WARSAW – Nov. 9, 2018 – Deutsche Bank AG has completed the sale and demerger of Deutsche Bank Polska S.A.’s local Private & Commercial Banking business to Santander Bank Polska S.A. (formerly Bank Zachodni WBK). The transaction includes DB Securities S.A., but excludes the foreign currency retail mortgage portfolio. The signing of the transaction was announced in December 2017, and completion was conditional on receipt of all required regulatory approvals as well as operational readiness of the local businesses for the demerger.
The transaction price has been set at approximately PLN 1.29 billion.
Greenberg Traurig advised Deutsche Bank AG and Deutsche Bank Polska S.A. on structuring, negotiating and execution of the transaction, which was completed as a demerger of the transferred business from Deutsche Bank Polska directly to Santander Bank Polska. The transaction was subject to the approvals of the Polish Financial Supervision Authority, other regulatory approvals and other conditions.
The innovative demerger structure was pioneered by Greenberg Traurig in Poland and has since been established as a framework for such transactions. This is the second demerger of a Polish bank completed in 2018, and Greenberg Traurig was involved in both transactions.
The transaction is also unique due to the concept of direct migration of the transferred business to the IT systems of Santander Bank Polska simultaneously with the completion of the transaction. This means that the operational merger of the transferred business happens immediately after the completion of the transaction and not several months afterwards like in other recent banking sector transactions.
The Greenberg Traurig team also included: Partners Marek Kozaczuk, Andrzej Wysokiński, Robert Gago, Aleksander Janiszewski and Paweł Piotrowski; Local Partners Michał Bobrzyński, Anna Hałas-Krawczyk, and Tomasz Kacymirow; of Counsel prof. Adam Opalski; Senior Associates Maciej Kacymirow, Radosław Pawluk, Ewa Tabor-Maciejewska, along with Associates Maciej Pietrzak from the London Office, Magdalena Medyńska, Mateusz Śliżewski, Maja Gawrysiuk, Martyna Komorniczak, Natalia Wołkowycka and Marta Kownacka.
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