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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’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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