BNP Paribas

BNP Paribas is a leading bank in Europe with an international reach. It has a presence in 71 countries, with approximately 199,000 employees, of which more than 151,000 in Europe. The Group has key positions in its three main activities: Domestic Markets and International Financial Services (whose retail-banking networks and financial services are covered by Retail Banking & Services) and Corporate & Institutional Banking, which serves two client franchises: corporate clients and institutional investors. The Group helps all its clients (individuals, community associations, entrepreneurs, SMEs, corporates and institutional clients) to realise their projects through solutions spanning financing, investment, savings and protection insurance.

In Europe, the Group has four domestic markets (Belgium, France, Italy and Luxembourg) and BNP Paribas Personal Finance is the European leader in consumer lending.

BNP Paribas is rolling out its integrated retail-banking model in Mediterranean countries, in Turkey, in Eastern Europe and a large network in the western part of the United States. In its Corporate & Institutional Banking and International Financial Services activities, BNP Paribas also enjoys top positions in Europe, a strong presence in the Americas as well as a solid and fast-growing business in Asia-Pacific.

BNP Paribas was announced as the winner of Central & Eastern Europe M&A Financial Advisor of the Year 2020 in Mergermarket's European M&A Awards.

The bank, which last won the prize in 2018, broke back into the top rankings after falling back in the previous year, adivising on 7 deals worth €9.4bn.

BNP Paribas acted for E.ON in the sale of Innogy assets in the CEE region, in a transformational deal for Europe's energy sector. An extensive network of potential buyers was called upon to generate interest in the bidding process, run in order to fulfil remedies set by the European Commission.

Other deal highlights included the landmark transaction in the Polish telecoms market, the acquisition by Vectra for Multimedia Polska; and the voluntary takeover of METRO AG by EP Global Commerce. 


Piotr Mietkowski
Piotr Mietkowski Managing Director – Head of Investment Banking CEE, CIS, Greece & Turkey BNP Paribas
Arnaud Jossien
Arnaud Jossien Managing Director – Investment Banking CEE, CIS, Greece & Turkey BNP Paribas
Giaime Porcu Press Relations Officer BNP Paribas


Panel: Evolution of debt financing

A shift away from bank loans towards private equity and private debt funds, as well as international financiers and FinTechs, has added complexity to the financing process in. Direct lending is no longer about fringe players raising funds on the promise of yield. Although, competition has increased resulting in deterioration of documentation and tighter returns, but investors remain optimistic about direct lending’s growth. This panel will discuss:

  • What opportunities are there for sponsor-less lending for mid-cap companies?
  • How has documentation deteriorated with increased competition?
  • What returns are direct lending for private equity and private debt funds yielding?
  • How are banks responding to competition with covenant-light and covenant loose documentation?
  • Which sectors are LPs optimistic about given the senior secured nature and, so far, low default rates of direct lending?
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    Przemek Glebocki Co-Managing Partner, Mezzanine Management
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    Jacek Chwedoruk Managing Director, Head of Poland and Co-Head of CEE, Rothschild & Co
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    Łukasz Pobudejski Head of Structured Finance, BNP Paribas Bank Polska