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What we fund

The EBRD is the largest single investor in central and eastern Europe and central Asia. There are several ways that companies and entrepreneurs can benefit from EBRD assistance, depending on their circumstances and business aims.

Projects may be considered for EBRD assistance if they:

  • are located in an EBRD country of operations
  • have good prospects of being profitable
  • have significant equity contributions in cash or in kind from the project sponsor
  • would benefit the local economy
  • satisfy EBRD's environmental standards as well as those of the host country

Project structure

The Bank tailors solutions to client and project needs and to the specific situation of the country, region and sector. It assigns a dedicated team of specialists with expertise in project finance, the region and sector, law and environment.

  • The EBRD funds up to 35% of the total project cost for a greenfield project or 35% of the long-term capitalisation of an established company
  • Additional funding by sponsors and other co-financiers is required. The EBRD may identify additional resources through its syndications programme
  • Typical private sector projects are based on at least one-third equity investment
  • Significant equity contributions are required from the sponsors. Sponsors should have a majority shareholding or adequate operational control. In-kind equity contributions are accepted

We do not finance projects in these sectors

  • Defence-related activities
  • Tobacco industry
  • Substances banned by international law
  • Stand-alone gambling facilities.

In addition, the Bank may not finance certain products or processes due to their environmentally harmful nature or if adverse impact cannot be adequately mitigated.

Last updated 30 June 2010


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