Strategic partner

Bain & Company

Bain & Company is one of the world’s leading business consulting firms. It works with top executives to help them make better decisions, convert those decisions to actions, and deliver the sustainable success they desire. The Warsaw office acts as a regional hub for the firm and has one of the fastest growing teams in Europe. As a result, Bain & Company needs smart, innovative thinkers who aspire to incredible things and value teamwork. For more information visit: www.bain.com and follow Bain on Twitter @BainAlerts.

Sponsors

Abris

Abris Capital Partners is a leading independent private equity fund manager, focused on mid-market opportunities in the major countries of Central and Eastern Europe (CEE). Established in 2007, Abris seeks to identify, and partner with, the most successful and dynamic mid-market businesses in Central and Eastern Europe which can benefit from an input of capital and/or management expertise at both strategic and operational levels. With investment capital of approximately €1.2 billion, Abris has obtained financial backing from many leading global investment institutions including corporate and public pension plans, financial institutions, insurance companies and US university endowment funds. Abris has a long-term investment horizon and usually targets transactions in which it is able to acquire a majority or sole ownership position. The typical financial commitment by Abris to any single transaction can range from €30 to 75 million, with larger commitments available if required.

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CVC Capital Partners

CVC Capital Partners is a leading private equity and investment advisory firm. Founded in 1981, CVC today has a network of 23 offices and approximately 400 employees throughout Europe, Asia and the U.S. To date, CVC has secured commitments of more than US$88 billion from some of the world’s leading institutional investors across its European and Asian private equity, strategic opportunities and growth funds. In total, CVC currently manages over US$50 billion of assets. Today, funds managed or advised by CVC are invested in 52 companies worldwide, employing c.250,000 people in numerous countries. Together, these companies have combined annual sales of over US$80 billion. For further information about CVC please visit: www.cvc.com

INNOVA CAPITAL

Innova Capital is one of the leading private equity firms in Central Europe investing in companies from the small and mid-sized enterprise segment. Since its inception (in 1994) to date, Innova’s funds have invested nearly EUR 900 million in over 50 companies operating in 10 countries in this region. In 2010, the Unquote magazine awarded Innova the “CEE Fund of the Year Award” for its fifth fund, Innova/5. The fund was also recognised by the Polish Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (PSIK) with the 2019 Management Company of the Year title.

CEC 

CEC Government Relations is the leading independent public affairs agency in Central Europe. The company offers professional public affairs and strategic communications services to multinational clients across a full range of policy areas, including but not limited to Internal Market, Digital Agenda, Financial Services, Energy, Infrastructure and Defence.

Their product offering has evolved in line with increasingly sophisticated policy formulation in the region. Instead of focussing on personalities, they place a premium on understanding decision-making processes and the influence of the full range of policy stakeholders. Their political communication tools have also evolved, and now embrace digital and social media, grass-roots campaigning and also harnessing the roles of NGOs, think tanks and trans-national organizations.

Kulczyk Investments

Kulczyk Investments is the first global family business of Polish origin with a track record in handling the largest projects in this region of Europe, with a presence in more than 30 countries on 4 continents.

It has created the largest Polish automotive group, and imports and deals in Skoda, Volkswagen, Audi, Porsche and Bentley cars. Over the last 20 years, the chain has sold more than a million cars, making it the undisputed leader on the Polish market.

BGK

Bank Gospodarstwa Krajowego is a state development bank whose mission is to support the social and economic development of Poland and the public sector in the fulfilment of its tasks. The Bank is a financial partner actively supporting the entrepreneurship and making effective use of development programmes. It is the initiator of and the participant in cooperation between business, public sector, and financial institutions. Together with other development institutions, the Bank plays a significant role in implementation of the Strategy for Responsible Development, adopted by the Council of Ministers on 14 February 2017, which is the key document of the Polish state in the medium- and long-term economic policy. BGK has a wonderful history of great achievements for Poland, which the Bank regards as an inspiration for its activities, but it looks to the future, because the effects of today’s work will be visible there. Every day, the Bank works for the future of Poland and the generations to come.

AION

Aion is a subscription-only digital bank introducing a whole new way of banking, combining the best of traditional banks together with the ease of use guaranteed by the newest technology. Our operating model, subscription-only services, is reshaping the relationship between a bank and its customers, making services beyond day-to-day banking and investment accessible at the push of a button, and without any extra costs. We use cutting-edge technology, including AI, and the latest market insights to give customers easy access to the best deals, fair and transparent pricing, financial advice and personalised tools and recommendations – all to make customers’ lives easier, and without hidden commissions, costs, fees or other surprises.

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LOT

LOT is a leading modern airline connecting Central and Eastern Europe to the world, carrying more than 10 million passengers per year, providing them with an efficient and comfortable journey from Warsaw to over 120 destinations worldwide.