B2RLaw as Legal Partner at Warsaw Security Forum 2023
The Warsaw Security Forum (”WSF”) is one of the leading European conferences dedicated to transatlantic cooperation and focusing on developing shared responses to common challenges, with an emphasis on the security of Central and Eastern Europe.
B2Rlaw is honored to once again support the event as a Legal Partner, especially for the 10th anniversary edition.
Since its inception, the Warsw Security Forum is organized by the Casimir Pulaski Foundation, in strategic partnership with NATO and the National Security Bureau to the President of the Rupublic of Poland. The 10th anniversary edition of WSF welcomes over 2000 participants, 200 speakers from more than 90 countries, including Presidents, Prime Ministers, more than 30 Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Defence, and Energy, Members of Parliament, as well as NATO, EU and OSCE delegations.
B2Rlaw is represented by:
+ Rafał Stroiński – Advocate, Managing Partner
+ Bartłomiej Jankowski – Advocate, Managing Partner
+ Roman Iwański – Advocate, Partner
+ George Havaris – Solicitor, Partner
+ Julia Stroińska – Junior Associate
More about the Warsaw Security Forum here.
B2RLaw’s experts author The Legal 500: White Collar Crime Country Comparative Guide
B2RLaw’s experts: Bartłomiej Jankowski (Advocate, Senior Partner), Kinga Karaszewska (Advocate, Associate) and Jakub Przybyliński (Advocate, Associate) have once again been invited to author the Polish chapter of The Legal 500: White Collar Crime Country Comparative Guide.
The Legal 500’s Country Comparative Guides are produced in association with the world’s leading lawyers and give the in-house community a practical overview of the laws and regulations in key jurisdictions, for specific practice areas.
Each country chapter is written by a renowned firm in an easy to use Q&A format. The Hot Topic articles provide analysis of current trends and developments within particular practice areas, giving Legal 500’s readership, made up of GC’s, In-House Counsel and Senior Executives, a deeper understanding of pressing issues within the specified sector.
The aim of The White Collar Crime Country Comparative Guide is to provide its readers with a pragmatic overview of the white collar crime laws and regulations across a variety of jurisdictions. This country-specific Q&A provides an overview of White Collar Crime laws and regulations applicable in Poland.
Read the full report here.
B2RLaw advised White Star Real Estate on the sale of a group of companies from the short-term lease market sector to Renters.pl
B2RLaw advised White Star Real Estate on the sale of a group of companies from the short-term lease market sector to Renters.pl
White Star Real Estate is focused on providing real estate solutions for development clients and management investors. From sourcing and developing real estate opportunities to implementing asset and property management solutions, they are an integrated real estate group serving CEE region. White Star has built over 50 projects since 1997. Their portfolio includes landmark office buildings, warehouses, logistics parks, build-to-suit (BTS) manufacturing facilities and other industrial projects, retail, leisure, and mixed-use concepts, residential/master-planned developments.
The part of the group engaged in comprehensive short-term rental management since 2016 was included in the sale transaction. It provides real estate owners with support in the development and security of running their business, being the exclusive or recommended rental operator of 9 investments, manages over 700 apartments in Zakopane, Warsaw, Wrocław, Poznań, Gdańsk, Kołobrzeg and Międzyzdroje. They take care of both individual apartments and houses, as well as entire facilities. The group was acquired by a major industry player, Renters.pl, whose majority shareholder since March 2023 has been Enterprise Investors.
B2RLaw’s services included, above all, multilateral, multifaceted and complex negotiations between groups of industry investors, which ended successfully in the form of closing the transaction.
The B2RLaw team was led by Senior Partner Rafał Stroiński (Advocate) and Partner Agnieszka Hajos-Iwańska (Advocate) and included: Jakub Kutyła (Advocate, Counsel), Konrad Czernecki (Associate), Barbara Tchórzewska (Junior Associate).
Agnieszka Hajos-Iwańska advises, “Negotiation success on this transaction demonstrates that real estate assets of the highest quality, with high-class tenants and which are professionally managed, will continue to enjoy interest and, consequently, generate transactions among key institutional investors. We congratulate the parties on this transaction and thank the sellers for entrusting us.”
B2RLaw recommended in IFLR1000 ranking 2023
We are proud to announce that in this year’s edition of IFLR1000 ranking we have been recommended in 3 categories. We are steadily growing year by year!
Ranking by practice:
+ Project development: Infrastructure (Tier 3)
+ M&A (Tier 5)
+ Project development: Power (Notable)
In 2022: M&A (Tier 5), Project development: Infrastructure (Other notable), Project development: Power (Other notable).
Full ranking: https://www.iflr1000.com/Jurisdiction/Poland/Rankings/195#rankings
B2RLaw advised Sprout Social Inc. USD 140M acquisition of Tagger Media Inc.
B2RLaw advised Sprout Social Inc. on its USD 140M acquisition of Tagger Media Inc. and key software developed by Tagger’s Polish IT hub.
Sprout Social is a global leader in social media management and analytics software. Their unified platform puts powerful social data into the hands of more than 34,000 brands so they can make strategic decisions that drive business growth and innovation. With a full suite of social media management solutions, Sprout offers comprehensive publishing and engagement functionality, customer care, connected and automated workflows and AI-powered business intelligence. Its award-winning software operates across all major social media networks and digital platforms.
Sprout’s unified social media management platform enables to extract real business value, strengthen market position and drive revenue quickly. Sprout builds and maintains strong network partnerships and integrations to help unify customer touch points and keep pace with changes in the social landscape.
Tagger Media is a global leader in revolutionizing how top brands and agencies harness data and analytics to drive creator and influencer marketing strategies. Trusted by global enterprises, Tagger is a disruptive SaaS solution that offers unparalleled expertise. Leveraging API partnerships with major social channels, Tagger connects millions of brand and influencer profiles to billions of social data points, offering the industry’s most robust social intelligence and actionable insights. Tagger’s platform provides powerful analytics, all-in-one capabilities, and strategic integrations for efficient campaign workflows.
B2RLaw’s Commercial team has worked alongside US firm Cooley LLC in providing Sprout Social with seamless legal support throughout the acquisition process. The firm’s multidisciplinary team of a dozen lawyers supported Sprout Social in a wide range of sector-specific matters, that included, among other, comprehensive advice on the Polish legal aspects of the transaction, especially in areas such as: IP, employment, corporate, compliance and tax.
The B2RLaw team was led by Partner Roman Iwański (Advocate) and included: Paulina Wyrostek (Counsel, Attorney-at-Law), Malwina Niczke-Chmura (Counsel, Advocate), Aleksander Łożykowski (of Counsel, Attorney-at-Law, Tax Advisor), Paulina Milewska-Mróz (Senior Associate, Advocate), Martyna Szpakowska (Associate, Advocate), Danyila Zubach (Junior Associate, Advocate), Bogusław Długowolski (Junior Associate, Trainee Attorney-at-law), Eryk Czajkowski (Junior Associate), Julia Stroińska (Junior Associate).
Partner Roman Iwański advises, “We were thrilled to have been entrusted by Sprout Social on this transaction and greatly valued the support from Cooley. Our commercial team worked around the clock to ensure timely closing. This engagement is a testament to B2RLaw’s strength in the IP and tech space. IP related to social media is a burgeoning legal sector. From miniscule over a decade ago, the social media market is experiencing exponential growth. Its current value estimated at USD 230 billion is expected to double in size by the end of this decade.”
B2RLaw advised on the investment of the Vinci S.A. HiTech ASI S.K.A. fund into OASIS Diagnostics S.A. for nearly PLN 14 million
OASIS is a Polish MedTech start-up that designed and developed an innovative system ONIRY and medical device for diagnostics in response to the need to find a suitable method to detect pelvic floor muscles injuries immediately after delivery and effective way to prevent serious complications from these injuries later in life. Their clinical-knowledge-based technology detects the problem in 1-minute procedure.
“The nearly PLN 14 million investment raised will allow us to complete the product certification activities in the EU, initiate the certification procedure at the FDA, start production and launch the product on the market in 2023. We also plan to conduct extensive clinical trials to confirm the benefits of implementing the early diagnosis of perinatal injuries with the ONIRA method into clinical practice.” – says Edyta Hryniecka, a Member of the Oasis Board, leading the investor acquisition process.
“Our innovative system for detecting perinatal injuries, ONIRY, will soon allow us allow us to perform a simple, painless, fast and precise examination, assessing the condition of the pelvic floor muscles, in any woman who has just given birth by natural forces.” – says Oasis CEO Katarzyna Borycka.
Vinci (which manages HiTech ASI fund) advises, “Together, we believe that ONIRY will become an important element in the standard of perinatal care and we plan to support the company in pursuit of this goal.”
B2RLaw Partner Agnieszka Hajos-Iwańska comments, “This is a project with huge potential to revolutionise its industry. Vinci’s investment of nearly PLN 14 million will be spent on certification of the medical device and commercialization of the solution. We are all the more pleased to be a part of it, legally supporting the investment process.”
B2RLaw’s team was led by Agnieszka Hajos-Iwańska (Advocate, Partner) and included Malwina Niczke-Chmura (Advocate, Counsel), Paulina Wyrostek (Attorney-at-law, Counsel), Konrad Czernecki (Associate, Attorney at Law Trainee), Małgorzata Tomaka (Junior Associate) and Krzysztof Judasz (Junior Associate).
B2RLaw Represents Minority Shareholders of Audioteka on its Acquisition by Wirtualna Polska
B2RLaw advised the minority shareholders of Audioteka S.A., representing approximately 40% of the company’s share capital, in the sale of shares to Wirtualna Polska Holding S.A., a company listed on the main market of the Warsaw Stock Exchange.
A preliminary conditional agreement was concluded in June this year along with accompanying documentation, including a conditional agreement on mutual waiver of claims by Audioteka, its shareholders, and their related entities. The parties finalized the transaction on July 27, 2023.
As a result of the transaction, Wirtualna Polska Holding, through its dependent entities, will hold (together with shares acquired earlier), shores representing 100% of Audioteka’s share capital and 100% of the total number of votes at the General Meeting.
Rafał Stroiński, Advocate, Senior Partner, and head of the transactional practice at B2RLaw, led the team. The ongoing advisory team for the project consisted of: Jakub Kutyła (Advocate and Counsel), Malwina Niczke-Chmura (Advocate and Counsel), Edyta Zalewska (Advocate and Partner), Magdalena Borychowska (Junior Associate), Danyila Zubach (Advocate – Ukraine, and Junior Associate), Bogusław Długowolski (Junior Associate), and Krzysztof Judasz (Junior Associate).
“The sale of Audioteka opens a new chapter in the history of this company. This transaction allowed minority shareholders to exit their investment and, furthermore, one can hope that it will enable the realization of numerous synergies due to Audioteka becoming a part of the Wirtualna Polska Holding group, in which it will surely be a valuable asset. Our legal team actively advised at every stage of this transaction, and I am proud that we could share our broad experience in this area. Congratulations to all parties involved!” – Rafał Stroiński, Advocate and Senior Partner at B2RLaw.
B2RLaw advises CMT Group UK on an EUR 27M EU-Funded Humanitarian Project (ECHO) for the delivery of power generators to Ukraine
CMT Group UK was founded in 2010 and is based in the United Kingdom. The company’s main line of business is the supply of a comprehensive range of construction equipment. CMT is one of the fastest growing companies in this sector, the most reliable supplier in the UK that also operates globally with over 10 locations worldwide and supplies a variety of industries.
The European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department (ECHO) provides relief in all major crisis zones around the world including Syria, South Sudan, Yemen and Ukraine. The humanitarian assistance funded by the EU is delivered in partnership with UN agencies, international organisations and NGOs. EU humanitarian aid covers intervention areas such as: food and nutrition, shelter, health care, water and sanitation and education in emergencies.
We advised and represented the client in complex cross-border negotiations that spanned many jurisdictions and practice areas. These efforts led to the conclusion of a supply contract and a separate donation contract with the Polish Government Agency for Strategic Reserves concerning power generators intended for Ukraine as humanitarian aid. The EUR 27M contract was financed by EU funds under the EU Civil Protection Mechanism (project: Procurement of emergency energy supply capacities to generate and/or provide energy on site).
CMT advises, “As part of the EU Civil Protection & Humanitarian Aid grant and in cooperation with the Polish Government Agency for Strategic Reserves, we are proud to support Ukraine with energy assistance, including free-of-charge donations. Power generators are a vital resource in the current conflict, with many Ukrainians struggling without electricity, running water and heat. Power generators are also essential to save lives in hospitals. We are grateful to B2RLaw for their support on this project and for their expertise in dealing with detailed state procurement processes in Poland. They have gone above and beyond throughout the entire process and we will not hesitate to work with them again.”
B2RLaw Partner Roman Iwański comments, “We at B2RLaw take great pride in both our commercial and pro bono work. Seldom is it the case that commercial projects have such an immeasurably positive social impact as this one. The fact that our assistance to our client also ultimately benefited the war-torn Ukrainian civilian population provided us with additional impetus to successfully complete this project.”
B2RLaw’s team was led by Roman Iwański (Advocate, Partner) and included Bogdan Duda (Attorney-at-law, Partner / Public Procurement, Regulatory), Filip Badziak (Counsel / Banking), Piotr Leonarski (Advocate, Tax Advisor, Counsel / Tax, Tariffs, Customs), Paulina Milewska-Mróz (Advocate, Senior Associate / Risk Assessment, Compliance) and Bogusław Długowolski (Junior Associate / Commercial law).
Andrzej Zając appointed as a Head of the Energy & Real Estate Practice in B2RLaw
Andrzej is an attorney-at-law with almost 20 years of professional experience. Andrzej is a lawyer focusing his practice on complex real estate and energy transactions, obtaining financing for such projects and handling the investment process.
He has led many of the largest real estate transactions on the Polish market including cross-border transactions, with a particular focus on warehouse, production and commercial spaces as well as a wide range of investments as part of Polish off-shore construction. He has acted for some of the largest Polish developers and investors as well as a number of foreign investment funds and international energy concerns.
Currently, Andrzej is a legal “precursor” of building the Polish off-shore sector, in particular, he runs projects that are extremely important for the country’s energy security. At B2RLaw Andrzej will be responsible for creating a local office dedicated to legal services for the off-shore sector.
What distinguishes Andrzej is his business approach to the projects. In his work, he always focuses on a thorough understanding of the client’s needs and goals, and on completing transactions – an added value that cannot be overestimated.
This is the opinion of Andrzej’s clients, who have already expressed it many times by distinguishing Andrzej in subsequent editions of the prestigious Legal 500 ranking as “Next Generation Partner”. Clients appreciate his unprecedented commitment to the projects he leads, as well as his vast legal knowledge and extraordinary diligence.
Clients recognize Andrzej as “extremely hardworking and goal driven, with a good understanding of business and finance and a lot of common sense” as well as “definitely very competent and at the same time very proactive; (ed. “his”) team is really motivated on each appointment and are pushing for an outcome which makes great result on our deals”.
In a joint statement, B2RLaw Managing Partners Bartłomiej Jankowski and Rafał Stroiński advise, ”Andrzej not only boasts in-depth legal knowledge, extensive professional experience and a wide client portfolio, but also a practical business approach, which is highly appreciated by clients. He emphasizes a commitment to the key B2RLawvalues including: support in sustainable development, an international perspective, teamwork, cooperation with clients leading to the achievement of common business goals, but also maintaining a balance between private and professional life. Due to its specificity, the real estate and construction industry can have a negative impact on the natural environment if it is not properly managed. However, properly executed developments can have a positive impact on the surroundings. In the area of energy, Andrzej focuses on renewable energy sources, which is also consistent with B2RLaw values. Andrzej has placed particular focus on the ecological aspects of energy, real estate and construction projects, and at B2RLaw, we also support the concept of sustainable construction, where we focus on the economy and ecology of our clients’ projects, being in line with and setting new trends”.
B2RLaw announces lawyer promotions
We are very pleased to announce five lawyer promotions in B2RLaw in its 2022/2023 promotion round.
The lawyers that have been promoted are:
+ Jakub Kutyła (Counsel)
+ Inka Kalista (Senior Associate)
+ Joanna Markowicz-Maciocha (Senior Associate)
+ Konrad Czernecki (Associate)
+ Krzysztof Judasz (Junior Associate)
We are glad to have such talented lawyers in our team. We are confident that all promoted individuals will blossom (like spring) in their new roles and play a key role in our clients’ success.
We wish you further success!
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