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Allen & Overy, A. Pedzich sp. k.’s group handles a diverse range of contentious and non-contentious matters for lenders as well as borrowers. The team advised several banks, including Bank Polska Kasa Opieki and Bank Zachodni WBK, on the PLN1bn restructuring of Empik Media & Fashion’s debt. Counsels Bartosz Merczyński and Tomasz Trocki head the practice. Arkadiusz Pędzich and Tomasz Kawczyński are also recommended.

Bartosz Krużewski and Andrzej Stosio jointly head Clifford Chance’s practice, which also includes Milosz Golab, who was promoted to the partnership in May 2018. Several financial institutions and banks acting as arrangers and guarantors under a bond issuance programme instructed the group on the restructuring of Jastrzebska Spolka Weglowa.

Cross-border bankruptcies, restructuring transactions and distressed asset acquisitions are among Dentons’ core strengths. The group, which is led by Anna Pukszto, is assisting PKO Bank Polski and EBRD with refinancing their investment in a wind farm in Tychowo.

K&L Gates LLP’s team combines ‘excellent service with a complete and in-depth knowledge of the legal environment’. Practice head Lech Giliciński and Adrian Jonca handle insolvency proceedings as well as managing distressed investments. The group is acting for the insolvency administrator of Alpine Bau in proceedings pertaining to the construction of the National Stadium and the A1 highway.

Cross-border restructuring proceedings form a substantial proportion of instructions for Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP’s group, which also assists capital groups and bond issuers with private debt instruments and acts for debtors on large-scale restructurings. Paweł Zdort is advising Polimex-Mostostal on its PLN2.5bn reorganisation and the financial restructuring of its capital group. Counsel Magdalena Pyzik leads the team; Paweł Rymarz is also recommended. Artur Zawadowski left the firm.

CMS’ team’s ‘professional approach facilitates smooth and timely service’. ‘Knowledgeable’ counsel Agnieszka Ziółek proposes ‘business-oriented solutions’. Clients include mBank, PKO Bank Polski and ING Bank Śląski.

Borrowers and lenders instruct Greenberg Traurig Grzesiak sp. k.’s group on in- and out-of-court restructuring and bankruptcy-related matters. Practice head Andrzej Wysokiński and Aleksander Janiszewski advised Roust and its Polish subsidiaries on US Chapter 11 proceedings. The group also assisted Bank Pekao with matters pertaining to the bankruptcy of Strateg.

HSBC Bank Polska and PKO Bank Polski are clients of Linklaters’ team, which is led by Jarosław Miller. The group is advising a consortium of lenders including Bank Pekao and RBS on the restructuring of an investment credit facility and general financing provided to the ISD Group, and handling the restructuring of Ferrum’s debt for mBank and mFaktoring. In other highlights, it is assisting Celsa Huta Ostrowiec with its bank debt restructuring.

WKB Wiercinski, Kwiecinski, Baehr’s group has a client base spanning local and international lenders, debtors and investors. Marcin Smolarek, who joined from Wardynski & Partners, and Jakub Jędrzejak advised a group of noteholders on Roust’s pre-pack cross-border restructuring. Practice head Andrzej Wierciński is also recommended.

Wardynski & Partners is praised for its ‘professionalism, effectiveness and punctuality’. The team advised Agencja Rozwoju Przemyslu on the restructuring of, and subsequent exit from, its investment in Polimex-Mostostal. Bank Zachodni WBK is also a client. Konrad Grotowski is the key contact.

Chajec, Don-Siemion & Zyto Legal Advisors’ group ‘delivers innovative solutions’ on a wide range of restructuring and insolvency matters. Krzysztof Żyto and Maciej Kotlicki are key contacts.

DLA Piper Wiater sp.k.’s department manages out-of-court restructurings as well as bankruptcy proceedings. Krzysztof Wiater and counsel Grzegorz Godlewski advised Enea on the restructuring of Katowicki Holding Weglowy.

Regulated sectors are one of the focus areas of Domanski Zakrzewski Palinka’s group. The team advised WGE Development on the first restructuring of a bond issuer under the new legislation. Bartosz Marcinkowski and Marek Świątkowski are key contacts.

Leszek Rydzewski heads FKA Furtek Komosa Aleksandrowicz’s practice, which also includes Marek Furtek and Mariusz Aleksandrowicz. Highlights included advising mBank on the PLN125m sale of a non-performing receivables portfolio. KBC Bank is also a client.

At Gide Loyrette Nouel, Piotr Sadownik assists Agro East Europe with its pending bankruptcy proceedings. The group is also advising GDDKiA on the potential adverse impact of MSF Engenharia’s bankruptcy application.

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