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Clifford Chance

Banking and finance Tier 1

Clifford Chance's team is jointly headed by Grzegorz Namiotkiewicz and Andrzej Stosio. It handles restructurings and financial transactions for a range of corporates and banks. Namiotkiewicz is advising Elektrownia Ostrołęka on a financing project relating to debt and capital expenditure. Counsel Irena Floras-Goode assisted DCT Gdańsk with amendments to a financing agreement for the development of a new container terminal.

Capital markets Tier 1

The team at Clifford Chance  stands out for its formidable expertise in debt capital markets (DCM) and equity capital markets (ECM), advising clients on a variety of bond and rights issuances and M&A transactions. In one highlight, Grzegorz Namiotkiewicz advised the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, as the key investor directly negotiating terms and conditions, on PZU's issuance of PLN2.2bn subordinated bonds. He also advised Deutsche Bank as the arranger of a €60bn bond issuance by the Ministry of Finance under a Euro Medium-Term Note (EMTN) programme. Grzegorz Abram leads the DCM group, while Jarosław Lorenc is the ECM practice head.

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 1

'Always one step ahead of the competition', the 'business-minded' team at Clifford Chance is noted for its wide sector knowledge and 'dedication' to the needs of clients. In one stand-out matter, Marcin Bartnicki advised Prudential Financial on all aspects of the sale of the Polish life insurance business Pramerica Życie to Unum. In another highlight, Wojciech Polz assisted Agencja Rozwoju Przemysłu with the buy-back of Stocznia Gdańsk and GSG Towers from Ukrainian businessman Sierhiej Tarutain. The group is led by Agnieszka Janicka, who was promoted to managing partner in May 2018 and has substantial experience in M&A transactions. Counsel Sławomir Czerwiński is another key name.

Competition/antitrust Tier 1

Iwona Terlecka leads the department at Clifford Chance, which has expertise in all aspects of cartel and antitrust law, including litigation, compliance, economic analysis and state aid matters. The group also has significant experience in high-level consumer protection investigations Highlights for team head Iwona Terlecka included representing Lafarge at the Court of Appeal, following success in proceedings before the Office of Competition and Consumer Protection and the Competition Court in a major cement cartel case. In another stand-out matter (in conjunction with Luke Tolaini and Samantha Ward from the London office), Terlecka is acting for a bank in an ongoing investigation before the European Commission following accusations of a cartel arrangement relating to e-payment systems. Bartosz Targański is recommended for his expertise in merger issues, while Piotr Bogdanowicz specialises in state aid cases.

Construction Tier 1

Clifford Chance's department is led by 'professional and experiencedDaniel Kopania, who stands out for being 'calm in negotiations' and for his knowledge of the construction process. He is advising Capital Park on all aspects of the ArtN office-retail scheme in Warsaw. Construction litigator Bartosz Krużewski is defending Mostostal Warszawa against a claim brought by the University of Białystok for payment of contractual penalties for a delay in removing defects under two separate contracts.

Dispute resolution Tier 1

Clifford Chance's 'committed and commercially-minded' team handles a variety of disputes in Poland and the CEE region, including arbitration, commercial litigation, criminal and regulatory matters. Alongside London's Audley Sheppard QC, the 'engagedBartosz Krużewski is representing Invenergy in a bilateral investment treaty (BIT) arbitration against Poland concerning a set of legislative measures that curtailed the client's investments in the Polish wind energy sector and the attempted withdrawal by the Polish government from long-term contracts concluded with the client's affiliates. Marcin Ciemiński is acting for Mondelēz Polska and LU Polska in its claim against competitor company Lotte Wedel  alleging unfair competition and an infringement of IP rights. Counsels Michał Drwal and Robert Moj are recommended for construction disputes, while senior associate Adelina Prokop is noted for her 'big-picture perspective' in arbitration and contentious banking matters.

Investment funds Tier 1

Clifford Chance advises a number of major financial institutions on the formation and operation of regulated funds in Poland. In particular, the team has expertise in the launch, registration and marketing of funds. Wojciech Polz advised the Polish Industrial Development Agency on the buy-back of Stocznia Gdańsk and GSG Towers through the purchase of shares owned by companies controlled by Sierhiej Tarutain. Miłosz Gołąb and department head Andrzej Stosio assisted MCI.PrivateVentures Fund with an agreement related to a margin lending transaction with Raiffeisen Bank International. Grzegorz Namiotkiewicz is another key contact.

Private equity Tier 1

Clifford Chance's experienced private equity team is led by managing partner Agnieszka Janicka, who is supported by Marcin Bartnicki and Wojciech Polz. Highlights for Janicka included advising Mid Europa Partners on its acquisition of Hortex Group from funds advised by Argan Capital. Polz assisted Abris Capital Partners with an investment agreement with WDX's main shareholders, Dariusz Bąkowski and  Sławomir Bąkowski, and the announcement of a tender offer for shares in the public company.

Public law Tier 1

Clifford Chance's 'business-oriented' team, co-led by Bartosz Krużewski and counsel Piotr Bogdanowicz, is noted for its 'excellent knowledge' in project and corporate finance and experience in negotiations. Together with Martyna Darczuk, Bogdanowicz advised Orange Polska on contract award proceedings within the framework of the Digital Poland Operational Programme, which involved EU financing. Bartosz Krużewski and Daniel Kopania are advising Polskie LNG on public procurement issues connected with the development of the first LNG terminal in Świnoujście.

Restructuring and insolvency Tier 1

Clifford Chance's team comprises the 'exceptional' Miłosz Gołąb, experienced litigator Bartosz Krużewski and Andrzej Stosio, who specialises in capital markets and banking issues. Together with Grzegorz Namiotkiewicz, Gołąb is advising a group of financial institutions, including PKO BP and ING Bank Śląski, as arrangers and guarantors of Jastrzębska Spółka Węglowa in a matter involving the restructuring of issued bonds.

White-collar crime Tier 1

The Regulatory and Compliance department at Clifford Chance is well-placed to advise corporate clients on internal investigations and compliance issues, with particular expertise in the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and the UK Bribery Act. The group is also experienced in criminal defence and representing companies that have been victims of criminal behaviour. The team is led by experienced litigator Marcin Ciemiński and includes senior associate Paweł Pogorzelski, who has advised on cyber-crime matters.

Energy and natural resources Tier 2

The team at Clifford Chance handles all matters related to energy assets, including regulatory and contractual law issues, project finance and M&A. Department head Paweł Puacz has a particular focus on the renewable energy sector, as well as environmental regulation and real estate matters. He is currently advising Ørsted Wind Power on its entry into the Polish offshore wind power sector, and issues including grid connection agreements. Grzegorz Namiotkiewicz is advising Elektrownia Ostrołęka on the financing of the Ostrołęka power plant project. Managing partner Agnieszka Janicka is representing Neas Energy in various administrative proceedings before the Energy Regulatory Authority concerning licensed activity on the Polish natural gas market.

Private client Tier 2

Clifford Chance's team handles a variety of issues for high-net-worth individuals, particularly in relation to their private investments. In one stand-out matter, Wojciech Polz advised the founders and owners of Trec Nutrition on their withdrawal from the company, a process that involved its auction to Aflofarm Farmacja Polska. Marcin Bartnicki and managing partner Agnieszka Janicka are also names to note.

Real estate Tier 2

Clifford Chance is praised for its ability to 'react to fast-changing situations' and provide 'clear and accessible advice'. Practice head Daniel Kopania (who is 'a real leader') advised Blackstone on the Polish aspects of the acquisition of a major portfolio of logistics centres in Poland, Germany and France from Goodman. Also recommended are counsel Aleksandra Jach, who is 'commercially-driven and analytical', and real estate finance specialist Maciej Bocheński.

Employment Tier 3

Clifford Chance is noted for handling employment matters relating to the professional services, including advising on the capital requirements directive as it applies to variable remuneration of managerial staff in Polish banks; in relation to which department head Tomasz Derda is advising Bank Handlowy. In another highllight, he also assisted Grupa with the employment termination of the CEO and head of the legal department, and the employment of a new CEO. Grzegorz Nowaczek is also recommended for expertise in bonus schemes and tax-efficient employment structures.

Healthcare and life sciences Tier 3

Clifford Chance's 'impressive' team is well-placed to advise clients on compliance and criminal law matters, under the leadership of 'easy to work with' litigator Marcin Ciemiński, who also specialises in public procurement and data protection in the healthcare space. Senior associates Paweł Pogorzelski and Justyna Błażejczyk – Kuwał are also recommended.

Insurance Tier 3

Clifford Chance's M&A team has vast experience in advising insurance companies on a variety of transactions. Marcin Bartnicki advised Prudential Financial on the sale of Pramerica Życie TUiR  to Unum. He also assisted Neon Underwriters with the warranty and indemnity (W&I) insurance in relation to the purchase by Echo Investment of property in Łódź. Counsel Marta Bieniada is recommended for her expertise in regulatory and operational issues.

The firm: Clifford Chance is one of the world’s pre-eminent law firms, with significant depth and range of resources across five continents. As a single, fully integrated, global partnership, it prides itself on its approachable, collegial and team-based way of working. The firm always strives to exceed the expectations of its clients, which include corporates from all the commercial and industrial sectors, governments, regulators, trade bodies and not-for-profit organisations. It provides them with the highest quality advice and legal insight, which combines the firm’s global standards with in-depth local expertise.

Types of work undertaken:

Capital markets: the capital markets practice concentrates on securities transactions and other products sold into the capital markets. The practice is founded on a full-service US and UK securities law capability, complemented by local securities law expertise in each of the key financial centres. It provides practical, integrated legal advice covering the full spectrum of global capital raising activities including public and private domestic and international offerings of traditional debt and equity securities as well as convertible and other derivative and structured securities.

Corporate: the corporate practice handles some of the world’s largest and most complex M&A transactions. It combines global transaction capability with a full service of English, US and civil law expertise in the key financial centres across Europe, the Americas and Asia Pacific. In addition to mainstream M&A, the firm also encompasses leading specialist practices in: commercial contracts, competition and antitrust, communications, energy, healthcare, financial institutions, funds, investment banking, insurance, media and technology, and private equity.

Finance: Clifford Chance’s finance practice is the leading international finance practice of any law firm. The practice provides highly commercial and practical advice across the full spectrum of financial products including syndicated lending and leveraged and acquisition finance, asset finance, derivative products, project finance, financial regulatory, insolvency, restructuring and structured finance.

Litigation, dispute resolution and risk management: the firm has experience in virtually all segments of the business and financial markets across multiple jurisdictions. The lawyers work with clients to resolve disputes efficiently and effectively – whether through arbitration, litigation or other techniques.

Real estate: Clifford Chance’s leading real estate practice offers UK, European, Asian and US real estate capability. The practice advises the real estate industry’s leading players on the entire property ‘life-cycle’ from the initial acquisition, development, leasing, joint venturing and financing through to the final exit, as well as tax structuring, PFI/PPP, corporate outsourcing, planning, environment and litigation.

Tax, pensions, employment and incentives: Clifford Chance has one of the world’s largest international tax groups within a single law firm. The firm is uniquely placed to provide leading edge advice to clients, and the practice is structured on an integrated global basis. Local tax groups within the practice work closely with areas such as securitisation, securities, M&A, corporate restructuring, private equity, real estate and funds.

The pan-European VAT group advises on all areas of VAT and has particular strength advising on novel and complex issues in the structured finance, financial services, corporate finance and real estate sectors.

The team of experienced employment, employee benefits, ERISA, immigration and pensions specialists work with clients from a wide range of sectors to address local and cross-border issues.

International offices:Abu Dhabi, Amsterdam, Bangkok, Barcelona, Beijing, Brussels, Bucharest, Casablanca, Dubai, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, Istanbul, Jakarta*, London, Luxembourg, Madrid, Milan, Moscow, Munich, New York, Paris, Perth, Prague, Rome, São Paulo, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore, Sydney, Tokyo, Warsaw, Washington, D.C., Riyadh**

*Linda Widyati & Partners in association with Clifford Chance

**Clifford Chance has a co-operation agreement with Abuhimed Alsheikh Alhagbani Law Firm in Riyadh

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Number of partners : 550
Number of other fee-earners : 3,300

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