The Baltic M&A and Private Equity Forum has become the
main networking event for the Baltic M&A industry and market
participants interested in the region.
We welcome representatives of private equity and venture capital funds and
investment banking, consultants, lawyers, investors, and other representatives of the
financial sector, as well as interested business executives and owners.
The forum is organised by SORAINEN and the Estonian business daily Äripäev, in partnership with the Baltic
business dailies Verslo žinios (Lithuania) and Dienas bizness (Latvia), the Latvian, Lithuanian and Estonian Private Equity and Venture Capital Associations.
For sponsorship cooperation opportunities please contact Heleri.Loobas@aripaev.ee
Meelis Mandel, Editor-in-Chief of Äripäev
Toomas Prangli, Co-Managing Partner of SORAINEN
One of the sharpest experts on defence and security in the region, Jonatan Vseviov is a man whose word carries weight also among our allies.
Guntars Krols, Partner at Ernst & Young (LV)
Henrik Igasta, Managing Partner at Superia Corporate Finance (EE)
Julijus Grigaliūnas, Managing Partner at Porta Finance (LT)
Ville Poukka, Head of Infra Funds at CapMan (FI)
Ville Poukka, heads Finnish CapMan’s infra funds, which invest in the energy, transport and telecom sectors and recently closed a EUR 70 million deal.
Mārtiņš Lazdovskis, Member of the Board of Latvian State Roads (LV)
Mārtiņš Lazdovskis will share insights on the Kekava bypass, a major road connecting Latvia with the Lithuanian border and will use the PPP financing model.
Axinom, a company with subsidiaries in Germany, the USA and Estonia, provides cutting-edge software systems serving many of the world’s leading brands in the aviation, telecommunications and entertainment industries.
Brian Pierce, CEO of Rogue Wave (US)
ZeroTurnaround’s technology is Java developers’ favourite tool, used by over 5,200 enterprise teams in over 90 countries, including 36 of the Fortune 100. Brian Pierce is a technology industry veteran who has led and built rapidly scaling businesses.
Kadri Laas, Manager at the Estonian Contemporary Art Development Center (EE)
Cultural manager and art lawyer Kadri Laas will present a new index she co-founded, which seeks to monitor Estonian art prices in recent decades and provide a tool for art investors.
Outside the box. How to win money with alternative investments?
Sanjeev Sarkar, Managing Director at Crestline (UK)
Crestline Investors is an institutional alternative investment management firm with over USD 9 billion of assets under management, specialising in credit and opportunistic investments. Sanjeev Sarkar, Managing Director at the firm, is a member of Crestline's Credit Strategies team, which has closed over 75 transactions. At the end of last year, the team closed its third Opportunity Fund, exceeding the fundraising objective and securing over USD 1.34 billion of capital commitments.
Baltic venture capital associations and their guests shed light on topics that keep investors up at night - are the valuation levels in the Baltics too high; emerging investment strategies in private equity; drawdown credit facilities, social investment funds etc.
Combining the Baltic operations of DNB and Nordea was the largest transaction in the history of the Baltics, with the value of combined assets reaching EUR 13 billion.
Ragnar Meitern has built and led businesses and acted as an advisor to Fortune Global 500 corporates, private equity investors, governments and entrepreneurs across geographies. He has invested in FinTech companies such as Monese and Bondora and advised technology start-ups such as Taxify and Click and Grow.
Taxify, founded by two brothers Markus and Martin ‒ then aged 19 and 34 ‒ has today grown into a global ride-sharing provider operating in 26 countries and competing with Uber. It has financed growth with rounds of investment, including from the Chinese Didi. At the forum, one of the co-founders will speak about their ride.
The exit of Magnetic MRO, the Tallinn-based aircraft maintenance company, was the largest transaction in BaltCap’s history. Having built a small regional player into a profitable global company, BaltCap sold it to Chinese investors for EUR 43 million. In 2017, Magnetic MRO was announced as Company of the Year in Estonia.
Janek Pohla, Co-founder of Tahe Outdoors (EE)
The sales network of Estonia-based Tahe Outdoors, one of the biggest kayak, canoe and paddling equipment manufacturers in Europe, covers more than 35 countries. Over the years, they have grown through acquisitions, buying up competitors in Germany, Sweden and France.
Jānis Ošlejs, CEO of Primekss (LV)
Latvian-headquartered Primekss, with direct subsidiaries in 10 countries and the US Army among its clients, produces ecologically friendly concrete solutions. They recently opened a manufacturing unit in the USA.
The Latvian government recently published a much more ambitious plan for taking state companies to capital markets. Is the situation hopeful?
Valdo Kalm, CEO of Tallinna Sadam (EE)
Let’s take a look at the current pace of privatisation in the Baltics. Some things are indeed moving along. Tallinn Port’s IPO is in the works in Estonia.
Leaders of arbitration bodies speak about alternative dispute resolution methods available for companies facing disagreements.
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The House of the Blackheads is the only surviving Renaissance building in Tallinn. A residential dwelling probably existed at this location on the upper floors of the building of the Brotherhood of Blackheads as early as in the 14th century. The Brotherhood bought the property in the first half of the 16th century, when they also built a new unvaulted hall.
A major reconstruction took place in 1597, when the façade was redesigned in the spirit of Renaissance architecture of the Netherlands, with its rich ornamentation and carved decorations.
One of Tallinn’s most extraordinary painted doors dates back to the 1640s. The two-nave, arched guild hall bought from the St. Olaf's Guild dates back to the 15th century.