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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's team is jointly headed by¬†Grzegorz Namiotkiewicz¬†and¬†Andrzej Stosio. It handles restructurings and financial transactions for a range of corporates and banks.¬†Namiotkiewicz is advising¬†Elektrownia OstroŇāńôka on a financing project relating to debt and capital expenditure. Counsel¬†Irena Floras-Goode¬†assisted DCT¬†GdaŇĄsk with amendments to a financing agreement for the development of a new container terminal.

Leading individuals

Andrzej Stosio - Clifford Chance

Grzegorz Namiotkiewicz - Clifford Chance

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Capital markets
Capital markets - ranked: tier 1

Clifford Chance

The team at¬†Clifford Chance¬† stands out for its formidable expertise in debt capital markets (DCM) and equity capital markets (ECM), advising clients on a variety of bond and rights issuances and M&A transactions. In one highlight,¬†Grzegorz Namiotkiewicz¬†advised the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, as the key investor directly negotiating terms and conditions, on PZU's issuance of PLN2.2bn subordinated bonds. He also advised Deutsche Bank as the arranger of a¬†‚ā¨60bn bond issuance by the Ministry of Finance under a Euro Medium-Term Note (EMTN) programme.¬†Grzegorz Abram¬†leads the DCM group, while¬†JarosŇāaw Lorenc¬†is the ECM practice head.

Leading individuals

Grzegorz Namiotkiewicz - Clifford Chance

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

Clifford Chance

'Always one step ahead of the competition', the 'business-minded' team at¬†Clifford Chance¬†is noted for its wide sector knowledge and 'dedication' to the needs of clients. In one stand-out matter,¬†Marcin Bartnicki¬†advised Prudential Financial on all aspects of the sale of the Polish life insurance business Pramerica ŇĽycie to Unum. In another highlight,¬†Wojciech Polz¬†assisted Agencja Rozwoju PrzemysŇāu with the buy-back of¬†Stocznia GdaŇĄsk and¬†GSG Towers from Ukrainian businessman¬†Sierhiej Tarutain. The group is led by¬†Agnieszka Janicka, who was promoted to managing partner in May 2018 and has substantial experience in M&A transactions. Counsel¬†SŇāawomir CzerwiŇĄski¬†is another key name.

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

Iwona Terlecka¬†leads the department at¬†Clifford Chance, which has expertise in all aspects of cartel and antitrust law, including litigation, compliance, economic analysis and state aid matters. The group also has significant experience in high-level consumer protection investigations Highlights for team head¬†Iwona Terlecka¬†included representing Lafarge at the Court of Appeal, following success in proceedings before the Office of Competition and Consumer Protection and the Competition Court in a major cement cartel case. In another stand-out matter (in conjunction with¬†Luke Tolaini¬†and¬†Samantha Ward¬†from the London office), Terlecka is acting for a bank in an ongoing investigation before the European Commission following accusations of a cartel arrangement relating to e-payment systems.¬†Bartosz TargaŇĄski¬†is recommended for his expertise in merger issues, while¬†Piotr Bogdanowicz¬†specialises in state aid cases.

Leading individuals

Iwona Terlecka - Clifford Chance

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Construction
Construction - ranked: tier 1

Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance's department is led by 'professional and experienced'¬†Daniel Kopania, who stands out for being 'calm in negotiations' and for his knowledge of the construction process. He is advising Capital Park on all aspects of the ArtN office-retail scheme in Warsaw. Construction litigator¬†Bartosz KruŇľewski¬†is defending Mostostal Warszawa against a claim brought by the University of BiaŇāystok for payment of contractual penalties for a delay in removing defects under two separate contracts.

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 1

Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance's 'committed and commercially-minded' team handles a variety of disputes in Poland and the CEE region, including arbitration, commercial litigation, criminal and regulatory matters. Alongside London's¬†Audley Sheppard¬†QC, the 'engaged'¬†Bartosz KruŇľewski¬†is representing Invenergy in a bilateral investment treaty (BIT) arbitration against Poland concerning a set of legislative measures that curtailed the client's investments in the Polish wind energy sector and the attempted withdrawal by the Polish government from long-term contracts concluded with the client's affiliates.¬†Marcin CiemiŇĄski¬†is acting for¬†Mondelńďz Polska and LU Polska in its claim against competitor company Lotte Wedel¬† alleging unfair competition and an infringement of IP rights. Counsels¬†MichaŇā Drwal¬†and¬†Robert Moj¬†are recommended for construction disputes, while senior associate¬†Adelina Prokop¬†is noted for her 'big-picture perspective' in arbitration and contentious banking matters.

Leading individuals

Bartosz KruŇľewski - Clifford Chance

Next generation lawyers

Adelina Prokop - Clifford Chance

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 3

Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance is noted for handling employment matters relating to the professional services, including advising on the capital requirements directive as it applies to variable remuneration of managerial staff in Polish banks; in relation to which department head Tomasz Derda is advising Bank Handlowy. In another highllight, he also assisted Grupa Allegro.pl with the employment termination of the CEO and head of the legal department, and the employment of a new CEO. Grzegorz Nowaczek is also recommended for expertise in bonus schemes and tax-efficient employment structures.

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Energy and natural resources
Energy and natural resources - ranked: tier 2

Clifford Chance

The team at¬†Clifford Chance¬†handles all matters related to energy assets, including regulatory and contractual law issues, project finance and M&A. Department head¬†PaweŇā Puacz¬†has a particular focus on the renewable energy sector, as well as environmental regulation and real estate matters. He is currently advising¬†√ėrsted Wind Power on its entry into the Polish offshore wind power sector, and issues including grid connection agreements.¬†Grzegorz Namiotkiewicz¬†is advising¬†Elektrownia OstroŇāńôka on the financing of the¬†OstroŇāńôka power plant project. Managing partner¬†Agnieszka Janicka¬†is representing Neas Energy in various administrative proceedings before the Energy Regulatory Authority concerning licensed activity on the Polish natural gas market.

Next generation lawyers

PaweŇā Puacz - Clifford Chance

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Healthcare and life sciences
Healthcare and life sciences - ranked: tier 3

Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance's 'impressive' team is well-placed to advise clients on compliance and criminal law matters, under the leadership of 'easy to work with' litigator¬†Marcin CiemiŇĄski, who also specialises in public procurement and data protection in the healthcare space. Senior associates¬†PaweŇā Pogorzelski¬†and¬†Justyna BŇāaŇľejczyk ‚Äď KuwaŇā¬†are also recommended.

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Insurance
Insurance - ranked: tier 3

Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance's M&A team has vast experience in advising insurance companies on a variety of transactions.¬†Marcin Bartnicki¬†advised Prudential Financial on the sale of¬†Pramerica ŇĽycie TUiR¬† to Unum. He also assisted Neon Underwriters with the warranty and indemnity (W&I) insurance in relation to the purchase by Echo Investment of property in¬†ŇĀ√≥dŇļ. Counsel¬†Marta Bieniada¬†is recommended for her expertise in regulatory and operational issues.

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Investment funds
Investment funds - ranked: tier 1

Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance¬†advises a number of major financial institutions on the formation and operation of regulated funds in Poland. In particular, the team has expertise in the launch, registration and marketing of funds.¬†Wojciech Polz¬†advised the Polish Industrial Development Agency on the buy-back of¬†Stocznia GdaŇĄsk and GSG Towers through the purchase of shares owned by companies controlled by¬†Sierhiej Tarutain.¬†MiŇāosz GoŇāńÖb¬†and department head¬†Andrzej Stosio¬†assisted MCI.PrivateVentures Fund with an agreement related to a margin lending transaction with Raiffeisen Bank International.¬†Grzegorz Namiotkiewicz¬†is another key contact.

Leading individuals

Andrzej Stosio - Clifford Chance

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Private client
Private client - ranked: tier 2

Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance's team handles a variety of issues for high-net-worth individuals, particularly in relation to their private investments. In one stand-out matter, Wojciech Polz advised the founders and owners of Trec Nutrition on their withdrawal from the company, a process that involved its auction to Aflofarm Farmacja Polska. Marcin Bartnicki and managing partner Agnieszka Janicka are also names to note.

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Private equity
Private equity - ranked: tier 1

Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance's experienced private equity team is led by managing partner¬†Agnieszka Janicka, who is supported by¬†Marcin Bartnicki¬†and¬†Wojciech Polz. Highlights for Janicka included advising Mid Europa Partners on its acquisition of Hortex Group from funds advised by Argan Capital. Polz assisted Abris Capital Partners with an investment agreement with WDX's main shareholders, Dariusz BńÖkowski and¬†¬†SŇāawomir BńÖkowski, and the announcement of a tender offer for shares in the public company.

Leading individuals

Agnieszka Janicka - Clifford Chance

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Public law
Public law - ranked: tier 1

Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance's 'business-oriented' team, co-led by¬†Bartosz KruŇľewski¬†and counsel¬†Piotr Bogdanowicz, is noted for its 'excellent knowledge' in project and corporate finance and experience in negotiations. Together with¬†Martyna Darczuk,¬†Bogdanowicz advised Orange Polska on contract award proceedings within the framework of the Digital Poland Operational Programme, which involved EU financing.¬†Bartosz KruŇľewski¬†and¬†Daniel Kopania¬†are advising¬†Polskie LNG on public procurement issues connected with the development of the first LNG terminal in¬†ŇöwinoujŇõcie.

Leading individuals

Piotr Bogdanowicz - Clifford Chance

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 2

Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance¬†is praised for its ability to 'react to fast-changing situations' and provide 'clear and accessible advice'. Practice head¬†Daniel Kopania¬†(who is 'a real leader') advised Blackstone on the Polish aspects of the acquisition of a major portfolio of logistics centres in Poland, Germany and France from Goodman. Also recommended are counsel¬†Aleksandra Jach, who is¬†'commercially-driven and analytical',¬†and real estate finance specialist¬†Maciej BocheŇĄski.

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

Clifford Chance's team comprises the 'exceptional' MiŇāosz GoŇāńÖb, experienced litigator¬†Bartosz KruŇľewski¬†and¬†Andrzej Stosio, who specialises in capital markets and banking issues. Together with¬†Grzegorz Namiotkiewicz,¬†GoŇāńÖb is advising a group of financial institutions, including PKO BP and¬†ING Bank ŇölńÖski, as arrangers and guarantors of¬†Jastrzńôbska Sp√≥Ňāka Wńôglowa in a matter involving the restructuring of issued bonds.

Leading individuals

Bartosz KruŇľewski - Clifford Chance

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

Clifford Chance

The Regulatory and Compliance department at¬†Clifford Chance¬†is well-placed to advise corporate clients on internal investigations and compliance issues, with particular expertise in the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and the UK Bribery Act. The group is also experienced in criminal defence and representing companies that have been victims of criminal behaviour. The team is led by experienced litigator¬†Marcin CiemiŇĄski¬†and includes senior associate¬†PaweŇā Pogorzelski,¬†who has advised on cyber-crime matters.

Leading individuals

Marcin CiemiŇĄski - Clifford Chance

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