Firm Profile > Greenberg Traurig Grzesiak sp. k. > Warsaw, Poland

Greenberg Traurig Grzesiak sp. k.
00-498 WARSAW

Capital markets Tier 1

Capital markets are a focus of Greenberg Traurig Grzesiak sp. k.'s Warsaw office, which advises clients on DCM and ECM matters across sectors including banking, energy, real estate and TMT. The department is led by managing partner Jarosław Grzesiak. In 2017, Paweł Pietkiewicz and Aleksander Janiszewski were promoted to partner. Rafał Sieński and Agnieszka Stankiewicz advised Goldman Sachs International on the PLN1.1bn public tender offer for 100% shares in Polish-listed Robyg. Andrzej Wysokiński assisted TMF Poland, as the Polish security agent, with the New York law-governed issuance of senior notes by Valeant. Ireneusz Matusielański is another key name. Federico Salinas left the firm.

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 1

Greenberg Traurig Grzesiak sp. k. handles transactions across a wide range of sectors in the Polish market, with a particular emphasis on the real estate and construction industry. Alongside financial institution expert Łukasz Pawlak, practice head Lejb Fogelman advised BNP Paribas Group on structuring and negotiating its €750m acquisition of the core banking business of Raiffeisen Bank Polska. Managing partner Jarosław Grzesiak and Agnieszka Stankiewicz advised Goldman Sachs International, through its affiliate Bricks Acquisition, on its €250m acquisition of Robyg. Rafał Baranowski is recommended for his energy sector expertise. Michał Bobrzyński joined the team from Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP in July 2018.

Competition/antitrust Tier 1

Greenberg Traurig Grzesiak sp. k.'s team is noted as 'professional and reliable' and particularly stands out for its 'international experience'. Department head Robert Gago, who clients rate for his 'deep insight, confidence and empathy', was promoted to partner in January 2018 and specialises in representing clients in administrative antitrust proceedings before competition enforcement authorities. Alongside Lejb FogelmanŁukasz Pawlak and London's Stephen Horvath, Gago advised BNP Paribas Group on competition and antitrust matters regarding the structuring of its acquisition of the core banking business of Raiffeisen Bank Polska. Ewa Tabor-Maciejewska and Radosław Pawluk are other key contacts.

Private equity Tier 1

Greenberg Traurig Grzesiak sp. k.'s six-partner team draws on the firm's wider expertise in tax, M&A, real estate, banking and finance and capital markets to offer private equity clients a full service. Highly experienced transactional lawyers Lejb Fogelman and Jarosław Grzesiak jointly lead the department. Agnieszka Stankiewicz advised LCN Capital Partners on the financing of its acquisition of a complex of office buildings in Łódź from Ghelamco Group. Rafał Baranowski assisted Abris Capital Partners with its acquisition of Velvet Care.

Real estate Tier 1

Greenberg Traurig Grzesiak sp. k. has 'a very dedicated team' with 'exceptional real estate sector knowledge'. In September 2017, the department witnessed a team exchange with Hogan Lovells (Warszawa) LLP; losing Marek Grodek but gaining, among others, the exceptionally experienced Jolanta Nowakowska-Zimoch, who is now group leader, and real estate transaction expert Agata Jurek-Zbrojska. In one highlight, Agnieszka Stankiewicz advised Invesco Real Estate on the sale of a logistics centre to Vestas Investment Management.

Banking and finance Tier 2

Greenberg Traurig Grzesiak sp. k.'s team handles acquisition finance, high-yield offerings, bridge and mezzanine finance, but it really comes into its own on real estate financing matters, drawing on the firm's wider expertise. On the banking M&A front, Lejb Fogelman and Łukasz Pawlak advised BNP Paribas Group on the €750m acquisition of Raiffeisen Bank International's core banking business in Poland. Aleksander Janiszewski and Agnieszka Stankiewicz advised Newbridge Poland on a senior loan provided by Deutsche Pfandbriefbank and a mezzanine loan from Teref EF III for its acquisition of various Polish malls from Aerium Fund. The team is led by Andrzej Wysokiński.

Dispute resolution Tier 2

Greenberg Traurig Grzesiak sp. k.'s Paweł Pietkiewicz leads the litigation and arbitration team, which works closely with the office's other departments on a variety of litigation and arbitration matters. The group has particular expertise in proceedings initiated by the Polish financial regulator. Pietkiewicz is representing mBank in a consumer class action, consisting of 1,300 claimants, arising out of foreign currency denominated mortgages; having overturned the second instance decision before the Supreme Court, the case is now at the Court of Appeal in Łódź. Andrzej Wysokiński is representing PZU against a claim brought by minority shareholder Manchester Securities, seeking compensation for the alleged non-payment of dividends in 2007. Paweł Tatarczak is recommended for his expertise in commercial arbitration, while Robert Lis focuses on contentious corporate and IP matters.

Restructuring and insolvency Tier 2

Andrzej Wysokiński leads the department at Greenberg Traurig Grzesiak sp. k., which is composed of lawyers specialising in litigation, banking and finance, M&A and corporate law. In one matter of note, Aleksander Janiszewski and managing partner Jarosław Grzesiak advised Cyfrowy Polsat Group on a €2.9bn debt restructuring and amendments to its loan agreements with Polish and foreign financial institutions.

Employment Tier 3

Greenberg Traurig Grzesiak sp. k.'s team has 'unique holistic know-how' in relation to senior management matters and transactional employment advice. Department head Anna Hałas-Krawczyk is separately advising Alior Bank and BGŻ BNP Paribas on the practical application of different incentive schemes.

Tax Tier 3

The group at Greenberg Traurig Grzesiak sp. k. work's closely with the firm's capital markets, real estate and M&A departments to provide clients with tax advice on the spectrum of transactions. It is also instructed on a number of contentious issues. Highlights for team leader Marek Kozaczuk included advising PGE Energa Odnawialna on the taxation of wind farm real estate and an investment in Baltic offshore wind farms within Poland's borders. Vastly experienced Tomasz Kacymirow is also recommended.

Energy and natural resources Tier 4

Project finance expert Andrzej Wysokiński leads the energy and natural resources department at Greenberg Traurig Grzesiak sp. k., which handles a variety of corporate and M&A mandates for energy-sector clients. Marek Kozaczuk is advising PGE Energa Odnawialna on tax issues in relation to its wind farm real estate and investment in assets in the Baltic. Jarosław Grzesiak and Rafał Baranowski are also recommended.

TMT Tier 4

Greenberg Traurig Grzesiak sp. k.'s team is led by 'business-orientedMichał Fereniec, who advised BGŻ BNPP on a transition services agreement with Raiffeisen Bank International concerning post-de-merger services, including IT migration.

Firm Overview:

Greenberg Traurig, LLP has more than 2,200 attorneys in 41 offices in the United States, Latin America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. The firm’s lawyers help clients bridge diverse legal systems and cultures, with a focus on efficient, effective strategic advice and legal services.

GT in Poland:

Greenberg Traurig Grzesiak sp.k. offers a broad range of legal services in mergers and acquisitions, capital markets, real estate, private equity, project finance, tax, litigation, arbitration and bankruptcy proceedings, competition and antitrust, asset securitisation, privatisations, and financial restructurings, as well as labour law and intellectual property. The Warsaw office is operated by Greenberg Traurig Grzesiak sp.k., an affiliate of Greenberg Traurig, P.A., and Greenberg Traurig, LLP.

Areas of practice: 

With a team comprising 102 lawyers, Greenberg Traurig’s Warsaw office offers a broad range of capabilities. Its Polish practice provides legal services in mergers and acquisitions, privatisations, capital markets, real estate, private equity, tax, asset securitisation, financial restructurings, litigation, arbitration and bankruptcy proceedings, TMT as well as project finance structures.

Department Name Email Telephone
Managing Shareholder Jaroslaw Grzesiak +48 22 690 6260
Photo Name Position Profile
 Rafal Baranowski  photo Rafal Baranowski
 Michal Karol Bobrzynski  photo Michal Karol Bobrzynski
 Radomił Charzyński  photo Radomił Charzyński
 Michał Fereniec  photo Michał Fereniec
 Lejb Fogelman  photo Lejb Fogelman
 Robert Gago photo Robert Gago
 Jarosław Grzesiak  photo Jarosław Grzesiak
 Anna Halas-Krawczyk  photo Anna Halas-Krawczyk
 Aleksander Janiszewski  photo Aleksander Janiszewski
 Tomasz Kacymirow  photo Tomasz Kacymirow
 Marek Kozaczuk  photo Marek Kozaczuk
 Robert Lis  photo Robert Lis
 Ireneusz Matusielański  photo Ireneusz Matusielański
 Jolanta Nowakowska-Zimoch photo Jolanta Nowakowska-Zimoch
 Łukasz Pawlak  photo Łukasz Pawlak
 Radoslaw Pawluk  photo Radoslaw Pawluk
 Paweł Pietkiewicz  photo Paweł Pietkiewicz
 Rafał Sieński  photo Rafał Sieński
 Agnieszka Stankiewicz  photo Agnieszka Stankiewicz
 Ewa Tabor-Maciejewska photo Ewa Tabor-Maciejewska
 Pawel Tatarczak  photo Pawel Tatarczak
 Andrzej Wysokinski  photo Andrzej Wysokinski
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at this office : 102
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