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Jan Ledóchowski



Jan W. Ledóchowski -


Waterford School, Swaziland, "O" and "A" levels
Downing College, Cambridge, MA degree in Economics
Kingston University, England, MA degree in Film Making

SG Warburg in Poland (1991 – 97)

Coca Cola Amatil’s $ 237 m acquisition of Polish bottling operations
Daewoo’s $ 1.1 bn investment in the FSO car company in Warsaw
Advice to GE Capital, Electricite de France, Rothmans and Tate & Lyle
Polish Republic’s $ 250 m and DM 250 m eurobond issues (co-manager)
Bank Handlowy’s $ 100 m eurobond issue (co-manager)
KGHM’s privatisation and flotation -  independent advisers to the Board
Advice to Elwro computer company on search for strategic investor

S.G. Warburg in London (1975 - 91)

Barratt - rights issues, UK and US acquisitions
BHP - financings
Birmid Qualcast - defence against Blue Circle           
Camford Engineering - defence against Markheath
Century Oils - defence against Fuchs, Spanish acquisition
Dixons - contested take-over offer for Woolworths
Dufay Bitumastic - convertible loan stock issue
Grand Metropolitan - acquisition of Liggett, rights issue
Ocean T & T - contested take-over defence, rights issue 
Pifco - acquisition, rights issue
Reed  - US and Irish acquisitions, debenture buy-back, Elsevier merger
Sainsburys - Savacentre and US acquisitions, vendor placing
Steetley - take-over of Gibbons Dudley, defence against Hepworth Ceramic
Tate & Lyle - take-overs of Staley and Alcantara, vendor placing, rights issue
TBF Thompson - take-over of Charles Hurst (Northern Ireland)
Trust House Forte - contested take-over offer for Savoy,  rights issue
Western Mining - financings
General financial advice - quite a number of clients

Polish Investment Company, SICAV

Non-executive Director of this Luxembourg listed open-ended investment fund managed by Foreign & Colonial in London, 1996 - 2002 (wound up).

NatWest Investment Bank

Head of Emerging Markets at NatWest Markets Corporate Advisory, London, during the six months to December 1997 when NatWest closed or sold its international investment banking business.  Experience included India, Russia, Poland, Czech Republic, Hungary, Montenegro, Romania and Serbia.

NIF Fund Holdings

Director of Copernicus Asset Management Limited, fund manager of the US$43 million NIF Fund Holdings PCC Limited (“NIF Fund”), from 1998 to 2002.  Acquisitions through the Warsaw Stock Exchange of strategic stakes in three listed Polish investment funds, Magna Polonia, Octava and Piast .

Poligrafia S.A.

Supervisory Board member of this Polish listed company 1999 -  2000.

Cruising Association

Voluntary Treasurer, Mediterranean Section, since 2008.


Educated in English, fluent in Polish and French.
Few words of "restaurant" Afrikaans, German and Greek.

RYA Yachtmaster Offshore Certificate

Curriculum Vitae

Polish Mass Privatisation Programme

As a Director of the London merchant bank SG Warburg, Jan was lead adviser to four successive Privatisation Ministers on the privatisation of 520 companies, grouping them into 15 National Investment Funds (“NIFs”).  Shares in the NIFs were distributed by way of global programme share certificates to 25 million people (90% of the adult population) in 1996 and were listed in May 1997.  He advised on, inter alia, the design of the programme, the drafting and passage of the law through Parliament, the tender for fund managers, the appointment of Supervisory Boards to the NIFs, the allocation of companies to the NIFs, the distribution of certificates to the population and their listing on the Warsaw Stock Exchange.

Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken ("SEB")

Adviser to SEB on Poland: review of the banking sector, participation in auctions for several banks being privatised by the government, and selection of Bank Ochrony Środowiska S.A. (“BOŚ”) as an opportunity to invest without an auction.  Jan advised on acquiring a 27% stake from Kredyt Bank S.A. and increasing SEB’s total stake to over 47%.  He participated in all BOŚ Supervisory Board meetings as a Director or adviser to SEB.  He also advised on the sale of this stake to the National Environmental Fund (“NFOŚ”) in early 2006 after the election of the new Law and Justice Party ("PiS") government in Poland.

Poland Investment Fund PLC

Non-executive Director (2005 – 2006) of this fund which was subsequently renamed Euro Investment Fund PLC then Avid Holdings PLC and sold.

Magna Polonia

Vice Chairman, 1999 – 2003, of Magna Polonia National Investment Fund S.A., listed on the Warsaw Stock Exchange.

Worldwide Natural Resources Plc

Non-executive Director (2005 – 2006) of this fund which was subsequently sold.

Bank Ochrony Środowiska

Member of the Supervisory Board of this listed Polish Bank, June – December, 2001.

Allami Nyomda RT, Budapest

Non-executive Director of the leading Hungarian security printing company, 1999 – 2000.

TP&K Capital Partners

Director and shareholder (2005 - 2010), UK consulting firm specialising in Russian energy, mining and property projects.

Griffin Group plc

Non-executive Director (2007 to 2009) of this corporate finance and fundraising firm listed in London.

Coombe House Estate

Director, Treasurer and finally Chairman of Coombe House Estate Residents' Association Ltd ("CHERAL"), a UK residential company (2002 - 2017).

Medical Aid for Poland Fund

Honorary Treasurer (1982 – 1986 and 2010 - ) of this registered charity.

Ognisko Polskie

Vice Chairman of the London Polish Hearth Club (2018 - 2021) and member of the Executive Committee until he resgned in May 2021.  In February 2022 he was elected to the Club's Audit Committee.

Krzyż Oficerski Orderu Zasługi Rzeczypospolitej Polski

Officer's Cross of the Order of Service to Poland.  Awarded by Polish President Lech Kaczyński in 2009.

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