Investment Banking



WOOD & Company is well known for the high quality of its investment banking services. Clients value our ability to combine impartial advice with effective solutions, as well as our long-term relationships with local corporations, institutions and local and international investors, nurtured over many years. Our highly-respected team of professionals offers a full range of investment banking services, including privatisation advisory, M&A advisory, initial and secondary public equity offerings, financial restructuring and debt funding advisory.

The firm is consistently credited with closing complex transactions often involving business overlooked by the larger investment banking firms. WOOD & Company has participated in a wide range of corporate finance transactions in the CEE region over the years and the firm has also acted on behalf of state authorities and blue chip international corporations in a number of the region's high profile transactions.

Team members are highly experienced, with deep roots in Emerging Europe and unrivaled knowledge of their markets. Members of the team have executed a wide array of high profile transactions across Emerging Europe in the past few years and have had a very significant cumulative market share in the most active placement market, Poland.


Local Knowledge - Global Research

 

We offer an unrivalled regional footprint and geographic reach via Europe's largest dedicated EME team:
  • One of the largest CEE-dedicated sales & trading teams in London
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  • Strong team in Prague focused on sales to local, international and CEE-based investors (ex-Poland)
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  • Strong sales & trading desk in Warsaw with constantly growing market share and focus on the Polish market

           
     
         
Staff on the ground - more than 260 employees:
IB team
28
Bratislava - 9
Bucharest - 3
London - 3
Prague - 8
Warsaw - 5
Sales, Sales Trading
& Execution
26
Bratislava - 1
London - 9
New York - 2*
Prague - 10
Warsaw - 4
Research
22
London - 7
Prague - 8
Warsaw - 7

* in association with Brasil Plural
     
WOOD & Co. is top-class full-service investment bank spanning the entire product spectrum 
  • Advisory on public and commercial mergers & acquisitions         
  • Advisory on privatizations      
  • Advisory on debt financings   
  • Advisory on PIPE(Private Investment in Public Equity)   
  • Public Private Partnership Projects (PPP)       
  • Initial Public Offerings        
  • Public Calls         
  • Valuations         
  • Exit strategies         
  • Advisory on financing         
  • Advisory on specific corporate finance situations         
  • Merchant banking         
  • Business plan development   
  • Feasibillity study preparation
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Unrivalled equity
placement
 The leading
Emerging Europe
research
capability
WOOD & Co.
Clients have
access to:
Outstanding
investment banking
platform
Partnership
arrangements
in key secondary
markets

Equity Capital Markets

WOOD & Company is one of the best-positioned investment banks to execute Equity Capital Markets deals across the Emerging Europe. The firm has been gaining its enviable regional ECM experience since late-1990s when it managed and co-managed a large number of public offerings in the Czech Republic, Poland and Hungary. It has transformed into a CEE powerhouse in late 2010. WOOD & Company has an unique track record of advising and executing Initial Public Offerings, fully marketed secondary offerings & sell downs, accelerated & reverse bookbuilds secondary / dual listing and buybacks. We have consistently demonstrated the ability to outplace other internationally oriented institutions, including in large-scale IPOs and ABBs accessing demand from all relevant geographies.

The last years saw WOOD & Company act as bookrunner in a number of sell downs, advising and executing sales for the EBRD, Fondul Proprietatea, the Polish State Treasury, the Romanian government as well as various private equity funds and corporates.

 WOOD & Company supports its clients with active secondary equity trading, consistent research coverage and active communication with key local and international institutional investors. Our wide-ranging credentials prove our ability to manage successfully virtually any transaction and communicate the process effectively with international and regional institutions.


Meet Our International Teams

David Tajzich
Managing Director

David joined WOOD&Co. in 2001. He has 16 years' experience in corporate finance and capital markets advisory. He specialises in debt and equity capital market transactions, including IPOs, SPOs, listings, share buybacks and takeover, bids, and M&A selected transactions: VLP, RWE Grid holding, HOB CerTec, Sanofi, NWR, WARIMPEX, Zentiva, ORCO, ČEZ, SMVaK, TV Prima and Telefonica.


Jiří Hrbáček
Managing Director

Jiří joined WOOD&Co. in 2015. He has 22 years' experience in corporate finance, financial advisory, financial management, asset management and private equity. Specialising in M&A transactions, and equity and debt capital markets transactions, Jiří has worked on such deals as: the privatisation of Czech Gas Sector, Deza, BASK, ABN-AMRO, Pension Fund, VUB, and bond issues at HB Reavis.

 


Miloš Čebík
Director

Miloš joined WOOD&Co. in 2008. He has 10 years' experience in investment banking, energy, utilities, telecommunications, engineering and the food industry. Clients and transactions he has been involved with include: Macquarie, Towercom, RWE Grid Holding, MasokombinátPlzeň, FVE Czech Novum Financing and Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction.


Peter Turner
Director

Peter joined WOOD&Co. in 2006. He has 11 years' experience in investment banking and financial services, real estate, engineering industries, energy, waste management and construction, as well as private placements and bond issues. Clients and transactions he has been involved with include: SATPO, Discovery Group, Real Prag, Fincentrum, TERMIZO, MVVEnergie, Window Holding and Warburg Pincus.


Ondřej Berka
Director

Ondřej joined WOOD&Co. in 2008. He has over 9 years' experience in investment banking, financial services, media, food & beverage, transportation, healthcare, real estate and engineering. He has worked with VLP, Fincentrum, HOB CerTec, GIP, Škoda Power, Warimpex and Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction, among others.


Barbora Rajnohová
Manager

Barbora joined WOOD&Co. in 2012 as a member of investment banking team. Her experience is in in telecommunications, media, energy, utilities and real estate. Over the years, she has been involved in deal origination, financial modelling, valuations, due diligence coordination, buy-side/sell-side advisory mandates, bond emissions and private placements.


Oliver Polyak
Senior Associate

Oliver joined WOOD&Co. in 2013 as a member of the investment banking team, with experience in technology, engineering, real estate and education. He has been involved in deal origination, financial modelling, valuations, due diligence coordination, and buy-side/sell-side advisory mandates in general.


Zina Havryljuk
Associate

Zina has been a member of WOOD&Co.’s investment banking team since 2016, bringing with her a wealth of experience in the technology, entertainment, energy, utilities and real estate sectors. Zina is involved in deal origination, financial modelling and valuations, and financial advisory services. Prior to WOOD&Co., she worked for PwC Audit and PPF Banka.

 




Meet Our Investment Management Team

Marek Herold
Investment Director

Marek joined WOOD & Co. in October 2013 as an Investment Director. Marek helps to manage from the shareholding perspective two of the Wood portfolio companies in Slovakia – Saneca Pharmaceuticals and Chirana T. Injecta. Prior to WOOD, in 1999, he entered the private equity business when he became one of the founders of Genesis Capital – a private equity fund focused on the Czech Republic and Slovakia. At Genesis, Marek worked on a number of projects, from the first fund managed by the company, as well as the fund raising for the second fund. In 2005, Marek joined the newly established private equity branch of PPF (largest Czech private financial group), where he worked on mid-sized to large deals in the CEE region. As an investment director, he was responsible for a number of projects in the Czech Republic, Ukraine and Romania, leading a number of investments from initiation. In 2011, Marek joined Perun Capital, a Vienna-based private equity fund specialising in turn-around investments of Raiffeisen network banks’ pre-workout or workout companies. At Perun, he worked on a number of projects in Hungary, Ukraine and Bulgaria. Marek has BSc and MSc degrees from the University of Bedfordshire, and speaks both Czech and English fluently.

 


Martin Peška
Venture Investment Manager

Martin (re)joined WOOD&Co. in February 2017. After leaving WOOD&Co.’s Investment Banking team in late-2008, Martin worked at Czech Export Bank (lastly as Director of Structured Finance), where he was responsible primarily for complex large-scale export and project finance transactions, especially in Turkey, the Balkan region, and the Russian Federation. Following this, Martin joined Sberbank CZ as Senior Banker – Team Leader for Top Corporations.




M&A Advisory

WOOD & Company has incomparable experience with complex M&A deals for domestic, regional and international, strategic and financial investors. The company regularly advises on complex M&A transactions involving negotiations with regulators and state authorities. WOOD & Company has been involved in almost all major Czech and Slovak privatisation projects, including the successful privatisation of Český Telecom, where WOOD & Company successfully advised Telefonica on the acquisition of a 51% stake in Český Telecom, including the subsequent mandatory buyout.

WOOD & Company has an excellent record in securing complex acquisition and project financing for corporate clients, leveraging on our close, long-term relationships with local and regional banks at both senior executive and operational levels.

WOOD & Co is the sole member firm of Oaklins (www.oaklins.com) for the Czech Republic and Slovakia. Oaklins is  one of the largest and most experienced global mid-market M&A and corporate finance advisory firms, with a strong industry focus across 16 sectors and 60 offices in all the main financial centers of the world. With more than 700 professionals globally, Oaklins member firms have closed over 1,500 transactions in the past five years, of which ca. 50% were cross-border.


Equity Structured Products

We have a range of investment instruments that five our clients access to non-listed investment opportunities in Emerging Europe. These are usually issued in the form of a warrant, which is listed on a western stock exchange and quoted on a daily basis (prices available on Bloomberg, Reuters, etc.). WOOD & Company acts as a market maker in all of the warrants issued.

Access products can be tailor-made if certain volume requirements are met and are ideal instruments for exposure to the least developed frontier markets, such as Ukraine, Kazakhstan and Belarus. In addition, they give the opportunity to invest in pre-IPO, private equity type companies which would not be investable otherwise.


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