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Clifford Chance

NORWAY HOUSE, UL. LWOWSKA 19, 00-660 WARSZAWA, POLAND
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Poland

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 1

Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance maintains ‘a strong local presence with a team of lawyers specialising in areas ranging from leveraged financing to restructuring and equity funding’; it assisted a consortium of lenders with the provision of PLN7bn-worth of term and revolving facilities to Play. Grzegorz Namiotkiewicz and counsel Irena Floras-Goode, who is ‘a very good, experienced negotiator’, are assisting Polski Fundusz Rozwoju as a mezzanine finance provider with refinancing the oil and gas exploitation project sponsored by Lotos Petrobaltic. Andrzej Stosio is also recommended. Marcin Bejm, previously a counsel with the firm, joined CMS as a partner in March 2018.

Leading individuals

Andrzej Stosio - Clifford Chance

Grzegorz Namiotkiewicz - Clifford Chance

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Commercial, corporate and M&A
Commercial, corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 1

Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance’s ‘well-rounded’ practice, which has ‘deep transactional expertise’, fields ‘extraordinarily thorough’ lawyers who ‘bridge opposing sides’. Of counsel Nick Fletcher and counsel Krzysztof Hajdamowicz assisted a consortium of funds with its $3.3bn acquisition of Allegro Group. Sławomir Czerwiński and practice head Agnieszka Janicka advised Solaris Bus & Coach on its partnership with Stadler Polska. Newly promoted partner Wojciech Polz ‘brings parties together around win-win solutions’. Marcin Bartnicki made partner and Tomasz Derda is another name to note.

Leading individuals

Agnieszka Janicka - Clifford Chance

Next generation lawyers

Wojciech Polz - Clifford Chance

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Competition/antitrust
Competition/antitrust - ranked: tier 1

Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance’s ‘professional and client-focused’ group provides clients with ‘a sense of security’. ‘Great leader’ Iwona Terlecka, who has ‘impressive experience and legal knowledge’, represents Lafarge Cement in appellate proceedings pertaining to the cement cartel allegations, while senior associate Bartosz Targański is defending Pfleiderer Grajewo against horizontal cartel allegations.

Leading individuals

Iwona Terlecka - Clifford Chance

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Construction
Construction - ranked: tier 1

Clifford Chance

At Clifford Chance, Daniel Kopania is advising Polskie LNG on the €700m construction of the first LNG Terminal in Świnoujscie. The group assists developers as well as contractors with projects in the infrastructure and energy sectors. Office developments are also a popular source of instructions. Bartosz Krużewski is recommended for contentious work.

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 1

Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance’s ‘distinctive’ practice provides ‘the highest level of service’ to investment funds, consultancy firms and large international corporations. Marcin Ciemiński and ‘diligent’ senior associate Adelina Prokop represented Orange in a dispute with Universal Music pertaining to the partnership agreement for the Orange Music service. Practice head Bartosz Krużewski ‘defines and executes successful strategies’. Senior associate Michał Drwal is ‘impressive’.

Leading individuals

Bartosz Krużewski - Clifford Chance

Next generation lawyers

Adelina Prokop - Clifford Chance

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 3

Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance’s team is led by Tomasz Derda, who along with senior associate Aleksandra Lis advised Eurobank on the implementation of a new remuneration system.

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

Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance’s team provides corporate as well as financing and compliance advice to some of the key players in the Polish energy sector. The group is advising Katowicki Holding Weglowy on the sale of Zaklady Energetyki Cieplnej Katowice. Paweł Puacz is recommended. Marcin Bejm, previously a counsel with the firm, joined CMS as a partner in March 2018.

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Insurance
Insurance - ranked: tier 3

Clifford Chance

At Clifford Chance, the team is ‘responsive, professional and knowledgeable’. Newly promoted partner Marcin Bartnicki and counsel Marta Bieniada assisted AXA Ubezpieczenia with its acquisition of Liberty Mutual. PZU is also a client.

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Investment funds
Investment funds - ranked: tier 1

Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance’s group advises major financial institutions on the formation and operation of regulated funds as well as assisting funds, investors and asset managers with matters ranging from licensing to compliance reviews. Counsel Marcin Bejm is assisting Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, acting through a subsidiary, with launching an inter-governmental fund. The team is advising Polski Fundusz Rozwoju on financing a major gas exploitation project. Marcin Bejm, previously a counsel with the firm, joined CMS as a partner in March 2018.

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Private client
Private client - ranked: tier 3

Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance’s team advises individuals on corporate matters and business strategies. Agnieszka Janicka leads the practice.

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Private equity
Private equity - ranked: tier 1

Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance’s team has ‘extensive industry knowledge’ and ‘responds rapidly’, often on large-scale cross-border transactions such as advising a consortium of funds on its acquisition of Allegro Group. Jarosław Lorenc and newly promoted partner Wojciech Polz advised Forbet Holdings on its bid for shares in Fortuna Entertainment Group. Practice head Agnieszka Janicka and newly promoted partner Marcin Bartnicki are also recommended.

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Public law
Public law - ranked: tier 1

Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance’s team combines ‘in-depth knowledge’ with ‘sector expertise’. The group is advising Polski Fundusz Rozwoju on the €10m privatisation of a local authority asset. Marcin Bejm, previously a counsel with the firm, joined CMS as a partner in March 2018. Senior associate Mikołaj Markiewicz is noted.

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 2

Clifford Chance

Daniel Kopania ‘leads the team wisely’ at Clifford Chance, which utilises its ‘in-depth knowledge and wide experience to handle highly complex projects and crisis situations’. The group assisted Hillwood Europe with the cross-border sale of its logistics portfolio to CBRE Global Investors. Bartosz Kaniasty is ‘a perfect lawyer with outstanding legal knowledge’; Agnieszka Wojtasiewicz is also recommended. Senior associate Aleksandra Jach is ‘a real star’.

Leading individuals

Daniel Kopania - Clifford Chance

Next generation lawyers

Aleksandra Jach - Clifford Chance

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Restructuring and insolvency
Restructuring and insolvency - ranked: tier 1

Clifford Chance

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.

Leading individuals

Bartosz Krużewski - Clifford Chance

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White-collar crime
White-collar crime - ranked: tier 1

Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance’s group provides ‘the highest quality of co-operation, in-depth practical knowledge and outstanding personal involvement’. Its ‘extensive’ offering ranges from anti-corruption and compliance advice to large-scale cross-border corporate investigations and actions involving foreign agencies and regulatory bodies. In addition to advising corporates, it acts for board members and third parties affected by criminal behaviour. Marcin Ciemiński is ‘an effective and authoritative coordinator with immense knowledge and a solid understanding of broader international implications’.

Leading individuals

Marcin Ciemiński - Clifford Chance

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Poland: Capital markets

Debt
Capital markets: Debt - ranked: tier 1

Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance’s group is renowned for its involvement in pioneering transactions, which included Grzegorz Namiotkiewicz and counsel Grzegorz Abram advising HSBC as sole structuring adviser and bookrunner on the €750m issuance of green sovereign bonds by the State Treasury of the Republic of Poland. The team also handles the PLN1.3bn bond issuance programme of Jastrzębska Spółka Węglowa for arrangers and guarantors, as well as assisting Deutsche Bank as arranger on a bond issuance by the State Treasury of the Republic of Poland under its €60bn EMTN programme. Andrzej Stosio is also recommended.

Leading individuals

Grzegorz Namiotkiewicz - Clifford Chance

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Equity
Capital markets: Equity - ranked: tier 2

Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance’s group assisted PZU (in a consortium with Polski Fundusz Rozwoju) with its acquisition of a 33% stake in Bank Pekao from UniCredit. Public M&A forms a substantial proportion of instructions for the department, which also handles delistings of foreign companies from the Warsaw Stock Exchange. Counsel Jarosław Lorenc and newly promoted partner Wojciech Polz are recommended.

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