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Highlights for Clifford Chance’s ‘commercially-minded’ team included assisting pharmaceuticals distributor Neuca with its purchase of Intra. Practice head Agnieszka Janicka, who led on that matter with counsel Sławomir Czerwiński, also acted alongside counsel Tomasz Derda on Medcom’s sale of a minority stake to Melco. In another key mandate, of counsel Nick Fletcher and recently promoted partner Wojciech Polz are advising Warburg Pincus on acquiring a majority stake in Apteki Gemini.

At Greenberg Traurig Grzesiak sp. k., practice head Lejb Fogelman advised Alior Bank on its PLN1.5bn acquisition of Bank BPH’s core business. Daniel Kaczorowski, who joined from White & Case M. Studniarek i Wspólnicy – Kancelaria Prawna sp.k., and Jarosław Grzesiak are advising Cyfrowy Polsat and Polkomtel on the acquisition of Midas. Kaczorowski also assisted EcorNaturaSi with the PLN40m purchase of a controlling stake in Organic Farma Zdrowia. Radosław Gronet joined Globe Trade Centre as general counsel.

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Dudkowiak & Kopec Business Lawyers

Dudkowiak & Kopec has over 25 years of experience in providing legal assistance in commercial, corporate and M&A, which became the biggest practice of the Firm. We understand that our Clients expect us to comprehend both the law and their businesses. What the Clients actually need is our ability to make the best possible use of the legal expertise in order to apply it to the commercial context in which the Clients operate. What is more, we are fully aware of the other crucial matters: Client’s comprehension of the process, transparent on-going communication and tailored solutions. Owing to dynamic development of the Firm’s Clients, our Polish Lawyers were given the opportunity to expand their expertise in the field of mergers and acquisitions.

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Linklaters’ team of ‘committed lawyers’ is noted for its ‘superb service’, ‘tailored advice’ and ‘top-quality solutions in tough negotiations’. Daniel Cousens and counsel Marcin Schulz led a team advising PZU on the acquisition of Bank BPH by PZU-controlled Alior Bank from GE Capital. Practice head Tomasz Zorawski and managing associate Marta Błeszyńska are advising Eden Springs on the cross-border purchase of Nestlé Waters.

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP fields a strong transactional team that is highlighted for its cross-border experience. Practice head Paweł Rymarz assisted PZU with the PLN1.6bn acquisition of a 25% stake in Alior Bank, and Paweł Zdort handled Bridgepoint’s PLN1.1bn acquisition of shares in the Smyk Group. Rymarz and Łukasz Gasiński advised General Electric on the sale of Bank BPH to Alior Bank. Bank Zachodni WBK and PKP Cargo are also clients. Marcin Chyliński, Rafał Zwierz and Piotr Tomaszewski are other names to note.

Marcin Studniarek heads White & Case M. Studniarek i Wspólnicy – Kancelaria Prawna sp.k.’s practice. Aneta Hajska and Piotr Szelenbaum were part of a team advising United Internet and its subsidiary on the €150m acquisition of home.pl. Other highlights included assisting coal mining company Jastrzębska Spółka Węglowa and its subsidiary Spółka Energetyczna Jastrzębie with the PLN190m sale of shares in Przedsiębiorstwo Energetyki Cieplnej.

Allen & Overy, A. Pedzich sp. k.’s team strikes ‘a good balance between legal competence and a business-focused approach’. Jarosław Iwanicki is advising Aegon on acquiring Nordea’s Polish pension business. The team also handled Banca Farmafactoring’s PLN430m public tender offer for Magellan. Senior associate Anna Osińska is ‘very proactive and professional’. Jacek Michalski retired.

Marcin Gmaj and Tomasz Krzyżowski jointly head the M&A practice at Baker & McKenzie Krzyzowski i Wspólnicy Spólka Komandytowa. Krzyżowski assisted Sigvaris with its €10m public takeover of Pani Teresa Medica and handled Pelican Ventures’ PLN140m sale of Eko Holding to Eurocash. Falck Group, Hitachi, Mitsui-Soko, Amundi and Leggett & Platt are new client wins. Weronika Achramowicz leads the corporate and commercial team.

CMSDariusz Greszta assisted China Everbright International with the €123m acquisition of Novago. Marek Sawicki and Jakub Marcinkowski advised the Riverside Company on the cross-border purchase of a majority interest in Fadata. Clients also include CVC Capital Partners, Amica Wronki and Apator. Ireneusz Piecuch joined the firm from Poczta Polska.

At Dentons, practice head Piotr Dulewicz advised Dr Gerard on is acquisition of Artur from Grupa Mieszko, and acted alongside Paweł Grabowski and senior associate Michał Wasiak on IK Investment’s public tender process to acquire Ferro. Other highlights for the team included assisting Canal+ with its sale of a controlling stake in TVN to Scripps Networks.

Domanski Zakrzewski Palinka’s ‘professional and service-minded’ team includes Krzysztof Zakrzewski and Andrzej Fołtyn, who are assisting the Carlyle Group with its acquisition of carpet manufacturer Fabryka Dywanów Agnella. In another highlight, Robert Niczyporuk and Piotr Andrzejczak advised the majority shareholders of Sequoia on the sale of a minority stake to Maspex Wadowice Group. Bartosz Marcinkowski is also recommended.

K&L Gates LLP’s team of ‘effective M&A negotiators and deal-closers’, led by practice head Władek Rzycki, was strengthened by the arrival of counsel Michał Petz from White & Case M. Studniarek i Wspólnicy – Kancelaria Prawna sp.k.. Andrzej Mikosz is also recommended. Clients include Nordea Bank, PGE, Grupa Kapitalowa Immobile, PKN Orlen and Bank Pekao. Dominika Mizielińska joined PATH Augustyniak, Hatylak i Wspólnicy Sp.k. as a partner in January 2017.

Norton Rose Fulbright’s Paweł Bajno led a team advising Abris Capital Partners on a €123m share disposal of Novago to China Everbright and assisted Innova Capital with the sale of Expander Advisors to Aviva Towarzystwo Ubezpieczeń na Życie. In another highlight, Piotr Strawa assisted Energizer with its sale to a third-party provider and with an outsourcing agreement.

Soltysinski Kawecki & Szlezak advised Eurocash on acquiring Polska Dystrybucja Alkoholi and assisted Orbico with purchasing Optimum Distribution from Empik Media & Fashion. Robert Gawałkiewicz and Marcin Olechowski are the key contacts. Paweł Moskwa and Jan Jarmul joined Deloitte Legal, Pasternak, Korba i Wspólnicy Kancelaria Prawnicza sp. k..

At Gide Loyrette Nouel, practice head Dariusz Tokarczuk led a team advising Orpea Group on its acquisition of Medi-System. In another highlight, the team advised Auchan on the post-acquisition reorganisation of the Real network.

Hogan Lovells (Warszawa) LLP’s group has ‘excellent knowledge of regulatory frameworks’. Beata Balas-Noszczyk led a team assisting Nordea with the PLN6.5bn disposal of its Polish open-ended pension fund to Aegon. Clients also include Alstom, TMF Group and Nationale-Nederlanden Group. Marek Wroniak heads the practice.

At Noerr, Arkadiusz Rumiński (who is ‘efficient in managing complex matters and resolving complicated situations’) led a team advising Foodpanda on several cross-border acquisitions and disposals, including the sale of several food delivery service companies to Just Eat. Other clients include Weir Group, Daimler, Lone Star and Claas. Jakub Lerner joined from CMS, while Witold Daniłowicz, Radosław Biedecki and Ludomir Biedecki joined following the firm’s acquisition of DJBW.

Agnieszka Wiercińska-Krużewska and Jakub Jędrzejak at WKB Wiercinski, Kwiecinski, Baehr are noted for their ‘strong transactional and negotiation experience’. Jędrzejak and Ben Davey assisted British American Tobacco with its acquisition of the Chic Group. Andrzej Wierciński is another name to note.

Wardynski & Partners’ team is noted for its ‘understanding of the commercial and cultural aspects of cross-border transactions’. Izabela Zielińska-Barłożek assisted Abris Capital Partners with acquiring GetBack and advised Cranemere on its acquisition of shares in Marmite. Paweł Ciećwierz, Krzysztof Libiszewski and Anna Dąbrowska are also key names.

DLA Piper Wiater sp.k. acts for clients including Agencja Rozwoju Przemysłu, Israel Chemicals and GoDaddy. Managing partner Krzysztof Wiater advised government agency Agencja Rozwoju Przemysłu on its PLN770m acquisition of Przewozy Regionalne. Marta Frąckowiak is the practice head.

At FKA Furtek Komosa Aleksandrowicz, Tadeusz Komosa assisted Viking Malt with its purchase of Danish Malting Group from Carlsberg, and Edyta Jusiel, who is ‘a very competent transactional lawyer’ and ‘has all matters under tight control’, advised mBank on divesting Call Center Poland to CCIG Group.

At Gessel Attorneys at Law, Marcin Macieszczak advised Apteki Gemini on a share disposal to Warburg Pincus and assisted Lux Med with its acquisition of an 80% stake in Magodent. Maciej Kożuchowski is handling several sale and purchase transactions for Highlander Partners.

Kochanski Zieba & Partners acts for clients including Mitsubishi Electric, Griffin and Ikea. ‘Outstanding’ practice heads Rafał Rapala and Paweł Cholewiński provide ‘well-thought out strategies’.

Key figures at Krassowski include practice head Bartosz Krassowski, who is ‘a very good negotiator’, and Andrzej Chrzanowski, who is ‘focused on the detail while retaining a wider perspective’. The group assisted American Heart of Poland with its acquisition of ProCardia. Lux Med is another client.

Andrzej Tokaj heads the practice at Magnusson – Kancelaria Prawnicza, which includes Artur Swirtun, who is assisting Coty with the Polish aspects of its acquisition of Procter & Gamble’s fine fragrances, salon professional, cosmetics and retail hair colour businesses. Daniel Klementewicz joined from Wolf Theiss. Tomasz Rysiak made partner.

At Prof. Marek Wierzbowski and Partners Advocates and Legal Counsellors, Sławomir Jakszuk assisted PKN Orlen with its PLN85m disposal of shares in Orlen Transport to Trans Polonia. New client wins include Dom Kredytowy Notus, BGK Nieruchomości and Fabryka Formy. Marek Wierzbowski heads the practice.

Schoenherr Poland’s team is ‘outstanding, dependable and capable’. Clients include Mann+Hummel, Grupa Wirtualna Polska and Data Contact. Katarzyna Terlecka provides ‘creative and sharp advice’ and Paweł Halwa has ‘strong M&A expertise’ and is a ‘precise problem-solver’.

Wierzbowski Eversheds Sutherland’ team is adept at handling mid-market transactions. Practice head Ewa Szlachetka assisted Jeppesen with the disposal of assets to Digital Marine Solutions and acted alongside of counsel Krzysztof Feluch for Parker Hannifin on its acquisition of Jäger Automobil-Technik and Jäger Automobil Polska.

At BSWW Legal & Tax, Giuseppe La Rosa and managing partner Jacek Bieniak assisted Cartotecnica Goldprint with setting up a company in Poland. Marta Kosiedowska advised GS Investments on a €2.7m share sale by the majority shareholder of an affiliated company. Marek Wojnar is also recommended.

At Chajec, Don-Siemion & Zyto Legal Advisors, Andrzej Chajec is advising Emilia Nieruchomosci on the transfer of shares from the State Treasury to eligible employees and an external investor. Szymon Skiendzielewski led the advice to CP Retail on its joint venture concerning a shopping centre in Swarzedz. Jolanta Okoniecka is also recommended.

At Deloitte Legal, Pasternak, Korba i Wspólnicy Kancelaria Prawnicza sp. k., practice head Robert Pasternak acted for SMT on the €40m sale of SMT Software Services and Nilaya to Enterprise Investors. MCI Capital and Penta Investments are new clients. Paweł Moskwa and Jan Jarmul joined from Soltysinski Kawecki & Szlezak.

Led by the ‘business-minded’ Daniel Jastrun, Maruta Wachta sp. j.’s team has notable expertise advising technology companies on corporate matters and M&A. DaftCode, Tetra Pak and Librus are clients.

Highlights for Radzikowski, Szubielska i Wspólnicy sp.k. included assisting Mondi with purchasing Simet and advising Arka BZ WBK Property Market Fund on the sale of a property portfolio. Other clients include FSO, Grupa Lotos, ITI Group and Multimedia Polska. Agnieszka Piasecka made partner. Managing partner Włodzimierz Radzikowski leads the group.

SSW Spaczynski Szczepaniak i Wspólnicy’s team is led by Wojciech Szczepaniak. Highlights included advising Dirlango Trading & Investments on its acquisition of a 70% stake in Netsprint.

Squire Patton Boggs Swiecicki Krzesniak sp. k. advised Public Consulting Group on acquiring Librus from Oresa Ventures. Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Invenergy and T-Mobile Polska are also clients. Marcin Wnukowski is the practice head.

Taylor Wessing LLP’s expertise includes handling multi-jurisdictional due diligence and advising on cross-border corporate transactions in the CEE region. Zitec Gruppe is a client. Olav Nemling heads the practice.

Wiewiórski Legal’s group has ‘deep technical knowledge and a focus on business needs’. Marek Wiewiórski and the ‘very professional and goal-orientedAgnieszka Woldan-Waleczek are the key contacts. Highlights included assisting Freightex with establishing its Polish branch.

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