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Equity funds

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Approval date:

10 Mar 1998



PSD disclosed:

20 Jan 1998

Project Description

The creation of a co-investment facility, which will invest, in parallel with an existing fund, in direct equity investments in Polish small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).
Project objectives: To provide wholesale equity funding to Polish companies that ordinarily would be too small for the Bank to finance directly. The investments will be principally pre-IPO (initial public offering) investments, where the eventual exit strategy is a listing on the Warsaw Stock Exchange or investments via IPOs.

Transition Impact

The Bank will be supporting the development of FAMCO and therefore the indigenous asset management industry in Poland. The facility will allow FAMCO to broaden the range of its investment activities and hence provide additional equity finance to Polish SMEs to finance their growth.

The Client

The Fund Advisory and Management Company (FAMCO) is a joint venture between BRE of Poland and Pictet of Switzerland. FAMCO manages an equity fund for Poland, the Polish Pre-IPO Fund (the SICAV), which has raised US$ 29.334 million.

EBRD Finance

The EBRD is providing US$ 20 million to create a co-investment facility, which will invest in Polish direct equity investments in parallel with FAMCO's existing fund, the SICAV. The facility is structured as a 100 per cent Bank-owned Delaware Limited Partnership (Pre-IPO L.P.).

Project Cost

US$ 50 million (ECU 45 million).

Environmental Impact

FAMCO will follow the EBRD's environmental procedures for investment funds. In implementing these procedures, FAMCO will assess potential environmental issues associated with its investments, which are required to comply, at a minimum, with local/national health, safety, environmental and public consultation requirements.

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