This year’s Baltic M&A and Private Equity Forum hosts legendary Latvian leader Ivars Godmanis and Israeli investment guru Yael Elad as keynote speakers.

The Forum takes place on 27-28 October in Riga at the RISEBA Architecture and Media Centre H2O 6.

Ivars Godmanis was the first Latvian prime minister after the country regained independence. He led the country’s economic transition and is known as the man who was not afraid to take tough decisions at the cost of his own popularity.

Yael Elad is CFO of Aleph, a venture capital fund formed to help Israeli entrepreneurs build transformative global companies. She has consulted managements of large international corporations in the USA, Europe and Africa.

The main topics for this year’s Forum are hot new investment areas such as robotics, FinTech, life-sciences and AgriTech, which offer abundant opportunities to profitably shake up traditional markets. Other programme highlights include panels on reputation management in M&A transactions and pre-transaction due diligence, both featured at the Forum to help investors make smart moves.

The Forum zooms in on case studies and practical experience from the Baltic region and beyond. Altogether, speakers from ten countries, including Israel, the UK and Germany, will arrive in Riga to share experience.

The Baltic M&A and Private Equity Forum has become the main networking event for the industry and market participants interested in the region. It welcomes representatives of private equity and venture capital funds and investment banking, consultants, investors, business owners, and the like.

On the night of 27 October will be a gala event where the annual Baltic M&A and Private Equity awards will be presented. The winners have been chosen by an independent jury from the pool of significant Baltic M&A and private equity/venture capital deals of the past year. The European Investment Fund will also present their Annual Achievement Award at the gala.

The Forum is organised by Dienas bizness (Latvia), Äripäev (Estonia), Verslo þinios (Lithuania), law firm Sorainen and Superia Corporate Finance, in co-operation with the Baltic private equity and venture capital associations.