International law firm Bird & Bird today appoints financial services expert Pawel Bajno as a partner and head of the Private Equity team in its Corporate practice, based in Warsaw.
Pawel advises private equity funds in M&A transactions, including public M&A, public to private transactions and exit strategies. He also advises companies on corporate governance matters and Polish capital markets and securities law. Pawel joins from Norton Rose Piotr Strawa where he was a partner and head of the Warsaw Private Equity team.
He has extensive experience in collaborating with colleagues in other European offices and at Norton Rose was one of the key partners of the firm's Pan-European Private Equity Group. Pawel has worked on transactions completed by private equity and venture capital funds, both in Poland and abroad.
Pawel's appointment is a part of the Corporate practice's strategy to boost its capabilities across the firm's international network. His arrival follows the recent hire of Corporate partners Michiel Wurfbain in the Netherlands, James Baillieu in London, Ola Lidström and Jan Byström in Stockholm, James Fong in Hong Kong, Anthony Latimer and Steve Johns in Sydney and Bertrand Lévy in Paris.
Slawomir Szepietowski, Managing Partner of Bird & Bird Poland says: "The appointment of Pawel – a well-known M&A expert in the Polish market – will significantly boost our Corporate capabilities and attract complex transaction projects. Pawel and the recent arrival of Tomasz Zalewski and his team will not only further enhance our presence in Warsaw but throughout Central Europe. I look forward to welcoming Pawel to Bird & Bird."
Stefano Silvestri and Peter Veranneman, Co-Heads of Bird & Bird's international Corporate practice comment: "We are delighted to welcome Pawel to the Corporate team. Pawel's extensive experience advising on M&A transactions and private equity matters will not only boost our Corporate capabilities in Poland but also enhance the group's pan-European private equity offering."
Pawel adds: "With the number of M&A deals expected to grow in 2019, Poland remains one of the leading destinations for private equity and venture capital investments in Central and Eastern Europe. Bird & Bird's international scope and sector focus will allow me to continue developing my practice with inter-office and cross-border collaboration."