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  • Warsaw Financial Centra
  • ul. Emilii Plater 53
  • Warsaw
  • Masovian
  • Poland
  • 00-113
  • Chairman: Cornelius Brandi
  • Executive Director: Matthew Gorman
  • Number of partners worldwide: ca. 750
  • Number of lawyers worldwide: ca. 2,800
  • CMS OFFICES WORLDWIDE: Aberdeen, Algiers, Amsterdam, Antwerp, Barcelona, Beijing, Belgrade, Berlin, Bratislava, Bristol, Brussels, Bucharest, Budapest, Casablanca, Cologne, Dresden, Dubai, Duesseldorf, Edinburgh, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Kyiv, Leipzig, Lisbon, Ljubljana, London, Luxembourg, Lyon, Madrid, Milan, Moscow, Munich, Paris, Prague, Rio de Janeiro, Rome, Sarajevo, Seville, Shanghai, Sofia, Strasbourg, Stuttgart, Tirana, Utrecht, Vienna, Warsaw, Zagreb and Zurich.

Firm Overview:
CMS lawyers immerse themselves in their clients’ business. This enables them to deliver the most effective legal and tax solutions. Both leading domestic and major global corporations work with CMS’ 2,800 lawyers across 54 offices in Europe, Russia, China, North Africa and South America. Clients select CMS because it has the most extensive footprint in Europe of any firm. CMS provides local and industry sector insight, global project management and its specialist teams work hard to add value to their projects,wherever they are taking place. Established in 1999, CMS today comprises ten member firms, all experienced in their local jurisdictions. This expertise means that clients receive high-quality advice in the local context.
CMS Europe offices with profiles:
Austria
Belgium
Bosnia & Herzegovina
Bulgaria
Croatia
France
Germany
Italy
Luxembourg
Montenegro
The Netherlands
Portugal
Serbia
Slovenia
Spain
Ukraine
United Kingdom

Main Areas of Practice:
CMS offers a wide range of expertise through seventeen practice area and sector groups, providing advice on local, national and international issues. These expert groups are firmly established across Europe.
• Banking & Finance
• Commercial 
• Competition & EU
• Consumer Products
• Corporate
• Dispute Resolution
• Employment & Pensions
• Energy
• Hotels & Leisure
• Infrastructure & Project Finance
• Insurance & Funds
• Intellectual Property
• Life Sciences
• Private Equity
• Real Estate & Construction
• Tax
• Technology, Media & Telecoms

For information on recent work,member firms, publications and full contact details please visit: www.cmslegal.com.

Clients & Awards:
CMS maintains strong, trusted relationships with many of the world’s leading businesses.The firm acts for more than a quarter of the FT European 500 and for a number of Fortune 500 companies. In terms of quality, CMS has a strong presence in leading directories, including 80 Band 1 rankings and 140 Band 2 rankings in Chambers 2011 and Legal 500 2011. The firm has chosen a single organisational structure that suits clients doing business in Europe. Each CMS office is tailored to its local market, ensuring that clients benefit from personal service and market sensitivities,while working together under a shared mission and governance structure. Whether clients require advice and support in one jurisdiction, across the whole of Europe or beyond European borders, CMS has a shared culture and built-in processes to ensure they receive outstanding, seamless service. It’s why many clients have been with CMS firms for decades. To ensure that it maintain strong client relationships, the firm constantly monitors its performance through a structured client feedback programme designed to identify what it does well and put in place a robust plan of action when it finds things it could do better.

Branches

  • Via Agotino Depretis 86,
  • Rome,
  • Lazio
  • Italy
  • IT-00184
  • Tel +39 06 478 151
  • Fax +39 06 483 755
  • Calle Génova, 27 ,
  • Madrid,
  • Spain
  • 28004
  • Tel +34 91 451 9300
  • Fax +34 91 442 6045
  • Email : madrid@cms-asl.com
  • 1-3, Villa Emile Bergerat,
  • Neuilly-sur Seine Cedex,
  • Paris,
  • France
  • FR-92522
  • Tel +33 1 47 38 55 00
  • Fax +33 1 47 38 55 55
  • Email : info@cms-bfl.com
  • 2801 Plaza 66, Tower 2,
  • 1366 Nanjing Road West,
  • Shanghai,
  • China
  • 200040
  • Tel +86 21 62 89 6363
  • Fax +86 21 6289 0731
  • Email : info@cmslegal.cn
  • Gogolevsky Blvr, 11,
  • Moscow,
  • Russia
  • 119019
  • Tel +7 495 786 4000
  • Fax +7 495 786 4001
  • Email : info@cmslegal.ru
  • Mitre House,
  • 160 Aldersgate Street,
  • London,
  • Greater London
  • UK
  • EC1A 4DD
  • Tel (020) 3673000
  • Fax (020) 7367 2000
  • DX 135316 BARBICAN 2
  • Email : info@cms-cmck.com
  • Warsaw Financial Centra,
  • ul. Emilii Plater 53,
  • Warsaw,
  • Masovian
  • Poland
  • 00-113
  • Tel +48 22 520 5555
  • Fax +48 22 520 5556
  • Email : warsaw@cms-cmck.com
  • Rua Sousa Martins 10,
  • Lisbon,
  • Portugal
  • 1050-218
  • Tel +351 21 095 8100
  • Fax +351 21 095 8155
  • Email : rpa@cms-rpa.com
  • Lennéstraße 7,
  • Berlin,
  • Germany
  • DE-10785
  • Tel +49 30 203 60 0
  • Fax +49 30 203 60 2000
  • Email : berlin@cms-hs.com
  • Mondriaantoren,
  • Amstelplein 8A,
  • Amsterdam,
  • North Holland
  • Netherlands
  • NL-1096 BC
  • Tel +31 20 30 16 301
  • Fax +31 20 30 16 333
  • Email : amsterdam@cms-dsb.com
  • CMS Reich-Rohrwig Hainz Rechtsanwälte GmbH,
  • Gauermanngasse 2-4,
  • Vienna,
  • Austria
  • 1010
  • Tel +43 1 404 43 0
  • Fax +43 1 404 43 90 00
  • Email : vienna@cms-rrh.com
  • Dreikönigstrasse 7,
  • Zürich,
  • Zurich
  • Switzerland
  • CH-8002
  • Tel +41 44 285 11 11
  • Fax +41 44 285 11 22
  • Email : office@cms-veh.com

Banking & Finance - Poland

THE FIRM This strong CEE player offers a wide range of services for clients, from project finance to excellent regulatory advice. Most notably, the team assisted EFG Eurobank Ergasias with the regulatory aspects of establishing a banking partnership with Raiffeisen Bank International.

Sources say: "The lawyers never waste your time."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Practice head Małgorzata Chruściak is recommended for her regulatory expertise. She "knows her stuff, gives clear and thoughtful advice, and is a good business partner," confirmed an impressed client.   

Tomasz Jedwabny is acknowledged as a rising star with a particular focus on project finance.

Competition/Antitrust - Poland

THE FIRM The competition practice of this international firm is widely recognised in the Polish market. The firm offers a full service in a range of antitrust matters, with a focus on merger control and distribution models, and a growing activity in state aid. The team collaborates closely with the litigation department of the firm, which gives it an additional strength in competition-related disputes. A key highlight is assisting TPSA, HAWE and Alcatel-Lucent with a joint venture project aimed at creating a broadband network in eastern Poland.

Sources say: “A very solid, efficient firm.” “It is a good network firm: if you need an overview of Europe, it can generate a lot of information and knowledge.”

KEY INDIVIDUALS Practice head Małgorzata Urbańska has extensive experience in the consumer product sector. Clients widely praise her “coherent, communicative and clear way of explaining” legal matters.

Construction - Poland

THE FIRM This full-service firm continues to run a strong real estate practice, and steadily expands its client base. It is well known for the robust infrastructure capabilities of its construction team, as well as its ability to combine support on real estate matters with banking and finance advice. Sources highlight the team's initiative and the creative solutions it provides. It recently advised Futureal on a joint venture for the development and commercialisation of the NoVa Park shopping centre project. The team is also heavily involved in stadia construction and leases. 

Sources say: "The co-operation was always constructive and the lawyers always dealt with everything successfully."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Sources commend Wojciech Koczara for being a "very calm and good adviser.” He acts on several of the team's high-profile matters, and "is full of knowledge,” according to clients.

Corporate/M&A - Poland

THE FIRM This solid team is praised for its substantial and well-integrated CEE network, as well as its growing expertise in the energy, retail and banking sectors. Its client base includes Zabka Polska, EFG Eurobank Ergasius and POLOmarket. It recently advised the shareholders of Eco-Wind Construction on the sale of a majority stake to CEZ Poland Distribution.

Sources say: "The lawyers are exceptionally talented."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Department head Dariusz Greszta is "a real deal maker. He has strong client skills and keeps calm no matter what." He was recently lead partner representing EFG Eurobank Ergasius in a sale of its stake in Polband EFG.

According to market commentators, Marek Sawicki is "a skilful negotiator." He was instructed by Statoil Poland on the acquisition of several fuel stations and underdeveloped properties.

Dispute Resolution - Poland

THE FIRM This practice has adjusted successfully to a period of change and acts for high-profile domestic and international clients, including IBM and PZU Group. The firm continues to be visible in significant litigious matters and recently represented Link4 (RSA Group) in a PLN13.5 million class action initiated by insurance agents.

Sources say: "The team is well prepared, innovative and always reliable."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Department head Malgorzata Surdek is recommended for her work on insurance and banking disputes. Her management skills elicit plaudits from clients, who say: "She keeps everything under control."

Employment - Poland

THE FIRM The employment department at this full-service firm continues to be a popular choice for both local and international clients. The team provides a range of advice across restructurings, reductions, high-profile litigation and trade union law. It has also been gaining experience in immigration and outsourcing cases, advising Kulczyk Holding on a project involving the transfer of staff. Of late the firm has been busy assisting banks such as PBP Bank with implementing the CRD3 EU directive on bonus schemes for key executives. The impressive clientele includes GE, MetLife and Chevron.

Sources say: “It offers not only theoretical knowledge but also practical experience.”

KEY INDIVIDUALS Widely experienced practice head Katarzyna Dulewicz is lauded for her ability to work with big organisations. She “uses legal knowledge in a manner that is easy to understand” and is “extremely pleasant to work with,” confirm clients.

Up-and-comer Przemysław Stobiński is commended for his "very good understanding of how big organisations function.” 

Energy & Natural Resources - Poland

THE FIRM This strong team is active in both conventional and renewable energy-related matters. It comes highly recommended for its comprehensive approach and particular strength in the oil and gas sector. Its manpower allows the team to handle impressive mandates, and makes it a popular choice for large international companies. The practice advised PGE on its membership of a consortium of companies developing shale gas exploration sites in Wejherowo. Clients applaud the firm's technical knowledge of energy, geological and mining law as well as the lawyers' negotiation skills.

Sources say: "Highly specialised in the energy sector.” "A respectable force.”

KEY INDIVIDUALS Splitting his time between London and Warsaw, Andrzej Blach is a highly regarded practitioner, who shows "a comprehensive legal knowledge and a wealth of experience.” 

Tomasz Minkiewicz is singled out for his expertise in shale gas matters. He is lauded for his diplomatic style of negotiating, with one interviewee commenting: "I have never seen him driven into a corner in a discussion.”

Department head Karolina Siedlik is noted for her involvement in wind energy projects. She acted for Tauron Wytwarzanie, PGE and EC Zielona Góra on several high-value disputes with the Energy Regulatory Office.

Environment - Poland

THE FIRM This stellar team offers advice on the full range of environmental matters, and has standout expertise on regulatory issues. It attracts clients from both the private and public sector and has recently seen a growing workload related to industrial emission standards and regulations. The group remains a favourite for clients in the energy sector, with an increased activity in the field of renewables, where it advises EPA Wind and RWE Renewables. One of the team's highlights is successfully representing PGE GiEK in an appeal filed with the Supreme Administrative Court concerning the interpretation of EU environmental law in the project to expand the Opole power plant. The firm is also active on environmental regulations relating to shale gas exploration, where it provides ongoing advice to BNK Petroleum and Chevron Polska Energy Resources, amongst others.

Sources say: “The firm has the most prominent experience and is engaged in the most up-to-date projects.” “The lawyers are very well oriented in market legislation trends.”

KEY INDIVIDUALS With long-standing experience in environmental law, Stanisław Wajda is universally praised by clients and peers alike. "He is surely to be distinguished,” commented an impressed source. Wajda is particularly noted for his expertise on EU regulatory law, and sources unanimously agree he has “influence on the market.”

“Scrupulous and hard-working,” Zbigniew Kozłowski wins praise from clients for his ability to combine legal and technical knowledge. He provides strong support on the firm's major cases.

Life Sciences - Poland

THE FIRM This international player maintains a healthy presence in Polish life sciences, utilising the firm's group-wide life sciences strength to act on many matters with international aspects. Of late the firm has been especially active in the private healthcare insurance sector, and advised major Polish insurance provider PZU on various legal aspects affecting the implementation of a new insurance product relating to medicines purchased in pharmacies. The team also handles competition, regulatory and public procurement matters within the life sciences field.

Sources say: "This project was a big success – the firm demonstrated its commitment to our company, and deftly handled the huge time pressure. The lawyers were innovative in the way they interpreted the law, and were clear with us about the legal risks that needed to be taken into consideration."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Marek Sawicki is the key contact for clients.

Private Equity - Poland

THE FIRM A strong market presence and favourable comments from clients and peers have led to a rise in the rankings for this sizeable team. It has been particularly active in the retail sector, and notably advised Mid Europa Partners on the acquisition of Zabka Polska. It also advised Resource Partners and its portfolio company on the acquisition of Polbita, a distribution centre that takes product orders from wholesalers and cosmetics stores. Other high-profile clients include Apax Partners and The Riverside Company.

Sources say: "The team identified everything incredibly well and spotted all the key issues."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Marek Sawicki recently acted for V4C Advisers on acquiring a majority stake in a Polish provider of domain names and web hosting. Sources note: "He is a deal maker and pleasant to work with. He ensures the sustainability of a high-quality service."

Market commentators agree that Joanna Blaszczyk is one to watch. One remarked: "She is developing fast and has the right knowledge and attitude."

Public Procurement - Poland

THE FIRM This well-staffed team has the capacity to handle a number of mandates, and regularly advises both contractors and contracting parties on all stages of public procurement procedures. The team also benefits from its strong links with other offices in CEE, allowing it to provide cutting-edge advice on novel and unusual projects. It is regularly instructed by prominent Polish companies, as well as public entities and international corporations, and has developed significant experience in contentious cases.

Sources say: “The firm's clear advantage is its excellent knowledge of the market in our industry.”

KEY INDIVIDUALS Malgorzata Urbanska is the main point of contact for the team.

TMT - Poland

THE FIRM CMS is a significant player in the Polish IT market, focusing especially on the procurement and implementation of large-scale IT projects. Lately this has included advising major CEE-wide insurance provider PZU on the procurement process behind the implementation of its new IT system, a substantial, PLN400 million matter. The team is also appreciated for its prowess in data protection, and assisted a wide range of prominent international clients with their data privacy queries in Poland.

KEY INDIVIDUALS Tomasz Koryzma enters the rankings this year, having made a substantial impact on the Polish market since joining CMS as head of the TMT department. Interviewees admire him as a "tough, knowledgeable negotiator, who can handle the complex requirements of Polish law." His main concentration within the field lies in IT, and he recently assisted IT service provider ATOS with the public procurement process behind a new IT system for a Polish energy provider. Koryzma is also highly recognised for his data protection expertise, lately advising Eli Lilly on various personal data processing issues.

Marcin Lewoszewski joins the rankings on the back of positive feedback on his data protection expertise. He previously worked for the Polish Data Protection Authority, and of late has assisted well-known clients such as KIA Motors with their data privacy concerns.