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WARSAW TOWERS, UL SIENNA 39, 00-121 WARSAW, POLAND
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Work +48 22 526 50 00
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Poland

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 1

Linklaters

At¬†Linklaters, the team's¬†strengths include 'deep sector knowledge, broad experience across banking and finance matters and a supportive attitude towards clients'.¬†Artur Kulawski¬†and¬†Adriana Andrzejewska¬†advised Niam on acquisition financing for the purchase of an office portfolio belonging to Skanska. Together with Marcin Schulz, 'open-minded' practice head¬†JarosŇāaw Miller¬†advised Pesa Bydgoszcz on the signing of an investment agreement with the Polish Development Fund.

Leading individuals

JarosŇāaw Miller - Linklaters

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Capital markets
Capital markets - ranked: tier 4

Linklaters

Linklaters¬†handles debt and equity capital markets issues for domestic and international clients.¬†Cezary WiŇõniewski¬†advised Prairie Mining on trading on the WSE, and issues related to the triple-listing of the company's shares, which also appear on the Australian and London exchanges.¬†Tomasz Zorawski¬†and¬†JarosŇāaw Miller¬†are the practice heads.

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Commercial, corporate and M&A
Commercial, corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 2

Linklaters

Linklaters predominantly handles cross-border acquisitions and exits, mergers and international corporate restructurings. Daniel Cousens and managing associate Klaudia Królak advised Flokk Holdings on the acquisition of Profin via a share-swap with Innova Capital and the remaining shareholders of the target. Marcin Schulz acted for Pesa Group on an investment agreement with the Polish Development Fund into the client's operations; while in another highlight, he assisted Nestlé, alongside Tomasz Zorawski, with all  aspects of a group restructuring, involving the merger of Nestlé Waters and Nestlé Polska.

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Competition/antitrust
Competition/antitrust - ranked: tier 1

Linklaters

Linklaters' team of 'highly qualified' practitioners advises a range of local and international corporations on matters including merger control, behavioural and contentious competition matters. Department head¬†MaŇāgorzata Szwaj¬†and¬†Jonas Koponen¬†acted for Scripps Networks Interactive on the merger control aspects of its acquisition by Discovery Communications; proceedings which were successful before the European Commission on the condition of the introduction of a price-controlling licensing remedy. Szwaj and¬†Cezary WiŇõniewski¬†successfully defended Orange Polska in abuse of dominance proceedings and against an antitrust infringement damages claim brought by another mobile operator. Of counsel¬†Agata ZawŇāocka-Turno¬†is also recommended.

Leading individuals

MaŇāgorzata Szwaj - Linklaters

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Construction
Construction - ranked: tier 2

Linklaters

Linklaters' team advises a mixture of contractors and procurers on the spectrum of construction mandates. Counsel¬†MichaŇā MieciŇĄski¬†is advising UBM Hotel Granary on a major public-private partnership development in¬†GdaŇĄsk. Managing associate¬†Marta Bijak-Haiduk¬†advised Panattoni Europe on the build-to-own construction of a parcel distribution centre for GLS Poland. The group is led by real estate expert¬†Artur Kulawski.

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 1

Linklaters

One client cites 'a high degree of¬†competence' and 'far-reaching legal knowledge' among the strengths of the team at¬†Linklaters, which handles international and domestic contentious work and is developing an active international arbitration practice, predominantly in relation to the banking sector. President elect of the Polish International Chamber of Commerce, group leader¬†Cezary WiŇõniewski¬†represented Abris Capital Partners and PL Holdings in investment arbitration proceedings initiated in Stockholm against the Republic of Poland relating to the uncompensated expropriation of the client's equity investment in FM Bank PBP, leading to an award of PLN760m in damages and¬†‚ā¨3.5m in legal costs. 'Outstanding' counsel¬†Zbigniew Kruczkowski¬†is representing¬†BGŇĽ BNP Paribas in a class action brought by 59 ex-clients of Amber Gold seeking compensation for lost deposits from the client.

Leading individuals

Cezary WiŇõniewski - Linklaters

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 4

Linklaters

Linklaters¬†brought in¬†Monika Krzyszkowska-DńÖbrowska, who joined from¬†Soltysinski Kawecki & Szlezak¬†in November 2018,¬†to lead on employment matters.¬†Agnieszka Maj-ŇĽuk¬†is advising Unilever on the Polish employment aspects of the sale of its global spreads business. She also assists KLX with a variety of day-to-day matters, including contracts, remuneration and terminations.

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Energy and natural resources
Energy and natural resources - ranked: tier 3

Linklaters

At¬†Linklaters, energy and natural resources work is led out of the projects department by counsel¬†Patryk Figiel, who advises clients across Central and Eastern Europe. Alongside¬†Christopher Bremme¬†in the firm's Berlin office, Figiel and¬†Jakub DńÖbrowski¬†advised¬†Fluxys Deutschlandon the Polish aspects of its successful bid to take over a 16.5% interest in the EUGAL gas pipeline.

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Investment funds
Investment funds - ranked: tier 2

Linklaters

Linklaters leverages its global presence to advise funds on the Polish aspects of cross-border formation and transactions. The team is instructed by sponsors, management teams and investors. Together with London's William Buckley, Daniel Cousens and Janusz Dzianachowski advised Centerbridge Partners Europe on its joint venture with Goldman Sachs Group and its funds, established to acquire Robyg. Tomasz Zorawski, who is dual-qualified in Poland and the US, and Marcin Schulz are also key names.

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Private equity
Private equity - ranked: tier 2

Linklaters

Linklaters' department is headed by Tomasz Zorawski, a lawyer with extensive transactional experience across the CEE region. Marcin Schulz, Artur Kulawski and Janusz Dzianachowski advised Chariot Top Group on a major real estate portfolio acquisition from A-R-A Retail Centres. Daniel Cousens and Klaudia Królak advised Flokk Holding and Triton on the acquisition of Profim via a share swap.

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Public law
Public law - ranked: tier 1

Linklaters

Linklaters¬†handles contentious and non-contentious public and administrative law issues across a number of sectors, with experience representing clients before the National Appeal Chamber. Highlights for practice head¬†Cezary WiŇõniewski¬†included successfully representing Abris Capital Partners and PL Holdings in investment arbitration proceedings against the Republic of Poland in relation to an uncompensated expropriation of the client's equity investment in FM Bank PBP, leading to a damages award of PLN760m. Counsel¬†Patryk Figiel¬†is noted for his expertise in the public law aspects of energy, infrastructure and natural resources projects and transactions.

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 1

Linklaters

The 'business-oriented' team at¬†Linklaters¬†is noted for handling large-scale transactions 'quickly and efficiently'. Clients include a mixture of domestic and international real estate investors, developers and occupiers. In a particularly noteworthy transaction, counsel¬†MichaŇā MieciŇĄski¬†and senior associate¬†Monika Lerka¬†advised Globalworth Poland on the conclusion of a preliminary purchase agreement with Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield for the¬†‚ā¨190m acquisition of the Skylight and Lumen offices in Warsaw.¬†Artur Kulawski¬†leads the team, which includes logistics, retail and office sector expert¬†Janusz Dzianachowski,¬†Weronika Guerquin-Koryzma¬†and managing associate¬†Marta Bijak-Haiduk, who delivers 'super quality work'. Adriana Andrzejewska¬†is another key name.

Next generation lawyers

Adriana Andrzejewska - Linklaters

Weronika Guerquin-Koryzma - Linklaters

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Restructuring and insolvency
Restructuring and insolvency - ranked: tier 2

Linklaters

Linklaters¬†handes a number of major cross-border restructuring transactions for corporates and financial institutions. Team head¬†JarosŇāaw Miller¬†advised a consortium of banks, including Bank Pekao and RBS Bank on the restructuring of an investment credit facility extended to ISD Group. In another high-profile matter, he is assisting Celsa Huta Ostrowiec with the restructuring of its bank debt. Managing associates¬†Marta Domino¬†and¬†Joanna Gawlicka¬†are also key practitioners with extensive experience in advising banks.

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TMT
TMT - ranked: tier 4

Linklaters

Linklaters' expertise includes outsourcing, e-commerce, media and broadcasting. The team also handles domain name issues and rights infringements on the internet. The team is led by data protection expert Agnieszka Mencel. Clients include McDonald's Polska, PepsiCo Consulting Polska and Thomson Reuters.

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 3

Linklaters

Linklaters¬†has a strong transactional tax offering, with secotral expertise in real estate, banking, insurance and energy. The practice is led by of counsel¬†MikoŇāaj Bieniasz, who assisted the corporate team with Alliance Automotive Group's acquisition of a controlling stake in Groupauto Polska from eight individual shareholders.

Next generation lawyers

Mikolaj Bieniasz - Linklaters

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White-collar crime
White-collar crime - ranked: tier 1

Linklaters

The team at Linklaters has participated in a number of major national public investigations, with a focus on advising and representing financial institutions and multi-national corporates. In a demonstration of the team's strength on the market, department head Tomasz Manicki is representing GetBack as the injured party in a criminal investigation conducted by the Warsaw Regional Prosecutor's Office, and as the subject of a regulatory investigation before the Polish Financial Supervisory Authority relating to multiple allegations of fraud against the former management board and senior officers of the company.

Leading individuals

Tomasz Manicki - Linklaters

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Legal Developments in Poland

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