- Keith Mellors
- Jacek R. Radziwilski
- Dario Cipriani
- Brian Bode
- Bill Fawkner-Corbett
- Savvas Orphanides
- Igor Hržič
- Renata Król-Głowacka
- Judith Gliniecki
- Magdalena Tyszkiewicz
- Tomáš Čása
- Peter Sakkas
- Michał Poźniak
- Krzysztof Rycombel
- Dariusz Wolszczak
- Octavian Vidu
- Radu Zara
- Hüseyin Ertay
- Tudor Coroian
- Tamas Jakab
- Orkhan Gambarli
- David Hanuščin
- Michał Sosnowski
- Piotr Czapczyński
- Ling Ding
- Oliwier Witwicki
- Tomasz Płóciennik
- Katarzyna Gnatowska
CEE Equity Partners is a team of people who are highly experienced in making investments and project finance and who are dedicated to working in Central and Eastern Europe.
Our team values professionalism, innovation and performance and strives to find previously unseen connections through rigorous analysis and a unique blend of skills.
CEE Equity Partners offers a genuine partnership with the management teams we back and the projects we finance as together we build the value of these businesses over a number of years.
We believe that our diversity, investment philosophy and openness towards many disciplines means we can bring to the companies and projects we invest in the very best that private equity can offer while securing first rate investment opportunities for our Fund: a true win-win for all sides.
- Keith MellorsManaging DirectorAdept at putting together the right team and with extensive experience across the CEE region, Keith has an instinctive flair for identifying workable investments. These have been across a wide variety of sectors and can be categorised as businesses with great potential and management with whom he can empathise.
Before setting up CEE EP, Keith was Managing Partner of Copernicus Capital Partners, managing their private equity fund in Croatia and Serbia, investing in sectors such as telecoms and business to business services. As Managing Director of a private investment group since 1989, he has a record of successful investments in the real estate, development and venture capital sectors. In the late 1990’s he also headed a team which managed investments in many former state-owned enterprises in Poland across a variety of sectors, including specialist manufacturing and construction.
He is a UK Chartered Accountant and a graduate of King’s College, Cambridge.
- Jacek R. Radziwilski
Senior Investment Director
Jacek has over 25 years working experience in financial industry working for Arthur Andersen, HSBC, Deutsche Morgan Grenfell and UniCredit Group. Before joining CEE Equity Partners, he has served as CEO and Managing Director of Pekao Investment Banking (Previously known as UniCredit CAIB) – the leading Eastern European Investment Banking and Brokerage franchise.
Jacek has also served as a Member of UniCredit Global CF Committee and the Supervisory Boards of Kety Group – major European manufacturer of aluminum products, Pelion Polish pharma distributor and currently is a member of the Supervisory Board JW Construction – a leading Polish property developer.
During his career Jacek was involved in over 120 deals in M&A and capital markets, advising entrepreneurs, PE funds and corporates across CEE region. Among others he provided buy side advisory for CVC on Zabka and PKP Energetyka; for Talanx on TU Europa Insurance or for Goldman Sachs PE on Robyg, sell side advisory for Abris on their courier business in Poland and Novago – waste management company, advised the government of the Republic of Poland on privatization of the energy sector: PGE, Tauron, Energa, JSW and run number IPOs/SPOs and ABB transactions such Cyfrowy Polsat, TVN, Dom Development, WP.pl.Jacek is a graduate of University of Economics in Poznan (Poland) and IESE Business School in Barcelona (Spain).
Dario is a specialist investment professional focusing on clean and conventional energy with extensive experience of investing in large infrastructure projects throughout the CEE region. He is the partner responsible for investments at P4E Srl, the sole advisor and co-fundraiser for the Energheia renewable investment fund which builds, commissions, finances and holds utility scale renewable energy investments in Southern Europe.
Dario has advised on start-ups, foreign acquisitions, M&A transactions, project financing, financial restructuring and privatisations across a wide spectrum of sectors, but with particular focus on energy, infrastructure and industrial projects (roads, airport, rail, parking, water, ports, metals, cement, and automotive industries).
He has worked alongside governments and with financial institutions – global and local, large and small – across CEE and Western Europe. Outside Europe, he established an investment banking base in Beijing in partnership with a major European bank and in the early days of his career worked in Russia and South America, in particular Argentina and Brazil. He has served on the Management and Supervisory Boards of a number of listed and privately held companies.
Dario has worked with entrepreneurs and companies across the CEE region for many years, helping them achieve their growth targets, improve their liquidity or the quality of funding, raise equity, properly structure their companies in order to conquer new markets and, wherever possible, steer away from trouble.
Dario majored in Economics at the University of California in Los Angeles and studied EU Business Law and the Italian Commercial Code at Bocconi University, Milan. He speaks English, Italian, Polish and Spanish.
Branch Office Director
Brian has broad experience in working as a financial executive for companies in different sectors, such as: FON (car axle manufacturing), Wprost (Weekly news magazine and internet sites), Chesapeake Packaging (light manufacturing), Pilicka Telefonia (local telecommunications operator), HBO (cable television channel), AIG (insurance), Follett bookstores (university bookstore chain), and Hines Lumber (wholesale building supplier).
Brian has also served as a member of various Management Boards and currently is a member of the Board of Directors for the Fulbright Commission in Poland.
Brian’s background provides him with a unique perspective, which allows him to assist companies in addressing their challenges and improving their profitability and transparency.
Brian studied at Northwestern University in Evanston where he received a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and at Cass Business in London where he received a Master’s degree in Finance.
In his free time Brian enjoys playing tennis, hiking in the mountains and walking along the beach.
At CEE EP, Bill has been involved in the investments in Budapest Metropolitan University, Walltopia and Javna Razsvetljava; he is a member of the Supervisory Board of all three.
Prior to joining CEE EP, he worked in Poland for almost 20 years as a Director in Poland Corporate Finance and earlier in Copernicus Finance Polska and Armada Corporate Finance, advising on and executing transactions in the CEE region. Bill first came to Poland in the early 1990’s to work on a private equity project with the UK Know How Fund. He subsequently led various privatisation initiatives in public transport, water and energy.
Among Bill’s many projects was FON – a Polish manufacturer of heavy axles – where he worked closely with the management to deliver operational improvements and later secured an industry buyer for the company. Bill was also involved in the acquisition of Mostostal Warszawa by the Spanish construction giant Acciona and went on to lead the strategic review for Mostostal’s further development, evaluating a number of acquisition opportunities.
Bill was previously an Army Officer in the Royal Engineers, after which he was Operations Director of a UK quoted manufacturing company and Managing Director of a UK private retail company. He is an engineering graduate of King’s College Cambridge, holds an MBA from Henley Management College and is a qualified ICAEW Corporate Finance Advisor. He is also a master yachtsman and enjoys orienteering.
Director and AIFM Risk Manager
Mr. Savvas Orphanides is a member of the Board of Directors at Emergo Wealth. He is a holder of the Competency Certificate for all investment services issued by the Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission, and he has more than 15 years of experience in the financial services industry, inter alia in the fields of wealth management and investment advice. Until October 2014, he was an Executive Director in a leading, Cyprus-based investment advisory firm, where he previous served as a Chief Executive Officer.
He previously served as the Group Chief Executive Officer in a chief financial services group in Cyprus, where he was amongst the founding members and a major shareholder. He also worked as an Investment Advisor in a global leader in wealth management institution, where he delivered inter alia, tailored management services, equity portfolio management and advisory brokerage services. He also has a rounded experience in insurance services and legal advice.
Savvas, since 1999, he has been serving as a member of the Board of Directors of various private and listed companies.
Prior to working in the investment management industry, he held an Undergraduate Scholarship (Bachelor of Laws) at the University of Bristol, in United Kingdom. He has also qualified the advocate licence from the Cyprus Bar Association. Savvas also holds an Associateship Diploma (ACCI) by the Chartered Insurance Institute, where he awarded the Barnfield Prize. Subsequent to that, he completed his Masters of Business Administration at the Insead Business School in Fontainebleau of France. He is also a SFA licensed advisor and UK broker dealer.
Investment professional with 15 years of experience in private equity and real estate in CEE region. Investment experience covers start-up investments, investments in real estate development/asset management and large businesses, as well as fund management and investor relations. Currently working as a regional investment manager focusing on investments in infrastructure and specialised manufacturing.
Igor joined the team of CEE Equity Partners after almost 8 years of investment management responsibility within Bluehouse Capital – a very successful regional PERE fund manager focusing on real estate investments (development and asset management). Prior to that Igor worked for 3 years for Erste Bank Group where he was recruited to develop a real estate consulting and brokerage business for its Croatian operations. Igor started his career working in investment banking in Milan, Italy, but very quickly he moved to Croatia to join one of the first PE/VC funds that was operating in Croatia at that time.
Igor holds a Masters’ degree in international finance from Brandeis IBS/Bocconi MIEM programmes, and is fluent in English, Italian and Croatian. In his free time, Igor enjoys tennis, cycling, running and mountaineering.
Head of Renewable Energy Operations
Renata is an expert in renewable energy investment, development, and operation. Prior to joining CEE EP, Renata was the Financial Director and Board Member at GEO Renewables Group, and Managing Partner in Solaque Holdings Ltd and Geo Solar Sp. z o.o. She was responsible for strategic management of business activities of a group of companies operating in the renewable energy sector in Poland. She also supervised the Group’s accounting & tax, financial, legal and administration functions. She participated in numerous M&A processes in the renewables sector, and was directly involved in the development, construction, and operation of approx. 1 GW of wind and solar projects. Before GEO, Renata served as Chief Accountant at EDP Renováveis Group and as Tax Consultant at PwC.
Renata majored in Economics at the Maria Curie – Skłodowska University in Lublin and studied Accountancy at the University of Insurance and Banking (Academy of Finance) in Warsaw.
In her free time, she enjoys reading, running, and horse riding. She is also a qualified swimming referee.
Judi joined CEE EP after 7 years at Eversheds, where she headed the M&A practice in Poland and served as a coordinator for projects across the CEE region. Based in Poland since the mid-1990’s, Judi has witnessed first-hand the maturing of the CEE business environment and of the law and legal services supporting those business needs. She has advised international, regional and Polish clients on transactional matters in various sectors, including telecommunications, manufacturing and TMT.
Judi is a graduate of Wellesley College and Harvard Law School. She previously served as a Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors of the American Chamber of Commerce in Poland and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Polish-U.S. Fulbright Commission. She enjoys movies from Hollywood’s Golden Age, cooking and travel.
Group Governance & Compliance Officer
Magda is responsible for corporate governance issues and policy, legal and regulatory compliance (including ESG) of the China-CEE Funds’ portfolio companies. Magda supports Management Boards in improving long-term performance of investments.
Magda specialises in M&A law, corporate law, international transactions and foreign investments in Poland. Over the past 17 years Magda has worked on numerous corporate and M&A projects across the CEE region, including large M&A deals and greenfield investments in various industries.
Magda is a graduate of the Law and Administration Faculty at the Warsaw University and has a diploma from the Institute of Continuing Education of the Cambridge University (course at the Warsaw University). Magda has also completed internships in a law firm in London and in the ECHR in Strasbourg. Magda speaks fluent English and basic French.
Magda is a CYSEC approved AML Compliance Officer.
In her spare time, Magda enjoys music, the theatre and travelling.
Tomáš joined the team of CEE Equity Partners after 7 years of private equity experience with Genesis Capital, a SME-oriented fund advisor based in Czech Republic, last time at a position of Investment Director. He has participated in completed transactions in the fields of manufacturing, retail, services and pharmaceutical sectors, having responsibility for the entire investment process. He has experience with the support of companies from the nonexecutive board position, having served as a board member of seven portfolio companies in the last 6 years. Tomáš has also been involved in the fund administration activities, LP reporting and has wide experience with company valuations.
Tomáš holds a Masters’ degree in international finance from Erasmus University in Rotterdam and Masters’ degree in economics from Charles University in Prague. He has also completed the CFA designation.
He is a Czech native, speaks also English and German. As a former competitive baseball player, he cannot live without regular sport activities of all kinds.
Peter is a strategic finance executive and business partner with more than 17 years of international corporate finance and business experience. As Country Manager, Greece, Peter is responsible for identifying and developing investment opportunities.
Peter studied and worked for 10 years in New York before he returned to Greece in 2009. During his career he has accumulated expertise in business, M&As and capital raising in varied industries in the USA and in Greece.
Peter brings his knowledge of the Greek market, his years of advising rapidly developing small and mid-market companies and familiarity with their shareholders, for whom he has built new functions, improved existing ones, and provided strategic advice.
Peter’s experience includes a NASDAQ IPO and Private Equity and M&A projects. He is Managing Director at Bernard’s Consultancy and a Board Advisor to various organizations in Greece. Peter holds a BBA and an executive MBA in Finance and Investments from Baruch College, the City University of New York.
Before joining CEE EP Michał spent over 3 years working for British American Tobacco in London, UK and Lausanne, Switzerland first as a management trainee and later as a Treasury Analyst with responsibility for debt refinancing, short term liquidity management and hedging the groups’ global FX exposure. Prior to BAT Michał worked for the Unicredit M&A team in Warsaw.
Michał has a BA from Warsaw School of Economics and holds a Master’s degree in Finance from ESADE Business School in Barcelona. He is a Chartered Management Accountant (CIMA) and a CFA charterholder.
Michał is a dedicated backpacker and jogger and has worked as a lifeguard for the American Red Cross in the US.
Before joining CEE EP, Krzysztof was holding positions of a Director of Strategy, Planning and Analysis and Capital Investment Manager at PGE Polska Grupa Energetyczna, being responsible for strategy and M&A primarily for the renewable energy segment. He was engaged in M&A deal execution, including acquisition of a portfolio of wind farms from Iberdrola and DONG Energy, with over PLN 1 billion in deal size. He was involved in business strategy formulation, regulatory issues and optimization of operations and development projects for the wind energy segment. Before PGE, Krzysztof worked for Raiffeisen Investment, an investment banking arm of the Raiffeisen Group, working on M&A deals in heavy industry and chemicals, and for EY Corporate Finance, focusing on business advisory, i.e. business planning, restructuring, appraisal of investment projects, for road, railway and airport infrastructure projects.
Krzysztof has been involved in a range of advisory projects for private and public companies and for government agencies including preparation of strategic business plans for the companies from PKP Group or Polish Airports. He was also in charge of M&A advisory projects executed for Nafta Polska and Polish State Treasury on the privatization process of three chemical capital groups.
Krzysztof holds a degree in Finance and Banking from Warsaw School of Economics and was an economics scholar at University of Amsterdam. He speaks English and Polish. He is also a keen snowboarder, road biker and backpacking traveler.
Before joining CEE EP Dariusz completed an internship with Advent International supporting the deal teams with sourcing transactions, research, company reports database compilation and financial modelling. Prior to this, Darek worked for a brokerage house, completed an internship in E&Y and ran his own online construction supplies business.
He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance and Accounting from Warsaw School of Economics with specialisation in Investment Banking and Financial Markets.
Darek loves windsurfing and is a keen footballer, regularly playing in amateur leagues.
Octavian began his career in Romania as a stockbroker before moving to Central America – Belize and Panama – for 7 years. Here he worked for a number of banks and consultancy firms, gaining extensive experience in company formation and structuring, asset protection, offshore funds formation, trusts, securitisation of assets etc. and was part of the team which established Banco Universal in Panama. In charge of the medical financing division, he was responsible for construction, equipment purchase and asset securitisation for hospitals and medical facilities throughout Panama, Costa Rica and Venezuela.
On his return to Romania he became business development manager for Copernicus Capital and Abris Romania, drawing on his local expertise, identifying and securing investment opportunities. He gained experience in Combined Heat & Power (CHP) generation with Eneas – an energy efficiency solutions company with operations in Belgium, Holland, France and Romania – where he was advising the company on development and strategy.
Octavian holds a law degree from Cluj University and speaks English, Spanish, Romanian and French. He is also a keen sportsman, adept at sabre fencing and playing the didgeridoo!
With prior engagements in audit, private equity and banking, Radu has hands-on experience with both partnering with successful companies but also in restructuring large corporates.
Prior to joining CEE Equity Partners, Radu was Senior Restructuring Manager in Banca Comerciala Romana, largest Romanian bank part of Erste Group. He was in charge of large corporate clients and managed a diverse portfolio of companies for which he arranged: restructuring of credit facilities, M&A support to attract new equity and managed complex reorganization deals with other creditors and stakeholders.
Before BCR, Radu worked for Axxess Capital Partners, a private equity house based in Bucharest. He was involved in deals in Romania, Bulgaria and Turkey. His experience spans from manufacturing, to retail, financial services, logistic and B2B services. He takes pride in his role in building, alongside the entrepreneurs, the largest toys and children products retail chain in Romania operating under Noriel brand.
Radu is a graduate of the Academy of Economic Studies in Bucharest and holds an MSc in Finance from DOFIN. He is a chartered auditor, an ACCA graduate and also holds a Law degree.
Hüseyin is an expert in the renewable energies sector in closing M&A deals and well experienced in developing projects from scratch in various countries. Prior to joining CEE EP, Hüseyin led the renewable energy investment activities on behalf of Alleans Renewables in Eastern European countries. He was in charge of finding market entry strategies, lead project origination activities in various countries and execute project specific deals. Prior to Alleans Renewables, he was involved in deal structuring and execution, valuation, risk assessment, project development and project financing activities of approx. 2 GW Solar PV assets.
Hüseyin holds a Masters of Business Administration degree with a GPA of 4.00 from Koc University in Turkey and BEng Mechanical Engineering with First Class degree from University of Southampton in the U.K.
Hüseyin spends his free time reading self-development books and magazines and working-out. He is also an enthusiastic Cuban salsa (Casino) dancer and a determined small size angel investor.
Before joining CEE EP, Tudor worked in the Financial Sponsors Coverage Group at Société Générale in Frankfurt where he was engaged in sourcing transactions for private equity funds, research and financial modelling. Prior to Société Générale, he was a research analyst at Blackwall Capital Investment in Zug. In addition, he gained internship experience in growth capital at 3TS Capital Partners in Vienna and Bucharest, and M&A at LD&A Jupiter in Munich.
Tudor holds an MSc in Finance from ESADE Business School in Barcelona and a BSc in Finance and Production Management from the Vienna University of Economics and Business. Having lived, worked and studied in four countries over the past six years, Tudor speaks Romanian, German and English, being also a passionate skier and sports enthusiast.
Senior Investment Analyst
Before joining CEE EP, Tamas worked in the Real Estate Investment Banking team of Credit Suisse in London, advising European clients on mergers, acquisitions and capital raising. He focused on pan-European operators of logistics real estate, shopping malls and UK-based lodging companies. Prior to Credit Suisse, Tamas gained internship experience at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, OTP Bank and Rocket Internet.
He holds an MSc in Financial Economics from Said Business School, University of Oxford, and a BSc from Bocconi University, during which he spent an exchange semester at the Wharton School in Philadelphia.
Having lived in seven countries during the last six years, Tamas is a keen traveller and divides his free time between family, friends, volunteering and sports. He enjoys skiing and canoeing.
Senior Investment Analyst
Prior to joining CEE EP, Orkhan worked at Actera Group, largest private equity firm dedicated to investments in Turkey, where he served as Investment Analyst in the acquisition of Gratis, largest beauty and personal care retail chain in Turkey. Before Actera he interned at Bravia Capital in Hong Kong, and Credit Europe Bank in Switzerland.
Orkhan holds an MSc in Financial Economics from University of Oxford, and a BA in Economics from Ozyegin University, during which he spent one academic year at Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota.
Orkhan is fluent in English, Turkish, Russian and Azerbaijani, and is interested in history of financial, political and economic crises.
Senior Investment Analyst
Prior joining CEE EP in 2017, David was an analyst at CORPIN, Rothschild & Co affiliate in Prague, covering primarily Czech Republic and Slovakia. Among other projects, he was advising on M&A transactions in telecommunications, e-commerce and consumer goods.
David holds MSc in Financial Economics from Erasmus University Rotterdam as well as Bachelor’s degree in Finance from University of Economics, Prague.
He is Slovak native and speaks English, Czech and Polish. In his free time, David enjoys swimming, skiing and ice hockey.
Senior Investment Analyst
Before joining CEE EP, Michał worked as an Associate at Pekao Investment Banking in Warsaw, advising on mergers, acquisitions and equity capital markets transactions. Among others, his assignments included transactions in the real estate, financial, manufacturing and rail sectors.
Prior to Pekao, Michał worked as an Analyst in the Corporate Finance team at Erste Securities Polska, a subsidiary of Erste Group.
Michał is a Finance and Accounting graduate from the Warsaw School of Economics. Outside of work Michał enjoys skiing and cycling, and is interested in technology.
Piotr was born and raised in Gdynia. Before joining CEE EP he worked as an analyst in JP Morgan and GP Bullhound in London advising Telecom, Media and Technology clients on multiple M&A, ECM and DCM transactions. Previously he had internship experience at CAG, DNB Bank and DLA Piper.
Piotr has a Master`s degree in Finance and Accounting from Warsaw School of Economics and holds a Master of Laws from University of Warsaw.
Piotr`s lifelong passions are surfing and history.
Before joining CEE EP Ling spent 4 years operating import/export business between China and Central Europe. She has also been working as a freelance translator. Prior to this, Ling worked in the procurement department of an international trading company in Beijing and completed an internship in China Radio International.
Ling holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Polish Studies from Beijing Foreign Studies University and is currently studying MBA at the Warsaw University of Technology Business School.
Ling speaks fluent Chinese, English and Polish. She is also a keen badminton player and traveller.
Value Enhancement Manager
Oliwier has broad experience in working for large and mid-cap companies in different sectors both in Poland and abroad.
Before joining the CEE EP Value Enhancement Team, Oliwier spent several years working as a business consultant at different advisory firms, including 4 years at MDDP Business Consulting, and nearly 3 years working for Clairfield International Poland entity, Central Europe Trust. Earlier he worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) and in independent corporate finance and consulting companies Saski Partners and Apax Consulting Group.
In his capacity as a business consultant, Oliwier carried out both advisory and corporate finance projects. He specialised in strategic and optimisation projects, process improvements, restructuring, strategy formulation and operational due diligence in the energy, furniture, transport, chemical, manufacturing, real estate, e-commerce and FMCG sectors. His main focus was on the optimisation of operations.
Oliwier’s varied background provides him with a unique perspective and skillset which allows him to assist companies in addressing their challenges and improving their operational effectiveness and efficiency, resulting in greater value creation.
A graduate of the University of A. Mickiewicz in Poznań in the field of legal and economic international relations. At the same time, he studied at the University of Economics in Poznań and at the Institute of Management (IGR-IAE) in Rennes, France. Currently working towards final stage of an ACCA designation. He speaks Polish, English and French.
Keen hiker and skier.
Value Enhancement Manager
Before joining CEE EP, Tomasz was head of controlling in leading Polish private fuel trader Solumus and financial controller in Polenergia being responsible for financial supervision of biomass projects, new investments and internal control. Prior to his career in financial management and control, Tomasz had experiences in corporate finance advisory as a senior associate in Valuation and Financial Modeling Team in Deloitte and associate in investment boutique Central Europe Trust. His professional background includes financial planning and modeling, valuations, reporting, accounting, liquidity management, debt financing as well as strategic advisory and restructuring projects. Tomasz performed projects in industries such as: renewable energy, oil & gas (fuel trading & infrastructure), manufacturing, gambling, rail transportation.
He holds a Master’s Degree in Finance and Accounting from Warsaw School of Economics and is also an ACCA member.
Tomasz regularly plays football, he enjoys classic literature and playing the piano.
Associate, Value Enhancement Team
Before joining CEE EP Katarzyna has worked as a legal assistant, and has overall 9 years’ experience in administrative work. Among other duties, she was responsible for managing complaint projects and worked in a procurement department of an international company.
Katarzyna holds a Master’s Degree in Management from SGH Warsaw School of Economics as well as Bachelor’s Degree in English Philology from the University of Warsaw.
Katarzyna speaks English, Polish, and basic Spanish. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, hiking and is interested in linguistics.