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Hogan Lovells (Warszawa) LLP
Plac Trzech Krzyży 10/14
00-499 Warsaw
Poland

Poland > Insurance Tier 1

The 'very experienced' and insurance-dedicated team at Hogan Lovells (Warszawa) LLP is adept at advising a range of clients, including life and non-life insurers and reinsurers, financial institutions and intermediaries. Areas of strength include mandates involving start-ups, distribution projects, outsourcing and reorganisations, regulatory advice and disputes. The practice benefits from the firm’s strong tax, M&A, corporate and banking teams as well as the firm’s international presence, meaning cross-border mandates are a core part of the team’s offering. Beata Balas-Noszczyk is head of the group and has a 'unique insurance knowledge' and counsel Bartosz Romanowski and Karol Ruszkowski are also key team members.

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Testimonials

‘A very experienced team you can rely on and provides high-quality advice on insurance and regulatory matters.’

‘They are always quick to understand the situation, identify our options and describe the relevant solutions.’

‘Highly qualified and very service minded. Easily available and they also reach out when there is any development we should know about.’

‘The strengths of the team include deep expertise, perfect co-operation, open to customers’ expectations, reasonable costs and good relations with regulators.’

‘On a regular basis, I work with the Hogan Lovells’  lawyers on corporate and insurance matters. These people are open-minded and coherent and get to the heart of the problem. Their legal opinions are comprehensive and of a high standard. It is a rare gift to be able to translate legal language into language that non-lawyers can understand.’

‘In my opinion, the greatest value of the team is the people working there who are competent, committed and responsible. The employees of Hogan Lovells are incredibly knowledgeable about insurance law, and from frequent contact, I can tell that they are constantly improving their knowledge.’

‘Beata Balas-Noszczyk has unique insurance knowledge, is an excellent expert on regulatory issues and is very responsive and open for discussion.’

‘Beata Balas-Noszczyk is a very good and experienced expert, open to cooperation and has very good relations with regulators.’

Key clients

Aviva Group

mBank S.A.

Credit Agricole Group

UNIQA Polska Group

AXA Polska Group

NN Group

CACI Life dac, CACI Non-Life dac

Lloyd’s Group

Polish Insurance Association

D.A.S. Towarzystwo Ubezpieczeń Ochrony Prawnej S.A.

Work highlights

  • Advising the Aviva Group on the sale of its 51% stake in Santander Aviva Towarzystwo Ubezpieczeń na Życie and Santander Aviva Towarzystwo Ubezpieczeń to the Allianz Group.
  • Advising UNIQA Polska Group and AXA Polska Group on the corporate and regulatory aspects of a merger.
  • Advising Polish local subsidiary of Lloyd’s Group in relation to its day-to-day Polish business.

Poland > Competition/antitrust Tier 2

Counsel Piotr Skurzyński leads the antitrust, competition, and economic regulation team at Hogan Lovells (Warszawa) LLP and has experience representing clients before the Polish Competition Authority, the European Commission, and domestic courts. The department advises both domestic and global clients, cooperating with the firm’s European and international offices. The practice handles a range of competition law and state issues, including advising on investigations, litigation, merger control, compliance and consumer protection laws.

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Testimonials

‘The team is one of the biggest experts in Poland, being very responsive and having a very pro-client approach.’

‘Piotr Skurzyński has an extensive knowledge in the field of antitrust matters. He is very client-oriented and invents business-wise solutions from a practical perspective.’

Key clients

Amazon

IBM

BNP Paribas

Credit Agricole

Mars

Kraft Heinz

Ford

Castorama

Makro Cash and Carry Polska S.A.

Saur

Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems

mBank (Commerzbank Group)

Nationale Nederlanden Insurance

Nike

Vinted

Weener Plastic

Corning

City of Olsztyn

City of Wroclaw

Groupon

Veolia

Avon

Work highlights

  • Represented Veolia Energia Warszawa and its parent company Veolia Energia Polska in complex cartel proceedings before the Polish Competition Authority and subsequent court proceedings.
  • Representing mBank SA and BNP Paribas Bank Polska SA in their appellate proceedings against the Polish Competition Authority’s decision concerning the alleged infringement of EC and Polish law, and their imposition of fines of approximately EUR 40m on the banks in relation to the interchange fees in payment card transactions
  • Advising CPI Property Group and Aroundtown on antitrust and merger control issues in their €1.57bn joint takeover of Globalworth, and securing unconditional merger clearance by the Polish Competition Authority in Phase 1 merger proceedings.

Poland > Public procurement Tier 2

The public procurement practice at Hogan Lovells (Warszawa) LLP is adept at advising public entities, private clients and concessionaires regarding infrastructure projects, including preparing pre-implementation analyses, full project documentation, tenders and proceedings. Andrzej Dębiec  and counsel Bartosz Clemenz  jointly lead the practice.

Key clients

BBI Development S.A

Alstom

Saur Polska sp. Z.o.o

Guivisa

Miejskie Przedsiębiorstwo Energetyki Cieplnej Sp. Z.o.o

Hochtief

Aecom Polska Sp. Z.o.o

Work highlights

  • Representing Guivisa in a court dispute resulting from a major construction contract concerning a large sports infrastructure investment, Stadion Śląski in Chorzów.

Poland > Tax Tier 2

The tax department at Hogan Lovells (Warszawa) LLP covers a broad range of issues, include corporate tax, VAT, international tax structuring, personal income tax and real estate taxation, regularly working alongside colleagues across the firm’s transactional departments. The team has a particular strength in transfer pricing, as well as a solid tax litigation capability. Andrzej Dębiec leads the department and is well known for his experience in optimisation projects, tax planning and structuring M&A transactions. Counsel Zbigniew Marczyk has a niche in the tax aspects of securitisation projects. Counsel Dorota Walerjan stands out for her expertise in insurance and banking sector-related tax.

Practice head(s):

Andrzej Dębiec

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Testimonials

‘They are responsive and feel responsible for our matters. They give a sense of comfort that they constantly care for the matters entrusted to them.’

‘Extensive knowledge and experience, efficient style of working, good availability, friendly and helpful atmosphere, punctuality, skilful players in tax disputes.’

‘Well educated and skilled persons, who clearly specify the source of the problem and explain the proposed solutions. Plan their work and analyse all details, discussing every doubt with the client.’

‘Very client centric, responsive and flexible. Not content with churning out the ordinary, this is a team that listens and delivers practical, sensible guidance to suit challenging circumstances and situations.’

‘Dorota Walerjan with the steadfast support of Jan Starybrat listen, deliver and then don’t disappear, they are always there for the follow up in sometimes unclear, challenging circumstances.’

Key clients

ABC Data

Aecom

Alstom

Amazon

Aqua Ventures International

Astaldi SpA Oddział w Polsce

Auchan

AVON

Bank BNP Paribas S. A.

Bank Millenium

Bank PKO BP S. A.

BBI Development S.A. (and its subsidiaries)

Berlin HYP

CALpers

Cintra

Citigroup

Compensa

CPI Property Group S.A.

Credit Agricole

Cronimet

CUPT

Digital Care

Dover

EAA

Edenred

EFL

EINS

EMF

Eneris

ERGO

FlixBus

FMS-WM

Friedrichs Company

Getin

Ghelamco

Google

HOCHTIEF Polska S.A.

Honeywell

IKB

ING

Intrum Justitia

Lafarge

Work highlights

  • Advised Santander Leasing on the terms of the legal and tax aspects of the synthetic securitisation of a portfolio of lease receivables worth PLN 2 billion.
  • Advising the CPI Property Group on its €1.57bn joint takeover offer (by CPIPG and Aroundtown SA) for the entire issued share capital of Globalworth Real Estate Investments Limited.
  • Advising Mylan on the Polish legal and tax aspects of its global merger with Upjohn Inc., a Pfizer’s subsidiary, which resulted in establishing Viatris, a Nasdaq listed company.

Poland > Banking and finance Tier 3

Hogan Lovells (Warszawa) LLP's team combines expertise in banking and finance transactions with knowledge of debt capital markets matters to assist borrowers and lenders with securitisations, real estate and infrastructure financings. The group has particular expertise in handling debt restructurings for financial institutions. Practice head Piotr Zawiślak works with Mateusz Dereszynski, who is regularly instructed in real estate finance, corporate finance and acquisition finance deals.

Practice head(s):

Piotr Zawislak

Other key lawyers:

Mateusz Dereszyński; Monika Knothe

Testimonials

‘This team is really engaged, They plan the whole transaction and the contact is very good. Their understanding of business is unique. Mateusz Dereszyński being a leader in the transaction is perfect negotiator, knowing the habits of the lender and the internal procedures as well as the client’s perspective. Meetings via Zoom are not boring. It is fruitful and interesting to work with them.’

‘I would point out at Mateusz Dereszyński and Monika Knothe as a very good team.’

‘Hogan Lovells (Warsaw) is a very capable, even if not the biggest team on the market. What I truly appreciate about them is that they would most usually assign a senior lawyer with a great deal of transactional experience to be involved in the matter we instruct them. They are prepared to work hard and work fast, if and when it matters.’

‘For most part, I have cooperated with Mateusz Dereszynski, a senior associate leading property finance team at Hogan Lovells in Warsaw. Whether acting on our or on lenders’ side, Mateusz is a very responsible, dedicated and sensible lawyer. He would usually go straight to the point and let us know what issue could be important and where some difficulty might appear. His legal knowledge is truly vast and IS paired with his practical experience in relation to transactional know-how.’

Key clients

AccorInvest

Ares Management Corporation

ISOC Group

BNP Paribas Bank Polska S.A.

mBank S.A. (Commerzbank Group)

Goldman Sachs International

Barclays Bank PLC

BNP Paribas Group

Norddeutsche Landesbank and Deutsche Hypothekenbank

Work highlights

  • Advised AccorInvest, a leading hotel group operating nearly 900 hotels internationally under renowned brands such as Sofitel, Novotel, Ibis, F1, Pullman and Mercure on its financial restructuring.
  • Advised a global alternative investment manager Ares Management Corporation on the acquisition and financing of three logistic centres located in Wrocław (North Gate (Psary)), Gdańsk (Szadółki) and Sosnowiec (Silesia East VI Metropolis) from Panattoni Group. The Banking and Finance team advised on the financing aspects of the transaction.
  • Advised ISOC Group in the acquisition of the A and B buildings of the Silesia Business Park from the Swedish investor, Niam. The Banking and Finance team advised on the financing aspects of the transaction.

Poland > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 3

Hogan Lovells (Warszawa) LLP's recent work included corporate and M&A deals in sectors such as life sciences, financial services and technology, among others. In addition to handling M&A, the team assists clients with matters such as private equity deals, joint ventures and restructurings. The Warsaw team is embedded into the global network, making it a leading adviser on cross-border mandates. Beata Balas-Noszczyk is an expert in commercial, insurance, banking, investment fund and pensions law. She co-heads the practice with Marek Wroniak who stood down as a partner to become a senior counsel in 2021. Counsel Tomasz Żak is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Beata Balas-Noszczyk; Marek Wroniak

Other key lawyers:

Tomasz Żak; Tomasz Grygorczuk

Testimonials

‘Out of the box thinking and attitude to resolve issues rather than creating them.’

‘Tomasz Zak stands out from other lawyers in terms of quality of legal advisory services and looking for qualified solutions for every matter over the course of transaction execution.’

‘Good collaboration between the various disciplines present within the team (legal, claims, tax, etc.). Always proactive on following-up on open items and next steps discussed.’

Key clients

Saur Polska sp. z o. o.

Interpublic Group (IPG)

Viatris

HR Management Group

Gothaer Towarzystwo Ubezpieczeń S.A.

mFinanse S.A. and mBank S.A. (Commerzbank Group)

Kapsch TrafficCom and Axxès

Cinema3D S.A.

FCB Inferno Limited

Union Knopf

Shire plc.

Arcus Infrastructure Partners

Honeywell

Nissan

Mitsubishi

IBM

Intel

ERGO Group

ABC Technologies

Work highlights

  • Advising the HR Group on its acquisition of a hotel portfolio from the Vienna House Group.
  • Advising Mylan on the Polish legal and tax aspects of its global merger with Upjohn Inc., a Pfizer’s subsidiary, which resulted in establishing Viatris, a Nasdaq listed company.
  • Advising the Aviva Group on the sale of its 51% stake in Santander Aviva Towarzystwo Ubezpieczeń na Życie (life insurance business) and Santander Aviva Towarzystwo Ubezpieczeń (non-life insurance business) to the Allianz Group. The joint venture entities are part of the long-term, strategic bancassurance partnership between Aviva Group and the Santander Group in Poland.

Poland > Dispute resolution Tier 3

At Hogan Lovells (Warszawa) LLP, 'remarkable lawyer' and practice head, counsel Wojciech Marchwicki, is praised by clients for 'combining legal expertise with a practical and business-oriented approach'. The team has expertise across a wide variety of litigation and arbitration matters, including in relation to construction and infrastructure, financial services, commercial contracts, employment-related matters and criminal law. The team also includes Marek Wroniak, who focuses on corporate and financial disputes.

Practice head(s):

Wojciech Marchwicki

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Testimonials

‘We chose Hogan Lovells as its dispute resolution practice is lead by Wojciech Marchwicki, who is a remarkable lawyer.’

‘We definitely value the team very highly for legal proficiency, proactive approach and impressive responsiveness.’

‘We were also pleased with formal aspects of our cooperation, like billing. We were also particularly satisfied with value for money ratio. Comparing to other international law firms, Hogan Lovells offered pretty competitive fees. At the same time it provided services of the highest quality.’

‘I have mostly cooperated with Wojciech Marchwicki (Counsel and Head of the Dispute Resolution Department). He is an extremely competent lawyer. He showed some very unique skills when helping us deal with this very difficult dispute. He combines legal expertise with a practical and business oriented approach. He was able to quickly find a solution to any issues that appeared in the course of the dispute.’

Key clients

Alstom

ABB

Hochtief

Honeywell

Guivisa

M&G Investments

mBank

BNP Paribas

CACI Life and CACI Non-Life

Aviva

Porsche

eBilet

Fundacja Malta

Jones Lang Lasalle

Veolia

“Never Again” Association

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented Piotr Wawrzecki in a case which was a follow-up dispute of a historic case relating to the conviction of the claimant’s father during the communist period.
  • Representing Guivisa, a steel parts manufacturer, in a court dispute resulting from a major construction contract concerning Stadion Śląski in Chorzów.
  • Representing BNP Paribas in the proceedings initiated by PKN Orlen, concerning a EUR 250 million of damages for breach of competition law.

Poland > Real estate Tier 3

Counsel Bartosz Clemenz  leads the real estate department at Hogan Lovells (Warszawa) LLP; his team advises both domestic and international investors on long-term lease agreements, construction and development contracts and project financing, as well as representing clients in real estate-related litigation and arbitration.

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Testimonials

‘Bartosz Clemenz is always 100% client focussed and well organised  Deep knowledge and skill, the expertise was enormous! Words cannot express their exceptional dedication to this difficult project.’

‘Team members were very, very reliable! Supported us in the most professional way, working day and night it seems! Everything was well prepared, organised and managed.’

Key clients

Ares Management

Och Ziff Management Europe Limited

ISOC Group

Prologis Inc.

Kravco Company LLC

Bacoli Properties

BBI Development

Xcity Investment

Cinema 3D

Centerscape

Work highlights

  • Advising Ares Management Corporation on the acquisition of three logistic centres located in Wrocław from Panattoni Group.
  • Advised ISOC Group on the acquisition of the office building portfolio in Silesia.
  • Advising BBI Development on  the transfer of real estate and subsequent joint venture contract with foreign investment fund, regarding landmark mixed use tower in central Warsaw.

Poland > Capital markets Tier 4

At Hogan Lovells (Warszawa) LLP, the banking and finance team has expertise in advising arrangers, originators and trustees on a wide range of securitisation transactions, including CLOs and residential and commercial mortgage-backed securitisations. The group also has a line in real estate and infrastructure bonds, areas of expertise for senior associate Mateusz Dereszynski. Piotr Zawiślak, who leads the group, has a strong pedigree in debt capital markets transactions. In April 2021, Rafał Grochowski departed for Domanski Zakrzewski Palinka.

Practice head(s):

Piotr Zawislak

Other key lawyers:

Mateusz Dereszyński

Testimonials

‘Good knowledge of legal and business aspect of corporate financing, securitization, civil and tax law People you can trust, very timely response, good technology and effective cooperation.’

‘Wide perspective, good relationship and cooperation, very good lawyers and tax advisers.’

Key clients

Bank Polska Kasa Opieki S.A.

BNP Paribas Bank Polska S.A.

Santander Bank Polska S.A.

mBank (Commerzbank Group)

Europejski Fundusz Leasingowy S.A.

Credit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank

Santander Leasing S.A.

ING Bank NV

UniCredit Bank AG

Bank Handlowy w Warszawie S.A. (Citigroup)

Work highlights

  • Advising ING Bank as arranger and ING Bank Śląski as investor on the securitisation of lease receivables originated by Santander Consumer Multirent Sp. z o.o. This was one of very few securitisation transactions successfully completed last year in difficult pandemic market.
  • Advised Santander Leasing S.A. as originator of a synthetic securitisation of a lease portfolio. The transaction involved the transfer of credit risk from Santander Leasing under a guarantee facility provided by the European Investment Fund.
  • Advising BNP Paribas as arranger for the securitisation of lease receivables of Peac (Poland) Sp. z o.o. Under this transaction portfolios of receivables originated in Poland, Germany and Czech Republic were sold to a Lux special purpose vehicle.

Poland > Employment Tier 4

Andrzej Dębiec, Marek Wroniak and Agnieszka Szczodra-Hajduk jointly head the employment practice at Hogan Lovells (Warszawa) LLP which sits within the corporate group and advises both domestic and international clients across a range of matters, including the employment aspects of cross-border M&A transactions. Sector focuses of the department include pharmaceuticals, e-commerce, software, telecommunications, automotive and insurance.

Key clients

Atlassian

Equinix Poland

Lionbridge

Viatris

Mylan Group

Corning

ABC Group

Dover

TI Poland

TI Automotive

Amdocs

Honeywell Group

Texas Instruments

Koch

Guardian

Habitat for Humanity

Centrum Pro Bono

Work highlights

  • Advised Atlassian on the acquisition of the Polish company, Spartez R&D sp. z o.o., providing software research & development services.
  • Acting for Viatris/Mylan as a coordinator of external law firms from Central, Eastern and South Europe advising Viatris/Mylan and its European affiliates on various issues in relation to 34 jurisdictions, including corporate and employment law, compliance and health science issues, competition law, dawn raids and data protection.
  • Advising TI Automotive on various employment matters in relation to key employees, including overtime, data protection, restrictive covenants and compliance issues, governmental support for employers and co-financing of the employment costs, as well as special allowance for employees due to the COVID-19 lockdown.

The firm: Change is happening faster than ever, and legal challenges come from all directions. To stay ahead, organisations need to anticipate what’s next. Hogan Lovells understands this and works together with its clients to solve the toughest legal issues in major industries and commercial centres around the world. With 2,500 lawyers on six continents, Hogan Lovells offers extensive experience and insights gained from working in some of the world’s most complex legal environments and markets for corporations, financial institutions and governments. The firm provides practical legal solutions that help clients identify and mitigate risk and make the most of opportunities.

Whether a client is expanding into new markets, considering capital from new sources, or dealing with increasingly complex regulation or disputes, Hogan Lovells can help.

The firm’s lawyers are straight-talking. They understand and solve the problem before it becomes one. And they deliver clear and practical advice that gets the job done.

A fast-changing and interconnected world requires fresh thinking combined with proven experience. That’s what Hogan Lovells provides. Progress starts with ideas. And while imagination helps at every level, the firm’s legal solutions are aligned with each client’s business strategy. The firm’s experience in cross-border and emerging economies gives it the market perspective to be the global partner of choice for its clients. The team at Hogan Lovells brings a diverse variety of backgrounds and experience which delivers a broader perspective. This ultimately makes for more rounded thinking and better answers for clients. Giving back to communities and society is fundamental to good business. And, it’s part of the firm’s core. Everyone at Hogan Lovells is asked to volunteer at least 25 hours a year as part of their normal work duties.

Warsaw office: Hogan Lovells in Warsaw provides commercially minded advice to clients operating in Poland and in the wider markets of Central and Eastern Europe.

It advises clients on the legal structures best suited to conducting business in Poland and on all aspects of Polish and EU competition law. It provides tailor-made solutions for corporate mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, restructuring processes, and management buy-outs. Its interdisciplinary teams of multilingual lawyers focus on specific industry sectors, including banking and finance and real estate. Clients seek their expertise on intellectual property issues, including protection of trade marks, patents and industrial designs, personal data processing, and internet and domain names.

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