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Bill Watson

Managing Partner

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 is a member of the V4C investment committee, responsible for investment and divestment decisions as well as portfolio supervision. Bill has a track record of active involvement on the Boards of investee companies in Poland, Romania, Hungary and Bulgaria. Between 2012-2018 Bill was a member of Invest Europe’s Mid-Market Council and a member of its Professional Standards Committee, serving as this committee’s Chairman between 2014 and 2016.

Bill has a track record of active involvement on the Boards of investee companies…