Poland 2016: Beyond the Headlines

Thursday, June 9, 2016 London


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A media digest would not paint a pretty picture of Poland at the moment, but beyond the headlines what is the real story? Poland has narrowly avoided another sovereign downgrading, this time by Moody’s Investor Services, but was unable to avoid having its future outlook changed from ‘stable’ to ‘negative.’

However, there is a clear disconnect between the media headlines and the reality of investing in Poland. Annual GDP growth is still at 3.3% and is set to increase to 3.9% by 2017, Poland ranks above Switzerland, France and the Netherlands in the 2016 Ease of Doing Business Index and Poland is now on the FTSE Country Classification Watch List to go from ‘Emerging’ to ‘Developed.’ The Government have grabbed headlines with new social programs and an uncharacteristically boisterous foreign policy, but Poland has enjoyed strong growth for 25 years since the end of communism and remains an attractive location for investors and business. Join us for the third instalment of the Poland Briefing series to examine:

 

  • How can Poland’s banking sector stay well capitalised, liquid and profitable, with stable credit growth?
  • What reforms are needed in Polish pension funds and how can the financial sector limit its risk and exposure?
  • Amid political uncertainty, how might Poland going over the 3% deficit threshold affect its EU fund absorption?
  • What impact could the proposed retail tax have on the retail sector, wider investments and the attractiveness of operating in Poland as a whole?
  • With a young and well educated population, how can investors make the most of Poland’s growing technology, innovation and start-up environment?
  • How can Poland effectively transition from a low value production economy to a more consumer and technology driven economy?
  • How can Poland look to continue leading the drive for nearshoring?

 

THE PANEL

  • Sarah Carlson, Senior Vice President, Sovereign Risk Group, Moody’s Investors Services
  • Piotr Gałązka, Director of Representation Office in Brussels, Polish Bank Association
  • Liam Halligan, Editor-at-large, bne IntelliNews
  • John-Paul Warszewski, Managing Director, Head of CEE, Nomura
  • Grzegorz Zieliński, Director for Poland, EBRD

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Agenda

08h00: Registration and breakfast

08h30: Debate begins

09h45: Debate concludes and Networking Coffee

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Speakers

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Sarah Carlson, Senior Vice President, Sovereign Risk Group, Moody's Investors Service

Sarah Carlson, Senior Vice President, Sovereign Risk Group, Moody’s Investors Service

Biography: Sarah is responsible for a portfolio of credits in Europe that includes France, Spain, Italy, Belgium, Poland, Slovenia, and Sweden. She is also one of the Sovereign Risk Group’s global spokespeople. She joined Moody’s in 2009 after completing a Sloan Fellowship at the London Business School.

Prior to this academic sabbatical, she spent seven years at the Financial Services Authority in London where she headed the regulator’s Risk Analysis area and acted as its chief macroeconomist. Before joining the FSA, she worked in Dun & Bradstreet’s Economic Analysis Group for six years, where she was the organisation’s Deputy Chief Economist.

She holds an MA in European Studies (with a concentration in Economics and Finance) from the Elliott School of International Affairs at the George Washington University and an AB with a double major in Government and History from Dartmouth College. She is a CFA Charterholder.

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Piotr Gałązka, Director of Representation Office in Brussels, Polish Bank Association

Piotr Gałązka, Director of Representation Office in Brussels, Polish Bank Association

Biography:
Piotr Gałązka is since June 2015 the Director of Representation Office of Polish Bank Association in Brussels. Since June 2013 he had been the Representative of Polish Bank Association at European Banking Federation. Attorney at law, graduate of the Faculty of Law and Administration at University of Warsaw. In 2010 – 2015 he was the Secretary of the Court of Conciliation (Arbitration) at Polish Bank Association in Warsaw.

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Liam Halligan, editor-at-large, bne IntelliNews

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Liam Halligan, editor-at-large, bne IntelliNews


Biography: Liam Halligan is an economist, columnist and broadcaster with extensive business experience. He has written his weekly Economics Agenda in The Sunday Telegraph since 2003 – which has been recognized with a British Press Award since 2003. Between 2007 and 2013, he was Chief Economist at Prosperity Capital Management.

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John-Paul Warszewski, Managing Director, Head of CEE, Nomura

John-Paul Warszewski, Managing Director, Head of CEE, Nomura

Biography: John-Paul Warszewski is a Managing Director and the Head of CEE, CIS & Turkey Investment Banking in Nomura. He has over 25 years of investment banking experience, including positions at Hambros and James Capel, 22 of which focused on advisory work in Emerging European Markets.

John-Paul has advised both governments and corporates on privatisations, acquisitions, mergers and equity listings, across all sectors. He has covered sectors as diverse as banking, insurance, automotive components, brewing, utilities and engineering. His transaction experience involves advisory to the Polish government & Ministry of Finance, Stock Spirits Group, CVC Capital Partners, First Reserve, PKN Orlen, Santander, Canon, Deposit Insurance Agency of Serbia, Delta Banka and Delta Osiguranje among others.

John-Paul holds a BSc in Engineering from Birmingham University, and is a member of Association of Taxation Technicians.

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Grzegorz Zieliński, Director for Poland, EBRD

Grzegorz Zieliński, Director for Poland, EBRD

Biography: Grzegorz Zieliński joined the EBRD in 1998 from Ernst&Young and became a banker in the Power, Energy & Utilities team in 2001. He has been responsible for the Bank’s activities in the power sector in Poland since 2006 and was promoted to Senior Banker in 2009. Mr Zieliński took over as EBRD Director for Poland in August 2014 and as head of the Bank’s Resident Office in Warsaw in September 2014. As Director, Poland, he oversees an office of 21 staff and activities throughout the country.

Mr Zieliński has a degree in Business/Economics from the University of Gdansk, Poland, and a post-graduate certificate in European Integration from the EC Research Institute. He is also a member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants.

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Polish City Club (PCC)

Polish City Club (PCC) is a members-only organisation for Polish professionals working in the higher echelons of London’s financial district.

The Club’s mission is to integrate the professionals interested in building a well connected and successful Polish diaspora in the UK, actively promote Poland, facilitate knowledge exchange among Polish professionals, politicians and international communities and increase interest of international business communities in Poland-related issues.

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Details of previous bne IntelliNews debates on Poland can be found below:


 

Tuesday 27th October, 2015 

“Poland’s Parliamentary Election: Tremor or Earthquake?”, debate at Cass Business School, London

Following a surprise victory in May’s Presidential election, Poland’s Law & Justice party looks set to take power after Parliamentary elections scheduled for Sunday 25th October.

Eurosceptic, and fiercely opposed to joining the single currency, what might such a change of government mean for Poland’s membership of the European Union? Would Law & Justice jeopardise Poland’s efforts at fiscal tightening? Or will the party’s return to government clear the way for the EU’s fastest-growing economy to become the economic powerhouse of Eastern Europe?

 

Panel:

  • Annabelle Chapman, Warsaw reporter, bne IntelliNews
  • Charles Crawford, Former British ambassador to Warsaw
  • Liam Halligan, Editor-at-Large, bne IntelliNews (moderator)
  • Prof. Jan Kubik, Director, UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies
  • Magdalena Polan, Senior European Economist and Executive Director at Goldman Sachs

 


 

Tuesday 5th May, 2015

“Poland: A Successful Transition?”, debate at the Covent Garden Hotel, London

With the Presidential election to be held on Sunday 10th May, and Poland playing a key role in the formulation of the West’s response to on-going tensions between Russia and Ukraine, this is set to be a topical and informative discussion on the political and economic future of this pivotal nation of 40 million people.

Read our post-debate analysis of the topics covered by the panelists, here.

 

Panel:

  • Katarzyna Boguslawska, Associate Solicitor at Saunders Law LLP
  • Charles Crawford, Former British ambassador to Warsaw
  • Liam Halligan, Editor-at-Large, bne IntelliNews
  • HE Witold Sobkow, the Polish Ambassador to London
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