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Poland
Poland

Poland

About

We have been advising and representing foreign and Polish clients doing business in Poland since we opened our Warsaw office in 1991.

For more than the last two decades, we have been evolving into one of the leading practices in all major areas of business law. We have developed an outstanding reputation for our role in a number of high-profile, pioneering transactions.

Highly regarded for our experience in emerging markets, our Polish clients believe that "the team is very commercial and business-oriented. The lawyers are very practical – they don't search for problems, but offer solutions" and "the team works very well between the Warsaw and London offices, which is very important for international transactions." (Chambers Europe)

Through the extensive footprint of offices worldwide, and with the continuous cooperation of lawyers from various countries, we are able to assist our clients with their most complicated cross-border transactions. Clients who seek our counsel include financial institutions, large companies, entrepreneurs, public sector companies and private investors in areas including energy, mining, telecommunications, real estate and finance. Our advice enables them to achieve their business goals in relation to their investment plans in Poland and expansion into other markets, particularly in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE).

Our lawyers are licensed to practice law not only in Poland, but also in the United States and England. Our team also has unique experience in representing clients in domestic and international disputes and arbitration proceedings.

The Warsaw office is the focal point for English-law governed transactions in and around the CEE region. Here, we support our clients in their participation in the financing of large investment projects. We offer tailored advice regarding their investments in Polish banks and the development of new banking products.

Our success in Poland is founded on our ability to combine deep knowledge of the issues that are relevant to our clients and our global experience.

 

AWARDS & RECOGNITION

Ranked #1 for Polish M&A in H1 2017 by deal value
Ranked #1 for CEE M&A in in H1 2017 by deal value and count
Mergermarket League Tables 2017

Band 1: M&A, Debt Capital Markets, Equity Capital Markets, Project Finance
IFLR1000 2018

Band 1: Corporate/M&A, Equity Capital Markets, Public Law
The Legal 500 EMEA 2017

Band 2: Banking & Finance
Chambers Global 2017

 

 

Experience

PGE Polska Grupa Energetyczna S.A.
Representation of PGE Polska Grupa Energetyczna S.A., Poland's biggest power producer, on its PLN 4.51 billion (approximately US$1.2 billion) acquisition of the EDF Group's assets in Poland.

Mid Europa Partners
Advised Mid Europa Partners, the leading private equity investor in Central and South Eastern Europe, on the sale of Żabka Polska to funds advised by CVC Capital Partners. It is the largest ever transaction in the Polish food retail sector and the largest ever private equity exit in Poland.

Kompania Węglowa S.A.
Representation of Kompania Węglowa S.A. in connection with the restructuring process and the establishment of Polska Grupa Górnicza Sp. z o.o.

Ghelamco
Representation of Ghelamco on the financing of up to €221 million and PLN 45 million (a total amount of approximately PLN 1 billion), from a consortium of financial institutions for the construction of an office-services-hotel complex called "The Warsaw Hub".

Representation of Ghelamco in connection with a €370 million refinancing of the existing indebtedness incurred by Ghelamco's subsidiaries in connection with construction of the Warsaw Spire, a complex of office buildings in Warsaw.

Bank Zachodni WBK S.A.
Representation of Bank Zachodni WBK S.A. in connection with the indirect financing of up to PLN 1.56 billion to guarantee the acquisition of 34.29% of the shares in AmRest Holdings SE by its largest shareholder, FCapital Dutch B.V.

P4 Sp. z o.o. (Play)
Representation of P4 Sp. z o.o. and Play Holdings 2 S. à r.l., trading as Play, on term loan facilities and a revolving credit facility of up to PLN 7 billion (approx. €1.65 billion).

IPO of Play
Advised Play Communications S.A. (Play) and its shareholders Novator and Olympia on the EUR 1 billion (PLN 4.4 billion) IPO of Play on the WSE, which values the company at EUR 4 billion (PLN 16 billion). It is the largest IPO in the telecommunications sector in Europe since June 2015, and one of the five largest ever Polish IPOs.

IPO of Dino Polska S.A.
Advised Powszechna Kasa Oszczędności Bank Polski S.A. Oddział – Dom Maklerski PKO Banku Polskiego w Warszawie, as Global Coordinator, Joint Bookrunner and Offering Agent, UBS Limited, WOOD & Company Financial Services, a.s. S.A., Oddział w Polsce, as Global Coordinators and Joint Bookrunners, and Erste Group Bank AG as Joint Bookrunner, on the PLN 1.65 billion (approximately €388 million) IPO and admission to trading of shares in Dino Polska S.A. on the regulated market of the WSE. Dino Polska is a chain of around 630 (as of the end of 2016) proximity supermarkets in Poland.

IPO of Griffin Premium RE
Advised BZ WBK S.A. and Berenberg, as Global Coordinators and Joint Bookrunners, and DM BOŚ as Offering Co-manager, on the PLN 508 million (approximately €118 million) IPO and admission to trading of shares in Griffin Premium RE on the WSE.

Polish Ministry of Finance
Representation of the Polish Ministry of Finance in connection with the €750 million issuance of green bonds, the first ever issuance of green bonds by a government issuer.

PKO Bank Hipoteczny S.A. bonds
Representation of Société Générale, Deutsche Bank, J.P. Morgan, PKO Bank Polski  and Landesbank Baden-Württemberg in connection with the establishment by PKO Bank Hipoteczny S.A., a subsidiary of PKO Bank Polski, of a €4 billion international covered bond issuance programme, and the issuance of €500 million in covered bonds thereunder. This was the first international program for the issuance of mortgage bonds established by a Polish mortgage bank under which mortgage bonds were issued based on Polish law.