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Filip Kijowski focuses his practice on advising private equity and corporate clients (including listed companies) in connection with corporate law, mergers and acquisitions, corporate restructurings and reorganizations and capital markets transactions. With more than 10 years of experience in effecting complex domestic and international transactions, he provides advice at all transactional stages (including due diligence, transaction structuring and negotiating transaction documentation) and has coordinated various legal streams, often in multi-jurisdictional transactions. He has been advising private equity funds, large private and public corporations active in many industries, including the media, new technology, FMCG or real estate.

Concentrations

  • M&A Transaction Advice (Share Deals, Asset Deals)
  • Private Equity 
  • Corporate Law 
  • Corporate Restructurings and Reorganizations

Competenze

Esperienze Professionali - Attività Accademiche

  • Represented Bogdan and Elżbieta Kaczmarek and private equity fund Innova Capital in connection with the acquisition of 100% of shares in Pfleiderer Polska, in a corporate carve-out transaction from Pfleiderer Group, owned by funds managed by the global investment firm - Strategic Value Partners.
  • Represented Abris Capital Partners, the ESG transformation specialist private equity investor and B Corp, in connection with signing a preliminary agreement regarding the sale of Velvet CARE, Poland’s leading manufacturer of paper-based personal care products, to Partners Group, a global private markets firm.
  • Represented Stock Spirits Group, a portfolio company owned by a fund managed by CVC Capital Partners, in connection with the preliminary agreement related to the indirect acquisition of 100% of the shares in Polmos Bielsko-Biała S.A.
  • Represented Bricks Acquisitions Limited in the sale of ROBYG S.A. to a wholly owned subsidiary of TAG Immobilien AG.
  • Represented Innova Capital in connection with the acquisition of a stake in Bielenda Kosmetyki Naturalne from its current owners.
  • Represented OANDA Global Corporation in connection with the acquisition of Dom Maklerski TMS Brokers S.A.
  • Represented REINO Capital and RF CorVal in the attempted acquisition of BUMA Group.
  • Advised Agora S.A. in connection with the acquisition of a 40% stake in Eurozet sp. z o.o. and negotiation of a shareholders’ agreement with its majority shareholder SFS Ventures s.r.o., governing the cooperation of both Eurozet shareholders.
  • Advised Abris Capital Partners, a leading CEE private equity fund, in connection with the acquisition of Velvet CARE sp. z o.o., one of the largest manufacturers of hygiene products in Poland.
  • Advised CVC Capital Partners, one of the leading global private equity firms, in connection with the acquisition of the convenience retailer “Żabka” from Mid Europa Partners. The sale of Żabka, the largest transaction in the Polish food retail sector and the largest private equity exit in Poland, won the CEE Legal Matters 2017 CEE Deal of the Year Award for Poland.
  • Advised Anheuser-Busch InBev, the world’s largest brewer, on the Polish aspects of the sale to Japanese brewer Asahi Group Holdings, Ltd. of the businesses that were owned by SABMiller plc prior to its combination with AB InBev in Central and Eastern Europe for EUR 7.3 billion. The transaction was connected with the USD 103 billion takeover by Ab InBev of SABMiller which is one of the largest takeovers ever completed.
  • Advised Apax, one of the leading global private equity advisory firms, on the Polish aspects of the proposed acquisition of Allegro Group (the largest online marketplace and non-food shopping destination in Poland) and Ceneo Group (the leading price comparison platform in Poland) from Naspers Limited. Transaction value of approx. USD 3,25 billion.
  • Advised ORLEN Upstream sp. z o.o., a 100% subsidiary of PKN ORLEN S.A., one of the largest petroleum corporations in Central and Eastern Europe and the largest in Poland, in connection with Polish aspects of the cross-border acquisition of FX Energy, Inc. listed on NASDAQ, with a transaction value of PLN 442 million.
  • Advised Apax Partners in connection with the proposed acquisition of a Polish pharmaceutical group of companies.
  • Advised Montagu Private Equity, a leading European private equity firm, in connection with the proposed acquisition of American Heart of Poland S.A., renowned Polish network of cardiology clinics.
  • Advised Innova Capital, a leading mid-market private equity firm in Central Europe, in connection with the acquisition from Telekomunikacja Polska S.A. (currently Orange Polska S.A.) of Wirtualna Polska S.A., a leading online media company in Poland, to Innova Capital, a leading mid-market private equity firm in Central Europe, with a transaction value of PLN 375 million.°
  • Advised Discovery Communications in connection with the contemplated acquisition of Poland’s premier multi-platform media company TVN, one of the leading media companies in Poland, from ITI and Canal+ Group.
  • Advised Neuca S.A. in connection with an acquisition of ACP Pharma S.A. from Mediq International BV in consortium with Penta Investments.°
  • Advised PKO BP S.A. in connection with a proposed acquisition of an investment funds company.°
  • Advised a private equity fund in connection with a proposed acquisition of telecom companies in Estonia.°
  • Advised Polski Holding Farmaceutyczny in connection with a contemplated privatization of Warszawskie Zakłady Farmaceutyczne Polfa S.A.°
  • Advised Atlantik S.A. and Pfleiderer Grajewo S.A. (currently, Pfleiderer Group S.A.) in connection with the cross-border reverse takeover and re-IPO of the Pfleiderer Group on the WSE. The total value of the Transaction, including the private placement and the repayment in kind, amounts to approximately PLN 744 million.
  • Advised PBG S.A. in connection with a financial and debt restructuring of the PBG Group for a total amount of PLN 4 billion.°
  • Advised New World Resources NV in connection with an attempt to take-over Lubelski Węgiel „Bogdanka” S.A. in a tender offer and moving the company’s registration place to UK and a related tender offer for the sale of shares in a company listed on three stock exchange: in London, Prague and Warsaw.°
  • Advised New World Resources NV in connection with a transformation of its subsidiary NWR Karbonia sp. z o.o. into a joint-stock company.°
  • Advised Grupa LOTOS S.A. in connection with the PLN 1 billion public offering of shares.
  • Advised GTS Poland Sp. z o.o. in connection with a planned offering of unsubordinated secured EUR notes.°
  • Advised investment banks in connection with an offering of unsubordinated secured EUR notes by Grupa Ciech.°
  • Advised PKO BP S.A. in connection with a sale by BGK and the State Treasury of the bank’s shares.°
  • Advised Zakłady Azotowe w Tarnowie-Mościcach S.A. in connection with a secondary public offering of shares to preemptive rights holders and with an acquisition of 66% of shares of Zakłady Chemiczne Police S.A. in a tender offer.°
  • Advised KRUK S.A. in connection with the IPO and listing of the company on the WSE, as well as a the implementation of a management options scheme in the company.°
  • Advised Ciech S.A. in connection with a secondary public offering of shares rights to preemptive rights holders.°
  • Advised joint lead managers in connection with the IPO of the Warsaw Stock Exchange.°
  • Advised Pinnacle Poland in connection with planned disposals of controlling stakes in certain real estate projects in Southern Poland.
  • Advised Orlen Upstream sp. z o.o. in connection with launching a joint exploration and production project with PGNiG in the Podkarpacie region.
  • Advised PBG S.A. in relation to contracts with KGHM Polska Miedź S.A. concerning the construction of steam and gas units in the Głogów and Polkowice heat- and power plants, with a total contract value of PLN 165 million.°
  • Advised various clients (including, without limitation, Gaz-System, Polskie LNG, Petrolinvest, Silurian Energy Services) with respect to energy sector projects, in particular natural gas, shale gas, LNG, LPG and crude oil.°
  • Advised the Ministry of State Treasury in connection with establishing a company Polskie Inwestycje Rozwojowe S.A. and launching the program “Inwestycje Polskie”.°

°The above representations were handled by Mr. Kijowski prior to his joining GREENBERG TRAURIG Nowakowska-Zimoch Wysokiński sp.k.

Riconoscimenti e Premi

  • IFLR1000: Rising Star in M&A (2023)
  • EMEA Legal 500: Next Generation Partner in Commercial, Corporate and M&A (2021-2024); Recommended in Private Equity (2021)
  • Member, District Chamber of Attorneys-at-law in Poznań

Formazione

Formazione
  • Postgraduate Studies, Accounting and Corporate Finance, Warsaw School of Economics
  • Attorney-at-law, 2012
  • LL.M.
  • Master of Law, Adam Mickiewicz University, 2007
  • Diploma of Higher Education, University of Bedfordshire
Abilitazioni
  • Poland
Lingue
  • Polish, Madrelingua
  • Inglese, Fluente
  • Russo, Colloquiale