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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.

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