Firm Profile > Schoenherr Stangl sp.k. > Warsaw, Poland

Schoenherr Stangl sp.k.
00 107 WARSAW

Poland > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 3

At Schoenherr Stangl sp.k., the 'responsive, accessible, proactive' team handles M&A transactions in Poland and across the CEE region, leveraging the firm's strong regional office network. Team head Paweł Halwa is experienced in a wide range of corporate transactions, as well as reorganisations and restructurings. Counsel Krzysztof Pawlak has substantial experience of cross-border work and expertise in insurance and compliance-related law.

Practice head(s):

Paweł Halwa

Other key lawyers:


‘This team is extremely skilled and effective. They understand very well the key items of the deal and help in focusing the efforts to resolve them. Proactive, supportive, problem solvers. The type of legal support you definitely need in an M&A transaction. ’

Responsive, accessible, proactive. Partnering with client to find solutions and overcome roadblock in the transaction. Very skilled and pragmatic.’

‘Small high-quality team with broad and multidisciplinary skills. Very able to manage a project involving a number of client contacts and external advisers.’

Practical and speedy no-nonsense advice!

‘I appreciate expertise and knowledge, smooth collaboration and support.’

‘Full-service team and very responsive, efficient, commercial and easy to work with.’

‘Great Austrian firm with a great local team.’

‘Pawel Halwa is very commercial and hands-on.’

Key clients


Beta Systems Software AG

Caverion Emerging Markets OY

EPTA Polska sp. z o.o.

GR Sarantis S.A.

Apax Partners


EQT Partners

Jones Lang LaSalle SE

Integra Lifesciences Holding Corporation

KKR & Co. Inc


Poland > Private equity Tier 3

Schoenherr Stangl sp.k.'s team advises private equity clients on their transactions in Poland and in the region where there are Polish law aspects to the deal. It is able to draw on the expertise of other departments in relation to capital group structures and acquisition finance. The practice group is led from the corporate department by Paweł Halwa, who is instructed on the buy and sell side.

Practice head(s):

Paweł Halwa

Other key lawyers:

Marcin Antczak; Krzysztof Pawlak; Daria Rutecka


The have a dedicated, practical and clever team of lawyers. Their approach is to resolve problems. They understand client’s needs and do their best to respond to them.’

This team is extremely skilled and effective. They understand very well the key items of the deal and help in focusing the efforts to resolve them. Proactive, supportive, problem solvers. The type of legal support you definitely need in an M&A transaction.’

Paweł Halwa is a fantastic lawyer who gets not only law but also financials. He has a very pragmatic approach to problems solving.’

Unique approach to the customer, availability of the staff plus an in depth knowledge of the business by the senior staff.’

The team delivers very good quality for a competitive price, with a practical approach and a drive to close matters. I would instruct them again.’

Key clients

Apax Partners

EQT Partners

KKR & Co. Inc

Morgan Stanley Bank

Deutsche Bank AG, Commerzbank AG, HSBC Bank

Deutsche Private Equity Management III GmbH

Bayerische Landesbank

ABL Technic

Deutsche Beteiligungs AG, Cartonplast Group

Schur Flexibles

Poland > Banking and finance Tier 4

Schoenherr Stangl sp.k.'s banking, finance and capital markets group is known for its 'responsive and coordinated approach across various jurisdictions', leveraging its office network across the CEE region. It acts for an impressive array of financial institutions on project finance, structured finance and acquisition finance transactions, among others. The 'pragmaticPaweł Halwa, who leads the group, is knowledgeable about structured finance, securities offerings and debt restructuring. Marcin Antczak is a specialist in project finance and acquisition finance.

Practice head(s):

Paweł Halwa

Other key lawyers:

Marcin Antczak; Daniel Radwański; Paula Weronika Kapica


‘Very good and solid team, experienced and professional.’

‘Efficient and time responsive. Also good quality overall’

‘Pawel Halwa and Weronika Kapica are excellent’

‘Very attentive, responsive and coordinated approach across various jurisdictions. ’

‘Very responsive approach which helped pull together a deal in a short amount of time and in a coordinated manner.’

‘Hardworking and responsive! ’

‘Schoenherr’s banking and capital market practice in Poland is outstanding in this jurisdiction and highly recommendable.’

‘Pawel Halwa as lead partner and his team are pragmatic, always available and provide great advise in all capital markets and finance matters.’

Key clients

Morgan Stanley Bank

Deutsche Bank AG, Commerzbank AG, HSBC Bank

Deutsche Private Equity Management III GmbH

Bayerische Landesbank

ABL Technic

Deutsche Beteiligungs AG, Cartonplast Group

Schur Flexibles

Societe Generale



Poland > Real estate Tier 4

The team at Schoenherr Stangl sp.k. is led by Marta Bijak-Haiduk. The group acts for clients including Panattoni and Jones Lang LaSalle and is well known for advising equity funds, investors and developers on the acquisition of real estate via both asset and share deals. The group advises on the tax structuring and financing relating to real estate, as well as permits, building contracts and claims management. The acquisition of agricultural land and forestry is an additional area of expertise. Dominika Sulak-Seyfried and senior associate Patrycja Czarnecka are other names to note.

The firm: Schoenherr is one of the leading legal firms in the CEE region and was founded in Austria in 1950, with a presence in Poland since 2009. Schoenherr’s Warsaw office is a full-service practice that focuses on mergers and acquisitions, capital markets, banking and finance, real estate and labour law.

Areas of practice: The firm’s team of lawyers advises domestic and international clients on investing in Poland and on cross-border transactions. Schoenherr has particular experience in M&A, joint ventures, PE, privatisations, public takeovers, IPO, real estate acquisition, sale and development, financing of M&A and real estate projects and labour law. Schoenherr’s client list includes national and international corporate groups from several industries, including banks, real estate developers, investment funds, PE funds, manufacturers, distributors and industrial companies.

Paweł Halwa is the managing partner in Schoenherr’s Warsaw office, where he focuses on corporate/M&A, banking and finance and capital markets. He specializes in corporate law, including corporate law disputes and securities, as well as equity capital markets. Paweł’s experience includes advising corporates, funds and financial institutions on large transactions with an international angle as well as on their day to day activity. He frequently advises on structuring transactions, including cross-border M&A transactions, offerings of securities and restructuring processes. On the financial regulatory side, Paweł has assisted on structuring the operations of financial institutions, including brokers and fund managers, and represented clients in licensing processes. He has represented clients in negotiations and proceedings before courts and administrative bodies such as the Financial Supervision Authority, Ministry of  Finance, National Bank of Poland and Office for Competition and Consumer Protection. Paweł has authored books and articles on company law and capital markets in Poland.

Department Name Email Telephone
Banking, finance and capital markets Paweł Halwa
Banking, finance and capital markets Marcin Antczak
compliance & criminal defence Paweł Halwa
Corporate/M&A Paweł Halwa
Corporate/M&A Krzysztof Pawlak
Dispute resolution Marcin Asłanowicz
EU and competition Paweł Kułak
Insolvency and restructuring Daniel Radwański
Insurance Krzysztof Pawlak
IP & unfair commercial practices Paweł Halwa
IP & unfair commercial practices Paulina Klimek-Woźniak
Labour and employment Barbara Jóźwik
Private equity Paweł Halwa
Real estate Marta Bijak-Haiduk
Regulatory Krzysztof Leśniak
Number of lawyers : 300+
at this office : 21
International Bar Association
Loan Market Association
Polish Private Equity Association
Competition Law Association
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Austria/CEE: Schoenherr further strengthens leadership with promotions

Schoenherr is strengthening the ranks of equity partner, contract partner and counsel with new promotions effective as of 1 February 2020. With Pawel Halwa and Thomas Kulnigg, Schoenherr promotes two longstanding Schoenherr experts to equity partners. Constantin Benes, Leon Kopecký, Günther Leissler, Laurenz Schwitzer, Manuela Zimmermann, Georgiana Bădescu, Mădălina Neagu and Miloš Laković are promoted to contract partners, and at counsel level, Dominik Hofmarcher and Clemens Rainer have moved up in the ranks.

Austria/CEE: Schoenherr advises UNIQA on the acquisition of AXA subsidiaries in CEE for EUR 1bln

Once again, Schoenherr has advised on a billion-euro transaction in the CEE region: An international Schoenherr team assisted UNIQA on the acquisition of AXA subsidiaries in the Czech Republic, Poland and Slovakia for a purchase price of around EUR 1bln.

Schoenherr advises Wienerberger AG on the successful placement of 2.5 million treasury shares through accelerated bookbuilding

Schoenherr advised Vienna Stock Exchange listed Wienerberger AG, a leading international supplier of building materials and infrastructure solutions, on the EUR 81.25m placement of treasury shares with institutional investors.

Schoenherr advises on top Bulgarian dental distributor transaction involving Abris Capital Partners

Schoenherr advised the owner and CEO of Dentatechnica EOOD, the largest distributor of dental equipment and consumables in Bulgaria, on a transaction with Dentotal (Romania), a subsidiary of Abris Capital Partners. Subject to competition authorities' approval, Dentatechnica will become part of Dentotal Group with the aim of creating a regional leader through organic growth and further consolidation of local markets in Romania and Bulgaria.

Schoenherr advises P&I on the acquisition of 100 % of shares in VRZ

Schoenherr advised P&I Personal & Informatik GmbH on the acquisition of 100 % of the shares in VRZ Informatik Gesellschaft mbH (Dornbirn) and its sister company ThinkCreateAct AG (Switzerland). The transaction is currently subject to the condition precedent of regulatory clearance. With the acquisition of the VRZ Group, P&I AG is expanding its presence in Austria and Switzerland.

Schoenherr advises ZECH Bau Austria on acquisition of Implenia’s building construction business

Schoenherr advised ZECH Bau Austria GmbH, a German owner-managed construction company, on the acquisition of Implenia Baugesellschaft mbH's building construction business in Austria by virtue of an asset deal. The closing of the transaction is currently subject to merger control clearance.

Schoenherr advises Joint Lead Managers on issue of EUR 250m covered bank bonds by Kommunalkredit Austria AG

Schoenherr advised the Joint Lead Managers on the successful issue of EUR 250m 0.01 % covered bank bonds due 2028 by Kommunalkredit Austria AG.

Schoenherr advises Nice & Green S.A. on innovative convertible notes funding programme with Marinomed Biotech AG

Schoenherr advised Swiss investment firm Nice & Green S.A. on an innovative convertible notes funding programme (CNFP) with Vienna Stock Exchange listed Marinomed Biotech AG.

Schoenherr advises Sendinblue on acquisition of Metrilo

Schoenherr advised the leading French-based all-in-one digital marketing platform Sendinblue SAS on the acquisition of Metrilo OOD ("Metrilo"), a Bulgarian e-commerce metrics company, from its founders and several investors such as Speedinvest II International GmbH, LAUNCHub Fund Coöperatief U.A. and Eleven Capital AD. The advising team in Schoenherr's Bulgarian office advised on all major legal aspects of the transaction, including due diligence and negotiation of transaction documents.

Schoenherr to strengthen leadership across Austria and CEE by appointing new equity and contract partners

Schoenherr will substantially strengthen its leadership by appointing new equity and contract partners across Austria and CEE effective 1 February 2022.

Schoenherr advises Aquila Part Prod Com on successful IPO worth EUR 74m

Schoenherr Romania advised Aquila Part Prod Com on the successful completion of an initial public offering ("IPO") for the sale of some 66.6m new shares, for a total price of approx. EUR 74m.

Schoenherr advises Liechtenstein Group on EUR 40m investment in Tesvolt

Schoenherr advised the Liechtenstein Group on its investment in Tesvolt GmbH, a technology leader for energy storage in the commercial and industrial sector.

Schoenherr advises Slate Asset Management on acquisition of EUR 90m real estate portfolio

Schoenherr advised Slate Asset Management, a global alternative investment platform focused on real estate, on the acquisition of a portfolio of essential real estate assets in Austria and Slovakia for approximately EUR 90m.

Schoenherr advises Sanofi on acquisition of Origimm Biotechnology GmbH

Schoenherr advised Sanofi, a global leader in healthcare, on the acquisition of 100 % of the shares in Origimm Biotechnology GmbH, a private Austrian biotechnology company.

Schoenherr advises on 360kompany AG’s sale, one of Austria’s biggest start-up exits

Schoenherr advised the RegTech start-up 360kompany AG and its shareholders on the sale to Moody’s Corporation, on what is purported to be one of the biggest exits in Austria's start-up scene to date.

Schoenherr advises UNIQA on successful issue of new EUR 375m green tier 2 notes and notes repurchase

Schoenherr advised UNIQA Insurance Group AG, one of the leading insurance groups in Austria and CEE, on its successful issue of new EUR 375m green tier 2 notes and concurrent repurchase of existing subordinated notes in the same principal amount.

Schoenherr advises PALFINGER AG on reversal of cross-shareholding with Sany

Schoenherr advised Palfinger AG, a leading provider of innovative crane and lifting solutions, on the reversal of the cross-shareholding with the SANY Group, a Chinese equipment manufacturing group.

Schoenherr advises Managers on issue of EUR 1.5bln Mortgage Pfandbriefe by Erste Group

Schoenherr advised the Managers on the successful issue of EUR 750m 0.01 %. Mortgage Pfandbriefe due 2028 (AT0000A2UXM1) and EUR 750m 0.50 %. Mortgage Pfandbriefe due 2037 (AT0000A2UXN9) by Erste Group Bank AG.

Schoenherr advises Mirova and RP Global on sale and refinancing of onshore wind farms in Croatia

Schoenherr advised Mirova and RP Global on the sale of two onshore wind farms in Dalmatia, Danilo (44MW) and Rudine (34MW), to Professio Energia d.d. (DLPR, Zagreb Stock Exchange). Before the closing of this transaction, Privredna Banka Zagreb d.d., a member of Intesa Sanpaolo Group, refinanced loans provided by the IFC and UniCredit. Schoenherr acted as lead counsel to Mirova and RP Global on both the sale and refinancing transactions.

Schoenherr advises Austrian unicorn Bitpanda on expansion of its product portfolio to include exchange traded cryptocurrencies

Schoenherr advised the Austrian fintech Bitpanda on the expansion of its product portfolio to include exchange traded cryptocurrencies. This product provides investors with easy access to crypto assets via a liquid financial instrument traded on a regulated exchange. 

Schoenherr advises e-mobility start-up Easelink on EUR 8.3m financing round (Series A)

Schoenherr advised the Austrian high-tech company Easelink, a provider of automated electric vehicle charging solutions, on its EUR 8.3m Series A financing round.