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Baltic M&A Outlook 2018: Outbound Investments from Lithuania on the Rise


09:30 a.m.–2:00 p.m. (registration starts at 09:00 a.m.)
Hotel Radisson Blu Royal Astoria, Didžioji g. 35/2, Vilnius

Traditionally, the conference will provide a detailed overview of mergers and acquisitions in the Baltics and forecasts for major deals to take place this year. Vienna Capital Partners, advisors to Maxima on the acquisition of Stokrotka retail chain, will discuss the logic behind investing in Poland and highlight what makes investing in Poland so attractive. Superia Corporate Finance will overview the expanding geography of foreign investors and other trends in the regional M&A market.

In the panel discussion, Lithuanian businesses will share insights about their recent outbound acquisitions in other European countries and discuss other topics. With some time having passed now from the original acquisitions and with new investments ongoing, it is already possible to make a summary of the challenges and prospects for outbound investments.


Event moderator: Dr Irmantas Norkus, Managing Partner at COBALT Lithuania

09:00 – 09:30 Registration, welcome coffee

09:30 – 09:50 Acquisitions in Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia: 2017/2018 Overview

Dr Juozas Rimas, Partner and Head of the Mergers and Acquisitions Practice Group at COBALT Lithuania

09:50 – 10:20 M&A Trends in the Baltics

Lauris Balga, Partner at Superia Corporate Finance

10:20 – 10:40 Coffee break

10:40 – 11:00 Lithuanians, Invest in Poland! Expansion as a Road to Survival

Michal Tokarski, Partner at Vienna Capital Partners

11:00 – 11:50 Panel discussion. Outbound Investments from Lithuania: Experience and Challenges. Discussion moderator: Dr Irmantas Norkus, Managing Partner at COBALT Lithuania

  • Jonas Dumašius, Chairman of the Board at Hidrostatyba
  • Ruslan Sklepovič, Board member at Modus Group
  • Gediminas Kvietkauskas, Shareholder and Managing Director at East West Agro
  • Jonas Bielinis, Executive Director and Shareholder at Umega Group
  • Jaroslav Neverovič, Investment Director for the Energy and Infrastructure Funds of Lords LB Asset Management
  • Marius Dvareckas, M&A Advisor


Michal Tokarski is a partner at Vienna Capital Partners, a leading investment bank in Central and Eastern Europe. Mr Tokarski has long-term experience in investment banking in Poland, gained through financial and strategic advisory activities. He joined Vienna Capital Partners in the beginning of 2007. Michal Tokarski began his career at Ernst & Young. From 2001 to 2007, he worked at KPMG Corporate Finance in Poland. During his time at KPMG he was involved in a number of merger and acquisition transactions across various sectors of the Polish market. Mr Tokarski studied Finance & Banking and International Relations at the Warsaw School of Economics.

Lauris Balga is a Partner at Superia Corporate Finance. Lauris has over 18 years of experience in corporate finance. Lauris was previously Co-Head of Latvian operations of SEB Enskilda. At the end of 2012, Lauris together with other partners of Superia Corporate Finance acquired SEB Enskilda’s operating entities in Estonia and Latvia. Prior to joining SEB Enskilda, Lauris was the Head of Latvian operations of SEB Vilfima, the corporate finance arm of SEB Baltic banks. Prior to joining SEB, Lauris was with PwC Corporate Finance.

Dr Irmantas Norkus is the Managing Partner of COBALT Lithuania, with over 20 years of extensive experience in private and public M&A, competition, banking and finance. During his career Dr Norkus has led numerous landmark cross-border and domestic transactions and projects and has handled some of the most complex antitrust matters of recent times. He has represented a broad range of high-profile corporate clients, investment funds, issuers, financial institutions and institutional investors.

Dr Juozas Rimas is a Partner and Head of the Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A) Practice Group at COBALT Lithuania, specialising in the fields of M&A and Corporate Law. Dr Rimas has led over 40 M&A projects where he was in charge of structuring, due diligence, negotiations and general project management, as well as numerous corporate restructuring projects (including business transfer, reorganisation and spin-off procedures).



We kindly ask you to notify us of your intention to participate by filling in the registration form until 26 March (Monday), 9.00 a.m.

Participation at the event is free, but places are limited.

If you have any queries, please feel free to contact us by sending us an e-mail at or calling us at (8) 5 25 00800.