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Kochanski & Partners
00-078 WARSAW

Banking and finance Tier 3

Kochanski & Partners' team advises borrowers and lenders on a variety of issues, including real estate, acquisition and asset finance. It also assists banks and other financial institutions with regulatory matters and in disputes. Senior associate Klaudia Szymanska-Rutkowska advised a consortium of senior lenders, including Goldman Sachs Bank and Morgan Stanley Bank International, on a €900m acquisition financing to Advent International for its acquisition of IPH Group. Sławomir Morawski, who arrived from Noerr in March 2018 and briefly served as practice head, left the firm for an in-house position at ING Bank Slaski in December 2018.

Dispute resolution Tier 3

Kochanski & Partners' core dispute competencies are small to mid-sized portfolio claims, domestic commercial litigation and arbitration, and international and investment arbitration across a variety of industries. Marek Jezewski, who leads the investment arbitration practice, is representing Muszynianka in a BIT dispute with Slovakia relating to a stalled investment project in the country. Senior associates Magdalena Papiernik and Michał König are recommended for arbitration matters. In January 2019, Konrad Orlik left the group to join new firm, Zieba & Partners.

Energy and natural resources Tier 3

Kochanski & Partners' team is noted for applying 'international quality standards', particularly in relation to cross-border energy-sector deals. Team leader Aleksander Galos provides comprehensive legal advice to Energa, including in relation to its electricity supply operations. Lukasz Wolk and Pawel Gunia transferred over to new firm Zieba & Partners in January 2019.

Intellectual property Tier 3

Kochanski & Partners' team combines 'a deep understanding of the business reality' with 'vast knowledge of IP'. Highlights for Karolina MarciniszynPawel Borowski and Krzysztof Zieba included successfully defending Hasco Group against a trade mark infringement claim raised by Swiss Pharma. Piotr Kochanski is another key practitioner.

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 4

Kochanski & Partners' M&A team includes Gabriel Olearnik, who became head of the private equity practice following a move from Dentons in August 2017.  Corporate work is led by Rafal Rapala, who specialises in corporate conflicts of ownership. He is currently advising Mitsubishi Electric Corporation on the Polish aspects of a major restructuring and subsidiary merger; and alongside Pawel Cholewinski, is assisting Axa Direct Solutions with its merger with Avanssur. Ida Komorowska-Moj left the team for Zieba & Partners in January 2019, where she leads the M&A, corporate and private equity teams.

The firm: Kochanski & Partners (K&P) was established in 1998 by Piotr Kochanski, advocate and member of the Warsaw Bar Council and the District of Columbia (Washington, DC) Bar. K&P currently consists of nearly 100, advocates, legal counsellors, tax counsellors and patent attorneys co-operating through offices in Warsaw and Cracow. It provides specialised services in ten key sectors, namely: energy, natural resources and chemicals; infrastructure and construction; real estate; financial services; technologies / data protection / forensic; pharmaceuticals, healthcare and life sciences; media and entertainment; defense and aviation; FMCG, retail and automotive and private equity.

By focusing on these key sectors, clients can be assured that the firm not only provides standard legal services, but its deeper understanding, knowledge and market intelligence of the industry sectors will ensure the absolute highest level of service, enabling it to deliver legal solutions tailored to those sectors without compromising its ability to assist in areas that it has traditionally been known for.

International practice: as a domestic law firm, it holds relationships with a select group of the largest and most recognised law firms operating in foreign jurisdictions. These relationships extend throughout the globe and leave no jurisdiction uncovered. It is the firm’s principle that it doesn’t just work with any law firm, but specifically selects the most reputable and award-winning firms in their jurisdictions, which ensures that clients receive the same level of service that they have come to expect with K&P. Moreover, these firms are ranked tier one in the sectors that they are known for – the same sectors that K&P specialises in. Through these relationships the firm is able to assist clients in developing their operations on the international market, whether by obtaining foreign finance, seeking foreign business partners or providing simple insight into foreign markets. These deeply integrated relationships allow it to work on cross-border matters seamlessly. The better the firm knows its partners, and the better they know the firm, the better it serves its clients.

Values: the firm’s services are based on five pillars set out below.

  • Innovation – K&P takes pride in being one of the most innovative law firms globally, setting the standard for legal services in Poland. K&P does not follow, but paves the way in providing innovative products to its clients.
  • Quality – K&P regards quality as an integral part of its services. It constantly monitors its services and is always looking for ways to improve and provide the best possible level of assistance to clients.
  • Relationship – K&P believes in the importance of establishing and maintaining an excellent working relationship with clients. The better its relationship, the better they work together.
  • Knowledge – the knowledge of K&P’s lawyers goes beyond legal. The firm makes an effort to know clients’ industries and markets, including trends, the economic and political climate, and other outside influences that affect business.
  • Proactive – K&P’s knowledge and understanding of a client’s business and industry allows its lawyers to be proactive and anticipate problems before they arise, ensuring that it’s able to advise and protect clients effectively and efficiently, saving on cost in the long-run.
Department Name Email Telephone
Media; IP Piotr Kochanski +48 602 218 217
Corporate Rafal Rapala +48 608 444 650
Arbitration Marek Jezewski +48 795 548 314
Private equity and Cross Border Gabriel Olearnik +48 782 500 073
Banking & Finance Agnieszka Serzysko +48 608 317 176
Photo Name Position Profile
 Dr Izabela Andrzejewska-Czernek  photo Dr Izabela Andrzejewska-Czernek
Mr Szymon Balcerzak  photo Mr Szymon Balcerzak
Dr iur Michal Bedkowski-Koziol  photo Dr iur Michal Bedkowski-Koziol
Ms Agnieszka Chajewska  photo Ms Agnieszka Chajewska
Mr Pawel Cholewinski  photo Mr Pawel Cholewinski
Ms Agnieszka Choromanska-Malicka  photo Ms Agnieszka Choromanska-Malicka
Ms Katarzyna Cybulska  photo Ms Katarzyna Cybulska
Mr Kacper Czubacki  photo Mr Kacper Czubacki
Ms Dominika Durchowska  photo Ms Dominika Durchowska
Ms Agata Dziwisz  photo Ms Agata Dziwisz
Ms Karina Falat  photo Ms Karina Falat
Mr Aleksander Galos  photo Mr Aleksander Galos
Ms Anna Gwiazda  photo Ms Anna Gwiazda
Ms Anna Jargut  photo Ms Anna Jargut
Dr Marek Jezewski  photo Dr Marek Jezewski
Mr Michal König  photo Mr Michal König
Ms Karolina Klunder  photo Ms Karolina Klunder
Ms Joanna Kośmider  photo Ms Joanna Kośmider
Mr Piotr Kochanski  photo Mr Piotr Kochanski
Mr Daniel Kozłowski  photo Mr Daniel Kozłowski
 Dr Jacek Kozikowski  photo Dr Jacek Kozikowski
Ms Monika Maćkowska-Morytz  photo Ms Monika Maćkowska-Morytz
Mr Maciej Mackiewicz  photo Mr Maciej Mackiewicz
Dr Andrzej Malec  photo Dr Andrzej Malec
Ms Karolina Marciniszyn  photo Ms Karolina Marciniszyn
Mr Pawel Mardas  photo Mr Pawel Mardas
Mr Gabriel Olearnik  photo Mr Gabriel Olearnik
Dr Joanna Ostojska-Kolodziej  photo Dr Joanna Ostojska-Kolodziej
Mr Mateusz Ostrowski  photo Mr Mateusz Ostrowski
Mr Andrzej Pałys  photo Mr Andrzej Pałys
Ms Magdalena Papiernik  photo Ms Magdalena Papiernik
Mr Karol Polosak  photo Mr Karol Polosak
Mr Rafal Rapala  photo Mr Rafal Rapala
Mr Marcin Rzysko  photo Mr Marcin Rzysko
Mr Jacek Salata  photo Mr Jacek Salata
Dr Agnieszka Serzysko  photo Dr Agnieszka Serzysko
Ms Sylwia Uzieblo-Kowalska  photo Ms Sylwia Uzieblo-Kowalska
Mr Tomasz Wisiecki  photo Mr Tomasz Wisiecki
Mr Wojciech Wrochna  photo Mr Wojciech Wrochna
Mr Krzysztof Zieba  photo Mr Krzysztof Zieba
Number of lawyers : 100
American Bar Association
Union IP
Polish Chamber of Information Technology and Telecommunications (PIIT)
Land Transport Chamber of Commerce
British-Polish Chamber of Commerce
Polish-Portuguese Chamber of Commerce
Polish - Spanish Chamber of Commerce
Polish - German Chamber of Industry and Commerce
Other offices : Cracow

K&P acts as legal counsel on cloud computing implementation standard for banks

Kochanski & Partners is the exclusive legal partner of the working group on a standard for cloud computing implementation in banks, established by the Polish Bank Association (ZBP) and the Banking Technology Forum.

Ringier Axel Springer Poland consolidates dispute resolution services by choosing K&P

Ringier Axel Springer Poland (RASP), a part of the leading CEE multimedia Ringier Axel Springer AG group, has consolidated its dispute resolution services by choosing Kochański & Partners as its legal advisor in Poland.

K&P Authors a Report on M&A Market Structure in Poland

The K&P Transaction Advisory and Analysis team has prepared a report on the structure of the M&A market in Poland. The report presents an in-depth analysis of current trends in the M&A market and phenomena affecting its structure in the first half of 2019.

K&P has advised EPP on the acquisition of the O3 Business Campus II

Echo Polska Properties N.V. (EPP) has acquired from Echo Investment S.A. another building of the O3 Business Campus office complex in Krakow under the right of first offer (ROFO) contract. The office building, constituting the second stage of the O3 Business Campus office was valued at EUR 49.2 million.

K&P advised Davidson Kempner Capital Management on the high profile GBP 180 million financing

We advised US investment firm Davidson Kempner Capital Management on the high profile GBP 180 million financing granted to Pepkor Europe of the Steinhoff Group

K&P has advised EPP on the acquisition of King Cross Marcelin shopping centre

Kochański & Partners law firm (K&P) advises EPP on its EUR 91.1 million acquisition of King Cross Marcelin shopping centre in Poznan – EPP’s first entry into Poznan.

Kochanski & Partners advised Groupe Beneteau on the acquisition of Delphia Yachts

Kochanski & Partners (K&P) advised Groupe Beneteau (France), one of the two largest sailing and power boat manufacturers globally, on its transaction with Delphia Yachts – Poland’s leading boatbuilder. As a result of this transaction, the rights to sailing and power boat designs, and the building and marketing activities of the Delphia and Maxi Yacht brands were acquired.

Kochanski & Partners has advised Coca–Cola HBC Polska on the lease of new headquarters

Kochanski & Partners Law Firm has advised Coca-Cola HBC Polska sp. z o.o. in the negotiations and execution of a lease agreement for office and warehouse space in the Business Garden office complex in Warsaw.

K&P has successfully advised on the sale of an office building located in the centre of Warsaw

Kochański & Partners has advised an investment fund managed by the Griffin Estate Group on the sale of the office building located in the centre of Warsaw.

New opportunities for Japanese capital in Poland

Report authored by the Polish Investment and Trade Agency (PAIH) and Kochański & Partners Business Law Firm shows the opportunities for Japanese investors in Poland.

Kochański & Partners – special sponsor of GC Summit Central & Eastern Europe Legal500

GC Summit – Central & Eastern Europe invites the most esteemed in-house counsel from the CEE’s most prolific companies to discuss their changing roles as in-house leaders and the challenges, issues and opportunities they are facing in 2019 and beyond. Between comprehensive panel discussions and the opportunity to meet and engage with fellow in-house counsel, GC Summit – Central & Eastern Europe promises to be a practical, forward-looking event bringing together the region’s top legal minds.

Kochański & Partners – Founder of the Anti-Fraud Association

For many years now, we have observed with great concern the growing level of economic crime and abuse affecting Polish companies. This has made us aware not only of the inherent weakness of the system, but also of the limited effectiveness of ad hoc actions, which do not significantly reduce the problem while consuming large amounts of money.