V4C Eastern Europe



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Equity funds

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Approval date:

13 Dec 2005



PSD disclosed:

11 Nov 2005

Project Description

The proposed project is a private equity fund targeting small and medium-sized enterprises with annual revenue of EUR 10-100 million in the Central and South-eastern European region (new EU members and associate members). Sectors targeted include consumer products, business services, engineering and light manufacturing. The Fund is sponsored by the French banking group Société Générale. The fund will make investments geared towards increasing investee company market share and optimising company productivity through, for example, add-on acquisitions of competitors or the launch of new product or service lines.

Transition Impact

Debt financing for companies in the developing Eastern European countries is limited. The equity financing provided by the EBRD and other investors in this project is vital for the sustainable development of these local companies.

EBRD’s role as an investor in the Fund will consolidate other investors and attract more private equity to the region of investment.

As the project will be targeting local SMEs that will be developed and improved with western know-how, there will be opportunities for knowledge and skill transfer from western experts. The competitiveness of investee companies will increase, thereby developing local markets and strengthening the position of local companies to the point that eventually they could compete on an international level.


The Client

The French banking group Société Générale will sponsor the Fund, providing 30% to a maximum EUR 50 million of the Fund’s aggregate commitments. The Investment Manager will be the group’s private equity arm, SG AM Alternative Investments S.A., which oversees EUR 1 billion in assets through 11 funds, worldwide, including two Eastern Europe expansion capital funds: Baltic Republics Fund and SG Romania Fund.

EBRD Finance

The EBRD proposes an equity investment of 20% of the aggregate fund size to a maximum EUR 30 million.

Project Cost

Total fund size is estimated at EUR 200 million for the final closing. The first closing target is EUR 80 million.

Environmental Impact

This project has been screened FI. The Fund will be required to adopt and implement the EBRD’s Environmental Procedures for Funds which includes compliance with the EBRD’s Environmental Exclusion and Referral List and provision of an Annual Environmental Report. Investee companies will be required to comply, at a minimum, with national standards for environment, health, safety and labour.

Technical Cooperation


Company Contact

Mr. Fabrice CALLET, Managing Director
SG AM Private Equity, Eastern Europe
170, place Henri Regnault,
92043 Paris - La Défense

Tel: +33 (0)1 56 37 79 58;
Fax: +33 (0)1 56 37 86 47

Email: FABRICE.CALLET@sgam.com


Business opportunities

For business opportunities or procurement, contact the client company.

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Email: procurement@ebrd.com

General enquiries

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Email: projectenquiries@ebrd.com

Public Information Policy (PIP)

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Text of the PIP

Independent Project Accountability Mechanism (IPAM)

If efforts to address environmental, social or public disclosure concerns with the Client or the Bank are unsuccessful (e.g. through the Client’s Project-level grievance mechanism or through direct engagement with Bank management), individuals and organisations may seek to address their concerns through the EBRD’s Independent Project Accountability Mechanism (IPAM).

IPAM independently reviews Project issues that are believed to have caused (or to be likely to cause) harm. The purpose of the Mechanism is: to support dialogue between Project stakeholders to resolve environmental, social and public disclosure issues; to determine whether the Bank has complied with its Environmental and Social Policy or Project-specific provisions of its Access to Information Policy; and where applicable, to address any existing non-compliance with these policies, while preventing future non-compliance by the Bank.

Please visit the Independent Project Accountability Mechanism webpage to find out how to submit a Request for review through our confidential online form, by email, mail or telephone. IPAM is available to discuss your concerns and answer any questions you may have about the submission or handling of Requests, which follow the Project Accountability Policy and Guidance. Requestors’ identities may be kept confidential, upon request.

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