Tender: Establishment of Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises Growth Market in Croatia and Slovenia
Croatia, 12 July 2016
The Zagreb Stock Exchange (the 'Client') has requested the European Bank to provide technical assistance to assess the feasibility of establishing an exchange-operated regional SME growth market in Croatia and, following the recent acquisition of the Ljubljana Stock Exchange (LJSE) by the ZSE, in Slovenia (the Project).
The Client now intends to retain a consulting company (the Consultant) to (i) assess the feasibility of a SME Growth Market in a local and regional context, (ii) define the optimal set-up of a local/regional SME financing platform and (iii) prepare a detailed business and implementation plan (the Assignment).
The expected outcome of the Assignment is for the Client to have sufficient information to decide on the potential SME financing platform for Croatia and Slovenia.
The selected Consultant is expected to provide the following services:
Assess the feasibility of a SME Growth Market in a local and regional context. The aim of this activity is to assess the feasibility of establishing a SME growth market in Croatia and Slovenia either as a local stand-alone solution or preferably as an extended regional offering. A SME growth market is defined here as a SME specialised financing platform/market segment owned and operated by an exchange. The proposed SME Growth Market may have a tiered structure offering various forms of access to capital market financing.
Define the optimal set-up of a local/regional SME financing platform. Based on the assessment conducted in activity 1, the Consultant will design the recommended local/regional SME financing platform and define how the Client can become a company financing hub serving companies at various stages of their financing cycle (i.e. multi-tier structure).
Prepare a detailed business and implementation plan. In collaboration with the Client the Consultant will prepare a business and implementation plan for presentation to the Client's Management Board and Supervisory Board. Under this activity the Consultant will organise a stakeholder workshop for key capital market participants presenting the proposed SME Growth Market concept.
Assignment Start Date and Duration: The Assignment is expected to start in end of August/beginning of September 2016 and has an estimated overall duration of six months.
Submission Deadline: 22 July 2016
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