CEE Advisory Committee

Laszlo Czirjak

Resident of Hungary since 1992, is a U.S.-born citizen holding dual U.S. and Hungarian citizenship. His investment and transactional experience includes deals in the information technology industry, specifically software and service businesses, oil & gas, telecommunications and media and niche manufacturing companies among other more traditional industries. Prior to iEurope, he was a Managing Director at Bankers Trust Company/BT Alex Brown in the London Investment Bank with shared responsibility for Central Eastern Europe. There he initiated and executed assignments in structured and corporate finance, risk management (derivatives), and trading as well as in mergers and acquisitions advisory (M&A) and private equity. Earlier in his career in New York, Mr. Czirjak served as a Director at the Bridgeford Group and at IBJ Schroder Bank, U.S. investment banking subsidiaries of the Industrial Bank of Japan. He has also held positions at Goldman Sachs (in both M&A & Project Finance Groups) and in operations management at Chemical Bank. Mr. Czirjak serves on the Boards of iEurope’s portfolio companies and has prior Board experience, including as a former member of the Board of Directors of MOL Rt., the Hungarian Oil and Gas Company that is publicly traded on several European exchanges. He also served as the Chairman of the Audit Committee on MOL’s Board. He is a former President of the American Chamber of Commerce in Hungary and still active as Chairman of its Corporate Governance Committee. Mr. Czirjak is currently Chairman of the Board of United Way Resource Foundation (Hungary). He is President of the Columbia University Club of Hungary. He received a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) and a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering, both with honors, from Columbia University in New York.

Dr. Hartmut Emans

Dr. Emans in the CEO and principal of NannO Beteiligungsholding GmbH, based near Munich. NannO takes both minority or majority shareholdings in mid-sized companies. The investment focus is on companies which suffer from complex and difficult initial situations (e.g.: need for restructuring or extremely demanding negotiation requirements); such companies are normally no target for strategic buyers or traditional financial investors. Currently NannO holds the majority in AgfaPhoto Holding GmbH. It recently sold a 34% share in RES renergys AG, a renewable energy business formerly acquired from ABB. Dr Emans spent over a decade with McKinsey, in Germany and Japan. He started his entrepreneurial carrier in the early 1990’s, when he acquired several mid-sized companies in East Germany. He has engaged himself in machinery and plant construction, electrical engineering, specialty chemicals and a variety of other industries. Dr. Emans obtained his Ph.d. in Experimental Physics in Bonn, Germany. He speaks German, English and French.

Paul Garrison

Paul Garrison has worked in marketing for over 25 years. He started out at Procter & Gamble and then went on to serve two stints at Coca-Cola – first in the US, and then as marketing director for Central and Eastern Europe, and finally as managing director in Hungary. In between he ran his own US-based advertising agency for 10 years, and most recently founded the Garrison Group a strategic consultancy based in Budapest. The Garrison Group is highly involved in cutting edge marketing throughout the region, listing among its clients IKEA, Sony PlayStation, T-Com, Avon, Pfizer, UniCredit Bank, Bayer, and, of course, Coca-Cola. Paul is Professor of Marketing and Dean at the Central European University Business School, and is a frequent guest lecturer at several leading universities both in Europe and the US.

Constantine Gonticas

Constantine Gonticas is Managing Partner of Novator LLP, a London-based family-owned Private Equity group specializing in investments in Central and Eastern Europe. Investments have included the Bulgarian Telecommunications Company, Ceske Radiokommunice, Forthnet, Netia, PLAY and QXL. Prior to joining Novator, Constantine worked at Merrill Lynch where he was responsible for Investment Banking in the CEEMEA region. Before that he spent 12 years at Credit Suisse First Boston, where he was one of the first bankers involved in Central Europe after the fall of Communism. Constantine has a degree in Law from the University of Oxford.

Doug Robbins

A dynamic and well-received speaker and workshop leader on various business topics, Doug has addressed the Industry Standing Committee at the Canadian House of Commons, appeared numerous times on CBC’s Venture (a CBC prime time television show), written two books, the first entitled “Getting into Business” and the second “Tales from the Trenches” of a Business Intermediary. He also provides regular columns for numerous business publications. Since 1974, Doug has been a committed promoter of excellence in the Mergers and Acquisitions field, and has attended more than 38 major conferences as a keynote speaker and workshop leader. Mr.Robbins' past experiences include working as an electrician, a sales representative for Bell Canada, and as the Ontario Franchise Manager with A & W Foods. Doug is an active volunteer in the community both founding and serving on several boards. His activities have included involvement with the local Chambers of Commerce, Rotary Clubs, Newspapers, local Colleges, and Business Improvement Associations. Euro-Phoenix and Robbinex have entered into an agreement for strategic collaboration.

Dante Roscini

Dante Roscini is a senior lecturer in the Business, Government and the International Economy unit at Harvard Business School. Mr Roscini holds an M.B.A. from Harvard (1988) and a summa cum laude Laurea degree in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Rome, Italy (1981). Before coming back to HBS Mr Roscini spent twenty years in investment banking with senior positions at the three top US bulge bracket firms in New York and London. He was Head of European Capital Markets for Goldman Sachs (1988-1998), Head of Global Equity Capital Markets and Head of the European Capital Markets and Financing Group for Merrill Lynch (1999 – 2004) where he was also a member of the Capital Commitments Committee and of the Managing Directors Promotions Committee. Finally, he was Country Head of Italy and Chairman of European Capital Markets for Morgan Stanley. He was also a board member of Morgan Stanley International Bank (2005 –2008). Mr Roscini has broad management experience in the areas of general management, strategy, finance, budgeting and planning, risk management and personnel. His particular expertise is in the global capital markets. He personally led many privatisations and Initial Public Offerings in a number of countries, several of which represented “first of a kind” transactions. In his last position he was responsible for Investment Banking, Private Wealth Management, Asset Management, Private Equity, and Sales and Trading regionally. Prior to his career in investment banking Mr Roscini worked as a researcher in nuclear archaeometry at the University of Rome, as a design engineer and project manager with Westinghouse Electric Corp. in the US and as a management consultant with the Boston Consulting Group in Paris.

David Shasha

David Shasha has been a practising lawyer since beginning his career in the City of London in February 1978, when he joined international law firm Coward Chance (now Clifford Chance). He qualified as a solicitor in 1980, and became a partner at Clifford Chance in 1987. Between 1991 and 1995, he was responsible for the development of Clifford Chance’s operations in Central and Eastern Europe, including the opening of the firm’s offices in Warsaw (1992), Budapest (1993) and Prague (1995). He was resident partner at the firm’s Budapest office between 1995 and 1997. After returning to the firm’s London office, he maintained an active involvement in the region until leaving Clifford Chance in 2001. He joined international law firm Simmons & Simmons in January 2003 as a partner in the Corporate and Commercial Department of the firm’s London office, heading the firm’s Energy & Infrastructure sector from 2004 to 2009. David’s corporate finance experience includes privatisations (including advising governments, bidders and financial advisors), M&A, international joint ventures and public and private offerings in the energy, financial services, electronics, mining and pharmaceutical sectors. His project finance experience includes transactions in roads, power, water, mining and airports in the UK and worldwide. He has particular expertise in Central and Eastern Europe, having worked on transactions in Bosnia, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Kosovo, Latvia, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, the Slovak Republic and Ukraine. He is rated as a leading transactional lawyer in Central and Eastern Europe by Chambers Europe 2007 and 2008. He is co-chairman on the International Financial Services London Central and Eastern Europe Group. He graduated from Oxford University in 1977 with an MA in Jurisprudence