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Domanski Zakrzewski Palinka
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Poland > Construction Tier 1

The construction team at Domanski Zakrzewski Palinka sits within the firm’s infrastructure and energy practice and offers guidance on investments across various sectors, including road and rail, energy, transport, pharmaceuticals, and industrial projects. It is well versed in negotiating agreements with utility suppliers, as well as advising on supervision, construction, and EPC contracts. Contentious issues are another notable strength of the practice, working in tandem with the firm’s litigation department. Tomasz Darowski leads the construction team, specialising in infrastructure investments and related contracts, as well as frequently representing clients in related disputes. Also of note is Marcin Krakowiak, who heads up the infrastructure and energy team. Other recommended names include senior associates Kamil Pociecha and Michal Przychoda, both experienced in advising contracting authorities and involved in settling disputes over investment contracts. Counsel Beata Cieszyńska is a key point of contact for entities operating in the infrastructure, energy and defence sectors.

Practice head(s):

Tomasz Darowski; Marcin Krakowiak

Testimonials

‘The DZP team offers a good answer to the new situations we have everyday. Good connection between different departments that allows them to find the best solution.’

‘What, in my opinion, distinguishes the practice: a broad analysis of problems, verification of various aspects, an attempt to understand the arguments of all interested entities and, based on this understanding, preparation of an optimal strategy for the client.’

‘Use the support of professional entities in order to obtain solid expert studies on specific topics (e.g. construction), which constitute the core of the law firm’s advice, supported by legal provisions in order to protect the client’s interests.’

‘I had the pleasure of working with attorney Tomasz Darowski and Kamil Pociecha. Both are distinguished by a high level of professionalism which is reflected in: extensive knowledge of the topics in which they specialise, high level of personal culture, self-control, effective combination of legal and technical aspects.’

Key clients

Zarząd Morskiego Portu Gdynia S.A.

Tarchomiński Zakłady Farmaceutyczny Polfa S.A.

Urbaser S.A.

Ministry of Funds and Regional Policy and the City of Kraków

JoysonQuin Automotive Systems Polska sp. z o.o.

Śląskie Voivodship

Work highlights

  • Advising Zarząd Morskiego Portu Gdynia S.A. on the construction of the Outer Port in Gdynia, with an estimated capital expenditure value exceeding PLN 5.5bn.
  • Advising pharmaceutical company Polfa Tarchomin on the construction of a manufacturing building in Warsaw.
  • Advising the City of Kraków on Phase IV of the Krakow Fast Tram project.

Poland > Dispute resolution Tier 1

The dispute resolution team at Domanski Zakrzewski Palinka boasts ‘extensive knowledge‘ when it comes to representing clients from a wide range of industries in their commercial disputes; these span the construction, infrastructure, finance, insurance, energy, and media sectors, amongst others. Transport and education are also two key areas of interest for the firm, and it regularly represents hospitals and local government units. Paweł Lewandowski, who is noted for his skill in alternative dispute resolution methodsheads up the team alongside Józef Palinka, who has significant experience handling arbitration proceedings.

Practice head(s):

Józef Palinka; Paweł Lewandowski

Other key lawyers:

Pawel Paradowski; Lukasz Wojdalski; Maciej Orkusz; Jacek Stokłosa; Bartosz Karolczyk; Anna Ciepla; Krzysztof Stecyk

Testimonials

‘The DZP litigation team, led by Paweł Lewandowski, is a group of very skilled attorneys who have a very diligent and business-oriented approach to legal work. They are capable of proposing an accurate litigation strategy for a client.’

‘Paweł Lewandowski is an experienced legal professional whose advice is always to the point and takes into account the client’s interests.’

‘Quick help and extensive knowledge.’

‘Great commitment to matters, friendly cooperation, quick responses, very good communication.’

‘DZP has a great team! They are open minded, well organised, and professional.’

‘Paweł Lewandowski and Bartosz Karolczyk are always professional, well prepared and good lawyers, with high experience and quality.’

‘Very good cooperation between team members in order to get good advice.’

‘Very good quality of advice and efficiency in court cases.’

Key clients

PGE Polska Grupa Energetyczna S.A.

PGE Górnictwo i Energetyka Konwencjonalna S.A.

ING Bank Śląski S.A.

LC Corp Group

Bauer Publishing Company

Gülermak Ağır Sanayi İnşaat ve Taahhüt A Ş

Stellantis Gliwice Sp. z o.o.

Obrascon Huarte Lain S.A.

Mota Engil Central Europe S.A.

Canal+ Polska S.A.

Mosty Łódź S.A.

City of Wrocław

Top Farms Group

The Reformed Catholic Church in Poland

Ryszard Brejza, President of Inowrocław city

Work highlights

  • Acted for Polish bank ING Bank Śląski S.A. in several court proceedings concerning Swiss franc bank loan agreements and in cases concerning the invalidation of WIBOR-based interest rates in housing loan agreements.
  • Acted for a 142-strong group of shareholders in a class action regarding losses resulting from an unfair squeeze-out from a listed joint-stock company in the telecoms sector.
  • Representing PGE Polska in a dispute involving claims for damage allegedly suffered due to a consolidation in a major energy group in Europe.

Poland > Energy and natural resources Tier 1

Domanski Zakrzewski Palinka‘s infrastructure and energy practice stands out as a key resource for entities operating in the conventional power, renewable energy, nuclear and cogeneration sectors, including major domestic and international energy producers. The team has substantial experience in advising on complex issues related to mining, infrastructure and waste management projects, and offers guidance on state aid, PPP and construction law issues within the energy sector. Marcin Krakowiak brings particular expertise in greenfield investments. Paweł Grzejszczak and Katarzyna Kuźma are also noteworthy, with the latter heading up the public procurement and environmental protection teams and serving as a key contact for energy companies seeking advice on these matters.

Practice head(s):

Marcin Krakowiak

Other key lawyers:

Paweł Grzejszczak; Katarzyna Kuźma

Testimonials

‘In my opinion, they have a very strong track record in the renewables and energy sector. At the same time, in addition to legal issues, they are able to approach topics from the business side.’

‘Comprehensive approach to the case is definitely a strength of the team, which distinguishes them from other law firms.’

‘The solutions recommended by the team took into account not only the company’s interests in a particular case, but also its leading policy and market position.’

‘Communication with the firm was at the highest level, all information was provided promptly in a clear and understandable form. We highly recommend this firm for cases. The team understands business and knows how to protect the client’s interests.’

‘Very profound knowledge of energy regulatory and market issues, including historical background, based on personal experience is of highest value.’

Key clients

Operator Gazociągów Przesyłowych Gaz-System S.A.

ATP PEP

Re Alloys sp. Z o. o.

ENGIE Zielona Energia (ENGIE Group; EPA: ENGI)

Tauron Group

PGE Energia Odnawialna (PGE Group)

Novavis Group SA

MET Renewables AG

Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (BME: SGRE)

T-mobile Polska S.A.

Urbaser S.A.U.

Work highlights

  • Advising Gaz-System on the construction of the Baltic Pipe project.
  • Advised ATP, a Danish pension fund, on the Polish aspects of its investment in the renewable energy business Better Energy.
  • Advised PGE Energia Odnawialna on the acquisition of projects for 28 photovoltaic power plants.

Poland > Public procurement Tier 1

Leveraging its ‘true understanding’, the team at Domanski Zakrzewski Palinka handles matters across the full spectrum of Polish and EU public procurement, concessions and PPP issues. Contractors bidding for public contracts in a range of sectors, from energy and construction, to healthcare and defence, turn to the team, which has recently advised on some of the most complex PPP projects on the Polish market. Spearheading the practice are the ‘fully hands-on’ Katarzyna Kuźma, a key point of call for clients in the construction, energy, and waste management sectors seeking advice on infrastructure investments, and Marcin Krakowiak, who also serves as the infrastructure and energy department head. Tomasz Michalczyk is lauded by a client for his ‘creative solution-oriented attitude’ towards guiding contractors and contracting authorities through all stages of procurement procedures, particularly in the road and rail sectors. Wojciech Hartung specialises in issues involving public-public cooperation and competition law matters, while Tomasz Krzyżanowski, a recent addition to the team from Traple Konarski Podrecki & Partners, is experienced in the IT and TMT sectors. Marcin Gajdek regularly provides advice to clients with a focus on the Spanish market.

Practice head(s):

Katarzyna Kuźma; Marcin Krakowiak

Testimonials

‘The team has a true understanding and a holistic approach to client needs. The comprehensive view and knowledge of the sector gives added value compared to other law firms. I value the fact that they don’t just point out the risks, but also assess their likelihood and think of solutions to the problem straight away.’

‘Katarzyna Kuźma is a fully hands-on partner, very involved both in the legal analysis and in the direct communication with the client. She gives you the feeling that everything is under control. Wojciech Hartung has extremely broad knowledge of EU procurement law and can translate it into practice.’

‘They supported us with various regulatory matters related to public procurement, including talks with the European Commission. They were involved in shaping the procurement system for a large infrastructure project, which is rather complex task.’

‘I appreciate working with Katarzyna Kuźma and Wojciech Hartung. They both have an excellent approach to client expectations and problems, and they combine their open approach with deep knowledge, and willingness to solve any legal jigsaw with deep knowledge of public procurement regulations.’

‘Wojciech Hartung used to work for the Polish Public Procurement Authority which helps him to explain to the client the expectations of public authorities.’

‘Tomasz Michalczyk; is one of the best lawyers in the public procurement law sector. Exceptional knowledge and competence and a creative solution-oriented attitude.’

‘This practice’s uniqueness lies in its responsive and helpful team, consistently delivering on promises. Clients can expect open communication and trust, as well as innovative perspectives. The team prioritises problem-solving and streamlined processes. Billing is transparent and adaptable to clients’ needs.’

‘The DZP team stands out for their profound grasp of essential materials, exceptional communication skills, and proactive approach. Their expertise consistently delivers superior results and well-informed client strategies. Notably, Katarzyna Kuźma excels in her ability to transform intricate concepts into actionable insights, and has great project management skills. Wojciech Hartung has proven invaluable in presenting results and recommendations clearly to top executives.’

Key clients

Zarząd Morskiego Portu Gdynia S.A. (The Port Authority of Gdynia)

The Royal Danish Embassy

PORR S.A. (VIE: POS)

Citybike Global

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

Centrum Elektronicznych Usług Płatniczych eService Sp. z o.o., PKO Bank Polski S.A. and TECS Telecommunication & E-Commerce Solutions GmbH

Work highlights

  • Advising Zarząd Morskiego Portu Gdynia S.A. and the Ministry of Development Funds and Regional Policy on selecting a private partner to implement a project to build an outer port at the Port of Gdynia.
  • Represented PORR S.A. in proceedings before the National Appeals Chamber concerning the outcome of tenders for the expansion of Ore Quay III and Bytom Quay at the Port of Gdansk, as well as the renewal of a rail tunnel in southern Poland.
  • Advising the City of Krakow Roads Authority on a PPP project in Poland concerning the design, construction and operation of Kraków Fast Tramway – stage IV.

Poland > Banking and finance Tier 2

Domanski Zakrzewski Palinka ‘has great experience’ in the banking and finance arena, and the team operates from within the firm’s capital markets and financial institutions practice. Its client roster is wide ranging and includes banks and their subsidiaries, financial holdings, brokers and investment companies, as well as investment funds. The offering encompasses debt financing, project financing, and regulatory advice, as well as equity financing, restructuring, and acquisition financing, with its transactions often involving a cross-border element. The practice is jointly led by financial transactions expert Magdalena Skowrońska and Rafał Grochowski, who specialises in infrastructure debt issuance transactions. Senior associate Tomasz Kalicki has notable experience in the financing and refinancing of renewable energy projects.

Practice head(s):

Magdalena Skowrońska; Rafał Grochowski

Other key lawyers:

Tomasz Kalicki; Katarzyna Biarda; Anna Kuczewska; Katarzyna Wójcik

Testimonials

‘The banking and finance team at DZP is extremely professional, has great experience and does a fantastic job of coordinating multi-jurisdictional matters.’

‘We have primarily worked with Magdalena Skowrońska and Tomasz Kalicki and found both to be extremely knowledgeable, very concise and business-oriented in providing their advice and very pragmatic.’

‘Katarzyna Biarda is very knowledgeable and Magdalena Skowrońska is reliable and competent.’

‘Brilliant minds, approachable and very responsive. Able to share documents at great speed. They have a superb client base.’

‘Anna Kuczewska is very friendly and responsive.’

‘We love working with DZP as their team is super responsive, has a clear eye on the relevant details and will keep accurate track of everything ongoing. It is the perfect puzzle piece to complement international transactions.’

‘We in particular love working with Tomasz Kalicki and his team, namely Katarzyna Wójcik.’

‘The team reacts very quickly and assisted us with a number of our transactions with respect to Polish law aspects, providing excellent services.’

Key clients

Wells Fargo Bank, National Association

Norddeutsche Landesbank Girozentrale

DNB Bank Polska S.A.

Bank Polska Kasa Opieki S.A.

Credit Suisse

Powszechna Kasa Oszczędności Bank Polski S.A.

Goldman Sachs Bank USA

Deutsche Bank

Cassa Depositi e Prestiti S.p.A.

Santander

City of Warsaw

EB Sustainable Funds Luxembourg S.A.

SICAV-SIF Sub-Fund 2:EB Renewable Energy Fund Europe

URBASER S.A.U.

Intensa Sanpaolo S.p.a.

Intesa Sanpaolo banking Group

NICE Group

City of Krakow

Quartz Capital Fund S.C.A. Sicav-Sif

ENGIE Zielona Energia sp. z o.o.

Persan Polska S.A.

Valvulas Arco

J&T Banka

Work highlights

  • Advised German lender Norddeutsche Landesbank Girozentrale/EKF on providing financing to Polish companies from the European Energy group to develop five wind farm projects in Poland.
  • Advised DNB Bank Polska S.A. on the sale to Santander Bank Polska S.A. of a portfolio of bonds issued by public sector entities and loans granted to these entities.
  • Advised Wells Fargo Bank, National Association on a multi-jurisdictional financing project to an international group of companies headquartered in Poland.

Poland > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 2

Domanski Zakrzewski Palinka is very familiar with the Polish M&A market, and is additionally skilled in handling cross-border transactions. Its offering encompasses a broad range of work, including leveraged buyouts, management take-overs, joint ventures, and reorganisations and restructuring projects. Managing partner Krzysztof Zakrzewski spearheads the department with the support of ‘go-to’ lawyer Bartosz Marcinkowski and Marek Świątkowski, who acts for both buyers and sellers. Another notable name is Piotr Andrzejczak, who is an M&A specialist in the private market.

Practice head(s):

Krzysztof Zakrzewski

Other key lawyers:

Marek Świątkowski; Piotr Andrzejczak; Robert Niczyporuk; Damian Szczygielski; Bartosz Marcinkowski; Sylwia Kuca; Michał Klimowicz

Testimonials

‘The team has always performed in the way we desired. They are always client oriented.’

‘Damian Szczygielski and Michał Klimowicz provided us with an outstanding service, with highly professional and experienced advice to proceed our M&A project smoothly. Needless to say, they were always reactive throughout the project.’

‘The team is very responsive and efficient. They understand the issues and treat them with pragmatism and efficiency.’

‘They explain very simply the way it works in Poland and are reliable. Very dedicated on its matters. Good understanding of the situation and reliable legal advice.’

‘Business oriented.’

‘One of Poland’s largest and institutionalised law firms with a great organisation. Bartosz Marcinkowski is my go-to person in Poland.’

‘The support is on a high level of knowledge and professionalism and it is very much reliable. What is very specific with DZP against the others is that they are trying to help you to make the right decision.’

‘Very good individual lawyers, with high personal class. They are proactively looking forward to your targets and helping with legal advice to achieve them.’

Key clients

Budmat

International Paper

Procter & Gamble

Canal +

Bauer Media

Getin Holding S.A.

Renomia

Renta

Kliniki Neuroradiochirurgii

SAT

GP Capital

Global Pharma

OU Blite

PamapolandPropinquus

Zing

InfraVia Growth

Fox Recykling

Cuprum Zdrowie

InfiniteData

Podobneo

Efecte Plc

ID Logistics

PGE Polska Grupa Energetyczna

CBC Poland

Astara

BBB

PFR TFI

Oasis Diagnositics

Teltec AG

Amphenol

Work highlights

  • Advised Fox Recykling, a collector and seller of secondary waste, on the sale of 76% of its shares to the Spanish group, Saica, a major European producer of recycled paper.
  • Advised PGE Polska Grupa Energetyczna S.A. on the sale of TFI Energia to public insurance company Powszechny Zakład Ubezpieczeń.
  • Advised ATP, a major Danish pension fund, on the Polish aspects of its investment in the renewable energy business Better Energy.

Poland > Data privacy and data protection Tier 2

Domanski Zakrzewski Palinka‘s data privacy department advises clients on the implementation of GDPR, data transfers, and data breaches, and also provides representation before the Data Protection Authority. Practice head Bartosz Marcinkowski is ‘highly regarded by clients’ and assists both domestic and foreign companies across all of their data privacy needs. Sylwia Kuca is experienced in handling the implementation of data protection solutions.

Practice head(s):

Bartosz Marcinkowski

Other key lawyers:

Sylwia Kuca; Karolina Kulikowska-Gruszecka; Mateus Jankowski

Testimonials

‘Good team – very active and reliable. We have handled with DZP a data breach. It was very nice to work with the team.’

‘Ability to work in an international team and to understand the needs of the client, react promptly, and provide clear and understandable advice.’

‘We are in constant contact with Bartosz Marcinkowski, who is easy, approachable, very responsive, and highly regarded by clients.’

‘Karolina Kulikowska-Gruszecka and Mateus Jankowski are worth mentioning as professionals who are able to understand the client’s business and provide valuable advice.’

Poland > Employment Tier 2

The labour law and social security practice at Domanski Zakrzewski Palinka has expertise in trade union relationships, including collective agreements between employers and trade unions. The practice is also active in the employment litigation sphere, especially matters regarding fatal accidents in the workplace and sensitive management disputes. Bogusław Kapłon has significant experience negotiating with trade unions on collective bargaining agreements, remuneration systems and other employee benefit schemes. Kapłon jointly leads the practice alongside Agata Mierzwa, who is praised for her expertise in corporate restructurings, employee transfers and data protection matters.

Practice head(s):

Bogusław Kapłon; Agata Mierzwa

Other key lawyers:

Justyna Tyc-Brzosko

Testimonials

‘They are a great group of professionals, always ready to support, very often ad hoc.’

‘The practice is experienced in finding solutions for big and complicated organisations so that smaller organisations can instantly benefit from this. The communication is maintained direct and easy so you feel welcome and important. Finally, the solutions advised are pragmatic and straightforward.’

‘Always available when needed with quick response times, positive and optimistic nature, very good personal attitude.’

‘I find the team to be highly responsive and efficient, with excellent quality of work.’

‘We strongly attest that Bogusław Kapłon is an immensely knowledgeable advisor who provides crystal-clear and actionable recommendations. It is without a doubt that his advice is the foundation of our informed and successful decision-making.’

‘They are very kind and always willing to help.’

‘Very good communication in the team, division of matters between the lawyers to get complex advice, fast operation.’

Key clients

MOUSQUETAIRES GROUP

APART

BAUER

TORPOL

WÜRTH GROUP

Persa

Organon

Southco

mFInanse (mBank group)

Super-Pharm Holding

Work highlights

  • Representing mFinanse, from the mBank group, in social security-related litigation before the Supreme Court and proceedings in front of the Social Security Authority.
  • Advising Bauer in connection with the entry of the union Inicjatywa Pracownicza into two of the Bauer Group companies.
  • Advised on the employment aspects of the PLN1bn acquisition by the Wurth Group of publicly-listed Polish company TIM.

Poland > Healthcare and life sciences Tier 2

Domanski Zakrzewski Palinka‘s practice is known for handling a broad array of matters for clients, including M&A, research and development projects, and compliance issues. The group leverages its deep regulatory bench strength to advise clients on the manufacturing and promotion of pharmaceutical products. In December 2023, Mateusz Mądry arrived to head up the department; he brings in-house experience working at the Ministry of Health, the Office for the Registration of Medicinal Products, Medical Devices and Biocidal Products, and the European Medicines Agency to the group.

Practice head(s):

Mateusz Mądry

Other key lawyers:

Marcin Matczak

Testimonials

‘Very knowledgeable, exceptional, commercial knowledge of the pharma sector, very practical approach.’

‘Easy to understand communication.’

‘Awareness of business realities and out of the box mindset – they work together, and don’t just provide legal advice.’

‘Strong leadership, long-lasting relationships with organisations. Their key strength is their commercial/distribution expertise.’

‘Wide experience and knowledge of multiple topics and practical aspects of the law, which makes it easier to find solutions and rapidly execute projects/solve problems.’

Key clients

MSD Polska sp. z o.o.

AstraZeneca Pharma Poland Sp. z o. o.

Pfizer Polska sp. z o.o.

Teva Pharmaceuticals Polska

Takeda Sp. z o.o.

Telemedicine Working Group

Mylan Healthcare sp. z o.o. (Viatris group)

Polish Federation of Hospitals

Astellas sp. z o.o.

GSK (GSK Commercial sp. z o.o. and GSK Services)

Servier Polska Sp. z o.o.

Bausch Health Poland Sp. z o.o.

AbbVie Polska Sp. z o.o.

Sanofi

Vetoquinol Biowet sp. z o.o.

Roche Diabetes Care Polska Sp. z o.o.

Super-Pharm Holding

Organon Polska sp. z o.o.

Olimp Laboratories Sp. z o.o.

DrEryk S.A.

Work highlights

  • Advising Takeda on the reimbursement of blockbuster drugs.
  • Advising a large Polish pharmaceutical company on compliance issues, internal procedures, risk management, and the distribution of medicinal products, as well as handling contentious matters.

Poland > Insurance Tier 2

Domanski Zakrzewski Palinka‘s clientele includes insurers, insurance brokers, policyholders, and public bodies, and sectors of note for the group are the manufacturing, construction, financial, and commerce industries. Its offering encompasses regulatory advice, support with taking-out policies, and representation in insurance claims, especially those concerning D&O, W&I, product liability, and property insurance. Julita Zimoch-Tuchołka oversees the department with expertise in cross-border insurance mandates. Joanna Schubel departed in July 2023 to join Tomczykowski Tomczykowska Sp. z o.o..

Practice head(s):

Julita Zimoch-Tuchołka

Testimonials

‘Domanski Zakrzewski Palinka provides clear, readily accessible advice, often on very tight deadlines. They have been consistently excellent throughout this time and are our go-to firm in Poland.’

‘Julita Zimoch-Tuchołka has been a pleasure to work with. She has been consistently excellent in insurance and regulatory topics and always available on short notice, turning things around quickly.’

Key clients

Renomia

Port Authority of Gdynia

Aon

Greenval Insurance

Acquis Insurance

Gartenbau

Port Authority of the Port of Gdynia

TAURON S.A.

Tokio Marine Europe HCC

BACH LANGHEID DALLMAYR

EPRO Sp. Z o.o.

YIT Polska

WKI Isoliertechnik

Turka

Work highlights

  • Advised RENOMIA on the acquisition of 65% of the shareholding in Alfa Brokers sp. z o.o.
  • Advising Aon, a leading international insurance broker, on various matters, including compliance, AML, and whistleblowing regulations.

Poland > Private client Tier 2

Domanski Zakrzewski Palinka acts for private clients and successful private entrepreneurs, as well as their families and the companies they control, alongside family businesses, private organisations, and family trust funds. Its offering encompasses advice on day-to-day legal and tax issues, as well as support with forming and developing family businesses and related succession planning matters. The team is jointly led by Piotr Andrzejczak in Poznań, and Joanna Wierzejska and Marek Świątkowski in Warsaw. They are ably supported by Jakub WieszczeczyńskiDamian Szczygielski, and Grzegorz Sprawka, who was promoted to the partnership in July 2023.

Practice head(s):

Piotr Andrzejczak; Joanna Wierzejska; Marek Świątkowski

Testimonials

‘Very high competences, quick response to inquiries, and high ability to clearly explain legal consequences for people without legal knowledge.’

‘Very readable and accurate notes after meetings, legible and professional documentation of studies, and flexibility in time and calendar management.’

‘The team has understanding and patience, and is good at explaining complex legal elements, with extensive life and professional experience.’

Poland > Restructuring and insolvency Tier 2

Domanski Zakrzewski Palinka fields ‘a strong team of exceptional lawyers’ who handle in court and out-of-court restructuring and insolvency proceedings. Businesses in distress, debtors, and creditors form the majority of the team’s client base, and regulated sectors such as banking and renewable energy are core areas of focus for the practice. Bartosz Marcinkowski and Michał Cecerko head up the department; the former has experience in advising Polish and foreign companies, while the latter is a licensed restructuring advisor who focuses on debt and bankruptcy projects. They are ably supported by corporate and M&A specialist Sylwia Kuca.

Practice head(s):

Michał Cecerko; Bartosz Marcinkowski

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘A strong team of exceptional lawyers covering topics like financial regulation, restructuring, insolvency, and dispute resolution.’

‘The team has deep knowledge and experience with respect to local markets, but also wide expertise of international practice, especially in the field of European financial regulation and financial restructuring.’

‘Michał Cecerko is a leader with great experience and he is very approachable when needed.’

‘The team is very client oriented with capacity to work very hard under strong time pressure.’

‘Well known in Poland for having a good team and excellent resources.’

Key clients

Idea Bank S.A.

Idea Money S.A.

Getin Noble Bank S.A.

Fenice Poland sp. z o.o.

LC Corp BV

Waste to Energy (Keszczow) Company Ltd

Wydawnictwo Bauer

YIT Development sp. z o.o.

Work highlights

  • Representing Fenice Poland in the insolvency proceedings of Elektrobudowa S.A., an electrical engineering and construction company.
  • Acted for the creditor, Waste to Energy Company Ltd, in filing a pre-pack petition against the debtor, EKO-Region Kleszczów sp. z o.o.
  • Advising Getin Noble Bank on insolvency issues before and after its resolution process.

Poland > Tax Tier 2

At Domanski Zakrzewski Palinka, the tax practice is well regarded for its strength in M&A tax advisory, restructuring, tax planning and tax litigation work. Its client roster spans domestic and international companies, local authorities and private equity funds. Joanna Wierzejska specialises in tax litigation before the European courts, as well as advice regarding post-M&A tax restructuring mandates. Wierzejska jointly leads the practice alongside tax litigation expert Artur Nowak, who represents clients at all stages of tax proceedings. Grzegorz Sprawka and Jan Czerwiński were both promoted to the partnership in July 2023.

Practice head(s):

Joanna Wierzejska; Artur Nowak

Other key lawyers:

Grzegorz Sprawka; Jan Czerwiński; Tomasz Leszczewski

Testimonials

‘The DZP team offers good answers to the new situations we have every day. Good connection between different departments that allows them to find the best solutions.’

‘Good communication and understand of the problems we face. The fact that they know our project from the beginning is an advantage to understanding it.’

Key clients

Corab sp. z o.o.

Stonly

RTB House S.A.

Poland > White-collar crime Tier 2

The diverse client roster of the white-collar crime practice at Domanski Zakrzewski Palinka features pharmaceutical companies, financial institutions, construction companies and manufacturers, as well as high-profile individuals.  The practice is regularly tasked with matters relating to abuses of power, anti-money laundering, cybercrime and fraud. Hanna Gajewska-Kraczkowska leads the team and focuses her practice on white-collar litigation and the criminal liability of business entities. Artur Nowak is a key name for tax-related matters and representing clients in penal-fiscal proceedings. Rafał Karbowniczek is well versed in cybercrime matters and was promoted to the partnership in July 2023.

Practice head(s):

Hanna Gajewska-Kraczkowska

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘DZP’s criminal law practice is actually headed by partner Rafał Karbowniczek, who places great emphasis on full involvement in each of the cases entrusted to his team and pays extraordinary attention to detail.’

‘Rafał Karbowniczek is a lawyer who, from my perspective, stands out in every respect. He has an incredible sense of process and the ability to efficiently communicate with law enforcement agencies. Rafał has impressive knowledge of criminal law, which he successfully uses in the cases entrusted to him. Always professional, responsive and polite.’

‘Rafał Karbowniczek’s professionalism is confirmed by his presence in high-profile cases in which he represents leading Polish businessmen, politicians and celebrities.’

‘Consistently, Rafał Karbowniczek is recognized as a leader in the white-collar crime field. Above-average commitment to clients and perfectionism in every way. In my opinion, it is the running of this department by Rafał that makes it unique.’

Key clients

The Reformed Catholic Church in Poland

Work highlights

  • Represent an MEP in criminal proceedings which he initiated against a constitutional court judge.
  • Representing the Reformed Catholic Church in Poland in an administrative dispute with the Attorney General over registration on the official list of religious associations.
  • Represent a major political figure in criminal proceedings in which he has been charged with abuse of power and failure to fulfil obligations.

Poland > Capital markets Tier 3

Domanski Zakrzewski Palinka is notable for its expertise in advising on bond issues surrounding infrastructure projects, in addition to providing support to start-ups and venture capital projects. Another significant element of the firm’s offering is its ability to handle transactions regarding debt instruments, as well as advising financial institutions on regulatory issues. Andrzej Foltyn, a securities and capital markets specialist, helms the practice. Rafał Grochowski is another key name, as is regulatory expert Magdalena Skowronska.

Practice head(s):

Andrzej Foltyn

Other key lawyers:

Rafał Grochowski; Magdalena Skowrońska; Piotr Jackowski; Maciej Zajda

Testimonials

‘Multidisciplinary practice with unique business sense and wide portfolio of experts ensuring that all the competencies needed in processes are there.’

‘Smooth collaboration, fair and clear settlements with clients.’

‘Maciej Zajda has a hands-on approach, good business sense, and flexible and professional attitude.’

Key clients

Square Enix Ltd.

Getin Holding S.A.

Bank Polska Kasa Opieki S.A.

Parasight

NVIDIA

Razer Inc.

URBASER S.A.U

DNB Bank Polska S.A.

MW Trade

Infravia Growth Fund

OÜ Blite Fund

Digital Bros

Polenergia

Tenderhut

W.EG

Engie Zielona Energia

Oasis Diagnostics

Work highlights

  • Advised NASDAQ-listed Efecte PLC on the capital markets and corporate aspects of the acquisition of Polish public company InteliWISE S.A.
  • Advised Bank Pekao S.A. on purchasing revenue bonds issued by Gdańskie Autobusy I Tramwaje sp. Z o.o. with funds to finance the purchase of electric buses and bus charging infrastructure.
  • Avised TenderHut on a process to list and admit its shares to trading on the Main Market of the Warsaw Stock Exchange.

Poland > Competition/antitrust Tier 3

Domanski Zakrzewski Palinka‘s wide-ranging client roster consists of companies from various industries, such as the FMCG, retail, energy, media and advertising, pharmaceuticals, and logistic sectors. The 'diverse' team is well versed in representing these clients in proceedings before the Polish Competition Authority, in addition to assisting them with the implementation of compliance programmes. Jarosław Łukawski chairs the group and ‘binds the competition department together and gives it dynamism and momentum’.

Practice head(s):

Jarosław Łukawski

Other key lawyers:

Marta Balcerowska

Testimonials

‘DZP’s practice dealing with competition and related issues and antitrust matters is very dynamic. DZP’s team responds immediately, and we feel that it keeps its finger on the pulse.’

‘DZP is very knowledgeable when it comes to really understanding the FMCG market in Poland. This is knowledge that goes significantly beyond the usual standard of legal services. In matters requiring a deep understanding of the business, the practice at DZP is often our first choice.’

‘The leadership of Jarosław Łukawski, who binds the competition department together and gives it dynamism and momentum, is very evident. It is apparent that Jarosław Łukawski is substantively responsible for the advice that is prepared by his team.’

‘They harmonise a lot together.’

‘Very strong client-focused team with in-depth knowledge of the FMCG industry. Their support is always pragmatic with an efficient manner and business oriented.’

‘Jarosław Łukawski has vast experience in competition law matters, but it is his excellent practical understanding of businesses that makes him stand out. He knows the industry well and is up to date with the authorities’ activities.’

Key clients

InPost

RMF

Richardson International

Mars Poland

Hanwha Solutions Corporation

GS Energy Corporation

Brown-Forman

Kanno Seimen Co., ltd

Abbott Laboratories

Lidl Polska

Polskie Górnictwo i Gazownictwo Naftowe Obrót Detaliczny

Pamapol

DaesangCorporation

Mylan Polska

Mercedes Benz Polska

Work highlights

  • Assisted Hanwha Solutions and GS Energy with securing a clearance decision in merger proceedings involving the creation of a JV, in which they will invest more than $500m for the production of ethylene vinyl acetate.
  • Acting for Polish radio broadcaster RMF in proceedings concerning whether there was cooperation between radio stations which resulted in limited market access for a major Polish state-owned radio station.
  • Advising Richardson International on merger control issues pertaining to the acquisition of Ragleth.

Poland > Intellectual property Tier 3

The IP practice at Domanski Zakrzewski Palinka assists clients with the full ambit of patent, copyright, trade mark and design issues. On the copyright front, the practice has particular expertise in architectural works, computer programs, film and music. Other areas of expertise include the pharmaceuticals and life sciences industries, as well as the financial services sector. The practice is headed up by well respected practitioner Aleksandra Auleytner.

Practice head(s):

Aleksandra Auleytner

Other key lawyers:

Jarosław Konecko

Testimonials

‘At that time, we needed a strong team to proceed with trade mark registration in the EU, and DZP was of great help to us.’

Key clients

Visa International

Olimp Laboratories sp. z o.o.

Pamapol S.A./Propinquus sp. z o.o.

BackOffice Associates, LLC (d.b.a Syniti)

BNP Paribas Bank Polska S.A.

PiLeJe SAS

Fundacja Przekrój

Skarbnica Narodowa sp. z o.o.

ASBIS

TORF Corporation

Work highlights

  • Assisting Visa International with the management of its trade mark portfolio on the Polish market on a regular basis, including acting in opposition proceedings.
  • Advsied Pamapol S.A./Propinquus sp. z o.o. on the IP aspects of a joint venture which starts a long-term cooperation in the production of a wide range of food products.
  • Representing Olimp Laboratories Sp. z o.o. in a raft of trade mark infringement claims.

Poland > TMT Tier 3

Domanski Zakrzewski Palinka is well equipped to handle a wide range of mandates for clients, including digital transformations, armament technology supply projects, and innovative IT systems. The TV production, e-commerce, and energy sectors are areas of core activity for the group. Practice head Aleksandra Auleytner specialises in telecoms, internet, and e-commerce mandates, and she is ably supported by counsel Tadeusz Piątek, who frequently advises clients on transactional and regulatory mandates, and senior associate Karolina Kulikowska-Gruszecka, who is knowledgeable about new technologies.

Practice head(s):

Aleksandra Auleytner

Testimonials

‘Professional, with high experience and knowledge open for negotiation of the process, and transparent.’

‘Karolina Kulikowska-Gruszecka has great knowledge and is open-minded. Very good quality of work. Open to business needs, well organised, and knowledgeable about business.’

‘The DZP team responds immediately to the client’s needs. The knowledgeable lawyers provided the assistance we needed every time.’

‘Karolina Kulikowska-Gruszecka always delivers a top-quality service.’

Key clients

BABCOCK International Group

Talbot Underwriting

PZU S.A.

Crawford Polska Sp. z o.o.

Golden Media Sp. z o.o. and its subsidiaries

PGE Systemy Sp. z o.o.

PKP IC

GWD Concept Sp. z o.o.

Bouygues Immobilier Polska Sp. z o.o.

LULU Production

Work highlights

  • Represented PGE Systemy in proceedings concerning a contract for a billing and CRM system for the client’s customers, as well as in proceedings concerning the implementation of an IT system to ensure continuity of business processes.
  • Advised Babcock on agreements outlining its cooperation 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.
  • Advised PZU on cybersecurity incidents which occurred for a number of its customers who had purchased cybersecurity policies.

Poland > Real estate Tier 4

Domanski Zakrzewski Palinka advises on the gamut of real estate mandates, including sales and acquisitions, leases, and developments of residential and commercial projects, in addition to representing clients in contentious matters such as restitution claims. Its client roster includes international and domestic corporates, developers and financial institutions. The practice is co-led by Lech Żyżylewski and Wojciech Koczara.

Practice head(s):

Lech Żyżylewski; Wojciech Koczara

Key clients

Aisin Corporation

Leiber

Bank Handlowy (Citigroup)

Rothschild&Co Polska Sp. z .o.

Harbour Investment GmbH

EEW (Energy from Waste)

YIT Development

Orbis

Syrena Invest

Holzindustrie Furst zu Furstenberg

NVIDIA

RODIS

Ball Beverage Packaging Europe

Work highlights

  • Advised Budizol, a Polish private developer, on the development of a historical site in Płock.
  • Advising developer RODIS Rodziewicz sp.k. on the acquisition of commercial real estate, part of the Auchan Bielany retail park, in Wrocław.

The firm: Established in 1993, Domanski Zakrzewski Palinka is a full-service Polish law firm with 41 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.

Department Name Email Telephone
Corporate and M&A Marek Świątkowski marek.swiatkowski@dzp.pl
Corporate and M&A Piotr Andrzejczak piotr.andrzejczak@dzp.pl
Corporate and M&A Robert Niczyporuk robert.niczyporuk@dzp.pl
Corporate and M&A Krzysztof A. Zakrzewski krzysztof.zakrzewski@dzp.pl
Corporate and M&A Bartosz Marcinkowski bartosz.marcinkowski@dzp.pl
Corporate and M&A Paweł Pioruński pawel.piorunski@dzp.pl
Corporate and M&A Julita Zimoch-Tuchołka julita.zimoch-tucholka@dzp.pl
Capital Markets Andrzej Foltyn andrzej.foltyn@dzp.pl
Banking and Finance Magdalena Skowrońska magdalena.skowronska@dzp.pl
Banking and Finance Rafał Grochowski rafal.grochowski@dzp.pl
Banking and Finance Tomasz Kalicki tomasz.kalicki@dzp.pl
Real Estate Lech Żyżylewski lech.zyzylewski@dzp.pl
Labour Law and Social Security Boguslaw Kapłon boguslaw.kaplon@dzp.pl
Labour Law and Social Security Agata Mierzwa agata.mierzwa@dzp.pl
Infrastructure/construction Marcin Krakowiak marcin.krakowiak@dzp.pl
Infrastructure/construction Tomasz Darowski tomasz.darowski@dzp.pl
Energy and Natural Resources Pawel Grzejszczak pawel.grzejszczak@dzp.pl
Dispute Resolution Józef Palinka jozef.palinka@dzp.pl
Dispute Resolution Pawel Lewandowski pawel.lewandowski@dzp.pl
Dispute Resolution Łukasz Wojdalski lukasz.wojdalski@dzp.pl
Dispute Resolution Paweł Paradowski pawel.paradowski@dzp.pl
Public procurement Katarzyna Kuźma katarzyna.kuzma@dzp.pl
IP&TMT Aleksandra Auleytner aleksandra.auleytner@dzp.pl
Environment Katarzyna Kuźma katarzyna.kuzma@dzp.pl
Healthcare and Life Sciences Mateusz Mądry mateusz.madry@dzp.pl
Healthcare and Life Sciences Marcin Matczak marcin.matczak@dzp.pl
Tax Joanna Wierzejska joanna.wierzejska@dzp.pl
Tax Artur Nowak artur.nowak@dzp.pl
Insurance Julita Zimoch-Tuchołka julita.zimoch-tucholka@dzp.pl
White-Collar Crime Hanna Gajewska-Kraczkowska hanna.gajewska-kraczkowska@dzp.pl
White-Collar Crime Artur Nowak artur.nowak@dzp.pl
Energy and Natural Resources Marcin Krakowiak marcin.krakowiak@dzp.pl
Data Privacy Bartosz Marcinkowski bartosz.marcinkowski@dzp.pl
Private Client Joanna Wierzejska joanna.wierzejska@dzp.pl
Private Client Piotr Andrzejczak piotr.andrzejczak@dzp.pl
Private Client Marek Świątkowski marek.swiatkowski@dzp.pl
Regulatory Affairs, Legislation and Compliance Anna Hlebicka-Józefowicz anna.hlebicka-jozefowicz@dzp.pl
Competition / Antitrust Jarosław Łukawski jaroslaw.lukawski@dzp.pl
Restructuring and Insolvency Michał Cecerko michal.cecerko@dzp.pl
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Piotr Andrzejczak photo Mr Piotr Andrzejczak Based in Poznan, Piotr is a partner in DZP’s Corporate and M&A…
Aleksandra Auleytner photo Dr Aleksandra Auleytner Partner and Head of the IP&TMT Practice, specialising in intangible rights, copyright…
Marta Balcerowska photo Ms Marta Balcerowska Marta specialises in competition law, consumer protection law, pharmaceutical law and regulations…
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Beata Cieszyńska photo Ms Beata Cieszyńska Specialises in legal advice to companies in the infrastructure sector, particularly on…
Jan Czerwiński photo Mr Jan Czerwiński Partner in Tax Practice. Specializes in VAT as well as excise duty…
Tomasz Darowski photo Mr Tomasz Darowski Specialises in infrastructure investments and defence sector projects, related contracts, and litigation…
Andrzej Foltyn photo Mr Andrzej Foltyn Partner and Head of DZP’s Capital Markets and Financial Institutions Practice specialising…
Michał Gajdek photo Mr Michał Gajdek Senior Associate in Infrastructure and Energy Practice. Specialises in public procurement law…
Hanna Gajewska-Kraczkowska photo Dr Hanna Gajewska-Kraczkowska Counsel in Dispute Resolution Practice. Deals with litigation under criminal business law…
Rafał Grochowski photo Mr Rafał Grochowski Partner in Capital Markets and Financial Institutions Practice. Specialises in legal advice…
Paweł Grzejszczak photo Mr Paweł Grzejszczak Partner in DZP’s Infrastructure and Energy department who specialises in energy law,…
Wojciech Hartung photo Dr Wojciech Hartung Advises on infrastructure projects carried out under the Public Procurement Law or…
Anna Hlebicka-Józefowicz photo Dr Anna Hlebicka-Józefowicz Partner and Head of DZP’s Regulatory Affairs, Legislation and Compliance Practice, which…
Piotr Jackowski photo Mr Piotr Jackowski Of Counsel in Capital Markets and Financial Institutions Practice.
Mateusz Jankowski photo Mr Mateusz Jankowski Mateusz has over five years’ experience in providing legal advice to businesses…
Tomasz Kalicki photo Mr Tomasz Kalicki Senior Associate in Capital Markets and Financial Institutions Practice. Advises on transactions…
Boguslaw Kaplon photo Mr Boguslaw Kaplon Based in Poznan, Bogusław is a Partner and Co-Head of the Labour…
Rafał Karbowniczek photo Mr Rafał Karbowniczek Partner in Dispute Resolution Practice.
Bartosz Karolczyk photo Dr Bartosz Karolczyk Advises in disputes and contract law. He specialises in business disputes.He represents…
Michał Klimowicz photo Mr Michał Klimowicz Michał specialises in civil and commercial law and advises both buyers and…
Jarosław Konecko photo Mr Jarosław Konecko Specialises in issues concerning various aspects of intellectual property law and unfair…
Marcin Krakowiak photo Mr Marcin Krakowiak Partner and Head of DZP’s Infrastructure and Energy Practice. Specialises in infrastructure…
Tomasz Krzyżanowski photo Mr Tomasz Krzyżanowski Tomasz advises clients on all aspects of public procurement law and advises…
Sylwia Kuca photo Ms Sylwia Kuca Partner in the Corporate and M&A Practice. Advises on corporate law and…
Anna Kuczewska photo Ms Anna Kuczewska Anna specialises in legal advice in the area of transaction banking, with…
Karolina Kulikowska-Gruszecka photo Ms Karolina Kulikowska-Gruszecka Senior Associate in IP & TMT Practice. She specialises in personal data…
Katarzyna Kuźma photo Ms Katarzyna Kuźma Heads the public procurement and environmental protection teams and specialises in Polish…
Tomasz Leszczewski photo Mr Tomasz Leszczewski Senior Tax Manager in Tax Practice.
Paweł Lewandowski photo Mr Paweł Lewandowski Partner specialising in civil, administrative and arbitration proceedings, as well as company…
Jaroslaw Lukawski photo Dr Jaroslaw Lukawski Partner and Head of the Competition Law Practice. He has extensive experience…
Bartosz Marcinkowski photo Dr Bartosz Marcinkowski Partner specialising in mergers and acquisitions, company law and personal data protection…
Marcin Matczak photo Prof Dr Marcin Matczak Doctor of law specialising in competition and consumer protection, constitutional law, European…
Tomasz Michalczyk photo Mr Tomasz Michalczyk Partner in Infrastructure and Energy Practice. Specialises in matters concerning broadly understood…
Agata Mierzwa photo Ms Agata Mierzwa Partner in Labour Law and Social Security Practice. Specialises in labour and…
Mateusz Mądry photo Dr Mateusz Mądry Partner and the Head of Life Sciences Practice. He is an expert…
Robert Niczyporuk photo Mr Robert Niczyporuk Partner specialising in mergers and acquisitions, company restructuring, public trading in securities…
Artur Nowak photo Mr Artur Nowak Partner, Co-Head of the Tax Practice. An expert in handling cases before…
Piotr Orczykowski photo Mr Piotr Orczykowski Partner in Capital Markets and Financial Institutions Practice. He advises investment fund…
Maciej Orkusz photo Mr Maciej Orkusz Specializes in litigation and arbitration and is an expert in private and…
Jozef Palinka photo Mr Jozef Palinka Partner since joining the firm in 1999, specialising in litigation and arbitration…
Pawel Paradowski photo Mr Pawel Paradowski Partner and specialist in business disputes, white collar crime and company law.…
Paweł Pioruński photo Mr Paweł Pioruński Partner in Corporate and M&A Practice. Specialises in commercial and civil law,…
Tadeusz Piątek photo Mr Tadeusz Piątek Has been a legal counsel for over 25 years in the field…
Kamil Pociecha photo Mr Kamil Pociecha Kamil specialises in legal advice on preparing, implementing and accounting for infrastructure…
Michal Przychoda photo Dr Michal Przychoda Specialises in legal advice on infrastructure investments throughout the preparation and implementation…
Paweł Rudolf photo Mr Paweł Rudolf Specialises in regulatory advice to companies in the financial sector, particularly banks,…
Magdalena Skowronska photo Ms Magdalena Skowronska Partner specialising in banking law and regulatory aspects of the functioning of…
Grzegorz Sprawka photo Mr Grzegorz Sprawka Partner in Tax Practice. Provides full-range tax advice to clients on mergers…
Krzysztof Stecyk photo Mr Krzysztof Stecyk Krzysztof specialises in running court disputes before common and arbitration courts. He…
Jacek Stokłosa photo Mr Jacek Stokłosa Specialises in business disputes, company law, including corporate cases, and white collar…
Marek Swiatkowski photo Dr Marek Swiatkowski Partner specialising in business law, particularly mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, commercial…
Damian Szczygielski photo Mr Damian Szczygielski Partner in Corporate and M&A Practice
Justyna Tyc-Brzosko photo Ms Justyna Tyc-Brzosko Advises companies on labour and social security law. She specialises in employment…
José Luis Villacampa Varea photo Mr José Luis Villacampa Varea Partner in Infrastructure and Energy Practice and in Spanish Desk. He advises…
Joanna Wierzejska photo Ms Joanna Wierzejska Partner and Co-Head of DZP’s Tax Practice, Joanna specialises in providing full-range…
Jakub Wieszczeczyński photo Mr Jakub Wieszczeczyński Specialises in advising clients on commercial law, including mergers and acquisitions, joint…
Katarzyna Wójcik photo Ms Katarzyna Wójcik Katarzyna specialises in capital markets and company law. Her experience covers advising…
Lukasz Wojdalski photo Mr Lukasz Wojdalski Partner in Dispute Resolution Practice. Represents clients in court and arbitration proceedings…
Maciej Zajda photo Mr Maciej Zajda Maciej specialises in financial institutions, capital markets and corporate law. He advises…
Krzysztof Zakrzewski photo Mr Krzysztof Zakrzewski Managing Partner since 1999 and co-founder of the firm, advising on M&A…
Julita Zimoch-Tuchołka photo Ms Julita Zimoch-Tuchołka Of Counsel specialising in arbitration, contract law, corporate law, insurance law, mergers,…
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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.”.

The Tax Practice successfully defends board members on liability for limited liability company’s tax arrears

The Tax Practice won a dispute before the Supreme Administrative Court (SAC) concerning the tax liability of management board members for tax arrears of a company,

DZP supports Polish fund Rubicon Partners in an investment in the US company StaffHealth

Lead: Grzegorz Sprawka, Maciej Zajda, Joanna Wierzejska and Maciej Goszczyk have advised Rubicon Partners in a VB transaction with a startup supporting the employment of medics.

Tax Practice wins case before Supreme Administrative Court over interest on overpayments

The Tax Practice has successfully represented two US investment funds in a tax dispute with the Polish tax authorities over a refusal to pay interest on income tax overpayments.

DZP advises on a joint venture between companies supporting the availability of diagnostic care

Our client was Expandable Healthcare, a European manufacturer of mobile medical imaging equipment and modular buildings for primary care.

DZP advises OW Proton on the acquisition of an in vitro clinic

DZP's client was OW Proton, a financial services and consulting company controlled by Marek Jutkiewicz, an experienced Polish entrepreneur and investor.

Advice to the Scandinavian Axopar Group on its investment in a Polish manufacturer of boat components

DZP has supported one of the fastest growing companies specialising in the sale of recreational motor and  sailing boats in a strategic investment to enhance its global leadership position.

DZP joins #20yearsPLinEU campaign

Twenty years ago, on 1 May 2004, Poland joined the European Union together with Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Slovakia, Slovenia and Hungary.

Supreme Court win: compensation for incorrect implementation of EU directive on track access charges

Lawyers in our Dispute Resolution Practice – Paweł Lewandowski and Bartosz Karolczyk – supported by transport expert Tomasz Zielenkiewicz have represented one of the largest rail operators in a case against the State Treasury for compensation due to the incorrect implementation of the EU Directive on track access charges.

DZP advises Semrush on the acquisition of Brand24

DZP has advised the Semrush group on the acquisition of a majority stake in Polish startup, Brand24, a supplier of proprietary software for online reputation protection and content monitoring.

DZP supports cosmetics and household products shop eZebra.pl in finalising the sale of shares to the Dino Polska chain

With the support of the DZP Law Firm, eZebra.pl, a leading independent Polish online cosmetics retailer has completed the sale of a majority stake to Dino Polska S.A., one of the fastest growing food retail chains in Poland.

DZP advises Dutch company Den Hartogh Logistics on the acquisition of H&S Group

In an international team-up with Dutch law firm Lexence, we have advised Den Hartogh Holding BV, a global company specialising in transport for the chemical,

DZP supports the acquisition of shares in an innovative biotechnology company

DZP's client was eCapital, a company controlled by Michał Lach, an experienced investor, founder of K2 Internet and co-founder of Audioteka and eTutor.

DZP’s Tax Practice’s success in precedent-setting case for bank

Our Tax Practice represented a bank in a dispute with the tax authorities over choosing to tax interest on bonds and loans at the 3% rate (under articles 18-21 of the Act amending the Personal Income Tax Act, Corporate Income Tax Act, Tax Code and Certain Other Acts of 23 October 2018).

José Luis Villacampa Varea once again on the Board of the Polish-Portuguese Chamber of Commerce

During its General Meeting, the Polish-Portuguese Chamber of Commerce (PPCC) elected a new Board. José Luis Villacampa Varea, Co-Head of DZP's Spanish Desk, was once again elected to the Chamber's Board for a two-year term of office.

Selected Issues on General Strategies For Optimizing Competition Laws—Discussion on the Economic and Legal Perspectives, Parameters and Assessment Criteria

In the latest edition of the European Competition Law Review, Tomasz Zielenkiewicz, Senior Associate from the Infrastructure and Energy Practice, discusses the economic and legal perspectives, parameters and assessment criteria of selected issues on general strategies for optimizing competition laws.

We are developing advice for Korean companies. Seung Joo Lee joined our Korean Desk

Poland, strategically located in Central and Eastern Europe, is gaining increasing recognition as a potential hub for foreign investors in the CEE region.

Polenergia Group signs a 10-year contract for green energy with Schattdecor

DZP has advised Polenergia Group, the largest of Poland's private energy groups, on the conclusion of a 10-year cPPA (Corporate Power Purchase Agreement) with Schattdecor Polska, market leader in decor printing.

DZP advised Würth Group in finalising the acquisition of listed company TIM

DZP's client, Würth Group, a world leader in the production and sale of fastening and assembly materials,

DZP advises Renta Group on the acquisition of Scaffolding Group

DZP has advised Renta Group, an international construction equipment rental company operating in Baltic Sea region, on the acquisition by Renta Poland sp. z o.o. 100% of the shares in Scaffolding Group sp. z o.o., a Polish company specializing in rental and installation of scaffolding structures in the industrial sector.

DZP advises Intrum, European leading debt collection company, on finding investor

The Intrum Group, advised by DZP’s experts, is Europe’s leading entity specialising in debt collection and claims management, with operations in 20 European countries.

DZP advises R.Power on concluding vPPA for green energy supplies with Allegro

DZP law firm advised R.Power, one of the largest independent producers of green energy in Poland, on concluding a 10-year vPPA (virtual Power Purchase Agreement) with Allegro, Europe’s largest e-commerce platform.

DZP advises Tauron Zielona Energia on its first cable pooling-based PV farm project

DZP has advised TAURON Zielona Energia on purchasing its first photovoltaic farm project implemented on a cable pooling basis.

HANZA acquires an experienced Swedish electronics manufacturer

In an international collaboration with the Swedish law firm Lindahl, we have advised HANZA,

DZP advises Bloober Team on its debut on the WSE’s main market

Bloober Team, our client, is an independent Polish producer of computer games known mainly for psychological horror stories.

DZP – partner in Santander X Startup Award

Under the DZP Future programme, our Law Firm's experts are supporting a competition organised by Santander Bank Polska for innovative companies and technology startups.

Under DZP Future, we have supported a leader in the use of AI in reproductive medicine

DZP lawyers Maciej Zajda and Katarzyna Biarda have advised MIM Fertility in a seed round in which the startup raised USD 2 million for further development.

DZP advises CV Sciences on its first acquisition on the European market

DZP lawyers have advised a US producer of hemp products on its acquisition of the Polish company Cultured Foods, a leader on the vegan food market.

EU Member States’ discretion in shaping non-conviction based confiscation regimes

Gniewomir Wycichowski-Kuchta addresses the issue of non-conviction based confiscation in the latest issue of Ruch Prawniczy, Ekonomiczny i Socjologiczny

DZP one of the leaders in M&A transactions by Mergermarket 2023

In this year's ranking published by Mergermarket summarising the activity of law firms in M&A transactions, DZP has ranked 2nd in terms of the number of transactional work carried out in Poland.

Dr Mateusz Mądry, new head of DZP’s Life Sciences Practice

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.

First edition of a translation of a collection of environmental protection laws

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.

Advice to BNP Paribas on the investment round of a startup offering carbon footprint measurement

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.

DZP have advised Artgeist, the owner of the bimago.pl store, on the sale of a stake of shares

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.

Dr Anna Hlebicka-Józefowicz – new Partner in DZP

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 chain

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.

DZP advises Enea Group on purchase of 35 MW photovoltaic farm from PAD RES

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.

DZP advises on the acquisition of a Finnish innovator by Polish company Budmat

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.

DZP advises Enea Nowa Energia on the purchase of the Bejsce wind farm project

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.

DZP advises ENGIE on the acquisition of five companies with PV projects

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.

DZP advises IMCD on the acquisition of shares in a leading manufacturer of natural oils

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.

DZP advises on the sale of InfiniteDATA, a Polish pioneer in business process automation software

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.

DZP supports Bunzl in an acquisition transaction on the Polish market

Lead: Our law firm has advised Bunzl on the acquisition of Safety First Group, a distributor of personal protective equipment in Poland.

Piotr Orczykowski with a team joined our law firm

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.

R.Power will power Orange Polska’s infrastructure with photovoltaic energy

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.

Tram line to Wilanów. DZP advises on the financing of the largest tram line investment in Poland

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.

Advice in financing round – medical startup raises PLN 14 million for development

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.

BBB Industries acquired Inter-Turbo, through its wholly owned Budweg Caliper A/S

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.

DZP advises Astara on acquisition of Nissan’s distribution business in Poland

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.

DZP advises ID Logistics on the acquisition of Spedimex

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.

DZP among the leaders in Rzeczpospolita 21st Ranking of Law Firms

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.

DZP takes high position in Mergermarket ranking for H1 2023

Mergermarket has published its regular report summarising the activity of law firms in M&A transactions in the first half of 2023.

DZP’s Partner promotions 2023

We are pleased to announce that, on 1 July, Jan CzerwińskiRafał KarbowniczekTomasz Michalczyk and Grzegorz Sprawka, who have been with us for many years, joined the ranks of our Law Firm's Partners.

Qair to provide Żabka with long-term supplies of green energy

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.