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Clifford Chance
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Poland > Banking and finance Tier 1

Clifford Chance‘s banking and finance department has an exceptional array of lender and corporate borrower clients, for whom it regularly handles finance transactions and restructuring work. 2020 saw a number of high-profile mandates for the group, which included advising Bank Pekao and a consortium of 15 other financial institutions on a €1.75bn multi-currency renewable loan facility to PKN Orlen. The team is jointly led by banking sector veterans Grzegorz Namiotkiewicz and Andrzej Stosio. Miłosz Gołąb is another key player, focusing on refinancing projects and the restructuring of existing capital group financial debt. Counsel Irena Floras-Goode is an expert in project and acquisition finance, and also assists with banking regulatory issues.

Practice head(s):

Grzegorz Namiotkiewicz; Andrzej Stosio

Testimonials

‘The real estate finance team has an excellent understanding of the market and practice area. Client-focused, efficient, reliable and accessible.’

‘During the process of picking the legal adviser for a significant syndicated deal, which I had the pleasure to coordinate on behalf of the agent, the CC team-members were very convincing, open-minded, and much more impressive than many other well known competitors.’

‘The banking and finance team, managed by Andrzej Stosio, turned out to be very competent, open-minded, creative in preparing specific solutions that were needed to close this complicated and innovative deal.’

Key clients

Bank Polska Kasa Opieki S.A.

mBank S.A.

Santander Bank Polska S.A.

ING Bank Śląski S.A.

Bank Millennium S.A.;

European Investment Bank

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

Allegro

Zakłady Farmaceutyczne “POLPHARMA” S.A.

CARGOUNIT

Work highlights

  • Advised the Allegro Group on the refinancing of the group’s indebtedness carried out in connection with the IPO of allegro.eu, based on a senior secured term loan in the amount of PLN 5.5 billion and multi-currency revolving credit facility in the amount equal to PLN 500 million, granted by a consortium of financial institutions.
  • Advised Bank Pekao (as financing coordinator and facility agent) and a consortium of 15 other financial institutions on the €1.75bn multicurrency renewable loan facility granted to PKN ORLEN to refinance a loan whose purpose was to finance general corporate needs and development projects.
  • Advised Zakłady Farmaceutyczne “POLPHARMA” on a term and revolving facility agreement in the aggregate amount of up to PLN 800 million granted by BNP Paribas Bank Polska, EBRD, Santander Bank Polska and PKO Bank Polski, and on a financing in the amount of up to PLN 300 million granted by the European Investment Bank.

Poland > Capital markets Tier 1

The team at Clifford Chance is equally strong in both equity and debt capital markets transactions. On the DCM side, led by Grzegorz Namiotkiewicz , the group is instructed by issuers and underwriters on a wide variety of high-profile bond issuance programmes, which increasingly includes green bonds. Aleksandra Rudzińska has experience of mortgage bond and debt securities issuance programmes. Counsel Jarosław Lorenc heads the up ECM practice. In 2020, he worked with Katarzyna Aleksandrowicz to advise on the Allegro and InPost IPOs, both of which were major transactions in the Polish market.

Practice head(s):

Grzegorz Namiotkiewicz; Jarosław Lorenc

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

InPost

Banco Santander

mBank S.A.

PKN ORLEN S.A.

Deutsche Bank

Pekao Bank Hipoteczny S.A.

Polish Development Fund (Polski Fundusz Rozwoju S.A.)

Trakcja PRKiI S.A.

Allegro.eu

Cellnex Telecom

Cerrad sp. z o.o.

Ringier Axel Springer Media AG

BNP Paribas

Goldman Sachs

Bank Polska Kasa Opieki S.A

ING

PKO Bank Polski S.A.

AccorInvest Group S.A.

Work highlights

  • Advised J.P. Morgan, Morgan Stanley, Erste Group and Raiffeisen Bank International as joint bookrunners on a debut unsecured green bond issue worth €500 million by Globe Trade Centre. J.P. Morgan acted additionally as a joint global coordinator, sole ratings advisor and green structuring agent, and Morgan Stanley acted as a joint global coordinator.
  • Advised InPost as issuer on the bond issue programme up to PLN 1 billion. The proceeds from any issue under the programme will be used, among other things, to finance the acquisition of the French logistics company Mondial Relay. Also acted on the issue of up to PLN 500 million under Polish law.
  • Advised InPost as issuer on the €490 million high yield bonds under the law of the State of New York. Acted as legal advisors with respect to Polish and Luxembourg law. The proceeds from the issue will be used, among other things, to finance the acquisition of the French logistics company Mondial Relay.

Poland > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 1

Clifford Chance continues to set the standard in corporate and M&A transactions in Poland, advising on many of the high-cap deals on the market. The department stands out for its regional and cross-border work, which is often coordinated from and generated in Warsaw. The group benefits from strong leadership comprising of well-respected practitioners Agnieszka Janicka, Marcin Bartnicki  (an expert in M&A and associated insurance policies) and Wojciech Polz, who is known for handling private equity transactions and deals relating to healthcare, industrials and consumer goods. Counsels Tomasz Derda and Krzysztof Hajdamowicz are up-and-coming lawyers within the practice with an increasing profile for transactional work. Of counsel Nick Fletcher advises clients across the CEE region on acquisitions, disposals and corporate finance transactions. Counsel Iwona Terlecka is the name to note for advice on the competition aspects of deals.

Practice head(s):

Agnieszka Janicka; Marcin Bartnicki; Wojciech Polz

Key clients

AXA

Cellnex Telecom

Budimex S.A.

RTB House

Volkswagen AG

Pfizer, Inc.

Sun Investment Group Polska sp. z o.o.

PMP Group

Eurozone Equity Company S.A.

Softbank

Work highlights

  • Advised SVF II Motion Subco, an affiliate of SoftBank Investment Advisers, on the planned acquisition of unsecured convertible bonds of eobuwie.pl S.A. for PLN 500 million.
  • Advised AXA on the €1bn sale of 100% of its Life & Savings, Property & Casualty and Pension businesses in Poland, the Czech Republic, and Slovakia to the UNIQA Insurance Group.
  • Advised Cellnex Telecom, Europe’s leading operator of wireless telecommunications and broadcasting infrastructures, on its first transaction in Poland. The new Polish telecommunications tower company could invest up to €1.3 billion over the next 10 years in rolling out up to approx. 5,000 new sites.

Poland > Competition/antitrust Tier 1

The substantial Warsaw-based group at Clifford Chance is highly adept at handing a wide range of mandates, including cartel and antitrust law, damage litigation, compliance matters, merger cases, consumer protection investigations and state aid matters. Practice head Iwona Terlecka, is praised for her 'professionalism, efficiency and thoroughness'.State aid specialist Piotr Bogdanowicz and Marta Matynia are also notable team members and associate Filip Stawicki joined the team from Allen & Overy, A. Pedzich sp. k.

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Testimonials

‘Clifford Chance offers the highest standards of services . We appreciate the immediate response to our inquiries and the ability to obtain the opinion of experts from various areas, including not only legal, but also economical.’

‘CC operates broadly and efficiently, has the resources and staff to provide the best legal advice and cares deeply about its clients. The specialists employed in CC constitute a great deal of the firm’s reputation and are the key factor in what makes them exceptional. The firm is characterized by its fast response rate. Their accuracy and willingness to go beyond what is expected allows them to excel in their services compared with others.’

‘Iwona Terlecka and Filip Stawicki possess broad, cross-sectional and thorough knowledge of antitrust European and Polish law and doctrine. Their most important strengths are certainly professionalism, efficiency and thoroughness combined with proper preparation to all relevant subjects and the fact that they all can be trusted with sensitive and complex matters.

‘Marta Matynia is clear in her judgement, helpful and easy to communicate with.’

‘Iwona Terlecka provides advice of a very high competence; her approach to the substantive issue and the commitment gives the customer a sense of security and decisions are the result of information provided in an accessible manner.’

Key clients

Mondelēz

Allegro

Pfleiderer

L’Oréal

Axel Springer

Ringier Axel Springer

LafargeHolcim

A. Weber

CVC

Macquarie

DaVita

Montagu

Cinven

Permira

Advent

Work highlights

  • Advised Allegro.eu on its listing on the Warsaw Stock Exchange, including on all antitrust and merger control matters related to this IPO as well as drafting the antitrust sections of the prospectus and other documents related to the IPO.
  • Advising Allegro regarding antitrust proceedings conducted by the OCCP.

Poland > Construction Tier 1

The construction team at Clifford Chance is well-known for handling complex disputes and projects involving regeneration and development, providing ‘excellent advice‘ to  developers, lenders and contractors. Construction, real estate and infrastructure expert Daniel Kopania leads the practice. Bartosz Krużewski has substantive experience in domestic and internal disputes. Similarly, Michał Drwal has a focus on litigation while Piotr Bogdanowicz is a public procurement expert and Robert Moj specialises in the infrastructure and energy sectors.

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Testimonials

‘The Clifford Chance team has exceptional people; their dealings with clients are always respectful, cordial and close, making interaction and understanding with them easy.’

‘Clifford Chance has provided us with excellent advice.’

‘Dedication, manners, availability, good reception of our ideas, proposed alternative approaches to our cases, good representation in front of our clients and facilitated mediation in conflicts are strengths of the team.’

‘Huge substantive knowledge, proactive approach to the client, ensuring timeliness, innovative ideas and extraordinary communicativeness in relations with the client.’

‘I highly appreciate the knowledge and technical analysis in the field of construction. I believe the team is specialized in this type of dispute. CC has a high ability to analyse the opinions of technical experts as well as use the acquired knowledge and information to build a strategy, including contact with technical support in our company. Other issues are discussed in the CC dispute resolution practice.’

‘We have worked closely with Michal Drwal. He is very dedicated, extremely professional, very realistic about our legal position in our several disputes, good communication skills.’

‘Attorney Robert Moj has comprehensive knowledge in the area of construction law. He presents unusual ideas for solving problems that go beyond the scope of the problem, and indicates areas to which attention should be paid. He is an extremely communicative person.’

‘Both Michał Drwal and Bartosz Krużewski are characterized by a high level of knowledge in the field of construction, used to conduct disputes in this field. I have not had the opportunity to work with them on construction contracts themselves but I find that the level of their services is high.’

Key clients

Polskie LNG S.A.

PGE Górnictwo i Energetyka Konwencjonalna S.A.

Colas Polska sp. z o.o.

Kulczyk Silverstein Properties

Golub Gethouse

Capital Park

Abener Energia S.A.

Dragados S.A.

PGE Górnictwo i Energetyka Konwencjonalna S.A.

Work highlights

  • Advising Capital Park on the ArtN office-retail scheme in the centre of Warsaw, including the redevelopment of the former Norblin factory.
  • Advising Polskie LNG on the process of expansion of the LNG terminal in Świnoujście, which consists of the following: additional regasification installations, a third LNG storage tank, an LNG-to-rail transhipment installation, and a second jetty.
  • Representing a group of companies from ACS Group in several litigation proceedings against PKP Polskie Linie Kolejowe S.A. concerning railway construction projects.

Poland > Dispute resolution Tier 1

Clifford Chance provides 'service at the highest level', with the ability to draw on the firm's global dispute resolution offering. The Warsaw office is often a hub for cross-border matters across the CEE region, housing experts in arbitration and commercial litigation, as well as criminal and regulatory investigations. Bartosz Krużewski  leads the team in Warsaw, as well as heading the continental European litigation practice group. He is an expert in post-merger, construction, finance and shareholders' disputes. Marcin Ciemiński leads the white-collar, regulatory and compliance group, with additional expertise in the healthcare and life sciences sector. Counsel Michał Drwal has made a name for himself in relation to construction and infrastructure disputes. Counsel Adelina Prokop increasingly acts for foreign investors in international investment arbitration.

Practice head(s):

Bartosz Krużewski; Marcin Ciemiński

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Testimonials

‘My summary opinion of the Clifford Chance team from Poland is that they are exceptional people. Their dealings with clients are always respectful and cordial, and close, making interaction and understanding with them easy.’

I am impressed by the excellent work that this team has done in the various arbitration and judicial processes that we have underway in Poland.’

‘Michal Drwal is excellent

‘The services provided as part of the dispute resolution practice, we are talking about here, provided by CC, are at the highest level.’ 

‘CC is characterized by a high level of knowledge of the case, often quoted ad hoc. Each communication also contains conclusions and possible outcome for further actions, suggestions for further steps, and illustrates the consequences of individual event in the progress of litigations.’

‘In everyday co-operation, I work with Michał Drwal and I consider this cooperation to be exceptional. He provides a very orderly and accurate analysis of the situation, he always proposes the next steps, he always consults them with the client.’

‘Clifford Chance is at the forefront of Polish law firms. The team have extensive experience in conducting complex economic matters and expertise to develop commercial, effective solutions.’

‘Clifford Chance offered us a dedicated team of lawyers with the industry knowledge and high legal skills. They have high competences, pro-business approach and attitude to solve complex problems.’

Key clients

Invenergy Renewables LLC

GE Capital

Royal Unibrew A/S

T-Mobile

Abris CEE Mid-Market Fund LP

Raiffeisen Bank International AG

HSBC Bank Polska S.A.

Manchester Securities Corporation

Abener Energia S.A.

Waterland Private Equity Fund

Rexnord GmbH

Vias y Construcciones

Karmar S.A.

Work highlights

  • Representing Bank BPH in proceedings before the Court of Justice of the European Union in a case for a preliminary ruling referred by a Polish court concerning consumer mortgage loans indexed to CHF (C-19/20).
  • Representing Raiffeisen in proceedings before the Polish Financial Supervision Authority (KNF) and the administrative courts concerning the record high penalties of PLN 55 million (EUR 12 million) in total imposed in mid-September 2018 on Raiffeisen in its capacity as the depositary of four closed-end investment funds previously managed by the FinCrea Investment Fund Manager (FinCrea had its licence revoked by the KNF in November 2017) and then by W Investments.
  • Represented Invenergy in a widely publicised BIT arbitration against Poland, concerning Invenergy’s multimillion-dollar investments in the Polish wind energy sector.

Poland > Investment funds Tier 1

Clifford Chance‘s investment funds group counts several Polish financial institutions, including the state development bank and the Polish sovereign wealth fund, as clients. In addition to day-to-day fund management advice, the group is well-versed in fund establishment and the registration of asset managers in Poland, as well as licensing and passporting issues. It is also noted for its knowledge in investments of regulated funds in the derivatives space. Taking the lead is Andrzej Stosio, an accomplished financial regulatory lawyer. Counsel Anna Biała is another financial regulatory expert focusing on licensing and market infrastructure issues, as well as asset management and funds.

Practice head(s):

Andrzej Stosio

Other key lawyers:

Grzegorz Namiotkiewicz; Wojciech Polz; Anna Biała

Testimonials

‘Clifford Chance just meet our expectations better then others. They are responsive and have a business approach.’

‘Andrzej Stosio has great knowledge and a business attitude.’

Key clients

TFI PZU

NN Investment Partners TFI

Agencja Rozwoju Przemysłu

Bank Gospodarstwa Krajowego – BGK (the State Development Bank of Poland)

KWASA Europe S.à r.l.

Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets (MIRA)

Polski Fundusz Rozwoju S.A. – PFR (the first Polish sovereign wealth fund)

INEA S.A.

DNB Bank ASA – a facility agent and security agent for a syndicated financing for Kruk S.A.

Work highlights

  • Representing Raiffeisen in proceedings before the Polish Financial Supervision Authority (KNF) and the administrative courts concerning the record high penalties of PLN 55 million (EUR 12 million) in total imposed in mid-September 2018 on Raiffeisen in its capacity as the depositary of four closed-end investment funds previously managed by W Investments and then by FinCrea Investment Fund Manager (until the latter had its licence revoked by the KNF in November 2017).
  • Advised a consortium of banks consisting of Santander Bank Polska and ING Bank Śląski on the financing of the takeover of Moventum – a Luxembourg-seated competitor – by ProService Finteco.
  • Advising INEA S.A., its group companies and NGN Fundusz Inwestycyjny Zamknięty (“NGN Fund”) in relation to the syndicated financing provided to INEA S.A. and its group companies by a syndicate of financial institutions.

Poland > Private equity Tier 1

According to clients, Clifford Chance is 'a top quality firm which benefits from having Polish specific expertise as well as global coverage, so there are always experts to draw on'. Private equity is a core area of the firm's offering in Poland and lawyers advise funds across numerous sectors, drawing on the firm's strength in financing, antitrust (where counsel Iwona Terlecka plays an important role) and capital markets to provide a comprehensive service. Taking the lead are well-respected managing partner Agnieszka Janicka and established transactional experts Wojciech Polz and Marcin Bartnicki. Counsel Krzysztof Hajdamowicz and of counsel Nick Fletcher are also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Agnieszka Janicka; Marcin Bartnicki; Wojciech Polz

Testimonials

‘Top quality firm which benefits from having Polish specific expertise as well as global coverage, so there are always experts to draw on. We work with the firm across many geographies and as a result benefit from consistent advice’

‘Wojciech Polz – very hard working and always trying to find a commercial solution.’

‘Agnieszka Janicka – super well connected in the market.’

‘Krzysztof Hajdamowicz – extremely knowledgeable.’

‘I had experience recently working with CC team on cross border M&A transaction. Team’s key strengths are their network (very useful in this cross border deal) as well as full scope of services not only limited to M&A that enables one shop service. Additionally to the above the team was very proactive, business minded and always available.’

‘Wojciech Polz is in my opinion not only one of the best M&A lawyers in Poland but also a very business minded and oriented lawyer. He is always available and provides his help and experience in order to get transactions moving in a professional and swift manner.

‘Responsive and proactive team. Worked well as a cross-border team with the London office.’

‘Wojciech Polz: felt like more of a genuine partnership through the process which went above and beyond the usual client-lawyer relationship.’

Key clients

Cinven

Permira

Three Seas Initiative Investment Fund

Macquarie

IFM Investors

Warburg Pincus

Softbank

Giza Polish Ventures

Cornerstone Partners

Partners Group

EQT Partners

Work highlights

  • Advised Allegro, a Permira and Cinven backed company, on its listing on the Warsaw Stock Exchange.
  • Advised a syndicate of banks, including Citigroup, Goldman Sachs, J.P. Morgan, ABN Amro, Barclays, BNP Paribas, Jefferies, DMBH, ING and Pekao, on the offering and listing on Euronext Amsterdam of shares of InPost.
  • Advised SVF II Motion Subco, an affiliate of SoftBank Investment Advisers, on the planned acquisition of PLN 500 million unsecured convertible bonds of eobuwie.pl S.A.

Poland > Public procurement Tier 1

Clifford Chance focuses on offering contracting authorities and contractors high-end public procurement advice, covering both domestic and EU-based public procurement law, the drafting of public procurement contracts, and, with the assistance of the firm’s litigation and dispute resolution department, representing clients before the National Chamber of Appeals, district courts and arbitration courts. Counsel Piotr Bogdanowicz heads up the department with a focus on public procurement and state aid work; he is also on the Management Board of the Public Procurement Law Association.

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Key clients

Gaz System S.A.

Meridiam SAS and Terminal Link SAS

Sochaczew Municipality

DCT Gdańsk S.A.

Colas Polska sp. z o.o.

VF Worldwide Holdings Ltd

Towarzystwo Gospodarcze Polskie Elektrownie

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

Pfizer Polska sp. z o.o.

Polski Fundusz Rozwoju S.A.

Acapela Group Babel Technologies S.A.

TOWARZYSTWO FUNDUSZY INWESTYCYJNYCH ENERGIA S.A. (TFI Energia)

Work highlights

  • Advised Gaz System on the process of expansion of the LNG terminal in Świnoujście, which consisted of additional regasification installations, a third LNG storage tank, an LNG-to-rail transhipment installation and a second jetty.
  • Advised Colas Polska on tender documentation before the National Chamber of Appeal concerning the design and build of the Kobieła bypass in the tender carried out by the General Directorate for National Roads and Motorways.
  • Advising DCT Gdańsk on a tender procedure carried out by the Gdańsk Port Authority for selecting the lessee(s) of the maritime areas adjacent to the Port of Gdańsk.

Poland > Restructuring and insolvency Tier 1

Banking and finance lawyer Milosz Golab co-heads the restructuring and insolvency group with dispute resolution expert Bartosz Krużewski at Clifford Chance. Gołąb has expertise in in-court and out-of-court debt restructurings of capital groups. The firm’s client roster includes Polish and international banks, bondholders and trustees, insurance companies, large corporates, investors and servicers of distressed assets and the Polish government. Banking and finance lawyer lawyer Andrzej Stosio is also name of note, as is senior associate Michał Jadwisiak.

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Key clients

Bank Polska Kasa Opieki S.A.

PKO Bank Polski S.A.

Bank Ochrony Środowiska S.A.

Bank Millennium S.A.

Pekao TFI

Agencja Rozwoju Przemysłu S.A.

Towarzystwo Finansowe Silesia sp. z o.o.

OT Logistics S.A.

CTL Logistics Sp. z o.o.

ING Bank Śląski S.A.

Santander Bank Polska S.A.

Wydawnictwa Szkolne I Pedagogiczne S.A.

Kredyt Inkaso

Work highlights

  • Advised a group of creditors composed of Bank Pekao, PKO Bank Polski, Bank Ochrony Środowiska, Bank Millennium, Pekao TFI, Towarzystwo Finansowe Silesia and the Polish state development agency ARP on the restructuring of financial indebtedness of approximately PLN 2bn.
  • Advised OT Logistics on comprehensive changes to the terms of the entire group’s banking and bond financing and the value of the indebtedness was PLN 330m.
  • Advising ING Bank Śląski S.A. and Santander Bank Polska S.A. on the restructuring of the financial indebtedness of Sygnity S.A.

Poland > White-collar crime Tier 1

The white-collar crime, regulatory and compliance group at Clifford Chance in Warsaw is led by defence counsel Marcin Ciemiński, who is noted for his ‘deep and broad knowledge of the subject matter and true international experience’. The team advises across a wide range of white-collar criminal law matters, including conducting corporate investigations in Poland and in the CEE region (which is helped by the firm’s international footprint), advising on compliance issues and anti-corruption measures, defending corporate and individual clients in criminal proceedings, and representing companies which have been victims of criminal behaviour. Counsel Paweł Pogorzelski is strong in conducting domestic and cross-border investigations, and senior associate Monika Diehl is active in internal investigations and regulatory matters.

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Other key lawyers:

Paweł Pogorzelski; Monika Diehl; Michał Magdziak

Testimonials

‘They are very responsive.’

‘This is an experienced, high-quality team that is flexible, concrete, and reliable. They are trusted partners for us.’

‘You work with a team of people but you never feel that that you are alone in front of a big company. Approach is customised.’

‘What I appreciate most about Marcin Cieminski is his attitude and professionalism. He always has time to discuss matters and I’ve never felt that he is in a rush. He always provides the highest quality of service or discussion.’

‘Marcin Cieminski has deep and broad knowledge of the subject mater and true international experience, which means that he is able to liaise with both in-house players and non-Polish outside counsel without anything being “lost in translation.”’

Poland > Energy and natural resources Tier 2

The team at Clifford Chance cooperates with the firm’s litigation and finance departments, enabling it to support clients throughout the entire lifecycle of their energy projects. Its client roster includes industry investors, contractors, finial institutions and development banks. Counsel Paweł Puacz leads the team, leveraging considerable expertise in energy-related M&A, regulatory considerations and project financing.

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Other key lawyers:

Marcin Markowski; Izabela Cybulska

Testimonials

‘Unrivalled understanding of the (renewable) energy regulatory framework and how that is applied in practice by different authorities.’

‘Very professional, thorough and motivated’

‘Very responsive, service oriented, professionals and out of the box thinkers.’

‘Very collaborative and attentive group of lawyers with exeptional knowledge of the energy market in Poland.’

‘Paweł Puacz has exceptional knowledge and a good problem solving attitude.’

‘Pawel Puacz is possibly the best energy lawyer in Poland, combining his understanding of legal matters with a commercial approach to due diligence and documentation.’

Key clients

OX2

Griffin Real Estate

Ocean Winds

Grenergy

DIF Capital Partners

RWE Renewables

Sun Investment Group Polska sp. z o.o.

Enefit Green AS

PAD RES Sp. z o.o.

BayWa r.e. GmbH

Invenergy Renewables LLC

Polenergia S.A.

OZE Holding sp. z o.o. SKA

EDP Renewables Polska sp. z o.o.

Obton A/S

Work highlights

  • Advised Sun Investment Group Polska on the sale of a 170 MW photovoltaic turnkey portfolio to be developed in Poland by Sun Investment Group to Ignitis Renewables.
  • Advised Kajima Europe and Griffin Real Estate on the acquisition of a 72% stake in PAD-RES, a Polish renewable energy projects’ development company with a portfolio of over 500 MW of PV and onshore wind farm projects, as well as on the creation of a joint venture for the project.
  • Advised BayWa on the negotiation of a market access power purchase agreement concerning a PV project in Poland.

Poland > Private client Tier 2

Clifford Chance ‘s private client work is an offshoot of the firm’s corporate team, and its lawyers are particularly adept at supporting high-net-worth individuals in their private investments, personal employment matters, tax issues and disputes. The firm’s international presence is advantageous for generating cross-border mandates. Managing partner Agnieszka Janicka leads the group, and Bartosz Krużewski and Marcin Ciemiński are also key names.

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Work highlights

  • Representing a private client and former owner of the majority stake in a publicly listed construction company in a post-transactional corporate dispute.
  • Advised Mr Tomasz Misiak and Mr Tomasz Hanczarek in relation to the redemption of bonds issued by Work Service S.A. and the sale of shares in Work Service S.A. held by Mr Tomasz Misiak and Mr Tomasz Hanczarek.

Poland > Real estate Tier 2

Acquisitions, developments, transactions and real estate financings are all areas of focus for the team at Clifford Chance. Recent work of note included the sale of Budimex Nieruchomosci to Cornerstone for PLN 1.5bn. Head of the group, Daniel Kopania, is praised a ‘top real estate and construction lawyer‘, meanwhile Bartosz Kaniasty is noted as a ‘go-to for transactional work‘.

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Testimonials

‘Their team is very experienced in real estate and construction. They are also strong in development work. They are solution-oriented. I appreciate their efficiency and the open communication. They are very active in the logistics sector, which is the core of our business and makes them a perfect match for us.’

‘Very responsive, outstanding legal advice with sophisticated commercial thinking and high level of professionalism.’

‘Bartosz Kaniasty is our go-to lawyer for transaction work. He is committed and oriented to completing the assigned job. His excellent knowledge of the market, commercial approach and experience make him an exceptional transaction lawyer.’

‘Daniel Kopania is the top real estate and construction lawyer in Poland. Very responsive, a problem solver, focused and business savvy with excellent market knowledge. We usually work with him in relation to development and construction work, but he is also involved in big ticket transaction work.’

‘Bartosz Kaniasty is very reliable and smart, easy to communicate with and has outstanding problem-solving capabilities.’

Key clients

Budimex S.A.

ING Business Shared Services

Indotek Group

AEW

Atrium

EPF

CBRE GI

Carrefour Polska

Pekao

Hillwood

Hines

Prologis

Blackstone

The Hut Group

Grosvenor

Arrow Capital/Cerberus

Work highlights

  • Advised Budimex S.A., one of the largest construction groups operating in Poland, on the sale of Budimex Nieruchomości sp. z o.o., a subsidiary of Budimex, to Cornerstone Partners sp. z o.o. and Crestyl Real Estate s.r.o. for PLN 1.5bn.
  • Advised a closed-end fund and private owners of Cracow-based Buma, a property development company, on the sale of part of its portfolio of completed and under-construction office buildings to Partners Group, a global private markets investment manager acting on behalf of its clients.
  • Representing ING Tech in negotiations concerning its new headquarters in southern Poland.

Poland > Employment Tier 3

Magic Circle firm Clifford Chance handles a range of employment matters for private equity funds, including employment termination and management incentive plans. The group also handles contentious bullying and discrimination matters in addition to restructurings, trade union disputes and fatal accidents at work. Counsel Tomasz Derda is head of the practice and is noted for his ‘always available, hands-on service.’

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Testimonials

‘Our company operates on the retail sector. With Clifford Chance, we have always found very capable consultants who can provide effective solutions to our problems, especially when they are are linked to the specificity of our sector. They are always very responsive and proactivie to find specific solutions and advice for our cases.’

‘Very responsive, practical advice and knowledgeable.’

‘Excellent balance of knowledge and experience.’

‘Tomasz Derda provides an excellent level of service.’

‘Tomasz Derda is always available and a hands-on lawyer who provides practical and to-the-point advice.’

Key clients

Pfizer

Cellnex Telecom

Naspers

Bridgepoint Advisers Limited

Warburg Pincus

Allegro.eu

Allegro.pl

Waterland

Arvato

CBRE Global Investors

CBRE Global Investors Administration

Stryker

Prologis Management

ALD Automotive

RTB House

Hillwood

Work highlights

  • Supporting Cellnex Telecom in all the labour law matters pertaining to the establishment of a new telecommunications tower company, and on the signing of an agreement with Cyfrowy Polsat and Polkomtel to acquire 99.99% of Polkomtel Infrastruktura.
  • Advised Pfizer on a broad spectrum of employment aspects related to the joint venture between the client and GSK.
  • Advised Allegro.eu on a full spectrum of employment legal aspects related to its IPO, including on the preparation and introduction of a stock option plan (Allegro Incentive Plan) based on the participants’ entitlement to Allegro.eu shares.

Poland > Healthcare and life sciences Tier 3

The healthcare and life sciences group at Clifford Chance is led by dispute and white-collar crime expert Marcin Ciemiński. The practice handles cross-border strategic transactions, litigation regarding the pharmaceutical sector, medical devices, and life sciences law and regulatory matters. Counsel Paweł Pogorzelski is skilled in corporate compliance matters and litigation, and  advocate Justyna Błazejczyk-Kuwał has experience of regulatory mandates.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘This team has broad and deep experience in the industry and a practical approach that makes its advice effective and actionable.’

‘Professionalism, international experience and expertise, especially in the US.’

‘People are involved, attentive, emphatic, patient and delivering more than expected.’

Key clients

Pfizer, Inc.

Poland > Insurance Tier 3

Corporate lawyer Marcin Bartnicki and Marta Bieniada co-lead the insurance practice at Clifford Chance; Bieniada has expertise in advising international banking and insurance clients on regulatory issues. The team is adept at handling cross-border M&A transactions, group restructuring, strategic projects and regulatory proceedings. The group is also increasingly active in warranty and indemnity matters.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘The legal services provided by the lawyers meets the highest standards of our group. Understanding the client’s needs and grasping the key issues necessary to clarify a legal issue and resolve problems is highly valued by us. This is supported by the simple fact that we have been working together for many years in many complex cases, often involving interdisciplinary work.’

‘The team also conducts excellent insurance sector meetings with many very interesting legal issues, workshops or conferences on current legal problems and major changes in the law.’

Key clients

AXA

Three Seas Initiative Investment Fund

Work highlights

  • Advised AXA on the signing of the EUR 1bn agreement with the UNIQA Insurance Group under which AXA sold 100% of its Life & Savings, Property & Casualty and Pension businesses in Poland, the Czech Republic and Slovakia.

Poland > TMT Tier 4

Clifford Chance has an international presence, and its offices across Europe place the team in a good position to handle cross-border mandates with projects involving technology and data privacy elements. The group is also active in advising clients on fintech issues. Corporate lawyer Marcin Bartnicki heads the practice and supports clients in the financial services and private equity sectors.

Practice head(s):

Key clients

Allegro

SVF II Motion Subco

Cellnex Telecom

RTB House

Ringier Axel Springer Media AG

Acapela Group Babel Technologies S.A.

Citigroup

Goldman Sachs

J.P. Morgan

ABN Amro

Barclays

BNP Paribas

Jefferies

DMBH

ING

Pekao

Bank Polska Kasa Opieki S.A.

HSBC Bank Polska S.A.

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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