Preparing for BR Awards 2018 | Discover the Deal of the Year category

Newsroom 05/02/2018 | 12:40

As the 13th edition of Business Review Awards Gala, BR magazine’s flagship event that recognizes the outstanding achievements of the business community, will take place on March 5, we want to put the spotlight on the 11 categories from which the independent jury will select the winners for their exceptional performance in 2017.


Last year, private equity fund Polish Enterprise Investors won in the Deal of the Year category after it sold retail chain Profi to Mid Europa Partners. The deal worth EUR 533 million was the biggest transaction on the Romanian retail market.

“What I know is that a very important skill for an investor is selecting the moment to buy and when to sell a company,” said Serban Roman, country director of Enterprise Investors, during last year’s Gala.

In 2017, EI had a stable performance in Romania and didn’t announce any acquisitions or exists on the local market. At regional level, EI finalized several exits and two new acquisitions and three additional investments.

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In addition, the company raised EUR 498 million for its ninth fund. The new investments will target companies in the retail, financial and medical services, manufacturing, industrial services and IT. The investment volume per transaction will stay in the EUR 20 – EUR 75 million band.

More about the category

This category acknowledges the most important business transactions of the previous year, regardless of the transaction type. It recognizes the deal that had the biggest impact and significance in 2017, in financial terms and in the development of the local economy, or of a particular industry. It looks at the degree of novelty of the respective transaction and at the way in which the deal stands out on the local or regional business scene.

How are the nominees judged?

The jury will take into account the following criteria before making a decision:

Value of the transaction

Impact within the industry/ local business scene and economy as a whole

Novelty elements characteristic to the transaction.

This year’s jury

Marius Ghenea, Partner, 3TS Capital | Jury President

Florian Nițu, Managing Partner, Popovici Nițu Stoica & Asociații

Fady Chreih, CEO, Regina Maria

Serban Roman, Country Director Romania, Enterprise Investors

Anca Harasim, Executive Director, AmCham

Cristian Sporiș, Vice President, Raiffeisen Bank

Marius Ștefan, CEO, Autonom

Maria Tudor, Chief Media Officer and Business Development Lead, CEE, Publicis One

Dan Petre, Partner, D&D Research

Cătălina Rousseau, CEO, BDR Associates

Dan Nechita, Co-Founder & President, Smart Everything Everywhere

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