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Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 1

Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance’s group is praised for its combination of ‘excellent experience’ and ‘cross-disciplinary knowledge’. Practice head Grzegorz Namiotkiewicz is leading a team advising a mezzanine finance provider on the €450m refinancing of the B8 oil field project. In another highlight, Andrzej Stosio advised Bank BGŻ BNP Paribas and Bank Millennium on a loan for the construction of an oncology hospital. Other clients include American Heart of Poland.

Leading individuals

Andrzej Stosio - Clifford Chance

Grzegorz Namiotkiewicz - Clifford Chance

Mateusz Toczyski - Dentons

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

Clifford Chance

Highlights for Clifford Chance’s ‘commercially-minded’ team included assisting pharmaceuticals distributor Neuca with its purchase of Intra. Practice head Agnieszka Janicka, who led on that matter with counsel Sławomir Czerwiński, also acted alongside counsel Tomasz Derda on Medcom’s sale of a minority stake to Melco. In another key mandate, of counsel Nick Fletcher and recently promoted partner Wojciech Polz are advising Warburg Pincus on acquiring a majority stake in Apteki Gemini.

Leading individuals

Agnieszka Janicka - Clifford Chance

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Competition/antitrust - ranked: tier 2

Clifford Chance

Counsel Iwona Terlecka is the key contact at Clifford Chance. Highlights included representing Lafarge Cement in an appeal concerning alleged cartel activity and assisting AXA with merger control matters concerning its acquisition of Liberty Seguros.

Leading individuals

Iwona Terlecka - Clifford Chance

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 1

Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance’s broad sector expertise ranges from construction disputes to insolvency and professional negligence litigation. Bartosz Krużewski, who is ‘able to define and execute clear and successful strategies’, acted alongside senior associates Piotr Bogdanowicz and Adelina Prokop for Colas Polska and Intertoll Construction in challenging the GDDKiA’s decision to cancel tender proceedings. Clients also include Monsanto, Alstom and Royal Unibrew. The ‘creative and engaged’ Marcin Ciemiński ‘stands by the client’s side’.

Leading individuals

Bartosz Krużewski - Clifford Chance

Next generation lawyers

Adelina Prokop - Clifford Chance

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Employment - ranked: tier 3

Clifford Chance

Highlights at Clifford Chance included assisting Stryker Polska with an employee incentive scheme and advising Prudential on hiring and redundancy matters. Counsel Tomasz Derda and senior associate Aleksandra Lis are the key contacts.

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

Clifford Chance

Led by counsel Paweł Puacz, Clifford Chance’s team attracts praise for its ‘results-oriented approach’. Highlights included assisting Katowicki Holding Węglowy with the sale of Zakłady Energetyki Cieplnej to DK Energy Polska. Counsel Marcin Bejm leads the infrastructure team.

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Insurance - ranked: tier 3

Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance’s team is assisting AXA with its acquisition of Liberty Ubezpieczenia. Clients also include Alior Bank and Pramerica. Recently promoted partner Marcin Bartnicki and counsel Marta Bieniada are the key names.

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Investment funds
Investment funds - ranked: tier 1

Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance’s team advises financial institutions, investors and fund managers on matters ranging from establishment and licensing to the management of regulated funds. Highlights included advising Merkury Investment Fund on its subsidiaries’ acquisition of Polimex-Mostostal’s real estate portfolio. Counsel Marcin Bejm is a name to note.

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Private client
Private client - ranked: tier 3

Clifford Chance

Agnieszka Janicka heads the practice at Clifford Chance. The team handles private wealth management, strategic estate planning and corporate advice for shareholders of family businesses.

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Private equity
Private equity - ranked: tier 1

Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance’s ‘very dedicated team’ includes counsels Jarosław Lorenc, Marcin Bartnicki and Wojciech Polz. The group advised Warburg Pincus on the private sale of its 37.5% stake in AmRest. CVC Capital Partners, Montagu Private Equity and EQT Partners are also clients.

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Public law
Public law - ranked: tier 1

Clifford Chance

At Clifford Chance, counsel Marcin Bejm advised Polski Fundusz Rozwoju on the privatisation of a local government asset, and acted alongside senior associate Mikołaj Markiewicz for a joint venture between EEW Group and LHI Group on the PPP tender process for the development and operation of a waste incineration plant.

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Real estate and construction
Real estate and construction - ranked: tier 2

Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance’s practice head Daniel Kopania assisted Golub GetHouse with the sale of Prime Corporate Centre to Warburg-HIH Invest Real Estate and led a team advising Torus on the sale of Alchemia I and II office buildings in Gdansk. Prologis and Echo Investments are also clients. Agnieszka Wojtasiewicz and Bartosz Kaniasty are also key names.

Leading individuals

Daniel Kopania - Clifford Chance

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Restructuring and insolvency
Restructuring and insolvency - ranked: tier 1

Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance’s team regularly acts for stakeholders in restructuring proceedings. Highlights included acting for several banks and bondholders on the PLN2bn debt restructuring of Polimex-Mostostal. The team also advised ING Bank Śląski and Bank Millennium on the PLN100m restructuring of Ferrum. Bartosz Krużewski and Andrzej Stosio are the practice co-heads.

Leading individuals

Bartosz Krużewski - Clifford Chance

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Poland: Capital markets

Capital markets: debt - ranked: tier 1

Clifford Chance

Highlights for Clifford Chance’s team included advising mBank as the arranger on Griffin Real Estate’s secured bond issuance and assisting the arrangers and guarantors with Jastrzębska Spółka Węglowa’s PLN1.3bn bond programme. Grzegorz Namiotkiewicz, Andrzej Stosio and counsel Grzegorz Abram are recommended.

Leading individuals

Grzegorz Namiotkiewicz - Clifford Chance

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Capital markets: equity - ranked: tier 2

Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance’s team advised a consortium of banks including Goldman Sachs and JPMorgan on Alior Bank’s PL2.2bn public offering. Other clients include Axel Springer and Abris Capital Partners. Nick Fletcher and counsel Jarosław Lorenc are recommended.

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