bartosAndrzej Bartos

Managing Partner Innova Capital

Mr. Andrzej Bartos joined Innova in 2004. As one of three Managing Partners and member of Management Committee, Mr. Bartos is co-responsible for day-to-day management of the firm. Additionally, he focuses on origination of new deals and leading investments in commercial manufacturing sector.

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Mr. Bartos has led investments in Donako, ACE Group (recognized as Deal of the Year 2007 in Emerging Europe by Real Deals/EVCA), Libet and Energobit, where he sits on the boards. Mr Bartos also sits on the board of Marmite. Mr Bartos is a member of the Board of Directors of Polish Private Equity and Venture Capital Association.

Before joining Innova Mr. Bartos was Director at Dresdner Kleinwort Capital (lately renamed Allianz Specialized Investments) for three years and was responsible for the firm’s Polish operation. Prior to Dresdner, he was an Executive Vice-President at BRE Bank Securities in Warsaw, where he was responsible for equity capital markets and corporate finance related activities.

Mr. Bartos holds Master Degree in Finance and Banking from the Warsaw School of Economics and has completed numerous executive trainings, among others at INSEAD and Harvard Business School.
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benbenekMarcin Benbenek

Partner Royalton Partners

Mr. Benbenek joined Royalton Partners Limited in 2008. Prior to joining Royalton, he worked in several executive positions at mPunkt Polska, an RCI I portfolio company since 2002. He was one of the two key executives of the firm and served as a member of the Management Board and as Director of the Sales and Marketing Division.

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Between 1999 and 2002, Mr. Benbenek worked as member of Management Board at Małopolska Giełda Rolno-Towarowa, Rzeszów, a wholesale agricultural products trading company, where he served as sales and marketing director.

From 1994 to 1999, Mr. Benbenek worked for KLM Cargo in Chicago and Warsaw as sales director. Between 1999 and 2012, he served as a member and/or deputy chairman of the supervisory boards of six Polish industrial companies. (JPRD-M Jarosław, S.A. Mera-Pnefal S.A., Fabryka Wagonów Gniewczyna S.A., Port Lotniczy Jasionka S.A., PKO BP Inwestycje Sp z o.o., KZŁ Bydgoszcz Sp z o.o. In 2010, Mr. Benbenek was appointed Chairman of the Supervisory Board member of EuroLOT S.A.

Mr. Benbenek serves as a member of the Board of Directors and Supervisory Board member of City Parking Group S.A, Kom –Eko S.A, Central Eurpopean Airport Services in Lithuania and Poland.

Mr. Benbenek holds a Master of Law degree from Maria Curie-Skłodowska University in Lublin and an M.B.A. from the University of Central Lancashire, Preston. He also studied business administration at National-Louis University in Chicago.
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branskiMichał Brański

CEO of Grupa Wirtualna Polska

Michał Brański is the co-CEO of Grupa Wirtualna Polska responsible for development strategies of the main brands of the company. He was awarded by Internet Standard the “Man of the Year of the Polish” in 2006 and by Ernst & Young the “Entrepreneur of The Year” in 2004.

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He is interested in modern and 20th century literature, media theory and sociology. He plays squash. He is married and has dwo children.
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dmitrukBartłomiej Dmitruk

Deputy Senior Country Officer in Poland Senior Managing Director, Investment & Corporate Banking Origination Member of the Local Management Committee

In Espirito Santo Investment Bank he is responsible for developing relationships with business partners in the corporate and investment banking. In his work, he focuses on establishing long-term relationships with customers and identifying potential projects for various bank products.

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He has more than 10 years’ experience in domestic and foreign financial institutions and consulting firms. In Poland, he worked for Deloitte in the Audit Department and then in the Risk Management Department. His career in banking has begun in 2004 at Bank Handlowy in Warsaw, where he worked as a head of derivative financial instruments in the Treasury Division. In 2007-2010, he worked for Citigroup and HSBC in London. He specialized in advising on risk management, structuring and distribution of derivative financial instruments and debt products to the public sector, corporate and institutional clients in the CEEMEA region. He graduated from the School of Economics in Warsaw and he is also a member of the ACCA.

Areas of expertise :
• Corporate and Investment Banking
• Financial markets and risk management
• Debt securities and derivatives
• Structured and Corporate Financing
• Due diligence and financial analysis
• Accounting and Financial Reporting
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gresztaDariusz Greszta

Partner, Head of Corporate / M&A Department

Dariusz Greszta, a Polish-qualified legal advisor, is a Partner and head of the Corporate / M&A Department at CMS.

He specialises in securities law, mergers and acquisitions and in companies law. He advises Polish and international venture capital and private equity funds, investment banks, investors and sellers, on merger and acquisition transactions.

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He also represents his clients in corporate restructurings, divestures, group reorganisations and recapitalisations of existing investments.

He has represented a number of investment banks, Polish private and public issuers, and the government of Poland in various financial transactions with particular emphasis on their activities on international capital markets. Dariusz also advises clients on public takeovers, delistings and other matters related to securities law.

His recent experience includes advising Mid Europa Partners on a PLN 215 mln privatisation of Polskie Koleje Linowe (Polish Cable Railways). The transaction was recognised by the Polish daily “Rzeczpospolita” as one of the most important transactions on the private equity market in Poland in 2013.

Dariusz Greszta has been awarded for his work in the Corporate / M&A sector several times in the leading international guides to the legal profession, “Chambers&Partners” and Legal 500.
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GESSELdr Beata Gessel-Kalinowska vel Kalisz

Founding and managing partner, attorney at GESSEL Attorneys at Law.

Expert practitioner in M&A, private equity, arbitration, and commercial law. President of the Lewiatan Court of Arbitration under the auspices of the Lewiatan Polish Confederation of Private Employers since 2011.

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In the years 2005-2011 Vice President of the Lewiatan Court of Arbitration and coordinator of program “Promotion of amicable methods of commercial dispute resolution” and “Competitiveness of Arbitration” co-financed by the European Social Fund.

Education

PhD in law, attorney at law. Graduated from Warsaw University’s Faculty of Law and Administration in 1989. Received her PhD from Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University in Warsaw in 2009; title: ‘Legal Character of Representations and Warranties in a Limited Liability Company Share Purchase Agreement (in Light of the Freedom of Contract Principle)’ [published by Wolters Kluwer in 2010].

M&A Experience

Over the years Beata Gessel has gained an extensive experience and became an expert with a highly impressive track record in M&A sector. Since the beginning of professional carrier (1989) she has advised in over 200 M&A transactions for financial investors (PE/ VC Funds) and strategic investors.

Recommended or named as a leader in domestic and international rankings of law firms, including those of: the Polish daily “Rzeczpospolita”, Practical Law Company, Chambers & Partners, and Legal 500 as regards PE/VC and Corporate/M&A. Since 2007 the ranking of law firms by “Rzeczpospolita” places Beata Gessel among leaders of its M&A/privatisation/restructuring list. Chambers & Partners names her as a leader in PE, pointing out that Beata Gessel is something of a private equity celebrity in Polish legal circles, with a highly impressive track record in the sector (Chambers Europe. Europe’s Leading Lawyers for Business” 2008). Beata Gessel is a laureate of the Forbes Professionals 2012 in the Attorney at Law category.

Arbitration Experience

Since 1995 arbitration has become one of the core areas of Beata Gessel’s professional career. To this date Beata Gessel has participated in over 70, both domestic and international, arbitration cases (including ICC, UNCITRAL and other ad hoc, Lewiatan, KIG,) dealing with issues concerning M&A transactions, other commercial contracts, construction law (including FIDIC regulations). Her arbitration experience and achievements have been recognised by the prestigious Chartered Institute of Arbitrators in London and she has been granted a status of Fellow of the CIArb (FCIArb).

Academic Experience

Beata Gessel is a visiting academic lecturer in M&A transactions, as well as International commercial arbitration at the Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University’s Law Department.

Listed as an arbitrator
• Lewiatan Court of Arbitration, Warsaw, Poland
• Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC), Singapore
• Vienna International Arbitral Centre (VIAC), Vienna, Austria
• Court of International Commercial Arbitration by the Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Bucharest, Romania
• Court of Arbitration by the Chamber of Industrial Energetics and Energy Receivers (IEPiOE), Warsaw, Poland
• Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration (KLRCA)
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grauerPiotr Grauer

Director, Corporate Finance Group, KPMG in Poland

Education and Qualifications
Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA), member of the CFA Institute, US
Master of Science, faculties: Finance and Banking, Quantitative Methods & Information Systems, Warsaw School of Economics, Poland
Master of Science, International Finance & Investment, University of Derby, UK

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Experience
Piotr has 13-year experience in financial advisory. Piotr joined KPMG in 2006 and he is a specialist in the Mergers & Acquisitions advisory, playing a leading role in a variety of advisory engagements.
During his career in the Corporate Finance advisory, Piotr has played a managerial role on dozens of M&A transactions in Poland and in other countries, focusing on the consumer markets sector. The envisaged M&A transactions comprised the disposal projects for the companies owners (both corporate clients and private individuals), as well as the buy-side assignments for investors exploring acquisition opportunities in Poland and abroad. Piotr has also experience in complex transactions, including management and leveraged buy-outs (MBO/LBO) or companies mergers.
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piotr_kuszewskiPiotr Kuszewski

Head of Equity Investments at the State Development Bank of Poland (BGK)

Piotr Kuszewski is also a member of the Supervisory Board at Krajowy Fundusz Kapitałowy. At the bank he was also responsible for infrastructure investments division. In the past Mr. Kuszewski was VP and CFO of PZU Życie and chairman of the boards of PZU Asset Management and Krakowska Fabryka Armatur. Mr. Kuszewski is a graduate of Northwestern University and the Warsaw School of Economics. He holds PhD degree in economics


jablonskiAdam Jabłoński

Vice President of the Management Board, Partner, FIDEA

Until the establishment of FIDEA, Adam Jabłoński held the position of Director at ABN AMRO Corporate Finance, co-leading the Polish office of AACF. Before joining the Polish office, Adam worked i.a. at ABN AMRO headquarters in Amsterdam with the global pharmaceutical and chemical Corporate Finance practice, and at the telecom division of Siemens Group.

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Adam has over 16 years of experience in investment banking, gained when executing numerous M&A transactions, privatisations, public and private share offerings. Adam graduated from the Warsaw School of Economics. He is fluent in English and German.
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kuligKrzysztof Kulig

Managing Partner at Innova Capital

Krzysztof Kulig is a Managing Partner at Innova Capital, a leading mid market private equity firm in Central Europe. He is responsible for developing investments in financial services and B2B services across the region as well as maintaining relationships with the company’s business partners and LPs.

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Krzysztof has over 12 years of experience in European private equity and a proven track record of active engagements in numerous transactions throughout the region. Before joining Innova, he served a position of Vice – President & Managing Director in Euronet Services Poland. He previously worked as a Principal Consultant and Head of the e-business and professional services operations in Heidrick & Struggles. Krzysztof holds an MBA from the University of Calgary in Canada and graduated from the University of Kent in Canterbury, England.
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lobnigDieter Lobnig

Managing Director Head of Structured Finance & Commercial Real Estate Department, Bank Pekao, Poland Member of UniCredit Group

Dieter has over 15 years of experience in leading and working on Structured Finance & Advisory Projects in CEE.

 

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Before joining Bank BPH as Director of Structured Finance in Warsaw in 2005 he worked in Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi both in London and Vienna, as well as in Corporate Syndications for Bank Austria Creditanstalt in Vienna.

He is currently heading the Department that is responsible for Leveraged Finance, Project Finance, Corporate Structured Finance & Commercial Real Estate in Bank Pekao.
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Julia Sheveloff JBStudioMonika Morali – Efinowicz

Managing Director, Advent International

Monika Morali-Efinowicz is a Managing Director at Advent International and is heading the Warsaw team and Advent’s activity on the Polish market. During her nine years with Advent, she was involved in a number of transactions in Poland and the region, six of which (Kamax/Axtone, Keystone Bahntechnik, KAI, WSiP, American Heart of Poland, EKO Holding) were successfully closed.

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She led the exit of Axtone, which was awarded the European Exit of the Year 2008 by the EVCJ, and serves as a Supervisory Board Member of AHP, EKO Holding, WSiP and Ultimo. She also serves as a member of the ACEE Investment Advisory Committee. For a number of years now she has also been a Board Member of the Polish Private Equity Association

Monika has over 16 years of private equity and transaction experience. Prior to joining Advent, she worked at Apax Partners in Munich where she focused on leveraged buyouts in Germany and Western Europe. Before that, she was an investment banker with Berenberg Bank in Hamburg.

Monika holds an MBA, with distinction, from INSEAD, France, and a Master degree in International Management from Poznan University of Economics, Poland.
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alexAlexander Merwart

Director of Loan Capital Markets, Leveraged Finance, Commerzbank, United Kingdom

Alexander started his career in 1996 at Bank Austria Creditanstalt in Vienna covering corporate loan origination in CEE and Austria. In 1998 he moved to Fixed Income bond origination covering Austria & Italy.

 

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In 2000 he took over bond origination for Russia &CIS covering sovereign and corporate issuers as well as financial institutions. In 2005 he switched back to the corporate finance side covering syndications for CEE corporate and leveraged loans. In 2007 he left the Unicredit Group for Commerzbank in London as a Director for Leveraged Finance Capital Markets. Alexander covers all European markets with a special focus on the CEE region as well as the German speaking region for LBO senior and sub-debt products.
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Dariusz_proDariusz Prończuk

Managing Partner Enterprise Investors and Board Member

Dariusz Prończuk is a Managing Partner of Enterprise Investors and Board member of several companies from the EI portfolio. Dariusz has over 26 years of private equity, corporate finance and industry experience in the CEE region.

 

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Since joining Enterprise Investors in 1993, he has made more than 20 investments in Poland and in all the major CEE countries, primarily in the financial services, IT, construction materials and FMCG sectors. Key among them have been investments in Lukas, Comp Rzeszów (now Asseco Poland), COMP, Magellan, Kruk, and AVG Technologies.
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popiolekMichał Popiołek

Head of Structured and Mezzanine Finance in mBank (former BRE Bank), Commerzbank Group.

Michał has been working in the investment banking sector in banks and consulting companies for last 18 years, whereas last 15 years in mBank. In years 1999-2003 Michał was an investment director responsible for private equity investments of mBank (e.g. Vectra, Billbird, eCard).

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After the change of the bank’s strategy he has been responsible for the sale of portfolio investment (e.g. Telbank, Elektrim, Polcard, NIF’s). Since 2006, as a Director of Financial Investment Department and Head of Mezzanine Finance, he has been responsible for launching mezzanine activity of mBank. Since 2008 he has held the position of Head of Structured and Mezzanine Finance.

In years 2000-2003 he was responsible for managing investments of BRE Fundusz Kapitałowy (investment subsidiary of BRE Bank).

Prior to joining mBank, Michał worked two years in consulting for EVIP (corporate finance, controlling systems). From 1995-1997 he worked for Polski Bank Inwestycyjny S.A. (currently Kredyt Bank) as an investment officer and was involved in several M&A transactions. Prior to PBI he worked for Bank Handlowy w Warszawie S.A. (currently owned by Citibank) as an investment analyst. Prior to the banking activity Michał was co-owner of software company selling software for construction businesses.

Michał has been Supervisory Board Member of many companies (e.g. Vectra S.A., PKM DUDA S.A oraz mBank Hipoteczny S.A., Xtrade S.A., BPT Telbank S.A., Mennica S.A., eCard S.A., BRE Agent Transferowy).

He holds a Master degree in finance and banking from Warsaw School of Economics and completed the Advanced Management Program at IESE Business School in Barcelona.
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pucilowskiŁukasz Puciłowski

President and CEO of Promedica24 Capital Group

President and CEO of the Promedica24 Capital Group. Graduate of the Faculty of Management and Marketing at the Wrocław University of Economics. Completed post-graduate studies at Warsaw School of Economics: Manager Program and Personnel Management Program.

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Worked in the care industry since 2012 when he became Promedica24’s Vice-President. At the same time, he was Director-General responsible for the company’s key areas: sales, expansion, recruitment, and marketing. He was in charge of the development of the care market in Poland and abroad: Germany and the UK. From 1998 to 2012, he worked at Impel Capital Group where he was in charge of three lines of business.
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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAKrzysztof Rybiński

Professor holds MA in computer sciences, and Ph.D. in economics.

He has an extensive professional background. He worked as software engineer in Tokyo, director of the Soros Foundation programs in CEE, a consultant to the World Bank. He was chief economist and managing director at commercial banks. In 2004, he was appointed the Deputy Governor of the National Bank of Poland by the President of Poland and performed this function for four years until 2008.

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He was in charge of research, foreign exchange reserves management, payment systems, cash circulation management, monetary statistics and international relations. Under his supervision National Bank of Poland changed its investment strategy which resulted in additional one billion dollars profit for Poland. In 2004-2005, he was member of the EU Economic and Financial Committee, and in 2007-2008 a member of the Polish Financial Services Authority.

In 2007-2008 he served as a World Bank alternate governor for Poland. He was also member of the supervisory boards of several financial sector companies (2008-2009) and Partner in Ernst & Young Poland (2008-2010). Since 2010, he has been Professor and President of Vistula University in Warsaw, which offers education to students from more than 30 countries. In 2012 he launched the investment fund called EUROGEDDON, its investment strategy assumes deepening financial crisis in the Eurozone. The fund launch was covered by Financial Times and CNN International.

Krzysztof Rybinski was economic advisor to several Polish governments. In the last few years he was a coauthor of country higher education strategy, e-government strategy and intellectual capital strategy. Krzysztof Rybinski is author of numerous refereed papers in economics and (co) author of several books. In March 2012 ranking he was ranked the fourth best Polish economist by number of scientific citations. In October 2012 he received the business award of most respected Polish economist. He has also contributed hundreds of articles on economics and financial markets to Polish newspapers. He published in The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times and The Economist. He was the first senior central banker in the world to have started a popular and often quoted by media economic blog www.rybinski.eualready in 2006.
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wikilinskiMichał Wikliński

CFO City Parking Group

Prezes CPG S.A. od 2004 roku, CFO City Parking Group (CPG S.A. oraz CPG s.r.o.) od 2011 roku. Prawnik , specjalista w zakresie zamówień publicznych oraz zagadnień związanych z drogami publicznymi.

 

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Absolwent wydziału Prawa UMK w Toruniu oraz studiów podyplomowych w zakresie zamówień publicznych. Prelegent wielu konferencji dotyczących zagadnień stref płatnego parkowania jak również dróg publicznych.
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khaiKhai Tan

Partner, Bridgepoint Capital

Khai Tan joined Bridgepoint in 2007 as a Partner in the Warsaw office responsible for Bridgepoint investment activities in Central and Eastern Europe. Prior to joining Bridgepoint, Khai was head of Advent International’s operations in Poland, having previously worked for the retail and wholesale distributor of consumer products, Eastbridge Group, in Central Europe where latterly he was CFO.

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He has also worked for ING Bank in Brazil, Poland and the Philippines from 1987 to 1998. Khai is a graduate of, and holds an MBA from, Nijenrode University in the Netherlands. He serves on the board of CTL Logistics, Dr Gerard and PIR S.A.
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watsonWilliam R Watson

Managing Partner of Value4Capital

William R Watson, is the Managing Partner of Value4Capital, a Central European focused private equity firm. Bill has over 20 years of experience in Eastern and Central European private equity and a track record of active involvement in numerous transactions throughout the region. Bill joined the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development in 1992 as the region was first opening.

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He moved in 1997 to Baring Private Equity Partners as a partner to raise and invest the €86m Baring Central European Fund. With this fund he joined Société Générale Asset Management as Chief Investment Officer for Eastern Europe Private Equity in 2005. There the team raised and invested SGAM Eastern Europe, a €156m fund. In October 2011 he and his partners spun-out to become Value4Capital, continuing to advise the fund. A Canadian (and by marriage a French citizen), he holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Toronto and an MBA, with distinction, from INSEAD. He is a member of the European Venture Capital Association’s Mid-Market Platform Council and is the Chairman of its Professional Standards Committee.
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wizaRafał Wiza

Head of Private Equity, KPMG in Poland

Over 14 years experience in audit of stand-alone and consolidated financial statements prepared in accordance with Polish, US GAAP and IFRS reporting standards also including several public entities. Rafał has also managed many “due diligence” projects and projects relating to implementation of group reporting systems and management accounting systems. Rafał has also been cooperating with numerous Private Equity houses in Poland.

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Work in KPMG Atlanta in the USA between 2003 – 2006. Management of numerous audit teams involved in audit of financial statements prepared in accordance with US GAAP (including SOX projects i.e. Mirant Corporation and Mohawk Industries – SEC registrants listed on the New York Stock Exchange). Involvement in the review of the public offer debt instruments issued by NYSE-listed companies.

Sector experience: food production, pharmaceuticals, energy, retail and wholesale trade.
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