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Austria & CEE Private Equity & Venture Capital Breakfast: Informative Insights and Emerging Trends

Pedersen & Partners and CMS jointly organized the Austria & CEE Private Equity & Venture Capital Breakfast. Attended by nearly 100 professionals from Austria, CEE, and the wider DACH region, the event provided a valuable platform for representatives from local and international private equity funds to engage in meaningful conversations, share perspectives, and build connections.

The panel, consisting of experts from various sectors of the investment industry, including Anthony Stalker, Partner at CEECAT Capital, shared valuable insights into the current state and future trends of private equity and venture capital in the region.

Key takeaways:

  • After three years of significant external impact from COVID, the war in Ukraine and inflation, the market is now “normalising” and deal activity is picking up
  • Add-on acquisitions are on the rise
  • Focus sectors include Industrial, Business Services and Life Sciences. For special situation funds, the Automotive sector is interesting
  • Fundraising is currently easier for large cap private equity and credit funds
  • In a rapidly changing macro environment, there are windows of opportunity for attractive exits. The value creation plan needs to be flexible in order to ensure that these exit opportunities are not missed
  • ESG is very important, with a focus on actual implementation over formalities. Portfolio firms with strong ESG policies gain a talent attraction benefit

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