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A leader in new technologies, Microsoft provides products and services for consumers as well as customers from the public and commercial sectors. Microsoft’s flagship products include the Windows operating system. Its latest version, Windows 8, is the first fully touch-enabled Windows OS to work not only on conventional PCs but also on touch screen devices, including tablets. Coinciding with the Windows 8 launch, Microsoft also introduced its first signature computer—the Microsoft Surface.

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The Windows operating system is also available in mobile platform (Windows Phone) and server platform (Windows Server) versions. Microsoft Office, the widespread suite of applications supporting communication and productivity, plays a key role in Microsoft’s portfolio. In addition, the company offers management supporting solutions from the Microsoft Dynamics family. Microsoft is also a cloud computing service solutions leader and the only vendor to provide a complete offering of applications, infrastructure, and a development platform as cloud services. Microsoft’s cloud solutions can be delivered using the public cloud model, e.g. Office 365 or Windows Azure, but also as a private or a hybrid cloud that combines both models to meet customers’ demands.

Microsoft Corporation was established in 1975 in the U.S., and the Polish subsidiary has been operating since 1992. Microsoft employs almost 90 thousand specialists in various fields in its subsidiaries worldwide, including over 300 people in Poland.

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[box_header]Main Partners[/box_header]

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Penta Investments is a Central European investment group, specializing in private equity and real estate. Established in 1994 as a local business, Penta has grown into an international company with 5 offices (Prague, Bratislava, Warsaw, Limassol and Amsterdam) and operating in more than 10 European countries.

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Being one of the major employers in the region, Penta provides more than 25,000 jobs in investee companies. Penta invests mostly in retail, healthcare, aerospace industry, mechanical engineering, utilities, entertainment and banking projects.

Operating in private equity, Penta manages an evergreen fund of its six partners, the company’s sole shareholders. Resultantly, the Group’s investments are financed by Penta’s owners only, without the necessity to collect funds from external investors. The fund’s shareholders are: Marek Dospiva, Jaroslav Haščák, Martin Kúšik, Jozef Oravkin, Iain Child and Eduard Maták.

Penta puts a strong emphasis on consistent widening the scale of its involvement within the Polish market. Currently, Penta is executing 6 projects in Poland including Fortuna zakłady bukmacherskie, Iglotex Group, Dr. Max, Alpha Medical Polska and AB Facility, which are the key investments in Poland. In 2011 Penta achieved two successful exits in Poland – Drumet and Żabka – one of the best projects in history of Penta.

Penta’s involvement in subsequent projects is subject to fulfilment of the investment criteria by the entities, remaining within the Groups business interest.

INVESTMENT STRATEGY
• Investments through an evergreen fund, controlled by Penta partners, sole shareholders
• Focus on buy-outs of companies with growth potential
• By involvement and sharing of our interests with the management, we are determined to co-create value in our investee companies

INVESTMENT CRITERIA
• We prefer a majority control over the acquired companies
• Average Enterprise Value of EUR 150 million
• We have no limitations in exit timing, if the company has significant growth potential

Penta is able to execute 2 – 4 transactions in Central and Eastern Europe per annum. The enterprise value – including the company’s own funds and leveraging – is estimated at EUR 80 – 250 million.

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BRE Bank’s offer is addressed to the largest domestic and international companies operating in Poland, SMEs growing dynamically, public sector entities and financial institutions. Currently, the Bank has 14 thousand corporate clients.

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In 2010, in the syndicate loans category BRE was the second most active bank in Poland to provide funding to Polish companies. In addition, BRE co-organised one of the largest corporate bond issues for a leading energy group. BRE Bank was awarded in the “Best Emerging Market Banks in CEE” contest organised by Global Finance, a prestigious international magazine, and announced the best bank in Poland. Moreover, BRE Bank was named the best bank in Poland by the prestigious Euromoney Magazine in the 2011 Euromoney Awards for Excellence contest.

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[box_header]Gold Partner[/box_header]

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Cigno Consulting is a dynamic company dedicated to comprehensive HR consulting present on the Polish market for 8 years . The main specialization of our company is personnel selection and recruitment of senior and middle management as well as organizational consulting (including competence profiles, building organizational structures and HR support).

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Our methodology has been recognized by the EU institutions which resulted in recently received funding under the Operational Programme Human Capital and – as the only ones in the industry – the “Supporting the implementation of B2B e-business” in support of e-business. As a result, Cigno Consulting Group has become one of the most innovative staffing companies on the Polish market.

With EU funding our price offer is extremely competitive in relation to the quality of service, compared to other companies in the industry. Highly qualified staff guarantees services of the highest market standards. Cigno Consulting is a Polish partner of Marlar International Search Network (MISN). As a member of MISN we remain in close contact with the leading companies specializing in Executive Search operations in the world.

Through continuous improvement of the selection and recruitment processes, as well as working with CEOs and HR directors of large organizations Cigno Consulting achieves significantly higher than the market average performance indicators measured by the speed of the processes and the level of satisfaction of the acquired companies candidates. We provide uniquely challenging projects for positions that require finding people with unique skills on a global scale.

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Montagu is a leading private equity investor in the European mid-market with offices in London, Manchester, Paris, Düsseldorf and Warsaw. Montagu’s Warsaw office, covering the Central and Eastern European markets, was launched in 2009. Over the last 40 years, the firm has supported more than 400 businesses operating across a range of different segments and sectors.

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Montagu specialises in management buyouts of between c.€100m and €1bn enterprise value. Currently has just under €4 billion of funds and assets under management. Montagu is focused on investing in management buyouts in partnership with the incumbent management teams. The firm has a strong track record of delivering superior returns over time, an extensive network of contacts and offers its portfolio companies capital, financial expertise and strategic assistance in order to unleash their full development and growth potential.

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Bank Pekao operates for more than 80 years and is one of the largest financial institutions in Central and Eastern Europe. In terms of assets it is the second largest bank in Poland, while in terms of capital strength it is a leader among large banks operating in Poland (according to stress-tests conducted by Polish Financial Supervision Authority) and one of the safest banks at the Pan-European level.

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Pekao Core Tier 1 ratio at the end of 2012 is at the level of 19,0%.

Bank Pekao operates through the second largest network of branches in Poland (1003 branches) with a wide list of free of charge ATM’s amounting to more than 5500 in Poland and nearly 20000 in Europe. Group of Bank Pekao consists of: the biggest investment fund in Poland, pension fund, two brokerage houses, as well as leasing and factoring subsidiaries, all of them leading in their respective market fields.

Bank Pekao belongs to one of the biggest Pan-European financial groups, UniCredit, which operates in 22 European countries with a network of 9300 branches and around 156,000 employees.

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EmiTel is a leading terrestrial TV and radio broadcast infrastructure operator in Poland. EmiTel is leading the efforts to digitize TV and radio broadcast in Poland as well as develop services based on state-of-the-art wireless communication systems.

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The company has successfully implemented DVB-T (Digital Video Broadcasting – Terrestrial) in Poland and is working on DAB+ (Digital Audio Broadcasting). EmiTel is also actively involved in developing IP- and Ethernet-based services such as Virtual Private Networks (VPN), Internet access, multimedia content delivery solutions, digital signage, and managed transfer of FiDex files. The company’s offer also includes designing and deploying radio diffusion and radio communications systems with related technical consulting, as well as leasing infrastructure to broadcasters and operators. Top quality, innovative solutions and state-of-the-art technologies are the company’s defining features.

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WKB provides a full range of legal services across the spectrum of business law. Our lawyers help home and foreign businesses achieve their commercial goals. We have upwards of fifty lawyers introducing innovative legal solutions to keep abreast of ever-changing market realities.

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WKB provides expert advice in energy law, public procurement law, competition law, corporate law, intellectual property law, real estate law and environmental law. We have been involved in privatisation projects and M&A transactions. Moreover, we have a strong team of litigators. WKB lawyers are highly recommended by foreign institutions assessing the legal services market.

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Dystrybucja Polska Sp. z o. o. is a non-public postal operator, specializing in distribution of unaddressed mail as well as direct correspondence across Poland. Our brand and the “know-how” have been developing since 2000, and nowadays our position in the sector of unaddressed mail distribution is very strong. Our company distributes more than 100 million prints every month. The spectrum of our customers contains the largest distributive networks in Poland.

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In 2011, Dystrybucja Polska Sp. z o. o. focused its activity on extending and enhancement of direct delivery service. Such a path to the development made us the real alternative for companies which are supported by typical, postal services. At this moment, our representatives are located in the biggest cities around Poland. Additionally, we have our own logistic back-up, which enables delivery service around the whole country work properly. Our trade-operational chain covers 96 departments and branch offices in 16 regions in Poland. What is more, our Logistics Centre in Włocławek and 5.000 delivery men provide guarantee in business success.

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[box_header]Technological Partner[/box_header]

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Qumak is a Polish stock exchange quoted company that designs, carries out and provides service of innovative solutions for business. It combines IT competences with a rich technological and infrastructural experience.

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Personnel’s expert knowledge and partnership with the global technology leaders make the company have a unique potential in the Polish market. Customers of the Qumak company are enterprises operating among others in sectors of telecommunication, bank and financial, energy, as well as institutions and public administration offices.

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