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SSW Pragmatic Solutions
RONDO ONZ 1, 12TH FLOOR
00-124 WARSAW
Poland

Poland > Private client Tier 1

The private wealth team at SSW Pragmatic Solutions handles a wide spectrum of private client matters for entrepreneurs, families, individuals and investors, with a particular focus on tax and legal matters on an international scale. The group is also adept at handling estate and business succession, litigation and family law mandates. Patrycja GoździowskaWojciech Szczepaniak and Tomasz Wickel are the practice heads. Legal advisor Paweł Chyb is skilled in transaction advice, company and commercial law.

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘We have worked with SSW for many years; we can always count on very reliable service and advice and collaboration is at the highest levels.’

‘Mrs Patrycja Gozdziowska has a great knowledge of taxes.’

Key clients

Founders of Custom sp. z o.o.

Iwona Wencel

Wiesław Prusiecki

Value RE

Agregaty Fogo

Paweł Gricuk

Artur Kasner

Elwira and Roman Stanisławscy

Senior Partners of Innova Investments LLC

Pictet Wealth Management

Przemysław Kowalski

Work highlights

  • Advising a private investor regarding the development of a concept of VAT exemption for the services of persons co-managing alternative investment companies based on CJEU jurisprudence, treating the services of persons providing investment analysis and similar services to ASI managers as services provided by an external entity.
  • Assisted the client with devising an effective restructuring concept for a capital group operating hotels across the country whose business has been affected by the pandemic

Poland > Energy and natural resources Tier 2

At SSW Pragmatic Solutions the energy and natural resources team is jointly led by Piotr Spaczyński  Dominik Strzałkowski and Anita Palukiewiczv. The department advises on energy-related infrastructure and construction projects, geological and mining issues, grid matters and regulatory litigation in addition to CO2, electricity and gas trading. Igor Muszyński is a reputed name for transactions and projects in both the conventional and renewable energy fields.

Testimonials

‘Pragmatic solutions. Knowledge about the energy business.’

‘This is an exceptional team and its strengths are knowledge, experience, professional advice, support et every stage of a given process, and full information to the client, leaving no doubts unanswered. The Client feels taken care of and his case is run by a dedicated team form start to finish.’

‘Very insightful about upcoming legislations and possible technical innovations for the polish market. As a counsel cautions a mindful and restrained approach, which fits the polish market and bsuiness attitude quite well. Very responsive to calls and requests. The team is willing to take on an additional workload to conclude a project and task, which we did not always find with other firms. Very good communication with members of our team on all levels.’

‘Grzegorz Filipowicz is always very responsive and attached to the project.’

‘Dominik Strzałkowski is a very good example of the calm and collected approach we appreciate from the firm.’

‘These team are distinguished by knowledge, experience and a special interest in the matter. I can indicate Grzegorz Filipowicz in this regard.’

Key clients

ExxonMobil

Wpd Europe GmbH

PKN Orlen

IKEA

Better Energy Management

Lumina Capital

Miedzi Copper Corporation

Electrum Group

affiliates Amarante Investment

SKKGM

Wirtgen Invest

NextEnergy Capital

Orlen Południe

Goldbeck Solar

Equitix

Thumos/Paged Energy Group

PGE Polska Grupa Energetyczna SA

Work highlights

  • Advised PKN Orlen Group with comprehensive legal and transactional advice regarding the acquisition of (i) operating Kanin Wind Farm with installed capacity of 20 MW and (ii) four operating wind farms: Kobylnica, Nowotna, Subkowy and Subkowy II with total installed capacity of 88.5 MW.
  • Advised wpd Europe GmbH (i) in the financing of five wind farms which were to be constructed and operating under the new Polish auction support regime and (ii) obtaining four electricity production concessions for five wind farms financed in the project finance mechanism.
  • Advised a Scandinavian renewable energy company in drafting and negotiating of draft long term corporate Power Purchase Agreement for several PV projects with installed capacity ranging between 30 MW and over 70 MW to be executed with a major international off-taker.

Poland > Investment funds Tier 2

SSW Pragmatic Solutions assists financial institutions, investors and fund managers with the establishment and liquidation of funds, including in relation to regulatory issues, as well as advising them on the management of their Polish investments. Financial institutions expert Wojciech Szczepaniak co-leads the group with Szymon Okoń, who is adept at financial markets regulations, an area of expertise supplemented by Tomasz Kwaśniewski. Tomasz Wickel advises on the tax aspects of fund structures.

Practice head(s):

Wojciech Szczepaniak; Szymon Okoń

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

What I like about SSW is the young dynamic talented team and good communication. They are solution oriented. I also know that they are active in LegalTech area.’

What makes Tomasz Kwaśniewski a very good lawyer is the fact that he is open minded and creative. He can easily transform our business ideas into relevant clauses in the agreements.

Great experienced team.’

Key clients

AllianceBernstein

UBS AG Group

easyDebt Niestandaryzowany Sekurytyzacyjny Fundusz Inwestycyjny Zamknięty Aktywów Niepublicznych

Ipopema Securities S.A.

MM Prime TFI S.A.

Santander Bank Polska S.A. and Santander TFI S.A.

Royal Investments sp. z o.o.

VOX capital group

Alior Bank S.A.

Firlej Kastory sp. z o.o.

Work highlights

  • Advised Santander Bank Polska on a sale of the transfer agent business to ProService.
  • Advised funds managed by AllianceBernstein on selling shares in the funds on the territory of Poland.
  • Advised Firlej Kastory on establishing an alternative investment fund in Poland.

Poland > Capital markets Tier 3

SSW Pragmatic Solutions has an excellent record in equity capital markets transactions and public M&A. The group also boasts a solid debt capital markets practice, drawing on Szymon Okoń‘s significant reputation for bond issuances and securities transactions; he is ‘not only a good lawyer, but also a great financial analyst and professional on every activity and detail‘. Team head Wojciech Szczepaniak has a varied practice that covers public offerings and bond issuances, in addition to share transactions. Senior associates Dawid Brudzisz and Paweł Izdebski are also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Wojciech Szczepaniak

Testimonials

Szymon Okoń is knowledgeable, communicative and has a no-nonsense approach.’

Legal support provided with all stages of IPO procedure. SSW team has strong commercial awareness and proactive approach.’

Szymon Okoń commands a strong reputation and has a wealth of experience in this sector. His very good understanding of the underlying economics makes his legal advice even better.

Fully committed and professional approach, trustworthy for my clients. Innovative approach.’

The team is known for exceptional strength across the entire capital markets spectrum. Boasts an enviable client base comprising prestigious corporates and financial institutions. Competent, hard-working and helpful.’

Szymon Okoń is very recognized in the market. I am impressed with his very pragmatic working style, proactive communication and high accessibility.

They are particularly good at explaining the legal background and putting things into context. Very professional and reliable.’

Szymon Okoń is not only a good lawyer, but also a great financial analyst and professional on every activity and detail. His very strong professional experience in numerous capital markets transactions, combined with educational background, enables him to provide clients with tailor-made advice concerning not only purely legal issues but also financial issues.’

Key clients

Meyra Group S.A. (Medort S.A.)

Fabryki Sprzętu I Narzędzi Górniczych Grupa Kapitałowa FASING S.A.

Paged S.A.

Rank Progress S.A.

Marie Brizard Wine & Spirits S.A. (formerly Belvedere S.A.)

Erbud S.A.

Bioeton S.A. (Bio Stream S.A.)

Famur S.A.

Work Service S.A.

Benefit Systems S.A.

Capital Park S.A.

UBS AG Group

AllianceBernstein

Ipopema TFI

Vantage Development S.A.

VEHIS Sp. z o.o.

Nextline

Marie Brizard Wine & Spirits S.A. (formerly Belvedere S.A.)

Stelmet S.A.

Master Pharm S.A.

WDB Brokerzy Ubezpieczeniowi S.A.

Erbud S.A.

Capital Park S.A.

BoomBit S.A.

Ferrum S.A.

Games Operators S.A.

Brand24 S.A.

Michael/Strom Obligacji Korporacyjnych FIZ

Ten Square Games S.A.

XTPL S.A.

PlayWay S.A.

UBS AG Group

AllianceBernstein

Work highlights

  • Advised Mo-Bruk during the process of admission of the company’s shares to trading on the WSE.
  • Advised Mercator Medical during the process of ABB financing.
  • Advised WDB Brokerzy Ubezpieczeniowi and its main shareholders in the squeeze-out procedure and delisting of the company. Subsequently, the firm was mandated to proceed with the advisory on sale of the shares in the company to the external investor.

Poland > Construction Tier 3

At SSW Pragmatic Solutions, the practice advises both domestic and international clients on  construction issues with a particular focus on investment matters. This includes negotiating and drafting contacts, with general contractors, sub-contractors and architects. Joint venture transaction expert Maciej Duch and dispute resolution specialist Hubert Wysoczański are the practice heads. Duch also has expertise in property portfolio management and greenfield and build-to-suit investments.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘The team of lawyers has very good competences and extensive knowledge, as well as extensive experience.’

‘I can recommend cooperation with SSW. They are professionals. During our cooperation they were always prepared for the meetings and were very helpful in negotiation of the contact.’

Key clients

7R Eiffage Construction

H&M

Hennes & Mauritz logistics Sp. z o.o.

CCC S.A. PZU TFI

Waimea Holding S.A.

NeoInvestments

Aerium Finance Ltd.

Segro

Marvipol Development S.A.

Wund Industriebau GmbH

Skanska S.A.

Work highlights

  • Advising 7R S.A. regarding the development of a warehouse and a logistics centre located in Kraków-Balice, intended for an R&D centre with approx. 11,000 sq.m. area .
  • Advising 7R S.A. during the implementation of a build-to-suit warehouse and production facility in southern Poland for one of the leading entities in the automotive sector.
  • Advising Multishop on the construction process of retail parks located in north-east and central Poland.

Poland > Data privacy and data protection Tier 3

The data protection practice at SSW Pragmatic Solutions advises clients on regulations and outsourcing in the banking sector, as well as providing cross-border advice on processing data in a HR and employment context and GDPR implementation. The team has also represented clients in administrative proceedings before the Polish data protection authority. Practice head Katarzyna Szczudlik joined the firm in September 2020 from Deloitte Legal, Ostrowski, Gizicki i Wspólnicy sp.k.Joanna Tomaszewska left the firm.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘We have great client experience with SSW. They are always responsive, responsible and professional.’

‘Timely response and efficient management of matters with a 100% ratio of successful assessments on privacy related issues. They are able to deliver good trainings to privacy teams on complex matters.’

‘Very professional attorneys, excellent knowledge, excellent communication. Very quick to answer questions and solve tasks. They know our business and the nature of our work which makes them unique.’

‘Very good expertise, good identification of legal risks and finding creative solutions.’

‘Good, practical and responsive advice.’

‘Katarzyna Szczudlik has exceptional expertise.’

Key clients

Jeronimo Martins Polska S.A.

Lenovo Technology B.V.  Oddział w Polsce

AXPO

Sun Investment Group Polska Sp. z o.o.

iDeals Solutions Group Limited

XTPL S.A.

Work highlights

  • Advised a Polish company operating in food distribution and specialised retail on privacy implications of its key business and marketing initiatives.
  • Assisted a technology company on various privacy-related issues in the context of its commercial agreements, marketing initiatives and internal data protection procedures.
  • Advised a newly created Polish branch of a European full service digital bank on launching its operations and offering products on the Polish market.

Poland > Private equity Tier 3

SSW Pragmatic Solutions advises an impressive range of private equity houses and venture capital funds, as well as sectoral and private investors on their Polish investments, divestments and exits. Key practitioners are Wojciech Szczepaniak, who has experience of establishing private equity funds, as well as advising them on their day-today operations; Paweł Chyb, an accomplished M&A lawyer; Sebastian Ponikowski, whose practice includes private equity transactions, as well as reorganisations; and Szymon Okoń, who provides expertise in financing.

Practice head(s):

Wojciech Szczepaniak; Paweł Chyb; Sebastian Ponikowski

Other key lawyers:

Szymon Okoń; Katarzyna Solarz

Testimonials

Young, dynamic and driven.’

‘SSW covers broad range of law areas and can provide comprehensive advise.’

I work with Szymon Okoń: Driven, responsive and dedicated to clients.’

Key clients

City Parking Group S.A. (controlled by Royalton Partners PE Fund)

Credit Value Investments

Unilink SA (Enterprise Investors as PE investor)

Royalton Partners

Dirlango Trading & Investments

Innova Investments LLC

Kom-Eko S.A. (controlled by Royalton Partners PE Fund)

Aerium Group / Bainbridge

Afinum PE

MCI

Masterchem Logoplaste (controlled by Carlyle)

Aria Fund

Work highlights

  • Acted as the local Polish legal adviser to Mid Europa Partners on the purchase of Pigu from MCI (following a restructuring entailing a demerger of Pigu from Morele Group, a Polish e-commerce giant).
  • Advised Dirlango Trading & Investment Ltd on the process of sale of 100% shares in Virgin Mobile Polska to Play Communications (P4).
  • Advising Origami Partners on its acquisition of five shopping centres located in Poland owned by the one of the biggest food operators in Europe.

Poland > Real estate Tier 3

The real estate team at SSW Pragmatic Solutions advises Polish and foreign investors on the local market, with a particular focus on transactions, the investment process and commercialisation, as well as lease agreements and construction contracts. Projects involving offices and warehouses are a core part of the team’s offering. Greenfield expert Maciej Duch leads the practice.

Practice head(s):

Key clients

7R S.A.

H&M Hennes & Mauritz logistics Sp. z o.o.

Bouygues Immobilier

PZU TFI

Waimea Holding S.A.

Real Management S.A.

Aerium Finance Ltd.

Segro plc

Multishop

Wund Industriebau GmbH

Skanska S.A.

Impexmetal S.A.

Origami Partners

4 Friends GmbH

Eiffage Immobilier

CCC S.A.

Naspers Classifieds

Value Real Estate

DL INVEST

CRM Students

Aldesa Construcciones

Grupa PKN Orlen

Steinpol Central Services sp. z o.o.

Work highlights

  • Supported the Cotta Group on the package acquisition of 7 industrial properties in south-west Poland, for use in its furniture production business.
  • Advised 7R on the sale of two warehouses in Upper Silesia.
  • Advised 7R on the contractual negotiations regarding the construction of Żabka’s logistics centre in Poland.

Poland > Restructuring and insolvency Tier 3

Janusz Mazurek and Łukasz Grenda jointly lead the team at SSW Pragmatic Solutions, which handles all stages of insolvency and restructuring proceedings for large corporates and medium-sized businesses based in Poland, Europe and further afield internationally. Mazurek acts for creditors, debtors and investors and is active in cross-border cases. Licensed restructuring adviser Grenda is skilled in acting as a liquidator for the state treasury. Counsel Łukasz Cudny specialises in commercial dispute resolution and acts for creditors and debtors in restructuring proceedings.

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

mBank S.A.

Haitong Bank S.A.

Grupa VOX

Royal Investments sp. z o.o.

BB Park sp. z o.o.

Noble Funds TFI S.A.

BNP Paribas SA

Marwit sp. z o.o.

Real Menagement S.A.

Delta Gas Group S.A.

Immofinanz

Local Ocean France

Aviation Capital Group

Waimea Holding S.A.

Siemens AG

PZU TFI

BPS

Zecco Europe

Grupa Azoty Compounding

PKN ORLEN

Work highlights

  • Advising Immofinanz on all restructuring proceedings of entities leasing retail and office space from Immofinanz.
  • Advising Globus sp. z o.o. on developing highly advanced tactics in a case concerning the most appropriate method of operation in restructuring proceedings of the debtor – GetBack S.A. w restrukturyzacji.

Poland > Tax Tier 3

At SSW Pragmatic Solutions, the team is noted for its Polish tax advisory services, built on the expertise of practice heads Patrycja Goździowska and Tomasz Wickel. The group is experienced in assisting clients with tax audits and related proceedings, as well as providing advice during restructurings and acquisitions. Its lawyers are also called upon to represent clients before the tax authorities in contentious matters. Tax advisor Łukasz Karpiesiuk is an expert in VAT, tax credits and state aid for foreign investors.

Practice head(s):

Patrycja Goździowska; Tomasz Wickel

Other key lawyers:

Łukasz Karpiesiuk; Aleksy Miarkowski

Testimonials

SSW Pragmatic Solutions managed to build a very wide tax team. SSW Pragmatic Solutions is able to provide tax services in the full spectrum of matters that may be important for businesses operating in Poland.

Our main contact is Tomasz Wickel, partner of SSW Pragmatic Solutions. Tomasz is a great tax lawyer. He has an unusual combination of knowledge of tax law and company law, which is extremely useful in complex restructuring processes. Having Tomasz in the tax team, I am confident about the tax security of the group.’

Patrycja Gozdziowska = in my opinion probably the best expert on taxes in Poland.’

Key clients

Erbud SA

Skanska SA

Protektor SA

7R SA

Lumel SA, Lumel Alucast SA

BoomBit Group – previously Aidem Media

Żabka Polska SA

Dirlango

DL Invest Group

Sawex

Work highlights

  • Advised Stelmet on the development of a restructuring, involving a change in the ownership structure of the company listed on the Warsaw Stock Exchange.

Poland > Banking and finance Tier 4

SSW Pragmatic Solutions' banking and finance team advises Polish and international finance providers on a wide range of transactions, including restructuring mandates, with the ability to draw on firm-wide expertise in capital markets and tax. The group also assists corporate borrowers with acquisition finance transactions. The department is led by Wojciech Szczepaniak, who has substantial project finance expertise. Praised as ‘dedicated and precise, proactive and solution-oriented‘, Szymon Okoń handles transactions and regulatory advice. In March 2021, the group was strengthened by Ilona Fedurek's arrival from CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang Pośniak i Sawicki sp.k., adding an expert in leveraged finance transactions and complex banking issues related to inter-creditor relationships.

Practice head(s):

Wojciech Szczepaniak

Other key lawyers:

Szymon Okoń; Ilona Fedurek; Karol Rajewski; Sebastian Ponikowski; Tomasz Kwaśniewski

Testimonials

Most important are people. Young, dynamic and driven. SSW covers broad range of law areas and can provide comprehensive advise. They have a big scale already with ambition to grow further.’

I work mostly with Szymon Okoń and Tomasz Kwaśniewski. Young lawyers with big experience already. Driven, responsive and dedicated to clients.’

SSW Pragmatic Solutions is a law firm offering a complex and premium services. They understand the importance of structuring financing transactions in an way that is both legally effective and tax efficient. They also offer the full scope of advice and support in connection with any regulatory issues.’

I highly recommend Dr Szymon Okoń, who is dedicated and precise, proactive and solution-oriented, responsive to the needs of the client. He is not only a great lawyer, but also a great financial analyst and professional on every activity and detail.’

Law firm offering a premium service, highly regarded practice group that advises on large-scale financing and refinancing mandates, esteemed for its activity in real estate and project finance.’

Szymon Okon is dedicated and precise, proactive and solution-oriented, responsive to the needs of the client, not only a great lawyer, but also a great financial analyst. professional on every activity and detail. Tomasz Kwaśniewski is a lawyer with deep understanding of capital and financial markets.’

SSW is well-regarded firm with an excellent reputation for project finance, able to lead complex deals. Very competent team, professional and responsive; highly intelligent approach.’

I have personally very positive experiences working with Szymon Okoń – he is quick at finding solutions to specific problems, very client-focused. He carries out perfect cooperation.’

Key clients

mBank S.A.

Aldesa Group

BPM Capital

AION Bank S.A.

Stelmet S.A.

Alior Bank S.A.

Mediacap S.A.

Krynica Vitamin S.A.

Bioeton Group

Impexmetal S.A.

Nextline

Boryszew S.A.

Wojciech Gurgul, Paweł Gurgul

Marie Brizard Wine & Spirits Group

Europa Systems SPV

Rank Progress S.A.

Paged S.A.

GetBack S.A.

Eurocent S.A.

Vantage Development S.A.

Netmedia S.A.

Larq S.A.

Unilink S.A.

Browar Kościerzyna sp. z o.o.

Investments Funds managed by Credit Value Investments

VOX capital group

Santander Bank Polska (formerly Bank Zachodni WBK S.A.)

wpd europe

Bank Polska Kasa Opieki S.A.

Bank Gospodarstwa Krajowego

Powszechna Kasa Oszczędności Bank Polski S.A.

Fasing S.A.

Work highlights

  • Advised Bank Polska Kasa Opieki S.A. on the financing arrangements to Fabryki Sprzętu i Narzędzi Górniczych Grupa Kapitałowa Fasing S.A., aimed among others at refinancing of the bond programme.
  • Advised Aion Bank SA on setting up full-scale operation in Poland.
  • Advised Santander Bank Polska S.A. on a financing project for OEX S.A. in connection with a tender offer for the company’s shares.

Poland > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 4

At SSW Pragmatic Solutions, lawyers are able to assist clients with corporate transactions and the commercial aspects of their operations, with a strength in the new technology and big data services sectors, as well as real estate and manufacturing. Paweł Chyb is highly experienced in M&A and private equity transactions. Szymon Okoń, a capital markets lawyer who ‘commands a strong reputation‘, is often called upon in share deals. The team is coordinated by firm chairman Wojciech Szczepaniak.

Practice head(s):

Wojciech Szczepaniak

Other key lawyers:

Paweł Chyb; Sebastian Ponikowski; Michał Badowski; Katarzyna Solarz; Szymon Okoń

Testimonials

Comprehensive solutions that are fully customised to clients’ individual business needs. Legal support provided with all stages of M&A transactions. The team is very client-focused.’

Szymon Okoń commands a strong reputation and has a wealth of experience in this sector. He is a professional searching for alternative ways to agree on solutions acceptable to different stakeholders.’

Key clients

Unilink SA

Masterchem

Boryszew

Afinum PE

Kospel

Dirlango Tech FIZAN

LERG S.A.

Santander Bank Polska

G2A

Agregaty Fogo

Credit Value Investments

Value4Capital

STX Next

ZEDRA

WDB S.A.

Trakcja PRKiI S.A.

Sawex

PePe sp. z o.o.

Movens growth equity

Work highlights

  • Advised LERG S.A., one of Poland’s leading resin manufacturers, on the acquisition of CIECH Żywice sp. z o.o. from Ciech S.A.
  • Acted as legal advisor on the sale of Immo Park to Indigo Polska.
  • Acted as a legal advisor to the owners of PePe in the sale of 100% of shares in PePe sp. z o.o. to Brammer S.A. (Rubix Group).

Poland > Dispute resolution Tier 4

The 'very reliable lawyers' at SSW Pragmatic Solutions have deep experience representing clients in litigation and arbitration, with a stellar roster of multinational and local corporates. Areas of particular expertise include company restructuring and civil litigation, but with Łukasz Cudny the firm also has an expert in white-collar criminal defence. Department head Janusz Mazurek is well known for acting in insolvency and bankruptcy proceedings, in addition to commercial disputes. In the Kraków office, Łukasz Wołk is an expert in disputes arising from the chemicals and energy industries.

Practice head(s):

Janusz Mazurek

Other key lawyers:

Łukasz Wołk; Hubert Wysoczański; Filip Balcerzak; Łukasz Cudny

Testimonials

Very reliable lawyers.’

Filip Balcerzak is very dilligent and attentive and clever at finding solutions. Janusz Mazurek is reliable and responsible.’

Key clients

PGNiG

Cinkciarz.pl/Conotoxia

VOX Group

Budizol

Immofinanz

Waimea Holdings

PKN Orlen

Erbud

H&M

WPO Alba

BNP Paribas

Work highlights

  • Representing Cinkciarz.pl/Conotoxia in a complex and unprecedented civil case that required the appointment of several expert panels and an in-depth analysis of how Google’s algorithms work.
  • Represented Erbud in a construction company in a dispute with a bank which misled the company as to the level of risk of financial instruments – options, leading to losses of over EUR16.5m.
  • Represented Amidel in a dispute with a competitor who introduced a product that infringed trademarks used by the client.

Poland > Intellectual property

The IP practice at SSW Pragmatic Solutions, which is notably strong in the gaming sector, is led by former Domanski Zakrzewski Palinka lawyer Jakub Kubalski, who joined the firm in August 2020.

Poland > TMT

Technology, media and marketing expert Jakub Kubalski and fintech and finance expert Katarzyna Szczudlik lead the TMT group at SSW Pragmatic Solutions.