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Bill Watson

Managing Partner

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Bill has been investing in Eastern Europe since 1992. He joined EBRD as part of the Hungary and later telecoms teams just as the region was opening. He then moved to Baring Private Equity Partners (BPEP) as a partner to raise and invest the €86m Baring Central European Fund (BCEF). In 2004, he and his partners purchased the Central European business from BPEP, renaming it Baring Corilius Private Equity. The business was sold to SGAM in 2005 when he took over direct responsibility for the Eastern European investment process and its €156m fund.

 

After SGAM’s transformation into Amundi, he led the spin-out of the Eastern European direct investment business to create V4C. Bill has a track record of active involvement on the Boards of investee companies in Poland, Romania, Hungary and Bulgaria. He is currently a member of EVCA’s Mid-Market Platform Council and the Professional Standards Committee.