We are a family office providing advisory services and support related to the management of the worldwide assets and activities of Zdenek Bakala, a global financial investor.
Our Prague-based professional team provides expert consulting in private equity management, corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate governance.
The private equity arm is actively looking for new investment opportunities.
The team also manages the public relations and development of the extensive philanthropic activities of the Bakala family.
Zdenek Bakala is a Czech-American global financial investor and philanthropist.
Zdenek began a career in investment banking with jobs at Drexel Burnham Lambert, Bank of America, and later, Credit Suisse First Boston. He helped establish Credit Suisse First Boston’s Prague subsidiary and co-founded the Czech Republic’s first private investment bank, Patria Finance. Since then, has invested in a number of sectors including natural resources, real estate, transport, publishing, gaming, sports, and more. Today, Zdenek continues to be an active global investor with an increasing presence in the Central European region. A special place among his investments is the Czech media house Economia.
Zdenek Bakala is also a member of the Board of Advisors at his alma mater, the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College.
The team of BM Management is headed by CEO Zuzana Řezníčková, a manager with wide ranging experience from top executive positions at ČEZ, Eurotel, Mediatel, O2, and Czech Airlines. Zuzana also currently serves on other boards of companies from Zdenek Balaka’s portfolio and on the supervisory board of the Bakala Foundation.
Zuzana studied analytical and physical chemistry. She has been repeatedly ranked among the most influential women in the Czech business sector.
We are committed to working for the mutual good, placing a high value on professionalism, integrity, and trust.
Our approach to private equity investment is centered around cooperation. We work closely with entrepreneurs, executives, advisors, and business partners. Relevant investment ideas are welcome.
Our management style is to primarily engage on the strategic level and trust the management teams to continue with the day-to-day operations.
We invest solely using the capital of our owner, allowing us to be independent of any other party.
In contrast with private equity funds, we do not limit our investment horizon by a fund duration.
Our strategy is not constrained by fund statute or similar limitations.
Swift decision making
Our organizational structure is lean and efficient.
We support talented management teams in management-led transactions (MBO/MBI).
We are open to considering various investment opportunities. However, preferred investments would typically meet the following indicative set of criteria:
Equity investments in manufacturing, services, trade and selectively real estate
Companies with strong fundamentals and tangible growth plans OR companies temporarily negatively affected (by Covid-19 or the business cycle)
Established companies (rather than business ventures)
Primary focus on the Czech Republic and Central Europe
Control or joint control alongside like-minded partners
Sweet spot Equity ticket of ca. EUR 5-20m per investment
Sweet spot Enterprise Value of ca. EUR 10-40m (this would normally translate to revenues ranging ca. EUR 8-60m)
We are actively looking for new investment opportunities. Do you feel your company would be a good candidate for our investment? Reach out to Antonín Dvořák, Head of Private Equity, to discuss it together.