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Jacek Kosinski Adwokaci i Radcowie Prawni Advises Shibumi International on Investment in Sustonable

Jacek Kosinski Adwokaci i Radcowie Prawni, working with the Netherlands' Benvalor law firm, has advised Shibumi, a Dubai-based venture capital company, on an unspecified investment in Sustonable, a sustainable building materials company which produces composite stone surfaces. Sustonable was advised by LXA.

The Deal: In July, CEE Legal Matters reported that Norton Rose Fulbright had advised Grupa Lotos SA on the USD 500 million refinancing of loan facilities contracted by the company in connection with its “Program 10+” financing. Clifford Chance advised a consortium of domestic and international banks including Bank Polska Kasa Opieki S.A., Caixabank S.A., Erste Group Bank AG, Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (Europe) S.A., ING Bank Slaski S.A., Intesa Sanpaolo S.p.A, Powszechna Kasa Oszczednosci Bank Polski S.A., and Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation Bank EU AG on the deal, with Credit Agricole, CIB, and BNP Paribas SA serving as agents.

Polish lawyer Anna Wawrzynczak spent 14 years in private practice with two highly-regarded international law firms before moving in-house with the Coast2Coast investment fund, where she was Regional Counsel CEE for almost three years. In October 2019 she accepted an offer to become the Legal Manager, Head of the Corporate Division at the Polish Development Fund in Warsaw. 

Poland, which still produces 80% of power and 75% of district heating by coal-fired generation, is about to face an unavoidable and profound transformation of its energy market. The Best Available Techniques (BAT) conclusions for large combustion plants that will enter into force in 2021, the derogation mechanism that will end in 2023, and the medium combustion plant emission limits that will become effective in 2026 all require that enormous and economically questionable investments be made in new filters for coal generation units.

The key Polish legal act governing dispute resolution, the Civil Procedure Code of 1964, underwent major reform this year, again. The amended version, with almost 300 changes, including many revolutionary ones, became effective on November 7, 2019.

On January 1, 2016, Poland revamped its legal framework related to the restructuring of financially distressed businesses with a brand-new Restructuring Law and significantly-amended Bankruptcy Law. The Polish restructuring (and broadly speaking insolvency) framework is now governed by two separate legal acts: the Restructuring Law, which deals with the financial restructuring of indebted companies and businesses, and the Bankruptcy Law, which focuses on the orderly liquidation of the assets of companies and businesses without feasible options to restructure their debts and continue their operations.

Schoenherr, in cooperation with BonelliErede, advised Covivio on the acquisition of eight luxury hotels in Europe from Varde Partners, a global alternative investment firm, for EUR 573 million. Varde was reportedly advised by Italian firms Gianni Origoni Grippo Cappelli and Partners and Ludovici Piccone and Partners.

Linklaters has advised Bain Capital Credit on a joint venture with real estate investment manager Corestate that resulted in Corestate's approximately EUR 73 million acquisition of the first Micro Living properties in Gdansk and Krakow for Bain Capital Credit.

White & Case has advised the Polish Ministry of Finance on its issuance of EUR 1.5 billion five-year notes. Clifford Chance advised the consortium of banks that arranged the issuance, which included BNP Paribas, Commerzbank, ING, JP Morgan, PKO BP and Santander.

Rymarz Zdort has advised a joint venture of a fund managed by the Real Estate Group of Ares Management Corporation and Griffin Real Estate on its acquisition of 98.04% of the shares in Poland's Murapol, a residential property developer. RKKW advised Murapol on the deal.

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