Robert Dulewicz, a partner and legal counsel, will head the Gide Warsaw Capital Markets department. Robert has over 20 years' experience in securities law and unique experience in capital markets transactions. He has participated in preparing documentation for Poland’s first issue of revenue bonds and for one of the first issuances of dematerialised debt securities. He has prepared documentation and participated in the negotiations of many debt securities programmes on the Polish market. He has also advised banks, borrowers and foreign and domestic investors on a number of syndicated loans and debt securities issuance programmes.
Robert also specialises in infrastructure financing, with projects including airports, railways, rolling stock and wastewater management. As member of a non-treasury securities workgroup of the Polish Bank Association, he prepared proposals of amendments to the Act on Bonds and was involved in legislative works on the same act, organised by the Ministry of Finance.
Before joining Gide, he worked in the Warsaw and London offices of Clifford Chance, and more recently at Dentons Warsaw, where he co-headed the Capital Markets department.
Robert brings with him a team of three lawyers who previously worked with him at Dentons:
- Michał Śmiechowski, counsel and attorney specialising in issues related to debt securities on the Polish and international capital markets, advising banks and other financial institutions organising debt securities issues as well as issuers. His experience covers structuring and restructuring financing transactions, including in the public sector at both central and local government levels. He advises on acquisition finance transactions in the manufacturing sector, and on financing for infrastructure projects such as airports, railways, trams, water supply and wastewater treatment systems, as well as in the oil and gas, energy and heating sectors.
- Agnieszka Kozikowska, senior associate and attorney with extensive experience in advising issuers and financial institutions on the issuance of debt securities on the Polish market, including drafting and negotiating bond documentation.
- Natalia Skomorowska, associate and trainee attorney, gained her professional experience in the Capital Markets team of Dentons Warsaw, and previously as a trainee in the legal department of PLL Lot and in law firms Weil, Gotshal & Manges, Baker McKenzie and Norton Rose Fulbright.
"Gide has a thriving team of International Capital Markets specialists, particularly active in Europe, the United States and on emerging markets. We are certain that Robert Dulewicz and his team's competence and extensive transactional experience will contribute to the dynamic development of this practice in the Warsaw office of Gide," says Dariusz Tokarczuk, partner in charge of Gide Warsaw.
Xavier de Kergommeaux and Stéphane Puel, respectively Gide's senior and managing partners, add: "We are delighted to see the arrival of this team in Warsaw and the appointment of Robert Dulewicz as partner of our firm. Robert is one of the most highly regarded experts on the Polish market, and his in-depth knowledge of capital markets is a precious asset to help meet the various challenges our clients face. These recruitments are a perfect expression of our firm's dynamic development and our ambition to bring together the greatest market specialists in key fields for our clients."