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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 140 other lawyers, with offices in Warsaw, Poznan and Wroclaw.

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

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

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

Areas of practice

Corporate and M&A:

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

Capital Markets:

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

Banking & 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.


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).


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.


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 & 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.l

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.


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/ Restructuring and Insolvency Marek Światkowski
Corporate and M&A Piotr Andrzejczak
Corporate and M&A Robert Niczyporuk
Corporate and M&A Krzysztof A Zakrzewski
Corporate and M&A/ Restructuring and Insolvency Bartosz Marcinkowski
Banking and Finance Andrzej Foltyn
Banking and Finance Magdalena Skowronska
Real Estate Lech Zyzylewski
Labour Law and Social Security Boguslaw Kaplon
Labour Law and Social Security Agata Mierzwa
Healthcare and Life Sciences Michal Czarnuch
Infrastructure/construction Marcin Krakowiak
Infrastructure/construction Tomasz Darowski
Energy and Natural Resources Pawel Grzejszczak
Energy and Natural Resources Rafal Hajduk
Dispute Resolution Józef Palinka
Dispute Resolution Pawel Lewandowski
Public procurement Marcin Krakowiak
Public procurement Katarzyna Kuźma
IP&TMT Aleksandra Auleytner
Environment Marcin Krakowiak
Environment Katarzyna Kuźma
Healthcare and Life Sciences Marcin Matczak
Healthcare and Life Sciences Tomasz Kaczynski
Tax Joanna Wierzejska
Tax Artur Nowak
Insurance Julita Zimoch-Tucholka
White-Collar Crime Hanna Gajewska-Kraczkowska
Energy and Natural Resources Marcin Krakowiak
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
Poznan office : ul. Paderewskiego 8, 61-770 Poznań, T: +48 61 642 49 00
Wroclaw office : ul. Gwiaździsta 66, 53-413 Wrocław, T: +48 71 712 47 00