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HNW Guide

Private Wealth Law — Poland

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From the HNW guide

GWW has a "very long experience with private clients and offers a complete service for UHNW individuals," sources say. The firm advises clients on estate planning and wealth planning, asset protection, citizenship matters and family law. Lawyers at the firm also have expertise in estate disputes and in establishing trusts and foundations.

"They have an established private client reputation, and they do a lot of domestic tax planning work," remarks a source. Another says: "The quality of a law firm is its people, and this firm has never let us down. They come up with new and creative solutions and implement them."

Notable practitioners

Aldona Leszczyńska-Mikulska heads the private client team at GWW. She is "very, very professional," comments a source, "one of the best people who I've worked with for tax matters. She has a very good knowledge, very smart, and sophisticated." Leszczyńska-Mikulska also advises affluent individuals on family law, succession planning and immigration. An observer says: "She has a broad knowledge and experience of both legal and tax issues for private clients. She is perfectly organised with excellent client relations skills." Interviewees were quick to remark on her personal skills, with sources reporting that "clients enjoy working with her, and she is always available to her clients," and that "she is always around and responsive to my emails. I trust her advice and she is very engaged." One commentator sums up: "She is really a great expert, and a pleasure to work with."

Artur Cmoch is the managing partner of the firm's tax department, and has expertise in domestic and international tax planning for HNW individuals. A fellow lawyer comments: "He has very good technical skills, and is an excellent tax expert. I can only think highly of Artur. An excellent hands-on lawyer." "He is always very creative and a forthcoming partner," remarks an observer, adding: "He is always a fountain of new ideas, and is always very good at following things up. He is very communicative. You can sit down with him, and in half an hour he'll have come up with five different ideas."

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PATH Augustyniak, Hatylak i Wspólnicy Sp. k.

From the HNW guide

This Polish boutique is well regarded for its international work for private clients: "They have a very good understanding of lots of jurisdictions," says an interviewee; "they can give their clients a very efficient and pragmatic solution." Another source adds: "They are very open-minded, have a very good relationship with clients, they're very committed to work, and also have a very good knowledge of international taxation."

PATH can provide assistance to wealthy individuals in real estate, inheritance issues, and residency matters. The team also advises on wealth management, asset structuring and establishing offshore trusts and foundations. A market commentator says: "They have a focus on private client matters. What really makes a difference is that they are very close to their clients. They are almost like a family office, they have a deep understanding of their clients' needs, and can develop a very close relationship. They have a firm with considerable substance. For me they are really a place to go for tax and private client work in Poland."

Notable practitioners

Piotr Augustyniak is a "top-notch guy" whose "technical skills are very good." "He has a good reputation. He does international structuring. He is very intelligent, and a very likeable person," praises a source, while another commentator adds: "I think he is someone that understands your problems immediately, he knows what he is talking about and what you want to achieve. He really understands the situation." Augustyniak's practice focuses on advising HNW clients in wealth management and cross-border taxation. An observer enthuses: "He is a brilliant lawyer, a brilliant adviser. He is very experienced. He can just focus and pick out the crucial points. He is a good leader and a really brilliant mind."

Tomasz Hatylak has a fine reputation for his work in wealth planning, residency matters, and succession planning for wealthy individuals and their families. "He has very good contacts in the international legal world. If you need to get information based in various jurisdictions he is a good person to ask," explains a fellow lawyer. Another concurs: "He knows international taxation law very well. He is a very social person, and a good person to get on with." Sources describe him as "sharp-minded" and having a "very in-depth knowledge of local law." Hatylak also assists with cross-border investments and tax structuring. "He's a star, he's very technical, and thinks outside the box," says a wealth professional. Another observer says: "He is absolutely a gentlemen, it's an absolute pleasure to work with him."

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Wardyński & Partners

From the HNW guide

Wardyński & Partners has a strong reputation in representing local and international clients in the restitution of nationalised property. The team can provide advice in business succession, and in cross-border and domestic estate planning. "When it comes to the wealth management, absolutely nothing to improve on, I've been blown away," reports a source. Lawyers at the firm also have expertise in offshore structures, private investments and artwork.

Interviewees were impressed with the firm's drive to achieve clients' goals: "They are focused on results. They are spot-on. It's so refreshing. They walked us through a maze and gave us the right advice to get there." Another observer agrees: "They are tremendous subject experts. They responded with remarkable speed. They can also work really effectively with a high level of skill. They do a tremendous job of keeping us informed of developments that are happening in this area and assessing what's going on." A commentator remarks: "This firm is absolutely great. I always get a feeling that I can rely on them, and a feeling that I am in good hands. There was also always space for a laugh."

Notable practitioners

Interviewees describe Dariusz Wasylkowski as "a highly regarded tax adviser," who "gives a high level of service" to wealthy clients. He heads the tax practice at the firm, and assists clients with multi-jurisdictional asset structuring. Wasylkowski also advises Polish and foreign individuals in domestic and international taxation, inheritance and citizenship. A source enthuses: "He has excellent lawyering strength, and always has a pretty good handle on what to do. Excellent to work with. He is pretty serious and thoughtful, and very focused on the task at hand."

Stefan Jacyno is managing partner of the firm and co-head of the private client practice. "He is a very experienced practitioner. He does a lot of property restitution. He has a vast knowledge of restitution," explains a source. Jacyno has a vast experience in assisting in real estate and succession planning. "He is very knowledgeable. He is tremendously responsive and just gets it every time. He knows which products will be most useful to us, and its very easy to speak with him," notes a market observer. Another interviewee praises: "He went beyond and above the call of duty of a lawyer. I was blown away. He speaks four or five languages. He is a grand gentlemen. He was phenomenal. He is a very very good guy. Very personable, and communicates his thoughts well."

Krzysztof Wiktor co-heads the private client team at the firm. Wiktor advises wealthy individuals on a wide range of real estate matters, including construction, development and transactions. "He advises clients on getting World War II property back. He is an expert in this field," explains a commentator. One source remarks: "He is knowledgeable, fast in proposing realistic solutions and pleasant to communicate with," while another adds: "Everything is great with this guy. He is a warm person. Absolutely fantastic sense of humour. He is exceptional. He is experienced and he is professional, but his personality is great."

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Domański Zakrzewski Palinka

From the HNW guide

This full-service law firm has extensive international experience in private wealth law. Domański Zakrzewski Palinka assists with residency matters, wealth management, and asset protection for HNW individuals and their families. A source says: "They are particularly interested in assisting Polish family businesses, and advising them on succession planning. The firm also provides tax advice. Furthermore, we find DZP’s experience in establishing foreign foundations for family businesses particularly interesting."

One interviewee remarks: "They have a very high level of competence, strong and deep caring for the interests of their clients and the highest responsibility. They demonstrate this strength by their professionalism and personality."

Notable practitioners

Piotr Andrzejczak is a key contact.

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Sołtysiński Kawecki & Szlęzak

From the HNW guide

SKS "has a long history, is well-regarded, and one of the best on the market," notes a commentator. The firm has a broad experience in advising on tax planning, inheritance, business succession and asset management matters. An observer says: "They are outstanding tax lawyers who can join the business approach with tax-effective solutions."

"SKS is a trusted, proven and reliable adviser. What is very significant to me is the responsiveness and speed of action of SKS lawyers. Lawyers of SKS are approachable and communicative. Their key strength is that the SKS lawyers do not practise academic law, but rather business law, which is always adapted to the particular need of the given client and allows them to aim for the best solution in the given circumstances," reports a source.

Notable practitioners

Sławomir Łuczak leads the private wealth team at SKS. His practice focuses on Polish and foreign taxation, and he regularly represents individuals in tax litigation cases. Sources describe him as "a very good tax adviser," and "one of the best experts in Poland" on these matters. One interviewee says Łuczak has a "warm and friendly" personality and is "easy to converse with."

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SSW Pragmatic Solutions

From the HNW guide

The firm's private wealth team acts for HNW individuals and their families on international tax planning, structuring, and succession planning. SSW also advises on foundations and trusts, business succession and wealth management.

"They have an established reputation in private client work," says one commentator, and another source adds: "They have a very good standing, especially in Poland, and for family business. They have their own family office and accounting firm in-house."

Notable practitioners

Patrycja Goździowska is a key contact.

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From the HNW guide

Woźniak Legal has a particular focus on international work, advising foreign and domestic high net worth individuals on cross-border family matters and property restitution. Lawyers at the firm assist affluent individuals with citizenship issues and inheritance planning.

The team can also provide advice in defamation matters, asset management, tax structuring and private banking. One commentator remarks: "They are very good. They were quite helpful and very responsive."

Notable practitioners

Grzegorz Dudek is a senior associate in the firm's private client team, and has expertise in advising cross-border charities and foundations on a wide range of matters. He also assists private clients with property restitution claims. Dudek regularly represents wealthy individuals in succession matters and family law.

Grzegorz Woźniak is the founder and managing partner of Woźniak Legal. He advises on family law, inheritance matters, charities, and immigration. Woźniak also acts for affluent individuals on wealth management, conveyancing of high-end real estate and property restitution. One interviewee says: "He is experienced in handling major cases. He is definitely a very experienced lawyer, he is very knowledgeable, and is very well-qualified."

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Piotr Augustyniak

PATH Augustyniak, Hatylak i Wspólnicy Sp. k.

From the Chambers HNW guide

Piotr Augustyniak is a "top-notch guy" whose "technical skills are very good." "He has a good reputation. He does international structuring. He is very intelligent, and a very likeable person," praises a source, while another commentator adds: "I think he is someone that understands your problems immediately, he knows what he is talking about and what you want to achieve. He really understands the situation." Augustyniak's practice focuses on advising HNW clients in wealth management and cross-border taxation. An observer enthuses: "He is a brilliant lawyer, a brilliant adviser. He is very experienced. He can just focus and pick out the crucial points. He is a good leader and a really brilliant mind."

^ See whole ranking table

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PATH Augustyniak, Hatylak i Wspólnicy Sp. k.

From the Chambers HNW guide

Tomasz Hatylak has a fine reputation for his work in wealth planning, residency matters, and succession planning for wealthy individuals and their families. "He has very good contacts in the international legal world. If you need to get information based in various jurisdictions he is a good person to ask," explains a fellow lawyer. Another concurs: "He knows international taxation law very well. He is a very social person, and a good person to get on with." Sources describe him as "sharp-minded" and having a "very in-depth knowledge of local law." Hatylak also assists with cross-border investments and tax structuring. "He's a star, he's very technical, and thinks outside the box," says a wealth professional. Another observer says: "He is absolutely a gentlemen, it's an absolute pleasure to work with him."

^ See whole ranking table

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Aldona Leszczyńska-Mikulska

GWW

From the Chambers HNW guide

Aldona Leszczyńska-Mikulska heads the private client team at GWW. She is "very, very professional," comments a source, "one of the best people who I've worked with for tax matters. She has a very good knowledge, very smart, and sophisticated." Leszczyńska-Mikulska also advises affluent individuals on family law, succession planning and immigration. An observer says: "She has a broad knowledge and experience of both legal and tax issues for private clients. She is perfectly organised with excellent client relations skills." Interviewees were quick to remark on her personal skills, with sources reporting that "clients enjoy working with her, and she is always available to her clients," and that "she is always around and responsive to my emails. I trust her advice and she is very engaged." One commentator sums up: "She is really a great expert, and a pleasure to work with."

^ See whole ranking table

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Dariusz Wasylkowski

Wardyński & Partners

From the Chambers HNW guide

Interviewees describe Dariusz Wasylkowski as "a highly regarded tax adviser," who "gives a high level of service" to wealthy clients. He heads the tax practice at the firm, and assists clients with multi-jurisdictional asset structuring. Wasylkowski also advises Polish and foreign individuals in domestic and international taxation, inheritance and citizenship. A source enthuses: "He has excellent lawyering strength, and always has a pretty good handle on what to do. Excellent to work with. He is pretty serious and thoughtful, and very focused on the task at hand."

^ See whole ranking table

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GWW

From the Chambers HNW guide

Artur Cmoch is the managing partner of the firm's tax department, and has expertise in domestic and international tax planning for HNW individuals. A fellow lawyer comments: "He has very good technical skills, and is an excellent tax expert. I can only think highly of Artur. An excellent hands-on lawyer.""He is always very creative and a forthcoming partner," remarks an observer, adding: "He is always a fountain of new ideas, and is always very good at following things up. He is very communicative. You can sit down with him, and in half an hour he'll have come up with five different ideas."

^ See whole ranking table

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Woźniak Legal

From the Chambers HNW guide

Grzegorz Dudek is a senior associate in the firm's private client team, and has expertise in advising cross-border charities and foundations on a wide range of matters. He also assists private clients with property restitution claims. Dudek regularly represents wealthy individuals in succession matters and family law.

^ See whole ranking table

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Wardyński & Partners

From the Chambers HNW guide

Stefan Jacyno is managing partner of the firm and co-head of the private client practice. "He is a very experienced practitioner. He does a lot of property restitution. He has a vast knowledge of restitution," explains a source. Jacyno has a vast experience in assisting in real estate and succession planning. "He is very knowledgeable. He is tremendously responsive and just gets it every time. He knows which products will be most useful to us, and its very easy to speak with him," notes a market observer. Another interviewee praises: "He went beyond and above the call of duty of a lawyer. I was blown away. He speaks four or five languages. He is a grand gentlemen. He was phenomenal. He is a very very good guy. Very personable, and communicates his thoughts well."

^ See whole ranking table

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Sławomir Łuczak

Sołtysiński Kawecki & Szlęzak

From the Chambers HNW guide

Sławomir Łuczak leads the private wealth team at SKS. His practice focuses on Polish and foreign taxation, and he regularly represents individuals in tax litigation cases. Sources describe him as "a very good tax adviser," and "one of the best experts in Poland" on these matters. One interviewee says Łuczak has a "warm and friendly" personality and is "easy to converse with."

^ See whole ranking table

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Wardyński & Partners

From the Chambers HNW guide

Krzysztof Wiktor co-heads the private client team at the firm.Wiktor advises wealthy individuals on a wide range of real estate matters, including construction, development and transactions. "He advises clients on getting World War II property back. He is an expert in this field," explains a commentator. One source remarks: "He is knowledgeable, fast in proposing realistic solutions and pleasant to communicate with," while another adds: "Everything is great with this guy. He is a warm person. Absolutely fantastic sense of humour. He is exceptional. He is experienced and he is professional, but his personality is great."

^ See whole ranking table

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Grzegorz Woźniak

Woźniak Legal

From the Chambers HNW guide

Grzegorz Woźniak is the founder and managing partner of Woźniak Legal.  He advises on family law, inheritance matters, charities, and immigration. Woźniak also acts for affluent individuals on wealth management, conveyancing of high-end real estate and property restitution. One interviewee says: "He is experienced in handling major cases. He is definitely a very experienced lawyer, he is very knowledgeable, and is very well-qualified."

^ See whole ranking table