Firm Profile > Wolf Theiss > Warsaw, Poland

Wolf Theiss
UL. MOKOTOWSKA 49
00-542 WARSAW
Poland

Real estate Tier 2

The 'professional and skilled' team at Wolf Theiss is led by Tomasz Stasiak. The team has recently been particularly active advising on disposals and acquisitions, and the restructuring of property portfolios, and is particularly known for its work for developers and investors in the logistics sector. The group also advises on the formation of joint ventures linked to new projects.  It has expertise in the office asset class and is developing a footprint in the student accommodation space. Grzegorz Skowroński  often takes a leading role in real estate transactions, and senior associate Iwona Huryn, who has 'extensive knowledge of the market', is another key contact.

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Testimonials

Wolf Theiss is business-oriented and capable of handling tight deadlines. They have a lot of experience in the Polish real estate market and can provide not only legal advice, but also point out business issues that should be taken into consideration while proceeding with a transaction.

Tomasz Stasiak has vast experience and very business-oriented approach. It is a pleasure to work with him even when he is on the other side of the table.

The real estate team is professional and skilled, and always available for the client with expertise on all legal matters, including taking part in negotiations.

Business-oriented approach, flexibility and strong drive towards closing a deal. Efficiency and fast pace of work.’

Efficient platform for remote collaboration, including state of art VDR.

‘Ivona Huryn – iron fist in a velvet glove, good to have her on your side during negotiations. Pushes the deal forward, takes initiative. Has an extensive knowledge of market and always able to propose a solution.

Wolf Theiss continues to expand its real estate team each year which is a testament to the strength of its practice. They have a good mix of experienced and more junior lawyers which allows them to handle several transactions at the same time.

Tomasz Stasiak – the partner in real estate – is a big name on the Polish market. Since joining Wolf Theiss he has been able to grow their practice substantially attracting both good clients and lawyers. Iwona Huryn is a future star – hard-working, efficient and a pleasure to work with.

Professionalism, experience and personal engagement.’

Tomasz Stasiak – very experience and and creative in finding solutions.

Key clients

Standard Properties, Steinhoff Properties

Tesco plc

7R

Basecamp

Concept Development

Frontex

Savills Investment Management

Panattoni

Mayland

Marvipol

Cromwell Property Group

6b47

Peek & Cloppenburg

Investar

Coimpex

Polski Związek Żeglarski

Employment Tier 3

At Wolf Theiss, the employment team is led by Peter Daszkowski. Distinguished by its comprehensive coverage of CEE/SEE, the team is well equipped to handled substantive cross-border matters covering a wide range of legal matters. Areas of expertise include the termination of employment contracts, compliance with labour law, workforce restructuring, litigation and settlement negotiations. A recent highlight was its advice to GKN Automotive on the implementation of an incentive scheme as well as the termination of existing contracts. Agnieszka Nowak-Błaszczak and associate Paulina Przewoźnik are key names to note.

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High quality advice and great as well as swift support.

Key clients

HegeServ

Neuraxpharm

Larsen & Toubro Infotech

GKN Automotive

Restructuring and insolvency Tier 3

Wolf Theiss' financial restructuring and insolvency practice is experienced in distressed asset and non-performing loan transactions. Lawyers also often serve on creditors' committees of insolvent companies and represent creditors in insolvency proceedings. The group is led by Lech Giliciński; an expert in restructuring and distressed asset transactions. Counsel Joanna Gąsowski is another core member of the team focusing on bankruptcy and restructuring law.

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Tauron Polska Energia

Kruk SA

Bank Gospodarstwa Krajowego – BGK (Polish State Development Bank)

Busoco BV

A London-based distressed fund

SIAC Construction Ltd

Metinvest BV

Tax Tier 3

Providing 'a constructive and direct' service, Wolf Theiss is regularly instructed on standalone tax issues by Polish and multinational corporates with operations in Poland, providing a CEE-wide perspective due to the firm's presence across the region. The department is led by Karolina Stawowska, whose specialisms include tax structuring, reorganisations and tax-efficient structures for real estate acquisitions. Licensed tax adviser Izabela Wiewiorka is known for tax compliance, transfer pricing and international taxation.

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Wolf Theiss is a practice were partners are closely connected to clients. They have excellent understanding of current tax issues and are able to advice in advance suitable solutions. They provide services in a very constructive and direct way with very good value for money. Communication and access to service is quick and there is no problem to get ad hoc service when urgency requires. I would definitely recommend Wolf Theiss as a practice for any CFO who has to deal with difficult and non-standard issues.

The collaboration with Wolf Theiss is very good. Partners are open to different solutions and can adjust the standard service to suit specific requirements. In comparison to other firms I would praise a very good technical and professional knowledge of the partners and associates. Every time they are well prepared and the service is given is at exceptional standard.

Karolina Stawowska and Izabela Wiewiorka both are exceptional professionals and subject matter experts. Karolina and Izabela had a very good understanding of our media and marketing industry issues. They were in direct working relationship with our legal, finance local team as well as with group tax directors. Their expertise helped us overcome difficult issues connected to new tax regulations. In terms of availability and communication they were at a very high standard. Karolina and Izabela are key professional advisors to me as CFO.

Key clients

Neuraxpharm

ALSO Holding AG

Roseville Investments sp. z o.o.

7R S.A.

Steinhoff International Holdings NV

CEETRUS Polska

Dentsu Aegis Network

White-collar crime Tier 3

The white-collar criminal defence practice at Wolf Theiss was established following the arrival of Arkadiusz Matusiak from Bird & Bird Szepietowski i wspólnicy sp. k. in January 2020. Matusiak has vast experience representing corporates in criminal proceedings, including investigations. Areas of particular expertise are anti-corruption, unfair practices, bribery cases and tax crime. Associate Damian Majda is another member of the team specialising in criminal litigation.

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Banking and finance Tier 4

Wolf Theiss' lawyers are particularly focused on real estate and export finance transactions, as well as acquisition finance and financial restructuring. The firm draws on its office network across central and eastern Europe to provide a wide range of cross-border services. The group has significant experience of advising foreign and domestic property companies on the financing of their portfolios. The team, which is led by real estate finance expert Przemek Kozdój, includes restructuring specialist Lech Giliciński.

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Przemek Kozdój

Other key lawyers:

Lech Giliciński; Stefan Feliniak; Michał Kulig

Testimonials

‘Wolf Theiss’ team is very dedicated to their work. They are very business-minded and focused on commercial issues of a transaction. They also understand how banks operate and are helpful in satisfaction of internal requirements of the bank. They are famous for their expertise and experience in real estate finance and export finance and should be watched at their attempts to gain similar recognition in project finance, especially in renewables. ’

‘We have been working mostly with Stefan Feliniak, who has great analytical skills and is able to manage large multijurisdictional transactions himself.’

Key clients

Powszechna Kasa Oszczędności Bank Polski S.A.

Berlin Hyp AG

BaseCamp Student Operations sp. z o.o.

Savills Investment Management KVG GmbH

Panattoni

mBank S.A.

ING Bank Śląski S.A.

Bank Polska Kasa Opieki S.A.,

Bank Gospodarstwa Krajowego

Erste Group Bank

Santander Bank Polska S.A.

Banco Santander, S.A. Filiale Frankfurt

Tesco PLC

KUKE S.A.

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 4

Wolf Theiss' corporate and M&A offering is enhanced by the firm's additional capabilities in areas such as intellectual property and IT, which make it well-placed to handle transactions and commercial matters in the TMT sector. The group is led by Jacek Michalski, and includes Peter Daszkowski, who is an experienced commercial and transactional lawyer with a strong track record in privatisations and restructurings. Counsel Dariusz Harbaty specialises in public M&A.

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Jacek Michalski

Other key lawyers:

Peter Daszkowski; Dariusz Harbaty; Maciej Olszewski

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Very easy to deal with, open & understanding of international cultural differences.’

Speedy response to questions, open to different means of communication, no unnecessary over-complications.’

Key clients

ALSO Holding AG

Hisense Group Co.

Rekeep S.p.a.

Olympus Partners (through KIRKLAND & ELLIS LLP)

ALSO Polska sp. z o.o.

HedgeServ

Kolektor Etra d.d.

Polski Fundusz Rozwoju (Polish Development Fund)

Nicols International

LPP S.A.

Intellectual property Tier 4

At Wolf Theiss, the IP team is led by Marcin Rudnik. The group advises on settlement negotiations, competition law and domain name recovery. Notably, clients can also benefit from its expertise in protection strategies, an area in which it can both evaluate and structure M&A deals incorporating technology and IP assets. The firm's client portfolio includes key players from the life sciences (pharmaceuticals and biotech), technology, consumer goods and online gaming sectors.

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‘Very good team, competent giving the client comprehensive information about the case. You can tell there is a good organisational culture and team spirit from the way the WolfTheiss team works and cooperates with the client.

Competent, offering the client more than is usually expected, task-oriented.

Key clients

Foundation “Czerwone Noski” Klown w Szpitalu

ALSO Holding AG

Dispute resolution Tier 5

At Wolf Theiss, lawyers are well versed in litigation and arbitration proceedings, acting for clients in the energy, financial services and healthcare sectors, in addition to handling a steady stream of construction disputes. The practice is led by co-managing partner Peter Daszkowski, who alongside his litigation work is often appointed as an arbitrator. Counsel Joanna Gąsowski is known for contentious real estate matters. In January 2020, the team was joined at counsel level by Arkadiusz Matusiak, who adds expertise in criminal commercial law.

Practice head(s):

Peter Daszkowski

Other key lawyers:

Joanna Gąsowski; Arkadiusz Matusiak; Marcin Rudnik; Damian Majda

Key clients

SIAC Construction Ltd

The firm: Wolf Theiss opened its first office in Vienna in 1957 and soon established a reputation as one of the region’s leading law firms. The firm has since grown into a multinational team of approximately 340 lawyers, making it one of the largest integrated law firms in the region. It has offices* in Albania, Austria, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovak Republic, Slovenia and Ukraine.

This presence on the ground is one of the firm’s key strengths. It works in a fast-moving part of the world that requires deep local knowledge and experience. By combining expertise with a strong international network, the firm is well-placed to handle complex cross-border transactions with a high degree of speed and flexibility.

Apart from its local offices in 13 CEE/SEE countries, Wolf Theiss also offers extensive regional experience in other countries in the region, such as Kosovo, Montenegro and North Macedonia.

*As a technical aside, the firm has regulatory frameworks within which it needs to comply. So by ‘presence’, it is meant a legal form that is in compliance with all applicable laws and regulations in that country.

Areas of practice: Wolf Theiss’ full range of services covers financial services, competition and antitrust, corporate/mergers and acquisitions, employment law, energy and infrastructure, intellectual property and information technology, litigation and alternative dispute resolution, real estate and construction, regulatory and procurement, and tax. The firm’s dedicated practice teams provide in-depth specialist knowledge in their respective areas and collaborate closely to provide clients with seamless advice.

Poland: Poland has developed rapidly over the last 25 years and is today one of the largest economies in the EU and a hub for the CEE/SEE region. A well-educated, skilled and hardworking population drives a buoyant, internationally savvy and competitive private sector. With more than 30 lawyers and tax advisors, Wolf Theiss Warsaw has been providing best-in-class service since the early 90s. International and Polish companies and investors trust them for their deep knowledge of the local market, including the public sector. They conclude large-scale complex, cross-border investments in the CEE/SEE region with the efficiency and precision their clients need for success. The team at Wolf Theiss Warsaw provides fully integrated coverage of Polish commercial law, including corporate law, mergers and acquisitions, private equity, banking, finance and insurance, real estate, competition law, privatisation, public procurement, concessions, tax and litigation/arbitration.

Department Name Email Telephone
Financial services Przemysław Kozdój przemek.kozdoj@wolftheiss.com +48 22 3788 947
Competition/antitrust Marcin Rudnik marcin.rudnik@wolftheiss.com +48 22 3788 948
Corporate/M&A Jacek Michalski jacek.michalski@wolftheiss.com +48 22 3788 958
Dispute resolution Marcin Rudnik marcin.rudnik@wolftheiss.com +48 22 3788 948
Dispute resolution Joanna Gąsowski joanna.gasowski@wolftheiss.com +48 22 3788 938
Employment Agnieszka Nowak-Błaszczak agnieszka.nowak-blaszczak@wolftheiss.com +48 22 3788 943
Restructuring/insolvency Peter Daszkowski peter.daszkowski@wolftheiss.com +48 22 3788 918
Energy and infrastructure Konrad Kosicki konrad.kosicki@wolftheiss.com +48 22 3788 966
Intellectual property Marcin Rudnik marcin.rudnik@wolftheiss.com +48 22 3788 948
Real estate Tomasz Stasiak tomasz.stasiak@wolftheiss.com +48 22 3788 961
Regulatory and procurement Peter Daszkowski peter.daszkowski@wolftheiss.com +48 22 3788 918
Tax Karolina Stawowska karolina.stawowska@wolftheiss.com +48 22 3788 933
Life sciences Peter Daszkowski peter.daszkowski@wolftheiss.com +48 22 3788 918
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Marcin Żak  photo Mr Marcin Żak Senior Associate.
Mr Peter Daszkowski  photo Mr Peter Daszkowski Partner, Wolf Theiss, since 2013, specialising in Restructuring, Arbitration, Commercial Law, Insolvency…
 Joanna Gąsowski  photo Joanna Gąsowski Counsel.
Dr Lech Gilicinski  photo Dr Lech Gilicinski Partner, coordinator of the firm-wide Restructuring & Insolvency practice.
Mr Dariusz Harbaty  photo Mr Dariusz Harbaty Counsel, since 2017, Senior Associate, 2015 – 2017.
 Iwona Huryn  photo Iwona Huryn Senior Associate.
Ms Aleksandra Jach  photo Ms Aleksandra Jach Counsel.
Mr Bartosz Kopik  photo Mr Bartosz Kopik Senior Associate.
 Konrad Kosicki  photo Konrad Kosicki Counsel, heads the local Projects and Energy practice in Warsaw.
 Przemek Kozdój  photo Przemek Kozdój Partner and head of the Banking & Finance team in Warsaw.
 Michał Kulig  photo Michał Kulig Senior Associate.
Mr Arkadiusz Matusiak  photo Mr Arkadiusz Matusiak Counsel
 Jacek Michalski  photo Jacek Michalski Partner and head of the Corporate/M&A team in Warsaw.
Ms Agnieszka Nowak-Błaszczak  photo Ms Agnieszka Nowak-Błaszczak Senior Associate, Wolf Theiss, since 2013, specialising in Employment Agreements, Executive Compensation…
 Maciej Olszewski  photo Maciej Olszewski Counsel.
Mr Jakub Pietrasik  photo Mr Jakub Pietrasik Senior Associate.
Mr Marcin Rudnik  photo Mr Marcin Rudnik Counsel, Wolf Theiss, specialising in Construction Law, Mortgages, Arbitration, FIDIC Contracts.
Mr Grzegorz Skowroński  photo Mr Grzegorz Skowroński Partner, since 2019, Counsel, 2017 – 2019, Senior Associate, 2015 – 2017.
 Tomasz Stasiak  photo Tomasz Stasiak Co-Managing Partner of the Wolf Theiss Warsaw office and head of the…
 Karolina Stawowska  photo Karolina Stawowska Partner, heading the Tax team of Wolf Theiss in Poland. Karolina is…
 Joanna Wajdzik  photo Joanna Wajdzik Senior Associate.
 Izabela Wiewiórka  photo Izabela Wiewiórka Consultant, specialising in advising clients on Polish and international tax aspects of…
 Michal Zajaczkowski  photo Michal Zajaczkowski Senior Associate.
Number of lawyers : 340
at this office : 40+
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Contacts : Peter Daszkowski (local managing partner)
Contacts : Tomasz Stasiak (local managing partner)
Other offices : Belgrade
Other offices : Bratislava
Other offices : Bucharest
Other offices : Budapest
Other offices : Kyiv
Other offices : Ljubljana
Other offices : Prague
Other offices : Sarajevo
Other offices : Sofia
Other offices : Tirana
Other offices : Vienna
Other offices : Zagreb

At Wolf Theiss, we strongly believe that in a global marketplace, a company that employs a diverse workforce (both men and women of several generations and from ethnically and racially diverse backgrounds) is better able to understand the marketplace it serves, offers better and more unique perspectives and thus, is better equipped to thrive in that marketplace than a company that has a more limited range of employee demographics.

For us, uniting people in a region where, in some cases, it has previously experienced first-hand war-time prejudice and overcoming cultural divisiveness is part of our philosophy. By respecting each other, we have created a unique workplace camaraderie that spills over into our daily lives. Wolf Theiss considers itself to be politically liberal, not biased in any direction and imposing no restrictions on its workforce in terms of political view, religion, way of life, race, language and sexual orientation.

Our leadership team is comprised of 22% female partners and 60% of our senior associates are women. We strive to stand at the forefront in the region, when it comes to gender diversity. We were one of the first law firms in the region to implement a maternity policy.

Wolf Theiss is proud to have been recognised as “Best in Austria” at the European Women in Business Law Awards 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013 & 2012, “Best in Croatia” at the European Women in Business Law Awards 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014 & 2013 and “Best in Romania” at the European Women in Business Law Awards 2016, 2015 & 2014.

CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

At Wolf Theiss we believe that success is a two-way street. Our financial success depends in large part on our doing quality work for our clients, so they come back to us and recommend us to others. But our success also depends on the support of the local communities where we live and work. They provide us with a great deal of input and impulses, including the talented lawyers and assistants who make it possible for us to do what we do. We all think it is essential that we give something back to the community.

One way to show our commitment to the community is by providing legal advice on a pro bono basis to clients who need legal help, but are unable to pay for our services. Our pro bono work is directed at clients whom we consider to be very deserving or who face legal issues that we believe are especially important to our communities or to society as a whole. We are proud that Euromoney Legal Media Group honoured us with the ‘2014 Best National Firm for Pro Bono Work’.