Commercial, corporate and M&A in Poland

Clifford Chance

According to a client, Clifford Chance offers 'the greatest M&A experience on the Polish market’, with a team that is 'brilliant at making the "complex" "simple"'. The firm is well placed to handle large-cap and cross-border deals, and the Warsaw office is often used as a launchpad for transactions across the CEE region. The department is ably led by managing partner Agnieszka Janicka, whose practice covers major corporate and private equity deals. Marcin Bartnicki  focuses on corporate and commercial work in the financial services sector. Also recommended is Wojciech Polz, who is noted for cross-border acquisitions, international projects and risk management. Counsel Krzysztof Hajdamowicz is noted for deals across the region.

Practice head(s):

Agnieszka Janicka

Other key lawyers:

Marcin Bartnicki; Wojciech Polz; Tomasz Derda; Krzysztof Hajdamowicz

Testimonials

‘Greatest M&A experience on the Polish market’

‘The team are brilliant at making the “complex” “simple”. As part of my role, I negotiate transactions across Europe and the Polish Clifford Chance team are by far one of the most impressive.’

‘Wojciech Polz – in a sentence he is best described as “turning complexity into simplicity”. Wojciech, has a great ability to explain and guide his clients through complex negotiations in a simple manner. As well as being professional, he is also personable and maintains a relationship with his clients even when not engaged on a transaction.’

‘Very empathetic team, excellent people skills, very pleasant to work with’

‘Krzysztof Hajdamowicz – incredibly knowledgeable legal partner, while superbly managing local and global stakeholder expectations. Moreover, well connected and always willing to support functional leaders beyond pure legal or M&A advice.’

‘For sure the team is capable to suggest out-of-the-box solutions to not-typical cases. Even in very complicated ones, they were able to find a way to tackle it.’

‘Wojciech Polz is the person I mostly worked with – he is a hard-working professional with broad industry knowledge, you can rely on in various situations.’

Key clients

AXA Group

Pfizer, Inc.

Ringier Axel Springer Polska sp. z o.o.

Polomarket sp. z o.o.

Agencja Rozwoju Przemysłu S.A. (ARP S.A. – Industrial Development Agency)

Work highlights

  • Assisted the AXA Group with signing the EUR 1bn agreement with the UNIQA Insurance Group under which AXA sold 100% of its Life & Savings, Property & Casualty and Pension businesses in Poland, the Czech Republic and Slovakia.
  • Advised Pfizer on the Polish aspects of the implementation of a consumer healthcare joint venture with GlaxoSmithKline to create a premier global consumer healthcare company.
  • Advised Ringier Axel Springer Polska on the sale of a Cracow-based data centre to Netia, one of the largest Polish telecommunications operators. The data centre was used by Onet.pl, one of the most popular Polish internet portals.

Greenberg Traurig Grzesiak sp. k.

Greenberg Traurig Grzesiak sp. k. is praised for its 'commitment and in-depth problem analysis, which goes hand in hand with efficient and professional customer service'. The group is most known for handling big-cap and cross-border deals for major multinationals, notably across the real estate, TMT and energy sectors, as well as transactions related to fintech. The department is jointly led by doyen of the Polish legal market Lejb Fogelman and managing partner Jarosław Grzesiak, both of whom have vast experience in corporate matters. Other recommended lawyers include corporate generalist Rafał Baranowski, banking M&A expert Łukasz Pawlak and Filip Kijowski, who was promoted to partner in 2020 and is building a strong private equity transactional practice.

Practice head(s):

Lejb Fogelman; Jarosław Grzesiak

Other key lawyers:

Rafał Baranowski; Łukasz Pawlak; Daniel Kaczorowski; Michał Fereniec; Michał Bobrzyński; Filip Kijowski

Testimonials

‘Commitment and in-depth problem analysis go hand in hand with efficient and professional customer service. This is complemented by a truly high level of expertise.’

‘Greenberg Traurig has best-of-breed, unique expertise in the area of executive equity, compensation and contracting, which is combined with real-life experience and practical, down-to-earth advice. This area is very important for Private Equity firms and Greenberg Traurig has the market’

‘Extensive worldwide network, both in terms of local legal teams as well very good connections to other sectors of the economy. Dedicated team, always ready to help, on every level of seniority.’

‘High level of flexibility, fighting for the best interest of the client, even in the toughest environment. Extremely high ethical and professional standards.’

Key clients

Cyfrowy Polsat

WING Group

Agora

REINO RF CEE

Madison International Realty

Eltel AB

Polsat Group

Addeco Group

Innova Capital

CVC Capital Partners

Work highlights

  • Advising the Polsat Group on the acquisition of the Interia Group.
  • Advised the WING Group on the indirect acquisition of Echo Investment S.A.
  • Advised Cyfrowy Polsat S.A. and Reddev Investments Limited on the acquisition of almost 22% of shares in Asseco Poland S.A.

Rymarz Zdort

Rymarz Zdort retained the entirety of its team following the departure of Weil Gotshal & Manges from the Polish market and subsequent spin-off of the firm's Warsaw offices. The team is known for handling high-level cross border deals and is praised by clients for 'imaginative and well-thought deal structures, good market understanding and fast delivery'. Co-managing partners Pawel Rymarz and Pawel Zdort head up the department, and have substantial experience in corporate, capital markets and private equity deals. Marcin Chyliński, who leads the capital markets team, specialises in public M&A. Filip Uzieblo has an active corporate transactional practice. Polish and US-qualified Łukasz Gasiński leads on regulatory issues.

Practice head(s):

Pawel Rymarz; Pawel Zdort

Other key lawyers:

Marcin Chylinski; Filip Uzieblo; Lukasz Gasinski; Marek Maciag; Jakub Zagrajek; Jacek Zawadzki

Testimonials

‘Imaginative and well thought deal structures, good market understanding, fast delivery’

Key clients

AccorHotels

A fund managed by Aberdeen Standard Investments

Active Ownership Capital S.à.r.l.

Ares Management Corporation

Bank Pekao S.A.

Cordia International Zrt.

Echo Partners B.V. (a JV of PIMCO, Oaktree and Griffin Real Estate)

European Logistics Investments, Griffin Real Estate and Redefine Properties Limited

Grupa Lotos S.A.

IFM Global Infrastructure Fund (IFM), Polski Fundusz Rozwoju S.A. (PFR) and funds managed by it, and PSA International Pte Ltd. (PSA)

Innova Capital

Lone Star Funds

Northland Power Inc.

Oaktree Capital Management Limited

OPTeam S.A.

Patron Capital Advisers LLP and Capital Park S.A.

PGE Energia Ciepla S.A.

Polski Standard Platnosci sp. z o.o.

Proservice Finteco sp. z o.o.

Santander Bank Polska S.A.

SFS Ventures s.r.o.

The existing shareholders of RTB House S.A.

The shareholders of POLOmarket sp. z o.o

Union Asset Management Holding AG

Vectra S.A.

Virgin Mobile Polska sp. z o.o.

Work highlights

  • Advised AccorHotels on the sale of shares in Orbis
  • Advised Vectra S.A. on the acquisition of 100% of the shares in Multimedia Polska S.A.
  • Advising Grupa LOTOS S.A. in connection with a planned merger between Grupa Lotos S.A. and PKN Orlen S.A.

Allen & Overy, A. Pedzich sp. k.

Allen & Overy, A. Pedzich sp. k. is known for cross-border M&A, combining its corporate acumen with firm-wide expertise in financings. Core areas of activity for the firm include energy, infrastructure, manufacturing, financial services and TMT. The group also has a number of high-profile foreign retail sector clients. The team is jointly led by financial institutional M&A specialist Jarosław Iwanick and competition lawyer Marta Sendrowicz. Senior associate Marcin Czaprowski has particular expertise in corporate regulatory issues, while senior associate Maciej Skoczyński undertakes a mix of corporate transactions and financial regulatory work.

Practice head(s):

Jarosław Iwanicki; Marta Sendrowicz

Other key lawyers:

Marcin Czaprowski; Maciej Skoczyński; Łukasz Lech

Testimonials

‘Well-coordinated between the different teams – cooperation was seamless.’

‘The service is high level, you feel the person is there for you to support and give their best at any time of the day or night. In addition to the attentiveness and great understanding of the client needs they also came with smart solutions. I apricated a lot the team flexibility, availability and smart & pragmatic approach.

Key clients

Tesco

Grupa Żywiec

Goodman Europe

Vue

Innova Capital

Oshee

Eden Springs

HSBC Bank plc

Mapletree Investment

GIG

PFR S.A.

EDP Renewables

Equitix

American Towers Corporation

OLX Group

Work highlights

  • Advised Tesco on the sale of its business in Poland to Salling Group A/S. The transaction, which is subject to antitrust approval, includes the sale of 301 stores and its associated distribution centres and head office.
  • Advised Grupa Żywiec on its acquisition of 100% of shares in Browar Namysłów.
  • Advised Goodman European Partnership and Goodman Group on the sale of assets in Central and Eastern Europe for approx. EUR1bn to GLP. The transaction includes properties located in Poland, Hungary, Czech Republic and Slovakia.

CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang Posniak i Bejm sp.k.

CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang Pośniak i Bejm sp.k. is known for its focus on the energy, manufacturing and financial institutions industries, where it advises corporates and investors on the spectrum of their transactions in Poland. The group was strengthened in August 2020 by the arrival of Mateusz Stępień and Sławomir Czerwiński, both of whom are experts in private equity deals, from Clifford ChanceBłażej Zagórski has an active transactional practice and has a niche in advising German-speaking clients on their investment projects in Poland. The department is led by Rafał Zwierz, who is an M&A veteran. Of counsel Olga Czyżycka is also recommended for cross-border deals and capital group restructurings.

Practice head(s):

Rafał Zwierz

Other key lawyers:

Błażej Zagórski; Dariusz Greszta; Sławomir Czerwiński; Mateusz Stępień; Olga Czyżycka; Jarosław Gajda; Grzegorz Pączek; Katarzyna Grodziewicz; Rafał Burda

Testimonials

‘I value Mateusz Stepien as a smart and pragmatic M&A lawyer. He is a big step ahead for the CMS team and will certainly give a great boost to CMS’ practice in Poland.’

‘Dedicated and passionate individuals with broad experience in a subject covered. I value the most their ability to provide the clients with a bunch of solution, while clearly explaining all the pros and cons of them. Very extensive experience in mergers and acquisitions, allowing to effectively handle both small private transactions and large stock exchange transactions.’

‘Rafał Zwierz is the lawyer we want on our side for future deals. Business oriented, with exceptional legal knowledge and calmness that helped a lot in closing negotiation.

‘Very reliable team, reactive, practical, dedicated, pleasant, solutions oriented ’

‘Blazej Zagorski and Grzegorz Paczek are very professional and dedicated ’

‘Super business-mindedness, very practical solutions, extra short time of response, a lot of attention to details’

‘Knowledgeable team – good, complementary mix of competencies – focused on moving things forward ’

‘Strong hard working team – take good care of their customers – good understanding of client’s needs – pragmatic in their approach ’

Key clients

Modus Group

Green Investment Group

PZ Cussons

Bonair S.A.

Polski Fundusz Rozwoju S.A. (Polish Development Fund)

Grupa Azoty Polyolefins S.A.

MZN Property S.A.

Offsite Archive Storage & Integrated Services (Ireland) Ltd. (OASIS) and Montagu Private Equity

MEAG Munich ERGO Asset Management GmbH

Nextbike GmbH

Alligator Ventilfabrik GmbH and Alligator Polska sp. z o.o.

CEE Equity Partners

Work Service S.A.

Advent International and its portfolio company Zentiva

AB Electrolux

mBank S.A. and its portfolio companies

Phillips Fortech Poland

Kino Świat sp. z o.o.

Work highlights

  • Advised Grupa Azoty Polyolefins S.A. on the Polimery Police investment project (development of a complete new petrochemical complex in Police, Poland) – the largest chemical investment in Poland and CEE with an estimated budget of USD 1.8 bn, whereby the project comprised acquiring financing for this investment and complex advice on the whole investment process, including its implementation. The CMS transactions team supported the Client on negotiations and conclusion of transaction documentations with Grupa Lotos S.A. and with two Korean investors: Hyundai Engineering and Korean Overseas Infrastructure & Urban Development Corporation (KIND).
  • Advice to Modus Energy and Green Genius Sp. z o.o., company from the Modus Group, on two transactions of sale of their 100% stakes in two portfolios of ground mounted solar photovoltaic (“PV”) farms in Poland, to the leading global asset manager Aberdeen Standard Investments.
  • Advised Macquarie’s Green Investment Group (GIG) on the acquisition of the entire share capital of a project company holding 48MW onshore wind farm in Zajączkowo, Poland (Zajączkowo Windfarm Sp. z o.o.) from Mitsui Renewable Energy Europe Ltd and J-Power Investment Netherlands B.V. and on the repayment of existing financing.

Dentons

At Dentons, lawyers are known for their transactional expertise in highly regulated sectors, such as energy, life sciences and healthcare, financial institutions, media and telecoms. Utilising the firm's global presence, and particularly across the CEE region, the group often acts as coordinating counsel for cross-border deals. Piotr Dulewicz, who heads up the department, also co-chairs the firm's European private equity group. Paweł Grabowski is also experienced in private equity transactions, as well as asset acquisitions, mergers, and leveraged and management buyouts. Managing counsel Arkadiusz Wierzbicki has experience of advising on a variety of transactions, including cross-border joint ventures.

Practice head(s):

Piotr Dulewicz

Other key lawyers:

Paweł Grabowski; Arkadiusz Wierzbicki; Marceli Kasperkiewicz; Marcin Paliwoda; Arkadiusz Wierzbicki

Key clients

Generali

Orbis

PSA

Blackstone Group

Cavatina Holding

Equinor

PGE Group

Toshiba Carrier Corporation

Marie Brizard

Work highlights

  • Advised Orbis, the leading hotel group in Central and Eastern Europe, on the separation of its real estate ownership activity from its service business, and on the subsequent sale of its service business to Accor.
  • Advised PSA International (the world’s largest port operator), acting in a consortium with two other investors, on the acquisition of DCT Gdansk port terminal.
  • Advised Cavatina Holding, acting together with other sellers, on the sale of 98,04% stake in Murapol, a leading Polish residential development company.

DLA Piper

DLA Piper's team handles the spectrum of corporate transactions, with experience in M&A, venture capital, private and public equity deals for a multinational client base. Core capabilities include corporate restructuring, post-merger integrations and day-to-day advice on corporate activities. The group is led by Marta Frąckowiak, who is an expert in corporate transactions and commercial contracts. Other key names with significant cross-border experience are Jakub Marcinkowski and 'very business-oriented lawyerJakub Domalik-Plakwicz.

Practice head(s):

Marta Frąckowiak

Other key lawyers:

Jakub Marcinkowski; Jakub Domalik-Plakwicz; Wojciech Kalinowski; Rafał Kluziak; Mateusz Zaleński; Piotr Miller

Testimonials

‘A team that is very good commercially and understands the specifics of our acquisition targets quickly and smoothly. Also, commercial with respect to deal-making and negotiations – outlies clearly risks, assists in decision-making by providing clear explanations to non-lawyers.’

‘I have worked with their M&A/PE Partner, Jakub Domalik-Plakwicz is very strong M&A lawyer. He has very a good sense of client needs’

‘DLA Piper team is one of the most dynamic M&A teams on the Polish market working on several large and mid-cap deals. I rank DLA Piper team as among few top legal houses in Poland.

The team consists of seasoned partners hired from other law firms which has been the main reason for such development over the recent years. They provide high quality, business-oriented advice. ’

‘I had the opportunity to work on a number of M&A and ECM transactions with Jakub Domalik-Plakwicz. He is a very business-oriented lawyer who brings plenty of transactional experience to the table. He differentiates with great negotiation skills and hands-on approach.’

Key clients

Airbus Defence & Space

Allegro Capital Group (Allegro.pl)

Avison Young

Discovery Communications

DS Smith

Ecolab

FIZAN & PGM Texas

FIZAN & Recat

First Data Corporation

General Electric

Glovoapp23

GS Engineering & Construction

Hyundai Engineering, Korea Overseas Infrastructure & Urban Development Corporation

Katoen Natie

Mavenir

Multimedia Polska

Patria Land

Raytheon Technologies

PORR Polska

Resource Partners

Sun Capital Partners

Tar Heel Capital

Tar Heel Capital Fund II

TDJ Group

Tomma Diagnostyka Obrazowa

Vehco

Viessmann Group

Life Healthcare Group

Work highlights

  • Advised GS Engineering & Construction Corp. on the EUR 140 million acquisition of Danwood Holding, the number one manufacturer of prefabricated turnkey houses in Germany and Poland, from Polish Enterprise Fund VII. The cross-border transaction has the potential to be one of the largest private equity exits in Poland in 2020.
  • Advised Resource Partners on a sale of the majority stake in Golpasz, one of the leading producers and suppliers of industrial food for farm animals to De Heus, an international animal feed manufacturer.
  • Advised Hyundai Engineering and Korea Overseas Infrastructure & Urban Development Corporation (KIND) on their USD 130 million investment in Grupa Azoty’s Polimery Police polypropylene project.

Hogan Lovells (Warszawa) LLP

Hogan Lovells (Warszawa) LLP's corporate and M&A team works closely with the firm's other departments to provide a full transactional service to domestic and multinational clients in Poland and across the CEE region from the Warsaw office. The team takes a sectoral approach to deals, with particular experience in real estate. Marek Wroniak, who heads up the group, has a specialism in international corporate transactions. Counsel Tomasz Zak is another transactional lawyer, with expertise in commercial contracts. Counsel Tomasz Grygorczuk is noted for public M&A.

Practice head(s):

Marek Wroniak

Other key lawyers:

Tomasz Żak; Tomasz Grygorczuk; Piotr Kwasiborski

Testimonials

‘The Hogan Lovells corporate team in Warsaw provides an excellent balance of local knowledge and familiarity with international market practice and M&A execution style. High-quality technical advice, with the client’s interests in mind. ’

‘Tomasz Zak has been a trusted adviser to our firm on a number of matters over the years. Direct, commercial and a good communicator. ’

‘Excellent knowledge of insurance, banking, bancassurance, M&A, more than a standard engagement in projects, thinking about business consequences and underlining this to the project very clearly’

Key clients

Saur Polska sp. z o. o.

Interpublic Group (IPG)

DH Private Equity Partners

Gdańsk Shipyard Group sp. z o.o.

Gothaer Towarzystwo Ubezpieczeń S.A.

mFinanse S.A. and mBank S.A. (Commerzbank Group)

Kapsch TrafficCom and Axxès

Cinema3D S.A.

FCB Inferno Limited

FlixMobility GmbH (FlixBus)

Shire plc.

Arcus Infrastructure Partners

Honeywell

Work highlights

  • Advised Saur Polska, the French water company, on the acquisition of 100% interest in Polish water treatment company Separator Services.
  • Advised Interpublic Group on the sale of shares in Mullen Lowe Group companies. IPG is a leading provider of marketing solutions, and Mullen Lowe is a global boutique of media agencies.
  • Advising DH Private Equity Partners on the disposal of KP1. KP1 is a leading French manufacturer of high performance prefabricated concrete products, focusing on floors and structural systems for the building industry.

Linklaters

At Linklaters, the team is heavily involved in cross-border transactions and has an ability to handle deals made under foreign laws from the Warsaw office. Poland and US-qualified practitioner Tomasz Zorawski has a focus on M&A in Poland and across the CEE region. In addition to his transactional practice, Marcin Schulz is regularly instructed to advise on corporate regulatory issues, particularly in the financial sector. English-qualified Daniel Cousens specialises in M&A and private equity deals across Poland, Ukraine and Turkey. Counsel Klaudia Królak is increasingly specialised in inbound investments by strategic investors.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Cousens

Other key lawyers:

Cezary Wiśniewski; Marcin Schulz; Klaudia Królak; Szymon Renkiewicz; Tomasz Zorawski 

Testimonials

‘Excellent advice on M & A related issues, including stock exchange issues, with an understanding of international clients and the polish law specialities. Flexible and available team.’

Key clients

MIROVA

ING Bank Śląski S.A

Dywidag-Systems International

Lux Med/BUPA

Glamox

Logoplaste

Ares Management

PZU S.A.

PFR S.A.

Santander

Work highlights

  • Advised PZU on its co-investment in new shares to be issued by RUCH S.A. in connection with its restructuring. The new shares are to be taken-up PKN Orlen S.A. (65%), PZU (14.5%), PZU Życie S.A. (14.5%) and Alior Bank S.A. (6%).
  • Advised Mirova-Eurofideme 4, Mirova’s fourth equity investment fund dedicated to financing energy transition infrastructure, on an equity investment and joint venture with Akuo, an independent global renewable energy power producer and developer, to finance three wind power projects in Poland. With a capacity of 132 MW, the three power plants will employ a total of 53 turbines supplied by manufacturer Vestas and will be operated by Akuo’s local teams.
  • Advised ING Bank Śląski (a Polish subsidiary of ING Group) on its acquisition of 45% of shares in NN Investment Partners TFI (Polish asset management company) from NN Investment Partners International Holdings.

Soltysinski Kawecki & Szlezak

Soltysinski Kawecki & Szlezak's group is valued for its 'deep understanding of Polish law in its practical application'. Its work spans sectors such as fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG), food, automotive and logistics, as well as renewables. Robert Gawałkiewicz, who heads up the team, has expertise in both corporate and commercial law. Krzysztof Pawlisz's practice caters to Polish and international clients which he advises on commercial and securities issues. Marcin Olechowski, who leads the banking and finance department, handles transactions and reorganisations in the financial sector.

Practice head(s):

Robert Gawałkiewicz

Other key lawyers:

Krzysztof Pawlisz; Tomasz Kański; Łukasz Berak; Sławomir Uss; Marcin Olechowski

Testimonials

‘Lawyers from the office are among the most reliable, professional and effective lawyers I have had the opportunity to cooperate with. There are no impossible cases for them and they have proved on more than one occasion that they deserve to be called one of the best law firms in Poland. Their practice covers many areas, thanks to which they are able to provide comprehensive services to the company, regardless of legal issues. It is a law firm which is rated best by the company among more than 15 other top law firms with which the company cooperates. ’

‘SKS is one of few law practices which in fact is able to apply the law not only facilitate negotiations or deal. Also, it is a big law firm and therefore you have many people with deep knowledge and specialization in certain legal aspects’

‘Commitment and specialization in certain legal aspects’

‘Deep understanding of Polish law in its practical application, responsiveness, speed and work quality. ’

Key clients

Bernd von Wieding and his dependant companies

Azora Europa

Wenaas Hotels Europe A/S

Goodyear Holdings S.a.rl

Atlas Holdings

Grupa Tense

Ignitis UAB (previously: Lietuvos Energija UAB)

Rolmlecz Sp. z o.o.

TUPY SA

Piotr Morkowski

Cargill PLC (UK)

Unibail Rodamco Westfiled BV and Złote Tarasy Warsaw III Sarl. Sp. j.

IKEA

Sokołów / Danish Crown A/S (Gzella)

Solaris Bus & Coach

Eurocash

Agora

ETEX

PJSC Acron

BBS AUTOMATION GmbH

Wizz Air

Blue City Group

Pfeifer & Langen

BZK sp. z o.o. i Wspólnicy sp. k. (Bakoma)

Jeronimo Martins Polska S.A.

Ciech S.A.

Work highlights

  • Advised Bernd von Wieding and his dependent companies on the sale to RWE of a group of companies with 4 offshore wind projects in Poland as part of RWE’s Renewables plan to enter the Polish offshore market.
  • Advised Azora Europa on the sale of a 100% shareholding in two property companies holding the Aquarius Business House complex in Wrocław to CBRE Global Investors.
  • Advised Wenaas Hotels Europe A/S on the acquisition of the Radisson Collection Hotel in Warsaw.

White & Case M. Studniarek i Wspólnicy - Kancelaria Prawna sp.k.

White & Case M. Studniarek i Wspólnicy - Kancelaria Prawna sp.k. focuses on high-level domestic and cross-border transactions with a nexus to Poland. The group has substantial private equity and public M&A expertise and often works alongside the firm's global office network, allowing it to serve overseas investors. Marcin Studniarek, who is praised for his 'speed, attitude and brightness' leads the group. Other key individuals are Rafał Kamiński and Aneta Hajska.

Practice head(s):

Marcin Studniarek

Other key lawyers:

Rafał Kamiński; Aneta Hajska; Marek Sawicki; Maciej Zalewski; Maciej Zalewski

Testimonials

‘Best in class M&A team led by Marek Sawicki. Excellent skills and commitment to the case.’

‘Marek Sawicki, best M&A lawyer I worked with: skills, speed, attitude, brightness’

Key clients

Polish Aviation Group S.A. (Polska Grupa Lotnicza S.A.)

Nets Denmark A/S

Play Communications S.A.

P4 Sp. z o.o.

Polnord S.A.

Brookfield Infrastructure

Mid Europa Partners

Prime Car Management

Vantage Development S.A.

Emperia Holding S.A.

Echo Investment S.A.

Pfleiderer Group S.A.

R.Power Sp. z o.o.

Globe Trade Centre

Baker McKenzie Krzyżowski i Wspólnicy Sp.k.

Baker & McKenzie Krzyżowski i Wspólnicy Spółka Komandytowa's practice incorporates expertise in M&A, private equity and technology sector work.  The real estate industry is another area of activity for the group, which advises a number of high-profile international clients on their investments in Poland. The team is jointly led by Tomasz KrzyżowskiWeronika Achramowicz and public and private M&A specialist Magdalena Nasiłowska. Counsel Piotr Jaśkiewicz is building a strong cross-border practice.

Practice head(s):

Tomasz Krzyżowski; Weronika Achramowicz; Magdalena Nasiłowska

Other key lawyers:

Piotr Jaśkiewicz

Testimonials

‘Good team – very knowledgeable, welcoming and friendly. ’

‘Weronika Achramowicz clearly stands out as being a young, powerful partner taking huge efforts to achieve and perform in the best interests for her clients. Strong performer, always willing to adapt and put in the extra effort.

‘The team has a great experience and understanding of M&A and high rationality in processing what makes a work very effective ’

‘Tomasz Krzyżowski has very high standards, quick responses, great combination of business and legal skills’

‘Very flexible approach, good business orientation. Trusted advisers.’

‘Weronika Achramowicz is a partner that understands the business and has an ability to deliver tailored-made advise, taking into account various legal and tax perspective.’

Key clients

Mapletree Investments Pte Ltd

Flügger group A/S

B. Braun Avitum AG

Leggett & Platt

GlaxoSmithKline

SeaChange

SIKA AG

WiseTech

Hitachi

Phalanx, Inc. / NYSK Holdings

CWS-boco Polska sp. z o.o.

Ardagh Group

Signify Poland (formerly Philips Lighting)

Polski Bank Komórek Macierzystych SA (FamiCord Group)

General Electric

Dyson

Viskase Companies, Inc.

Value Quest

Trivium Group

Task Retail

Leo Group

Work highlights

  • Advised Flügger group A/S, a leading Scandinavian paints manufacturer, on the acquisition of the majority of shares in Unicell Poland sp. z o.o., a leading Polish paints manufacturer.
  • Advised B. Braun Avitum AG – one of the world’s leading providers and manufacturers of healthcare solutions – on the sale of its dialysis business in Poland to Davita group.
  • Advised Hitachi on the acquisition of a majority of the power grid division of ABB (comprising one third of ABB’s business) in all legal aspects of the transaction pertaining to Poland, which – due to the number of ABB factories and sites – were considered the material jurisdiction of the deal. The conditional sale agreement of 80.1% of the shares for USD 11 billion was signed (and the deal published) in December 2018. The deal was completed by 1 July 2020.

Domanski Zakrzewski Palinka

Domanski Zakrzewski Palinka's team is praised for its 'versatility, availability and commitment', handling transactions including leveraged buyouts, management takeovers, joint ventures, reorganisations and restructurings. The group is led by 'well-connectedKrzysztof Zakrzewski, who is instructed by local and international corporates on investment and acquisition projects on the public and private markets. Marek Świątkowski is recommended for his foreign investment experience, while Piotr Andrzejczak is noted for his work for Polish entrepreneurs.

Practice head(s):

Krzysztof Zakrzewski

Other key lawyers:

Marek Świątkowski; Piotr Andrzejczak; Bartosz Marcinkowski; Robert Niczyporuk; Przemysław Furmaga; Paweł Pioruński

Testimonials

‘One of the largest and best-experienced multi-practice local teams well connected to legal firms around the globe ’

‘Krzysztof Zakrzewski, very well connected, one of the most experienced M&A lawyers in Poland. Marek Świątkowski, also very experienced, technically strong lawyer with very good negotiation skills’

‘Versatility, availability, commitment, peace of mind, professionalism, patience, ability to explain, finding solutions, listening to expectations.’

‘Knowledgeable, attentive and commercial’

‘Excellent availability. Friendly and personal touch. ’

‘They have experts for all relevant areas, have a proactive approach and able to think strategically’

Key clients

Getin Holding S.A.

Finergis Investments Ltd.

IntoDNA Sp. z o.o.

Impax Asset Management

Wodociągi i Kanalizacja w Opolu sp. z o.o. and Opole Municipality

Orbis

Supermercato 24 (S24 S.p.A.)

ITI Neovision

IKEA Retail sp. z o.o.

Work highlights

  • Advised Impax Asset Management on the sale of a 42 MW wind farm in Kisielice to a Green Investment Group investment fund (managed by the Macquarie Group Ltd). In the transaction, Impax New Energy Holdings Cooperatief W.A, an entity belonging to NEF2 (an investment fund in the wind energy sector) and managed by Impax Asset Management, sold 100% of shares in the wind farm, which is located in the Warmińsko-Mazurskie Voivodship, to a fund managed by Macquarie Group Ltd.
  • Advising Getin Holding on the sale of a 100% shareholding in OOO Carcade – Russian lease company specialising in leasing cars and light vehicles to small and medium enterprises. This deal was significant because it involved carrying out a complex, multi-aspect transaction in several European countries (Poland, Russia, United Kingdom, and Italy) in a complex regulatory environment.
  • Legal advice to Orbis S.A. (one of the largest Polish hotel groups) on the transaction of sale of Orbis’ shares to AccorInvest Group.

Eversheds Sutherland Wierzbowski

Eversheds Sutherland Wierzbowski's lawyers have a significant presence in mid-market corporate transactions, with them acting for a mix of domestic and foreign clients. The group works closely with other practitioners across the firm's international office network, making it a strong choice in cross-border deals.  Ewa Szlachetka focuses on public M&A and restructurings. Renata Patoka has an active transactional practice, and she also advises insurers on warranty and indemnity issues. Michał Karwacki is a name to note for private equity and venture capital deals. Of counsel Krzysztof Feluch is noted for real estate acquisitions and company formations.

Practice head(s):

Ewa Szlachetka; Renata Patoka; Michał Karwacki

Other key lawyers:

Krzysztof Feluch; Natalia Burchardt; Małgorzata Deruś

Key clients

ALE Holdings Limited

Cogito General Partner SARL

Drukarnia Embe Press

Ecowater (Marmon Group)

EEC Ventures

ELMO S.A.

Enterex International Limited

Geo Renewables

IGT Global Services Ltd.

ITP S.A.

Nestle Group

Parker Hannifin

Safestay PLC

Sompo International Insurance (SI Europe Insurance)

Soufflet Group

Tokyo Marine HCC

West Rock

Work highlights

  • Acted for Drukarnia Embe Press on Innova Capital’s acquisition of shares in the client, a leading supplier of labels and flexible packaging for the beverage and food industry.
  • Advised IGT Global Services Ltd. on the sale of 100% of the shares of BillBird S.A., part of the IGT Global Services Limited (IGT), to Centrum Rozliczeń Elektronicznych Polskie ePłatności S.A.
  • Advised Nestlé on international restructuring combined with establishing a new entity and demerger of part of a business constituting organized part of the enterprise related to manufacturing of pet feed to a new company.

GESSEL Attorneys at Law

GESSEL Attorneys at Law's team, which is led by 'top-class senior specialists', has an impressive depth of experience in Polish M&A, advising Polish and international public and private entities on their transactions. The group is jointly led by Marcin MacieszczakMaciej Kożuchowski and Małgorzata Badowska. At the junior end, managing associate Michał Bochowicz is developing a significant M&A practice in the aviation and new technologies sectors.

Practice head(s):

Marcin Macieszczak; Maciej Kożuchowski; Małgorzata Badowska

Other key lawyers:

Michał Bochowicz; Karol Sokół; Bartłomiej Woźniak; Krzysztof Jasiński

Testimonials

‘Gessel knows our industry very well. Pretty good price/quality. ’

‘Top class senior specialists involved in projects, deep understanding of business, focus on solutions, “in client’s shoes” approach ’

‘Marcin Macieszczak – the best M&A lawyer I have ever met in my career.’

Key clients

Enterprise Investors

Anwim S.A.

Przelewy24 (DialCom 24)

AVALLON

BNP Paribas

OEX S.A.

Black Forest

Wirtualna Polska

LUX MED

Highlander Partners

Work highlights

  • Advised Przelewy24 on the largest FinTech transaction in Poland to date – the strategic alliance between Nets and Przelewy24 resulting in establishment of P24 DotCard, one of largest online payment services provider in Poland.
  • Advised OEX SA on sale of ArchiDoc S.A., a leading documents management services provider, to Offsite Archive Storage & Integrated Services
  • Advising Polski Bank Komórek Macierzystych S.A. (biomedical company operating the largest stem cell banks network in Europe) on its international expansion.

Gide Loyrette Nouel

Gide Loyrette Nouel has a strong profile in corporate, commercial and M&A transactions. It advises public and private companies on their activities in Poland. The group is particularly strong in private equity and capital markets matters, and is able to provide full-service advice regarding financial, regulatory and tax issues. Dariusz Tokarczuk, who leads the group, has a strong client base of Polish and foreign investors. Paweł Grześkowiak, who leads the banking and finance group, often supports the corporate transactional team. Edyta Zalewska is another name to note, with experience in restructurings.

Practice head(s):

Dariusz Tokarczuk

Other key lawyers:

Paweł Grześkowiak; Edyta Zalewska; Wojciech Czyżewski

Key clients

Vinci Energies

Przedsiębiorstwo Państwowe “Porty Lotnicze”

Seris

Nowy Styl Group

Work highlights

  • Advised Przedsiębiorstwo Państwowe “Porty Lotnicze” on its acquisition of Przedsiębiorstwo Handlu Zagranicznego “Baltona” S.A., which is publicly listed on the Warsaw Stock Exchange. The acquisition was carried out through an announcement of the tender offer for the sale of up to 100% of the shares in  Przedsiębiorstwo Handlu Zagranicznego “Baltona” S.A
  • Advised Vinci Energies on the acquisition of shares in Eltel Networks Telecom, a Polish subsidiary of Eltel Group, for EUR 12.7 million.
  • Advised Seris, the French capital group, on the acquisition of 100% of the shares in Konsalnet Holding S.A. (a Polish leader in personal and property security), and indirectly on the acquisition of shares in its subsidiaries.

Kochanski & Partners

The team at Kochanski & Partners has developed a niche in corporate transactions in the real estate sector, and it is also active in a wide range of other industries, including energy, pharmaceuticals and publishing. Rafał Rapala heads up the corporate team. Paweł Cholewiński and Paweł Mardas are other notable individuals. Counsel Karol Połosak often handles commercial contracts, and also advises on restructurings concerning debtors in Poland.

Practice head(s):

Rafał Rapala; Paweł Cholewiński; Paweł Mardas

Other key lawyers:

Karol Połosak; Kacper Czubacki; Aneta Serowik

Testimonials

‘The team is unique, is working on a first-class level and always manage to find outstanding solutions. They are always able to cope with complex situations.’

‘Rafal Rapala is the head of the team dealing with our cases. Rapala is proactive and keeps us always informed about the status and the progress of the cases, discussing the common policy and progress very intensively.’

Key clients

AccorInvest Group S.A.

Johnson Matthey PLC

Oxenwood Real Estate (UK)

Griffin Real Estate

Formaster S.A.

One Peak Partners

iTaxi (a portfolio company of Dirlango, an investment fund investing in Internet and technology businesses globally)

Ferro Corporation

Knapp AG

State Street Global Advisors

INDUS AG / Betomax

Chrysler Poland

Blachotrapez

Ductor

Ringier Axel Springer Polska

Shenzhen Hepalink Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Advised AccorInvest Group S.A. on the largest M&A transaction in the Polish market, acting for AccorInvest on the purchase of shares in Orbis S.A. (the Polish hotel chain), from Accor S.A. and Accor Polska. The transaction value was EUR 1.06 billion.
  • Advised INDUS on a large and material shareholder conflict regarding the Polish public subsidiary of Betomax, Forbuild S.A., one of the leading Polish construction companies.
  • Advised One Peak Partners on a significant investment in Doc Planner, a medical services matching company, by several investors, including One Peak Partners, Goldman Sachs, Piton Capital and Enern Investments.

Maruta Wachta sp. j.

Maruta Wachta sp. j. is dedicated to servicing the digital sector, having built up significant IT industry knowledge, which it combines with deep experience in corporate and commercial transactions. The department is led by Daniel Jastrun, who has strong links to the Nordic market, and advises on a variety of domestic and cross-border transactions. Based in Krakow, Zbigniew Okoń is an expert in IT contracts, e-commerce and marketing law. He is often supported by Mateusz Franke on commercial matters.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Jastrun

Other key lawyers:

Zbigniew Okoń; Mateusz Franke; Hubert Binkiewicz

Testimonials

‘Broad knowledge and experience, business acumen, proactiveness.’

‘Out-of-box thinking, client focus, dedication to the processes, professionalism, broad overview of the legal matters, availability and responsiveness.’

‘They are able to provide legal services at a very high level. They have the right amount of staff to solve the problem in a very short time. They are flexible, they adapt to our needs and I have the impression that the customer is most important to them. Not every law firm has this approach to the client.’

‘Very quick response to questions while maintaining high quality. They are responsive and experienced. They really care about clients business and are client-focused. On corporate matters, associates are very detail-oriented and diligent. While in negotiations very engaged and experienced. I like working with Daniel Jastrun and his team.’

‘Daniel Jastrun, the new generation lawyer that makes the process of rendering legal services smooth and pleasant. He delivers professional advice.’

‘Daniel Jastrun is first class, responsive, knowledgeable, contactable at all times. Where he cannot service the client’s needs, he is able to introduce the right colleague at the right time for the right price’

‘Communication and professionalism are the most remarkable strengths of the team. A client will get the proper attention right away and will be informed about the further steps of processing any inquiry and exact timing. The outcome of any single inquiry is satisfying.’

Key clients

Orange

ProExe

National Cloud Operator

Equitin Partners Limited

Delivery Hero

Tetra Pak

Restaurant Partner Poland

CyberCom

4Fun

Momox

Bray International

Carrefour

Librus

Żabka

Govery

Biomin Polska sp. z o.o.

Capco

Empik

Konica Minolta

UNICEF

EURO-net sp. z o.o. (EURO RTV AGD)

IFS (Industrial and Financial Systems Central and Eastern Europe sp. z o.o.)

Irwin Mitchell

First Law International

Curated Content (Gamewise)

Work highlights

  • Advised multinational packaging company Tetra Pak for over 15 years on a full range of corporate and commercial matters in Poland, particularly in relation to contract negotiations (regarding delivery of complex packaging or processing lines to producers of liquid food).
  • Advised the National Cloud Operator on partnership agreements with Microsoft to create the Microsoft Cloud regions in Poland. As a result, Microsoft announced a comprehensive $1 billion investment plan to accelerate innovation and digital transformation in the “Polish Digital Valley”.
  • Advised founders of very successful software house ProExe on the sale of a majority stake to Vectra (leading Polish provider of TV and internet). Group VECTRA is the third largest telecommunication cable operator in Poland.

Noerr

Noerr's team focuses on mid and upper mid-market deals in Poland, drawing on a strong German office network. The group has significant sectoral expertise in media, telecoms and real estate, advising corporate and fund clients on their Polish transactions. Jointly leading the group are Ludomir Biedecki and Jakub Lerner, with the latter being triple-qualified in Poland, England and New York. Radosław Biedecki also has significant transactional experience.

Practice head(s):

Ludomir Biedecki; Jakub Lerner

Other key lawyers:

Radosław Biedecki; Mateusz Słodczyk

Testimonials

‘Very professional, although lean and efficient organisational structure, with a lot of independence from the HQ. Strong local relationships of Noerr partners leading the franchise allowing meaningful business-related discussions and generation of pipeline ideas.’

‘Ludomir Biedecki: 1) strong international background bringing international professional standards and ethics into the local, Polish M&A legal advisory space; 2) very approachable, communicative, professional and able to perfectly adapt to the actual surrounding/audience/business partners; 3) a very competent lawyer with a solid understanding of commercial/common-sense approach, which provides for a greater likelihood of successful deal completion’

‘So far the best external team I worked with.’

Ludomir Biedecki being the lead at Noerr’s side – managed to coordinate the entire Noerr-team (data protection/ commercial/ corporate, etc.) in the most effective manner, one could imagine. Always at a level of high quality and always in due time even when urgent consultation was needed.’

‘Everyone at Noerr, I worked with was the perfect mixture of: responding fast / with comprehensive advice and instructions. ’

‘A very systematic and analytical approach with creative ideas and solutions the cleverness in negotiation the good communication with us (as the clients), with the polish colleagues and with the bidders (from different countries)’

‘We worked with Ludomir Biedecki and Mateusz Slodzyk. Both did an excellent job, always available, very good communication, acting extremely fast very successful in negotiations

Key clients

Bauer Media Group

TAG Immobilien

Papierfabrik Adolf Jass

PreZero, part of Schwarz Group

HKM Beteiligungs GmbH

Aurelius Group

AFP (Aluflexpack Group)

Europoles Group

Deutsche Telekom

Cedrob

Graham

Work highlights

  • Advised European Finance Funds III (EPF III) managed by Apollo on the sale of a real estate package to Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund GIC
  • Advised Heinrich Bauer Verlag on the sale of Interia Group – a leading player on the Polish market of new generation media – to Polsat Group, as well as on acquisition of business of Tense Group (a Polish company operating in the internet marketing and being a leader on the SEO market)
  • Advised PreZero International GmbH/Schwarz Group on acquisition of 100% shares of Komart, a significant provider of municipal and industrial waste management services from Upper Silesia

Schoenherr Stangl sp.k.

At Schoenherr Stangl sp.k., the 'responsive, accessible, proactive' team handles M&A transactions in Poland and across the CEE region, leveraging the firm's strong regional office network. Team head Paweł Halwa is experienced in a wide range of corporate transactions, as well as reorganisations and restructurings. Counsel Krzysztof Pawlak has substantial experience of cross-border work and expertise in insurance and compliance-related law.

Practice head(s):

Paweł Halwa

Other key lawyers:

Krzysztof Pawlak

Testimonials

‘This team is extremely skilled and effective. They understand very well the key items of the deal and help in focusing the efforts to resolve them. Proactive, supportive, problem solvers. The type of legal support you definitely need in an M&A transaction. ’

Responsive, accessible, proactive. Partnering with client to find solutions and overcome roadblock in the transaction. Very skilled and pragmatic.’

‘Small high-quality team with broad and multidisciplinary skills. Very able to manage a project involving a number of client contacts and external advisers.’

Practical and speedy no-nonsense advice!

‘I appreciate expertise and knowledge, smooth collaboration and support.’

‘Full-service team and very responsive, efficient, commercial and easy to work with.’

‘Great Austrian firm with a great local team.’

‘Pawel Halwa is very commercial and hands-on.’

Key clients

UNIQA ȪSTERREICH Versicherungen AG

Beta Systems Software AG

Caverion Emerging Markets OY

EPTA Polska sp. z o.o.

GR Sarantis S.A.

Apax Partners

Benteler

EQT Partners

Jones Lang LaSalle SE

Integra Lifesciences Holding Corporation

KKR & Co. Inc

ASSA ABLOY

Work highlights

  • Advising UNIQA Group on the approx. EUR 1 billion acquisition of five subsidiaries of the AXA Group in Poland.
  • Provided comprehensive advice to the Assa Abloy Group on the restructuring of its Polish entities, including analysis of potential scenarios, preparation of merger documents and representation at court.
  • Advised APAX on the acquisition of a majority stake in the ADCO Group, a leader in mobile sanitary services under brand TOI TOI and DIXI in many jurisdictions, including Poland.

Wardynski & Partners

Wardynski & Partners is 'a true Polish firm' whose team is noted for its 'good local knowledge and dedication'. In addition to acting for clients on high-value domestic transactions, it handles the Polish aspects of cross-border deals. The group has strong links with international firms and is often called upon as Polish counsel. Izabela Zielińska-Barłożek has 'great transactional knowledge' and splits her time between Warsaw and Poznań. She co-heads the practice with Paweł Ciećwierz, who has a strong pedigree in commercial law and restructuring. Anna Dąbrowska is experienced in M&A and corporate transformations. Krzysztof Libiszewski is another name to note.

Practice head(s):

Izabela Zielińska-Barłożek; Paweł Ciećwierz

Other key lawyers:

Anna Dąbrowska; Krzysztof Libiszewski; Bartosz Kuraś; Katarzyna Wójcik-Bąkowska; Maciej Szewczyk

Testimonials

‘A relatively large Polish firm, but being a true Polish firm, has very good local knowledge and dedication. Very pragmatic and professional. Very good to work with, both on general corporate/M&A and their specialists within tax etc.’

‘I worked mostly with Izabela Zielińska-Barłożek and Maciej Szewczyk who were both very good and pleasant to work with, pragmatic, very professional towards the counterparty’s counsel, hands-on and very service minded.’

‘Wardynski is very very strong in their client service and approach thereto’

‘Isabela Zielinska, Anna Dabrowska and Maciej Szewczyk are truly outstanding lawyers to work with and great personalities to spend time with! Their true professionalism combined with their positive and enjoyable approach makes it a pleasure to work with them. Wardynski is the go-to law firm in Poland. They arrange the matter at hand, pick it up immediately with great service and great communication. Clear, to the point and with solutions. We worked with them in a cross border deal where we the lead counsel and Wardynski really stood out. Their team gives the necessary confidence and trust one needs in a complex and high-pressure environment. ’

‘Very good commercial understanding – Technically outstanding with great business acumen’

‘Izabela Zielinska-Barlozek has great transactional knowledge, on top of things’

‘Our main contacts are partner Izabela Zielinska and senior associate Maciej Szewczyk. Both are extremely good lawyers with a good commercial understanding of our business and very good availability.’

Key clients

AB InBev

ABP Food Group

Addias

ArcelorMittal

Bridgestone

CMC Poland

CRCC International Investment Group Limited (CRCCII)

ESCO Technologies Inc.

FSN Capital IV

Gränges AB (publ)

Guardian

H+H International A/S and H+H Polska sp. z o.o.

HTL Strefa S.A.

Inalfa Roof Systems

Leica Geosystems (part of Hexagon)

MVGM

Otto Bock

Patron Capital Advisers

PETRONAS and PETRONAS Chemicals

Salling Group A/S

Saria (Remondis group company)

Seedrs

Seco/Warwick S.A.

SK Innovation

SUEZ Group

Syndigo LLC

Victaulic

Volkswagen

Work highlights

  • Advised Salling Group on a EUR 200 million acquisition of shares in Tesco (Poland).
  • Advised Gränges AB (publ) on a EUR 230 mln acquisition of flat rolled aluminium producer Aluminium Konin (Impexmetal S.A.) from Boryszew Group.
  • Advised Ottobock on an acquisition of Vigo, the leading orthopaedic and prosthetics specialist in Belgium and in post-closing reorganisation of Ottobock two subsidiaries

WKB Wiercinski, Kwiecinski, Baehr

WKB Wiercinski, Kwiecinski, Baehr has strong links with international firms and it often acts as Polish counsel on large cross-border deals. The group draws on the firm's labour, tax, IP and insurance departments to provide a full service on all aspects of transactions. The department is jointly led by Andrzej Wierciński, who is a veteran of M&A, privatisations and corporate restructurings, and Jakub Jedrzejak. Australian-qualified practitioner Ben Davey focuses on institutional investment transactions, while Anna Wojciechowska leads on company law and corporate governance matters. Counsel Krzysztof Wawrzyniak is developing a practice involving the Polish law on associations and foundations.

Practice head(s):

Andrzej Wierciński; Jakub Jędrzejak

Other key lawyers:

Ben Davey; Anna Wojciechowska; Krzysztof Wawrzyniak

Testimonials

‘The team is really strong, fast responding, understanding projects and client’s needs perfectly and providing business-oriented solutions. Great experience to work with them, indeed.’

‘The individual lawyers are very direct and fast in communication and precise at the same time.’

‘Undoubtedly, they are in my view unquestioned leaders among the Polish independent law firms within corporate advice space. ’

‘Krzysztof Wawrzyniak is very calm and balanced during the negotiations that created good atmosphere at the table. All of those taken altogether helped us to achieve our targeted business goals. No weaknesses detected to be honest and I would definitely recommend him as one of the best young up-and-coming Polish lawyers I had an opportunity to work with. ’

‘Very flexible in addressing the tasks clients presents. Proactive in finding alternative solutions. Very quick response time & delivery time, if needed. Very knowledgeable of the (law) market, market (&political) development. ’

‘Worked only with Anna Wojciechowska & her team. All mentioned above is directly linked with Anna and her team – flexibility – great knowledge of “the playground” – resourceful of finding solutions to complex problems – great cooperation on a personal level as well’

‘Always, a great complementary team in terms of competence and support. In the event of the necessity to change the person (e.g. due to vacation), it was always very smooth and without the slightest harm to the topic and process. It was always possible to see and feel that employees working on a topic in a team understand each other “without words”.’

‘Competences at the highest level, excellent knowledge of English, legal, 100% care for the client’s interests, very fast delivery of proposals and prepared documents, de facto work 24/7 if required by the situation’

Key clients

ABB

ČEZ

Stock Spirits

Orkla Group

Statkraft

Centrum Rozliczeń Elektronicznych Polskie ePłatności

Aflofarm Farmacja Polska

Ryanair

Boekestijn

Grosfillex

Avallon MBO Fund

Giant Ventures I LP

Work highlights

  • Advised ABB on the Polish aspects of the divestment of its Power Grid business (PG Business) to Hitachi, which was taking place globally in several jurisdictions at the same time
  • Advised the Avallon and Euro Choice IV funds in their sale of a majority stake in Meyra Group S.A. to the H.I.G. Europe fund by providing comprehensive legal advice and support during the entire transaction process
  • Advised RWE on the Polish aspects of the acquisition of the 2.7-GW onshore wind and solar project development pipeline from Nordex SE.

Bird & Bird Szepietowski i wspólnicy sp. k.

Bird & Bird Szepietowski i wspólnicy sp. k. is best known for its expertise in the technology and telecoms sectors, but it also handles M&A and joint venture transactions involving the energy, healthcare and fashion industries. Restructurings are another key area of activity. Leading the department are Rafał Dziedzic and Paweł Bajno, both of whom have expertise in corporate and capital markets law.

Practice head(s):

Rafał Dziedzic; Paweł Bajno

Other key lawyers:

Artur Stosio; Michał Błaszkiewicz

Key clients

Enterprise Investors

Marguerite Fund

MACIF (Mutuelle Assurance des Commercants et Industrieles France et des Cadres et salaries de l’Industrie et du Commerce)

MUTAVIE Societe europeenne

Widex A/S

Canadian Solar

Private Venture Partners

Eleven Sports Network Ltd

Qliktech UK Ltd.

Belvar AS

Lexmark International Technology

Verizon (Fleetmatics)

Columbia Sportswear International

Unisys Polska sp. z o.o.

TomTom Telematics B.V

RebTel Networks AB

Cadence Design Systems Inc.

Avril Group

Opus Capita Oy

Prime Staff Services

Cryo Life

Webfleet Solutions

Work highlights

  • Acted as legal counsel to Macif and MUTAVIE in a transaction concerning the sale of their shares in MACIF Życie TUW to Saltus Ubezpieczenia. The closing of the transaction occurred after approval was obtained from the Polish Financial Supervision Commission.
  • Advised Polish public company MZN Property S.A. on the acquisition through public tender offer of a majority stake in such company by Axel Springer media AG.
  • Advised Enterprise Investors on a potential sale of Wento group – an investment portfolio of Enterprise Investors conducting activity in renewable energy – wind.

CDZ Chajec, Don-Siemion & Partners

At CDZ Chajec, Don-Siemion & Partners, the team has a specialism in public and private M&A arising from the TMT and real estate sectors. Leading the M&A group is telecoms law expert Andrzej ChajecMacej Kotlicki, private equity expert Szymon Skiendzielewski, and corporate and commercial all-rounder Jolanta Okoniecka.

Practice head(s):

Andrzej Chajec; Jolanta Okoniecka; Maciej Kotlicki; Szymon Skiendzielewski

Other key lawyers:

Eliza Szulc-Sieranska

Key clients

IT Kontrakt

TFI Capital Partners

Cordia International (Polnord)

Work highlights

  • Advised IT Kontrakt Sp. z o.o., an IT and digital consulting platform on its acquisition of a Germany-based company Sevenval Technologies.
  • Advising Cordia International Zrt. („Cordia”) on an acquisition of a majority stake (65.27%) as part of an issue of shares in Polnord S.A. of Warsaw (“Polnord”). CDZ’s mandate included negotiations of issue terms, participation in bookbuilding, obtaining an antimonopoly clearance, and drafting a share subscription agreement
  • Advising funds managed by TFI Capital Partners S.A. on executing an investment contract for an acquisition of shares by the Investors

Crido Legal

Crido Legal stands out for its strong tax consultancy arm, which works closely with its legal practice. The firm acts for clients on cross-border deals, which includes advising Polish companies on making acquisitions abroad. Mateusz Baran takes the lead on commercial law issues. Katarzyna Żółcińska is increasingly active in the investment funds space.

Practice head(s):

Mateusz Baran

Other key lawyers:

Katarzyna Żółcińska; Marzena Lau; Michał Klimowicz

Testimonials

‘Michał Klimowicz is a business-oriented and client-focused lawyer. ’

‘Crido’s corporate/M&A department consists of highly skilled professionals with extensive knowledge and experience to assist in high-value M&A and corporate transactions. Comprehensive and pragmatic advice, quality of legal service delivery and responsiveness, makes the firm to stand out from the others.’

‘Very practical law firm in real estate tax issues. Really fluent on the market and giving the best options at a reasonable fee rate.’

‘Crido Legal provides us with comprehensive legal services on a series of acquisitions of local leaders in providing medical services in Poland. What distinguishes Crido Legal is its wide knowledge of the market. Its M&A team is extremely experienced in M&A deals, provides highly professional services and always delivers work on time. The lawyers I have been working with have a perfect understanding of characteristics of M&A deals and are fully dedicated to the project, have very active attitude, take care of details and are always a step ahead of the other party.’

Key clients

IIC

H&M

Neinver

Atrium European Real Estate

Avenger Flight Group

Innov8ton

7R SA

Layetana

Klepierre SA

BPI Real Estate

Eversis

Hili Ventures

Colas Polska (Bouygues capital group)

SuperDrob (Charoen Pokphand Foods capital group)

PZU Zdrowie (PZU capital group)

Smart Pharma

Zarecki Foods

Work highlights

  • Advised PZU Zdrowie on its acquisition of Tomma Diagnostyka Obrazowa from private equity fund Tar Heel Capital.
  • Advised SuperDrob (a subsidiary of Charoen Pokphand Foods, owner of 7-eleven), a leading poultry producer, on the acquisition of a production plant from BBP.
  • Advised Colas (a member of Bouygues group), a leading construction company, on the acquisition of road construction assets from Skanska.

Deloitte Legal, Ostrowski, Gizicki i Wspólnicy sp.k.

Deloitte Legal, Ostrowski, Gizicki i Wspólnicy sp.k.'s M&A department is closely linked to the firm's CEE regional offices and consultancy arm, giving it the ability to provide a comprehensive service in relation to cross-border transactions. Jointly heading up the practice are commercial law expert Piotr Siezieniewski, corporate and securities law specialist Ryszard Manteuffel and Robert Pasternak.

Practice head(s):

Piotr Siezieniewski; Ryszard Manteuffel; Robert Pasternak

Testimonials

‘The team was willing and able to take responsibility for negotiations when and where needed, while leaving me (the customer) in charge. They were able to understand the customer’s needs and translate that into legal terms. Securing the customer’s interest and at the same time argue with counterparts at a legal level.’

‘I would like to commend Jacek Korzeniewski and Piotr Siezieniewski from Deloitte legal Poland (Warsaw office) for there commitment and excellent support they both went beyond what I expected. ’

‘Nice, friendly relationship, stable, not changing contact person who knows and deals with all matters of our company’

‘Hands-on approach, very good business sense and not overthinking’

‘Availability, flexibility, general open-minded approach.’

Key clients

EMPIK S.A.

Agora S.A.

Eurocash S.A.

Inter Cars S.A.

MCI Capital S.A.

Penta Investments

Value4Capital

Mezzanine Management

Nettle S.A.

Tar Heel Capital

Wirtualna Polska Holding S.A.

Unilever Polska S.A.

JSW Innowacje S.A.

PZU S.A.

Synerise S.A.

CIC Corporate Finance

HAG Asset Management

Work highlights

  • Advised Value4Capital, a prominent private equity firm investing in medium-sized, Central European enterprises (V4C), on the acquisition of shares in Summa Linguae Technologies S.A.
  • Advised the shareholders of TopCard Sp. z o.o., a Poznań-based terminal and payment service provider, on the sales of 100% of the company’s shares to CRE Polskie ePłatności S.A.
  • Advised Sun Investment Group, Poland’s leading solar energy investment and development management company, on the acquisition of portfolio of solar energy plants in Poland.

DWF Poland Jamka Sp.k

M&A is a core strength at DWF Poland Jamka Sp.k, which excels in cross-border transactions. The group provides a full-service, utilising the firm's finance, regulatory, corporate governance and employment departments. Practice head Michał Pawłowski has expertise in public M&A. Filip Urbaniak is another name to note with significant transactional experience.

Practice head(s):

Michał Pawłowski

Other key lawyers:

Filip Urbaniak; Rafał Woźniak; Adrian Jonca; Marcin Trepka; Izabela Szczygielska

Key clients

i2 Development S.A.

CDRL S.A.

GPW S.A.

Enter Air S.A.

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)

Santander Bank Polska

Lubelski Węgiel “Bogdanka” S.A.

Jastrzębska Spółka Węglowa S.A.

Grupa EKOTECH

Enterprise Investors

SMT Stanlay Marine Technik

H.I.G. Capital

PKO Leasing S.A.

Geo Renewables

KGAL

Dobra Energia dla Olsztyna

Work highlights

  • Advised H.I.G. Capital on acquisition of 100% of shares in Meyra Group S.A.
  • Advised Enter Air S.A. on investment in the Swiss company Germania Flug.
  • Advised GEO Renewables on sale by Solaque Holding Ltd. (affiliated with GEO Renewables) of two Polish wind farms to Fonnes sp. z o.o., a subsidiary of Taaleri Plc.

EY Law

EY Law's corporate and M&A department takes an integrated approach to transactions, employing its tax and consultancy teams in complex matters. The team adeptly handles all stages of transactions, including pre-bid structuring and post-deal completion. Practice head Zuzanna Zakrzewska is an M&A and reorganisations expert, areas that Magdalena Kasiarz also specialises in.

Practice head(s):

Zuzanna Zakrzewska

Other key lawyers:

Magdalena Kasiarz; Jakub Organ

Testimonials

Excellent corporate and M&A professionals, flexible, business-oriented approach.’

Zuzanna Zakrzewska has exceptional market knowledge, strategic thinking, business acumen.’

Key clients

Marie Brizard Wine & Spirits sp. z o.o.

Marie Brizard Wine & Spirits SA

The SPAR Group Ltd

EY Business Advisory

Sportmaster Group

Rittal Beteiligungs GmbH

IWG Management sp. z o.o. (formerly Regus Management sp. z o.o.)

Credit Suisse Group

AB Inbev

Work highlights

  • Advised The SPAR Group, the largest food store franchise chain in the world, on the acquisition of Piotr i Paweł, saving the last Polish retail chain of delicatessen.
  • Legal advisory services to Marie Brizard regarding its sale of 100 % of the shares in Sobieski Trade sp. z o.o. to United Beverages S.A., these two parties being the leading wholesalers of alcohol in Poland.
  • Advised Rittal Beteiligungs GmbH, a company of Friedheelm Loh Stiftung & Co. K.G., on the acquisition of a Polish IT company (first a minority interest, with the option to acquire 100%).

GSW Legal Grabarek, Szalc i Wspólnicy Sp.k.

GSW Legal Grabarek, Szalc i Wspólnicy Sp.k. handles M&A and commercial contracts issues connected with domestic and cross-border projects. The group has a particularly active IT and fintech practice, and it is also instructed on matters involving aviation, energy and insurance. Jointly leading the group are Rafał Szalc (who formerly served as an in-house counsel for LOT Polish Airways) and energy and natural resources expert Tomasz Grabarek.

Practice head(s):

Rafał Szalc; Tomasz Grabarek

Other key lawyers:

Katarzyna Białek; Maria Janicka

Testimonials

‘The team is complete and competent. It efficiently responds to the client’s needs and provides satisfactory and effective solutions. The team is friendly and their reactions are very quick. Team members are always available and well prepared. Otherwise, the team is flexible. ’

‘Rafał Szalc is an excellent lawyer. He has extensive legal knowledge and great experience in providing services to entrepreneurs. Provides precise and relevant information and advice. His reactions are very quick. He is very communicative and open to dialogue. He is very creative and his support is invaluable, especially in the field of capital and corporate law. His advice is very precise and reflects the essence of the problem. ’

‘It is a strong M&A team with a positive approach to problems the client faces on his path.’

‘GSW Legal team are extremely customer-oriented and focus their efforts to find solutions.’

‘GSW Legal has a highly qualified and experienced transactional team featuring professional competence, skills and a potential far exceeding the level of other medium-sized law firms in Poland. At every stage of the project, we appreciated the direct involvement of the law firm’s partner. The team is not only capable to carry out transactions in accordance with the best market standards, but above all, it puts forward solutions that respond to even most complex business concepts. In addition, GSW Legal’s lawyers distinguish themselves by their understanding of business processes and solutions, their ability to focus on important issues without losing attention to detail and they couple these capacities finely with soft skills that are priceless in negotiation processes.’

‘In our transactions, we are supported by legal adviser Rafał Szalc, a partner of GSW Legal, who manages the firm’s transaction team and corporate practice. He  is a truly great partner for conducting negotiations; he is able to prioritize and build strategies, he is focused on achieving goals and providing comprehensive support to the client’s needs.’

‘This is not the first time that GSW Legal has proven to be a rock-solid and fully trustworthy legal partner. Their business acumen, strong sense of purpose and legal refinement have helped us to wade successfully through any legal issue of the business.’

Key clients

4Mobility S.A.

AmTrust International Underwriter DAC / AmTrust Nordic

Bacca Sp. z o.o.

Central European Engine Services Sp. z o.o.

Digital Care Capital Group

Elemental Holding S.A.

Futbol24.com

LOT Aircraft Maintenance Services Sp. z o.o.

Globe Travel Services Poland S.A.

iPOS S.A.

ItBoom Sp. z o.o.

Mazovia Capital

Soflab Technology Sp. z o.o.

Start Parking (Ecom Media Sp. zoo Sp.K.)

Infologistics Sp. z o.o.

NXT Ventures Sp. z o.o.

MTTC Poland Sp. z o.o.

ORBITVU Sp. z o.o.

UP ENERGY Sp. z o.o.

Energy Gate Europe Sp. z o.o.

Kavalier Group

Powiśle BJK

Escher Group Holdings PLC

AUTOMET Group Sp. z o.o. Sp.K.

Euro Sky Services Sp. z o.o.

Bewood Sp. z o.o. Sp.K.

bCast

BSD Growth Fund PCC Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised BSD Growth Fund PCC Limited on the transfer of stocks held by the fund in Biomed Innovations spolka z ograniczona odpowiedzialnoscia ASI S.K.A. to its affiliate in Cyprus – BSD Growth LS Investments Ltd.
  • Advised Kavalier Group on its acquisition of Wołomin Glassworks from Huta Szkła Wołomin S.A.
  • Advised Elemental Holding S.A. – the company listed on the Warsaw Stock Exchange – on two rounds of share buy-backs.

Krassowski

Krassowski is a boutique M&A firm, advising PE funds, multinational and local corporates on their deals in Poland. The group is co-led by founding partner Bartosz Krassowski, who is experienced in cross-border transactions, and commercial contracts expert Andrzej Chrzanowski.

Practice head(s):

Bartosz Krassowski; Andrzej Chrzanowski

Other key lawyers:

Krzysztof Makosz; Natalia Grzędzińska

Key clients

Aforti Holding S.A.

Black Lion Fund S.A.

CD Projekt S.A.

Diagnostyka Sp. z o.o.

Hartenberg Capital s.r.o

Innova Capital Sp. z o. o.

Maczfit Sp. z o. o.

Multikino S.A.

Polskie Górnictwo Naftowe i Gazownictwo S.A.

SYSTEMICS-PAB sp. z o.o.

Work highlights

  • Advised LUX MED on the acquisition of Projekt Uśmiech in Gdańsk
  • Advised Vooom and its majority shareholders on the investment in the company by ING Investment Holding (Polska)

NGL Legal

NGL Legal's corporate team advises on all aspects of M&A transactions, handling public and private deals, business sales, leveraged and management buyouts and joint ventures, as well as distressed asset transactions, with notable experience of advising state-owned companies. The group also has an increasingly active restructuring practice. Jointly leading the group are Grzegorz Godlewski and Tomasz CiećwierzJarosław Witek is the name to note for commercial contracts.

Practice head(s):

Grzegorz Godlewski; Tomasz Ciećwierz

Other key lawyers:

Jarosław Witek

Key clients

Alior Bank S.A.

Amerigas Polska sp. z o.o.

ENEA S.A.

Shareholders of Multimedia Polska S.A.

PKP Cargo S.A.

Powszechny Zakład Ubezpieczeń S.A. (PZU S.A.)

PGE Polska Grupa Energetyczna S.A.

Raytheon Company

FixMap sp. z o.o.

Value Quest

Solaque Holding Group

Work highlights

  • Advised shareholders of Multimedia Polska S.A. on the sale of their shares in the company to Vectra S.A.
  • Advising Alior Bank S.A. on the disposal of RUCH S.A.
  • Advising Wytwórnia Sprzętu Komunikacyjnego “PZL-Świdnik” S.A. and then Leonardo MW Ltd. on the offset proceedings related to the acquisition of anti-submarine warfare helicopters fitted with medical equipment for Combat Search and Rescue (CSAR) operations by Polish Armed Forces worth of PLN 1.65 billion.

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright advises funds and corporate clients across a wide range of sectors, including automotive, healthcare and infrastructure. Team head Piotr Strawa works with Agnieszka Braciszewska, who is an expert in corporate transactions and regulatory issues in the insurance industry. Artur Jończyk is experienced in public M&A.

Practice head(s):

Piotr Strawa

Other key lawyers:

Agnieszka Braciszewska; Artur Jończyk; Piotr Milczarek; Małgorzata Patocka

Testimonials

‘Very experienced team with an extensive track record in renewable energy and outstanding network in local market.’

‘Artur Jonczyk is a very experienced, very skilled, compelling negotiator.’

Key clients

Abris Capital Partners

ACE

Aegon Growth Capital

AIG

Amicus Therapeutics

Bank Gospodarstwa Krajowego S.A.

Bayer

Benefit Systems S.A.

Bioplan Europe

Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd.

CEE Equity Partners Ltd

Dot2Dot

Domestic & General Group Ltd.

Egis Road Operation S.A.

Energizer

Fortum Holding BV

ICAP Management Services

IMI plc

Industrial Division Spółka z o.o.

ING Bank N.V.

Innova Capital

KIRCHHOFF Automotive GmbH

Lantmännen ek för

Lear Corporation

Lindorff

MoneyGram

NDI Austostrada sp. z o.o.

Nestle

PGE SA

PGE Energia Odnawialna SA

TAURON Polska Energia S.A.

Toyota Tsusho

TFI Enrgia S.A.

Velvet CARE Sp. z o.o.

Volvo Trucks

XL Catlin Services SE (now AXA XL)

XL Insurance Company SE

Work highlights

  • Advised ING Bank N.V. on corporate compliance issues (review of documentation).
  • Advised TAURON Polska Energia S.A., a Polish utility company, on the international merger of two companies.
  • Advising PGE Energia Odnawialna on due diligence, acquisition and negotiation of W&I insurance in relation to 36 MW Skoczykłody onshore wind farm portfolio put up for sale by Wento.

Penteris

The corporate and M&A practice at Penteris, which resulted from the firm spinning out of the Magnusson network, is experienced in cross-border M&A involving entities in the Nordic, CEE and CIS regions. The team is led by transactional lawyer Wojciech Fabrycki, who handles M&A, restructuring and real estate finance. Artur Swirtun is noted for his expertise in transactions between Swedish and Polish entities. Tomasz Rysiak left to establish LegalKraft.

Practice head(s):

Wojciech Fabrycki

Other key lawyers:

Artur Swirtun; Tomasz Kudelski; Tomasz Rysiak; Irmina Kondraciuk; Tomasz Rysiak 

Key clients

Abris Capital Partners

Alumetal

Apollo-Rida

Barilla

Facebook

Gazprombank

Jabil

K2 Internet

Maven Capital Partners UK LLP

PEAB

Plukon Food Group

UBER / Jump Bikes

Work highlights

  • Advised Electronic Control Systems (a subsidiary of CEE Equity Partners) on a cross-border transaction for the disposal of its portfolio of assets (telecommunication towers) to a global leader in the telecom tower industry, successfully closed during the pandemic.
  • Provides ongoing corporate legal assistance to Jabil in Poland. Jabil is a NYSE-listed large US industrial corporation, specialized in engineering manufacturing and supply chain solutions.
  • Provides ongoing corporate legal assistance to Barilla in Poland. Barilla is a global leader in the market for pasta and ready-made pasta sauces in continental Europe, for bakery products in Italy and for crispbreads in Scandinavia.

PwC Legal Zelaznicki sp.k.

PwC Legal Zelaznicki sp.k.'s team works closely with the firm's global office network to advise clients on cross-border M&A and corporate projects, with the ability to draw on PwC's consultancy services. The group is jointly led by managing partner Cezary Żelaźnicki and corporate reorganisations expert Beata KiedrowiczJacek Pawłowski leads the private client practice, supporting entrepreneurs with their business operations.

Practice head(s):

Cezary Żelaźnicki; Beata Kiedrowicz

Other key lawyers:

Jacek Pawłowski; Wojciech Trzciński; Artur Gątowski

Testimonials

‘Smooth cooperation with tax advisors; proactive, anticipating approach; solution-oriented; practical advice’

Key clients

Reckitt Benckiser Plc

Bayer AG

General Electric Group (GE Group)

Indorama Ventures PCL

”DROSED” S.A.

Metalogalva – Irmaos Silvas, S.A.

Grupa Żywiec S.A.

RKKW – Kwasnicki, Wrobel & Partners

RKKW – Kwasnicki, Wrobel & Partners is well-versed in M&A, private equity and venture capital transactions. In addition, its team also advises on restructurings and shareholders agreements. Jointly leading the team are Krzysztof Wróbel, who specialises in private M&A, and Jarosław SzewczykRadosław Kwaśnicki often supports the corporate transactional team.

Practice head(s):

Krzysztof Wróbel; Jarosław Szewczyk

Other key lawyers:

Radosław Kwaśnicki

Testimonials

‘Very dedicated to the clients, always focused on looking for practical solutions, not afraid of difficult issues, willing to fight’

‘Always available, good business knowledge of the area, good networking’

Key clients

Lorentz Tech Limited (Hong Kong)

Harvent Capital sp. z o.o

Benefit Systems S.A

Drutex S.A.

Murapol Real Estate S.A.

Polskie Górnictwo Naftowe i Gazownictwo S.A.

Estater sp. z o.o.

Polskie Koleje Państwowe S.A.

PGE Ventures sp. z o.o.

Land S.A

Tar Heel Capital

Work highlights

  • Advised Estater sp. z o.o. on the sale of its entire shareholding in Murapol S.A. to a company controlled by Ares Management Corporation and Griffin Real Estate fund.
  • Advised Fitness Place sp. z o.o. with its registered office in Warsaw – a member of the capital group of Benefit Systems S.A. – in the transaction of acquisition of organized parts of an enterprise forming twelve fitness clubs operating under the Platinium Fitness brand.
  • Advised Lorentz Tech Limited on the acquisition of 100% of shares in CUBE ID sp. z o.o. – a Polish company operating globally and specializing in identity management products and services for National IDs, E-Passports and Electronic Voting Systems.

SSW Pragmatic Solutions

At SSW Pragmatic Solutions, the team works closely with the firm's tax department to provide a full service on corporate transactions and commercial matters. The group has a wealth of experience acting for Polish and international corporates on M&A deals. Team head Wojciech Szczepaniak works with Paweł Chyb, who is increasingly involved in the new technologies sector.

Practice head(s):

Wojciech Szczepaniak

Other key lawyers:

Paweł Chyb; Sebastian Ponikowski; Michał Badowski; Katarzyna Solarz

Testimonials

‘Open-minded and flexible approach, with the ability to suggest different options for the client. ’

‘Exceptional knowledge regarding local law. Partners always very well prepared. ’

‘High level of flexibility and creativity; Enthusiasm, always looking for solutions – fighting for the best interest of the client, but also trying to understand the other side’s perspective. Very good negotiation skills, especially Pawel Chyb (Partner) who is assertive but not aggressive.’

‘The lawyers are business-oriented and focused on finding solutions. Very dynamic and goal-driven team. ’

‘Proactive, business-oriented, friendly’

‘We work personally with Paweł Chyb and Katarzyna Solarz – great people, very proactive and supportive.’

‘The team is creative when it comes to finding solutions to problems. Whenever we needed them, weekends or week evenings, they were always available.’

Taylor Wessing Poland

Taylor Wessing Poland's M&A and capital markets team has a focus on the technology sector, but it also advises on transactions arising from healthcare and life sciences, energy and infrastructure and real estate. The group predominantly assists with the Polish aspects of cross-border deals. Olav Nemling and Andrzej Mikosz jointly lead the team, which includes 'highly regarded adviserJakub Pitera, who focuses on the financial services industry.

Practice head(s):

Olav Nemling; Andrzej Mikosz

Other key lawyers:

Jakub Pitera; Dominika Mazur; Katarzyna Matusiak

Testimonials

The M&A and capital markets team is highly experienced in working on complex M&A and corporate matters, including cross border transactions and foreign clients. Their experience in capital markets and regulatory matters is highly appreciated. They are skilled, pragmatic and solution-oriented.’

The team is very well integrated and its internal relations between its members are excellent. Their team spirit is very high and well known.

Jakub Pitera is a highly regarded adviser with significant market experience. He combines out-of-the-box thinking and capability to find non-standard solutions with attention to detail. He is highly responsive and proactive. His devotion to the client’s case is clearly visible. He is very thorough and on several occasions has found a number of bad errors missed by other lawyers.’

Key clients

ING Usługi dla Biznesu S.A.

ING Bank Śląski S.A.

The Rohatyn Group

sennder GmbH and its Polish subsidiary sennder Polska sp. z o.o.

Lutz Blades

Glenmark

LEIPA Group GmbH

Work highlights

  • Advised The Rohatyn Group on the Polish aspects of its investment in Optimapharm, a contract research organisation headquartered in Croatia, with 14 offices across Europe.
  • Advised companies from the ING Bank Śląski Group on the investment agreement and the acquisition of a minority shareholding in a company developing the Vooom application, which is the first Polish platform for MaaS (Mobility-as-a-Service).
  • Advised Glenmark, the Mumbai-headquartered pharmaceutical company, on the sale of its central nervous system (CNS) product portfolio business in Poland to Neuraxpharm Group, a leading European specialty pharmaceutical company focused on the treatment of CNS disorders

Wolf Theiss

Wolf Theiss' corporate and M&A offering is enhanced by the firm's additional capabilities in areas such as intellectual property and IT, which make it well-placed to handle transactions and commercial matters in the TMT sector. The group is led by Jacek Michalski, and includes Peter Daszkowski, who is an experienced commercial and transactional lawyer with a strong track record in privatisations and restructurings. Counsel Dariusz Harbaty specialises in public M&A.

Practice head(s):

Jacek Michalski

Other key lawyers:

Peter Daszkowski; Dariusz Harbaty; Maciej Olszewski

Testimonials

Very easy to deal with, open & understanding of international cultural differences.’

Speedy response to questions, open to different means of communication, no unnecessary over-complications.’

Key clients

ALSO Holding AG

Hisense Group Co.

Rekeep S.p.a.

Olympus Partners (through KIRKLAND & ELLIS LLP)

ALSO Polska sp. z o.o.

HedgeServ

Kolektor Etra d.d.

Polski Fundusz Rozwoju (Polish Development Fund)

Nicols International

LPP S.A.

Work highlights

  • Advised Rekeep S.p.a., the leading Italian Group providing supporting services to buildings, people and cities, on the acquisition of 80% of the shareholders’ equity of Naprzod SA, the Polish leader in the healthcare facility management sector.
  • Continue to provide support to ALSO Holding AG after its acquisition of ABC Data S.A. and on its integration into the ALSO Group. Following the acquisition, ALSO became the market leader in Eastern Europe with a presence in 8 countries: Poland, Lithuania, Estonia, Latvia, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Romania and Hungary.
  • Advised Olympus Partners on the acquisition of the entire issued share capital of the DS Smith plastics division group, comprising of approx. 20 subsidiaries as held by DS Smith (UK) Ltd and DS Smith International Ltd.

act BSWW legal & tax

act BSWW's team assists Polish and foreign clients with reorganisations, de-mergers, joint ventures and corporate law issues, as well as advising on commercial agreements and licensing. Jointly leading the team are corporate and public procurement law expert Jacek Bieniak, capital markets specialist Piotr Wojnar and Marek Wojnar, who focuses on the real estate and construction sectors.

Practice head(s):

Jacek Bieniak; Piotr Wojnar; Marek Wojnar

Other key lawyers:

Marta Kosiedowska; Janusz Szeliński

Testimonials

Efficient, good negotiators, getting things done.’

Long term experience with close approach to changes in legal environment.’

Highly competent law firm. Very fast reaction times with good availability. For the quality of services granted they are actually to cheap.’

Piotr Wojnar is an institution himself!’

Key clients

Air France-KLM

Boryszew Group

Capgemini

Comp

Comp Platforma Usług

CLN Group

Dom Aukcyjny Libra

Dom Maklerski Mercurius

Fortuna online zakłady bukmacherskie

KG Group

MW Lublin

MA Polska

Moderna Holding

Nielsen

Polski System Korzyści

Sices Group

Sila Poland

Strabag

Supernova Polska Limited

Toya

Zuk Elzab

Work highlights

  • Advised Capgemini Polska on its intra-group merger.
  • Advises Air France-KLM on its day-to-day operations in Poland and represents the air carrier in a wide range of court and administrative proceedings.
  • Advised MK Holding Sarl, a company controlled by Mariusz Książek, on a joint venture project carried out with a company belonging to DeA Capital group, an Italy-based worldwide investment group focusing on real estate and equity investments.

FKA Furtek Komosa Aleksandrowicz

FKA Furtek Komosa Aleksandrowicz advises local and overseas clients (notably from France, Germany and Japan) on their corporate and commercial activities in Poland. The group is led by co-founding partner Tadeusz Komosa, who is highly experienced in corporate transactions, particularly those relating to the real estate sector.

Practice head(s):

Tadeusz Komosa

Other key lawyers:

Milena Wieczorek-Waszewska; Patrycja Kurowska

Key clients

Wallstein Rothemühle Sp. z o.o. ( previously Balcke-Dürr Polska Sp. z o.o.)

iSpot Poland Sp. z o.o.

Ferratum Group

Work highlights

  • Advising Wallstein Rothemühle on various corporate matters and commercial agreements related to its activity in Poland (equipment and machinery for the energy, oil and gas plants).
  • Advising a Polish fuel company on a franchise agreement.
  • Advising a Polish fuel company on a pilot scheme for the payment of salaries to station employees directly by it.

JDP Drapala & Partners

The team at JDP Drapała & Partners is most noted for its ability to service German-speaking clients. The group works closely with the firm's tax department to provide comprehensive advice on transactions and contract law issues. In 2020, Marcin Chomiuk became practice head, taking over from co-founding partner Zbigniew Jara , who became a counsel in the team. Maciej Chrzan focuses on real estate transactions, while Magdalena Zasiewska provides tax advice.

Practice head(s):

Marcin Chomiuk

Other key lawyers:

Maciej Chrzan; Magdalena Zasiewska; Marcin Lewiński; Zbigniew Jara

Testimonials

Language skills, in particular German language skills, make collaboration for our German clients very easy; high level of understanding for cross-border transactions; very responsive.

Client focus, multilingual service, expertise in taxes and legal as the offer of one requires always the knowledge of the other, excellent value for money, high personal engagement of the partners, in-depth knowledge of key industries like construction, excellent cross border relations beyond Poland.’

We are very happy with the fact that JDP does not simply answer the questions we ask, but thinks ahead and answers questions we haven’t even asked yet. They are very progressive in their approach.’

The team of JDP reacts very quickly to requests. All results can be ideally implemented in practice. In addition, the team is actively informed about upcoming changes in the law. Another big plus point is that the team speaks German to some extent.

The firm works very closely with the clients, being also flexible as for the availability and keeping the same high quality of the services irrespective of who individually is in charge of specific project. I appreciate the responsiveness and availability of the key lawyers, prompt answers, knowledge of industry and practice. The team is flexible in the case there is a need to involve more people into the project and is able to provide comprehensive advise (beyond the primarily specified area). I highly appreciate the communication level of the firm.’

The team offers high-level expertise in all major areas of business law in Poland. It is one of the most experienced practices in business law in Poland. The team has particular expertise in advising international investors in Poland. As a foreign cooperation partner, we are always impressed by the incredible level of language skills the lawyers provide. At the same time, the advice provided by the firm has always been straight to the point, practice-focused, very efficient and overall high value for money.’

Marcin Chomiuk is professional and has a sensible approach, well organised, responsive.’

Key clients

BMW Group

Mercedes-Benz (Daimler Group)

Eiffage Polska

ALD Automotive (Societe General Group)

mytaxi Polska (Free Now)

Ride Hive Operations

Nacarat Polska

Tengelmann Group

Scope Fluidics

4PL Central Group Station

Mosolf Group

Greenpack Group

Work highlights

  • Comprehensive legal and tax cross-border (Poland and Switzerland) advisory to 4PL Central Station on compiling and implementation of a Hi-Tech IT logistics joint venture between Swiss (4PL Logistics Management AG) and Polish (Comp-Win sp. z o.o.) companies with particular focus on IP rights related to innovative IT solution, including establishment of financial securities among entities involved in the transaction.
  • Comprehensive legal and tax cross-border (Poland, Germany and France) advisory to Mosolf Group on structuring and implementation of a logistics transport joint venture between German (Mosolf SE & CO.KG) and French (Cofital S.A.) companies associated with complex assistance in obtaining antimonopoly clearance from Polish local authorities.
  • Cross border legal and tax advisory to Bas Lease B.V., a Dutch financial company, in cross-border securing financing granted to Boekestijn Transport Holding B.V. for the purpose of purchase of 100% shares in Baltic Trans sp. z o.o. from ECS Corporate N.V., including in particular accession to the loan agreement under Dutch law and establishment of financial securities under Polish law.

Prof. Marek Wierzbowski and Partners Advocates and Legal Counsel

Prof. Marek Wierzbowski and Partners Advocates and Legal Counsel handles day-to-day corporate and commercial matters, as well as M&A, share sales and company reorganisations. The group has significant historical experience in the privatisation process. Founding partner Marek Wierzbowski heads the team, bringing together expertise in corporate and capital markets law. Sławomir Jakszuk specialises in public M&A.

Practice head(s):

Marek Wierzbowski

Other key lawyers:

Sławomir Jakszuk

Key clients

MAXI PIZZA S.A.

POLSKA MEAT S.A

STALEXPORT AUTOSTRADY S.A.

PFR Nieruchomości S.A.

Grupa LOTOS S.A.

PKN Orlen S.A.

TAKT sp. z o. o

TAURON Polska Energia

MK Production sp. z o. o.

Grafmet sp. z o. o

Boryszew S.A.

Żegluga Polska S.A.

Work highlights

  • Advising Polska Meat on a range of matters including its ongoing squeeze-out process
  • Advising Takt on the process of the disposal of shares in a limited liability company
  • Advised MK Production on the sale of shares in a limited liability comany.

Radzikowski, Szubielska i Wspólnicy sp.j.

Radzikowski, Szubielska i Wspólnicy sp.k.'s team is most noted for its expertise in the energy and real estate sectors. It advises on transactions for Polish and international corporates, benefiting from practice head and founding partner Włodzimierz Radzikowski's fluency in English and Russian.

Practice head(s):

Włodzimierz Radzikowski

SMM Legal

SMM Legal's dedicated transactional team, which is based in Warsaw and Poznan, focuses on clients in the energy, manufacturing, telecoms and public sectors. It advises on M&A, restructurings, private placements and day-to-day corporate issues. Maciej Mataczyński, who coordinates the team from the Warsaw office, has specific expertise in the energy sector. In 2020, Tomasz Sójka retired.

Practice head(s):

Maciej Mataczyński

Other key lawyers:

Tomasz Jaranowski; Miłosz Malaga; Magdalena Cisowska

Key clients

Polski Koncern Naftowy ORLEN S.A. (PKN ORLEN S.A.)

National Centre for Research and Development (Narodowe Centrum Badań i Rozwoju)

Coventry University Higher Education Corporation

Giełda Papierów Wartościowych w Warszawie S.A. (Warsaw Stock Exchange)

Związek Pracodawców Business & Science Poland

Work highlights

  • Advising PKN Orlen S.A. on acquisition of control of Grupa Lotos S.A. – the largest M&A transaction in the history of the Polish economy.
  • Advising PKN Orlen S.A. on acquisition of control of Grupa Energa S.A. – one of the biggest transaction in Poland in the energy sector in recent years.
  • Advising Coventry University Higher Education Corporation on the establishment of a Polish campus of a foreign university in Poland (Wrocław).