Firm Profile > JDP Drapala & Partners > Warsaw, Poland

JDP Drapala & Partners
NORTH GATE TOWER
UL. BONIFRATERSKA 17
00-203 WARSAW
Poland

Poland > Construction Tier 1

Specialist construction practice JDP Drapała & Partners is led by Warsaw-based practitioners Przemysław Drapała and Andrzej Sokołowski. Acting for major domestic and international clients, the team has has recently handled key railway projects as well as those featuring major hydrotechnical facilities. In particular, a recent highlight concerns its work for a consortium featuring Nokia Solutions and Networks, a €649m contract requiring the domestic railways operator to develop a nationwide turnkey ERTMS/GSM-R backhaul network. Counsel Jakub Majewski is another key name to note.

Practice head(s):

Przemysław Drapała; Andrzej Sokołowski

Other key lawyers:

Jakub Majewski

Testimonials

‘The firm works very closely with the clients, being also flexible as for the availability and keeping the same high quality of the services irrespective of who individually is in charge of a specific project. I appreciate the responsiveness and availability of the key lawyers, prompt answers, knowledge of industry and practice. The team is flexible in case there is a need to involve more people in the project and is able to provide comprehensive advice (beyond the primarily specified area). I highly appreciate the communication level of the firm.’

‘The team regularly deals with complex cases and high claim values. We have cooperated with JDP in a couple of projects and we can for sure confirm that this team is capable to work on comprehensive cases within a short time. In JDP even most challenging issues do not stop them from looking for customized solutions and ways to handle problems quickly. It is to be mentioned that JDP as a law firm is always taking care of the team being up to date with any news in the sector of land transport market. ’

‘The person that is my main contact in JDP is Professor Przemyslaw Drapala, the Managing Partner – an excellent practitioner and an indisputable leader. He is an undeniable authority in the field of court and arbitration disputes related to complex construction and infrastructure projects. Many matters have turned out to be precedential and have set the tone of jurisprudence for years to come and the future condition of construction sector in Poland. We turn to him for advice in different legal issues and are impressed by his comprehensive understanding of the market.’

‘The Firm has extensive experience in public procurement law and infrastructure investments. The members of the team have diverse experience.’

‘Strengths: deep knowledge about construction industry, infrastructure projects, construction contracts and related legal environment; very good reaction time, ready to work under time pressure, holistic approach.’

‘Top legal advice from prof. Przemyslaw Drapala in the area of construction contracts in public sector. His experience in the construction industry makes our cooperation more productive and he focuses on the best solutions. Very fast and good risk evaluations and proposed risk mitigation actions are provided. There is a good team supporting Prof. Drapala including outstanding counsel Jakub Majewski.’

Key clients

Nokia Solutions and Networks sp. z o.o. and its consortium partners (FONON sp. z o.o., SPC-2 sp. z o.o., Herkules Infrastruktura sp. z o.o.)

Budimex S.A.

Salini Impregilo S.p.A. (Italy)

Impresa Pizzarotti & C. S.p.A. (Italy)

Astaldi S.p.A (Polish branch)

Mota-Engil Central Europe S.A.

Mostostal Warszawa S.A.

Eiffage Polska Budownictwo S.A.

PORR S.A.

Bilfinger SE and its subsidiaries

Poland > Dispute resolution Tier 2

Although construction and real estate disputes are the mainstay of the team at JDP Drapała & Partners, the group is increasingly instructed on financial and shareholder disputes. In practice co-head and founding partner Przemysław Drapała ('able to create unconventional solutions that perfectly fit to the case'), the group has a veteran arbitrator who has a strong track record in construction and infrastructure-related cases. Litigator Andrzej Sokołowski leads the team alongside Drapała, with experience in white-collar criminal defence. Promoted to counsel in 2020, Jakub Majewski has been responsible for building the corporate disputes practice, receiving praise from clients as 'always well prepared for talks and very involved in his work'.

Practice head(s):

Przemysław Drapała; Andrzej Sokołowski

Other key lawyers:

Wojciech Bazan; Jakub Majewski

Testimonials

Professor Przemysław Drapała has experience in leading big-ticket commercial litigation. Thanks to his experience and broad knowledge, he is able to craft legal strategies adjusted to a given problem. International companies need such tough litigators from Polish market in order to conduct court proceedings against state entities.’

Wojciech Bazan: During the 3 years we have worked together he proved to be a go-to-guy for me, my colleagues and even management of my firm. Always on the first front line, ready to help us with namely everything needing legal assistance, even if JDP are not in charge of a given case. ’

‘JDP Drapala & Partners is a law firm with extensive experience in litigation, especially in the field of interest to our company. The firm has a very well-organised work process, which allows them to quickly analyse even extensive evidence and react quickly.’

‘We appreciate the cooperation with Jakub Majewski. Mr. Majewski is always well prepared for talks and very involved in his work. We believe he is a lawyer who likes the profession very much.’

‘The firm has a very in-depth knowledge of the relevant legislation ’

‘JDP is a law firm that is able to establish and recommend unconventional solutions. The team managed to coordinate multiple independent court proceedings including enforcement ones and the ones that cover white collar crimes issues. They also provided strategic advice and negotiated on our behalf with the debtor. Finally JDP team prepared the settlement, on the basis of which the debtor satisfied our claims without the risk of withdrawal. During all these actions JDP Team presented incredible business approach.’

‘Przemysław Drapała was a team leader and head of the whole operation. Definitely he is able to create unconventional solutions that perfectly fit to the case. His experience, knowledge of the various areas of law, bright ideas, legal skills and business approach led us to the desired outcome of the case. Fully deserves his opinion as one of the best on the market. ’

‘The team is always super organized, professional, helping, solving problems, flexible, the one every company would imagine to cooperate, with success.’

‘Mr Professor Przemysław Drapała is a person with exceptional charisma, a very valuable feature in the legal environment; he builds his authority not only on comprehensive knowledge; he has the ability to interest the listener in the content of his speech but also has the ability to listen in depth. The unique personal culture and erudition combined with substantive knowledge make your professor a person who gives the client a sense and guarantee of security in complex legal disputes.’

‘Knowledge, experience, quick accurate and honest advice and guidance is always provided’

‘JDP are always available regardless of the issue, its significance or whether it is just a simple issue. Mr Bazan in particular is extremely knowledgeable, dedicated and always professional’

Key clients

Przedsiębiorstwo Usług Technicznych Intercor sp. z o.o.

Impressa Pizzarotti & C. S.p.A.

PORR S.A.

Bilfinger Engineering & Technologies GmbH

Babcock Borsig Steinmuller GmbH

Bilfinger Piping Technologies GmbH

Bilfinger MCE Berlin GmbH

Babcock Noell GmbH

Astaldi S.p.A. (Italy)

Mostostal Warszawa S.A.

Eiffage Polska Budownictwo S.A.

Pojazdy Szynowe PESA Bydgoszcz S.A.

Budimex S.A.

Poland > Public procurement Tier 3

The 'hardworking and very pragmatic' team at JDP Drapala & Partners is led by 'highly skilled' associate Wojciech Merkwa. The group advises on all stages of the public procurement process (both regular and sectoral) and has a particular focus on the infrastructure, energy and services sectors. It is particularly notable for assistance with the analysis of regulations, the preparation of tender documentation, contract assessment, appeal proceedings before the National Chamber of Appeal and reviewing the validity of tender rejection and contractor exclusion.

Poland > Real estate Tier 4

At JDP Drapala & Partners, the real estate team counts Mercedes-Benz and Nokia Solutions among its client. The group advises on joint venture agreements, industrial leases and ancillary matters such as facility agreements, and internal corporate documentation. The team is led by joint venture specialist Maciej Chrzan and includes Marcin Chomiuk and senior associate Michal Urbanski.

Poland > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 5

The team at JDP Drapała & Partners is most noted for its ability to service German-speaking clients. The group works closely with the firm's tax department to provide comprehensive advice on transactions and contract law issues. In 2020, Marcin Chomiuk became practice head, taking over from co-founding partner Zbigniew Jara , who became a counsel in the team. Maciej Chrzan focuses on real estate transactions, while Magdalena Zasiewska provides tax advice.

Practice head(s):

Marcin Chomiuk

Other key lawyers:

Maciej Chrzan; Magdalena Zasiewska; Marcin Lewiński; Zbigniew Jara

Testimonials

Language skills, in particular German language skills, make collaboration for our German clients very easy; high level of understanding for cross-border transactions; very responsive.

Client focus, multilingual service, expertise in taxes and legal as the offer of one requires always the knowledge of the other, excellent value for money, high personal engagement of the partners, in-depth knowledge of key industries like construction, excellent cross border relations beyond Poland.’

We are very happy with the fact that JDP does not simply answer the questions we ask, but thinks ahead and answers questions we haven’t even asked yet. They are very progressive in their approach.’

The team of JDP reacts very quickly to requests. All results can be ideally implemented in practice. In addition, the team is actively informed about upcoming changes in the law. Another big plus point is that the team speaks German to some extent.

The firm works very closely with the clients, being also flexible as for the availability and keeping the same high quality of the services irrespective of who individually is in charge of specific project. I appreciate the responsiveness and availability of the key lawyers, prompt answers, knowledge of industry and practice. The team is flexible in the case there is a need to involve more people into the project and is able to provide comprehensive advise (beyond the primarily specified area). I highly appreciate the communication level of the firm.’

The team offers high-level expertise in all major areas of business law in Poland. It is one of the most experienced practices in business law in Poland. The team has particular expertise in advising international investors in Poland. As a foreign cooperation partner, we are always impressed by the incredible level of language skills the lawyers provide. At the same time, the advice provided by the firm has always been straight to the point, practice-focused, very efficient and overall high value for money.’

Marcin Chomiuk is professional and has a sensible approach, well organised, responsive.’

Key clients

BMW Group

Mercedes-Benz (Daimler Group)

Eiffage Polska

ALD Automotive (Societe General Group)

mytaxi Polska (Free Now)

Ride Hive Operations

Nacarat Polska

Tengelmann Group

Scope Fluidics

4PL Central Group Station

Mosolf Group

Greenpack Group

JDP Law Firm:

Since its establishment in 2005 JDP Drapała & Partners has been providing effective legal solutions to domestic and international clients – in particular companies operating in sectors such as: construction, infrastructure, real estate, modern technologies, production, transport, services, but also banks and investment funds.

With 5 partners and 45 other lawyers, JDP advises in complex commercial transactions and in the day-to-day operations of medium-sized and large enterprises. A significant part of services is representation in court and arbitration proceedings, as well as tax consultancy and advice in the field of labour law.

Having one of the largest litigation and arbitration practice teams, and infrastructure department on the Polish market (larger than the departments of international law firms), JDP is a Polish leading law firm specialising in legal advice and legal representation regarding large construction and infrastructure projects, including in particular projects in the area of railways, roads, bridges, power facilities, transmission networks and public and industrial facilities.

In the above mentioned areas JDP has won many precedent-setting and ground-breaking judgments influencing the entire industry, paving the way for introducing system solutions that can improve the market situation and facilitate cooperation between employers and contractors.

JDP is highly recognised on the market for its well-established German Desk, offering advice in German in all areas of economic law for the largest international concerns, especially in the area of DACH (Germany, Austria, Switzerland). As a result, JDP is also often chosen as a go-to adviser for a large number of top-tier foreign law firms that do not have their own offices in Poland.

For several years, JDP’s clients’ recognition has been reflected in high positions in international rankings, such as Chambers and Partners, The Legal 500.

JDP regularly wins accolades in: Construction; Dispute Resolution; Arbitration; Public Procurement; Real Estate; Commercial, Corporate & M&A.

Practice Areas:

Litigation & Arbitration – JDP has a strong reputation in representing Polish and foreign entities in proceedings before common courts as well as in both domestic and international arbitration (the Polish Chamber of Commerce, Lewiatan, ICC, VIAC, DIS, UNCITRAL). Clients value especially JDP’s vast experience and efficiency in litigating or arbitrating complex cases concerning construction and infrastructure investment projects. In this area, JDP has handled about a dozen precedent-setting cases (including before the Supreme Court), often contributing to the formation of the Polish case law.

Infrastructure and Construction Industry – JDP is one of the leading law firms on the Polish legal market in providing legal advice to general contractors, subcontractors, investors and design companies implementing complex construction and infrastructure investment projects (roads, engineering, large-scale projects, power engineering, public utility facilities, sports facilities, industrial facilities). For over 15 years JDP has been advising its clients on the largest infrastructure and construction investment projects in Poland and representing parties in related court and arbitration proceedings. In terms of Construction/Construction disputes category, JDP and Prof. Przemysław Drapała have been placed in Top Tier in The Legal 500 EMEA since 2018.

Public Procurement – JDP is highly experienced in providing legal advice to Polish and foreign entities at all stages of public procurement procedure (both regular and sectoral), in particular with regard to infrastructure, energy and services sectors, and represents its clients in proceedings before the National Appeals Chamber. In several cases complaints filed by JDP with common courts against judgments issued by the National Appeals Chamber have led to precedent-setting rulings.

Transactions M&A and Corporate Law – JDP provides comprehensive support in commercial transactions, including advice on cross-border aspects of commercial law, in particular acquiring (M&A) and restructuring capital companies, as well as ongoing support to commercial companies. JDP’s Transaction and Contract Counselling Team is best known for its ability to provide legal and tax support in short time and in business-oriented way, at the same time ensuring comfort of legal and tax security, even in the most complex legal cases. Due to JDP’s in-depth knowledge and extensive experience gathered for plenty of years, the team is in position to provide legal and tax advice to the biggest corporate groups and conglomerates operating within different sectors of business, including in particular global automotive, transport & logistics, real estate, construction and FMCG markets.

Real Estate  JDP provides legal advice on all types of projects relating to trading in and financing real estate transactions at a national and cross-border scale. The Real Estate Team has significant experience in advising top international brands from all over the world in their ever-increasing number of real estate deals in Poland, in particular industrial giants who invest in expanding their production facilities in Poland. The clients include: building owners and managers, property developers and construction companies.

Contracts (Commercial) – JDP combines expertise with business expectations while providing legal security to clients, particularly with regard to situations that no one expected at the time of concluding the contract. That is why JDP specialises in preparing complex “tailor-made” contracts and supports clients taking into account their individual situation. Working closely with foreign law firm partners, JDP carries out projects extending beyond the Polish jurisdiction, providing clients with comprehensive services for their cross-border ventures.

Employment Practice – JDP supports its clients with respect to individual and collective labour law matters, both from a domestic and cross-border perspective. JDP provides ongoing legal services to HR departments and managerial staff, advises clients on selecting the right form of cooperation with employees, drafts necessary employment-related documents, draws up rules and regulations and internal policies, develops effective salary and incentive schemes. Thanks to close cooperation between lawyers from various fields, in particular personal data protection, and tax advisers, JDP offers optimised solutions, taking into account all aspects of contractual parties’ interests.

Personal Data Protection – JDP supports clients in the implementation of data protection projects and of the GDPR. This applies in particular to mobile applications, websites, software and other personal data processing technologies used in business. JDP advises clients on services and marketing activities using new technologies and other projects that require the collection of information about users, clients, employees (e.g. in connected cars or monitoring systems), also when international transfers are involved. JDP supports clients in regulating data processing within groups of companies. The team has experience in auditing already implemented projects and entire companies for compliance with data protection regulations, also in terms of industry requirements.

Taxes – JDP’s Tax Law Team is a group of tax advisers with over twenty years of experience in their specialisation. The team provides tax advisory services to domestic and foreign entrepreneurs with respect to tax settlements related to current business activities, as well as transactions and restructuring processes, taking into account international tax law. JDP experts also represent taxpayers before tax authorities and tax inspection authorities at all stages of the proceedings and in court and administrative proceedings. Clients receive tax support regarding investments, including those related to real estate, capital concentration processes, divisions and transformations of companies, as well as transfer prices.

Department Name Email Telephone
Litigation and Arbitration Practice Group; Infrastructure Practice Group Professor Przemysław Drapała, PhD przemyslaw.drapala@jdp-law.pl +48 22 246 00 30
Litigation and Arbitration Practice Group; Infrastructure Practice Group Andrzej Sokołowski andrzej.sokolowski@jdp-law.pl +48 22 246 00 30
Transaction and Contract Counselling Practice Group Marcin Chomiuk, PhD marcin.chomiuk@jdp-law.pl +48 22 246 00 30
Real Estate Practice Group Maciej Chrzan maciej.chrzan@jdp-law.pl +48 22 246 00 30
Litigation and Arbitration Practice Group; Infrastructure Practice Group Wojciech Bazan wojciech.bazan@jdp-law.pl +48 22 246 00 30
Public Procurement Practice Group Wojciech Merkwa wojciech.merkwa@jdp-law.pl +48 22 246 00 30
Employment Practice Group Joanna Ostojska - Kołodziej, PhD joanna.ostojska@jdp-law.pl +48 22 246 00 30
Tax Practice Group Magdalena Zasiewska magdalena.zasiewska@jdp-law.pl +48 22 246 00 30
Data Protection, Compliance Practice Group Anna Matusiak - Wekiera anna.matusiak-wekiera@jdp-law.pl +48 22 246 00 30
Photo Name Position Profile
 Wojciech Bazan  photo Wojciech Bazan Partner at Litigation and Arbitration Practice Group, Infrastructure Practice Group;Adwokat (Attorney-at-law)
Dr Marcin Chomiuk photo Dr Marcin Chomiuk Partner heading the Transaction (Corporate M&A) and Contract Counselling Practice Group; Radca prawny (Attorney-at-law)
 Maciej Chrzan, LL.M.  photo Maciej Chrzan, LL.M. Partner heading the Real Estate Practice Group;Radca prawny (Attorney-at-law)
Professor Przemysław Drapała photo Professor Przemysław Drapała Partner heading the 30-person Litigation and Arbitration Practice Group and the Infrastructure…
 Anna Matusiak-Wekiera  photo Anna Matusiak-Wekiera Head of Data Protection, Compliance Practice Group;Radca prawny (Attorney-at-law)
 Wojciech Merkwa  photo Wojciech Merkwa Head of the Public Procurement Practice; Radca prawny (Attorney-at-law)
Dr Joanna Ostojska-Kołodziej photo Dr Joanna Ostojska-Kołodziej Head of the Employment Practice Group;Adwokat (Attorney-at-law)
 Andrzej Sokołowski  photo Andrzej Sokołowski Partner co-heading the 30-person Litigation and Arbitration Practice Group and the Infrastructure…
 Magdalena Zasiewska photo Magdalena Zasiewska Head of Tax
Number of partners : : 5
Number of other lawyers: : 45
Polish
English
German

Professor Przemysław Drapała, PhD , Radca prawny (Attorney-at-law), Managing Partner 

JDP’s Partner Prof. Przemysław Drapała on future perspectives and how the firm turns challenges into successes

What do you see as the main points that differentiate JDP Drapała & Partners  from your competitors?

We are an expert independent law firm focusing on a few selected fields of expertise, in which we provide legal counselling and legal representation of the highest quality. Expertise and experience in these areas allow us to achieve tangible results for our clients. In addition to litigation, construction and infrastructure investment projects, we successfully advise on M&A transactions, real estate matters and public procurement. Within these practices we combine over 15 years of experience with expertise, and therefore more and more foreign clients choose our law firm instead of international brands.

Which practices do you see growing in the next 12 months? What are the drivers behind that?

We have already been observing a gradual growth in litigation & arbitration and M&A. Disturbances to the economy and trading caused by the pandemic have contributed to a larger number of disputes between companies (including disputes with public employers in Poland) and take-overs in some industries. We have also been observing greater dynamics in the real estate practice thanks to an increased activity of investors.

What’s the main change you’ve made in the firm that will benefit clients?

Our experts hold free (online) seminars on most recent or precedent-setting issues in respective industries. A large number of our clients attend these seminars, and the feedback that we receive is very positive.

Is technology changing the way you interact with your clients, and the services you can provide them?

From the very beginning of our activity we have been using new technologies to gather legal expertise and experience and to communicate with our clients who appreciate this approach.

Can you give us a practical example of how you have helped a client to add value to their business?

We represented a consortium (consisting of the largest construction company operating on the Polish market and one of the leading technology suppliers in Europe) in negotiations with a Polish public employer regarding claims for reimbursement for additional costs in one of the energy projects in Poland. As the negotiations did not bring the expected results, in November 2020 on behalf of the consortium we filed a lawsuit with a Polish court. Four months later, having reviewed the lawsuit, the public employer decided to make a settlement agreement under which it paid the consortium over EUR 25 million (information is publicly known).

Are clients looking for stability and strategic direction from their law firms – where do you see the firm in three years’ time?

In the next three years we want to strengthen our leading position in the selected fields of expertise. We see a great potential to further develop these practices.