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Baker & McKenzie Krzyzowski i Wspólnicy Spólka Komandytowa’s practice head Tomasz Krzyżowski led a team advising PineBridge New Europe Partners on the PLN362m acquisition of Małpka from Czerwona Torebka. Other clients include Corinthian Capital Group, Ambienta and Nabbe Investments.

Dariusz Greszta and Marek Sawicki jointly head the ‘effective and efficient’ practice at CMS. Highlights included advising China Everbright International on the €123m acquisition of Novago and assisting the Riverside Company with purchasing a majority interest in Fadata. Jakub Marcinkowski is also recommended.

Clifford Chance’s ‘very dedicated team’ includes counsels Jarosław Lorenc, Marcin Bartnicki and Wojciech Polz. The group advised Warburg Pincus on the private sale of its 37.5% stake in AmRest. CVC Capital Partners, Montagu Private Equity and EQT Partners are also clients.

Greenberg Traurig Grzesiak sp. k. advised Innova Capital on the acquisition of a 75% stake in Centrum Rozliczeń Elektronicznych Polskie ePłatności from OPTeam. Pfleiderer Grajewo and Penta Investments are also clients. Lejb Fogelman and Jarosław Grzesiak jointly head the practice.

Norton Rose Fulbright advises private equity funds on buy-out, restructuring and exit transactions across a range of sectors. Practice head Paweł Bajno advised Innova Capital on the sale of Expander Advisors to Aviva Towarzystwo Ubezpieczeń na Życie. Senior associate Jan Grochowicz is also recommended.

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP’s team advised Echo Investment on the PLN1.6bn sale of 75% of the shares in Echo Prime Properties to Redefine Properties. Paweł Zdort led a team advising Bridgepoint on the PLN1.1bn acquisition of shares in the Smyk Group. Piotr Tomaszewski is another name to note.

At Dentons, practice head Piotr Dulewicz acted alongside Paweł Grabowski for IK Investment Partners on the sale of part of the Agros Nova Group to Maspex. Other highlights included assisting Syntaxis Capital with purchasing shares in Loconi Indermodal.

Linklaters’ team ‘takes ownership of the situation’. Daniel Cousens, who is ‘extremely reliable, sharp and creative’, and Tomasz Zorawski are the key names.

Noerr’s practice, which is led by Arkadiusz Rumiński and Jakub Lerner, handles local and cross-border transactions. Highlights included acting for Rocket Internet on the sale of Foodpanda’s foreign subsidiaries to Just Eat and handling H2 Equity Partners’ acquisition of Brink Group.

Andrzej Wiercinski and Jakub Jedrzejak lead WKB Wiercinski, Kwiecinski, Baehr’s practice, which advised Avallon on the sale of a majority stake in Organic Farms Zdrowia.

At Wardynski & Partners, Izabela Zielińska-Barłożek advised Abris Capital Partners on purchasing GetBack and, along with Anna Dąbrowska, assisted the Cranemere Group with the acquisition of Marmite. Paweł Ciećwierz is another key name.

At Gessel Attorneys at Law, Marcin Macieszczak advised Apteki Gemini on the sale of the group’s shares to Warburg Pincus. Maciej Kożuchowski assisted Resource Partners with the majority buyout of shares from employees of Golpasz. Avallon, Argus Capital Partners and Krokus Private Equity are clients.

At Gide Loyrette Nouel, Paweł Grześkowiak and associate Marta Karmińska advised Protos Venture Capital on the sale of Allani to Domodi. Dariusz Tokarczuk led advice to Orpea on acquiring Medi-System from Highlander Partners and Nile.

JSLegal – Jankowski, Stroinski & Partners’s team is praised for its ‘good business acumen and strong technical advice tempered by pragmatism’. Agnieszka Hajos-Iwańska is ‘creative under pressure’. Rafał Stroiński heads the practice.

K&L Gates LLP’s team is ‘always prepared to go the extra mile’. Clients include Pitango Venture Capital, St Vincent Capital and PZU. Lech Giliciński, Władek Rzycki and of counsel Michał Petz, who is ‘an expert in the technology sector’, are the key contacts.

Squire Patton Boggs Swiecicki Krzesniak sp. k. is a popular choice for lower-to-mid-cap private equity funds. The group advised Avallon MBO Fund II on a €25m cross-border investment in Novo Tech and assisted MCI.TechVentures with a minority investment in iZettle. Michał Karwacki is noted.

Managing partner Ron Given heads the practice at Wolf Theiss, which assisted Consolidated Precision Products with the acquisition of a business from Pratt & Whitney. Senior associate Dariusz Harbaty advised Rockaway Capital on the acquisition of Invia.cz. Loredana Allegranza moved in-house.

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