2024 Austria & CEE Private Equity Breakfast


The Austria & CEE Private Equity Breakfast is an annual event sponsored and hosted through the joint cooperation of Pedersen & Partners and CMS.

We look forward to welcoming you in Vienna on April 18, to an inspiring event with interesting discussions. The audience will bring together senior decision-makers from private equity, mezzanine & venture funds, asset managers, financial institutions, advisory firms, family offices, and portfolio companies.

Private Equity Breakfast


  • Poul Pedersen – Executive Chairman, Pedersen & Partners
  • Alexander Rakosi – Partner, CMS


  • Thomas Brake - Investment Director, capiton AG
  • Franz Hörhager - Founding Partner & Chairman, Accession Capital Partners
  • Benjamin Hubner - Managing Partner, Sophora Unternehmerkapital
  • Daniel Jennewein – Managing Director, AG Capital
  • Gregor Nischer - Managing Partner, MP Corporate Finance GmbH 
  • Philipp Schupfer - COO, Board Member, Invest Unternehmensbeteiligungs AG 
  • Anthony Stalker – Partner, CEECAT Capital
  • Katerina Zenz – Head of Austria & CEE, Mutares

Panel discussion topics:

  • Importance of ESG criteria in fundraising and when selecting portfolio companies, including the increased demand for governance at both the fund and portfolio levels;

  • Outlook for and latest trends in investment, finance, and M&A activities in Austria and the CEE Region, including high-opportunity sectors, deal flow, add-ons vs. exits, valuations and exit strategies; 

  • Value creation: portfolio management and exit strategies, change management, the significance of human capital in due diligence, succession planning, and key talent acquisition and retention; 

  • Influence of current external factors such as high interest rates and inflation, armed conflicts, digital transformation, energy transition, and US and EU elections; 

  • Fundraising environment - who are the main sources of inbound capital: institutional investors, family offices, corporate ventures, sovereign wealth funds, multilaterals, funds of funds;  

  • Outbound investment destinations - what geographies have the highest potential for Austrian PE and VC firms and their portfolio companies?