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Focusing entirely on private client matters,¬†PATH Augustyniak, Hatylak i Wsp√≥lnicy sp.k.'s lawyers stand out for their ability to 'think outside of the box' and 'come up with innovative solutions' to the spectrum of matters faced by high-net-worth individuals and their businesses. The key individuals include 'remarkable lawyer'¬†Piotr Augustyniak LL.M., MBA, TEP, who specialises in personal wealth management; corporate and commercial law expert¬†Dominika MizieliŇĄska;¬†and tax lawyer¬†Tomasz Hatylak LL.M., TEP, who is regularly instructed on cross-border investments and restructurings.¬†Cezary Krysiak¬†joined the team in February 2018, having served as the Director of Tax Policy at the Ministry of Finance.

The 'exceptional' team at Wardynski & Partners takes a multi-disciplinary approach to private client matters, with strong expertise in re-privatisation and tax law, as well as disputes. Demonstrating a 'professional attitude', Krzysztof Wiktor has developed a highly successful practice in reuniting the heirs of former owners with property confiscated after the Second World War. 'Skilled negotiator' Dariusz Wasylkowski is recommended for tax matters, including proceedings before the courts, while managing partner Stefan Jacyno is noted for real estate and agricultural matters.

Wozniak Legal's 'client-focused' team¬†is instructed by wealthy individuals, families, estates, trusts and charities from Poland and abroad; handling inheritance issues and restitution claims in addition to commercial matters. 'Approachable'¬†Grzegorz WoŇļniak¬†advises the DKMS Foundation on a variety of matters, including corporate governance, regulation, dispute resolution and data protection. Senior associate¬†Grzegorz Dudek¬†is another key team member.

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

Crido Legal¬†handles day-to-day legal matters, in addition to tax and business advisory work for entrepreneurs and their businesses. Practice head Jakub Zi√≥Ňāek¬†leads the team, which includes¬†Mateusz Baran,¬†who is 'distinguished by his client-focused approach' and specialises in commercial law.¬†Mateusz RogoziŇĄski¬†advised¬†PaweŇā Gos and LesŇāaw Walaszczyk, founding shareholders and members of the Management Board of Exact Systems, on a management buy-out transaction in which they will purchase all the shares of their parent company Work Service with CVI Dom Maklerski. 'A savvy practitioner', senior associate¬†Marzena Lau¬†is noted for restructuring matters.

Domanski Zakrzewski Palinka¬†provides the full range of legal and tax advisory services to private clients, including succession planning, restructuring, business transactions and joint ventures. The team is jointly led by company law expert¬†Piotr Andrzejczak, tax adviser¬†Joanna Wierzejska¬† and¬†Marek SwińÖtkowski, who is advising a number of family businesses on share transactions.¬†PrzemysŇāaw Furmaga¬†is another key name for restructuring projects.

GWW's team is noted for its 'forward-thinking' approach to private client work. As well as a strength in tax advice, the firm also handles inheritance disputes, succession planning and restitution claims. 'An unquestionable expert' in family businesses and succession planning,¬†Aldona LeszczyŇĄska¬†leads the group, which includes tax structuring expert and managing partner¬†Artur Cmoch.

KG Legal Kieltyka Gladkowski's¬†MaŇāgorzata KieŇātyka¬†is 'an expert in her field' and is praised for her 'understanding of clients' needs'. KieŇātyka handles issues relating to international family and guardianship law, property, immigration, international wealth and tax.

The team at¬†Soltysinski Kawecki & Szlezak's key areas of expertise are tax advice and planning, family and inheritance law and business succession. Practice head¬†SŇāawomir ŇĀuczak¬†specialises in international tax law. Senior associates¬†StanisŇāaw GordziaŇākowski¬†and¬†Anna Kratiuk¬†are also recommended.

SSW Pragmatic Solutions' lawyers and tax advisers are instructed by wealthy individuals, families and private investors on a variety of matters, including private banking, wealth management, succession issues and business restructuring. Department head¬†Wojciech Szczepaniak¬†is recommended together with¬†Tomasz Wickel¬†and¬†Patrycja GoŇļdziowska.

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