Law Firm of the Year, Poland

The award is open to any law firm active in Poland’s real estate market in 2018. 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

Allen & Overy, A. Pędzich sp. k.

Our team advsises full spectrum of services relating to real estate, i.e. development process, including administrative permits, investment transactions, sale and lease back agreements, property financing, including hedging, tax structuring. Out team has been working together for a long time with in-depth knowledge of local issues and transaction structures that is able to advise clients from all perspectives, ie seller, purchaser, financing bank, refinanced bank, sponsors, tenants and within the scope of tax, corporate, regulatory, banking, real estate and English law.

ANDRZEJ LULKA & PARTNERS LAW FIRM

The Andrzej Lulka & Partners Law Firm specialises in business law relating to business activity conducted in Poland and to international transactions. Real estate matters is one of the key areas of the activity of the Law Firm. The Law Firm provides legal assistance at all stages of projects related to real estate designated for commercial, office, residential and logistics purposes: in the scope of the acquisition, spatial planning, the construction process, financing, leasing and sale of real estate and the performance of infrastructure projects, as well as on regulatory and property administrative issues. Andrzej Lulka & Partners Law Firm provides the support of qualified experts who have specialised knowledge and years of experience. The members of the team specialise mainly in real estate and construction matters, as well as in financing companies and investments.

Bieniak Smołuch Wielhorski Wojnar i Wspólnicy Sp. k.

act BSWW is a founding member of act legal, a new European alliance of law firms. With act legal we are represented in 10 countries within continental Europe with over 300 commercial and corporate lawyers, tax advisors and business experts. For over the last ten years act BSWW has been building reputation for excellence among Polish and international clients through delivering solid ongoing services as well as advising on prestigious transactions and high-profile disputes. We provide comprehensive legal advisory services as well as in-depth knowledge in specialist fields of law.The act BSWW team is composed of nearly 80 experienced lawyers providing comprehensive legal services across many sectors of the economy, real estate, construction, capital market, financing, energy, chemical, telecommunications, IT and automotive to name but a few. Our Italian Desk is one of the most capable on the Polish market, supporting clients originating from Italy and those connected with Italian capital

BSJP Brockhuis Jurczak Prusak Sroka Nilsson Sp. k.

Established in 2001, BSJP is one of Poland’s leading multi-disciplinary law firms offering service in the field of business consulting. With more than 70 lawyers, tax advisors and auditors operating in 4 strategic market locations across Poland, we deliver tailor-made solutions to both domestic and foreign enterprises, in particular privately-held medium-size companies, financial institutions and public administration entities. One of our leading specializations is consultancy in respect of financing and refinancing of real estate projects (real estate finance), in which area BSJP is a recognized advisor of major foreign and Polish banks and leasing companies. Supporting i.a. a number of German mortgage banks and German-regulated funds doing business in the CEE, our real estate team keeps marking a top market presence with their year-on-year high-quality track reckords. BSJP’s B&F practice has been recommended in Legal 500 EMEA 2018.

Clifford Chance, Janicka, Krużewski, Namiotkiewicz i Wspólnicy spółka komandytowa

Our Warsaw Real Estate team is experienced in all aspects of real estate activity, assisting the real estate industry's leading players with all their real estate needs, from the initial acquisition, development, leasing, joint venturing and financing through to the final exit, as well as tax structuring, corporate outsourcing, planning, environment and litigation. Our practice and many of our lawyers are annually valued by leading legal directories, including Chambers & Partners and Legal 500, reflecting our ability to advise on the largest and most complex or multi-jurisdictional real estate transactions and disputes. Our Real Estate & Construction Department in Poland comprises 14 lawyers, including: 1 Partner, 5 Counsels (equivalent of local partner), 4 established or up-and-coming Senior Associates and 4 Associates.

CMS

CMS has one of the biggest real estate teams on the market - 4 Partners and over 30 lawyers and is the market leader among international law firms in relation to: (i) assisting property funds with the acquisition and disposal of prime real estate assets and (ii) acting for developers, banks and retailers and other lessors and occupiers of commercial, office and warehouse space advising at every stage of the real estate investment process. CMS lawyers are actively involved in many of the top projects on the real estate market in Poland and CEE, advising Deutsche Asset Management on the purchase of a portfolio of Fashion House Outlets located in the Polish cities of Piaseczno, Gdansk, and Sosnowiec from Peakside Capital or REICO on the EUR 116 million purchase of the Proximo I office building in Warsaw. CMS has also an unrivalled footprint across the CEE/SEE region - no other law firm can match our coverage (16 offices) – no partner law firms – actual CMS offices.

Crido Legal J. Ziółek i Wspólnicy Sp. k.

We provide businesses with comprehensive legal services, covering, i.a., real estate sale and lease transactions, M&A transactions, facility agreements, complex corporate restructuring, litigation, as well as ongoing legal advisory services, in particular in the area of company law. Together with our colleagues from Crido Taxand, we help our clients determine optimal legal and tax organizational structures, and carry out comprehensive business restructurings. We advise in domestic and international transactions. Crido’s Legal team consists of over 34 lawyers, including 5 partners, whose expertise and experience allows us to handle complex and complicated projects in various industries. We exercise the highest degree of professional care to understand the economic context of the transaction and the specific nature of each business branch in which our clients operate.

Dentons

Dentons is the world's largest law firm, with 9000+ lawyers working in 74 countries and 168 offices globally. Established 27 years ago, the Warsaw operation is the biggest full-service law firm in Poland offering clients access to 220 lawyers. The team of 45+ core real estate lawyers continues to play the leading role on the Polish legal market. We are continuously involved in the most complex property projects in the region. Clients perceive us as business advisers and not just purely lawyers. We are oriented towards specific, actionable advice that solves an issue and gets a deal done, rather than offering theoretical analysis. Our goal is to ensure client’s business is successful. Thanks to our breadth of specializations, we can create a team of lawyers who will ensure this approach is met and work is delivered on time. While we are best known for real estate investments advisory, we also provide a wide spectrum of additional services, including financing, development and leasing.

Greenberg Traurig Grzesiak sp. k.

Greenberg Traurig is a law firm with over 2000 attorneys serving Clients from 38 offices around the world. The Warsaw office has a professional team of 100 lawyers and is highly ranked in all major practice areas. Our real estate team creates a talented group of highly qualified lawyers that offers Clients an unparalleled level of legal experience and service both in Poland and in CEE. Our RE lawyers works closely with colleagues from capital markets, M&A, tax, private equity, and banking & finance departments on the most complex transactions. We provide efficient and practice - oriented legal advice with respect to transactions, projects, developments and asset management. The team benefits from the support of our market leading real estate practice in the US.

Hogan Lovells (Warszawa) LLP Oddział w Polsce

Hogan Lovells is a straight-talking firm. Understanding and solving the problem before it becomes one. Delivering clear and practical advice that gets your job done. Our 2,500 lawyers on six continents provide practical legal solutions wherever we are needed. The Real Estate Department of Hogan Lovells has been present on the Polish real estate market for over 15 years. We have one of the largest real estate teams on the Polish market, and our department is still growing in numbers with new joiners. 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, and project finance, as well as 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.

Linklaters C. Wiśniewski i Wspólnicy Spółka Komandytowa

Linklaters is one of the world’s pre-eminent law firms and a member of the Magic Circle. We regularly advise the world's leading companies, financial institutions and governments on their most challenging transactions. Our Warsaw office employs over 80 lawyers, with the real estate practice as the largest in number. We have a market leading reputation - we are recognised as one of the leading firms in the real estate sector with outstanding capabilities in Poland and a proven track record in handling the largest and most complex transactions for a full range of stakeholders. For us, the real estate sector is a key part of our business strategy. The Linklaters Warsaw real estate team covers mainstream real estate, construction and planning. The core team consists of experts with comprehensive experience in real estate law and with skills to act for major domestic and international real estate entities. The practice is the largest group in Linklaters’ Warsaw office.

Weil, Gotshal and Manges – Paweł Rymarz sp.k.

Weil’s Warsaw office is a leading international law firm on the Polish market. Over 75 attorneys are based in our office, including lawyers licenced to practice law in the United States. Although we specialise in advising on mergers and acquisitions related to complex real estate assets, we also represent clients in connection with all other aspects of real estate investment and development. We are praised for combining a pragmatic approach with the highest quality advice based on market practice and commercial considerations. Our attorneys are known for being efficient negotiators who able to deal with the most complicated and challenging matters within very tough deadlines. Due to our unique and high-quality expertise, clients often seek Weil’s opinion on highly complicated issues. We also have very strong real estate litigation and financing practices, which allows us to cover all aspects of various real estate transactions providing one-shop services.

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

Our real estate group in Warsaw has extensive experience in advising on all Polish and cross-border real estate transactions involving purchase, sale, financing, construction, development of various asset classes, including retail, office, logistics, residential and hotels. Thanks to the exceptional experience, every year we render advice to global and domestic clients including institutional investors, developers, owners and lenders participating in the most complex transactions both in the Polish market and in CEE as a whole.

Jury

Agata Sekuła
Head of Retail Investment CEE
JLL
Agnieszka Popko
Managing Director Finance
ECE Projektmanagement Polska Sp. z o.o.
Aneta Składanowska
Director
Batory Property sp. z o.o. Sp. K.
Anna Jonsson
Vice President, Legal Counsel, CEE
Prologis Poland Management
Artur Budrewicz
President of the Board
Grupa Energia
Artur Tłustochowski
CEO
Terra Casa S.A.
Artur Winnicki
Board Member
Reesco
Bartłomiej Hofman
MANAGING DIRECTOR POLAND
P3 Logistic Parks
Bartosz Kozieł
Managing Partner
Nuvalu Polska Sp. z o.o. Sp.k.
Cezary Starzyk
Founder
AVALON REAL ESTATE sp. z o.o.
Daniel Bienias
Managing Director
CBRE Sp.zo.o.
Dariusz Kretowicz
Legal Counsel
BPI Real Estate Poland, CFE Polska
Ewa Gwiazdowska
Finance Director
Atlas Management Company (Poland) sp. z o.o.
Ewa Parys
Head of Asset Management
AEW Central Europe sp. zo.o.
Jacek Wachowicz
CEO - Prezes Zarządu
IMMOBEL POLAND SP. Z O.O.
James Turner
Group Managing Director
Balmain Asset Management CEE Sp. z o.o.
Joanna Krawczyk-Nasiłowska
General Counsel / Ghelamco CEE
Ghelamco Poland
Karol Bartos
Group Head of Asset Management
Atrium European Real Estate
Karolina Sulma
General Counsel
Skanska
Łukasz Dunaj
Head of Legal
Hines
Łukasz Kupień
Manager
MDDP Michalik Dłuska Dziedzic i Partnerzy Spółka doradztwa podatkowego sp. z o. o.
Magdalena Bartkiewicz-Podoba
General Manager
Liebrecht & wooD Poland
Magdalena Szulc
Business Unit Director Central Europe
SEGRO
Małgorzata Dankowska
Tax Advisor, Partner responsible for the real estate team and the Warsaw tax office, TPA Poland
TPA Poland
Małgorzata Szymańska
Attorney At Law
White Star Real Estate sp. z .o.o.
Marcin Kufel
Director of Finance
Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield
Marek Noetzel
Executive Director, Asset Management
Rockcastle Polska Sp. z o. o
Marta Wybrańska
Leasing Director
Avestus Real Estate
Martin Lipiński
Head of Office Department
Axi Immo Group
MICHAEL STERNICKI
GENERAL MANAGER POLAND
AAREAL BANK AG
Michał Skotnicki
President of the Management Board
BBI Development S.A.
Michał Ćwikliński
Managing Partner, Country Head
GVA Polska
Mira Kantor-Pikus
Partner, Equity, Debt & Structured Finance
Cushman & Wakefield Polska
Monika Rajska-Wolińska
Managing Partner | Poland
Colliers International
Nebil Senman
Managing Partner
Griffin Real Estate
Peter Pecnik
Country CEO
HB Reavis
PIOTR KASZYŃSKI
MANAGING PARTNER
CRESA POLSKA
Piotr Trzciński
Investment Management
Savills Investment Management
Rafał Kwiatkowski
Board Member COO
EPP N.V.
Robert Dobrzycki
CEO
Panattoni Europe
Tomasz Żak
Regional Asset Management Director
Multi Poland

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