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SECOND ANNUAL CONFERENCE PRIVATE EQUITY IN SOUTH EAST EUROPE FINANCING COMPANIES IN CHALLENGING ENVIRONMENT
Tuesday, 23 February 2010
Hotel Westin, Zagreb

7.30 – Conference Registration begins

8.00 – Private Equity Breakfast Presentations
Overview of proposed EC directive on Alternative Investment Fund Managers (AIMF)
Silvije Čipčić-Bragadin, Vice President CVCA and Lawyer, Law Office Čipčić-Bragadin

Does Croatia have hidden potential in attracting private equity and venture capital investors?
Željko Perić, Director; CAPER

Trends in Private Equity and Venture Capital in CEE / SEE
Daniel Schmidt, Managing Director and CEO, Center for Private Equity Research (CEPRES)

09.00 – Opening Address
Tomislav Gavazzi, Infoarena

09.05 – Welcome Address
Mirna Marović, President, Croatian Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (CVCA)

09.10 – Keynote Address
Jadranka Kosor, Prime Minister, Republic of Croatia, tbc
Đuro Popijač, Minister of the Economy, Labour and Entrepreneurship, Republic of Croatia

09.30 – Can state / public investor jump start private equity and venture capital market?
Overview Presentations:
Đuro Popijač, Minister of the Economy, Labour and Entrepreneurship, Republic of Croatia
Thomas Meyer, Director, European Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (EVCA)

Panel Discussion:

  • How important is the role of state in ensuring sufficient capital supply to jump start venture capital markets: overview of the past and current experiences including Israel, Hungary and Turkey
  • What policy lessons can we learn from successful and unsuccessful state & public support initiatives to start venture capital market?
  • What are current initiatives in Croatia, Bulgaria and Turkey?

Moderator: Mirna Marovic, President, CVCA
Panellists: Đuro Popijač, Minister of the Economy, Labour and Entrepreneurship, Republic of Croatia
Traycho Trajkov, Minister of the Economy, Energy and Tourism, Republic of Bulgaria, tbc
Thomas Meyer, Director, European Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (EVCA)
Jose Romano, Investment Manager and Director of Turkey Office, EIF
Yigal Erlich, Founder and Managing Partner, Yozma, Israel

10.45 – Coffee Break & Networking

11.10     How attractive is SEE for private equity investing?
Overview Presentation:
Vladimir Bosiljevac, Teaching Fellow, Harvard University, Department of Economics
Panel Discussion:

  • What have been the effects of the credit crisis on private equity investment in the region? Is there the light at the end of the tunnel – are we moving towards the post-crisis investment environment?
  • Why invest in SEE? Why not? How does region compare to other emerging markets? How do the markets in SEE compare to each other? Will the post-crisis environment be similar for all the countries in the region or you expect some markets to develop more quickly?
  • Do you see the crisis as an opportunity to jump-start private equity and venture capital investment with public and private initiatives?
  • How to get investment exposure in the region? Are there enough funds (with track record) close to the ground? Is lack of track record a problem for investing in emerging market funds?
  • Is there an appetite for new fundraising in the market? When will a new fund launches be possible in the region?
  • Where do you see the returns and the potential of the region? Which markets are likely to outperform in 2010?

Moderator: Giovanni Amodeo, Editor MERGERMARKET EMEA and Wealthmonitor
Panellists: Ioannis Tsakiris, Head of the Region, Regional Business Development, EIF
Troy Weeks, Principal Banker, Equity Funds Group, EBRD
Vladimir Bosiljevac, Teaching Fellow, Department of Economics, HARVARD UNIVERSITY
Matjaz Schroll, Executive Director, TEMPLETON EMERGING MARKETS GROUP
Magdalena Šoljakova, Croatia Country Officer, IFC, tbc
Henry Potter, Partner, ALPHA ASSOCIATES, tbc

12.00 – Pan-European GPs perspective: Buyout and Expansion Capital
Panel Discussion:

  • How has the credit crisis impacted the transaction pipeline and the existing portfolio?
  • Have the valuations reached the bottom? Is now the time for value investors to move in?
  • Where are the current investment opportunities in the region (countries / sectors)?
  • How available is leverage? Do you expect leverage to (ever) return to 2007 levels? How do GPs add value with limited leverage available?
  • How available is mezzanine finance?  What are the benefits of using mezzanine finance to structure deals in the region?
  • Outlook for buyout and expansion capital investing in 2010

Moderator: Boris Maleshkov, Bureau Chief for Southeast Europe, ISI Emerging Market DealWatch
Panellists: Jozsef Köver, Partner, Managing Partner, 3TS CAPITAL PARTNERS
Claire Chabrier, Partner, Private Equity Eastern Europe, AMUNDI PRIVATE EQUITY FUNDS
Stefan Tzvetkov, Director, MID EUROPA PARTNERS
Piotrn Nocen, Managing Partner, RESOURCE PARTNERS
Niklas Pichler, Investment Direcctor, MEZZANINE MANAGEMENT

13.00 – Lunch

14.00 – Venture Capital: What opportunities are there in low- and mid-market?
Panel Discussion:

  • How has the credit crisis impacted the transaction pipeline and the existing portfolio?
  • Have the valuations reached the bottom? Is now the time for value investors to move in?
  • Where are the current investment opportunities in the region (countries / sectors)?
  • How available is leverage? How available is mezzanine finance?
  • Is there an appetite for new fundraising in the market? When will a new fund launches be possible in the region?
  • What is the potential of public initiatives to jump start venture capital markets? Would you participate in such initiatives?
  • Outlook for buyout and expansion capital investing in 2010

Moderator: Giovanni Amodeo, Editor MERGERMARKET EMEA and Wealthmonitor
Panellists: Borislav Škegro, Managing Director and Partner, QUAESTUS
Marko Lesić, Managing Director, NEXUS PRIVATE EQUITY PARTNERS
Jure Mikuž, Managing Director and Partner, RSG CAPITAL
Jonathan Cooper, Partner, NOBEL EQUITY PARTNERS
Neven Dujić, Managing Director, KBC PRIVATE EQUITY, tbc
Salvator Levis, Partner, 7L CAPITAL PARTNERS, tbc

15.00 – Early Stage Investing – Unlocking the potential
Panel Discussion:

  • What are the opportunities for early stage investing in the region (countries / sectors)? What are the obstacles?
  • How has the credit crisis impacted the transaction pipeline and the existing portfolio?
  • Do you consider the early stage investing in the region to be a classic case of market failure? How important are the public initiatives to jump start early stage venture capital markets?
  • What private initiatives are there to develop early stage venture capital investing in the region?
  • Outlook for early stage investing in 2010

Moderator. Guy Norton, Contributing Editor, BUSINESS NEW EUROPE
Panellists: Mirna Marovic, President, CVCA
Dalibor Marijanović, Director, Business Innovation Centre Croatia (BICRO)
Domagoj Oreb, RUDJER INNOVATIONS
Clare Munck, General Manager, European Business Angel Network (EBAN)
Ivana Maršić, President, Croatian Business Angel Network (CRANE)
Senka Bobić, Director General, SEAF Croatia
Nikola Stefanovic; Director General, SEAF South Balkan Fund
Damir Sabol, Funder ISKON and Business Angel

15.45 – Coffee Break & Networking

16.15 – Which sectors are most likely to attract PE / VC investment in the region?
Overview Presentations:
Turnaround potential: What private equity can and cannot do to save the companies in the region?
Dorian Macovei, CRG CAPITAL
Yozma replicate potential: Can the region successfully develop venture-backed technology sector?
Yigal Erlich, Founder and Managing Partner, Yozma, Izrael
Unlocking the cleantech potential: just the hype or significant first mover advantage?
Speaker, tbd
Panel Discussion:

  • What sectors are currently hot and which one are not? How does the attractiveness of the sector compare in various markets of the region?
  • What is the turnaround potential? What private can and cannot do to save the companies in the region?
  • What is the potential for the region to develop venture-backed technology sector? How can the region’s companies compete on the regional and global level?
  • What is the cleantech potential? Can doing good in the region become doing (very) well? How important is the first mover advantage? Are there significant benefits to invest in alternative energy sources?
  • How attractive are more traditional sectors including Consumer & Retail Goods, Healthcare and Telecommunications?
  • Outlook for the sectors in 2010

Moderator: Mirna Marovic, President, CVCA
Panellists: Dorian Macovei, CRG CAPITAL
Hrvoje Crnogorac, Senior Banker and Investment Manger, Telecoms, Media & Technology, EBRD
Peter Siretz, TAM Team Coordinator Western Balkans, EBRD
Tomislav Matić, Managing Director and Partner, QUAESTUS   
Marko Makek, Director, NEXUS PRIVATE EQUITY PARTNERS
Tatjana Zabasu, Investment Director, RSG Capital
Ratko Mutavdžić, Public Sector Lead, MICROSOFT
Mario Orasche, Managing Partner, EAGLE VENTURES
Dan Lupu, Investment Director, INTEL CAPITAL

17.45 – Concluding remarks
Mirna Marović, President, Croatian Private Equity & Venture Capital Association

18.00 – Conference Ends

19.45 – Departure from the hotel Westin to VIP Dinner (Location to be confirmed)
Participation by invitation only


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