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WARSAW TOWERS, UL SIENNA 39, 00-121 WARSAW, POLAND
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Work +48 22 526 50 00
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Fax +48 22 526 50 60
Web:
www.linklaters.com
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Poland

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 1

Linklaters

The ‘open-minded’ lawyers at Linklaters provide ‘excellent and timely advice’ to lenders as well as borrowers. Jarosław Miller, who leads the practice, advised a consortium of banks comprising BGŻ BNP Paribas, Bank Zachodni WBK and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) on the PLN256m refinancing of Arctic Paper’s debt. Managing associates Marta Domino and Joanna Gawlicka are also recommended.

Leading individuals

Jarosław Miller - Linklaters

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Commercial, corporate and M&A
Commercial, corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 2

Linklaters

Impeccable service’ and ‘rapid response times’ are what define Linklaters’ ‘high-quality’ team, which advises foreign investors on the Polish aspects of cross-border corporate transactions. Daniel Cousens, supported by managing associate Klaudia Królak, acted for Gategroup on its sale of the EuroShop chain to Lagardère Travel Retail. Tomasz Zorawski advised Alliance Automotive Group on its acquisition of a 51% stake in Groupauto Polska. Marcin Schulz, who was made up to partner in 2018 is another name to note.

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Competition/antitrust
Competition/antitrust - ranked: tier 1

Linklaters

Linklaters’ ‘best-in-class’ team has ‘a wealth of experience and up-to-date sector knowledge’. Małgorzata Szwaj and associate Anna Laszczyk represented Orange Polska as one of the defendants in a €250m abuse of dominant position claim brought by P4 against three major mobile phone operators. Associate Wojciech Podlasin is another name to note. Of counsel Anna Zawłocka-Turno joined from the Office of Competition and Consumer Protection (UOKiK).

Leading individuals

Małgorzata Szwaj - Linklaters

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Construction
Construction - ranked: tier 2

Linklaters

Linklaters’ team handles a range of hospitality, office, retail and infrastructure projects for developers and investors. The group acted for Narodowe Centrum Sportu-Rozliczenia in settlement negotiations pertaining to the construction of the National Stadium in Warsaw. Artur Kulawski heads the practice.

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 1

Linklaters

Linklaters’ ‘very responsive, inventive and client-friendly’ team houses ‘insightful, resourceful and detail-oriented’ lawyers who ‘do not cut corners’. The ‘skilful’ Zbigniew Kruczkowski represented Dafter Enterprise in several court disputes. ‘Brilliant lawyer and adept arbitrator’ Cezary Wiśniewski, who leads the group, is acting for Abris Capital Partners and PL Holdings in a $537m investment arbitration against the Republic of Poland. Anna Cudna-Wagner joined CMS.

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Energy and natural resources
Energy and natural resources - ranked: tier 3

Linklaters

Counsel Patryk Figiel heads the projects group at Linklaters, which handles a range of corporate, financing and regulatory work for clients such as Nordex, Terna Energy and Enea Wytwarzanie. The team manages matters in the oil and gas and renewables sectors. Corporate partner Tomasz Zorawski is also noted.

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Investment funds
Investment funds - ranked: tier 2

Linklaters

Highlights at Linklaters included advising Echo Investment on its sale of West Link to Griffin Premium. Practice head Tomasz Zorawski and managing associate Szymon Renkiewicz are recommended, as is the English-qualified Daniel Cousens.

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Private equity
Private equity - ranked: tier 3

Linklaters

Daniel Cousens and Tomasz Zorawski are the key contacts at Linklaters. The team assisted Cerberus Capital Management with the Polish aspects of its acquisition of a controlling stake in Staples’ European business operations. It also advised CRH Nederland on the disposal of its clay division in Poland.

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Public law
Public law - ranked: tier 1

Linklaters

Linklaters’ team assists clients with advisory work on energy and infrastructure projects as well as providing regulatory support and managing high-stakes disputes. Cezary Wiśniewski leads the group. Narodowe Centrum Sportu-Rozliczenia is a client.

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 2

Linklaters

Linklaters’ ‘first-class’ team houses ‘very experienced and talented’ lawyers with ‘deep business knowledge’. Janusz Dzianachowski is advising Echo Polska Properties on its €142m acquisition of three shopping centres from Blackstone Group. ‘Creative, prompt and accessible’ counsel Weronika Guerquin-Koryzma is ‘a high-level specialist who is one of the best in the market’. 'Irreplaceable’ managing associate Marta Bijak-Haiduk is ‘confident on demanding deals’. Artur Kulawski heads the practice. Adriana Andrzejewska was a new arrival from CMS. Judyta Sawicka moved to an in-house position.

Next generation lawyers

Adriana Andrzejewska - Linklaters

Weronika Guerquin-Koryzma - Linklaters

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Restructuring and insolvency
Restructuring and insolvency - ranked: tier 2

Linklaters

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.

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TMT
TMT - ranked: tier 4

Linklaters

Linklaters’ new practice head Agnieszka Mencel joined the group from EY Law. The team specialises in data protection and managing technology contracts.

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 2

Linklaters

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’.

Next generation lawyers

Mikolaj Bieniasz - Linklaters

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White-collar crime
White-collar crime - ranked: tier 2

Linklaters

At Linklaters, ‘true professional’ Tomasz Manicki is ‘able to find the best pathway for the client, and develops solutions that take corporate dynamics into account’. The group handles fraud and associated asset tracing and recovery, internal investigations and audits by the regulator, as well as assisting clients with anti-money-laundering obligations. Highlights included representing a brokerage house in criminal and civil proceedings pertaining to a multimillion-euro brokerage fraud.

Leading individuals

Tomasz Manicki - Linklaters

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