Bartosz Smardzewski | White & Case LLP International Law Firm, Global Law Practice
Bartosz Smardzewski
Bartosz Smardzewski

Bartosz Smardzewski

Counsel, Warsaw

T +48 22 50 50 100

E bsmardzewski@whitecase.com

Overview

Bartosz Smardzewski is a qualified Polish advocate. He has been involved in a number of corporate and capital markets transactions in Poland, including acquisitions of shares and enterprises, mergers, privatization schemes, public offerings and bond issues.

Bars and Courts

  • Advocate, Regional Bar Chamber in Warsaw

Education

  • Master's Degree, University of Warsaw, Faculty of Law
  • University of Glasgow, School of Law

Languages

  • English
  • Polish

Experience

PKO Bank Hipoteczny S.A.: a dvice for banks Société Générale (global coordinator, lead joint arranger and dealer), Deutsche Bank (joint arranger and dealer), J.P. Morgan (joint arranger and dealer), PKO Bank Polski (joint arranger and dealer) and Landesbank Baden-Württemberg (dealer) in connection with the creation by PKO Bank Hipoteczny S.A., a subsidiary of PKO Bank Polski, of an international mortgage bond issuance program with a value of up to EUR 4 billion. This is the first international program for the issuance of mortgage bonds established by a Polish mortgage bank under which mortgage bonds will be issued based on Polish law.

Ciech S.A.: advised Ciech S.A. in connection with the process of admitting and introducing shares to trading on a regulated market in the General Standard sub-segment of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange.

Synthos S.A.: represented Synthos S.A., one of the leading manufacturers of chemical raw materials in Central and Eastern Europe, in connection with the Reg S/Rule 144A issuance and sale of €350 million 4.000% Senior Notes due 2021 of Synthos Finance AB (publ), a special purpose company of Synthos S.A.

Synthos S.A.: represented Synthos S.A., one of the leading manufacturers of chemical raw materials in Central and Eastern Europe, in its €50,000,000 tap offering of its Senior Notes due 2021.

Prime Car Management S.A.: acted as managers' counsel of Banco Espirito Santo de Investimento, Oddział w Polsce, Jefferies International Limited and Dom Maklerski mBanku in connection with the PLN 210 million initial public offering and Warsaw Stock Exchange listing of shares of Prime Car Management S.A., one of the leaders in car fleet management and leasing services in Poland.

Kompania Węglowa S.A.: advised  Kompania Węglowa S.A. ("KW") in connection with KW's restructuring process and the establishment of Polska Grupa Górnicza Sp. z o.o. ("PGG") including, for example: (i) the sale of KW's enterprise to PGG, which included 11 mines and 4 plants, (ii) an investment agreement with investors where the investment level was over PLN 2.4 bln and (iii) a program agreement in connection with PGG's issue of bonds of PLN 1,148 bln addressed to KW's current bondholders. This was one of the biggest restructurings in Poland in many years.

PZU S.A.: Represented BofA Merrill Lynch, Deutsche Bank, UBS Investment Bank, Citigroup and Goldman Sachs International as Joint Lead Managers in connection with the issuance and Reg S offering of €500 million 1.375% Guaranteed Notes due in 2019 of PZU Finance AB (publ), a financial vehicle of PZU S.A., Poland's largest insurance company in terms of gross written premiums.

Echo Investment S.A.: Represented Echo Investment S.A., Poland's leading real estate developer, in connection with the establishment of a PLN 200 million Polish bond program, being one of the first domestic public offerings in Poland aimed at a pool of individual investors.

PKP PLK S.A.: Represented PKP PLK S.A., the state-owned railway infrastructure operator, in connection with a PLN 2.2 billion bond issue, guaranteed by the State Treasury.

Zlomrex International Finance S.A.: we represented the second largest seller of semi-finished steel products in Poland as issuer in the restructuring of its approximately €118 million outstanding New York law governed senior secured high yield notes due 2014, which were exchanged by way of an English law Scheme of Arrangement for new senior secured notes and exchangeable PIK notes issued by a new financing vehicle in the Cognor group.

Awards & Recognition

The Legal 500 2012 mentions Bartosz as an "experienced lawyer" in the Equity Capital Markets practice.