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CMS' clients praise the team, which includes lawyers specialising in regulation, projects and environmental law, for its 'vast' expertise across the spectrum of energy-sector issues and ability to communicate with industry clients. Department head¬†Tomasz Minkiewicz¬†advised CalEnergy on its Baltic Gas Project joint venture with Lotos Petrobaltic. 'Brilliant lawyer'¬†Iga Lis¬†(noted for her 'outstanding technological understanding') is advising¬†Polskie Sieci Elektroenergetyczne on a public procurement tender for the delivery and implementation of an IT system for the Electricity Balancing Market in Poland.¬†Piotr CioŇākowski¬†assisted The Association of Polish Power Generators with a comprehensive legal analysis of the European Commission's Clean Energy For All Europeans legislative proposals. Counsel¬†Agnieszka SkorupiŇĄska¬†leads on environmental protection matters.

At¬†Dentons, clients include energy generators, transmission and system operators and energy traders. The 'very professional' team handles matters relating to public procurement, public-private partnerships and environmental protection in the renewable, oil and gas sectors.¬†Arkadiusz Krasnodńôbski¬†leads the firm's energy and natural resources team in Poland, CEE and Europe, and is advising EDF Group on the disposal of all Polish conventional energy assets to PGE Polska Grupa Energetyczna. Counsel¬†MichaŇā Motylewski¬†specialises in the EU's internal electricity and gas market, while¬†Ewa Rutkowska-Subocz¬†and¬†Aldona Kowalczyk¬†are other key names. In August 2018, Tomasz Janas left the firm for an in-house position in Finland.

Domanski Zakrzewski Palinka¬†advises clients in the conventional, nuclear and renewable energy sectors, in addition to companies involved in cogeneration and heating. The group is led by¬†Marcin Krakowiak, while¬†RafaŇā Hajduk¬†heads the energy advisory team. Hajduk is assisting Enea, Grupa Lotos and Tauron Polska Energia with a variety of investment matters. Together with¬†PaweŇā Grzejszczak, Krakowiak is representing Naftogaz of Ukraine in its application for annulment against a European Commission decision that exempted the Opal pipeline from the requirement of third-party access and tariff regulation.¬†Grzegorz Filipowicz¬†is another key name.

At¬†Radzikowski, Szubielska i Wsp√≥lnicy sp.k.,¬†Igor MuszyŇĄski¬†draws on vast experience to lead the energy and climate change practice. He successfully appealed a penalty before the Supreme Court for Zesp√≥Ňā Elektrowni PńÖtn√≥w Adam√≥w Konin in a dispute with the Energy Regulatory Office regarding failure to maintain fuel stocks.¬†PrzemysŇāaw KaŇāek¬†is advising Innogy Group on various matters relating to gas and electricity supplies, trading on the Polish Power Exchange, operating and developing wind farms and regulatory issues.

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP's team handles major energy-sector transactions, projects, contracts and disputes. The group is jointly led by Marek Durski and senior associate Lukasz Szatkowski, whose 'great industry expertise' is augmented by 'experience in business'. Durski is advising PGNiG on various liquefied natural gas purchase projects, including a new long-term project with Qatargas. Szatkowski is assisting Elektownia Ostroleka with an engineering, procurement and construction contract with the Polish State for a new power plant in Ostroleka.

Allen & Overy, A. Pedzich sp. k.'s team works as part of the firm's global energy practice and often advises international energy-sector clients on the establishment of operations in Poland.¬†Tomasz KawczyŇĄski¬†advises Grupa Lotos and Lotos Asfalt on financing and implementation issues relating to the construction and operation of a delayed coking unit and auxiliary infrastructure. Head of the firm's CEE and SEE international projects practice, Warsaw-based¬†Dan Cocker¬†specialises in project finance. Counsel¬†Miklos Kadar¬†is another key name.

Baker & McKenzie KrzyŇľowski i Wsp√≥lnicy Sp√≥Ňāka Komandytowa¬†advises clients in the conventional, renewable and nuclear energy sectors, as well as heat, oil and gas.¬†Agnieszka Ferek¬†is advising Suez Zielona Energia on all regulatory and contractual issues relating to a ¬£3.5bn waste-to-energy plant project in¬†PoznaŇĄ. Practice head¬†MichaŇā Piekarski¬†provides Elgas Energy with operational support services and representation before the Energy Regulatory Authority in a number of matters.¬†Marcin Gmaj¬†is also recommended.

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

With 'deep business-orientation',¬†K&L Gates LLP's team is noted for its ability to propose 'strong out-of-the-box solutions'. The group has particular expertise in the renewable energy sector, where it advises a mixture of investors, producers, as well as the Polish Wind Energy Association. Practice head¬†Karol Lasocki¬†is advising Eolos Polska on a number of administrative and tax matters concerning its Polish wind farm investments.¬†Oskar WaluŇõkiewicz¬†assisted¬†ElektrociepŇāownia Stalowa Wola with running the tender for an engineering, procurement, construction management contractor, and in the negotiations with bidders.

PaweŇā Magierowski¬†leads the energy department at¬†Squire Patton Boggs Swiecicki Krzesniak sp. k., which has a particularly active renewable energy practice. Historic highlights for the group included advising Acciona Energia on key project contacts and permits, construction and energy regulatory matters in relation to its wind farm projects in Poland. Senior associate¬†Igor Hanas¬†is another name to note.

WKB Wiercinski, Kwiecinski, Baehr's team works closely with the firm's disputes, corporate and environmental departments to provide clients across the spectrum of energy sectors with a full service.¬†Jerzy Baehr,¬†Jakub Pokrzywniak¬†and¬†Maciej SzambelaŇĄczyk¬†advise PGNiG on day-to-day legal matters relating to grid operation, pricing policies and a variety of disputes.

Receiving praise from one client for its 'deep, practical understanding of the natural gas business', BWW Banasik WoŇļniak i Wsp√≥lnicy Sp.K. 's team specialises in energy and environmental law, with particular expertise in public procurement. Founding and managing partner¬†MaŇāgorzata Banasik¬†advised¬†Gaz-System on drafting and negotiating an Inter-Transmission System Operator (Inter-TSO) agreement with three other TSOs from Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia, and subsequently assisted the client with a connection agreement. With expertise in administrative law, senior associate¬†Katarzyna Korszewska¬†is another key name alongside gas regulatory expert¬†ŇĀukasz Batory.

Highlights for Gide Loyrette Nouel's practice head Piotr Sadownik included advising PGNiG on a potential expansion abroad. Konrad Kosicki is assisting Tauron Polska Energia with compliance issues relating to the EU directive on markets in financial instruments II and all associated legislation. Grzegorz Banasiuk is recommended for public procurement and privatisation matters.

Kochanski & Partners' team is noted for applying 'international quality standards', particularly in relation to cross-border energy-sector deals. Team leader Aleksander Galos provides comprehensive legal advice to Energa, including in relation to its electricity supply operations. Lukasz Wolk and Pawel Gunia transferred over to new firm Zieba & Partners in January 2019.

At¬†Linklaters, energy and natural resources work is led out of the projects department by counsel¬†Patryk Figiel, who advises clients across Central and Eastern Europe. Alongside¬†Christopher Bremme¬†in the firm's Berlin office, Figiel and¬†Jakub DńÖbrowski¬†advised¬†Fluxys Deutschlandon the Polish aspects of its successful bid to take over a 16.5% interest in the EUGAL gas pipeline.

Norton Rose Fulbright¬†is particularly strong in relation to advising banks and energy companies on project financing and corporate matters.¬†Of counsel¬†Tomasz Rogalski¬†leads the team.¬†Grzegorz Dyczkowski¬†is another names to note.¬†PaweŇā Bajno¬†joined¬†Bird & Bird Szepietowski i wsp√≥lnicy sp. k.¬†in January 2019.

Soltysinski Kawecki & Szlezak's team specialises in energy and natural resources regulation and projects. Team head¬†Krzysztof Cichocki¬†represented Enea in a dispute with the Energy Regulatory Authority before the Supreme Court, in a challenge to a fine related to the purchase of co-generation electricity; a case which has now been referred to the EU Court of Justice. Senior counsel Tomasz MŇāodawski¬†is noted for his expertise in electricity and gas regulation.

SSW Pragmatic Solutions¬†advises clients in the energy, as well as mining and geological sectors.¬†Piotr SpaczyŇĄski¬†and¬†Dominik StrzaŇākowski¬†advise ExxonMobil on its downstream activity in Poland. Procurement expert¬†MichaŇā BagŇāaj¬†joined the team from¬†Maruta Wachta sp. j.¬†in November 2017.¬†Adam KozŇāowski¬†left the firm to found¬†Kancelaria Radcy Prawnego Roberta Adama KozŇāowskiego¬†in April 2018.

MichaŇā Zieniewski¬†leads the department at¬†White & Case M. Studniarek i Wsp√≥lnicy - Kancelaria Prawna sp.k.¬†following Tomasz Chmal's appointment as general counsel to the Republic of Poland in September 2018. The team advises a range of clients in the natural resources and energy sectors, focusing on project finance, privatisation, M&A, corporate and regulatory issues.

The team at¬†Bird & Bird Szepietowski i wsp√≥lnicy sp. k.¬†stands out for its gas sector expertise and for its experience in handling commercial solar mandates. Highlights for practice head¬†Andrzej Nentwig¬†included advising PGNiG on various matters pertaining to contracts, tariffs and regulations. He also advised the joint venture of Sun Investment Group and E-Energija on the acquisition of a portfolio of 43 photovoltaic projects in Poland. Associate¬†ŇĀukasz Petelski¬†is another key name. The group was greatly boosted by the arrival of¬†PaweŇā Bajno¬†from Norton Rose Fulbright¬†in January 2019.

'Business-oriented'¬†CWW Kancelaria Prawnicza sp.k.¬†stands out for handling public procurement work, matters which included¬†Agnieszka KoŇāaczkowska¬†advising PGE G√≥rnictwo i Energetyka Konwencjonalna on all aspects of a number of power unit construction projects.¬†Tomasz DobrzyŇĄski¬†assisted¬†Veolia Energia Warszawa with contract negotiations in relation to a heating project in Warsaw.

DLA Piper GiziŇĄski Kycia sp.k.'s energy team is jointly led by real estate lawyer and co-managing partner¬†Jacek GiziŇĄski¬†and regulatory expert¬†Andrzej Balicki. Balicki is advising Enoi on matters related to the international trade in natural gas, including permits, ongoing obligations and gas storage. Former head¬†Krzysztof Wiater¬†left the firm to found¬†NGL Wiater sp.k¬†in July 2018.

Project finance expert¬†Andrzej WysokiŇĄski¬†leads the energy and natural resources department at¬†Greenberg Traurig Grzesiak sp. k., which handles a variety of corporate and M&A mandates for energy-sector clients.¬†Marek Kozaczuk¬†is advising¬†PGE Energa Odnawialna on tax issues in relation to its wind farm real estate and investment in assets in the Baltic.¬†JarosŇāaw Grzesiak¬†and¬†RafaŇā Baranowski¬†are also recommended.

Magnusson - Kancelaria Prawnicza's clients include state-owned oil and natural gas companies, as well as corporates in the renewable energy sector, funds and industrial manufacturers. Practice head Magdalena Mitas advised PGNiG on the negotiation and signing of a capacity agreement with Energinet. Marek Król is another name to note.

Wierzbowski Eversheds Sutherland¬†is a panel firm for Shell and Tauron. The team has expertise in the electricity, gas and renewable resources sectors. Practice head¬†ŇĀukasz Jankowski¬†advised Energa on a public tender for upgrading its customer relationship management and billing systems.¬†Krzysztof Wierzbowski¬†and counsel¬†Maciej J√≥Ňļwiak¬†are also recommended.

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