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

The 'well-organised' team at¬†CMS¬†is noted for bringing together 'complementary specialisations', allowing it to advise on the entirety of construction projects. Practice head¬†Lidia DziurzyŇĄska-Leipert¬†is representing Max B√∂gl Polska and¬†Max B√∂gl Stiftung & Co. in various claims against the City of¬†WrocŇāaw concerning the construction of the City Stadium. Together with¬†Wojciech Koczara, she is advising Lufthansa Technik on the construction of an aircraft engine service centre in the Legnica Special Economic Zone. Counsel¬†MichaŇā Bork¬†is recommended for FIDIC construction contracts, design contracts and development agreements.

Dentons¬†handles¬†the spectrum of contentious and non-contentious construction issues for private investors, public employers, general contractors, subcontractors, designers and contract engineers. MichaŇā Jochemczak¬†and construction disputes head¬†Agnieszka Wojciechowska¬†(who has 'a great understanding of technical issues') acted for SNC-Lavailin and General Electric as claimants in a dispute with PKN Orlen, seeking an extension of time and remuneration for a construction project; a matter that was resolved amicably. Team leader¬†Piotr Staniszewski¬†advised Globalworth on the Hala Koszyki redevelopment in Warsaw.

In addition to day-to-day advisory work, the team at¬†JARA DRAPAŇĀA & PARTNERS¬†specialises in construction litigation and arbitration. Joint department heads¬†PrzemysŇāaw DrapaŇāa¬†and¬†Andrzej SokoŇāowski¬†successfully defended Eiffage Polska Budownictwo against the¬†City of BiaŇāystok in a claim before the Supreme Court concerning the liability of costs following the rescission of a contract.¬†Marcin Chomiuk¬†is recommended for construction¬†issues in the energy, manufacturing and automotive sectors.

At¬†White & Case M. Studniarek i Wsp√≥lnicy - Kancelaria Prawna sp.k., the team focuses on real estate, energy and infrastructure-related construction matters.¬†MichaŇā Subocz,¬†PaweŇā Samborski,¬†MichaŇā Matera¬†and¬†MichaŇā Zieniewski¬†are the key practitioners.

act BSWW's instructions include residential, logistics and infrastructure construction projects. The team also has expertise in environmental protection, zoning and public procurement issues.¬†MichaŇā Wielhorski¬†(who leads the team alongside¬†Marek Wojnar¬†and¬†Jacek Bieniak)¬†advised ECC Real Estate Group on its investment project relating to the development of the¬†Nowa Stacja Pruszk√≥w shopping mall. Litigator¬†Katarzyna Marzec¬†and¬†Magdalena Banaszczyk-GŇāowacka, who handles advisory matters for a range of developers, are also recommended.

DLA Piper GiziŇĄski Kycia sp.k.'s team draws on the firm's wider capabilities to provide construction clients with a full service.¬†Jacek GiziŇĄski¬†advised Panattoni Europe on all aspects of ten separate warehouse development projects.¬†Krzysztof Kycia¬†is representing Qubus Hotel Management in a claim against the Warsaw municipal authorities for losses it accrued following administrative obstructions to a planned hotel investment.

Domanski Zakrzewski Palinka's Marcin Krakowiak, who jointly heads the team with Tomasz Darowski, advised MTU Aero Engines on the construction of an engine maintenance, repair and overhaul plant via a joint venture with Lufthansa Technik. Other clients include Mota Engil, Porr Infrastructure and Astaldi. Anna Glapa and Jose Luis Villacampa were promoted to partner in July 2017.

K&L Gates LLP's 'professional and decisive' lawyers specialise in structuring and running construction projects, in addition to handling sector-related disputes.¬†RafaŇā Morek¬†advises¬†Vias y Construcciones on its contact to construct a key section of the¬†Krak√≥w‚ÄďKatowice rail link. Morek jointly leads the team with litigation and arbitration lawyer¬†Maciej Jamka. Senior associate¬†Dawid Rapkiewicz¬†is another key name.

Linklaters' team advises a mixture of contractors and procurers on the spectrum of construction mandates. Counsel¬†MichaŇā MieciŇĄski¬†is advising UBM Hotel Granary on a major public-private partnership development in¬†GdaŇĄsk. Managing associate¬†Marta Bijak-Haiduk¬†advised Panattoni Europe on the build-to-own construction of a parcel distribution centre for GLS Poland. The group is led by real estate expert¬†Artur Kulawski.

Specialisms at¬†WKB Wiercinski, Kwiecinski, Baehr¬†include energy and infrastructure project matters, in relation to which the team advises domestic and international contractors. Practice co-head¬†Anna Flaga-Martynek¬†is advising¬†MWiK w Bydgoszczy on a project concerning the modernisation and construction of rainwater infrastructure in¬†Bydgoszcz, which involves EU funds. Co-head¬†Marta Midloch¬†is assisting Toto Spa Construzioni Generali with the performance of its contract to construct the¬†PoznaŇĄ-WrocŇāaw section of the S-5 expressway.

ElŇľanowski, Cherka & WńÖsowski's team focuses on administrative proceedings arising from construction investments, although it also has a strong advisory practice. Department head¬†Maksymilian Cherka¬†advised Capital Park on a major mixed-use development in central Warsaw. Senior associate¬†ŇĀukasz Dziamski¬†leads on heritage protection law issues.

With 'solid organisation and excellent internal information exchange', the 'goal-oriented' construction law team at¬†JLSW Janaszczyk Lis & Wsp√≥lnicy¬†is able to 'solve issues quickly and effectively'.¬†RafaŇā Frok¬†is advising¬†PoznaŇĄskie Towarzystwo Budownictwa SpoŇāecznego on the 3,000 apartment KoszaliŇĄska Street Estate development.¬†Jacek Kowalski¬†handles contentious and non-contentious issues for Novum Plus, including zoning and building permits.

Magnusson - Kancelaria Prawnicza's practice encompasses construction matters involving office, retail and residential developments and energy and industrial projects.¬†PrzemysŇāaw Kastyak¬†advises Immobel Poland, in partnership with Universale International, on the Central Point office development in Warsaw.¬†Andrzej Tokaj¬†is assisting Rida Development Corporation with an office development project in¬†GdaŇĄsk city centre.

At¬†Wardynski & Partners,¬†MichaŇā GliŇĄski,¬†MichaŇā Wons¬†and managing partner¬†Stefan Jacyno¬†lead on a variety of construction issues. Highlights for Wons included assisting Broadway Malyan with a design and supervisory services agreement with Dom Towarowy Braci JabŇākowskic for construction work on a major Warsaw department store.

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