Firm Profile > DLA Piper > Warsaw, Poland

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

Poland > Employment Tier 1

The 'extremely competent' Agnieszka Lechman-Filipiak leads the standalone employment practice at DLA Piper. The team, which includes both lawyers and tax advisers, has a strong reputation for supporting clients in the day-to-day management of staff-related legal issues. The group handles individual and collective labour law, advising issues concerning trade union relations, discrimination, diversity management, pensions, benefits and workplace incentives. Senior associate Dominika Nowak is the name to note for matters concerning working time regulations and terminations. Michał Synowiec is another key contact.

Practice head(s):

Agnieszka Lechman-Filipiak

Other key lawyers:

Dominika Nowak; Michal Synowiec

Testimonials

‘They are always available and provide extremely prompt answers. My trusted partner for any labour law questions that have never failed me through the years.’

‘Agnieszka Lechman-Filipiak is extremely competent and always provides great advice.’

‘The company, DLA Piper, approaches the client in a great way. They try to find out the solution with an out-of-the-box approach, if required. I can also rely on them as our trusted advisor and count on the service in a timely manner.’

‘Global perspectives due to global client base extremely commercial and pragmatic advice Applies local law against wider global business objectives and considerations.’

‘Michal Synowiec, Counsel is a safe pair of hands and highly valued for his legal and commercial insights. His ability to communicate clearly, respond quickly to and work seamlessly with an in-house legal team deserves commendation. A rising star.’

‘The team delivers timely and good quality. Very responsive and good at managing expectations. Pragmatic and collaborative.’

‘Dominika Nowak is a professional business partner to us; responsive and keeping to a high standard. I highly recommend her.’

Key clients

Amgen

Ardagh

Levi Strauss

Credit Suisse

Discovery Communications

Duracell

Elavon

Emirates Airlines

GFT

Houghton

Karmar

Levi Strauss Poland

TMF

PORR

SDL

Siemens

Revolut

Synopsys

Teatr Kwadrat

Vertex

WeWork

WizzAir

Viessmann

Poland > Healthcare and life sciences Tier 1

According to clients, the team at DLA Piper 'combines the firm’s broad experience and high professionalism on the entire range of issues regarding pharmaceuticals, medical devices, food supplements and healthcare.' The expertise in the team is focused on regulatory and product liability issues, but extends to the marketing, distribution and advertising of pharmaceutical and medical products in Poland. In the healthcare space, the group is well versed in standard operating procedures (SOPs), about which it is often instructed by healthcare professionals; as well as issues relating to the Polish National Health Fund. Heading the department is 'the market-leading lawyer for pharmaceutical regulatory and distribution mattersAndrzej Balicki, who is supported by senior associate Jolanta Dąbrowicz, who specialises in medicinal product manufacturing and distribution.

Practice head(s):

Andrzej Balicki

Other key lawyers:

Jolanta Dąbrowicz

Testimonials

Good contact, fast response rates, providing good and clear replies for our questions and problems.’

‘A regulatory practice developed on the local market by an international firm is somewhat unique, but attainable. The team combines the firm’s broad experience and high professionalism on the entire range of issues regarding pharmaceuticals, medical devices, food supplements and healthcare.’

Good knowledge of local regulations and restrictions related to pharma and medical market in Poland (reimbursement, tenders, medical and pharma products marketing).’

This is a top tier team especially strong in distribution and procurement of pharmaceuticals. They have a great understanding of regulatory landscape in the life sciences sector.’

The team has a strong grasp of the life sciences regulations. They are one of the leaders on the legal market, experienced in dealing with difficult regulatory and legislative matters.’

DLA Piper guided us through the whole process of establishing our new distribution system in Poland. The team combines experts advising on regulatory, distribution and public procurement law. In my view the team really understands distribution and procurement market practice of the pharmaceutical business. They also support us on a day-to-day basis and – what is crucial for us – they are very responsive.

They have great knowledge of both pharma industry and pharma regulations. The team is composed of lawyers having experience at leading international law firms, in-house legal departments as well all public authorities.’

Andrzej Balicki is the main contact point in relation to all our matters. He is the market-leading lawyer for pharmaceutical regulatory and distribution matters. Jolanta Dabrowicz shows experience in relation to publicly reimbursed products.’

Andrzej Balicki has extensive regulatory experience under the Polish and EU law. He represents clients in high-profile cases in the life sciences area. He is an expert in food, medical and pharmaceutical law. He advises world-oriented food and pharmaceutical companies operating in Poland and abroad.’

Key clients

Abbott

Allergan

Brass Research and Development

Dexcom

Ipsen

URGO Laboratoria Polfa Łódź

Novocure

Phibro Animal Health Corporation

Philips

Polpharma

Respiromix

Smith & Nephew

UCB Pharma

USP Zdrowie

Tymofarm

Poland > Insurance Tier 1

Clients value 'the exceptional clarity of legal advice' on offer at DLA Piper; where lawyers have 'the capability to combine market specificities with Polish and European insurance regulations'. The group in Warsaw excels in advising on the regulatory aspects of insurance company operations (governance and compliance issues being a strength) as well as assisting with corporate transactions in the sector. On the contentious front, team members are often instructed by insurance companies before the courts, the Polish financial supervision authorities and the competition and consumer protection office. Owing to its international network, it is well placed to advise on cross-border insurance activity, including in relation to issues arising from Brexit. Heading the team is counsel Beata Mrozowska-Bartkiewicz, who is entirely focused on insurance law. Senior associate Dominika Wolf-Jezierska is another active practitioner, leveraging her advocacy skills for insurance companies in regulatory matters and in insurance disputes.

Practice head(s):

Beata Mrozowska-Bartkiewicz

Other key lawyers:

Dominika Wolf-Jezierska

Testimonials

Unique experience and exceptional knowledge.

I highly appreciate the professional expertise provided by the team. They are also reliable, creative and communicative. The clarity of their legal advice is exceptional.

Beata Mrozowska-Bartkiewicz is very professional and highly skilled. Her knowledge of insurance legal matters is exceptional. I appreciate her approach to the needs of the client and eagerness to discuss and explain any particular issue related to the given problem.

Dominika Wolf-Jezierska knows the laws and regulations very well and is able to use them appropriately even in complex and non-obvious cases.’

They have the knowledge and experience necessary to represent insurance companies in complex matters, they can accurately combine knowledge from various areas in order to provide personalized advice.’

Broad and deep knowledge of the Polish insurance market is a great strength of the DLA Piper office in Warsaw. What is more, they have the capability to combine market specificities with Polish and European insurance regulations.

Key clients

PZU Group

Generali Group

Allianz

Europa

TUZ TUW

PKO Ubezpieczenia

Unum

Open Life

Colonnade

DRS WaG

Polska Izba Ubezpieczeń (Polish Insurance Chamber)

Ubezpieczeniowy Fundusz Gwarancyjny

Zavarovalnica Triglav

American Agricultural Insurance Company (AAIC)

Partner Reinsurance Europe SE

Metlife

ARAG

Sompo International Holdings

Euclid Transactional UK

Poland > Public procurement Tier 1

DLA Piper's public procurement leads are the Warsaw-based Krzysztof Kycia, Andrzej Balicki, Marta Frąckowiak and Adriana Mierzwa-Bronikowska. The group acts for local and international clients on PPPs, statutory powers (as well as statutory interpretations), the drafting of legislation, parliamentary procedures, judicial reviews and regulatory challenges. A recent highlight consists of its work for Deme Concessions Infrastructure, a matter concerning the preliminary stages of the PPP Outer Port deep water project in Gdynia. Agnieszka Chylińska and Jolanta Dąbrowicz are additional names to note.  

Practice head(s):

Krzysztof Kycia; Andrzej Balicki; Marta Frackowiak; Adriana Mierzwa-Bronikowska

Other key lawyers:

Agnieszka Chylinska; Jolanta Dabrowicz

Testimonials

‘They have great knowledge of both pharma industry and pharma regulations. The team is composed of lawyers having experience at leading international law firms, in-house legal departments as well all public authorities’

‘Andrzej Balicki is a passionate lawyer who knows the pharmaceutical industry inside-out. He has a terrific expertise across the entire ecosystem for pharmaceutical producers, distributors and regulatory bodies. Jolanta Dabrowicz has an eye for details.’

‘Adriana Mierzwa-Bronikowska and Agnieszka Chylinska deserve to be singled out as having vast experience and serving as a first point of contact for wider advisory on the projects side. This necessarily involves public procurement. Adriana is particularly known for her experience as advisor and as co-author of legal handbooks.’

‘The team is simply great and their expertise is unmatched. They exceed expectations on many levels. ’

‘Andrzej Balicki is a terrific regulatory lawyer. He easily finds what is truly material. Has great experience in dealing with public authorities.’

‘This is a top tier team especially strong in distribution and procurement of pharmaceuticals. They have a great understanding of regulatory landscape in the life sciences sector.’

‘Andrzej Balicki is the main contact point in relation to all our matters. He is the market leading lawyer for pharmaceutical regulatory and distribution matters. Jolanta Dabrowicz shows experience in relation to publicly reimbursed products.’

Key clients

Abbott

Affidea

Allergan

Dredging International

PGE Energia Odnawialna

Philips

PKP Energetyka

Raytheon Company

Saltex Europa

Smith & Nephew

Poland > Banking and finance Tier 2

DLA Piper's 'business-oriented' finance, projects and restructuring group has outstanding expertise in the project finance arena, notably in relation to real estate financing projects. The group is also developing its securitisations practice, assisting clients with a variety of asset-backed securities agreements. The team is led by Mariusz Hyla, who is the go-to practitioner for real estate and asset finance, areas in which counsel Bartłomiej Palusiak is also active. Counsel Paweł Turek is noted for leverage, export, project and asset finance transactions. Counsel Katarzyna Wacławek advises borrowers on financing and refinancing projects.

Practice head(s):

Mariusz Hyla

Other key lawyers:

Bartłomiej Palusiak; Paweł Turek; Katarzyna Wacławek; Jakub Zienkiewicz; Anna Jarczok

Testimonials

‘Very business-oriented, fast, ready to work even over weekends, detailed analysis, not involving client in things that are purely legal, i.e. not business matters.’

‘Mariusz Hyla – knows the market very well, always available to advise’

Key clients

Aareal Bank

Accolade

Albaluna

Bank Gospodarstwa Krajowego (BGK)

Bank Millennium

Bank Ochrony Środowiska (BOŚ)

Bank Polska Kasa Opieki (Bank Pekao)

Berlin Hyp

BNP Paribas Bank Polska

Capital Park

Citigroup

Commerzbank

Corestate

Credit Swiss

Deutsche Pfandbriefbank (pbb)

DHB Bank

DZ Bank

Eiffel Investment Group

Elite Partners Capital

Erste Group Bank

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)

European Investment Bank (EIB)

Generali Group

Globalworth Poland Real Estate

Grupa PZU

Landesbank Hessen-Thüringen (Helaba)

HSBC

ING Bank

ING Bank Śląski

KGAL

ING Bank NV

Korporacja Ubezpieczeń Kredytów Eksportowych (KUKE)

Lidya

LoanMe

Marsh

mBank

NEPI Rockcastle Global Real Estate

Open Life

OX2

Panattoni

Permodalan Nasional Berhad

Polski Fundusz Rozwoju

Powszechna Kasa Oszczędności Bank Polski (PKO BP)

PKO Leasing (PKO BP Group)

Pekao Leasing (Pekao Group)

PKO Ubezpieczenia (PKO Insurance)

PKP Energetyka

Rev

Poland > Capital markets Tier 2

Clients praise DLA Piper's team for displaying 'strong commitment and a very dynamic, creative approach to deals'. It works closely with the firm's international network to advise on high-value public offerings in Poland and abroad, private placements and public M&A. The department is led by equity capital markets expert Jakub Domalik-Plakwicz, who is 'a highly experienced and efficient negotiator'. Counsel Wojciech Kalinowski is active on the regulatory side for debt and equity deals, and regularly represents clients before the Polish financial supervision authorities. Counsel Mateusz Zaleński is another transactional expert to note.

Practice head(s):

Jakub Domalik-Plakwicz

Other key lawyers:

Wojciech Kalinowski; Mateusz Zaleński

Testimonials

‘DLA has outstanding, highly professional ECM and M&A team. Particular strengths include : Top lawyers brought onboard in recent years from top law firms, strong commitment and very dynamic, creative approach to deals. They have deep bench so there is no problem with lack of fire power during the transaction. Definitely on the rise in last few years, particularly due to arrival of Jakub Domalik-Plakwicz.’

‘Our key advisor on all transactional work in Poland is Jakub Domalik-Plakwicz. Top transactional lawyer on the market. He does both M&A and ECM. Top-notch level. Goes extra mile for the client. Extremely business-oriented lawyer.’

‘DLA Piper has very strong ECM practice which gained very strong position on the market in the last couple of years.’

‘Jakub Domalik-Plakwicz is definitely a name to be mentioned. Very strong practitioner. Wojciech Kalinowski is a great regulatory lawyer.’

‘Active team of experienced professionals. They are supportive, willing to assist the client on every step and providing in-depth advice throughout the transaction process.’

‘Jakub Domalik-Plakwicz is a highly experienced and efficient negotiator. He is easy-going and able to deal with any negotiation clashes.’

Key clients

Polnord

Trakcja

OEX

TIM

Photon Energy

Poland > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 2

DLA Piper's team handles the spectrum of corporate transactions, with experience in M&A, venture capital, private and public equity deals for a multinational client base. Core capabilities include corporate restructuring, post-merger integrations and day-to-day advice on corporate activities. The group is led by Marta Frąckowiak, who is an expert in corporate transactions and commercial contracts. Other key names with significant cross-border experience are Jakub Marcinkowski and 'very business-oriented lawyerJakub Domalik-Plakwicz.

Practice head(s):

Marta Frąckowiak

Other key lawyers:

Jakub Marcinkowski; Jakub Domalik-Plakwicz; Wojciech Kalinowski; Rafał Kluziak; Mateusz Zaleński; Piotr Miller

Testimonials

‘A team that is very good commercially and understands the specifics of our acquisition targets quickly and smoothly. Also, commercial with respect to deal-making and negotiations – outlies clearly risks, assists in decision-making by providing clear explanations to non-lawyers.’

‘I have worked with their M&A/PE Partner, Jakub Domalik-Plakwicz is very strong M&A lawyer. He has very a good sense of client needs’

‘DLA Piper team is one of the most dynamic M&A teams on the Polish market working on several large and mid-cap deals. I rank DLA Piper team as among few top legal houses in Poland.

The team consists of seasoned partners hired from other law firms which has been the main reason for such development over the recent years. They provide high quality, business-oriented advice. ’

‘I had the opportunity to work on a number of M&A and ECM transactions with Jakub Domalik-Plakwicz. He is a very business-oriented lawyer who brings plenty of transactional experience to the table. He differentiates with great negotiation skills and hands-on approach.’

Key clients

Airbus Defence & Space

Allegro Capital Group (Allegro.pl)

Avison Young

Discovery Communications

DS Smith

Ecolab

FIZAN & PGM Texas

FIZAN & Recat

First Data Corporation

General Electric

Glovoapp23

GS Engineering & Construction

Hyundai Engineering, Korea Overseas Infrastructure & Urban Development Corporation

Katoen Natie

Mavenir

Multimedia Polska

Patria Land

Raytheon Technologies

PORR Polska

Resource Partners

Sun Capital Partners

Tar Heel Capital

Tar Heel Capital Fund II

TDJ Group

Tomma Diagnostyka Obrazowa

Vehco

Viessmann Group

Life Healthcare Group

Poland > Competition/antitrust Tier 2

DLA Piper's competition law practice is part of the firm's wider regulatory and public affairs department. The overall group is headed by 'passionate lawyerAndrzej Balicki, who has substantial knowledge of the life sciences, food and energy sectors. Leading on much of the office's competition law work, Michał Orzechowski handles cartel and vertical agreement cases, merger control proceedings and state aid issues, often alongside the firm's offices in Brussels. Associate Agnieszka Staszek is increasingly active in proceedings before the Polish competition authority.

Practice head(s):

Andrzej Balicki; Michał Orzechowski

Other key lawyers:

Agnieszka Staszek

Testimonials

‘The team is a market leader as regards distribution of medical devices’

‘Andrzej Balicki is my first advisor when it comes to distribution of medical devices.’

‘They have great knowledge of both pharma industry and pharma regulations. The team is composed of lawyers having experience at leading international law firms, in-house legal departments as well as public authorities.’

‘Andrzej Balicki is a passionate lawyer who knows the pharmaceutical industry inside-out. He has a terrific expertise across the entire ecosystem for pharmaceutical producers, distributors and regulatory bodies. ’

‘Respectful, warm and direct approach in relation to the client and the subject matter under analysis. ’

‘Excellent knowledge of the applicable legislation. Fast responses and easy to understand answers to our inquiries.

Stand out partner – Michal Orzechowski; stand out associate – Agnieszka Staszek.’

‘What makes this practice unique is the capacity to simplify the rules of law and explain them even to people that are not familiar with the Poland law system.’

‘The team and their leader were equally and highly involved in the case we cooperated upon. Their feedback was fast, comprehensive, simple and took into consideration all the information provided. ’

‘Very professional approach, high skills and competences, multi tasking, understanding of business and customer objectives.’

‘Michał Orzechowski has the ability to listen, understand, to learn, and provides advice based on a holistic approach, risk identification, ’

‘The practice is very responsive and provides very good understating of business.’

Key clients

Allegro.pl

Allergan

Concordia Versicherung Holding

Discovery Communications

Enter Air

GS Engineering & Construction

Hyundai Engineering

Ipsen

Lotos Air-BP

Philips

Saltex Europa

Smith & Nephew

Trek Bicycle Corporation

TUZ Towarzystwo Ubezpieczeń Wzajemnych

Viessmann

Poland > Construction Tier 2

DLA Piper's construction offering is led by real estate expert Jacek Giziński and disputes resolution specialist Krzysztof Kycia. A member of the Polish Association of Construction Industry Employers, the team handles work in sectors such as infrastructure (rail, roads and ports), energy and project development. In addition, the team is well placed to handle procurement advice on commercial developments and has a strong reputation supporting major engineering works. Piotr Witecki and senior associate Szymon Sakowski are other noteworthy contacts.

Practice head(s):

Jacek Giziński; Krzysztof Kycia

Other key lawyers:

Szymon Sakowski.

Testimonials

‘Highly experienced and competent construction practice. From an in-house counsel perspective a major advantage is that they understand the business of our company as a client which allows them to tailor the best pragmatic solution.’

‘True professionals in construction law. They always deliver quality responses. They are always punctual and committed. ’

‘The team knows my business relationships and is a partner for discussion on different subjects. They use their experts when necessary. The are focused not only on a given legal subject but on my personal interest under given circumstances.’

‘Krzysztof Kycia – the partner. He is my closest confidant. We are close business partners whatever business I launch I will discuss this with Krzysztof to find an area for cooperation’.

‘Szymon Sakowski – associate: the youngest team member but an important one – responsible for execution of the service. He has a high ability to listen to the client. He addresses my needs, helps me to take my business and strategic decisions.’

‘I worked with Szymon Sakowski on several matters. Very solution-oriented and proactive professional. He represents all the values I would imagine a perfect lawyer to have. ’

‘I have dealt with Mr. Szymon Sakowski. Qualities valued: professionalism, knowledge in construction law, responsiveness and punctuality. Mr. Sakowski’s added value is his soft-skill and abilities to adjust his style towards different stakeholders. He knows how to level with those of different backgrounds.’

Key clients

Bank BNP Paribas

Bank Pekao

Bank PKO

BASF Polska

Corestate Capital Holding

DEME Concessions Infrastructure

Inopa

Kuwait Financial Center (“Markaz”)

Marubeni, Mota Engil and ZUE

Mott MacDonald

Panattoni Europe

Polnord

Pomorskie Przedsiębiorstwo Mechaniczno-Torowe

Santander Bank Polska

Trakcja (part of the COMSA group)

Warbud

Poland > Data privacy and data protection Tier 2

DLA Piper is noted for its expertise in complex GDPR projects, including implementation and compliance. The group has an impressive array of multinational corporate and banking clients, which it assists with issues including data breach responses, audits and data mapping, data subject rights and online tracking and consumer protection issues. The practice is led by Ewa Kurowska-Tober who has substantial experience assisting clients in regulated sectors, and is regularly instructed on global privacy compliance. Counsel Łukasz Czynienik specialises in cybersecurity, media and telecoms law, advising on cross-border data transfers and the implementation of data security policies. Senior associate Magdalena Koniarska is a specialist in data processing agreements, and data transfer.

Poland > Energy and natural resources Tier 2

The energy and natural resources team at DLA Piper recently gained Green Genius and Modus Energy Group as new clients. The group advises on matters related to electrical power, gas, liquid fuels, and mining, and provides comprehensive support at all stages of the investment process. The group also assists with the purchase of renewable energy projects and advises on the post-trade period. Regulatory expert Łukasz Jankowski heads the team, which also includes corporate law specialist Jacek Giziński and seasoned litigator Krzysztof Kycia. Associate Mateusz Koszel is another key contact.

Practice head(s):

Łukasz Jankowski

Other key lawyers:

Jacek Giziński; Krzysztof Kycia; Mateusz Koszel

Testimonials

‘The DLA team has deep knowledge of the energy sector and of the associated regulator. They are very committed to always supporting their clients, being very helpful and available in all situations.’

‘The DLA team has been a cornerstone in supporting our setup’.

‘Lukasz Jankowski, Head of Energy at DLA Piper Poland, has been one of the main point of contacts for our Company. I must highlight his full availability as well as practical approach to our demanding requests. Our relationship has been a fruitful one and has allow us to develop business within a new market with confidence.’

‘Solid knowledge and creativity. Much better commitment to on-time delivery compared to other firms. Also loyalty towards customer.’

‘Lukasz Jankowski and Mateusz Koszel are solid and committed. They form a very good partnership and understand customer needs.’

‘Full knowledge of the Polish energy market. Quick responses. Fluent cooperation.’

Key clients

Canadian Solar Construction

EDP Commercial

EDP Renewables Polska

Green Genius

Modus Energy Group

OX2

PKP Energetyka

Polska Grupa Energetyczna (PGE)

Wento

Poland > Intellectual property Tier 2

Led by data protection expert Ewa Kurowska-Tober, DLA Piper's IP team counts Levi Strauss & Co. as a client and is also active for companies in the beverage, tobacco, toy, and perfume industries. The team handles trade marks, patent infringement and domain name disputes, and also provides strategic commercial advice on new technology law. Litigation specialist Krystian Maciaszek and 'highly responsive' senior associate Olga Leśniewska have expertise in industrial design law and brand protection, respectively.

Practice head(s):

Ewa Kurowska-Tober

Other key lawyers:

Krystian Maciaszek; Olga Leśniewska

Testimonials

‘The DLA Piper IP team in Poland are phenomenal. The response times, the level of advice given, the quality of service, the practical commercial advice given and the professionalism shown were provided from the outset to conclusion of a difficult deal.’

‘Olga Lesniewska was my main point of contact and she was thorough, commercial and highly responsive.’

Key clients

Fundacja PZU

Levi Strauss & Co.

LVMH

Naspers

PZU

Spin Master

TY Inc.

ZURU

Poland > Investment funds Tier 2

DLA Piper fields a cross-departmental team for investment funds work, with lawyers from the real estate, finance, M&A and private equity practices involved. A key area of expertise, real estate funds make up the bulk of the group's activities, which often advises on Luxembourg structures. Core lawyers include real estate expert Jacek Giziński, finance and restructuring specialist Mariusz Hyla and 'committed' funds lawyer Jakub Domalik-Plakwicz.

Other key lawyers:

Jacek Giziński; Mariusz Hyla; Marek Sawicki; Jakub Marcinkowski; Jakub Domalik-Plakwicz

Testimonials

‘Jakub Domalik-Plakwicz is a leading transactional lawyer on the market. Highly committed, professional and experienced. Very commercial lawyer. ’

Key clients

Avallon

Corestate Capital Holding

Elite Partners Capital

Estlin Investments

Grelix Investments

Ineos Enterprises Holdings

KGAL Investment Management

Metropolitan Investment

Reditum Capital

Revetas Capital Advisors

Rockcastle Poland

York Capital Managemet Europe

Zeus Capital Management

Poland > Private client Tier 2

Bringing together a multi-departmental team, DLA Piper's private client practice includes expertise in dispute resolution, corporate transactions, tax, real estate and employment issues, providing a full service to management executives and entrepreneurs with businesses in Poland. Tomasz Rudyk represents individuals in white-collar criminal situations and employment lawyer Agnieszka Filipiak-Lechman is noted for employment disputes.

Other key lawyers:

Ewa Kurowska-Tober; Krzysztof Kycia; Agnieszka Lechman-Filipiak; Bartosz Matusik; Michał Pietuszko; Tomasz Rudyk

Testimonials

Strong team members focusing on high-level consulting and business support.’

A high degree of professionalism, which is essential for reliable qualitative results.

Poland > Private equity Tier 2

Clients recognise DLA Piper's 'strong and innovative team' which has 'a clear focus on problem solving and getting the transaction done'. The group has an increasingly active private equity transactional practice, advising domestic and foreign funds on their big-ticket transactions in Poland. It is involved in numerous exits, acting on the buy- and sell-side, as well as advisory matters concerning fund formation and structuring, where it benefits from the firm's presence in Luxembourg. Experienced corporate transactional lawyers Marta Frąckowiak and Jakub Marcinkowski are key names. Jakub Domalik-Plakwicz has an impressive track record in advising foreign private equity funds.

Other key lawyers:

Marta Frąckowiak; Jakub Marcinkowski; Jakub Domalik-Plakwicz; Wojciech Kalinowski ; Rafał Kluziak

Testimonials

DLA Piper has a strong and innovative team. Responsive, diversified and highly collaborative. Pleasure to work with.

Clear focus on problem solving and getting the transaction done. We had challenging negotiations including during Covid-19 pandemic and the team still managed to get everything in shape for signing the transaction before summer.

This is a very strong transactional team both in terms of quality of services and depth of bench. The quality and commitment of the team is outstanding. They are definitely becoming one of the leading transactional practices in in the market.

Jakub Domalik-Plakwicz is an extremely proactive and commercial lawyer with very good sense of client’s expectations.’

Key clients

Allegro

FIZAN & PGM Texas

FIZAN & Recat

GS Engineering & Construction Corp.

Resource Partners

Sun Capital Partners

Tar Heel Capital Private Equity

TDJ Group

Vehco

Poland > Real estate Tier 2

DLA Piper's real estate team is led by corporate law expert Jacek Giziński. The practice advises on domestic and international matters relating to commercial logistics, office space and retail units. It also assists with drafting, negotiating and signing development agreements, particularly those where the client undertakes management of the construction process. Notably, the firm also has a strong reputation for facilitating the procurement of land for the purposes of investment. Michał Pietuszko and Agnieszka Lehwark are names to note for commercial leasing, and acquisitions in the warehouse space, respectively.

Practice head(s):

Jacek Giziński

Other key lawyers:

Michał Pietuszko; Agnieszka Lehwark

Testimonials

‘Michal Pietuszko – in my opinion one of the best legal advisers specialized in real estate. Always looking for solutions, aiming to conclude deals within business assumptions set by the customer. Proactive, helpful, professional. ’

‘The DLA Real Estate Team is very experienced in both the development of commercial projects and their subsequent disposals. The team is not very big but is able to deliver on-time advice for its clients which is of crucial importance. ’

‘Agnieszka Lehwark is probably my favourite lawyer on the market – she is a pleasure to work with, always on time, focused and goal-oriented.’

‘Speed and efficiency in resolving cases regardless of the variety and complexity.’

‘Speed of reaction, calm and skilful assessment of the situation, presentation of the case in a simple and understandable way for all parties, professionalism in action.’

‘Very positive and success oriented approach. Solutions finding rather than problems piling attitude.’

Key clients

AIG Europe

Blackstone Group International Partners

Corestate Capital Holding

Elite Partners Capital

Bank BNP Paribas

Bank Pekao

Bank PKO

Katoen Natie

KGAL

Kuwait Financial Center (“Markaz”)

Larsen & Toubro Infotech Group

Marriott Group

METRO Properties

Panattoni Europe

PXF Lightning

Santander Bank Polska

SAUR Polska

Sompo International

Warbud

WeWork

Poland > Restructuring and insolvency Tier 2

DLA Piper's practice encompasses restructuring and bankruptcy representation and advice, including in relation to supporting clients in the proceedings of their business partners. The group is composed of lawyers from a number of departments, with specialists in tax, corporate, insolvency and finance law, and litigation. Mariusz Hyla leads the restructuring group, specialising in financial restructurings. Co-managing partner Krzysztof Kycia leads the litigation and regulatory practice, and has experience of insolvency issues arising from the construction and infrastructure sectors. Counsel Artur Sobol is noted for debt restructurings and distressed acquisitions, while senior associate Magdalena Dec (who 'combines legal knowledge with a pragmatic approach') represents creditors and debtors in bankruptcy and restructuring proceedings.

Practice head(s):

Mariusz Hyla; Krzysztof Kycia

Other key lawyers:

Artur Sobol; Magdalena Dec; Piotr Witecki; Magdalena Krajewska

Testimonials

‘DLA Piper’s team offers solid and business-oriented advice to our legal needs. They see a wider picture of a problem, act swiftly and co-own our challenges ’

‘First-class legal advice always delivered on time. Sharp, quick, open minded, business approach ’

‘Magdalena Dec: I need lawyers who can catch on quickly to my expectations, so I do not have to explain for a long time what is the case about. Plus I need lawyers who are able to deliver legal advice on time (even very short deadlines) and the solution must be simple and applicable for business. Magda is exactly this type of a lawyer. ’

‘They are our go-to advisers whenever we have problems with the solvency of our business partners. They assist us in complex and high-value insolvency and restructuring proceedings and advise us on how best to handle them from the creditor’s perspective. Such knowledge is very valuable. In my opinion, DLA Piper is one of the best international law firms on the market. In addition, we appreciate their business-oriented approach and the fact that their advice is always very practical.’

‘Krzysztof Kycia is a highly experienced practitioner with great expertise and he has a deep understanding of our business. Magdalena Dec combines legal knowledge with a pragmatic approach. She has a very good understanding of the bankruptcy and restructuring process. Piotr Witecki is flexible, highly responsive, and provides us with excellent, commercially-oriented advice. All three of them are very efficient and well-organised, which makes it a pleasure to cooperate with them.’

Key clients

Herkules

Hyatt International Corporation

METRO Properties (METRO Group)

Philips Polska

PKP Energetyka

Trakcja Group

Poland > Tax Tier 2

Taking a 'flexible and proactive approach', DLA Piper's tax team specialises in all business-oriented taxes, with a strong standalone practice that sits alongside its support role for the firm's transactional departments. The team is led by economist and licensed tax adviser Bartosz Matusik, a practitioner with expertise in personal and corporate income tax and international taxation. Paweł Chodziński focuses on tax structuring, corporate transactional tax and restructuring deals for Polish and international clients.

Practice head(s):

Bartosz Matusik

Other key lawyers:

Paweł Chodziński

Testimonials

‘DLA Tax team has been a cornerstone in supporting the setup of our company.’

‘Pawel Chodzinski has been our main point of contact within the DLA Tax team. He has proven to a be a reliable go to person for all Tax aspects of our complex business. He demonstrates an ability to deliver whilst simplifying complicated matters with a practical approach. I would strongly recommend Pawel for Tax advising large corporates.’

‘They can build personal relationship and be of assistance in all tax matters. I was not treated as an entity who will buy products and they heard my needs and gave me the support I needed.’

‘They were able to build a relationship, not only sell products.’

‘Showed expertise and excellent capabilities to provide hands-on advice on corporate tax and Polish withholding tax related to a specific licencing project.’

‘Flexible and proactive approach, our questions and requests were handled promptly, they have been responsive all the time and had excellent English language skills, ’

‘DLA Piper is our major tax adviser providing an on-going tax support on a daily basis. Paweł Chodziński is responsible for managing that relationship together with his team. We are very happy with the cooperation. The team manages to combine technical excellence with genuine commerciality.

‘Paweł Chodziński is extremely client focused and is instrumental in ensuring we obtain sound tax advice. Advice is always timely and concise. What we like is the fact that he and his team provide us with a complete solution. He is professional and instructive, extremely thorough in his approach and precise on any recommendations taking into account the business aspect of the advice.’

Key clients

Accord Healthcare

Allergan

AIG Europe Limited, AIG Europe Limited Direktion fur Deutschland

Astaldi / Gulermak

Avison Young

CORESTATE Capital Group

Danaher

Duracell

Dredging / Van Oord

EDP Renewables Europe

Generali Europe Investments Holding

HCC Global Financial Products

Hewlett-Packard (HP Inc. Poland)

Hochtief Poland

KGAL

Nepi/Rockcastle

Newell

Merck

Metro Properties (part of listed METRO)

Philips

Ross Stores

Relayr

Same Deutz-Fahr

Santander Consumer Leasing

Santander Consumer Bank

Santander Bank

Santander Leasing

Société Générale and its Polish branch

Vertex

VINCI and its Polish subsidiaries

Poland > White-collar crime Tier 2

DLA Piper's government and internal investigations practice is well developed, with exceptional expertise in matters including anti-bribery, anti-money laundering and fraud issues. Integrated into the global firm, the group is also well placed to advise on due diligence projects involving the UK Bribery Act and the the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. In addition to advisory work, lawyers regularly represent individuals and corporates in criminal tax proceedings and other business criminal cases. The department is led by former prosecutor Tomasz Rudyk, who has expertise leading internal investigations into violations of anti-bribery laws. Senior associate Dominika Wolf-Jezierska works with both defendants and injured parties, especially in criminal tax cases, and has substantial court experience. Senior associate Piotr Falarz is another name to note for investigations and compliance work.

Practice head(s):

Tomasz Rudyk

Other key lawyers:

Dominika Wolf-Jezierska; Piotr Falarz; Magdalena Dec; Paweł Matej

Testimonials

‘Huge experience of the team members and involvement in each case they handle.’

‘Dominika Wolf-Jezierska is an outstanding lawyer who let her clients believe their matters are carried out by the right person with a proper knowledge and experience. She knows the laws and regulations very well and is able to use them appropriately even in complex and non-obvious cases. ’

‘The White-Collar Crime team of DLA Piper Poland supported me in a criminal matter. 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. In my opinion they are hard-working, open-minded and well-organized. ’

‘Tomasz Rudyk, Partner of WCC team, is in my opinion extremely high skilled lawyer with a pragmatic approach and always dedicated to find best solutions to the arising problems during the trial. Dominika Wolf-Jezierska, Senior Associate, is very experienced in managing criminal cases and provides sound legal advice during the ongoing proceedings. She is always available, responsive and very devoted. I consider them as top specialists in this field of expertise.’

‘Analysis of the case and its resolution at a satisfactory level. In addition, professional service and good contact with the customer.’

Key clients

Brenntag Polska

Poland > Dispute resolution Tier 3

DLA Piper's disputes practice spans court litigation, arbitration and criminal proceedings, where the firm particularly benefits from expertise in the energy, infrastructure and real estate industries. The team is led by co-managing partner Krzysztof Kycia, whose regulatory practice sits alongside his litigation and arbitration specialisms. Counsel Piotr Olkowski is another name to note and has a strong grounding in commercial litigation.

Practice head(s):

Krzysztof Kycia

Other key lawyers:

Piotr Olkowski; Mikołaj Strojnowski; Piotr Witecki; Monika Leszko; Anna Kopania

Testimonials

‘The team is very knowledgeable and thinks strategically – they don’t just tell us what the law is, they consider the commercial impacts of decisions. ’

‘Piotr Olkowski is excellent – he is assisting us in relation to a dispute. His advice is always prompt and strategic.’

‘Very experienced team, working smoothly hand in hand across all divisions’

‘Anna Kopania (extremely diligent litigator, nothing will get lost if you have her on board)’

‘The team is impressively experienced in dispute resolution and public affairs matters especially in the healthcare and life sciences sector. They navigate with ease in the public policy environment. I really like to work with them.’

Key clients

Abbott

Affidea

Bank Ochrony Środowiska

DEME Group

Enter Air

Enterprise Investors (Wento)

General Electric

Generali

GRP

HB Reavis

Herkules

Levi Strauss

Link 4

Metro Properties

Mott McDonald

Physio Control

PGE Group

PKP Energetyka

Polnord

Pomorskie Przedsiębiorstwo Mechaniczno-Torowe

PORR

Stanley Black & Decker

Qubus Hotel Management

Telewizja Polska

Trakcja

UGI

Van Oord

Poland > TMT Tier 4

At DLA Piper, TMT matters are led by advanced technologies expert Ewa Kurowska-Tober. Notably, the team has significant connections to the firm's broader IP offering and utilises this to advise companies from highly regulated sectors, including banking, insurance, pharmaceuticals, media, emerging technologies, life sciences and insurance. It also handles a significant amount of data protection and cybersecurity work, areas in which it handles cutting-edge issues such as the Internet of Things, artificial intelligence and blockchain. Łukasz Czynienik is a key name for IT cases.

Practice head(s):

Ewa Kurowska-Tober

Other key lawyers:

Łukasz Czynienik

Testimonials

‘They have the knowledge and experience necessary to represent insurance companies in complex matters.’

‘Mr Lukasz Czynienik was very competent and helpful in our case.’

Key clients

Abbott Medical

Allegro

Feilo Sylvania Group

Global Cloud Xchange

Globalstar

mBank

Naspers

Zenimax

Philips

PKP Energetyka

Revolut

T-Mobile

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
Mr Andrzej Balicki photo Mr Andrzej Balicki
Mr Pawel Chodzinski  photo Mr Pawel Chodzinski
 Agnieszka Chylińska  photo Agnieszka Chylińska
 Jolanta Dąbrowicz  photo Jolanta Dąbrowicz
 Magdalena Dec photo Magdalena Dec
Mr Jakub Domalik-Plakwicz photo Mr Jakub Domalik-Plakwicz
 Marta Frąckowiak  photo Marta Frąckowiak
 Michał Orzechowski  photo Michał Orzechowski
 Katarzyna Waclawek  photo Katarzyna Waclawek
 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