B2R Law Jankowski Stroinski Zieba > Kraków, Poland > Firm Profile

B2R Law Jankowski Stroinski Zieba
Pilotow 2E
31-462 Kraków
Poland

Poland > White-collar crime Tier 2

B2R Law Jankowski Stroinski Zieba is particularly active in criminal litigation, especially cases involving allegations of fraud. The business criminal litigation team is led by co-founder of the firm and arbitrator Bartłomiej Jankowski; he has significant experience advising clients on the liability of members of commercial companies, as well as on anti-corruption issues concerning international companies. Counsel Anna Grochowska–Wasilewska is another core member of the team who often acts on behalf of defendants, and is well versed in matters relating to actions which are detrimental to the company, and money laundering.

Practice head(s):

Bartłomiej Jankowski

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The team is super cooperative, fast-learning, and very objective. They are pro-active in learning and keeping up with the needs of the case.’

‘They are able to look beyond the case file and expand their horizons to a global, industry-wide perspective, integrating the intricacies of the world’s political and economic situation, while making accurate judgements about the progress of the case.’

‘Bartłomiej Jankowski and his team are able to persevere when cases are in an extremely desperate situation. Their optimism and objective analysis gives not only trust and hope to the client, but also a sense of humanity that encourages the client and the legal team to work actively together to make things better.’

Work highlights

  • Representing a Palestinian Guantanamo Bay detainee in criminal proceedings regarding illegal CIA Black Sites and the use of torture.
  • Defending a former manager at global telecoms company Huawei, who was arrested in Poland on charges of alleged spying.
  • Defending Andrzej Jakubiak, who together with his deputy and five other officials from the Polish Financial Supervision Authority were accused of alleged negligence while in service.

Poland > Construction Tier 3

The construction team at B2R Law Jankowski Stroinski Zieba supports public authorities, municipalities and private businesses throughout the lifecycle of projects involving transport, power and urban regeneration. Its work ranges from advising on the drafting of tender and project documentation to representing clients in dispute proceedings with subcontractors, employers, and public bodies. Kraków-based public procurement specialist Paweł Gunia leads the team alongside senior partner Rafał Zieba, who is based in Warsaw. Another key group member is of counsel and real estate lawyer Krzysztof Marzyński.

Practice head(s):

Paweł Gunia; Rafał Zięba

Other key lawyers:

Jacek Mizgier; Krzysztof Marzyński

Key clients

OHL ŽS a.s. in Brno

ZUE S.A. in Cracow

Swietelsky Baugesellschaft m.b.H. in Linz

Teknokon Grup

Johnson Matthey PLC

Mace Group & Mace Polska sp. z o. o.

BÖGL a KRÝSL k.s.

Drogi i Mosty Cieszyn sp. z o. o.

IceMos Technology

CB Engineering

Gulf Energy Development Public Company Limited

Tauron Polska Energia

Work highlights

  • Advising Johnson Matthey on its multimillion-Euro investment in a new factory for its ‘Battery Materials’ division in Konin.
  • Advising a consortium comprising of OHL ŽS a.s., ZUE S.A. and Swietelsky Baugesellschaft m.b.H. regarding a significant rail modernisation project.

Poland > Private equity Tier 3

B2R Law Jankowski Stroinski Zieba is best known for assisting with technology-related deals across Poland and the wider CEE region, and has a successful recent track record operating in the area of convergence between venture capital and private equity investments. Away from transactional work, the firm is also very active in the fund formation space. Rafał Stroiński - whose client base spans buyers, sellers and targets - heads up the practice.

Practice head(s):

Rafał Stroiński

Other key lawyers:

Aleksandra Polak; Agnieszka Hajos-Iwańska; George Havaris

Testimonials

‘Very good understanding of clients’ goals.’

‘Rafał Stroiński has an adaptive approach which allows for quick and effective work.’

‘Insightful and helpful. Very good understanding of legal and business matters.’

‘Aleksandra Polak and Rafał Stroiński are both are very good lawyers who I can recommenend to others.’

Key clients

PKO VC

Barings BDC Inc.

Fidiasz EVC

KnowledgeHub

Apis Venture sp. z o.o.

Life Science Innovation Fund

Learn Capital

Next Road Ventures

RKK VC

Pinova Capital

PGNiG Ventures

Paine Schwartz Partners

Stability Capital

Abris Capital

TPG Capital

Resource Partners

Francisco Partners

PFR TFI

Partners Group

Goldman Sachs

Kennet Partners

Tar Heel Capital

Work highlights

  • Advised US-based venture capital fund Learn Capital on its $80m Series D investment in Polish online learning platform Brainly.
  • Advised Barings BDC on its multi-million dollar merger with MVC Capital.
  • Advised Stability Capital on the formation of a search fund focused on Poland.

Poland > Real estate Tier 3

B2R Law Jankowski Stroinski Zieba‘s real estate practice utilises the strengths of the firm’s corporate, finance, tax, and risk management groups to broaden its offering and advise on commercial real estate transactions. Of recent note is its work assisting new entrants to the Polish market. The group is led by co-founder Rafal Zieba. Other key team members include counsel Agnieszka Wojciechowska, who predominately acts for REITs, real estate funds, private equity funds, and developers, and Andrzej Zając, who acts on both the buy and sell side of transactions.

Practice head(s):

Rafał Zięba

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Good experience, availability, knowledge, and business attitude.’

‘Filip Badziak is willing to go the extra mile to make sure the client’s interests are put first.’

Key clients

Krakbau

Wechta Nieruchomości

Eagle JVCo S.a r.l.

Skanska Residential Development Poland

Skanska Property Poland

Henley Investments

Canal+ Polska

Panattoni Europe

Golub Gethouse

White Star Real Estate

Icon Real Estate

Cordia Management Poland

Focus Estate Fund

Fortress REIT Fund

Bank Pekao S.A.

Echo Investment

Milestone Student Living

Corestate Capital Group

Work highlights

  • Advising Henley Investments on the acquisition of its first shopping centre and its entry onto the Polish real estate market with the purchase of Galeria Pestka from a global investment manager.
  • Advised Wechta Nieruchomości on the sale of the Szyperska Office Center complex in Poznań.
  • Advised Eagle JVCoon its acquisition of a portfolio of purpose-built student housing with around 800 beds including two development sites in Poland.

Poland > Dispute resolution Tier 4

Under the guidance of founding partner Bartlomiej Jankowski, the 'problem solvers' at B2R Law Jankowski Stroinski Zieba handle a wide range of disputes - spanning corporate and commercial litigation, arbitration, criminal law and investigations - on behalf of long-standing local and international clients. Human rights cases are a niche specialism; a recent highlight involves representing a private individual following their unjustified detention during a protest against LGBT discrimination in Poland.

Practice head(s):

Bartłomiej Jankowski

Other key lawyers:

Roman Iwanski; Edyta Zalewska

Testimonials

‘The team is very organised and focused on business needs. Problem solvers.’

‘High level focus and great at the details. Always bring desired deliverables.’

Key clients

Dantex Sp. z o.o.

Wilcza Sp. K.

BEREA sp. z o. o.

EPP (Echo Polska Properties)

EPP Office – Park Rozwoju sp. z o.o.

Jastrzębska Spółka Węglowa S.A. (JSW)

BÖGL a KRÝSL k.s.

MACE Polska sp. z o. o.

Aeronautics Ltd.

MACE Polska sp. z o. o.

Work highlights

  • Representing human rights activist Elżbieta Podleśna in a number of criminal cases instigated against her by the Prosecutor’s Office and Polish Police.
  • Representing non-binary individual Julia (Krem) Miskevich, a citizen of both the United States and Poland, who was caught up in an LGBT protest.
  • Representing EPP Office – Park Rozwoju in a lease termination dispute with a company from the furniture sector.

Poland > Banking and finance Tier 6

B2R Law Jankowski Stroinski Zieba fields a team of corporate and banking experts, with extensive experience advising on cross-border M&A and financing deals, including secured and unsecured investment grade, leveraged, emerging market and debt transactions. Deals with a real estate element are a particular area of strength. George Havaris jointly heads up the practice with newly-promoted partner Filip Badziak.

Practice head(s):

Filip Badziak; George Havaris

Testimonials

‘Very professional, focused, experienced.’

‘Extremely client oriented.’

Key clients

Unidevelopment

Nuveen Real Estate

Raiffeisen Bank Hungary

CIB Bank Hungary

Henley Investment Management

Arcmont Asset Management

Aerosol Service

Bank Pekao S.A.

Goldman Sachs International

Barclays

HSBC

NatWest Markets

B+N Referencia Zrt.

PFR – The Polish Development Fund

Accor Hotels Group

Fortress Reit

Henley Investment

Trinseo

Rubix

Partners for Growth

Work highlights

  • Advising Arcmont Asset Management on multi-purpose financing for the acquisition of Bright Maze OY group, a flexible-plastic packaging group based in Finland and Poland.
  • Advising Goldman Sachs International, Barclays, HSBC and NatWest Markets – as global coordinators and joint bookrunners – and HSBC and NatWest Markets – as joint bookrunners – on Boparan Finance’s £475m refinancing.
  • Advising Raiffeisen Bank Hungary and CIB Bank Hungary, as lenders, on acquisition financing granted to private equity fund Luma Automation with a view to co-financing the acquisition of a Hungarian company within the same business sector.

Poland > Employment

B2R Law Jankowski Stroinski Zieba was established in 2020, and the employment team demonstrates particular expertise in assisting clients with their entry into the Polish market. Anna Cichonska and Roman Iwański jointly lead the practice.  

CLIENT: Claus Trillingsgaard
COMPANY/FIRM: Keyloop
TESTIMONIAL: B2RLaw has been playing an active and instrumental role in realizing our ambition to establish a strong brand equity and presence in one of the most competitive software engineering hubs in the world. Their deep insight in Polish corporate, employment, real estate and general commercial law has given us an edge in finding the right solutions from day zero. It’s a pleasure to work with empathetic, dedicated and solution-oriented professionals from a legal partner that doesn’t just point out risks, but proactively helps to address them and even turns some into opportunities.


CLIENT: Mariusz Koperek
COMPANY/FIRM: Lantmannen Unibake Poland
TESTIMONIAL: The legal advice provided by B2RLaw has been professionally performed, in a manner which corresponds to our needs and business challenges.


CLIENT: Agnieszka Gotlibowska Horszczak
COMPANY/FIRM: Canal+ Polska
TESTIMONIAL: I believe that the high standard of legal expertise provided by B2RLaw law firm is guaranteed by the broad expertise and experience of their lawyers.


CLIENT: Karolina Sulma
COMPANY/FIRM: Skanska Property Poland
TESTIMONIAL: B2RLaw’s lawyers have provided to Skanska Property Poland sp. z o.o. permanent comprehensive legal services, in particular in relation to construction, real estate law, as well as in relation to administrative proceedings. We are very pleased to have had the opportunity of cooperating with the team of B2RLaw for several years now, and we believe that the high quality of legal advice that they provide is guaranteed by the qualifications of the lawyers from their firm.


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TESTIMONIAL: ‘Strong young and innovative team, hungry and keen to delivery – really impressed.’


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TESTIMONIAL: ‘Very motivated team led by an experienced M&A and PE expert – Rafał Stroiński.’


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TESTIMONIAL: ‘Rafał Stroiński is great with clients and has extensive experience in PE deals.’


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TESTIMONIAL: ‘It is a large team with a strong early stage VC practice, litigation, real estate.’


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TESTIMONIAL: ‘They are knowledgeable and practical in their approach.’


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TESTIMONIAL: ‘Bartłomiej Jankowski is a leader in the dispute resolution practice of B2R Law.‘


B2RLaw’s Socially responsible 

Diversity & Inclusion

Diversity and inclusion are integral to both our internal and external culture. The legal business is a business made of people, and based on relationships. Diverse relationships lay at the heart of our firm. We are open and transparent about our numbers, our targets and the initiatives we take to promote diversity and inclusion. We have set a clear target to have a partnership made up of at least 40% females by the end of 2022.

Pro Bono & The Community

Social responsibility is not just a marketing catchphrase for B2RLaw, but a mission statement that reflects our core values. Though the primary goal of our lawyers is to dedicate themselves to B2R’s business clients, we strongly encourage them to also engage in pro bono work. At B2RLaw we believe that it is our obligation to give back to the community as well as support those that are less fortunate or oppressed. B2RLaw takes great pride whenever its lawyers are recognized for pro bono work, most recently by the Polish Ombudsman.