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

Greenberg Traurig Grzesiak sp. k.
STOCK EXCHANGE BUILDING
UL. KSIAZECA 4
00-498 WARSAW
Poland

Poland > Capital markets Tier 1

Greenberg Traurig Grzesiak sp. k.'s team advises on debt and equity matters, including initial and secondary public offerings, public M&A and bond issuances. The group is regularly instructed in ground-breaking deals, as was evidenced in 2020, when it advised Cyfrowy Polsat on the first issuance of green corporate bonds in Poland, raising the client PLN1bn.  The department is led by managing partner Jarosław GrzesiakRafał Sieński focuses on public equity offerings and debt securities in the Polish and international capital markets. Paweł Piotrowski is another key figure in the team, as is up-and-coming practitioner Karolina Dunin-Wilczyńska, who is active in a wide variety of equity and debt transactions.

Practice head(s):

Jarosław Grzesiak

Other key lawyers:

Rafał Sieński; Paweł Piotrowski; Andrzej Wysokiński; Aleksander Janiszewski; Karolina Dunin-Wilczyńska

Key clients

CCC S.A.

Cyfrowy Polsat S.A.

IPOPEMA Securities

Wood & Co.

WING Group

Acciona Construcción S.A.

Atlantik S.A.

BNP Paribas

Silvair

UBS Limited

Poland > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 1

Greenberg Traurig Grzesiak sp. k. is praised for its 'commitment and in-depth problem analysis, which goes hand in hand with efficient and professional customer service'. The group is most known for handling big-cap and cross-border deals for major multinationals, notably across the real estate, TMT and energy sectors, as well as transactions related to fintech. The department is jointly led by doyen of the Polish legal market Lejb Fogelman and managing partner Jarosław Grzesiak, both of whom have vast experience in corporate matters. Other recommended lawyers include corporate generalist Rafał Baranowski, banking M&A expert Łukasz Pawlak and Filip Kijowski, who was promoted to partner in 2020 and is building a strong private equity transactional practice.

Practice head(s):

Lejb Fogelman; Jarosław Grzesiak

Other key lawyers:

Rafał Baranowski; Łukasz Pawlak; Daniel Kaczorowski; Michał Fereniec; Michał Bobrzyński; Filip Kijowski

Testimonials

‘Commitment and in-depth problem analysis go hand in hand with efficient and professional customer service. This is complemented by a truly high level of expertise.’

‘Greenberg Traurig has best-of-breed, unique expertise in the area of executive equity, compensation and contracting, which is combined with real-life experience and practical, down-to-earth advice. This area is very important for Private Equity firms and Greenberg Traurig has the market’

‘Extensive worldwide network, both in terms of local legal teams as well very good connections to other sectors of the economy. Dedicated team, always ready to help, on every level of seniority.’

‘High level of flexibility, fighting for the best interest of the client, even in the toughest environment. Extremely high ethical and professional standards.’

Key clients

Cyfrowy Polsat

WING Group

Agora

REINO RF CEE

Madison International Realty

Eltel AB

Polsat Group

Addeco Group

Innova Capital

CVC Capital Partners

Poland > Private equity Tier 1

Greenberg Traurig Grzesiak sp. k.'s group of 'excellent negotiators and top performers' in Warsaw is singled out for exhibiting 'the highest ethical and professional standards'. It is able to advise on the full spectrum of activities by private equity houses, leveraging expertise from other departments, including tax, finance and capital markets. The group is best known for its private equity work in the real estate sector, where it advises on high-profile  portfolio acquisitions. With the presence of Aleksander Janiszewski, venture capital is an important feature of the practice, which includes advising on domestic and cross-border investments, particularly in the technology and new energy sectors. The overall private equity department is jointly led by Lejb Fogelman and Jarosław Grzesiak, both of whom are experienced transactional lawyers. 'Very pragmatic and able to close negotiationsRafał Baranowski is another transactional specialist, with a focus on the oil and gas sector.

Practice head(s):

Lejb Fogelman; Jarosław Grzesiak

Other key lawyers:

Michał Fereniec; Rafał Baranowski; Paweł Piotrowski; Aleksander Janiszewski; Daniel Kaczorowski; Filip Kijowski; Paulina Kimla-Kaczorowska

Testimonials

Extremely good negotiation skills; The highest ethical and professional standards. Always looking for solutions, even trying long shots in order to get to the assumed goal. Every team member is always ready to help, no matter the seniority level.’

Very knowledgeable in their core practice, strong level of all adjacent services (e.g. Banking, Real Estate), strong in proposing efficient solutions to the problems, always deliver high quality documentation.’

Greenberg Traurig has best-of-breed, unique expertise in the area of executive equity/compensation/contracting, which is combined with real life experience and practical, down-to-earth advice. This area is very important for private equity houses and Greenberg Traurig has the market’s most powerful practice.’

They are highly experienced and know the market very well. Excellent negotiators, top performers, very knowledgeable and experienced. Excellent drafting.’

We worked with Aleksander Janiszewski and Paulina Kimla-Kaczorowska. They were an amazing team. By amazing, I mean: outstanding intelligence, running 10 steps ahead in every topic, they saw the consequences of our decisions 10 years ahead. These are the only lawyers in my life about which I can say with certainty that I trust them immensely. It’s hard to compare them to other law firms, because they are playing in a different league

Rafal Baranowski is a pleasure to work with. He’s very pragmatic and able to close negotiations instead of allowing the other party to drag them on forever over tiny theoretical clauses. He works well with the other parties and is client-oriented, not ego-driven.’

Key clients

WING Group

GLP

Madison International Realty

REINO

Heitman

Syntoil

Dirlango

OTB Ventures

Poland > Real estate Tier 1

The real estate team at Greenberg Traurig Grzesiak sp. k. is led by project financing specialist Jolanta Nowakowska-Zimoch. Clients include multinational corporations, the Polish government and state-owned companies. The team advises on property acquisition, tenant and landlord matters, real estate developments and financing, as well as real estate litigation. Notably, the firm is also increasingly active within the prop-tech sector. Finance expert Agnieszka Stankiewicz and senior associate Kamil Majewski are other names to note, alongside Radomił Charzyński  who focuses on advising German real estate clients. Since publication, Agata Jurek-Zbrojska left the firm.

Practice head(s):

Jolanta Nowakowska-Zimoch

Other key lawyers:

Agnieszka Stankiewicz; Radomił Charzyński

Testimonials

‘Absolute partnership approach – work hand in hand. Big trust both ways.’

‘100% professionalism and experience. For the Greenberg Traurig team, I am not one of many clients, but I always feel that I am the most important.’

Key clients

GLP

Wing Group

Reino Capital

Madison International Realty

Heitman

Capital Park

K-Trust / JR AMC

IAD Investments

Deka Immobilien

Exeter

Poland > Banking and finance Tier 2

Greenberg Traurig Grzesiak sp. k.'s team has 'its ears close to the ground', advising borrowers, lenders and sponsors on the spectrum of debt financings, with the ability to call on the support of offices in New York and London for cross-border matters. The group has a stellar reputation for real estate financings, but it is also active in the areas of acquisition finance, bridge and mezzanine lending and financial restructurings. The department is led by Andrzej Wysokinski, who is a veteran of cross-border finance transactions. Aleksander Janiszewski specialises in debt financings and venture capital. Łukasz Pawlak is the name to note for banking regulatory work and often represents clients before the Polish Financial Supervision Authority.

Practice head(s):

Andrzej Wysokiński

Other key lawyers:

Jarosław Grzesiak; Lejb Fogelman; Aleksander Janiszewski; Łukasz Pawlak; Agnieszka Stankiewicz; Michał Bobrzyński

Testimonials

‘Well connected, has ears close to the ground – goes beyond the typical lawyer job in ensuring project progresses – combines legal and investment banking project management’

‘Lejb Fogelman – leading lawyer, consigliere and trusted advisor Jaroslaw Grzesiak – charismatic, relentless and passionate Pawel Piotrowski – emerging star in FIG M&A’

‘Depth of knowledge and experience in structured financing. Very good negotiation skills and fair approach to counterparty’

‘Partner-level depth in knowledge and experience in structured financing. Very good negotiation skills and fair approach to counterparty. Associates – very dedicated to project with focus to execute transaction. Fair approach to counterparty’

Key clients

Credit Agricole Bank

Cyfrowy Polsat

GLP

IAD Investments

K-Trust

mLeasing

Robyg

Tele-Fonika Kable

Benson Elliot

Poland > Competition/antitrust Tier 2

Greenberg Traurig Grzesiak sp. k.'s competition group 'covers all areas of law at the highest level of expertise', with a practice spanning merger control proceedings and antitrust issues. The team, led by Robert Gago, handle the spectrum of investigations and proceedings initiated by the Polish and EU competition authorities, for a client base that includes major Polish corporates and multinationals. Senior associate Ewa Tabor-Maciejewska is an expert in Polish competition and consumer protection law.

Practice head(s):

Robert Gago

Other key lawyers:

Ewa Tabor-Maciejewska

Testimonials

‘Very well-established network of relations facilitates getting in touch with the right people and obtaining reliable information, which is crucial for the company to take business steps/decisions.’

‘Practice covers all areas of law at the highest level of expertise. Team members are not only reliable risk spotters, but also general advisors in numerous business fields.’

Key clients

Cyfrowy Polsat S.A.

Polsat Group (Telewizja Polsat S.A.)

Agora S.A.

GLP

REINO Capital and RF Corval

Wing Group

Madison International Realty

Black Red White S.A.

Poland > Dispute resolution Tier 2

Greenberg Traurig Grzesiak sp. k.‘s litigation and arbitration team is able to leverage the firm’s impressive M&A and real estate teams, to handle a wide variety of disputes. International arbitration is a core competency for the team, and individuals have participated in proceedings across Europe and in the US. The team itself has developed a number of specialisms, with advocates focusing on banking, corporate, private equity, bankruptcy, labour law and tax disputes. Paweł Pietkeiwicz heads the department and has acted both as an arbitrator in Polish and international arbitration courts, and as counsel. Andrzej Wysokiński is an expert in commercial and securities cases and Robert Lis is a key name for contentious corporate and IP matters. Since publication, Paweł Tatarczak left the firm.

Practice head(s):

Paweł Pietkiewicz

Other key lawyers:

Andrzej Wysokiński; Robert Lis; Antoni Libiszowski

Key clients

mBank S.A.

Advent International

PZU S.A.

Rockcastle Global Real Estate Holdings B.V. and Serenada Property Sp. z o.o.

Stocznia Cesarska Development Sp. z o.o.

Integer.pl S.A.

Imperial Tobacco Polska S.A.

Property Finance Sweden A.B.

CEDC International sp. z o.o.

CI Games S.A.

Poland > Employment Tier 2

Greenberg Traurig Grzesiak sp. k. has particular experience in handling the employment aspects of M&A transactions impacting the Polish market. Led by the 'very skilled and knowledgeable professional' Anna Halas-Krawczyk, the team assists clients with deal structuring, due diligence, negotiations, post-closing advice as well as incentive and retention schemes. Utilising the firm's significant transatlantic network, the team is able to work on significant cross-border matters for companies including Citibank, Porsche and Lee Hecht Harrison.

Practice head(s):

Anna Hałas-Krawczyk

Testimonials

‘Excellent legal expertise, dialogue oriented and very supportive in projects. ’

They are great negotiators and helped us to finalize the dispute with unions very effectively. What differentiates them from other lawyers is their communications skills which allow them to provide the most complex advice in clear and concise manner. We also appreciate Greenberg’s organization and coordination skills.

‘Anna Halas-Krawczyk has a high level of professional knowledge and experience, sound judgment, very good communications skills (i.e. clear expression and concise style). She is also very business oriented and always understands what we need.’

‘Members have all necessary skills to play not only the role of risk spotters, but general advisors, strategic partners and business enablers, delivering comprehensive legal services and support. Have a wide range of contacts in various institutions, organizations, businesses ’

‘Our partner (Mrs. Anna Halas-Krawczyk) guarantees combination of the in-depth knowledge of the law/codes and the businesses. Excellent negotiating skills. Handling issues holistically. Finding/creating values and protecting the company’s reputation, if necessary. Provides an outstanding level of legal service.’

‘Greenberg’s Employment practice has best-of-breed, unique expertise in the area of executive compensation/equity incentives/contracting, which is combined with real life experience and practical, down-to-earth advice. This area is very important for Private Equity firms and Greenberg has the market.’

‘Anna Halas-Krawczyk brings years of expertise and knowledge in the field of executive matters (including option schemes and equity incentives as well as regulatory requirements) combined with excellent negotiation skills and great understanding of business reality, which is a unique blend.’

‘I worked mainly with Anna Halas-Krawczyk and the experience was very positive. Anna was easily accessible despite her seniority. What made her really stand out from my perspective was that (i) Anna was able to guide me in a non-patronising way through areas where I lacked experience / knowledge and (ii) was a great listener and quick-learner when it came to understanding how our organisation worked and how the management programme she was working with was constructed. ’

‘The project was led in a very efficient matter, GT presented a high degree of competence and creativity, and good understanding of our business. GT is rather focusing on solving matters quickly instead of prolonging discussions which is what we, as a client, expected. Their comments and advices were thoughtful and they made useful inputs in the environment of dynamic negotiations.’

‘Our tight schedule in respect to the project demanded hard work from Anna Halas-Krawczyk and her team, and they stood to the occasion. Anna demonstrated a very good leadership navigating with quite a lot of parties involved in the project. I also appreciated Anna’

‘Very customer oriented always ready when needed practical support quick exchanges ’

‘Anna Halas-Krawczyk – Anna led the efforts on the employment-related elements of our transactions and has been an absolute pleasure to work with. She’s very skilled and knowledgeable professional and has been communicating very well throughout the processes. She makes sure to address relevant issues in the appropriate level of detail and complexity and never fails to provide further explanations and her own proposal/advice. ’

‘The GT employment practice’s particular strength are management incentive schemes and share option plans for senior management. Due to the strong M&A background they perfectly understand the business rationale of each project and are able to precisely reflect the business needs in legal documentation. They are clearly aiming at finding a solution and are not overcomplicating things. Another strong side is handling difficult situations ’

‘Anna Halas-Krawczyk, the head of the practice is a good negotiator and an amazing person as well. She handles effectively negotiations with top level managers, contributing to finalize the deal with the best in class style and approach. Great understating of the business needs of the client.’

‘Very proactive in looking for the best solutions of problems. Take care of the clients’ business giving many perspectives (not only a legal one, but also a business one). Knowledge of legal employment issues which are quite “difficult” as not so much developed in Poland yet (i.e. mobbing issues).’

‘Anna Halas Krawczyk is the attorney in Greenberg Traurig I cooperate with the most frequently. Very professional, open, communicative, supportive. Very flexible when it comes to the availability. She helped me with many employees’ issues taking into consideration not only legal aspects, but also aspects of the company’s reputation and long term employer branding perspective.’

‘The Greenberg Traurig employment team has thorough experience in their practice area, well exceeding the knowledge of laws and precedents. They act as business counsel, capable of providing very practical advice.’

‘Our main point of contact was Anna Halas-Krawczyk, whose expertise and deal making, proactive attitude was essential in order to reach agreement on crucial tasks. I would highly recommend her to anyone requiring these sort of legal services.’

Key clients

WING Group

Citibank – Bank Handlowy w Warszawie

Madison Capital

Innova Capital

CVC Capital Partners

Żabka Polska sp. z o.o.

Porsche Inter Auto Polska (Volkswagen Group)

Lee Hecht Harrison LLC

Murapol S.A.

Chipita Poland

PKP Energetyka S.A.

Eltel Group

GLP

Omada

Pro-bono clients

Abris Capital Partners

OTB Ventures

CEDC International (Roust Group)

AnaCap Financial Partners

Techland sp. z o.o.

Poland > Restructuring and insolvency Tier 2

Greenberg Traurig Grzesiak sp. k.'s multidisciplinary team brings together expertise from the firm's corporate and banking departments to assist distressed companies, creditors, new lenders and equity sponsors with bankruptcy and restructuring issues. The group is known for pre-bankruptcy counselling, as well as advising on the tax implications of debt reduction and out-of-court restructurings. The group is coordinated by finance lawyer Andrzej Wysokinski, who has significant experience in financial restructurings. Aleksander Janiszewski has cross-border restructuring and insolvency experience, drawing on experience in complex finance transactions. Managing partner Jarosław Grzesiak is well versed in corporate restructurings. Michał Bobrzyński is a regulatory expert who advises banks and companies on bankruptcy law issues.

Practice head(s):

Andrzej Wysokiński

Other key lawyers:

Aleksander Janiszewski; Jarosław Grzesiak; Michał Bobrzyński; Paweł Jaśkiewicz

Key clients

Bank Pekao S.A.

Poland > White-collar crime Tier 2

Greenberg Traurig Grzesiak sp. k.'s team is part of the firm's renowned global white-collar criminal defence group, and in Warsaw, is able to bring together expertise in banking and finance, corporate, bankruptcy and labour law. The practice group is led by experienced litigator Paweł Pietkeiwicz, who is instructed in a number of highly sensitive criminal cases. Senior associate Antoni Libiszowski is another name to note.

Practice head(s):

Paweł Pietkiewicz

Other key lawyers:

Antoni Libiszowski

Key clients

Swiss Opora A.G.

Assa Abbloy Mercor Doors sp. z o.o.

Poland > Tax Tier 3

Greenberg Traurig Grzesiak sp. k. is most noted for its transactional tax advisory work, supporting the firm's other practices, including on real estate deals. The group is experienced in corporate restructurings, tax planning, the taxation of capital markets and tax controversy. Heading the department is Marek Kozaczuk, who has experience in the tax aspects of international transactions. Tomasz Kacymirow is a corporate tax specialist.

Practice head(s):

Marek Kozaczuk

Other key lawyers:

Tomasz Kacymirow; Maciej Kacymirow

Testimonials

‘The GT tax team is a reliable name. They are experienced in tax advice for real estate transactions and have supported us in obtaining tax rulings on asset deals.’

Key clients

Atlantik S.A.

Agora S.A.

Turley Family Group

Exeter Property Group

GLP

People Can Fly

Animex Group

Żabka Polska

Poland > TMT Tier 4

Led by Michał Fereniec, the TMT practice at Greenberg Traurig Grzesiak sp. k. assists with internet and e-commerce issues, licensing, new technology solutions, IT implementation and telecoms services. In addition, the team assists clients with tender procedures as well as the negotiation of related technical and pricing terms.

Practice head(s):

Michał Fereniec

Key clients

Polsat Group

Agora S.A.

Cyfrowy Polsat

Eltel AB

Wood & Co.

Ekstraklasa S.A.

Groupe BPCE

The firm:Greenberg Traurig, LLP (GT) has approximately 2300 attorneys in 40 locations in the United States, Latin America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. GT has been recognized for its philanthropic giving, diversity, and innovation, and is consistently among the largest firms in the U.S. on the Law360 400 and among the Top 20 on the Am Law Global 100. The firm is net carbon neutral with respect to its office energy usage and Mansfield Rule 4.0 Plus Certified. Web: www.gtlaw.com

GT in Poland: Greenberg Traurig Nowakowska-Zimoch Wysokiński 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 Nowakowska-Zimoch Wysokiński 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 grzesiakj@gtlaw.com +48 22 690 6260
Photo Name Position Profile
 Rafal Baranowski  photo Rafal Baranowski Shareholder
 Michal Karol Bobrzynski  photo Michal Karol Bobrzynski Local Partner
 Radomił Charzyński  photo Radomił Charzyński Shareholder
 Michał Fereniec  photo Michał Fereniec Shareholder
 Lejb Fogelman  photo Lejb Fogelman Shareholder
 Robert Gago photo Robert Gago Shareholder
 Anna Halas-Krawczyk  photo Anna Halas-Krawczyk Local Partner Attorney-at-law
 Paweł Jaśkiewicz  photo Paweł Jaśkiewicz Senior Associate
 Aleksander Janiszewski  photo Aleksander Janiszewski Shareholder/Attorney-at-law
 Agata Jurek-Zbrojska photo Agata Jurek-Zbrojska Shareholder
 Tomasz Kacymirow  photo Tomasz Kacymirow Local Partner Attorney-at-law
 Maciej Kacymirow  photo Maciej Kacymirow Local Partner
 Daniel Kaczorowski  photo Daniel Kaczorowski Shareholder
 Filip Kijowski photo Filip Kijowski Local Partner
 Marek Kozaczuk  photo Marek Kozaczuk Shareholder/Attorney-at-law
 Antoni Libiszowski photo Antoni Libiszowski Counsel
 Robert Lis  photo Robert Lis Local Partner
 Kamil Majewski  photo Kamil Majewski Senior Associate/Advocate
 Jolanta Nowakowska-Zimoch photo Jolanta Nowakowska-Zimoch Shareholder
 Łukasz Pawlak  photo Łukasz Pawlak Shareholder/Attorney-at-law
 Pawel Pietkiewicz  photo Pawel Pietkiewicz Shareholder
 Paweł Piotrowski  photo Paweł Piotrowski Shareholder
 Rafał Sieński  photo Rafał Sieński Shareholder
 Agnieszka Stankiewicz  photo Agnieszka Stankiewicz Partner
 Ewa Tabor-Maciejewska photo Ewa Tabor-Maciejewska Senior Associate/Attorney-at-law
 Andrzej Wysokinski  photo Andrzej Wysokinski Shareholder
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