Ivailo Atanassov, Partner
Mr. Atanassov graduated in Finance from the Bulgarian University of National and World Economics in 1999. In 1997 he started his career at Harsev Co in Bulgaria as corporate finance associate and gradually rose to become head of the transaction execution department. In 2000 he became a Member of the Board of Directors of a dairy processing company in Bulgaria where he also acted as the CFO. In this position he led a number of mergers and acquisitions and positioned the company as the second largest dairy group in Bulgaria. He was also actively involved in expanding the distribution subsidiary to cover Bulgaria, Romania and Serbia. From 2000 to 2004 he acted as an advisor to and a Member of the Board of several startup companies such as the first consumer credit company in Bulgaria (later acquired by BNP Paribas Personal Finance) and a high-tech software developer and integrator (later acquired by a major US software developer). In 2004 he became Founder and Partner of Amphora Capital and has been instrumental in structuring a number of privately owned investment funds as well as in the integration, consolidation and acquisition of a number of regional businesses in Bulgaria, Romania and Serbia. Mr. Atanassov has acted as a key structuring force behind a number of project finance deals such as wind power farms in Bulgaria and the region.