JP Weber opens new office in Warsaw and hires tax director

20 March 2019

Polish M&A consultancy JP Weber has hired a new Tax Director in its recently opened Warsaw office. Tomasz Bartoszek joined from professional services firm EY.

At JP Weber, Bartoszek has been made responsible for managing the Tax Advisory Department. He brings around ten years of experience to the firm, having spent nine years with EY. At the Big Four giant, Bartoszek supported numerous cross-border transactions and restructuring projects, for deals conducted by corporate clients and private equity funds. He was also responsible for coordinating and performing due diligence processes, both on the buyer's and seller's side, and provided transaction support.

Bartoszek further developed tax strategies for businesses, including tax optimisation for international entities operating in Poland. “We are happy that Tomasz has joined us,” said Grzegorz Piechowiak, Managing Partner at JP Weber. “He has comprehensive experience in tax and we are convinced that he will add great value to our current and future projects.”JP Weber opens new office in Warsaw and hires tax directorFounded in 2001, JP Weber is one of Poland’s larger home-grown firms specialised in M&A, transaction advisory and restructuring. Last year the consulting firm, among others, acted as a transaction advisor to Wielton (Poland’s largest manufacturer of semi-trailers, trailers and vehicle bodies) and Polmer (a Polish manufacturer of injection moulded components) during their sale to a UK and Dutch company respectively. 

“I am very pleased to join JP Weber's team and contribute to the company's further enhancement, offering my knowledge and involvement,” said Bartoszek. In his role, he will work closely with other teams at the firm, including transaction advisory, mergers & acquisitions and restructuring.

For cross-border deals and engagements, Bartoszek will liaise with colleagues from Eight International, a global network of firms providing M&A, transactions, restructuring and transformation services of which JP Weber is a founding father.

Warsaw office

The appointment comes two months after the consultancy moved into a new office in Warsaw, located on the fifth floor of the Park Avenue office building (Wspólna 70). The new hub was needed to accommodate the firm’s growth, as well as enable its ambitious plans for 2019 and beyond in Poland’s capital city. “Our office in Warsaw is a modern, functional and comfortable space conducive to both teamwork and individual work. It is a well-connected office located in the business centre of the city, allowing us to better meet the expectations of our employees and customers.”

Meanwhile in Poland’s M&A landscape, Bain & Company, BCG, DeloitteEY and PwC were recently lauded for their M&A services to the private equity industry.

Rik de Weerd joins Product League as Chief Digital Transformation

19 April 2019

Product League, a digital transformation agency dedicated to the OutSystems platform, has brought Rik de Weerd on board as Chief Digital Transformation.

Based in the Netherlands, Product League is a rapidly growing digital product specialist. The firm helps clients – including the likes of beer brewer Heineken and grocery players Albert Heijn and Coop – build systems, applications and products by combining a rapid application development approach with an agile way of working. To this end, Product League is dedicated to the low-code platform of OutSystems. 

Against a backdrop of a growing need to transform core legacy systems, as organisations embrace emerging technologies to bolster competitiveness and (digitally) navigate change, low-code is seeing a booming uptake by organisations of all sizes. According to one estimate, by a US analyst firm, the market for low code development is set to double in size from its current value of $1.6 billion roughly every two years during the period until 2025. Alongside peers such as Appian and Mendix, OutSystems is at the forefront of the low-code industry.

According to Rik de Weerd, Product League is uniquely positioned to tap into the growing market for OutSystems services, leveraging its specialist and multidisciplinary approach to help clients “deliver winning products”. He elaborated, “there are many good players in the OutSystems market which deliver excellent technical work. Product League goes beyond this, and additionally brings a focus on the strategic level. The firm is not only a strategic partner with the right toolset, but also brings the determination to take clients wherever they need to go.”

Rik de Weerd joins Product League as Chief Digital Transformation

The Dutchman brings a wealth of experience to Product League, as well as a reputation as one of the Benelux’s OutSystems thought leaders in the low-code industry. Before joining the digital consultancy, he worked for OutSystems from their Benelux office as Lead Solution Architect for Northern Europe. During his tenure, he has led a large number of digital transformation projects and has been responsible for resolving complex business and IT issues. Earlier in his career he held several IT consulting and project management roles. 

Asked about his move from OutSystems to Product League, De Weerd commented: “After five years of evangelising low-code, drawing up countless solutions across Northern Europe and battling 'old habits and short-term thinking’, now it’s time to put my money where my mouth is. I had the privilege to be presented with several new business cases every week in different branches and help blueprint the road to value in all of them. Now I’m eager to take that to the next level and drive the programmes that actually transform corporations into the digital age.”

“Low-code has crossed the chasm, the technology is now here to stay. Searching for new, more effective ways of catalysing their digital transformation, leading companies are realising this. Driving digital transformation as a core competency of Product League is now my mission and I believe it will be an excellent fit.” 

He further pointed at Product League’s ability to provide an end-to-end service, “With a team of product owners, business analysts, UX/UI designers and OutSystems developers, Product League can offer clients the full digital experience. But technology can only take you so far – without the right people, the right mindset and the power to execute, IT stays hypothetical. I believe I’ve found all three in Product League.”