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Private Equity — Poland


Clifford Chance - Private Equity Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Market-leading firm benefiting from a strong background in banking and M&A. Advises a wide selection of private equity funds on high-profile deals in Poland and beyond, including CEE and CIS jurisdictions. Particularly active in the energy and pharmaceutical sectors.

Strengths Clients appreciate the firm's global network, with one interviewee stating: "They are a solid service provider with international reach and good co-ordination."

Another source notes that they "give you a great deal of comfort," adding that "they think of what is best for you, taking a very practical approach."

Work highlights Advised a consortium of funds including Cinven, Permira and Mid Europa on the USD3.25 billion acquisition of the Allegro Group from Naspers.

Assisted Advent International with the acquisition of Integer.pl and InPost.

Notable practitioners

M&A and private equity specialist Agnieszka Janicka is highlighted by market commentators as "the transactional lawyer of choice at Clifford Chance" who is "as tough as they come, very creative and combines great skills with a lot of charm." She leads a number of significant private equity deals within a broad range of sectors, including energy, TMT, infrastructure and consumer goods.

Nick Fletcher draws on his extensive experience in corporate law to tackle a number of private equity mandates. He has a proven track record assisting both domestic and international private equity funds with high-value M&A transactions.

Wojciech Polz is praised by sources for his "pragmatic and client-focused" approach and attracts praise for his experience of handling significant private equity and corporate deals, including acquisitions and tender offers. He acts for a broad client base spanning the CEE region, ranging from TMT to the pharmaceutical industries.

Up-and-coming Sławomir Czerwiński is well recognised for his work in the private equity market by clients and peers alike. He has successfully handled a number of high-profile transactions advising both private equity houses and investment funds on tender offers and acquisitions. He is particularly adept at assisting clients active in the healthcare, infrastructure and financial sectors.

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Greenberg Traurig Grzesiak - Private Equity Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Outstanding practice group advising private equity firms and investment funds on significant Polish exit strategies, acquisitions and refinancings. Its diverse client base spans the retail and technology sectors, as well as a particularly strong focus on real estate. Demonstrates additional expertise in cross-border transactions.

Work highlights Advised CVC Capital Partners on the acquisition of Żabka Polska from Mid Europa Partners.

Assisted Amstar and BBI Development with the bulk sale of 72 residential units to Catella.

Notable practitioners

Senior statesman Lejb Fogelman is recognised by sources for "handling the biggest deals on the market." He has a long-standing track record in high-end M&A transactions, acting for the most prominent private equity firms and investment funds in Poland and abroad. He offers additional support on regulatory matters, such as planned share capital increases.

Managing partner Jarosław Grzesiak is considered an M&A and capital markets expert who frequently advises private equity firms on high-profile acquisitions. Market sources describe him as an "excellent lawyer" who is a "well-known figure" in the private equity space.

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Thanks to our longstanding reputation for excellence as private equity advisors, we have worked on the vast majority of the top private equity deals in the Polish market over the past few years. We advise most of the leading private equity houses operating in Poland and are involved in most of the big-ticket private equity transactions.

Our practice is multi-disciplinary, and we work closely with our colleagues throughout the firm’s other practice groups to meet the full range of our clients’ legal needs. By combining the capabilities and international experience of our lawyers advising on fund formation, corporate and securities law, tax, energy, infrastructure, real estate, insurance, bankruptcy, and restructuring, we are able to support our clients in maximizing value from any given private equity transaction.

Our private equity team advises on four primary fields: acquisitions of portfolio companies; fund formation; advice to portfolio companies regarding corporate and securities matters, financings, and reorganizations; and exit strategies.

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Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP - Private Equity Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Top-ranked firm active in a number of significant private equity transactions in Poland with clients ranging from the real estate to the TMT sectors. Public-to-private transactions and IPO exits are particular areas of focus. Boasts additional skill in cross-border deals.

Strengths Market commentators describe Weil, Gotshal & Manges as "consistent top performers" when it comes to handling private equity matters.

Work highlights Advised Bridgepoint Advisers on the PLN1.06 billion acquisition of shares in the Smyk Group from Empik Media & Fashion.

Acted for Innova Capital on the PLN390 million sale of shares representing 27% of the outstanding share capital of Wirtualna Polska Holding.

Notable practitioners

Piotr Tomaszewski is recognised by market commentators for his notable activity and reputation in the private equity arena. He frequently assists private equity houses with both domestic and cross-border private equity transactions.

Pawel Zdort specialises in M&A and capital markets transactions, advising private equity firms as well as financial services and real estate companies. Market commentators recognise him for his extensive work in this area, describing him as a "top tier lawyer." He assisted Griffin Premium REwith its PLN508.3 million IPO.

Paweł Rymarz possesses a wealth of experience in corporate law and M&A deals, regularly assisting Polish private equity firms with high-end transactions. He is valued by interviewees who remark upon his long-standing reputation in the market.

Filip Uzieblo is recognised for his strong background in private equity, with market commentators describing him as a "great lawyer with extensive experience." He draws on his expertise in M&A to represent prominent investment funds and private equity firms in a range of transactions.

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CMS - Private Equity Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Reputed firm active in a number of domestic and cross-border transactions across the CEE region, with additional experience handling deals in Russia and Ukraine. Advising a broad range of important private equity firms and investment funds on vendor's due diligence, sales and acquisitions. Represents clients active in a range of sectors including banking, consumer products and energy.

Strengths Clients appreciate the team's solid combination of skills that allows them to offer support on both Polish and cross-border M&A and private equity matters.

Work highlights Assisted China Everbright International with the EUR123 million acquisition of Novago from Abris Capital Partners.

Advised the founders of Wirtualna Polska Holding on Innova Capital's sale of its 27% stake in the company.

Notable practitioners

Marek Sawicki is a "tremendously good lawyer," according to one client who appreciates his "people skills and attention to detail." He offers significant expertise of private equity transactions, being particularly well versed in assisting investment companies and private equity funds with exit strategies and M&A deals.

Corporate law and M&A specialist Dariusz Greszta is an experienced practitioner who is recognised by sources for his long-standing reputation in the private equity market. He assists a broad range of clients, including venture capital and private equity funds, banks and investors. He recently advised Work Service on the PLN147 million sale of shares in IT Kontrakt to Oaktree Capital Management.

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CMS Poland's Corporate and M&A/Private Equity Team delivers true breadth and depth of M&A and Private Equity expertise across our international network. A team of several dozen lawyers offering comprehensive merger and acquisition assistance (including public M&As) and providing legal support at every stage of a transaction – from deal structuring, through preparing due diligence documents, to drafting and negotiating sale agreements, investment agreements and shareholder agreements. In our Private Equity practice we represent both, Private Equity houses and non-Private Equity clients. This experience gives us in-depth knowledge on specific issues and challenges our client may face during the transaction and advice on real commercial risks to successfully finalise the project.

Our lawyers have significant experience in designing and implementing innovative transaction structures (tax and corporate) that maximise the benefit to our clients. Over the years we have developed effective procedures for the efficient management of complex projects and transactions and co-ordinating the work of other advisors. We have a strong track record in providing legal and tax advice to the companies from various sectors. The considerable size of our team enables it to work simultaneously on several large projects while maintaining the highest quality.

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Linklaters - Private Equity Department

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第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Highly regarded practice assisting private equity houses and investment funds with acquisitions and venture capital-related transactions, with further expertise in divestment strategies. Work spans across a number of jurisdictions, including several CEE countries. Active in a broad range of sectors.

Strengths Clients appreciate the firm's extensive network, with one client remarking: "They are a well-established firm which has a strong team on the ground in Warsaw. The team benefits from the firm's international capacities and they are able to offer legal advice specific to other jurisdictions."

Work highlights Assisted Rhône Capital with the EUR470 million sale of Eden Springs to Cott Corporation.

Advised Nestlé on its joint venture with PAI to merge a portion of its ice cream and frozen food business with R&R Ice Cream.

Notable practitioners

Tomasz Zorawski is a market-leading private equity practitioner who frequently assists global financial sponsors with cross-border M&A transactions. He has notable experience of handling private equity transactions involving Poland and the CEE region. One client reports: "He is a very pleasant lawyer who is well connected in terms of both the legal and business spheres."

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Baker McKenzie - Private Equity Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Regularly assists private equity houses and investment funds with both public and private transactions across Poland, covering a broad range of industry sectors, such as retail, manufacturing and healthcare. The firm's extensive international network allows the team to tackle complex cross-border mandates.

Strengths Clients praise the quality of the team's advice.

Work highlights Acted for Pelican Ventures on the sale of EKO Holding to Eurocash Group.

Advised Corinthian Capital Group on the corporate reorganisation of Polish companies following their acquisition from M&R Holdings Group.

Notable practitioners

Tomasz Krzyzowski attracts significant praise from market commentators for being a "fantastic private equity lawyer" who is "very experienced and provides quality advice." He advises investment companies and private equity firms on various domestic M&A transactions as well as cross-border deals across the CEE region.

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Baker McKenzie is a key player in advising private equity investors within Poland and across the CEE region. We advise on both private and public transactions for private equity houses.

We are best known for:

(i) full focus PE practice: We have a team of advisors constantly advising our private equity clients at all stages of their projects, from investment and financing during the turnaround to support for portfolio companies until either exit or recap transactions. For key clients such as PineBridge / ForEvest, we provide full legal and tax support for their entire Polish portfolio.

(ii) tailor-made tax structuring for PEH: For any project, either connected with an investment, buy-out or exit, we provide our clients with unique tailor-made structuring covering the entire chain from the LPs down to the portfolio company.

(iii) Baker McKenzie’s other practices (healthcare, employment, TMT etc.) fully support clients and deal teams in specific projects. Being proud of our top practices, we can leverage our expert industry knowledge in relation to our private equity projects. Our private equity clients acknowledge and value the fact that Baker McKenzie is able to cover any need for an industry legal expert in different areas, with a specific emphasis on healthcare, retail and TMT.

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Dentons - Private Equity Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Sizeable team advising domestic and international private equity funds on the full scope of their activities. Impressive presence in the CEE region. Assists with investments into a range of sectors, including the manufacturing, consumer goods, real estate and energy.

Strengths Clients appreciate the firm's cross-border capabilities, with one noting that "due to the fact that they run legal offices in many countries, I am able to rely on their help in other jurisdictions," adding: "They provide comprehensive coverage and are able to solve legal problems in a very practical way."

Sources also recognise the team's strong negotiation skills, highlighting that "they can be very creative when it comes to an exceptionally stubborn counterparty."

Work highlights Advised Coast2Coast on the financing of the EUR47 million acquisition of HSK Krosno.

Acted for PineBridge Investments on a EUR180 million investment in Integer.

Notable practitioners

Piotr Dulewicz specialises in M&A and advises a wide range of investors, private equity funds and banks on various transactions across Poland. He is recognised by market commentators as "the face of private equity at Dentons" and is also admired for being "very solution-driven."

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GESSEL - Private Equity Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Highly recommended for its expert handling of M&A and private equity transactions in the mid-market. Active representing private equity funds as well as sellers in a range of industry sectors, such as healthcare, technology and consumer goods. Additionally well versed in cross-border mandates.

Strengths Sources appreciate their approach to private equity matters, noting that "they are very good at understanding their clients' interests and are able to focus on delivering what they need."

Work highlights Advised Fundusz First Private Equity FIZAN on the fund's purchase of shares in Syngaz.

Assisted Profim and its shareholders with the sale of Profim by the previous partners to a fund managed by Innova Capital.

Notable practitioners

Marcin Macieszczak is described by clients as a "very experienced M&A lawyer who is able to understand key issues." He specialises in advising private equity funds on sales and acquisitions.

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Private equity transactions are the core of GESSEL’s practice and the area which we, as a firm, are best known for. 

Over 25 years, GESSEL’s lawyers have advised on over 300 M&A/PE transactions for Polish and international businesses, both publicly traded and privately owned, operating in various sectors of the economy.

Private equity have been a core practice area for GESSEL since its inception. Over the 25 years of the firm’s existence, our lawyers have worked on more than 300 M&A/PE transactions, advising Polish as well as international entities, privately held as well as publicly listed, operating in various sectors. GESSEL’s established position in the M&A/PE fields is attested to by the number of transactions which we advised on in 2016.

In 2017 GESSEL has won the Private Equity Diamonds competition in the Law Firm of the Year category, the award bestowed by the Executive Club and the Polish Private Equity and Venture Capital Association.

GESSEL’s Private Equity practice is led directly by Marcin Macieszczak, our firm’s managing partner; apart from being the largest unit within our firm, it also ranks among the largest and most experienced M&A/PE practices in the Polish legal services market. Apart from Marcin Macieszczak, GESSEL’s M&A practice is led by the partners Małgorzata Badowska and Maciej Kożuchowski.

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Allen & Overy, A. Pedzich Sp. k. - Private Equity Department

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第四等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Magic circle firm that frequently advises private equity funds, banks and private companies on a number of high-profile investments. Boasts additional skill handling cross-border mandates across the CEE region.

Strengths Market commentators recognise their strong reputation for handling the banking aspects of private equity transactions.

Work highlights Assisted Innova Capital on the sale of Marmite International to Cranemere.

Advised Banca Farmafactoring on the acquisition of 100% of shares in Magellan by way of the public tender offer.

Notable practitioners

Jaroslaw Iwanicki is a highly rated practitioner in the private equity market and attracts praise from interviewees who label him a "very skilled operator with a lot of experience." He regularly advises a broad range of clients on various high-profile M&A transactions.

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Gide Loyrette Nouel - Private Equity Department

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第四等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Offers skilled advice to venture capital funds and private equity houses on sales, acquisitions and LBOs. The team represents clients from various industry sectors, such as manufacturing and healthcare.

Strengths Clients praise the team for being "really quick, business-oriented and good negotiators."

Work highlights Advised Protos Venture Capital on the group's restructuring and taking up shares in the Turkish company Kolay.

Notable practitioners

Banking and finance expert Paweł Grześkowiak frequently assists investment companies with private equity and M&A transactions in Poland and across the CEE region. He is lauded by market commentators as an "excellent lawyer" who is "persistent and hard-working."

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Wardyński & Partners - Private Equity Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Well-reputed and dedicated Polish firm active in assisting with large-scale private equity transactions within Poland and across several international jurisdictions. Draws on the strengths of other practice groups and knowledge of a variety of industry sectors. Often acts in cooperation with international firms with no presence in Poland.

Strengths Clients commended the team's proficiency and valued their prompt, concise advice.

Work highlights Assisted Apollo Global Management with the USD2 billion acquisition of an 80% stake in the Lumileds business of Philips.

Advised IKEA on the EUR900 million acquisition by Pradera of 25 IKEA shopping centres.

Notable practitioners

Anna Dąbrowska advises a range of clients from the manufacturing, retail and real estate sectors on a number of high-profile private equity transactions. She has further experience in mandates spanning the CEE region, including Hungary, the Czech Republic and Slovakia.

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WKB Wierciński Kwieciński Baehr - Private Equity Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Entering the rankings this year, this team is particularly noted for offering support to investment groups, private equity companies and mezzanine finance providers on transactions across the technology, real estate and consumer goods sectors.

Strengths One client describes the team as "very committed, competent and diligent, with extensive experience in conducting investment negotiations."

Another interviewee appreciates the team's "attention to detail and timeliness," adding that "it was a pleasure to work with them and I would definitely use them again."

Work highlights Acted for Benson Elliot on the acquisition of a pan-European portfolio of eight hotels from Host Hotels & Resorts' European joint venture.

Advised Selvita on its co-investment with Epidarex Capital in a new biotech company, Nodthera.

Notable practitioners

Andrzej Wierciński and Jakub Jędrzejak are the key points of contact for the practice.

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Senior Statesperson

Greenberg Traurig Grzesiak

From the Chambers Europe guide

Senior statesman Lejb Fogelman is recognised by sources for "handling the biggest deals on the market." He has a long-standing track record in high-end M&A transactions, acting for the most prominent private equity firms and investment funds in Poland and abroad. He offers additional support on regulatory matters, such as planned share capital increases.

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Dentons

From the Chambers Europe guide

Piotr Dulewicz specialises in M&A and advises a wide range of investors, private equity funds and banks on various transactions across Poland. He is recognised by market commentators as "the face of private equity at Dentons" and is also admired for being "very solution-driven."

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Agnieszka Janicka

Clifford Chance

From the Chambers Europe guide

M&A and private equity specialist Agnieszka Janicka is highlighted by market commentators as "the transactional lawyer of choice at Clifford Chance" who is "as tough as they come, very creative and combines great skills with a lot of charm." She leads a number of significant private equity deals within a broad range of sectors, including energy, TMT, infrastructure and consumer goods.

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Tomasz Krzyzowski

Baker McKenzie

From the Chambers Europe guide

Tomasz Krzyzowski attracts significant praise from market commentators for being a "fantastic private equity lawyer" who is "very experienced and provides quality advice." He advises investment companies and private equity firms on various domestic M&A transactions as well as cross-border deals across the CEE region.

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CMS

From the Chambers Europe guide

Marek Sawicki is a "tremendously good lawyer," according to one client who appreciates his "people skills and attention to detail." He offers significant expertise of private equity transactions, being particularly well versed in assisting investment companies and private equity funds with exit strategies and M&A deals.

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Piotr Tomaszewski

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Piotr Tomaszewski is recognised by market commentators for his notable activity and reputation in the private equity arena. He frequently assists private equity houses with both domestic and cross-border private equity transactions.

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Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Pawel Zdort specialises in M&A and capital markets transactions, advising private equity firms as well as financial services and real estate companies. Market commentators recognise him for his extensive work in this area, describing him as a "top tier lawyer." He assisted Griffin Premium REwith its PLN508.3 million IPO.

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Linklaters

From the Chambers Europe guide

Tomasz Zorawski is a market-leading private equity practitioner who frequently assists global financial sponsors with cross-border M&A transactions. He has notable experience of handling private equity transactions involving Poland and the CEE region. One client reports: "He is a very pleasant lawyer who is well connected in terms of both the legal and business spheres."

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Jarosław Grzesiak

Greenberg Traurig Grzesiak

From the Chambers Europe guide

Managing partner Jarosław Grzesiak is considered an M&A and capital markets expert who frequently advises private equity firms on high-profile acquisitions. Market sources describe him as an "excellent lawyer" who is a "well-known figure" in the private equity space.

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Marcin Macieszczak

GESSEL

From the Chambers Europe guide

Marcin Macieszczak is described by clients as a "very experienced M&A lawyer who is able to understand key issues." He specialises in advising private equity funds on sales and acquisitions.

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Norton Rose Fulbright

From the Chambers Europe guide

Paweł Bajno of Norton Rose Fulbright is well recognised by market commentators for his activity in the private equity field. He frequently represents a number of private equity funds in various M&A-related transactions.

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Clifford Chance

From the Chambers Europe guide

Nick Fletcher draws on his extensive experience in corporate law to tackle a number of private equity mandates. He has a proven track record assisting both domestic and international private equity funds with high-value M&A transactions.

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CMS

From the Chambers Europe guide

Corporate law and M&A specialist Dariusz Greszta is an experienced practitioner who is recognised by sources for his long-standing reputation in the private equity market. He assists a broad range of clients, including venture capital and private equity funds, banks and investors. He recently advised Work Service on the PLN147 million sale of shares in IT Kontrakt to Oaktree Capital Management.

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Paweł Grześkowiak

Gide Loyrette Nouel

From the Chambers Europe guide

Banking and finance expert Paweł Grześkowiak frequently assists investment companies with private equity and M&A transactions in Poland and across the CEE region. He is lauded by market commentators as an "excellent lawyer" who is "persistent and hard-working."

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Jaroslaw Iwanicki

Allen & Overy, A. Pedzich Sp. k.

From the Chambers Europe guide

Jaroslaw Iwanicki is a highly rated practitioner in the private equity market and attracts praise from interviewees who label him a "very skilled operator with a lot of experience." He regularly advises a broad range of clients on various high-profile M&A transactions.

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Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Paweł Rymarz possesses a wealth of experience in corporate law and M&A deals, regularly assisting Polish private equity firms with high-end transactions. He is valued by interviewees who remark upon his long-standing reputation in the market.

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Rafał Stroiński

JSLegal Jankowski, Stroiński i Partnerzy Adwokacka Spółka Partnerska

From the Chambers Europe guide

Rafał Stroiński of JSLegal Jankowski, Stroiński i Partnerzy Adwokacka Spółka Partnerska frequently advises lenders, investors and private equity firms on various M&A matters, both in Poland and internationally. He is also capable of assisting clients with venture capital transactions.

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Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Filip Uzieblo is recognised for his strong background in private equity, with market commentators describing him as a "great lawyer with extensive experience." He draws on his expertise in M&A to represent prominent investment funds and private equity firms in a range of transactions.

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Clifford Chance

From the Chambers Europe guide

Wojciech Polz is praised by sources for his "pragmatic and client-focused" approach and attracts praise for his experience of handling significant private equity and corporate deals, including acquisitions and tender offers. He acts for a broad client base spanning the CEE region, ranging from TMT to the pharmaceutical industries.

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Up and Coming

Sławomir Czerwiński

Clifford Chance

From the Chambers Europe guide

Up-and-coming Sławomir Czerwiński is well recognised for his work in the private equity market by clients and peers alike. He has successfully handled a number of high-profile transactions advising both private equity houses and investment funds on tender offers and acquisitions. He is particularly adept at assisting clients active in the healthcare, infrastructure and financial sectors.

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Up and Coming

Wardyński & Partners

From the Chambers Europe guide

Anna Dąbrowska advises a range of clients from the manufacturing, retail and real estate sectors on a number of high-profile private equity transactions. She has further experience in mandates spanning the CEE region, including Hungary, the Czech Republic and Slovakia.

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