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DWF Poland Jamka Sp.k
PL. MALACHOWSKIEGO
WARSAW, 00-066
Poland

Poland > Construction Tier 2

The practice at DWF Poland Jamka Sp.k handles the entire life cycle of construction projects, including road and rail, energy investments, offices, shopping centres, hotels and resorts, mixed-use and residential developments and warehouses,  as well as related disputes. The team also has expertise in investor and governmental requirements regarding design and construction processes, liability, warranty and regulatory requirements. Litigation experts Maciej JamkaRafał Morek and Maciej Antoniak  and transactions specialist Joanna Wojnarowska are the practice heads. Piotr Kunicki  is also a key player who is strong in public procurement.

Practice head(s):

Maciej Jamka; Rafał Morek; Joanna Wojnarowska; Maciej Antoniak

Other key lawyers:

Piotr Kunicki; Łukasz Gembiś

Testimonials

‘The team led by Mr Rafal Morek is exceptional. They always think out of the box and have a deep knowledge of construction law and case law. They have brilliant case management and communication policies and provide solutions to every trouble faced by the client along the way. Every solution is backed with jurisprudence applicable to the case.’

‘Thanks to Rafał’s team our company achieved great success in construction disputes against pubic and private counterparties in Poland.’

‘Very good team, experienced and with a very good background to solve current problems of our company. Very good communication with the client, quick reactions and very good contacts.’

‘All the team is available and the communication between the team members is very good. High mediation abilities linked with the ability of tax and finance analysis necessary to make decisions. Rafał Morek as a team leader works very well and coordinates the work very well. Other member of the team are highly skilled and experienced giving to the client a security of well-prepared documents on time. High availability and flexibility of all the team .’

‘I have cooperated with DWF’s team for several years. Their advantage in relation to other firms is very practical advice, short reaction times, always being ready for discussion with short notice with business orientated advice. Great knowledge in construction law and the market situation.’

‘Very good understanding of the reality of construction projects in Poland. Very high ability for identification of clients needs and other parties possibilities’

‘Łukasz Gembiś, who is outgoing, focused on delivering the legal product and kept an eye on details.’

Key clients

Uriel Renovables, S.A.

Polski Koncern Naftowy ORLEN S.A.

Vias y Construcciones S.A.

Orange Polska & its subsidiary TP Teltech

GAZ-SYSTEM S.A.

AZD Praha sro

Electren S.A.

Przedsiębiorstwo Usług Technicznych Intercor Sp. z o.o.

Polaqua Sp z o.o.

Construcciones Rubau S.A., Rubau Polska sp. z o.o.

Zeitgeist Asset Management

IWG

NDI Sopot

Work highlights

  • Represented Uriel Renovables, S.A. in preparations and negotiations leading to the conclusion of the set of contracts related to the largest wind farm investments in Poland.
  • Supporting Elektrownia Ostrołęka in the development of the 750MW Ostrołęka C Gas Fired Power Plant.
  • Advised Rubau Polska Sp. z o.o. (Poland) and Construcciones Rubau S.A. (Spain) in their projects for General Directorate of National Roads and Highways over the construction of parts of expressways S7 (southern roundabout of Warsaw) and S61 (Via Baltica).

Poland > Dispute resolution Tier 2

DWF Poland Jamka Sp.k is mainly focused on international proceedings and international law-related issues, with experience in arbitrations across a wide variety of European venues and EU litigation including before the European Court of Human Rights. The arbitration offering is particularly well developed, comprising expertise in investment, commercial and sports cases. On the litigation side, lawyers excel in construction, public procurement and IP matters. Maciej Jamka has experience of bilateral investment treaty arbitration and jointly heads the department with fellow arbitration specialist Rafał Morek. Piotr Kunicki is an expert in public procurement litigation; and Maciej Antoniak is the firm's white-collar criminal defence specialist.

Practice head(s):

Maciej Jamka; Rafał Morek

Other key lawyers:

Piotr Kunicki; Maciej Antoniak; Ewelina Wętrys; Jan Markiewicz; Łukasz Gorek

Testimonials

‘Ewelina Wetrys -The service was very professional and of exceptionally high quality.’

‘Ewelina Wetrys is a stand-out arbitration practitioner, a dream to work with. She combines experience, hands-on approach, commitment and efficiency. She really goes above and beyond what is expected to achieve excellent results in the case she is handling.’

‘They are outstanding professionals.’

Ewelina Wetrys quickly understands complex technical or commercial aspects of international disputes, identifies practical solutions and tailors the advice to the client’s business. She is my go-to person in arbitration cases with Polish law elements and she can definitely be entrusted with sophisticated and challenging cases.’

‘Flexibility, high efficiency, transparent communication, openness in client contact’

‘Highly competent, deeply involved in solving the client’s problems, thoroughly devoted to building good client-relations’

The availability and awareness of Maciej Jamka of all the aspects of the procedure is exceptional. I was amazed by his ability to delegate, trust his associates while being fully aware of the topics and able to step in if the situation would require to. His experience and ability to listen to the clients makes him an exceptional partner.’

‘The team is very professional and dedicated to the client’s needs. They have deep sectoral and legal knowledge, are effective and very quick in responding. I like very much the seminars and webinars they organize.’

Key clients

Vias y Construcciones S.A.

Schweerbau GmbH Co. & KG

Polski Koncern Naftowy ORLEN S.A.

Enter Air Sp. z o.o.

Orange Polska S.A.

Orlen KolTrans S.A.

Grupa Azoty Police S.A.

Fluor Corporation

Przedsiębiorstwo Usług Technicznych Intercor Sp. z o.o.

Construcciones Rubau S.A., Rubau Polska sp. z o.o.

Warbud S.A.

Multikino S.A.

ILF Consulting Engineers Polska Sp. z o.o.

Xella Polska sp. z o.o.

Mostostal Warszawa S.A.

Polaqua Sp. z o.o.

Work highlights

  • Representing the consortium of VIAS Y CONSTRUCCIONES S.A, ELECTREN S.A. and DRAGADOS S.A. in the litigation against PKP Polskie Linie Kolejowe S.A. regarding contractor’s claims in the amount of approx. EUR 23 million resulting from the contract for modernization of the Krzeszowice – Kraków railway line.
  • Representing Orange Polska S.A. and its subsidiary TP Teltech with respect to the multi-fold contractual arrangements with two public employers regarding the construction of broadband internet networks, including civil court litigations, restructuring and other proceedings.
  • Representing Multikino S.A. in a series of large-value disputes arising out of long-term lease agreements against the operators of shopping and cultural centres where Multikino cinemas are located.

Poland > Energy and natural resources Tier 2

Karol Lasocki is head of the energy department at DWF Poland Jamka Sp.k, operating alongside Oskar Waluśkiewicz  who leads the conventional energy team. The practice has a focus on the renewable energy sector, in addition to advising on projects involving eco-friendly district heating sector. Counsel Agnieszka Chylińska joined the firm from DLA Piper in August 2021.

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Testimonials

‘The energy practice of DWF is really strong. They are professional and very well connected in the sector. Easy to work with and adds a lot of value. We work with DWF mainly in the offshore wind area, in which we believe they are the best law firm in Poland. Thinking out of the box and always there to support their clients.’

‘The team consists of very experienced lawyers with knowledge in many subjects (building law, energy law, environmental law, ect). You always get very comprehensive advice. They are flexible and available.’

‘DWF is distinguished by its versatility, openness and attentiveness to the client’s needs. DWF employees respond very quickly to correspondence with a high work culture.’

‘The best energy law department in Poland. Extensive legal and great renewable energy sector knowledge. Always available and thinking out of the box.’

‘Karol Lasocki’s expertise focuses on energy law and has unique knowledge in this area, especially in Energy Regulatory Office requirements and practices.’

‘Extremely detailed knowledge of the legal matters in renewable energy and high involvement in work by Wiktoria Rogaska.’

The people with whom I had the pleasure to work are distinguished by a great work and personal culture. I always meet with mindfulness, great enthusiasm and positive energy. Thanks to great empathy and experience, attorney Karol Lasocki is the most supportive partner we have had the opportunity to work with.’

‘Have a great opportunity to work recently with Karol Lasocki; they have great traits that makes cooperation with them a good experience – flexibility, patience and ability to explain complicated topics in an easy manner. Would say they also listen to the client’s needs.’

Key clients

Qair

KGAL

URIEL Renovables

Mashav Energia

Tauron Polska Energia

Eolos Polska

Polish Wind Energy Association

V-Ridium

Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners

BayWa Re

Polenergia

PKN Orlen

Elawan

Sun Investment Group

Eolus Vind

Wpd

Offshore Wind Consultants

Regener8 Power

Econergy Renewable Energy

Work highlights

  • Represented URIEL Renovables S.A. in a EUR 173m wind farm investment in Poland concerning the Biały Bór Wind Farm.
  • Advising Offshore Wind Consultants regarding the development of their offshore wind energy services in the Baltic Sea.
  • Assisting the Polish Wind Energy Association with respect to legislative matters, in particular concerning the Onshore Wind Distance Act liberalisation.

Poland > Insurance Tier 2

Paweł Stykowski leads the insurance practice at DWF Poland Jamka Sp.k, which was established in May 2020. Stykowski advises insurance companies and distributors entering the market on regulatory and civil law issues, as well as on the selection and implementation of insurance distribution models. He has also been involved with the implementation of regulations for the Polish FSA. Corporate lawyer Anna Wietrzyńska-Ciołkowska is adept at  providing corporate, transactional and restructuring law advice to insurance companies and insurance brokers.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘Mr Stykowski has excellent knowledge about insurance.’

Key clients

Laven S.A.

Polish Insurance Association

Sompo International

PZU S.A.

Generali T.U. S.A.

Further Underwriting

Work highlights

  • Advised Laven S.A. on a distribution model and contracts with key partners as well as the wording of general terms & conditions of insurance and all the necessary forms.
  • Advised the Polish Insurance Association on drafting a legal opinion on the legitimacy of allegations of the Financial Ombudsman against a number of insurance companies regarding the use of unfair market practices in relation to OD insurance.
  • Advised Further Underwriting on the implementation of guidelines on cloud computing issued by the Financial Supervision Authority.

Poland > Intellectual property Tier 2

The IP team at DWF Poland Jamka Sp.k is capable of handling large and complex copyright and trademark project management mandates, litigation, enforcement and unfair competition, as well as supporting IP-related transactions. The team is particularly adept at working for clients in the entertainment industry, including audio-visual producers, publishers, broadcasters and artists. Oskar Tułodziecki, counsel Marta Wysokińska and senior associate Anna Wietrzyńska-Ciołkowsk are the key names.

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Testimonials

‘The DWF Poland Jamka sp.k. Intellectual Property practice provides a very high level of service.’

‘Extremely knowledgeable, careful, precise in research and opinions, with excellent business judgement and real-world skills.’

‘DWF´s team is excellent in the IP area.’

‘DWF provides excellent legal service in Poland and is extremely knowledgeable in many different aspects of IP. We have only worked with them in the field of Intellectual Property and were extremely satisfied.’

‘Oskar Tułodziecki is an experienced lawyer in copyright and IP matters, and has in the past very skilfully navigated both Polish and international clients through complex litigation matters with his team. He also has excellent client relationships. I fully trust his judgement and advice, and know clients are in good hands.’

‘Oskar Tułodziecki and Marta Wysokińska provide solid and straight-to-the-point advice. They also manage extremely well cross border cases and have an in depth knowledge of the entertainment industry.’

‘Oskar Tułodziecki is a great professional with deep knowledge and experience in the IP area, and our cooperation has been always very beneficial to the respective clients.’

‘Oskar Tułodziecki is extremely knowledgeable, careful, precise in his research and opinions, with excellent business judgement and real-world skills. In addition to being very smart and knowledgeable about intellectual property law both in Europe and in the US, he is an excellent negotiator with good business judgement, people skills, and a strategic approach to problems.’

Key clients

Costa Coffee

Motion Picture Licensing Company

Polska Fundacja Narodowa

CentralNic Group plc

Nintendo

Polish History Museum

Work highlights

  • Assisted Costa Coffee regarding the coordination and supervision of a 13-territory project regarding third party trademark use in terms of TM and competition law.
  • Assisted the Motion Picture Licensing Company in concluding license agreements (also by way of enforcement actions) and advised on the possible scope of exploitation and licensing of the motion pictures by way of using copies already made available to the public and running the necessary cross checks on statutory licenses vs. lack of license.
  • Assisted Polska Fundacja Narodowa in multiple matters regarding promotion of Poland and its goodwill inter alia by way of preparing a legal framework for production in the US and distribution worldwide of two documentaries.

Poland > Private equity Tier 2

DWF Poland Jamka Sp.k has established itself on the Polish market with a solid private equity practice, particularly in the energy and infrastructure space, with a team commended by clients for having 'super fast turnaround and a keen understanding of international M&A standards'. Areas of expertise include fund formation, venture capital financing and exits, while lawyers also handle leveraged buyouts, corporate restructurings and reorganisations of funds and their portfolio companies. Jointly taking the lead are Michał Pawłowski, who has financial regulatory and corporate governance expertise; Filip Urbaniak, a transactional lawyer focused on domestic and cross-border investments; and capital markets specialist Rafał Woźniak. Anna Wietrzyńska-Ciołkowska is another core team member with substantial knowledge of the gambling and insurance sectors.

Practice head(s):

Michał Pawłowski; Filip Urbaniak; Rafał Woźniak

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Testimonials

Super fast turnaround and a keen understanding of international M&A standards. Really appreciated the support of the team at DWF.’

Rafał Woźniak has done an outstanding job for us and led to us expanding the use of the DWF team more generally.’

‘Deliveries are always on time and the focus remained on anticipating issues and fixing them on the front-end.

DWF are very good in crafting solutions to new problems, ie rather than just checking / exploring past avenues, DWF is able to navigate novel areas, such as e.g. specifics related to Covid dynamics, where the regulatory landscape was in flux / just emerging.’

Michał Pawłowski, extremely knowledgeable about deal pipelines, specifics of deal dynamics and well networked; great experience in actual transaction parameters; key asset.’

Filip Urbaniak, a rainmaker behind the lines, very efficient account manager to the highest exec levels, willing to go the extra mile and mobilise resources from own office but also his international network to solve your problem; proactive, solution-oriented approach.’

Key clients

H.I.G. Capital

Enterprise Investors

KGAL ESPF 4 Holding S.à r.l.

Meyra Group sp. z o.o.

PFR Ventures sp. z o.o.

Dobra Energia dla Olsztyna and its shareholder Meridiam

Work highlights

  • Advised the ESPF 4 fund managed by KGAL on the acquisition of a 27MW wind farm project from the Boryszew Group.
  • Advised Meyra Group sp. z o.o. (a portfolio company of HIG Capital) on the process of its internal reorganisation.
  • Advised Dobra Energia dla Olsztyna, a company owned by key infrastructure funds in Europe, i.e. Urbaser and Meridiam, on all corporate (incl. corporate governance and negotiating the shareholders agreement) and commercial aspects of its activity in Poland, including further roll-out in Poland.

Poland > Public procurement Tier 2

DWF Poland Jamka Sp.k is strong in advising both Polish and international clients on public procurement mandates, government contracts and regulatory issues, with a particular focus on infrastructure projects in the road, rail, energy and defence sectors. Piotr Kunicki  leads the team, and counsel Agnieszka Chylinska joined the team in 2021 from DLA Piper, adding strong expertise in complex infrastructure projects. Senior associate Łukasz Gembiś and advocate Paulina Sawicka are also key team members.

Practice head(s):

Piotr Kunicki

Testimonials

‘The DWF Public procurement team provided us with on the spot advice in a very stressful project, usually providing business-oriented advice and well predicted outcomes. They are very pragmatic and can help in the most troublesome situations. Apart from that, they have very good theoretical background and are able to cope even with the most precedent cases.’

‘DWF Poland provides diversified and multifaceted legal and strategic services. The success record is not only impressive when public bodies are involved, but also in cooperating, liaising with or defending against private companies or persons. We strongly recommend cooperation with DWF Poland when public procurement law or construction law applies. Outstanding good experience when discussing PPP-projects and innovation partnership models.’

‘I have worked extensively with Ms. Paulina Sawicka and Mr. Piotr Kunicki. They are a perfect team, brilliantly performing together and supplementing their skills. Paulina is a very hard working and fast thinking lawyer, always coming up with ideas out of the box. Piotr has vast experience coming from his long experience in contentious public procurement matters, thus he can always provide multiple examples of similar cases he was involved in and how they were resolved.’

‘Piotr Kunicki is an expert in public procurement law and construction law. He has a great team putting us into the position so that all interfaces are managed carefully. In case of disputes during or after the tender process in front of the National Appeal Chamber in Poland, he perfectly understands our needs and is able to enforce positive results.’

‘Mrs. Paulina Sawicka is an excellent lawyer in public procurement law, mainly due to previous experience working in public client organisation.’

‘Personally, I have been closely cooperating with Mr Łukasz Gembiś whom I consider an exceptional construction lawyer with a deep understanding of the construction business. The support he has provided was substantial and very efficient. Not only was he analysing the legal grounds of occurring problems, but also he was drawing attention to the economic aspects connected with his recommendations. As a business partner, Mr Gembiś is a kind and helpful person who effectively manages his team. I can definitely recommend his services to future clients.’

Key clients

Przedsiębiorstwo Usług Technicznych Intercor Sp. z o.o.

Construcciones RUBAU S.A.

Instal Warszawa S.A.

EthosEnergy Sp. z o.o.

Schweerbau GmbH Bauunternehmen Co. KG

Integrale IT Sp. z o.o.

Sinohydro Corporation Ltd.

Ayesa Polska

Ernst & Young Corporate Finance

Bozankaya A.S,

Paramedica Polska Sp. z o.o.

Stecol Corporation

Diahem AG Diagnostic Products

Siemens Mobility Sp. z o.o.

Siltec Sp. z o.o.

Enter Air Sp. z o.o.

NDI S.A.

Work highlights

  • Represented PUT Intercor Sp. z o.o. during a tendering process and before the National Appeals Chamber in three cases regarding the award by PKP Polskie Linie Kolejowe S.A. to PUT Intercor the biggest rail modernisation contract in Polish history re railway E75 Czyżew-Białystok.
  • Represented Integrale IT Sp. z o.o. before the National Appeals Chamber in three appeal cases arising from a tendering process regarding the delivery of a super computer system.
  • Represented the consortium of Graph’IT Sp. z o.o., ECM Group Polska S.A. and Mieszko Niedźwiecki before the National Appeals Chamber in proceedings questioning the award of a design project by Dolnośląskie Centrum Onkologii in Wrocław to Graph’IT consortium.

Poland > Real estate Tier 2

DWF Poland Jamka Sp.k handles investments, transactions, acquisitions, financing, zoning, construction and permitting matters, as well as dispute resolution regarding ownership and leases. The team’s expertise extends to handling assets such as office buildings, mixed-use and residential developments, logistic centres, shopping centres, retail chains, hotels and resorts. Joanna Wojnarowska is head of the group as well as deputy head of the global real estate practice.

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Testimonials

‘Ultimate, constant and easy contact with the managing partner. Deep knowledge of the issue presented by the managing. Individual approach and personal presence of the managing partner during all closing stages. Lower-level team is always very well prepared to explain solutions.’

‘DWF have an excellent and commercial real estate practice, which have shown a keen ability to draft a completely new form of lease agreement for wind and solar projects which comports with relevant energy regulation and requirements from debt providers. The team showed an in-depth understanding of the different legal topics and bridged several foreign-law standards to Polish standards in the process.’

‘We have been cooperating with DWF lawyers since formation of our organization in 2015. They present a collaborative approach, cooperate closely with each other across practice areas which guarantees a positive outcome. We could count on support in every area of the law so I can recommend the team as a first choice one-stop-shop. What is important for us, they are goal oriented, skilled lawyers, who are always looking for constructive solutions.’

‘DWF team provided timely, accurate, efficient and friendly counsel to us, performing a variety of legal services and advice in the field of real estate. I received multiple recommendations to choose DWF team as subject matter specialists. Dedicated lawyers honestly presented us all the risks and did not downplay the costs associated with the case. The extensive experience of DWF team in real estate transactions and focused attention to detail has proven to be a very useful external resource. I would highly recommend DWF Poland team.’

‘Ewa Lewandowska is professional, engaged and always available for the client, focused on finding solutions leading to the conclusion of transactions within the client’s business assumptions.’

‘Małgorzata Lesiak-Ćwikowska is very experienced, has a deep knowledge, always customer oriented and following a practical approach. It is very convenient to work with her and she always puts the duties of us on high priority. She is leading negotiations in the interest of the client and “fighting” for the best effort. It is a high pleasure to work with her.’

‘Joanna Wojnarowska is very experienced and business oriented, an excellent negotiator who is not only a legal advisor but also pays attention to business issues that should be taken into account in the transaction process.’

‘We have identified several lawyer’s out of whom Joanna Wojnarowska was one that stood out with her experience in this field. Thus, we have decided to start joint cooperation. Joanna Wojnarowska being a partner is supported by Weronika Roesler, who is most surely giving a sense of security during transaction. Weronika Roesler has deep knowledge of real estate issues and is taking care of transaction from beginning to an end. What should be highlighted she is business wise and with focus on finalising a deal with win-win result for both sides.’

Key clients

Zeitgeist Asset Management

Eiffage Immobilier

NREP

Asbud Group

IWG

HOCHTIEF Development Poland

White Star Real Estate

Jones Lang LaSalle

Aberdeen Standard Investments

Corum XL

Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia

Multikino

Uriel Renovables

i2 Development

V-Ridium Power Services

Nałęczów Zdrój

KGAL ESPF4 Holding

Atlas Estates

TFG Asset Management

HB Reavis

Work highlights

  • Advised Eiffage Immobilier on the sale of two built-to-rent residential projects in Warsaw, to be developed with ca. 640 apartments for rent, to Heimstaden Bostad, with the transaction value of €65m.
  • Advised Zeitgeist Asset Management on the transaction consisting of the acquisition of operating student house located in Kraków from Unibase.
  • Advising Aberdeen Standard European Logistics Investments on the successful acquisition of a logistics warehouse in Łódź from the Panattoni Group.

Poland > Tax Tier 2

The Warsaw team at DWF Poland Jamka Sp.k is firmly integrated into the firm’s European tax practice, enabling it to assist local and overseas clients in relation to international tax issues, as well as Polish tax law. The group has an impressive standalone tax advisory offering, but is also called upon to assist with transactional tax issues. It is also knowledgeable in tax planning, restructuring mandates and transfer pricing. In addition, its lawyers have experience in tax litigation before the Polish tax authorities and administrative courts. Adrian Jonca heads the team and is the chair of the firm’s German practice group; he is an experienced tax litigator in cases involving VAT and corporate income tax. Senior associate Katarzyna Stec has impressive transactional and contentious tax experience, while Izabela Plis is a tax planning expert with additional knowledge of transfer pricing.

Practice head(s):

Adrian Jonca

Other key lawyers:

Katarzyna Stec; Izabela Plis; Konrad Suchojad

Testimonials

‘The DWF team is always up to date with the latest changes in tax legislation. They are easy to contact and discuss even small issues.’

‘The whole team managed by Michal Pawlowski is dedicated to work efficiently and fast. They have a great comprehension of the tax regime in Poland and it does not take long for them to answer quick questions’

Their results!!! They won every case we had assigned to them. When DWF undertook our cases they had an innovative approach that led to success and to legal victory!

Key clients

PFR Ventures sp. z o.o.

Administrator of Alpine Bau GmbH

Polish Wind Energy Association

Heesung Electronics Poland sp. z o.o.

Eolos (Terna Group)

Karimpol Group

Uriel Renewables

KGAL

CORUM XL SCPI

Corum Asset Management

Zeitgeist Asset Management

Eiffage Immobilier Polska Sp. z o.o.

Work highlights

  • Provided tax advice to Karimpol Group with respect to the Skyliner project (construction of a skyscraper), which is Karimpol Group’s biggest project in the CEE.
  • Provided tax advisory services to Corum XL on its acquisition of office buildings in several Polish cities, and secured its tax position by way of tax rulings and dealt with post-closing tax matters.
  • Provided tax advice to Zeitgeist Asset Management on a forward purchase with a forward funding deal involving the acquisition of a real property located in a prominent location in Gdansk.

Poland > Capital markets Tier 3

DWF Poland Jamka Sp.k advises on the gamut of equity and debt capital markets transactions, with its team often working closely with the firm’s London offices. The group is well-versed in assisting issuers and investment banks with IPO matters, as well as public M&A. In the debt space, lawyers are active in handling securitisations and structured products, drawing on substantial financial regulatory knowledge. Michał Pawłowski, Filip Urbaniak and Rafał Woźniak take the lead on most transactions. Counsel Krzysztof Kropidłowski has a growing reputation for advising on bond issuances and the Polish due diligence aspects of IPOs.

Practice head(s):

Michał Pawłowski; Filip Urbaniak; Rafał Woźniak

Other key lawyers:

Lech Najbauer; Krzysztof Kropidłowski; Magdalena Trzepizur; Krzysztof Jagiełło; Mateusz Baszczyk

Testimonials

‘The team is very experienced, but most of all, they are active in searching for solutions in a timely manner.’

‘The team comprises of intelligent and experienced people who quickly find solutions. The advice is always precise and clear. Their competitors are slow and have a tendency to write 50 pages books, which are only meant to protect their liability, instead of helping with the solutions.’

‘They are business-oriented, skilled lawyers, who are always looking for good business solutions. They are a pragmatic and strong team with good breadth of experience. The team has a practical approach on matters and provides quick solutions. They cooperate closely with each other across practice teams and jurisdictions what guarantees a positive outcome.’

‘Michał Pawłowski is a business-oriented lawyer; his ability to come up with solutions and solve problems is outstanding. He is a go-to lawyer in the capital markets and M&A space. Rafał Woźniak is good in taking things forward on time and coming up with solutions on difficult matters, we value his attention to details on tricky transactions.’

‘Open minded and fresh thinking looking for new solutions.’

Key clients

mBank S.A.

Meyra Group S.A.

LC Corp

Enter Air

GameOn Creative Inc.

CentralNic Group plc

Dobra Energia dla Olsztyna Sp. z o.o.

Work highlights

  • Advised GameOn Creative Inc. on Polish aspects of the sale of shares in Game On Creative Inc. to PCF Group S.A. and subsequent reinvestment of the purchase price in the newly issued shares of PCF Group S.A.
  • Advised CentralNic Group plc on Polish aspects of the acquisition of Zeropark and Voluum businesses, as well as certain assets from entities belonging to Codewise group.
  • Advised Dobra Energia dla Olsztyna Sp. z o.o. on the process of issue of bonds with a total nominal value of PLN48m offered to fund managed by PFR TFI.

Poland > Competition/antitrust Tier 3

DWF Poland Jamka Sp.k has expertise in cartel cases and anticompetitive agreements, EU competition law, compliance, merger clearance and consumer law. Sector focuses for the group include energy, chemicals, financial services, sport, packaging and media. Counsel Lech Najbauer now leads the team and is supported by senior associate Kamilla Pomorska, who joined the team from Prof. Marek Wierzbowski and Partners Advocates and Legal Counsel in July 2021. Marcin Trepka left the firm in 2020.

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Testimonials

‘We have been cooperating with DWF lawyers for a decade, basically since the very beginning of our operations. Since that time, we have developed our cooperation in a wide range of areas, including Competition Antitrust. They are business oriented, skilled lawyers, who are always looking for good business solutions.’

‘Lech Najbauer is a go-to-lawyer for competition matters at DWF in Poland. He is very experienced and pays a lot attention to details.’

Key clients

Getback s.a. W likwidacji

Sonoco products company

Enter air

Tauron polska energia s.a.

Wydawnictwa szkolne i pedagogiczne s.a.

Dnb nord polska s.a.

Polskie zakłady lotnicze sp. Z o.o.

A sikorsky corporation

Flügger a/s

Polish wind energy association

Pzu sa

Work highlights

  • Advising Enter Air on communications with the competition authority regarding a letter requesting the client’s position on consumer complaints.

Poland > White-collar crime Tier 3

The white-collar and criminal compliance team at DWF Poland Jamka Sp.k is led by Maciej Antoniak, who is supported by senior associates Lukasz Gembis and Michał Szumbarsi. The group advises clients from the mining, construction, telecommunications, aviation and entertainment industries on crisis management and internal investigations, as well as representing companies acting as injured parties in criminal proceedings, implementing anti-corruption rules, and acting as defence counsel.

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Testimonials

‘DWF’s whole team proves extremely available and flexible in providing their legal advice. I believe their ability to listen to the client, understand the need and the context and adapt the offer to the situation (even when urgent and complicated) is a key aspect of their practice which we appreciated very much. They are always very reactive and pragmatic, which is key in complex situations.’

‘We worked with Maciej Antoniak and appreciated very much their availability. His knowledge of the sector as well as his expertise and communication skills were very much appreciated.’

‘Professional approach to each case as well as great knowledge and experience.’

Key clients

Jastrzębska Spółka Węglowa S.A.

Lubelski Węgiel Bogdanka S.A.

Orange Polska S.A.

Orlen Koltrans S.A.

STK S.A.

PZL Mielec Sp z o.o.

Xella Polska SP. z o.o.

Ocado Group

GEO Renewables S.A.

Dobra Energia dla Olsztyna Sp. z o.o.

Flugger A/S

Polskie LNG S.A.

Work highlights

  • Representing Orange Polska in criminal proceedings related to contracts for development and operations of two fibre optic networks in Poland.
  • Represented STK as a proxy of auxiliary prosecutors in a criminal court dispute regarding the collision of two trains.
  • Represented PZL Mielec in criminal proceedings regarding potential irregularities in a public tender proceeding.

Poland > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 4

DWF Poland Jamka Sp.k‘s corporate and M&A team in Warsaw is an integral part of the firm’s European offering, working alongside the regional office network in a wide variety of cross-border transactions. The team is well-versed in M&A, capital injections and public offerings of securities. Managing partner Michał Pawłowski  jointly leads the practice with Filip Urbaniak and Rafał Woźniak. Anna Wietrzyńska-Ciołkowska is another key team member with substantial M&A experience and a specialism in gambling licences.

Practice head(s):

Michał Pawłowski; Filip Urbaniak; Rafał Woźniak

Other key lawyers:

Adrian Jonca; Anna Wietrzyńska-Ciołkowska; Izabela Szczygielska

Testimonials

‘Global coverage. Problem-solving attitude.’

Key clients

GameOn Creative Inc.

Sonoco Products Company

CentralNic Group plc

KGAL

Enter Air

Dobra Energia dla Olsztyna and its shareholder Meridiam

PFR Ventures sp. z o.o.

Meyra Group sp. z o.o.

Uriel Renovables

Work highlights

  • Advised the ESPF 4 fund managed by KGAL on acquisition of 27 MW wind farm project from the Boryszew Group.
  • Advising an internet services company listed on AIM market of the London Stock Exchange on Polish aspects of the transaction involving the acquisition of Zeropark and Voluum businesses, as well as certain assets from entities belonging to Codewise group.
  • Advised Sonoco Products Company on the sale of a European contract packaging business to Prairie Industries Holdings.

Poland > Banking and finance Tier 5

At DWF Poland Jamka Sp.k, the team advises Polish and international banks, funds and asset managers, as well as corporate and public borrowers, on a range of domestic and cross-border financial transactions. The group has expertise in project finance, acquisition finance and property finance, which sits on top of solid regulatory foundations. Adam Stopyra has expertise in EU directives and regulations, in addition to experience in securities and derivatives transactions, and he co-heads the department with Tomasz Kaczmarek. Radosław Cebeliński is a specialist in financial restructurings. In December 2020, the firm hired Michał Grabowski from Alior Bank.

Practice head(s):

Adam Stopyra; Tomasz Kaczmarek

Testimonials

‘They are business-oriented, skilled lawyers, who are always looking for good business solutions. The team is skilled across several areas, including projects, equity financing, especially in renewables sector. Increasingly active in debt refinancing and restructuring matters. Particularly impressive financial services regulation practice, advising leading banks, insurance companies and financial institutions.’

‘Tomasz Kaczmarek is always very calm and focused on the objective to achieve. He is able to handle unforeseen complications with great mastery. What I appreciate is that the partner is always truly involved. Team led by Tomasz is also always well-staffed and deadline oriented.’

Key clients

Uriel Renovables

Enter Air S.A and Enter Air sp. z o.o.

PKO BP S.A.

mBank S.A.

DNB Bank ASA

Bank Ochrony Środowiska S.A.

V-Ridium Power Group sp. z o.o.

CVI Dom Maklerski S.A.

Work highlights

  • Advised leading bank in Poland on a project financing of two portfolio of PVs of a total capacity exceeding 70 mw developed by 34 SPVs controlled by a leading Polish renewable energy investor.
  • Advised Uriel Renovables and a project company in relation to project financing of a wind farm located in Biały Bór, Poland of a total capacity exceeding 144 mw financed by DNB Bank Polska S.A. and EKF -Danish Export Credit Agency.
  • Advised club of banks including in relation to project financing of a 100 mw mixed wind and PVs portfolio developed by a leading industry investor.

DWF is the largest listed legal business in the world, with an award-winning reputation for client service excellence, effective operational management and innovation. The company became the first Main Market Premium Listed legal business on the London Stock Exchange in March 2019. DWF has been named by the Financial Times as one of Europe’s most innovative legal businesses and has been independently recognised for its quality of legal advice, service delivery and responsiveness.

DWF’s stated purpose is to transform legal services through its people for its clients using its three principal strategic objectives: understanding our clients, engaging our people and doing things differently. DWF aims to deliver its strategy by building long-term relationships with its clients, recruiting talented individuals to maintain a high service level culture and continually innovating in its provision of complex legal services, managed and connected services to address client needs and increase its market share.

The business has core strengths in corporate banking, insurance and litigation and in-depth expertise in several chosen sectors, including insurance; public sector; energy and industrials; real estate; financial services; retail, food and hospitality; technology and transport.

In addition to its legal services, DWF provides a range of professional, business or consulting services, a number of which include or are enabled by technology products and solutions to its clients through its Connected Services division. This offering is complementary to the traditional legal services offered by DWF.

DWF employs over 4,000 people across 31 key locations and has steadily grown its international presence in response to client demand. In 2019 and 2020 DWF expanded its international footprint by opening a new office in Warsaw, Poland and acquired Mindcrest Inc. to establish offices in Chicago and New York, USA, and Pune, India. DWF also acquired RCD in Spain and now has offices in Barcelona, Madrid and Valencia, Spain as part of its strategic growth plans.

DWF was the first UK legal business to achieve the ‘Disability Confident’ accreditation, which highlights the firm as an inclusive recruiter of disabled talent and is a Top 30 Employer for Working Families. The business also has its own charitable enterprise, the DWF Foundation, a registered charity aimed at providing funds and support to local charities and programmes focused on education, employability, health and wellbeing and homelessness.

PhotoNamePositionProfile
Maciej Antoniak  photo Maciej Antoniak Local Partner, Head of White Collar Crime at DWF Poland
Łukasz Gembiś photo Łukasz GembiśCounsel
Maciej Jamka  photo Maciej Jamka Senior Partner, Head of Litigation and Arbitration Practice at DWF Poland
Adrian Jonca  photo Adrian Jonca Partner, Head of Tax Practice and German Group at DWF Poland
Tomasz Kaczmarek  photo Tomasz Kaczmarek Local Partner, Head of Banking and Finance Transactional Practice at DWF Poland.
Dr Piotr Kunicki  photo Dr Piotr Kunicki Partner, Head of Public Procurement Department at DWF Poland
Dr Karol Lasocki  photo Dr Karol Lasocki Partner, Head of the Energy Department and the Innovative Energy Department at…
Małgorzata Lesiak-Ćwikowska photo Małgorzata Lesiak-ĆwikowskaLocal Partner
Dr Rafał Morek  photo Dr Rafał Morek Partner
Dr Michał Pawłowski photo Dr Michał PawłowskiManaging Partner at DWF Poland
Katarzyna Stec  photo Katarzyna Stec Senior Associate
Oskar Tułodziecki photo Oskar TułodzieckiPartner, Head of Intellectual Property Department at DWF Poland
Filip Urbaniak  photo Filip Urbaniak Partner
Oskar Waluśkiewicz photo Oskar WaluśkiewiczOf Counsel
Joanna Wojnarowska photo Joanna WojnarowskaPartner, Global Deputy Head of Real Estate at DWF, head of Housing…
Dr Rafał Woźniak photo Dr Rafał WoźniakLocal Partner
Ewelina Wętrys photo Ewelina WętrysCounsel
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Email: enquiries@dwf.law Website: www.dwfgroup.com Tel: 0333 320 2220

The firm: DWF is a listed legal business with an award-winning reputation for client service excellence, effective operational management and innovation. The company became the first main market premium listed legal business on the London Stock Exchange in March 2019. DWF has been named by the Financial Times as one of Europe’s most innovative legal businesses and has been independently recognised for its quality of legal advice, service delivery and responsiveness.

DWF’s strategy is to offer clients an integrated legal management approach through three streamlined and efficient global divisions of Legal Advisory, Mindcrest and Connected Services.

Legal Advisory is DWF’s traditional law firm arm. The division provides commercial intelligence and deep sectoral experience to deliver premium legal advice to clients.

Mindcrest is an established and well-known brand that provides outsourced and process-led legal services through which DWF standardises, systematises, scales, and optimises legal work.

Connected Services is DWF’s collection of products and business services that enhance the Group’s legal offerings. The division complements the Legal Advisory and Mindcrest teams through the provision of non-legal services such as claims management, costs and regulatory consulting.

Together, the three divisions support DWF’s single Integrated Legal Management approach through which DWF seamlessly combines any number of these services to deliver bespoke solutions to its clients with efficiency, price certainty and transparency. This approach enables DWF to offer solutions that combine traditional law firm services with new, modern legal and business services relevant to today’s companies, and the challenges and opportunities they face.

DWF employs over 4,000 people across 30 key locations and has steadily grown its international presence in response to client demand.

In 2019 and 2020, DWF expanded its international footprint by opening a new office in Warsaw, Poland and acquired Mindcrest Inc. to establish offices in Chicago and New York, USA, and Pune, India. DWF also acquired RCD in Spain and now has offices in Barcelona, Madrid and Valencia, Spain as part of its strategic growth plans.

DWF was the first UK legal business to achieve the ‘Disability Confident’ accreditation, which highlights the firm as an inclusive recruiter of disabled talent, and is a Top 30 Employer for Working Families. The business also has its own charitable enterprise, the DWF Foundation, a registered charity aimed at providing funds and support to local charities and programmes focused on education, employability, health and wellbeing and homelessness.

Practice area contacts
Legal advisory: Paul Rimmer
Mindcrest: Mark Qualter
Connected services: Jason Ford
Public sector: Jonathan Branton
Energy: Slava Kiryushin
Financial services: Martin Pugsley
Retail, food and hospitality: Dominic Watkins
Technology: Stewart Room
Transport: Jonathan Moss
Insurance: Claire Bowler
Real estate: Melanie Williams

International offices: Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Qatar, Poland, Spain, UAE, USA

*USA, *Colombia, *Panama, *Argentina, *Turkey, *South Africa, *Portugal.
* Associations

Chairman: Jonathan Bloomer
Managing partner and DWF Group CEO: Sir Nigel Knowles
Number of UK partners: c. 230
Number of qualified lawyers in the UK: c. 905

UK offices
Belfast: 42 Queen Street, BT1 6HL
Tel: 028 9023 0230 Fax: 028 9024 4644

Birmingham: One Snowhill, Snow Hill Queensway, B4 6GA
Tel: 0333 320 2220 Fax: 0333 320 4440

Bristol: 120 Redcliff Street, BS1 6HU
Tel: 0333 320 2220 Fax: 0333 320 4440

Edinburgh: No. 2 Lochrin Square, 96 Fountainbridge, EH3 9QA
Tel: 0333 320 2220 Fax: 0333 320 4440

Glasgow: 103 Waterloo Street, Glasgow, G2 7BW
Tel: 0141 228 8000 Fax: 0141 228 8310

Leeds: Bridgewater Place, Water Lane, LS11 5DY
Tel: 0333 320 2220 Fax: 0333 320 4440

Liverpool: 5 St Paul’s Square, Old Hall Street, L3 9AE
Tel: 0333 320 2220 Fax: 0333 320 4440

London: 20 Fenchurch Street, EC3M 3AG
Tel: 0333 320 2220 Fax: 0333 320 4440

Manchester: 1 Scott Place, 2 Hardman Street, M3 3AA
Tel: 0333 320 2220 Fax: 0333 320 4440

Newcastle: Central Square South, Orchard Street, NE1 3AZ
Tel: 0333 320 2220 Fax: 0333 320 4440