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Joanna Kuc focuses her practice on corporate and financing transactions. She advises clients in connection with M&A and private equity transactions. She also has deep experience in acquisition finance and project finance, as well as in corporate and financing restructurings.

Concentrations

  • Mergers & acquisitions
  • Acquisition finance
  • Project finance
  • Financing restructurings
  • Private equity
  • Capital markets

Capabilities

Experience

  • Advised a Polish subsidiary of Rentokil Initial plc in connection with the acquisition of 100 % of the shares in VACO Sp. z o.o.
  • Advised Goldman Sachs Asset Management and Centerbridge in connection with the sale of ROBYG SA to TAG Immobilien AG.
  • Advised Allianz S.E. in connection with the EUR 2.5 billion acquisition of the Polish life and non-life insurance operations, as well as pension and asset management business, from Aviva and acquire a 51% stake in Aviva’s life and non-life bancassurance joint ventures with Santander. The value of the transaction exceeded EUR 2.5 billion.
  • Advised BNP Paribas SA acting as the Seller in the offering, through an accelerated bookbuilding process, of BNP Paribas Bank Polska S.A. shares.
  • Advised Bauer Group in connection with the sale of Interia Group to Polsat Group (the transaction was valued at PLN 422 million).°
  • Advised Cinven, Primera and Mid Europa in connection with the acquisition of Allegro.pl and Ceneo.pl from Naspers (the transaction was valued at USD 3.25 billion).°
  • Advised Warburg Pincus, the global private equity firm, on the sale of a majority stake in INEA, the fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) and cable operator in Western Poland, to Macquarie European Infrastructure Fund 5 (MEIF5), managed by Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets (MIRA), a leading global infrastructure investor.°
  • Advised Schwarz Group on its intended takeover and potential entrance into a strategic partnership with SUEZ Group in the waste disposal and recycling business (Polish aspects).°
  • Advised a UK law firm in connection with the acquisition of a minority stake in Aviva Plc, advising on regulatory matters related to insurance operation in Poland.°
  • Advised Unicredit AG on the release of the security of Verlagsgruppe Passau in connection with the sale of its Polish publishing activities - Polska Press Group – to PKN Orlen, a leading player on the fuels and energy markets, and the largest company in Central and Eastern Europe.°
  • Advised GBA Group, one of Germany’s leading laboratory testing service providers, on the acquisition of Jars S.A., a Polish company operating a chain of laboratories with a focus on environmental analytics, foodstuffs, consumer goods and pharmaceutical analytics.°
  • Advised Brammer S.A., a Rubix Group company (portfolio company of Advent International and Europe's largest supplier of industrial maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) products and services), on the acquisition of PePe sp. z o.o., a renowned supplier of specialist flow products for the food industry.°
  • Advised Aluflexpack Group, a leading European manufacturer of premium flexible packaging solutions, on the acquisition of a sector company.°
  • Advised Bank Gospodarstwa Krajowego in connection with the sale of investment certificates in two funds – the Rental Housing Fund (Fundusz Mieszkań na Wynajem) and the Housing Sector Development Fund (Fundusz Mieszkań dla Rozwoju) to Polski Fundusz Rozwoju S.A. The operation of both funds implements the objectives of the Apartment Plus (Mieszkanie Plus).
  • Advised the private equity firm Enterprise Investors and its portfolio company Nu-Med Grupa S.A. operating in the healthcare business on the EUR 32.5 million refinancing of the indebtedness of the Group and six of its subsidiaries.°
  • Advised Bank Pekao S.A. (agent), mBank S.A. (security agent), as well as Bank Handlowy w Warszawie S.A. (Citi Handlowy), ING Bank Śląski S.A., Bank BGŻ BNP Paribas S.A., DNB Bank and Caixa Bank as mandated lead arrangers on a PLN 1.1 billion loan facility to Inter Cars S.A.°
  • Advised a consortium of the EBRD, Alior Bank S.A. and Bank Ochrony Środowiska S.A. on the financing and refinancing of a wind farm being constructed by Energix, an Israeli sponsor involved in renewable energy projects, in relation to facilities totaling PLN 552 million.°
  • Advised the European Investment Bank in relation to granting a PLN 70 million facility to GreenWay, a leading company on the electric vehicle charging station market in Poland and Slovakia, for the purpose of financing the development of the company's charging station network in CEE and the Baltic countries.°
  • Advised the Polish Development Fund (PFR) on a governmental financing program for Polish entrepreneurs (the COVID-19 financial shield).°
  • Advised a consortium of banks in connection with the financial reorganization and restructuring of the Polimex-Mostostal capital group (the transaction was valued at PLN 2.5 billion).°
  • Advised a consortium of banks in connection with restructuring the indebtedness of Polimex-Mostostal S.A., including refinancing the indebtedness assumed by Mostostal Siedlce S.A., a subsidiary of Polimex-Mostostal S.A., changes to the existing security interest structure and amendments to the agreements with creditors.°
  • Advised Empik Media & Fashion S.A. in connection with the complex debt reorganization of the EM&F group, including Poland, Germany, Russia, Ukraine, Romania, the Czech Republic, Cyprus, Switzerland and Turkey; the estimated value of the entire transaction was approximately USD 356.4 million (PLN 1.2 billion).°

°The above representations were handled by Ms. Kuc prior to her joining GREENBERG TRAURIG Nowakowska-Zimoch Wysokiński sp.k.

Recognition & Leadership

  • Shortlisted, Euromoney Legal Media Group, Women in Business Law Awards Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA), "Rising Stars," 2022
  • Rising Stars: Lawyers – leaders of tomorrow (Wolters Kluwer) - winner, 2021
  • Member, Bar Association of Warsaw
  • Member, Capital Markets Leaders Academy, Lesław A. Paga Foundation

Credentials

Education
  • Advocate, 2019
  • Warsaw University/University of Florida Center for American Law Studies
  • Postgraduate studies, Corporate Finance, Leon Kozminski Academy, 2018
  • PhD studies, corporate law, Faculty of Law and Administration, the University of Warsaw, since 2017
  • Master of Law, University of Warsaw, 2014
Admissions
  • Poland
Languages
  • Polish, Native
  • English, Fluent
  • German, Fluent
  • Italian, Conversational