CMS will strengthen its transactions practice with a five-lawyers team advising private equity funds

The CMS transactions group will be joined by a team of lawyers with many years’ experience in advising private equity funds and significant achievements in M&A transactions. At the beginning of August 2020 CMS will be joined by Sławomir Czerwiński and Mateusz Stępień as partners, Jarosław Gajda as a counsel, Antoni Wandzilak as
a senior associate, and Dominika Pietkun as an associate.

The CMS transactions team will continue to be led by partner Rafał Zwierz who, with support from partner Błażej Zagórski, has been successfully managing the M&A group since July 2019. The joined CMS M&A team will have 26 lawyers including 4 partners, which will make it one of the largest and most comprehensive teams on the Polish market.

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 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 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.

“In the past three years our corporate transactions lawyers have worked on the largest number of mergers and acquisitions on the Polish market, which is why we offer our clients unique expertise and comprehensive transactional experience. We have decided to strengthen our corporate transactions group by an absolutely fantastic (as experts and colleagues) team of lawyers with vast experience on the private equity market. By combining the knowledge of the two teams we are creating a very strong offer for funds that are planning transactions in Poland and the CEE” - says Andrzej Pośniak, managing partner at CMS Poland.

 “Once COVID-19 eases, the transactional processes are going to speed up. In Poland one can find very interesting assets, also in industries that are less dependent on economic fluctuations and thus giving an opportunity for the expected return on investment even in periods of greater uncertainty” - comments Rafał Zwierz, partner managing the corporate transactional team at CMS. 

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 that is awarded 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 and 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).