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Dispute resolution Tier 1
Key areas of expertise for the dispute resolution department at Domanski Zakrzewski Palinka are construction and infrastructure; transport; communications; media; trade finance; insurance; real estate; and state administration. The group has substantial experience in litigation, as well as arbitration before tribunals across Europe, including Zurich, Brussels and Paris. Corporate litigator and arbitration expert Józef Palinka jointly heads the team with Paweł Lewandowski, whose dispute resolution expertise spans the construction, energy, media and advertising sectors. Paweł Paradowski handles business disputes and white-collar criminal defence matters and Łukasz Wojdalski has experience of arbitrations.
Józef Palinka; Paweł Lewandowski
‘They are very hardworking, and with a lot of experience in the construction sector.‘
‘They are always proposing ideas and presenting possible scenarios and risks in order to find the best solution and take the best decision for our interests‘
‘The dispute resolution practice consists of a group of efficiently working professionals with extensive experience and a practical approach, able to deliver even on a very short notice.‘
Polish Tennis Association
PGE Polska Grupa Energetyczna / PGE Górnictwo i Energetyka
Opel Manufacturing Poland
Obrascon Huarte Lain
City of Wrocław
Porr Polska Construction
ING Bank Śląski
Mota-Engil Central Europe
Sando Budownictwo Polska
Bauer Media Group
Energy and natural resources Tier 1
Domanski Zakrzewski Palinka's energy and infrastructure department advises domestic and foreign companies as well as public sector clients on major projects in Poland. Areas of expertise include greenfield and brownfield power projects, domestic and EU regulatory advice, gas and energy trading matters and distribution and corporate issues. The group is led by energy expert Rafał Hajduk, and also fields Paweł Grzejszczak, who specialises in energy projects, and senior associate Grzegorz Filipowicz, who is an energy law specialist.
‘The practice is unique in being able to engage quickly and efficiently with clients, not only to they get to grips with how best to deal with your scenario but also overlay the support quickly to make everything efficient.‘
‘Paweł Grzejszczak goes above and beyond, not only in legal support but personal support. This is particularly important when you are completing work from overseas jurisdictions and trying to work out the legal complexities.‘
‘Rafał Hajduk is very business-oriented.‘
Operator Gazociągów Przesyłowych Gaz-System
LEAG Lausitz Energie Bergbau
Healthcare and life sciences Tier 1
Domanski Zakrzewski Palinka's team is noted for the 'broadness of its expertise', which includes corporate transactions in the healthcare sector, issues relating to medicine development and marketing and regulatory advice. It is jointly led by administrative law expert Michał Czarnuch, who specialises in pharmaceutical law, medical law, advertising law, EU law and competition law, and Marcin Matczak, whose focuses include biotechnology law and regulation. Tomasz Kaczyński is recommended for advice on distribution structures and senior associate Marcin Pieklak has developed a practice in financing for drugs, medical devices and food supplements from public funds.
Marcin Matczak; Michał Czarnuch
‘Comprehensive advisory skills, good understanding of business, can work under time pressure, flexible solutions.‘
‘Excellent knowledge in the bioscience environment.‘
‘The team is very professional and comprises subject matter experts that we were always able to rely on. The advice is always timely, with a client-oriented approach.‘
Private client Tier 1Domanski Zakrzewski Palinka is able to provide legal and tax advice to private clients in relation to family issues, as well as businesses, private organisations and trust funds. The team is often instructed on tax-driven restructuring projects, as well as M&A transactions involving family businesses. The department is jointly headed by M&A specialist Piotr Andrzejczak, Joanna Wierzejska, who is an expert in tax, and Marek Swiatkowski, who has substantial experience of assisting private entities with company sales and restructuring projects.
Piotr Andrzejczak; Joanna Wierzejska; Marek Świątkowski
‘Highly competent lawyers and a quick response-rate.’
‘A very experienced, diversified team, that puts a focus on customers needs.‘
‘Always up-to-date with changes in legal and tax regulations.‘
Public procurement Tier 1
Domanski Zakrzewski Palinka's team has experience advising public and private sector clients on procurement proceedings and strategy and risk management. It is also regularly instructed in procurement proceedings before the National Appeal Chamber, as well as advising on the application of remedies. On the advisory front, the group advises on the performance and execution of procurement contracts, as well as issues relating to competition law. Katarzyna Kuźma is the practice head and specialises in Polish and EU procurement law.
‘We appreciate their dedication and responsiveness. Each time we face a problem together, we know that together with the firm we will find the best solution possible.‘
‘The team is the best team we’ve worked with so far. Each time they have the right ideas and helps in the selection of strategies in difficult situations.‘
‘They know first hand all the stages of public procurement, from pre-qualification to KIO challenges and further on. Unlike large international firm, they offer very reasonable rates and this, jointly with their experience, makes it an excellent value for money.‘
TM. E.S.P.A. – Termomeccanica Ecologia
Astaldi Oddział w Polsce
Merdiam and Urbaser
Balzola Polsk and Construcciones y Promociones Balzola
The Ministry of Development and the City of Kraków
DSV Air & Sea
Grupo Rover Alcisa
Banking and finance Tier 2
Domanski Zakrzewski Palinka has a diverse department which advises on the spectrum of finance transactions and restructurings, as well as on M&A in the financial sector. Areas of note for the firm span debt financing and restructuring, municipal project financing, equity financing and financial asset transactions. Key clients include banks and their subsidiaries, financial holdings, investment funds, brokers and investment companies, as well as a range of corporate borrowers. The team is led by Magdalena Skowronska, who leads on significant regulatory mandates, as well as handling financing issues. Senior associate Tomasz Kalicki has developed a strong transactional practice.
Construction Tier 2
Domanski Zakrzewski Palinka offers full construction services to private and public sector clients, including advice on public procurement, acquisitions and financing. The group also handles construction litigation and arbitration. Infrastructure investment expert Tomasz Darowski jointly heads the team with Marcin Krakowiak.
Tomasz Darowski; Marcin Krakowiak
‘We consider their services helpful and efficient due to on-time and accurate responses. the team consists of highly competent lawyers who have at their disposal extensive knowledge on the subject.‘
‘Highly professional results of legal services, very efficient negotiators.‘
‘They combine well-founded legal knowledge with practical project experience.‘
MTU Aero Engines AG and Lufthansa Technik
PGE Energia Odnawialna
The Ministry of Development and the City of Kraków
Wrocław City, SPV Wrocław 2012
Employment Tier 2
Domanski Zakrzewski Palinka provides clients with a broad range of expertise, regularly handling day-to-day labour law and social security issues, as well as matters relating to tax, unfair competition and criminal law. Other areas where the team, led by Bogusław Kapłon, adds value are collective work relations, personnel recruitment issues, restructurings and reintegrations, and health and safety policies. The group also regularly assists clients with business immigration mandates. Agata Mierzwa specialises in labour and social security law.
Tax Tier 2
Domanski Zakrzewski Palinka's tax department consists of lawyers and tax advisers, with substantial experience in M&A, restructuring and tax optimisation work, as well as representing clients in tax proceedings and assisting with issues surrounding tax inspections. The group advises a mixture of private clients, corporates and private equity houses and is jointly led by transactional tax specialist Joanna Wierzejska and Artur Nowak, who is an expert in tax and customs law litigation.
Joanna Wierzejska; Artur Nowak
‘The diversity and many years of experience of the team members makes it very versatile and in that sense unique.’
‘My team likes to cooperate with DZP, because we are sure of the quality of services provided and at the same time the team is very cooperative, you can even say friendly in cooperation.’
‘Professional, well known firm in Poland, wide range.’
White-collar crime Tier 2
Domanski Zakrzewski Palinka's team is noted for its expertise across the breadth of the white-collar space. It is often called upon to represent individuals and corporates in cases relating to economic and financial fraud, breach of trust, economic corruption and money laundering. The group is well placed to handle crisis situations, such as searches, interrogations and indictments, and has vast experience of judicial proceedings. Compliance is another core competency, particularly in relation to Polish regulation, the FCPA and UK Bribery Act. Counsel Hanna Gajewska-Kraczkowska heads the department. Artur Nowak is the name to note for criminal tax cases.
Domanski Zakrzewski Palinka's team is well versed in a variety of transactions, including leveraged buy-outs, management take-overs, joint ventures, and reorganisation and restructuring projects. In addition, the firm has developed a strong practice in advising Polish businesses on international expansions. The group also stands out for takeovers in regulated sectors, having advised DWF Group on its takeover of the Polish operations of K&L Gates; a transaction handled by Bartosz Marcinkowski (who is 'very well-connected to the market') and department head Krzysztof Zakrzewski. Robert Niczyporuk is also key for M&A matters.
‘Good, well organised team work; excellent planning; flow driven approach.‘
‘We highly value the DZP team’s flexibility, availability and focus on the projects that we are dealing with.‘
‘Each time any new aspect needed to be analysed, they found the right person to talk to. There was also one partner who took care about our project and was competent enough to identify the specific need.‘
Raiffeisen Bank Polska
Idea Bank/Getin Noble Bank
Polish Development Fund
Tauron Polska Energia
PEWIK Gdynia and its shareholders
Insurance Tier 3
Domanski Zakrzewski Palinka stands out for services related to insurance contracts, including the amendment of policy documentation. It also handles insurance audits, as well as acting for corporate clients on claiming compensation and in disputes with insurers. Another area of expertise is transactions in the insurance sector, the development of new insurance products and regulatory compliance. With expertise in insurance law and cross-border insurance issues, Julita Zimoch-Tuchołka leads the team, which includes senior associate and insurance advisory specialist Joanna Schubel, who is noted for assisting German-speaking companies.
‘Competent, fast and direct in action.‘
‘A strategic thinking team.‘
Festo & Co
Argo Global SE
NSK Steering Systems Europe
PGNiG Obrót Detaliczny
Intellectual property Tier 3
The team at Domanski Zakrzewski Palinka handles all aspects of industrial property law, including patents, trade marks, industrial designs and geographical indications. In addition, the group has developed particular expertise in copyright matters arising from architectural works, computer software, film and music. Drawing on expertise in media and telecoms, it also handles personal property protection issues, e-commerce projects, new technologies and internet law. Aleksandra Auleytner heads up the department.
Fresenius Kabi Polska
Visa International Service Association
Visa Europe Services
Cryogas M&T Poland
Restructuring and insolvency Tier 3
The team at Domanski Zakrzewski Palinka stands out for handling restructuring projects, particularly involving clients in regulated sectors such as pharmaceuticals and energy. The group takes a multi-disciplinary approach, utilising lawyers from the M&A, employment, tax, capital markets and real estate departments. Bartosz Marcinkowski and Marek Swiątkowski jointly take the lead.
Marek Świątkowski; Bartosz Marcinkowski
‘They have in-depth and first hand knowledge and experience in matters that relate or might relate to insolvency – and more.‘
‘Marek Swiatowski is responsive and efficiently manages his team.‘
‘I have always felt as if I received advice directly from a professional administrator doing restructuring and insolvency on a daily basis.‘
Multiple creditors from LC Group including Idea Bank and Idea Money
Waste to Energy (Kleszczow) Company
Polska Grupa Górnicza
TMT Tier 3
Domanski Zakrzewski Palinka's core competencies include media law, covering publishing, television and radio broadcasting, the video games sector, and IT projects relating to healthcare. The group is led by telecoms, internet, e-commerce and data privacy specialist Aleksandra Auleytner and includes counsel Wojciech Dziomdziora, an expert in TMT-related consulting management and public affairs.
‘The practice is very professional – all necessary legal knowledge is combined with technology connections and understanding. It offers a unique combination of legal, medical, healthcare organization and IT knowledge‘
‘Their stable team makes it certain what is the expected level of services‘
‘The team stands out in good knowledge of business aspects of law and is one of not so many law firms that have lawyers with good knowledge of the video game industry‘
Bauer Publishing House
Visa Europe Services
Association of Private Media Employers Lewiatan
PIKE (Polish Chamber for Electronic Communication)
Media Saturn Holdings Polska
Wirtualna Polska (WP)
Abbott Mead Vickers BBDO
Domanski Zakrzewski Palinka > Firm Profile
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 and finance: DZP is highly experienced in serving banks and financial institutions and their clients in all types of financial transactions. DZP lawyers advise leading Polish and foreign banks. They also work with international financial and government institutions.
Energy: The energy team provides comprehensive legal assistance to entities operating in the conventional, nuclear and renewable energy sector, to companies in the cogeneration and heating sector, and entities operating in the gas and liquid fuels sector, including leading domestic and international energy concerns. They advise some of the biggest domestic enterprises and leading investors on all aspects of power sector activity (including TPA, long-term contracts, tariffs mergers and acquisitions, anti-competition practices, providing support activities, restructuring and EU law).
Infrastructure: The infrastructure and energy practice lawyers create the most well-known and recognisable professional group which supports both domestic and foreign businesses and the public sector in key projects. The team offers full-range services to enterprises and investors in the infrastructure sector. Since many members of the Practice gained their professional experience in the public sector, they have an in-depth knowledge of its specifics and special requirements.
IP/TMT: DZP has a team of experienced specialists who advise on rights to intangibles, who help clients to either create or make use of existing legal structures in order to achieve their full business potential. The expertise of the IP&TMT Practice is based on market awareness and extensive knowledge of copyrights and neighbouring rights, industrial property rights, protection of personal interests and database protection rights. The team’s clients are owners of recognisable trademarks and entrepreneurs whose rights to intangibles require regular market monitoring.
Real estate: DZP’s real estate team advises firms on the trade, administration and management of real estate. The team helps to draw up analyses of the legal status of real estate (also covering the risk of claims being brought by third parties, re-privatisation claims, etc), devises real estate transaction concepts, represents clients in negotiations and draws up agreements and documents required for transaction.
Labour law and social security: DZP has one of the largest employment law teams in Poland, which includes several of the best known and highest profile employment lawyers in the country. The team advises clients on a wide range of matters relating to labour law, including employee-employer relations, collective bargaining agreements and building up relations between employers and trade unions. The lawyers also help foreign managers to obtain permits to work in Poland.
Dispute resolution: The dispute resolution practice group represents its clients in litigation cases, acts on their behalf in negotiations with business partners and acts above all before common courts, Supreme Administrative Courts, the Constitutional Tribunal as well as Polish and international arbitration tribunals. The team has handled numerous prominent cases in Poland.
Life sciences: The practice is composed of specialists experienced in pharmaceutical and biotechnology law, food law, anti-monopoly law, healthcare and constitutional law. The team advises Polish and foreign entities in the pharmaceutical, healthcare, food and chemical sectors, and companies in the alcohol and tobacco industries, as well as the local government authorities. They also specialise in strategic advice in the areas of legislation, reimbursement, distribution, telemedicine solutions and compliance.
Tax: DZP’s team is one of the largest tax teams among law firm in Poland, distinguished on the tax advisory market by its strong specialisation in M&A, restructuring, tax planning and litigation. The team has significant experience in providing tax advisory to clients in the infrastructure and energy, pharmaceutical, real estate and financial services, as well as the insurance sectors. They also advise private entrepreneurs.
|Corporate and M&A/ 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|
|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|
|Healthcare and Life Sciences||Marcin Matczak|
|Healthcare and Life Sciences||Tomasz Kaczynski|
|White-Collar Crime||Hanna Gajewska-Kraczkowska|
|Energy and Natural Resources||Marcin Krakowiak|
|Mr Piotr Andrzejczak||Based in Poznan, Piotr is a partner in DZP’s Corporate and M&A…||View Profile|
|Dr Aleksandra Auleytner||Partner and Head of the IP&TMT Practice, specialising in intangible rights, copyright…||View Profile|
|Mr Tomasz Darowski||Specialises in infrastructure investments and defence sector projects, related contracts, and litigation…||View Profile|
|Mr Andrzej Foltyn||Partner and Head of DZP’s Capital Markets and Financial Institutions Practice specialising…||View Profile|
|Mr Paweł Grzejszczak||Partner in DZP’s Infrastructure and Energy department who specialises in energy law,…||View Profile|
|Mr Rafał Hajduk||Partner||View Profile|
|Mr Boguslaw Kaplon||Based in Poznan, Bogusław is a Partner and Head of the Labour…||View Profile|
|Mr Jaroslaw Konecko||Senior Associate specialising in media law, intellectual property law, law on new…||View Profile|
|Mr Marcin Krakowiak||Partner and Head of DZP’s Infrastructure and Energy Practice. Specialises in infrastructure…||View Profile|
|Ms Katarzyna Kuźma||Heads the public procurement and environmental protection teams and specialises in Polish…||View Profile|
|Mr Paweł Lewandowski||Partner specialising in civil, administrative and arbitration proceedings, as well as company…||View Profile|
|Dr Bartosz Marcinkowski||Partner specialising in mergers and acquisitions, company law and personal data protection…||View Profile|
|Dr hab Marcin Matczak||Doctor of law specialising in competition and consumer protection, constitutional law, European…||View Profile|
|Mr Robert Niczyporuk||Partner specialising in mergers and acquisitions, company restructuring, public trading in securities…||View Profile|
|Mr Artur Nowak||Partner, Co-Head of the Tax Practice. An expert in handling cases before…||View Profile|
|Mr Józef Palinka||Partner since joining the firm in 1999, specialising in litigation and arbitration…||View Profile|
|Mr Pawel Paradowski||Partner and specialist in business disputes, white collar crime and company law.…||View Profile|
|Ms Magdalena Skowronska||Partner specialising in banking law and regulatory aspects of the functioning of…||View Profile|
|Dr Marek Swiatkowski||Partner specialising in business law, particularly mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, commercial…||View Profile|
|Ms Joanna Wierzejska||Partner and Co-Head of DZP’s Tax Practice, Joanna specialises in providing full-range…||View Profile|
|Mr Krzysztof Zakrzewski||Managing Partner since 1999 and co-founder of the firm, advising on M&A…||View Profile|
|Ms Julita Zimoch-Tuchołka||Partner specialising in arbitration, contract law, corporate law, insurance law, mergers, acquisitions…||View Profile|
|Mr Lech Zyzylewski||Partner and the Head of the Real Estate Practice, who specialises in…||View Profile|
Staff FiguresNumber of Partners : 31
LanguagesEnglish French German Italian Polish Russian Spanish
OtherPoznan 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
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.”.
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