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    • Przemysław Drapała - Jara Drapała & Partners
    • Lidia Dziurzynska-Leipert - CMS

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CMS’ ‘professional, responsive and detail-devoted’ team assists clients at every stage of construction projects, from implementation to post-completion dispute resolution. It is acting for the general contractor on the construction of Nowa Łódź Fabryczna train station. ‘Outstanding’ practice head Lidia Dziurzynska-Leipert ‘sets an example and knows clients’ business objectives’. Counsel Michał Bork is also recommended.

At Clifford Chance, Daniel Kopania is advising Polskie LNG on the €700m construction of the first LNG Terminal in Świnoujscie. The group assists developers as well as contractors with projects in the infrastructure and energy sectors. Office developments are also a popular source of instructions. Bartosz Krużewski is recommended for contentious work.

Dentons’ ‘business-focused and technically able’ group maintains a diverse client base, spanning contractors, subcontractors, developers, and public agencies. The team is acting for the consortium of Saipem, Techint and PBG in a dispute with Polskie LNG. It also advised Apsys on contractual matters for the construction of Posnania shopping centre. Counsel Piotr Staniszewski heads the transactional practice, while counsel Agnieszka Wojciechowska manages disputes.

The ‘skilled lawyers and top-drawer litigators’ at Jara Drapała & Partners craft ‘made-to-measure solutions’, particularly in high-stakes litigation and complex energy and infrastructure projects. Andrzej Sokołowski is ‘an expert examiner’; ‘recognised authority’ Przemysław Drapała has ‘decades of experience’.

White & Case M. Studniarek i Wspólnicy - Kancelaria Prawna sp.k.’s team handles large-scale infrastructure litigation and arbitration as well as assisting clients with project financing and public procurement matters. Paweł Samborski handled a delay claim for PKP PLK, pertaining to the reconstruction of Siedlce-Terespol railway line. Michał Subocz, Michał Matera and Michał Zieniewski are also recommended.

Domanski Zakrzewski Palinka’s team delivers ‘extraordinary legal service, informed by its broad knowledge of the market’, to clients such as Astaldi and Budimex. ‘Knowledgeable’ practice head Tomasz Darowski and senior associate Jerzy Sawicki, who is ‘really engaged and responsive to clients’ needs’, are key contacts.

Disputes mandates dominate K&L Gates LLP’s workload. Highlights included representing several contractors in proceedings against the State Treasury and acting for PGE EJ1 in a claim against the WorleyParsons consortium pertaining to planning improprieties on its nuclear power plant project. Maciej Jamka, Rafał Morek and Joanna Łagowska are key contacts.

Linklaters’ team handles a range of hospitality, office, retail and infrastructure projects for developers and investors. The group acted for Narodowe Centrum Sportu-Rozliczenia in settlement negotiations pertaining to the construction of the National Stadium in Warsaw. Artur Kulawski heads the practice.

The ‘highly qualified and experienced’ lawyers at WKB Wiercinski, Kwiecinski, Baehr’s group combine ‘high-level service, business acumen and expert industry knowledge’. Instructions include infrastructure PPP projects. Counsels Anna Flaga-Martynek and Marta Midloch lead the practice.

The work of act BSWW’s team ranges from managing energy sector EPC contracts to advising on residential and hospitality developments. Marek Wojnar, Michał Wielhorski and Jacek Bieniak are key contacts.

The lawyers at Andrzej Lulka i Wspólnicy Kancelaria Prawna sp.k.’s team combine ‘superb legal and organisational skills with responsive service and strong business acumen’. Andrzej Lulka ‘provides invariably punctual advice on high-end transactions, even under time pressure’.

Highlights for the team at Baker & McKenzie Krzyżowski i Wspólnicy Spółka Komandytowa included advising Oriflame Cosmetics Global on the redevelopment of its factory. Małgorzata Pietrzak-Paciorek and Joanna Wojnarowska are the names to note.

Krzysztof Kycia is a key contact at DLA Piper Giziński Kycia sp.k.’s ‘business-oriented and responsive’ team, which ‘understands the technical and commercial aspects of mandates’. Porr Polska Infrastructure is a client.

Rafał Frok and Jacek Kowalski are the key contacts at JLSW Janaszczyk Lis & Wspólnicy. The group assists developers as well as contractors with development projects and is handling post-construction matters for Wielkopolskie Centrum Wspierania Inwestycji.

Magnusson - Kancelaria Prawnicza’s Przemysław Kastyak is advising Immobel on the CBD One development and the restoration of the Cedet office building. Andrzej Tokaj heads the group. Rida Development is also a client.

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