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Domanski Zakrzewski Palinka

Dispute resolution Tier 1

Domanski Zakrzewski Palinka has 'a strong team of high-quality professionals', who are 'able to conduct the most difficult court disputes in the construction sector'. It is also able to handle transport and communications disputes and arbitral proceedings related to trade, finance and insurance. Paweł Lewandowski is representing Obrascón Huarte Lain in its claim against PBG to share the loss incurred on a construction project, following the bankruptcy of three other consortium members. Józef Palinka represented the City of Wrocław in claims agianst Max Bögl relating to overpayments for the construction of the Wrocław City Stadium. Pawel Paradowski is another key name, with expertise in business disputes, white-collar criminal defence and company law. Senior associate Maciej Orkusz is noted for his 'exceptional knowledge of the practical aspects of civil litigation'.

Energy and natural resources Tier 1

Domanski Zakrzewski Palinka advises clients in the conventional, nuclear and renewable energy sectors, in addition to companies involved in cogeneration and heating. The group is led by Marcin Krakowiak, while Rafał Hajduk heads the energy advisory team. Hajduk is assisting Enea, Grupa Lotos and Tauron Polska Energia with a variety of investment matters. Together with Paweł Grzejszczak, Krakowiak is representing Naftogaz of Ukraine in its application for annulment against a European Commission decision that exempted the Opal pipeline from the requirement of third-party access and tariff regulation. Grzegorz Filipowicz is another key name.

Healthcare and life sciences Tier 1

Domanski Zakrzewski Palinka's four-partner team is noted for its 'deep knowledge' of the Polish healthcare and life sciences sectors. Pharmaceutical law expert Michał Czarnuch is representing GSK in tender proceedings before the National Appeals Chamber for its pneumococcus vaccine. Tomasz Kaczyński assists Polska Grupa Farmaceutyczna with day-to-day legal issues, including analysis and verification of contracts, marketing materials and pharmaceutical inspections. Senior associate Marcin Pieklak, whom clients rate for his experience at the Ministry of Health, is advising Servier Polska on reimbursement procedures regarding two of its high-profile drugs. Marcin Matczak is particularly recommended for his food law expertise.

Public law Tier 1

Domanski Zakrzewski Palinka advises public and private partners, including foreign contractors, on the contentious and non-contentious aspects of public contracts in Poland. The team is jointly led by Katarzyna Kuźma and Marcin Krakowiak. Krakowiak advises Astaldi on a number of issues, including a Waste Management System for the Tri-City metropolitan area and proceedings before the National Appeal Chamber and the Regional Court in Szczecin in a procedure to select a contractor for a road infrastructure project. Kuźma assisted Novago with a procurement procedure conducted by Miejskie Przedsiębiorstwo Energetyki Cieplnej Spółka in Olsztyn, regarding the city's heating network.

Construction Tier 2

Domanski Zakrzewski Palinka's Marcin Krakowiak, who jointly heads the team with Tomasz Darowski, advised MTU Aero Engines on the construction of an engine maintenance, repair and overhaul plant via a joint venture with Lufthansa Technik. Other clients include Mota Engil, Porr Infrastructure and Astaldi. Anna Glapa and Jose Luis Villacampa were promoted to partner in July 2017.

Employment Tier 2

Domanski Zakrzewski Palinka's employment team benefits from the firm's wider specialisms, including tax, competition and criminal law.  The group has particular expertise in collective work relations, health and safety matters, discrimination and business immigration. The team is jointly headed by experienced employment lawyer Boguslaw Kaplon and social security and labour law expert Agata Mierzwa.

Private client Tier 2

Domanski Zakrzewski Palinka provides the full range of legal and tax advisory services to private clients, including succession planning, restructuring, business transactions and joint ventures. The team is jointly led by company law expert Piotr Andrzejczak, tax adviser Joanna Wierzejska  and Marek Swiątkowski, who is advising a number of family businesses on share transactions. Przemysław Furmaga is another key name for restructuring projects.

Tax Tier 2

In addition to tax disputes, the team at Domanski Zakrzewski Palinka has a strong advisory practice, which includes M&A issues, restructuring and tax optimisation. The team is jointly led by tax legal adviser Joanna Wierzejska and litigator Artur Nowak.

White-collar crime Tier 2

Domanski Zakrzewski Palinka's team has an impressive track record in white-collar criminal proceedings and also regularly advises on crisis management issues. Group leader Hanna Gajewska-Kraczkowska is an expert in criminal law with vast experience in defending individuals against allegations of fraud and corruption.

Banking and finance Tier 3

Domanski Zakrzewski Palinka's department head Magdalena Skowronska specialises in financial transactions and financial sector M&A. She advised Zarząd Komunalnych Zasobów Lokalowych on a PLN178m loan agreement with the European Investment bank to finance the development of social housing. She also assisted Goldman Sachs as the coodinator of several refinancing transactions for Orion Group. Andrzej Foltyn is an expert in the operations of financial institutions.

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 3

Domanski Zakrzewski Palinka has 'a quick-thinking team', which acts for a broad mixture of domestic and international corporates with operations in Poland. In a prestigious transaction for the Polish energy sector, Marek Świątkowski advised Grupa Lotos on all aspects of its €10bn merger with PKN Orlen. Bartosz Marcinkowski and department head Krzysztof Zakrzewski advised Infracapital on a €300m joint venture with Nokia, which will contribute to the development of Polish fibre-optic infrastructure. Robert Niczyporuk is another key figure.

Insurance Tier 3

Domanski Zakrzewski Palinka's department head Julita Zimoch-Tuchołka advised Electrolux on the drafting and distribution of a new insurance product and, in another highlight, assisted PPF with W&I insurance for its acquisition of Solaris Group. German-speaking senior associate Joanna Schubel is another key name.

Intellectual property Tier 3

Domanski Zakrzewski Palinka's team is commended for its 'competence, devotion and availability', which it applies to the spectrum of copyright, industrial property law, IT and TMT matters. Department head Aleksandra Auleytner provides comprehensive IP advice to Golden Media in relation to a number of prime-time television productions. Senior associate Jarosław Konecko is also recommended.

Restructuring and insolvency Tier 3

Domanski Zakrzewski Palinka combines insolvency and restructuring knowledge with expertise in tax law to provide clients with a full-service on a range of issues. Marcin Krakowiak and Anna Glapa advised Polska Grupa Górnicza on a major restructuring, including the transfer of selected mines to Spółka Restrukturyzacji Kopalń and the acquisition of Katowicki Holding Węglowy. Bartosz Marcinkowski and Marek Świątkowski are also key names.

TMT Tier 3

Clients regard Domanski Zakrzewski Palinka's team as the 'first choice' for media law issues, particularly in relation to television production and game publishing. Practice head Aleksandra Auleytner represented TVN in negotiations with the National Broadcasting Council, leading to a cancellation of a  €350,000 fine imposed on the client for the manner in which it reported events in the Polish Parliament. She also advises Golden Media on all matters concerning its productions. Drawing on in-house industry experience in the TMT space, counsel Wojciech Dziomdziora is another key name.

The firm: Established in 1993, Domanski Zakrzewski Palinka is a full-service Polish law firm with 31 partners and about 120 other lawyers, with offices in Warsaw, Poznan and Wroclaw.

As a professional Polish law firm, Domanski Zakrzewski Palinka possesses expert knowledge in 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.

The firm offers legal advice regarding all aspects of law connected with business activity. The firm’s clients include Polish companies with Polish capital, Polish companies with foreign capital, as well as foreign investors, including large multinationals, operating in various sectors.

Areas of practice: The firm’s largest and most experienced team advises on corporate issues and M&A. The firm’s lawyers represent clients participating in transactions and projects involving sale of businesses, mergers, company divisions and restructuring as well as privatisation transactions. Furthermore, the firm advises foreign clients who wish to establish business in Poland, as well as Polish companies starting a global operation. The firm’s expertise also includes M&A transactions within the public market and IPOs. In addition, Domanski Zakrzewski Palinka supports both domestic and foreign businesses and the public sector in key projects from the infrastructure and energy sectors. To meet the challenge of dynamically developing e-commerce and IT sectors, the firm employs a team of qualified lawyers specialising in these aspects of law. Moreover, in line with both the firm’s development strategy and client expectations, Domanski Zakrzewski Palinka has expanded its tax advisory offer. Other important work areas include advice on telecommunications law and the media, real estate business and management, litigation and arbitration, and intellectual property law.

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

Department Name Email Telephone
Corporate Marek Światkowski
Corporate Piotr Andrzejczak
Corporate Robert Niczyporuk
Mergers and acquisitions Krzysztof A Zakrzewski
Mergers and acquisitions Bartosz Marcinkowski
Banking and finance Andrzej Foltyn
Banking and finance Magdalena Skowronska
Real estate Lech Zyzylewski
Labour Boguslaw Kaplon
Labour Agata Mierzwa
Healthcare Michal Czarnuch
Infrastructure/construction Marcin Krakowiak
Infrastructure/construction Tomasz Darowski
Power sector Pawel Grzejszczak
Power sector Rafal Hajduk
Arbitration/dispute resolution Józef Palinka
Arbitration/dispute resolution Pawel Lewandowski
Public procurement Marcin Krakowiak
Public procurement Katarzyna Kuzma
Intellectual property/TMT Aleksandra Auleytner
Environment Marcin Krakowiak
Environment Katarzyna Kuzma
Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology Marcin Matczak
Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology Tomasz Kaczynski
Tax Joanna Wierzejska
Tax Artur Nowak
Insurance Julita Zimoch-Tucholka
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Piotr Andrzejczak  photo Mr Piotr Andrzejczak
Dr Aleksandra Auleytner  photo Dr Aleksandra Auleytner
Mr Tomasz Darowski  photo Mr Tomasz Darowski
Mr Andrzej Foltyn  photo Mr Andrzej Foltyn
Mr Paweł Grzejszczak  photo Mr Paweł Grzejszczak
Mr Rafał Hajduk  photo Mr Rafał Hajduk
Mr Boguslaw Kaplon  photo Mr Boguslaw Kaplon
Mr Jaroslaw Konecko  photo Mr Jaroslaw Konecko
Mr Marcin Krakowiak  photo Mr Marcin Krakowiak
Ms Katarzyna Kuźma  photo Ms Katarzyna Kuźma
Mr Paweł Lewandowski  photo Mr Paweł Lewandowski
Dr Bartosz Marcinkowski  photo Dr Bartosz Marcinkowski
Dr hab Marcin Matczak  photo Dr hab Marcin Matczak
Mr Robert Niczyporuk  photo Mr Robert Niczyporuk
Mr Artur Nowak  photo Mr Artur Nowak
Mr Józef Palinka  photo Mr Józef Palinka
Mr Pawel Paradowski  photo Mr Pawel Paradowski
Ms Magdalena Skowronska  photo Ms Magdalena Skowronska
Dr Marek Swiatkowski  photo Dr Marek Swiatkowski
Ms Joanna Wierzejska  photo Ms Joanna Wierzejska
Mr Krzysztof Zakrzewski  photo Mr Krzysztof Zakrzewski
Ms Julita Zimoch-Tuchołka  photo Ms Julita Zimoch-Tuchołka
Mr Lech Zyzylewski  photo Mr Lech Zyzylewski
Number of partners : 31
Contact : Krzysztof A Zakrzewski (
Other offices : Poznan
Other offices : Wroclaw