Investment Director @ MFB Invest
Gábor Lehoczki has seventeen years of professional experience in corporate finance and venture capital financing. He has been working at the MFB Group since 2007, where he is responsible for managing capital investments and fund-of-funds activity. Previously he was a portfolio and crisis manager of a venture capital company. He started his professional career as a corporate finance and M&A advisor at KPMG, where he participated in several domestic and regional M & A and corporate recovery transactions. Through KPMG's regional headquarters, he worked as a country specialist in Slovakia, Romania, Moldova, Serbia and Bulgaria. He studied at Budapest College of Economics, at the Corvinus University of Budapest Business Management, and then at the ELTE Legal Institute.
Associate Partner @ Deloitte Legal
Dagmar Yoder is an Associate Partner and Attorney in Deloitte Legal, Slovakia. She has
been working in legal advisory practices since 2000. Before joining Deloitte Legal in 2017
she was for over a decade partner in a major Czech law firm, managing its Slovak branch.
In the past she also held a managerial position in a bank.
Dagmar Yoder has many years of professional experience in real estate, M&A, banking &
finance and HC & LS. She has been involved in significant M&A transactions in various
business areas and has participated in preparation, implementation, acquisition and sale of
significant development projects.
Dagmar has been repeatedly ranked as one of the best real estate lawyers in the Slovak
Project manager @ SLOVCA
Andrej Petrus is project manager at SLOVCA - Slovak Venture Capital and Private Equity Association and also works at PwC Czech Republic for the M&A and Strategy team. Prior to these positions, he worked as an intern for Neulogy Ventures in Bratislava. Andrej obtained a B.Sc degree from Humboldt University Berlin in business administration and currently pursues a masters degree in finance at the University of Economics in Prague.
Co-founder and Partner @ Resource Partners
Małgorzata Bobrowska-Jarząbek is a co-founder and Partner at Resource Partners. Resource Partners is an accomplished private equity investor focusing exclusively on equity investments in Central and Eastern European countries, which are members of European Union. Resource Partners focuses primarily on identifying fast growing companies with proven management teams in consumer goods and services. Earlier, she was Associate at The Carlyle Group where she worked on transactions in consumer goods, retail and manufacturing and Project Director in International Expansion department of the largest Polish insurance company, PZU. Before moving to financial services, Ms. Bobrowska-Jarząbek was a consultant with McKinsey & Co. in Chicago and Warsaw, where she focused on advising clients, among others, in consumer goods, retail and manufacturing. Małgorzata received MBA from Kellogg School of Management as well as M.Sc. in International Management from CEMS (Community of European Management Schools) and M.Sc. in Finance and Banking from the Warsaw School of Economics.
Founding Partner @ ESPIRA Investments
Emília is a Founding Partner of ESPIRA Investments, a private equity firm targeting growth capital investments in Czech and Slovak based SMEs. ESPIRA's objective is to support local entrepreneurs to realise their potential. An additional element of ESPIRA's investment philosophy is a focus on companies managed by balanced teams of men and women. Prior to co-founding ESPIRA, Emília was a Head of Czech Republic and Slovakia with PineBridge Investments CEE, which is a Central European focused private equity firm managing over EUR 500 million. Earlier in her career, Emília was a member of the investment team of Benson Oak Capital and Penta Investments. Emília has been involved in transactions in a variety of sectors including health care, consumer goods, manufacturing and services. Emília graduated with honors with an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
Partner @ ARX Equity
Michal is a Partner at ARX Equity Partners, an established private equity firm with over 20 years of experience with investing in medium-sized companies in Central Europe. At ARX, Michal is responsible for investment activities in the Czech Republic and Slovakia. Prior to joining ARX, Michal worked in the Central European team of Advent International, and currently also serves as a Board Member of the Czech Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (CVCA).
Partner @ Genesis Capital
Ondrej Vicar is a partner in a private equity firm Genesis Capital. He began his cooperation with Genesis in 2007 as a turnaround manager in one of the portfolio companies Vltava.cz. Since then, he has been involved in GTH Catering, AZ KLIMA, Servodata, JRC Czech, HSW Signall and 3070 projects located in the Czech Republic and Slovakia. Prior to Genesis, Ondrej worked in Ogilvy Public Relations Prague as an Account Manager where he specialized in financial sector clients. Ondrej studied under a Socrates scholarship in Santiago de Chile and with the George Soros' Open Society Fund in the USA and graduated from the University of Economics in Prague.
Partner @ LRJ Capital
Peter is CEO of Exponea, one of the fastest growing Slovak scale-up companies, and managing partner at venture capital holding LRJ Capital. Before that, he used analytics to turn Slevomat Group into one of the fastest growing internet firms in CEE with over €100M revenues, and a #1 in flash sales in 6 countries. In the past, he worked as a regional director at Groupon UK and a consultant with McKinsey and KPMG. He studied computer science at Charles University and is a Singularity University Graduate.
Head of Division - Innovation and Technology Investments @ European Investment Fund
Patric Gresko co-leads the venture capital activity of the European Investment Fund (EIF), which he joined in 2001. The EIF is the largest European venture capital fund-of- funds with more than EUR 6bn under management and a portfolio of over 300 venture capital funds, technology transfer operators and business angels covering all major technology sectors, life sciences and social & environmental impact. The team that Patric co-leads comprises close to 40 passionate investment professionals from 15 different countries. Prior to joining EIF, Patric worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers in Luxembourg as an auditor and consultant for the financial sector.
Patric holds a Masters in Business Engineering from HEC Management School – University of Liège.
Investment Director @ CEE Equity Partners
Bill has over 20 years' experience of deal making in the CEE region, both as an investor and as an advisor.
He joined CEE Equity (Investment Advisor to China CEE Fund) in October 2013. He initiated and started the execution of the Fund’s first investment outside Poland – the partial buy-out of Hungary’s leading private university in December 2014.
He also initiated and led the execution of the Fund’s co-investment with Black Peak Capital into Walltopia (the world leader in the manufacture and installation of indoor climbing walls); and Javna Razsvetljava, a Slovenian municipal lighting company.
He is now seeking investment opportunities for the second China CEE Fund, mainly in Czech, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Romania, former Yugoslavia and Albania.
His early career was as an officer in the British Army, which included active service in the Falkland Islands and the First Gulf War, for which he was awarded an MBE. He has an MA in Engineering from Cambridge University and an MBA from Henley Management College.
Managing Partner @ Argan Capital Advisors
As a Managing Partner, Wojciech Goc is co-responsible for driving the strategic and operational direction of Argan and is a member of Argan's Investment Committee.
Mr Goc leads Argan's investment activity in the emerging European markets and co-leads the partnership's activity in the Nordic Region. Since co-founding the Argan team in 1996, Mr Goc has led deal teams on transactions spanning various industry sectors in both the Nordic region (GCE, Humana, Janton and Paroc), as well as emerging Europe (AAT, BIM, Hortex and Hungarocamion). He currently sits on the boards of AAT, REN and Janton and successfully realised the investments in BIM, Hortex, Hungarocamion and Paroc.
Before joining the Argan team, Mr Goc was a Managing Director and Co-owner of an investment advisory firm located in Warsaw, prior to which he worked in Boston for JMAI, a gas storage and power projects company, and IBM in New York.
Mr Goc holds an MBA from Texas Christian University and MA in Economics from Akademia Ekonomiczna in Poznan, Poland.
Senior Partner @ Innova Capital
Mr. Muzyczyszyn joined Innova in 2008. He spent the previous three years as a Director of Darby Private Equity running the Polish office. His responsibilities included mezzanine financings and private equity investments across multiple sectors and countries in CEE. Prior to joining Darby, he spent over eight years in total with Allianz Specialized Investments, where he was part of a team managing the Emerging Europe Fund.
Mr. Muzyczyszyn's chief responsibilities include leading the Portfolio function which oversees the development process for Innova's investments. He is also engaged in coordinating the financing & debt raising for new investments and for portfolio companies. He has co-led investments in Meritum Bank, Expander Advisors and Bakalland/Delecta.
Mr. Muzyczyszyn holds a Master's Degree (Distinction) in Law from the University of Warsaw and an MBA from Cass Business School in London. Leszek is a President of the Polish Private Equity Association.
Vice President @ Enterprise Investors
Martin is a Vice President at Enterprise Investors, the oldest and one of the largest private equity firms in CEE. He joined Enterprise Investors in 2012 and is responsible for investments in Czech and Slovak markets. At EI he was engaged in various investments and exits, including Nay, Scitec (HU), Noriel (RO), Kofola and CBA Slovakia. Prior to joining Enterprise Investors he worked in Wood & Company in their Bratislava, Prague and Warsaw teams specializing in M&A transactions, project finance deals and IPOs. Before he worked in the Swiss private equity fund of funds manager Horizon21 (currently BlackRock), responsible for investments in Europe and the US. Martin earned his CFA designation in 2009. He also serves as a Board Member of the Slovak Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (SLOVCA).
Partner @ Speedinvest
Michael has built and grown in Enterprise Software and Media Startups, started the first commercial bloghoster in Europe and worked on the next generation of online banking. As founder and partner of Speedinvest, he helps Startups like Flaviar (Subscription eCommerce), Bitmovin (Enterprise Software) or Tourradar (Travel eCommerce) to grow.
Partner @ Avallon
Lawyer. Graduate of the Faculty of Law and Administration at the University of Lodz. Between 1995
and 1999, manager and commercial counsellor in the Management Group LODZ – a limited
investment company of PBG Bank Inc. Between 1999 and 2001, he supervised consulting projects for
local government units and municipal companies within the framework of USAID/LGPP program. He
owes his expertise of private equity market to working for Copernicus Capital Partners – the
company managing private equity funds in Poland and the Balkans, as well as NFI Octava and Piast
funds. He represented the funds of Copernicus at Supervisory Board meetings of portfolio
companies.President of the Board from 2003 to 2005 of NFI Piast Inc. Avallon’s Partner since 2005.
Managing Partner @ Neulogy Ventures
Christian Mandl is Managing Partner at Neulogy Ventures, a Bratislava-based early-stage VC fund with a portfolio of 37 technology companies. Christian co-founded SkyEurope in 2001, a Central European low-cost airline based in Slovakia, which he managed until 2007 as Chief Executive Officer. He took SkyEurope public on the Vienna and Warsaw stock exchanges in 2005 before exiting his investment in 2007. In 2009, Christian took over the assets of Maporama, a leading French provider of digital mapping solutions for professional users. He restructured the company and sold it in March 2013 to TIBCO Software, a that time a NASDAQ-listed company. Christian is a member of the Venturepreneurs’ Organization, a European network of business angels, and has been selected in 2013 as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.
Partner @ Sandberg Capital
Michal is a partner at Sandberg Capital, a private equity firm investing in mid-sized companies in the CEE region. He joined Sandberg Capital in 2014 and since then he led several investments especially in IT and Telco sectors. Michal is responsible for Sandberg’s recent acquisitions of two largest alternative telco operators (BENESTRA, SWAN) in Slovakia. Since September 2016 he serves as a CEO of BENESTRA. Prior to joining Sandberg Capital, he spent 7 years with J&T Corporate Finance where he was part of a M&A team.
Former Investment Manager @ Neulogy Ventures
Michaela was at the inception of Slovakia's first regulated venture capital fund managed by Neulogy Ventures, with AUM of Eur 26 million and investments in more than 30 startup companies. During her time as investment manager, Michaela managed investor relations, closed investments and advised over a dozen portfolio companies. She also co-founded Startup Awards (currently "Future Now"), Slovakia's most prestigious startup event and competition recently acquired by HubHub. She had previously worked as technology transfer consultant at the University of Oxford and at Neulogy and evaluates funding proposals for the Horizon 2020 program at the European Commission. She has been featured in New Europe 100 list of challengers in business, put together annually by Google, the Financial Times and Res Publica. Michaela holds a B.A. degree from Princeton University and a Master's from the Graduate Institute in Geneva.
Managing partner @ Rockaway Blockchain
Viktor Fischer joined Rockaway Capital from McKinsey & Company, where he worked as a Junior Partner focusing on strategy and corporate finance. Prior to McKinsey & Co, he lived in France for eleven years where he co-founded Innovatrics – a technology startup providing fast biometric identification worldwide, and IT company of the year 2015 in Slovakia. He also taught project management at the Faculty of International Law at a university in Paris. Viktor serves as a mentor in several accelerators such as StartupYard. He and holds master’s degree from HEC Paris and an MBA from INSEAD.
Viktor is the managing partner of Rockaway Blockchain - division focused on investing into DLT (distributed ledger technologies). At the 0100 conference, he will talk about the differences between venture capital investments and crypto investments.
Executive Director @ SZRB AM
Currently serves as an Executive Director of Slovak Guarantee and Development Fund (JEREMIE). In SZRB Asset Management is responsible for implementation of ESIF and co-operation with European Investment Advisory Hub within EIB Group. Previously held a number of managerial positions in investment and corporate banking in Patria Finance/KBC Securities, VUB Banka and OTP Banka. Attained a finance/banking/investment degree from the University of Economics in Bratislava.
Senior Associate @ Allen & Overy
Vojtech has over 18 years' experience advising both local and foreign clients on a variety of corporate and
commercial transactions, including acquisitions, disposals, joint ventures and corporate restructurings. His
experience spans various countries (e.g. Czech Republic, Slovakia, Serbia, Slovenia, England and USA) and
industry sectors (aviation, energy, gaming, financial institutions, industrial, IT, manufacturing, mining,
private equity, railways, retail and telecommunications/media and technology).
Vojtech also heads the A&O Bratislava's real estate practice. He advises on all aspects of real estate
transactions, including construction, development, sales and purchases and lettings. He also advised on major
energy (nuclear, CHP) and infrastructure (roads) projects.
Head of Venture Capital @ Middlecap Group
Ivan has been involved with Slovakia’s startup community from its inception, both as an entrepreneur as well as a speaker at Startupcamp events. With valuable experience gleaned from his time at Zaraguza — one of Facebook’s Top 10 marketing agencies in the world — he co-founded his first IT venture 10 years ago. Since then, he has lent his expertise in digital presentation, marketing and business strategy to top international brands including Telekom, Raiffeisen, Kia, Pilsner Urquell, Tesco and Siemens.
Partner @ Squire Patton Boggs
Jana is listed as a top transactional lawyer in Slovakia by Chambers Europe and IFLR 1000. She specialized in cross-border M&A transactions and Private Equity work. Back in early 90ties, Jana worked for the Czech and Slovak American Enterprise Fund in the Slovak Republic. She is one of the few top lawyers actually having relevant business experience on the client side. Jana further liaised with very influential private equity investors, drawing on her traditional strength in Private Equity. Her long-term engagement in a transactional business resulted in sound legal advice on all aspects of a transaction, as well as advanced commercial expertise, which she is currently known for. For the market recognition she gained over the last decade, she was contacted by one of the upcoming market players from the private equity arena to assist with the establishment of a new private equity fund and she has been assisting the client since then.