Marcin Studniarek

Partner, Warsaw

Biography

“Marcin Studniarek is one of the most experienced practitioners. He provides excellent services based on great legal knowledge and client-orientation.”
The Legal 500 2020

Overview

Marcin Studniarek is the executive partner of the Warsaw office and heads the Capital Markets and Mergers and Acquisitions practices in the White & Case Warsaw office.

Marcin focuses on commercial law, securities law and M&A transactions as well as corporate governance issues. He has advised in numerous public issues of shares and in public and non-public issues of debt securities of Polish and foreign companies, including, among others, the initial public offering of structured bonds listed on the Warsaw Stock Exchange.

He has advised foreign investors on various transactions regarding the purchase or the sale of large stakes in Polish companies. He has represented the State Treasury in negotiations with foreign investors.

Prior to joining White & Case, Marcin worked for mBank S.A., where he was involved in new investment projects of the bank. Then, for over six years, he worked for the Warsaw office of Linklaters. At the same time, for over five years, he served as a specialist on matters concerning the Council of the Warsaw Stock Exchange (acting as the Secretary of the Council of the Stock Exchange). For one year he was also the advisor to the Minister of Infrastructure.

Marcin is recognized as a recommended Equity Capital Markets, Debt Capital Markets and Corporate/M&A practitioner in the latest editions of the most prestigious law firm rankings published by i.a. Chambers Europe, Chambers Global, The Legal 500 and The IFLR1000.

Bars and Courts
Attorney-at-law, Warsaw Bar Association of Attorneys-at-Law
Education
LLM
Warsaw University, Faculty of Law and Administration
Master of Economics
Warsaw School of Economics
Languages
Polish
English
Russian

Experience

STS Holding S.A.: representation of STS Holding S.A., the largest sports betting operator in Poland, on its IPO on the regulated market of the Warsaw Stock Exchange, making it the only sports betting company currently listed on the Warsaw Stock Exchange (in accordance with Regulation S and Rule 144A). The final price in the IPO was set at PLN 23 per share. The total value of the IPO was PLN 1.1 billion.

Global Compute Infrastructure: representation of Global Compute Infrastructure in connection with its agreement to acquire ATM S.A., the leading data center and communications infrastructure business in Poland, from a consortium of funds managed by MCI Capital, one of Poland's leading venture capital and private equity companies, and Mezzanine Management, an independent investment advisory firm.

Play Communications S.A.: representation of Play Communications S.A., the leading mobile network operator in Poland, and its reference shareholders Novator and Olympia, in connection with the ILIAD SA's €2.2 billion all cash public tender offer for all of the shares in Play.

Valmet: representation of Valmet, the leading global developer and supplier of process technologies, automation and services for the pulp, paper and energy industries, headquartered in Espoo, Finland, on its acquisition of PMP Group, a Polish provider of technologies and services for the paper industry.

Nets Denmark A/S: representation of Nets Denmark A/S, a market leader in the payments industry, on its €405 million acquisition of Poland-based Centrum Rozliczeń Elektronicznych Polskie ePłatności S.A. (PeP), a leading Polish merchant acquirer, which provides merchant acquiring services.

R.Power: representation of R.Power, the largest photovoltaics player on the market, on the largest transaction in the Polish photovoltaic sector to date – the sale of its entire portfolio of 122 MW turnkey terrestrial photovoltaic farms to the fund Aberdeen Standard Investments, a leading global asset manager. The portfolio consists of 130 state-of-the-art photovoltaic projects developed by R.Power with a total installed capacity of 122 MW, predominantly in western and central Poland. The deal represents the third agreement between R.Power and Aberdeen Standard Investments in the Polish market, and is the third transaction on which White & Case has advised R.Power.

Pfleiderer Group S.A.: representation of Strategic Value Partners LLC, a shareholder of the Pfleiderer Group, and its subsidiary Volantis Bidco B.V. on a tender offer for shares in the Pfleiderer Group and a squeeze-out, as well as the cancellation of dematerialization and withdrawal of the Pfleiderer Group's shares from trade on the regulated market of the Warsaw Stock Exchange. This was one of the largest public merger & acquisition transactions on the Polish capital market in 2019.

Huuuge, Inc.: representation of Delaware-based corporation Huuuge, Inc., a global developer of free-to-play games and publisher of digital games on mobile and web platforms, on its IPO on the regulated market of the Warsaw Stock Exchange (in accordance with Regulation S and Rule 144A). The PLN 1.67 billion IPO was the largest IPO of a gaming sector company in the history of the Warsaw Stock Exchange, and the largest mobile gaming IPO in Europe.

Play Communications S.A.: representation of Play Communications S.A. and its shareholders Novator and Olympia in the €1 billion IPO of Play on the Warsaw Stock Exchange. It is the largest IPO in the telecommunications sector in Europe since June 2015, and one of the five largest ever Polish IPOs.

PKN Orlen S.A.: representation of PKN Orlen S.A. in connection with the establishment of a €5 billion EMTN programme and the first issue of €500 million 1.125% Green Bonds due 2028 issued under the programme. The transaction was the first Green Bond issue from Poland by a company outside the financial sector, and was certified by the Climate Bonds Initiative, endorsing the Green Bonds for the best market standards for climate integrity, transparency and the use of proceeds.