Law Firm of the Year, Poland

The award is open to any law firm active in Poland’s real estate market in 2022. The jury will take into account the company’s activity and reputation on the market, as well as its lease and sales deal expertise, and the number and profile of clients represented.

Nominees

act Bieniak Smołuch Wielhorski Wojnar i Partnerzy

For over 20 years, act BSWW legal & tax has been building a reputation for excellence among Polish and international clients by delivering reliable legal services and advising on prestigious transactions and high-profile disputes. We offer comprehensive legal consulting and in-depth knowledge in various fields of law across diverse industry verticals.We are one of the founding members of act legal, a European alliance of law firms, operating in 10 countries. act legal has almost 400 lawyers, tax advisors and business experts. The law firm works in Polish, English, Italian, German and Russian. The real estate team at act BSWW legal & tax is one of the biggest among Polish law firms. Our practitioners advise on all types of real estate projects, with a strong focus on large development, retail and office projects. They act for a wide range of international, domestic and regional clients, including developers, property owners, asset managers, investors, lessors and lessees.

Allen & Overy

Our Real Estate department is known for full-spectrum real estate advice. We are able to assist in all stages of real estate transactions in any asset class. Our team advises on acquisitions and disposals of commercial real estate; joint ventures related to commercial real estate; real estate development, construction and leasing projects. Apart from commoditised work, we advise on strategic mandates. In our practice, we focus on helping our clients with their most strategic and complex mandates to drive their real estate business, eg advising on acquisitions and sales of cross-border property portfolios, or transactions in the Private Rented Sector in Poland. We have an innovative and flexible approach to handling transactions to ensure that we are well placed to meet the demands of our clients and the marketplace; when necessary, we are able to manage the largest deals on the market by using a sophisticated project management team and devices such as electronic deal rooms.

Andrzej Lulka i Wspólnicy Kancelaria Prawna

Real Estate Law is one of the key areas of specialisation at the firm of Andrzej Lulka i Wspólnicy Kancelaria Prawna spółka komandytowa. The firm offers legal services at every stage of real estate projects, for commercial, office, residential or logistic purposes. Such advice covers acquisitions, zoning, the construction process and financing, as well as the commercialisation and sale of real estate. We also help clients with implementing infrastructure, and we advise on all regulatory and administrative aspects. In relation to real estate acquisitions and sales and constructions/development projects, we advise our clients on the following matters in particular: •Due diligence investigations •Preliminary and final sale agreements for real estate, companies and SPVs •Construction public law matters •General constructions, design services and other construction & development related contracts •Mergers and acquisitions

Baker McKenzie Krzyżowski i Wspólnicy

Baker McKenzie Warsaw was opened in 1992 and currently employs over 160 lawyers and tax advisors, making us one of the largest law firms in Poland. We provide legal services to the world’s leading international corporations, institutional investors, developers, financing institutions as well as local businesses. Our scope of services cover comprehensive legal and tax advisory issues in almost all areas of commercial law. Baker McKenzie’s Polish Real Estate practice consists of 1 partner, 3 senior associates, 3 associates and 5 lawyers, 2 tax advisors (partner and counsel) and one tax associate. Real estate is a leading practice of our firm and a recognized leader in the industry. The team has substantial experience in advising on complex sale and acquisition transactions (including forward funding and forward purchases), joint ventures, developments and sale and lease back transactions in commercial, residential, PRS, logistic, hotel and office projects.

Clifford Chance, Janicka, Krużewski, Namiotkiewicz i Wspólnicy

Clifford Chance opened the Warsaw office in 1992 and today we have a team of 110+ lawyers. The real estate team, which has 14 lawyers, is composed of 1 partner, 4 counsels (equivalent of local partners), 5 senior associates, and 4 associates. Our Warsaw real estate team is experienced in all aspects of real estate transactions, assisting the real estate industry's leading players with all their real estate needs, from the initial acquisition, construction, development, leasing, joint venturing and financing through to the final exit, as well as tax structuring, corporate outsourcing, planning, environment and litigation issues. Our practice and many of our lawyers are annually valued by leading legal directories, including Chambers and Legal 500, reflecting our ability to advise on the largest and most complex or multi-jurisdictional real estate transactions and disputes.

CMS (CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang Pośniak i Bejm)

CMS is one of the largest commercial law firms in the world. More than 5,000 lawyers work together in cross-border teams in 74 cities and 45 countries. With over 30 years’ experience of working in the CEE region our Real Estate Team comprised of 600 lawyers is one of the largest in the region and has an unrivalled footprint with no other firm matching our coverage of 17 CEE/SEE offices. We boast 80 Band 1 firm rankings across CEE by Chambers Global, Chambers Europe and Legal 500, most renowned legal directories. We offer comprehensive legal services in all practice areas and sectors groups: Banking & Finance, Commercial, Competition & EU, Corporate / M&A, Dispute Resolution, Employment & Pensions, Intellectual Property, Public Procurement, Real Estate & Construction, Tax, Consumer Products, Energy & Climate Change, Funds, Hotels & Leisure, Insurance, Infrastructure & Project Finance, Life Sciences & Healthcare, Private Equity, Technology, Media & Communications.

Deloitte Legal, Ostrowski, Gizicki i Wspólnicy

Deloitte Legal's real estate services are provided by attorneys with decades of experience in the real estate industry. Our practice is an integral part of the entire Deloitte network covering most jurisdictions, which enables us to effectively handle even the most complex international transactions. Deloitte Legal team assists clients in all aspects of real estate law; from legal due diligence to acquisitions, financing, commercialization, management and disposition. We advise all industry players, including local and international investors, construction companies, banks and developers. The services include: real estate transactions and due diligence process, restructuring of ownership, financing (project finance), lease and sublease agreements, registration services, development, construction and planning, joint venture, formula projects build to own. Deloitte Legal in Poland is one of the biggest law firms that operates in the country since 2007.

Dentons

Dentons is the world's largest law firm operating in 81 countries and 205 offices globally. Our clients benefit from more than 12,000+ lawyers and professionals across the globe. Dentons Warsaw is the leader in the Polish legal market in the real estate sector, where it provides full-service legal assistance in real estate and finance matters to the majority of key institutional companies operating in Poland. The 50+ strong team is the largest international practice on the Polish market. It is our work on real estate investments – complex acquisitions, sales and joint ventures that we are best known for on the Polish market, in addition to our advisory on finance, development and leasing projects. We advise across all major real estate sectors, with a particular focus on the logistics, office, retail, hotel and residential sectors.

DPPA Legal Grzonek Świdnicki

DPPA Legal is an independent real estate law boutique, established in July 2011 by the lawyers with extensive experience in advising Polish and international clients gained in the international law firms. The main focus of the firm is real estate and development projects in all sectors, with the main focus on office, commercial, logistics, hotel and infrastructural real properties. DPPA Legal provides the clients with the full scope of legal advice at each stage of the lifetime of a commercial real property. Apart from two partners, the firm currently employs 14 highly qualified, dedicated and experienced real estate lawyers who, among others, specialise in due diligence and real property acquisition, leasing, construction, hotel franchise and management agreements.

DWF Poland Jamka

Real Estate is one of the core practices at DWF (Poland). Our lawyers advise clients with regard to the entire spectrum of their real estate-related legal needs, with main focus on transactions. Likewise, we have extensive experience advising clients on leases and tenancies, property use, planning and development, development and construction, acquisitions, disposals, financing and leasing, restructurings, energy issues, tax advice, joint venture structuring and property-related litigation. We offer complex legal assistance and have comprehensive expertise in real estate transactions of all types: we advise during acquisitions and transfers of various properties, from the negotiation stage through a preliminary and obligating agreement until the final transfer agreement and post-close legal assistance, as well as pre-sales, options to buy, pre-emptive agreements, etc. DWF is a law firm, operating across eight key sectors in over 30 global locations with over 4000 people. dwfgroup.com

Greenberg Traurig Nowakowska-Zimoch Wysokiński

Greenberg Traurig, LLP is a global, multi-practice law firm with approx. 2400 lawyers serving clients from 43 offices in the USA, Latin America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. The Warsaw office has a professional team of approx. 100 lawyers and is highly ranked in all major practice areas, including real estate. Our real estate team, over 40 lawyers strong, includes 4 leading real estate partners and covers a broad spectrum of core real estate and related practices. Providing full-service legal assistance on the largest and most complex transactions, the team is a recognized leader on the Polish real estate market. Our clients include leading investors, developers, financial institutions, investment funds and construction companies. Our team is an integral part of GT’s International Real Estate Group. The team draws upon the experience of 400 real estate lawyers from around the world, serving clients from key markets in the United States, Europe, the Middle East, and Latin America

Hogan Lovells (Warszawa) LLP

Hogan Lovells (HL) is a truly international law firm with over 2,600 lawyers and 50 offices globally located in more than 22 countries covering six continents. HL is ranked amongst the 6 strongest global law firm brands (Acritas Global Elite Law Firm Brand Index). The HL Warsaw office is one of the top law firms in Poland, offering a uniquely broad range of legal services as well as comprehensive tax expertise. The real state practice of HL has been present on the Polish real estate market for over 20 years. We are renowned for the strength of our real estate transactional/M&A practice which includes the largest international real estate investors and companies. In addition, we focus on the following aspects: long-term lease agreements, construction and development contracts, project finance, and litigation/arbitration in the real estate industry sector. We have exceptional global reach/clients with on-the-ground real estate lawyers in more jurisdictions than most of our competitors.

Kochański & Partners

Kochański & Partners is a full-scope, business-oriented law firm dedicated to delivering innovative legal solutions. We fuse legal expertise, market intelligence and industrial awareness, which enables us to deliver the absolutely highest level of advice, and solutions uniquely tailored to our clients’ needs. Our Real Estate team acts for both major domestic and international business and advises on the full range of real estate transactions. We have the commitment, resources and know-how to advise on all aspects of the ‘property cycle’. Our work includes acquisitions, developments, environmental, planning and leasing advice, as well as financing and exit. Our practice consists of a well-integrated group of specialists. The Real Estate team is headed by a well-known leader in his field, Paweł Cholewiński. For many years, our Real Estate Practice and Paweł Cholewiński has been recommended by the most prestigious legal directories, including Legal500.

Linklaters C. Wiśniewski i Wspólnicy

Linklaters is a Magic Circle firm with over 5,000 employees in 31 offices, across 21 countries worldwide. We are the first port of call for clients seeking expertise in domestic, cross-border and regional real estate, corporate/M&A, banking, and energy transactions. With 9 partners and over 80 Polish and international legal professionals, we are one of the largest law firms in Poland. In the real estate sector, we are viewed as the leading legal advisor in the country and throughout the CEE region, being repeatedly recognized by directories such as Chambers Europe (Band 1) and Legal 500 EMEA (Tier 1). Our team covers all aspects of real estate investments, construction and planning matters in major real estate areas - including logistics, retail, office and living sectors.

Miller Canfield

The firm was established in 1852 in USA, and has been in Poland since 1992 (Warsaw-Gdynia-Wrocław). We offer a broad array of services in over 55 areas in Poland, USA, Canada, Mexico, China and India. Poland offices consisting of ca. 30 qualified lawyers. provides comprehensive legal services in real property projects and transactions, including: structuring of the project/transaction (including joint venture structures), acquisitions (through asset or share deals), financing (equity, debt, mezzanine etc.), zoning and permitting, development and construction (contracts with GC, PM, QS etc.), commercialization (all types of institutional leases or apartment sales) and post-completion management of the properties, exiting from the real estate projects as well as development or construction related litigations. The firm has provided services to all types of business entities involved in real estate projects.

Rymarz Zdort

We are one of the most experienced law firms on the Polish real estate market. We advise on transactions involving the purchase and sale of commercial real estate as well as on lease-related aspects, fit-out works and real estate management, and acquisitions of large portfolios, including portfolios of logistics parks, office buildings, residential developments, shopping centres and student housing projects. We provide legal assistance at every stage of the building investment process, from architect appointment and the settlement of IP rights to construction agreements and development management agreements. We have exceptional expertise when it comes to advising on building permitting processes and on land development and acquisition, and represent clients in disputes and administrative proceedings, as well as advise on the financing and restructuring of real estate projects. Our group of clients consists of major developers, investment funds, banks and asset management companies.

Smolarek, Rogala, Caban - Adwokaci i Radcowie Prawni

SRC was founded in 2005, hires 15 people, mostly attorneys, and specializes in real estate advisory, assisting Clients in purchase, lease, construction and litigation on the office, retail, hotel, agricultural and industrial real estate market. SRC provided legal assistance in transactions such as: • purchase of four office buildings of combined 120,000 sqm GLA by one Client between 2015 and 2017, including the largest office building purchase in Poland in 2016 (Konstruktorska Business Center) • lease of over 1,200,000 sqm of commercial premises • acquisition of plots of land for shopping center construction by Ingka Holding; • sales and purchase of 6 industrial parks for a foreign investor • long term lease agreement of land and buildings for future investment in a see harbor area • negotiation of hotel management agreements for one of the biggest Marriott hotels in Poland and Czechia • acquisition and lease of over 300 hectares of land for 97 solar energy and wind park projects

Vistra Legal

Vistra Legal offers services to vast range of clients - from established groups spanning the globe to smaller, dynamic start-ups. Yet one thing remains true for all, no matter the size - when it comes to legal matters, the details are critical. Our team of professionals will dedicate themselves to ensuring every single last comma of Client's documentation is correct. Vistra Legal applies the same rigour to establishing business agreements, terms and policies, including terms of sale . And we can advise on, whether that’s due diligence during M&As or guiding tech start-ups. We also offer tailored support in employment law. Whether you’re a limited partnership or social enterprise, sole trader or expanding across the globe, getting the most appropriate structure in place from the outset will give your venture the best possible start. We can also support your board. With increasing public scrutiny of corporate decisions, thorough reviews of your corporate governance are sensible.

White & Case M. Studniarek i Wspólnicy

The Warsaw Real Estate practice at White & Case, led by partner Maciej Zalewski and local partner Jakub Kutzmann, focuses on advising institutional, international and large domestic clients on all of aspects of real estate business. We advise mainly investors, banks and developers in connection with their transactional activity on the Polish and European markets. We also advise on large real estate M&A deals where we combine the strength of our top M&A and real estate practices, creating a true powerhouse for this type of work. Our skilled Warsaw team is backed by our global real estate team, particularly in the CEE region. Our cross-border experience and perspective is often a deciding factor for clients when they choose to entrust us with major multi-jurisdictional real estate mandates.

Wolf Theiss P. Daszkowski

The only law firm covering 13 countries in the CEE/SEE region (including Kyiv), with over 80% of the firm's work involving cross-border representation of international clients. Our Warsaw team of over 40 lawyers provides fully integrated coverage of Polish commercial law, ranging from corporate law, M&A and private equity to banking, finance and insurance, real estate, competition law, public procurement, compliance, dispute resolution and white-collar crime. Our RE team specialises in transactions and focuses on serving institutional investors and developers, particularly those operating in the logistics, retail, office and student housing sectors. Our work includes asset transactions and the creation of joint ventures dedicated to new projects, along with restructuring of property portfolios. International and Polish investors, corporations, asset and fund managers and financial institutions across private and public sectors benefit from our in-depth knowledge of the local market.

Jury

Agata Gola
Head of Property Finance
PKO Bank Polski S.A.
Agnieszka Popko
Managing Director
ECE Projektmanagement Polska Sp. z o.o.
Andras Marton
Director - Transactions
Adventum Group
Anna Jönsson
Vice President, Legal Counsel, CE
Prologis
Anna Suchodolska
co-CEO and CFO at White Stone
White Stone Development Sp. z o.o.
Anna Szelc
Director
Invesco Real Estate
Arkadiusz Osiński
Board Member
Trebbi Polska
Béatrice Bouchet
CEO
B&B Hotels Polska Sp. z o.o.
Dieter Knittel
Managing Director, Head of CEE
pbb Deutsche Pfandbriefbank
Georg Blaschke
Head of Real Estate Finance CEE & Benelux
Helaba
Grzegorz Iwański
Director of the Financing Department
Echo Investment
Jarosław Czechowicz
Country Manager
GLP Poland Management Sp. z o.o.
Jason Drennan
Head of Investments - Poland
Heimstaden
JOANNA KOWALEWSKA
CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER
AXI IMMO
Joanna Zabadała
Senior Marketing and Community Relations Manager
PANATTONI
Justyna Bauta-Szostak
Partner | Tax adviser | Attorney at Law I Head of Real Estate Practice in MDDP
MDDP
Katarzyna Sulimierska
Partner
SCHONEHERR
Katarzyna Wroniak
Managing Director
M7 Real Estate Poland
Konrad Pazorek
Head of Finance Stucturing
Peakside Capital Advisors Sp. z o.o.
Magdalena Frątczak
Senior Director
CBRE Sp.z o.o.
Magdalena Szulc
Managing Director, Central Europe
Segro Poland Sp. z o.o.
Marcin Charchut
Board Member
Immobel Poland
Marek Paczuski
Director, Deputy Head of Investment
Savills Poland
Marta Zawadzka
Leasing Director
Yareal Polska
Michał Ćwikliński
Principal, Managing Director - Poland
Avison Young
Michał Kwinta
City Lead Poland
Mindspace
MICHAŁ ŚMIETAŃSKI
In-House Legal Advisor, Member of the Management Board
NEWMARK POLSKA
Nebil Senman
Managing Partner
Griffin Capital Partners Sp. z o.o.
Paul Kusmierz
Principal
Master Management sp. z o.o.
Piotr Trzciński
Head of Poland
Savills Investment Management
Sandra Wróblewska
Senior Business Development Manager
Kajima Poland Sp. z o.o.
Sebastian KIEĆ
CEO
AFI EUROPE POLAND
Soren Rodian Olsen
Managing Director, Logicenters
NREP Poland Sp. z o.o.

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