Real estate in Poland

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

The team at CMS is noted for assisting property funds with the acquisition and sale of real estate assets, and advising developers, banks, lessors and occupiers on every stage of the investment process. The department is jointly led by experienced transactional lawyer Wojciech KoczaraAnna Brzoza-Ostrowska, who is a specialist in the industrial and logistics sectors; and Lidia Dziurzyńska-Leipert, who also leads the firm's German desk. In 2019, Katarzyna Dębińska-Pietrzyk left the firm for DWF Poland Jamka Sp.k.

Practice head(s):

Wojciech Koczara; Lidia Dziurzyńska-Leipert; Anna Brzoza-Ostrowska

Testimonials

The team is very committed to all legal aspects of each case. Always friendly and available. The solutions proposed are always to the point, even in unusual situations.

Lidia Dziurzyńska-Leipert is approachable, optimistic, engaged and compassionate.

In many cases, Lidia Dziurzyńska-Leipert is able to explain the complexity of each case and advise the best approach in negotiations. She is very committed. Very professional and available.

Key clients

ReInvest Asset Management

Credit Suisse

Commerzbank

Aberdeen Standard Investment

Corum Asset Management

UBM Development AG

Segro

Panattoni

Motel One

Allianz Real Estate

Work highlights

  • Advising REInvest Asset Management on the sale of the PAR Tower office building in Warsaw and its conversion into a hostel to hotel owner and operator A&O.
  • Advising Commerzbank on the sale of the Zielony Targówek shopping centre.
  • Advised Aberdeen Standard on the acquisition of logistics warehouses in Krakow and Warsaw.

Dentons

Dentons fields a team, which handles high-value real estate investments in Poland, as well as CEE region cross-border transactions involving Poland. In addition to all phases of the investment process, the group is also able to draw on the firm's strong tax and finance departments. Domestic and international institutional investors, developers, lenders and borrowers make up a large part of the client base. Paweł Dębowski, who is also co-chair of the firm's European real estate group, jointly leads the Warsaw-based team with Piotr Szafarz, who is a specialist in transactions involving shopping malls and warehouses. Bartłomiej Kordeczka is noted for transactions in the hotel and leisure sectors, while Monika Sitowicz is a commercial real estate expert.

Practice head(s):

Piotr Szafarz; Paweł Dębowski

Key clients

Atrium European Real Estate

Skanska

Hines

GLL Real Estate Partners

Kajima

Ghelamco

LC Corp

Cavatina

Union Investment

Echo Polska Properties

Work highlights

  • Advised Atrium European Real Estate on the €301m acquisition of the Wars Sawa Junior department store complex in Warsaw from PFCEE, a fund managed by CBRE Global Investors.
  • Advised Skanska on the sale of a portfolio of two office buildings at Silesia Business Park in Katowice (Poland) to Philippine investor ISOC.
  • Advised Ghelamco on the sale of building C of the Warsaw Spire office complex located in Warsaw, Poland.

Greenberg Traurig Grzesiak sp. k.

Seasoned real estate lawyer Jolanta Nowakowska-Zimoch heads up the team at Greenberg Traurig Grzesiak sp. k., which regularly handles high-profile transactions in the Polish market.  Of note, Nowakowska-Zimoch and Radomił Charzyński assisted Madison International Realty and Ghelamco with the €386m disposal of Warsaw Spire A to Immofinanz through a share purchase agreement. Lawyers are instructed by acquirers and sellers, tenants and landlords, developers and lenders on transactions across the office, retail and logistics sectors. Clients also benefit form the firm's other departments, with access to solid expertise in capital markets, M&A, tax, private equity and banking and finance matters. Real estate finance expert Agnieszka Stankiewicz is another key name, while senior associate Kamil Majewski is developing strong real estate expertise.

Practice head(s):

Jolanta Nowakowska-Zimoch

Testimonials

Experience in the real estate sector having worked large and complex transactions; Strong leadership of the group including superb partners and associates; clear responsibilities and accountability and strong communication.

Agnieszka Stankiewicz is great in deal management, proposing solutions and negotiating for the client’s best interest. She understand all the aspects of real estate but also of M&A context.

Smartest real estate lawyers I have worked with on the transaction side so far. Reliable, responsive and going the extra mile if required.

Key clients

Cromwell European Real Estate Investment Trust

HB Reavis

Akron Investment

IMMOBEL

CA Immo

Madison International Realty LLP

ISOC Group

Invesco Real Estate

Union Investment Real Estate

Hansainvest Real Assets

Benson Elliot

Goldman Sachs

Ghelamco

Blackstone

LK Advisors

Work highlights

  • Advised Madison International Realty and Ghelamco on the €386m sale of the tallest office building in Warsaw, Warsaw Spire A, via a share purchase agreement with Immofinanz.
  • Advised HB Reavis Group on the €200m sale of two A class office buildings, part of the Gdański Business Center complex in the centre of Warsaw, to Savills Investment Management, acting on behalf of a global pension fund.
  • Advised Akron Investment Central Eastern Europe II and Heitman, acting as asset manager, on the sale of the Warsaw Trade Tower office building to Globalworth Poland Real Estate.

Linklaters

Real estate, construction and planning issues are at the centre of Linklaters' expertise, advising domestic and international real estate investors, developers and occupiers. The group regularly assists with property acquisitions and disposals, real estate M&A, sale and leaseback transactions, as well as environmental law, permitting work and planning issues. Artur Kulawski heads up the department, which fields counsel Weronika Guerquin-Koryzma, who is experienced in lease negotiations, and managing associate Adriana Andrzejewska.

Practice head(s):

Artur Kulawski

Testimonials

The real estate practice is very strong. The lawyers have deep experience and extensive knowledge in real estate transactions. They are very involved and aware of the specifics of the real estate sector in Poland. The team skilfully and wisely assesses risks and manages transactions from the very early stage.

Responsive and proactive, the practice offers a great mix of experienced partners and highly skilled younger attorneys who are client and results focused.

They team ensures full-service guidance in the full cycle of commercial real estate deals. This includes high quality competence, market experience and astute legal know how. Their advisory is on a par and often exceeds other market leaders.

Key clients

Accelerate Property Fund

AEW Europe

Al Sraiya

Bluehouse

CBRE Global Investors

Centerbridge

CPI Property Group

ECE

Echo Investment

EPP

Galleon Capital Management

Globalworth

Gramercy Europe

Griffin Real Estate

GTC

Hansa Invest

Henderson Park

IPM

KanAm Grund Group

Kulczyk Silverstein Properties

MEAG

Nuveen Real Estate

Newbridge

NIAM

Oaktree

Panattoni Europe

Patron Capital Management

Penta Investments

Redefine Properties

QSuper

Skanska Property Poland

Patrizia

Tyndaris

UBM Development

UBS Real Estate

Union Investment

W. P. Carey

Work highlights

  • Advising Globalworth on the €190m acquisition of the office buildings Skylight and Lumen located in Warsaw from Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield.
  • Advised Griffin Real Estate and Redefine Properties on the €200m acquisition of logistics properties located in Poland by funds managed by one of the largest American companies managing assets on a global scale.
  • Advising ECE European Prime Shopping Centre Fund II on the €298m purchase of two shopping centres – Atrium Koszalin and Atrium Felicity in Lublin.

Baker & McKenzie Krzyżowski i Wspólnicy Spółka Komandytowa

Baker & McKenzie Krzyżowski i Wspólnicy Spółka Komandytowa stands out for its expertise in commercial, residential, logistics and infrastructure development projects, as well as real estate sale and acquisition transactions in Poland. The residential sector is a particular strength for the group, which advises sellers and buyers, including major asset managers, on portfolio transactions. Department head Małgorzata Pietrzak-Paciorek is also chair of the firm's global real estate steering committee, and is a highly experienced transactional real estate specialist. Mateusz Grabiec has a strong track record in real estate and construction. Joanna Wojnarowska left the firm in mid-2020.

Practice head(s):

Małgorzata Pietrzak-Paciorek

Key clients

Mapletree Investments

Zeitgeist Asset Management

HOCHTIEF Development Poland

Centerscape Investments Poland

Corum Asset Management

Polski Holding Nieruchomości (PHN)

ASBUD Group

White Star Real Estate

Regus (IWG)

Dom Development

Acteeum

Work highlights

  • Advised Mapletree Investments on its acquisition of a portfolio of companies across the EU, consisting of around a dozen industrial properties and warehouses.
  • Continuous support regarding the expansion of Zeitgeist’s portfolio of real properties in Poland.
  • Advised Centerscape on the acquisition of four retail properties located in Poland.

Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance's team, which is led by Daniel Kopania, has a strong transactional real estate practice, which handles a range of matters including Hillwood Europe's €320m sale of the Encore logistics asset portfolio to Mapletree. The team is instructed by sellers and buyers, and is also able to utilise the firms' wider finance offering. Counsel Aleksandra Jach is also recommended for her transactional expertise in the office, retail and logistics sectors.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Kopania

Testimonials

Very responsive, partner led service with strong associate support. Sensible approach to fees which are always competitive. First class service all round including from support teams.

Daniel Kopania provides pragmatic, astute advice. He doesn’t get distracted fighting non-points. Makes sure that matters are resourced in a cost-effective way.

We mostly work with Bartek Kaniasty, Maciej Bochenski and Marcin Krysa and find each of them very responsive and helpful. Their clients are clearly very important to them.

Key clients

AEW

Atrium (Aerium)

Carrefour

CBRE GI

EPF (Kwasa)

Hillwood

Hines

Prologis

Blackstone

mBank Hipoteczny

Work highlights

  • Advised Hillwood on the €320m disposal of the Encore portfolio of logistics assets in Poland to Mapletree.
  • Advised Blackstone on the acquisition and financing of a Polish portfolio constituting a part of a portfolio of 24 logistics centres in Poland, Germany and France from Goodman.
  • Advised The Hut Group on the £700m acquisition of all the shares in the owner of real property on which a logistics centre has been developed, which included a legal due diligence and transactional advice during the acquisition process.

DLA Piper

The team at DLA Piper is noted for handling local and cross-border portfolio transactions. In particular, the firm has a focus on risk-management issues, giving it expertise in structuring transactions and allowing it to provide support in relation to closing and post-closing matters. In terms of greenfield and development projects, the group has significant experience in office and warehouse developments, and also has expertise in commercialisation issues, advising tenants and landlords; the group advised WeWork on its expansion into the Polish market. Co-managing partner Jacek Giziński heads up the group, and has a background in corporate law. Promoted to partner in mid-2019, Michał Pietuszko has experience in real estate, development and construction transactions, while counsel Agnieszka Lehwark focuses on acquisitions in the logistics sector.

Practice head(s):

Jacek Giziński

Testimonials

The team that I worked with stands out from other firms and delivers superb service. They are hands-on, highly responsive and understand the commercial detail of the transaction.

Jacek Gizinski, as the head of real estate team, not only takes the lead on everything himself, but is available at any time and familiar with every single aspect of the transaction in each jurisdiction.

The team members are deal-driven solution finders, able to find solutions to any problem that may occur.

Key clients

AIG Europe

Corestate Capital Holding

Echo Investment

Elite Logistics Fund

Employees Provident Fund (managed by Savills Investment Management)

Greenstone

Marriott

Metro Properties

Markaz

Newbridge

Panattoni

Revetas Capital Advisors

Santander

Tokio Marine HCC

Viskase Polska

WeWork

WPP

Zeus Capital Management

Work highlights

  • Advised Revetas Capital on the cross-border acquisition of TriGranit, concerning eight A-class office buildings in Poland and one A-class office building in Slovakia, as well as development land in Poland, Slovakia, Hungary and Croatia.
  • Advised Santander Bank Polska, Landesbank Hessen- Thiringen Girozentrale, Bank Polska Kasa Opieki, Unicredit and HB Reavis Poland on the due diligence and financing of the €350m Varso Project.
  • Advised Zeus Capital Management on the acquisition of the Graffit office building in Warsaw from Hines.

Gide Loyrette Nouel

As a key practice for Gide Loyrette Nouel in Poland, the real estate team has expertise throughout the life cycle of real estate transactions. In particular, the group handles asset and share deals, joint ventures, zoning and construction issues, as well as financing and commercialisation work including leasing mandates and advice to tenants. Outside of the transactional arena, the group assists with asset management issues. Marcin Muszel is the practice head, while associate Tomasz Roszczyc stands out for transaction structurings, lease agreements, and administrative and regulatory matters.

Practice head(s):

Marcin Muszel

Testimonials

Very good contact with partner and associate, high availability, responsiveness and readiness to work, good process management.

Friendly approach to cooperation.

Key clients

AEW

Apsys

Archicom

Auchan Group

Bank Millennium

Bank Pekao

B&B Hotels

BNP Paribas

Bouygues Immobilier

BPI Real Estate Poland

Chep

Compin

Dassault Systemes

Echo Investment

Eiffage

Essilor Optical Laboratory Poland

Griffin Real estate

Hines

Immobel

InSite Real estate

Intermarché

Leonardo Poland

L’Oreal Polska

Louis Vuitton

Mayland Real estate

Mindspace

mLeasing

mBank

Nexity

Okam

Orpéa Polska

Pernord Ricard

Penta Real estate

P3

Redifine

SGI

Skanska Property Poland

Skanska Residential Development Poland

Triuva

Yareal

YIT Development

Work highlights

  • Advised Yareal on the sale of Buildings A and B in the LIXA office project to South Korean investor Hana Financial Investment.
  • Advised Echo Investment on the acquisition of real estate located in Wrocław from Orbis for developing a mixed-use residential and office investment.
  • Advised P3 (PointPark Properties) on the complex negotiations of a “build-to-suit” lease with PepsiCo.

Penteris

Penteris' team has experience throughout the entire cycle of real estate projects, with a focus on commercial real estate and residential issues. In a recent matter, Agnieszka Pytlas and newly promoted partner Dawid Demianiuk advised Immofinanz on its €386m acquisition of Warsaw Spire from Ghelamco Group and Madison International Realty. Co-founding partner Andrzej Tokaj heads up the department.

Practice head(s):

Andrzej Tokaj

Testimonials

Responsive and proactive, the practice offers a great mix of experienced partners and highly skilled younger attorneys who are client and results focused. They know and understand my business.

Andrzej Tokaj is a big name on the Polish real estate market. He puts together the pieces of the jigsaw puzzle that make deals happen. He adds value to our projects, not only as a lawyer but above all as a business consultant.

The partners we work with have all taken time to get to know us as people and our business model/objectives and the way we approach business.

Key clients

Apollo Rida

Octava

Cromwell Property Group

Immofinanz

RIDA Development Corporation

Vastint (Inter IKEA Group)

ING Bank Śląski

Immobel

Ares Management

Octava Property Trust (Elliott Associates Group)

Work highlights

  • Advised Immofinanz on its €386m acquisition of Warsaw Spire, one of the largest transactions on the Polish office market.
  • Advised Vastint Poland on the process of selling the first stage of Business Garden Poznań.
  • Advised Octava Property Trust on drafting and negotiating finance documentation for the change of the structure of real estate financing.

Wardynski & Partners

Wardynski & Partners' real estate group handles transactions, asset management issues, construction and zoning work, as well as administrative regulation advice. It has also developed a niche in advising foreign investors on establishing outsourcing centres in Poland, as well as assisting clients with leasing matters relating to property portfolios. The group is jointly led by experienced commercial and litigation lawyer Michał Gliński and investment funds specialist Michał Wons.

Practice head(s):

Michał Gliński; Michał Wons

Testimonials

It has extensive experience and always provides thorough, comprehensive and business-oriented solutions to legal issues, and overcomes all obstacles. It is able to guide you through challenges.

Michał Wons is extremely sharp when it comes to adapting a client’s priorities, response and support to the relevant situation, his commitment towards the client’s goals is second to none.

Very good partner dedication, excellent dedication and good deal management.

Key clients

KK Wind Solutions

MITISKA REIM NV

Cromwell European REIT

Castorama Polska

INHUS Group

Work highlights

  • Advised Cromwell European REIT Management on the acquisition of Kasteli and Cambil from the Azora Group, in the process acquiring two office buildings in Krakow.
  • Assisted KK Wind Solutions Polska with an agreement for the lease of warehouse space.
  • Advised Mitiska REIM on a joint venture agreement with a Polish investor, involving eight special-purpose vehicles for the acquisition of property in Poland

Wolf Theiss

Wolf Theiss focuses on advising institutional investors and developers on their activity in Poland, with particular expertise in the logistics and retail sectors. The team is also regularly called upon to advise on office sector transactions, as well as student housing. Tomasz Stasiak heads the department and has experience in real estate and property projects at all stages of their life cycle. Grzegorz Skowroński , who was promoted to partner in 2019, has experience in real estate developments. Senior associate Iwona Huryn is noted for transactional work, including the sale of shopping malls.

Practice head(s):

Tomasz Stasiak

Work highlights

  • Advise and continuously support Panattoni Europe, a leader in Polish warehouse development market, on numerous transactions. The most prominent one pertained to the sale of a logistics facility located in Poland to an SPV controlled by UK-based Tritax EuroBox plc.
  • Advised Goldman Sachs on the sale of a Polish assets portfolio consisting of three office buildings located in Warsaw and Gdańsk with a total value of approx. €70m. The sale of the properties was concluded as a part of the sale of an office portfolio including 16 Finnish, Polish and Dutch assets, which had a total value of €324m.
  • Advised Atrium Poland on a sale of real property (approximately 7 ha) located in Gdańsk. Atrium’s Polish real estate portfolio is currently valued at approximately €1.5bn. The property is located near Gdansk Old Town, on land previously belonging to the Gdańsk Shipyard.

B2R Law Jankowski Stroiński Zięba

Following the merger of Zieba & Partners and JSLEGAL - Jankowski, Stroinski & Partners in June 2020, B2R Law Jankowski Stroiński Zięba entered the market. Led by Rafał Zięba, the real estate team handles major commercial real estate transactions for Polish and international investors, developers and asset managers.

Practice head(s):

Rafał Zięba

Testimonials

I find working with the firm very satisfying. They tend to have a very commercial approach to problem-solving, a good speed of services and a willingness to help.

The real estate practice has deep knowledge and wide experience in advising Polish and foreign clients. The team is very dedicated to provide best advice in the necessary time-frame, and committed to provide useful and practical advice to the client, finding solutions that would be acceptable from the business perspective.

Rafał Zięba proves to be a good team leader caring about the clients but also its employees, which translates into positive work attitude and devotion.

Key clients

Skanska Property Poland

Skanska Residential Development Poland

Echo Polska Properties

Echo Investment

Mace Group

Murapol

Griffin Group

Wechta Nieruchomości

Activ Investment

EG A/S

7R

Acquinex

Krakbau

Prestige Property Group

Wako

Work highlights

  • Advising Krakbau on the disposal of real estate located on Puszkarska Street in Krakow to one of the biggest developers operating in Poland.
  • Advising mBank on the lease of office premises, as well as parking spaces, located in the landmark Mennica Tower building.
  • Advising Belgian company Beaulieu International Group on the acquisition of land and the construction of a production complex in Kietrz (Śląskie Province).

act BSWW

Real estate is one of act BSWW's core competencies, and the group has experience in commercial and office development transactions, with a strong client roster of real estate funds, developers, construction companies and retailers. In addition to transactional work, it also handles tax due diligence issues. The department is jointly led by managing partners Michał Wielhorski and Marek Wojnar.

Practice head(s):

Michał Wielhorski; Marek Wojnar

Testimonials

Huge experience in office lease agreements in the Polish market; excellent knowledge of office lease commercial practices.

Marek Wojnar stands out for his exceptional expertise in advising on a variety of issues related to real estate and construction. He is someone you can trust and rely on.

Business-oriented lawyers with pragmatic solutions and wide experience.

Key clients

Adventum International

Azora International Group

Buma Group

CPI Property Group

ECC Group

ECHO Investment

Fujitsu Technology Solutions

Globalworth Poland (GPRE)

Ideal Idea

Immobel Group

KG Group

Rank Progress

Santander Consumer Bank

Strabag

Student Depot

TUF Real Estate Polska

PATRIZIA

R4R RE

YIT Development

Kettlewell (Zeitgeist)

Work highlights

  • Advised Strabag Real Estate Group on the acquisition of Atrium International from Immobilien.
  • Advising ECHO Investment on property acquisitions for residential projects in Warsaw, Kraków and Wrocław, as well as leasing, asset management and ongoing issues.
  • Advised Adventum on its acquisition of Poznań Financial Centre from Peakside Capital Advisors.

Allen & Overy, A. Pedzich sp. k.

Allen & Overy, A. Pedzich sp. k.'s real estate offering was greatly bolstered by the arrival of several key lawyers from White & Case M. Studniarek i Wspólnicy - Kancelaria Prawna sp.k. in mid-2019, including the experienced Michał Matera, who now leads the real estate department. The group also leverages the firm's existing expertise in real estate finance work, an area where Arkadiusz Pędzich takes the lead. Commercial real estate transactions are the main focus for the team, and the practice also has significant experience in portfolio deals.

Practice head(s):

Michał Matera; Arkadiusz Pędzich

Testimonials

Their biggest strength is their integrated offering of all services relating to real estate.

Michał Matera is an expert and an experienced business adviser. I like his holistic approach with my business being in the centre of a matter.

Michał Matera’s work is outstanding. He has a unique approach towards business solutions based on fabulous law knowledge.

Key clients

Generali

Atrium European Real Estate

Griffin Property Finance

FLE

Standard Chartered Bank

LaSalle Investment Management

Mapletree Investments

Echo Investment

Aareal Bank

Cromwell

ING Bank Śląski

Work highlights

  • Advised Franklin Templeton Investments on the acquisition of an office building at Nowy Rynek complex in Poznań from Skanska.
  • Advised LaSalle Investment Management on its acquisition of the Warsaw West VI logistics facility from Panattoni.
  • Advised the financing banks, ING Bank Śląski, Powszechna Kasa Oszczędności Bank Polski and Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, on the provision of €94m real estate financing for logistic parks owned by companies from the MLP Group.

Andrzej Lulka i Wspólnicy Kancelaria Prawna sp.k.

Real estate boutique Andrzej Lulka i Wspólnicy Kancelaria Prawna sp.k. has developed significant expertise in commercial, office, residential and logistics real estate projects. The team regularly assists with property acquisitions and sales, as well as zoning, construction, financing and commercialisation issues. Founding partner Andrzej Lulka takes the lead and specialises in real estate transactions and construction law.

Practice head(s):

Andrzej Lulka

Testimonials

Outstanding law and real estate market knowledge.

Key clients

Pergranso

Equilis Europe

BPI Real Estate Poland

Kosmepol

Paige Investments

Avestus Real Estate

VRE 3  / VRE 4

Toucan 7

Enterprise 1 /Enterprise 2  (Tristan Capital Partners)

Przedsiębiorstwo Rolno-Przemysłowe “Babinek”

ACE 4

ACE 6

Work highlights

  • Advised Equilis Europe on the acquisition of a property in Chełm for the construction of a shopping centre, in a joint venture with Acteeum.
  • Assisted Przedsiębiorstwo Rolno – Przemysłowe “Babinek” with the acquisition of agricultural property by a non-resident.

Bakowski Law Firm

Bakowski Law Firm acts for a client roster of domestic and foreign investment funds, which it assists with real estate sales and acquisitions across Poland. It also provides real estate portfolio analysis services in relation to commercialisation issues, and handles sale and leaseback transactions and investment schemes. Founding partner Igor Bąkowski leads the group alongside Maciej Ligier, who also has experience in real estate-related litigation and arbitration proceedings.

Practice head(s):

Igor Bąkowski; Maciej Ligier

Testimonials

The team is organized and attentive to your needs. I received amazing support in the purchase of real estate.

Igor Bakowski is a great listener, and goes above and beyond to help you. His explanations are clear and straight to the point. After every conversation, I felt informed and confident about my decisions.

The team is always ready for action and professional. Even if situations require very quick action and under time pressure. I can always count on substantive and physical support at meetings when needed.

Key clients

Polish Investment and Trade Agency

Bywater Properties

Arcona Properties

Prema

Prema-Inwest

SM Lazurowa

Bomm

Chajec, Don-Siemion & Zyto Legal Advisors

Chajec, Don-Siemion & Zyto Legal Advisors handles the full spectrum of real estate transactions including office, retail and hotel schemes and matters involving the development process. Finance is another area of expertise for the group, as is the formation of real estate investment funds, and sector-specific M&A, joint venture structuring and restructuring issues. Corporate lawyer Patryk Galicki jointly leads the team with Piotr Zapalski.

Practice head(s):

Patryk Galicki; Piotr Zapalski

Key clients

TASC Infrastructure

ArtN (a multifunctional project of revitalizing the post-industrial space of the former factory Norblin; an investment by Capital Park Group)

Capital Park

CD Invest

Centerscape Investments Poland

Polish developers

Work highlights

  • Advising the sellers of two packages of apartments in the Pacific Residence estate located in Powisle, one of the most prestigious districts in Warsaw.
  • Advising TASC Infrastructure on the process of acquiring real estate properties in Poland developed with telecommunication masts and telecommunication infrastructure.
  • Providing ongoing advice to ArtN, an investor in an office and retail complex in the centre of Warsaw, on the investment process including administrative proceedings, financing issues and the construction process.

Crido Legal

Crido Legal's team focuses on office and retail real estate, and also handles transactions involving student housing and logistics centres. It is instructed by a variety of investment funds (as buyers and sellers), brokers and finance providers. On the advisory front, practitioners have experience in asset management issues. The group is also able to draw on the expertise of the firm's strong tax department. Real estate, construction and commercial law specialist Krzysztof Marzyński leads the department. Counsel Joanna Winter-Szymańska is an expert in real estate transactions.

Practice head(s):

Krzysztof Marzyński

Testimonials

Honest and open people.

High-level client-oriented culture and professionalism of each of the people I worked with.

I especially enjoy working with Krzysztof Marzynski as he really takes his time analysing and assessing the particular case and with impeccable approach and professional acumen, yet without unnecessary stiffness.

DWF Poland Jamka Sp.k

In mid-2019, the team at DWF Poland Jamka Sp.k experienced notable changes following the firm's takeover of K&L Gates' Warsaw offices. While Halina Więckowska moved to Gekko Taxens M. Sobońska-Szylińska i Wspólnicy and Piotr Łaska joined Baker Tilly Woroszylska Legal, the group benefited from the arrival of transactional real estate expert Katarzyna Dębińska-Pietrzyk from CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang Pośniak i Bejm sp.k., who is a key name alongside Małgorzata Lesiak-Ćwikowska. Clients of the department include institutional and private investors, commercial developers, tenants and landlords, which the practice advises on the full spectrum of real estate matters including acquisitions and sales, financings and leasing work. Joanna Wojnarowska joined the firm in mid-2020 to head the practice.

Practice head(s):

Joanna Wojnarowska

Testimonials

 

Key clients

Immofinanz

Equilis Europe

Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia

Bank of New York Mellon

ING Bank Śląski

Multikino

Avestus Real Estate

MLP Group

Electra Poland

i2 Development

Xeos

GEO Renewables

Aberdeen Standard Life

Work highlights

  • Advised Aberdeen Standard Life on the acquisition of a large logistics warehouse from Panattoni Development and Marvipol.
  • Advised Corum XL on its acquisition of Castorama DIY from Polska Metro Properties.
  • Advised the Indonesian Embassy in Poland on the acquisition of a property designated for its diplomatic purposes.

Eversheds Sutherland Wierzbowski

At Eversheds Sutherland Wierzbowski, the team is focused on transactional real estate matters with expertise in leases, property transfers, developments and financing work. It has also developed a niche in advising on the real estate aspects of infrastructure projects, counting the General Directorate for National Roads and Motorways as a client. Krzysztof Wierzbowski heads up the group, handling contentious and non-contentious matters. In 2019, counsel Anna Ochocka moved to Wolf Theiss.

Practice head(s):

Krzysztof Wierzbowski

Key clients

GDDKiA (General Directorate for National Roads and Motorways) / State Treasury

Parker Green Poland

Turkish Airlines

Brembo

Johnson Controls

PLC Poland 13

Microsoft

Ghelamco

Alior Bank

mBank Hipoteczny

The City of Warsaw

Work highlights

  • Advised Ghelamco on a loan agreement for the financing and re-financing of the construction of the office building .big Kraków.
  • Assisted BGK Nieruchomości with the acquisition and development of real property across Poland, under the ‘Apartment for lease’ programme.
  • Advised Turkish Airlines on three lease agreements in Warsaw Chopin Airport and in the city centre of Warsaw.

Hogan Lovells (Warszawa) LLP

The team at Hogan Lovells (Warszawa) LLP, which is jointly led by Marek Grodek and Bartosz Clemenz, specialises in transactional real estate and M&A. Other areas of expertise include lease agreements, construction and development contracts, real estate finance work, and real estate disputes.

Practice head(s):

Marek Grodek; Bartosz Clemenz

Testimonials

The team members are all focused, attentive and dedicated to the task. They complete all tasks within the deadline.

Key clients

Och Ziff Management Europe

ISOC Group

Prologis

Kravco Company LLC

Bacoli Properties

BBI Development

6B47

Xcity Investment

Cinema 3D

Polish Investment Real Estate Fund II

Newmarket LLC

Warta

Work highlights

  • Advising Och Ziff Management Europe Limited on the €86m sale of its portfolio of five warehouses located in Poland to Tristan Capital Partners and White Star Real Estate.
  • Advising one of the largest logistic developers on the multi-jurisdictional sale of logistic portfolios to a leading Asian property company.
  • Advising Cinema 3D on the sale of its portfolio of sites in Poland to Vue International.

Kochanski & Partners

The team at Kochanski & Partners has maintained a strong real estate team following the firm's split from Zieba & Partners, and regularly acts for domestic and international clients on major real estate transactions. The group is led by Paweł Cholewiński and is able to draw on the expertise of the firm's corporate department, which includes Rafał Rapala. Counsel Marcin Rzysko is another key name with experience in greenfield investments and commercial property acquisitions.

Practice head(s):

Paweł Cholewiński

Testimonials

Marcin Rżysko is a talented and diligent real estate legal professional. It is a pleasure to work with him and his team.

Key clients

Johnson Matthey plc

Inter Cars

Cola Cola HBC Polska

Beneteau Group

Orbis

Oxenwood Real Estate

Aviva

Portus Retail

Ferro Corporation

Gas Transmission Operator Gaz-System

EPP (Echo Polska Properties)

Griffin Real Estate

Redefine Properties

Universal Fibers

Jula Poland

Skanska Property Poland

Deutsche Hypothekenbank (Actien-Gesellschaft)

YIT Development

Reckit Benckiser

Work highlights

  • Advising Johnson Matthey, a global leader in sustainable technologies, on two major greenfield investments in Poland worth several billion Euros.
  • Advised Gaz-System on the acquisition of over 70 green and brownfield properties belonging to PKN Orlen affiliated entities.
  • Advising Griffin Real Estate on the sale of the Piękna 2.0 office building in Warsaw to Generali Real Estate.

Noerr

Noerr has developed a niche in advising German clients on their investments in Poland, and the team regularly advises German funds on real estate transactions. It also has particular expertise in the logistics and office sectors, and is able to provide banking and finance support alongside its transactional offering. The department is co-led by corporate lawyer Radosław Biedecki  and real estate expert Paweł Żelich.

Practice head(s):

Radosław Biedeck; Paweł Żelich

Testimonials

Smart and competent team which delivers the legal service on the spot and as expected.

Excellent and competent service and understanding of the economics in the background of the transaction.

Fast, targeted and focused on the essential points. Language competence (fluent German) also facilitates cooperation and a common understanding of the task at hand.

Key clients

Valeo Siemens eAutomotive

Landesbank Hessen-Thüringen Girozentrale (Helaba)

TAG Immobilien

Gates

Expeditors

Ceres Management Services / Revetas Group

Globe Trade Centre

HMT Immobilienverwaltungsgesellschaft

Cedrob

Gain Capital

Work highlights

  • Advised Valeo Siemens eAutomotive on a build-to-suit investment for a new production facility in Czechowice-Dziedzice.
  • Advised Landesbank Hessen-Thüringen Girozentrale on the €170m refinancing of the acquisition by Atrium European Real Estate of the Wars Sawa & Junior shopping centre.
  • Advised Gates on a build-to-suit lease for warehouse premises in Poland from Panattoni.

Rymarz Zdort

The team at Rymarz Zdort has a solid client roster of real estate companies, including Echo Investment and Globalworth Poland Real Estate, which it advises on all aspects of capital deployment, investment and development issues. The group also draws on strong corporate expertise to advise on M&A transactions involving real estate assets. The department is jointly led by Filip Uzieblo and counsel Agnieszka Koniewicz.

Practice head(s):

Filip Uzieblo; Agnieszka Koniewicz

Testimonials

The team consists of individuals acting in a very professional manner with deep knowledge of various legal matters.

Filip Uzieblo demonstrated  unique expertise in terms of the critical analysis of real estate and organising the exercise in an efficient and innovative manner. His combined knowledge in corporate law, restructuring and real estate have clearly given him a keen eye to quickly and easily identify material issues and important information.

Key clients

Echo Investment

EPP

Griffin Real Estate

Oaktree Capital Management

Raiffeisen Bank International

Raiffeisen Bank Polska

Redefine Properties

Ronson Development

Tacit Investment

Work highlights

  • Assisted Redefine Properties and Griffin Real Estate with an €800m joint venture with Panattoni Europe concerning a five-year exclusive priority right to execute 24 new warehouse projects.
  • Advised Oaktree Capital Management and Griffin Real Estate on the sale of Student Depot Group to Kajima Properties.
  • Advised Echo Investment on its joint venture with EPP for the development of a large shopping centre in Warsaw.

SKJ Szybkowski Kuźma Jeleń sp.j.

SKJ Szybkowski Kuźma Jeleń sp.j. is a specialist real estate firm, which advises investors, developers and lenders on real estate M&A, development projects and the commercialisation of real estate assets. The group also handles property financing issues, and is equipped to assist with warranty and indemnity insurance mandates. The practice is jointly led by co-founding partners Wojciech SzybkowskiAgnieszka Kuźma and Anna Jeleń.

Practice head(s):

Anna Jeleń; Agnieszka Kuźma; Wojciech Szybkowski

Testimonials

An absolutely top quality service. The team is extremely responsive even on extremely short notice. The team constantly considers what they can do better and how they can help more effectively. It seems like they can read my mind and answer before I formulate the question aloud.’

The team provides accurate solutions to complex legal matters, taking into account the market practice and the sector limitations.

Agnieszka Kuzma is a great, experienced and engaged lawyer.

Anna Jeleń has proven to be convincing negotiator with deep sector insight.

Key clients

Egger Group

Medicover

Ambridge

Greenstone Asset Management

Stewart Title

CWS-boco

DWS

Cinema City

Hanwha Q Cells

Embassy of Canada in Poland

Heron Property

Embassy of Finland

Work highlights

  • Advised DWS on the refinancing of Rondo 1 in a transaction involving changes to the loan agreement and security documentation.
  • Advised Medicover on the acquisition of 100% of the shares in Neomedic; a matter which involved the due diligence of real properties and intragroup transfers of shares in the properties, as well as negotiating the sales agreement and related insurance policies.
  • Advised Greenstone Asset Management on the acquisition of the Haffner Centre retail complex in Sopot from Centrum Haffnera.

Soltysinski Kawecki & Szlezak

Headed up by Radosław Waszkiewicz, the team at Soltysinski Kawecki & Szlezak handles the full spectrum of real estate transactions and disputes for a variety of domestic and international funds, developers, retailers and industrial companies. The group is particularly noted for its knowledge of industrial greenfield investments and its ability to cooperate with major international firms.

Practice head(s):

Radosław Waszkiewicz

Testimonials

The real estate team led by Radosław Waszkiewicz is quite unique: we have always been treated as if we were the only client; and the team always provided great legal support in time.

Impressive theoretical, practical and business oriented knowledge of law.

Very good real estate team that masters all details of what can be done in Poland.

Key clients

Unibail Rodamco Westfield

AXA IM Real Assets

Ares Management Real Estate

Zalando

Azora Europa

Auchan Polska

Intel

Blue City

Reform Company 3

Żabka Polska

OBI

LG Chem Wrocław Energy

Chayton Capital

Nike

Tommy Hilfiger

UPS

Work highlights

  • Advised Unibail Rodamco Westfield BV and Złote Tarasy Warsaw III on the indirect sale of shares in an entity owning Lumen and Skylight office buildings to GlobalWorth Group.
  • Advised Ares Management Real Estate on the Polish aspects of the acquisition and financing of a portfolio of 21 European logistics assets from Prologis.
  • Advised Zalando on the sale of a major logistics centre in Szczecin to DWS.

SSW Pragmatic Solutions

The main areas of activity for SSW Pragmatic Solutions span real estate transactions including advising Polish and foreign clients on their investments, lease agreements, and providing day-to-day commercialisation and asset management advice. The group also handles real estate litigation, which is an area of expertise bolstered department head Maciej Duch's background as an advocate.

Practice head(s):

Maciej Duch

Testimonials

They excel in every transaction and make the client feel secure in any circumstance.

Maciej Duch has incredible knowledge and creativity when looking for different alternatives.

Maciej Duch is the most professional person I met.

Key clients

7R

CCC

PZU TFI

Waimea Holding

NeoInvestments

Aerium Finance

Segro

Multishop

Wund Industriebau

Skanska

Impexmetal

Origami Partners

Work highlights

  • Advised a Polish warehouse investor on the €200m development of several warehouse and logistics centres via a joint venture.
  • Advised a Polish investment fund on the potential acquisition of 10 warehouse and logistics centres.
  • Advised Skanska on the sale of 12 sites across Poland.

Wiewiórski Legal

Wrocław-based Wiewiórski Legal stands out for its expertise in large industrial and logistics investments, office space deals, with a focus on shared service centres, and real estate finance. The department is jointly led by Marcin Wojtasik and Maciej Jarecki, who was recently promoted to the partnership.

Practice head(s):

Marcin Wojtasik; Maciej Jarecki

Testimonials

Professional approach including business aspects. Always ready for new topics, are not afraid of difficult challenges. Very good substantive knowledge and its practical application.

Marcin Wojtasik is always very well prepared and professional, friendly and willing to help.

Communication, support and helpfulness, responding to individual needs or requests. Ability to cover various legal areas. Support in small matters and complex tasks.

Key clients

Align Technology Group

Acturis Poland

Axiom Group

Axiom Managed Solutions

Knowable

Work highlights

  • Advised Align Technology on the lease of new premises in a Wrocław office park.
  • Advised Acturis Poland on the expansion of its office space.