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PlayWay S.A. makes market début on the WSE. SSW acts as the legal advisor in the process


PlayWay S.A., a leading producer of computer and mobile games made its début on the Warsaw Stock Exchange yesterday. In the initial public offering, the company sold all the newly issued shares on offer, at the maximum price. The preparation works concerning the prospectus and the initial public offering were carried out by the capital markets law team of SSW.

PlayWay S.A. is a producer and publisher of computer and mobile games marketed both in Poland and abroad. To date, the Company, together with its subsidiaries, produced and published over 40 games, which sold or were downloaded all around the globe in around 15 million copies. Owing to a large number of publications, the Group is building its position in multiple segments of the games market, both for mobile applications as well as PC and Mac computers. Simulators are one of the key types of the games produced by the Group, including the subsequent editions of the flagship title of the Company: Car Mechanic Simulator. Currently, the Group is working on the development of over 60 new game titles and extensions, and in 2017 it is planning to enter a new segment of the games market and launch its first productions for PlayStation and Xbox consoles.

In the public offering 1.200.000 shares were sold, of which 600.000 are new issue shares while 600.000 are shares sold by the previous shareholders. Institutional investors acquired 1.020.000 shares, and 180.000 shares were allotted to individual investors. Individual investors subscribed for over 790.000 shares in total, which means that the subscription reduction rate in this tranche was 77.23%.  The maximum price of the offered shares was PLN 52.00.

The drafting of the prospectus was a task of lawyers from the capital markets law team. The work of the team was led by Szymon Okoń Ph.D., Partner in the capital markets law team of SSW supported by Katarzyna Dymel.

Patrycja Goździowska and Łukasz Karpiesiuk appeared as speakers during the “7th Annual International Taxation in CEE” in Prague


On 14 and 15 October, the 7th Annual International Taxation in CEE was held in Prague.

SSW was an official partner of the event, during which Patrycja Goździowska and Łukasz Karpiesiuk (Partners of SSW) delivered a presentation entitled “Changes in the legal and tax environment in Poland. Potential risks for board members – how to get prepared and mitigate the risk?”

The meeting was attended by the representatives of leading legal firms from Europe as well as the institutional representatives of governmental agencies from Central and Eastern Europe.

SSW recognised in the IFLR1000 2017 ranking


In the international ranking of legal firms IFLR 1000, SSW achieved an amazing result and, similarly as last year, was recognised in 3 categories:

Energy and Infrastructure:

  • Energy
  • Infrastructure
  • Mining

Banking & Finance:

  • Project Finance
  • Banking

Capital Markets:

  • Debt

The individuals indicated as “leading lawyers” in the ranking included:

And this is how our clients described us:

Financial and corporate:

One satisfied client says: “They do very professional work, they are well motivated, understand the process well, good communicators and have a good understanding of the client’s needs.” An M&A client describes the team as “completely dependable, with a great attitude and broad knowledge of corporate and tax law. Wonderful devotion to the client and fabulous business understanding. They stand out for professionalism and experience.”

In the capital markets a client remarks “SSW have proven to have excellent technical knowledge and their advice is always of the highest quality”.

Wojciech Szczepaniak has been described by clients as “professional, with excellent technical knowledge”, another says he has a “very good understanding of capital markets, clients’ needs and is excellent in his role as co-founder supervising the company”. Szymon Okoń is described as “not only a great lawyer, but also a great financial analyst. He is very professional on every activity and detail” another says, “Szymon Okoń is an excellent lawyer on corporate matters, with deep understanding of capital and financial markets. I would recommend him as a professional.”

In banking and finance, the firm advised a leader in the design and manufacturing of material handling systems and equipment in connection with the financing of a M&A transaction with a bank loan.

In the equity capital markets, the firm advised a leading producer on the functional beverages market in connection with its IPO. On the debt instruments market, the firm was retained by a leading manufacturer of machines and systems used the mining industry to support a bond issue programme.

In M&A the firm recently advised the buyer in connection with the acquisition of 70% of the shares in an internet marketing company.

Energy and infrastructure:

SSW Spaczyński Szczepaniak & Partners is best known for its work in the mining and natural resources sectors.

Key projects in the research period include the work for a Canadian company from the natural resources production industry in relation to concession applications; work for a U.S. player from the production industry in relation to a mining tender; advising an Australian coal company on the transition of a project from exploration to production of coal; and acting for a leading Treasury-owned energy company on a master legal service agreement in relation to oil and gas exploration and production.

SSW together with BPCC and Omnitec organised a meeting on “The approaching changes in personal data protection – the EU regulation from a practical perspective”


On 20 September 2016, a meeting titled “The approaching changes in personal data protection – the EU regulation from a practical perspective” was held in the IBB Andersia Hotel in Poznań. During the event, a talk on new legal regulations concerning personal data protection across the EU member states was delivered by Joanna Tomaszewska Ph.D., Partner in SSW. Apart from SSW, the event was co-organised by the British-Polish Chamber of Commerce (BPCC) and Omnitec.

Prospectus of PlayWay S.A. approved by the PFSA. SSW acts as the legal advisor in the process


PlayWay S.A. is a producer and publisher of computer and mobile games marketed both in Poland and abroad. To date, the Company, together with its subsidiaries, produced and published over 40 games, which sold or were downloaded all around the globe in around 15 million copies. Owing to a large number of publications, the Group is building its position in multiple segments of the games market, both for mobile applications as well as  PC and Mac computers. Simulators are one of the key types of the games produced by the Group, including the subsequent editions of the flagship title of the Company: Car Mechanic Simulator. Currently, the Group is working on the development of over 60 new game titles and extensions, and in 2017 it is planning to enter a new segment of the games market and launch its first productions for PlayStation andXbox consoles.

The drafting of the prospectus was a task of lawyers from the capital markets law team. The work of the team was led by Dr Szymon Okoń, Partner in the capital markets law team of SSW supported by Katarzyna Dymel. In the near future, the company is planning to make its début on the Warsaw Stock Exchange.

Eurocent S.A. finalised F-series bond issue. SSW Spaczyński, Szczepaniak & Wspólnicy acts as the legal advisor in the process


Eurocent S.A. is a dynamically growing financial institution which specialises in delivering financial products such as home collected cash loans, targeted at individual customers.

The drafting of the issue documentation was led by lawyers from the capital markets law team. The work of the team was coordinated by Szymon Okoń Ph.D. - Partner in the capital markets law team of SSW.

Dominik Strzałkowski appeared as a speaker during a seminar titled “Wind farms in the face of adverse changes in the regulatory and market environment – possible responses”


On 6 September 2016, a seminar titled “Wind farms in the face of adverse changes in the regulatory and market environment – possible responses” organised by PSEW (the Polish Wind Energy Association) was held in Warsaw. During the seminar, Dominik Strzałkowski delivered a presentation on “Power clusters and hybrid installations –  outline of new institutions, opportunities for participants and challenges for legislators”.

PGS Software S.A. makes market debut on the WSE. SSW Spaczyński, Szczepaniak & Wspólnicy acts as the legal advisor in the process


PGS Software S.A. is a provider of programming and testing services, concerned primarily with mobile and internet solutions as well as database creation. The company offers comprehensive IT solutions to business customers, designed according to their specific needs. The offering includes comprehensive software development services (from business analysis up to maintenance), as well as individual programming and testing services. PGS Software S.A. markets its services directly and through its foreign partners. Its customers include players of various sizes, operating in all the sectors of the economy. The Group is present on numerous foreign markets, including the United Kingdom, United States, Germany and France. Currently, the Group employs over 400 persons.

The drafting of the prospectus was led by lawyers from our Capital Markets Law Team. The work of the team was coordinated by Dr Szymon Okoń, Partner in the capital markets law team of SSW. Yesterday, the company made its debut on the Warsaw Stock Exchange.

SSW together with BPCC and Omnitec organise a meeting on “The approaching changes in personal data protection – the EU regulation from a practical perspective”


The meeting will be held on Tuesday, 20 September 2016, in the IBB Andersia Hotel, at 3 Anders Square in Poznań, from 9:30 till 12:00.

New legal regulations concerning personal data protection will soon enter into force in all the Member States. It is worth starting the preparations for these revolutionary changes to personal data protection right now. The upcoming changes will have an enormous impact on the execution of business processes in all the areas of companies' activities, be it B2B or B2C relationships.

The meeting will provide a perspective on the approaching changes from three crucial angles: new legal requirements, implementation of the regulations in the ongoing operational activities of an organisation and corporate social responsibility, i.e. building the relations with Customers and business partners based on the development of a good practice code in this area:

Speakers:

Dr Joanna Tomaszewska - Attorney at Law, Partner in Spaczyński, Szczepaniak & Wspólnicy (SSW) law firm, responsible for the personal data protection practice

Anna Buczynska Borowy - Information Security Officer in Omnitec, Operations Director responsible for front and back office processes in the process management area. The participation in the meeting is free. Language: Polish.

The agenda and registration form are available here. The admission is free.

You may also register through our office. To do so, please contact Bartosz Nowacki (Marketing & Communication Specialist) – bartosz.nowacki@ssw.pl

We are looking forward to meeting you!

Innova Capital investment in the Netsprint Group takes off


On 13 April 2016, Dirlango Trading & Investments Limited, Mr Artur Banach and Mr Sebastian Białousz, on one side, and the private equity fund Innova Capital signed an agreement on investment in Netsprint S.A. and LeadR Sp. z o.o. (companies from the Dirlango portfolio controlled by Łukasz Wejchert and Maciej Żak).

On 23 June, the transaction came into effect and the leading Central European fund became a shareholder in Netsprint.

The Mergers and Acquisitions Team of Spaczyński, Szczepaniak i Wspólnicy sp.k. led by Dr Paweł Chyb supported Dirlango and minority shareholders in the  joint-venture process with Innova Capital.

The team's work was led by Dr Paweł Chyb – attorney at law, Partner in the M&A Department of SSW, supported by Katarzyny Solarz (Associate), specialising, inter alia, in transaction advisory.

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