Anna Frankowska is a US-qualified attorney, a partner in Weil’s corporate department and the head of the Warsaw office’s capital markets practice.
After graduating magna cum laude from St. Louis University in 1987, she received her Juris Doctor degree from the University of Illinois College of Law at Champaign-Urbana. After graduation she worked in a leading law firm in Chicago. Since returning to Warsaw in 1994, Anna has advised international investors on capital markets transactions and major privatisations. She joined Weil in 1996 and is the Firm’s leading capital markets expert.
Anna has represented both underwriters and issuers in connection with numerous public offerings of Polish companies, many of which involved concurrent offerings to Polish and international investors.
Her recent experience includes:
- Polskie Koleje Panstwowe and its subsidiary, PKP Cargo, in the $468 million initial public offering and listing on the Warsaw Stock Exchange of PKP Cargo.
- Polish Television Holding in its $401 million high yield PIK toggle notes offering to finance the redemption of outstanding high yield notes.
- TVN in the $565 million private placement of senior notes by TVN Finance Corporation, its finance subsidiary.
- Alior Bank in its $664 million initial public offering which included a secondary offering by Carlo Tassara of a part of its stake in Alior.
- Credit Suisse Securities (Europe) and Barclays Bank in the $313 million offering of euro-denominated senior secured notes by Ciech Group.
- The managers, including Credit Suisse, ING, J.P. Morgan and UniCredit in the second stage of the privatisation of Zespol Elektrowni Patnow-Adamow-Konin by way of a $212 million initial public offering and listing of shares on the Warsaw Stock Exchange, one of Poland's largest IPOs in 2012.
- PKO Bank Polski in the issuance by its subsidiary, PKO Finance, of $1 billion in senior ten-year bonds.
- PKO Bank Polski in the $907 million sale of 7.6% of its shares by the Polish Ministry of the State Treasury, by way of an accelerated bookbuilding to domestic and international institutional investors.
- Globe Trade Centre in its $125 million rights issue.
- Bank Zachodni WBK in its $1.5 billion merger with Kredyt Bank.
- Koleje Mazowieckie (Mazovian Railways) in the issuance of €100 million 6.750% Euronotes due 2016 to finance the purchase of new rolling stock and modernize the company's existing rolling stock.
- TVN in its €175 million high yield offering of fixed rate Senior Notes due 2018.
- The managers: Credit Suisse Securities (Europe); Morgan Stanley & Co. International; Deutsche Bank AG, London Branch; Goldman Sachs International; PKO Bank Polski and DM BOS in the largest IPO in Central and Eastern Europe through mid-year 2010, the $2.6 billion offering and listing on the Warsaw Stock Exchange of Powszechny Zaklad Ubezpieczen (PZU).
- PKO Bank Polski in a €3 billion programme for the issuance by Sweden's PKO Finance of loan participation notes to be admitted to trading on the Luxembourg Stock Exchange.
- ITI Group in connection with structuring the financing of the acquisition by TVN of Neovision Holding ('n' TV) from ITI Media Group through the issuance of €148 million in high yield notes and €40 million in promissory notes.
- The Polish Ministry of the State Treasury in its $382 million sale of 16% of the shares of ENEA in a secondary offering to domestic and international institutional investors.
- Bank Millennium in its $377 million rights issue to domestic and international investors and the listing of the newly issued shares on the Warsaw Stock Exchange.
- The underwriters: Goldman Sachs International, Citi, Deutsche Bank, UBS in CEDC Finance Corporation International's $380 million offer of its 9.125% Senior Secured Notes due 2016 and €380 million offer of its 8.875% Senior Secured Notes due 2016.
- Goldman Sachs International and UniCredit CAIB Poland in the initial public offering of PGE Polska Grupa Energetyczna S.A. This was the largest IPO in Europe in 2009.
For many years Anna Frankowska has been recognised by international legal rankings such as Chambers & Partners, The Legal 500, IFLR1000, PLC Which Lawyer?, Expert Guides and Best Lawyers, as well as local legal rankings of a leading Polish daily, Rzeczpospolita, and the Polish edition of Forbes, as one of the leading lawyers in Poland for equity and debt capital markets, M&A, corporate law, as well as banking and finance.
The prestigious legal ranking publication Chambers & Partners has ranked Anna for more than a decade as one of Poland’s finest specialists for equity and debt capital markets and M&A transactions. According to the most recent report, “Anna Frankowska has an active practice encompassing debt and equity transactions. Clients appreciate that ‘she speaks her mind and is very likeable.’”
Anna Frankowska has been voted by her peers Poland’s Best Lawyer for capital markets in the last four editions of the legal ranking prepared by Rzeczpospolita. The most recent edition recognises Anna Frankowska as the leader among the specialists in this area. Competitors praise Anna for her “experience and professionalism in adapting certain solutions applied on more advanced markets to the conditions of the Polish capital market.” Also, she has been repeatedly voted one of Poland’s Best Lawyers in the same ranking since 2007.
She is a member of the Advisory Board of the Strategic Litigation Program of the Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights.
Anna is fluent in English.