support this strategic important transaction”.

Partner Rob Irving and Senior Associate Kamran Pirani co-led Dentons’ cross-border team on the deal, supported by associates Sebastian Ishiguro and Brigitta Kovács (Budapest); partner Petr Zákoucký and senior associate Adam Přerovský (Prague); pharmaceutical consulting director Maria Samolińska-Hojda and counsel Adam Odojewski (Warsaw); partner Perry Zizzi and counsel Doru Postelnicu (Bucharest); partner Ilaria Gobbato, with senior associates Ferdinando Bonofiglio and Carla Piccitto (Milan); partner Nieves Briz and counsel Natalia Ontiveros (Barcelona); associate Natalia Palomar (Madrid); partner Dogan Eymirlioglu, counsel Cisem Altundemir and associate Denizhan Uslu (Istanbul); partner Namik Ramić and associate Jade Serres (Luxembourg).

 

Genesis Capital finalised the fundraising of its new PE fund

Genesis Capital, one of the most established institutional private equity players in Central Europe, has finalised the fundraising of its new fund, Genesis Private Equity Fund IV (GPEF IV), reaching its maximum hard-cap of EUR 150 million. It is already the sixth private equity fund of Genesis Capital in over 22 years since its establishment.

The final closing of GPEF IV concluded with the EUR 15 million commitment from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), which has returned to the Czech Republic after a pause of 13 years. Anne Fossemalle, Director, Equity Funds at the EBRD, said: “We are excited to support SMEs and mid-cap companies in the Czech Republic in partnership with Genesis Capital, with whom we have a long-standing relationship. The investment strikes right at the heart of the EBRD’s strategy for re-engaging in the Czech Republic in line with the strategic priority to support economic recovery from the Covid-19 crisis, by providing equity support for Czech companies and supporting development of alternative funding sources.”

“The most robust and ambitious fundraising process in the Genesis Capital history has been successfully completed, with GPEF IV reaching its maximum hard cap. We are glad to see the appetite from our long-term institutional investors but also from new reputable parties, some of them investing in the Czech Republic for the first time. We are especially happy to welcome back EBRD on their return to the Czech Republic,” comments Ondřej Vičar, Managing Partner at Genesis Capital Equity.

GPEF IV attracted commitments from a number of other renowned institutional investors: the European Investment Fund (EIF), Česká spořitelna bank (member of the Erste group), two insurance companies of Vienna Insurance Group, asset managers Amundi Czech Republic, Raiffeisen Investment Company, Sirius Investment Company, RSJ Investments, Swiss fund-of-funds Alpha Associates, pension funds of the Lithuanian group INVL, family office SPM Capital and a pension fund of a renowned global firm.

The entry of EBRD brings the total number of institutional LPs of current Genesis funds to 13 investor groups. “Through the continuous growth of assets of our funds combined with an expansion and balanced diversification of their premium institutional investor base, Genesis Capital continues to position itself as a leading institutional private equity platform within its core region of operation,” Ondřej Vičar adds.

In a similar manner to its predecessors, GPEF IV will invest in established companies with an attractive growth profile. It will focus on situations where successful founders are considering suitable successors, or are looking for capital to grow their businesses, expand internationally or invest in innovations, or alternatively on cases where multinational groups looking to divest their non-core business units are searching for a suitable partner. The fund will invest across a wide range of industries, but with preference for sectors where Genesis Capital funds have had a strong historical track record. These include B2B services, light and medium manufacturing, IT services and specialised retail/e-commerce and consumer-oriented services.

Dentons advises GeneProof

Dentons advises GeneProof on merger with American Laboratory Products Company

Global law firm Dentons advised Radek Horvath and Miloš Dendis, the founders of GeneProof a.s. (“GeneProof”), a leading Czech molecular diagnostics company, in connection with its combination with American Laboratory Products Company, Ltd., a US specialty in vitro diagnostics company, leading to the establishment of ALPCO Group.  The main shareholders of the new group will be Ampersand Capital Partners, a US private equity fund, Radek Horvath and Miloš Dendis.

GeneProof provides customers with technologically advanced solutions in the field of molecular in vitro diagnostics of serious infections and genetic diseases. The ALPCO Group aims to become a global market leader in the diagnostic products market, with broad capabilities spanning novel immunoassay testing kits, real-time PCR testing products, and automated laboratory instrumentation solutions.

Partners Jan Procházka (Prague) and Ilan Katz (New York) led Dentons’ legal team on the transaction. The team included Daniel Hurych, Vojtěch Novák, Adam Přerovský, Petr Kotáb, Ondřej Valeš, Blanka Crháková and Michal Pelikán (all Prague).

Commenting on the transaction, Jan Procházka said: “We are delighted that we have had the trust of GeneProof´s founders to advise them both in the US and the Czech Republic on this transaction.  This deal is part of the inspirational story of two Czech entrepreneurs, who have developed unique technology and know-how and now have taken another bold step to achieve their vision.”

Radek Horvath, the CEO of GeneProof, said: “We were grateful to have Dentons by our side. Their overall performance and cooperation across borders was stunning and I believe they were vital for the success of the transaction.”

ARX acquires Brebeck Composite

ARX Equity Partners (“ARX”), a Central European lower-mid market private equity firm, today announces the completion of the majority acquisition of Brebeck Composite s.r.o., a Czech headquartered manufacturer of composite products from carbon fiber (“Brebeck” or the ”Company”). The financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Brebeck was founded in 2011 by Thomas Brebeck and Marcel Benda, in order to utilise Mr. Brebeck’s extensive track record and expertise in carbon fiber manufacturing in Germany over almost 20 years. Brebeck is now one of the leading European manufacturers of carbon fiber parts and components, used mainly in technically demanding motorsport activity and automotive applications.

In addition to its facility in Senov, Czech Republic, Brebeck also operates internationally through its wholly owned subsidiary in Deggendorf, Germany. The Company generates annual sales in excess of €10 million, with more than 160 employees. Brebeck’s customer base includes several prominent word-class players in the motorsport market, such as KTM AG, BMW AG, Porsche AG and Audi AG.

Moving forward, both founders will retain a significant minority stake in the Company and Mr. Brebeck will continue to drive the further growth and development of the business. The Company’s primary strategic focus will remain centered around servicing its blue-chip, anchor customers in the motorsport and automotive industries while also broadening its product offering to customers in the aerospace market.

Bird & Bird’s Prague office is relocating

Bird & Bird’s Prague office is relocating to Karlín.

After almost 15 years in the Czech market, Bird & Bird’s Prague office will relocate to Missouri Park in Karlín, Prague 8 in October later this year.

Missouri Park is part of the River City Prague urban district project developed by real estate company CA IMMO located on the banks of the Vltava River close to Florenc metro station.

“We have outgrown our current office in the Prague city centre. When looking for new premises we wanted to ensure that the new location not only suited our further growth requirements but above all reflected our core values – a dynamic, innovative, and responsible law firm. At Missouri Park we found everything we were looking for – modern tech facilities, smart energy solutions, as well as a healthy workplace for our people set in city greenery,” says Ivan Sagál, Managing Partner of Bird & Bird for Czech Republic and Slovakia.

“We are starting an exciting new chapter for Bird & Bird in the Czech market and our new office will no doubt support further development of Bird & Bird’s reputation as a strategic partner for innovative projects, often involving disruption or breakthroughs in our clients’ activities or in their sectors,” adds Vojtěch Chloupek, partner and head of the Intellectual Property practice and the Tech & Comms sector group in the Czech market.

In recent years, Karlín has become a vibrant district attracting people, as well as Czech and international companies. Continued investments and development of adjacent areas has produced closer connections with its surroundings, both with the neighbouring Štvanice island and Holešovice district, and with the newly built bridge HolKa which is due to open in spring 2023.

Bird & Bird selected architects from studio archicraft to help with the interior design of the office. Jones Lang LaSalle assisted with consulting services during the premises selection process, negotiated the terms of the lease agreement, and provided project management support.

Bird & Bird LLP is an international law firm which supports organisations being changed by the digital world and those leading that change. Over the years it has become one of the most dynamically growing law firms in the world and is renowned in the field of intellectual property and technology law. It is one of the first international law firms in the world to gain ISO27001 Information Security Management certification.

Dentons advises Draslovka on partnership with Oaktree

Global law firm Dentons advised Draslovka, a Czech-based family-owned global leader in CN-based specialty chemicals, on its strategic partnership with funds managed by Oaktree Capital Management, L.P. Oaktree will invest US$150 million in Draslovka providing preferred equity capital to support the Draslovka Group’s growth strategy. Oaktree’s investment in Draslovka comes on the heels of the company’s recent acquisitions of Chemours’ Mining Solutions business (completed in December 2021) as well as the signed (but not yet completed) acquisition of the Sasol South Africa Limited’s Sodium Cyanide business. Dentons advised both on the Chemours and the Sasol’ deals. Commenting on the transaction, Dentons’ partner, Petr Zákoucký, said: “I am very happy when we can leverage the talent of Dentons’ top lawyers worldwide to help Czech businesses succeed abroad. Raising equity by means of hybrid equity is becoming more and more popular in this process. On top of this, the story of Draslovka is a great inspiration. Based in Kolín, Czech Republic, Draslovka has developed unique technologies and know-how and leveraged it to acquire far larger competitors globally. Oaktree’s equity investment will help Draslovka to push this vision one step further.” Pavel Brůžek, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Draslovka, said, “The strategic partnership with Oaktree marks another significant milestone on our ambitious growth strategy. Dentons’ team has guided us with confidence on several transactions, and their skills and dedication are an essential part of the success we have delivered to date.” M&A Partners Petr Zákoucký (Prague), Rob Irving (Budapest/Prague), Ilan Katz (New York), Namik Ramić (Luxemburg) and Nik Colbridge (London) led the cross-border team working on this equity raise, which included Prague-based Ivo Hartmann, Vojtěch Novák, Michal Pelikán, Lucie Kubínyiová, Barbora Obračajová, Anna Urbanová, Petr Kotáb, Jan Tylš, Justina Bodláková, Martin Fiala, Vojtěch Laga, Tomáš Jonáš, Jana Málková Želechovská, Tomáš Pavelka, Adam Přerovský, Danylo Romashko and Petr Mueller and Luxembourg-based Namik Ramić and Clémence Personne. Dentons provided comprehensive legal advisory, while PwC is acting as financial and tax advisor.

Vesna Sipp joins MidEuropa as Partner

MidEuropa, the leading private equity firm in Central and Eastern Europe, is pleased to announce that Vesna Sipp has joined the firm as partner, Head of Investor Relations and member of the Investment Committee. She will be based in MidEuropa’s London office and will also lead the firm’s ESG and diversity efforts. Vesna was previously Head of Client Relations at ICG and prior to that, Managing Director at Hamilton Lane.

Managing partner Robert Knorr said: “I am delighted to welcome Vesna to MidEuropa. This is an important step in ensuring we continue to provide the highest standards of communication and service to our investors as well as introduce a senior leader to our ambitious ESG and diversity agenda.”

Senior investment partners Pawel Padusinski and Kerim Turkmen added: “Vesna already knows us well as an investor in our funds and as a long-time friend of MidEuropa. We are excited to have her on board and look forward to working with her closely.”

The World’s Leading Private Equity Conference in Poland & CEE

Dear CVCA members,

let me pass the invitation to the Poland & CEE Private Equity Conference 2022, held on the 10th of May 2022 in InterContinental Warsaw.

Top industry professionals and asset managers are gathering for the 8th edition of the Poland & CEE Private Equity Conference hosted by Private Equity Insights. They are ready for a full day of unparalleled opportunities and actionable insights, laying the foundation for future business. Meet 300+ handpicked attendees including prominent private equity investors across the CEE region, as well as global asset managers and get their groundbreaking perspectives. It is the perfect place to meet LPs, GPs, and PE/VC Target Companies.

For more details such as speakers and agenda, click HERE.

We are happy to inform you that CVCA Members are eligible for a special price. If you want to take advantage of the exclusive 30 % discount, please use the registration link: https://pe-insights.com/private-equity-conferences/poland/register/ and use the code cvcacz30 to get your discount.

Limited Partners are invited to attend the conference for free. To get tickets, reach out to sebastian@pe-insights.com.

For any inquiries, contact the organizer at sebastian@pe-insights.com.

Kind regards,

Katerina