Law Firm of the Year, Poland

The award is open to any law firm active in Poland’s real estate market in 2020. 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 BSWW (Bieniak Smołuch Wielhorski Wojnar i Wspólnicy sp.k.)

• For nearly 20 years, act BSWW 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. The team consists of over 70 experienced and skilled practitioners in a wide range of legal fields. • act BSWW is one of the founding members of act legal, a European law firm, operating in 10 countries (over 400 lawyers, tax advisors and business experts). • act BSWW’s expertise covers a full range of real estate projects, especially large commercial and office developments, as well as residential, hotel/leisure, and logistics ones. • The law firm offers day-to-day assistance for top Polish and international companies from the real estate sector: developers, construction companies, retailers and investors in high-end warehousing facilities.

Allen & Overy

Our Real Estate department offers all services relating to real estate, ie development process, including administrative permits, investment transactions, commercialisation, financing, as well as corporate and tax structuring. Our integrated team has been working together for a long time, possesses in-depth knowledge of local issues and transaction structures and 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. Our Real Estate team, headed by Michał Matera, consists of eight associates.

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

Clifford Chance opened the Warsaw office in 1992 and today we have a team of 90+ lawyers. The real estate team, which has 13 lawyers, is composed of 1 partner, 3 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.

Dentons

Dentons the world's largest law firm operating in 79 countries and 180+ offices globally. Our clients benefit from more than 10,000 lawyers and professionals with experience in 24 sectors and 40 practices. 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 60+ 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 in the Polish market, in addition to our advisory on the finance, development and leasing projects. We advise across all major real estate sectors, with a particular focus on the office, retail, logistics, hotel and residential sectors.

DLA Piper

DLA Piper's Real Estate practice advises a variety of key clients, both local and international, across diverse sectors on both local and cross-border transactions. The team works closely with the real estate finance experts in all real estate-related areas, which allows us to provide comprehensive advice to our clients. The team, as a part of a well-established and recognised international practice of DLA Piper, is involved in a number of local and cross-border portfolio transactions. We serve the needs of big global clients who want a single advisor for their complex multi-jurisdictional transactions. We advise our clients in particular on developing optimum purchase scenarios and structuring transactions, as well as providing support in closing and post-closing issues. We have successfully completed transactions in key sectors of Polish economy, including office, retail, logistics, industrial and production buildings.

DPPA Legal Grzonek Machczyński Świdnicki adwokaci i radcowie prawni spółka partnerska

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 three 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.

Greenberg Traurig Grzesiak sp. k.

Greenberg Traurig with over 2200 attorneys serving Clients from 40 offices around the world, is a leader among Am Law 100 law firms. 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 international investors, developers, international financial institutions, investment funds, as well as construction companies and municipalities. Our team is an integral part of GT’s International Real Estate Group. The Group has more than 400 specialists, placing it amongst the largest real estate groups in the world amongst leading international law firms.

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. Our Real Estate Department in Warsaw 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 group being the largest by 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. The real estate sector is a key part of our business strategy and the team in Warsaw covers all aspects of real estate investment, construction and planning matters. 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.

Rymarz Zdort

Rymarz Zdort is seamlessly continuing, under a new brand, the operations and legacy of the Warsaw branch of Weil, Gotshal & Manges, a New York-based law firm. Our team of over 90 attorneys and advisors is known for its involvement in the most high-profile and ground-breaking transactions. We specialise in advising on M&A transactions related to complex real estate assets and 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, able to deal with the most complicated and challenging matters. Due to our unique and high-quality expertise, clients often seek our 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.

WOLF THEISS P. Daszkowski sp. k.

Wolf Theiss is one of the leading law firms in the CEE/SEE region that has built strong reputation on unrivalled local knowledge and strong international capabilities. With 340 lawyers in 13 countries, over 80% of the firm's work involves cross-border representation of international clients. Through the network of offices, Wolf Theiss works closely with clients to develop innovate solutions that integrate legal, financial, and business know-how. With 40 lawyers and tax advisors, Wolf Theiss Warsaw has been providing best-in-class service since the early 90’s. The team concludes large-scale, cross-border investments with the efficiency and precision. In addition to strong Real Estate and Construction team, Wolf Theiss Warsaw provides fully integrated coverage of commercial law, including corporate law, mergers and acquisitions, private equity, banking, finance and insurance, competition law, privatisation, public procurement, concessions, and litigation/arbitration.

Jury

Agata Gola
Head of Property Finance
PKO Bank Polski S.A.
Agnieszka Popko
Managing Director
ECE Projekmanagement Polska Sp.zo.o
Andrzej Mikołajczyk
Managing Director
CA IMMO Real Estate Asset Managaement Poland Sp. z o .o.
Anna Suchodolska
co-CEO and CFO at White Stone
White Stone Development Sp. z o.o.
Anna Szelc
Commercial Director
Yareal Polska
Barbara Chochołowska
Country Head of Legal
HB Reavis Poland
Bartłomiej Hofman
MANAGING DIRECTOR POLAND
P3 Logistic Parks
Bartosz Nowak
Managing Director
Scallier Sp. z o.o.
Benoit CHARLES
CEO
APSYS Polska
DAMIAN GRZYWACZ
Managing Director
PENTA REAL ESTATE
Daniel Bienias
Managing Director
CBRE Sp. zo.o.
Eyal Litwin
Partner
Cornerstone Partners
Georg Blaschke
Head of Real Estate Finance CEE & Benelux
Helaba
Jacek Wesołowski
Managing Director
Trei Real Estate
Jarosław Czechowicz
Country Manager GLP Poland
GLP Poland Management Sp. z o.o.
Jarosław Sypniewski
CFO
CBRE GI
Joanna Fiszer-Choromańska
Head of Finance CEE
Peakside Capital Advisors Sp. z o.o.
Karina Trojańska
CFO
Panattoni
Karol Pilniewicz
Head of CEE
Cromwell Property Group
Katarzyna Zawodna-Bijoch
President and CEO at Skanska Commercial Development Europe
Skanska Commercial Development Europe
Łukasz Duczkowski
Head of Investments
Globalworth Poland
Małgorzata Turek
Management Board Member
Echo Investment
Marcin Charchut
Board Member
Immobel Poland sp. z o.o.
Marek Paczuski
Director, Deputy Head of Investment
Savills Sp. z o.o.
Marta Zawadzka-Wybrańska
Leasing Director
Avestus Real Estate
Mateusz Siejka
Managing Director
Arcona Capital Poland
Matthias Cordier
Managing Director
Madison International Realty
Michał Barzyk
Asset Management Legal Director
EPP
Michał Śmietański
In-House Legal Advisor, Member of the Management Board
Cresa Polska Sp. z o.o.
Niall O'Higgins
President
CREAM
Piotr Trzciński
Head of Investment – Poland
Savills Investment Management
Radosław T. Krochta
CEO
MLP GROUP SA
Rafał Gierczak
Head of Asset Management
Ghelamco Poland
SEBASTIAN KIEĆ
CEO
AFI EUROPE POLAND
Sebastian Stępniowski
Business Development Director
Spectra Development
Soren Rodian Olsen
Head of Capital Markets
Cushman & Wakefield Polska Sp. z o.o.
Tomasz Mrowczyk
Senior Partner
Griffin Real Estate
Tomasz Puch
Head of Office and Industrial Investment
JLL

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