Polish capital market traditions go back to 1817, when the first state-organised exchange, the Warsaw Mercantile Exchange, was established in Warsaw.
The first trading took place in the Old Town Hall on 16 May 1817. In the first half of the 19th century mainly bills, debentures and bonds were traded, while share trading on a broader scale developed in the second half of that century.
In January 1873 the Warsaw Mercantile Exchange became the Warsaw Stock Exchange. During the 1870s there were already 16 listed companies. The Exchange constantly grew until the First World War. It was subject to the world crises of 1929, but recovered in the second half of the 1930s until the Second World War.
In 1938, there were 130 securities traded. The Exchange closed with the outbreak of the second World War. After 1945, trade on the Warsaw market was brought to a halt. Following the overthrow of Poland's former communist regime in 1989, the Warsaw Stock Exchange (GPW) was created as a joint-stock company on April 12, 1991 by the State Treasury.
The GPW began activity in its present form on 16 April 1991. On the first trading day only five stocks were listed, seven brokerages took part in the trading, and there were 112 buy and sell orders, with a turnover of only 1,990 złotys ($2,000).
Since 9 November 2010, GPW is a public company listed on the Warsaw Stock Exchange.
The index agent FTSE Russell reclassified Poland from Emerging Market to Developed Market status on 24 September 2018.
There are 460 listed companies (410 domestic, 50 foreign) whose total value (capitalisation) amounts to PLN 1,086,207.23 million (as of 30 August 2019).
The Warsaw Stock Exchange Group (GPW Group) operates trading platforms for shares, Treasury and corporate bonds, derivatives, electricity and gas, and provides indices and benchmarks including WIBOR and WIBID. The markets operated by the GPW Group are the largest in Central and Eastern Europe.
The Warsaw Stock Exchange is a member of the World Federation of Exchanges and the Federation of European Securities Exchanges.
Marek Dietlh (CEO)
Mr. Dietlh serves as CEO at Warsaw Stock Exchange since 2017. He also serves as its President of Management Board. He has been a financial advisor to Poland’s President Andrzej Duda, a mediator at the Court of Arbitration of the Polish Financial Supervision Authority (KNF) from 2008 to 2013 and a member of the Board of Economic Education at the National Bank of Poland.
Phone: +48 22 628 32 32
Fax: +48 22 628 17 54
Email: gpw [at] gpw.pl
Address: ul. Ksiazeca 4, 00-498 Warsaw, Poland
(Last updated 30/08/2019)