Capital Markets 1. April 2020

Poland: Businesses no longer required to seek KNF’s approval for offering memorandum in case of “rolling” offerings – relief for businesses amid coronavirus epidemic

1. April 2020
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Piotr Wojnar
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In the Supervisory Impulses Package for the Security and Growth of the Capital Market, the Polish Financial Supervision Authority (KNF) announced relief for businesses regarding (among others) the offering documents processing. As promised, the “Anti-Crisis Shield,” adopted on March 31, 2020, amends applicable regulations regarding the obligation to submit an offering memorandum to KNF in the case of the so-called “rolling” offerings.

Based on the revision of the Act on Public Offering, Conditions Governing the Introduction of Financial Instruments to Organized Trading, and Public Companies of July 29, 2005 (Dz. U. / Journal of Laws of 2005 no. 184, item 1539, as amended) (the “Public Offering Act”), which was enacted on November 30, 2019, a public offering of securities addressed to fewer than 150 natural or legal persons per a Member State, qualified investors excluded, in the case of which the number of persons to whom it is addressed plus the number of persons to whom such public offerings of the same type of securities were made over the preceding 12 months exceeds 149, requires the publication of an offering memorandum, which needs KNF’s approval.

In other words, offerings made over a 12-month period are added together. If the number of addressees of such offerings exceeds 149, an offering memorandum regarding the offering, approved by KNF, must be published (the Public Offering Act provides for one exception – an offering addressed exclusively to the holders of same-type securities originating from the same issuer or to entities which received offerings of purchasing the issuer’s bonds as part of debt conversion following a purchase of other bonds of the same issuer created earlier.

In accordance with the act amending the Act on Special Solutions Related to Prevention and Combating of COVID-19, Other Infectious Diseases and Crisis Situations Arising from them as well as amending selected other acts (Dz. U. / Journal of Laws of 2020, item 568), if the state of epidemic threat or the state of epidemic is announced, offering memoranda regarding this type of public offerings will not require KNF’s approval. The requirement is to be suspended until the state of epidemic threat or the state of epidemic is cancelled and a month thereafter.

This will significantly facilitate and expedite the procedure faced by the issuers seeking to raise capital by way of several offerings addressed to fewer than 150 persons (qualified investors excluded).

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Piotr Wojnar
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Piotr Wojnar

Managing partner

Piotr specializes in commercial law, with a strong focus on assistance in corporate issues for public companies. He also has extensive litigation background within the areas of civil law, administrative law and criminal law. He has advised on numerous public and private share issues, incl. those of COMP S.A. and Bank BPS S.A. Piotr has piloted M&A transactions for listed companies (incl. Novitus S.A., ZUK S.A. and Elzab S.A.), participated in the establishment of brokerage houses and investment funds (incl. TMS S.A., Analizy Online Asset Management S.A., IFM S.A. and Opera TFI S.A.), as well as provided assistance with respect to their daily operations. He has been recommended in Capital Markets, Commercial, Corporate and M&A and White-Collar Crime by the Legal 500 EMEA 2020, one of the leading international legal directories. The white-collar crime practice, co-headed by Piotr, is considered by The Legal 500 EMEA to be among the elite of Polish law firms specialized in that area.

Małgorzata Stefaniak

Partner

Małgorzata is an expert in capital markets law, handling public and private securities issue, acquisitions of major blocks of shares and development of incentive programmes. She also provides support to listed companies in terms of compliance with disclosure obligations. Małgorzata also assists investment companies, represening them, among others, in applying to the Polish Financial Supervision Authority (KNF) for the grant or extension of a brokerage house license. Her practice also covers ongoing legal support to companies and due diligence audits.

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