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The practice at CMS is headed by ‘leading upstream lawyerTomasz Minkiewicz; he is acting for PDH Polska on the PLN2bn construction of a gas handling and storage terminal. Iga Lis advised KGHM Polska Miedź on the extension of a copper smelting works. Piotr Ciołkowski, Andrzej Błach and Ireneusz Piecuch are noted. Since publication Karolina Siedlik left the firm.

Dentons’ team is noted for it ‘deep industry knowledge’ and strength in regulatory matters. Practice head Arkadiusz Krasnodębski is advising MDI Energia on its acquisition of Skystone. Head of environmental protection Ewa Rutkowska-Subocz and Aldona Kowalczyk are also recommended. Tomasz Janas was promoted to partner.

Norton Rose Fulbright’s team acts for clients such as Tauron, PGNiG, Polenergia and PGE. Highlights included advising Fortum on the €100m public takeover of Duon and assisting Alior Bank with the financing of a wind farm project for Vortex and Max Bögl. Since publication, Rafał Hajduk joined Domanski Zakrzewski Palinka.

Highlights for Radzikowski, Szubielska i Wspólnicy sp.k.’s practice included acting for PGE on three wind farm projects and providing regulatory advice to Polskie Stowarzyszenie Energetyki Wiatrowej. RWE Group and Tauron Polska Energia are also clients. Igor Muszyński, Joanna Nowak-Paradowska and Przemysław Kałek are noted.

At Allen & Overy, A. Pedzich sp. k., Tomasz Kawczyński is assisting Grupa Azoty with the contractual aspects of the construction of a petrochemicals plant. Dan Cocker advised KfW Ipex-Bank and the EBRD on the financing of a wind farm project in Montenegro. Engie, Enel Trade and Enea are also clients. Counsel Kamil Jankielewicz is also noted.

Baker & McKenzie Krzyzowski i Wspólnicy Spólka Komandytowa’s practice is headed by senior associate Michał Piekarski; he advised Polenergia Group in negotiations with state-owned transmission opearator PSE for a contract to restore the national electricity grid in the event of a blackout. Energa and Wento are also clients. Marcin Gmaj is another name to note.

At Domanski Zakrzewski Palinka, Paweł Grzejszczak is advising PGE EJ 1 on the first Polish nuclear energy project and provided contractual advice to PGNiG Termika on the construction of a biomass unit at Siekierki power plant. Other highlights included advising PGNiG on the planned detariffication of gas prices in Poland. Bartosz Marcinkowski is also recommended. Rafał Hajduk joined the practice from Norton Rose Fulbright in April 2017.

At K&L Gates LLP, practice head Karol Lasocki advised GEO Renewables on the construction of the 51.2MW Lubartow wind farm. Statkraft, Nordex and Iglotex are new client wins. Of counsel Tomasz Dobrowolski and counsel Oskar Waluśkiewicz are other names to note.

Squire Patton Boggs Swiecicki Krzesniak sp. k. gained China CEE Fund as a new client and also acts for Taiga Mistral and Invenergy. Senior associate Igor Hanas advised Nalco European on spinning off its Polish energy business and handled its subsequent sale to Remak-Rozruch. Eligiusz Krześniak is highly regarded.

WKB Wiercinski, Kwiecinski, Baehr’s team ‘provides creative solutions based on a comprehensive understanding of the law’. In addition to providing regulatory and compliance advice to PSE, managing partner Jerzy Baehr acted alongside Maciej Szambelańczyk for PTPiREE on several smart grid public procurement projects. Aleksander Stawicki and Jakub Pokrzywniak are also noted.

At Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, counsel Marek Durski acted for PKP on the PLN1.5bn sale of its subsidiary PKP Energetyka and acted for Elektrownia Puławy on the proposed PLN1.3bn construction of a 400MW combined cycle power plant. Associate Łukasz Szatkowski is advising GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy on its participation in the Polish nuclear power programme. Roman Rewald retired.

White & Case M. Studniarek i Wspólnicy – Kancelaria Prawna sp.k.’s practice is headed by Tomasz Chmal and the ‘pragmatic and responsive’ Michał Zieniewski. The team advised a group of lenders on the PLN1.4bn financing of the construction of a combined cycle gas turbine unit in Stalowa Wola. Clients also include Węglokoks and Kompania Węglowa.

Led by counsel Paweł Puacz, Clifford Chance’s team attracts praise for its ‘results-oriented approach’. Highlights included assisting Katowicki Holding Węglowy with the sale of Zakłady Energetyki Cieplnej to DK Energy Polska. Counsel Marcin Bejm leads the infrastructure team.

At DLA Piper Wiater sp.k., practice head Jacek Giziński assisted EDP Renewables with the PLN800m sale of a 49% stake in a portfolio of wind energy assets to Ace Poland. Krzysztof Kycia handles energy litigation.

Piotr Sadownik leads Gide Loyrette Nouel’s practice and is supported by counsel Konrad Kosicki. Highlights included advising PGE on regulatory and compliance matters and assisting Vitol with its electricity and natural gas activities in Poland.

Recent highlights for Greenberg Traurig Grzesiak sp. k.’s team include providing transactional support to petroleum corporations and reviewing supply contracts for energy distributors. Practice head Andrzej Wysokiński and Rafał Baranowski are they key names. PKN Orlen and Grupa Lotos are clients.

Linklaters’ projects practice is headed by managing associate Patryk Figiel and includes managing associate Agnieszka Koniewicz and corporate partner Tomasz Zorawski. Clients include Marguerite Fund and Nordex.

At SSW Spaczynski Szczepaniak i Wspólnicy, Piotr Spaczyński, counsel Dominik Strzałkowski and Anna Piotrowska successfully represented Amarante Investments in concession proceedings arising from a legislative amendment to geological and mining law. Other highlights included assisting PAK Górnictwo with a $1bn lignite exploration project.

GWW’s team assisted Energia dla firm with a performance audit of its electricity and gas sales operations. Wacław Knopkiewicz and of counsel Dariusz Turek are the key contacts.

Magnusson – Kancelaria Prawnicza has a specialist renewable energy focus, as illustrated by Bartosz Dębski’s advice to Hedeselskabet on the day-to-day operation of its biogas power plants. Other key figures include practice head Magdalena Mitas and Artur Swirtun.

SMM Legal’s team advises major energy distributors on a range of contractual, regulatory and transactional matters. Senior associate Paweł Łącki heads the practice.

At Soltysinski Kawecki & Szlezak, practice head Krzysztof Cichocki represented Enea Wytwarzanie in several regulatory disputes with the Energy Regulatory Authority.

At Wierzbowski Eversheds Sutherland, Łukasz Jankowski is assisting Immofinanz with setting up an electricity company. Other clients include Fleetcor and Shell Polska. Krzysztof Wierzbowski is also noted.

Highlights for the team at Wolf Theiss included assisting Enertrag with several wind farm projects with a combined capacity of 1,000MW. Ron Given heads the practice. Siegfried Seewald joined URBANEK i Wspólnicy Sp. k..

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