Firms To Watch: Real estate

DPPA Legal handles the spectrum of real estate work and has recently seen a stream of leasing mandates and an uptick in disputes work in this space.
The real estate team at SMM Legal is led by Aleksander Czech and Aldona Górska from Poznań; it advises clients on the sale and acquisition of property, as well as supporting them in investment issues throughout the commercialisation process.

Real estate in Poland

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

The real estate team at CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang Posniak i Bejm sp.k. has undergone significant changes through the arrival of a number of new lawyers. Practice head Agata Jurek-ZbrojskaMałgorzata Madej-Balcerowska and Dominik Rafałko joined the team from Greenberg Traurig Grzesiak sp. k. meanwhile Michał Mieciński arrived from Linklaters. The team advises a wide range of clients on development projects, including insurance companies, pension funds, property companies, commercial and residential developers and retailers. Lidia Dziurzyńska-Leipert is also noted for her experience acting for real estate institutional investors and handling construction projects in the private and public sectors.

Practice head(s):

Agata Jurek-Zbrojska

Testimonials

‘CMS Warsaw has been very helpful in advising on all aspects related to our real estate projects and properties in Poland, and on M&A transactions related to real estate. Their service was top-notch professional, solution-oriented and cost-efficient.’

‘The quality of work is always to the highest standard and meets all expectations. The team is always capable to handle even very complex issues and ready to deliver solutions on time and they are very creative in their approach to every task. The company is billing reasonable fees, which reflect the real engagement, which is not a standard compared with some competitors.’

‘Lidia Dziurzyńska-Leipert is very professional, practical and business-oriented and Michal Bork is a top-notch real estate law expert. Together, they formed a very strong team and are able to carry-out complex transactions.’

‘I usually work with Lidia Dziurzyńska-Leipert who is always very committed, I can trust her on every task, that it will be handled with high priority and every issue will be resolved in a most advantageous way for our company. Very good communication with Lidia makes the cooperation smooth and really supportive in sometimes really complex issues.’

Key clients

Aberdeen Standard

AFI Europe

Alkyon Partner Development

Allianz Real Estate

Amundi

Bluehouse

Corum XL

FM Logistic

Invesco

Kajima

Karimpol

Motel One

Panattoni

Primark

REICO

REInvest Asset Management

Segro

TR Warszawa

Work highlights

  • Advised AFI Properties on the acquisition and financing of a T-Mobile office building located in Warsaw at Marynarska 12 Street from Starwood Capital Group.
  • Advised Amundi Real Estate on the acquisition of Nowogrodzka Square and the Neopark office complexes in Warsaw.
  • Advised REICO on the acquisition of a warehouse development, Panattoni Park Tychy DC 1 from JV partners from Panattoni and Bluehouse.

Dentons

The team at Dentons conducts high value investment transaction, lease reviews and property portfolio management on behalf of institutional real estate investors, private funds, developers and asset managers. The team is very active in the booming logistics and PR sectors, as well as the office, retail and hotel industries. Piotr Szafarz is head of the real estate team alongside deputy heads Monika Sitowicz and Bartłomiej Kordeczka.

Testimonials

‘The best Real Estate team in Poland. Their knowledge and experience is unique. The practice always provided us with excellent legal advice. They are very diligent. Their lawyers have a profound knowledge of the market and are skilful negotiators as well as have a very good business approach.’

‘Dentons is one of the best RE team on the polish market; they are client oriented, very proactive, focused on problem solving not making problems, very commercial focused, understand the needs and adopt appropriate solution, and is ready to listen first and then act accordingly. I have very good chemistry with the Dentons team I work with.’

‘The team is extremely professional and diligent in their advice to us, both on the buy side and sell side. They act as genuine advisors in order to facilitate a commercial view, taking into account the client’s circumstances and goals.’

‘Magdalena Szwarc-Brožyna is a multinational legal expert appreciated by international business. Very strong legal, leadership and negotiations skills. Transactions under her guidance are smooth and always safe for the client. Cooperation with Magda gives comfort and security.’

‘Jacek Jezierski is one of the standout performers in the European real estate market. Jacek has guided us through the Polish legal system and is always finding the best solution. He is a pleasure to work with and a fine person to be around.’

‘Piotr Szafarz is a down-to-earth lawyer who is exceptionally good at finding creative solutions to theoretical deal blockers.’

‘Monika Sitowicz and Piotr Szafarz’s quality of work stands on the highest level. I fully trust their services and legal advice. High level legal documentation that represents all clients needs. Fast in processing and high level negotiations skills. Open minded, business driven with high level of advice and structuring deals and contracts.’

‘Bartlomiej Kordeczka is a great lawyer with fantastic business sense. Having him on the other side of the table, we know the deal is done. He is pragmatic, down to earth, looking at the deal as a whole rather than trying to win point for winning points.’

Key clients

Atrium European Real Estate

BentallGreenOak

Cavatina

CPI Property Group

HB Reavis

Heimstaden Bostad

Interpierre Europe Centrale fund

Morgan Stanley

Nexity

Skanska

Work highlights

  • Advised Cornerstone Partners and Crestyl Group in developing multi-purpose real estate projects concerning the acquisition of 100% of shares in Budimex Nieruchomości.
  • Advised Heimstaden Bostad on three investment transactions, covering the acquisition of 18 build-to-rent projects worth €460m.
  • Advised EPP on the acquisition of a €692.1m M1 portfolio, comprising of 12 retail properties from the Chariot Top Group consortium, co-managed by Griffin Real Estate through its subsidiaries.

DLA Piper Giziński Kycia sp.

Michał Pietuszko has sat at the helm of DLA Piper‘s real estate department since early 2021, taking over from Jacek Giziński , who is now co-managing partner. The team is active in handling both domestic and cross-border transactions, development projects and asset management across sectors such as office, retail, logistics, industrial, production and residential. Counsel Agnieszka Lehwark provides expertise in commercial real estate transactions and leases.

Practice head(s):

Michał Pietuszko

Testimonials

‘DLA Poland gives a holistic approach to real estate and takes into consideration all consequences of certain decisions. The team’s strengths is their collaboration across their firm and pulling in resources when applicable and ensuring a smooth process for the client. From a real estate perspective, their understanding and delivery of specific and complex legal aspects was very good. The team has significant knowledge in the real estate sector and other aspects such as real estate tax.’

‘The team at DLA Piper Warsaw listens to us and how we and our clients like to do business. Always available anytime (even if on holidays) and we never ever have to chase for a response or an answer. They are transparent with fees and always update us with out-of-scope matters and the work in progress during a project which is appreciated.’

‘Cases referred to DLA Piper require detailed scrutiny due to their complexity. The company has various teams dedicated to various topics, so the client can be sure that it will be comprehensively served. Billings are fixed in advance and there is no element of surprise. In the case of complex matters, the costs are agreed upon before commencing the task.’

‘Special thanks to Sylwia Czerwik and Jacek Gizinski: they were able to get all issues resolved quickly and efficiently. Working together was very pleasant for us.’

‘My team has worked with Jacek Gizinski and his team on a number of real estate transactions, and we have always been happy. DLA’s availability and transparency has always been highly valued by us. On a recent deal, we also enjoyed working with Milena Mędrzycka, who was very professional and very responsive. We hope to engage them in more deals in the future.’

‘A very professional approach to the client of the entire DLA team, represented by Michał Pietuszko. During the negotiations, DLA focuses on closing the transaction and negotiating optimal solutions for the client that are acceptable to the other party. There is a very professional and very good cooperation with the law firm.’

Agnieszka Lehwark is great! She makes sure the deals close and focuses on results for the clients.’

‘I have worked closely with Mirosław Całka from the DLA Poland real estate team. Mirek has deep understanding of real estate and always considers the relevant options as they relate to the client. More importantly, in our business, Mirek always points out the legal matters and actual practice to help the client make informed decisions. He has gone over and beyond what is required to help Markaz execute on transactions.’

Key clients

Bank BNP Paribas

Bank Pekao

Bank PKO

DHL Exel Supply Chain

Elite Partners Capital

ING Bank

KGAL Investment Management & Co.

Kuwait Financial Center ‘Markaz’

LEGO

Marriott

Metro Cash & Carry

Panattoni

Proprium Capital Partners

Santander Bank

Savills Investment Management

Stena Fastigheter

Zeus Capital Management

Work highlights

  • Advising Panattoni on 31 transactions and projects across Poland, including 29 development projects concerning a total of 1,120,00 sq. m. of industrial space.
  • Advising KGAL on the acquisition of the Villa Office building in Warsaw from Echo Investment for €87m.
  • Advising Proprium Capital Partners on development projects concerning logistics centres in Sosnowiec, Gdańsk, Warsaw, Bolesławiec, and Łódź.

Greenberg Traurig Nowakowska-Zimoch Wysokiński Sp. k

Project financing expert Jolanta Nowakowska-Zimoch leads the team at Greenberg Traurig Grzesiak sp. k., which is adept at advising on cross-border transactions, landlord and tenant, acquisitions, dispute resolution and development matters. The practice is aided by the firm’s International presence, and its client portfolio includes international institutional investors, developers, financial institutions, pension funds, construction companies and municipalities. Transactional lawyer Agnieszka Stankiewicz, German-qualified Radomił Charzyński  and senior associate Kamil Majewski are also key names. Transactional lawyer Maciej Jodkowski is the latest addition to the team, joining with senior associates Karol Lewandowski and Karolina Tulwin from Dentons in late 2021. Agata Jurek-Zbrojska left the firm in early 2022.

Practice head(s):

Jolanta Nowakowska-Zimoch

Testimonials

‘GT real estate practice is very dedicated to the instruction and always available. They approach issues with diligence and present clear explanations. They are very detailed, however, at the same time they have solutions focus approach.’

‘The real estate lawyers I have worked with consistently deliver accurate, concise and high quality service. The scope of the team’s knowledge, effectiveness and depth of expertise and marked knowledge makes them an excellent resource. The lawyers are specialized in different areas of real estate, which allows the team to provide comprehensive transaction advice and address even very specific legal issues in a timely manner. In addition, they closely cooperate with other GT practices, such as M&A or banking & finance, a crucial aspect in more complex transactions.’

‘Radomił Charzyński is one of top real estate legal professionals on the local market, experienced in managing legal teams on complex transactions, very business-oriented and able to handle the most complex legal issues and transaction structures.’

Key clients

Partners Group

Madison International Realty

Hines

Marvipol Development

CA Immo

Torus

Indotek

Tritax

Dekpol Deweloper

Work highlights

  • Advised Partners Group on the signing of purchase agreements regarding the acquisition of selected real estate assets of the Kraków-based BUMA Group.
  • Advised Hines Pan-European Core Fund on a transaction involving the acquisition of a mezzanine warehouse facility in Wrocław from GLL Real Estate Partners.
  • Advised Madison International Realty on a transaction involving acquisition of shares in Cavatina Office sp. z o.o., the owner of the Chmielna 89 office building in Warsaw, from Cavatina Holding S.A., entry into a joint venture agreement with Cavatina Holding S.A. and the refinancing of the existing bank debt of Cavatina Office sp. z o.o.

Linklaters

Linklaters advises domestic and international investors, developers and occupiers on both Polish and cross-border M&A and transactions. Managing partner Artur Kulawski oversees a team which includes Adriana Andrzejewska, who was promoted to of counsel in early 2021, and real estate transaction expert Janusz Dzianachowski. Additional fronts of activity include investment and development projects, real estate finance, tax and related disputes.

Practice head(s):

Artur Kulawski

Testimonials

‘I’ve been working with Linklaters team for many years.  The most important advantages of the Linklaters team are unrivalled quality, dedication and commitment. Linklaters provide excellent quality and commitment on each level.’

‘The team we are working with is very reliable and supportive no matter how complex topics are. We especially appreciate that they support us within a very short period of notice, and then they understand the situations immediately. They recognise our needs as a client perfectly and are acting proactive. Linklaters always finds a solution as they are thinking outside of the box and thereby they get the deal done.’

‘Janusz Dzianachowski is overlooking the overall deal and is solving problems also for the other side in order to make a deal work out. He is a hard working lawyer, who is always reachable, fast and very efficient. He knows exactly what we value in a lawyer and guides us through complex deals. Janusz is definitely an outstanding lawyer and dealmaker.

‘Janusz Dzianachowski is one of the most senior lawyers on the market with lots of knowledge, client relationships, strong dedication and involvement in transactions. He is very solution-driven legal advisor and he is well-known from being able to put himself into a client’s shoes and understanding all commercial aspects of the transaction and managing both projects and teams perfectly.’

‘Adriana Andrzejewska manages complex transactions perfectly and manages the team very well. She is absolutely amazing in pushing the deal forward, very often doing things even which should have been done by the other party’s lawyer. She is putting excellent structure to the project, which leads to successful closings. She is a very solution-oriented advisor.’

Key clients

A&T Holdings

AEW Europe

Bain Capital Credit

CBRE Global Investors

Chariot Group

Cornerstone Partners

CFH

CP Developer

Echo Investment

EPP

FFA Real Estate

Gal Cap Europe

Generali Real Estate

Griffin Real Estate

Grosvenor

Heimstaden

Investika realitní fond

LeadCrest

Newbridge

NIAM

NREP

Panattoni

Patron Capital

Penta Real Estate

Raven Holdings

REINO Partners

Resi4Rent

Sixth Street

UBM Development

W. P. Carey

7R

Work highlights

  • Advised NREP on the investment agreement relating to its first co-living and residential investments in Poland.
  • Advised Cornerstone Partners on a strategic joint venture with Crestyl Group to acquire Budimex Nieruchomości for over PLN 1.5bn.
  • Advised Chariot, a group managed by Griffin Real Estate, on the €106m sale of four retail parks located in the Polish cities of Olsztyn, Opole, Kielce and Tychy.

Allen & Overy, A. Pedzich sp. k.

Allen & Overy, A. Pedzich sp. k. advises on a wide range of real estate mandates across various assets including office buildings, private rented sector portfolios and logistics assets. The team is adept at handling acquisitions and disposals, joint ventures and development, construction and leasing projects, including those with cross-border elements. Michal Matera leads the team which includes recently promoted counsel Piotr Przybylski.

Practice head(s):

Michal Matera

Other key lawyers:

Piotr Przybylski

Testimonials

‘Very good understanding of commercial aspects and readiness to frame legals around them, rather than the other way round.’

‘Michał Matera has great experience and is super professional and open-minded.’

‘Piotr Przybylski made the deals we have worked on together seamless and easy. His responsiveness, speed and accuracy meant we had total trust in him to close our deals on time and with the best result for the client.’

Key clients

Echo Investment S.A.

Ghelamco

Goodman European Partnership and Goodman Group

LaSalle Investment Management

AEW

FLE GmbH

Blackbrook Capital

Oxford Properties Group

Panattoni

P3

Skanska

RF Corval

Work highlights

  • Advised Goodman European Partnership and Goodman Group on the sale of their assets in Central and Eastern Europe to GLP for approximately €1bn, and the transaction included properties located in Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic and Slovakia.
  • Advised AEW on the sale of a prime logistics park portfolio in Poland, with a total area of 208,992 sqm, to Polish Logistics LLP.
  • Advised Echo Investment on the €239m sale of the Warsaw Brewery complex to KGAL GmbH & Co. KG and Deka Immobilien.

Clifford Chance

Acquisitions, developments, transactions and real estate financings are all areas of focus for the team at Clifford Chance. Recent work of note included the sale of Budimex Nieruchomosci to Cornerstone for PLN 1.5bn. Head of the group, Daniel Kopania, is praised a ‘top real estate and construction lawyer‘, meanwhile Bartosz Kaniasty is noted as a ‘go-to for transactional work‘.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Kopania

Other key lawyers:

Bartosz Kaniasty

Testimonials

‘Their team is very experienced in real estate and construction. They are also strong in development work. They are solution-oriented. I appreciate their efficiency and the open communication. They are very active in the logistics sector, which is the core of our business and makes them a perfect match for us.’

‘Very responsive, outstanding legal advice with sophisticated commercial thinking and high level of professionalism.’

‘Bartosz Kaniasty is our go-to lawyer for transaction work. He is committed and oriented to completing the assigned job. His excellent knowledge of the market, commercial approach and experience make him an exceptional transaction lawyer.’

‘Daniel Kopania is the top real estate and construction lawyer in Poland. Very responsive, a problem solver, focused and business savvy with excellent market knowledge. We usually work with him in relation to development and construction work, but he is also involved in big ticket transaction work.’

‘Bartosz Kaniasty is very reliable and smart, easy to communicate with and has outstanding problem-solving capabilities.’

Key clients

Budimex S.A.

ING Business Shared Services

Indotek Group

AEW

Atrium

EPF

CBRE GI

Carrefour Polska

Pekao

Hillwood

Hines

Prologis

Blackstone

The Hut Group

Grosvenor

Arrow Capital/Cerberus

Work highlights

  • Advised Budimex S.A., one of the largest construction groups operating in Poland, on the sale of Budimex Nieruchomości sp. z o.o., a subsidiary of Budimex, to Cornerstone Partners sp. z o.o. and Crestyl Real Estate s.r.o. for PLN 1.5bn.
  • Advised a closed-end fund and private owners of Cracow-based Buma, a property development company, on the sale of part of its portfolio of completed and under-construction office buildings to Partners Group, a global private markets investment manager acting on behalf of its clients.
  • Representing ING Tech in negotiations concerning its new headquarters in southern Poland.

DWF Poland Jamka Sp.k

DWF Poland Jamka Sp.k handles investments, transactions, acquisitions, financing, zoning, construction and permitting matters, as well as dispute resolution regarding ownership and leases. The team’s expertise extends to handling assets such as office buildings, mixed-use and residential developments, logistic centres, shopping centres, retail chains, hotels and resorts. Joanna Wojnarowska is head of the group as well as deputy head of the global real estate practice.

Practice head(s):

Joanna Wojnarowska

Testimonials

‘Ultimate, constant and easy contact with the managing partner. Deep knowledge of the issue presented by the managing. Individual approach and personal presence of the managing partner during all closing stages. Lower-level team is always very well prepared to explain solutions.’

‘DWF have an excellent and commercial real estate practice, which have shown a keen ability to draft a completely new form of lease agreement for wind and solar projects which comports with relevant energy regulation and requirements from debt providers. The team showed an in-depth understanding of the different legal topics and bridged several foreign-law standards to Polish standards in the process.’

‘We have been cooperating with DWF lawyers since formation of our organization in 2015. They present a collaborative approach, cooperate closely with each other across practice areas which guarantees a positive outcome. We could count on support in every area of the law so I can recommend the team as a first choice one-stop-shop. What is important for us, they are goal oriented, skilled lawyers, who are always looking for constructive solutions.’

‘DWF team provided timely, accurate, efficient and friendly counsel to us, performing a variety of legal services and advice in the field of real estate. I received multiple recommendations to choose DWF team as subject matter specialists. Dedicated lawyers honestly presented us all the risks and did not downplay the costs associated with the case. The extensive experience of DWF team in real estate transactions and focused attention to detail has proven to be a very useful external resource. I would highly recommend DWF Poland team.’

‘Ewa Lewandowska is professional, engaged and always available for the client, focused on finding solutions leading to the conclusion of transactions within the client’s business assumptions.’

‘Małgorzata Lesiak-Ćwikowska is very experienced, has a deep knowledge, always customer oriented and following a practical approach. It is very convenient to work with her and she always puts the duties of us on high priority. She is leading negotiations in the interest of the client and “fighting” for the best effort. It is a high pleasure to work with her.’

‘Joanna Wojnarowska is very experienced and business oriented, an excellent negotiator who is not only a legal advisor but also pays attention to business issues that should be taken into account in the transaction process.’

‘We have identified several lawyer’s out of whom Joanna Wojnarowska was one that stood out with her experience in this field. Thus, we have decided to start joint cooperation. Joanna Wojnarowska being a partner is supported by Weronika Roesler, who is most surely giving a sense of security during transaction. Weronika Roesler has deep knowledge of real estate issues and is taking care of transaction from beginning to an end. What should be highlighted she is business wise and with focus on finalising a deal with win-win result for both sides.’

Key clients

Zeitgeist Asset Management

Eiffage Immobilier

NREP

Asbud Group

IWG

HOCHTIEF Development Poland

White Star Real Estate

Jones Lang LaSalle

Aberdeen Standard Investments

Corum XL

Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia

Multikino

Uriel Renovables

i2 Development

V-Ridium Power Services

Nałęczów Zdrój

KGAL ESPF4 Holding

Atlas Estates

TFG Asset Management

HB Reavis

Work highlights

  • Advised Eiffage Immobilier on the sale of two built-to-rent residential projects in Warsaw, to be developed with ca. 640 apartments for rent, to Heimstaden Bostad, with the transaction value of €65m.
  • Advised Zeitgeist Asset Management on the transaction consisting of the acquisition of operating student house located in Kraków from Unibase.
  • Advising Aberdeen Standard European Logistics Investments on the successful acquisition of a logistics warehouse in Łódź from the Panattoni Group.

Gide Loyrette Nouel

Gide Loyrette Nouel is active across all stages of real estate projects, including transactions, investment structuring, due diligence reviews, documentation preparation, construction and regulatory matters. Assets of focus for the group include residential, office, hospitality, healthcare and elderly care services, logistics, retail and student housing. Marcin Muszel is the practice head and is supported by counsel Błażej Czwarnok and associates Rafal Osetek and Tomasz Roszczyc.

Practice head(s):

Marcin Muszel

Testimonials

‘The GIDE Team is a reliable and effective partner in real estate transactions. The high performance of their services is based on deep and complex legal analysis of the issue, good cooperation of team members, as well as on the active support in negotiations. Their goal–oriented attitude and pace of work fully fitted to the needs of client are important factors of the final success.’

‘The Team is very diligent but also have commercial approach, are able to find compromises, dedicated. They manage the transaction process extremely well. Very often, with weaker other party’s advisors they also do their work to make the deal happen.’

‘High level of expertiese in real estate, accurate and comprehensive consultaion, excellent quality of produced materials and a very valuable input into negotiation process from legal, tactical and negotaition meetings execution point of view.’

‘The practice always provided us with excellent legal advice. Their lawyers have a profound knowledge of the market and are skilful negotiators. The practice always provided us with excellent legal advice. They are very diligent. Their lawyers have a profound knowledge of the market and are skilful negotiators as well as have a good business approach.’

‘Tomasz Roszczyc is a talented lawyer with strong negotiation and communication skills, capable of expressing things in a smart and precise way in the documents.’

‘Rafał Osetek is an outstanding associate, responsive and client friendly with outstanding quality of drafting. He is always one step ahead in thinking and considering negotiation scenarios but also he is also very business driven.’

‘Marcin Muszel is the best negotiator from all of the lawyers I met so far. Thanks to his extraordinary leadership and business understanding skills my company was able to close the deal – a tough one. He is always pro active and fullu understand clients’ needs. On the other hand, Rafał Osetek’s engagement and loyalty are on the highest level. He is always available for his clients and willing to find a way to solve the issue.’

‘Blazej Czwarnok is very well organised, pushing deals forward, taking responsibility in negotiations, is very dedicated, managing the transaction process perfectly and everything is in order, understanding commercial merits of the transaction, and treating all respective parties with respect.

Key clients

Archicom

B&B Hotels Polska

BNP Paribas Bank Polska

Bouygues Immobilier

BPI Real Estate Poland

Chep

Dassault Systemes

ECE Projektmanagement

Echo Investment

Elite Partners Capital

Eiffage Immobilier

Essilor Optical Laboratory Poland

Griffin Real Estate

Intermarché

L’Oreal

Louis Vuitton

Marvipol

Mindspace

mLeasing

MNK Partners

mBank

Nexity

Okam

Orpéa Polska

Penta Real Estate

P3

Pointco Capital

Reino Partners

Revive

SGI

Sirin

Skanska Property Poland

Skanska Residential Development Poland

Student Depot

Yareal Polska

YIT Development

7R

Work highlights

  • Advised OKAM Capital on the acquisition of 62 ha of the real properties located in Żerań, Warsaw, comprising the post production car manufacturing land and facilities.
  • Advised Yareal Polska on the sale of the LIXA AB office complex comprising ca. 28,000 sq. m. of office area located in the business part of the Wola district in Warsaw to a fund managed by Commerz Real.
  • Advised P3 on the negotiation of a “build-to-suit” lease agreement with Westwing for ca. 82,500 sq. m. of warehouse and office space in P3 Poznań logistic park.

Kochanski & Partners

Kochanski & Partners is skilled in acting for both domestic and international businesses on the full range of real estate transactions; examples include acquisitions, developments, environmental aspects, planning, leasing and financing. Pawel Cholewinski has expertise in share and asset deal transactions and co-leads the team with corporate lawyer Rafal Rapala .

Testimonials

‘Strong team with a balanced focus on collaboration with customer. Working with K&P, you have the feeling that the team is working to support the customer in good faith, not only to increase the bill.’

‘Highly professional but at the same time able to shorten distance to achieve the best result for the customer; always ready to respond and advice.’

Key clients

PBG Group

Air Products

Beneteau Group

Johnson Matthey PLC

Personnel Service

Savills Sp. z o. o.

Inter Cars S.A.

Oxenwood Real Estate

Gaz-System S.A.

Universal Fibers Inc.

AccorInvest Group S.A.

Work highlights

  • Advised a company from the PBG Group on the sale to Unikoff sp. z o.o. of the office building known as Skalar.
  • Advised Air Products on a sale transaction of a real property for a logistic centre in Warsaw to Panattoni.
  • Advised the Beneteau Group on the enterprise acquisition of Delphia Yachts, including respective production sites.

Penteris

Andrzej Tokaj leads the real estate practice at Penteris and his team is adept at representing clients throughout the entire process of commercial real estate projects involving office, retail, warehouses and residential properties.  Additional areas of focus include construction, asset management, tax and related litigation, handled on behalf of a client roster which includes investors, developers, managers and operators. Katarzyna Sawa-Rybaczek has developed a strong financing practice meanwhile transactional lawyer Agnieszka Koniewicz joined the firm in May 2021 from Rymarz Zdort. 

Practice head(s):

Andrzej Tokaj

Key clients

Apollo-Rida

Ares Management

Cromwell Property Group

IMMOFINANZ

RIDA Development Corporation

ING

Immobel

Octava Property Trust

Vastint

Oaktree

Work highlights

  • Advised Apollo-Rida on the acquisition of Jerozolimskie Business Park.
  • Acted for IMMOFINANZ on the sale of four office buildings in Warsaw to the Indotek Group.
  • Acted for Rida Development in the refinancing by ING Bank on the development of the office and retail development projects in the centre of Gdansk.

Wardynski & Partners

Wardynski & Partners supports a client base of investment funds and developers on real estate transactions, commercial leases and due diligence matters, as well as advising on construction matters, zoning law and administrative regulations. Another field of proficiency is acting as counsel to agricultural producers and owners of forested real estate, a forte which often sees the team act on new legislation in these areas. The practice is jointly led by Stefan JacynoMichał Gliński and Michał Wons.

Other key lawyers:

Jakub Baranowski

Testimonials

‘Excellent support in legal matters, helping a lot during the negotiations with counter party; they work hard towards successful results for the client.’

‘The availability of the staff was an important added value with several complex, simultaneous transaction. Effective in their field of expertise.’

‘During the pandemic the team was ready to provide quick clear recommendations on new legal issues introduced to Polish legal system on a daily basis. They were always ready to discuss client’s doubts and questions re. pandemic related problems.’

‘The team at Wardynski & Partners is very responsive, keyed into the market and hard-working, providing a business-oriented solutions to legal issues, capable to overcome any obstacles. They assisted us in numerous complex processes of lease and land acquisition negotiations and each and every member of the team provide a high-quality work.’

‘It is my privilege to recommend Wardynski & Partners, a firm that offers high level of professionalism and delivers the highest standard, reliable and exceptional practice. Their wide range of services, both regional and global, and personable cooperation has been one of the keys to our success.’

‘Michał Wons (partner co-heading the entire real estate practice) and Jakub Baranowski (associate) offer the highest level of service, knowledge and organisational skills. Michał Wons’ commitment to the client’s priorities is second to none and he has excellent combination of legal skills and business insight.’

‘Michał Wons is very passionate about law practice and you will see that in every case he handles.’

‘Two Partners from Wardynski, namely Mr. Wons and Mr. Glinski stand out. They have excellent understanding of business environment and perform very well under pressure. I would recommend Mr Wons’ composure and negotiations skills and Mr. Glinski’s attention to details.’

Key clients

Castorama

Autostore

Salling Group

Euroterminal

Milo Investments sp. z o.o.

Jakob Hatteland Bygg AS

Work highlights

  • Advised the Salling Group during a legal due diligence review of 301 stores and in the acquisition of shares in Tesco (Poland) for approximately PLN 0.9bn.
  • Advised Caiano SA in the course of the acquisition of a part of the stockyard in Northern Poland from a state-controlled stockyard company.

Wolf Theiss

The expanding real estate team at Wolf Theiss is led by Tomasz Stasiak and is praised for its ‘extensive knowledge of the real estate sector.’ The practice has recently had a strong focus on development projects in the logistics sector for both developers and investors in addition to the restructuring of portfolios and asset transactions. Grzegorz Skowroński  is a name of note, specialising in warehousing and logistics, and holding expertise in the student accommodation arena.

Practice head(s):

Tomasz Stasiak

Testimonials

‘The Wolf Theiss team is competent, accessible and very cooperative in all aspects of the case. On the part of lawyers, we know that we can count on the highest quality advice from all areas of law.’

‘Super unique knowledge which works best local market specifics.’

‘Strong legal team with legal competences, business oriented and fast in legal consultancy and documents processing.’

‘Extensive knowledge of the real estate sector. High level competences in deal structuring and busyness negotiations.’

‘This practice has an excellent approach to client care. Their real esate advice is well considered and exlained. Their advice is commercial not just legal. The team are extremely friendly and responsive.’

‘The team is extremely professional, hard working, friendly, responsive and commercial in their advice. They make you feel like they are interested in and enjoy working with you and on the project.’

‘Tomasz Stasiak has good experience, a commercial mindset, and alignment with the client on business objectives.’

‘We work together with Mr. Grzegorz Skowronski from Wolf Theiss on complex multi-threaded real estate transactions. Mr. Grzegorz and his team is competent, available and very cooperative in all aspects of the conducted cases from DD processes to negotiations of purchase agreements. In addition to legal issues, an active tax advisory team is also extremely important.’

Key clients

Tesco

7R

Master Management

Steinhoff International Holdings

Concept Development BSD 2 sp. z o.o.

Cerberus

Savills Investment Management

Arrow

CTP

Tradeparcs

WhiteStar Real Estate

Tenneco Automotive

Equinix

Work highlights

  • Advising Tesco with its disposal programme consisting of 35 assets. Work included advising Tesco in a sale of a portfolio of Tesco’s shopping centres located in Warsaw, Kraków, Poznań and Łódź to Echo Investment SA
  • Advised 7R on several warehouse transactions, including the very first transaction in Poland of Bentall Green Oak and on a joint venture project with VRE regarding the development of a subsequent warehouse.
  • Advised Standard Properties sp. z o.o. on the sale of an international portfolio consisting of 33 properties located in different regions of Poland and Hungary.

act BSWW legal & tax

The real estate practice at act BSWW legal & tax is a core focus for the firm and is jointly chaired by managing partners Michał Wielhorski and Marek Wojnar . Key mandates for the team include large commercial and office developments, as well as residential, hotel and leisure industrial and logistic projects; the group is geared to support clients throughout the development process, from due diligence to financing and permitting. Leasing expert Alicja Sołtyszewska is a key name, as is transaction expert Marta Kosiedowska and Mateusz Prokopiuk who has a focus on the sale and acquisition of undeveloped land.

Testimonials

‘An integrated team with perfect information flow between lawyers.’

‘My experience is that the individuals from BSWW are extremely well business oriented and know how real estate world works.’

‘act BSWW legal & tax is highly qualified in real estate law. They come across with a perfect mix of understanding the client business and legal knowledge. They have strong real estate team with excellent footprint in the industry.’

‘Full spectrum of legal / tax advice. Flexible and transparent fee structure. Seniority and experienced staff engaged in the process. Legal advice business orientated – not in generating extra hours but in solving client’s challenges.’

‘High level of engagement of senior partners in the pending projects. Problem resolving approach.’

‘Marta Kosiedowska is our trusted advisor. We’ve been working together for years. She is an excellent lawyer with solid experience. Marta is very strong in real estate transactions and leasing. She is reliable, capable and pragmatic.’

‘Alicja Sołtyszewska is providing to our company all services. She can handle any service that we need at the moment. We understands the value of the contract and provides the highest level of service. It provides comfort during negotiations, becasue you know that you can count on her.’

‘act BSWW has very strong team, which is led by Alicja Sołtyszewska in our case. The communication is smooth and does not require any additional action from our side.’

Key clients

Adventum International

Buma Group

CPI Property Group

ECC Group

ECHO Investment

Globalworth Poland Real Estate

Ideal Idea

INTER-BUD Group

Immobel Group

P3 Logistics Parks

Rank Progress

STRABAG

PATRIZIA

Porto Office

YIT Development

Work highlights

  • Advised management boards of disposed companies on the transaction involving the sale of 11 A-class office properties from the portfolio of BUMA Group, with a total leasable area of approx. 125,000 m².
  • Advised STRABAG on the sale of a downtown Warsaw-based property to a hotel chain.
  • Advised Rank Progress on a range of land acquisitions across Poland, with a total value of over €5m for new investment projects.

Andrzej Lulka i Wspólnicy Kancelaria Prawna sp.k.

The 'excellent' Andrzej Lulka heads up the group at Andrzej Lulka i Wspólnicy Kancelaria Prawna sp.k., overseeing a team adept within the commercial, office, residential and logistical arenas. Key fields of expertise include acquisitions, zoning, the construction process, financing and the commercialisation and sale of the assets.

Practice head(s):

Andrzej Lulka

Testimonials

‘Particularly impressive is the great commitment with which the firm advised and supported us. We appreciate the speed with which our requests were processed. It is also very helpful that the law firm is always ready to prepare draft contracts and documents, including translations (English, German and Polish). The personal contact with all employees is professional, courteous and uncomplicated.’

‘Managing Director Andrzej Lulka is excellent. His very good knowledge of the German-Polish context is particularly noteworthy.’

Key clients

Pergranso (E.Leclerc) sp. z o.o.

Equilis Europe SA

BPI Real Estate Poland sp. z o.o.

Kosmepol (L’Oreal) sp. z o.o.

Paige Investments (AEW Europe) sp. z o.o.

Avestus Real Estate sp. z o.o.

VRE 3 sp. z o.o.

VRE 4 sp. z o.o.

Toucan 7 sp. z o.o.

Enterprise 1 sp. z o.o.

Enterprise 2 sp. z o.o.

Przedsiębiorstwo Rolno-Przemysłowe “Babinek” sp. z o.o.

ACE 4 sp. z o.o.

ACE 6 sp. z o.o.

Work highlights

  • Advised EQUILIS EUROPE SA on the acquisition of real property located in Chełm (Poland) for the construction of a shopping centre (Galeria Chełmska).
  • Advised EQUILIS EUROPE SA on the acquisition of a real property investment located in Andrychów (southern Poland) for the construction of a shopping centre (Galeria Andrychów).
  • Advised Pergranso sp. z o.o on the acquisition of a shopping centre located in Kołobrzeg (Poland).

B2R Law Jankowski Stroinski Zieba

B2R Law Jankowski Stroinski Zieba thrives in its handling of commercial real estate transactions. Co-founder Rafal Zieba heads up the practice which has been bolstered by the addition of former Crido Legal lawyers: counsel Krzysztof Marzyński who has expertise in real estate transactions, asset management and property development, and Filip Badziak who brings substantial experience in real estate financing. Counsel Andrzej Zajac also joined the firm from CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang Posniak i Bejm sp.k.,, arriving with a strong transactional practice.

Practice head(s):

RAFAL ZIEBA

Key clients

Krakbau

Wechta Nieruchomości

Eagle JVCo S.a r.l.

Skanska Residential Development Poland

Skanska Property Poland

Henley Investments

Canal+ Polska

Panattoni Europe

Golub Gethouse

White Star Real Estate

Icon Real Estate

Cordia Management Poland

Focus Estate Fund

Fortress REIT Fund

Bank Pekao S.A.

Echo Investment

Work highlights

  • Advising tHenley Investments on the acquisition of its first shopping centre and its entry to the Polish real estate market with the purchase of Galeria Pestka from a global investment manager.
  • Advised Wechta Nieruchomości on the process of the sale of the Szyperska Office Center complex in Poznan.
  • Advised Eagle JVCo on its acquisition of a portfolio of purpose-built student housing with around 800 beds including two development sites in Poland.

Baker McKenzie Krzyzowski i Wspólnicy Sp.k.

Baker McKenzie Krzyżowski i Wspólnicy Sp.k. is equipped at handling an increasing volume of transactions, with particular strength in the logistics and living sectors, as well as in the office, hotel and retail arenas. The team’s client roster includes both domestic and international investors, developers, investment funds and financial institutions. New group head Weronika Guerquin-Koryzma and senior associate Mateusz Cieślak joined the team from Linklaters.

Practice head(s):

Weronika Guerquin-Koryzma

Testimonials

‘High level of experience of the team, flexible approach to the billing, and diversity of services.’

‘High level professional approach, long term experience in real estate transactions, business approach, acting as a leader and solution driven in transactions.’

Key clients

7R Group

Dom Development S.A.

MONDEUSE

Acciona Nieruchomości

Work highlights

  • Advising 7R Group on land acquisitions throughout Poland both as share and asset deals, comprising due diligence and purchase contracts.
  • Advised Dom Development S.A. on the acquisition of 77% of shares in the share capital in one of the leading residential developer in Poland, and the leading developer in Kraków, Sento S.A.
  • Advising MONDEUSE on an acquisition of the recently developed logistic building and a forward purchase transaction for the second logistic building in the Logistic Centre located in Czechowice-Dziedzice, Poland.

Bakowski Law Firm

Bakowski Law Firm represents companies and investment funds entering into the Polish market on their real estate due diligence, transactions, M&A, investments and construction projects; it is also particularly active in the overseeing of commercial, office and residential developments. Sitting at the helm of the department are investment and transaction expert, Igor Bakowski, and litigator Maciej Ligier .

Practice head(s):

Igor Bakowski Maciej Ligier

Testimonials

‘The team treats every person like an individual and it feels as if we are friends rather than just clients. The firm and its partners are very experienced and very flexible with their working patterns.’

‘Igor Bakowski goes out of his way to solve problems and works around us including evenings and weekends.’

Key clients

CD Projekt S.A.

EDC Holdings Ltd

Slovenské elektrárne a.s.

State Treasury Property Management

Polish Investment and Trade Agency

BYWATER PROPERTIES Sp. z o.o.

Arcona Properties

PREMA S.A.

PREMA-INWEST S.A.

SM Lazurowa

Bomm Sp. z o.o. Sp. k.

CDZ Chajec, Don-Siemion & Partners

CDZ Chajec, Don-Siemion & Partners brings to a close real estate due diligence and transactions concerning developed land, offices, retail, hotels and logistical centres, often acting on projects which involve the wider M&A, finance, capital markets, TMT and administrative law expertise of the firm. Patryk Galicki  leads the team alongside co-head Piotr Zapalski.

Practice head(s):

Patryk GalickiPiotr Zapalski

Key clients

Cordia

Ghelamco

Centerscape Investments

Centerscape Properties

TASC Infrastructure

Capital Park Group

Griffin Real Estate

Agencja Kapitałowo-Rozliczeniowa

Work highlights

  • Advised Silesian Properties on the acquisition of retail assets from Alferno Investments.
  • Advised Ghelamco and private investors on a transaction involving a shopping mall in a prime location in Warsaw, developed on the real properties held by two companies, where the company managing the shopping mall, was one of the first share companies in Poland during the unchartered period right after the transformation of Poland from communist to market economy.
  • Assisting Cordia in its new housing development project.

Crido Legal

Crido Legal‘s real estate group is active in the logistics, office and retail sectors, as well as student housing, retail parks and farmland. Core types of work surrounding these assets include lease agreements, transactions and handling construction investments. The team also excels at supporting foreign investors from Asia and Israel entering the Polish market. Jakub Ziółek is head of the department and is closely supported by counsel Joanna Winter-Szymańska, a lawyer noted for her 'impressive legal and business knowledge.'

Practice head(s):

Jakub Ziółek

Other key lawyers:

Joanna Winter-Szymańska

Testimonials

‘We have cooperated with the Real Estate team of Crido Legal in several transactions and it should be emphasised that this team has always been very responsive. They were capable of handling a particular subject in a very prompt and efficient way, additionally always indicating a probable deadline within which we could expect further steps or possible comments from them. They were always very carefully involved in the particular agreement which was the subject of our cooperation and, in comparison with their competitors, they were able to make the accurate comments to the transaction documentation in a short period of time.’

‘Crido and us have a long history, which proves that they are solid partner, no matter the task and no matter the circumstances. Their services they provide are top-notch. I gladly rely on their products, as I have learned that they are complete, up-to-date and very well-thought. In terms of negotiations they combine courtesy with in-depth knowledge – a combination of traits that guarantees success. What makes them stand out is their drive and focus on the current task. They are always prepared, even when I surprise them with an unannounced call. Their work is thorough, and through our previous experience I have developed great confidence in their expert advice and skills. I must also appreciate them for the Covid-related job they did and continue to do. They were not the only law firm to provide knowledge on the legal and commercial remedies available, but – in opposition to others – they did it on a consistent and regular basis, often being the first to know and spread the news. Their webinars were also very approachable. One could see that it was tailored for businesses.’

‘Crido Real Estate team is very business orientated. We have cooperated with them especially on the COVID-19 anti-crisis shield project concerning the cost optimization of the real estate assets. Crido Real Estate team was capable of handling this particular project in a very prompt and efficient way, even under time pressure. Crido Real Estate team, in comparison with their competitors, were able to propose a solution and prepare the accurate documentation in a short period of time. Generally, they have a great knowledge of the real estate market and they follow all the new changes in the law, which also was very useful in our cooperation. It should also to be emphasized, which is very important in the era of the Internet, Crido Real Estate team distinguished themselves among other law firms by organizing a large number of substantive courses, including but not limited to the on-line courses and the webinars. This method of reaching more people and providing them with valuable knowledge is a very important aspect especially in the era of the COVID-19 pandemic.’

‘Crido is a professional company with great employees who deliver best quality services. In my cooperation with Crido I had the pleasure of working with various lawyers from many specialization. The services delivered were outstanding. The team has a fresh approach to every aspect and provides exceptional research and preparation for any case they get. The biggest strength of the company is an individual approach to each case and strategic thinking when analyzing a problem that I could not find anywhere else.’

‘Jakub Ziółek is the key contact for Crido Legal and the RE team. He strikes me as a business-oriented, qualified lawyer and – put simply – a responsible man. I can see that he treats us not just as business contacts, but as true relations. He has also proven to be an efficient manager by providing the necessary project oversight and choosing the right people for the tasks. He knows a great deal of industry-related people outside of the legal sector and, when necessary, puts those contacts into good use.

Joanna Winter-Szymańska is a strong asset in the RE team. She provides solid legal advice in RE transactions. She is bright (really, it just shows that she’s smart), has impressive legal and business knowledge and can handle multiple projects simultaneously.’

‘Jakub Ziółek, is the person responsible for Crido Legal and the RE department. He is a trustworthy partner in business and makes sure that his clients do well – both in times of prosperity and in times of crisis.

Joanna Winter-Szymańska has all-round knowledge to everything relating to real estate transactions and the current market. She is an absolute expert in her field, but her knowledge and know-how expands also to other related sectors. She has genuine curiosity in real estate and works with passion. Transactions with her are a smooth and comfortable process.’

Key clients

Astris

Auchan

Skanska

Prime Holdings

Tesco

Hines

Atrium Real Estate

Carrefour

CBRE Global Investors

Matexi

Work highlights

  • Advised Skanska during the process of commercialisation of an office complex located in the very heart of Warsaw.
  • Advised Carrefour in developing a strategy with state authorities in order to optimise the costs related to the perpetual usufruct right.
  • Advised Tesco on the preparation of a proposal and implementing cost optimisation related to the fees paid by Tesco to the State Treasury with respect to the real properties used for the purposes of running its business activity.

Eversheds Sutherland Poland

The real estate practice at Eversheds Sutherland Poland is headed up by Krzysztof Wierzbowski, a practitioner whose practice focuses on infrastructure projects related to roads and motorways. The team demonstrates a capacity for handling lease transactions, the transfer of property, development projects and financing. A key point of differentiation for the group is its proficiency in handling projects on behalf of state authorities.

Practice head(s):

Krzysztof Wierzbowski

Key clients

General Directorate for National Roads and Motorways

Turkish Airlines

Brembo

Johnson Controls

Ghelamco

Alior Bank

The City of Warsaw

American Express

Work highlights

  • Advising GDDKiA on numerous matters related to the A2 motorway.

Hogan Lovells (Warszawa) LLP

Counsel Bartosz Clemenz  leads the real estate department at Hogan Lovells (Warszawa) LLP; his team advises both domestic and international investors on long-term lease agreements, construction and development contracts and project financing, as well as representing clients in real estate-related litigation and arbitration.

Practice head(s):

Bartosz Clemenz

Testimonials

‘Bartosz Clemenz is always 100% client focussed and well organised  Deep knowledge and skill, the expertise was enormous! Words cannot express their exceptional dedication to this difficult project.’

‘Team members were very, very reliable! Supported us in the most professional way, working day and night it seems! Everything was well prepared, organised and managed.’

Key clients

Ares Management

Och Ziff Management Europe Limited

ISOC Group

Prologis Inc.

Kravco Company LLC

Bacoli Properties

BBI Development

Xcity Investment

Cinema 3D

Centerscape

Work highlights

  • Advising Ares Management Corporation on the acquisition of three logistic centres located in Wrocław from Panattoni Group.
  • Advised ISOC Group on the acquisition of the office building portfolio in Silesia.
  • Advising BBI Development on  the transfer of real estate and subsequent joint venture contract with foreign investment fund, regarding landmark mixed use tower in central Warsaw.

Noerr

Noerr provides clients with transactional, lease and investment advice, in addition to supporting on related disputes and financings. Newer areas of focus include the residential for rent sector and an increased interest in greenfield and brownfield sites. The practice also benefits from the firm’s M&A and banking and finance teams. Radosław Biedecki and Paweł Żelich jointly lead the team.

Key clients

Mayer-Kuvert-network GmbH

Prusice-Logistik-Park

TAG Immobilien AG

Globe Trade Centre

Valeo Siemens eAutomotive

Gates Corporation

Interprojekt Holding AG

Berger Bau

ABM Greiffenberger

Work highlights

  • Advising TAG Immobilien during two acquisition processes in the residential sector in Poland.
  • Advising Globe Trade Centre on a number of real estate and corporate matters, including a residential project in Łódź.
  • Advising Valeo Siemens eAutomotive on the new strategic investment location in Poland (Czechowice-Dziedzice).

Rymarz Zdort

Piotr Fedorowicz chairs the real estate practice at Rymarz Zdort which is acclaimed for its advice to domestic and international clients on property transactions and M&A deals. Core assets of focus for the team are large portfolios of logistic parks, offices, shopping centres, residential developments and student housing. Pawel Zdort is a name of note and, alongside Fedorowicz, is noted for his 'efficient execution of transactions.'

Practice head(s):

Piotr Fedorowicz

Other key lawyers:

Pawel ZdortFilip Uzieblo

Testimonials

‘This is a very professional law firm with highly qualified lawyers who are able to work with foreign groups. Their knowledge of their environment combined with the understanding of their clients’ business are very valuable. One of the best legal teams in Warsaw.’

‘Very proactive and helpful when it comes to help foreign companies. Excellent legal skills.’

‘RZ combines corporate M&A knowledge with RE in one hand and is very experienced in complicated corporate acquisition and JV structures.’

‘You can expect a full attention of the whole team working on your transaction.’

‘Piotr Fedorowicz and his team are extremally dedicated, experienced, hard-working, transaction focused, looking for solutions. Highly recommended.’

‘Pawel Zdort and Piotr Federowicz are dedicated and passionated lawyers, which are involved in transaction negotiations in detail and are monitoring projects very closely. An additional benefit is that both lawyers are commercially skilled and efficiently execute transactions.’

Key clients

Griffin Real Estate

European Logistics Investment

Allegro Group

Archicom S.A and the founders of Archicom S.A.

Ares Management Corporation

Lone Star Funds

Trademarc Property Fund

Tacit Investment

Redefine Properties

Żabka Polska

Accolade

7R

TAG Immobilien

Globalworth

Cornerstone IM

Mennica Polska

Echo Investment

EPP

Pago

Lineage

Orpea

Syrena Real Estate

Work highlights

  • Advised Archicom S.A. and its founders on the sale of a controlling stake in Archicom to Echo Investment S.A. representing 66.01% of the share capital and 65.99% of the votes at the general meeting of Archicom.
  • Advised Lone Star Funds in connection with its indirect sale of 61.49% of the shares in the share capital of Globe Trade Centre S.A. to Optimum Ventures Magantokealap.
  • Advised Accolade in a JV investment in an A-class warehouse facility in Wielenin-Kolonia in Central Poland.

Schoenherr Stangl sp.k.

Schoenherr Stangl sp.k.‘s real estate practice is active in supporting equity funds, investors and developers on a wealth of matters. Notable examples include the acquisition of properties via asset and share deals, project financing and development, real estate and construction litigation and the acquisition and development of farmland. Marta Bijak-Haiduk has been head of the practice since 2020 and is supported by the expertise of Dominika Sulak-Seyfried and attorney at law Patrycja Czarnecka.

Practice head(s):

Marta Bijak-Haiduk

Testimonials

‘I worked with Schoenherr for the last decade. They have provided me services in big share transactions and real estate transactions. They are working in time and they are always reachable, responding very fast with detailed trouble analyses and a solution step plan.’

‘Schoenherr has an incredible depth of knowledge throughout the team. They are the best in the market and running transactions to tight deadlines and extremely strong in negotiations. Always ensuring that our interests are protected.’

‘Schoenherr’s RE Department comprises highly competent lawyers with deep knowledge and extensive experience in real estate market transactions. The team is committed, deal-driven and aware of specifics of the sector and its practices. They are very responsive and proactive in terms of finding and proposing solutions. They perfectly address the client’s commercial goals but at the same time, securing all the legal aspects which makes the client feel comfortable.’

‘The team provided me with a very comprehensive legal support for a complicated transaction, which was appreciated very much. They were willing to adjust to our requests even with difficult timelines and tight deadlines.’

‘Marta Bijak-Haiduk, Patrycja Czarnecka and Dominika Sulak-Seyfried all deservice a special mention. They are all incredible communicators and experts in navigating foreign investors through the Polish legal system. Their management of transactions is also exemplary.’

‘Marta Bijak-Haiduk provided a particularly professional and full legal support for our transaction. I valued their willingness to meet tough timelines and commercial approach to deal making. I found the entire process to be beneficial to the transaction and the transaction timeline.’

‘Marta Bijak-Hajduk is one of my most trusted real-estate lawyers I worked with over 20 years. Her highest professional standards and engagemant makes our cooperation very comfortable.’

‘I would like to point out Marta Bijak-Haiduk; Marta has got many years of experience, she has taken part in many meeting with our clients, so she knows exactly what type of work we prefer. She is confident and simultaneously self-possessed, what is valued and required, especially in case of tough, long-lasting and demanding deals. Moreover, Marta is, sensible, businesslike, wise, rational, judicious and irreplaceable.’

Key clients

DeA Capital Real Estate Poland Sp. z o.o.

GN Group

Panattoni

Kajima Properties (Europe) Limited

UNIQA Real Estate

Peakside Capital Advisors

Partners Group AG

Vienna Insurance Group

Blackstone

Societe Generale

SKJB Szybkowski Kuźma Jeleń Brzoza-Ostrowska spółka jawna

Real estate boutique SKJB Szybkowski Kuźma Jeleń Brzoza-Ostrowska spółka jawna advises investors, developers, and financing institutions on real estate M&A, development projects, commercialisation and property financing.  Anna JeleńAgnieszka KuźmaWojciech Szybkowski and Anna Brzoza-Ostrowska, a new arrival from CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang Posniak i Bejm sp.k., all jointly lead the practice.

Testimonials

‘Each member of the team is excellent, bringing forward a unique set of skills to solve any problem. They all work collaboratively with each other and take the lead in co-ordinating responses from other team members. They listen attentively to other team members points of view and provide concise advice on how to move forward.’

‘All fields in-depth sector’s expertise, absolutely extraordinary speed of response, dealing with high complexity.’

‘The team is very proffessional law adviser in the real estate market. Very helpful, oriented to the clients needs. specific team members are specializing in different areas of real estate which means that the team as a whole can advise in all aspects of real estate market.’

‘They are always available for their clients. Whenever I have doubts or questions – I may contact them (whatever time the help is needed). They quickly fit to client’s needs: SKJB’s Lawyers have good written communication skills (their e-mails, reports / drafts are very clear and easy to understand even for someone without a legal background. They are also good listeners – I (as a practitioner on the real estate sector) don’t feel bad when explaining issues in my own/ non-legal language. I’m always understood, corrected if needed and advised. Whenever my approach/idea seems to work better than lawyers’ one – SKJB’s lawyers confirm it without any problem and they do not stick to their original scenarios (they are flexible and know, that someone who has worked for nearly 20 years on the real estate market may know how certain things work from experience. They respect it and do not force their ideas only because they are lawyers – they respect clients ideas and if they are good – they follow our guidance and fit them into legal language.)

‘Anna Brzoza-Ostrowska is a magnificent partner, well managing the workflow within her team. Team members are dedicated to the project, keen to help. Very good knowledge of the real estate law is a very big advantage.’

‘Anna Jeleń was extremely helpful in solving our real estate topics. She has deep knowledge of the market practices and has proven to be convincing negotiator. She focuses on solutions and not on the problems and is able to explain complex matters in understandable way.’

‘I had a chance to cooperate with Agnieszka Kuźma (lead partner). Negotiations and finalisation of transaction documentation went very smoothly, in a constructive and open atmosphere, where both parties treated each other as partners.’

‘I have worked with Wojciech Szybkowski who has exceptional property investment knowledge and the ability to explain the Polish Legal system and complex problems in a simple logical manner. Their spoken and written English is perfect, making communication with a diverse team seamless.’

Key clients

Egger Group

Medicover

Ambridge

Tokio Marine HCC

Greenstone Asset Management

Stewart Title

CWS-boco

DWS

Cinema City

Hanwha Q Cells

Embassy of Canada in Poland

Heron Property

Embassy of Finland

Blue Line Engineering

Hermes Energy Group

Panattoni

PartnersPol

Pekao SA

PFRN

PFR

Polskie Koleje Linowe

First Title

SMT Polonia

Magellan Aerospace

Ceetrus Polska

Ante-Holz

Blacktoft

Bolt

Cogents

GD&K Consulting

Work highlights

  • Advised Medicover Group during the acquisition of premium fitness clubs operating under Holmes Place brand in Poland.
  • Advised Medicover Group during the acquisition of majority share in MML Clinic.

Soltysinski Kawecki & Szlezak

Radosław Waszkiewicz chairs the real estate department at Soltysinski Kawecki & Szlezak. The team is adept at handling acquisitions, divestments and leasing, as well as development and construction projects, across offices, logistics, hotels, residential, and retail asset classes. Janusz Siekański and Zbyszko Wizner are the other standout practitioners.

Practice head(s):

Radosław Waszkiewicz

Testimonials

‘I think one of the main advantages of SKS is the fact that they have experts specialising in various disciplines and whenever any new issue appears they have a person, who is expert in that and can support us.’

‘Lawyers from SKS are very professional and always provide very professional replies to our queries. What is also important in our case is the fact that SKS lawyers are very proficient in English language’

‘SKS not only provided excellent legal support, but they also went the extra mile actually leading our company through a deal we have never done before.’

‘SKS individuals quickly became valued members of our team, not only external legal advisors.’

‘The team provided detailed explanations to our team who was really new on the topics we handled with them. They shared their expertise and made it understandable for all levels of stakeholders allowing us to sign a strong build-to-suit lease contract. Our timeline was really short due to business constraints and the SKS team was available, reactive and saving us time by always highlighting to us the aspects we should push vs. the ones we could potentially let go. Their negotiation technique advice was also strong and allowed us to get a good overall deal and contract.’

‘Mr. Radosław Waszkiewicz was our primary contact and his advice was timely, on point, and easily understood by all. He quickly caught on to what our business priorities were and prioritised the contract negotiations accordingly.’

‘Radosław Waszkiewicz takes full ownership and orchestrates the process within lateral legal advisors in SKS. Excellent engagement, analysis and deep expertise, and is familiar with the market and practices in Poland.’

‘Mr Zbyszko Wizner, has excellent communication skills and can be an active mediator during difficult negotiations, he understands perfectly the intentions of our company and adjusts respectively the legal approach meaning the style of formulating documents adjusted to the situation, the goal to be achieved and the counter-party, and he presents wide general knowledge of the actual matters, not only in his direct field of expertise, which makes him a very interesting interlocutor.’

Key clients

Zalando SE

Auchan Polska

Westwing Sp. z o.o.

Solaris Bus & Coach Sp. z o.o.

AXA REIM SGP

Investec Property Fund Offshore Investments Proprietary Limited

Intel Technology Poland Sp. z o.o.

Uma Investments Sp. Z o.o.

OKRE Development Sp. Z o.o.

REF Eastern Opportunities sp. z o.o.

Blue City Sp. z o.o.

P4 sp. z o.o.

International Paper Company

IKEA Industry Poland sp. z o.o.

Nike

Work highlights

  • Advising Investec Property Fund Offshore Investments Proprietary Limited on the refinancing of the acquisition of a European portfolio of logistics facilities including 5 facilities in Poland.
  • Advised Zalando SE on the selection of land and tender process to acquire land for a new logistic facility and ongoing advisory on other preparatory steps for the greenfield investment.
  • Advised Westwing Sp. z o.o. on a lease transaction with P3 pertaining to a new greenfield BTS logistic centre and the lease of an existing warehouse building.

SSW Pragmatic Solutions

The real estate team at SSW Pragmatic Solutions advises Polish and foreign investors on the local market, with a particular focus on transactions, the investment process and commercialisation, as well as lease agreements and construction contracts. Projects involving offices and warehouses are a core part of the team’s offering. Greenfield expert Maciej Duch leads the practice.

Practice head(s):

Maciej Duch

Key clients

7R S.A.

H&M Hennes & Mauritz logistics Sp. z o.o.

Bouygues Immobilier

PZU TFI

Waimea Holding S.A.

Real Management S.A.

Aerium Finance Ltd.

Segro plc

Multishop

Wund Industriebau GmbH

Skanska S.A.

Impexmetal S.A.

Origami Partners

4 Friends GmbH

Eiffage Immobilier

CCC S.A.

Naspers Classifieds

Value Real Estate

DL INVEST

CRM Students

Aldesa Construcciones

Grupa PKN Orlen

Steinpol Central Services sp. z o.o.

Work highlights

  • Supported the Cotta Group on the package acquisition of 7 industrial properties in south-west Poland, for use in its furniture production business.
  • Advised 7R on the sale of two warehouses in Upper Silesia.
  • Advised 7R on the contractual negotiations regarding the construction of Żabka’s logistics centre in Poland.

BSJP Brockhuis Jurczak Prusak Sroka Nilsson Sp. k.

BSJP Brockhuis Jurczak Prusak Sroka Nilsson Sp. k. often advises German, Nordic and French corporates and investors, leveraging four offices across Poland to assist on a range of investments and projects. Commercial leasing expert Jörn Brockhuis  and real estate finance specialist Katarzyna Domańska-Mołdawa jointly chair the practice.

Key clients

Apcoa Parking Polska Sp. z o.o.

ALSO Polska Sp. z o.o.

Work highlights

  • Advised a European specialist lender for real estate finance on €51m cross-border financing arrangement collateralised by more than 50 supermarkets in multiple locations across Poland.
  • Advised a global logistics provider on the acquisition of real estates in Special Economic Zones across Poland and construction of four logistics centres with value totalling over €40m.
  • Advised a biotech company on €10m multi-purpose real estate lease as part of strategic R&D partnership.

Domanski Zakrzewski Palinka

The real estate team at Domanski Zakrzewski Palinka is geared to advise across the whole spectrum of real estate. In particular, the practice handles construction law, the protection of cultural monuments, complex lease agreements and restitution claims. The team is jointly led by Lech Żyżylewski and new joiner Wojciech Koczara who arrived to team in early 2021 from CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang Posniak i Bejm sp.k.; his addition to the team boosts the practice’s transactional offering.

Testimonials

‘Having worked with Mr. Wojciech Koczara for more than 10 years during his times at CMS, it was natural that I decided to continue with our cooperation after he switched to DZP this year. I am convinced that with his extensive network of clients, he will be a valuable contribution to the firm.’

‘Mr. Koczara is a highly experienced and pragmatic transaction lawyer. His approach evolves around founding solutions and pushing the deal forward even in teh most challenging circumstances.’

Key clients

Aisin Corporation

Baker Hughes

Bank Handlowy

Budizol

Citibank Europe plc

EEW

Karimpol

Orbis

Syrena Invest

YIT Development

Work highlights

  • Advised Citibank Europe plc on the acquisition of the office space in Olsztyn that it previously leased from the developer, as well as on negotiations of the lease agreement for the office space in Warsaw.
  • Advised YIT Development on all legal aspects of its activity, notably on the sale of more than 1,000 residential apartments in Warsaw to the Danish fund NREP.
  • Advised Baker Hughes on the sale of industrial developed real property.

JDP Drapala & Partners

Maciej Chrzan, LL.M. leads the practice at JDP Drapala & Partners which handles transactions, joint venture agreements, project financing, construction and the management of listed buildings. The team is also highly regarded for its real estate disputes work and holds distinct expertise in respect of industrial premises. Core team members include litigator Andrzej Sokołowski, transaction expert Marcin Chomiuk and counsel Michal Urbanski.

Practice head(s):

Maciej Chrzan, LL.M.

Testimonials

‘The team has a deep and real knowledge on the real estate regulations as well as the enforcement by the authority in Poland, and can provide a very practical advice.’

‘The team is customer-oriented in providing individual support, has exceptional commitment and availability, excellent expertise and multilingual support.’

‘Perfect project communication and collaboration through digital conferences and meetings as well as transparent processes and billing. Absolutely satisfied with the legal advice of JDP!’

‘Exceptional commitment, availability, expertise and multilingual support.’

‘Marcin Chomiuk and Michał Urbański are excellent.’

‘Mr. Maciej Chrzan is straight to the point, very pragmatic and solution-based.’

Key clients

Warburg HiH Invest Real Estate

Corestate Capital Partners

Łukasiewicz Network

Paul Hartmann AG

Ontex Polska

Tengelmann Group

Inter Metal

Mercedes-Benz

Nokia Solutions and Networks

Nacarat

Work highlights

  • Advised Trei Real Estate GmbH on a joint venture that aimed to build several retail parks in Poland.
  • Advised Trei Real Estate Poland on a credit facility for €55m with Deutsche Pfandbriefbank AG in a re-financing project concerning 40 stand-alone commercial properties.
  • Assisted Inter Metal with all real estate and construction-related aspects of the development of one of Poland’s and Europe’s most technologically advanced galvanising plants.

Olesinski & Wspolnicy

The Wroclaw-based real estate department at Olesinski & Wspolnicy is jointly led by Filip Mroczkowski Maciej Król Olga Płoucha and Joanna Lentka-Wróbel; their team is made up of real estate, tax, state aid and debt financing experts which enables it to comprehensively support clients. Asset classes of focus for the group include industrial, residential, office, commercial, and hotel sectors.

Testimonials

‘Olesinski & Wspólnicy are highly efficient and provide high quality legal support. The advisory language is very appropriate, unlike in other law firms. They are very focused on the business aspect. In addition to being lawyers they are also business partners. They advise at all times with the business objective in mind.’

‘Olesinski Law Firm team provides comprehensive legal support in the field of matters commissioned to the law office. In particular, they flexibly cooperates with the company’s internal legal department.’

‘Well organised, responsive, insightfully analysing issues, looking for several possible solutions and looking for the best solution.’

‘Communicativeness and flexibility in terms of the scope of the entrusted task, regardless of whether it is a lease or sale contract and looking for the best (from legal and economic point of view) solution to solve the problem.’

‘One of the most crucial strengths of the team is their high level qualifications, responsiveness and smooth contact. We appreciate their organisational skills and availability to meet deadlines.’

‘I appreciate very much the cooperation in scope of real estate due diligence and sale. O&W are well prepared with right questions and needs of investors. During sale procedure all documents are well prepared, so sale goes smoothly.’

‘Mrs. Olga Ploucha is success oriented, well prepared for procedures and flexible, and  Mr. Filip Mroczkowski is always well prepared, investors like to work with him and every time he is looking for a best way to make the procedure smooth and unproblematic.’

‘Mr. Maciej Król is very competent, professional, scrupulous and punctual.’

Key clients

Cavatina Holding S.A.

Whirlpool Company Sp. z o.o.

Whirlpool Appliances Sp. z o.o.

UBM Development Sp. z o.o.

Diamentum Office Sp. z o.o.

Develia S.A.

Vantage Development S.A.

Eurologis sp. z o.o. sp. k.

Angel Poland Group Sp. z o.o.

Lokum Deweloper S.A.

KiK Textil sp. z o.o.

Dr. Schneider Automotive Polska Sp. z o.o.

Biotech sp. z o.o.

Spoton Transact LLC

Marco Pharma International LLC

Vita Polymers Poland Sp. z o.o.

GKN Driveline Sp. z o.o.

Sika Poland sp. z o.o.

M.B.B. Logistics Sp. z o.o.

Logiserv Group Sp. Z o.o. Sp.k.

Umicore Poland Sp. Z o.o.

Umicore Autocat Poland sp. z o.o.

Technonicol Insulation Sp. z o.o.

GARANT FILTER GmbH

WSP Polska Sp. z o.o.

Tristone Flowtech Poland Sp. z o.o.

Cooper Standard Automotive Piotrków Sp. z o.o.

Cooper Standard Holdings Inc.

Cooper Standard Polska Sp. z o.o.

GUOTAI HUARONG (POLAND) Sp. z o.o.

EPPO Sp. z o.o.

PM Group Polska Sp. z o.o.

NISHINIHON SHOKO (POLAND) sp. z o.o.

Metroplan Polska Sp. z o.o.

Atlas Ward Polska Sp. z o.o.

BeeWaTec Sp. z o.o.

KSM Poland Sp. z o.o.

ICB PHARMA Tomasz Świętosławski, Paweł Świętosławski sp.j.

Paragon Siechnice Sp. Z o.o.

Tarcopol sp z o.o.

S Energy Sp. z o.o.

EWG TACZALIN sp. z o.o.

Tubex Holding GmbH

Energia Polska sp. z o.o.

Energia Polska Innowacje sp. z o.o.

Booksy International Sp. z o. o.

Sieć Badawcza Łukasiewicz – Instytut Metali Nieżelaznych Oddział w Legnicy

Gigaset Communications Polska Sp. z o.o.

Horex.pl S.A.

Work highlights

  • Advised Vantage Development S.A. on due diligence of real estate in the location of a historical centre of Gdansk, valued at over €50m.
  • Advised KiK Textil sp. z o.o. in managing the lease of over 380 stores throughout Poland during the coronavirus outbreak.
  • Advised Whirlpool Polska sp. z o.o. in a series of projects regarding purchase and lease of its key warehouses and offices in Poland.

White & Case M. Studniarek i Wspólnicy - Kancelaria Prawna sp.k.

Maciej Zalewski and Jakub Kutzmann co-lead the department at White & Case M. Studniarek i Wspólnicy – Kancelaria Prawna sp.k. which is adept at advising institutional, international and domestic clients, including investors, banks and developers. The team is able to cover the whole spectrum of real estate mandates and transactions and its members are noted as 'highly experienced in development projects'.

Testimonials

White & Case Poland is home to personnel who are highly experienced in development projects. They do provide customer oriented services via fitting to the requested timeline and set budget. The whole operation process is managed by one focal point which gives full monitoring and operations efficiency.’

‘Competent, efficient, honest team who prioritise clients’ interests and commercial practicalities.’

‘Legal team always provides high quality services, lawyers are very well qualified, have broad expertise in their field and very client-oriented approach.’

‘Good real estate team with commercial mindset.’

‘Jakub Kutzmann is an excellent real estate lawyer that understands the commercial realities of any deal and does not get obsessed with legal technicalities that often lawyers use to justify their own existence. Jakub genuinely has the clients’ best interests at heart in the deal and is not in the business of generating maximum fees but rather maximum value for clients.’

‘Jakub Kutzmann is our main contact person. He is a very client focused, strategic and long term relationship builder. He understands the commercial aspects of the transactions he is involved with and prioritises these to ensure an efficient and practical process is followed.’

‘Mr. Jakub Kutzmann (Local Partner), has wide range of experience in real estate business and development projects. He is very active and customer-oriented. The overall control over the project gave us good impressions.’

Key clients

Aurelius Investment Lux DS SARL

Spravia  sp. z o.o.

Catella Property fund management AB

Crossbay SCSp RAIF

CTP Invest. Spol. s. r. o.

Echo Investment S.A.

Forum Euro Nieruchomości FIZ AZ

Generali Real Estate

Global Compute Infrastructure

GLP Europe

Greenman Partners Limited

GS Engineering & Construction Poland sp. z o.o.

Hubergroup Polska sp. z o.o.

Impel S.A.

LaSalle Investment management. Inc.

Reico Investicni Spolecnost Ceske sporitelny, A.S.

WKB Wiercinski, Kwiecinski, Baehr

WKB Wiercinski, Kwiecinski, Baehr‘s real estate practice advises clients throughout the entire process of property developments and is also active in terms of acquisitions and disposals. Greenfield and brownfield projects are also a speciality of the team along with the commercialisation of retail, logistics and office projects. Anna Wyrzykowska  is head of the department and operates in close tangent with Bartosz Łaski.

Practice head(s):

Anna Wyrzykowska

Key clients

BNP Paribas Bank Polska

Panattoni

Accolade

Karl Lagerfeld

Miele

Ryanair

Stock Spirits

Marc O’Polo

Lotte Wedel

Toys’R Us

REB Group

Knight Frank

United International Pictures

Doxa Capital

Port Lotniczy Poznań Ławica

ING Lease

Yangtze Optical Fibre and Cable

Work highlights

  • Advised Panattoni in multiple various matters on all stages of the investment processes, including acquisition of the investment lands (both greenfield and brownfield), assistance in negotiations of the commercial lease agreements as well as transactions with capital investors.      
  • Advised Marc O’Polo in the process of negotiations of lease agreements for commercial space in shopping centres in Poland.
  • Advised BNP PARIBAS in the process of negotiations and signing lease agreements or annexes to the lease agreements for office space in approx. 150 locations throughout Poland.