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Baker & McKenzie Krzyżowski i Wspólnicy Spółka Komandytowa’s group, which is led by Sławomir Boruc, advises national and international corporations as well as investment funds on tax planning and the tax aspects of corporate transactions and reorganisations. Piotr Wysocki and Katarzyna Kopczewska are also noted.

CMS’ ‘responsive and organised’ team ‘finds modern and practical solutions’. AIG is a client. Andrzej Pośniak is a ‘visionary’, who has ‘an impressive track record’. Counsel Lukasz Dynysiuk ‘understands the business, is straight to the point and seeks innovative solutions’. Arkadiusz Michaliszyn joined JSLegal - Jankowski, Stroinski & Partners.

Dentons’ ‘strong’ team includes ‘practical, solution-oriented specialists’, led by Karina Furga-Dąbrowska. It conducted tax reviews of Bioton’s marketing activities across its product portfolio. Cezary Przygodzki and counsel Tomasz Krasowski are also recommended.

Joanna Wierzejska and Artur Nowak are key contacts at Domanski Zakrzewski Palinka. The team handles the tax aspects of M&A as well as assisting clients with litigation and investigations. Its client base spans private equity funds, foreign and national corporations, and local authorities.

GWW’s Andrzej Ladziński and Artur Cmoch advise clients on the tax aspects of restructuring transactions. Andrzej Próchnicki and Tomasz Burczynski are also noted.

Greenberg Traurig Grzesiak sp. k.’s offering includes advising on the tax aspects of corporate transactions and restructurings as well as developing international tax strategies. Practice head Marek Kozaczuk assisted Alior Bank with tax issues pertaining to its PLN1.5bn acquisition of Bank BPH’s core business from GE Capital’s affiliates. ING Bank Slaski and PGE Energia Odnawialna are clients. Tomasz Kacymirow is also noted.

Hogan Lovells (Warszawa) LLP’s team is led by Andrzej Dębiec, who ‘identifies all potential areas of exposure to provide accurate and precise answers’. Clients include Aviva, Ghelamco and Honeywell. Zbigniew Marczyk is also recommended.

Linklaters’ team combines ‘remarkable engagement and creativity’ and is recommended for ‘highly technical transactions with multiparty cross-border arrangements’. Counsel Mikolaj Bieniasz is ‘an excellent project manager, always in tune with every detail’.

At Radzikowski, Szubielska i Wspólnicy sp.k., Dorota Szubielska has a track record representing corporates across several sectors, including banking, real estate and energy, in tax litigation. Szubielska and Piotr Karwat represented Fabryka Samochodow Osobowych in two separate appeals before the Constitutional Tribunal pertaining to enforcement costs.

Wardynski & Partners’ team provides ‘tailor-made advice’, informed by its ‘strong knowledge of tax regulations and the business environment’. The group advised Ghelamco on the tax aspects of a real estate development. Michal Nowacki and practice head Dariusz Wasylkowski are key contacts.

Robert Krasnodebski heads Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP’s tax department. The group advises clients on the tax aspects of corporate transactions as well as representing companies before tax authorities.

FKA Furtek Komosa Aleksandrowicz’s team is led by ‘top-class specialist’ Mariusz Aleksandrowicz, who ‘understands clients’ needs and expectations, has thorough knowledge of the market and delivers advice that encompasses business matters’. The group is providing ongoing advice to Bank Gospodarstwa Krajowego and PZU.

Outstanding tax lawyer’ Janusz Fiszer heads Gessel Attorneys at Law’s team. Highlights included providing comprehensive tax support to clients ranging from an international private bank to a state-backed charity, and advising an internet delivery company on managing inquiries by and disputes with tax authorities across Europe.

K&L Gates LLP’s team combines ‘excellent service with complete and in-depth knowledge of the legal environment’. Adrian Jonca has ‘valuable expertise’ and assisted C&A with a tax refund case.

At SSW Spaczynski Szczepaniak i Wspólnicy, the ‘excellent’ Tomasz Wickel ‘gets to grips with complex legal and tax issues, thinks outside the box and has his finger on the pulse of upcoming changes’. Patrycja Goździowska is also recommended. Paged, Erbud and Lumel are clients.

Soltysinski Kawecki & Szlezak’s team houses ‘outstanding tax lawyers who combine a business-minded approach with effective solutions’. Practice head Jaroslaw Bieroński ’foresees the consequences of actions and tailors his advice to clients’ needs’. Slawomir Luczak and Piotr Andrzejak are also noted.

Gide Loyrette Nouel’s associates Maciej Grela and Ewa Zbikowska advised Polski Fundusz Rozwoju on the tax aspects of its PLN10.6bn acquisition of a controlling stake in Bank Polska Kasa Opieki. Lactalis Group and Yareal are also clients.

At Magnusson - Kancelaria Prawnicza, practice head Tomasz Rysiak and Agnieszka Pytlas-Skwierczyńska handle matters ranging from international tax planning to managing the tax aspects of corporate transactions. Teknos Group is a client.

White & Case M. Studniarek i Wspólnicy - Kancelaria Prawna sp.k.’s team counts Riverside, Hortex and Advent International among its clients. Grzegorz Jukiel is a key contact.

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