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    Reference: 20160680
    Release date: 16 March 2017

    Promoter – Financial Intermediary




    The project consists of an investment under the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI) in a layered non-granular debt fund providing secured debt financing to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and mid-caps in South Eastern Europe (SEE).


    The fund will provide debt financing to the companies which, on a stand-alone basis, would be too small to be financed directly by the Bank. These companies are experiencing a financing gap due to increased risk aversion of traditional financing partners and lack of expansion capital as a result of the crisis. The fund's strategy is focused on the provision of tailor-made debt financing solutions to the companies in the target regions, hence filling the market gaps. The fund will target SMEs and mid-caps in Southeastern Europe, with at least 60% of investments in EU Member States and up to a maximum of 40% in non-EU Member States (particularly candidate countries). The fund's target size is EUR 250m.


    Proposed EIB finance (Approximate amount)

    EUR 50 million

    Total cost (Approximate amount)

    EUR 250 million

    Environmental aspects

    The fund will ensure that the project is carried out in accordance with the relevant applicable EU environmental legislation and directives.


    When applicable, the fund will ensure that contracts for the implementation of the project are tendered in accordance with the relevant applicable EU procurement legislation and directives.


    Signed - 19/12/2018


    Before financing approval by the Board of Directors, and before loan signature, projects are under appraisal and negotiation. The information and data provided on this page are therefore indicative.
    They are provided for transparency purposes only and cannot be considered to represent official EIB policy (see also the Explanatory notes).

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