Diligent Capital Partners | Independent mid-market private equity firm
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About us

Diligent Capital Partners is an independent mid-market private equity firm uniting a strong team with over two decades of private equity investments experience in the region.

 

At Diligent, we employ an investment strategy, which is based on four primary elements:

  • A geographic focus on Ukraine, where recent transformative events have created both significant needs for capital and tremendous opportunities for investment;
  • A sector focus on industries that are expected to drive the near-term recovery and long-term growth of the Ukrainian economy;
  • An investment process focused on significant pre-deal board and advisory activities at potential investment targets to promote good governance, mitigate transaction risks and maximize the impact of our capital from the day it is deployed;
  • Acting as a catalyst for foreign investment in Ukraine by planning for and staging follow-on investments from third parties in portfolio companies and acting as local partners for incoming strategic investors new to Ukraine.

 

Our sector focus is on Agribusiness, Exporters and Consumer Goods & Services.

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Priority sectors in our focus

$30 mln

Average deal size

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Years of combined team experience

Strategy

MARKET OPPORTUNITY

  • With 45 million consumers; a highly-educated, low cost workforce; proximity & improved ties to European markets; and fertile land; Ukraine has the potential to become the next tiger economy
  • As a result of establishing a clear reform agenda, stabilizing finances, and securing support from the IMF, the economy bottomed out in 2015 and has entered into a period of projected LT growth
  • Yet, companies remain capital-constrained due to lagging FDI & a weakened banking sector, providing first movers without a chance to pick from a wealth of new opportunities at low valuations
THE MANAGER

  • Our senior team brings together 40+ years of investment and advisory experience in Ukraine and CEE from leading Private Equity, Investment Banking, and Consulting firms in the region
  • We also have significant hands-on experience guiding companies through both growth and turnaround as managers, consultants, entrepreneurs, board members, and mentors
  • Our Partners are well-recognized and respected individuals in Ukrainian business circles with stellar references, strong relationships in business, and wide personal networks
OUR APPROACH

  • Our sweet spot is the overlap of agribusiness, consumer goods & services and export industries
  • DCP will be acquiring substantial minority stakes in Ukrainian mid-caps with high growth potential and strong management teams
  • We will be a catalyst for foreign investment in Ukraine via follow-on capital raises & partnerships
  • Besides being the catalysts for other investment we will be adding value by building corporate governance systems, shaping strategies, recruiting management and liaising with debt providers

The Five Pillars of Our Investment Strategy: Target Sectors, Company Size, Investment Stakes, Value Add & Exit

Cash-generative MID-CAP companies with EBITDA of $3-30mn are the most attractive asset class

Substantial MINORITY STAKES are the best way to invest

Our SECTOR STRATEGY is driven by the attractive fundamentals in Agribusiness, Consumer Goods & Services and Export-Oriented businesses

Proprietary deal flow resulting from our reputations and recognition of our VALUE ADD

Our choice of sectors, scale, and stakes results in rich and expanded EXIT OPPORTUNITIES

Team

Founded by Three Senior Investment Professionals

with 40 Years of Combined Experience in Region & Close Working Relationship

MARK IWASHKO
Co-Managing Partner
  • 20+ years in PE as Manager & IC Member
  • Rich Board experience in private and public companies in CEE
  • Harvard Business School, MBA
DAN PASKO
Co-Managing Partner
  • 15+ years in PE, angel investment & entrepreneurial ventures in CEE
  • Well-known civil society activist in Ukraine
  • Harvard Business School, MBA
DAN YAKUB
Senior Partner, COO
  • 10+ years in investment banking in CIS
  • Significant capital formation & IPO experience
  • Smurfit Graduate Business School, Executive MBA