Firm Profile > CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang Pośniak i Bejm sp.k. > Warsaw, Poland

CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang Pośniak i Bejm sp.k.
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Construction Tier 1

The 'well-organised' team at CMS is noted for bringing together 'complementary specialisations', allowing it to advise on the entirety of construction projects. Practice head Lidia Dziurzyńska-Leipert is representing Max Bögl Polska and Max Bögl Stiftung & Co. in various claims against the City of Wrocław concerning the construction of the City Stadium. Together with Wojciech Koczara, she is advising Lufthansa Technik on the construction of an aircraft engine service centre in the Legnica Special Economic Zone. Counsel Michał Bork is recommended for FIDIC construction contracts, design contracts and development agreements.

Dispute resolution Tier 1

CMS's 'meticulous' team demonstrates 'an ability to provide clear recommendations and master crisis situations'. The team comprises experts in contentious competition, infrastructure, IP, real estate, employment and tax issues, but it also stands out for its pro bono human rights work for non-governmental organisations, where its 'sensitivity to social issues' is praised by one client. Department head Małgorzata Surdek specialises in investment arbitration and was appointed to the ICC International Court of Arbitration in June 2018. Anna Cudna-Wagner is defending mBank against multiple class actions brought by retail clients, concerning mortgage loans indexed in Swiss francs. Arkadiusz Korzeniewski represents Millennium Bank in an Office of Competition and Consumer Protection investigation into alleged infringement of collective consumer interests. Katarzyna Kucharczyk and Joanna Młot are also recommended.

Employment Tier 1

CMS's 'professional and efficient' team is noted for its ability to 'think ahead'; drawing on its offices across the CEE region to advise on multi-jurisdictional matters. Department head Katarzyna Dulewicz is instructed by Goldman Sachs on a variety of employment issues, including working time and contract management. She is also assisting Budimex with a project related to a staff outsourcing project. Senior associate Maciej Andrzejewski stands out for his 'attention to detail' and regularly handles employment restructuring issues. Counsel Tomasz Sancewicz is another key name.

Energy and natural resources Tier 1

CMS's clients praise the team, which includes lawyers specialising in regulation, projects and environmental law, for its 'vast' expertise across the spectrum of energy-sector issues and ability to communicate with industry clients. Department head Tomasz Minkiewicz advised CalEnergy on its Baltic Gas Project joint venture with Lotos Petrobaltic. 'Brilliant lawyerIga Lis (noted for her 'outstanding technological understanding') is advising Polskie Sieci Elektroenergetyczne on a public procurement tender for the delivery and implementation of an IT system for the Electricity Balancing Market in Poland. Piotr Ciołkowski assisted The Association of Polish Power Generators with a comprehensive legal analysis of the European Commission's Clean Energy For All Europeans legislative proposals. Counsel Agnieszka Skorupińska leads on environmental protection matters. Łukasz Szatkowski was a new arrival from Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP in July 2019.

Insurance Tier 1

The team at CMS handles cross-border contentious and non-contentious matters, including regulatory and M&A advice, for a variety of major multi-national insurance clients, including AXA, Allianz and Generali. Alongside London's Christopher Southorn, practice head Ewa Świderska advised Unum Group on the acquisition of shares in the Polish subsidiary of Prudential Group, Pramerica Życie TUiR; a matter that involved expertise in insurance regulation. Świderska also advised Wagas on the distribution of extended warranty insurance for a major car producer in a number of European countries, including Poland. Managing partner Małgorzata Surdek and Katarzyna Kucharczyk are also recommended.

Investment funds Tier 1

Investment funds are a core competency of CMS, which draws on the firm's wider corporate, capital markets, tax and banking expertise. The team is noted for being 'well prepared to provide tailor-made solutions' for funds. Jakub Marcinkowski and Piotr Ciołkowski advised the Polish Development Fund on its investment into the Jaworzno Power Plant, which is owned by Tauron. In 2018, Błażej Zagórski was promoted to partner, while Marcin Bejm joined from Clifford Chance.

Private equity Tier 1

Private equity is a core competency of CMS in Warsaw. The team's regulatory expertise is augmented by strong banking, retail, TMT, life sciences and energy knowledge. Department head Marek Sawicki advised Resource Partners on the sale of Delicpol. In another stand-out matter, he assisted Coast2Coast and Bounty Brands Holdings with the acquisition of Profi and the subsequent reorganisation process. Jakub Marcinkowski and senior counsel Dariusz Greszta are also key members of the team.

Real estate Tier 1

At CMS, the 'business-savvy' team is commended for its ability to 'take the initiative' when leading on deals. It is instructed by property funds, developers, banks and retailers at every stage of the real estate investment process. Highlights for practice head Wojciech Koczara included advising Reico on the €116m acquisition of the Proximo I office building in Warsaw from Hines Russia & Poland Fund. Lidia Dziurzyńska-Leipert is another key name, alongside warehouse and industrial real estate specialist Anna Brzoza-Ostrowska.

Tax Tier 1

The 'solution-oriented' team at CMS, which is commended for its expertise in tax structuring and greenfield investment, is able to provide 'consistent advice across multiple jurisdictions'. In 2018, the team added Bartek Wajda from PwC Legal Pawlowski Zelaznicki Sp. K as head of transfer pricing, while tax litigator Paulina Karpińska-Huzior joined from Chadbourne & Parke. Team leader Andrzej Pośniak advised AIG on the tax implications of providing warranty and indemnity insurance in relation to the sale of Hortex Group to Mid Europa Partners in conjunction with the firm's Moscow office. Łukasz Dynysiuk is another key name for corporate tax structuring.

TMT Tier 1

The team at CMS has a strong track-record in IT system implementation projects. Department head Tomasz Koryzma advises ING's e-commerce arm, Aleo, on the entirety of matters relating to its operations in Poland. He is also assisting BMW with a number of data privacy and IT assignments concerning the launch of a new cloud-based IT system in Poland and the CEE region. Senior associate Damian Karwala is another key name.

White-collar crime Tier 1

CMS represents companies and individuals in the spectrum of white-collar criminal matters, both in investigations and before the courts, including anti-bribery and corruption cases, anti-money laundering and criminal proceedings. Department head Arkadiusz Korzeniewski acted for IBM in relation to corruption charges brought against former state officials and commercial directors of the company; conducting an internal investigation that staved off criminal proceedings for the client. Senior associate Maciej Kópczyński is another key name.

Banking and finance Tier 2

CMS's department is 'extremely service oriented' and has 'superb market and industry knowledge'. In 2018, it was boosted by a team move from Dentons, which led to the arrival of Michał Mężykowski, who joined to lead the banking and finance group in Poland. The office also houses Mark Segall, who coordinates the firm's offering across the CEE region. Highlights for Segall included advising Coast2Coast Capital on the financing, by way of a private placement arranged by Credit Suisse, of the acquisition of a majority stake in Stella Pack. Counsels Jakub Podkowa and Ilona Fedurek are also contacts of note.

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 2

According to one client, the 'excellent' team at CMS compares favourably to departments at other international firms. It often works closely with the private equity, insurance and capital markets groups to provide a full service to both domestic and foreign corporates, particularly in the pharmaceutical and life sciences sectors. With Małgorzata Surdek, department head Marek Sawicki recently advised Generali Group on the acquisition of various insurance company entities from the Concordia Ubezpieczenia Group. Jakub Marcinkowski and energy projects specialist Piotr Ciołkowski assisted the Polish Development Fund with its investment into a power plant owned by Tauron Group. Also recommended are Błażej Zagórski and Julita Mazurkiewicz (noted for her 'skill and accuracy' in corporate matters). Rafał Zwierz joined the team from Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP in February 2018 and is Poland, US and UK qualified.

Competition/antitrust Tier 2

In addition to merger control and antitrust services, the team at CMS is also experienced in consumer protection, unfair competition, state aid and public procurement issues. The group also handles all aspects of PCA investigations into suspected anti-competitive activities, including in dawn raids and antimonopoly proceedings. Highlights for team leader Małgorzata Urbańska included successfully representing Bombardier Transportation in an appeal against the PCA's anti-competitive conduct decision pertaining to the client's participation in a public tender. She also advised Medtronic on a variety of competition compliance matters regarding the sale of its medical device products on the Polish market. Senior associate Agnieszka Starzyńska is also recommended for merger control and compliance matters, while Izabela Biernat is noted for her expertise in the competition aspects of distribution contracts and e-commerce.

Intellectual property Tier 2

The team at CMS stands out for its 'outstanding work ethic' and ability to handle complex IP disputes. The group is led by IP enforcement expert Tomasz Koryzma, who has an active anti-counterfeiting practice, with clients including L'Oréal and Microsoft. Marek Oleksyn specialises in trade mark and unfair competition litigation. Koryzma is assisting Bayer with cooperating with law enforcement authorities in relation to investigation into a fake crop protection product smuggling network in Poland and Ukraine.

Public law Tier 2

The team of 'top-level professionals' at CMS was boosted by the arrival of Marcin Bejm (who leads on public procurement matters alongside Małgorzata Urbańska) from Clifford Chance in March 2018. Bejm is advising Vinci Concessions on a PPP project for the construction and maintenance of a tramline in Kraków. Urbańska assisted Polskie Sieci Elektroenergetyczne with its public procurement contract award procedure regarding upgrades to the Polish power grid.

Capital markets Tier 3

CMS' capital markets offering was boosted by the arrival of Rafał Zwierz, who now leads the team, from Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP in February 2018. The group handles DCM and ECM matters for a variety of domestic and foreign corporates and often works alongside the firm's disputes, tax and M&A specialists, including corporate and capital markets specialist Marek Sawicki, to provide a full transactional service. In one novel matter Rafał Kluziak advised Revico on the sale of shares in Chemoservis-Dwory following a shareholder dispute in the target company. Promoted to partner in May 2018, Błażej Zagórski and Kluziak acted for PCC SE on all aspects of the squeeze-out of minority shareholders in PCC Intermodal. Rafał Woźniak joined K&L Gates LLP in August 2017.

Restructuring and insolvency Tier 3

At CMS, counsel Joanna Młot is representing the receiver in the Polish bankruptcy proceedings of McGregor Retail.

Photo Name Position Profile
 Marcin Bejm  photo Marcin Bejm
Mrs Anna Brzoza-Ostrowska  photo Mrs Anna Brzoza-Ostrowska
Mrs Katarzyna Dulewicz  photo Mrs Katarzyna Dulewicz
Mrs Lidia Dziurzyńska-Leipert  photo Mrs Lidia Dziurzyńska-Leipert
 Ilona Fedurek  photo Ilona Fedurek
Mr Dariusz Greszta  photo Mr Dariusz Greszta
Mr Damian Karwala  photo Mr Damian Karwala
Mr Wojciech Koczara  photo Mr Wojciech Koczara
Mr Tomasz Koryzma  photo Mr Tomasz Koryzma
Mr Arkadiusz Korzeniewski  photo Mr Arkadiusz Korzeniewski
 Iga Lis  photo Iga Lis
Ms Joanna Młot  photo Ms Joanna Młot
 Jakub Marcinkowski  photo Jakub Marcinkowski
 Michał Meżykowski  photo Michał Meżykowski
Mr Tomasz Minkiewicz  photo Mr Tomasz Minkiewicz
Mr Marek Oleksyn  photo Mr Marek Oleksyn
 Andrzej Pośniak  photo Andrzej Pośniak
Mr Tomasz Sancewicz  photo Mr Tomasz Sancewicz
Mr Marek Sawicki  photo Mr Marek Sawicki
 Agnieszka Skorupińska  photo Agnieszka Skorupińska
Mrs Małgorzata Surdek  photo Mrs Małgorzata Surdek
 Łukasz Szatkowski  photo Łukasz Szatkowski
Ms Małgorzata Urbańska  photo Ms Małgorzata Urbańska
 Jakub Wieczorek  photo Jakub Wieczorek
 Błażej Zagórski  photo Błażej Zagórski
 Rafał Zwierz  photo Rafał Zwierz