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Poland > Construction Tier 1Domanski Zakrzewski Palinka‘s construction department sits within the firm’s infrastructure and energy practice and supports clients throughout a project, especially regarding contracts, design work, supervision agreements, and agreements with utility suppliers. It advises both public and private sector clients, and also assists with public procurement matters. Contentious mandates are particular strengths and the team frequently draws on the firm's litigation department. Tomasz Darowski leads the construction group with expertise in a wide range of sectors, including railway, road, waste management and energy, and Marcin Krakowiak heads up the infrastructure and energy team. Also of note are senior associates Kamil Pociecha, who specialises in infrastructure projects, Beata Cieszyńska, who handles construction projects and contracts, and Michal Przychoda, who advises clients on the preparation and implementation stages of a project.
Tomasz Darowski; Marcin Krakowiak
‘Domanski Zakrzewski Palinka is helpful and efficient – the lawyers have at their disposal extensive knowledge.’
‘The team has internationality and experience in Public Procurement Law and in Environmental Law.’
‘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 successful resolving of the matter. We particularly appreciate and value work of Beata Cieszyńska and Tomasz Darowski.’
Zarząd Morskiego Portu Gdynia S.A.
Ministry of Funds and Regional Policy
JoysonQuin Automotive Systems Polska sp. z o.o.
- Advising Zarząd Morskiego Portu Gdynia S.A. on the construction of the vast Outer Port in Gdynia.
- Advising Urbaser S.A.U. on a PPP project in Olsztyn involving waste-to-energy processing for over three years.
- Advised Termomeccanica Ecologia on the construction of a large municipal waste incineration plant in Szczecin.
Poland > Dispute resolution Tier 1Representation of major public sector players is a key strength for Domanski Zakrzewski Palinka; as well as its usual roster of complex disputes relating to the transport and education fields, the team has recently been involved with numerous cases concerning healthcare financing. Józef Palinka, who is well versed in both litigation and arbitration, and Paweł Lewandowski, who is known for his alternative dispute resolution focus, are the names to note at leadership level – between them, the duo have extensive experience appearing before courts of all levels.
Józef Palinka; Paweł Lewandowski
Other key lawyers:
Pawel Paradowski; Lukasz Wojdalski; Maciej Orkusz; Jacek Stokłosa; Bartosz Karolczyk; Anna Ciepla
‘Good communication with the client and between team members, organised work, team is prepared to deal with big issues. Every document is always well prepared – I don’t have a need to check it – I place my trust in them.’
‘Every team member is always available for their clients, they are always prepared and give concrete answers, they know how to explain the issue to the court in an ordered and understandable way, every document is prepared with a high level of accuracy.’
‘Litigation team of DZP is a very professional and diligent team. Their commercial approach allows them to adopt the right and cost effective dispute resolution strategy.’
‘Paweł Lewandowski acts as a trusted advisor to his clients, helping them to make the best decision about the legal risk. He takes into consideration not only the legal, but also the business perspective.’
‘Very good practical knowledge and understanding of the business.’
‘Paweł Lewandowski – along with Anna Ciepla and Bartosz Karolczyk – are delivering great work and managing complex cases.’
‘The team has a very business-oriented approach and is able to manage the case accordingly.’
ING Bank Śląski S.A.
PGE Polska Grupa Energetyczna S.A. / PGE Górnictwo i Energetyka Konwencjonalna S.A. [the biggest Polish energy supplier]
Canal+ Polska S.A.
Obrascon Huarte Lain S.A. (OHL)
InPost sp. z o.o.
Thomas Beton sp. z o.o.
A group of major Polish hospitals
Mosty Łódź S.A.
Mota Engil Central Europe S.A.
Class Action: Group of 142 shareholders
Getin Capital Group
City of Wrocław
- Representing PGE Polska Grupa Energetyczna in a dispute involving claims for harm allegedly suffered due to a consolidation in a large European energy group.
- Representing the City of Wroclaw in arbitration and post-arbitration proceedings with Hydrobiel, a Polish company responsible for building sewage systems.
- Representing Mota Engil Central Europe in three cases against the General Directorate for National Roads and Highways, aimed at the amendment of public procurement contracts for the construction of parts of the S8, S7, and S19 motorways.
Rafał Hajduk; Marcin Krakowiak
Other key lawyers:
Paweł Grzejszczak; Katarzyna Kuźma
‘DZP is the most clever and business-oriented law firm in the Polish energy market. They’ve proven an uncommon capability in understanding the client’s needs and finding the most suitable legal path to achieve them.’
‘Vast experience in the energy sector combined with an unconventional approach to legal problem solving. Legal advice formulated in a clear, plain language that is easily understood by business people.’
‘The team of lawyers has extensive experience and knowledge in the field of issues related to state aid, ownership transformations, corporate matters, and M&A transactions.’
‘The lawyers are distinguished by their extensive knowledge of the issues on which they advise. They show great commitment to work.’
‘DZP has a strong market position in Poland with vast experience in waste-to-energy projects.’
‘Marcin Krakowiak is well connected and has great knowledge.’
‘Rafał Hajduk is always working at the highest professional level and he gives a great sense of legal security.’
‘Special credit to Rafał Hajduk; he has been able to solve very complex legal issues.’
Operator Gazociągów Przesyłowych Gaz-System S.A.
Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy
Norddeutsche Landesbank Girozentrale
T-mobile Polska S.A.
- Advising OGP Gaz-System on the Baltic Pipe infrastructure project, which will provide Poland with natural gas from the North Sea via Denmark.
- Advised Siemens Gamesa on the negotiation of the terms and conditions of co-operation, and the supply of turbines and associated equipment for the F.E.W. Baltic II project.
- Advised Norddeutsche Landesbank Girozentrale on the project financing to develop five wind farms, which will generate energy with a combined capacity of 44.675 MW.
Other key lawyers:
‘Paweł Kaźmierczyk – great, intelligent and experienced lawyer.’
MSD Polska sp. z o.o.
AstraZeneca Pharma Poland Sp. z o. o.
Viatris / Mylan Healthcare sp. z o.o.
Pfizer Polska sp. z o.o.
Polish Federation of Hospitals
GSK (GSK Commercial sp. z o.o. and GSK Services)
Teva Pharmaceuticals Polska
AbbVie Polska Sp. z o.o.
Telemedicine Working Group
Astellas sp. z o.o.
Takeda Sp. z o.o.
Vetoquinol Biowet sp. z o.o.
Roche Diabetes Care Polska Sp. z o.o.
Infarma. The Employers’ Union of Innovative Pharmaceutical Companies
Ministry of Health
Intervet (MSD Animal health)
Olimp Laboratories Sp. z o.o.
Greater Poland Voivodeship
Poland > Private client Tier 1Domanski Zakrzewski Palinka’s private client team has a broad-ranging client base, including entrepreneurs, families, family businesses, private organisations and family trust funds. The practice’s offering extends across areas ranging from day-to-day legal and tax advice and succession planning, to restructuring projects and corporate mandates. Leadership of the team is split between Poznań-based duo Piotr Andrzejczak and Jakub Wieszczeczyński, and Joanna Wierzejska and Marek Swiatkowski, both in Warsaw. Damian Szczygielski was promoted to partner in July 2022 and counsel Grzegorz Sprawka is also of note.
Piotr Andrzejczak; Joanna Wierzejska; Marek Świątkowski; Jakub Wieszczeczyński
‘The team’s strengths include a high level of professionalism, a good individual approach, and flexibility and complexity of teams and senior lawyers.’
Poland > Public procurement Tier 1Domanski Zakrzewski Palinka has a ‘unique’ public procurement team covering both domestic and EU mandates. Sectors of focus for the group include construction and engineering, energy, healthcare, IT, and defence and security, and its client roster consists of state-owned companies, foreign contractors, and private companies. ‘Exceptional partner’ Katarzyna Kuźma heads up the public procurement team, with support from infrastructure and energy department chair Marcin Krakowiak. Counsels Wojciech Hartung and Tomasz Michalczyk are also notable lawyers, with the latter singled out by one client as a ‘great expert’. Senior associate Michał Gajdek is another active team member.
Katarzyna Kuźma; Marcin Krakowiak
‘DZP’s public procurement team is unique in the Polish market. They have a deep understanding of the business needs of the client, they listen carefully, and they do not use uncessarily complex language. They enter into every detail but also see the big picture. They play on your team.’
‘The team is very strong and DZP’s services are recommended.’
‘Katarzyna Kuźma is an exceptional practitioner who is very hands-on and personally involved in the clients’ issues.’
‘Tomasz Michalczyk is a really good legal advisor. He understands client problems and knows how to solve them.’
‘Tomasz Michalczyk is a great expert.’
Aldesa Polska Services Sp. z o.o.
PGE Polska Grupa Energetyczna S.A.
The Ministry of Development Funds and Regional Policy and the City of Kraków
Althea Polska sp. z o. o.
- Advising a consortium comprising Aldesa Construcciones, China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation, and TEK Baltic on a cross-border project for the construction of the Rail Baltica railway line in Latvia.
- Advised PGE Systemy on the procedure to award a contract to implement a billing and CRM system for PGE Group customers.
- Advised CityBike Global on a contract award procedure for launching, managing and operating the MEVO unmanned urban bicycle hire scheme in the area of the Tri-City, conducted by the Gdańsk-Gdynia-Sopot Metropolitan Area Association.
Poland > Banking and finance Tier 2Domanski Zakrzewski Palinka‘s banking and finance offering sits within the firm’s broader capital markets and financial institutions practice, and is therefore well placed to advise on the gamut of regulatory issues, cross-border transactions, and M&A deals in the sector. With its balanced lender and borrower base, the group counts banks and their subsidiaries, financial holdings, brokers, investment funds, and many other unregulated entities amongst its regular clients. Magdalena Skowronska heads up the team, with support from experienced partner Rafał Grochowski and senior associate Tomasz Kalicki. In November 2021, counsel Paweł Rudolf joined the office from an in-house position at the KNF.
Magdalena Skowronska; Rafał Grochowski
‘Very efficient, responsive, easy to work with firm.’
‘Magdalena Skowronska is a very efficient project manager.’
‘Very well staffed team, highly experienced, transparency, good communication.’
‘The DZP team are a rare commodity, local counsel who behave exactly as local counsel should. They are knowledgeable and responsive to instructing counsel and their counterparts. They quote effectively and give advance notice of potential issues. And they ‘move the ball forward’ without needing to be prompted.’
‘The most impressive feature of the firm is the universal quality of their people, to the extent that I don’t have any real concerns when the team changes. I know they will respond to someone being out, and the replacement will have been briefed, or several people will step in to make sure things get done.’
‘We had only an excellent and responsive service.’
Norddeutsche Landesbank Girozentrale
DNB Bank Polska S.A.
Bank Polska Kasa Opieki S.A.
Press Glass S.A.
Powszechna Kasa Oszczędności Bank Polski S.A.
Goldman Sachs Bank USA
City of Warsaw
Deutsche Bank (Tokyo Branch)
EB Sustainable Funds Luxembourg S.A., SICAV-SIF Sub-Fund 2:EB Renewable Energy Fund Europe
Cassa Depositi e Prestiti S.p.A.
Kartesia Managemnet S.a r.l, KASS Unlevered S.a r.l., Wilmington Trust SP (Services) Frankfurt GmbH
Intensa Sanpaolo S.p.a., Intesa Sanpaolo banking Group
City of Krakow
- Advised Credit Suisse on financing of up to €900m, provided to Girteka Group in connection with its fleet renewal and expansion project.
- Advised the Tokyo branch of Deutsche Bank on the Polish aspects of refinancing Jason Safety Systems’ debt.
- Advised Goldman Sachs Bank USA on the Polish law aspects of several Orion Group refinancing transactions.
Leveraging the strength of its 9-partner team, Domanski Zakrzewski Palinka advises on the gamut of transactions, including leveraged buyouts, management take-overs, joint ventures, and restructuring projects. The group is able to provide expert knowledge across a breadth of sectors, but is particularly well regarded for its energy and private client focuses. Managing partner Krzysztof Zakrzewski continues to oversee the department, supported by a strong bench of seasoned practitioners, including M&A specialists Marek Świątkowski and Bartosz Marcinkowski; Julita Zimoch-Tuchołka, who is a go-to advisor for company formation issues; and Damian Szczygielski, who is noted for his commercial law work.
Other key lawyers:
‘One of the most user-friendly law firms in Poland. DZP has a good multi-disciplnary team that stands out above many of its competitors. Always a pleasure to work with.’
‘Responsive, thoughtful, easy to work with, practical.’
‘Engagement and pragmatic approach stand out.’
‘Highly knowledgeable team with business-minded approach.’
‘Bartosz Marcinkowski is an excellent professional.Goes the extra mile. Excellent availability.’
‘A leading Polish law firm with great lawyers that provide value for money in complex areas of law, often with a cross-border dimension!’
‘Bartosz Marcinkowski is a great lawyer.’
‘We had full confidence in them, feeling absolutely sure about their legal expertise as well as the highest degree of discretion.’
LOT Polish Airlines
Getin Holding S.A.
Ringier Axel Springer
Shareholders of JSPV sp. z o.o. (individuals and Grupa Kapitałowa ANDI sp. z o.o.)
- Advised Infravia Growth on a round of series B financing, in which the start-up Packhelp raised nearly zł190m for further development.
- Advised Estonian fund OÜ Blite on the sale of 50% of its shares in Incuvo, a specialist in the production of games for virtual reality platforms.
- Advised on the acquisition of Uprent Group by Renta Group Oy, in a transaction which took place simultaneously in four different countries – namely Poland, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia.
The data privacy team at Domanski Zakrzewski Palinka is led by Bartosz Marcinkowski, who supports both domestic and foreign companies; he also has a strong academic background in data protection law. The practice undertakes GDPR compliance mandates and data transfers, and it also assists clients with the handling of data breaches. Marcinkowski is supported by Sylwia Kuca, who handles Polish and EU law compliance matters.
Other key lawyers:
‘Bartosz Marcinkowski with his team delivers a professional service.’
Poland > Employment Tier 2Domanski Zakrzewski Palinka‘s labour law and social security practice has a wide-ranging offering, from TUPE matters and restructurings to developing employee retirement schemes and advising on discrimination in the workplace. It is also active in immigration law and assists with trade union relationships. Industrial relations expert and ‘stand-out performer‘ Bogusław Kapłon splits his time between the firm’s Warsaw and Poznań offices, and he co-heads the department alongside Warsaw-based Agata Mierzwa, who specialises in restructurings, ground redundancies, and TUPE matters.
Bogusław Kapłon; Agata Mierzwa
Other key lawyers:
‘A very strong team in terms of knowledge, experience, and customer-focused approach.’
‘Very costumer focused and oriented. You may be sure that they will care about the best solutions for you.’
‘DZP is a very-well organised practice with very skilled lawyers. They are recommended for very good preparation of solutions with different options.’
‘Individuals are very well organised with very good knowledge. Always preparing all necessary documents on time and advising to pick the best possible option.’
‘Very dedicated and competent team. Practical approach, flexibility, and great understanding of business needs.’
‘They are competent and there are no topics that would not be thoroughly checked and properly recommended.’
‘The stand-out performer is Bogusław Kapłon.’
‘Justyna Tyc-Brzosko and Agata Mierzwa are very competent. Their knowledge and experience is always beneficial.’
- Advising Torpol on issues relating to social security contributions on the part of the employees’ payments.
- Assisting Siemens Gamesa with a project in which the client and RWE will form a mixed team which will take care of the launch of a wind farm.
- Assisted Super-harm with the preparation of 28 appeals against unfavourable Social Security Authority decisions refusing Covid-19-related financial aid to stores operated by the client.
Poland > Insurance Tier 2Domanski Zakrzewski Palinka‘s insurance team advises insurers, brokers, policyholders and public bodies; the group has a particular focus on D&O and W&I claims, as well as product liability and property insurance claims. Sectors of focus for the group include manufacturing, construction, financial services and commerce. Advice on policies and representation in litigation is also within the team’s offering, in addition to M&A transactions and regulatory compliance, and assisting foreign insurance companies with entry to the market. Julita Zimoch-Tuchołka sits at the helm of the group. Joanna Schubel was promoted to counsel in January 2022, and is active in matters concerning product development and distribution.
Other key lawyers:
‘A strong combination of experienced native Polish lawyers with extraordinary knowledge of Polish insurance law, and the great capacity to render legal and advisory services to international clients in perfect German and English.’
‘ The mentality of Joanna Schubel and Julita Zimoch-Tuchołka is personal and positive in collaboration as well as realistic, hands-on and yet clearly mitigating legal risks with respect to finding solutions.’
Volkswagen Financial Services
Bouygues Immobilier Poland
Tokio Marine HCC
BACH LANGHEID DALLMAYR
The Ministry of Development Funds and Regional Policy
EPro Sp. Z o.o.
NSK Steering Systems Europe Sp.z o.o.
PGNiG Obrót Detaliczny
Golden Media Polska
- Advised RENOMIA on the acquisition a 65% shareholding in Alfa Brokers.
- Assisted Gartenbau with its entry onto the Polish market.
- Assisted Joysonquin with the construction of a new factory in Poland.
Michał Cecerko; Bartosz Marcinkowski
Other key lawyers:
‘The team is well known for its engagement in big projects.’
‘Michał Cecerko is a team leader with a strong academic background, but also is very fluent in providing advice to non-legal people.’
Idea Bank S.A.
Idea Money S.A.
Tax Care S.A.
Fenice Poland sp. z o.o.
The Municipality of Gdynia
Waste to Energy (Keszczow) Company Ltd
- Assisted Idea Bank with its restructuring and advised the client’s management and supervisory board members on the bank’s handover to the resolution authority.
- Advised Wydawnictwo Bauer, a Polish publishing house, on the restructuring of Garmond Press.
- Representing Getin Noble Bank in the insolvency of Open Finance.
Poland > Tax Tier 2Domanski Zakrzewski Palinka‘s experienced team brings an equal M&A, restructuring and planning focus to its tax advisory offering; Polish and international companies – particularly those operating in the infrastructure, energy, pharmaceutical, real estate and insurance sectors – as well as state authorities and private equity funds are quick to recognise the firm’s proficiency in these areas. The group is also noted for its litigious prowess, and regularly represents clients before both tax authorities and administrative courts. Joanna Wierzejska and Artur Nowak jointly head up the practice.
Joanna Wierzejska; Artur Nowak
Other key lawyers:
Grzegorz Sprawka; Jan Czerwiński; Tomasz Leszczewski
Corab sp. z o.o.
RTB House S.A.
Poland > White-collar crime Tier 2Domanski Zakrzewski Palinka‘s white-collar crime team acts for a variety of companies - including publishing houses, pharmaceutical corporations, and manufacturers - as well as banks, government agencies, board presidents, and management teams in criminal proceedings. Its offering includes advice on corruption, money laundering, fraud, and tax issues. Sitting at the helm of the practice, counsel Hanna Gajewska-Kraczkowska has significant expertise in the criminal liability of businesses. Artur Nowak supports the team in tax-related matters and senior associate Rafał Karbowniczek is also a key name to note.
‘The team are passionate about their work, which in this sense becomes an extremely important part of their lives. This engagement, combined with the immense knowledge of the whole team, makes them stand out.’
‘Direct contact, always prepared, and give solutions and recommendations which make the client feel taken care of and secure. They know how to explain difficult legal issues in a simple way.’
‘The strength of the team is the mix of verve, commitment, and experience.’
‘Rafał Karbowniczek fights for his clients; he has incredible knowledge, energy, and passion.’
‘Rafał Karbowniczek always takes the initiative to solve the problem and he has great communication with clients and prosecutors. Every document is always well prepared and accurate.’
‘Rafał Karbowniczek’s litigation sense and commitment to his clients is unique in the market. He approaches each case individually and very conscientiously.’
- Providing ongoing advice to a government agency employee concerning an allegation of corruption.
- Advising the President of a publishing house on liability under the Tax Crimes Code for organising a lottery as a gambling service.
- Representing a private client in criminal proceedings in which he has been charged with abuse of power and failure to fulfil obligations by a public official.
Other key lawyers:
Babcock Internatinal Corporation
Golden Media Polska
- Advised Polregio on the acquisition of copyrights during tender procedures.
- Represented Bloober Team in a copyright infringement case involving a psychological horror video game.
- Advised Babcock International Corporation on tender proceedings to buy submarine ships organised by Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa.
Poland > TMT Tier 3The TMT team at Domanski Zakrzewski Palinka is adept at handling digital transformation projects, armaments technology supply projects and AI-related mandates. It is also active in advising clients in the TV production space (including TV broadcasters and producers), video game developers, publishers, and e-commerce and energy companies. IT expert Aleksandra Auleytner chairs the group with the support of counsel Paweł Gruszecki, who is skilled in cloud computing matters.
Other key lawyers:
Paweł Gruszecki; Tadeusz Piątek; Karolina Kulikowska
BABCOCK International Group
PGE Systemy Sp. z o.o.
Golden Media Sp. z o.o. and its subsidiaries
Intrum Justitia Sp. z o.o.
TECS’ telecommunication & e-commerce solutions GmbH
GWD Concept Sp. z o.o.
- Acting for PGE Systemy in proceedings concerning a contract for a billing and CRM system for the client’s customers.
- Advising Babcock on agreements outlining its co-operation with members of the PGZ-Miecznik consortium, with the client providing the design for the Arrowhead 140 naval fleet, as well as the knowledge and technology to build it in Polish shipyards.
- Advising PZU on cyber security incidents which occurred for a number of its customers who had purchased cybersecurity policies.
Poland > Capital markets Tier 4Traditionally, Domanski Zakrzewski Palinka has stood out for its expertise in the specialised area of bond issues related to infrastructure projects. Recently, while maintaining this focus, the team has been expanding further into DCM and regulatory work. Andrzej Foltyn heads up the practice, with Rafał Grochowski and Magdalena Skowronska also taking prominent roles.
Other key lawyers:
Rafał Grochowski; Magdalena Skowrońska; Piotr Jackowski
Square Enix Ltd.
Getin Holding S.A.
Bank Polska Kasa Opieki S.A.
DNB Bank Polska S.A.
Infravia Growth Fund
OÜ Blite Fund
- Assisted DNB Bank Polska with the negotiations for an issue of green bonds by a local authority in Poland.
- Advised URBASER on the issuance of bonds as part of the financing of the construction, operation and maintenance of a waste-to-energy plant and peak load boiler house in Olsztyn.
- Advised Bank Pekao and PKO BP on the process of purchasing bonds issued by Miejskie Przedsiębiorstwo Komunikacyjne.
Poland > Real estate Tier 4In addition to assisting clients with the sale and purchase of assets and lease agreements, the real estate team at Domanski Zakrzewski Palinka handles spatial law issues, the protection of cultural monuments, restitution claims, and construction law matters. It also represents clients before common and administrative courts. Lech Żyżylewski and Wojciech Koczara co-head the practice.
Lech Żyżylewski; Wojciech Koczara
Rothschild&Co Polska Sp. z .o.
Harbour Investment GmbH
Holzindustrie Furst zu Furstenberg
Ball Beverage Packaging Europe
- Advised a US bank and financial service provider on the acquisition of office space in Olsztyn and on the negotiations of the lease agreement.
- Advised YIT on the sale of 1,000 residential apartments in Warsaw to the Danish fund NREP.
- Advising EEW on the construction of a large thermal waste plant in the central part of Poland.
Domanski Zakrzewski Palinka > Firm Profile
The firm: Established in 1993, Domanski Zakrzewski Palinka is a full-service Polish law firm with 44 Partners and almost 160 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.
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|Banking and Finance||Magdalena Skowrońskafirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Banking and Finance||Rafał Grochowskiemail@example.com|
|Banking and Finance||Tomasz Kalickifirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Real Estate||Lech Żyżylewskiemail@example.com|
|Real Estate||Wojciech Koczarafirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Labour Law and Social Security||Boguslaw Kapłonemail@example.com|
|Labour Law and Social Security||Agata Mierzwafirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Energy and Natural Resources||Pawel Grzejszczakemail@example.com|
|Energy and Natural Resources||Rafal Hajdukfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Dispute Resolution||Józef Palinkaemail@example.com|
|Dispute Resolution||Pawel Lewandowskifirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Dispute Resolution||Łukasz Wojdalskiemail@example.com|
|Dispute Resolution||Paweł Paradowskifirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Public procurement||Katarzyna Kuźmaemail@example.com|
|Healthcare and Life Sciences||Michał Czarnuchfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Healthcare and Life Sciences||Marcin Matczakemail@example.com|
|Healthcare and Life Sciences||Tomasz Kaczyńskifirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Healthcare and Life Sciences||Marcin Pieklakemail@example.com|
|White-Collar Crime||Hanna Gajewska-Kraczkowskafirstname.lastname@example.org|
|White-Collar Crime||Artur Nowakemail@example.com|
|Energy and Natural Resources||Marcin Krakowiakfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Data Privacy||Bartosz Marcinkowskiemail@example.com|
|Private Client||Joanna Wierzejskafirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Private Client||Piotr Andrzejczakemail@example.com|
|Private Client||Marek Świątkowskifirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Competition / Antitrust||Jarosław Łukawskiemail@example.com|
|Restructuring and Insolvency||Michał Cecerkofirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Mr Piotr Andrzejczak||Based in Poznan, Piotr is a partner in DZP’s Corporate and M&A…||View Profile|
|Dr Aleksandra Auleytner||Partner and Head of the IP&TMT Practice, specialising in intangible rights, copyright…||View Profile|
|Mr Michał Cecerko||Partner, Head of Restructuring/Insolvency team. He handles debt restructuring and bankruptcy projects.…||View Profile|
|Ms Anna Ciepla||Specialises in dispute resolution, and civil and commercial law. She advises Polish…||View Profile|
|Ms Beata Cieszyńska||Specialises in legal advice to companies in the infrastructure sector, particularly on…||View Profile|
|Mr Michał Czarnuch||Partner and Head of Life Sciences Practice. Specialises in administrative law focusing…||View Profile|
|Mr Jan Czerwiński||Partner in Tax Practice. Specializes in VAT as well as excise duty…||View Profile|
|Mr Tomasz Darowski||Specialises in infrastructure investments and defence sector projects, related contracts, and litigation…||View Profile|
|Mr Andrzej Foltyn||Partner and Head of DZP’s Capital Markets and Financial Institutions Practice specialising…||View Profile|
|Mr Michał Gajdek||Senior Associate in Infrastructure and Energy Practice. Specialises in public procurement law…||View Profile|
|Dr Hanna Gajewska-Kraczkowska||Counsel in Dispute Resolution Practice. Deals with litigation under criminal business law…||View Profile|
|Ms Anna Glapa||Partner in Infrastructure and Energy Practice. Specialises in advising on state aid,…||View Profile|
|Mr Rafał Grochowski||Partner in Capital Markets and Financial Institutions Practice. Specialises in legal advice…||View Profile|
|Mr Paweł Grzejszczak||Partner in DZP’s Infrastructure and Energy department who specialises in energy law,…||View Profile|
|Mr Rafał Hajduk||Partner||View Profile|
|Dr Wojciech Hartung||Advises on infrastructure projects carried out under the Public Procurement Law or…||View Profile|
|Mr Piotr Jackowski||Partner in Capital Markets and Financial Institutions Practice.||View Profile|
|Mr Tomasz Kaczyński||Partner in Life Sciences Practice. His expertise encompasses all areas of pharmaceutical…||View Profile|
|Mr Tomasz Kalicki||Senior Associate in Capital Markets and Financial Institutions Practice. Advises on transactions…||View Profile|
|Mr Boguslaw Kaplon||Based in Poznan, Bogusław is a Partner and Head of the Labour…||View Profile|
|Mr Rafał Karbowniczek||Partner in Dispute Resolution Practice.||View Profile|
|Dr Bartosz Karolczyk||Advises in disputes and contract law. He specialises in business disputes.He represents…||View Profile|
|Dr Paweł Kaźmierczyk||Specialises in broadly understood medical law, particularly in patient rights, principles for…||View Profile|
|Mr Wojciech Koczara||Partner and Co-Head of Real Estate Practice. He has advised domestic and…||View Profile|
|Mr Jarosław Konecko||Specialises in issues concerning various aspects of intellectual property law and unfair…||View Profile|
|Mr Marcin Krakowiak||Partner and Head of DZP’s Infrastructure and Energy Practice. Specialises in infrastructure…||View Profile|
|Ms Sylwia Kuca||Partner in the Corporate and M&A Practice. Advises on corporate law and…||View Profile|
|Ms Karolina Kulikowska-Gruszecka||Senior Associate in IP & TMT Practice. She specialises in personal data…||View Profile|
|Ms Katarzyna Kuźma||Heads the public procurement and environmental protection teams and specialises in Polish…||View Profile|
|Mr Tomasz Leszczewski||Senior Tax Manager in Tax Practice.||View Profile|
|Mr Paweł Lewandowski||Partner specialising in civil, administrative and arbitration proceedings, as well as company…||View Profile|
|Dr Jaroslaw Lukawski||Partner and Head of the Competition Law Practice. He has extensive experience…||View Profile|
|Dr Bartosz Marcinkowski||Partner specialising in mergers and acquisitions, company law and personal data protection…||View Profile|
|Prof Dr Marcin Matczak||Doctor of law specialising in competition and consumer protection, constitutional law, European…||View Profile|
|Mr Tomasz Michalczyk||Partner in Infrastructure and Energy Practice. Specialises in matters concerning broadly understood…||View Profile|
|Ms Agata Mierzwa||Partner in Labour Law and Social Security Practice. Specialises in labour and…||View Profile|
|Mr Robert Niczyporuk||Partner specialising in mergers and acquisitions, company restructuring, public trading in securities…||View Profile|
|Mr Artur Nowak||Partner, Co-Head of the Tax Practice. An expert in handling cases before…||View Profile|
|Mr Maciej Orkusz||Specializes in litigation and arbitration and is an expert in private and…||View Profile|
|Mr Jozef Palinka||Partner since joining the firm in 1999, specialising in litigation and arbitration…||View Profile|
|Mr Pawel Paradowski||Partner and specialist in business disputes, white collar crime and company law.…||View Profile|
|Dr Anna Partyka-Opiela||Partner in Life Sciences Practie and Head of DZP’s compliance team. Provides…||View Profile|
|Mr Marcin Pieklak||Partner in Life Sciences Practice. Specialises in proceedings concerning the medicine reimbursement,…||View Profile|
|Mr Paweł Pioruński||Partner in Corporate and M&A Practice. Specialises in commercial and civil law,…||View Profile|
|Mr Tadeusz Piątek||Has been a legal counsel for over 25 years in the field…||View Profile|
|Dr Michal Przychoda||Specialises in legal advice on infrastructure investments throughout the preparation and implementation…||View Profile|
|Mr Paweł Rudolf||Specialises in regulatory advice to companies in the financial sector, particularly banks,…||View Profile|
|Ms Magdalena Skowronska||Partner specialising in banking law and regulatory aspects of the functioning of…||View Profile|
|Mr Grzegorz Sprawka||Partner in Tax Practice. Provides full-range tax advice to clients on mergers…||View Profile|
|Mr Jacek Stokłosa||Specialises in business disputes, company law, including corporate cases, and white collar…||View Profile|
|Dr Marek Swiatkowski||Partner specialising in business law, particularly mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, commercial…||View Profile|
|Mr Damian Szczygielski||Partner in Corporate and M&A Practice||View Profile|
|Ms Justyna Tyc-Brzosko||Advises companies on labour and social security law. She specialises in employment…||View Profile|
|Mr José Luis Villacampa Varea||Partner in Infrastructure and Energy Practice and in Spanish Desk. He advises…||View Profile|
|Ms Joanna Wierzejska||Partner and Co-Head of DZP’s Tax Practice, Joanna specialises in providing full-range…||View Profile|
|Mr Jakub Wieszczeczyński||Specialises in advising clients on commercial law, including mergers and acquisitions, joint…||View Profile|
|Mr Lukasz Wojdalski||Partner in Dispute Resolution Practice. Represents clients in court and arbitration proceedings…||View Profile|
|Mr Krzysztof Zakrzewski||Managing Partner since 1999 and co-founder of the firm, advising on M&A…||View Profile|
|Ms Julita Zimoch-Tuchołka||Partner specialising in arbitration, contract law, corporate law, insurance law, mergers, acquisitions…||View Profile|
|Mr Lech Zyzylewski||Partner and the Head of the Real Estate Practice, who specialises in…||View Profile|
Staff FiguresNumber of Partners : 46
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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.”.
Press Releases6th December 2023 Dr Mateusz Mądry is to be the new head of DZP's Life Sciences Practice, thereby joining the group of DZP Partners. In his new role, Mateusz will be supported by the team's co-founder – prof. Marcin Matczak.
6th December 2023 At the beginning of December, the C.H. Beck publishing house is to publish the first edition of a translation of a collection of environmental protection laws prepared by experts from the DZP Law Firm.
6th December 2023 Experts from the Capital Markets & Financial Institutions Practice have supported Bank BNP Paribas in an investment in Envirly, a Polish startup creating a platform for managing an organisation's carbon footprint and reporting non-financial data.
6th December 2023 Lawyers from the Corporate and M&A Practice have advised the owners of the Artgeist company on the sale of the remaining 30% of shares to the Resource Partners fund.
6th December 2023 Dr Anna Hlebicka-Józefowicz, a regulatory and legislative expert who has worked with us for years, becomes a Partner in the Domański Zakrzewski Palinka Law Firm.
DZP advises cosmetics and household products shop eZebra.pl on the sale of shares to the Dino Polska chain6th December 2023 Lawyers from DZP's Corporate and M&A Practice have advised an online cosmetics and household products chain which, through the sale of shares to Dino Polska, has acquired a strong partner for further development on the e-commerce market.
6th December 2023 Enea Group, supported by DZP, has further increased its RES generation capacity through the purchase of a 35 MW PV farm from PAD RES, a leading developer in the clean energy sector.
6th December 2023 Lawyers from the Corporate and M&A Practice have advised Budmat Bogdan Więcek, a Polish manufacturer of steel roofs and PV structures, on the acquisition of a 100% stake in the Finnish company Samesor, which develops advanced technologies for sheet metal profiling.
19th October 2023 Lead: DZP advised the Enea Group's Enea Nowa Energia, part of the largest Poland's energy concerns, on the acquisition a 19.8 MW wind farm project from the Swedish company OX2 Holding Poland, the transaction value is in excess of EUR 57 million.
19th October 2023 Lead: ENGIE Zielona Energia, a leader on the renewable energy market in Poland, has finalised the third tranche of the purchase of five photovoltaic farms with a total capacity of 12.97 MW. The seller is Columbus Energy, a leading service provider on the modern energy market in Poland.
19th October 2023 As part of an international team coordinated by Jones Day, we have advised IMCD N.V., a leading supplier of speciality chemicals and functional food additives in Poland, on the acquisition of a 90% stake in O&3 Limited.
19th October 2023 Lead: The buyer of the shares, the German company Beta Systems DCI Software AG, a member of the Frankfurt-listed Beta Systems Software AG group, has expanded its portfolio to include the Polish company's flagship product AutomateNOW! and will now be able to position itself as a leading player in the field of process automation.
19th October 2023 Lead: Our law firm has advised Bunzl on the acquisition of Safety First Group, a distributor of personal protective equipment in Poland.
19th October 2023 At the beginning of September Piotr Orczykowski with a team joined tour law firm and will enhance the Capital Markets & Financial Institutions Practice's expertise in providing regulatory and transaction advice.
19th October 2023 Lead: DZP advised R.Power on the signing of a ten-year CPPA, covering more than 600 GWh of renewable energy, with the telecoms provider Orange Polska. From 1 July, the telecoms operator’s infrastructure will be powered by electricity from R.Power’s photovoltaic farms.
19th October 2023 Lead: DZP lawyers from the infrastructure financing and debt issue team and the public procurement team have supported Warsaw Trams in negotiating financial documentation and in public procurement law.
5th September 2023 DZP has advised startup OASIS Diagnostics in a financing round that will see the company receive nearly PLN 14 million for further development. The investor that took up all the shares in this round is Vinci S.A. Hitech S.K.A., a fund owned by Bank Gospodarstwa Krajowego, which provides capital to technology companies at various levels of development.
5th September 2023 DZP advised Budweg Caliper A/S, a company belonging to BBB Industries, an automotive parts manufacturer, with the Polish aspects of the transaction to acquire all the shares in Inter-Turbo sp. z o.o.
5th September 2023 DZP provided assistance to Astara Poland with the acquisition from Nissan of its business involving the distribution of car and car parts for Nissan cars in Poland and related services.
5th September 2023 We have advised ID Logistics, a French logistics group listed on the Paris Stock Exchange, on the acquisition of a 100% stake in the Polish company Spedimex, a leading logistics operator specialising in the fashion and e-commerce sectors.
5th September 2023 The gala of the 21st Ranking of Law Firms of the Rzeczpospolita daily newspaper was held on 21 June at Hotel Verte in Warsaw, during which awards were presented to the largest law firms and to outstanding lawyers and law firms advising in various fields of law.
5th September 2023 Mergermarket has published its regular report summarising the activity of law firms in M&A transactions in the first half of 2023.
5th September 2023 We are pleased to announce that, on 1 July, Jan Czerwiński, Rafał Karbowniczek, Tomasz Michalczyk and Grzegorz Sprawka, who have been with us for many years, joined the ranks of our Law Firm's Partners.
5th September 2023 DZP has advised Qair Polska, an independent renewable energy producer belonging to the global Qair group, on the conclusion of a 15-year cPPA (corporate Power Purchase Agreement) with Żabka Polska sp. z o.o., the largest chain of modern convenience stores in Poland.
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