Warsaw

    Rondo ONZ 1
    00-124 Warsaw
    Poland
    F +48 22 395 55 01

    Highly recommended by numerous well-respected publications, our Warsaw lawyers are recognized as leaders in their respective fields. Our Warsaw office has a particular focus on mergers and acquisitions, project/infrastructure finance, labor and employment, corporate and commercial law. Building on these areas of legal practice, our Warsaw lawyers have developed a specialism in advising clients in TMT, renewable energy and pharmaceutical sectors. In our daily work for numerous clients we also have a chance to continuously prove our expertise in private equity and capital markets as well as litigation and the area of public procurement.

    Our Warsaw office takes a dynamic approach to meeting clients’ needs for creative and responsive counsel in areas having the most significant impact on business in Central and Eastern Europe. Our Warsaw lawyers have advised large foreign investors on a number of key privatization and investment opportunities. The office combines comprehensive international experience with essential knowledge of local market practice to advise on complex transactions, financings, restructurings, labor law, competition law and real estate in Poland. 

    Comprising a team of lawyers experienced in counseling multinational companies in Polish legal matters, our Warsaw office brings global breadth and local depth to its clients’ opportunities and challenges.

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    2020

    • Rzeczpospolita Ranking 2020: Squire Patton Boggs’ Warsaw office was acknowledged in Poland’s largest annual law firm ranking, organized by the national business newspaper Rzeczpospolita. The firm was recognized for its COVID-19 related activities: Pro Bono Support for Polish Entrepreneurs Amid the Pandemic, and for Involvement in Drafting Anti-Crisis Legislative Solutions Amid the Pandemic. More
    • The Legal 500 EMEA 2020 highly recommended Squire Patton Boggs in Energy and Natural Resources (tier 2). The firm was also recommended in the following practice areas: Employment (tier 3), Banking and Finance (tier 4), and TMT (tier 4). Recommended individuals included Eligiusz Krześniak (Energy and Natural Resources, and TMT), Małgorzata Grzelak (recognized as Leading Individual in Employment), Peter Święcicki (Banking and Finance), and Paweł Magierowski (Energy and Natural Resources).
    • IFLR1000 2020: Our Banking and Finance team was recognized in Banking area, and Peter Święcicki was acknowledged as Notable Practitioner in the field of Project Finance.

    2019

    • Rzeczpospolita Ranking 2019: Project finance team was awarded Special Legal Artistry in the annual Ranking of Law Firms published by Polish renowned daily Rzeczpospolita. More
    • The Legal 500 EMEA 2019 highly recommended Squire Patton Boggs in Energy and Natural Resources (tier 2). The firm was also recommended in the following practice areas: Employment (tier 4), Banking and Finance (tier 4), and TMT (tier 4). Recommended individuals included Eligiusz Krześniak (TMT), Małgorzata Grzelak (Employment), Peter Święcicki (Banking and Finance), and Paweł Magierowski (Energy and Natural Resources).
    • Chambers Europe 2019: Squire Patton Boggs Poland was acknowledged as a Recognized Practitioner in the field of Energy & Natural Resources, and Małgorzata Grzelak was listed in Employment table as Up-and-Coming professional.

    2018

    • The Legal 500 EMEA 2018 highly recommended Squire Patton Boggs in Energy and Natural Resources (tier 2). The firm was also ranked in the following practice areas: TMT (tier 3), Banking and Finance (tier 4), Commercial, Corporate and M&A (tier 5), Employment (tier 4), and Private Equity (tier 5). Recommended individuals included Peter Święcicki (Banking and Finance), Marcin Wnukowski (Commercial, Corporate and M&A), Małgorzata Grzelak (Employment), and Eligiusz Krześniak (Energy and Natural Resources, and TMT).
    • Chambers Europe 2018: Squire Patton Boggs Poland was acknowledged as a Recognized Practitioner in the field of Energy & Natural Resources.

    2017

    • The Legal 500 EMEA 2017 highly recommended Squire Patton Boggs in Energy and Natural Resources (tier 2), and TMT (tier 2). The firm was also recommended in the following practice areas: Banking and Finance (tier 4), Commercial, Corporate and M&A (tier 5), Employment (tier 4), and Private Equity (tier 4). Recommended individuals included Peter Święcicki (Banking and Finance), Marcin Wnukowski (Commercial, Corporate and M&A), Małgorzata Grzelak (Employment), and Eligiusz Krześniak (Energy and Natural Resources, and TMT).
    • Chambers Europe 2017 recommended lawyers of Squire Patton Boggs Poland: Peter Święcicki (Noted Practitioner in the field of Projects & Infrastructure), Eligiusz Krześniak (Band 4 in TMT) and Małgorzata Grzelak (Up-and-Coming in Employment).

    2016

    • The Legal 500 EMEA 2016 highly recommended Squire Patton Boggs in Energy and Natural Resources (tier 2), and TMT (tier 2). The firm was also recommended in the following practice areas: Banking and Finance (tier 4), Commercial, Corporate and M&A (tier 5), and Employment (tier 4). Recommended individuals included Peter Święcicki (Banking and Finance), Marcin Wnukowski (Commercial, Corporate and M&A), Małgorzata Grzelak (Employment), and Eligiusz Krześniak (Energy and Natural Resources, and TMT).
    • Chambers Europe 2016 recommended lawyers of Squire Patton Boggs Poland: Peter Święcicki (Band 3 in the field of Banking & Finance), Eligiusz Krześniak (Band 3 in TMT) and Małgorzata Grzelak (Up and Coming in Employment). The firm was also ranked in the Corporate/M&A table (Other Noted Firms).
    • Rzeczpospolita Ranking 2016: Eligiusz Krześniak was recommended as a leading practitioner in Poland for Technology, Media and Telecommunications by Poland’s leading business newspaper, Rzeczpospolita, in its annual ranking of law firms.

    2015

    • The Legal 500 EMEA 2015 highly recommended Squire Patton Boggs in TMT (tier 2). The firm was also recommended in the following practice areas: Banking and Finance (tier 4), Corporate and M&A (tier 5), Employment (tier 4), Energy and Natural Resources (tier 3), Real Estate and Construction (tier 4), Capital Markets: Equity (other recommended firms), and Tax (other recommended firms). Recognized individuals included Peter Święcicki (Banking and Finance), Małgorzata Grzelak (Employment), and Eligiusz Krześniak (TMT, Energy and Natural Resources, and Corporate and M&A).
    • Who’s Who Legal 2015: Eligiusz Krześniak was listed as one of the top three lawyers in Poland in TMT.
    • Chambers Europe 2015 recommended lawyers of Squire Patton Boggs Poland: Peter Święcicki (Band 3 in the field of Banking & Finance) and Eligiusz Krześniak (Band 3 in TMT).
    • Chambers Global 2015 ranked Peter Święcicki as Band 3 professional in the field of Banking & Finance.

    2014

    • The Legal 500 EMEA 2014 highly recommended Squire Patton Boggs in TMT (tier 2). The firm was also ranked in the following practice areas: Banking and Finance (tier 4), Corporate and M&A (tier 5), Employment (Other recommended firms), Energy and Natural Resources (tier 3), Real Estate and Construction (tier 4), and Tax (other recommended firms). Recognized individuals included Peter Święcicki (Banking and Finance) and Eligiusz Krześniak (TMT, Energy and Natural Resources, and Corporate and M&A).
    • Chambers Europe 2014 acknowledged Squire Patton Boggs lawyers in Poland: Peter Święcicki (Band 3 in the field of Banking & Finance) and Eligiusz Krześniak (Band 3 in TMT).
    • Chambers Global 2014 ranked Squire Patton Boggs Band 4 firm in Banking and Finance in Poland. Lawyers recognized in the ranking included: Peter Święcicki (Band 3 in the field of Banking & Finance) and Eligiusz Krześniak (ranked in TMT).
    • Rzeczpospolita Ranking 2014: Eligiusz Krześniak was recommended for the second consecutive year as a leading practitioner in Poland for Technology, Media and Telecommunications by Poland’s leading business newspaper, Rzeczpospolita, in its annual ranking of law firms.

    2013

    • The Legal 500 EMEA 2013 recommended Squire Patton Boggs Poland in the following practice areas: TMT (tier 3), Banking and Finance (tier 5), Corporate and M&A (tier 5), Employment (Other recommended firms), Energy and Natural Resources (tier 4), Real Estate and Construction (tier 4), and Tax (other recommended firms). Recognized individuals included Peter Święcicki (Banking and Finance), Małgorzata Grzelak (Corporate and M&A), Eligiusz Krześniak (TMT, Energy and Natural Resources, and Corporate and M&A), and Marcin Wnukowski (Corporate and M&A).
    • Chambers Global 2013 highly recommended Peter Święcicki in the field of Banking & Finance.
    • Rzeczpospolita Ranking 2013: Squire Patton Boggs was recognized among three leading law firms in Poland in the field of TMT by Poland’s leading business newspaper, Rzeczpospolita, in its annual ranking of law firms. Eligiusz Krześniak was recommended as a leading practitioner in Poland for Technology, Media and Telecommunications. The firm was also recognized in the field of Banking and Finance with the practice head Peter Święcicki being recommended as an individual.

    Project Finance/Infrastructure

    • Representing Autostrada Wielkopolska II S.A. (AWSA II), the project company for Poland’s A2 toll motorway Section I around Poznań and Section II from the German border towards Poznań, on all phases of the project, including the concession agreement, construction and operating agreements, a €275 million finance contract with EIB, a €235 million commercial credit facility and a €235 million in subordinated debt and equity – for Section I, and a €1 billion finance contract with the European Investment Bank (EIB), a €400 million and PLN 150 million commercial credit and VAT facility agreement with a group of commercial banks, and €180 million equity investment by the project sponsors – for Section II.
    • Representing OHL in its negotiations with the Slovak government bidding for the R1 motorway project. The investment value of the project excluding VAT amounts to € 903 million.
    • Representing InterHealth Canada on the financing of the Żywiec Hospital PPP project.

    Energy

    • Representing China National Electric Engineering Co. Ltd., a major Chinese energy construction firm in several public procurement proceedings, including before the National Appeal Chamber, concerning construction of two new power stations of a capacity of 1,000 MW and 910 MW respectively, worth US$1.7 billion and US$1.3 billion respectively.
    • Advising a number of Spanish, Austrian, Czech, Greek, Canadian, German, Belgian, Israeli, American and Polish investors operating in the wind energy sector on various corporate and regulatory matters including: regulatory obligations, EU funds, negotiating the interconnection agreement with the grid operators, negotiating lease agreements with land owners, and taking over or selling existing projects at various stages of development.

    Telecommunications

    • “Everything Everywhere”: Representing T-Mobile Polska network controlled by Deutsche Telekom, in all-embracing negotiations to set up a joint venture with Orange Polska, controlled by France Telekom. The negotiations resulted in creation of the Networks! Sp. z o.o. responsible for building telecommunications infrastructure shared by both operators and in conclusion of a series of radio access network (RAN) agreements by Orange and T-Mobile; the transaction is an example of one of the few Radio Access Network Sharing projects in the world.
    • Advising T-Mobile Polska and Polkomtel S.A. on numerous regulatory, litigation and corporate projects, such as implementing complex solutions with Polish banks, drafting of appeals against decisions issued by the President of the UOKiK (the Polish Antimonopoly Office) and the President of the UKE (the Polish NRA), negotiating M&A transactions and corporate restructuring, drafting and revising sets of by-laws, and advising on labor matters.
    • Representing Telekomunikacja Polska S.A. (the incumbent and largest Polish fixed line operator) in negotiations of the complex arrangement with the President of the Polish Regulatory Office (UKE) – a unique agreement between a private company and an administrative authority which governs the way the TPSA operates until today.
    • Advising T-Mobile Polska in a strategic partnership with Alior Bank to cooperate in providing T-Mobile customers with a multichannel access to financial products and services.

    Mergers and Acquisitions

    • Representing Valeant Pharmaceuticals International on its acquisition of Sanitas AB, a Lithuanian publicly-listed company and owner of Polish pharmaceutical company Jelfa S.A. Advising ICN Polfa Rzeszów S.A. (Valeant group member) in acquisition of Emo-Farm sp. z o.o. and in acquisition of the assets of BlauFarma, VitaDirect and Lekam.
    • Representing Lotte/Japanese confectionary producer on its acquisition of E. Wedel, Poland’s leading brand and confectionary company, from Kraft/Cadbury.
    • Representing BWI Group/automotive sector company on its acquisition of the Delphi suspension manufacturing plant in Krosno and engineering center in Kraków, followed by daily counselling on inter alia transfer of employees, unification and implementation of new collective labor law regulations (remuneration regulations, work regulations, social benefits fund regulations and business travel regulations), and various individual employee cases relating to recruitment, current staff dismissals, training and implementation of internal employee-related policies including negotiations with suppliers of services for employees.
    • Advising Ashland in global divestment of its Water Technology Business to a fund managed by Clayton, Dubilier & Rice (CD&R) in a transaction valued at approximately US$1.8 billion. 

    Labour and Employment

    • Advising a group of furniture producers on labour & employment law issues during employers’ merger and transfers of employees from different employers, on the collective bargaining agreements, on the remuneration systems, work rules, employee benefits fund, agreements and understandings with trade unions with respect to their rights guaranteed under the Trade Union Act, understandings concluded under the anti-crisis regulations, dismissals, mass redundancies, agreements for executives and on other selected aspects of labour and employment law.
    • Advising an international chemicals company on labour and employment law issues related to establishing a shared services center in Poland, including hiring employees, works council, setting up internal policies/procedures and various individual employment matters.

    Intellectual Property and Technology

    • Leading negotiations on behalf of FM Bank PBP SA (formerly WestLB) in agreements with ITG S.A., Sygnity S.A. and Oracle Inc. regarding the assembly, service and licensing of a new IT system.
    • Representing T-Mobile Polska in a strategic IT and licensing contract with Accenture on the purchase and licensing of a new CRM system.