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Domanski Zakrzewski Palinka

Poland > Dispute resolution Tier 1

Domanski Zakrzewski Palinka‘s dispute resolution team (considered ‘a well-organised task force‘) has an impressively varied practice that includes representing municipalities engaged in construction and infrastructure disputes; hospitals in litigation against the National Health Fund in relation to healthcare financing; as well as high-profile cases in the communications, energy and media sectors. Co-heading the team are seasoned corporate disputes experts Józef Palinka and Paweł Lewandowski. Pawel Paradowski is noted for business disputes, white-collar criminal defence and company law disputes. Lukasz Wojdalski handles contentious construction matters, torts and contractual damages cases. Maciej Orkusz is an expert in financial and investment disputes.


‘The range of services is wide. the team is professional, with great experience, well-organized, open.’

‘Well-organized task force, they have specialists in every field required by our company. including tax consultancy, labour law and civil matters.’

‘Good communication, quick and professional response.’

‘Great involvement in a difficult case, availability 24/7, direct contact, high level of collaboration.’

‘I felt secure with my company’s case; I was aware about the situation at every step of the process; direct unlimited contact’

Key clients

Getin Capital Group

City of Wrocław

PGE Polska Grupa Energetyczna S.A. / PGE Górnictwo i Energetyka Konwencjonalna S.A. [the biggest Polish energy supplier]



Obrascon Huarte Lain S.A. (OHL)

Class Action: Group of 142 shareholders

ING Bank Śląski S.A.

Canal+ Polska S.A.

Polregio sp. z o.o. (formerly: Przewozy Regionalne sp. z o.o.) [Polish regional rail operator]

Thomas Beton sp. z o.o.

A group of major Polish hospitals

Mosty Łódź S.A.

Work highlights

  • Acted for major Polish financial institutions, such as Getin Noble Bank, Getin Holding, Idea Getin Leasing, LC Corp. BV and the Supervisory Board of Idea Bank, in proceedings before administrative courts against the decision by the Polish Bank Guarantee Fund to implement the compulsory takeover of Idea Bank by a state owned bank – Bank Pekao S.A..
  • Representing the City of Wroclaw in a dispute with Max Bögl, a major German multinational construction company, over claims under a contract specifically to construct the Wrocław City Stadium, one of the largest sports infrastructure projects in Poland.
  • Representing Opel Manufacturing Poland sp. z o.o. which suffered significant damage as a result of service and maintenance works performed by a contractor.

Poland > Energy and natural resources Tier 1

The infrastructure and energy practice at Domanski Zakrzewski Palinka provides advice on the entire lifecycle of energy-related projects within the conventional power, renewable energy, nuclear and cogeneration sectors. The team’s capabilities include advising clients on Greenfield investments, mining and other power projects, energy-related state aid and public procurement matters. Transactional expert Rafał Hajduk and Marcin Krakowiak jointly lead the team and are supported by Paweł Grzejszczak who is adept at energy regulatory and transactional matters.

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Key clients

Operator Gazociągów Przesyłowych Gaz-System S.A.

Hanwha Q Cells GmbH

ERG Poland Holding

Urbaser S.A.U.

EnerCap Power Funds

Norddeutsche Landesbank Girozentrale

Equinor ASA

Neo Investments

United Nations Global Compact Network Poland

Work highlights

  • Acting for Operator Gazociągów Przesyłowych Gaz-System S.A. in relation to Baltic Pipe, one of the biggest infrastructure projects in Poland. The project is a joint venture between the Polish and Danish gas transmission system operators and is consistent with the aims of the European Union energy policy.  
  • Advised ERG Poland Holding on the purchase of 100% of shares in EW Piotrków Kujawski, a company that is to construct a 24.5 MW wind park by March 2022.
  • Advised Hanwha Q Cells on the sale of 51 photovoltaic farms in Poland with a total capacity of 46 MW to Obton Solenergi Polen I Holding.

Poland > Healthcare and life sciences Tier 1

Domanski Zakrzewski Palinka‘s life sciences practice has ‘exceptional pharmaceutical market knowledge‘. The team provides daily legal support to its clients, as well as advising on projects, strategic matters, M&A transactions and regulatory issues. The team benefits from the strength of the firm’s M&A, IP, infrastructure, capital markets, labour law and dispute resolution teams. Michał Czarnuch leads the group with expertise in healthcare law. ‘Excellent advisor’ Tomasz Kaczyński has extensive experience in the pharmaceutical industry, Anna Partyka-Opiela acts as an in-house counsel for pharmaceutical companies and Marcin Pieklak advises clients on the financing of drugs, medical devices and food supplements from public funds.

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‘Very good team of lawyers that can offer a pharmaceutical company multi-disciplinary assistance in a variety of fields of law for competitive fees. Especially good for a retainer to help with day-to-day work.’

‘The team has fast responsiveness, good involvement in legislation activities, supports pharma-market organisations, has very good collaboration and creates an atmosphere of trust with an experienced team.’

‘Exceptional pharmaceutical market knowledge and very good understanding of business. Very good knowledge about “working solutions” on the market, very good knowledge concerning NHA expectations and requirements.’

‘Marcin Pieklak has unique and broad experience on reimbursement law, particularly useful in shaping Risk Sharing Schemes and / or offering value during reimbursement negotiations.’

‘Tomasz Kaczyński is an excellent advisor for distribution set-ups for the pharmaceutical sector. He combines an understanding of business needs with legal and regulatory risk mitigation.’

Key clients

MSD Polska sp. z o.o.

Teva Pharmaceuticals Polska

Pfizer Polska sp. z o.o.


AstraZeneca Pharma Poland Sp. z o. o.

Telemedicine Working Group

Mylan Healthcare sp. z o.o.

Astellas sp. z o.o.

Takeda Sp. z o.o.

Infarma. The Employers’ Union of Innovative Pharmaceutical Companies

Polish Federation of Hospitals

Sanofi Aventis Sp. z o.o.

Bayer Sp. z o.o.

Super-Pharm Holding


Servier Polska Sp. z o.o.

Glaxosmithkline consumer healthcare Sp. z o.o.

AbbVie Polska Sp. z o.o.

Olimp Laboratories Sp. z o.o.

Home Doctor sp. z o.o.

UCB Pharma Sp. z o.o

Poland > Private client Tier 1

Piotr Andrzejczak, Joanna Wierzejska and Marek Swiatkowski jointly head the private client team at Domanski Zakrzewski Palinka. Andrzejczak is a company and M&A law expert, Wierzejska is skilled in handling tax advice and Swiatkowksi specialises in M&A, commercial contracts and transactions. The practice advises private entrepreneurs and their families on their legal and tax needs as well as succession planning and family trust fund matters. Core sectors of focus for the group include retail, production and pharmaceutical.


‘The cooperation with Domański Zakrzewski Palinka is always a pleasure. They have a big team of specialists – they can cover many topics, are ready to find the best options and are able to work fast if the client really needs it. There is no topic they can’t help with and are also very flexible with appointments dates, places and rules. They are always our first choice to work with.’

‘A great team that is trustful, experienced, hardworking, understanding, fully involved and full of ideas.’

‘Piotr Andrzejczak is a great expert who, besides possessing very good know-how and great experience, also knows the specifics of the family companies – he really tries to find the best answers and he quickly gains trust from the family business owners.’

Key clients

Benefit Multimedia sp. z o.o. S.K..

Michał Maciuk

Szymon Pikula

Wiktor Pikula

Mikołajczyk family

Marek Niewiadomski

Łukasiewicz family

Poland > Public procurement Tier 1

Katarzyna Kuźma leads the public procurement team at Domanski Zakrzewski Palinka while Marcin Krakowiak leads the infrastructure and energy practice. The wider department advises on both Polish and EU public procurement issues, concessions and PPP law with a focus on the construction and engineering, energy, environmental, pharmaceuticals and healthcare, IT, defence and security sectors. Its client roster includes foreign contractors bidding for public contracts in Poland, and the team advises on both contentious and non-contentious matters. Counsels Wojciech Hartung and Tomasz Michalczyk are also notable team members.

Key clients

Operator Gazociągów Przesyłowych Gaz-System S.A.

Zarząd Morskiego Portu Gdynia S.A.

Urbaser S.A.


The Ministry of Development Funds and Regional Policy and the City of Kraków

Tramwaje Warszawskie sp. z o.o.

TM. E. S.P.A.

The Ministry of Development

Work highlights

  • Advising Operator Gazociągów Przesyłowych Gaz-System S.A regarding the public procurement aspects of the Baltic Pipe, a strategic infrastructure project to increase energy security and to create an internal European energy system.
  • Acting for Zarząd Morskiego Portu Gdynia relation to the construction of the vast capacity Outer Port in Gdynia, which is included in the list of key infrastructure projects of the TEN-T Baltic-Adriatic Corridor at the Gdynia transport hub.
  • Advising Urbaser S.A.U., one of the sponsors and future operators of a PPP project in Olsztyn involving waste-to-energy processing.

Poland > Banking and finance Tier 2

At Domanski Zakrzewski Palinka, the banking and finance team is part of the capital markets and financial institutions department, advising on financial servicers regulation, M&A in the financial sector, as well as the full spectrum of financing transactions. The group has also developed a specialism in cryptocurrency regulation. Practice head Magdalena Skowrońska is experienced in advising on financial transactions and financial sector M&A, which is also an area of expertise for Andrzej Foltyn. Rafał Grochowski, who arrived from Hogan Lovells (Warszawa) LLP in March 2021, leverages expertise in capital markets to assist Polish and overseas banks on corporate finance transactions and the issuance of debt instruments. Senior associate Tomasz Kalicki is knowledgeable about financial and payment services regulation.

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Key clients

BNP Paribas Bank Polska S.A.

ING Bank Śląski S.A.

mBank S.A. (Commerzbank Group)

Getin Noble Bank S.A.

Idea Bank S.A.

Barclays Bank

Norddeutsche Landesbank Girozentrale

Eiffel Investment Group

Bank of London and The Middle East plc

Bank Leumi (UK) plc

DNB Bank Polska S.A.

Bank Polska Kasa Opieki S.A.

Credit Suisse

Press Glass S.A.

AMG S.a.r.l.

City of Warsaw

Work highlights

  • Advised Norddeutsche Landesbank Girozentrale, the German lender. In relation to the provision of bridge financing to Polish companies to develop renewable energy projects in Poland. This was the first financing provided by the client for a Polish project and entering the Polish electricity financing market.
  • Advised BNP Paribas Bank Polska SA as it took over the assets of Raiffeisen Bank Polska SA and we helped to restructure some of the acquired financings, including the financing provided to Euromall.
  • Advised Barclays Bank on the complex restructuring of debt in the THG Group – which was carried out with the consent of all the creditors and covering not only EU jurisdictions but also the U.S.

Poland > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 2

Domanski Zakrzewski Palinka‘s team has ‘high quality standards in terms of both case management and customer relations‘. Its varied workload includes leveraged buy-outs, management takeovers and joint ventures, as well as reorganisations and restructurings across a wide variety of Polish sectors. Managing partner Krzysztof Zakrzewski is the practice head, and draws on significant experience in M&A and commercial matters. Marek Swiatkowski and Piotr Andrzejczak are prolific in handling deals for buyers and sellers. Bartosz Marcinkowski is an expert in restructurings.

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‘The DZP team provides work of very good quality. It has high quality standards in terms of both case management and customer relations.’

‘Marek Świątkowski and Damian Szczygielski form a well-complemented and harmonious team. Their innovative ideas for resolving problems, often turn out to be a good way out of seemingly crisis negotiation situations. Their work represent very good value for money.’

Key clients

LOT Polish Airlines

Canal +

Worwag Pharma

Amphenol Technologies Holding GmbH

Archer Daniels Midland Co.

Piano Group sp. z o.o. and its shareholders

Getin Holding S.A.

Hanwha Q Cells GmbH

Adolf Würth GmbH & Co. KG

Mobivia Group

Henryk Biały, Mirosław Pingot and Corab sp. z o.o.

Work highlights

  • Advised Amphenol Technologies Holding GmbH on the acquisition of 100% shares in El-Cab sp. z o.o., with the complex transaction involving jurisdictional issues to address in both Poland and Germany.
  • Advised Getin Holding and Getin International S.A. on the sale of shares in Idea Bank Belarus to JSC Minsk Transit Bank and the sale of shares in Idea Bank Romania and Idea Investment.
  • Advised LOT Polish Airlines on its negotiations of public aid with the Polish Government and the European Commission, obtaining the aid through loans and a share capital increase.

Poland > Construction Tier 2

The construction team at Domanski Zakrzewski Palinka is part of the firm’s infrastructure and energy practice. The group works for both private and public sector clients, and is adept at advising on all parts of the investment process of a project, especially contractual matters, design work, supervision agreements and agreements with utility suppliers. Public procurement law is also within the team’s capabilities. Tomasz Darowski  is head of the construction team and Marcin Krakowiak  leads the infrastructure and energy practice. Senior associate Michal Przychoda is also a name of note.


‘The firm’s ability to assist clients on matters is very satisfactory.’

‘In my opinion, this department is one of the best on the Polish market in terms of public procurement and infrastructure. Both partners and other lawyers provide very professional legal advice and handle court claims perfectly, both at the stage of their preparation and then during the representation before the court.’

‘We find their services helpful and efficient due to on-time and accurate responses. The lawyers with whom we cooperate have at their disposal extensive knowledge on the subject and show commitment to successfully resolving the matter. We particularly appreciate and value work of Ms Beata Cieszyńska and Mr Tomasz Darowski.’

‘I personally recommend Tomasz Darowski as an authority in terms of public procurement and infrastructure law.’

Key clients

Zarząd Morskiego Portu Gdynia S.A.

Urbaser S.A.

Ministry of Development Funds and Regional Policy

Astaldi s.p.a SA Oddział w Polsce

TM. E.S.P.A.

Śląskie Voivodship

Work highlights

  • Acting for Zarząd Morskiego Portu Gdynia S.A. on the construction of the vast Outer Port in Gdynia.
  • Advising the Spanish company Urbaser S.A.U., on a PPP project in Olsztyn involving waste-to-energy processing.
  • Advising the Ministry of Development Funds and Regional Policy on the first project in Poland to use a PPP to design, build and operate part of a tram line.

Poland > Data privacy and data protection Tier 2

Domanski Zakrzewski Palinka‘s data privacy group is led by Warsaw-based Bartosz Marcinkowski, one of the founders of the Association of Data Protection Practitioners. Marcinkowski also has an academic background in data protection law. The team’s impressive client roster includes both Polish and international corporates, which it advises on GDPR implementation and compliance. Michał Kluska  has left the firm.

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‘Constructive remedies giving a clear course of action.’

Work highlights

  • Advised a global packaging manufacture on a global project involving the assessment of a personal data breach on client units in more than 30 countries around the world.
  • Advising an online sales platform on a regular basis, carrying out complex legal audits but primarily developing recommendations for the business in key areas such as changing the legal basis for processing the personal data of millions of users for marketing purposes.
  • Advising Mercedes Benz Polska on projects related to personal data.

Poland > Employment Tier 2

Domanski Zakrzewski Palinka supports clients on a wide range of employment matters, including collective work agreements between employers and trade unions, restructurings and employee retirement schemes. The team also advises on health and safety in the workplace matters, discrimination issues and business immigration, while also supporting M&A transactions. Bogusław Kapłon heads the department, leveraging considerable experience in trade union negotiations, and is supported by Agata Mierzwa, an expert in respect of restructuring, ground redundancy and TUPE affairs.

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‘Responsive, extremely practice oriented, very good market knowledge, uncomplicated, business-enabler type of counsel.’

‘Lawyers have extensive practical knowledge, keep abreast of changing legislation and prepare solutions to implement these changes. The cooperation was particularly valuable during the pandemic.’

‘The solutions presented take into account the needs of business and are not a theoretical interpretation of legal provisions.’

‘We’ve been co-operating with the team for years. They know our company, they are very professional and responsive. Also they coordinate very well with their partners in other countries, so actually they are our contact point in complicated cross-borders matters requiring involvement of lawyers from outside of Poland.’

‘Thr partner, Agata Mierzwa, is the key person we’ve been co-operating for years. She’s the contact person as well when we need consultancy in other areas.’

‘They know the business, the company and the company’s needs.’

‘Agata Mierszwa is very professional, know the people from the company and what is important for them. she knows how to deliver the message and be direct if needed.’

‘Agata Mierszwa is very professional, responsive and accountable.’

Key clients

Polish Governement



Exclusive Network


Johnson Matthey

Mousquetaires Group

Andersen Lab






Work highlights

  • Advised the Polish government and PGG on the conclusion of a social agreement with trade unions in connection with the restructuring of the Polish coal sector.
  • Advised Exclusive Networks on the employment aspects of an M&A transaction.
  • Advised Promedica in employment matters of strategic importance for numbers of years now, recently in relation to the consequences of Brexit for their UK business.

Poland > Restructuring and insolvency Tier 2

 The restructuring and insolvency team at Domanski Zakrzewski Palinka is jointly led by Marek SwiatkowskiBartosz Marcinkowski and Michał Cecerko, who was promoted to partner in July 2021. The practice offers the full-range of services to clients, which includes providing representation in proceedings before various Polish insolvency courts. The licensed restructuring advisers also handle issues over directors’ criminal liability in white-collar crime cases. The firm is also active in tax liability matters, as well as state aid mandates.


‘The restructuring and insolvency division at DZP specialises in solving legal issues to which both Polish and EU legislation apply. R&I division smoothly covers this complex, new and changing legal environment and also has extensive regulatory experience. The law firm attaches great importance to details and applies a holistic approach.’

‘The Domanski Zakrzewski Palinka restructuring and insolvency team is well-known in the market for quick responsiveness and very broad horizons of cases they handle. They are open to non-standard solutions and have a team of very talented lawyers.’

‘They have an outstanding knowledge of court and insolvency practitioners’ practice.’

‘Team leader and partner Michał Cecerko is a first-class lawyer with an individual approach and very good level of knowledge.’

‘Michał Cecerko provides concise, practical and to the point answers.’

Key clients

Idea Bank S.A.

Tax Care S.A.

Souter Holdings Poland sp. o.o.

The Municipality of Gdynia

Polregio sp. z o. o.

Polska Grupa Górnicza S.A.

Astaldi S.P.A.

Bać-Pol Group


Waste to Energy (Keszczow) Company Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advised Idea Bank in distress before and after its resolution process.
  • Advised Souter Holdings Poland sp. z o.o. regarding insolvency and bankruptcy proceedings, with services including drafting insolvency and petition, as well as advising in relation with the court-appointed interim court supervisor and the trustee.
  • Advising the Municipality of Gdynia, the main creditor and shareholder of Gdynia-Kosakowo airport, in the debtor’s insolvency which resulted from the European Commission’s decision on the recovery of the state aid granted to the airport operator.

Poland > Tax Tier 2

Domanski Zakrzewski Palinka‘s team stands out for its capabilities in advising on the tax aspects of M&A deals and restructuring, as well as its tax planning services for corporates and entrepreneurs. The group is regularly instructed in proceedings before the Polish tax authorities and administrative courts, and is also known for handling tax audits. The highly regarded Joanna Wierzejska is a tax structuring and transactions expert and jointly heads the department with ‘top professionalArtur Nowak, a tax disputes specialist. Jan Czerwiński is noted for his expertise in VAT and excise duty and often handles tax litigation.

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Grzegorz Sprawka; Jan Czerwiński; Tomasz Leszczewski


‘I think that Joanna Wierzejska is a person presenting very goods skills and is a well recognized tax practitioner dealing with international tax cases.’

‘Experience, dedication, variety of teams.’

‘Joanna Wierzejska – long experience, clear communication.’

‘Extraordinary experience in day-to-day tax advisory with respect to M&A and tax disputes / controversy, unique among competitors.’

‘Artur Nowak – devoted to clients’ needs, always available when needed, attention to detail and at the same time ca. 30 years of experience in tax disputes, recognized by courts and tax advisors.’

‘I think that Artur Nowak is making exceptional job for the practice. He is a top professional.’

‘Artur is proactive and listens to the client actively.’

Key clients

Corab sp. z o.o.


Mobivia Group

RTB House S.A.

Poland > White-collar crime Tier 2

The white-collar crime practice at Domanski Zakrzewski Palinka acts for corporations, banks and government agencies, representing presidents of the boards and management teams in cases concerning criminal allegations, in addition to representation in tax crime cases and advising on the management of crisis situations. Practice head Hanna Gajewska-Kraczkowska has notable expertise in the criminal liability of business entities, penal fiscal cases, protection of personal rights and press law. Tax expert Artur Nowak and senior associate Rafał Karbowniczek are also key contacts.

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‘Highest level of client service, 24/7 contact, quick response for client’s needs and questions, proactive approach and real counselling that makes you feel comfortable with your case.’

‘Direct contact, proactive approach to solve the case and unlimited availability.’

‘An unconventional approach to the matter, 100% focus on success searching for all possible solutions to win court cases.’

‘Criminal law experience of Professor Hanna Gajewska-Kraczkowska coupled with business and tax law acumen of her colleagues (particularly Mr Artur Nowak).’

‘DZP is renowned for experienced leadership in white-collar crime matters; particularly that of Professor Hanna Gajewska-Kraczkowska.’

Work highlights

  • Advised a government agency employee concerning an allegation of corruption.
  • Advised a publishing house on its liability under the Tax Crimes Code for organising a lottery as a gambling service.
  • Represented a public company specialising in financial services for the healthcare sector in criminal (pre-trial) proceedings.

Poland > Insurance Tier 3

Domanski Zakrzewski Palinka advises insurers, insurance brokers, policy holders and public bodies across the manufacturing, construction, financial services and commerce sectors. The group assists with policies, coverage issues and litigation, as well as  D&O insurance, product liability and property insurance claims regarding claimant litigation. Head of the group Julita Zimoch-Tuchołka is supported by senior associate Joanna Schubel.

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‘Very professional and client-oriented staff keeping the clients up-to-date with current legal changes.’

‘Joanna Schubel is very professional in all legal areas, keeping to the deadlines.’

‘Wide scope of topics which can be covered. Stable team which helps to “learn” about the customer and their potential needs. Clear answers and guidelines are provided.’

‘Fast response rate and on-going contact during the case which helps to keep the issue under control. Also, good cooperation and quite often proposing alternative solutions.’

Key clients




Tokio Marine HCC


The Ministry of Development Funds and Regional Policy and the City of Kraków

Ergo Pro Sp. Z o.o.

Volkswagen Financial Services

NSK Steering Systems Europe(Polska) Sp.z o.o.

PGNiG Obrót Detaliczny

YIT Polska

Citibank Europe



Integler S.A.

WKI Isoliertechnik



Bouygues Immobilier Poland



Golden Media Polska

Work highlights

  • Advising The Ministry of Development Funds and Regional Policy on the implementation of an insurance programme in a Public Partnership Project regarding speed tramway system in Cracow.
  • Advising YIT on the insurance aspects of diverse building projects in Poland.
  • Supported Ergo Pro Sp. Z o.o. with regards to launching a new insurance product, Ergo4 and with regards to the implementation of new disclosure duties under the EU Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation.

Poland > Intellectual property Tier 3

Domanski Zakrzewski Palinka‘s IP practice is adept at representing clients in IP disputes and opposition proceedings covering trademarks, copyright, designs and patents. The team has particular expertise in copyright matters regarding architectural works, computer programs, films and music, as well as representing clients in registering and monitoring EU matters. Aleksandra Auleytner  heads the department.

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Key clients

Golden Media Polska

Daniel Wellington

Olimp Laboratories


Danone S.A.

Bloober Team


Grupa Łódź Kaliska

NewCommerce Services

Torf Corporation

Work highlights

  • Represented FoodCare Poland relating to disputes concerning two of its most significant brands, Tiger and Frugo.
  • Advised Olimp Laboratories Sp. z o.o. on trademark infringement claims in connection with the client’s pharmaceutical products portfolio and represented the client during the trademark infringement court proceedings.
  • Acting for Golden Media on the infringements of trademarks of a prime-time TV show.

Poland > TMT Tier 3

IT expert Aleksandra Auleytner leads the TMT group at Domanski Zakrzewski Palinka, which has a track record of successful digital transformation projects. Its client portfolio consists of TV and radio broadcasters, TV producers, video game developers and publishers, and it is also active in the advertising and e-commerce sectors. Paweł Gruszecki stands out in cybersecurity and media law.

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‘I can evaluate this practice by its speed, a diverse team that covers the full range of my expectations, and a dedicated associate with extensive legal knowledge, experience, and managerial skills.’

‘Always the highest of standards.’

‘I work with attorney Paweł Gruszecki. He is a person with tremendous experience and legal knowledge. What stands out, however, is that he looks at the documents he creates from the business side. It is not only describing the business requirements in the materials, it is their in-depth understanding, searching for elements that require inclusion or modification. What is also unique is the support provided in the negotiation process, which allows both sides of the negotiation to feel comfortable and effectively achieve their goals or even exceed them.’

Key clients


Nexera Group

TECS’ telecommunication & e-commerce solutions GmbH

Talbot Underwriting


Crawford Polska Sp. z o.o.

Arteria S.A.

Golden Media Polska


ING Bank Śląski S.A.


GWD Concept

Fundacja Przekrój

Work highlights

  • Acting for PKP IC in all telecommunication and IT matters including legal disputes, negotiations and contracts with Alstom Group for the implementation of Wi-Fi in Pendolino high speed trains, as well as contracts with Stadler for the implementation of IT software in Flirt trains.
  • Supporting Talbot Underwriting in the handling of cyber security incidents.
  • Advising Nexera on drafting and securing complex IT telecommunication contracts, providing compliance with telecommunication, GDPR and public-aid regulations.

Poland > Capital markets Tier 4

Domanski Zakrzewski Palinka‘s team has broad experience of equity capital markets transactions in Poland, including IPOs and SPOs, in addition to acting as Polish counsel in international transactions. The department, which is led by Andrzej Foltyn, is also instructed in debt capital markets transactions. Magdalena Skowrońska has expertise in capital markets regulations. In March 2021, the group was strengthened by Rafał Grochowski‘s arrival from Hogan Lovells (Warszawa) LLP.

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The team was professional, disciplined, to the point, accessible. The team was well-composed for the task at hand. The communication was good. The quote was reasonable and the final bill landed within the quote. The team was cooperating well. It all sounds trivial, but I have never worked with a law firm that checked all the boxes like DZP.’

Each team member was professional and well-organised. The team members were self-starting. Contrary to my experiences with other firms, practically no effort was necessary on my end to manage the process. The team members were scheduling work and coordinating between themselves seamlessly. The drafting and the memos were well-structured and generally I felt that many of my anticipated questions were answered pre-emptively in the accompanying memos.’

Key clients

Idea Money S.A.

Square Enix Ltd.


Cisco Systems, Inc.

William Hill International

Eiffel Investment Group


Bright Machines

Razer Inc.



DNB Bank Polska S.A.

Work highlights

  • Advised Idea Bank S.A. on the sale of a controlling stake in one of its important factoring companies, as well as the issuance of Idea 247 bonds.
  • Advised Square Enix on the Polish aspects of its IPO.

Poland > Real estate Tier 4

The real estate team at Domanski Zakrzewski Palinka is geared to advise across the whole spectrum of real estate. In particular, the practice handles construction law, the protection of cultural monuments, complex lease agreements and restitution claims. The team is jointly led by Lech Żyżylewski and new joiner Wojciech Koczara who arrived to team in early 2021 from CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang Posniak i Bejm sp.k.; his addition to the team boosts the practice’s transactional offering.


‘Having worked with Mr. Wojciech Koczara for more than 10 years during his times at CMS, it was natural that I decided to continue with our cooperation after he switched to DZP this year. I am convinced that with his extensive network of clients, he will be a valuable contribution to the firm.’

‘Mr. Koczara is a highly experienced and pragmatic transaction lawyer. His approach evolves around founding solutions and pushing the deal forward even in teh most challenging circumstances.’

Key clients

Aisin Corporation

Baker Hughes

Bank Handlowy


Citibank Europe plc




Syrena Invest

YIT Development

Work highlights

  • Advised Citibank Europe plc on the acquisition of the office space in Olsztyn that it previously leased from the developer, as well as on negotiations of the lease agreement for the office space in Warsaw.
  • Advised YIT Development on all legal aspects of its activity, notably on the sale of more than 1,000 residential apartments in Warsaw to the Danish fund NREP.
  • Advised Baker Hughes on the sale of industrial developed real property.

The firm: Established in 1993, Domanski Zakrzewski Palinka is a full-service Polish law firm with 37 Partners and over 140 other lawyers, with offices in Warsaw, Poznan and Wroclaw.

DZP helps clients to create and make use of existing legal structures to achieve their full business potential. Its reputation and brand are values built on client trust and satisfaction, as well as effective teamwork. The comprehensive legal and tax advice given to clients from all sectors is based on the in-depth knowledge and practical experience of the firm’s specialists.

As a professional Polish law firm, Domanski Zakrzewski Palinka possesses expert knowledge with regard to the methods of conducting business activities within Poland, which enables it to help foreign investors in eliminating various obstacles they might otherwise face when dealing with Polish companies or with the local government authorities. DZP’s expertise and the worldwide network of leading foreign firms also enable it to advise Polish firms interested in operating on the international market.

Domanski Zakrzewski Palinka teams are specially designated to provide services to foreign clients in their own languages, including Polish, English, German, French, Russian, Italian and Spanish.

Areas of practice
Corporate and M&A: DZP’s renowned and experienced lawyers work on all types of transactions, including innovative operations on an international scale. The team carries out transactions of various types, including leveraged buy-outs, management take-overs, joint ventures, and reorganisation and restructuring projects, covering both company mergers and demergers, and also take-overs in regulated sectors. They serve brokerage houses, investment companies, private equity and venture capital funds, as well as state-owned enterprises.

Capital markets: DZP has a great deal of experience in advising public companies and financial institutions on capital market transactions, particularly providing legal services for IPOs, secondary share offerings, bond and convertible securities issues. The team has a great deal of experience in representing our clients before the Polish regulatory authorities, particularly the Financial Supervision Authority and the Stock Exchange.

Banking and finance: DZP is highly experienced in serving banks and financial institutions and their clients in all types of financial transactions. DZP lawyers advise leading Polish and foreign banks. They also work with international financial and government institutions.

Energy: The energy team provides comprehensive legal assistance to entities operating in the conventional, nuclear and renewable energy sector, to companies in the cogeneration and heating sector, and entities operating in the gas and liquid fuels sector, including leading domestic and international  energy concerns. They advise some of the biggest domestic enterprises and leading investors on all aspects of power sector activity (including TPA, long-term contracts, tariffs mergers and acquisitions, anti-competition practices, providing support activities, restructuring and EU law).

Infrastructure: The infrastructure and energy practice lawyers create the most well-known and recognisable professional group which supports both domestic and foreign businesses and the public sector in key projects. The team offers full-range services to enterprises and investors in the infrastructure sector. Since many members of the Practice gained their professional experience in the public sector, they have an in-depth knowledge of its specifics and special requirements.

IP/TMT: DZP has a team of experienced specialists who advise on rights to intangibles, who help clients to either create or make use of existing legal structures in order to achieve their full business potential. The expertise of the IP&TMT Practice is based on market awareness and extensive knowledge of copyrights and neighbouring rights, industrial property rights, protection of personal interests and database protection rights. The team’s clients are owners of recognisable trademarks and entrepreneurs whose rights to intangibles require regular market monitoring.

Real estate: DZP’s real estate team advises firms on the trade, administration and management of real estate. The team helps to draw up analyses of the legal status of real estate (also covering the risk of claims being brought by third parties, re-privatisation claims, etc), devises real estate transaction concepts, represents clients in negotiations and draws up agreements and documents required for transaction.

Labour law and social security: DZP has one of the largest employment law teams in Poland, which includes several of the best known and highest profile employment lawyers in the country. The team advises clients on a wide range of matters relating to labour law, including employee-employer relations, collective bargaining agreements and building up relations between employers and trade unions. The lawyers also help foreign managers to obtain permits to work in Poland.

Dispute resolution: The dispute resolution practice group represents its clients in litigation cases, acts on their behalf in negotiations with business partners and acts above all before common courts, Supreme Administrative Courts, the Constitutional Tribunal as well as Polish and international arbitration tribunals. The team has handled numerous prominent cases in Poland.

Life sciences: The practice is composed of specialists experienced in pharmaceutical and biotechnology law, food law, anti-monopoly law, healthcare and constitutional law. The team advises Polish and foreign entities in the pharmaceutical, healthcare, food and chemical sectors, and companies in the alcohol and tobacco industries, as well as the local government authorities. They also specialise in strategic advice in the areas of legislation, reimbursement, distribution, telemedicine solutions and compliance.

Tax: DZP’s team is one of the largest tax teams among law firm in Poland, distinguished on the tax advisory market by its strong specialisation in M&A, restructuring, tax planning and litigation. The team has significant experience in providing tax advisory to clients in the infrastructure and energy, pharmaceutical, real estate and financial services, as well as the insurance sectors. They also advise private entrepreneurs.

Corporate and M&A Marek Świą
Corporate and M&A Piotr
Corporate and M&A Robert
Corporate and M&A Krzysztof A.
Corporate and M&A Bartosz
Corporate and M&A Przemysław
Corporate and M&A Paweł Pioruń
Corporate and M&A Julita Zimoch-Tuchoł
Capital Markets Andrzej
Banking and Finance Magdalena Skowroń
Banking and Finance Rafał
Banking and Finance Tomasz
Real Estate Lech Żyż
Real Estate Wojciech
Labour Law and Social Security Boguslaw Kapł
Labour Law and Social Security Agata
Infrastructure/construction Marcin
Infrastructure/construction Tomasz
Energy and Natural Resources Pawel
Energy and Natural Resources Rafal
Dispute Resolution Józef
Dispute Resolution Pawel
Dispute Resolution Łukasz
Dispute Resolution Paweł
Public procurement Katarzyna Kuź
IP&TMT Aleksandra
Environment Katarzyna Kuź
Healthcare and Life Sciences Michał
Healthcare and Life Sciences Marcin
Healthcare and Life Sciences Tomasz Kaczyń
Healthcare and Life Sciences Marcin
Tax Joanna
Tax Artur
Insurance Julita Zimoch-Tuchoł
Insurance Joanna
White-Collar Crime Hanna
White-Collar Crime Artur
Energy and Natural Resources Marcin
Data Privacy Bartosz
Private Client Joanna
Private Client Piotr
Private Client Marek Świą
Compliance Anna
Competition / Antitrust Jarosław Ł
Restructuring and Insolvency Marek Świą
Stait aid and EU funds Anna
Piotr Andrzejczak photoMr Piotr AndrzejczakBased in Poznan, Piotr is a partner in DZP’s Corporate and M&A…
Aleksandra Auleytner photoDr Aleksandra AuleytnerPartner and Head of the IP&TMT Practice, specialising in intangible rights, copyright…
Beata Cieszyńska photoMrs Beata CieszyńskaSpecialises in legal advice to companies in the infrastructure sector, particularly on…
Michał Czarnuch photo Michał CzarnuchPartner and Head of Life Sciences Practice. Specialises in administrative law focusing…
Jan Czerwiński photoMr Jan CzerwińskiJan specializes in VAT as well as excise duty advice, especially including…
Tomasz Darowski photoMr Tomasz DarowskiSpecialises in infrastructure investments and defence sector projects, related contracts, and litigation…
Andrzej Foltyn photoMr Andrzej FoltynPartner and Head of DZP’s Capital Markets and Financial Institutions Practice specialising…
Hanna Gajewska-Kraczkowska photoDr Hanna Gajewska-KraczkowskaCounsel in Dispute Resolution Practice. Deals with litigation under criminal business law…
Anna Glapa photoMs Anna GlapaPartner in Infrastructure and Energy Practice. Specialises in advising on state aid,…
Rafał Grochowski photoMr Rafał GrochowskiPartner in Capital Markets and Financial Institutions Practice. Specialises in legal advice…
Paweł Gruszecki photoMr Paweł GruszeckiHe specialises in legal services for projects requiring knowledge of IT law,…
Paweł Grzejszczak photoMr Paweł GrzejszczakPartner in DZP’s Infrastructure and Energy department who specialises in energy law,…
Rafał Hajduk photoMr Rafał HajdukPartner
Wojciech Hartung photoMr Wojciech HartungAdvises on infrastructure projects carried out under the Public Procurement Law or…
Piotr Jackowski photoMr Piotr JackowskiPartner in Capital Markets and Financial Institutions Practice.
Tomasz Kaczyński photoMr Tomasz KaczyńskiPartner in Life Sciences Practice. His expertise encompasses all areas of pharmaceutical…
Tomasz Kalicki photoMr Tomasz KalickiSenior Associate in Capital Markets and Financial Institutions Practice. Advises on transactions…
Boguslaw Kaplon photoMr Boguslaw KaplonBased in Poznan, Bogusław is a Partner and Head of the Labour…
Rafał Karbowniczek photoMr Rafał KarbowniczekSenior Associate in Dispute Resolution Practice.
Wojciech Koczara photoMr Wojciech KoczaraPartner and Co-Head of Real Estate Practice. He has advised domestic and…
Marcin Krakowiak photoMr Marcin KrakowiakPartner and Head of DZP’s Infrastructure and Energy Practice. Specialises in infrastructure…
Katarzyna Kuźma photoMs Katarzyna KuźmaHeads the public procurement and environmental protection teams and specialises in Polish…
Paweł Lewandowski photoMr Paweł LewandowskiPartner specialising in civil, administrative and arbitration proceedings, as well as company…
Jarosław Lukawski photoDr Jarosław LukawskiPartner and Head of Competition Law Team. Specialises in competition law, advising…
Bartosz Marcinkowski photoDr Bartosz MarcinkowskiPartner specialising in mergers and acquisitions, company law and personal data protection…
Marcin Matczak photoProf Dr Marcin MatczakDoctor of law specialising in competition and consumer protection, constitutional law, European…
Tomasz Michalczyk photoMr Tomasz MichalczykSpecialises in matters concerning broadly understood infrastructure, public procurement and public-private partnerships.…
Agata Mierzwa photoMs Agata MierzwaPartner in Labour Law and Social Security Practice. Specialises in labour and…
Robert Niczyporuk photoMr Robert NiczyporukPartner specialising in mergers and acquisitions, company restructuring, public trading in securities…
Artur Nowak photoMr Artur NowakPartner, Co-Head of the Tax Practice. An expert in handling cases before…
Maciej Orkusz photoMr Maciej OrkuszSpecializes in litigation and arbitration and is an expert in private and…
Jozef Palinka photoMr Jozef PalinkaPartner since joining the firm in 1999, specialising in litigation and arbitration…
Pawel Paradowski photoMr Pawel ParadowskiPartner and specialist in business disputes, white collar crime and company law.…
Anna Partyka-Opiela photoDr Anna Partyka-OpielaPartner in Life Sciences Practie and Head of DZP’s compliance team. Provides…
Marcin Pieklak photoMr Marcin PieklakPartner in Life Sciences Practice. Specialises in proceedings concerning the medicine reimbursement,…
Paweł Pioruński photoMr Paweł PioruńskiPartner in Corporate and M&A Practice. Specialises in commercial and civil law,…
Michal Przychoda photoMr Michal PrzychodaSpecialises in legal advice on infrastructure investments throughout the preparation and implementation…
Joanna Schubel photoDr Joanna SchubelSenior Associate in Corporate and M&A Practice. Provides advisory, particularly on mergers…
Magdalena Skowronska photoMs Magdalena SkowronskaPartner specialising in banking law and regulatory aspects of the functioning of…
Grzegorz Sprawka photoMr Grzegorz SprawkaProvides full-range tax advice to clients on mergers and acquisitions, selection of…
Marek Swiatkowski photoDr Marek SwiatkowskiPartner specialising in business law, particularly mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, commercial…
Damian Szczygielski photoMr Damian SzczygielskiPartner in Corporate and M&A Practice
José Luis Villacampa Varea photoMr José Luis Villacampa VareaPartner in Infrastructure and Energy Practice and in Spanish Desk. He advises…
Joanna Wierzejska photoMs Joanna WierzejskaPartner and Co-Head of DZP’s Tax Practice, Joanna specialises in providing full-range…
Jakub Wieszczeczyński photoMr Jakub WieszczeczyńskiSpecialises in advising clients on commercial law, including mergers and acquisitions, joint…
Lukasz Wojdalski photoMr Lukasz WojdalskiPartner in Dispute Resolution Practice. Represents clients in court and arbitration proceedings…
Krzysztof Zakrzewski photoMr Krzysztof ZakrzewskiManaging Partner since 1999 and co-founder of the firm, advising on M&A…
Julita Zimoch-Tuchołka photoMs Julita Zimoch-TuchołkaPartner specialising in arbitration, contract law, corporate law, insurance law, mergers, acquisitions…
Lech Zyzylewski photoMr Lech ZyzylewskiPartner and the Head of the Real Estate Practice, who specialises in…
Number of Partners : 37
Poznan office : ul. Paderewskiego 8, 61-770 Poznań, T: +48 61 642 49 00
Wroclaw office : ul. Św. Mikołaja 7, 50-125 Wrocław, T: +48 71 712 47 00

CLIENT: Head of Corporate Affairs | Legal Compliance | Government Affairs | Administration
COMPANY/FIRM: Toyota Motor Manufacturing Poland
TESTIMONIAL: We have been working with DZP for over 10 years now and can highly recommend them as the first choice law firm for us concerning the most complicated matters.. They have been our key legal and tax advisor and have assisted us on various matters relating to our investments in Poland of a value exceeding billion Euro, including for example corporate affairs, greenfield projects, state aid issues, legislative initiatives, transportation, litigation, tax and labour law matters and many other issues. The lawyers and tax advisors we work with always put effort into understanding our business goals and operations, we can trust their advice and know that they always have our best interests in mind. They have a very business oriented approach and are very effective in reaching the agreed goals. Marcin Krakowiak, Paweł Pioruński and Marek Świątkowski deserve individual recognition for their advisory throughout the years.”.