International and Polish companies and investors rely on Linklaters’ knowledge of the local market and the firm’s global experience.
The Warsaw office comprises a number of Poland’s most respected Polish and internationally qualified lawyers.
Linklaters is the first port of call for clients seeking expertise in domestic, cross-border and regional corporate/M&A, banking, capital markets and real estate transactions. These teams work closely with the firm’s dispute resolution, TMT, IP, tax and competition/antitrust specialists in Poland to advise clients on their most significant M&A, private equity, real estate and finance deals.
Transactional know-how and regulatory expertise is another hallmark of Linklaters’ offering in Warsaw.
Recent transactions include advising:
- Alinda Capital Partners, the American-based infrastructure investment firm, on the acquisition of 100% of Emitel, the leading television and radio broadcast infrastructure provider in Poland, reported by the media as the largest private equity deal historically done in Poland
- PZU, the CEE largest insurance company, on its acquisition of the Lithuanian, Latvian, Estonian and Polish businesses of Royal & Sun Alliance Insurance plc ("RSA"). RSA's Estonian operations were acquired by business transfer, whilst the remaining businesses were acquired through acquisitions of shares in RSA subsidiaries
- Telekomunikacja Polska S.A. on its merger with PTK Centertel sp. z o.o. and Orange Polska sp. z o.o. The merger took place through the transfer of all the assets of PTK Centertel sp. z o.o. and Orange Polska sp. z o.o. to TP S.A. which as a result of the merger changed its name to Orange Polska S.A.
- Mid Europa Partners on all aspects of the EUR 400m sale by way of international auction of the LuxMed Group, the number one provider of private out-patient healthcare in Poland
- the Polish State Treasury, as the selling shareholder, on the IPO of Energa S.A. (the largest IPO in Poland in 2013)
- a local subsidiary of two of W. P. Carey's managed non-traded REITs on the EUR 108m acquisition of Lipowy Office Park, a Bank Pekao headquarters in Warsaw
- CBRE Global Investors European Shopping Centre Fund, on their first retail investment in CEE - acquisition of Galeria Mazovia shopping centre in Plock, from the local development company Lewandpol
- Allianz Real Estate Germany on the EUR412m acquisition of the Silesia City Centre in Katowice, reported as the largest property deal in the entire CEE in 2013
- the Polish government (acting through its SPV) on all aspects of construction and development of the 58,000-seat National Stadium in Warsaw
- The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd. as coordinator in a syndicate of 17 banks providing a EUR 2bn multicurrency revolving credit facility for Polski Koncern Naftowy ORLEN S.A., a leading Polish refiner of crude oil (one of the largest in Central Europe). The financing is to be used to refinance existing debt and for general corporate purposes
- Consortium of banks (Bank Pekao S.A., Bank Zachodni WBK S.A., mBank S.A., ING Bank Śląski S.A., Societe Generale, Bank Handlowy w Warszawie S.A) on reserve based lending financing (first financing these type in Poland) for Grupa LOTOS S.A.
- Alior Bank S.A. in relation to a PLN 395m credit facility for P4, for the acquisition of new telecoms licences issued to P4 in 2013
Linklaters operates in Poland through a local partnership under the name Linklaters C. Wiśniewski i Wspólnicy Spółka Komandytowa, which is affiliated to Linklaters LLP.
Managing Partner, Real Estate - Artur Kulawski
Senior Partner, Dispute Resolution, Corporate - Cezary Wiśniewski
Corporate M&A, Private Equity - Tomasz Zorawski, Daniel Cousens
Corporate/M&A - Marta Błeszyńska, Michał Mieciński, Marcin Schulz
Banking & Finance - Jarosław Miller
Projects – Patryk Figiel
Competition/Antitrust - Małgorzata Szwaj
Capital Markets – Szymon Renkiewicz
Employment – Agnieszka Maj-Żuk, Olga Kruk
TMT/IP - Piotr Zawadzki
Tax - Mikołaj Bieniasz