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PwC Legal Zelaznicki sp.k.
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Poland > Investment funds Tier 3

PwC Legal Zelaznicki sp.k.‘s investment funds practice sits within the firm’s corporate reorganisations and M&A department, regularly advising on corporate and regulatory issues. The team brings together funds experts with specialists in compliance, tax, accounting and business consultancy. Skanska TFI is a key client, which the firm helped to establish and continues to advise on real estate projects in Poland. Wojciech Trzciński takes the lead, with experience in fund formation and transactions. Counsel Filip Brach, who manages the Kraków office, is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Jacek Pawłowski; Filip Brach


Conscientious and reliable law firm. It runs and finishes projects with commitment and professionalism. You can trust them. They have a good business sense.

We usually work with legal and tax teams of PWC. From my perspective, the most important aspect of the legal team is their reliability, ability to grasp and solve complex issues and the sense of security you get as a client.’

Jacek Pawłowski and Filip Brach are excellent lawyers with sensitivity, experience and recognition of the business environment. With high personal culture.

Trustworthy, timely delivery, good progress tracking, clear communication, pragmatic approach, well-coordinated with other teams – tax, valuation or within legal.’

Key clients

Skanska Commercial Development Europe sp. z o.o.

Skanska TFI S.A.

Work highlights

  • Providing legal and regulatory support with regard to daily operational activities of Skanska TFI as an investment fund manager as well as to Skanska FIZ AN closed end investment fund, which is managed by Skanska TFI.

Poland > Banking and finance Tier 4

PwC Legal Zelaznicki sp.k. has a notable reputation for financial services regulatatory matters, under the leadership of Aleksandra Bańkowska. The team has expertise in the spectrum of Polish and EU financial regulatory law and advises a multitude of Polish banks and international financial institutions with operations in Poland. The team advises the Polish Banking Association on issues pertaining to outsourcing and ESG. Counsel Łukasz Łyczko is a go-to lawyer for payment services and licensing procedures, while senior associate Magda Kazana-Jaroniec is an expert in anti-money laundering compliance.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Łukasz Łyczko; Magda Kazana-Jaroniec; Tomasz Fus; Konrad Frąckowiak


At the moment, I think that their key strength is an excellent knowledge of the legal regulations that proved to be crucial for banks in recent years, such as AML, outsourcing, ESG or BMR. Its just a pure pleasure to work with PwC Legal team.

I would definitely like to highlight the work of Aleksandra Bańkowska. I highly appreciate our cooperation for the individual approach to the problems faced by banks and the flexibility in the proposed solutions to these problems.’

They have got unique knowledge regarding the EBA guidelines about outsourcing.’

What makes the PwC Legal banking & finance practice unique is an excellent ability of its lawyers to identify legal trends and interpret new regulations. Banks greatly appreciate their work on innovative regulatory issues (e.g. standpoint of Polish regulator on social media use). They set trends in the field of new legal acts and guidelines of Polish and European supervisory authorities in both Polish and EU markets. I would definitely recommend working with them.’

I would definitely recommend Aleksandra Bańkowska and Łukasz Łyczko. Working with them is a great pleasure (both at personal and merit level). Recently Konrad Frąckowiak was noticeable in our work. This team of lawyers just keeps surprising the Polish banks with very good interpretations of new regulations.’

Key clients

Bank Millennium S.A.

mBank Hipoteczny S.A.

Bank BPH S.A.

LeasePlan Fleet Management sp. z o.o.

Alior Bank S.A.

Polish Bank Association (“Związek Banków Polskich”)

Work highlights

  • Provided regulatory advice to 4 leading banks in innovative projects focusing on the implementation of the cloud computing model and its alignment to the conducted banking activity.
  • Advised the Polish Banking Association on outsourcing and cloud computing issues, as well as ESG.

Poland > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 4

PwC Legal Zelaznicki sp.k. is able to draw on its consultancy wings and global office network to provide a full service in relation to commercial contracts and corporate transactions, particularly in relation to tax advisory work. Managing partner Cezary Żelaźnicki jointly leads the department with Beata Kiedrowicz, who has broad experience across M&A, privatisations and reorganisations. Wojciech Trzciński is another name to note.


PwC Legal provided legal services at the highest standards. The level of legal expertise and experience of PwC Legal’s lawyers fully met our expectations and needs. Furthermore, PwC Legal’s lawyers proved to have excellent management, communication and leadership skills and displayed a practical approach to solving problem.’

All of them showed a top class professionalism as well as excellent management, communication and leadership skills and displayed a practical approach to solving each problem. They were always at our company’s disposal to solve and/or assist to any matter that may have risen throughout our cooperation.’

Trustworthy, high quality of legal advice, timely delivery, good progress tracking, clear communication, pragmatic approach, well-coordinated with other teams – tax, valuation or within legal.’

Key clients

General Electric Group (GE Group)

Indorama Ventures PLC

Metalogalva – Irmaos Silvas, S.A.

Tönnies International Holding GmbH

Grupa Żywiec S.A.

Work highlights

  • Advised Tönnies International Holding GmbH in connection with the sale of shares in Pago sp. z o.o. to Lineage Logistics.
  • Advised Indorama Ventures PLC on acquisition of shares in Industrie Maurizio Peruzzo Polowat sp. z o.o.
  • Advised Metalogalva – Irmaos Silvas, S.A. on distressed assets acquisition of an enterprise of EUROPOLES sp. z o.o.

Poland > Data privacy and data protection Tier 4

Poland > Dispute resolution Tier 5

PwC Legal Zelaznicki sp.k.'s commercial and regulatory litigation department has developed a reputation for managing large packages of disputes, in addition to court, administrative, bankruptcy and restructuring proceedings. The team is able to draw on the significant expertise the wider firm's consultancy services, including in relation to tax and business investigations. Stanisław Żemojtel chairs the group, with expertise in bankruptcy and restructuring matters. Senior associate Sebastian Wieczorek is another name to note.

Practice head(s):

Stanisław Żemojtel

Other key lawyers:

Maria Strojna; Sebastian Wieczorek


PwC’s litigation practice provides comprehensive legal services at the highest level. Their people combine legal expertise with exceptional understanding of business. I admire the quality of their work and focus on finding unconventional but efficient solutions.’

The team is very responsive and provides tailor-made advice.’

‘Its lawyers have great communication skills enabling them to clearly explain the developments in the cases and the next planned steps as well as possible outcomes.’

‘They take into account the client’s suggestions and preferences. They address their requests in advance, which makes cooperation with them so fruitful, and the prepared briefs well-structured and thoughtful. Highly recommend.’

Each team member is very professional and helpful.’

‘Stanisław Żemojtel, head of the litigation department, thinks outside the box and has extensive knowledge in various areas of law, which means he can be trusted with even the most difficult cases.’

The firm is well organized, acts very quickly, treats the client individually, the answers are substantive, the firm is very diligent.’

Key clients

ORLEN Projekt S.A.

Orange Polska S.A.

Impel Facility Services Sp. z o.o. and Federacja Przedsiębiorców Polskich

Trakcja S.A.

Górnośląsko-Zagłębiowska Metropolia

Polski Koncern Naftowy ORLEN S.A.

Dori Development Sp. z o.o.

Firma Handlowo – Usługowa INSTBUD Stanisław Boguta Sp.j.

TK REM Remigiusz Remboch

Work highlights

  • Representing ORLEN Projekt S.A. in five civil court proceedings regarding a construction agreement for the petrochemical installation with a total value of the dispute of approx. PLN 216.5 million (approx. EUR 48 million).
  • Representing Orange Polska S.A. in two disputes concerning liquidated damages due to alleged improper provision of telecoms services.
  • Representing Impel Facility Services in a dispute concerning remuneration increase due to extraordinary changes of the circumstances.

PwC Legal Poland offers comprehensive support in ares of law relevant to the business.

Mergers and acquisitions, contracts, employer-employee relationships, functioning on a competitive market – all these aspects of business activities call for expertise in legal matters. Our lawyers are experts who combine their knowledge of law with their experience of its application in business.

Cooperation with PwC consultants from other service lines (tax advisory, business advisory, cybersecurity, audit) enables us to offer comprehensive services to businesses, including legal matters

We combine our knowledge of law with a broad business awareness which takes into account the specific characteristics of our clients’ industries. And all under the name of PwC – a recognized firm which provides comprehensive professional services.

PwC legal practices
Corporate law: Corporate advisory comprises full legal support related to business activities in Poland. Pursuing a long-term business strategy, taking into account current legal aspects, is the basis for the effective operation of modern enterprises

The market environment and legal regime undergo dynamic changes. At each stage of business operations, the support of a legal advisor who has the appropriate knowledge, experience and business approach to clients and their needs, is very important.

Labour law: The labour law is a part of business operations. Knowledge of the applicable provisions and proposed changes is important for effective management. Our lawyers have extensive experience in advising corporate clients on labour law.

Finance and banking: Legal advisory for financial institutions: Under our financial and banking practice, we provide advice on legal issues connected with the activities of financial institutions, including banks, insurers, investment companies and investment funds. We offer financial advice in respect of acquisition finance, project finance, financing real estates, debt financing, as well as advice related to seeking capital through the Securities Exchange, through both IPOs and SPOs.

We also provide advice in mergers and acquisitions relating to financial institutions, including companies listed on the Securities Exchange.

Real estate: Our strength lies in our long experience in legal advisory in respect of real estate projects. We provide advice to Polish and foreign entities in respect of planning and implementing investments;
We seek safe and optimum solutions which allow our clients to accomplish their business goals in a rapidly changing environment;
Our clients benefit from synergy resulting from our ability to engage both tax and business advisors in their projects;

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)
Competition law: The experience of the competition law team in PwC Legal comprises, among other things, telecommunication, insurance, pharmaceutical, FMCG, financial, oil and gas, mining, energy, real property, and IT services sectors.We provide comprehensive advisory on concentration control, compliance with the competition (antitrust) law, including cartels, abuse of dominant position, fighting unfair competition, and we perform audits of compliance with the competition law, prepare and implement a broadly understood educational process relating to knowledge of competition law for company employees.

M&A: Merger and acquisition transactions are multi-stage, sophisticated projects which require comprehensive support of professional legal advisorsThe role of a legal advisor is to ensure the legal safety of transactions by analysing the legal situation of the target entity and preparing the necessary transaction documentation. It requires an appropriate level of legal knowledge, experience, and understanding of the clients business needs.

Legal CoE (Centre of Excellence): Legal Centre of Excellence provides assistance in the area of legal process outsourcing and fulfillment of regulatory compliance dutiesThe idea behind Legal CoE is to combine expertise of regular legal practice of PwC Legal with an access to cost-efficient team of legal and para-legal professionals. Legal CoE team is supervised and supported by experienced lawyers of PwC Legal ensuring top-quality of the services. The application of dedicated methodology and IT digital solutions provides for significant cost and time-saving effects under the framework of PwC network.

Cezary Żelaź 519 507 081
Aleksandra Bańkowska photo Aleksandra BańkowskaPwC Legal Poland Partner, advocate
Artur Gątowski photo Artur GątowskiPartner at PwC Legal Poland, Attorney-at-Law
Gerard Karp photo Gerard KarpPartner at PwC Legal Poland, TMT/IP and Personal Data Protection Leader, Advocate
Beata Kiedrowicz photo Beata KiedrowiczPartner at PwC Legal Poland, Attorney-at-Law
Małgorzata Mroczkowska-Horne photo Małgorzata Mroczkowska-HornePartner at PwC Legal Poland, Attorney-at-Law
Jean Rossi photo Jean RossiPwC Legal Poland Partner
Wojciech Trzciński photo Wojciech TrzcińskiPwC Legal Poland Partner, Attorney-at-Law
Cezary Żelaźnicki photo Cezary ŻelaźnickiPwC Legal Poland Partner, Attorney-at-law

Our leading lawyers have more than three decades of both business and legal experience. We provide legal assistance to a wide range of clients, including Hungarian undertakings, international groups of companies, high-net-worth individuals, local governments and authorities as well.

Utilizing our expertise and working in close cooperation with our clients, we develop innovative solutions, regardless of the boundaries of the numerous legal fields and industries. We focus on understanding industry specifics, and by taking a pragmatic approach and through teamwork, we ensure that our customers receive personalized and quick responses to their questions.

Close collaboration within the PwC network enables us to access and utilize PwC’s accounting, tax, human resources and other business consulting services, and thus provide complex, synchronized advice to our clients.

-Competition law and consumer protection
-Economic Criminal Law
-Employment law
-Energy, public services
-Waste management
-Environment protection law
-Investments, real estates
-IT, IP and data protection
-Legal disputes, debt recovery, insolvency cases, tax litigation
-Pharmaceutical law and health industry
-Public procurement, tendering procedures
-Restructuring, Mergers & Acquisitions
-Telecommunications and media


PwC Legal offers comprehensive support in the areas of law relevant to the business

Mergers and acquisitions, contracts and commercial activities, employer-employee relationships, real estates, financial services, inventions and creations, disputes as well as operations on a competitive market – all these aspects of business activities call for expertise in legal matters.

We are a fully-fledged law firm covering the following areas:

  • Corporate and commercial law
  • M&A
  • Banking and Finance
  • Capital markets
  • Real estates
  • Labour law
  • Intellectual property, technology and communications
  • Data protection
  • New Law
  • Antitrust and Competition
  • Regulatory & Compliance
  • Public procurement
  • Dispute resolution and litigation
  • Restructuring, insolvency and bankruptcy

PwC Legal Poland’s lawyers address all of the above fields of law, combining in-depth legal knowledge with hands-on business experience providing assistance to clients from various industries. Our culture promotes innovation and fast-moving, tireless dedication to our clients, resulting in practical, business-focused legal services.

As a member of PwC global network, in a number of our projects we work as a multidisciplinary team composed of lawyers, tax advisors and business advisors providing our clients with the strategic legal services integrated into tax and business advisory (“one-stop shop approach”). Close cooperation with other PwC teams enables us to offer a wide range of services to businesses – both large corporations and domestic family enterprises.

In response to market transformation, global digitalization as well as increasing regulatory and compliance pressure PwC Legal Poland established PwC Legal Centre of Excellence (Legal CoE) – its innovative division structured to use new LegalTech technologies (automation, Artificial Intelligence, contract management tools, forensic tools, self-learning algorithms) to effectively service large volume of legal work. Legal CoE has been successfully involved in number of managed legal services projects.



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PwC Legal Poland initiates and actively participates in educational projects, such as:

      • FinTech studies offered by the University of Warsaw’s Faculty of Management. Second edition of the studies commenced for the academic year 2019/2020 with PwC Legal Poland as a key partner;
      • Legal MBA, which is an innovative training program enabling attendees to develop the skills necessary to adapt to the changing legal and business environment. The program is run together with the Polish Association of Corporate Lawyers (PSPP) and the newspaper ‘Rzeczpospolita’ daily, fifth edition has been launched in 2021;
      • LegalTech initiatives, including in particular supporting technology start-ups operating in the area of law (including support to PwC Start-up Collider – a B2B quick scaleup program helping innovative entrepreneurs succeed), educating the market through launching and publication of a report on new technologies and legal market transformation as well as being a strategic partner of two of the Polish editions of the Global Legal Hackathon programming marathon, which aims to develop technological tools for lawyers.

During the COVID-19 pandemia period, PwC Legal Poland launched a free-of-charge helpline for entrepreneurs operating 24/7 to address questions about the legal and tax consequences of the COVID-19 outbreak as well as, together with Business Insider (Polish edition), has been addressing questions from companies and employees regarding functioning during a coronavirus threat as part of the #BIZNESvsCOVID initiative.

PwC Legal Poland has been also focusing on Diversity & Inclusion matters taking care of the organizational culture and diversity management within the law firm – and PwC network. Firm’s mission is to allow its employees and contractors to fully enable their potential through embracing the diversity – for the benefit of PwC Legal Poland and its clients. Promoting diversity aims to strengthen individuals’ trust towards the organization, but also mutual trust between its particular members.

With the new year, the managing partner of PwC Legal Cezary Żelaźnicki took over the new role as Inclusion and Diversity Leader for PwC Central & Eastern Europe. Growing diversity in our societies is a reality that companies around the globe will be engaging with in the coming decades. At PwC we treat diversity & inclusion as a concrete business goal. It’s important to understand that every country and region can get to this goal in a different way.

PwC Legal Declaration of diversity

Today’s world is subject to constant changes – primarily due to the ongoing globalization and development of technology. Such evolution brings new chances and opportunities, but also the challenges and difficulties, that our organization is facing.

What is Diversity for us?

Diversity is the understanding that each of us represents unrepeatable set of innate and acquired features, which make us unique. It is respect for features and experiences, that are different from our own. It is building bridges of understanding among people, based on the differences between them. In this way, we can fight with discrimination in PwC Legal together, and strive to achieve common goals.

Why do we talk about Diversity?

Diversity of the community means, that together we can achieve more. However, we need to find answers to the questions, that bother us, about how to implement the principles of gender equality, age, race, religion and other factors, that make us differ from each other. That’s why we need Diversity Management – by taking action to promote greater inclusion of our people from different backgrounds into the organization structure. Thanks to Diversity, we want to do everything, what we can, to enable our people to fully use their potential – for the welfare of PwC Legal and our clients. Promoting Diversity, we hope to strengthen trust in our local community – to the organization, but above all – to trust people in each other.

How do we care for Diversity?

Bearing in mind the above, PwC Legal undertakes to take care of the atmosphere and organizational culture and manage diversity within the organization, in particular through:

  • increasing our people’s awareness of diversity and its level within PwC Poland structures;
  • support for future parents and people bringing up children;
  • promoting the voice of women in the organization and consideration of female perspective on matters relevant to the organization;
  • enabling employees to actively participate in the life and activities of the organization regardless of their position;
  • considerate the position of minorities in the organization – in particular in terms of age, nationality and culture, religion, sexual orientation and disability;
  • equal treatment of individual social groups;

A new management team to deploy the “PwC Legal 2025” strategy: Catherine Baflast becomes managing partner as of October 1, 2021

At the end of her mandate at the head of PwC Legal, the time has come for Cindy Arces to hand over the reins to Catherine Baflast, who will become managing partner as of October 1, 2021. This succession and change in governance has been prepared for several months.