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Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 2


At CMS, practice head Małgorzata Chruściak is assisting RBS and its shareholders with terminating its business operations in Poland. In another highlight, counsel Tomasz Zwoliński led a team advising ING Bank Śląski on the financing of fuel reserves. Other clients include Bank Zachodni WBK, mBank and Bank Gospodarstwa Krajowego are also clients. Of counsel Beata Barwińska is also recommended.

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


CMSDariusz Greszta assisted China Everbright International with the €123m acquisition of Novago. Marek Sawicki and Jakub Marcinkowski advised the Riverside Company on the cross-border purchase of a majority interest in Fadata. Clients also include CVC Capital Partners, Amica Wronki and Apator. Ireneusz Piecuch joined the firm from Poczta Polska.

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Competition/antitrust - ranked: tier 2


Małgorzata Urbańska heads CMS’ practice, which includes senior associates Michał Derdak and Jacek Liput. Highlights included representing PGNiG in appeal proceedings challenging a fine imposed by the competition authority following an antitrust investigation.

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 1


The ‘outstanding’ Małgorzata Surdek at CMS is representing Airbus Helicopters in a PLN13bn challenge brought by PZL-Świdnik concerning the tender process for the delivery of aircraft for the Polish army. Arkadiusz Korzeniewski reached a favourable settlement for Orange Polska in a complex IT dispute concerning a telecoms system implementation project. Other areas of focus include class action defence, white-collar crime disputes and construction-related arbitration and litigation.

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Employment - ranked: tier 1


At CMS, practice head Katarzyna Dulewicz led a team assisting Bank BPH with a mass redundancy programme, which involved negotiations with five trade unions and strategic advice pertaining to a subsequent merger. The team also provides ongoing employment law advice to the US Embassy in Poland. Other clients include Coca-Cola, Gilead and Korn Ferry. Senior associates Przemysław Stobiński and Tomasz Sancewicz are noted.

Leading individuals

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Energy and natural resources
Energy and naturalresources - ranked: tier 1


The practice at CMS is headed by ‘leading upstream lawyerTomasz Minkiewicz; he is acting for PDH Polska on the PLN2bn construction of a gas handling and storage terminal. Iga Lis advised KGHM Polska Miedź on the extension of a copper smelting works. Piotr Ciołkowski, Andrzej Błach and Ireneusz Piecuch are noted. Since publication Karolina Siedlik left the firm.

Leading individuals

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Insurance - ranked: tier 1


Key figures at CMS include practice head Małgorzata Surdek, who according to one client is ‘undoubtedly the shining star of the consumer protection practice’, and counsel Ewa Swiderska, whose ‘expertise and experience covers every insurance law issue’. Surdek and Swiderska are defending Axa Life in two class actions concerning the validity of surrender charges in unit-linked life insurance policies.

Leading individuals

Małgorzata Surdek - CMS

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 2


Highlights for CMS’ team of ‘specialists’ included assisting L’Oréal with trade mark enforcement matters and representing Syngenta in interim injunction and infringement proceedings against an importer of counterfeit products. Other clients include global fashion brands such as Chanel, Fendi and Lacoste, as well as major technology companies. Tomasz Koryzma heads the practice, which includes of counsel Marek Oleksyn, who is noted for his willingness to ‘fight for the client’s case’.

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Investment funds
Investment funds - ranked: tier 1


CMS assists a wide range of investment fund participants with matters ranging from establishment to the liquidation of funds, including handling regulatory and compliance issues. Michał Pawłowski is advising MS Towarzystwo Funduszy Inwestycyjnych on a PLN50m bond issuance by a closed-end investment fund.

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Private equity
Private equity - ranked: tier 1


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.

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Real estate and construction
Real estate and construction - ranked: tier 1


At CMS, practice head Wojciech Koczara advised Garvest Real Estate on the €32m sale of the Pixel office building to Globe Trade Centre. Anna Brzoza-Ostrowska is assisting Segro Poland with the contractual aspects of leasing industrial spaces in logistics parks. Clients also include Bombardier and Pramerica Real Estate Investors. Lidia Dziurzyńska-Leipert, Wojciech Szybkowski and senior associate Michał Bork are also recommended. Przemysław Kucharski joined Baker & McKenzie Krzyzowski i Wspólnicy Spólka Komandytowa. Agnieszka Lehwark joined DLA Piper Wiater sp.k. in 2017.

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Restructuring and insolvency
Other recommended firms - ranked: tier 1


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TMT - ranked: tier 2


CMS handles IT system implementation projects, data protection advisory and a range of e-commerce and internet projects. Clients include Topps Europe and Cooper Standard; practice head Tomasz Koryzma led a team assisting the latter with a new project launch, which included incorporating changes to data protection regulations.

Leading individuals

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Tax - ranked: tier 2


The group at CMS is led by Andrzej Pośniak. Pośniak is assisting Pramerica Property Investment with the tax aspects of the restructuring of a property portfolio and on the structuring of a joint venture. Other clients include Techint and Chevron. Arkadiusz Michaliszyn joined JSLEGAL - Jankowski, Stroinski & Partners.

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Poland: Capital markets

Other recommended firms - ranked: tier 1


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Capital markets: equity - ranked: tier 2


CMS' team advised X-Trade Brokers on a cross-border IPO and introduction of shares on the Warsaw Stock Exchange. Other highlights included acting for Ipopema Securities on Enter Air’s PLN60m IPO on the Warsaw Stock Exchange. Of counsel Rafał Woźniak is also recommended. Michał Pawłowski joined K&L Gates LLP in 2017.

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  • Access to justice: protective costs orders in planning challenges

    Third parties and competing developers have no rights of appeal to the Secretary of State against planning decisions. Disappointed applicants can appeal to the Secretary of State and can have the merits of the application reconsidered. The only remedy available to a disappointed third party is a challenge by way of judicial review in the High Court on a point of law. The sense of frustration and disempowerment this creates has not been helped by the increasing complexity of the planning process and the use of consultation to legitimise decisions that many perceive may already have been taken.
    - CMS Group

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