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Wolf Theiss
ul. Marszalkowska 107
00-110 Warsaw
Poland

Poland > Real estate Tier 2

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.

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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.

Poland > Banking and finance Tier 3

Wolf Theiss‘ banking and finance team, which is led by Przemek Kozdój , excels in project finance and acquisition finance transactions, often working alongside the firm’s real estate and construction lawyers. The group also has significant expertise in financial restructurings and insolvency matters, which are areas of focus for Lech Gilicinski and counsel Joanna Gąsowski. Senior associate Michał Kulig is a name to note for real estate finance transactions, where he advises borrowers, lenders and investors.

Practice head(s):

Przemek Kozdój

Other key lawyers:

Lech Giliciński; Michał Kulig; Joanna Gąsowski

Testimonials

‘Flexibility, problem-solving orientation.’

‘Przemek Kozdój has experience, high flexibility and a problem-solving attitude.’

Key clients

European Investment Bank (EIB)

Halifax Capital Partners

Bank Gospodarstwa Krajowego (BGK, State Development Bank)

Panattoni

Bank Pekao S.A.

Banco Santander, Santander Bank Polska S.A.

Berlin Hyp AG

Vitol S.A.

Erste Group Bank AG

Beacon Rail Finance SARL

CBRE Global Investors

Sfinks SA

Base Camp

Work highlights

  • Advised European Investment Bank on the provision of financing for Scope Fluidics, including drafting and negotiating the finance contract, guarantee agreements and Polish law-governed security documents.
  • Advised Halifax Capital Partners as purchasers of a Polish leader of packaging products Sonoco Poland – Packaging Services.
  • Advised Bank Gospodarstwa Krajowego in connection with the restructuring of the borrower’s group.

Poland > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 3

Wolf Theiss offers corporate advisory and transactional services to an impressive range of clients with operations in Poland, with stand-out expertise in the energy sector. The Warsaw office acts as a hub across the CEE region, able to assist Polish clients with cross-border deals. Co-managing partner Peter Daszkowski is an adept commercial and transactional lawyer with a practice that touches on employment law issues. He jointly leads the team with M&A veteran Jacek Michalski, who also has expertise in corporate governance and regulatory issues in the financial sector. Counsels Maciej Olszewski  and Dariusz Harbaty are also known for their M&A experience.

Practice head(s):

Jacek Michalski; Peter Daszkowski

Other key lawyers:

Maciej Olszewski; Dariusz Harbaty

Key clients

VIENNA INSURANCE GROUP AG Wiener Versicherung Gruppe (VIG)

Burda Media Polska

Halifax Capital Partners

NVIDIA Corporation

Kartesia Management

Nissens Group

European Investment Bank (EBI)

Vitol S.A.

Trudell Medical Limited (Canada)

Elanco Poland

3i Group plc

ALSO Holding AG

Europi Property Group AB

Work highlights

  • Advised Wiener Versicherung Gruppe on its acquisition of Aegon’s insurance business in Hungary, Poland, Romania and Turkey being responsible for all legal and regulatory aspects of acquisition of insurance business.
  • Advised NPPI Buyer LLC with respect to drafting and negotiating the share transfer agreement of the Polish target (Sonoco Poland – Packaging Services) to Pozzano and on the increase of the share capital in Pozzano and Murlo.
  • Advising NVIDIA Corporation on the FDI (foreign direct investment) screening requirements in Poland in connection with NVIDIA’s acquisition of a British chip designer Arm Holdings from the Japanese investment firm Softbank.

Poland > Employment Tier 3

The employment team at Wolf Theiss advises clients predominantly on the labour-related elements of M&A matters, including the due diligence processes. The team is also recognised for its coverage of the CEE/SEE region and thus its ability to handle cross-border mandates, as well as advising on terminations, restructurings and litigation. Peter Daszkowski heads the practice.

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Testimonials

‘The team are consistent and for our organisation consistency of our legal providers is a must. They are always responsive when needed and always cost conscious given our financial landscape. All requests are dealt with the upmost professionalism regardless of the timelines proposed on anticipated feedback. I cannot fault them at all and will be utilising the firm for the years to come.’

‘efficient and pragmatic legal advice high quality’

‘Team has been quite responsive, despite different time zones. Provides practical advice for managing the nuances of Polish employment law.’

‘They have a good client base of US and UK companies and are used to advising on the issues important to such companies. They apply the law well to client’s situation and give clear practical advice.’

‘I’ve worked most closely with Agnieszka Nowak-Blaszczak. She has been excellent to work with, showing a mastery of Polish employment matters and helping us navigate some complex corporate governance issues. She is responsive and timely, which I particularly value.’

‘Agnieszka Nowak-Blaszczak has provided excellent service. Clear advice delivered in a timely manner. She has a real wealth of knowledge of the issues facing international companies operating in Poland.’

Key clients

Larsen & Toubro Infotech

Bright Machines

GKN Automotive

HedgeServ

Heidrick & Struggles

DB Cargo Eurasia GmbH

Neuraxpharm

Work highlights

  • Advised Larsen & Toubro Infotech on contentious and non-contentious employment matters relating to day-to-day business issues.
  • Advised GKN Automotive on termination of the employment of a key employee.
  • Advised HedgeServ on a wide range of employment issues.

Poland > Restructuring and insolvency Tier 3

The restructuring and insolvency practice at Wolf Theiss is particularly skilled in handling distressed investments and cross-border restructurings and insolvencies, in addition to domestic mandates, acting on both the creditor and debtor side. Restructuring and insolvency expert Lech Gilicinski  leads the group. Another key member of the group is counsel Joanna Gąsowski, who focuses on bankruptcy and restructuring litigation.

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Testimonials

‘The team is responsive and provides practical and to-the-point advice.’

‘Lech Gilcinski and Joanna Gasowski are really responsive and understand the need to explain the local process to foreign clients.’

‘Lech Gilicinski is extremely responsive and very knowledgeable on many areas of law.’

Key clients

Bank Gospodarstwa Krajowego

Sfinks S.A.

Metinvest BV

Busoco BV

Balbec Capital

SIAC Construction Ltd

Zetland Capital

IWG Management sp z o.o.

Bank of America Deutsche Bank AG London

Work highlights

  • Represented Siac Construction in connection with post-restructuring litigations in connection with disputes over the construction of the A4 highway as well as in settlement negotiations with the General Directorate of Roads and Highways.
  • Advised Sfinks S.A. as a debtor in connection with the choice of restructuring routes and assisted in connection with the opening and conduct of simplified restructuring proceedings, including litigation against certain creditors
  • Advised Metinvest BV on the potential distressed acquisition of Huta Częstochowa S.A. in liquidating insolvency, including on various due diligence and structuring matters.

Poland > Tax Tier 3

Wolf Theiss's tax department is integrated into the firm’s wider offering, and the team is regularly brought in for projects alongside corporate, real estate, commercial and employment colleagues. Karolina Stawowska heads the department and has a strong reputation for real estate tax and corporate tax. Izabela Wiewiórka is a consultant, with expertise in tax compliance and reporting systems.

Practice head(s):

Karolina Stawowska

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Testimonials

‘Wolf Theiss is a multi practice law firm with a strong tax department. Its strengh comes from the good atmosphere between the different departments.’

‘Karolina Stawowska is a very strong partner with a very practical approach to the issues, and who finds quick solutions.’

‘During the transaction the WT team was always highly professional and closely coordinated.’

‘Izabela Wiewiórka stood out with a high level of know-how regarding the relevant legal aspects and a proactive evaluation of potential deal breakers in an early stage of the transaction.’

Key clients

Burda Media Polska

Concept Development BSD 2

Steinhoff International Holdings NV

Vitol S.A.

Halifax Capital Partners

Trudell Medical Limited (Canada)

Elanco Poland

Work highlights

  • Advised Burda Media Polska on tax advisory aspects of the acquisition of 100% of the shares in Edipresse Polska from Edipresse Group.
  • Advised Concept Development BSD 2 on the sale of an office building to CPI (asset deal), with a value of approx. €30m, including all tax aspects.
  • Advised Standard Properties on a portfolio sale, consisting of 17 warehouses and logistics projects, to a joint venture between Centerbridge and M7, including on all tax aspects.

Poland > Intellectual property Tier 4

Wolf Theiss advises clients on patent, trademark and copyright litigation and protection strategies, as well as assisting with unfair competition law, internet domain name recovery, personal data security and structuring licensing agreements. M&A as it relates to IP assets is also within the team’s capabilities. Its client roster includes companies in the life sciences, technology, gaming and consumer goods sectors. The team is jointly led by Marcin Rudnik and Jakub Pietrasik.

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Testimonials

‘The team is very knowledgeable and able to provide rapid response advice on cyber matters.’

‘Rapid replies to our requests and genuine care about customers.’

Key clients

NOMAGIC Sp. z o.o.

Foundation “Czerwone Noski” Klown w Szpitalu

Vienna Insurance Group AG

PLUMERAI Sp. z o.o.

Trudell Medical Limited

MarketFinance

Halifax Capital Partners

Work highlights

  • Advising NOMAGIC on IP, IT and TMT matters.
  • Representing “Czerwone Noski” Clown doctors in a trademark infringement case which is currently in the negotiation phase.
  • Advised Vienna Insurance Group AG on its acquisition of Aegon’s insurance business in Hungary, Poland, Romania and Turkey, being responsible for all legal and regulatory aspects of the acquisition of the insurance business.

Poland > Dispute resolution Tier 5

At Wolf Theiss, lawyers focus on domestic and international commercial and investment arbitration, as well as handling the spectrum of commercial litigation cases. Co-managing partner Peter Daszkowski  heads the team and is regularly appointed as an arbitrator. Promoted to counsel in May 2020, Marcin Rudnik  focuses on competition and product liability matters. Joanna Gąsowski  takes the lead in restructuring- and insolvency-related litigation while Arkadiusz Matusiak  is the firm's white-collar criminal defence specialist.

Practice head(s):

Peter Daszkowski

Other key lawyers:

Arkadiusz Matusiak; Joanna Gąsowski; Marcin Rudnik

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.

*The firm has regulatory frameworks within which it needs to comply. So by ‘presence’, we mean 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 now 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 40 lawyers and tax advisors, Wolf Theiss Warsaw has been providing best-in-class services since the early 1990s. International and Polish companies and investors trust them for their in-depth understanding of the local market, including the public sector. They conclude complex, large-scale cross-border investments in the CEE/SEE region with the efficiency and precision that their clients need to succeed. 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, project finance, real estate, competition law, privatisation, public procurement, concessions, tax and litigation/arbitration, including white-collar crime.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Financial services Przemysław Kozdójprzemek.kozdoj@wolftheiss.com+48 22 3788 947
Competition/antitrust Marcin Rudnikmarcin.rudnik@wolftheiss.com+48 22 3788 948
Corporate/M&A Jacek Michalskijacek.michalski@wolftheiss.com+48 22 3788 958
Dispute resolution Marcin Rudnikmarcin.rudnik@wolftheiss.com+48 22 3788 948
Dispute resolution Joanna Gąsowskijoanna.gasowski@wolftheiss.com+48 22 3788 938
Employment Agnieszka Nowak-Błaszczakagnieszka.nowak-blaszczak@wolftheiss.com+48 22 3788 943
Restructuring/insolvency Peter Daszkowskipeter.daszkowski@wolftheiss.com+48 22 3788 918
Energy and infrastructure Konrad Kosickikonrad.kosicki@wolftheiss.com+48 22 3788 966
Intellectual property Jakub Pietrasikjakub.pietrasik@wolftheiss.com+48 22 3788 969
Real estate Tomasz Stasiaktomasz.stasiak@wolftheiss.com+48 22 3788 961
Regulatory and procurement Peter Daszkowskipeter.daszkowski@wolftheiss.com+48 22 3788 918
Tax Karolina Stawowskakarolina.stawowska@wolftheiss.com+48 22 3788 933
Life sciences Peter Daszkowskipeter.daszkowski@wolftheiss.com+48 22 3788 918
PhotoNamePositionProfile
Dr Peter Daszkowski photo Dr Peter DaszkowskiPartner, Wolf Theiss, since 2013, specialising in Restructuring, Arbitration, Commercial Law, Insolvency…
Ms Dorota Derlicka photo Ms Dorota DerlickaSenior Associate. Dorota advises leading public and private companies on renewable energy and…
Dr Lech Gilicinski photo Dr Lech GilicinskiPartner, coordinator of the firm-wide Restructuring & Insolvency practice.
Ms Joanna Gąsowski photo Ms Joanna GąsowskiCounsel.
Mr Dariusz Harbaty photo Mr Dariusz HarbatyCounsel, since 2017, Senior Associate, 2015 – 2017.
Ms Iwona Huryn photo Ms Iwona HurynSenior Associate.
Ms Aleksandra Jach photo Ms Aleksandra JachCounsel.
Mr Bartosz Kopik photo Mr Bartosz KopikSenior Associate.
Mr Konrad Kosicki photo Mr Konrad KosickiCounsel, heads the local Projects and Energy practice in Warsaw.
Mr Przemek Kozdój photo Mr Przemek KozdójPartner and head of the Banking & Finance team in Warsaw.
Mr Michał Kulig photo Mr Michał KuligSenior Associate.
Mr Damian Majda photo Mr Damian MajdaAssociate.
Mr Arkadiusz Matusiak photo Mr Arkadiusz MatusiakCounsel
Mr Jacek Michalski photo Mr Jacek MichalskiPartner and head of the Corporate/M&A team in Warsaw.
Ms Agnieszka Nowak-Błaszczak photo Ms Agnieszka Nowak-BłaszczakSenior Associate, Wolf Theiss, since 2013, specialising in Employment Agreements, Executive Compensation…
Mr Maciej Olszewski photo Mr Maciej OlszewskiCounsel.
Mr Michał Pawlak photo Mr Michał PawlakSenior Associate. Michał has 20 years’ professional experience working in Polish and…
Mr Jakub Pietrasik photo Mr Jakub PietrasikSenior Associate.
Mr Marcin Rudnik photo Mr Marcin RudnikCounsel, Wolf Theiss, specialising in Construction Law, Mortgages, Arbitration, FIDIC Contracts.
Mr Grzegorz Skowroński photo Mr Grzegorz SkowrońskiPartner, since 2019, Counsel, 2017 – 2019, Senior Associate, 2015 – 2017.
Mr Tomasz Stasiak photo Mr Tomasz StasiakCo-Managing Partner of the Wolf Theiss Warsaw office and head of the…
Ms Karolina Stawowska photo Ms Karolina StawowskaPartner, heading the Tax team of Wolf Theiss in Poland. Karolina is…
Ms Joanna Wajdzik photo Ms Joanna WajdzikSenior Associate.
Ms Izabela Wiewiórka photo Ms Izabela WiewiórkaConsultant, specialising in advising clients on Polish and international tax aspects of…
Mr Michal Zajaczkowski photo Mr Michal ZajaczkowskiSenior Associate.
Mr Marcin Żak photo Mr Marcin ŻakSenior 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 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, one of them within our management board, and 53% of our senior lawyers 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. Innovation initiatives at our firm are driven by female talent. We also encourage our lawyers to spend part of their daily work on firm-wide non-billable initiatives.

Wolf Theiss is proud to have been awarded Best National Firm – Work-Life Balance, 2021, Best gender diversity initiative by a national firm, 2020 and Best national firm mentorship programme, 2020 and to have been recognised as “Best in Austria” at the European Women in Business Law Awards 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013 & 2012, “Best in Croatia” at the European Women in Business Law Awards 2019, 2018, 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.