Speakers

bartos_120x180pxAndrzej Bartos

Managing Partner Innova Capital

11 years in private equity, 8 years at Innova. Focus: Origination, Commercial Manufacturing. Before joining Innova in 2004, Andrzej Bartos was Director at Dresdner Kleinwort Capital (currently 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.

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Mr. Bartos holds Master Degree in Finance and Banking from the Warsaw School of Economics and has completed INSEAD Executive Training in Corporate Financial Strategies in Global Markets.
Portfolio companies: Donako, Libet, ACE Group.


chmielewski_marcin_120x180pxMarcin Chmielewski

President of the Management Board of KGHM TFI SA

Involved in financial market since 1992. He gained his professional experience in Bank Pekao SA. Between 1997-2004 he held the position of a Region Director in BNP Dresdner Bank Poland SA in Wrocław.

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From 2004 to 2006 he worked as a Branch Director in DZ Bank Polska SA in Wrocław. For the next two years he was in charge of corporate banking in the south-west Poland as the Director of Corporate Centre in BGŻ Bank SA. In 2008 became a Managing Director of the Polish branch of Wealth Management in Luxembourg’s bank KBL European Private Bankers SA, which is a part of KBC Financial Group. Simultaneously, he was appointed a Supervisory Board Member of a listed company: ATM Group SA. Mr Chmielewski received a Master of Science degree in Civil Engineering. He also did a postgraduate course in Finance and Banking at Warsaw University and has participated in many training courses and seminars on banking and management, both in Poland and abroad.


 burges_till_120x180pxTill Burges

Vice President, HarbourVest Partners (U.K.) Limited

Till Burges joined HarbourVest’s London-based subsidiary in 2006 as an associate in the primary partnership group and became a vice president in 2010. Till focuses on researching, monitoring, and reporting on European partnership investments.

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Prior to joining the Firm, Till worked for six years as a consultant at Bain & Company in the U.K. and Germany, where he focused on projects including commercial due diligence, post-merger integration, and organic company growth. Till received a degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Applied Science in Lübeck, Germany in 1999 and an MBA from IESE, Universidad de Navarra, in Barcelona, Spain in 2004. Originally from Germany, Till speaks German, French, and Spanish.


chalaczkiewicz_michal_120x180pxMichał Chałaczkiewicz

Director Montagu, Head of CEE

Michał joined Montagu in February 2008 and in 2010 he became head of Montagu’s Warsaw office. Previously, he worked at Innova Capital, a CEE focused private equity fund, as well as corporate finance departments of Ernst & Young and Andersen.

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Michał led origination and investment in our first CEE deal, Euromedic, as well as our first deal in Poland, Emitel. Michał is a member of the boards of Fundacji Forum Obywatelskiego Rozwoju and Leslaw A. Paga Foundation. He graduated from the Warsaw School of Economics (with honors).


chwedoruk_jacek_120x180pxJacek Chwedoruk

Managing Director, Head of Rothschild Warsaw office & Co-Head of Rothschild CEE operations

He has over 20 years of experience in investment banking in Poland and CEE gained in numerous privatizations, M&A and ECM transactions and private placements. Jacek Chwedoruk graduated from SGPiS Warsaw.

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He worked at the Dresdner Bank in Germany, in the Universidad EAFIT and Banco Cafetero in Columbia. In 1988 he returned to Poland and became a Project Manager in one of the first Polish-British join-venture companies. In 1990, he started to work in the Ministry of Finance, and, later, in the Ministry of State Treasury where he supervised the privatisation of the first Polish companies including the first five companies listed on the WSE. He is a founding member of Polish Institute of Directors. He joined the Rothschild Group in 1992.


dabrowski_jaroslaw_120x180pxJarosław Dąbrowski

President of Dąbrowski Finance

He graduated from the Faculty of Law and Administration at the University of Warsaw. He is also a graduate of Master Business Administration studies/IESE. Jarosław Dąbrowski’s professional career begun in 1991. He performed the function of Director of the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister of the Economy in 1992-1993.

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Since 1994 Jarosław Dąbrowski was associated with the Raiffeisen Group. From 1995 to 1997 he held the position of President of the Board of the Raiffeisen Atkins Consortium S.A. and of the President of the Board of NFI Progress S.A. From 1997 to 2000 he was Member of the Board of Raiffeisen Bank Polska S.A., and from January 2001 to January 2004 he performed the duties of the Vice President of the Board of Raiffeisen Bank Polska S.A.

From 2004 to 2009 Jarosław Dąbrowski was President of the Board of DnB NORD Bank Polska S.A. In 2007 he carried out the merger of DnB NORD Bank Polska S.A. and BISE Bank. In 2010 JD started a new privately owned corporate finance partnership – Dąbrowski Finance.

He also managed NFI Progress through Raiffeisen Atkins Consortium.


marek_dojnow_120x180pxMarek Dojnow

President of the Managing Board, Managing Partner Fidea Corporate Finance

Until the establishment of FIDEA, Marek Dojnow held the position of Managing Director and President of the Management Board at ABN AMRO Corporate Finance in Poland and was involved in all transactions executed by ABN AMRO Corporate Finance in Poland since 1999.

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Before joining ABN AMRO Corporate Finance, Marek was Director of Fixed Income Origination at ABN AMRO Bank (Polska) SA. Marek commenced his career at ABN AMRO in 1995 and was engaged in numerous domestic and foreign fixed income transactions as well as strategic transactions of the Bank in Poland.

Before ABN AMRO, Marek worked for almost 3 years in the Warsaw and London offices of the leading international law firm Clifford Chance, where he specialised in banking and capital market transactions. For over a year Marek was Assistant to Minister Chief of the Council of Ministers Office Jan Maria Rokita in the government led by Hanna Suchocka.

Marek graduated from the Law School at Warsaw University. During his studies Marek participated in law programs at University of Le Mans and Strasburg in France. Marek is fluent in English and French.


domanski_wojciech_120x180pxWojciech Domański

Director at ICENTIS Capital

Wojciech is responsible for investment projects and operations of the deal team. He joined ICENTIS Capital in 2010. Before ICENTIS Capital, Wojciech worked at MidOcean Partners, a middle-market private equity investment company in New York, where he focused on investments in the consumer space as well as in business and consumer services.

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Prior to MidOcean Partners, he was an Investment Banking Analyst in the Leveraged Finance Group at Deutsche Bank in New York and JP Morgan, also in Investment Banking. He also worked at Goldman Sachs in London.

Wojciech Domański currently serves as the Secretary of the Supervisory Board at Ruch SA.

He received Bachelor of Arts with honours from Harvard University, where he concentrated in Economics.


gdanski_przemyslawPrzemysław Gdański

Member of the Board, Head of Corporate Banking, BRE Bank SA

Graduated from the University of Gdańsk (major: International Trade) and completed a one-year program in international banking and finance at the Loughborough University in the UK. He has over 20 years of experience in corporate banking. In 1993–1995 he worked for IBP Bank S.A. (BRE Bank was one of its shareholders), then for ABN AMRO Bank in Poland, Romania and in the headquarters in Amsterdam.

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In 2002-2006 he was the Managing Director of Large Corporates Division in BPH Bank. From May to November 2006 – Chief Executive Officer and General Director of Calyon Bank Polska and Calyon S.A. Branch in Poland. In November 2006 he took the position of Vice-President of the Management Board in BPH Bank, responsible for corporate banking and real estate financing. As a result of the merger of part of BPH Bank and Pekao S.A. – Vice President of the Board, responsible for Corporate Banking, Markets and Investment Banking in Division of Pekao S.A. Member of the Management Board of BRE Bank since November, 2008.


gessel_beata_120x180pxDr. Beata Gessel-Kalinowska vel Kalisz, FCIArb

President of the Lewiatan Court of Arbitration, Warsaw, Poland. Founding and Managing Partner of GESSEL Attorneys at law

Attorney at Law, Managing Partner at GESSEL Law Firm. Expert in business law, particularly M&A and commercial arbitration. Beata Gessel has advised in over 200 M&A transactions for financial investors (PE/ VC Funds) and strategic investors.

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Recommended and named as a leader in domestic and international rankings of law firms in M&A practice. 
She has broad experience in the field of alternative dispute resolution, in both permanent arbitration tribunal, as well as ad hoc proceedings. Participated in more than 60, both domestic and international arbitration cases dealing with issues concerning M&A transactions, other commercial contracts, construction law. Since 2011, she serves as the President of the Court of Arbitration at the Polish Confederation of Private Employers LEWIATAN.

An author of numerous publications on M&A and business arbitration. Having pursued a prominent M&A practice for more than 20 years, she has summed up her experience in the book entitled Legal Character of Representations and Warranties in a Limited Liability Company Share Purchase Agreement, established as an essential source of legal doctrine in this respect in Poland.

Graduate of the Faculty of Law and Administration at the University of Warsaw (1989). She received her PhD degree in legal studies from Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University in Warsaw in 2009. Always committed to social and educational initiatives geared at propagating legal knowledge. Founder of the GESSEL Foundation for Contemporary Art for the National Museum in Warsaw.


Rossen Hadjiev

Dyrektor Zarządzający PineBridge


janov_jozef_120x180pxJozef Janov

Investment Director Penta Investments

He has been working for the fund since 2003. He co-ordinates a wide range of investment projects in Poland, Czech Republic and Slovakia. What is more, he is also responsible for acquiring new business opportunities on these markets. Jozef Janov has successfully managed Żabka chain-stores’ development – Penta’s best investment in Poland and one of top investments on all operational markets in the fund’s history.

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He was also in charge of introducing the chain on the Czech market and subsequent acquisition of supermarket chain Koruna. Furthermore, he is responsible for development of fixed-odds betting operator Fortuna Entertainmnet Group – that has been listed on Warsaw and Prague Stock Exchanges since 2010 – and Central European windows’ producer – Hasau Group Holding.

Jozef Janov has graduated with honours from Banking and Finance faculty at the University of Economics in Bratislava and Martin Luther University Halle in Wittenberg.


korpala_jacek_120x180pxJacek Korpała

Managing Partner 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 Privatisations Department 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.


krawczyk_120x180pxKrzysztof Krawczyk

Managing Partner Innova Capital

15 years in private equity, 12 years at Innova. Focus: Business Services, Talent & Standards. Prior to joining Innova in 2000, Krzysztof Krawczyk worked at Pioneer Investment Poland and Daiwa Institute of Research. He is a Co-Founder and has been Co-Chairman of the LBO Committee of the Polish Private Equity Association.

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Mr. Krawczyk focuses on investments in business services as well as construction materials.
Mr. Krawczyk holds a degree (with Honors) in Finance & Banking from the Warsaw School of Economics.
Portfolio companies: Energis, La Fântâna, GTS, Mercor, Metropolis Media, AMG.net, Orange Slovakia, MobilTel.


kulig_120x180pxKrzysztof Kulig

Managing Partner Innova Capital

11 years in private equity, 11 years at Innova. Focus: Financial Services, LP Relations. Krzysztof Kulig joined Innova from Heidrick & Struggles where he was a principal consultant and head of the e-business and professional services operations. Prior to that, Mr. Kulig worked for five years at Euronet Wordwide, where he was the Managing Director and Vice-President of the Polish subsidiary.

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Mr. Kulig is a graduate of International Trade & Finance from the University of Łódź. He has also obtained an MBA from the University of Calgary in Canada and graduated from the University of Kent in Canterbury, England.
Portfolio companies: PolCard, DF QS, Meritum Bank, Expander, Provus.


Jakub Kurasz

Redaktor Naczelny Gazety Giełdy “Parkiet”


kwiecien_tomasz_120x180pxTomasz Kwiecień

The Managing Director at Mezzanine Management Poland

He started his career at the Audit Department in Arthur Andersen, from which he moved to the Corporate Finance in Ernst & Young. Tomasz joined Mezzanine Management in 2004. Since 2005 he is the head of Mezzanine Management in Poland.


Andrzej Mierzwa

Partner Zarządzający 21 Concordia


minzolini_christian2_120x180pxChristian Minzolini

Executive Member of the Board of Espirito Santo Investment Bank

Christian Minzolini is a manager with a long experience in investment banking. For the last 14 years he has been a Member of Executive Committee at Espirito Santo Investment Bank. In 2007 appointed head of the bank’s Polish branch, responsible for BESI operations development in Poland.

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In his professional career he has been responsible for the creation and development of greenfield investment banking structures, brokerage houses and Private Equity operations in many countries, including France, Spain, Portugal, Denmark, Iceland, USA and Poland. He graduated from École Supérieure de Commerce de Paris and holds a SEP Stanford Business School (USA) diploma. He is an expert in the area of global financial markets mechanisms, investment banking and perspectives of its development in Poland and globally, as well as commercial relations between Polish and Iberian companies.


pietrasik_cezary_120x180pxCezary Pietrasik

Principal Warburg Pincus

He is a member of Emerging Europe team and pan-European Telecom, Media and Technology group at Warburg Pincus, based in London. He is particularly responsible for coverage of Poland. While at Warburg Pincus, Mr Pietrasik was involved in $200m acquisition of the minority stake in United Internet as well as $260m acquisition of a majority stake in Restauravia Group by Amrest.

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Before joining Warburg Pincus he was an Associate Director of Mid Europa Partners based in Warsaw, where he was instrumental in €450m acquisition of Bite in 2007 as well as $1.1bn public-to-private of AMEX-listed Invitel in 2009. While at Mid Europa he was focusing on deal sourcing and execution across Central and Eastern European countries.Prior to 2006 he worked for JPMorgan in London in the Telecom, Media & Technology M&A team, where he advised on a number of high-profile 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.


pogonowski_jacek_120x180pxJacek Pogonowski

Partner Value4Capital


popiolek_michal_120x180pxMichał Popiołek

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

Michał has been working in the investment banking sector for last 17 years, whereas last 13 years at BRE Bank. He was responsible for private equity investments of BRE Bank and sale of portfolio investment.

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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 other 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. He completed Advanced Management Program IESE Business School in Barcelona.


ana_radnevAna Radnev

Partner, CMS Cameron McKenna

Ana Radnev has a considerable experience in advising sponsors and lenders on acquisition, leveraged, infrastructure and hybrid finance. Ana is now based in Prague, having relocated from the London office in 2008.

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Her work regularly takes her to all corners of the CEE, as well as to the Baltic States and Turkey acting for some of the most important players in the region, both lenders (UniCredit, Erste) and sponsors (Advent International, Mid Europa Partners, Turkven).


radwanski_witold_120x180pxWitold Radwański

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. Witold Radwański worked in the Ministry of Finance, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, Chase Manhattan Bank, Allied Irish Banks. He graduated from the School of Advanced International Studies, the John Hopkins University.


sawicki_marekMarek Sawicki

Partner, CMS Cameron McKenna

Marek Sawicki specialises in company law, commercial law and civil law. He provides advice on mergers and acquisitions and private equity / venture capital transactions.

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He has many years’ experience of representing investors, private equity/venture capital funds and other financial institutions in the process of preparing and negotiating contracts in relation to selling, acquiring and restructuring companies as well as investor withdrawals and reorganisations of capital groups.


WKB_Andrzej_Wiercinski_partner_zarzadzajacyAndrzej Wierciński

Co-founder and senior partner of WKB Wierciński, Kwieciński, Baehr

In the course of his practice at WKB, Andrzej Wierciński manages the insolvency and reorganization matters as well as supervises and participates in the activities of the M&A Team. He also advises on state aid.

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He is a holder of an advanced doctorate in legal studies. He is a lecturer at the Faculty of Law of the University of Social Sciences and Humanities. For many years he was a lecturer at the Faculty of Law of Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań. As a visiting professor, he lectured at Oxford University.

He advised on many privatization projects and transactions in the public sector. He represented strategic and financial investors. He helped to establish and develop activities in Poland. He gave companies advice on restructuring programs. He advised banks and financial institutions on various forms of investment financing.


tomasz.wirthTomasz Wirth

Acting General Manager of Societe Generale Branch in Poland

Tomasz Wirth as Acting General Manager of Societe Generale Branch in Poland and Head of Coverage is in charge of relationships with key clients of the bank in the country.

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He has more than 20 years of banking experience in Poland. After 4 years in the Central Public Administration he joined Powszechny Bank Kredytowy (today Pekao SA from Unicredit Group) in 1989. Since 1992 in IBP Bank (today Credit Agricole CIB Polska) being in charge of corporate Clients.

Tomasz is with Societe Generale Branch in Poland from 1997 where he took initially the position of Director of Commercial Offices being responsible for the management and development of the bank’s commercial offices in the regions. Starting from 1999 he was following the strategic Polish and French Clients. In 2003 Tomasz became the Head of Corporate Coverage and Deputy General Manager of the branch in Poland. Finally, since September 2010, he took additionally the responsibility for the relationships with financial institutions, becoming the Head of Coverage. Starting from January 2011, Tomasz holds additionally the position of Acting General Manager.

Tomasz has been involved in all the major transactions completed by the bank for its Clients of which PKN Orlen, Polska Grupa Energetyczna, Polskie Gornictwo Naftowe i Gazownictwo, Grupa Lotos, Telekomunkacja Polska, etc.

Tomasz is a graduate of the Warsaw School of Economics and holds a master degree in economics and accomplished several specialised courses including in investment banking at Kellogg School of Management in Chicago.

He is member of supervisory board of Société Générale Corporate Finance Polska, French Chamber of Commerce in Poland and Council of United Way Poland Foundation.

Speaks Polish, English and French. 49 years old. Married, 2 children.