Private Equity Alert

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    The Private Equity Outlook in Central and Eastern Europe

    As 2010 begins and the private equity industry reflects on the past year’s challenges, there are glimmers of hope for new opportunities and a fresh start for private equity in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE). Large-scale leveraged buyouts are still expected to be limited, but there could be opportunities for firms that focus on mezzanine and lower-mid and distressed markets. On the other hand, the outlook for CEE private equity in 2010 is not entirely rosy, as fundraising will continue to be difficult and deal valuations will be subject to increased scrutiny.

    In "Private Equity Outlook in Central and Eastern Europe" in the January 2010 issue of Financier Worldwide, Squire Sanders lawyers Christopher A. Rose, Guido Panzera and Claire Scott-Priestley discuss industry trends from the 14th Annual C5 CEE Private Equity Forum, held in late 2009 in London. Their report yields fresh insight into the positives and negatives that CEE private equity players expect to see in the coming year.