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White & Case M. Studniarek i Wspólnicy - Kancelaria Prawna sp.k.
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Poland > Capital markets Tier 1

White & Case M. Studniarek i Wspólnicy – Kancelaria Prawna sp.k. is ‘distinguished by a unique approach to business, the market and related legal issues‘. It advises on a full range of debt and equity capital markets transactions, as well as related structured finance, derivatives, securitisations and corporate trusts matters. The group, which has strong English law capabilities, is regularly instructed in Polish mandates, as well as deals across the CEE region. Marcin Studniarek leads the group, with significant recent experience of high-profile IPOs and public M&A. Rafał Kamiński, who made partner in January 2021, takes the lead in a number of regional deals. Andrzej Sutkowski and Grzegorz Abram are key members of the debt capital markets practice.

Practice head(s):

Marcin Studniarek

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘White & Case is a firm that has the highest quality of partners and associates. They are always open for cooperation and explaining even the most complicated legal situations. They know the fast-changing legal environment and are always able to help in the most complicated deals. That is why they are involved in almost all important Polish capital market transactions.’

‘The team led by Marcin Studniarek is distinguished by a unique approach to business, the market and related legal issues. Nobody understands the technical details and business environment as well as they do.’

‘Rafał Kamiński deals with the legal issues of capital markets without a map. It is he who creates new solutions, taking into account not only the interests of a specific client, but the entire market and various stakeholders.’

‘A business approach tailored to the client’s needs. Thorough knowledge supported by the best experience on the market.’

‘Great communication with the client. Time availability tailored to the client’s needs. Understanding the niche industry in which the client operates.’

Key clients

Huuuge Inc.

Play Communications S.A.

P4 Sp. z o.o.

Benefit Systems S.A.

Celon Pharma S.A.

Polish Enterprise Fund VIII (PEF VIII)

PKN Orlen S.A.

R. Power

The State Treasury of the Republic of Poland represented by the Minister of Finance

mBank S.A.

Ghelamco Invest

Ghelmaco Poland Sp. z o.o.

Bank Gospodarstwa Krjaowego

Erste Group Bank

Poland > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 1

The corporate practice at White & Case M. Studniarek i Wspólnicy – Kancelaria Prawna sp.k. focuses on handling high-value cross-border transactions in Poland. The group specialises in M&A, demergers, leveraged buyouts, joint ventures and equity investments, with particular expertise in the technology and telecoms sectors, as well as e-payments and real estate. The Warsaw office comprises of Polish, US and English law-qualified practitioners, making it a hub for deals across the region. Marcin Studniarek leads the team with a practice centred on commercial and securities law, M&A deals and corporate governance. Maciej Zalewski is a specialist in M&A and project finance, Aneta Maria Hajska combines corporate transactional work with mandates involving IP issues. Marek Sawicki joined from DLA Piper in March 2021.

Practice head(s):

Marcin Studniarek

Other key lawyers:

Maciej Zalewski; Aneta Maria Hajska; Marek Sawicki; Małgorzata Paśnik; Marcin Wisniewski

Testimonials

‘Marcin is a flexible negotiator who is looking for solutions and middle ground, whereas Aneta is ruthless in defending her client’s interests.’

Key clients

Synthos S.A.

Play Communications (P4 Sp. z o.o.)

Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited

Global Compute Infrastructure LP

Nets Denmark A/S

R. Power

Valmet

Polish Enterprise Fund VIII (PEF VIII)

Booksy

Mid Europa Partners

Enterprise Investors

Taaleri Solar Wind II Sarl

Work highlights

  • Advised Play Communications SA (Play), the leading mobile network operator in Poland, Kenboune Invest II SARL and Tollerton Investments Limited (affiliates of Novator Partners LLP and Olympia Group S.A., respectively), on ILIAD SA’s €2.2bn all cash public tender offer for all of the shares in Play.
  • Advised Takeda, a multinational pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical company, on the Polish law aspects on this transaction, which concerned the sale of up to approximately $670 million of the company’s portfolio of select non-core, over-the-counter and prescription pharmaceutical products sold in Europe, and two manufacturing sites located in Denmark and Poland, to Orifarm Group, a Danish pharmaceutical company.
  • Advised Synthos S.A., a chemical concern and a key player in the global synthetic rubber market, in connection with the acquisition of synthetic rubber operations based in Schkopau, Germany, from Trinseo, a global manufacturer of plastics and synthetic rubber, for nearly $450 million. As a result of the transaction, the Synthos group will become one of the three largest players in the synthetic rubber industry in the world.

Poland > Competition/antitrust Tier 2

Global and domestic companies are included in White & Case M. Studniarek i Wspólnicy – Kancelaria Prawna sp.k.‘s client roster, for which they handle the full spectrum of competition matters, including mergers and state aid issues, as well as contentious matters. The practice has cross-border capabilities which is aided by a strong connection with Brussels; co-leader Katarzyna Czapracka splits her time between Brussels and Warsaw and has expertise in the telecoms, consumer goods, finance, IT and media sectors. Counsel Jakub Gubański also co-leads the team.

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘White and Case provides excellent support on Polish and EU merger control. They deeply understand the legal and commercial issues and are able to expertly and effectively handle complex matters. They are able to successfully handle cases with a combined Polish and EU dimension.’

‘What we value greatly is our ability to tap in quickly to this expert resource who has taken the time to properly understand our structures and approach to various matters.’

‘Highly pragmatic, provides sound advice and a personal style relationship.’

‘Availability when needed and willingness to go the extra mile.’

‘Katarzyna Czapracka is an extremely able, efficient and commercially-minded lawyer.’

Key clients

Nets Denmark A/S

Hellman & Friedman

Mid Europa Partners

DZ Bank AG S.A.

Play Communications S.A.

P4. Sp. z o.o.

Polish Aviation Group PGL S.A.

Global Compute Infrastructure LP

Goldman Sachs Group, Inc.

Novator Partners

Olympia Group

Aroundtown SA

Work highlights

  • Advised Mid Europa Partners on its acquisition of Sage sp. z o.o.
  • Advised Nets Denmark A/S on several M&A transactions in the e-payment sector, including the acquisition of Poland-based Centrum Rozliczeń Elektronicznych Polskie ePłatności S.A. for an enterprise value of €405m.
  • Advised Play Communications SA on ILIAD SA’s €2.2bn all cash public tender offer for all of the shares in Play.

Poland > Dispute resolution Tier 2

The Warsaw commercial litigation and international arbitration team at White & Case M. Studniarek i Wspólnicy - Kancelaria Prawna sp.k. often works closely with colleagues in the firm's international offices, particularly in London, Paris and in the US, enabling it to handle complex cross-border disputes. The group has a strong construction-related litigation practice, but is also noted for its expertise in cross-border regulatory investigations and commercial disputes. Michał Subocz heads the department with substantial experience in construction and post-M&A matters. Jakub Wołkowicz excels in international arbitration, with a focus on strategic infrastructure cases. Counsel Aleksandra Oziemska has a burgeoning civil and criminal litigation practice, with experience in AML and cryptocurrency cases, as well as conducting internal investigations.

Practice head(s):

Michał Subocz

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The Poland team assists the London arbitration practice on mega arbitrations. They are able to take on large assignments for clients in other countries and tackle the difficult and complex facts, whilst also managing the time zone and remoteness challenges.’

‘Jakub Wołkowicz is a stand out partner.’

‘Provided a premium service to the client. He understands the problems from a factual and technical including quantum perspective’

‘The team is very responsive and capable of dealing with complex cases.’

‘People based in numerous locations around the world and easy access to personnel in all locations’

‘They’re confident in what they’re doing, but yet not over confident or arrogant about it. They’re respectful to the team they’re working with.’

‘The experience of the team and their ability to learn and digest things within a short time period was truly amazing. Latest technologies mainly the software and their work flow practices they adapt is always encouraging’

‘Being welcomed is the key to any success of a team work and I always felt like that was the case working with the firm. Patience and being the best listener made us more comfortable throughout the whole process.’

Key clients

AASA Polska S.A.

Acciona Construcción S.A.

Compensa Towarzystwo Ubezpieczeń na Życie S.A. Vienna Insurance Group

Generali Real Estate

Inpex Operations Australia Pty Ltd

Mostostal Power Development sp. z o.o.

Mostostal Warszawa S.A.

Polska Grupa Energetyczna S.A.

Waterland Private Equity Investments

Work highlights

  • Representing Inpex on numerous arbitrations concerning project completion issues arising out of the construction of an onshore LNG processing facility.
  • Representing a consortium consisting of Sacyr, S.A. (Spain), Salini Impregilo S.p.A. (Italy) and Jan De Nul N.V. (Belgium) in a dispute with the Panama Canal Authority in connection with the expansion of the Panama Canal at a cost of $5bn; the dispute involves several simultaneous arbitrations.
  • Representing MPD, a subsidiary of Mostostal Warszawa S.A., in two significant disputes against Sarens, the global leader in crane rental services, heavy lifting and engineered transport relating to the PLN11.6bn construction of two power blocks in Brzezie near Opole.

Poland > Investment funds Tier 2

At White & Case M. Studniarek i Wspólnicy – Kancelaria Prawna sp.k., investment funds work is carried out by lawyers in the private equity and venture capital department. Key contact Michał Petz is Polish- and US-qualified (as are the rest of the team), enabling the firm to provide transactional services under US law for its solid base of technology, fintech, energy and natural resources sector clients. Associate Wanda Kudrycka focuses on venture capital transactions and fund formation for clients in Poland, Europe and the US. In March 2021, the group welcomed associate Michał Szczepański from Rymarz Zdort, who has experience of advising emerging growth companies and their investors.

Practice head(s):

Michał Petz

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

PZU SA

Ramp

Molecule.one

Tylko

AI Clearing Inc.

StethoMe

Fundusz Ekspansji Zagranicznej FIZAN

Innovation Nest

Pitango

Evli Growth Partners

Inovo Venture Partners

Luma Holding (Luma Ventures)

PKN Orlen SA

Cashdirector

Work highlights

  • Advised PZU SA acting as a Polish investor and limited partner on its investment in the VC fund Northzone Conviction I, LP, which manages about €150 million.
  • Advised PZU SA, acting as a Polish investor and limited partner in connection with the investment in a Khosla Ventures VII, L.P. having 1 billion $ under management.
  • Advised Polish Enterprise Fund VIII (PEF VIII), a private equity fund managed by Enterprise Investors, on the acquisition, through a tender offer, of up to 100 percent of the shares in PragmaGO.

Poland > Private equity Tier 2

White & Case M. Studniarek i Wspólnicy – Kancelaria Prawna sp.k.‘s private equity team has the benefit of being closely linked to the firm’s global office network, meaning lawyers in Warsaw are often instructed on cross-border transactions, in addition to a steady flow of work in Poland. The team is led by M&A department head Marcin Studniarek and includes Marek Sawicki, who has a solid track record in advising private equity and other sponsors on a number of high-profile acquisitions. Michał Petz focuses entirely on the venture capital and private equity space, assisting with financings, ‘acquihires’, buyouts and M&A. Aneta Maria Hajska is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Marcin Studniarek

Key clients

Mid Europa Partners

Enterprise Investors

Booksy

PZU SA

Ramp

Molecule.one

Tylko

AI Clearing Inc.

StethoMe

Fundusz Ekspansji Zagranicznej FIZAN

Innovation Nest

Pitango

Evli Growth Partners

Inovo Venture Partners

Luma Holding (Luma Ventures)

PKN Orlen SA

Cashdirector

Work highlights

  • Advised Mid Europa Partners on its acquisition of Sage sp. z o.o., which provides accounting software services to small and medium enterprises in Poland, from the Sage Group Plc.
  • Advised the Ramp startup on raising of over PLN 37 million (approx. USD 10 million) in the seed funding round which was carried out by the US venture capital fund NfX and Galaxy Digital.
  • Advised Polish Enterprise Fund VIII (PEF VIII), a private equity fund managed by Enterprise Investors, on the acquisition, through a tender offer, of up to 100 percent of the shares in PragmaGO, a provider of financial services to the SME sector.

Poland > Construction Tier 3

The construction practice at White & Case M. Studniarek i Wspólnicy – Kancelaria Prawna sp.k. advises both domestic and international clients and has particular strengths in road and railway infrastructure projects and related disputes. Core members of the team include Grzegorz Abram, who is skilled in project finance transactions, construction and corporate lawyer Maciej Zalewski, litigation experts Michał Subocz  and Jakub Wołkowicz and real estate, transaction and compliance specialist Jakub Kutzmann.

Testimonials

‘The team is amazing in witness preparation and cross-examination. The work with external people from the Firm is fabulous.’

‘I have worked with Mr. Jakub Wolkowitz and he is the master of cases from head to toe, so the work for external people is easy and fast.’

Key clients

Acciona Construcción S.A.

Bank Polska Kasa Opieki S.A.

BNP Paribas Bank Polska S.A.

Cerrad sp. z o.o.

Colas

Inpex Operations Australia Pty Ltd

Intertoll

Masdar

mBank S.A.

Mostostal Power Development sp. z o.o.

Mostostal Warszawa S.A.

Panattoni Europe

Salini Impregilo S.p.A.

Santander Bank Polska S.A.

Taaleri Solar Wind II

Work highlights

  • Advised a syndicate of Polish and international financial institutions on financing of the construction of the Polimery Police project.
  • Advising the consortium consisting of Sacyr, S.A. (Spain), Salini Impregilo S.p.A. (Italy) and Jan De Nul N.V. (Belgium) in a construction dispute with the Panama Canal Authority in connection with the expansion of the Panama Canal at a cost of USD 5.5bn.
  • Advising Colas and Intertoll in a public-private partnership project for the financing, construction, reconstruction and maintenance of the provincial and district roads of the Włocławek district in Poland.

Poland > Restructuring and insolvency Tier 3

The restructuring and insolvency practice at White & Case M. Studniarek i Wspólnicy – Kancelaria Prawna sp.k. covers the entire distressed cycle, including corporate and financial restructurings, multijurisdictional insolvencies and debtor and creditor-related disputes. It is also supported by the M&A, litigation, debt finance, tax and regulatory team. The group is led by Grzegorz Abram, who joined the firm in November 2020 from Clifford Chance.

Practice head(s):

Key clients

A consortium of Polish and International Insurance Organizations

Česká spořitelna, a.s. No

Československá obchodní banka, a.s.

Generali Real Estate

Komerční banka, a.s.,

mBank S.A.

Polish Aviation Group

UniCredit Bank Czech Republic and Slovakia, a.s.

Work highlights

  • Advised a syndicate of insurers on the restructuring of the PLN 1bn financial debt of Trakcja PRKiI S.A. and its subsidiaries.
  • Advised mBank S.A. on the restructuring of the financial indebtedness of OT Logistics S.A.
  • Advised UniCredit Bank Czech Republic and Slovakia, a.s., Komerční banka, a.s., Československá obchodní banka, a.s. and Česká spořitelna, a.s. on the restructuring of Smartwings a.s.

Poland > Banking and finance Tier 4

White & Case M. Studniarek i Wspólnicy – Kancelaria Prawna sp.k. continues to advise banks on a wide variety of transactions, including debt finance, financial restructuring and insolvency issues. Department head Grzegorz Abram has substantial experience of syndicated and secured lending, as well as renewable energy project finance.

Practice head(s):

Grzegorz Abram

Other key lawyers:

Paweł Zagórski; Joanna Misztal-Dzitko; Magdalena Kalińska; Roksana Kałużna-Bałazy

Testimonials

‘We have been working with the law firm’s team for a long time. It is the best team in the market, available 24 hours, lawyers can call us at any time, especially in a situation that requires a quick response, very high level of knowledge, finding a solution for every situation, very good manners. We definitely feel very cared for and the work is always done flawlessly.’

‘We cooperate with many law firms, but cooperation with Paweł Zagórski from W&C means that we do not have to worry about possible errors in transactions and documentation. Everything is always done perfectly and every case is taken care of. Attorney Zagórski is also characterized by an extraordinary personal culture, composure necessary in numerous negotiations that he conducts. He is able to find a solution that will satisfy both parties.’

Key clients

Bank Gospodarstwa Krajowego

Bank Pekao S.A.

BNP Paribas Bank Polska S.A.

Cerrad sp. z o.o.

Global Compute LLP

GLP Europe

mBank S.A.

Mid Europa Partners

Norddeutsche Landesbank

P4 sp. z o.o.

PKN Orlen S.A.

Santander Bank Polska S.A.

Work highlights

  • Advised a syndicate of Polish and international financial institutions on a facilities agreement for the more than PLN 5.5 billion financing of the Polimery Police project.
  • Advising P4 sp. z o.o., the Play network operator that is part of the French iliad Group, in connection with a PLN 5.5 billion funding from a consortium of banks. It was one of the largest corporate financings provided in Poland over the review period.
  • Advised mBank S.A., Bank Gospodarstwa Krajowego S.A. and Santander Bank Polska S.A. in connection with a financing of approximately €105m for the purpose of financing and refinancing of the KTW office and retail buildings project in Katowice.

Poland > Real estate

Maciej Zalewski and Jakub Kutzmann co-lead the department at White & Case M. Studniarek i Wspólnicy – Kancelaria Prawna sp.k. which is adept at advising institutional, international and domestic clients, including investors, banks and developers. The team is able to cover the whole spectrum of real estate mandates and transactions and its members are noted as 'highly experienced in development projects'.

Testimonials

White & Case Poland is home to personnel who are highly experienced in development projects. They do provide customer oriented services via fitting to the requested timeline and set budget. The whole operation process is managed by one focal point which gives full monitoring and operations efficiency.’

‘Competent, efficient, honest team who prioritise clients’ interests and commercial practicalities.’

‘Legal team always provides high quality services, lawyers are very well qualified, have broad expertise in their field and very client-oriented approach.’

‘Good real estate team with commercial mindset.’

‘Jakub Kutzmann is an excellent real estate lawyer that understands the commercial realities of any deal and does not get obsessed with legal technicalities that often lawyers use to justify their own existence. Jakub genuinely has the clients’ best interests at heart in the deal and is not in the business of generating maximum fees but rather maximum value for clients.’

‘Jakub Kutzmann is our main contact person. He is a very client focused, strategic and long term relationship builder. He understands the commercial aspects of the transactions he is involved with and prioritises these to ensure an efficient and practical process is followed.’

‘Mr. Jakub Kutzmann (Local Partner), has wide range of experience in real estate business and development projects. He is very active and customer-oriented. The overall control over the project gave us good impressions.’

Key clients

Aurelius Investment Lux DS SARL

Spravia  sp. z o.o.

Catella Property fund management AB

Crossbay SCSp RAIF

CTP Invest. Spol. s. r. o.

Echo Investment S.A.

Forum Euro Nieruchomości FIZ AZ

Generali Real Estate

Global Compute Infrastructure

GLP Europe

Greenman Partners Limited

GS Engineering & Construction Poland sp. z o.o.

Hubergroup Polska sp. z o.o.

Impel S.A.

LaSalle Investment management. Inc.

Reico Investicni Spolecnost Ceske sporitelny, A.S.

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