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Gide Loyrette Nouel
METROPOLITAN
PL. PILSUDSKIEGO 1
00-078 WARSAW
Poland

Poland > Energy and natural resources Tier 2

Gide Loyrette Nouel‘s team consists of former external advisors and in-house counsel advising Polish operators of public and critical infrastructure, ordering parties and contractors in addition to state-owned companies from the energy, oil and gas, mining and chemistry sectors. The team is proficient in assisting throughout major projects, as well as representing clients in proceedings before the Polish National Appeals Chamber. The department is led by Piotr Sadownik who possesses a track record in both arbitration and litigation.

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Testimonials

‘Great collaboration with the client. No problems with availability, fully committed to the case and client oriented. Strong negotiations skills. Broad knowledge of the market and proactive attitude.’

‘Highly qualified team that gives you the comfort of working on extensive and complicated issues.’

‘I would like to acknowledge associate Krzysztof Cieplinski who was a strong points of our supporting team. They were extremely committed and determined during the multi-aspect negotiations. They presented in-depth knowledge and strong soft-skills during the negotiations process.’

Key clients

KGHM Polska Miedź S.A.

Jastrzębska Spółka Węglowa S.A.

Polskie Górnictwo Naftowe i Gazownictwo S.A.

Elektrociepłownia Stalowa Wola S.A.

Fabryka Kotłów “Sefako” S.A.

PGNiG Technologie S.A.

Rockfin sp. z o.o.

Cobant spółka z ograniczoną odpowiedzialnością sp.k.

PERN S.A.

Nippon Steel Corporation

Work highlights

  • Advised Polskie Górnictwo Naftowe i Gazownictwo S.A on the crucial implementation of the project named Construction of the Wierzchowice Underground Gas Storage Facility.
  • Advised KGHM Polska Miedź S.A. on its project to expand Europe’s largest sump reservoir of froth, including preparing for the project, co-preparing the documentation required for tender proceedings and preparing numerous draft contracts.
  • Advising DMC Services of KGHM Polska Miedź S.A. group of companies and its mother company on the conclusion of a contract with a subsidiary of Sirius Minerals Plc for the design and construction of four mining shafts for the extraction of polyhalite at the Woodsmith Mine located in North Yorkshire, England.

Poland > Real estate Tier 2

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.

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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.

Poland > Banking and finance Tier 3

Gide Loyrette Nouel‘s banking and finance team handles financing transactions, regulatory and retail banking issues, and it also advises on banking documentation on a day-to-day basis. Its clients include Polish and international banks and financial institutions, as well as insurance companies, private equity and mezzanine funds, and corporate borrowers with strong links with the French market. Practice head Paweł Grześkowiak has expertise in finance and banking law, and is active in secured and structured finance transactions. Marta Karmińska is sought after for advice on secured and unsecured financings, such as those involving syndicated finance, structured finance, LBO and commercial real property finance.

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Testimonials

‘Knowledge and experience of French market.’

‘I highly recommend Gide’s banking and finance team. We could count on their support and professionalism also in such a difficult period as the Covid pandemic. Thanks to them, we were able to carry out large and difficult projects even during the pandemic. We highly appreciate the transparent terms of cooperation, availability and quick response time. Working with Gide’s banking and finance team, we know that we will always receive the highest quality legal services.’

‘Gide have been our advisers for many years; they are extremely professional and competent and we have never been disappointed with them. The team has a very good understanding of our business and we have found them to be reliable in both local and cross-border projects’ 

‘Super responsive team, always meeting deadlines and achieving goals that we set. One can always rely on them. They are also flexible – using all available technology and communication means.’

‘Mateusz Gronau is our go-to lawyer on strategic assignments. We very much value his legal expertise as well as the ability to explain and address often complicated legal structures in a clear and precise way. He never let us down.’

Key clients

Santander Bank Polska

mBank

Credit Agricole Bank Polska S.A.

Bank Gospodarstwa Krajowego

BNP Paribas Bank Polska

mLeasing

PEKAO Leasing

KGHM Polska Miedź

Sierra Gorda SCM

PKO BP

BNP Paribas BP

Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (Europe)

Bank Pekao

mBank

Bank Millennium

Credit Agricole

Société Générale

Bank Handlowy

Bank Ochrony Środowiska

Intesa Sanpaolo S.P.A.

Work highlights

  • Advised Sierra Gorda S.C.M., KGHM Polska Miedź S.A., Sumitomo Metal Mining CO., LTD and Sumitomo Corporation a transaction involving $700m in financing provided by Bank Gospodarstwa Krajowego.
  • Advised on a loan agreement between a consortium of 11 banks and Ciech and its subsidiaries for granting a term loan of up to PLN 560 million, a term loan of up to PLN 1,305 million and a revolving loan of up to PLN 250 million.
  • Advised the European Investment Bank on the syndication of part of the senior debt of Dobra Energia dla Olsztyna sp. z o.o. and a credit facility granted by the European Investment Bank.

Poland > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 3

At Gide Loyrette Nouel, the corporate practice works closely with the firm’s offices in Paris, London and New York to advise foreign corporates on their M&A activity in Poland. The team is also instructed in company law issues and reorganisations. Dariusz Tokarczuk, who leads the team, is most noted for his leveraged buyout expertise. Edyta Zalewska also has an active transactional practice, and also handles restructurings and business separations. Wojciech Czyżewski is also recommended.

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Testimonials

Very good quality and dedicated team with exceptional network.’

Key clients

KGHM Polska Miedź S.A.

Przedsiębiorstwo Państwowe “Porty Lotnicze”

Seris Konsalnet

Nowy Styl Group

Resource Partners

BPI Real Estate Poland

Apax Partners

La Brosse et Dupont

KPS Capital Partners

MAK Group

Work highlights

  • Advised on the auction process for the concerted exit from Maczfit Foods sp. z o.o.
  • Advised Apax Partners on the Polish aspects of its acquisition (by its US portfolio company) of the Contraload Group.
  • Advised KPS Capital Partners on the acquisition of European, Central European, Eastern European and African food, aerosol and promotional packaging companies from Crown Holding for €2.25bn.

Poland > Competition/antitrust Tier 3

Gide Loyrette Nouel advises clients on domestic and European legal issues regarding competition, consumer protection law, commercial agreements and distribution systems. The team also represents clients before competition protection authorities, bodies and courts, as well as cooperating with the firm’s M&A practice. The department is chaired by Dariusz Tokarczuk and includes Szymon Chwaliński, who is notable for competition, consumer law issues and distribution law.

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Testimonials

‘Great knowledge of competition law and good understanding of client’s business.’

Key clients

Auchan

ETI

PKO Bank Polski

Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy

BPI Real Estate

KGHM Polska Miedź S.A.

Jastrzębska Spółka Węglowa S.A.

Resource Partners

Polskie Porty Lotnicze

European Investment Bank

Work highlights

  • Assisting PKO Bank Polski in developing the settlement scheme related to loans denominated in or indexed to a foreign currency.
  • Advising JSW on state aid issues related to support for the company related to the COVID-19 crisis.
  • Advising BPI Real Estate on a series of transactions with JV partners on several innovative real estate investment schemes throughout Poland.

Poland > Dispute resolution Tier 3

Gide Loyrette Nouel‘s Warsaw team is an integral part of the firm’s global dispute resolution and arbitration practice, often handling cross-border contentious issues alongside colleagues in Paris, London and New York. Areas of expertise include commercial law, real estate, IP and industrial property disputes, as well as unfair competition cases, criminal proceedings and employment litigation. Piotr Sadownik heads the team and specialises in public procurement and IP disputes, as does counsel Krzysztof Ciepliński.

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Krzysztof Ciepliński; Piotr Brzeziński; Michał Kacperczyk; Marta Wojtkowiak

Testimonials

‘Gide team is really great. People are really great and open. Team is really well educated, professional, open and creative.’

Great and professional knowledge, good experience.’

Their strengths: precision, efficiency, responsiveness, familiarity with multi-jurisdictional litigations.’

‘Gide have been our advisors for many years; they are extremely professional and competent.’

‘We have been very pleased to see that the quality of the work performed is right for the price. It is worth mentioning that team always meets the deadlines set and is good about keeping us up to date. They are very responsive and accessible when needed.’

‘We had the pleasure of working with Piotr Sadownik, Michał Kacperczyk, Marta Wojtkowiak and Krzysztof Ciepliński. We found them to be a professional team with great legal knowledge and a strong understanding of our goals and needs with a clear and decisive solution-orientated and innovative approach.’

‘Piotr Sadownik has shown a great understanding of the most complex matters and is always able to find a pro active solution.’

‘Krzysztof Cieplinski:  bright, thinks out of the box, with acute strategic approach. Very responsive and with excellent market knowledge in the field of public procurement disputes.’

Key clients

Powszechna Kasa Oszczędności Bank Polski S.A. (PKO BP)

Polskie Górnictwo Naftowe i Gazownictwo S.A.

KGHM Polska Miedź S.A.

BPI REAL ESTATE POLAND sp. z o.o.

Polish General Director for National Roads and Motorways (Generalny Dyrektor Dróg Krajowych i Autostrad, GDDKIA

Cobant spółka z ograniczoną odpowiedzialnością sp. k

mBank

Bank Gospodarstwa Krajowego

Alior Bank S.A

Alior Leasing

BNP Paribas Bank Polska S.A

Work highlights

  • Representing the Polish road administration authority in connection with Bulgarian law issues of guarantee bonds issued to the client to secure its claims from two of its general contractors – Toto S.p.A. and Vianini Lavori S.p.A. – arising under road construction agreements regarding sections of the S-5 expressway in Poland.
  • Advising Powszechna Kasa Oszczędności Bank Polski S.A. on creating a special purpose fund (of PLN 6.7 billion) to cover the costs of settlements with foreign currency borrowers, as well as in respect of implementing a settlement scheme with individual foreign currency borrowers pursuing or threatening the bank with claims for the invalidation of loan agreements as a result of unfair contractual terms in these contracts.
  • Representing Polskie Górnictwo Naftowe i Gazownictwo S.A. in a series of disputes instituted by or against the client in relation to the construction one of the largest infrastructure projects in Poland, namely an underground gas storage facility, PMG Wierzchowice.

Poland > Employment Tier 3

Gide Loyrette Nouel, a firm headquartered in Paris, fields a closely integrated international employment practice. The team in Poland is instructed on trade union negotiations, restructurings, employee transfers, disputes and insurance packages, among other mandates. Paweł Grześkowiak chairs the practice with the support of Joanna Jasiewicz, noted for her ‘many years of experience in both Polish and European labour law.’

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Testimonials

‘Up to speed on all changes and cooperative.’

‘I found the Gide team (Mr. Pawel Grzeskowiak and Mrs. Magdalena Kalinowska) really professional, very supportive and able to give our company a great help in dealing with sensitive issues.’

‘In our cooperation we focus on the people, their in-depth knowledge of the EU and Polish employment law as well as their responsiveness, soft skills (problem solving, coalition building, team spirit) that are also essential to our work and mission as the employers’ lobbying organisation. Gide Employment Department is a unique combination of legal competence with passion to law and strong sense of mission in defending the legitimate rights of the members of our organisation in the EU and Polish legislative process.’

‘We very much appreciate working with Joanna Jasiewicz. She has many years of experience in Polish and European labour law, as well as experience of trade union law, and it shows through her work. Joanna is an incredible advocate, extremely competent and constantly developing her skills. She has a well-rounded education and is extremely knowledgeable, which means she is able to advise on the most complicated and problematic matters. Her work is always of the highest standard with full focus on solving the problem and passion to law. Her combination of knowledge and experience in Polish and European law has proven to be extremely valuable on many occasions.’

‘Adam Pawlak is a very helpful person. Paweł Grześkowiak is very experienced and trusted advisor.’

‘Mrs. Magdalena Kalinowska appears from the beginning as an outstanding professional in legislation knowledge.

Mr. Pawel Grzeskowiak is a great leader who takes into consideration the different circumstances to be considered from a management point of view too.’

Key clients

DSV

Orpea

GLP

Spokey

LVMH Group

ETI

Maczfit

Guerbet

Przedsiębiorstwo Państwowe Porty Lotnicze

Inter-Vion

Mindspace

Bonduelle

Layetana

CHEP

PZL Świdnik

Work highlights

  • Advising one of the DSV Group companies by providing internal services for the Group and supporting the logistics branch of the DSV Group.
  • Advising GLP on employment law issues, in particular on employee remuneration principles and introducing bonus and incentive schemes for employees in Poland.
  • Advising Orpea on creating a European Works Council and conducting elections for it, as well as dealing with trade unions operating in the Polish company, as well as advising on its ongoing employment issues.

Poland > Tax Tier 3

Gide Loyrette Nouel‘s tax practice covers transactional tax, tax advisory work and contentious tax issues. The team benefits from being part of the firm’s international network, enabling it to advise clients on a variety of cross-border tax issues. Dariusz Tokarczuk coordinates the team of tax advisors, which includes international tax law expert Ewa Żbikowska and corporate tax specialist Maciej Grela.

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Testimonials

‘Gide team provides us legal assistance, including tax matters, in structuring and financing of real estate projects, support in negotiations with our contractors and during commercialization of our projects.’

‘My main contact for tax matters is Maciej Grela. We very much appreciated Maciej’s work. Maciej has excellent legal and real estate sector knowledge. He understands our needs and always met deadlines. He demonstrates good client relationship. We could always count on him.’

Key clients

L’Oréal Group

Logoplaste Poland

Atlantex

Arctic Navigations

Auchan

Phoenix Pharma

Lactalis Group

Kapsch Telematic Services

Inter-Vion (LBD Group)

Vitol S.A.

P3 Group

KGHM Polska Miedź

Société Générale

Yareal

Intermarche

ETI European Food Industries SA

B&B Hotels Polska

Alior Leasing

Archicom

Marie Brizard Wine & Spirit Group

Alior Bank

Tauron

mLeasing

mBank

Separgefi

SERIS Group

Seris Konsalnet

Kania Smart Properties Sp. z o.o.

BPI

Grupa MAK

Bouygues Immobilier

Louis Vuitton

Fidelis Partners

BNPP Securities

Abalone Group

GSE Polska

Marvipol

Nexity

Spokey

 

Work highlights

  • Representing six Polish P3 Group companies in proceedings to obtain six official tax opinions from the Polish tax authorities on the application of the withholding tax exemption under the new withholding tax regime to interest and dividend payments.
  • Provided tax advice to Paref Gestion.
  • Advising Marie Brizard Wine & Spirits in connection with the exit from the leaseback agreement of rectification and distillation installations to Polish subsidiaries.

Poland > Capital markets Tier 4

In mid-2021, Gide Loyrette Nouel‘s former debt capital markets head Robert Dulewicz left private practice, with counsel Michał Śmiechowski taking over as head of the department. The group is most noted for its work across the spectrum of debt securities, working closely with the firm’s teams in Paris, London and New York. Senior associate Agnieszka Kozikowska has experience of handling Euro medium-term note programmes.

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Testimonials

‘Great experienced team.’

Key clients

mBank

European Investment Bank

Volkswagen Financial Services Polska

Tauron Polska Energia

Bank Pekao

Haitong Bank

Jastrzębskie Zakłady Remontowe

Przedsiębiorstwo Państwowe “Porty Lotnicze”

KGHM Polska Miedź S.A

Work highlights

  • Advising European Investment Bank on acquisition of PLN2.5bn worth of bonds issued by Polski Fundusz Rozwoju S.A.
  • Advising Volkswagen Financial Services Polska on the preparation of a bond issue programme of up to PLN3bn.
  • Advising mBank S.A. and Bank Pekao on the establishment of a new bond issue programme with a value of up to PLN500m under a public bond issue programme organised by Robyg S.A.

When Gide opened an office in Warsaw in 1991, it was one of the first international legal practices acting in Poland under the new regime. In the past two and a half decades, Gide has been involved in a large number of projects, including the most important privatisations and investment transactions on the Polish market. Gide Poland provides legal advice in all key areas of business law and is one of the most recommended international law firms in Poland.

Gide’s Warsaw office employs over 40 lawyers and tax advisors, including five partners, and advises some of the leading players in Poland, ranging from financial institutions, banks, insurance companies, and foreign investors, to Polish companies and other entities, including state-owned companies and public institutions.

Our key specialisations include:

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Mergers & Acquisitions/Corporate Dariusz Tokarczukdariusz.tokarczuk@gide.com
Banking & Finance Pawel Grzeskowiakpawel.grzeskowiak@gide.com
Banking & Finance Michał Śmiechowskimichal.smiechowski@gide.com
Capital Markets Dariusz Tokarczukdariusz.tokarczuk@gide.com
Capital Markets Pawel Grzeskowiakpawel.grzeskowiak@gide.com
Capital Markets Michał Śmiechowskimichal.smiechowski@gide.com
Private Equity Pawel Grzeskowiakpawel.grzeskowiak@gide.com
Real Estate Transactions & Financing Marcin Muszelmarcin.muszel@gide.com
Real Estate Transactions & Financing Blazej Czwarnokblazej.czwarnok@gide.com
Energy Piotr Sadownikpiotr.sadownik@gide.com
Projects & Infrastructure Piotr Sadownikpiotr.sadownik@gide.com
Dispute Resolution / Arbitration Piotr Sadownikpiotr.sadownik@gide.com
Dispute Resolution / Arbitration Krzysztof Cieplinskikrzysztof.cieplinski@gide.com
Public Law Piotr Sadownikpiotr.sadownik@gide.com
Restructuring and Insolvency Piotr Sadownikpiotr.sadownik@gide.com
Tax Ewa Zbikowskaewa.zbikowska@gide.com
Tax Maciej Grelamaciej.grela@gide.com
Intellectual Property Piotr Sadownikpiotr.sadownik@gide.com
Intellectual Property Krzysztof Cieplinskikrzysztof.cieplinski@gide.com
Employment Law Pawel Grzeskowiakpawel.grzeskowiak@gide.com
Employment Law Joanna Jasiewiczjoanna.jasiewicz@gide.com
Competition Dariusz Tokarczukdariusz.tokarczuk@gide.com
Competition Szymon Chwalinskiszymon.chwalinski@gide.com
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Mr Szymon Chwaliński photo Mr Szymon ChwalińskiSzymon Chwaliński is a legal advisor at Gide Loyrette Nouel’s Warsaw Office.…
Mr Krzysztof Ciepliński photo Mr Krzysztof CieplińskiKrzysztof Ciepliński is an advocate at Gide Loyrette Nouel Warsaw. He specialises…
Mr Błażej Czwarnok  photo Mr Błażej Czwarnok Counsel Błażej Czwarnok specialises in real property sales, investment processes, court, administrative and…
Mr Robert Dulewicz  photo Mr Robert Dulewicz Robert Dulewicz, a partner and legal counsel, heads the Gide Warsaw Capital…
Mateusz Gronau  photo Mateusz Gronau Mateusz Gronau is an advocate at Gide’s Warsaw office. He specialises in…
Mr Paweł Grześkowiak photo Mr Paweł GrześkowiakPaweł Grześkowiak is an advocate and partner at Gide Loyrette Nouel Warsaw.…
Mr Marcin Muszel  photo Mr Marcin Muszel Marcin Muszel is a partner and a legal advisor at Gide Loyrette…
Mr Piotr Sadownik  photo Mr Piotr Sadownik Piotr Sadownik is a partner responsible for the Department of Litigation and…
Mr Dariusz Tokarczuk  photo Mr Dariusz Tokarczuk Dariusz Tokarczuk specialises in mergers and acquisitions, capital markets, infrastructure investment projects…
Mr Michał Śmiechowski photo Mr Michał ŚmiechowskiMichał Śmiechowski, counsel and attorney specialising in issues related to debt securities…
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Contacts : Pawel Grzeskowiak (pawel.grzeskowiak@gide.com)
Contacts : Piotr Sadownik (piotr.sadownik@gide.com)
Contacts : Marcin Muszel (marcin.muszel@gide.com)
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