We connect successful entrepreneurs and company owners with investors and acquisition opportunities all over the world.

Over 20 years of experience

VICF is a transaction advisory company focused on the corporate finance and venture capital sectors. It is in continous operation since its inception by Michael Rostock - Poplar in 1999. Michael is actively involved in the company's operations to this day.

We specialize in mergers and acquisitions advisory, procuring growth capital, corporate restructuring and reorganization, and fulfilling complex corporate strategies, including international expansion and others. We are bankers which believe that quality of services, deep professional knowledge, and speed are key factors in success. We cooperate with successful entrepreneurs, company owners and their senior management, as well as representatives of eminent investment groups and private equity funds. Our work has global reach.

20+ years of experience in the global market
transactions with a cumulative volume of billions CZK
100+ successful transaction projects
we are proud members of the international M&A network Globalscope

Confidentiality of our successful projects is of utmost importance to us.

We only answer to our clients and avoid potential conflicts of interest.

We always deliver our full capacity and account for our clients' specific needs.

Our gradually built contact network is continuously maintained and expanded.

We specialize in M&A of small and mid-sized enterprises.
These have been our main mission for more than 20 years.

Mergers & Acquisitions

Enterprise sale and acquisition advisory constitute the majority of our activities.

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Venture capital/ Fundraising

We support promising projects and startups, investing both on our own, and with partners.

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Valuation

We establish the market value of enterprises or their parts.

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Financing

We negotiate with banks and other capital providers.

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Corporate advisory

We suggest specific solutions to maximize value of companies.

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Restructuring

We act as a mediator and an independent expert.

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Contact us, and we will gladly discuss your case personally.
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We are members of Globalscope, an international network of cooperating transaction advisory companies, primarily targeting small and medium sized businesses.

Globalscope partnership provides us with direct contact with a wide selection of potential foreign strategic buyers, acquisition targets, and financial investors. Thanks to these we are able to significantly increase the probability of our projects' success.

We cover a wide range of industries, with a focus on ICT, telecommunications, e-commerce, energetics, engineering, and manufacturing.

The largest provider of managed services was transferred into German hands

We secured investors for one of the largest Czech managed services and hosting providers, and led the company's owners through the entire transaction process.

A traditional manufacturing enterprise with EBITDA at hundreds of millions CZK was acquired by an eminent Czech PE fund

We implemented one of the largest transactions of the year in the Czech Republic.

We moderated discussions at the owner level and mediated the sale of the company with almost 1000 employees and sales of billions CZK to an eminent Czech private equity fund specialised in industrial enterprises in Central Europe.

A provider of payment technologies and SW development services became a part of a multinational group

After almost 30 years of entrepreneurial efforts, the Client decided to sell his company.

We identified a number of multinational groups, and successfully finished the transaction with the subject which was best suited to the Client's vision. Thanks to the transaction the company significantly expanded its territorial influence.

We are a team of M&A specialists.

Michael Rostock - Poplar

Michael is VICF's founding partner. He is currently responsible for strategy, company leadership, and business development. Before he founded VICF in 1999, he had worked as a lawyer for WoodCommerz, where he participated in the first eurobond emission in Central and Eastern Europe (emitted by ČEZ). He worked for the First Privatization Fund, where he was involved with several privatization projects in Russia and Bulgaria.

He studied law at the Charles University, continuing with postgradual studies at the St. Anthony's College at Oxford University, and received his master's diploma LLM at Hughe's Hall, University of Cambridge, where he specialised in securities law and financial markets regulation.

Martin Čížek

Martin started his career during his university studies. Having gained valuable experience in the automotive and telecommunications industries, he joined VICF in 2010, and further expanded his experience in strategic and transactional company development.

He studied at the University of Economics in Prague, with a specialisation in international trade and company valuation. He participated in an international study visit in France at the prestigious ESCP Europe business school, and an internship in the Great Britain.

Matěj Přibyl

Matěj became engaged with the transaction sector during his studies through a leading Central European company dealing in commercial real estate and the establishment and management of real estate private equity funds. He joined VICF in 2014 and has since worked on several projects mainly in the IT, telecommunications, digital, and e-commerce sectors.

Matěj studied the Faculty of Business Administration at the University of Economics in Prague, specialising in financial management, corporate finance, and company valuation. He gained international experience during his studies at the University of Cologne in Germany, and in Australia in Sydney. Matěj expanded his qualifications by successfully becoming a holder of the prestigious international certification CFA.

Martina Vitézová

Martina became a member of VICF in 2017 and has since participated in projects in numerous sectors. She had previously worked in the finance department of Booking.com in the Netherlands, and in the audit department of General Electric in France.

Martina received her master's diploma in advanced economics and finance at the Copenhagen Business School. She also spent a semester at HEC Paris, where she studied management. During her studies in Denmark, she participated in case study competitions, and won the J.P. Morgan M&A case competition. She worked in an international economics department as an assistant at this time, and wrote several research papers concerning the financial market management, economy reforms, and mergers and acquisitions fields. One of her papers was printed in the journal of developmental economics of the University of Cambridge.

Jakub Šindelář

Jakub joined VICF in 2015 and began to gain his first experience during university studies. His role within the team consists of business valuation, analytical work on acquisitions, sales and active participation in their execution. Jakub has experience in transaction processes in the fields of IT, Industry 4.0 and engineering.

He studied the Faculty of Business Administration at the University of Economics in Prague, specializing in business valuation and management. He completed part of his studies at the École de management de Normandie in France. He also gained international experience during two internships in the USA.

we all are VICF...

Still unsure whether to contact us? We believe that the following answers may help you decide.

Anything I tell you, or even the intention of selling a company, will be strictly between us?

Confidentiality of projects, and even the initial client discussions, as well as the client's comfort with each of our subsequent steps, is of utmost importance to us.
We only offer detailed information to potential buyers after the signature of a non-disclosure agreement, and in select cases keep the client anonymous to the last minute.

How long will the sale of my company take?

If the Company is ready to be sold and the sale is not delayed, the entire process usually takes 6-10 months.
During the process we exert maximum effort to ensure that each phase happens as smoothly as possible to ensure maximum speed for the Client.

Can you estimate the value of my company?

Of course, please contact Michael Rostock - Poplar, or any other member of our team, directly. We will gladly analyse the value of your company.
In general, most of our projects begin with an indicative valuation, which we provide for our clients in order to coordinate our mutual expectations.

How much will it cost?

We take pride in our individual approach to our clients, and this also holds in the pricing of our services.
We are flexible, and attempt to accomodate our clients' preferences as much as possible.

Have you worked on a similar project or in a similar field to my company?

We have worked on projects in a wide variety of industries, including IT, e-commerce, telecommunications, energetics, transportation, and manufacturing companies with various specializations.We also provide references from our satisfied clients on request.