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Clifford Chance's 'business-oriented' team, co-led by¬†Bartosz KruŇľewski¬†and counsel¬†Piotr Bogdanowicz, is noted for its 'excellent knowledge' in project and corporate finance and experience in negotiations. Together with¬†Martyna Darczuk,¬†Bogdanowicz advised Orange Polska on contract award proceedings within the framework of the Digital Poland Operational Programme, which involved EU financing.¬†Bartosz KruŇľewski¬†and¬†Daniel Kopania¬†are advising¬†Polskie LNG on public procurement issues connected with the development of the first LNG terminal in¬†ŇöwinoujŇõcie.

Providing the 'highest level of support at every stage of the process',¬†Dentons' team handles a broad range of public procurement issues and transactions, advising both awarding authorities and bidders on tender procedures. Public procurement practice head¬†Aldona Kowalczyk¬†is representing Stadler Polska on public procurement proceedings for the supply of 123 trams to¬†Tramwaje Warszawskie, in a project which is co-financed by the EU. 'Very reliable' managing counsel¬†Tomasz KorczyŇĄski, who co-heads the public private partnership (PPP) team alongside¬†Kowalczyk, is advising the Ministry of Investment and Economic Development and the Ministry of Sport and Tourism on a PPP project to develop an area adjacent to Warsaw's National Stadium. Counsels¬†Anna SzymaŇĄska¬†and¬†MichaŇā Drozdowicz¬†are other key names.

Domanski Zakrzewski Palinka¬†advises public and private partners, including foreign contractors, on the contentious and non-contentious aspects of public contracts in Poland. The team is jointly led by¬†Katarzyna KuŇļma¬†and¬†Marcin Krakowiak. Krakowiak advises Astaldi on a number of issues, including a Waste Management System for the Tri-City metropolitan area and proceedings before the National Appeal Chamber and the Regional Court in¬†Szczecin in a procedure to select a contractor for a road infrastructure project.¬†KuŇļma assisted Novago with a procurement procedure conducted by¬†Miejskie Przedsińôbiorstwo Energetyki Cieplnej Sp√≥Ňāka¬†in Olsztyn, regarding the city's heating network.

Andrzej Dńôbiec¬†and counsel¬†Adriana Mierzwa-Bronikowska¬†jointly head the team at¬†Hogan Lovells (Warszawa) LLP,¬†which advises public sector and private clients on all aspects of public law. Mierzwa-Bronikowska is assisting the General Agency of National Roads and Highways with drafting various PPP agreements for different projects. Other clients include BBI Development and Arcus Infrastructure Partners. Senior associate¬†Agnieszka ChyliŇĄska¬†is another key name.

Linklaters¬†handles contentious and non-contentious public and administrative law issues across a number of sectors, with experience representing clients before the National Appeal Chamber. Highlights for practice head¬†Cezary WiŇõniewski¬†included successfully representing Abris Capital Partners and PL Holdings in investment arbitration proceedings against the Republic of Poland in relation to an uncompensated expropriation of the client's equity investment in FM Bank PBP, leading to a damages award of PLN760m. Counsel¬†Patryk Figiel¬†is noted for his expertise in the public law aspects of energy, infrastructure and natural resources projects and transactions.

Wardynski & Partners' team is noted for its 'hands-on' approach to public law matters, which is enhanced by its ability to negotiate with public authorities, which it also has experience in advising. Department head Mirella Lechna is representing National Toll Payment Services in competitive dialogue proceedings initiated by the General Directorate for National Roads and Motorways concerning the procurement of a national toll collection system and ancillary services. Senior associate Anna Prigan is also recommended.

The team at¬†White & Case M. Studniarek i Wsp√≥lnicy - Kancelaria Prawna sp.k.¬†has an exceptional offering of public law services related to the aerospace and defence sector. It also has an active infrastructure project practice.¬†MichaŇā Zieniewski, who leads the team alongside¬†Maciej Zalewski¬†and¬†PaweŇā Samborski, advised¬†Stalexport Autostrada MaŇāopolska on regulatory issues and its contractual arrangements related to the implentaton of an electronic toll system on the A4 Motorway.

Baker & McKenzie KrzyŇľowski i Wsp√≥lnicy Sp√≥Ňāka Komandytowa's team is led by¬†Agnieszka Ferek, who advised Suez¬†Zielona Energia at all stages of a public procurement procedure, and subsequently on issues arising out of the contract's performance, in relation to waste management services.¬†Tomasz Krzyzowski¬†advised Nokia and InfraCapital on a joint venture to develop and operate fibre-optic broadband networks across Poland, in a project co-financed by the EU.

The team of 'top-level professionals' at¬†CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang Posniak i Sawicki sp.k.¬†was boosted by the arrival of¬†Marcin Bejm¬†(who leads on public procurement matters alongside MaŇāgorzata UrbaŇĄska)¬†from¬†Clifford Chance¬†in March 2018. Bejm is advising Vinci Concessions on a PPP project for the construction and maintenance of a tramline in¬†Krak√≥w.¬†UrbaŇĄska assisted¬†Polskie Sieci Elektroenergetyczne with its public procurement contract award procedure regarding upgrades to the Polish power grid.

The multi-disciplinary team at¬†DLA Piper¬†handles public procurement and government contracting matters for a variety of private sector clients. The group is particularly active in the life sciences sector, where it is often instructed on regulatory work. Following the departure of¬†Krzysztof Wiater¬†to¬†NGL Wiater sp.k.¬†in 2018,¬†Marta FrńÖckowiak¬†and¬†Andrzej Balicki¬†jointly head the department.¬†FrńÖckowiak represents a major data protection and information management software company in tender specification proceedings before the National Chamber of Appeals.

Public procurement constitutes a core competency of¬†Gide Loyrette Nouel's Warsaw office, which handles public investments including motorways, pipelines, railways, sea and air terminals and other infrastructure projects.¬†Dariusz Tokarczuk¬†and department head¬†Piotr Sadownik¬†are advising KGHM Polska¬†MiedŇļ on matters pertaining to a project to expand the¬†headquarters of the ŇĽelazny Most Mining Waste Disposal Facility.¬†PaweŇā GrzeŇõkowiak¬†represented Leonardo Group in negotiations with the Armament Inspectorate of the Ministry of National Defence concerning a contract to supply four M-346 jet training aircraft.

KKLW Kurzynski Lyszyk Wierzbicki sp.k's team has vast experience in contentious public law issues, often representing clients in administrative and court proceedings. Przemyslaw Wierzbicki, who leads the team alongside Krzysztof Lyszyk, is advising PGE Polska Grupa Energetyczna on regulatory issues related to compensation for the termination of long-term contracts on energy supplies. In another highlight, he advised Muzeum Sztuki Nowoczesnej on the construction of a new headquarters, including proceedings for obtaining building permission and the selection of a general contractor. Litigator Lukasz Zabczynski is another key contact.

Specialist TMT firm¬†Maruta Wachta sp. j.¬†is 'exceptionally strong' in relation to IT outsourcing and infrastructure projects, but it is also active in energy-sector public procurement. Name partner¬†BartŇāomiej Wachta¬†advises Konica Minolta Business Solution, S&T Poland and Dimension Data on all public procurement matters in Poland. Also recommended are senior associates¬†Agnieszka Bartczak-ŇĽuraw¬†and¬†Jakub Krysa, who is noted for his ability to 'focus on the details'.

WKB Wiercinski, Kwiecinski, Baehr's 'well-integrated team of highly-skilled professionals' is instructed by both private and public sector clients on a range of public procurement matters. Department head¬†Jan RoliŇĄski¬†advises¬†Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles on all matters pertaining to a tender procedure initiated by¬†Metro Warszawskie concerning the delivery of 45 cars for the Warsaw underground. Counsel¬†Agnieszka ChwiaŇākowska¬†is another key name with vast experience in energy and transport procurement.

BSJP Brockhuis Jurczak Prusak Sp. k.¬†is noted for handling energy and infrastructure public procurement matters.¬†Krzysztof Kowalczyk¬†and department head¬†JarosŇāaw Sroka¬†are representing Dragados before the National Chamber of Appeals in relation to a contract for the design and construction of the Radom ring road.

CZUBLUN TREBICKI Law Office Professional Partnership's¬†Piotr Trńôbicki¬†and Magdalena Maksimiuk¬†assist service providers and contracting parties with the spectrum of public procurement matters. Highlights for the duo included representing Ex Libris in procurement proceedings for the purchase and implementation of an integrated resource management system. They are also advising Teva Pharmaceuticals Polska on its participation in tendering procedures for the supply of multiple sclerosis drugs.

K&L Gates LLP advises domestic and international private sector clients on public procurement matters, government contracts and regulatory issues. Local partner Piotr Kunicki is advising Sinohydro on three tenders for the construction of different sections of the Warsaw Underground. As of May 2019, the firm's Poland office has been taken over by DWF Poland Jamka Sp.k. Wladek Rzycki left the firm.

The team at¬†Olesinski & Wspolnicy¬†is noted for its 'commitment to projects' and 'wide-ranging expertise' in public law. The group has a niche in advising international clients on state and EU subsidies, as well as tax issues.¬†Andrzej ŇĀobodziŇĄski¬†successfully assisted Unger Steel Polska with obtaining state aid for an investment in a Special Economic Zone. The department is co-led by¬†Justyna Korycka¬†and¬†Magdalena Tyrakowska.¬†Marta Hausmann-Kostka¬†is recommended for matters involving German clients.

The team at boutique public procurement firm¬†Pier√≥g & Partnerzy¬†stands out for having 'extremely broad knowledge and experience' in advising contractors and procurers. Together with¬†Joanna Presz-Kr√≥l, founding partner¬†Jerzy Pier√≥g¬†represented¬†ZakŇāad UbezpieczeŇĄ SpoŇāecznych in tender proceedings before the National Appeals Chamber in relation to the provision of support services for an information system.¬†Adrian Bura¬†advised Visa Handling Services, as the contractor, on two tenders for the provision of visa application services for the Polish embassies in Russia and Belarus.

Wierzbowski Eversheds Sutherland's¬†Krzysztof Wierzbowski¬†advises the General Directorate for National Roads and Motorways on various matters related to the construction of the A2 motorway and an upgrade to the PoznaŇĄ ring road.¬†Tomasz Zalewski¬†left the firm for¬†Bird & Bird Szepietowski i wsp√≥lnicy sp. k.¬†in January 2019.

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