Wolf Theiss


International law firm WOLF THEISS, partnering with Mergermarket, hosted the "CEE M&A and Capital Markets Forum 2015" in Vienna with 225 participants from the business, financial, legal and political spheres.

The Forum took place at the Palais Ferstel on 24 March 2015 and focused on recent activity in the CEE M&A market and expected opportunities in the next 6-12 months. Following a keynote presentation on the regional outlook and prospects by Rudolphe Blavy of the IMF, five distinguished panels, and one case study presentation, closely examined cross-border activity, privatizations, financing strategies (including high yield debt), emerging opportunities in the SEE, and private equity. The speakers included representatives from industry (including Liberty Global, PZU and Telekom Austria), governments (including Croatia, Hungary and Slovenia), and the finance/investment community (including Goldman Sachs, Unicredit, KKCG, Mezzanine Management and Mid Europa Partners).

Horst Ebhardt, the head of Wolf Theiss` corporate practice, played a key role in organizing the Forum and also served as its chair. He noted that the 225 participants represented more than 19 countries and half of them flew into Vienna just to attend the event. "This is a clear indication of the continuing investor interest in the CEE/SEE and the strong appetite for new deals," he said.

Richard Clegg, a Sofia-based Wolf Theiss partner who covers projects across the region, participated in a panel covering cross-border M&A. He pointed out that the Forum is a valuable venue for dealmakers to exchange ideas and to discuss opportunities among themselves. Richard added that: "The tone of the meeting was realistic about the challenges we all face but also very positive about the opportunities and possibilities currently available in the region. Middle market players and sales by first generation owners seem to be getting special attention." The Managing Partner of Wolf Theiss` Zagreb office, Luka Tadić-Čolić, spoke on a panel covering privatisations. Luka noted privatisations are a growing priority of governments throughout the CEE/SEE and that the government representatives on his panel were actively sought out by many Forum participants. He observed: "Although there is no doubt that the interests of various constituencies will always have to be addressed, governments increasingly understand that they are competing against other opportunities available to international investors. They are working hard to improve their processes. This will surely lead to more deals actually getting done in the future."

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