The Baltic economies have a large small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) sector, yet domestic capital markets are not presently geared to provide finance to the SME sector – that have traditionally utilised bank finance. Additionally access to capital markets and especially equity financing through an initial public offering (IPO) is either seen as being too complex and costly or simply not considered by SMEs, especially small- and mid-cap companies.
The current support request aims to assist the Ministries of Finance of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania (MoFs) in designing a regional CMDAF (the “Fund” or the “CMDAF”). The Fund will provide finance for pre-IPO, small- and mid-cap companies and SMEs on the growth market in line with the EU Capital Markets Union objectives – to support access to finance for SMEs.
By supporting the offering of listed SMEs, the CMDAF will enhance secondary market liquidity and boost the availability of investment products in the local capital markets. The process of SME selection can be supported by the ‘Pre-Listing Support Programmes’ already implemented or in process of being implemented in all Baltics states. This project is also aligned with the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) where Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania agreed to create a pan-Baltic capital market to strengthen their economies and stimulate investment to create jobs with support of the European Commission and EBRD.
This project is funded by the European Commission via the DG REFORM and implemented by EBRD Local Currency and Capital Markets Development (EBRD LC2) and EBRD Equity Funds for the MoFs benefit.
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EBRD Equity Funds team is the largest private equity fund investor in the EBRD region, covering a wide spectrum of fund sizes and investment strategies; regional and country specific funds, generalist and sector specific funds. Its primary objectives are to build a sustainable funds industry able to attract institutional capital, support funds aiming at supporting SMEs and support deeper integrated policy engagements with market and regulatory stakeholders.
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