We were established in 2007 in response to the significant changes affecting the structure of CEE economies at that time.
Our co-founders, George Swirski and Neil Milne, were convinced that the region was poised for fundamental change, during which the rise of medium-sized businesses would play an increasingly important role in the region’s economic development.
Responding to this opportunity, George and Neil partnered with a long-standing colleague, Pawel Gierynski, and launched the first ABRIS fund in October 2007: ABRIS CEE Mid-Market Fund I LP. Its target was to raise €300 million; ultimately it secured over €320 million.
Following the successful deployment of the first fund, we launched a second fund in late 2011: ABRIS CEE Mid-Market Fund II LP. This adopted essentially the same investment strategy as Fund I, acquiring and managing mid-market investments. Fund II’s target was to raise a maximum of €450 million; it closed on this total in early 2013.