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Corporate/M&A — Poland


Clifford Chance - Corporate/M&A Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Head of department: Agnieszka Janicka
- 3 partners
- 31 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Warsaw

What the team is known for Superb team with an excellent track record in handling complex cross-border M&A transactions as well as corporate restructurings. Impressive experience across a range of industry sectors including financial services, media and healthcare. Also highly active in private equity deals. Boasts English law capacity in Warsaw.

Strengths Clients say the team stands out for its pro-active approach: "They anticipate and think forward what should be done next."

Sources highlight that the team finds creative solutions to problems: "A very unique solution was thought out," a client reports.

The team is singled out as one of best choices for cross-border transactions. "If it was about a sale of a big international asset, I would choose Clifford Chance," a client says, adding: "They foresaw the elements of a transaction really well."

Work highlights Represented PZU in a consortium with PFR in its acquisition of a 32.8% stake in Bank Pekao valued at PLN10.6 billion from UniCredit.

Advised a consortium of funds, including Mid Europa, Cinven and Permira, on the Polish aspects of its acquisition of Allegro from Naspers.

Acted for AXA on its PLN92.3 million acquisition of Liberty Ubezpieczenia.

Significant Clients Alior Bank, Ringier Axel Springer Media, PKN Orlen, Pfizer, Mondelez.

Notable practitioners

Practice head Agnieszka Janicka is a highly experienced partner with a long-standing practice spanning a wide array of transactions, including privatisation and private equity deals. Clients speak highly of her confidence and negotiation skills: "She approached the matter in a very mature way, calming emotions down, and answering all questions with patience," says one source, while another adds: "She knows how to speak and who to talk to in order to close the transaction."

Nick Fletcher is a UK-qualified, Warsaw-based practitioner with a wealth of experience in representing clients in deals involving CEE jurisdictions. He often advises international investors, including private equity funds that are active in Poland, CEE and Ukraine.

Counsel Tomasz Derda advises on transactions as well as company restructurings with a focus on retail, transport, energy and private equity sectors. Clients describe him as "proactive" and "keen to get the deal done."

Wojciech Polz acts on M&A and private equity transactions. He was a co-lead on PZU and PFR's PLN10.6 billion acquisition of a 32.8% shareholding in Bank Pekao from UniCredit. "He automatically searches for solutions and does not exaggerate the problem," a client says, adding that he "tries to find an agreement and cool emotions."

Entering the rankings this year, counsel Sławomir Czerwiński is particularly adept at advising private equity houses and corporate clients on investment and exit transactions. "He is great at building relations," a source says while another interviewee adds that he "tries to find solutions that assure client's interests and are comfortable to the other side too."

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Greenberg Traurig Grzesiak - Corporate/M&A Department

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Basic facts about the Department
- Heads of department: Lejb Fogelman and Jarosław Grzesiak
- 10 partners
- 30 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Warsaw

What the team is known for One of the market-leading M&A teams in Poland, consistently advising on high-stakes transactions. Provides full support on large-scale M&A instructions. Reputed for strong practical experience in public-to-private matters. Also active in deals led by private equity funds. Commended for its in-depth knowledge of the banking, energy and mining sectors.

Strengths One source applauds the team's client-centred approach: "They are close to client's needs and concerns, with senior partners very involved and specialised, as well as offering a practical approach."

Clients say the lawyers are "well-connected in the Warsaw market."

Work highlights Acted for CVC Capital Partners on its acquisition of Żabka Polska from Mid Europa Partners.

Assisted Anheuser-Busch InBev with the Polish aspects of the EUR7.3 billion sale of the CEE businesses owned by SABMiller prior to SABMiller's combination with AB InBev to Asahi Group Holdings.

Represented Alior Bank in the PLN1.5 billion acquisition of the core business of Bank BPH from GE Capital.

Significant Clients BGŻ BNP Paribas, Discovery Polska, Cyfrowy Polsat, Polkomtel, EcorNaturaSi.

Notable practitioners

Senior statesman Lejb Fogelman comes highly recommended by clients and peers alike for his strategic advice and strong business contacts. A source highlights his "expert ability to manage people, expectations and moods." He recently represented Alior Bank in its PLN1.5 billion acquisition of the core business of Bank BPH from GE Capital Group.

"A legend of the Polish M&A and capital markets," Jarosław Grzesiak has huge experience in acting for international and domestic clients on large-scale M&A transactions, including privatisations. "When you go into complex negotiations, he always finds a good way to present an argument and a solution," a source says. He recently led the PLN788 million acquisition of Midas by Cyfrowy Polsat and Polkomtel, representing the buyers.

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The Warsaw office team is widely recognized as the premiere M&A practice in Poland. Our lawyers can draw on a wealth of experience representing acquirers, targets, investors, and financial advisors in numerous acquisitions for both public and private companies.

We advise on all aspects of M&A and other forms of business combinations and divestitures, including conducting complex due diligence investigations, assisting in negotiations, drafting documents, and assessing potential tax issues. We restructure and consolidate subsidiaries and provide advice in connection with the public trading of securities. Our lawyers also participate in administrative proceedings and advise clients on regulatory approval processes for M&A transactions. We have performed the largest and most extensive legal due diligence exercises carried out to date in Poland.
Our services include: asset and share purchases, mergers, joint ventures, leveraged buy-outs, private equity investments, restructuring and workouts, tender offers , spin-offs.

Our services have been commissioned by companies from a wide range of sectors, including banking and finance, technology, consumer goods, construction, pension funds, insurance, agricultural, business services, chemical, energy, gas and fuel, food and beverages, medical and pharmaceutical, hotel, industrial, manufacturing, mass media and entertainment, military, mining, steel industry, real estate, retail, telecommunications, and transport.

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Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP - Corporate/M&A Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Head of department: Paweł Rymarz
- 10 partners
- 41 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Warsaw

What the team is known for Hailed as an M&A heavyweight for its presence in major cross-border deals. Particularly well known for handling public M&A instructions. Highly active in private equity matters and deals in the banking sector. Regularly advises banks, investment funds and insurance companies.

Strengths The team stands out for its innovative approach, as one source maintains: "They are pretty innovative and very client-oriented," adding: "They can reduce complex matters into understandable, lay language."

Interviewees highlight the team's commitment, practical approach and skill in handling cross-border transactions. "They are very disciplined and not afraid of problems," a source sums it up.

Work highlights Acted for UniCredit on the PLN10.6 billion sale of a 32.8% share in Bank Pekao to PZU and PFR.

Assisted GE Capital with a high-value sale of the core business of Bank BPH to Alior Bank.

Represented PKO Group in the acquisition of Raiffeisen-Leasing by PKO-Leasing from Raiffeisen Bank International for PLN850 million.

Significant Clients PZU, Bank Zachodni WBK, Bridgepoint Advisers, Echo Investment, UniCredit.

Notable practitioners

Managing partner Paweł Rymarz is a highly respected practitioner who acts on landmark public and private acquisitions, corporate restructurings and private equity transactions. He recently assisted PZU with the PLN1.6 billion acquisition of a 25% equity stake in Alior Bank.

Top-ranked Pawel Zdort's extensive practice encompasses M&A, capital markets and private equity matters. He advises a wide range of clients from private and public sectors as well as institutional clients. He also acts on hostile takeovers and assists with corporate governance issues. As one market commentator says: "Clients feel very safe with him that he will do a 100% for them. It's better to have him on your side." He recently acted for Echo Investment on the PLN1.6 billion disposal of a 75% share in Echo Prime Properties to Redefine Properties.

Lukasz Gasinski often advises clients from the banking sector. His expertise spans large M&A projects, privatisations and corporate restructurings. He is admitted to practice in Poland and the USA. Clients note his regulatory expertise.

Filip Uzieblo is well versed in private equity transactions and is also active in the firm's key M&A instructions, especially in the real estate sector.

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Allen & Overy, A. Pedzich Sp. k. - Corporate/M&A Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Heads of department: Jarosław Iwanicki, Marta Sendrowicz and Krystyna Szczepanowska-Kozłowska
- 3 partners
- 14 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Warsaw

What the team is known for Notable team best known for high-profile M&A deals in the financial sector, including insurance. Clients also include companies in the manufacturing, infrastructure, TMT and energy industries. Regularly assists clients with cross-border deals.

Strengths Sources highlight the team's strong track record in financial sector transactions.

Clients praise the team for its efficiency.

Work highlights Advised Asahi Group Holdings on the Polish aspects of its EUR7.3 billion acquisition of formerly SABMiller's CEE business from Anheuser-Busch InBev.

Assisted Naspers with its sale of Allegro Group to a consortium of private equity firms Mid Europa, Cinven and Permira for USD3.253 billion.

Acted for Aegon on the acquisition of Nordea's Polish pensions business.

Significant Clients Innova Capital, Talanx International, Bank BPH, Engie, Meiji Yasuda Life Insurance Company.

Notable practitioners

Jaroslaw Iwanicki is highly reputed in the corporate/M&A sphere for handling large-scale M&A, joint ventures and private equity transactions. He has a special focus on the financial services sector.

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Baker McKenzie - Corporate/M&A Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Heads of department: Marcin Gmaj, Tomasz Krzyzowski and Weronika Achramowicz
- 4 partners
- 20 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Warsaw

What the team is known for Well-established team advising on local and cross-border M&A and private equity transactions. Also assists with a wide array of corporate matters, including restructuring and joint ventures. Offers extensive practical experience in the real estate, energy as well as healthcare and life sciences sectors. Growing activity in the retail industry. Notable international capabilities due to an impressive global network.

Strengths Sources often mention the team's responsiveness and strong communication skills. "They work fast and have a good approach to finding a solution," a client says. Another describes the team as "very dedicated and responsive."

Work highlights Advised Varian Medical Systems on the acquisition of the radiotherapy business of Candela.

Assisted Theo Muller with the acquisition of Nordfish-Foodmark from its founders.

Acted for TERG on its acquisition of Astral.

Significant Clients Nokia, PineBridge, Charoen Pokphand Foods, Johnson Controls, Plaza Centers.

Notable practitioners

Practice head Tomasz Krzyzowski is a highly respected transactional lawyer with solid experience of advising on acquisitions, disposals and restructurings. "He has great experience and a very good commercial approach," a client says, adding: "He knows how to make his team deliver on time." He recently acted for Pelican Ventures on the PLN100 million sale of Eko Holding to Eurocash Group.

Marcin Gmaj is active in M&A and has substantial experience in handling deals in the industrial sector. He regularly assists international clients with Polish investment matters, including in special economic zones. He recently advised Johnson Controls on the Polish aspects of the global spin-off of its auto interiors business.

Entering the rankings this year, Jacek Balicki joined Baker McKenzie from Weil, Gotshal & Manges in August 2017 as counsel. He is a transactional lawyer, often acting on deals in the TMT and real estate sectors.

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The Baker McKenzie M&A lawyers in Poland advise across the full spectrum of mergers, acquisitions, spinoffs, separations and joint ventures. We work on transactional and advisory services across a range of sectors from healthcare, retail, real estate and energy.

We are best known for our work and focus on the healthcare and life sciences industry. This industry focus has cemented our strong relationship with our clients, who are some of the biggest names in the industry, such as Fresenius Medical Care and Variant Medical Systems. Merger and acquisition activity in the sector remained relatively buoyant in 2016, with deals reaching $220 billion, the third highest on record.

Our Warsaw lawyers are highly valued for their domestic market knowledge. Around 70% of our matters are locally based (Polish companies), versus 30% internationally.

Another unique aspect of the Poland office is our strength in Asia. We represent a number of Asian clients interested in investing in Poland. This is demonstrated through our work, among others, with Thailand's Charoen Pokphand Foods and Japan's Sharp Corporation.

Our lawyers in Poland are also market leaders for M&A activity in the retail industry. This is demonstrated through our work with the Polish asset manager Pelican Ventures on the sale of Eko Holding, and Theo Muller on the acquisition of NordFish-Foodmark, a leading Polish fish processing company.

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CMS - Corporate/M&A Department

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第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Heads of department: Dariusz Greszta and Marek Sawicki
- 5 partners
- 13 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Warsaw and Poznań

What the team is known for Strong corporate/M&A practice group adept at handling private equity transactions and regularly advising foreign investors active in the Polish and CEE markets. Also acts for the selling shareholders. Particularly experienced in the energy sector and has developed expertise in life sciences, TMT, real estate and financial services. Often instructed on cross-border deals involving CEE countries as a result of its strong European network.

Strengths The team wins praise for its negotiation skills, with one source observing: "They can build a bridge between the sides, remembering our interests."

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

Advised the shareholders of Polska Dystrybucja Alkoholi on the company's sale to Eurocash.

Significant Clients Mid Europa Partners, Amica, Resource Partners, The Riverside Company, USP Zdrowie.

Notable practitioners

Dariusz Greszta is a highly respected practitioner with significant experience of handling high-value M&A, company reorganisations and investor exits. He is often instructed by private equity funds and investment banks. "He's a fantastic team leader who glues it all, he builds a fantastic culture," enthuses one client.

Marek Sawicki is particularly well known for his focus on private equity transactions. "He never forgets about the practical side," a client says. He recently advised the shareholders of Polska Dystrybucja Alkoholi on the company's sale to Eurocash.

Jakub Marcinkowski assists with M&A deals as well as corporate restructuring matters. "He has all issues under control, trying to solve problems," says one client, adding: "He pushes the case forward and knows what's attainable and what's not." He advised the owners of the restaurant chain Thai Wok, the Brusikiewicz family, on corporate restructuring and the subsequent sale of the majority stake to the EBS group.

About the Team (content provided by CMS)

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.

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 coordinating 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. 

The Warsaw office employs many multi-disciplinary sector and regulatory teams, which are relevant for M&A projects, including financial services, manufacturing, automotive, consumer products, energy, hotels and leisure, infrastructure and projects, life sciences, supply and logistics, real estate and construction, technology, telecoms, media and sports.

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Dentons - Corporate/M&A Department

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第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Head of department: Piotr Dulewicz
- 7 partners
- 20 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Warsaw

What the team is known for Sizeable team providing a full offering in corporate matters and complex M&A transactions. Active across a broad range of sectors with exceptional knowledge of energy, environment, life sciences, TMT and real estate. Regularly assists with private equity deals. Offers a strong network of offices in across Europe and is often selected for cross-border deals involving several European jurisdictions. Has French and German speakers on the ground.

Strengths Sources highlight the team's communication and solution-oriented approach. An interviewee praises the team's "understanding of the market and support in negotiations," while another adds: "They can be very creative when it comes to an exceptionally stubborn counter-party."

Sources also note the advantages of the firm as one of the biggest on the Warsaw market as well as the value its network provides. A client praises its "excellent knowledge of the local market whilst maintaining an international approach to handling deals."

Value for Money According to clients, the firm offers good value for money.

Work highlights Acted for Liberty Global on the USD760 million acquisition of Multimedia Polska.

Represented EDF in a high-value sale of its energy assets in Poland.

Significant Clients Polimex-Mostostal, IK Investment Partners, FMC, Valeo, Mitsui Corporation.

Notable practitioners

Eminent practitioner Tomasz Dąbrowski is a highly respected M&A specialist with more than 20 years of experience. He offers strategic advice to notable international clients, including banks, private equity funds and TMT companies on matters ranging from acquisitions to privatisation and corporate restructuring cases.

Piotr Dulewicz has solid experience of private equity and M&A transactions as well as corporate restructurings. He is praised for his strong negotiation and communication skills.

Paweł Grabowski advances in the rankings as a result of recent involvement in significant deals and positive feedback from market commentators. His wide-ranging expertise encompasses M&A and complex joint ventures. He is described as "exceptionally pragmatic."

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Linklaters - Corporate/M&A Department

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Basic facts about the Department
- Head of department: Tomasz Zorawski
- 3 partners
- 18 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Warsaw

What the team is known for Notable capabilities in cross-border deals, advising investors on their operations in the Polish and CEE markets. Particularly active in large multi-jurisdictional M&A deals, including exits and corporate restructurings. Regularly assists clients in the banking, telecommunications, insurance, healthcare, real estate and private equity sectors.

Strengths Sources highlight the team's commercial approach: "They combine years of local know-how with the latest European market standards to come up with unique commercial solutions to take the deal forward."

Other sources emphasise the team's technical and communications skills, praising its ability to explain difficult matters in an understandable way.

Work highlights Acted for PZU on the PLN1.5 billion acquisition of Bank BPH by Alior Bank from GE Capital Group.

Assisted Nestlé with the Polish aspects of the establishment of a joint venture between Nestlé and R&R Ice Cream.

Significant Clients UniCredit, Cerberus Capital Management, Trelleborg, CRH, Oaktree Capital Management.

Notable practitioners

Marcin Schulz regularly acts for blue-chip businesses in relation to international investment transactions in Poland and the CEE region. He receives extensive praise from sources for his "clear communication" as well as "convincing argumentation in negotiations."

Cezary Wisniewski regularly assists multinational companies investing in Poland. He is also a highly respected arbitrator who heads the firm's disputes team.

Managing associate Klaudia Krolak acts on the team's key M&A transactions, including those in the wider CEE region. A client describes her as "a very strong negotiator," adding that she "brings dedication, energy and ability to handle difficult situations, while always striving for commercially viable solutions."

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Wardyński & Partners - Corporate/M&A Department

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Basic facts about the Department
- Heads of department: Paweł Ciećwierz and Izabela Zielińska-Barłożek
- 6 partners
- 20 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Kraków, Poznań, Warsaw and Wrocław

What the team is known for Solid local team advising a roster of prestigious domestic and international clients. Acts on the full scope of corporate matters, including corporate reorganisations as well as privatisations. Represents clients from construction and infrastructure, real estate and energy sectors. Often works in co-operation with international law firms. Benefits from a network of regional offices in Poland.

Strengths Clients compliment the team on its commitment and practical approach. Other sources note the team's responsiveness as well as clear and comprehensive answers.

Work highlights Advised Abris Capital on its PLN825 million acquisition of GetBack.

Assisted The Cranemere Group with its acquisition of Marmite from Innova Capital.

Significant Clients ABP Poland, Amphenol Corporation, Aspencore, Boehringer Ingelheim, GIC.

Notable practitioners

Senior partner Paweł Ciećwierz is a well-respected M&A lawyer with a wealth of experience in transactional work.

Anna Dąbrowska is a Polish and UK-qualified lawyer who regularly advises international clients on acquisitions and corporate restructuring in Poland. She co-lead the team advising on the Polish aspects of the sale of Weyerhaeuser's cellulose fibres pulp mills to International Paper.

Izabela Zielińska-Barłożek regularly handles M&A transactions, company restructurings and reorganisations. She co-led the team, assisting Apollo Global Management with the Polish aspects of a large-scale acquisition of an 80% stake in Lumileds from Royal Philips.

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DLA Piper Wiater sp.k. - Corporate/M&A Department

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Band 3

第三等

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Basic facts about the Department
- Head of department: Marta Frąckowiak
- 2 partners
- 8 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Warsaw

What the team is known for Well-established M&A team advising clients from a range of industries on domestic and international M&A matters. Particularly noted for its activity in the energy sector. Clients benefit from the firm's extensive network of offices in CEE, CIS as well as associated offices in SEE countries.

Strengths Clients praise the team's availability and responsiveness. A source states: "They were very proactive in looking for solutions to the problems that arose during the transaction."

Sources also note the benefit of the firm's global network.

Value for Money The client consensus is that DLA Piper offers value for money. "I find DLA's pricing competitive," a source says.

Work highlights Represented a group of energy companies, including PGE, Energa, Enea and PGNiG, in a high-value acquisition of a majority stake in Polimex-Mostostal.

Assisted Becton Dickinson with the Polish aspects of the separation of its global respiratory solutions business that will now operate as part of the joint venture with Apax Partners.

Significant Clients Banco Santander, Enter Air, PKP Energetyka, EDP Energias de Portugal, Praire Mining.

Notable practitioners

Managing partner Krzysztof Wiater heads the corporate practice group. He is widely recognised for his experience in M&A, privatisations and corporate restructurings. He recently advised Praire Mining on the acquisition of NRW Karbonia.

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Domański Zakrzewski Palinka - Corporate/M&A Department

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第三等

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Basic facts about the Department
- Head of department: Krzysztof Zakrzewski
- 6 partners
- 28 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Poznań, Warsaw and Wrocław

What the team is known for Notable team with particular experience acting for clients in the life sciences and infrastructure. Also acts for clients in the energy, TMT and real estate industries. Handles complex M&A and private equity transactions, including LBOs. Regularly co-operates with international law firms and also represents Polish corporates investing abroad. Houses Spanish-speaking lawyers.

Strengths Sources praise the team's thorough handling of transactions. "We know all the risks and can manage them. I have complete awareness and I feel safe," a client says.

The team is also noted for its availability and efficiency.

Work highlights Advised the shareholders of DCC Labs on its sale to SeaChange.

Acted for FBSerwis on the acquisition of an 80% share in Amest Kamieńsk.

Significant Clients Getin Bank, Bauer Publishing, GlaxoSmithKline, Algonquin, LC Corp.

Notable practitioners

Managing partner and eminent practitioner Krzysztof Zakrzewski is widely endorsed by peers and highly respected by clients for his extensive experience in this space. He advises both domestic and international clients on Polish investments. "Everybody knows him," a peer confirms.

Marek Świątkowski is a corporate lawyer with strong experience in advising foreign investors on their Polish transactions. He recently assisted two individual shareholders with the USD5 million sale of DRUK Makuszewscy to Graf-Poz. Clients describe him as personable.

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Advisory on company law and mergers and acquisitions has been one of the key areas of services provided by Domański Zakrzewski Palinka since the Law Firm was founded in 1993. This Practice has for many years been deemed one of the best in Poland.

40 renowned and experienced experts work under the leadership of 6 Partners on all types of transaction, including innovative operations on an international scale. We carry out transactions of various types, including leveraged buy-outs, management take-overs, joint ventures, reorganisation and restructuring projects, covering both company mergers and demergers, and also take-overs in regulated sectors.

We are  distinguished not only by the high professional level of our services but also by our exceptional understanding of the essence of our clients’ businesses. We tailor make legal solutions that achieve aims as close as possible to the original expectations and business assumptions of our clients, providing them with full comfort in legal terms. When shaping project structures and drawing up transaction documents we secure our clients’ interests and minimise the risk of disputes.

Our know-how is supported by a market feeling and awareness that we have gained in working with Polish and foreign entities operating in various business sectors such as energy, banking and finance, construction and real estate, retail trade and FMCG, automotive, telecommunications, media and many others.

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Sołtysiński Kawecki & Szlęzak - Corporate/M&A Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Head of department: Robert Gawałkiewicz
- 10 partners
- 45 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Katowice, Poznań, Warsaw and Wrocław

What the team is known for Highly established practice at a strong local firm, covering a wide array of corporate matters, from privatisations to company reorganisations. Active in both public and private M&A transactions. Industry expertise includes financial services, logistics, food and beverage and automotive industries. Often assists with the Polish aspects of global mergers, and offers French and German language capacities.

Strengths The team is valued for its proactive approach and problem-solving skills. "What I like most is that they tell you about different options, constantly trying to find a solution to your problems," a source reports.

Sources also appreciate the lawyers' availability and personal approach to clients.

Value for Money Clients agree that the firm offers good value for money.

Work highlights Assisted Finaccess Capital with a high-value acquisition of a majority stake in AmRest Holdings.

Advised Agora on an investment agreement with Discovery Polska in relation to the disposal of a 49% stake in Green Content.

Significant Clients Eurocash, Frutarom, Solaris Bus & Coach, ITT Corporation, Mohawk Industries.

Notable practitioners

Senior statesman Stanisław Sołtysiński is a pre-eminent name in the Polish market. He is a highly experienced corporate law specialist and a sought-after international arbitrator. "He is a wise man advising us on very delicate and complex matters," says one source.

Marcin Olechowski has extensive experience advising financial institutions on corporate and M&A matters. He recently acted for Finacces Capital on a high-value acquisition of a majority stake in AmRest Holdings. Sources describe him as "very proactive, always available and hands-on."

Andrzej Szlęzak is a well-established name in the Polish market and has a broad corporate practice, advising clients across a wide range of industry sectors. He is also a well-established arbitrator.

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The broadest area of our practice, M&A and Corporate Affairs involves nearly all the partners and the majority of SK&S’ associates. It encompasses assistance in privatization transactions, direct greenfield investments and transformations in the private sector. We have also rendered services in respect of ownership transformations in the banking sector. We have implemented numerous projects in this area of legal practice in close cooperation with foreign banks, including, in particular, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and leading investment banks worldwide.

Aside from our transactional work, we continue to provide advice to numerous foreign firms of world renown, as well as the largest Polish companies, both privately and publicly owned. Our achievements include participating in the drafting and implementation of a range of restructuring concepts, particularly in the liquid fuels and mining industry, and banking and finance fields. We have advised our clients on introducing numerous processes for merging, dividing and transforming companies, non-standard increases in share capital and mandatory share purchase and redemption. Finally, we are proud to mention our negotiation of numerous joint-venture agreements for our clients.

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White & Case M. Studniarek i Wspólnicy - Kancelaria Prawna sp.k. - Corporate/M&A Department

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Basic facts about the Department
- Head of department: Marcin Studniarek
- 4 partners
- 13 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Warsaw

What the team is known for Particularly recommended for complex domestic and cross-border M&A transactions and exits. Highly experienced in private equity deals, especially in the energy and natural resources sectors. Also acts on public M&A.

Strengths Clients compliment the team on its cross-border capabilities. One source particularly values the team's ability "to predict not only the local but also international implications of certain activities, and to prevent them."

Clients also praise the clarity of the team's responses and its availability.

Work highlights Acted for Mid Europa Partners on the sale of Zabka to CVC Capital Partners.

Advised a consortium of energy companies, including PGE, ENEA, Energa and PGNiG, on a high-value acquisition of EDF assets in Poland.NC

Significant Clients Jastrzębska Spółka Węglowa, Kompania Węglowa, Novator, Synthos, Waterland Private Equity.

Notable practitioners

Practice head Marcin Studniarek is an experienced practitioner covering a broad range of corporate matters and M&A transactions and boasts in-depth knowledge of capital markets. He frequently represents major clients from the natural resources sector. He recently co-led the team representing Jastrzębska Spółka Węglowa in a large-scale sale of non-core assets, including the sale of the Energy Company Jastrzębie to PGNiG for PLN372 million.

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GESSEL - Corporate/M&A Department

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Basic facts about the Department
- Head of department: Marcin Macieszczak, Małgorzata Badowska and Maciej Kożuchowski
- 3 partners
- 5 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Warsaw

What the team is known for Dedicated M&A team with a strong private equity standing, representing clients in mid-market and larger deals. Active in a range of sectors, including healthcare, IT and FMCG. Also acts for domestic and regional private equity houses.

Strengths Clients praise the team's negotiation skills: "They are good at supporting the client during negotiations as they know when to agree and when to disagree," says a source, adding: "They understand the practical consequences of their advice."

Clients also appreciate the team's flexibility and effectiveness.

Work highlights Advised Highlander Partners on the sale of ProService Agent Transferowy to funds managed by Oaktree European Principal Group and Cornerstone Partners.

Represented Mezzanine Capital Partners in its EUR15 million investment into MBL.

Significant Clients Enterprise Investors, Resource Partners, FitFabric, mBank, Raya Corporation.

Notable practitioners

Marcin Macieszczak focuses on M&A transactions in the private as well as public sectors. He is singled out by market commentators for his experience, client care and down-to-earth approach.

Małgorzata Badowska acts on transactions related to the financial sector and regularly assists clients with LBOs. Clients emphasise her people management skills, such as the ability to "release tensions during negotiations," as well as the skill to "build personal relations with clients."

Maciej Kożuchowski is an M&A lawyer noted for his strong client care skills. He represented Sescom in its acquisition of an IT services business in the retail sector from CUBE.ITG.

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The core areas of GESSEL’s practice are mergers and acquisitions (M&A) and company law. 

Over 20 years, GESSEL’s lawyers have carried out more than 300 M&A/PE transactions for Polish and international businesses, both publicly traded and privately owned, operating in various sectors of the economy. They have advised on the privatisation and restructuring of companies and capital groups.

For every project, a dedicated team of experts develops a strategy for processing the transaction and its end-to-end structure, taking into account the specific requirements of the respective industries and the needs of the client’s business.

For many years, GESSEL has received numerous recommendations and mentions in Polish (Rzeczpospolita, Forbes) and international (Chambers Europe, The Legal 500, Practical Law Company) rankings of law firms in the field of mergers and acquisitions and VC/PE.

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Gide Loyrette Nouel - Corporate/M&A Department

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Basic facts about the Department
- Head of department: Dariusz Tokarczuk
- 3 partners
- 5 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Warsaw

What the team is known for Respected team assisting domestic and international clients with all aspects of M&A. Offers expert corporate advice on restructurings, joint ventures and business creation. Notable work in the banking, mining, energy, real estate, pharmaceutical and private equity sectors. Strong following of Polish clients in addition to global francophone names, including assisting with Polish investments abroad.

Strengths Sources highlights the team's business-friendly attitude.

Interviewees appreciate that the team is always available and dedicated, with one source remarking: "It was impressive, they worked until 2 am."

Work highlights Advised PFR on its PLN10.6 billion acquisition together with PZU of a 32.8% share in Bank Pekao from UniCredit.

Assisted ABC Data with the acquisition of an 81.3% share in S4E.

Significant Clients Eolfi Group, Złote Wyprzedaże, Guerbet, Auchan.

Notable practitioners

Dariusz Tokarczuk has particular experience in infrastructure investment projects, advising multinational corporations as well as state companies. "He's a very mature lawyer who added a lot to a transaction," a source says, adding: "He approached the transaction with calm. He did not let others put him out of balance."

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Hogan Lovells (Warszawa) LLP - Corporate/M&A Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Head of department: Marek Wroniak
- 1 partner
- 18 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Warsaw

What the team is known for Regularly appears on cross-border and domestic acquisitions and market exits. Particularly active in the infrastructure, automotive and financial services sectors. Also advises on corporate governance and company reorganisations. Benefits from its network of offices across Europe.

Strengths Sources say the lawyers are good at understanding the clients' needs. A client emphasises the team's "active seeking for solutions."

Clients also note the team's dedication, with a client saying that the team demonstrates "high commitment, where it was needed to work harder, they did so," adding that "a meeting at night was no problem."

Value for Money Clients say that Hogan Lovells offers good value for money.

Work highlights Advised Arcus Infrastructure Partners on the acquisition of an 85% stake in Gdańsk Transport Company for EUR417 million.

Represented Affinia Group in the Polish aspects high-value sale of MANN+HUMMEL.

Significant Clients Alstom, mBank, TMF Group, Aldo Group International, Honeywell.

Notable practitioners

Counsel Tomasz Zak enters the ranking as a result of strong positive feedback from the market. He is a corporate lawyer and is described by sources as "a skilled negotiator." An interviewee adds: "He demonstrates a creative problem-solving approach combined with an overarching drive to get the deal done."

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K&L Gates - Corporate/M&A Department

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Basic facts about the Department
- Head of department: Marek Wroniak
- 1 partner
- 18 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Warsaw

What the team is known for Substantial experience in M&A transactions, particularly in the financial and energy sectors, representing private and state-owned companies. Also advises on joint ventures, investments and corporate reorganisations. Noteworthy capabilities in cross-border matters.

Strengths Sources note the team's business-focused approach and is praised for its "strong negotiating capabilities."

Work highlights Assisted Bank Pekao with the sale of a 32.8% stake in Bank Pekao for PLN10.6 billion to PFR and PZU by UniCredit.

Advised Bank Pekao on the USD500 million takeover of a Polish banking group.

Significant Clients Nordea Bank, PGE, Animex, PKN Orlen, Host Hotels & Resorts.

Notable practitioners

Andrzej Mikosz is a well-recognised M&A lawyer, noted for his solid experience of transactions and corporate reorganisations. "His strength is that he is very commercial," a client says.

Władek Rzycki's varied practice covers the full spectrum of M&A and corporate transactions. He represents a roster of prestigious clients, including multinational companies and state-owned entities. He is dual-qualified in Poland and the USA.

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Norton Rose Fulbright - Corporate/M&A Department

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Basic facts about the Department
- Head of department: Piotr Strawa and Paweł Bajno
- 2 partners
- 9 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Warsaw

What the team is known for Strong M&A team, particularly experienced in transactions concerning the healthcare, energy and mining sectors. Increasingly active in representing private equity clients. Also assists clients with corporate governance, compliance and regulatory issues.

Work highlights Advised Abris Capital Partners on the EUR123 million sale of Novago to China Everbright International.

Represented Grupa NDI as well as Transport Infrastructure Invetment Company in the sale of NDI Autostrada to Arcus Infrastructure Partners.

Significant Clients XL Catlin, Bayer, CEE-Equity Partners, Fortum Holding, Innova Capital.

Notable practitioners

Paweł Bajno focuses on private equity transactions and also advises on M&A and corporate governance matters. He recently advised Fortum Holding on its EUR100 million acquisition of Grupa Duon.

Piotr Strawa advises clients on a wide range of corporate matters, including restructurings, privatisations and joint ventures. Sources describe him as sensible and reliable.

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SSW Pragmatic Solutions - Corporate/M&A Department

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Basic facts about the Department
- Head of department: Wojciech Szczepaniak
- 8 partners
- 18 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Warsaw and Poznań

What the team is known for Advances in the rankings following excellent feedback. Actively developing corporate team representing clients in a range of M&A and restructuring matters. Notable track record of advising clients in the energy and construction sectors. Also acts for high net worth individuals.

Strengths Clients note the team for its availability and flexibility. One source praises "the pace of process and involvement of the team that was critical to the success of a transaction" and highlights the team's "ability to build up constructive solutions" with the lawyers representing the other side.

Work highlights Assisted Dirlango Trading & Investments with the restructuring of Netsprint and a partial buyout of Dirlango's shares in Grupa Netsprint by Innova Capital.

Advised Aerium Group on the restructuring of the holding structure of the companies operating shopping malls in Poland.

Significant Clients Custom, Marie Brizard Wine & Spirits Group, Europa Systems, Credit Value Investments, Paged.

Notable practitioners

Paweł Chyb enters the rankings due to positive feedback from market sources. He assists clients from a variety of sectors including private equity funds and new technology clients on M&A and joint venture projects. He is valued for his goal-oriented approach and "a deep understanding of business aspects."

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WKB Wierciński Kwieciński Baehr - Corporate/M&A Department

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Band 4

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Head of department: Andrzej Wierciński and Jakub Jędrzejak
- 6 partners
- 17 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Warsaw and Poznań

What the team is known for Notable team assisting both local and international clients with a broad range of M&A transactions. Active in the energy and construction sectors and increasingly popular with private equity funds. Offers cross-border capabilities through its German, French and Italian-speaking lawyers and regularly works in co-operation with international law firms.

Strengths Interviewees note the team's commercial approach. According to one source, the lawyers are "always conscious of the big picture, the business environment and business goals." Another client says: "They are incredibly responsive, timely, and worked tirelessly," adding: "They never lost a sight of the objective, providing tailored guidance to further support our business goals."

Value for Money Clients describe the firm's billing practice as "very transparent" and fair.

Work highlights Represented ENEA in its PLN101 million investment in Elektrownia Ostrołęka to support its construction of a coal-fired plant.

Assisted Selvita with its co-investment with Epidarex Capital in a biotech company, Nodthera.

Significant Clients IKEA, BAT, EDF, Naspers, Benson Elliot Capital Management.

Notable practitioners

Eminent practitioner Andrzej Wierciński is widely recognised for his extensive track record in M&A, privatisations and corporate restructurings. He is highly valued by clients for his experience, as one source reports: "He understands the psychology of the business and is able to predict long-term effects of the proposed legal solutions."

Jakub Jędrzejak advises on M&A and corporate restructurings. Sources praise his "very strong negotiation skills" and his ability to "address client's needs and expectations." He recently advised Dom Development on its PLN133.5 million acquisition of Fort Mokotów Inwestycje from Qualia Development.

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The team, led by hands-on partners, offers full support on transactional and corporate matters. Recent engagements include a number of high-profile cross border and domestic transactions, notably for private equity funds and blue-chip companies, including in the energy and insurance sectors. The team also advises private and public clients from both local and foreign capital groups on restructuring projects and day-to-day matters.

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Bird & Bird Szepietowski i wspólnicy sp. k. - Corporate/M&A Department

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Band 5

第五等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Heads of department: Rafał Dziedzic and Ida Komorowska-Moj
- 1 partner
- 4 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Warsaw

What the team is known for Enters the rankings this year due to excellent feedback. Often assists energy companies as well as banks and venture capital companies. Notable strength in the TMT and IP sectors. Regularly advises multinational companies on M&A, joint venture projects and corporate restructurings. Benefits from its global network of offices, assisting with the Polish aspects of international transactions.

Strengths Clients commend the team's client-orientated approach, highlighting that the lawyers understand clients’ expectations and are “focused on business goals.”

Sources also note the team's commitment and availability: "They are diligent, they never missed a deadline," a client says, adding: "They made things easy for me."

Work highlights Acted for Fleetmatics Group on its acquisition of TrackEasy operating in Germany and Poland.

Advised Open Ocean Fund 2015 Ky on its USD4 million investment into a Polish new technology start-up, Booksy International.

Significant Clients Agencja Rozwoju Przemysłu, mBank, Lexmark International, TomTom Telematics, Wilhelmsen Maritime.

Notable practitioners

Rafał Dziedzic is a key contact for clients.

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Chajec Don-Siemion & Zyto - Corporate/M&A Department

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Band 5

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Heads of department: Andrzej Chajec, Szymon Skiendzielewski and Maciej Kotlicki
- 3 partners
- 11 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Warsaw, Kraków and Łódź

What the team is known for Notable presence in the domestic M&A market with a number of offices across Poland advising on a broad range of corporate matters, including company reorganisations and joint ventures. Frequently sought out for its expertise in the media, technology and telecommunications industries.

Strengths Sources say the team stands out for its practical approach to problems. One source notes: “They are very communicative, proactive, extremely responsive and creative problem solvers with a deep understanding of our business operations."

Work highlights Assisted two funds managed by TFI Capital Partners with the acquisition of shares in Orbitvu.

Acted for Equitin Partners on its acquisition of a 70% share in Time for Wax.

Significant Clients Centrum Mobilnych Technologii Mobiltek, NanoGroup, SaveCartTM, Capital Park.

Notable practitioners

Andrzej Chajec, Szymon Skiendzielewski and Maciej Kotlicki head the department and are key points of contact.

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Magnusson - Corporate/M&A Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Head of department: Tomasz Rysiak
- 5 partners
- 20 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Warsaw

What the team is known for Swedish-born firm advising on the full spectrum of corporate matters. Assists international investors active in the Polish market and CEE with a wide range of M&A transactions, particularly acting for Scandinavian companies. Often works for clients from the construction, real estate, IT and energy sectors.

Strengths Sources note the team's commercial approach. A source emphasises the lawyers' “ability to find pragmatic solutions in even the most challenging situations.”

Work highlights Acted for Teknos Group on the acquisition of industrial coatings businesses in Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic from Feidal Coatings.

Assisted Mars FIZ Investment Fund with the sale by Bilfinger of a majority shareholding in their joint venture to Europoles Renewables.

Significant Clients Facebook, Coty, Verizon Communications, Inter Cars, Apollo-Rida.

Notable practitioners

Andrzej Tokaj is involved in cross-border M&A and restructuring projects, often acting for clients in the energy, real estate and industrial sectors. According to a source, “he demonstrates exceptional judgement and has excellent skill in making deals happen."

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Noerr - Corporate/M&A Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Ludomir Biedecki and Jakub Lerner
- 6 partners
- 8 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Warsaw

What the team is known for Strengthened by the arrival of four corporate M&A partners as a result of the merger with a local firm DJBW in January 2017. Acts on a variety of mid-market transactions. Advises many foreign investors into Poland from a variety of sectors and also advises notable local companies. Offers German and French language capabilities.

Strengths Sources compliment the team on its business-orientated approach. “They think critically and have a sound understanding of the business motivation behind a transaction," a source says.

Work highlights Advised PGNiG Terminka on its high-value acquisition of Spółka Energetyczna Jastrzębie.

Acted for PHU Lokomotiv on the sale of locomotives to Industrial Division.

Significant clients Rocket Internet, CLAAS, ANV Global Services, Lone Star, T-mobile.

Notable practitioners

Ludomir Biedecki is a well-regarded M&A lawyer who is also well versed in corporate governance matters. He advised PGNiG Terminka on its acquisition of Przedsiębiorstwo Energetyki Cieplnej.

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Radzikowski, Szubielska i Wspólnicy sp.k. - Corporate/M&A Department

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Band 5

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Włodzimierz Radzikowski
- 2 partners
- 6 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Warsaw

What the team is known for Noted for its work on M&A deals and corporate restructurings. Expertise encompasses LBOs and joint ventures. Regularly acts for companies in the energy sector, including oil and gas and renewables as well as car manufacturing.

Strengths Sources appreciate the team's "effectiveness and creativity," with one interviewee describing the lawyers as "talented negotiators."

Work highlights Acted for the shareholders of Multimedia Polska on the high-value acquisition of the company by UPC Polska.

Significant clients ZF Polpharma, Mondi Świecie, Fabryka Samochodów Osobowych, Lagerdere Travel Retail, Mondi.nc

Notable practitioners

Włodzimierz Radzikowski is a key contact for clients.

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These lawyers' long-established experience encompasses representing domestic and international clients in corporate matters, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, restructurings and privatizations, foreign investment, management buyouts as well as mergers and de-mergers. They also advise on private equity/venture capital transactions as well as on capital markets transactions, including IPOs and other debt and equity securities offerings. These lawyers have substantial experience in advising clients on corporate matters, including corporate governance and disclosure obligations of public companies and application of regulations on trading in financial instruments. They provide comprehensive legal services in all stages of the transactional process, starting from the legal due diligence phase, through negotiations to implementation. They advise in all areas that emerge in the course of business transactions, including employment restructuring, financing, anti-monopoly issues, taxes as well as litigation, arbitration and mediation.

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Schoenherr Poland - Corporate/M&A Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Katarzyna Terlecka and Paweł Halwa
- 2 partners
- 3 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Warsaw

What the team is known for Notable Austrian-born firm covering a wide range of M&A transactions. Offers regulatory advice and is skilled at handling cross-border deals in the CEE region. Advises local and international clients from a variety of sectors. A popular choice among German-speaking clients.

Strengths Clients value the team's practical approach to issues and risks and its "clear outlining of available options."

Work highlights Advised Grupa Wirtualna Polska on its acquisition of TotalMoney.pl from Waptore Holdings Limited and Opoka FIZ.

Assisted GIMV and DataContact with the sale of Data Contact to Armatis-lc.

Significant clients Raiffeisen Bank International, Onex Corporation.

Notable practitioners

Managing partner Paweł Halwa acts on M&A transactions and corporate restructurings that often involve a cross-border element. "He is solution-oriented and pragmatic, and has an ability to explain complex structures to a client," a client says, with another source describing him as "very calm and target oriented."

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Our core practice is advising and representing clients on transactions and complex corporate and commercial matters. Over the years, the practice group has built an outstanding record on in Austria and throughout CEE/SEE.

Schoenherr’s m&a teams advise on national and cross-border transactions, including private m&a, public tender offers, transactions for listed companies, private equity and venture capital transactions, auction sales, privatisations, strategic alliances and joint ventures.

Dedicated teams within the practice group focus on restructuring and insolvency, working together with the firm’s insolvency specialists to advise on distressed companies m&a. Together with the firm’s regulatory specialists, the corporate/m&a group has developed industry-specific expertise covering inter alia the following sectors: energy, financial institutions, telecoms, automotive, media and pharmaceuticals. 




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SPCG Studnicki Płeszka Ćwiąkalski Górski - Corporate/M&A Department

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Band 5

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Head of department: Tomasz Gizbert-Studnicki
- 8 partners
- 20 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Katowice, Kraków, Warsaw and Wrocław

What the team is known for Originating from Kraków, the firm now boasts several offices across Poland. Acts for buyers and sellers on domestic and cross-border M&A. Also assists clients with company reorganisations, joint ventures and day-to-day corporate matters.

Strengths Sources appreciate the team's commitment. One client enthuses: "They keep the deadlines and are very engaged. They care not only about the case but feel responsible for the results."

Work highlights Advised Aon Group on the Polish law aspects of its global sale of its benefits administration and HR business process outsourcing platform to private equity funds affiliated with Blackstone.

Assisted Enterprise Investors with its EUR5.7 million investment in Nu-Med Grupa.

Significant Clients Fideltronik, Vinci Office Center, Mota-Engil Central Europe.

Notable practitioners

Piotr Szelenbaum is a well-regarded M&A lawyer and is praised for the "really good quality" of his work.

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Senior Statesperson

Greenberg Traurig Grzesiak

From the Chambers Europe guide

Senior statesman Lejb Fogelman comes highly recommended by clients and peers alike for his strategic advice and strong business contacts. A source highlights his "expert ability to manage people, expectations and moods." He recently represented Alior Bank in its PLN1.5 billion acquisition of the core business of Bank BPH from GE Capital Group.

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Senior Statesperson

Stanisław Sołtysiński

Sołtysiński Kawecki & Szlęzak

From the Chambers Europe guide

Senior statesman Stanisław Sołtysiński is a pre-eminent name in the Polish market. He is a highly experienced corporate law specialist and a sought-after international arbitrator. "He is a wise man advising us on very delicate and complex matters," says one source.

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Eminent Practitioner

Tomasz Dąbrowski

Dentons

From the Chambers Europe guide

Eminent practitioner Tomasz Dąbrowski is a highly respected M&A specialist with more than 20 years of experience. He offers strategic advice to notable international clients, including banks, private equity funds and TMT companies on matters ranging from acquisitions to privatisation and corporate restructuring cases.

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Eminent Practitioner

DLA Piper Wiater sp.k.

From the Chambers Europe guide

Managing partner Krzysztof Wiater heads the corporate practice group. He is widely recognised for his experience in M&A, privatisations and corporate restructurings. He recently advised Praire Mining on the acquisition of NRW Karbonia.

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Eminent Practitioner

Andrzej Wierciński

WKB Wierciński Kwieciński Baehr

From the Chambers Europe guide

Eminent practitioner Andrzej Wierciński is widely recognised for his extensive track record in M&A, privatisations and corporate restructurings. He is highly valued by clients for his experience, as one source reports: "He understands the psychology of the business and is able to predict long-term effects of the proposed legal solutions."

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Eminent Practitioner

Krzysztof A Zakrzewski

Domański Zakrzewski Palinka

From the Chambers Europe guide

Managing partner and eminent practitioner Krzysztof Zakrzewski is widely endorsed by peers and highly respected by clients for his extensive experience in this space. He advises both domestic and international clients on Polish investments. "Everybody knows him," a peer confirms.

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Band 1

Jarosław Grzesiak

Greenberg Traurig Grzesiak

From the Chambers Europe guide

"A legend of the Polish M&A and capital markets," Jarosław Grzesiak has huge experience in acting for international and domestic clients on large-scale M&A transactions, including privatisations. "When you go into complex negotiations, he always finds a good way to present an argument and a solution," a source says. He recently led the PLN788 million acquisition of Midas by Cyfrowy Polsat and Polkomtel, representing the buyers.

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Band 1

Agnieszka Janicka

Clifford Chance

From the Chambers Europe guide

Practice head Agnieszka Janicka is a highly experienced partner with a long-standing practice spanning a wide array of transactions, including privatisation and private equity deals. Clients speak highly of her confidence and negotiation skills: "She approached the matter in a very mature way, calming emotions down, and answering all questions with patience," says one source, while another adds: "She knows how to speak and who to talk to in order to close the transaction."

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Band 1

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Managing partner Paweł Rymarz is a highly respected practitioner who acts on landmark public and private acquisitions, corporate restructurings and private equity transactions. He recently assisted PZU with the PLN1.6 billion acquisition of a 25% equity stake in Alior Bank.

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Band 1

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Top-ranked Pawel Zdort's extensive practice encompasses M&A, capital markets and private equity matters. He advises a wide range of clients from private and public sectors as well as institutional clients. He also acts on hostile takeovers and assists with corporate governance issues. As one market commentator says: "Clients feel very safe with him that he will do a 100% for them. It's better to have him on your side." He recently acted for Echo Investment on the PLN1.6 billion disposal of a 75% share in Echo Prime Properties to Redefine Properties.

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Band 2

CMS

From the Chambers Europe guide

Dariusz Greszta is a highly respected practitioner with significant experience of handling high-value M&A, company reorganisations and investor exits. He is often instructed by private equity funds and investment banks. "He's a fantastic team leader who glues it all, he builds a fantastic culture," enthuses one client. 

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Band 2

Jaroslaw Iwanicki

Allen & Overy, A. Pedzich Sp. k.

From the Chambers Europe guide

Jaroslaw Iwanicki is highly reputed in the corporate/M&A sphere for handling large-scale M&A, joint ventures and private equity transactions. He has a special focus on the financial services sector.

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Band 2

Tomasz Krzyzowski

Baker McKenzie

From the Chambers Europe guide

Practice head Tomasz Krzyzowski is a highly respected transactional lawyer with solid experience of advising on acquisitions, disposals and restructurings. "He has great experience and a very good commercial approach," a client says, adding: "He knows how to make his team deliver on time." He recently acted for Pelican Ventures on the PLN100 million sale of Eko Holding to Eurocash Group.

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Band 3

Norton Rose Fulbright

From the Chambers Europe guide

Paweł Bajno focuses on private equity transactions and also advises on M&A and corporate governance matters. He recently advised Fortum Holding on its EUR100 million acquisition of Grupa Duon.

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Band 3

Paweł Ciećwierz

Wardyński & Partners

From the Chambers Europe guide

Senior partner Paweł Ciećwierz is a well-respected M&A lawyer with a wealth of experience in transactional work.

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Band 3

Dentons

From the Chambers Europe guide

Piotr Dulewicz has solid experience of private equity and M&A transactions as well as corporate restructurings. He is praised for his strong negotiation and communication skills.

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Band 3

Clifford Chance

From the Chambers Europe guide

Nick Fletcher is a UK-qualified, Warsaw-based practitioner with a wealth of experience in representing clients in deals involving CEE jurisdictions. He often advises international investors, including private equity funds that are active in Poland, CEE and Ukraine.

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Band 3

Dentons

From the Chambers Europe guide

Paweł Grabowski advances in the rankings as a result of recent involvement in significant deals and positive feedback from market commentators. His wide-ranging expertise encompasses M&A and complex joint ventures. He is described as "exceptionally pragmatic."

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Band 3

Marcin Macieszczak

GESSEL

From the Chambers Europe guide

Marcin Macieszczak focuses on M&A transactions in the private as well as public sectors. He is singled out by market commentators for his experience, client care and down-to-earth approach.

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Band 3

Marcin Olechowski

Sołtysiński Kawecki & Szlęzak

From the Chambers Europe guide

Marcin Olechowski has extensive experience advising financial institutions on corporate and M&A matters. He recently acted for Finacces Capital on a high-value acquisition of a majority stake in AmRest Holdings. Sources describe him as "very proactive, always available and hands-on."

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Band 3

CMS

From the Chambers Europe guide

Marek Sawicki is particularly well known for his focus on private equity transactions. "He never forgets about the practical side," a client says. He recently advised the shareholders of Polska Dystrybucja Alkoholi on the company's sale to Eurocash.

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Band 3

Linklaters

From the Chambers Europe guide

Marcin Schulz regularly acts for blue-chip businesses in relation to international investment transactions in Poland and the CEE region. He receives extensive praise from sources for his "clear communication" as well as "convincing argumentation in negotiations."

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Band 3

Marcin Studniarek

White & Case M. Studniarek i Wspólnicy - Kancelaria Prawna sp.k.

From the Chambers Europe guide

Practice head Marcin Studniarek is an experienced practitioner covering a broad range of corporate matters and M&A transactions and boasts in-depth knowledge of capital markets. He frequently represents major clients from the natural resources sector. He recently co-led the team representing Jastrzębska Spółka Węglowa in a large-scale sale of non-core assets, including the sale of the Energy Company Jastrzębie to PGNiG for PLN372 million.

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Band 3

Piotr M Szelenbaum

SPCG Studnicki Płeszka Ćwiąkalski Górski

From the Chambers Europe guide

Piotr Szelenbaum is a well-regarded M&A lawyer and is praised for the "really good quality" of his work.

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Band 4

Noerr

From the Chambers Europe guide

Ludomir Biedecki is a well-regarded M&A lawyer who is also well versed in corporate governance matters. He advised PGNiG Terminka on its acquisition of Przedsiębiorstwo Energetyki Cieplnej.

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Band 4

Wardyński & Partners

From the Chambers Europe guide

Anna Dąbrowska is a Polish and UK-qualified lawyer who regularly advises international clients on acquisitions and corporate restructuring in Poland. She co-lead the team advising on the Polish aspects of the sale of Weyerhaeuser's cellulose fibres pulp mills to International Paper.

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Band 4

Clifford Chance

From the Chambers Europe guide

Counsel Tomasz Derda advises on transactions as well as company restructurings with a focus on retail, transport, energy and private equity sectors. Clients describe him as "proactive" and "keen to get the deal done."

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Band 4

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Lukasz Gasinski often advises clients from the banking sector. His expertise spans large M&A projects, privatisations and corporate restructurings. He is admitted to practice in Poland and the USA. Clients note his regulatory expertise.

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Band 4

Baker McKenzie

From the Chambers Europe guide

Marcin Gmaj is active in M&A and has substantial experience in handling deals in the industrial sector. He regularly assists international clients with Polish investment matters, including in special economic zones. He recently advised Johnson Controls on the Polish aspects of the global spin-off of its auto interiors business.

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Band 4

WKB Wierciński Kwieciński Baehr

From the Chambers Europe guide

Jakub Jędrzejak advises on M&A and corporate restructurings. Sources praise his "very strong negotiation skills" and his ability to "address client's needs and expectations." He recently advised Dom Development on its PLN133.5 million acquisition of Fort Mokotów Inwestycje from Qualia Development.

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Band 4

Bartosz Krassowski

KRASSOWSKI

From the Chambers Europe guide

Bartosz Krassowski of KRASSOWSKI is reputed for his experience in M&A and private equity deals. He recently advised Highlander Partners and Nile Invest on the sale of a 90% stake in MEDI-system. He garners praise for his "unconventional solutions" and experience.

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Band 4

K&L Gates

From the Chambers Europe guide

Andrzej Mikosz is a well-recognised M&A lawyer, noted for his solid experience of transactions and corporate reorganisations. "His strength is that he is very commercial," a client says.

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Band 4

Clifford Chance

From the Chambers Europe guide

Wojciech Polz acts on M&A and private equity transactions. He was a co-lead on PZU and PFR's PLN10.6 billion acquisition of a 32.8% shareholding in Bank Pekao from UniCredit. "He automatically searches for solutions and does not exaggerate the problem," a client says, adding that he "tries to find an agreement and cool emotions."

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Band 4

K&L Gates

From the Chambers Europe guide

Władek Rzycki's varied practice covers the full spectrum of M&A and corporate transactions. He represents a roster of prestigious clients, including multinational companies and state-owned entities. He is dual-qualified in Poland and the USA.

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Band 4

Norton Rose Fulbright

From the Chambers Europe guide

Piotr Strawa advises clients on a wide range of corporate matters, including restructurings, privatisations and joint ventures. Sources describe him as sensible and reliable.

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Band 4

Marek Świątkowski

Domański Zakrzewski Palinka

From the Chambers Europe guide

Marek Świątkowski is a corporate lawyer with strong experience in advising foreign investors on their Polish transactions. He recently assisted two individual shareholders with the USD5 million sale of DRUK Makuszewscy to Graf-Poz. Clients describe him as personable.

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Band 4

Sołtysiński Kawecki & Szlęzak

From the Chambers Europe guide

Andrzej Szlęzak is a well-established name in the Polish market and has a broad corporate practice, advising clients across a wide range of industry sectors. He is also a well-established arbitrator.

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Band 4

Magnusson

From the Chambers Europe guide

Andrzej Tokaj is involved in cross-border M&A and restructuring projects, often acting for clients in the energy, real estate and industrial sectors. According to a source, “he demonstrates exceptional judgement and has excellent skill in making deals happen."

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Band 4

Dariusz Tokarczuk

Gide Loyrette Nouel

From the Chambers Europe guide

Dariusz Tokarczuk has particular experience in infrastructure investment projects, advising multinational corporations as well as state companies. "He's a very mature lawyer who added a lot to a transaction," a source says, adding: "He approached the transaction with calm. He did not let others put him out of balance."

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Band 4

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Filip Uzieblo is well versed in private equity transactions and is also active in the firm's key M&A instructions, especially in the real estate sector.

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Band 4

Cezary Wisniewski

Linklaters

From the Chambers Europe guide

Cezary Wisniewski regularly assists multinational companies investing in Poland. He is also a highly respected arbitrator who heads the firm's disputes team.

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Band 4

Izabela Zielińska-Barłożek

Wardyński & Partners

From the Chambers Europe guide

Izabela Zielińska-Barłożek regularly handles M&A transactions, company restructurings and reorganisations. She co-led the team, assisting Apollo Global Management with the Polish aspects of a large-scale acquisition of an 80% stake in Lumileds from Royal Philips.

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Up and Coming

Małgorzata Badowska

GESSEL

From the Chambers Europe guide

Małgorzata Badowska acts on transactions related to the financial sector and regularly assists clients with LBOs. Clients emphasise her people management skills, such as the ability to "release tensions during negotiations," as well as the skill to "build personal relations with clients."

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Up and Coming

Baker McKenzie

From the Chambers Europe guide

Entering the rankings this year, Jacek Balicki joined Baker McKenzie from Weil, Gotshal & Manges in August 2017 as counsel. He is a transactional lawyer, often acting on deals in the TMT and real estate sectors.

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Up and Coming

SSW Pragmatic Solutions

From the Chambers Europe guide

Paweł Chyb enters the rankings due to positive feedback from market sources. He assists clients from a variety of sectors including private equity funds and new technology clients on M&A and joint venture projects. He is valued for his goal-oriented approach and "a deep understanding of business aspects."

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Up and Coming

Sławomir Czerwiński

Clifford Chance

From the Chambers Europe guide

Entering the rankings this year, counsel Sławomir Czerwiński is particularly adept at advising private equity houses and corporate clients on investment and exit transactions. "He is great at building relations," a source says while another interviewee adds that he "tries to find solutions that assure client's interests and are comfortable to the other side too."

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Up and Coming

Schoenherr Poland

From the Chambers Europe guide

Managing partner Paweł Halwa acts on M&A transactions and corporate restructurings that often involve a cross-border element. "He is solution-oriented and pragmatic, and has an ability to explain complex structures to a client," a client says, with another source describing him as "very calm and target oriented."

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Up and Coming

Maruta Wachta

From the Chambers Europe guide

Daniel Jastrun of Maruta Wachta is well versed in corporate and M&A matters relating to IT. He has a strong following among Scandinavian clients and also speaks Swedish. One source comments: "Daniel is a very business-oriented lawyer."

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Up and Coming

Ida Komorowska-Moj

Kochanski Zieba & Partners

From the Chambers Europe guide

Ida Komorowska-Moj joined Kochanski Zieba & Partners as partner in February 2018. She advises state-owned companies, international businesses and venture capital funds. Clients highlight her people skills, with one praising her "good communication, empathy and understanding of the needs of the other side."

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Up and Coming

Maciej Kożuchowski

GESSEL

From the Chambers Europe guide

Maciej Kożuchowski is an M&A lawyer noted for his strong client care skills. He represented Sescom in its acquisition of an IT services business in the retail sector from CUBE.ITG.

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Up and Coming

Linklaters

From the Chambers Europe guide

Managing associate Klaudia Krolak acts on the team's key M&A transactions, including those in the wider CEE region. A client describes her as "a very strong negotiator," adding that she "brings dedication, energy and ability to handle difficult situations, while always striving for commercially viable solutions."

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Up and Coming

Jakub Marcinkowski

CMS

From the Chambers Europe guide

Jakub Marcinkowski assists with M&A deals as well as corporate restructuring matters. "He has all issues under control, trying to solve problems," says one client, adding: "He pushes the case forward and knows what's attainable and what's not." He advised the owners of the restaurant chain Thai Wok, the Brusikiewicz family, on corporate restructuring and the subsequent sale of the majority stake to the EBS group.

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Up and Coming

Hogan Lovells (Warszawa) LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Counsel Tomasz Zak enters the ranking as a result of strong positive feedback from the market. He is a corporate lawyer and is described by sources as "a skilled negotiator." An interviewee adds: "He demonstrates a creative problem-solving approach combined with an overarching drive to get the deal done."

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