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Debt

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  1. Capital markets: Debt
  2. Other recommended firms
  3. Hall of Fame
  4. Leading individuals

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Allen & Overy, A. Pedzich sp. k.’s team attracts some of the most complex and high-profile transactions in the market. Practice leader Piotr Lesiński and senior associate Łukasz Walczyna advised Tauron Polska Energia on its €500m eurobond issuance arranged by Banco Santander, J.P. Morgan Securities, MUFG Securities EMEA and PKO Bank Polski. The pair, together with counsel Bartosz Jagodziński, assisted the Polish Ministry of Finance with the issuance of RMB8bn-worth of Panda bonds, underwritten by Bank of China and HSBC Bank (China).

Clifford Chance’s group is renowned for its involvement in pioneering transactions, which included Grzegorz Namiotkiewicz and counsel Grzegorz Abram advising HSBC as sole structuring adviser and bookrunner on the €750m issuance of green sovereign bonds by the State Treasury of the Republic of Poland. The team also handles the PLN1.3bn bond issuance programme of Jastrzębska Spółka Węglowa for arrangers and guarantors, as well as assisting Deutsche Bank as arranger on a bond issuance by the State Treasury of the Republic of Poland under its €60bn EMTN programme. Andrzej Stosio is also recommended.

White & Case M. Studniarek i Wspólnicy - Kancelaria Prawna sp.k.’s team handles complex public offerings, including high-yield programmes. Andrzej Sutkowski advised the Polish Ministry of Finance on its €750m issuance of sovereign green bonds, while Marcin Studniarek assisted Commerzbank as lead arranger and dealer as well as other banks as dealers with the establishment of a €3bn mortgage bond issuance programme for mBank Hipoteczny. Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, ING Securities and Jastrzębska Spółka Węglowa are clients. Counsel Bartosz Smardzewski is another name to note.

Baker & McKenzie Krzyżowski i Wspólnicy Spółka Komandytowaimpresses clients with its business understanding’ and ‘outpaces competitors in client service’.

Practice heads Konrad Konarski and Ireneusz Stolarski advised several banks, including Bank Pekao and mBank, on the compliance of their bond programmes with new legislation. The team also handled Ghelamco’s bond issuance for a consortium of lenders. ‘Business-oriented’ associate Michał Głowacki ‘delivers functional solutions’.

Bond issuances as part of wider restructuring strategies, particularly in the energy and manufacturing sectors, form a substantial part of Dentons’ work. Robert Dulewicz and counsel Michał Śmiechowski advised Haitong Bank as issue agent, hedging provider and bondholder on American Heart of Poland’s PLN125m bond issuance as part of its larger financial restructuring.

At Hogan Lovells (Warszawa) LLP, Rafał Grochowski and senior associate Elżbieta Rablin-Schubert advised Bank PKO on the PLN324m secured bond issuance for the modernisation of the Lodz Zoo. Other highlights for Bank PKO include the PLN327m secured bonds issuance for Zaklad Unieszkodliwiania Odpadow in Szczecin. Practice head Piotr Zawiślak assisted mBank Hipoteczny with a €3.5bn mortgage-covered bonds issuance.

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP’s enviable client base includes Polska Grupa Gornicza and Ronson Europe. Practice head Anna Frankowska and Marcin Iwaniszyn assisted Getback with a PLN300m bond issuance and a subsequent public offering of PLN219m-worth of bonds under the programme arranged by Haitong Bank. Meanwhile, Marcin Chyliński advised Echo Investment on a PLN300m public bond issuance.

Greenberg Traurig Grzesiak sp. k.’s group includes Ireneusz Matusielański, who advised Bank Pocztowy on its PLN1bn public bond issuance programme; Rafał Sieński was also part of the team. Andrzej Wysokiński assisted TMF Poland as security agent with a combined $3.3bn senior secured notes issuance governed by New York law.

K&L Gates LLP’s team, which is led by Filip Urbaniak, assisted MLP Group, Bank Pekao and Pekao Investment with their €50m bond issuance programme, and handled redemption of bonds for Lubelski Węgiel Bogdanka. Michał Pawłowski joined from CMS.

Norton Rose Fulbright’s practice head Grzegorz Dyczkowski advised Citigroup Global Markets, ABN Amro, Coöperatieve Rabobank and Wilmington Trust on the Polish aspects of Schoeller Allibert Group’s €210m senior secured note offering. In another highlight, Dyczkowski assisted J.P. Morgan Securities and Bank of America Merrill Lynch as the bookrunners and initial purchasers with Play’s €500m issuance of PIK toggle notes.

SSW Spaczynski Szczepaniak i Wspólnicy’s ‘knowledgeable and flexible’ team is noted for its ‘good, practical knowledge, problem-solving approach, flexibility and swift responses’. Group co-head Szymon Okoń is ‘very committed and experienced, with great negotiation skills and strong market knowledge’. Co-head Wojciech Szczepaniak advised Capital Park on its two-series €25m unsecured eurobond issuance.


Equity

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  1. Capital markets: Equity
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Greenberg Traurig Grzesiak sp. k.’s team handles every phase of complex initial and secondary public offerings for banks and issuers in sectors such as real estate and energy. Practice head Jarosław Grzesiak and Paweł Piotrowski advised GetBack on its PLN740m IPO on the Warsaw Stock Exchange. Grzesiak, Ireneusz Matusielański and Karolina Dunin-Wilczyńska assisted Gremi Media with a private share offering. Rafał Sieński is another name to note.

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP’s Marcin Chyliński advised the global coordinators and joint bookrunners on the €1bn IPO of Play Communications. The group also assisted Dino Polska and Polish Sigma Group with the former’s PLN1.7bn IPO and admission to trading of shares on the Warsaw Stock Exchange. Practice head Anna Frankowska and Łukasz Gasiński are also recommended. Rafał Zwierz joined CMS in February 2018.

White & Case M. Studniarek i Wspólnicy - Kancelaria Prawna sp.k. handled the largest IPO in Poland in 2017: the team, which included Marcin Studniarek, advised Play Communications on its €1bn listing. The practice also acted for the global coordinators and bookbuilders on the PLN1.7bn IPO and admission to trading of shares of Dino Polska on the Warsaw Stock Exchange. Counsel Bartosz Smardzewski is also recommended.

At Baker & McKenzie Krzyżowski i Wspólnicy Spółka Komandytowa, Konrad Konarski advised Sodexo on its PLN192m takeover of the publicly listed iAlbatros Poland, and assisted Kofola ČeskoSlovensko and KSM Investment with delisting Kofola’s shares from the Warsaw Stock Exchange. Vaporjet is a new client.

At CMS, of counsel Rafał Woźniak was part of a team advising Maxcom on its IPO and listing of shares on the Warsaw Stock Exchange. Michał Pawłowski joined K&L Gates LLP. Rafał Zwierz was a new arrival from Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP in February 2018.

Clifford Chance’s group assisted PZU (in a consortium with Polski Fundusz Rozwoju) with its acquisition of a 33% stake in Bank Pekao from UniCredit. Public M&A forms a substantial proportion of instructions for the department, which also handles delistings of foreign companies from the Warsaw Stock Exchange. Counsel Jarosław Lorenc and newly promoted partner Wojciech Polz are recommended.

DLA Piper Giziński Kycia sp.k.’s ‘responsive team’ has ‘business acumen and outstanding strength in depth’, and includes ‘leading specialist’ Jakub Domalik-Plakwicz, who joined from Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP. It assisted Rafako with its secondary public offering and advised Ipopema Securities as lead manager on the public offering of shares in Braster.

Jakub Celiński leads Dentons’ group, which provides ‘very high levels of service and noteworthy industry knowledge’. The team advised the managers, including Haitong Bank and Pekao Investment Banking, on GetBack’s IPO on the Warsaw Stock Exchange. In another highlight, it advised Polimex-Mostostal on its €70m share capital increase by way of a private offering of 150 million shares to several energy companies.

At Prof. Marek Wierzbowski and Partners Advocates and Legal Counsellors, the team handles domestic mid-market initial and secondary public and private offerings. Marcin Marczuk and Sławomir Jakszuk advised Trans Polonia on its PLN50m secondary public offering on the Warsaw Stock Exchange. Marek Wierzbowski heads the practice.

Small and mid-cap transactions comprise most of SSW Spaczynski Szczepaniak i Wspólnicy’s team’s workload. The group, which has ‘deep sector expertise’, includes the ‘very direct’ Szymon Okoń, who is ‘a strong manager of complex projects’ and ‘extremely focused on getting the transaction done’. Highlights included advising PlayWay on its €50m IPO.


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