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Jakub Gubański focuses his practice on competition law matters and mergers & acquisitions.
Since the beginning of his legal career at White & Case, Jakub has provided legal advice on the antimonopoly aspects of cross-border concentrations of business entities, in particular on the energy, insurance, healthcare, telecommunication, media, IT and real estate markets.
He has advised numerous companies on the merger control rules in Poland and provided guidance in relation to compliance with antitrust and competition law in the EU and Poland. He has also represented clients in the proceedings before competition authorities.
In 2007 Jakub was seconded to the White & Case Brussels office, where he focused on European law, including in particular competition law. He also assisted in antitrust proceedings before the European Commission and the European Court of Justice.
Jakub has also worked on numerous acquisitions of public and private companies, including banks, insurance companies, IT, energy and FMCG companies, as well as the privatization of companies. He has also represented various private equity funds in a large number of acquisitions of Polish portfolio companies. Jakub has also advised on internal reorganizations of capital groups and the formation of joint ventures.
For the last several years, the prestigious ranking Legal 500 EMEA has recommended Jakub in the Competition/Antitrust category. He has been recognized by the latest edition in the Commercial/Corporate/M&A category.
Jakub's articles have been published in Crime, Law and Social Change, Gazeta Finansowa and The Wall Street Journal Polska.
Waterland Private Equity Investments B.V.: representation of Waterland Private Equity Investments B.V. in connection with the purchase of over 60% of the total number of shares of the company Kredyt Inkaso S.A. from its current shareholders. The total sale price for all the shares of the company was approx. €46 million (in the form of the share price and in the form of paying the company's debt).
Jastrzębska Spółka Węglowa S.A.: representation of Jastrzębska Spółka Węglowa S.A. in connection with the sale of almost 93% of the shares which Jastrzębska Spółka Węglowa S.A. holds in Wałbrzyskie Zakłady Koksowniczne Victoria S.A. to Agencja Rozwoju Przemysłu S.A. and Towarzystwo Finansowe "Silesia" Sp. z o.o. of the total value of PLN 350 million (€81.45 million).
Kompania Węglowa S.A.: representation of 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 and (ii) an investment agreement with investors where the investment level was over PLN 2.4 billion. This was one of the biggest restructurings in Poland in many years.
CIECH S.A.: representation of KI Chemistry s.à r.l., a subsidiary of Kulczyk Investments S.A., in connection with the acquisition of a majority of shares in CIECH S.A., the leading European chemical company and the second largest producer of soda ash in Europe. The transaction was carried out by way of a tender offer for the acquisition of up to 66% of the issued share capital of CIECH S.A. Value of the transaction: PLN 835 million (US$278 million).
Roust Trading Ltd.: representation of Roust Trading Ltd., a major Russian vodka producer, in connection with the competition law aspects of its successful acquisition of CEDC, one of the largest vodka producers in the world. The case involved filings to the Polish, Russian and Ukrainian competition authorities. The transaction won the "Standout" award from the Financial Times Innovative Deals.
The British United Provident Association Limited: representation of BUPA in connection with the acquisition of Lux Med.
Publicis Groupe S.A.: representation of Publicis Groupe S.A. in the acquisition of Interactive Solutions, a leading digital agency in Poland. The new media shop was integrated with Saatchi & Saatchi Worldwide. Transaction value: PLN 35 million (€8 million).
Alior Bank S.A./Erste Bank: advised Alior Bank S.A. and Erste Bank on compliance with competition laws in connection with the financial restructuring of Polbita sp. z o.o.
Sanofi-Aventis: representation of Sanofi-Aventis in connection with the acquisition of Nepentes.
Bouygues Immobilier Polska sp. z o.o.: representation of Bouygues Immobilier in connection with the establishment of a joint venture in Poland.