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Roman Babka

Roman Babka - Chief Risk Officer, Founding Partner

Roman Babka has over 25 years of experience in the financial service industry, across the fields of asset management, M&A, banking and insurance as well as private equity. From July 2014, Roman Babka has held the position of Chief Risk Officer at Royalton Partners. Roman Babka co-founded Royalton Partners in 1996. Working together with Nigel Williams and Ivan Vohlmuth at Československá Obchodní Banka, they developed a brand new capital markets department, where they were behind the first ever convertible bond issue in Czech Crowns for the Pilsen Breweries and the first floating rate note issue for Skoda Mlada Boleslav, part of the VW group.

Moving with Nigel and Ivan to a JV with Creditanstalt (now part of Unicredit), they established the first ever mutual fund business in the Czech Republic and in 1991, raised a US$ 100 million, close-ended, hybrid public and private equity fund, the Creditanstalt Czech Investment Fund (CCIF), as part of the country’s privatisation program. The fund was listed on the London Stock Exchange in 1995. This was followed by a second US$ 50 million fund focused on the energy sectors in 1993. Creditanstalt sold the business to the Czech Agriculture Bank in 1996 with the team exiting at the same time.

They formed Royalton Partners in 1996 and Royalton Partners founded European Direct Capital Management, a JV with State Street Corporation in late 1997. In 1999, they raised a US$ 94.4 million private equity fund focusing on the Central and Eastern European region (CEE). In 1999, they raised a US$ 94.4 million private equity fund focusing on the Central and Eastern European region (CEE). Royalton Partners separated from State Street Corporation and took over sole management of the fund in 2004.

In October 2007, Royalton Partners successfully held a first close on its third private equity fund, Royalton Capital Investors II. The fund had a final close in October 2009 at Euro 98.3 million.

During the years 2009 to 2014, Mr. Babka served as member of the Supervisory Board of City Parking Group SA in Poland, a car parking operator located in Poland, Czech Republic and Slovakia, one of the portfolio companies managed by Royalton Partners, and Chairman of the Supervisory Board and Director of its Czech subsidiary.

At the level of Royalton Partners, he was involved in strategic decision making, structuring of the new AIFs, marketing AIFs to LPs and maintaining relationships with investors. Additionally, he was also a finance director of Royalton Partners. Roman served on a number of management and supervisory boards of the portfolio companies. 

Roman Babka holds a degree from the Prague School of Economics.


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