Areas of practice
Mergers and acquisitions, PE/VC
“Sale or acquisition of a company is a major event in the organisational life of any business; as far as the founder is concerned, it can be a once-in-a-lifetime event. Efficacious and safe completion of such a transaction calls for full commitment, compendious knowledge and long experience, all combined with an individualised approach. This is what we’ve been doing at GESSEL for 25 years now…”
Marcin Macieszczak, Managing Partner
M&A has been one of the core areas of GESSEL’s practice ever since the firm’s inception; we are now recognized as one of the Polish market leaders in this field.
GESSEL offers a full range of legal services for M&A transactions, including:
- Formulation of the legal and tax structure
- Due diligence
- Drafting of the transaction documentation
- Proceedings before the Office of Competition and Consumer Protection
- Representation of clients before the relevant authorities for purposes of obtaining the requisite administrative decisions
GESSEL advises private equity and venture capital funds. We advise all the Polish funds established and managed by Enterprise Investors.
GESSEL advises on all kinds of PE/VC transactions, including buyouts and expansion / growth capital transactions, concerning businesses at all stages of development – from seed capital and start-up deals to investments in large, established companies, also publicly listed ones (PIPE).
We also advise on the structures and various legal aspects of leveraged buy-outs, whether financed by banks or via mezzanine deals.
Finally, we advise on exits, be it by sale to a sectoral investor or financial investor or through an IPO on the Warsaw Stock Exchange.
GESSEL’s work in the area of M&A is pursued by a team of experienced lawyers led by Marcin Macieszczak, Maciej Kożuchowski, Małgorzata Badowska, Michał Bochowicz and Karol Sokół.
GESSEL is an associate member and legal advisor of the Polish Private Equity and Venture Capital Association, which assembles PE/VC funds active in Poland.