Firm Profile > DLA Piper > Warsaw, Poland

DLA Piper
I.L. PERECA 1
00-849 WARSAW
Poland

Insurance Tier 1

DLA Piper's department head Beata Mrozowska-Bartkiewicz stands out for her 'deep knowledge of the Polish insurance market'. The group has expertise in advising insurance companies on the regulatory aspects of their operations, assisting with governance and compliance issues and the implementation of the EU's Solvency II and Insurance Distribution directives. In addition, it often handles insurance company M&A and other transactions, on which Anna Wietrzyńska-Ciołkowska takes the lead. Senior associate Dominika Wolf-Jezierska is recommended for regulatory and contentious cases, including crisis and risk management.

Construction Tier 2

DLA Piper's team draws on the firm's wider capabilities to provide construction clients with a full service. Jacek Giziński advised Panattoni Europe on all aspects of ten separate warehouse development projects. Krzysztof Kycia is representing Qubus Hotel Management in a claim against the Warsaw municipal authorities for losses it accrued following administrative obstructions to a planned hotel investment.

Employment Tier 2

Agnieszka Lechman-Filipiak leads the team at DLA Piper, which advises local corporates and internationals on all areas of contentious and non-contentious employment law, including tax-related issues. Lechman-Filipiak advises the Polish subsidiary of Credit Suisse on matters including policy implementation, benefit schemes, working-time issues, terminations and equality issues. She also assisted Netflix with matters related to its entry onto the Polish market. Counsel Michał Synowiec and senior associate Dominika Nowak are also recommended. Weronika Papucewicz was a new arrival from Chajec, Don-Siemion & Zyto Legal Advisors in January 2019.

Healthcare and life sciences Tier 2

DLA Piper's clients include major players in the pharmaceutical, medical advice, food and healthcare sectors. The group handles regulatory issues, product liability and litigation, in addition to marketing, distribution and advertising issues. Promoted to partner in 2018, practice head Andrzej Balicki is representing Affidea in its claim for payment against the National Health Fund before the Supreme Court. Healthcare law expert Jolanta Dąbrowicz is also recommended alongside Michał Orzechowski, who specialises in competition and IP.

Public law Tier 2

The multi-disciplinary team at DLA Piper handles public procurement and government contracting matters for a variety of private sector clients. The group is particularly active in the life sciences sector, where it is often instructed on regulatory work. Following the departure of Krzysztof Wiater to NGL Wiater sp.k. in 2018, Marta Frąckowiak and Andrzej Balicki jointly head the department. Frąckowiak represents a major data protection and information management software company in tender specification proceedings before the National Chamber of Appeals.

Real estate Tier 2

Co-managing partner Jacek Giziński leads the team at DLA Piper, which is commended by one client for its ability to provide global cross-border support. Recent highlights for the team include advising on the acquisition of a number of shopping centres across Poland from various sellers. Counsel Michał Pietuszko is recommended for his 'understanding of the big picture'.

White-collar crime Tier 2

DLA Piper's team works closely with the firm's global office network to handle cross-border white-collar matters, including internal investigations and FCPA and UK Bribery Act due diligence, as well as advising on anti-bribery restrictions and business conduct. The team is led by former prosecutor Tomasz Rudyk, who specialises in criminal and fiscal cases. Senior associate Magdalena Dec is recommended for her expertise in internal audits related to international anti-corruption measures, while fellow senior associate Dominika Wolf-Jezierska is making a name for herself as a defence attorney.

Banking and finance Tier 3

Core mandates for the team at DLA Piper include real estate financing, securitisations, project finance and export financing transactions. Practice head Mariusz Hyla advised the European subsidiary of the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China on granting bilateral financing, a bank guarantee and other financial instruments to Famur; the first transaction of its kind for the client.

Capital markets Tier 3

The 'experienced' team at DLA Piper is noted for its 'thorough knowledge of current laws and market practice' and its 'devotion to clients'. 'Patient and conscientiousJakub Domalik-Plakwicz joined the team from Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP in April 2017 and specialises in ECM transactions. In recent highlights, he assisted Alchemia with the buy-back of 3.3% of its shares and advised Rafako on all aspects of its second public offering on the WSE. Marta Frąckowiak is also noted.

Intellectual property Tier 3

The group of 'trustworthy advisers' at DLA Piper is led by Ewa Kurowska-Tober, who has ample experience in matters involving copyrights, trade marks, unfair competition and advertising law. She is advising Spin Mater on its anti-counterfeiting efforts in Poland. Counsel Krystian Maciaszek was a new arrival from IP boutique Kulikowska & Kulikowski in 2018. Justyna Wilczyńska-Baraniak is now with EY Law.

Restructuring and insolvency Tier 3

DLA Piper's team is led by Mariusz Hyla, who also leads on project and finance issues. Jacek Giziński is advising Metro Properties on the rehabilitation proceedings of Praktiker Polska, one of the client's lessees. Krzysztof Kycia, who was promoted to co-managing partner in August 2018, is also recommended.

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 4

Marta Frąckowiak  took over as leader of the 'fantastic' corporate team at DLA Piper following the departure of the former managing partner Krzysztof Wiater, who left the firm to found NGL Wiater sp.k. The group leverages the firm's international presence and wide sector expertise to handle a range of advisory and transactional work, often with a cross-border element.  Highlights for Frąckowiak included advising Kancelaria Medius on the acquisition of Kreditech Česká Republika and, in a separate matter, assisting entrepreneur, Stanisław Modliński and the company Air Club Group, with the sale of Air Club Centrum Podróży to BCD Travel. 'Top lawyerJakub Domalik-Plakwicz is also recommended.

Competition/antitrust Tier 4

DLA Piper's department is led by Andrzej Balicki, who is representing Saltex Europa in appeal proceedings before the Competition Court against the decision by the UOKiK concerning alleged bid-rigging practices. The group has a strong competition advisory practice and handles compliance work for Philips Polska, Zakłady Farmaceutyczne Polpharma and Kesko Corporation.

Dispute resolution Tier 4

DLA Piper's 'results-oriented' team 'punches well above its weight when compared to other law firms in Poland', with a practice spanning litigation, arbitration, internal investigations, alternative dispute resolution and regulatory issues. Group lead Krzysztof Kycia is representing Polish state broadcaster Telewizja Polska in civil proceedings brought before the District Court in Washington DC by Spanski Enterprises in relation to allegations of wilful infringement of copyright law.

Energy and natural resources Tier 4

DLA Piper's energy team is led by Łukasz JankowskiAndrzej Balicki is advising Enoi on matters related to the international trade in natural gas, including permits, ongoing obligations and gas storage. Real estate lawyer and managing partner Jacek Giziński is also recommended. Former head Krzysztof Wiater left the firm to found NGL Wiater sp.k. in July 2018. Of counsel was a new arrival from Wierzbowski Eversheds Sutherland in September 2019.

TMT Tier 4

DLA Piper's group assists clients with a range of contentious and non-contentious TMT matters, including IT and data privacy law issues and outsourcing. Team leader Ewa Kurowska-Tober is advising Showmax on all media-related issues connected with the provision of video on-demand services in Poland. She is also assisting the Polish Bank Association with the implementation of a GDPR code of conduct.

 

The firm

DLA Piper is a global law firm that provides its clients with legal and business solutions locally, regionally and internationally using integrated teams of lawyers with experience that spans a broad range of disciplines. DLA Piper is widely recognised for its pioneering approach and extensive geographic reach, which enables the practice to look after the business issues that matter to its clients – whether they are large or small. Clients of DLA Piper include single-owner startups, local and household name companies, multinationals, financial institutions, FTSE and Fortune 500 enterprises and their subsidiaries, public bodies and governments.

The Warsaw office, operating since 2007, is an integral part of the international legal practice of DLA Piper providing services to international corporations and financial institutions, as well as to local entrepreneurs.

Areas of practice

Banking and finance: the team advises on all types of financing transactions, including real property financing, acquisition finance, project finance (including PPP projects), and asset finance. It also has unique expertise in securitisation projects, including securities backed with auto loan agreements, car-backed loan agreements, hire purchase loan agreements, cash loan agreements, and lease agreements (ABS).

Capital markets: the team advises on the day-to-day activities of public companies, shareholder relations, corporate governance and the regulatory aspects of public trading, and capital market transactions (debt and equity), as well as securitisation projects.

Corporate and M&A: the team advises on corporate issues, buyouts, M&A, public offers and private issuances of financial instruments, venture capital and private equity investments, leveraged transactions, joint ventures, privatisation, restructuring and greenfield projects.

Defence and public security: The team advises on offset projects, mergers and acquisitions, asset transactions, planning, negotiating, document drafting, greenfield/brownfield projects, state aid and procurement, including public tenders and contracts under decision no. 291 of the Ministry of Defence.

Dispute resolution: the team advises on dispute avoidance, pre-litigation actions, injunctions, arbitration and mediation, civil disputes, administrative, criminal and civil proceedings, compliance, crisis management and white-collar crimes.

Employment: the team advises on labour and tax law as well as issues related to social security benefits, both with regard to individual and collective labour law.

Energy: the team provides regulatory, corporate, tax and environmental law advice to all sectors, including international trading.

EU and competition: the team advises on competition law, government relations, state aid, merger control, multijurisdictional pre-merger competition law clearance, anti-cartel enforcement proceedings, competition-related litigation and mediation, drafting complaints to competition authorities and courts, drafting commercial contracts, competition investigations and enforcement actions.

IP: the team advises on: patents, trade marks, copyrights, data protection, internet and domain name issues, litigation and enforcement of IP rights against competitors, anti-counterfeiting and anti-piracy.

Life sciences: the team advises on the registration of medicinal products, pricing and reimbursement, clinical trials, data protection and data privacy, disputes with fiscal authorities, advertising and promotion, distribution, and international tax law.

Public procurement: the team advises suppliers and contracting parties from all industry sectors at all stages of the procurement process, from initiating the procurement procedure and securing funds to the implementing and launching of an investment.

Real estate: the team provides advice to construction companies, developers, real estate management companies, real estate investment funds and financial institutions on real estate investments.

Tax: the team provides specialist tax advice on M&A, tax litigation, international taxation, criminal, and fiscal issues.

Technology, media and telecommunications: the team advises on the development, protection, exploitation and use of technology-related assets, as well as on the outsourcing of strategic assets and services for use in a company’s operations and data protection issues.

 

Department Name Email Telephone
Banking and finance Mariusz Hyla
Capital markets Jakub Domalik-Plakwicz
Private equity Jakub Domalik-Plakwicz
Corporate and M&A Marta Frackowiak
Defence and public security Marta Frackowiak
Dispute resolution Krzysztof Kycia
Employment, pensions and benefits Agnieszka Lechman-Filipiak
Energy Magdalena Mitas
EU and competition Andrzej Balicki
Insurance Beata Mrozowska-Bartkiewicz
Life sciences Andrzej Balicki
Public law Marta Frackowiak
Real estate Jacek Gizinski
Regulatory Andrzej Balicki
Restructuring and insolvency Mariusz Hyla
Tax Bartosz Matusik
TMT Ewa Kurowska-Tober
White-collar crime Tomasz Rudyk
Public law Andrzej Balicki
Number of lawyers : 4,000
at this office : over 85
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At DLA Piper we are firmly committed to diversity and inclusion. For us, diversity isn’t just about visible differences, it’s the unique blend of talents, skills, experiences and perspectives that makes each of us an individual and we know it’s crucial to have a culture and environment where those differences are genuinely valued. As a global business law firm, with a diverse client base, we know that our clients expect our people to represent the communities in which we work and value our ability to advise them on both local and global cultures and markets. We believe that our approach to diversity and inclusion enables us to attract the best talent, build the most effective teams and deliver the highest level of client service.

For more information on our specific D&I initiatives please see www.dlapiper.com