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, energy & infrastructure and real estate transactions. These teams work closely with the firm’s dispute resolution, TMT, IP, tax, employment and Antitrust and Foreign Investment Group specialists in Poland to advise clients on their most significant M&A, private equity, real estateand finance deals.
Transactional know-how and regulatory expertise isanother hallmark of Linklaters’ offering in Warsaw.
Recent transactions include advising:
- Orange Polska: advising one of the largest Polish telecommunications service providers on the establishment of a 50:50 joint venture with the APG fund valued at €605m, to build a fiber-optic network in Poland
- Polski Fundusz Rozwoju S.A.: advising with respect to the implementation of the “Financial Shield”, the government financial support programme aimed at reducing the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic
- Polski Fundusz Rozwoju S.A.: advising a Polish state-owned entity entrusted by the government of Poland with a PLN 1.8bn implementation of a COVID-19 driven rescue financing for LOT Polish Airlines
- EBRD and BNP Paribas Bank Polska S.A.: advising on the PLN 700m financing of a 200 MW portfolio of wind and solar projects in Poland.
- Chariot Top Group: advising on the €1bn acquisition of a portfolio of 28 retail assets including nine M1 shopping centres in Poland, from funds managed by Ares Management L.P., AXA Investment Managers – Real Assets and Apollo Rida, including the subsequent re-sale of part of the portfolio to EPP at €689m: (i) the €359m sale of a portfolio of four M1 shopping centres in Czeladź, Kraków, Łódź and Zabrze in 2018; (ii) the €224m sale of a portfolio of four M1 shopping centres in Bytom, Częstochowa, Radom, Poznań in 2019; (iii) the €106m sale of four retail parks in Olsztyn, Opole, Kielce and Tychy in 2021
- Bain Capital Credit: advising the leading global credit specialist with almost US$41bn in assets under management on a joint venture agreement with CORESTATE, a leading independent investment manager for real estate in Europe, to develop a student housing portfolio in Poland and Italy
- Hines: advising on the €102m acquisition of the Wola Centre office building in Poland from Develia (previously known as LC Corp)
- Mirova: advising on various acquisitions in Poland, including acquisition of a 132MW portfolio of three onshore wind projects and a 160MW portfolio of two onshore wind farm projects
- Meridiam Eastern Europe Investments and Urbaser: advising on the preparation of the organizational structure and the offer for a public-private partnership project aimed at ensuring the management of the combustible fraction of municipal waste from the Warmińsko-Mazurskie Voivodeship together with the recovery of energy in high-efficiency cogeneration
- Orange Polska: advising in a precedent-setting case involving a lawsuit brought by P4 against Orange Polska, T-Mobile Polska and Polkomtel for compensation in connection with accusations made against Orange Polska, T-Mobile Polska and Polkomtel of abuse of their collective dominant position
- Several leading banks active in Poland: advising in several disputes regarding mortgage loans indexed to CHF and EUR and UNWW issues, both individual claims and class actions
- Capitea (previously GetBack): advising in a criminal investigation conducted by the Regional Prosecutor’s Office in Warsaw, and as a subject of a regulatory investigation led by the Polish Financial Supervisory Authority (KNF) concerning multiple fraudulent activities of the former management board, and senior officers of the company – which led to its insolvency
- PZU S.A.: advising the largest insurance company in the CEE region, on the acquisition of Bank BPH S.A.by the PZU-controlled Alior Bank S.A. from GE Capital Group, including a public tender offer by Alior Bank for the shares of Bank BPH listed on the Warsaw Stock Exchange as well as the demerger of Bank BPH
- PESA Bydgoszcz: advising the largest Polish rolling stock manufacturer, on the signing of an investment agreement with the Polish Development Fund (PFR). Under this agreement, a fund managed by PFR will take over nearly 100% of the company's shares and will invest PLN 300m into its operations
Linklaters operates in Poland through a local partnership under the name Linklaters C. Wiśniewski i Wspólnicy Spółka Komandytowa, which is affiliated to Linklaters LLP.