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Past Event
12 June 2018

Lunch and Registration
1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Main Session
2:00 p.m. to 6:15 p.m.
Followed by a reception

201 Bishopsgate
London EC2M 3AF


  • Mark Gitenstein
    Senior Counsel
    T +1 202 263 3371

2nd Investment Forum: Investing in Innovation in Central Europe

Mayer Brown and the Embassies of eleven Central European countries: Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia, arranged a forum on investing in innovation in Central Europe.

The speakers included ministers, trade agency chiefs, investors, local entrepreneurs as well as other experts with considerable experience of investing in Central Europe. The event included the following four panels (please see the full agenda below).

  • Session 1: Investing in infrastructure projects in Central Europe – The panel will discuss the current and future opportunities in the area of large infrastructure projects in Central Europe.
  • Sessions 2 and 3: Opportunities for cooperation with companies in Central Europe – Sessions 2 and 3 will explore the various possibilities for collaboration between investors and Central European companies, as well as between EU and non-EU companies and investors.
    These two sessions will run concurrently, and will focus on innovative technologies.
    • Session 2 – interactive technologies, self-driving technologies, power solutions
    • Session 3 – business networking platforms, blockchain technologies, ICO campaigns, money services, innovation hubs 
  • Session 4: Support for foreign investors in Central Europe – The panel will discuss the legal, institutional and economic incentives to invest in the CE region, as well as the role of policy making and trade & investment agencies.

Confirmed speakers included:

  • Iztok Mirošič, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Slovenia
  • Paula Pirvanescu, State Secretary, Romania
  • Paweł Chorąży, Undersecretary of State, Ministry of Investment and Economic Development, Poland
  • Raimonds Aleksejenko, Deputy State Secretary of the Ministry of Economics, Latvia
  • Jaroslav Neverovic, Former Minister of Energy of Lithuania
  • Mark Gitenstein, Partner, Mayer Brown
  • Zdenko Lucić, Director of the Investment Agency, Croatia
  • Juraj Mihal, Deputy Head, Slovak Investment and Trade Development Agency, Slovakia
  • Dagmar Healey, Ministry of Transport, Czech Republic
  • Miroslav Bogdantsaliev, Founder and Director, IBA Ltd, Bulgaria
  • Filip Ljubic, CEO and Co-Founder Q Company, Croatia
  • Don Murray, Senior Vice President, Rolls-Royce, UK
  • Ian Najvarek, Founder of Roboauto Company, Czech Republic
  • Mikus Opelts, CEO of GIRAFFE360, Latvia
  • Horia Mintas, Director, Ministry for Business Environment, Commerce and Entrepreneurship, Romania
  • Daumantas Dvilinskas, Co-founder and CEO at TransferGo, Lithuania
  • Jakob Gajšek, Co-founder and Head of Venture Relations at ABC Accelerator Group, Slovenia

For additional information, please email: or call +44 20 3130 8349.

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