Copernicus Group, securities broker (licence nb. 751)


He is a registered securities broker. He started his professional career in 1996 as an equity analyst and salesman at ING Group. Subsequently he managed a retail brokerage office and set up, with Enterprise Investors, the first company in Poland offering investment relations services.

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More recently he was President of Management Board of Suprema Securities, where he was also in charge of Corporate Finance. Currently he is Director of Strategy and Development at Copernicus Group.





The Managing Partner at Holon Consultants.



He has many years of experience in equity transactions with private equity, mergers and acquisitions, as well as market entry strategies for large international corporations.

Working at Holon Consultants, he has participated in a dozen or so closed transactions with private equity and industry investors.

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Before establishing Holon Consultants, he was a manager at the British advisory firm, Central Europe Trust. He also held lectures and training for managers and employees of banks financed by UNIDO.

He graduated in mathematics and physics at the Jagiellonian University in Cracow, completed his doctorate in physics at Heidelberg University in Germany and postgraduate studies in economics at the Collegium of World Economy [Kolegium Gospodarki Światowej] at the Warsaw School of Economics. He holds a PhD in nuclear physics.





Partner of Abris Capital Partners.




Abris Capital Partners is a private equity investment firm focused on buyout of the mid-market enterprises and the growing capital in Central and Eastern Europe.

Prior to joining Abris, Mr. Gieryński was a Managing Partner of Copernicus Partners and the head of the alternative asset management operations of Copernicus Capital TFI regulated by the Polish policy of Investing Funds Association.




An advocate and a partner at Gide Loyrette Nouel Warsaw.


He heads the Banking & Finance Department. He graduated from the Faculty of Law at Warsaw University and from the Comparative Law Faculty at the University of Strasbourg.

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He also holds a diploma from the Business Management Course from the French Centre for Business Executives Educations (CEFFIC) in Warsaw, a stock broker licence from the Warsaw Stock Exchange and a DESS in Business Law and European Law from the University of Warsaw under the auspices of the University of Poitiers.

Paweł specialises in banking and finance projects (secured and structured lending operations) and private equity and M&A transactions. He also has extensive experience in stock exchange law, securities, securitisation and infrastructure investment projects.

He regularly speaks at the Polish Private Equity Association (PSIK) and is listed as a recommended lawyer in Banking & Finance by EMEA Legal 500 in 2008, 2009 and 2010 and as a leading lawyer in Private Equity and in Banking & Finance by Plc Which Lawyer in 2010.
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Pricewaterhouse Coopers partner – mergers and acquisitions team.



A partner in Pricewaterhouse Coopers responsible for coordinating work of the M&A team in Poland. Slawomir has extensive experience in financial advisory gained while working in Corporate Finance departments of leading consulting firms in Poland.

[toggle title=”read more” on=”0″]Slawomir advised many clients in the process of buying or selling companies in various sectors.

  • Selected experience:
    – Advisory to PGE KWB Bełchatów in the disposal of mineral water producer Bewa;
    – Advisory to PE fund Abris Capital Partners in acquisition of clothing company Etos S.A. (owner of Diverse clothing brand), Fundusz Mikro and Alumetal S.A.;
    – Advisory to owners of Okna Rąbień, largest Polish manufacturer of PVC windows, on selling 100% of shares toPenta Investments;
    – Advisory to PE fund Copernicus in the disposal of Croatian cabel TV operator Adriatic Kabel and Serbian security company Progard Securitas.





Innova Capital.



His professional experience includes twelve years in the private equity business. Since joining Innova Capital in 2000, he has made and then managed multiple investments in the areas of telecommunication (Orange Slovakia,MobilTel, Energis Polska, GTS), media (Metropolis Media), IT ( and business services (Mercor, LaFântâna).

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Among many deals he led investment in Mercor, which involved successful introducing of IPO on Warsaw Stock Exchange.

Prior to joining Innova, Krzysztof Krawczyk worked at Pioneer Investment and Daiwa Institute of Research. He is co-founder and Co-Chairman of LBO Committee of Polish Private Equity Association. Mr. Krawczyk focuses on investments in TMT, in business services sector including construction services.

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UniCredit Corporate & Investment Banking / Bank Pekao.


He has over 14 years of experience in working and leading Structured Finance Projects in CEE. Before joining BankBPH as Director of Structured Finance in Warsaw in 2005 he worked at the Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi, both in Vienna and London.[toggle title=”read more” on=”0″]

He also worked in Corporate Syndications for the Bank Austria Creditanstalt in Vienna.

Dieter Lobnig is currently heading the team that is responsible for Financial Sponsor Solutions in the Bank Pekao in Warsaw.

He originated and co-ordinated financing for a number of Financial Sponsor transactions in Poland, including Ultimo,Hortex, Luxmed, Axtone and Libet.

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Director of ICENTIS Corporate Solution.


Primarily responsible for financing advisory services at ICENTIS, including acquisition financing advisory, corporate financing and project finance. Prior to joining ICENTIS, from 2006 to 2009 he was the Head of the Warsaw Office of European Investment Bank (EIB).

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In 2003 – 2005 worked as a key member of the lending operations team at EIB in Luxembourg responsible for large lending and securitization operations in Poland and CEE. In the years 1997 – 2002 Michał worked respectively as an Analyst, Associate and Manager with the Corporate Finance and Advisory team of HSBC Investment Bank in London and Warsaw. In 1996 – 1997 he worked at Investment Bank Austria in Warsaw as an Associate Manager.

Mr Lubieniecki graduated from the full-time MBA course at INSEAD, Fontainebleau (2003, Sisley-Marc d’OrnanoScholarship), and from the Warsaw School of Economics (1997). He is a Chartered Financial Analyst since 2004.






CAG and Investment Banking, Central Europe.



He is the president of an investment banking partnership focused on Central and Eastern Europe. Focused on servicing private equity groups active in Central Europe, CAG counts among its clients such firms as Advent, AIG, INNOVA Capital, Darby, Enterprise Investors, Oresa, 3TS (3i Capital affiliate) MCI and BBI Investments.

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Mr. MacDonald also invests in private equity partnerships and fast growing private Polish companies. Prior to establishing CAG, Mr. MacDonald was a Managing Director at ABN AMRO Corporate Finance Poland.

Mr. MacDonald was born near Boston, USA in 1964. He has a Bachelor’s Degree from Harvard College where he graduated Magna Cum Laude. Mr. MacDonald has lived in Warsaw, Poland since 1991 and has two children..[/toggle]




PPU Izoterm LTD.



He has fifteen-year experience holding the highest managerial positions [Chairman of the Board – CEO/Chief Executive Officer] in companies of many trades [FMCG, light industry, logistics and distribution], including foreign companies. For 11 years he has been cooperating with investment funds, of which last 9 years with private equity/venture capital funds.

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Doctor of Humanities of the University of Silesia in Katowice, he completed postgraduate studies at the SilesianUniversity of Technology [business management] and the Warsaw School of Economics [based on the structure of MBA].

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Amundi Asset Management /SGAM Eastern Europe Fund.



He has 12 years experience in the private equity sector. For more than 3 years he has been a Partner in Warsaw Office Amundi Asset Management, company that manages SGAM Eastern Fund. Prior to joining Amundi, he was a Partner in company, which managed Riverside group of funds, where he was head of the Warsaw office.

He made a number of private equity investments both in Poland and in CEE, and he also took part in many projects in Western Europe.

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Before his work in the private equity sector he was doing transaction consulting and Corporate Finance for places like Austria Bank. In the mid 90s he held a position of Director in XI National Investment Fund. He began his professional career in KPMG, where he was preparing projects for the banking sector in Poland.

Piotr Misztal is a graduate of the Moscow Institute of International Relations. He participated in many courses in the field of finance. Piotr Misztal also has diplomas in Management from Canadian International Management Institute and Centre for Management Training.



Monika_Morali-EfinowiczAdvent International.



She has over ten years experience in the fields of private equity and corporate finance, and has worked in West and East Europe. In 2005 she joined global fund private equity Advent International, and since February 2008 she is head of their Warsaw office.

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Prior to joining Advent, Monika Morali-Efinowicz worked at Apax Partners in Munich, where she was responsible for investments in the media sector in Germany and Central Europe. Monika began her career in 1997 at BerenbergBank in Hamburg, where she advised on mergers and acquisition transactions in consumer goods and the logistic sector.
Working at Advent she took part in many regional transactions. Some examples include: the buyout of Polish company Kamax with simultaneous take over of Kamaxs competitor – Keystone Bahntechnik and their transformation into Axtone. (Axtone is a leader on bumper’s and shock absorber’s market for all type of rail vehicles). At present, the Warsaw office under Monika Morali-Efinowicz management acquires over 85% shares ofWSiP.

Ms Morali-Efinowicz graduated from the faculty of Foreign Trade of the Poznan University of Economics. She also completed MBA studies at INSEAD in France. In the 90s she was a scholarship holder of: German Government (the University of Hamburg), Krzyzowa Foundation for the Polish German agreement, and the French Sisley-D’OrnanoFoundation. She speaks a few foreign languages fluently.

Monika Morali-Efinowicz had a seat in Supervisory Board of Axtone and Bolix. At present her candidature was announced for RN WSiP.





Head of the structured finance team at Bank Zachodni WBK.




She is focused on LBO and acquisition finance, project finance and syndications. She has particular experience working with a number of the leading private equity firms operating in Poland. In this role, she has structured credit to directly finance a number of the largest Polish company acquisitions.

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BZ WBK overall is the third largest bank in Poland with 600 offices nationwide. Its services have consistently been ranked ‘top performing’ by the likes of Rzeczpospolita, Parkiet and Forbes Magazine.

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Resource Partners.



He is a Managing Partner focused on investment opportunities in Central and Eastern Europe. He is based in Warsaw, Poland. Resource Partners is a newly established private equity group with focus on investments in the prospective small and medium-sized enterprises in Central and Eastern Europe.

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The group invests in buyout transactions and financing of EBITDA positive companies, with strong market position and proven strategy and business model, primarily in Consumer sectors.
Before co-founding RP in 2008, he worked in The Carlyle Group. Previously, he was associated with 3TS Capital Partners (2001-2007), where he was an Investment Director and Partner. Prior to 3TS Capital Partners, from 1999 to 2000, Mr. Noceń was an Executive in PricewaterhouseCoopers Financial Advisory Services department in Warsaw, where he was part of the Central European TMT team focusing on M&A lead advisory projects. From 1997 to 1999 he was a Junior Equity Analyst at Deutsche Bank Research (formerly Deutsche Morgan Grenfell).

Mr. Noceń earned his M.Sc. in finance and banking from the Warsaw School of Economics (Poland) and has also completed post-graduate studies in international economics at the same University. He is also a CFA charter holder.






Warburg Pincus.


He joined Warburg Pincus in 2010 with a responsibility for investments in Poland. Simultaneously Mr Pietrasik was a member of the pan-European Telecom Media and Technology team based in London. Before joining WarburgPincus he worked as an Associate Director of Mid Europa Partners based in Warsaw.

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Mr Pietrasik committed himself to 450m acquisition of Bite and issuance of its High Yield bonds in 2007, (subsequent his own company debts buyback in 2009 and $1.1bn acquisition of Invitel in 2009). He was responsible for managing transactions in various Mid East Europe countries especially in Poland, Hungary and Baltic countries.

Prior to joining Mid Europa he worked for JPMorgan in London in the Telecom & Media M&A team, where he advised on a number of high-profile transactions, including CDP purchase of stake in STMicroelectronics, TVNpurchase of Onet, TDC disposal of Polkomtel and number of other transactions in Western Europe and CEE. His earlier experience includes brief affiliation with McKinsey in Warsaw.

Mr Pietrasik received his M.A. in Management from London School of Economics and Finance and Banking degree from Warsaw School of Economics..[/toggle]




Head of Structured and Mezzanine Finance at BRE Bank, Poland (Commerzbank Group).


He has been working in the investment banking sector for last 15 years, whereas last 11 years at BRE Bank. He was responsible for private equity investments of BRE Bank and sale of portfolio investment. Since 2006 he has been responsible for launching mezzanine activity of BRE Bank. Since 2008 he has held the current position.

Prior to joining BRE Bank, Michał worked in consulting companies (corporate finance, controlling systems) and banks (e.g. Citibank). He was involved in several M&A transactions. Michał has been Supervisory Board member of many companies.

He holds a Master Degree in finance and banking from Warsaw School of Economics.





A management president of Krokus PE; a management president of Polonia Financial Services.


He is a partner and a chief executive of Krokus PE a company managing private equity funds. He is also a chief executive of Polonia Financial Services  a company that since 1995 has managed the funds of: NFI Magna Polonia, Nova Polonia, and Prospect Poland Fund.

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Witold Radwański has many years experience in capital investment, including privatisations and other financial transactions. He is a chairman and a member of supervisory boards of many companies. Since 2008 he is a member of the investment committee of National Capital Fund.

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Enterprise Investors.


He has been working at Enterprise Investor since 1992. He executed 19 direct investments, and at present he is a president or a member of supervisory boards of 2 portfolio companies with funds managed by EI, one of them is a public company (Zelmer SA). Previously Siwicki worked as secretary of state in Ministry of Cooperative Transformation, responsible for privatisation of capital.

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Enterprise Investors is one of the largest firms in Poland and Central – East Europe managing private equity and venture capital funds with combined capital in excess of 1.7 billion. Since 1990 seven funds managed by Enterprise Investors have invested 1.3 billion in more than 100 companies, and executed more than 116 investments. So far funds have resold shares in 91 companies and investors income based on finished investments has reached over 1.4 billion Euro.[/toggle]




Penta Investments.


He joined Penta Investments in January 2009. He is in charge of new acquisitions in many various business sectors in Poland. In Penta, Rafal Sosna as Investment Director successfully manages restructuring of Drumet, the largest steel wires, ropes and staple bands producer in Poland.

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He has an extensive track-record which represents 12 years of combined private equity and investment banking experience in CEE and includes some of the most prominent regional M&A and capital market transactions. Rafalgraduated from Politechnika Warszawska and INSEAD in Fontainebleau, where he obtained his MBA.[/toggle]



Bank of America Merrill  Lynch.


He is a Director of Investment Banking in Poland and the CEE region. Previously he worked for over 7 years forUniCredit CA IB most recently as Executive Director and Head of Corporate Finance Warsaw. Grzegorz holds a Master’s Degree in International Finance from the University of Amsterdam and a Master’s Degree in Finance and Banking from the Warsaw School of Economics.

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Grzegorz’s to date assignments include inter alia advisory to PKO Bank Polski on its rights issue, ML Global Private Equity in the process of acquisition of Euromedic in Hungary, HTCC on its leveraged acquisition of Memorex, advising UniCredit in its disposal of certain surviving assets of Bank BPH to GE Money, GTS on the acquisition ofEnergis Polska, the Baring Central European Fund on the disposal of their printing assets in Poland and Romania and LNM Holdings (presently Mittal Steel) on the acquisition of PHS.[/toggle]




Managing Director and Head of Central and Eastern European Investment Banking at JP Morgan; he is also Senior Country Officer for JP Morgan operations in this region.



In 1981 he started his professional career in public administration. He served as an Adviser to the Minister for Economic Reform in the Office of the Council of Ministers. In 1985 he became Adviser to the Chairman of Governmental Economic Consulting Board.

1987 – 1988 he worked as an Adviser to the Deputy Prime Minister and Secretary of Council of Ministers’ Committee for Economic Reform.

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In the beginning of 1991, he became President and CEO of Bank Handlowy w Warszawie S.A.

In 1998 Bank Handlowy, with the support of McKinsey, launched its de novo retail operation (Handlobank).

He has also led first rating process of any commercial institution from Poland and first non-sovereign Eurobond issue in the region (1995).

In 1997 he successfully launched IPO of Bank Handlowy, still considered as the landmark transaction at the Warsaw Stock Exchange.

Between 1993 and 2001 he was a member of the Board of Directors of Institute of International Finance in Washington.
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Penta Investments.



He has been working for Penta Investments since 2008 as an Investment Manager. At Penta he is actively analyzing new investment opportunities in Poland and CEE. He also manages Penta’s investment in Polish cable TV operator Stream and is actively analyzing new investment opportunities in Poland and CEE. Before joining Penta he used to work for McKinsey & Company on the position of Engagement Manager and as a Senior Consultant at BRECorporate Finance.

Filip graduated from the Warsaw University of Technology with a specialization in Management and Marketing and holds an MBA from Kellogg School of Management. He is also a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA)



ARX Equity Partners.


He has been working for ARX Equity Partners (former DBG Eastern Europe) since April 1998. Now he is Co-Managing Partner and Managing Director of ARX Warsaw office responsible for the sourcing and execution of the Funds investments in Poland and the Baltic States.

Korpała represents the funds managed by ARX on the boards of several portfolio companies including: Ergis -Eurofilms S.A., Komex S.A. and Kakadu Sp. z o.o.

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Prior to his work for ARX Jacek Korpała held the position of Partner of  Director of Corporate Finance Practice and of the member of the management board of Arthur Andersen Polska. The main focus of AACF activities was on: M&A, project finance, valuations and IPO related assignments.

Prior to his corporate finance advisory work Korpała performed functions of the director of the Large PrivatisationsDepartment at the Polish Ministry of Privatisation, where he was responsible for transformation and divestiture of major state-owned companies.

Mr. Korpała is a graduate of the Warsaw School of Economics. He participated in professional training in corporate finance and capital markets at Arthur Andersen, Amsterdam Institute of Finance and other Polish and Foreign business education centres. He was a member of EVCA Board representing Poland in the years 2006  2009 and member of PPEA board in the years 2004 -2005. [/toggle]




A legal advisor and managing partner at Gide Loyrette Nouel’s Warsaw Office.


He holds a Master’s Degree in Law and also completed postgraduate studies in business management organised by the Institut d’Etudes Politiques, Ecole des Ponts ParisTech, MINES ParisTech and College des Ingénieurs in Paris.

Dariusz specialises in mergers and acquisitions, capital markets, infrastructure investment projects and corporate law and supervises the Warsaw office’s activities in these fields. Additionally, Dariusz heads the Tax Department and the Competition Law Department.

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He advises Polish and foreign investors on choosing the most appropriate legal structures and investment procedures in Poland.

He is listed as a recommended lawyer by Chambers Global 2008, Chambers Europe 2008, PLC Which Lawyer 2009 and Legal 500 EMEA 2008 and 2010 in the Mergers and Acquisitions and Corporate Law sector, PLC Which Lawyer 2010 and Chambers Europe 2009 in the Competition Law sector and Legal 500 EMEA 2009 and 2010 in the Tax Law sector.
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AV Inwestor SA.



Graduated of the Economics and Organisation of Foreign Trade Division at the University of Gdańsk and MBAprogramme at the Danube University in Austria; participant in the Executive MBA Field Study at the University of California in Los Angeles, USA. He speaks fluent English, German and Russian. President of AIESEC Polska between 1989 and 1990.

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Involved in building new public institutions connected with the functioning of the free market economy in Poland for the past 20 years. He started public activity in the 1980s, i.e. as a co-founder of Liberals’ Congress in Gdańsk. Between 1991 and 1992 Adviser to the Minister of Ownership Transformations and Proxy responsible forreorganisation of the Ministry. Between 1992 and 1994 Proxy of the Government of the Republic of Poland responsible for establishing the Polish Foreign Investment Agency (PAIZ) and then its Vice-President.

Since mid-90s involved in the commercial banking sector, where he supported the first investment projects in Poland as the Director of Bank Austria Creditanstalt Poland SA. Since 2000 President of the Management Board of a joint-stock company AV Inwestor SA, a company with a portfolio of investment projects in commercial real estate, telecommunications, infrastructure and energy sectors valued at over EUR 150 million; also one of investors in these projects. In 2009 AV Inwestor SA became a Private Equity fund, 100% controlled by Andrzej Voigt, who has also co-managed it since.