Lejb Fogelman

Lejb Fogelman ~

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Lejb Fogelman focuses his practice on international business transactions in Poland, including private equity, privatization, corporate reorganizations, joint ventures, financings, public offerings, and mergers and acquisitions.

Concentrations

  • Banking and Finance M&A Transactions
  • Private Equity
  • Corporate Restructurings
  • Privatizations
  • Corporation Reorganizations
  • Joint Ventures

Capabilities

Experience

  • Represented Alior Bank in an agreement to acquire Bank BPH’s core business from affiliates of GE Capital.
  • Represented BNP Paribas in connection with the merger of Bank Gospodarki Żywnościowej with BNP Paribas Bank Polska.
  • Represented BNP Paribas in connection with the transformation of Sygma Banque Polishinto a domestic bank and its acquisition by Bank BGŻ BNP Paribas.
  • Represented BNP Paribas in connection with the acquisition of 90% of shares in Bank Gospodarki Żywnościowej S.A. from Rabobank. Value of the transaction was PLN 4 billion.
  • Represented PKO BP Bank in the acquisition of Nordea Bank Poland, Nordea Life and Nordea Finance. The value of the transaction was approx. PLN 3.5 billion.
  • Represented Orange Poland in connection with an agreement with mBank to create a mobile retail bank.
  • Represented Deutsche Bank AG Group in a transaction involving the intragroup transfer of the shares in Deutsche Bank PBC and the merger of Deutsche Bank PBC with Deutsche Bank Polska.
  • Represented PKO BP Bank in connection with the sale of 66% of shares in eService S.A. to the U.S. EVO company. The value of the transaction was PLN 430 million.
  • Represented Polski Bank Przedsiębiorczości S.A and FM Bank S.A. in the merger of both banks within the Abris Capital Group.
  • Represented Raiffeisen Bank International AG on the acquisition of a 70% share in Polbank EFG.°
  • Represented Polski Bank Przedsiębiorczości S.A and FM Bank S.A. in the merger of these banks within the Abris Capital Group.
  • Represented BNP Paribas in connection with the proposed acquisition of BZ WBK S.A.°
  • Represented AIG in the merger of its Polish consumer finance business into Santander’s Polish bank.°
  • Represented Fortis Bank Polska S.A. in connection with the takeover of banking assets of BNP Paribas Polish Branch.°
  • Advised and represented UniCredit in negotiations with the Polish government and in proceedings before the Polish Banking Supervisory Commission concerning the merger of Bank BPH into Bank Pekao, as well as in the spin-off of assets from Bank BPH to Bank Pekao and the sale of BPH to GE Money Bank.°
  • Represented CVC Capital Partners in connection with an agreement for the acquisition of Żabka Polska from Mid Europa Partners. The sale of Żabka is the largest ever transaction in the Polish food retail sector and the largest ever private equity exit in Poland.
  • Represented AnaCap in connection with the acquisition of FM Bank PBP.
  • Represented TP S.A. in connection with the sale of Wirtualna Polska portal to a private equity Innova Capital. The value of the transaction was PLN 375 million.
  • Represented Penta Investments in the acquisition of shares of NFI Empik Media & Fashion S.A.
  • Represents leading private equity clients in a variety of transactions in Poland.
  • Represented PKN Orlen in negotiating and documenting a complex long-term crude oil supply contract with Rosneft Oil Company. Value of the contract was approx. 15 billion USD.
  • Represented PKN Orlen and Orlen Upstream in connection with the takeover of the Toronto-listed Canadian company TriOil Resources Ltd.
  • Represented major Polish oil industry corporation in an agreement with a Canadian shale gas corporation for cooperation in exploration and production of shale gas in Poland and the US.°
  • 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 Zakłady Azotowe Puławy S.A. in connection with the tender offer for the sale of shares announced by Synthos.
  • Represented RWE and EDF in the proposed acquisition of ENEA S.A. shares from the State Treasury in the privatization process.°
  • Represented BRE Bank S.A. in its PLN2 billion rights issue.°
  • Advised and negotiated on behalf of Lockheed Martin on its $3.5 billion sale and financing of 48 F 16 multi-role combat jets to the Polish Government and the related $6 billion offset contract.°
  • Represented clients in several pioneering capital markets transactions in Poland, including the first takeover of a publicly held company, first delisting of a publicly held company and an IPO combined with a merger of publicly held companies.
  • Represented numerous clients in privatization matters, including the privatization of the largest Polish mining enterprise, Poland’s telecom operator, and several large Polish banks and financial, industrial and service enterprises.
  • Represents multinational companies in a wide variety of transactions and dealings with the Polish Government.
  • Advises major Polish companies and the Polish Government on privatization, financings, public offerings, restructuring and regulatory issues.
  • Represents leading multinational corporations in acquisitions of Polish companies, including those in the banking and financial sector, pharmaceuticals, food and beverage, retail, real estate, construction, mining, energy, telecommunications, health and chemicals.
  • Represents major Polish banks and other financial institutions in connection with GDR issuances, listings on the Warsaw and London Stock Exchanges and IPOs.
  • Advises clients on restructuring of capital groups.

°The above representations were handled by Mr. Fogelman prior to his joining Greenberg Traurig, LLP.

Recognition & Leadership

  • Chambers Europe 2013: Outstanding Contribution Award
  • Chambers Global: Senior Statesman in Corporate/M&A (2010-2017); leading lawyer in Corporate/M&A (2003-2009)
  • Chambers Europe: Senior Statesman: Private Equity (2009-2017); Senior Statesman: Corporate/M&A (2010-2017), leading lawyer in Capital Markets (2008)
  • EMEA Legal 500: recommended in Corporate/M&A (2008-2017), recommended in Private Equity (2017)
  • IFLR1000: leading lawyer in M&A (2008-2017) and Private Equity (2016-2017)
  • Best Lawyers: recommended in Mergers and Acquisitions and Private Equity (2016), Corporate/M&A and Private Equity (2014)

Credentials

Education
  • J.D., Harvard Law School, 1981
  • Fulbright IREX Scholar, Moscow University, 1977-1978
  • M.A., Columbia University, 1975
  • Certificate, University of Paris, Sorbonne, 1972
  • B.A., State University of New York, 1972
  • The University of Warsaw School of Law, 1967-1969
~ Certain partners in Greenberg Traurig Grzesiak sp.k. are also shareholders in Greenberg Traurig, P.A.
Languages
  • Polish, Native
  • English, Fluent
  • Russian, Fluent
  • French, Fluent