Firm Profile > DLA Piper > Warsaw, Poland

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

Insurance Tier 1

DLA Piper's team provides regulatory, corporate, tax and litigation support to domestic and international insurance companies, and their intermediaries. On the regulatory front, the group assists with the establishment and day-to-day running of insurance companies, as well as with governance and compliance issues. In terms of contentious work, the group represents clients in proceedings before the Polish Financial Supervision Authority. Transactional services include advising on insurance company M&A, reorganisations and insurance portfolio transfers. The department is led by counsel Beata Mrozowska-Bartkiewicz who is, concurrently, a member of the European Supervisory Authority board of appeal. Counsel Senior associate Dominika Wolf-Jezierska is an expert in insurance regulatory issues and contentious cases.

Testimonials

Very good knowledge in insurance regulations and business.

Great competence, open to react quickly whenever needed.

It has one of the top insurance law teams on the market. Members of its team have broad experience as in-house lawyers as well as external advisors. They have participated in many insurance transactions on the market and have demonstrated top quality.

Key clients

ARAG

Towarzystwo Ubezpieczeń INTER Polska

Towarzystwo Ubezpieczeń INTER-ŻYCIE Polska

Nationale-Nederlanden Towarzystwo Ubezpieczeń na Życie

TUiR Allianz

TU Allianz Życie Polska

Powszechny Zakład Ubezpieczeń

Generali Group

AXA Życie Towarzystwo ubezpieczeń

Pocztowe Towarzystwo Ubezpieczeń Wzajemnych

PKO Życie Towarzystwo Ubezpieczeń

Open Life Towarzystwo Ubezpieczeń Życie

Towarzystwo Ubezpieczeń Wzajemnych TUZ

Powszechny Zakład Ubezpieczeń na Życie

Powszechny Zakład Ubezpieczeń

Concordia Versicherung Holding

TU Europa

Open Life

Link4

Ubezpieczeniowy Fundusz Gwarancyjny

Polska Izba Ubezpieczeń

Concordia Polska Towarzystwo Ubezpieczeń Wzajemnych

Vienna Life TU na Życie

Ceska Pojistovna

Colonnade Insurance

RGA International Reinsurance Company

ALD Automotive Polska

ADAC Rechtsschutz Versicherungs

DARAG Deutsche Versicherungs- und Rückversicherungs

Banking and finance Tier 2

DLA Piper's team is composed of experts in financing, projects and restructuring, giving it the edge in project finance transactions, with a particular focus on real estate. The group has also developed a strong securitisation practice, taking instructions on securities-backed loan agreements, major securitisation projects and, increasingly, securitisation of non-performing loans. Another niche for the firm is export finance transactions, in which the group assists Polish exporters and their supporting banks. Mariusz Hyla leads the team. Senior associate, Katarzyna Wacławek has notable transactional and regulatory experience.

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Testimonials

Always up-to-date market know how and business-oriented.

They are easy to work with, flexible and responsive.

Excellent quality for reasonable fees.

Katarzyna Waclawek is a pragmatic, experienced and responsive lawyer with business approach and ability to get things done in a timely and professional manner.

Key clients

Alior Bank

Allianz

Berlin Hyp

Capital Park

CitiBank

European Investment Bank

Globalworth

Helaba

Hines

PGE Polska Grupa Energetyczna

PGNiG Technologie

Polpharma

PZU

Pekao

Santander Bank Polska

Competition/antitrust Tier 2

Led by 'creative' regulatory expert Andrzej Balicki, the team at DLA Piper acts for multinationals and state-owned companies on competition matters. Counsel Michał Orzechowski leads on antitrust work, where the team often cooperates with the firm's international offices to handle multi-jurisdictional matters. Other areas of expertise include merger control, state aid and subsidy issues.

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Testimonials

Very energetic team with great understanding of the antitrust aspects of the life sciences sector. They always provide pragmatic solutions.

Andrzej Balicki is a delight to work with. Extremely knowledgeable about the industry, providing market-leading advice on life sciences sector-related antitrust matters.

This is a top notch team especially strong in competition and distribution issues.

Key clients

Allegro.pl

Concordia Versicherung Holding

Landis+Gyr

Lotos Air-BP

PGE Energia Odnawialna

Philips Polska

PKP Energetyka

Showmax

Saltex Europa

TUZ Towarzystwo Ubezpieczeń Wzajemnych

Construction Tier 2

DLA Piper is able to draw on substantial expertise in the construction and engineering industries. The group has a solid client base of contractors and developers, including Panattoni Europe, which it advises on all aspects of its projects. The team specialises in construction disputes, as well as construction contracts, procurement and payment issues, and finance. Corporate law and real estate expert Jacek Giziński leads the team alongside Krzysztof Kycia, who leads on litigation and regulatory issues.

Testimonials

The  team is very capable and client oriented.

Agnieszka Lehwark is a great lawyer: fast and efficient with great understanding of commercial issues.

Key clients

Bank Polska Kasa Opieki

EDP Renewables Polska

Elite Partners Capital

Gaz-System

GRP

HB Reavis

Mott MacDonald

Panattoni

PGE Polska Grupa Energetyczna

PKP Energetyka

Pomorskie Przedsiębiorstwo Mechaniczno – Torowe

PORR

Qubus Hotel Management

Revetas Capital

Trakcja PRKiI

Viskase Companies

Employment Tier 2

The standalone employment team at DLA Piper comprises employment experts and tax advisers, who support clients with day-to-day employee management issues and risks. Areas of expertise include trade union law and employee relations, employee benefit schemes, pensions and restructurings. Dispute resolution is another area where the team stands out, with knowledge of restrictive covenants, discrimination cases and labour disputes. The Warsaw office also regularly acts as a hub for employment issues around the CEE region. Agnieszka Lechman-Filipiak leads the team, which includes senior associate Dominika Nowak, who focuses on employment contracts and incentive schemes.

Testimonials

Openness, excellent communication, availability.

Very responsive and service-oriented team, with excellent service levels and will allocate the best person for each request.

Dominika Nowak is brilliant, she’s very responsive and delivers spot-on advice on anything employment law. She assists us on a regular basis; she is efficient and understands the ask.

Agnieszka Lechman-Filipiak provides great, practical and thorough advice. Superb English. Extremely quick and responsive.

Key clients

Amgen

Ardagh

BMI

Cognizant

Credit Suisse

Cushman & Wakefield

Discovery

DS Smith

Emirates Airlines

GFT

Karmar

Kongsberg

Levi Strauss Poland

PGNiG

Physio Control/Stryker

PORR

PZU

SDL

Sherwin-Williams

Spotify

Teatr Kwadrat

UBER

Healthcare and life sciences Tier 2

DLA Piper's lawyers are active across life sciences sectors, including pharmaceuticals, medical devices, food and healthcare. The group has particular acumen in regulatory issues and product liability, but is also instructed on issues related to marketing, distribution and advertising. In addition, the group is able to draw on the firm's wider expertise in data protection, IP, corporate transactions and tax, as well as an international office network, providing clients with a full service across multiple jurisdictions. Andrzej Balicki heads the department, with experience in regulatory advice and commercial transactions. Senior associate Jolanta Dąbrowicz specialises in pharmaceutical, medical devices and healthcare law.

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Testimonials

Superbly prepared and highly knowledgeable team with high awareness of healthcare sector trends. The team has the full range of skills for the sector.

The life sciences team is business oriented, energetic and creative. In my view this is a top quality team.

Andrzej Balicki is a clear leader of the team and is my first contact point in all matters. He is very energetic, pragmatic and solution-oriented.

Key clients

Abbott

Affidea

Allergan

Brass Research and Development

Takeda

Philips

Polpharma

UCB Pharma

URGO Polfa Łódź

Smith & Nephew

USP Zdrowie

Investment funds Tier 2

In September 2019, DLA Piper benefited from the arrival of Marek Sawicki and Jakub Marcinkowski from CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang Pośniak i Bejm sp.k., both of whom have significant funds experience. The group, which counts the European Investment Fund as a client, is noted for providing a full transactional service to funds, in addition to structuring, including across borders. Other key names in the team include co-managing partner and head of the real estate team Jacek Giziński, finance, projects and restructuring expert Mariusz Hyla, and M&A and ECM transactional specialist Jakub Domalik-Plakwicz.

Key clients

EuroEast

European Investment Bank

TDJ-Pitango Ventures

TFI PZU

Public procurement Tier 2

DLA Piper handles public procurement work with a multi-disciplinary team, which combines administrative and public law expertise with corporate, commercial, regulatory and public affairs knowledge. The team advises on public procurement projects in the defence, aviation, infrastructure, energy and construction sectors, with a particular focus on PPP structures. Corporate lawyer Marta Frąckowiak and regulatory expert Andrzej Balicki jointly lead the practice group, which recruited senior associate Agnieszka Chylińska from Hogan Lovells (Warszawa) LLP in 2019, who brought extensive experience in infrastructure projects, advising public and private sector clients.

Testimonials

The team is impressively experienced in public affairs matters especially in the healthcare and life sciences sector. They navigate with ease in the public policy environment.

Andrzej Balicki is a top public policy lawyer. He has great understanding of the legal and business aspects of public affairs projects. He is known for his strategic thinking and ability to implement it in practice.

The team is impressive. Very pragmatic, with great understanding of public regulatory and distribution matters in the life sciences sector. A very good cultural fit with our business.

Key clients

Abbot

Affidea

BAE Systems

Dredging International

Hymon Energy

Landis+Gyr

Marubeni Europe

Philips Polska

PORR

Raytheon

Saltex Europa

Sirti

Tazbud

Trakcja PRKiI

Warbud

Real estate Tier 2

The team at DLA Piper is noted for handling local and cross-border portfolio transactions. In particular, the firm has a focus on risk-management issues, giving it expertise in structuring transactions and allowing it to provide support in relation to closing and post-closing matters. In terms of greenfield and development projects, the group has significant experience in office and warehouse developments, and also has expertise in commercialisation issues, advising tenants and landlords; the group advised WeWork on its expansion into the Polish market. Co-managing partner Jacek Giziński heads up the group, and has a background in corporate law. Promoted to partner in mid-2019, Michał Pietuszko has experience in real estate, development and construction transactions, while counsel Agnieszka Lehwark focuses on acquisitions in the logistics sector.

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Testimonials

The team that I worked with stands out from other firms and delivers superb service. They are hands-on, highly responsive and understand the commercial detail of the transaction.

Jacek Gizinski, as the head of real estate team, not only takes the lead on everything himself, but is available at any time and familiar with every single aspect of the transaction in each jurisdiction.

The team members are deal-driven solution finders, able to find solutions to any problem that may occur.

Key clients

AIG Europe

Corestate Capital Holding

Echo Investment

Elite Logistics Fund

Employees Provident Fund (managed by Savills Investment Management)

Greenstone

Marriott

Metro Properties

Markaz

Newbridge

Panattoni

Revetas Capital Advisors

Santander

Tokio Marine HCC

Viskase Polska

WeWork

WPP

Zeus Capital Management

Restructuring and insolvency Tier 2

DLA Piper is regularly instructed by bankrupt entities in restructuring proceedings, as well as representing clients in the proceedings of their business partners and sub-contractors. The team is jointly led by project finance and restructuring expert Mariusz Hyla and litigation and regulatory specialist Krzysztof Kycia, giving the firm the edge in relation to construction sector-related matters. Providing 'business-oriented advice', senior associate Magdalena Dec is a name to note, with experience representing creditors and debtors in bankruptcy and restructuring proceedings.

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Testimonials

They are our go-to advisers whenever we have problems with the solvency of our business partners

Krzysztof Kycia  is a highly experienced practitioner with great expertise and he has a deep understanding of our business

Magdalena Dec is a first-class lawyer who offers valuable insights and practical solutions to our legal problems

The team is reliable, experienced, innovative, efficient

Key clients

Metro Properties

PKP Energetyka

PORR

White-collar crime Tier 2

DLA Piper's team is well integrated into the firm's global practice, which enables it to advise clients on FCPA and UK Bribery Act issues, as well as on domestic compliance and criminal defence matters. Other areas of expertise include dawn raid preparations, risk management, cyber criminal matters and tax-related criminal proceedings. Former prosecutor Tomasz Rudyk leads the team, and specialises in criminal and fiscal cases. Senior associate Dominika Wolf-Jezierska is an experienced defence attorney.

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Testimonials

The lawyers, acting as defence attorneys, were very innovative and demonstrated outstanding experience concerning representation in the course of the criminal proceedings. They were committed to their work from the very beginning.

Tomasz Rudyk is a highly skilled lawyer with a pragmatic approach and always dedicated to find best solutions to the problems arising during the trial.

The team offers great knowledge and experience in a wide variety of proceedings, regulations and procedures. They are able to provide a comprehensive package of know how and able to propose solution oriented, focused actions.

Capital markets Tier 3

DLA Piper's team specialises in equity transactions in Poland and on a cross-border basis, as well as private placement and M&A involving listed companies. Jakub Domalik-Plakwicz heads the department and was promoted to partner in May 2019; he focuses on IPOs and secondary public offerings, including privatisation transactions.

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Testimonials

The capital markets group provided us with outstanding services. The team led by Jakub Domalik-Plakwicz has vast experience in equity capital markets deals and is very proactive and dedicated.

The team demonstrates strategic thinking and very business-oriented approach.

This is very focused and experienced team. They provide top-notch services and are effective under pressure.

Key clients

Alchemia

Brokerage House of Bank PKO BP

Erste Group

Ipopema Securities

Kancelaria Medius

mBank

Newag

Rafako

Tar Heel Capital Private Equity

Trakcja PRKiI

TIM

Trigon Dom Maklerski

Wood & Co

Dekpol

OEX

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 3

DLA Piper handles transactions, including M&A, venture capital and private equity, and advisory work, including restructurings and post-merger integrations, for domestic and international corporations and public sector bodies. In September 2019, the group benefited from the arrival of two partners from CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang Pośniak i Bejm sp.k.Jakub Marcinkowski and Marek Sawicki; the latter, having led the corporate and M&A practice at his old firm, now jointly heads the department alongside Marta Frąckowiak, an expert in the manufacturing, financial services, defence and aviation sectors. Jakub Domalik-Plakwicz is another name to note, and has developed a niche in capital markets- and private equity-related M&A.

Testimonials

The team demonstrates strategic thinking and a very business-oriented approach. I’m particularly impressed with their commitment and work ethic and open minds.

Jakub Domalik-Plakwicz is currently one of the market-leading transactional lawyers in Poland. He’s very smart and capable, and exceptionally proactive.

DLA Piper provided us with excellent level of services. The team is very skilled and effective. They are very commercial and committed to the project.

Key clients

Airbus

Allegro Capital Group

Bank Pekao

Concordia Versicherung Holding

Discovery

DS Smith

ERSTE Group

Federal Mogul

First Data Corporation

GE Power Controls

Multimedia Polska

NEWAG

PGE Polska Grupa Energetyczna

PKP Energetyka

Powszechny Zakład Ubezpieczeń

RAFAKO

Raytheon

Tar Heel Capital

TDJ

WeWork

WOOD & Company Financial Services

Data privacy and data protection Tier 3

Led by Ewa Kurowska-Tober, the group at DLA Piper has developed a significant practice advising on GDPR implementation projects for an international client base in Poland and in relation to their operations across Europe. Other areas of expertise include data breach issues, audits and data mapping and compliance programmes and policies. The group also has experience in data security matters and often represents clients before the data protection authorities in Poland. Counsel Łukasz Czynienik is also recommended for his data protection expertise, which includes cross-border data transfers, data security policies and data processing.

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Key clients

Levi Strauss & Co Europe

Reckitt Benckiser

Dispute resolution Tier 3

DLA Piper's team is instructed in litigation, arbitration and criminal proceedings, but it also has strength in internal investigations. The group includes regulatory experts, and many of its cases involve regulated industries, including defence, telecoms and energy. Construction disputes also keep the group occupied. Arbitration work is linked to the firm's global platform, and the Warsaw office is able to work alongside offices in other jurisdictions in international arbitration, including ICC, in London, Stockholm and Vienna. Krzysztof Kycia heads the litigation team, the regulatory group is led by Andrzej Balicki and Tomasz Rudyk leads on corporate crime, investigations and compliance.

Testimonials

Team led by Krzysztof Kycia is a group of enthusiastic litigators with well-balanced approach and risk assessment.

Szymon Sakowski is a young talented attorney, dedicated, focused, hardworking and bright.

Excellent communication and joint planning of the next steps in the process.’

Key clients

Abbot

Affidea

Bank Ochrony Środowiska

DEME Group

Enter Air

Wento (Enterprise Investors)

General Electric

Generali

GRP

HB Reavis

Link 4

Metro Properties

Mott McDonald

Physio Control

PGE Group

PKP Energetyka

Pomorskie Przedsiębiorstwo Mechaniczno-Torowe

PORR

Qubus Hotel Management

Telewizja Polska

Trakcja PRKiI

UGI

Van Oord

Energy and natural resources Tier 3

DLA Piper's group provides the full spectrum of legal and tax advice to clients in the energy sector. On the advisory side, the group has expertise in energy trading and environmental law. The group is also instructed on a number of M&A transactions and investments by domestic state-owned companies and international corporations. Counsel Łukasz Jankowski leads the team, and specialises in the electricity and natural gas market. Jacek Giziński handles matters involving the renewables sector, while Krzysztof Kycia is noted for energy sector disputes.

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Testimonials

The team has strong knowledge of market-specific regulation and is also able to manage relationships with different market stakeholders.

The individuals in the team have deep knowledge of energy markets in Europe and in Poland and are also prompt to help their clients.

Sound knowledge of the solar market, highly skilled professionals, strong integrity and efficiency in delivering their services.

Key clients

EDP Renewables Polska

European Investment Bank

PGE Energia Odnawialna, PGE Górnictwo Energetyka Konwencjonalna

Polskie Stowarzyszenie Paliw Alternatywnych

Intellectual property Tier 3

DLA Piper's group advises clients across a variety of sectors, with high-profile companies across the toy and entertainment, emerging technology, tobacco, pharmaceuticals, banking and finance industries on the client roster. Department head Ewa Kurowska-Tober specialises in copyright and trade mark issues, particularly in regulated sectors; she is also an expert in media law and regularly advises on copyright issues related to online publishing and broadcasting. Counsel Krystian Maciaszek is a specialist in patents and industrial design, and has experience in IP litigation.

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Key clients

Spin Master

Ty

ZURU

Showmax

LVMH

Private equity Tier 3

DLA Piper enters the rankings following the arrival in September 2019 of Marek Sawicki (who now leads the team) and Jakub Marcinkowski from CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang Pośniak i Bejm sp.k. and subsequent to the promotion to partner of Jakub Domalik-Plakwicz in May 2019. The team is instructed by a number of major private equity clients, drawing on impressive M&A and capital markets expertise.

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Testimonials

Jakub Domalik-Plakwicz is currently one of the market-leading PE lawyers in Poland. He’s very smart and capable, and exceptionally proactive.

A very hands-on approach and perfect support during the transaction.

The new team provides for exceptional quality and a great client approach.

Key clients

Allegro Capital Group

Tar Heel Capital

Tax Tier 3

DLA Piper fields a strong team of lawyers and tax advisers, which handles a wide variety of standalone tax work, primarily focused on transactions and restructuring matters. It is also well-versed in warranty and indemnity insurance issues. Corporate tax expert Bartosz Matusik heads up the team, which includes 'reliable and knowledgeable' counsel Paweł Chodziński.

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Testimonials

Experienced and with exceptional knowledge in tax matters, very competent and skilled negotiators.

The team is always very open and helpful. They are client and solution-oriented and provide advice that covers all aspects of a business.

Paweł Chodziński is a seasoned advocate and tax adviser. He possess all great qualities which make him stand out as unique among other advisers. He is always helpful and responsive to all our questions and concerns.

Key clients

AIG Europe

Astaldi

CORESTATE Capital Group

Dredging

EDP Renewables Europe

Generali Europe Investments Holding

HCC Global Financial Products

Hewlett-Packard (HP Inc. Poland)

Hochtief Poland

NepiRockcastle

Newell

Metro Properties

Proximetry

Same Deutz-Fahr

Santander

Société Générale

VINCI and its Polish subsidiaries

TMT Tier 4

At DLA Piper, the TMT team is a sub-group of the firm's intellectual property and technology department. The group has experience in litigation and commercial issues relating to the emerging technologies, life sciences, insurance, fintech and media sectors. Data privacy is a core area for the group, which is often instructed in GDPR implementation projects. Ewa Kurowska-Tober heads the group.

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Testimonials

I have found their advice to be pragmatic and solution focused, which has been of far more use than a simple reciting of the law

Flexible; presenting solutions made to measure

Outstanding knowledge of the market, covering Polish TMT aspects whilst closely advising global corporates from an international and cross-border perspective as well

Key clients

Bacardi

Dentsu Aegis

European Commission

Equinix

Goldman Sachs

Levi Strauss & Co. Europe

mBank (Commerzbank)

PZU

Reckitt Benckiser

Showmax (Naspers)

Warner Brothers

Vodafone

Global Co-Chairs: Roger Meltzer and Andrew Darwin
Co-Chief Executive Officers: Simon Levine and Cameron Jay Rains
Number of partners: 1,500
Number of lawyers: 5,000
Languages: The firm speaks over 60 languages
Offices: Lawyers located in more than 60 countries throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific.

Please see https://www.dlapiper.com for further information about the firm.

Photo Name Position Profile
 Andrzej Balicki photo Andrzej Balicki
Mr Pawel Chodzinski  photo Mr Pawel Chodzinski
Ms Agnieszka Chylińska  photo Ms Agnieszka Chylińska
 Magdalena Dec photo Magdalena Dec
 Jakub Domalik-Plakwicz photo Jakub Domalik-Plakwicz
 Dominika Wolf-Jezierska photo Dominika Wolf-Jezierska

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