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Clifford Chance
NORWAY HOUSE
UL. LWOWSKA 19
00-660 WARSZAWA
Poland

Banking and finance Tier 1

Jointly led by Grzegorz Namiotkiewicz and Andrzej StosioClifford Chance's team is noted for handling particularly complex transactions for financial institutions and corporate borrowers, including a variety of financing and refinancing agreements and debt restructurings. A major client for the group is the European Investment Bank, for which it assists with various lending transactions. Miłosz Gołąb, who was promoted to partner in May 2018, is noted for expertise in refinancing and restructuring of existing financial debt of capital groups, often involving multiple creditors.

Practice head(s):

Grzegorz Namiotkiewicz; Andrzej Stosio

Testimonials

High standards of work and professionalism, good experience and knowledge.

Andrzej Stosio has broad experience in the banking and finance sector and presents a good level of efficiency, flexibility and openness to the needs of lenders and the borrower.

Efficient management of complex deals, business focused and focused on efficient closing.

Key clients

Polpharma

Agora

Crédit Agricole Bank Polska

Santander Bank Polska

mBank

European Bank of Reconstruction & Development

Bank Pekao

Bank BGŻ BNP Paribas

ING Bank Śląski

Bank Millennium

European Investment Bank

Nykredit Realkredit

Mid Europa Partners

MCICapital

PKO Bank Polski

Capital markets Tier 1

Clifford Chance maintains its strength in the bond and securities arenas, and the team is advising Deutsche Bank as the arranger of a €60bn bond issuance on the European market by the Polish State Treasury. On the equity capital markets side, the group is often instructed on share transactions, M&A of listed companies and de-listings. Other areas of expertise include securitisations, where the group has experience advising on the securitisation of performing loans in Poland. Counsel Grzegorz Abram leads the DCM sub-team, while equity capital markets (ECM) is led by counsel Jarosław LorencGrzegorz Namiotkiewicz is a key member of the team, and is noted for his securities work.

Practice head(s):

Grzegorz Abram; Jarosław Lorenc

Testimonials

Top quality advice, clear communication, and a highly professional approach.

As a UK-based investor active in the CEE region, they have undoubtedly been the best team I have interacted with in the Polish market, and they would be my first and only call on any future deals in the region.

Key clients

The European Investment Bank

Polski Koncern Naftowy Orlen

HSBC

Bank Pekao

Pollen Street Capital

Abris Capital Partners

Bank Millennium

Santander Bank Polska

Hoist Finance

mBank

NN Investment Partners

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 1

Clifford Chance LLP's team leverages strong local and international advisory experience, with knowledge of English law, to provide clients entering or operating in Poland with a full service. The group handles day-to-day matters, such as share plans, as well as high- and mid-cap transactions across a diverse range of sectors, including energy, financial services, consumer goods, TMT and healthcare. The department is led by Agnieszka Janicka, who is noted for experience in  M&A, privatisations and international equity offerings. Marcin Bartnicki is an expert in regulated market transactions, while Wojciech Polz has substantial experience in cross-border M&A.  Counsel Sławomir Czerwiński has developed a strong practice in the healthcare and fast moving consumer goods sectors.

Practice head(s):

Agnieszka Janicka

Testimonials

Very reliable and professional M&A team, good combination of local and international expertise and always available.

Agnieszka Janicka knows what type of work can be best picked up at which level, is pro-active and walks the extra mile when needed.

Excellent local market knowledge and insights.

Key clients

Bank Millennium

Prudential Financial

Agencja Rozwoju Przemysłu

NN Investment Partners

Polenergia

Nice

Zendesk

Inalca Food & Beverage

Axel Springer

AXA

Czech Media Invest

Kingspan

Pfizer

Hoist Finance

Allegro.pl

Competition/antitrust Tier 1

The team at Clifford Chance is led by competition specialist Iwona Terlecka, and has particular expertise in cartel and antitrust law, litigation and compliance, with the ability to provide economic analysis services. The group also has experience of merger proceedings and state aid matters, an area where counsel Piotr Bogdanowicz takes the lead, as well as assisting clients with consumer protection investigations.

Practice head(s):

Iwona Terlecka

Testimonials

The team was very professional in a way that gave a very high comfort around the quality of the documentation produced. More than that, in very complicated circumstances, the core team was advised by professionals from various fields – they could be perceived as a one stop shop able to solve complicated, cross-functional legal issues.

They are proactive, coming with solutions. They are good at negotiations.’

Key clients

Pfleiderer

A. Weber

Lafarge Cement

Polska Press

Cinven

Montagu

Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets (MIRA)

Hoist

PKO BP

Getin Noble Bank

Polish Industrial Development Agency

L’Oréal

Ringier Axel Springer

Ringier

Axel Springer

Mondelēz

PKP Energetyka

Siemens

DaVita

Carrefour

Montagu

Advent

CVC

Warburg Pincus

Audi

PZU TFI

Kingspan

Pekao

Województwo Podkarpackie and PL Rzeszów Jesionka

European Investment Bank

Construction Tier 1

Clifford Chance's team handles contentious and non-contentious construction law matters, with an impressive roster of investors, owners, funders, contractors and professional consultants among its clients. The group is led by Daniel Kopania, whose experience spans retail, office, warehouse, residential and mixed-use developments, as well as energy industrial plants, PPP and infrastructure projects. He is also noted for construction contract negotiations. Bartosz Krużewski, who leads the dispute resolution department, is noted for construction-related arbitration and litigation. Piotr Bogdanowicz focuses on public procurement and state aid, while counsel Michał Drwal specialises in construction disputes involving engineering and infrastructure projects.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Kopania

Key clients

Polskie LNG

PGE Górnictwo i Energetyka Konwencjonalna

Colas Polska

Kulczyk Silverstein Properties

Golub Gethouse

Capital Park

Abener Energia

Dragados

Polskie LNG

PGE Górnictwo i Energetyka Konwencjonalna

Dispute resolution Tier 1

Clifford Chance's team is integrated into the firm's global offering, advising on Polish litigation and arbitrations across the CEE region, for a range of PE houses, financial institutions, professional services firms and corporates. The group is also instructed in criminal and regulatory business investigations, as well as regulatory enforcements, insolvency and professional negligence litigation. Public procurement disputes are another area of expertise that the team is able to draw on significant experience in. Jointly heading the department, Bartosz Krużewski leads the continental Europe litigation and dispute resolution department at the firm, while Marcin Ciemiński leads on regulatory, healthcare and white-collar criminal law disputes. Counsel and advocate Michał Drwal specialises in construction and infrastructure disputes.

Practice head(s):

Bartosz Krużewski; Marcin Ciemiński

Testimonials

Willingness to learn the details of the client’s industry specifics, offering tailored advice for individual needs; Ability to offer “out-of-the box” thinking and solutions. Legal expertise is supported by a very practical approach and understanding of the procedures, court and arbitration habits.

Key clients

Elliott

Invenergy Renewables LLC

Royal Unibrew

Mondelez Polska

Raiffeisen Bank International

HSBC Bank Polska

Polskie LNG

Manchester Securities Corporation

Mostostal Warszawa

Nova-Inwestycje

Investment funds Tier 1

Led by Andrzej Stosio, the team at Clifford Chance advises Polish financial institutions on the formation and operations of regulated funds and various investors on the terms of their investments. Other areas of expertise include the establishment and registration of asset managers, licencing and passporting issues, investment transactions, and day-to-day regulatory and compliance matters for fund managers. Other key members of the team are banking specialist Grzegorz Namiotkiewicz and private equity expert Wojciech Polz.

Practice head(s):

Andrzej Stosio

Key clients

Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets

NN Investment Partners TFI

KWASA Europe

Agencja Rozwoju Przemysłu

Bank Gospodarstwa Krajowego

PZU

Polski Fundusz Rozwoju

Private equity Tier 1

Clifford Chance fields an experienced private equity team, which handles high-value M&A and investment transactions on the Polish market, advising domestic and international private equity houses and their targets. Key sectors for the group include energy and natural resources, technology, financial services, consumer goods and healthcare. Agnieszka Janicka takes the lead, alongside Marcin Bartnicki and Wojciech Polz.

Practice head(s):

Agnieszka Janicka; Marcin Bartnicki; Wojciech Polz

Testimonials

The team was very professional, in a way that gave a very high comfort around the quality of the documentation produced.

The deal we have done together was a very complicated one and it was Wojciech Polz’s contribution in finding relevant solutions that eventually resulted in the deal to happen.

As a UK-based investor active in the CEE region, they have undoubtedly been the best team I have interacted with in the Polish market, and they would be my first and only call on any future deals in the region.

Key clients

Macquarie

Cinven

Mid Europa Partners

Waterland

Pollen Street Capital

Penta Investments

Advent International

Montagu

Warburg Pincus

Public procurement Tier 1

The public procurement team at Clifford Chance has solid expertise in EU procurement law, which is bolstered by the firm's highly regarded litigation and dispute resolution department. The group advises clients on all aspects of public procurement including handling all stages of public procurement proceedings. In particular, it regularly drafts procurement contracts, as well as representing clients in EU treaty compliant proceedings and before the National Chamber of Appeal, district and arbitration courts. In one standout matter, the group represented Orange Polska in two contract award proceedings related to the Digital Poland Operational Programme, successfully persuading the Digital Poland Project Centre to award contracts to the client. Public procurement and state aid expert Piotr Bogdanowicz heads up the department.

Practice head(s):

Piotr Bogdanowicz

Key clients

Polskie LNG

Orange

Pfizer Polska

Italferr

C&C Wind

Acapela Group Babel Technologies

Colas Polska

European Investment Bank

Macquarie

Siemens

Restructuring and insolvency Tier 1

Clifford Chance's practice group is led by litigator Bartosz Krużewski, and banking and finance lawyers Andrzej Stosio and Miłosz Gołąb. The group is known for handling large financial restructuring transactions in Poland, advising and representing domestic and international lenders, bondholders and trustees, Polish insurance companies, companies undergoing the restructuring process, as well as investors and servicers of distressed assets and non-performing loans.

Practice head(s):

Bartosz Krużewski; Andrzej Stosio; Miłosz Gołąb

Testimonials

Dedicated and hard working

The team is focused on looking for a compromise and is always responsive

Key clients

OT Logistics

Work Service

Gdańska Stocznia „Remontowa” im. J. Piłsudskiego

ING Bank Śląski

Powszechna Kasa Oszczędności Bank Polski

Agencja Rozwoju Przemysłu

Tarczyński

White-collar crime Tier 1

The white-collar, regulatory and compliance team at Clifford Chance stands out for its expertise in compliance issues and anti-corruption measures that comply with the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and UK Bribery Act. The group also regularly defends corporates and individuals in criminal proceedings before the Polish law enforcement authorities; benefiting from the firm's international presence to handle investigations involving multiple jurisdictions, particularly the US. Drawing on the Warsaw office's banking and finance, capital markets and competition law expertise, the department is well equipped to handle the spectrum of matters related to business crime. Experienced defence counsel Marcin Ciemiński heads the team; he specialises in cases involving corruption, fraud and criminal regulatory issues. Counsel Paweł Pogorzelski is also recommended for his knowledge in anti-corruption and cybercrime and experience in internal investigations.

Practice head(s):

Marcin Ciemiński

Testimonials

The team is very well organised and able to work under the pressure of time. They react fast to a changing situation.

Pawel Pogorzelski knows the relevant proceedings very well, very client oriented, always looking for simple and practical solutions, Marcin Ciemiński has very good communication skills, and is down-to-earth and composed.

The firm is experienced in white-collar crime cases as well as the associated legal processes.

Energy and natural resources Tier 2

Led by counsel Paweł Puacz, under the supervision of corporate expert Agnieszka Janicka, the team at Clifford Chance leverages significant expertise in regulatory and contractual law, project finance and M&A transactions. The group has experience in renewables, power and heat units, airports, motorways and sea ports, with a client roster comprising industry associations, investors, contractors, lenders and funds.

Practice head(s):

Agnieszka Janicka; Paweł Puacz

Testimonials

The team is highly specialised. For several years, they have been helping us negotiate strategic agreements for Polish companies. They can easily advise us on many issues, which solutions for our business will be the best.’

Paweł Puacz not only understands the legal complexities of a broad array of issues, but comprehends and can pragmatically respond to the commercial aspects of challenges that clients face in the real world.

Key clients

Invenergy Renewables LLC

Taaleri Energia

John Laing

Eesti Energia

CGN EE

Wiatrowa Baltica

RP Global

Polenergia

International Paper

C&C Wind

Central Europe Energy Partners

Megawatt Baltica

Windflower Poland

Enwind

Abener Energia

Axpo Solutions

Enern

Centrica Energy Trading

Veolia Energia Polska

Association of Polish Paper-makers

Real estate Tier 2

Clifford Chance's team, which is led by Daniel Kopania, has a strong transactional real estate practice, which handles a range of matters including Hillwood Europe's €320m sale of the Encore logistics asset portfolio to Mapletree. The team is instructed by sellers and buyers, and is also able to utilise the firms' wider finance offering. Counsel Aleksandra Jach is also recommended for her transactional expertise in the office, retail and logistics sectors.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Kopania

Testimonials

Very responsive, partner led service with strong associate support. Sensible approach to fees which are always competitive. First class service all round including from support teams.

Daniel Kopania provides pragmatic, astute advice. He doesn’t get distracted fighting non-points. Makes sure that matters are resourced in a cost-effective way.

We mostly work with Bartek Kaniasty, Maciej Bochenski and Marcin Krysa and find each of them very responsive and helpful. Their clients are clearly very important to them.

Key clients

AEW

Atrium (Aerium)

Carrefour

CBRE GI

EPF (Kwasa)

Hillwood

Hines

Prologis

Blackstone

mBank Hipoteczny

Employment Tier 3

Clifford Chance's team, led by counsel Tomasz Derda, covers the full spectrum of employment matters, with substantial experience advising corporate clients on employment restructurings including the related negotiations with trade unions. The group is also active in disputes including bullying and discrimination cases, as well as advising on HR critical incidents including fatal accidents at work.

Practice head(s):

Tomasz Derda

Key clients

Hoist

Bridgepoint Advisers Limited

Allegro.pl

PayU

Metsä Tissue

CBRE Global Investors and CBRE Global Investors Administration

Stryker Polska

Prologis Management

Mentor Graphics Poland

Two Sigma

Healthcare and life sciences Tier 3

Clifford Chance's group is led by white-collar criminal defence and regulatory expert Marcin Ciemiński, making it well placed to handle litigation arising out of the healthcare and life sciences sector. On the advisory front, lawyers advise on pharmaceutical law issues, including registration and reimbursement. Medical law is another area of expertise for the team, and it often assists clients in their dealings with the National Health Fund, as well as advising entrepreneurs on conducting medical activity in Poland. The impressive client roster includes pharmaceutical, medical and chemical companies, distributors, consumer goods companies and investment funds.

Practice head(s):

Marcin Ciemiński

Testimonials

It’s a team of extremely knowledgeable experts who also work closely within areas of expertise to produce a most versatile solution for client.

High culture of cooperation, professionalism and responsibility.

Insurance Tier 3

Clifford Chance is well placed to advise clients on the regulatory and M&A aspects of transactions relating to the insurance industry, as well as on restructuring matters. The group has also developed a strong practice for warranty and indemnity and title insurance, assisting a range of underwriters and brokers. Marcin Bartnicki, who is an experienced corporate lawyer, and counsel Marta Bieniada, who has significant expertise in insurance regulation, jointly head the team.

Practice head(s):

Marcin Bartnicki; Marta Bieniada

Key clients

AXA

Neon Underwriting

Euler Hermes

Allied World Assurance Company

EBRD

PZU

Prudential Financial

TMT Tier 4

Clifford Chance's team, led by Marcin Bartnicki, has a strong focus on corporate transactions in the TMT space and, in conjunction with the firm's international offering, is often instructed for cross-border projects. The group also handles standalone work, including the implementation of transitional technology arrangements and data privacy. Another area where the firm has developed a strong practice is fintech, a sector in which the firm handles transactions, regulatory matters and disputes.

Practice head(s):

Marcin Bartnicki

Testimonials

I have never seen such a hard working and diligent team. They excel in all aspects of the services and their deliverables always exceeded my expectations

Krzysztof Hajdamowicz is a top notch professional, incredibly committed to the deal, he has excellent legal skills and fights for the client

Key clients

Zendesk

Ringier Axel Springer Media

StepStone

Prudential Financial

Czech Media Invest

Hoist Finance

Nykredit Realkredit

Bank Millennium

ING Bank Śląski

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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