Firm Profile > Dentons > Warsaw, Poland


Banking and finance Tier 1

The team at Dentons acts as a hub for the firm's European banking and finance offering, coordinating work for its strong global network from Warsaw and utilising US-, UK-, Czech- and Slovakian-qualified lawyers within the office. It also stands out for CEE region cross-border portfolio finance transactions. The team is jointly led by Mateusz Toczyski, who also leads Dentons' European banking and finance group, and has significant experience advising on regional and Polish financing transactions; and Marcin Bartczak, who is a co-head of the firm's European financial institutions regulatory practice. Also recommended are partner Bartosz Nojek (a corporate finance expert) and counsel Tomasz Zwoliński, who joined from CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang Pośniak i Bejm sp.k. in September 2018, and focuses on project finance.

Practice head(s):

Mateusz Toczyski; Marcin Bartczak

Key clients

BNP Paribas Bank

Bank Gospodarstwa Krajowego

Bank Pekao

Enlight Renewable Energy

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development


HSBC Bank Polska


PKO Bank Polski

Santander Bank Polska

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 1

Piotr Dulewicz leads the department at Dentons, which provides a full service for transactions, with a stand-out focus on regulated sectors including energy, life sciences, healthcare, financial services and telecoms. In a major transaction for the Polish market in 2019, Jakub Celiński advised PSA as one of the investors on the acquisition of the DCT Gdańsk port terminal from Macquarie. Paweł Grabowski is another key name, and draws on substantial experience in share and asset acquisitions, as well as leveraged and management buyouts and other forms of corporate restructuring.

Practice head(s):

Piotr Dulewicz


Dentons has a large M&A team with a strong track record in energy sector transactions. They also have one of the largest regulatory teams in Poland, which makes them well-positioned to advise on our complex transactions and investment projects.

I value their practical approach to solving our problems and find them responsive and supportive.

They understand (and embrace!) the demands put on them by large US and UK institutions.

Very good cooperation in the field of operational efficiency, communication, high personal culture and extensive substantive knowledge.

Key clients






Sumitomo Corporation

BNP Paribas Bank Polska




Competition/antitrust Tier 1

The group at Dentons handles matters across the competition and antitrust space, including investigations and state aid cases, in addition to novel merger control cases. It also has significant experience of contentious matters, often appearing before the Polish Competition Authorities, as well as at the European Commission level. Leveraging the firm's global office network, the Warsaw office acts as a hub for the firm's CEE regional competition and antitrust group, coordinating and supervising cross-border projects. Experienced competition lawyer Agnieszka Stefanowicz-Barańska heads the team, which includes counsel Anna Gulińska, who focuses on the real estate, TMT, fast-moving consumer goods, banking and heavy industry sectors.

Practice head(s):

Agnieszka Stefanowicz-Barańska


They have one of the largest regulatory teams in Poland, which makes them well-positioned to advise on our complex transactions and investment projects.

They focus on the goal, achieving successful completion of the transaction, ability to negotiate with a difficult opponent.

They understand (and embrace!) the demands put on them by large US and UK institutions.

Key clients

Air Products


Atrium Group

Bank Polska Kasa Opieki

Blackstone Group


Centrum Serenada



EPH Group


European Investment Bank

Fortum Power & Heat Polska


GLL Real Estate Partners

Globalworth Poland Real Estate


Ipsen Poland

ITI Neovision

Kohlberg Kravis Roberts


Mitsui Hi-tech


PCC Rokita



PGE Polska Grupa Energetyczna


Polish Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association

Rockcastle Global Real Estate Holdings

Sony Europe

Stadler Bussnang

Syntaxis Capital

The Coca-Cola Company

Union Investment Real Estate

Construction Tier 1

The department at Dentons is divided into two sub-teams: construction transactions, led by Piotr Staniszewski and construction dispute avoidance and dispute resolution, headed by Agnieszka Wojciechowska. On the non-contentious front, the group has experience of property acquisitions, zoning, environmental regulation, building permits, applying for EU funds and matters relating to special economic zones, as well as day-to-day advice on the performance of contractual duties. The firm's dispute avoidance practice assists clients with solving problems on site, while the team is well placed to represent clients in litigation or arbitration if a dispute escalates.

Practice head(s):

Piotr Staniszewski; Agnieszka Wojciechowska


I had the pleasure to cooperate closely with Agnieszka Wojciechowska, who is an outstanding construction disputes lawyer, very intelligent, sharp, diligent and hard-working, with an in-depth understanding of the construction business.

The team stands out for its ability to grasp quickly complex engineering and technical issues and propose tailor-made legal solutions in a business-oriented way.

Key clients

Globalworth / Griffin Real Estate

Cromwell Property Group



Cambridge Innovation Center

Consortium of Saipem, Techint and PBG




Consortium of RUBAU and ROVER ALCISA

Dispute resolution Tier 1

The sizeable team at Dentons handles litigation and arbitration for a range of Polish and international clients. It is divided into sub-groups, the most notable of which include construction and infrastructure; real estate litigation; white-collar criminal defence and investigations; regulatory disputes; and corporate disputes. An expert in litigation and arbitration involving financial institutions, Anna Maria Pukszto jointly heads the team alongside commercial litigator Wojciech Kozłowski. Katarzyna Bilewska is the go-to lawyer for corporate disputes. In February 2019, senior associate Łucja Nowak joined from Hogan Lovells (Warszawa) LLP.

Practice head(s):

Anna Maria Pukszto; Wojciech Kozłowski


They are reliable and business-oriented, capable of acting on a broad range of matters. Their commitment and quality of work is undoubtedly their strongest point.’

We entrusted Dentons’ dispute resolution team with one of our most important matters and that speaks for itself. I value their experience, professionalism, alongside out of the box thinking and problem-solving approach.

The team is very much dedicated to their work and cooperate very efficiently, so that you always can talk to somebody who has a clear picture of the actual situation.

Key clients


Ritchie Bros.

SAUR International


SIAC Construction





Morgan Stanley



General Electric

WPD Europe



Raiffeisen, mBank, Bank of China

Tarantoga Capital / Creative Development LCC




Rover Alcisa


DZ Bank

Energy and natural resources Tier 1

Led by Arkadiusz Krasnodębski, the team at Dentons is noted for its expertise in public procurement and environmental law. The group assists energy generators, transmission system operators and energy traders on the full spectrum of issues, including transactions and regulatory matters; with counsel Michał Motylewski specialising in the EU's internal electricity and gas market.

Practice head(s):

Arkadiusz Krasnodębski


The public procurement and environmental protection teams are very useful and important pillars of the multi-practice support for energy clients.

Experts in wind and solar power projects, on both the development and financing sides. They know the energy sector, its needs and specificity.

Business-oriented, with deep legal knowledge focused for solving problems.

Investment funds Tier 1

The scope of Dentons' practice covers advice on the implantation of structures using closed-end investment funds, renegotiation of contracts with investment funds for existing structures and regulatory advice to financial institutions. The department is led by Marcin Bartczak, who specialises in Polish capital markets and financial instruments, as well as financial institution regulation. Inga Dulska is noted for providing regulatory and day-to-day legal advice on tax-efficient structures for investment funds.

Practice head(s):

Marcin Bartczak

Public procurement Tier 1

Key sectors for Dentons are transport and energy, and the team has vast experience in advising private sector clients on large tenders for the delivery of services. The team is also adept at handling procurement proceedings, both representing clients in the National Appeal Chamber and in court proceedings. The department is led by Aldona Kowalczyk, who also co-heads the firm's European public procurement and government contracts group. Promoted to managing counsel in early 2019, Anna Szymańska leads the defence and security group, and represents bidders and awarding entities in contentious matters, as well as advising on non-contentious defence sector procurement issues.

Practice head(s):

Aldona Kowalczyk


Very high level of commitment, availability, high competence.

Very good knowledge of public procurement law in Poland and vast experience in the subject matter.

What makes it unique is: quality, availability and response time and multidisciplinary team ready to support project on different levels. Additionally impressing industry market experience is a huge added value in many cases driving business decisions into the right direction.

Key clients


Miejskie Zakłady Autobusowe in Warsaw (MZA)





Real estate Tier 1

Dentons fields a team, which handles high-value real estate investments in Poland, as well as CEE region cross-border transactions involving Poland. In addition to all phases of the investment process, the group is also able to draw on the firm's strong tax and finance departments. Domestic and international institutional investors, developers, lenders and borrowers make up a large part of the client base. Paweł Dębowski, who is also co-chair of the firm's European real estate group, jointly leads the Warsaw-based team with Piotr Szafarz, who is a specialist in transactions involving shopping malls and warehouses. Bartłomiej Kordeczka is noted for transactions in the hotel and leisure sectors, while Monika Sitowicz is a commercial real estate expert.

Practice head(s):

Piotr Szafarz; Paweł Dębowski

Key clients

Atrium European Real Estate



GLL Real Estate Partners



LC Corp


Union Investment

Echo Polska Properties

Restructuring and insolvency Tier 1

The restructuring, insolvency and bankruptcy department at Dentons  offers a dedicated core team, enabling it to handle complex, often cross-border matters; an area of expertise for practice head Anna Pukszto. The group handles bankruptcy-related disputes, in and out of court, as well as advising creditors and debtors on a range of restructuring transactions. Tomasz Trocki was a new arrival in 2020.

Practice head(s):

Anna Pukszto


Prompt and professional service. The staff work hand in hand.

Dedicated, high motivated and service-minded.

Key clients

Santander Bank

Gibson Brands

GSS III Wolverine

Sandvik Materials Technology

Nifco Korea Poland


ING Bank Śląski

DZ Bank


Tax Tier 1

The tax team at Dentons is jointly led by transactional and contentious tax expert Karina Furga-Dabrowska and Cezary Przygodzki, who focuses on tax advisory issues, international tax planning work and M&A structuring. It is noted for its expertise in tax issues relating to highly regulated sectors, particularly for financial institutions, private equity houses and energy companies, in addition to real estate sector clients. For cross-border work, the group is regularly instructed on transaction support issues, tax reviews, transfer pricing work and tax structurings. Michał Turczyk leads on development and innovation grants and incentives.

Practice head(s):

Karina Furga-Dąbrowska; Cezary Przygodzki

Key clients


Mitsui Hi-tec

LRC Group

Cogito Capital Partners

ERG Renew


Grupa Pracuj

Fresenius Kabi

Brand New Galaxy

Heisterkamp Group

TMT Tier 1

The practice at Dentons spans media, technology, intellectual property, telecoms and privacy advice, assisting domestic and international clients, including over-the-top providers, phone networks and international banks, with their operations in Poland. In 2019, Igor Ostrowski was promoted to global co-chair of the firm's TMT group, while local department head Karol Laskowski, a media and telecoms expert and experienced copyright arbitrator, became a managing counsel; the group also welcomed senior associate Małgorzata Domalewska from an in-house position at Telewizja Puls, adding substantial experience in film production and television broadcasting advice.

Practice head(s):

Karol Laskowski


The practice works very efficiently and is a solution-oriented team that understands what is important for the client

Karol Laskowski is a very professional lawyer with a high level of knowledge

Professional and smart lawyers with lots of knowledge and experience, understanding the business aspects

Key clients


Liberty Global/UPC


ITI Neovision/Canal+

Tata Communications

Viacom International Media Networks

BBC Studios

Eleven Sports Network

Opus Film

Discovery Communications

Virgin Mobile

HERE Technologies



SPI International / Kino Polska

Warner Music



Commerz Systems


Office of Electronic Communications/UKE


White-collar crime Tier 1

The group at Dentons represents companies and individuals in proceedings and investigations relating to the spectrum of business crime in Poland, as well as handling the Polish aspects of cross-border cases. Areas where the team, led by Agnieszka Wardak, stands out are corruption, money laundering and fraud cases, criminal public procurement matters, asset stripping cases against debtors, abuse of office investigations and cyber criminal cases. Compliance is another strand of the practice, and the team has significant expertise advising on internal procedures and risk assessments. In 2019, senior associate Piotr Grabowski joined from a District Court judicial position.

Practice head(s):

Agnieszka Wardak


Good understanding of the business and fast responses.

I especially appreciate the cooperation with Agnieszka Wardak and Joanna Kornaszewska.

Key clients

Echo Investment




Mayland Real Estate


ING Bank Śląski

Europol Meble

CH Robinson

Fortum Power and Heat

AstraZeneca Pharma Poland

TP Vision

Polpharma Group

White Star Real Estate

Poczta Polska



Prins Autogassystemen


Capital markets Tier 2

The team at Dentons is able to provide a full service, advising on ECM, derivatives and regulatory issues. Clients include local and international issuers, investment banks and other financial institutions – most notably the Warsaw Stock Exchange. The Warsaw office acts as a hub for the firm's capital markets practice, with Jakub Celiński leading the entire European group. Co-head of the European financial institutions regulatory practice, Marcin Bartczak is another key practitioner. In January 2019, DCM expert Robert Dulewicz joined Gide Loyrette Nouel.

Practice head(s):

Jakub Celiński; Marcin Bartczak


The team has good knowledge, reaction times and a client-centred approach.

Key clients


Auga Group


Chatham Financial Europe

Kino Polska TV

Warsaw Stock Exchange


Waimea Group

GPW Benchmark

ING Bank Śląski

BGZ BNP Paribas

Deutsche Bank Polska


Data privacy and data protection Tier 2

The team at Dentons is noted for advising major international internet-based companies on a variety of data protection and privacy regulatory issues, often working in conjunction with the firm's other departments, including employment, competition, life sciences and M&A. The team is coordinated by managing counsel Karol Laskowski, who leads the firm's intellectual property, technology and communications department. The group also includes counsel Magdalena Bartosik, who has substantial experience leading on local and cross-border GDPR and data management compliance matters, large-scale data sharing schemes and issues related to data processing contracts.

Practice head(s):

Karol Laskowski


Very helpful team, ready to assist anytime and in any project.

Professional team with wide knowledge within its practice and other related practices. Strong business attitude.

Innovative point of view on many topics and issues. Great experience and knowledge about trends in the sector.

Key clients


ITI Neovision






BNP Paribas Bank



Employment Tier 2

The Dentons employment and labour team draws on the firm's strong international presence to provide clients with cross-border advice on contentious and non-contentious issues. The group's main focus areas include employment restructurings, the implementation of flexible and tax efficient employment structures, crisis management issues, as well as coordinating projects across the CEE region. The department is led by experienced employment generalist Aleksandra Minkowicz-Flanek. In 2019, Agnieszka Fedor departed to Soltysinski Kawecki & Szlezak.

Practice head(s):

Aleksandra Minkowicz-Flanek


Exceptional knowledge and psychological understanding, what is extremely valuable in HR-related issues, great experience, perfect cooperation with clients, deep involvement.

Highly qualified professionals with strong interpersonal skills.

Key clients

Stadler Polska

Enea Trading

Generali CEE Holding

Johnson & Johnson Poland

Europol Meble Polska

Air Products

Spectrum Cannabis Polska

Commerz Systems

Keyence International

Intellectual property Tier 2

The team at Dentons stands out for advising a range of multinationals, including Coca-Cola, Nike and Delta Air Lines, on matters including IP applications and licensing work, and portfolio management and IP protection issues. The group, which is led by Karol Laskowski, leverages the firm's global presence to handle multi-jurisdictional IP projects, covering copyrights, trade marks and patents.

Practice head(s):

Karol Laskowski


The IP team worked seamlessly with the transactional team. They were also able to translate IP issues into understandable issues for non IP attorneys. That is rare.

Professional and smart lawyers with lots of knowledge and experience, with a pragmatic approach focusing on business friendly solutions.

Karol Laskowski is very professional but keeps a friendly atmosphere; finds solutions and delivers legal advice in an understandable way; manages his team with very high proficiency level.

Key clients

The Coca-Cola Company

Opus Film

ITI Neovision



Media IP Rights


Delta Airlines


BBC Worldwide


Warner Music


A&E Networks

Viacom International Media Networks

Dr Gerard


Milly LLC

MarketAxess Holdings

Roger Publishing

Media IP Rights


Agencja Rozwoju Przemysłu

Zott Group

Private equity Tier 2

The private equity group at Dentons handles transactions across the manufacturing, life sciences, fast-moving consumer goods, energy, real estate and TMT sectors. Backed by a strong global office network, the group is particularly active in cross-border and multi-jurisdictional deals. Piotr Dulewicz leads the department, and is also a co-head of the firm's European private equity practice group. Counsel Michał Wasiak is another name to note, with substantial transactional experience.

Practice head(s):

Piotr Dulewicz


Always on top of matters and anticipating what may come in the negotiations.

Michał Wasiak is the lawyer to observe, as he is up and coming with great skills and diligence.

Key clients

Syntaxis Capital

Cogito Capital Partners

Royalton Partners

White Star Capital




TPG Real Estate

Healthcare and life sciences Tier 3

The team at Dentons provides regulatory, litigation and tax advisory services to companies across the life sciences sector, including domestic and international pharmaceutical manufacturers and distributors, industry bodies and healthcare providers. Jointly leading the group, Wojciech Kozłowski is a seasoned litigator and Karina Furga-Dąbrowska is a tax advisory expert and also coordinates the firm's life sciences group across the central Europe region.

Practice head(s):

Karina Furga-Dąbrowska; Wojciech Kozłowski

Key clients

Super-Pharm Israel





Polish Federation of Food Industry Union of Employers (PFFI UE)

Polish Employers’ Union of Pharmaceuticals Industry (PZPPF)



Insurance Tier 3

Led by Marcin Bartczak, the team at Dentons stands out for advising on regulatory matters. It is also strong on claims handling, loss adjustment and litigation, often drawing on the firm's litigation department. Other key areas of expertise include advising Polish and international insurance companies on transactions, negotiating insurance contracts for insured parties and risk management.

Practice head(s):

Marcin Bartczak


Openness to clients’ needs and always try to find solutions for complicated legal matters.

When co-operating on a long-term basis, they provide for additional legal training for our in-house team.

The firm: With a legacy in Poland going back nearly 30 years, Dentons was one of the first multinational law firms to set up in Warsaw. Deeply rooted in the community, the firm has been involved in many of the largest, most innovative transactions and cases in Poland.

Dentons is the world’s largest law firm, delivering quality and value to clients around the globe. Dentons is a leader on the Acritas Global Elite Brand Index, a BTI Client Service 30 Award winner and recognized by prominent business and legal publications for its innovations in client service, including founding Nextlaw Enterprise, Dentons’ wholly owned subsidiary of innovation, advisory and technology operating units. Dentons’ polycentric approach, commitment to inclusion and diversity and world-class talent challenge the status quo to advance client interests in the communities in which we live and work.

Dentons’ global team builds agile, tailored solutions to meet the local, national and global needs of private and public clients of any size.

Areas of practice: Dentons’ lawyers and professionals provide services in the following practice disciplines and industry sectors:

Banking and finance: Dentons has the largest banking and finance team in Poland with sub-teams specialised in real estate finance, acquisition finance, project finance, energy finance, corporate, bonds, regulatory and compliance.

Capital markets: the team advises on IPOs/SPOs, bonds issuance and restructuring, EMTN programmes, derivatives and structured products, compliance and post listing obligations, capital markets regulatory and litigation matters.

Competition and antitrust: the practice specialises in antitrust, merger control, consumer protection and state aid matters in such sectors as energy, TMT, real estate, retail and consumer products, banking, pharmaceutical and chemicals.

Corporate and M&A: one of the largest and most experienced teams in Poland playing a key role in big ticket transactions and mid-size deals, representing multinationals, regional corporations, large local firms, financial institutions, private equity funds.

Intellectual property, technology and communications: the team delivers comprehensive advice on complex regulatory, IP, corporate and litigation matters to FMCG producers, luxury brands, TV and radio broadcasters, media, telecoms, IT companies, and regulatory bodies.

Dispute resolution and arbitration: the largest dispute resolution team in Poland with high profile sub-practices focused on corporate, construction, infrastructure, white-collar crime, healthcare, bankruptcy and international arbitration cases.

Employment: the team has been successfully representing employers’ interests for many years. We effectively combine our knowledge and experience with a pragmatic approach. Being part of a global team we are fully able to implement and coordinate international projects.

Energy: the group advises the key energy companies in the Polish market, including transmission and distribution system operators, energy producers and energy traders on the full spectrum of legal matters, transactional, project development and finance, regulatory and environmental law and dispute resolution. Dentons’ lawyers are leading the field in terms of legal advice on renewable energy projects in Poland.

Public procurement and PPP: the group provides quality advice on: public procurement, license-related issues, new regulations on public-private partnership and concessions for construction works or services in the power, rail, road, defense and utilities sectors.

Real estate: the largest and leading practice in Poland. The team of more than 50 lawyers provides a full-service advisory to all major real estate players, with a particular focus on office, retail, logistics and hotel projects. They are best known for their involvement in complex acquisitions, sales and joint ventures in the real estate sector.

Restructuring, insolvency and bankruptcy: the team deals with all kinds of out-of-court restructuring and in-court insolvency proceedings representing parties on all sides of the table. They have significant experience in working with banks and financial institutions on restructuring projects.

Tax: the group comprises tax advisors, advocates and legal advisors, offering a full range of services, including tax planning and transaction advisory, PIT and indirect taxation related issues, tax and court proceedings, tax risks management, transfer pricing, and comprehensive handling of taxation of foreign investment projects in Poland.

Department Name Email Telephone
Banking and finance Mateusz Toczyski
Capital markets Marcin Bartczak
Capital markets Jakub Celinski
Competition and antitrust Agnieszka Stefanowicz-Baranska
Employment Aleksandra Minkowicz-Flanek
Energy Arkadiusz Krasnodebski
Environment Ewa Rutkowska-Subocz
IP, technology and communications Karol Laskowski
Life sciences Wojciech Kozlowski
Life sciences Karina Furga-Dabrowska
Dispute resolution and arbitration Wojciech Kozlowski
Dispute resolution and arbitration Anna Maria Pukszto
Development and innovation grants & incentives Michał Turczyk
Corporate and M&A Piotr Dulewicz
PPP Aldona Kowalczyk
PPP Tomasz Korczynski
Public procurement Aldona Kowalczyk
Real estate Pawel Debowski
Real estate Piotr Szafarz
Restructuring, insolvency and bankruptcy Anna Maria Pukszto
Tax Karina Furga-Dabrowska
Tax Cezary Przygodzki
Tax Dariusz Stolarek
German Desk Michal Siwek
Japan Desk Takura Kawai
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Mr Marcin Bartczak  photo Mr Marcin Bartczak Marcin Bartczak heads Dentons’ Financial Institutions Regulatory Practice in Warsaw and co-heads…
Mrs Magdalena Bartosik  photo Mrs Magdalena Bartosik Magdalena Bartosik is a counsel in Dentons’ Warsaw office and a member…
Mr Jarosław Bełdowski  photo Mr Jarosław Bełdowski He is a lawyer with extensive background in financial sector who specializes…
Mrs Katarzyna Bilewska  photo Mrs Katarzyna Bilewska Katarzyna Bilewska is a partner in the Litigation and Arbitration practice of…
Mr Jakub Celiński  photo Mr Jakub Celiński Jakub Celinski, PhD, heads Dentons’ Europe Equity Capital Markets Practice. He focuses…
Mr Dariusz Czuchaj  photo Mr Dariusz Czuchaj Dariusz Czuchaj, attorney at law, is counsel in Dentons’ Warsaw office and…
Mr Tomasz Dąbrowski  photo Mr Tomasz Dąbrowski Tomasz Dąbrowski is the CEO of Dentons Europe. In addition to his…
Mr Pawel Debowski  photo Mr Pawel Debowski Paweł is one of the most widely recognized and respected real estate…
Mr David Dixon  photo Mr David Dixon David has a unique blend of real estate, corporate, M&A and financing…
Mrs Małgorzata Domalewska  photo Mrs Małgorzata Domalewska Małgorzata Domalewska, attorney-at-law, senior associate in Dentons’ Warsaw office, is a member…
Mr Piotr Dulewicz  photo Mr Piotr Dulewicz Piotr Dulewicz is a head of the Warsaw M&A and Private Equity…
Mrs Inga Dulska  photo Mrs Inga Dulska Inga Dulska is a member of Dentons’ Financial Institutions Regulatory Practice in…
Mrs Karina Furga-Dabrowska  photo Mrs Karina Furga-Dabrowska Karina is Co-Head of Tax Advisory Group, Co-Head of Life Sciences Group…
Mr Paweł Grabowski  photo Mr Paweł Grabowski Paweł has over 15 years of transactional experience covering strict M&A, private…
Mrs Anna Gulińska  photo Mrs Anna Gulińska Anna Gulińska is a member of Dentons’ Competition P in Warsaw. She…
Ms Anna Hergottová  photo Ms Anna Hergottová Anna specialises in banking and finance and international business transactions law, having…
Mr Michał Jochemczak  photo Mr Michał Jochemczak Michał Jochemczak is a partner and head of the Arbitration practice team…
Mr Krzysztof Kaźmierczyk  photo Mr Krzysztof Kaźmierczyk Krzysztof specialises in banking, finance and international commercial transactions. He has experience…
Mr Tomasz Korczyński  photo Mr Tomasz Korczyński Tomasz Korczyński, counsel, co-head of the Public-Private Partnership practice at Dentons Warsaw,…
Mr Bartłomiej Kordeczka  photo Mr Bartłomiej Kordeczka Bartłomiej advises clients on complex real estate law matters including civil, administrative…
Mrs Aldona Kowalczyk  photo Mrs Aldona Kowalczyk Aldona Kowalczyk is a partner in Dentons and a co-head of the…
Mr Wojciech Kozlowski  photo Mr Wojciech Kozlowski Wojciech Kozłowski is a partner in the Litigation and Arbitration practice of…
Mr Arkadiusz Krasnodębski  photo Mr Arkadiusz Krasnodębski Energy: regulatory, M&A, corporate and contractual matters (power generation and trading, distribution…
Mrs Agnieszka Kulińska  photo Mrs Agnieszka Kulińska Expert in complex domestic and foreign RES projects. Advises leading Polish and…
Mr Karol Laskowski  photo Mr Karol Laskowski Karol Laskowski is a partner in Dentons’ Warsaw office and the Head…
Ms Agnieszka Lipska  photo Ms Agnieszka Lipska Agnieszka has many years of experience in providing comprehensive advice on all…
Ms Elżbieta Lis  photo Ms Elżbieta Lis Elżbieta specializes in major cross border deals, including finance work, acquisitions, and…
Mr Piotr Machnikowski  photo Mr Piotr Machnikowski Prof. Piotr Machnikowski is of counsel in the Litigation and Arbitration practice…
Mrs Aleksandra Minkowicz-Flanek  photo Mrs Aleksandra Minkowicz-Flanek Aleksandra specializes in labor and employment law and also focuses on corporate…
Mr Michał Motylewski  photo Mr Michał Motylewski Energy: EU energy policy and regulation, regulatory, corporate and contractual matters (power…
Mr Piotr Nerwiński  photo Mr Piotr Nerwiński Piotr advises banks, financial institutions as well as borrowers at all stages…
Mrs Kamila Niewęgłowska-Kennedy  photo Mrs Kamila Niewęgłowska-Kennedy Kamila Niewęgłowska-Kennedy is a senior associate in Dentons’ Warsaw office and a…
Mr Bartosz Nojek  photo Mr Bartosz Nojek Bartosz’s main areas of interest focus on real estate finance transactions and…
Ms Łucja Nowak  photo Ms Łucja Nowak Łucja Nowak, PhD, is a senior associate in Dentons’ Warsaw office and…
Mr Igor Ostrowski  photo Mr Igor Ostrowski Provides legal services to leading European and US radio and TV broadcasters.…
Mrs Aleksandra Politańska-Kunicka  photo Mrs Aleksandra Politańska-Kunicka Aleksandra Politańska-Kunicka, advocate, patent attorney trainee , counsel in Dentons’ Warsaw office.…
Mr Cezary Przygodzki  photo Mr Cezary Przygodzki He focuses on international tax planning and M&A structuring. He advises clients…
Mrs Anna Maria Pukszto  photo Mrs Anna Maria Pukszto Anna Maria Pukszto is a partner in Dentons’ Warsaw office, where she…
Mr Patrick Radzimierski  photo Mr Patrick Radzimierski Patrick Radzimierski is a partner in Dentons’ Warsaw office Litigation and Arbitration…
Mrs Ewa Rutkowska-Subocz  photo Mrs Ewa Rutkowska-Subocz With more than 23 years of professional experience, Ewa covers all aspects…
Mr Maciej Ryniewicz  photo Mr Maciej Ryniewicz Maciej has specialized in real estate since the early 1990s. During this…
Mrs Monika Sitowicz  photo Mrs Monika Sitowicz Monika handles matters related to the purchase, sale and lease of commercial…
Mr Michal Siwek  photo Mr Michal Siwek Michał Siwek is a counsel in Dentons’ Warsaw office and the head of the…
Mr Piotr Staniszewski  photo Mr Piotr Staniszewski Piotr is a partner in Dentons’ Warsaw office and a member of…
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Dentons secures final victory for ICT on European patent infringement case against ESSITY

Global law firm Dentons is pleased to announce that the Paris Court of Appeal, the Higher Regional Court of Karlsruhe and the Barcelona Provincial Court have all issued final decisions dismissing Essity’s claims of patent infringement in regards to Industrie Cartarie Tronchetti’s (ICT) three ply toilet paper. With Dentons’ counsel, ICT successfully demonstrated beyond a doubt that its branded and private label products are produced based on its own proprietary process, and patented under European patent 2 353 859. 

Dentons has been advising Industrie Cartarie Tronchetti S.p.A since 2016. Based in Lucca, ICT is a leader in the category of high quality tissue paper products for domestic use, and has subsidiaries in Italy, Spain, Germany, France and Poland.

The Paris decision, which is the most recent, ends a long-running patent infringement litigation with Essity and affirms ICT can continue to produce and distribute absorbent paper based on its own proprietary technology. The three courts in France, Germany, and Spain have confirmed ICT’s argument that it is using its own novel technology, also patented. Essity’s claims of infringement were based on a patent originally filed by Georgia Pacific, and subsequently becoming Essity’s.

Dentons partner David Masson served as lead partner and represented ICT in France. Dentons partner Dr. Constantin Rehaag represented ICT in Germany, and PwC partner Alejandra Matas Brancós represented the client in Spain, with the support of Dentons partner Juan Ignacio Alonso.

David Masson, lead lawyer on the case, commented: “It has been very interesting to understand ICT’s own technology and work closely with different teams, including ICT’s R&D department, which has been part of all strategic and technical decisions throughout the case”.

Constantin Rehaag, who represented the client in the German court hearings and coordinated the work with the client’s patent attorneys, said: “This is an outstanding success of a great team formed by the client, who provided us with invaluable technological insight, the team of patent attorneys and, finally, by the Dentons teams in France, Spain and Germany.”

The patent litigation began in 2016 when Essity sued ICT in France, Germany and Spain for the alleged infringement of its patent related to the technical solution for the bonding of three layers of tissue for paper products such as high quality, soft and bulky, toilet paper.

In France, Essity claimed that ICT had breached the French part of its European patent 1 081 284 and that the toilet paper marketed as Foxy Soie Plus, and also certain other private labels produced by ICT France, had infringed on their patent. Essity demanded that all production operations be halted. The rolls of toilet paper were carefully analyzed and there were no findings of infringement. The two French courts - in first instance and appeal - rejected the claims and ordered Essity to pay compensation for the legal fees to ICT Italy and ICT France.

In Germany, the case was first taken to the Mannheim District Court, which is well reputed in patent matters. The lawsuit mainly focused on the complex questions regarding the construing of the claims of Essity’s patent. The court ruled in favour of ICT, and Essity filed an appeal. In August 2019, the Higher Regional Court of Karlsruhe also ruled that the German subsidiary of ICT did not infringe the German part of the patent 1 081 284.

In Spain, after a first decision in favor of Essity in the lower court, the Barcelona Provincial Court clearly stated in a written appeal that ICT’s products - and in particular, Foxy Seda, Foxy Bouquet, certain three-ply private label products - did not infringe the Spanish part of the patent 1 081 284.

About ICT

Industrie Cartarie Tronchetti (ICT) was founded in 1976 in Italy, in the Lucca province, to operate in the tissue sector, producing high quality paper exclusively from virgin fibre. The first production facility was opened in 1978 in Piano della Rocca, Lucca, and over the years new plants and facilities have been set up in Piano della Rocca, Diecimo and Piano di Coreglia. The Foxy brand, one of the leading brands in the European market, was launched in 1982. ICT is an example of excellence in the paper industry, in full harmony with the tradition of the Lucca region, where the most important Italian papermaking hub is located, on a par with those of Green Bay (USA) and Fuji (Japan). In Lucca in particular, great expertise has been nurtured in the field of paper for household use, and the city is in fact known as the world tissue capital. Today, ICT SpA boasts an annual production capacity of about 160,000 tonnes.

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Dentons advises Snam on US$10.1 billion consortium investment in ADNOC Gas Pipelines

Global law firm Dentons advised Italian-based multinational energy infrastructure operator Snam in relation to its agreement, in consortium with several international investment funds, to purchase a 49 percent share of ADNOC Gas Pipelines from The Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC). ADNOC Gas Pipelines is valued at approximately US$20.7 billion (US$10.1 billion for 49%).

The transaction is one of the most important in the global energy infrastructure sector, as well as Snam’s first acquisition outside Europe.  ADNOC Gas Pipelines holds the tariff-based rights for the 38 pipelines that connect ADNOC’s upstream activities to Abu Dhabi’s consumption points and the export and interconnection terminals to neighboring Emirates.

The transaction was financed by a pool of international banks for approximately $8 billion, plus an equity contribution from each of the consortium members.  In addition to Snam, the other consortium members included Global Infrastructure Partners, Brookfield Asset Management, GIC, Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan, and NH Investment & Securities.

Dentons acted with a cross-border team from Italy and UAE, coordinated by partner Sara Biglieri in Milan.  Partners Luca Pocobelli (Rome) and Mhairi Main Garcia (Dubai), counsel Claudio Segna (Milan), senior associate Craig Hughson (Abu Dhabi) and associate Stephanie Hawes (Dubai) advised on corporate and M&A aspects. Partners Alessandro Fosco Fagotto (Milan) and Stephen Knight (Abu Dhabi), counsel Franco Gialloreti, senior associate Tommaso Zanirato and junior associate Giulia Caselli Maldonado (all Milan) advised on financing aspects. Partner Michele Carpagnano (Rome) and associate Giulia Giordano (Rome) advised on the competition and antitrust aspects.

Snam’s internal legal team was led by General Counsel, Marco Reggiani - assisted by Michela Schizzi, Senior Vice President Regulated Assets Legal Affairs - and included senior legal counsels Rosanna Pallotta and Claudia Jolanda Fanelli.  The legal aspects related to the financing were handled, together with Marco Reggiani, by Gloria Bertini, Head of Finance and Capital Market Legal Affairs and Roberta Di Mauro, legal counsel.

Dentons advises Investitionsbank Berlin (IBB) on the establishment of the EU Malaria Fund

The EU Malaria Fund was initiated by the kENUP Foundation, a not-for-profit organization promoting research-based innovation with public and societal benefit. The fund is managed by the IBB Group. The target volume of the fund amounts to €280 million, with a first closing of €70 million on June 3, 2020. A Dentons team from Berlin, Frankfurt, Dusseldorf and Munich provided comprehensive advice to IBB Group on the establishment of the EU Malaria Fund. This included the development of the legal and tax conception of the fund, regulatory advice, corporate law support on the setup of the fund, and the negotiation of the financing agreements with the EIB, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and other investors. Berlin-based partner Dirk-Reiner Voss and Frankfurt-based partner Arne Klüwer jointly led the Dentons team, with support from partners Stephan Busch, Matthias Santelmann and senior associates Holger Hölkemeier and Bernd Düsterbeck in Berlin; counsel Verena Etzel and Oda Elmoutaouakil in Frankfurt; partner Axel Schlieter in Dusseldorf, and partner Richard Fagerer in Munich. About Dentons Dentons is the world's largest law firm, connecting talent to the world's challenges and opportunities in more than 75 countries. Dentons' legal and business solutions benefit from deep roots in our communities and award-winning advancements in client service, including Nextlaw, Dentons’ innovation and strategic advisory services. Dentons' polycentric and purpose-driven approach, commitment to inclusion and diversity, and world-class talent challenge the status quo to advance client and community interests in the New Dynamic.

Dentons advises on ACS Group’s €500 million NEU-CP Program

Dentons, the world’s largest law firm, has advised Spanish-based multinational construction group, Actividades de Construcción y Servicios, S.A. (ACS), on the renewal of its €500 million Negotiable European Commercial Paper (NEU-CP) Program. The NEU-CP program is registered with the Central Bank of France, with the involvement of BNP Paribas, BRED Banque Populaire, Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank, ING Bank N.V. and Natixis, as dealers for the Notes. Headquartered in Madrid, the ACS Group is a worldwide leader in construction and services. It is currently the only non-financial issuer with a NEU-CP Program registered with the Central Bank of France. Dentons’ Capital Markets group in Madrid advised ACS on all aspects of the transaction. Partner Ignacio Corujo led and coordinated the transaction with the support of junior associate Ana Artola. Ignacio Corujo joined Dentons in January this year to establish and lead the Capital Markets group in Spain. In addition to this most recent deal for ACS, he has closed several high-value debt capital markets deals since his move, including most notably, Grupo Cajamar’s €1 billion issuance of mortgage bonds, as well as Sacyr’s renewal of its €500 million EMTN Program. About Dentons Dentons is the world's largest law firm, connecting talent to the world's challenges and opportunities in more than 75 countries. Dentons' legal and business solutions benefit from deep roots in our communities and award-winning advancements in client service, including Nextlaw, Dentons’ innovation and strategic advisory services. Dentons' polycentric and purpose-driven approach, commitment to inclusion and diversity, and world-class talent challenge the status quo to advance client and community interests in the New Dynamic.  

Dentons advises UniCredit on a €450 million secured sustainability-linked financing for Gunvor Gro

Global law firm Dentons has advised UniCredit Bank AG as Mandated Lead Arranger, (Sustainability) Coordinator, Bookrunner, Facility Agent and Security Agent as well as the lenders on a €450 million secured sustainability-linked borrowing base facility agreement with Gunvor Group. Gunvor Group will use the funds to cover the working capital requirements of its Ingolstadt refinery. The innovative financing model is tied to the borrower's achievement of predetermined ESG key performance indicators (Sustainability KPIs) and provides for a sustainability discount or premium in case the company overachieves or underperforms the predefined targets. An independent sustainability auditor will report on the performance of the Sustainability KPIs on an annual basis. The ESG-based scoring of certain key performance indicators provides a unique way for borrowers and lenders to communicate their commitment to sustainability and incentivizes sustainable corporate measures. Participating banks included DZ Bank, KfW IPEX-Bank, Raiffeisen Bank International, Erste Group Bank, Commerzbank, Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, CA Indosuez (Switzerland), Bank of China and First Abu Dhabi Bank. Gunvor Group is one of the world’s largest independent commodities trading houses by turnover, creating logistics solutions that safely and efficiently move physical energy from where it is sourced and stored to where it is demanded. With strategic investments in industrial infrastructure – refineries, pipelines, storage and terminals – Gunvor Group further generates sustainable value across the global supply chain for its customers. UniCredit is one of the pioneers in sustainable loans in the German market. Düsseldorf finance partner Dr. Axel Schlieter fully advised the bank on the drafting and negotiation of the loan agreement. The Dentons team further comprised Julia Heitmann (senior associate, Banking and Finance, Düsseldorf) and Eike Hinrich Pradt (associate, Banking and Finance, Frankfurt). Axel Schlieter is a core member of Dentons’ Sustainable Finance group in Europe and is regularly involved around the topics of issuance of green bonds and on sustainable financing. Advisors to UniCredit: Dentons (Düsseldorf): Dr. Axel Schlieter, (lead partner), Julia Heitmann (senior associate, both banking and finance, Düsseldorf), Eike Hinrich Pradt (associate, banking and finance, Frankfurt am Main) UniCredit inhouse lawyers: Carina Engelhardt, Alexander Strigin, Christian Hentrich About Dentons Dentons is the world's largest law firm, connecting talent to the world's challenges and opportunities in more than 75 countries. Dentons' legal and business solutions benefit from deep roots in our communities and award-winning advancements in client service, including Nextlaw, Dentons’ innovation and strategic advisory services. Dentons' polycentric and purpose-driven approach, commitment to inclusion and diversity, and world-class talent challenge the status quo to advance client and community interests in the New Dynamic.

Dentons advises Qair on refinancing of the acquisition of Rzepin and Linowo wind farms in Poland

Dentons’ Banking and Finance practice team advised Qair SAS, Qair International and Qair Polska Sp.z o.o. in connection with the refinancing of two wind farms under operation, Rzepin (58 MW) and Linowo (48 MW). The financing institutions are BNP Paribas and EBRD. The two wind farms are part of Qair’s larger portfolio of almost 200 MW of renewable energy sources, which also includes 93 MW of new capacity from three wind farms – Udanin (50 MW), Parzeczew (9 MW) and Września (9 MW) – and 25 MW of solar photovoltaic. The project was supervised by Mateusz Toczyski, Head of the Europe and Co-Head of the Global Banking and Finance practice, and led by Tomasz Zwoliński, counsel, with assistance from lawyers Klaudia Szymańska-Rutkowska, Katarzyna Mazur, Katarzyna Kaptur and Jakub Walawski. Supporting the Warsaw team were counsel Surbhi Malhotra-Trenkel in Munich and partners Jean-Marc Allix and Olivier Genevois, and associates Djésia Meziani, Philippine de Fouchier and Hugo Casasnovas in Paris. Dentons’ London team consisting of partner Matthew Sapte and associate Annreika Ray advised on the hedging documentation. “We are very pleased and honored to have had this opportunity to assist Qair in yet another wind power project the company has undertaken in Poland,” said Mateusz Toczyski. “We would like to congratulate Qair on this financing and to wish every success with further developments and investments in Poland and elsewhere in the world,” added Tomasz Zwoliński. About Dentons Dentons is the world's largest law firm, connecting talent to the world's challenges and opportunities in more than 75 countries. Dentons' legal and business solutions benefit from deep roots in our communities and award-winning advancements in client service, including Nextlaw, Dentons’ innovation and strategic advisory services. Dentons' polycentric and purpose-driven approach, commitment to inclusion and diversity, and world-class talent challenge the status quo to advance client and community interests in the New Dynamic.

Dentons advises Sev.en Energy on aacquisition of US-based Blackhawk Mining

Dentons has advised international energy group Sev.en Energy on its strategic acquisition of US-based metallurgical coal producer Blackhawk Mining, LLC. C. The transaction comes on the heels of Sev.en Energy’s acquisition of a 17% ownership interest in Corsa Coal in May 2020, further reinforcing its access to the metallurgical coal mining industry in the US market. Blackhawk Mining is one of the largest metallurgical coal producers in the US. With annual production capacity of seven to eight million tonnes of metallurgical coal among its five underground and open pit mining complexes in West Virginia and Kentucky, Blackhawk Mining is an important supplier of metallurgical coal both locally and internationally. It also owns three thermal coal mine complexes producing three to four million tonnes per annum. In 2019, Blackhawk Mining had $1bn revenues and $120m EBITDA.   Commenting on the acquisition, Dentons partner Petr Zákoucký, said: “Having worked for Sev.en Energy for many years, I am inspired by their sustained dynamism, and by this bold strategic move, even during these difficult market conditions. We were delighted to have opportunity to play our role in this success.”   Alan Svoboda, Executive Director of Sev.en Energy who leads the Group’s international expansion added: “Once again, the Dentons team exceeded our expectations and delivered the transaction within a tight time frame of less than a month, nailing both the complexity of the deal and challenges created by the current worldwide pandemic. What was really outstanding was the dedication and flexibility that the entire team showed.”   Dentons’ cross-border team was composed of partners Petr Zákoucký (Prague, Energy/M&A), Ilan Katz (New York, M&A), Lee Smith (New York, Finance), Christopher Van Bever (Lexington, Mining) and John Rhine (Evansville, Mining) Robert E. Richards (Chicago, Insolvency), Managing Associate Gregory DiBella (New York, M&A) and Associate Barbora Obračajová (Prague, Energy). Alvarez & Marsal advised Sev.en Energy on financial due diligence and Weir on technical due diligence.   About Sev.en Energy Sev.en Energy owns significant coal and energy production assets in the Czech Republic, the United Kingdom, Australia and the USA. It is the largest private operator of coalmines and conventional power plants in the Czech Republic, and employs more than 3,500 people. In 2019, Sev.en Energy acquired additional power generation assets from Swiss energy group Alpiq and a 50% stake in the multinational energy company – InterGen N.V., which is one of the leading independent power generators with gas-fired power plants in the UK and coal-fired power plants and coal mines in Australia. When pro-forma aggregated with the financial results of InterGen and Alpiq CZ, Sev.en Energy group combined revenues in 2019 were EUR 1,4 billion and EBITDA of EUR 319 million.   About Dentons Dentons is the world's largest law firm, connecting talent to the world's challenges and opportunities in more than 75 countries. Dentons' legal and business solutions benefit from deep roots in our communities and award-winning advancements in client service, including Nextlaw, Dentons’ innovation and strategic advisory services. Dentons' polycentric and purpose-driven approach, commitment to inclusion and diversity, and world-class talent challenge the status quo to advance client and community interests in the New Dynamic.

Dentons supports German subsidiaries of the Recylex Group in restructuring

Global law firm Dentons is assisting Weser-Metall GmbH and Harz-Metall GmbH, both subsidiaries of the French-German Recylex Group, with their restructuring through ‘self-administration’ proceedings. In addition, Dentons restructuring lawyers Andreas Ziegenhagen and Dirk Schoene and their team are advising the German management of the Recylex Group within the scope of its self-administration. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and the dramatic decline in metal prices, the German subsidiaries of Recylex have each applied for protective shield proceedings under German insolvency law. The aim of the protective shield is to allow the companies to continue their individual restructuring measures and to return to economic stability after the pandemic - if necessary, in a new shareholder structure. Weser-Metall produces about 100,000 tons of lead per year at its headquarters in Nordenham (Lower Saxony), making it the third largest lead smelter and the second largest lead recycler in Europe. Harz-Metall has its headquarters in Oker in the Harz Mountains and is one of the leading European recycling companies for lead and zinc contaminated waste. The Recylex group has a total of eleven operating units and two administrative sites in France and Germany. In addition to the companies supported by Dentons, two other companies in the group, Norzinco GmbH and PPM Pure Metals GmbH, have also submitted applications for protective shield, whilethree other German subsidiaries requested self-administration under creditor protection. The Group's French companies are not affected. Andreas Ziegenhagen, Head of the Europe and German Restructuring practice, said: "With the filing for protective shield proceedings, we are making use of the most restructuring-friendly court proceedings in the interest of all stakeholders of the companies”. Advisor to Harz Metall / Weser Metall / German management of Recylex: Dentons (Berlin): Andreas Ziegenhagen (Partner, Restructuring, Berlin/Frankfurt), Dirk Schoene (Partner), Dr. Jan Seelinger (Counsel), Dr. Benjamin Kurzberg (Counsel), Judith Schmid (Senior Associate), Dr. Jakob Pickartz (Senior Associate), all Restructuring and Insolvency About Dentons Dentons is the world's largest law firm, connecting talent to the world's challenges and opportunities in more than 75 countries. Dentons' legal and business solutions benefit from deep roots in our communities and award-winning advancements in client service, including Nextlaw, Dentons’ innovation and strategic advisory services. Dentons' polycentric and purpose-driven approach, commitment to inclusion and diversity, and world-class talent challenge the status quo to advance client and community interests in the New Dynamic.