Winners celebrate at the 3rd annual CEE Merger and Acquisitions Awards in Warsaw
11 March

EE M&A Director Magazine and would like to thank all those that attended the 3rd annual CEE Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A) Awards held at the Westin Hotel in Warsaw on March 7, 2019.

The awards ceremony looked fantastic and was attended by an ensemble cast of merger and acquisition executives from all over the region, who applauded all the finalists for their outstanding achievements in the M&A sector.

Private Equity Awards were handed out to Griffin Real Estate, Avallon and MCI Capital for their continued confidence and success in the region.

Griffin picked up the Private Equity Deal of the Year award for their acquisition of Metro's M1 shopping centre portfolio in Poland, which highlighted the popularity of the retail real estate sector as an investment. Avallon was voted best Private Equity Firm on the back of its deal activity in the Polish and Czech energy sectors, which promise good growth prospects for the investors, and MCI Capital was awarded Exit of the Year for their deinvestment from the Dotpay/eCard.

Other big prizes went to Atmos Ventures, which collected Venture Capital Firm of the Year, while Bank of the Year was awarded to Bank Pekao.

In addition to the traditional M&A awards, a host of prizes were awarded to a variety of consultancy and services companies for their professional excellence. PwC walked away with two of the top prizes including Tax & Financial Advisory as well as M&A Advisory. Recognising the importance and expertise of international law practices Linklaters was awarded Law Firm of the Year and Łaszczuk and Partners was celebrated as Boutique Law Firm.

Other service sector and advisory winners included Drooms for Professional Service Provider and Dual Asset Management collected the M&A Insurance Firm of the Year award.

At a glance around 100 senior decision makers from the M&A sector were in attendance. Primarily the awards recognized companies and individuals who had demonstrated the best overall performance during the past year as well as the outstanding efforts and achievements of all those involved in identifying, coordinating and completing the important deals, which have produced consistent results, and the potential to change the fate of businesses and industries throughout the region.

On behalf of our sponsors and attendees, we offer our congratulations to all the winners:

3rd Annual CEE M&A Award Winners

Professional Service Provider


Drooms, the leading provider of Virtual Data Rooms in Europe, allows companies-controlled access to confidential corporate data across company boundaries and specialises in providing tailored solutions for the entire value chain and lifecycle management of assets. Confidential business processes such as mergers and acquisitions, non-performing loans (NPL) transactions and board communication are handled securely, transparently and efficiently by Drooms.

Tax & Financial Advisory


PwC's main purpose is to build trust in society and solve important problems. PwC is a network of firms in 158 countries with more than 250,000 people who are committed to delivering quality in assurance, advisory and tax services.

Insurance Firm

Dual Asset Underwriting

DUAL Asset Underwriting (DAU) is a Managing General Agency, established in May 2013 to provide specialist insurance products to protect or more efficiently transact property assets; real estate, mortgages, inherited assets, shares, airplanes & helicopters, around the world. DUAL Asset is part of DUAL International, which is part of the Hyperion Group. After only 5 years, DUAL Asset is the by far the largest title insurer outside of the USA, with annual premium in excess of €50 million.

Advisory Firm


PwC's main purpose is to build trust in society and solve important problems. PwC is a network of firms in 158 countries with more than 250,000 people who are committed to delivering quality in assurance, advisory and tax services.

Boutique Law Firm

Łaszczuk and Partners

Łaszczuk & Partners has been helping Polish and multinational businesses for 30 years. The firm is based in Warsaw and cooperates on a permanent basis with lawyers in all major  European countries. For many years they have advised clients in various types of transactions involving acquisitions, mergers, corporate divisions and reorganizations, and restructuring of companies. We also advise on the sale of enterprises (asset deals). Our experience includes both international and local projects.

Law Firm


Linklaters is one of the world’s pre-eminent law firms. It regularly advises the world's leading companies, financial institutions and governments on their most complex transactions and mandates. Staffed with over 75 lawyers, its Warsaw office is one of the largest and most experienced international legal practices on the Polish market.


Bank Pekao

Bank Pekao remains the first choice bank for corporate clients providing both the comprehensive services of a universal bank and all the other financial services available on the Polish market (including leasing, factoring and investment advisory in, among others, M&A area). The Bank's services are used by every second large company in Poland.

Venture Capital Firm

Atmos Ventures

Atmos Ventures is focusing on investing, nurturing, and growing Seed and Series A-stage European firms, as well as North American firms looking to open R&D centers in Europe, with a potential to become global players. Specifically, the Fund will be focusing on developing “deep technologies” for large enterprise applications.

Private Equity Firm


AVALLON was established in 2001 as advisory firm and consecutively raised two buyout funds with exclusive focus on MBOs. It has been investing on the Polish capital market since 2004 and has become a leader in the buyout market in Poland in the segment of companies with a turnover of PLN 50-250 million and a market leader in Poland in the transaction segment with capital involvement of managers (including typical MBO transactions).

Private Equity Deal

Griffin Real Estate acquired the Metro portfolio

The M1 acquisition is a portfolio of 28 retail properties from funds managed by Ares Management L.P., AXA Investment Managers & Real Assets and Apollo Rida. The value of the deal was around €1 billion. Griffin Real Estate acted as the transaction manager, co-investor and co-manager of Chariot Top Group BV, a company incorporated in the Netherlands

Exit of the Year

MCI Capital exits Dotpay/eCard

MCI Capital, a leading tech-focused private equity group in Central and Eastern Europe, announce the sale of Dotpay/eCard, that are amongst the leading online payment service providers in Poland, to Nets, a market leader in the payments industry. With this acquisition Nets gains access to the sixth largest country in EU by inhabitants with a growing economy, solid growth in eCommerce volumes and high growth potential through cash to digital payments conversion.


Contact Information

Craig Smith

Phone number: +48 577 100 620

Paul Cowen

Phone number: +48 796 773 703