The material on this site is for financial institutions, professional investors and their professional advisers. It is for information only. Please read our Terms & Conditions, Privacy Policy and Cookies before using this site. Please see our Subscription Terms and Conditions.


All material subject to strictly enforced copyright laws. © 2021 Euromoney, a part of the Euromoney Institutional Investor PLC.
Capital Markets

Poland: Private equity still strong

Poland continues to be a leading source of private equity business in emerging Europe, with recent transactions demonstrating the country’s attraction from both a retailing and manufacturing perspective.

Among the latest crop of deals, Warsaw private equity house Enterprise Investors bought a 60% controlling stake in Polish bathroom retailer and wholesaler Wema for €46 million.

"Our investment in Wema is a typical Enterprise Investors transaction in that we will become shareholders of the company alongside private entrepreneurs," says Agnieszka Kowalska, partner at Enterprise Investors. "The founders gave up control and kept a minority stake in the company as they feel confident that we have the experience and expertise to substantially support Wema’s countrywide expansion."

Founded in I989, Wema has grown from a small family business to Poland’s largest specialist bathroom retailer, with sales of €60 million in 2007. It operates through a network of 15 of its own and three franchised stores in northern and central Poland. Previous investments in the Polish retail sector by Enterprise Investors, which manages seven private equity funds totalling €1.7 billion, include supermarket chain Emperia, drugstore operator Apteki Polskie, flooring retailer Sklepy Komfort, fashion chain LPP and DIY operator Enterprise Nomi.

You have reached premium content. Please log in to continue reading.

Read beyond the headlines with Euromoney

For over 50 years, our readers have looked to Euromoney to stay informed about the issues that matter in the international banking and financial markets. Find out more about our different levels of access below.

SUBSCRIBE ONLINE TODAY

Unlimited access to Euromoney.com and Asiamoney.com

Expert comment, long reads and in-depth analysis interviews with senior finance professionals

Access the results of our market-leading annual surveys across core financial services

Access the results of our annual awards, including the world-renowned Awards for Excellence

Your print copy of Euromoney magazine delivered monthly

£73.75 per month

Billed Annually

FREE 7 DAY TRIAL

Unlimited access to Euromoney.com and Asiamoney.com, including our top stories, long reads, expert analysis, and the results of our annual surveys and awards

Sign up to any of our newsletters, curated by our editors

LOGIN NOW

Already a user?

We use cookies to provide a personalized site experience.
By continuing to use & browse the site you agree to our Privacy Policy.
I agree