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Allen & Overy, A. Pedzich Sp. k. - Banking & Finance Department

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Band 1

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Basic facts about the Department
- Heads of department: Arkadiusz Pędzich, Tomasz Kawczyński and Piotr Lesiński
- 4 partners
- 13 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Warsaw

What the team is known for Outstanding practice group with an excellent reputation for the full spectrum of banking and finance work. Boasts a diversified transactional practice, covering areas such as acquisition, project, real estate and export finance. Also handles banking litigation. A popular choice for lenders in high-stakes transactions, also representing borrowers. Often involved in transactions relating to several CEE jurisdictions. Has English-law expertise on the ground in Warsaw.

Strengths Sources appreciate the team's know-how of market practice, with a client saying: "The team has a strong knowledge of transactions that are happening in the market and is able to provide the latest solutions," while another source confirms that the group does "big deals and is present in big-ticket transactions."

A client praises the team's "swift execution and business attitude" as a competitive advantage.

Work highlights Advised the arrangers of a PLN1.3 billion financing for the acquisition of Allegro Group.

Acted for a group of creditors on a PLN1.734 billion refinancing of EmiTel's term facilities as well as granting of new facilities.

Significant Clients UniCredit, EBRD, European Investment Bank, mBank, PKO Bank Polski, BZ WBK.

Notable practitioners

Top-ranked Tomasz Kawczyński is one of the best financing lawyers in Poland. He is a well-regarded figure noted for his "wide-ranging experience" and has a particularly strong track record in project finance. His recent work includes advising the arrangers of a PLN1.3 billion financing for the acquisition of Allegro.

Arkadiusz Pędzich is a long-standing name in the Polish legal market, with a great reputation in the banking and finance arena. He is experienced in acting for lenders and borrowers on a broad spectrum of large-scale financing, including areas such as real estate finance and project finance. He advised Deutsche Pfandbriefbank and HSBC as lenders and hedge counterparties in relation to a EUR116.5 million credit facility for CH Janki.

Bartosz Jagodzinski has significant experience advising on regulatory financing matters.

Piotr Lesiński is a long-standing figure in the Polish market with particular experience of advising on regulatory matters in the capital markets arena. One source commends his ability to "think outside the box."

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Clifford Chance - Banking & Finance Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Head of department: Grzegorz Namiotkiewicz
- 2 partners
- 27 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Warsaw

What the team is known for Market-leading practice group representing both lenders and borrowers. Active on the full range of banking and finance transactions, covering areas such as acquisition and project finance. Also has experience of real estate finance and offers skilled advice on regulatory matters. Benefits from its global network and is frequently sought out by international clients. Covers a broad range of industry sectors, and has been active of late in financings and refinancings in the energy, TMT, chemicals and transport sectors.

Strengths Commentators recognise the team's track record in large-scale transactions. One source states: "Nothing is too big for them. They are really great for the most complicated and heavy transactions."

Clients appreciate the team's speed, client service and business approach, with one source noting: "They can deal with any obstacle and react fast to a changing situation."

Work highlights In co-operation with its London office, the team advised a consortium of banks on a PLN7 billion loan to Play Holding 2 and P4 for the refinancing of debt as well as general corporate financing purposes.

Assisted Cinven, Permira and MidEuropa Partners with the PLN5.1 billion financing of its acquisition of Allegro Group from Naspers.

Significant Clients PKO Bank Polski, Arctic Paper, Empik Media & Fashion, Bank Pekao, mBank.

Notable practitioners

Grzegorz Namiotkiewicz is one of the leading practitioners in banking and finance as well as capital markets matters. He has vast experience in leading on some of the biggest financing transactions in the Polish market, with one source referring to him to as "absolutely top of the top." He also advises on regulatory issues. He led the team in assisting Polski Fundusz Rozwoju with a high-value refinancing of Lotos Petrobaltic's B8 oil and gas field exploitation.

Andrzej Stosio is a highly esteemed lawyer recognised for his active involvement in major financing transactions and refinancing mandates, recently advising a consortium of banks on its EUR220 million credit facility agreement with Synthos. He is also noted for his regulatory expertise, with commentators commending his know-how of derivatives. One source states: "I would recommend him to any borrower who needs a strong negotiator to protect their interests," while others praise his client service skills and extensive experience.

Irena Floras-Goode moves up the rankings due to excellent feedback and strong market presence. Commentators praise her calm approach, efficiency and business acumen, describing her as "poised and effective in negotiations" and "very good on technical details." She has experience of project finance and acquisition finance transactions, and recently advised Bank Zachodni WBK on its PLN130 million loan to AASA Polska.

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Linklaters - Banking & Finance Department

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Basic facts about the Department
- Head of department: Jarosław Miller
- 1 partner
- 10 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Warsaw

What the team is known for Excellent team that is known for its capabilities in cross-border mandates and offers Warsaw-based English-law expertise. Experienced in a range of financing and refinancing transactions, including real estate finance and acquisition finance, and also advises on regulatory matters. Primarily acts for lenders and increasingly often represents corporates.

Strengths Clients appreciate the firm's pragmatic approach, with one source praising the group's "great practical knowledge."

Commentators further note that the team is "has a strong overall view of the market and provides high quality work."

Work highlights Assisted a consortium of banks with the refinancing of Arctic Paper's existing debt and the provision of CapEx and working capital financing, valued in aggregate at PLN256 million.

Advised Alior Bank on its financing of the development of the Radisson Hotel and a condominium of apartments in Zakopane.

Significant Clients Bank Pekao, ING Bank Śląski, Bank Gospodarstwa Krajowego, Bank Zachodni, Bank BGŻ BNP Paribas.

Notable practitioners

Jarosław Miller is a top-tier name in the banking and finance arena noted for his presence on many significant deals and ability to handle "heavier negotiations." Commentators are full of praise for his calm approach and applaud his excellent client care skills. He acted for PKO Bank Polski regarding its high-value loan to PFR for the acquisition of a stake in Bank Pekao.

Adrian Horne is a UK-qualified lawyer who wins praise for his "very effective and sensible" approach. He is experienced in a range of mandates, with recent work including areas such as debt transactions and real estate finance. One client describes him as "very sharp, responsive and easy to deal with."

Joanna Gawlicka moves up the rankings in recognition of good feedback and involvement in significant instructions. She boasts a broad banking and finance practice encompassing transactional matters and regulatory advice. She recently assisted mBank with regulatory issues involved in the bank's introduction of the Android Pay function. "She is calm but firm and manages to get results," a source says.

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Dentons - Banking & Finance Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Head of department: Mateusz Toczyski
- 7 partners
- 34 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Warsaw

What the team is known for Sizeable practice group which continues to grow. Noted for strong capacity and boasts substantial experience in international transactions across the CEE region. Recognised for strong expertise in real estate finance and project finance mandates, demonstrating a strong track record in the energy sector. Also offers know-how in regulatory matters and advises on corporate finance.

Strengths Clients emphasise the team's size and capacity. One interviewee says: "They provide solutions and have a quite an extended team. If they have a few projects at the same time, they can manage capacity and everything goes smoothly."

Sources further describe the team as "very client and task-oriented."

Work highlights Advised a consortium of banks on a PLN320 million increase of the existing loan facility provided to TAMEH.

Acted for a syndicate of four Polish banks on the extension of a facilities agreement for six borrowers from AmRest Group operating in 13 jurisdictions.

Significant Clients EBRD, Bank Gospodarstwa Krajowego, Raiffeisen Bank International, mBank, PKO Bank Polski.

Notable practitioners

Marcin Bartczak is reputed for his high-level experience of advising on regulatory matters relating to financial institutions. He also advises on debt capital markets issues.

Mateusz Toczyski is particularly recognised for his track record in real estate financing and is also heavily involved in the financing of the energy sector. He has a notable focus on the CEE region, and recently advised a syndicate of banks on additional financing to borrowers from AmRest Group, which mostly operates in CEE.

Agnieszka Lipska assists with a broad range of financing mandates, including major projects in the energy and infrastructure sectors. Sources recognise her efficiency and good technical knowledge.

Piotr Nerwiński enters the rankings on the back of good client feedback and market recognition. He assists the team with transactional mandates. Sources describe him as a "business-oriented" lawyer with "a very open and positive approach and very strong analytical skills."

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Hogan Lovells (Warszawa) LLP - Banking & Finance Department

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Basic facts about the Department
- Heads of department: Rafał Grochowski and Piotr Zawiślak
- 3 partners
- 11 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Warsaw

What the team is known for Noted team with a strong track record in project finance, often handling financing transactions in large-scale infrastructure projects. Also covers areas such as syndicated lending and acquisition finance and boasts a reputable team focusing on insurance matters. A popular choice among local authorities, as well as representing corporates and banks. Stands out for additional expertise in securitisation.

Strengths Clients emphasise the team's negotiation skills, with one source describing the lawyers as "very good negotiators" with a "quick and decisive" approach.

A source praises the lawyers' strong knowledge of "the complex field of insurance regulation and their ability to view an issue from different angles."

Work highlights Advised Przewozy Regionalne on a PLN629 million financing granted by the European Investment Bank and a consortium of banks to fund 55 new trains.

Assisted Bank PKO BP with its PLN59 million loan facility granted to Mazowiecki Szpital Wojewódzki w Siedlcach for the construction of an oncology centre.

Significant Clients Bank Gospodarstwa Krajowego, Getin Group, mBank, Raiffeisen Bank Polska, Westdeutsche Immobilien Bank.

Notable practitioners

Beata Balas-Noszczyk is a top-tier insurance lawyer lauded as "probably the best lawyer in Poland to assist with all the regulatory issues which a local insurer might have." Sources also highlight her "creativity and innovative approach" and strong client care skills. She represented NN Towarzystwo Ubezpieczeń na Życie in its acquisition of Dom Kredytowy Notus.

Rafał Grochowski comes particularly recommended for his "very deep understanding of issues involved in financing municipal entities." He stands out for his significant track record in project finance and is active in some of Poland's largest infrastructure projects. He assists with debt capital markets issues. One client states: "He is creative and dedicated to the client, always finds the best solutions and has great negotiation techniques."

Piotr Zawiślak is a respected banking and finance and debt capital markets practitioner who is highlighted for his ability to find solutions and focuses on "getting the deal done." His broad practice includes syndicated lending, property finance and project finance, and he is noted for his prowess in securitisations. One client praises his "sensible and calm approach" and dedication. His recent work includes advising Ghelamco on a large-value refinancing of the Warsaw Spire Tower.

Mateusz Dereszyński moves up the rankings on the back of growing market recognition. He assists with a broad spectrum of financing matters, including real estate finance, project finance and acquisition finance. A source praises his ability to handle stressful situations.

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Norton Rose Fulbright - Banking & Finance Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Head of department: Grzegorz Dyczkowski
- 1 partner
- 5 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Warsaw

What the team is known for Well-respected practice group with strong transactional expertise covering a spectrum of areas such as real estate finance, asset finance, project finance and corporate lending. Stands out for its significant track record in advising clients on mandates involving the transport sector and is often instructed on multi-jurisdictional transactions. Recognised for significant experience in representing banks and also advises borrowers.

Strengths The team attracts extensive praise for its solution-oriented approach and negotiating skills.

Work highlights Advised Inter Cars on a PLN1.1 billion loan provided by a consortium of banks for the refinancing of debt and financing of working capital needs.

In co-operation with its London office, advised LOT on the operating leases of a number of Boeing aircraft.

Significant Clients Bank BGŻ BNP Paribas, Bank Gospodarstwa Krajowego, Bank Pekao, mBank, HSBC.

Notable practitioners

Grzegorz Dyczkowski has extensive knowledge of asset finance involving the transport sector and attracts praise for innovative solutions. He led the team advising ING-DiBa on its loan to Hines Poland Sustainable Income Fund for the acquisition of a logistics portfolio from NBGI Private Equity.

Tomasz Rogalski advances in the rankings on the back of excellent client feedback and his presence on significant instructions. He handles significant financing transactions, including acquisition finance, project finance and real estate finance mandates.

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

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

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

What the team is known for Robust practice group that advises on large-scale financing and refinancing mandates, providing clients with the benefit of a strong international network and on-the-ground expertise in English law. Particularly experienced in acquisition finance and also involved in real estate finance. A popular choice for both lenders and borrowers, recently representing clients from sectors such as telecoms, chemicals and natural resources.

Strengths Clients appreciate the team's practical approach, with one source explaining: "They are focused on providing solutions to problems."

Work highlights In co-operation with its London office, advised P4 and Play Holdings 2 on securing a PLN7 billion loan from a consortium of banks.

Assisted Bank Zachodni WBK with a PLN1.56 indirect financing for FCapital Dutch's offer to acquire shares in AmRest Holdings.

Significant Clients Alior Bank, Bank Gospodarstwa Krajowego, Bank Pekao, Bank Zachodni WBK, Berlin Hyp.

Notable practitioners

Tomasz Ostrowski is a Polish and UK-qualified lawyer who comes particularly recommended for his track record in acquisition and leveraged finance and expertise in syndicated loans. He recently represented Synthos in obtaining a USD220 million financing from a consortium of banks. Sources praise his business-oriented approach, describing him as "active and innovative."

Aneta Urban moves up the rankings due to positive feedback from clients and peers. An interviewee describes her as "a talented person who moves the deals forward," adding: "She is very focused, you can rely on her. She knows all the details and can remember all of them." Of late, she has been particularly active in refinancing transactions.

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Baker McKenzie - Banking & Finance Department

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Band 3

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Basic facts about the Department
- Heads of department: Konrad Konarski and Ireneusz Stolarski
- 5 partners
- 11 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Warsaw

What the team is known for Notable banking and finance offering covering financing and refinancing transactions. Handles real estate finance and project finance, with particular experience of representing clients in renewable energy projects. Also boasts an active insurance practice. Diverse clientele features banks, insurance companies and a number of names in the energy sector.

Strengths Clients appreciate the team's business-friendly approach. One source states: "They are fast and diligent," adding that the lawyers "are really good to have in negotiations because they are practical."

Work highlights Advised a consortium of banks on a high-value financing and refinancing of the Warsaw Spire.

Assisted Bank Pekao with the financing for the development of Konstruktorska Business Center.

Significant Clients Energix Renewable Energies, Suez Zielona Energia, Bank BGŻ BNP Paribas, Bank Zachodni WBK, InterRisk Towarzystwo Ubezpieczeń.

Notable practitioners

Clients appreciate Ireneusz Stolarski for his negotiation skills and business-minded approach, with one source adding that "he always looks for solutions." He boasts a broad practice, leading the team in a range of financing transactions and providing general financing advice. Recent highlights include advising a consortium of banks on a high-value financing and refinancing of the Warsaw Spire.

Sebastian Pabian rises in the rankings due to strong feedback confirming his recognition in the Polish insurance market. He is well regarded for his contentious practice, with sources describing him as "a very skilled litigator" in the insurance arena. He also provides general insurance advice, with sources highlighting his expertise in D&O insurance and praising his "pro-client attitude."

Up-and-coming Tomasz Kaczmarek is noted for his involvement in some of the team's biggest financing transactions, including real estate finance and project finance in the energy and infrastructure sectors.

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Baker McKenzie's Warsaw office has a comprehensive Banking and Finance department which boasts niche expertise across a broad range of financial transactions. Every aspect of banking and finance is thoroughly covered. The quality of our team ensures we have a unique standing in the Polish legal market. With 14 members, the practice has had some significant new hires in the past 12 months, which have brought new opportunities and markedly enhanced our expertise.

The firm is at the forefront of international banking and finance matters. Our unique cross-border capability (with over 70 offices worldwide) allows us to benefit from global experience and local knowledge in different markets. Our legal capability encompasses acquisition finance, project finance, securitization and structured finance, and advising on derivatives. The practice is strong on regulatory advice; providing expert guidance on the practical effects of domestic and international regulatory trends, and using our network to keep up to date on developments.

Baker McKenzie Warsaw has recently been involved in numerous significant real estate finance projects, which have included the development of Warsaw Spire - the most prestigious public project in Poland. We have also been involved in some of the largest market deals within Poland's renewable energy sector. Our in-depth expertise in infrastructure project finance work elevates us above our competitors.

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CMS - Banking & Finance Department

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Basic facts about the Department
- Head of department: Mark Segall
- 1 partner
- 13 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Warsaw and Poznań

What the team is known for Notable practice with a broad offering encompassing financing and refinancing transactions and regulatory issues. Particularly active in acquisition finance and real estate finance, and also boasts experience in project finance matters. Stands out for its specialised team advising on insurance law, including contentious matters. Often instructed on cross-border deals due to its network of offices across the CEE region. Client base features major national and international banks, and insurance companies.

Strengths A client appreciates the team's "strong understanding of commercial considerations," while another source praises the lawyers' "excellent negotiation skills, understanding of financial matters and understanding of client needs."

Multiple clients highlight CMS as a go-to firm for insurance matters. One source notes the team's expertise in insurance litigation, explaining: "CMS has a thorough knowledge of insurance regulations and terrific litigators. This combination works miracles."

Work highlights Advised Bank Zachodni WBK on its PLN120 million loan granted to Empik.

Acted as borrower's counsel to Velvet Care on obtaining EUR27.5 million and PLN84 million loans from the EBRD and BGŻ BNP Paribas for the expansion of the manufacturing capacity.

Significant Clients Aareal Bank, American Express, Bank Gospodarstwa Krajowego, Bank Handlowy w Warszawie, Bank Pekao.

Notable practitioners

Managing partner Małgorzata Surdek is best recognised for her solid experience in advising on contentious insurance matters. She acted for PKO Life, AXA Life, MetLife and Compensa in a regulatory investigation by local authorities regarding allegations that their insurance policies infringed on collective consumer interests.

Michał Mężykowski joined CMS in May 2018. He is known for his work in real estate financing transactions and also assists with energy finance and export finance. Of late, he advised a consortium of banks on a PLN110 million financing to Milarex for the construction of a new fish processing facility.

Ewa Świderska moves up the rankings in recognition of strong market presence and good client feedback. One client describes her as "very investigative, proactive" and "really dedicated to the client." She is commended for her insurance regulatory expertise and also advises on contentious matters. She recently represented Link4 in proceedings against a regulatory body regarding a disagreement on the calculation of an insurance premium.

Ilona Fedurek joined CMS from White & Case in late 2017 and enters the rankings in recognition of strong client feedback. One source appreciates that she is "always very well prepared," while another describes her as "down-to-earth, innovative and proactive." She has particular experience in acquisition finance.

Jakub Podkowa joined CMS in May 2018. He is a visible team member in key financing transactions. He advises lenders and borrowers in areas such as real estate and acquisition finance.

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CMS Poland's Banking and Finance Department acts as a business partner to our clients over the long term, which enables us to understand clients’ sector, strategy and culture. Our lawyers have extensive experience in various types of financing and financial restructuring transactions. Our team is very responsive, always reachable and is valued for its business approach as well as its regulatory expertise.

We have almost 20 years of valuable experience in numerous projects and transactions including property finance, asset finance, project finance (including PPP structure), real estate finance and acquisition finance as well restructuring transactions. We are also a unique law office that offers its clients the highest level of complex legal advice on all types of regulatory issues.

We have a strong client base that includes the leading Polish and international banks, financial institutions, institutional and private investors, major corporations, international developers, venture capital and private equity funds. Many of our banking and finance clients are among the most active in the CEE at present, meaning that we continue to receive a stream of impressive instructions. Moreover, the considerable size of our team enables us to work simultaneously on several large projects while maintaining the highest quality.

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DLA Piper Giziński Kycia sp.k. - Banking & Finance Department

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Band 3

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Basic facts about the Department
- Head of department: Mariusz Hyla
- 1 partner
- 13 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Warsaw

What the team is known for Well regarded for significant expertise in real estate finance. Also provides transactional support in areas such as export finance and project finance, and is gaining recognition for additional know-how in securitisation.

Strengths Clients note the team's assistance with negotiations, with a source saying: "They have strong negotiation skills and are good at providing solutions to complex matters and managing the process when a lot of parties are involved."

Another interviewee adds that the team is "quick and efficient."

Work highlights Advised ICBC on its PLN80 million financing granted to Famur.

Assisted Rockcastle Global Real Estate with its high-value borrowing from a consortium of banks for the purpose of funding its shopping centres.

Significant Clients Bank Pekao, Bank Zachodni WBK, Blackstone Real Estate Advisors, Citibank, EBRD.

Notable practitioners

Mariusz Hyla stands out as one of the most respected real estate finance experts in the Polish market, with a number of sources recommending him as the go-to lawyer for transactions in this sector. One client enthuses: "He is very active in negotiations and also understands what's important and what's not," while another adds: "He is really to the point." His recent work includes advising ING Bank Śląski together with other lenders on a loan facility granted to the borrower for the partial financing of an acquisition of three retail centres.

Bartłomiej Palusiak is a transactional lawyer who is particularly experienced in real estate finance. Interviewees describe him as a "solution-driven" practitioner. One source explains: "He is very open to the client, has very strong negotiation skills and is flexible, but at the same time sticks to defending our position."

Up-and-coming Paweł Turek assists lenders and borrowers with a range of transactions encompassing areas such as project finance, export finance and asset finance. He is also noted for his know-how in securitisation matters.

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Gide Loyrette Nouel - Banking & Finance Department

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Band 3

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Basic facts about the Department
- Head of department: Paweł Grześkowiak
- 1 partner
- 4 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Warsaw

What the team is known for Notable practice group advising both domestic and international clients on sizeable financing transactions and general banking and insurance matters. Covers areas such as real estate finance, project finance and acquisition finance. Clients include banks, insurers and corporate entities.

Strengths Sources highlight the "speed of service" and "good organisation and negotiation skills" demonstrated by the team.

Work highlights Advised Unibail-Rodamco on a EUR200 million refinancing of the Arkadia shopping complex granted by ING and SEB.

Assisted mBank with its PLN139 million investment loan granted to Konsalnet for the purpose of financing current operations and refinancing an acquisition.

Significant Clients Bank Zachodni WBK, Crédit Agricole, Iveco Poland, Willis Towers Watson, BNP Paribas Cardif.

Notable practitioners

Paweł Grześkowiak leads the team on transactional matters, acting for lenders and borrowers. A source notes his commercial approach to deals. His recent work includes advising BGŻ BNP Paribas on a loan granted to the NGI Group for its financing of the acquisition of three shopping centres in Poland. He also advises many private equity clients.

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Greenberg Traurig Grzesiak - Banking & Finance Department

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Basic facts about the Department
- Head of department: Andrzej Wysokiński
- Office location: Warsaw

What the team is known for Highly regarded team best known for advising on acquisition and real estate finance. Has notable know-how of regulatory matters. Strong track record in high-value M&A transactions in the banking and finance sector. Known for advising borrowers and also represents lenders in domestic and international transactions. Popular with private equity funds.

Strengths Clients note the team's result-oriented approach, with one source stating: "They are able to propose commercially agreeable solutions satisfactory to all parties." Another client adds: "They are very committed and really advise you and guide you through the issues."

Work highlights Advised Alior Bank on its PLN1.5 billion acquisition of Bank BPH's core business from GE Capital.

Significant Clients Polsat, Pfleiderer, TELE-FONIKA Kable, Żabka Polska, Bank Pekao.

Notable practitioners

Lukasz Pawlak is noted for his expertise in banking regulatory matters and sources highlight his "sensible approach." He gains recognition for his regulatory advice in major banking M&A transactions and also has experience of representing clients before regulatory bodies.

Andrzej Wysokiński leads on a range of financing and refinancing transactions, recently advising Penta Investments, Privatbanka and Prima banka Slovensko on a PLN100 million bridge financing to EMF. He is also noted for his additional expertise in financial restructuring and insolvency matters. "He understands the ultimate business goals and is also an excellent negotiator," a source says.

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Greenberg Traurig has one of the leading banking and finance practices in Poland, currently ranked in Tier I by International Financial Law Review. Our attorneys advise lenders (e.g., Polish and foreign banks, insurance companies, and other financial institutions), corporate borrowers (e.g., largest Polish and international corporations), and private equity sponsors. Our attorneys have participated in some of the largest and most complex domestic and cross-border financing transactions in Poland to date. 

In our Warsaw office we have lawyers qualified to advise clients on Polish, English, and New York law. Whenever required, lawyers from the Warsaw office cooperate closely with colleagues from London and the USA.

Within the banking and finance area we advise on: complex financings, including syndicated, leveraged, acquisition, and LOC facilities; real estate financing; financial restructuring and bankruptcy; debt capital market transactions (including high yield) and securitizations; bank mergers & acquisitions and restructuring, including related regulatory matters; other financial regulatory matters.

In the area of bank mergers & acquisitions, including related regulatory matters, we have unparalleled experience in the Polish legal market. We have represented clients in almost all major mergers & acquisitions in the banking sector in Poland in the last 25 years.

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Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP - Banking & Finance Department

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Band 3

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Heads of department: Marcin Iwaniszyn and Zofia Frydrychowicz
- 1 partner
- 6 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Warsaw

What the team is known for Notable practice group best known for assisting borrowers from a range of sectors with financing and refinancing matters. Particularly active in corporate finance and acquisition finance mandates. Also advises lenders on cross-border transactions in co-operation with its London office.

Strengths A client commends the team's "keen ability to seek out and formulate solutions to complex issues."

Work highlights In co-operation with its London office, the team advised a consortium of banks on the USD3.25 billion financing of the acquisition of the Allegro Group by Permira, Cinven and Mid Europa Partners.

In co-operation with its London office, the team assisted Bridgepoint Advisers with the financing of its acquisition of Smyk Group.

Significant Clients Bank Pekao, Echo Investment, Farmacol, Oaktree Capital Management and Cornerstone Partners, Pfleiderer.

Notable practitioners

Marcin Iwaniszyn and Zofia Frydrychowicz are key contacts for clients.

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Kycia Legal - Banking & Finance Department

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Basic facts about the Department
- Heads of department: Anna Kycia and Grzegorz Kycia
- 2 partners
- 1 other qualified lawyer
- Office location: Warsaw

What the team is known for Financing boutique predominantly focused on mid-market transactions. Highly active in real estate, acquisition and project finance, acting primarily for lenders. The firm's partners have previously worked for international law firms.

Strengths The lawyers reputed for their experience of handling real estate financing.

Notable practitioners

Grzegorz Kycia is a well-respected finance lawyer whose areas of expertise encompass general financing, project finance and financial restructuring. In addition, he advises clients on corporate issues. Sources describe him as "bright" and note his solid technical skills.

Anna Kycia is a recognised banking and finance practitioner. She has a notable track record of assisting clients with real estate financing matters. She regularly represents banks.

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Wardyński & Partners - Banking & Finance Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Heads of department: Łukasz Szegda, Danuta Pajewska and Krzysztof Wojdyło
- 3 partners
- 6 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Poznań, Kraków, Warsaw and Wrocław

What the team is known for Respected team at a domestic firm acting mainly for banks on financing and refinancing transactions, debt restructuring and acquisition financing instructions. Well placed to assist international firms with Polish aspects of global transactions. Has a dedicated fintech team, advising start-ups and other companies on payment services.

Strengths Several sources note the team's understanding of international market practice, while clients appreciate the team's availability and dedication.

Work highlights Assisted The Cranemere Group with the financing of the acquisition of Marmite and its subsidiary from Innova Capital.

Represented ING Bank Śląski in the financing of a strategic investment by Polwax.

Significant Clients BZ WBK, Bank Pekao, Elavon Financial Services, Bank BGŻ BNP Paribas, Credit Suisse.

Notable practitioners

Łukasz Szegda advises on real estate, acquisition finance and debt restructuring. He recently assisted with the Polish aspects of a large-value, multiparty refinancing of a loan provided to Global Garden Products group, representing the creditors. He is praised for his quick reactions and availability.

Associate-to-watch Michal Kalicki enters the ranking as a result of positive feedback and increasing visibility on the team's key transactions.

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WKB Wierciński Kwieciński Baehr - Banking & Finance Department

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Basic facts about the Department
- Head of department: Marcin Stolarek
- 2 partners
- 6 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Warsaw and Poznań

What the team is known for Newly ranked this year, this developing practice group receives strong endorsement from market commentators. Frequently assists international law firms with the Polish aspects of cross-border transactions. Strong experience of acting for local clients, including banks and borrowers on financing and restructuring work, especially in the real estate, energy and retail sectors. Houses a strong insurance practice.

Strengths Clients are impressed by the clarity of advice, with a source commenting: "They were good at explaining local issues in a way that our global client was able to understand."

Work highlights Advised Bank BGŻ BNP Paribas on the refinancing of loans to Good Food Products.

Represented Energix Renewable Energies in the financing and refinancing of the Banie wind farm provided by a consortium consisting of the EBRD, Alior Bank and Bank Ochrony Srodowiska.

Significant Clients Bank Gospodarstwa Krajowego, Banco de Chile, Bank Zachodni WBK, PKO Bank Polski, GetBack.

Notable practitioners

Highly acclaimed insurance practitioner Jakub Pokrzywniak is one of the leading experts in the field in Poland. He advises both domestic and foreign insurers and reinsurers. "He has excellent insurance law knowledge as well as the ability to combine it with practice," a source says. He lately provided regulatory advice to PZU in relation to its strategic projects.

Practice head Marcin Smolarek has a wide-ranging experience in banking and finance matters, including project finance, lending and debt restructuring, as well as securitisation. He assisted Bank BGŻ BNP Paribas with the refinancing of Good Food loans. "Marcin does not limit himself to providing legal advice but has a commercial mind which adds tremendous value," enthuses one client.

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The continuously growing practice has demonstrated capabilities in NPLs and bonds (including mortgage backed) and is particularly strong in financial restructuring and HYB issuances. Other areas of expertise include general lending (REF, LBO, and MBO), and project finance (including energy sector). The team often acts alongside top international firms on significant cross-border deals.

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Band 1

Tomasz Kawczyński

Allen & Overy, A. Pedzich Sp. k.

From the Chambers Europe guide

Top-ranked Tomasz Kawczyński is one of the best financing lawyers in Poland. He is a well-regarded figure noted for his "wide-ranging experience" and has a particularly strong track record in project finance. His recent work includes advising the arrangers of a PLN1.3 billion financing for the acquisition of Allegro.

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Band 1

Linklaters

From the Chambers Europe guide

Jarosław Miller is a top-tier name in the banking and finance arena noted for his presence on many significant deals and ability to handle "heavier negotiations." Commentators are full of praise for his calm approach and applaud his excellent client care skills. He acted for PKO Bank Polski regarding its high-value loan to PFR for the acquisition of a stake in Bank Pekao.

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Band 1

Grzegorz Namiotkiewicz

Clifford Chance

From the Chambers Europe guide

Grzegorz Namiotkiewicz is one of the leading practitioners in banking and finance as well as capital markets matters. He has vast experience in leading on some of the biggest financing transactions in the Polish market, with one source referring to him to as "absolutely top of the top." Healso advises on regulatory issues. He led the team in assisting Polski Fundusz Rozwoju with a high-value refinancing of Lotos Petrobaltic's B8 oil and gas field exploitation.

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Band 1

Arkadiusz Pędzich

Allen & Overy, A. Pedzich Sp. k.

From the Chambers Europe guide

Arkadiusz Pędzich is a long-standing name in the Polish legal market, with a great reputation in the banking and finance arena. He is experienced in acting for lenders and borrowers on a broad spectrum of large-scale financing, including areas such as real estate finance and project finance. He advised Deutsche Pfandbriefbank and HSBC as lenders and hedge counterparties in relation to a EUR116.5 million credit facility for CH Janki.

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Band 2

Grzegorz Dyczkowski

Norton Rose Fulbright

From the Chambers Europe guide

Grzegorz Dyczkowski has extensive knowledge of asset finance involving the transport sector and attracts praise for innovative solutions. He led the team advising ING-DiBa on its loan to Hines Poland Sustainable Income Fund for the acquisition of a logistics portfolio from NBGI Private Equity.

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Band 2

Rafał Grochowski

Hogan Lovells (Warszawa) LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Rafał Grochowski comes particularly recommended for his "very deep understanding of issues involved in financing municipal entities." He stands out for his significant track record in project finance and is active in some of Poland's largest infrastructure projects. He assists with debt capital markets issues. One client states: "He is creative and dedicated to the client, always finds the best solutions and has great negotiation techniques."

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Band 2

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

From the Chambers Europe guide

Tomasz Ostrowski is a Polish and UK-qualified lawyer who comes particularly recommended for his track record in acquisition and leveraged finance and expertise in syndicated loans. He recently represented Synthos in obtaining a USD220 million financing from a consortium of banks. Sources praise his business-oriented approach, describing him as "active and innovative."

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Band 2

Ireneusz Stolarski

Baker McKenzie

From the Chambers Europe guide

Clients appreciate Ireneusz Stolarski for his negotiation skills and business-minded approach, with one source adding that "he always looks for solutions." He boasts a broad practice, leading the team in a range of financing transactions and providing general financing advice. Recent highlights include advising a consortium of banks on a high-value financing and refinancing of the Warsaw Spire.

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Band 2

Clifford Chance

From the Chambers Europe guide

Andrzej Stosio is a highly esteemed lawyer recognised for his active involvement in major financing transactions and refinancing mandates, recently advising a consortium of banks on its EUR220 million credit facility agreement with Synthos. He is also noted for his regulatory expertise, with commentators commending his know-how of derivatives. One source states: "I would recommend him to any borrower who needs a strong negotiator to protect their interests," while others praise his client service skills and extensive experience.

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Band 2

Dentons

From the Chambers Europe guide

Mateusz Toczyski is particularly recognised for his track record in real estate financing and is also heavily involved in the financing of the energy sector. He has a notable focus on the CEE region, and recently advised a syndicate of banks on additional financing to borrowers from AmRest Group, which mostly operates in CEE.

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Band 2

Hogan Lovells (Warszawa) LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Piotr Zawiślak is a respected banking and finance and debt capital markets practitioner who is highlighted for his ability to find solutions and focuses on "getting the deal done." His broad practice includes syndicated lending, property finance and project finance, and he is noted for his prowess in securitisations. One client praises his "sensible and calm approach" and dedication. His recent work includes advising Ghelamco on a large-value refinancing of the Warsaw Spire Tower.

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Band 3

Irena Floras-Goode

Clifford Chance

From the Chambers Europe guide

Irena Floras-Goode moves up the rankings due to excellent feedback and strong market presence. Commentators praise her calm approach, efficiency and business acumen, describing her as "poised and effective in negotiations" and "very good on technical details." She has experience of project finance and acquisition finance transactions, and recently advised Bank Zachodni WBK on its PLN130 million loan to AASA Polska.

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Band 3

Linklaters

From the Chambers Europe guide

Adrian Horne is a UK-qualified lawyer who wins praise for his "very effective and sensible" approach. He is experienced in a range of mandates, with recent work including areas such as debt transactions and real estate finance. One client describes him as "very sharp, responsive and easy to deal with."

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Band 3

Michał Mężykowski

CMS

From the Chambers Europe guide

Michał Mężykowski joined CMS in May 2018. He is known for his work in real estate financing transactions and also assists with energy finance and export finance. Of late, he advised a consortium of banks on a PLN110 million financing to Milarex for the construction of a new fish processing facility.

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Band 3

Andrzej Wysokiński

Greenberg Traurig Grzesiak

From the Chambers Europe guide

Andrzej Wysokiński leads on a range of financing and refinancing transactions, recently advising Penta Investments, Privatbanka and Prima banka Slovensko on a PLN100 million bridge financing to EMF. He is also noted for his additional expertise in financial restructuring and insolvency matters. "He understands the ultimate business goals and is also an excellent negotiator," a source says.

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Band 4

Piotr Gałuszyński

Czabański Gałuszyński i Partnerzy

From the Chambers Europe guide

Piotr Gałuszyński of Czabański Gałuszyński i Partnerzy is a transactional lawyer, assisting banks and funds with financing and refinancing matters. He acted for a consortium of banks on a syndicated loan of PLN130 million to be granted to the companies of Piast group to restructure the debt and finance its further operation. A client singles him out for his "solution-oriented handling of the transaction."

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Band 4

Paweł Grześkowiak

Gide Loyrette Nouel

From the Chambers Europe guide

Paweł Grześkowiak leads the team on transactional matters, acting for lenders and borrowers. A source notes his commercial approach to deals. His recent work includes advising BGŻ BNP Paribas on a loan granted to the NGI Group for its financing of the acquisition of three shopping centres in Poland. He also advises many private equity clients.

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Band 4

DLA Piper Giziński Kycia sp.k.

From the Chambers Europe guide

Mariusz Hyla stands out as one of the most respected real estate finance experts in the Polish market, with a number of sources recommending him as the go-to lawyer for transactions in this sector. One client enthuses: "He is very active in negotiations and also understands what's important and what's not," while another adds: "He is really to the point." His recent work includes advising ING Bank Śląski together with other lenders on a loan facility granted to the borrower for the partial financing of an acquisition of three retail centres.

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Band 4

Kazimierz Jeleński

Dubiński Jeleński Masiarz and Partners sp.k.

From the Chambers Europe guide

Kazimierz Jeleński of Dubiński Jeleński Masiarz and Partners sp.k. is recognised for his experience in structured finance and restructuring matters. According to sources, he has strong commercial understanding and negotiation skills, as one interviewee points out: "He has a conciliatory character and can find a compromise."

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Band 4

Magnusson

From the Chambers Europe guide

Marek Król of Magnusson has a particular focus on project finance and real estate financing transactions as well as energy project financing. He recently assisted Bank Pekao with a EUR35 million loan for the construction of two shopping centres in Poland.

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Band 4

Kycia Legal

From the Chambers Europe guide

Grzegorz Kycia is a well-respected finance lawyer whose areas of expertise encompass general financing, project finance and financial restructuring. In addition, he advises clients on corporate issues. Sources describe him as "bright" and note his solid technical skills.

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Band 4

Bartłomiej Palusiak

DLA Piper Giziński Kycia sp.k.

From the Chambers Europe guide

Bartłomiej Palusiak is a transactional lawyer who is particularly experienced in real estate finance. Interviewees describe him as a "solution-driven" practitioner. One source explains: "He is very open to the client, has very strong negotiation skills and is flexible, but at the same time sticks to defending our position."

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Band 4

Wardyński & Partners

From the Chambers Europe guide

Łukasz Szegda advises on real estate, acquisition finance and debt restructuring. He recently assisted with the Polish aspects of a large-value, multiparty refinancing of a loan provided to Global Garden Products group, representing the creditors. He is praised for his quick reactions and availability.

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Band 4

Sławomir Szepietowski

Bird & Bird Szepietowski i wspólnicy sp. k.

From the Chambers Europe guide

Sławomir Szepietowski of Bird & Bird Szepietowski i wspólnicy sp. k. advises financial institutions and investment funds on regulatory matters. He also works for a number of start-ups and fintech companies on the development of new products, such as crowdfunding platforms and e-banking solutions. Clients distinguish his pro-business approach and interesting solutions in the fintech sphere.

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Band 5

Linklaters

From the Chambers Europe guide

Joanna Gawlicka moves up the rankings in recognition of good feedback and involvement in significant instructions. She boasts a broad banking and finance practice encompassing transactional matters and regulatory advice. She recently assisted mBank with regulatory issues involved in the bank's introduction of the Android Pay function. "She is calm but firm and manages to get results," a source says.

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Band 5

JBB Legal

From the Chambers Europe guide

Tomasz Jedwabny of JedwabnyLegal covers a variety of banking and finance matters and is also dual-qualified in Poland and the UK. Sources note his experience and conscientious attitude.

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Band 5

Przemysław Kozdój

Wolf Theiss

From the Chambers Europe guide

Przemysław Kozdój of Wolf Theiss is particularly focused on real estate finance mandates, with one source describing him as "extremely responsive and to the point." Sources praise his client service skills and ability to co-ordinate transactions.

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Band 5

Kycia Legal

From the Chambers Europe guide

Anna Kycia is a recognised banking and finance practitioner. She has a notable track record of assisting clients with real estate financing matters. She regularly represents banks.

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Band 5

Norton Rose Fulbright

From the Chambers Europe guide

Tomasz Rogalski advances in the rankings on the back of excellent client feedback and his presence on significant instructions. He handles significant financing transactions, including acquisition finance, project finance and real estate finance mandates.

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Up and Coming

Mateusz Dereszyński

Hogan Lovells (Warszawa) LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Mateusz Dereszyński moves up the rankings on the back of growing market recognition. He assists with a broad spectrum of financing matters, including real estate finance, project finance and acquisition finance. A source praises his ability to handle stressful situations.

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Up and Coming

CMS

From the Chambers Europe guide

Ilona Fedurek joined CMS from White & Case in late 2017 and enters the rankings in recognition of strong client feedback. One source appreciates that she is "always very well prepared," while another describes her as "down-to-earth, innovative and proactive." She has particular experience in acquisition finance.

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Up and Coming

Baker McKenzie

From the Chambers Europe guide

Up-and-coming Tomasz Kaczmarek is noted for his involvement in some of the team's biggest financing transactions, including real estate finance and project finance in the energy and infrastructure sectors.

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Up and Coming

Dentons

From the Chambers Europe guide

Agnieszka Lipska assists with a broad range of financing mandates, including major projects in the energy and infrastructure sectors. Sources recognise her efficiency and good technical knowledge.

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Up and Coming

Dentons

From the Chambers Europe guide

Piotr Nerwiński enters the rankings on the back of good client feedback and market recognition. He assists the team with transactional mandates. Sources describe him as a "business-oriented" lawyer with "a very open and positive approach and very strong analytical skills."

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Up and Coming

CMS

From the Chambers Europe guide

Jakub Podkowa joined CMS in May 2018. He is a visible team member in key financing transactions. He advises lenders and borrowers in areas such as real estate and acquisition finance.

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Up and Coming

WKB Wierciński Kwieciński Baehr

From the Chambers Europe guide

Practice head Marcin Smolarek has a wide-ranging experience in banking and finance matters, including project finance, lending and debt restructuring, as well as securitisation. He assisted Bank BGŻ BNP Paribas with the refinancing of Good Food loans. "Marcin does not limit himself to providing legal advice but has a commercial mind which adds tremendous value," enthuses one client.

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Up and Coming

DLA Piper Giziński Kycia sp.k.

From the Chambers Europe guide

Up-and-coming Paweł Turek assists lenders and borrowers with a range of transactions encompassing areas such as project finance, export finance and asset finance. He is also noted for his know-how in securitisation matters.

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Up and Coming

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

From the Chambers Europe guide

Aneta Urban moves up the rankings due to positive feedback from clients and peers. An interviewee describes her as "a talented person who moves the deals forward," adding: "She is very focused, you can rely on her. She knows all the details and can remember all of them." Of late, she has been particularly active in refinancing transactions.

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Associates to watch

Wardyński & Partners

From the Chambers Europe guide

Associate-to-watch Michal Kalicki enters the ranking as a result of positive feedback and increasing visibility on the team's key transactions.

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