Prof. dr hab. Adam Opalski

Prof. dr hab. Adam Opalski

Of Counsel

Prof. dr hab. Adam Opalski’s practice centers on commercial law, civil law and private international law. He is the editor and co-author of the most extensive commentary to the provisions of the Polish Commercial Companies Code on the joint stock company and the author of leading Polish monographs concerning groups of companies, European company law, the supervisory board of a joint-stock company and the institution of share capital.

Professor Opalski is the co-author of amendments to the Polish Commercial Companies Code concerning: cross-border mergers, the reform of the financial structure of limited liability companies, the reform of share capital in joint-stock companies, the reform of the general meeting of shareholders in joint-stock companies and amendments to the Polish Civil Code concerning commercial power of attorney.

Concentrations

  • Corporate law
  • Corporate finance
  • Corporate governance
  • European and international company law
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Expertise

Erfahrung

  • Advised CCC S.A. on the recapitalization and restructuring of debt.
  • Advised Gremi Media S.A. on the preparation of the IPO on the WSE.
  • Advised Atlantik S.A. in the restructuring of Pfleiderer Group.
  • Advised Energa S.A. on the PLN 2.4 billion IPO on the WSE.
  • Advised Zespół Elektrowni “Pątnów-Adamów-Konin” S.A. on the PLN 680 million IPO on the WSE.
  • Advised the Polish State Treasury in the PLN 5.4 billion IPO of Jastrzębska Spółka Węglowa S.A. on the Warsaw Stock Exchange.°
  • Advised Raiffeisen Bank Polska S.A. on the process of restructuring.
  • Advised Alior Bank in an agreement to acquire Bank BPH’s core business from affiliates of GE Capital.
  • Advised Kompania Piwowarska S.A. in a dispute related to the ownership of shares, including representation before the Supreme Court.
  • Advised Orlen Upstream in the acquisition of FX Energy Inc.
  • Advised BNP Paribas in the PLN 4 billion acquisition of Bank Gospodarki Żywnościowej S.A. from Rabobank.
  • Advised Energa S.A. on a corporate dispute concerning voting rights in the company.
  • Represented Cyfrowy Polsat S.A. in the PLN 6.15 billion acquisition of Metelem Holding Company Limited, the sole owner of Polkomtel, in exchange for shares in Cyfrowy Polsat.
  • Advised DZ Bank on a corporate restructuring process related to the bank’s operations in Poland.
  • Advised PKO BP Bank on the PLN 2.6 billion acquisition of Nordea Bank Poland, Nordea Life and Nordea Finance.
  • Advised PKN Orlen S.A. on litigation proceedings regarding compensatory damages and with respect to the corporate issues of a key PKN Orlen subsidiary.
  • Advised PZU S.A. on corporate disputes concerning the distribution of profits amounting to PLN 3.2 billion, including representation before the Supreme Court.
  • Advised Raiffeisen Bank International AG on the €460 million acquisition of a 70% share in Polbank EFG.°
  • Advised Spartan Capital Holdings in the PLN 18.1 billion acquisition of Polkomtel S.A.°
  • Advised PZU S.A. on various corporate matters.
  • Advised the majority shareholders of Cyfrowy Polsat S.A. in the sale of 25% of shares in the business.°
  • Advised Cyfrowy Polsat S.A. in the acquisition of Telewizja Polsat S.A.°
  • Advised Investors Holding in the acquisition of 100% of shares in DWS Polska TFI S.A.°
  • Advised Innova Capital in the equity investment made by EBRD and WCP Cooperatief in Meritum Bank S.A.°
  • Participated as an expert in various arbitration proceedings concerning corporate disputes between Vivendi S.A. and Deutsche Telekom AG in Polska Telefonia Cyfrowa sp. z o.o.°
  • Participated as an expert in the BIT arbitration between Vivendi S.A. and the Republic of Poland.°
  • Advised AnaCap in connection with the acquisition of FM Bank PBP.
  • Advised Energa S.A. on matters related to the structure of the group.
  • Represented Zakłady Azotowe Puławy S.A. in its consolidation process with Zakłady Azotowe Tarnów-Mościce, and creation of Grupa Azoty. The consolidated group is the second largest player in the fertilizers market in Europe.
  • Advised Emperia Holding S.A. in a group’s defense against a hostile takeover by Eurocash S.A.°
  • Advised TP S.A. in the settlement related to the arbitration dispute between TP S.A. and Danish Polish Telecommunications Group I/S.°

°The above representations were handled by Mr. Opalski prior to his joining Greenberg Traurig Grzesiak sp.k.

  • Assistant lecturer (1998-2003), adjunct professor (2003-2009), professor (since 2009), the University of Warsaw, Faculty of Law and Administration, Chair of Private International Law and Commercial Law

Anerkennung durch den Markt

  • Individual award of the Polish Minister of Science and Higher Education for academic teachers in 2011, for the monograph "Europejskie prawo spółek" (European Company Law), 2011.
  • Distinction for habilitation dissertation in the Competition of the Journal "Państwo i Prawo" (State and Law), 2009
  • Scholar of the Polish-American Fulbright Commission, the Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law in Hamburg, the Foundation for Polish Science and Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst.
  • Member of the European Company Law Experts group, since 2016.
  • Member of the European Model Company Act Group, since 2013.
  • Vice-chairman of the Polish Ministry of Development Committee for the introduction of the simple joint-stock company, since 2016.
  • Member of the Company Law Committee to the Civil Law Codification Commission at the Polish Ministry of Justice, 2006-2015.
  • Member, District Chamber of Legal Advisors in Warsaw.

Ausbildung

Akademische Ausbildung
  • Professor of Law, 2013
  • Professor at the University of Warsaw, since 2009
  • Doctor Habilitus, The University of Warsaw, 2007
  • J.D., The University of Warsaw, 2002
  • Legal Advisor, since 2002
  • Master of Law, Warsaw University, 1997
Zulassung
  • Poland
Sprache
  • Polnisch, Native
  • Englisch, Fluent
  • Deutsch, Fluent