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.
Director, Montagu Private Equity
Michał Chałaczkiewicz joined Montagu in 2008. Previously, he worked at Innova Capital in Warsaw focussing on Central European private equity deals. He has led Montagu transactions in the CEE region – Euromedic International, as well as the largest leveraged buyout in the history of the Polish market – Emitel. He graduated from the Warsaw School of Economics (with honours).
Managing Partner MCI Management SA
Founder and Managing Partner of MCI Group. After acquisition of funding throw IPO on the Warsaw Stock Exchange in 2001 the value of MCI’s investment portfolio grew from USD 8M to more than USD 400M.
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MCI is one of the most dynamic private equity groups which implements early stage, growth stage and expansion/buy-out stage investments in Central Eastern Europe, as well as Germany and Austria (DACH), Turkey and the countries of the former Soviet Union (CIS).
dr 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.
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].
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.
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).
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)