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CMS’ group handles high-profile transactions. Key highlights include assisting Mid Europa Partners with its €1.4bn sale of Żabka Polska to CVC Capital Partners, and advising China Everbright International on its €123m acquisition of Novago. Dariusz Greszta, Marek Sawicki and Jakub Marcinkowski are recommended.

Clifford Chance’s team has ‘extensive industry knowledge’ and ‘responds rapidly’, often on large-scale cross-border transactions such as advising a consortium of funds on its acquisition of Allegro Group. Jarosław Lorenc and newly promoted partner Wojciech Polz advised Forbet Holdings on its bid for shares in Fortuna Entertainment Group. Practice head Agnieszka Janicka and newly promoted partner Marcin Bartnicki are also recommended.

Lejb Fogelman and Jarosław Grzesiak are the key contacts at Greenberg Traurig Grzesiak sp. k., which acts for clients including Amstar, Bridgepoint and Montagu Private Equity. Highlights included assisting CVC Capital Partners with its acquisition of Żabka Polska from Mid Europa Partners, advising a fund managed by TFI Trigon on its acquisition of shares in Seed Labs, and acting for Innova Capital on its acquisition of a majority stake in Profim.

Norton Rose Fulbright’s impressive client base includes CEE Equity Partners, Darby Capital Partners and Innova Capital. The team advised Abris Capital Partners on its sale of a stake in Novago to China Everbright, and assisted the same client with its sale of shares in Mykogen to Greenyard. Senior associate Jan Grochowicz is noted. Paweł Bajno joined Bird & Bird Szepietowski i wspólnicy sp. k. in January 2019.

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP’s team handles matters ranging from investment transactions and exits to project financing. Clients include Advent International, Griffin Premium and Mid Europa Partners. Paweł Zdort advised Cornerstone Partners and Oaktree Capital on their acquisition of shares in IT Kontrakt. The team also assisted Lone Star Funds with its PLN9.2bn acquisition of Xella Group. Practice head Piotr Tomaszewski and Filip Uziębło are also noted.

At Baker & McKenzie Krzyżowski i Wspólnicy Spółka Komandytowa, Tomasz Krzyżowski advised Nokia and InfraCapital on their joint venture to develop and operate fibre-optic networks in central and northern Poland. The group also assisted Greenyard with its €93m acquisition of Mykogen, and handled the acquisition of SF-Filter Group for Ambienta Capital.

Piotr Dulewicz and Paweł Grabowski are the key contacts at Dentons. The group advised Syntaxis Capital on its investment in and debt financing of Trans Polonia, and assisted Coast2Coast with financing the acquisition of Huty Szkla Krosno. In another highlight, the team acted for Rockcastle on its merger with New Europe Property Investments.

K&L Gates LLP’s group ‘goes the extra mile and maintains long-term relationships by finding commercial solutions that work for clients’, many of which are institutional investors and private equity funds. Lech Giliciński, Władek Rzycki and of counsel Michał Petz are recommended. TFI PZU is a client.

Daniel Cousens and Tomasz Zorawski are the key contacts at Linklaters. The team assisted Cerberus Capital Management with the Polish aspects of its acquisition of a controlling stake in Staples’ European business operations. It also advised CRH Nederland on the disposal of its clay division in Poland.

Marcin Macieszczak leads Gessel Attorneys at Law’s practice, which also includes Maciej Kożuchowski and Malgorzata Badowska. The group advised Mezzanine Capital Partners on its investment in MBL, and assisted First Private Equity Fizan with a transaction as part of Gwarant Grupa Kapitalowa’s restructuring.

WKB Wiercinski, Kwiecinski, Baehr’s group attracts instructions on local and international private equity asset transactions, particularly in the food and manufacturing sectors. Jakub Jędrzejak advised Norican on the Polish aspects of its acquisition of SWO Polska from Auctus. Andrzej Wierciński is also noted.

Wardynski & Partners’ ‘responsive, competitive and service-minded’ team is led by Izabela Zielińska-Barłożek. Anna Dąbrowska advised GIC Private on its €2.4bn acquisition of shares in P3 Group. Other highlights include assisting Apollo Global Management with the purchase of an 80% stake in Lumileds from Royal Philips. Paweł Ciećwierz is another name to note.

Chajec, Don-Siemion & Zyto Legal Advisors’ team advised Capital Park on its investment in the investment certificates of a closed-end investment fund. Practice head Andrzej Chajec, Maciej Kotlicki and Szymon Skiendzielewski are recommended.

JSLegal - Jankowski, Stroinski & Partners provides ‘very high-quality advice, immediate responses and flexible service’. The team is particularly active in the logistics and transportation sectors. Rafał Stroiński is a key contact.

Arkadiusz Rumiński and Jakub Lerner are key contacts at Noerr. The group handles a range of transactions, which has included managing Rocket Internet’s sale of Foodpanda’s subsidiaries to Just Eat.

Squire Patton Boggs Swiecicki Krzesniak sp. k.’s group is active on mid-cap transactions. Highlights included advising Resource Partners on its investment in Torf. MCI TechVentures Fund is also a client. Michal Karwacki left the firm in 2017.

At Wolf Theiss, senior associate Dariusz Harbaty advised Rockaway Capital on its acquisition of and its Polish group of companies, and assisted Ascendis Health with its purchase of shares in Scitec Nutrition. Ron Given is also recommended.

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