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CMS Poland strengthens transactions practice with five-lawyer team advising private equity funds

3 August 2020

CMS in Poland welcomes a five-strong team of lawyers with many years’ experience advising private equity funds as well as significant achievements in M&A transactions: Sławomir Czerwiński, partner, Mateusz Stępień, partner, Jarosław Gajda, counsel, Antoni Wandzilak, senior associate, and Dominika Pietkun, associate. 

The CMS transactions team is led by partner Rafał Zwierz, supported by partners in the M&A team: Błażej Zagórski, Sławomir Czerwiński and Mateusz Stępień. The combined CMS M&A team offers the expertise of 26 lawyers, which makes it one of the largest and most comprehensive teams in the Polish market. 

Andrzej Pośniak, Managing Partner of CMS in Poland, says: “We sincerely welcome this group of fantastic lawyers with huge experience in the private equity market. The combined experience and knowledge of our strengthened team represents a strong offer for PE funds that are planning transactions in Poland and CEE. I am pleased that we can offer the unique expertise of the combined team particularly now when we are beginning to see new developments in the M&A market in Poland”.

Sławomir Czerwiński will be responsible for the further development of cooperation with private equity funds. For fifteen years he has been advising PE and VC funds on M&A transactions, disinvestments and joint ventures. Sławomir has extensive experience in corporate transactional advisory services for sector investors, with particular focus on the healthcare, financial services, FMCG and infrastructure sector. In recent years he, among other things, advised on the investment of the Advent International fund in the Integer group and on the acquisition of the Hortex Group by Mid Europa Partners. He has been recommended for several years in international legal rankings as an advisory expert for private equity funds and M&A transactions. For the past thirteen years Sławomir has worked for Clifford Chance (since 2014 as a counsel), and prior to that he worked for two years at Baker McKenzie. 

Mateusz Stępień has for the last 12 years supported private equity funds in M&A transactions, restructuring and joint ventures. His experience focuses around transactional advisory for financial, real estate, infrastructure, FMCG and healthcare companies. He participated in multiple complex international M&A transactions, including e.g. the largest transaction closed in 2019 on the Polish market, i.e. the sale of shares in DCT Gdańsk S.A. by Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets to PSA International Ptd Ltd, the Polish Development Fund and IFM Global Infrastructure Fund. He has recently worked for Ringier Axel Springer on the acquisition of the Gratka.pl portal and the sale of Onet Data Center. He also advised on the sale of the Inea cable TV by the Warburg Pincus fund and the sale of the L’biotica cosmetics company by the Waterland fund. Mariusz joined Clifford Chance in 2008. 

Jarosław Gajda has over 13 years of experience in transactional, corporate and contractual advisory services. He has worked with numerous private equity funds and strategic investors. He has experience in transactions in the FMCG, IT, Oil&Gas, food, industrial production, medical services and financial services sector. He has recently provided advisory services to, among other things, the Advent International fund on the investment in the Integer.pl Group, Mid Europa Partners on the acquisition of the Hortex group, the Cinven fund on the investment in the RTB House group and Polenergia on the establishment of a joint venture with the Equinor group (formerly Statoil). Jarosław has worked for over 13 years at Clifford Chance, where he started his professional career. 

Antoni Wandzilak specialises in M&A transactions and corporate restructuring. He provides advisory services to both private equity funds and clients operating in various sectors, in particular in the logistics, healthcare and FMCG sector. His experience includes, among other things, advisory services for the Advent International fund on the investment in the Inpost group and for Mid Europa Partners on the acquisition of the Hortex group. Apart from transactional advisory services, Antoni specialises in inter-group restructuring and advisory services for clients related to their day-to-day activity. He is eager to engage in advisory services in complex and atypical matters. Antoni has worked for the last six years at Clifford Chance.

Dominika Pietkun specialises in M&A projects and corporate restructuring. She has provided advice to corporate clients and private equity funds on their day-to-day activity in Poland in various sectors, including in the healthcare and retail sector. Dominika has recently worked for such funds as Advent International and Mid Europa Partners. She joined Clifford Chance in 2018.

The CMS corporate transactional team has many years of experience in providing transactional advisory services and has been recommended for years in international legal rankings. In 2019 CMS received the prestigious award for the best legal advisor on the transactional market in Poland by the Polish Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (PSIK) as well as the European Mid-Market M&A Legal Adviser of the Year awarded each year by Mergermarket, recognising the best legal advisors on the M&A market in the EUR 30 million - 1 billion segment in Europe. CMS was also the top choice M&A legal advisor in 2019 in CEE markets (according to Mergermarket).