Introduction to HVCA Next Generation
Who We Are
HVCA Next Generation (“NextGen”) is HVCA’s newest organisational unit, comprising young professionals delegated by the members of the Association.
Objectives and Activities
The objective of NextGen is to connect young individuals working in the fields of private equity and venture capital in Hungary and further their professional development. In order to achieve our goals we organise professional events with the most renowned leaders and experts in the industry, together with networking events aimed at building professional PE and VC communities within Hungary. We also cooperate with HVCA’s Educational Committee and Communications Subcommittee and have direct representation on HVCA’s Board.
We typically meet on a monthly basis on the occasion of professional or social events. Going forward, we would like to expand our activities to include the organisation of our own professional workshops and initiate regional collaboration within Central and Eastern Europe. We also plan to build partnerships with leaders and young professionals of private equity and venture capital firms across Europe.
Some Recent NextGen Events
Private Equity in the Region (Panel Discussion)
NextGen members had the opportunity to discuss private equity fundamentals and defining trends in Hungary and the wider region during a panel discussion with Nikolaus Bethlen (Partner, Mid Europa Partners), Edward Keller (Partner, Dentons) and Balázs Tüske (Partner, EY).
NextGen members gathered on Margaret Island to cheer on the Hungarian water polo team.
Moving on from cheering to a more active event, members had the opportunity to participate in a bowling competition organised by NextGen.
Outlook for the Hungarian VC Industry Post JEREMIE Programme (Panel Discussion)
We discussed the domestic VC market, the achieved and expected results of the JEREMIE programme and the future of the industry with András Szombati (Partner, Primus Capital) and Levente Zsembery (CEO, X-Ventures).
NextGen members got together for a laser fight. Two teams competed against one another, first in the Wild West and then in a galaxy far far away.
NextGen members discovered the wines of the Szekszárd region with the help of up-and-coming winemaker Adrián Bősz.
History of VC és PE (Panel Discussion)
On this occasion we invited Gábor Baranyai as our guest to share with us his experiences at various Hungarian fund managers starting from 1992. Gábor’s recollections were made even more colourful through the insights of Dr. Judit Karsai, senior research fellow at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, author of numerous articles and studies and an expert in the fields of PE and VC.
Get Involved with Next Gen!
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Barnabás Simon is an associate specialized in antitrust law, EU State Aid law and M&A matters at Baker & McKenzie Budapest Office. He has been with the firm for more than 5 years, started as a trainee in 2011. Before joining Baker & McKenzie, Barnabás worked for another international law firm in Budapest. During his studies at Pázmány Péter Catholic University, he was working as a student assistant at the Department of Competition Law and won the first prize in the section of Financial Law at the National Scientific Students’ Conference in 2013. Barnabás is a founder of HVCA Next Generation.
Joined KBC Securities Corporate Finance in 2016
Tamás Balassa is an investment manager at PortfoLion VC, the VC arm of the OTP Group, one of the leading banking group in the CEE region. Tamás joined PortfoLion in 2012 and has gained experience with investments in the early stage technology sector and larger, more traditional companies as well. Before joining PortfoLion, Tamás worked in banking, on several M&A and tax advisory projects and launching a startup. Tamás holds a MSc in Finance from Corvinus University of Budapest.
Peter Kromer is an investment manager at Hiventures’ Growth Program. Holding Finance MSc (CUB) he started his carrier as a financial advisor at a big4 company. In the last few years he has worked at several private equity companies and gained solid corporate finance knowledge both in Hungary and in the US. He has participated in various M&A and refinancing projects and he is also familiar with the portfolio management. In his spare time he enjoys discovering the Globe and he considers himself as an enthusiastic but amateur squash player.
Eszter Fodor is a junior associate in the Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A) and Private Equity practice groups of Dentons’ Budapest office. Her practice primarily focuses on M&A and general corporate matters, including acquisitions and dispositions.