Austrian/CEE Private Equity & Venture Capital Breakfast 2022


The Private Equity Breakfast is an annual event that is sponsored and hosted through the joint cooperation of Pedersen & Partners and CMS. The event  will gather leading speakers from the private equity industry, management recruitment and legal fields.

The purpose of this event is to bring together investment professionals to discuss and share experiences and comments regarding the current industry climate and future developments.

Private Equity Breakfast

CMS Reich-Rohrwig Hainz 
Gauermanngasse 2
1010 Vienna

The panel discussion will be held in English and will be moderated by:

Poul Pedersen – Executive Chairman, Pedersen & Partners
Alexander Rakosi – Partner & Head of Private Equity, CMS Reich-Rohrwig Hainz

Panel I: “The current landscape of venture capital investments”


Markus Lang – Partner, Speedinvest
Pekka Mäki – Managing Partner, 3TS Capital Partners
Niklas Pichler – Managing Partner, BlackPeak Capital
Klaus Vukovich – Managing Partner, Alantra Austria & CEE


  • Early stage investing in start-ups and SMEs – the role of Venture Capital/Venture Debt and the rise of ICO as an alternative means of funding;
  • High opportunity sectors and market segments – Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence, E-commerce, FinTech, Life Sciences, Environmental, Renewables, Social and Governance (ESG), Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence, E-commerce, EdTech;
  • Impact from the geopolitical arena and external factors: climate change and sustainability, digital transformation, fallout of Ukraine invasion and sanctions imposed on Russia, Covid-19 restrictions. How has deal-making changed when founders cannot be physically met (new ways of deal sourcing)?
  • Exit prospects for portfolio companies: Austria vs. CEE – who are the typical buyers?
  • Lessons learned from crisis – any relevant takeaways from the situation or are we just as (un)prepared for the next crisis as we were for this one?

Panel II: “Private equity as a driver of further economic development”


Philipp Freyschlag – Director, Bregal Unternehmerkapital
Gernot Hofer – Board Member, Invest AG;
Anna Hofmann – CEO and Founder, Greensource Energy
Karl Lankmayr – Managing Director, AG Capital
Farsin Yadegardjam – Partner, Co-Investor/EVP Capital


  • Recent developments and trends in the Austrian / CEE M&A market – including deal-flow, valuations, funding, availability of credit for leveraged financing, exit routes and strategies, co-investments;
  • High opportunity sectors and market segments – Environmental, Energy/Renewables, Social and Governance (ESG), EdTech;
  • Fund raising environment – who are the main sources of inbound capital: institutional investors, family offices, corporate ventures, sovereign wealth funds, multilaterals, fund of funds;
  • Value creation – portfolio management & asset class strategies, turnaround and change management, succession planning, talent retention, disconnect between valuations and company performance;
  • Outbound investment destinations – what geographies or regions have the highest potential for Austrian PE firms and their portfolio companies (Western Europe, CEE, Asia, Africa, Middle East, USA?).
Event Administrator:

Diana Gasitoi