Patryk Figiel

Energy & Infrastructure Counsel, Warsaw

“I am a versatile lawyer with more than 18 years’ experience of advising on complex energy and infrastructure transactions in Poland and in the CEE region. I have a commercial, can-do and practical approach to assisting clients achieve their business objectives, often advising on first-of-a-kind deals that require overcoming particular legal challenges.”

Partner Promotions 2021

Overview

Professional experience

Education and qualifications

Partner Promotions 2021

Patryk joined the firm in 2005. He was promoted to Managing Associate in 2010 and Counsel in 2017. Over the past six years, Patryk has built a successful Energy & Infrastructure practice in Warsaw specialising in energy transition and infrastructure-related concession work.

Patryk is a sought-after expert in the field of renewable energy. Clients seek his advice on transactions requiring business acumen and a deep understanding of the particularities involved in the construction and development of windfarms and large infrastructure projects. Patryk is a frequent speaker at conferences and has hosted numerous workshops and roadshows where he shares his expertise.

What are you most looking forward to in your first year as partner?

I am very keen to use my new role to firmly establish Linklaters as the leader in renewables in Poland and the CEE region. That, together with joining the partners in making the Warsaw office even more successful.

What is an interesting fact about you or a surprising skill you have?

I finished music school and love to play the piano. Every year for 10 years I sailed with my father in the Mediterranean. I put that on hold when my children arrived but aim to start again some time “soon”.

Overview

Patryk is a Polish qualified lawyer (radca prawny) and an authority in areas of law involving infrastructure and energy investments, as well as natural resources and environmental protection. He has led the firm’s Warsaw Energy & Infrastructure practice since 2014.

Patryk has a wealth of experience in matters involving the preparation, acquisition and financing of renewable and conventional energy investments, as well as on infrastructure investments, including toll motorways. When working in 2009-2012 for DONG Energy (now Oersted), Patryk and his team developed a standard for land (lease) contracts relating to onshore wind projects, which became the market standard precedent in Poland. Patryk’s interpretation of the “exclusivity right to the deposit rule” on behalf of Australian mining company Prairie Mining looking to invest in Poland was confirmed by the Polish Supreme Administrative Court and resulted in the amendment to Poland’s mining law.

Patryk was seconded to the firm’s Berlin office from September to December 2011, advising on renewable energy sources and on wind farm projects. Previously, he was seconded to the firm’s Bucharest office from November 2007 to June 2008, where he led the real estate team when his practice focused on real estate work.

Work highlights

Patryk has led and executed a host of projects related to the provision of comprehensive cross-border advice in energy law issues in Poland and CEE countries. These include advising:

  • Meridiam and Urbaser consortium on a landmark PPP energy from waste project in Poland
  • global offshore wind players Innogy and Iberdrola in their attempts to acquire shares in the first offshore wind farm projects in Poland
  • infrastructure fund Mirova on its first onshore wind acquisition in Poland
  • EBRD and Proparco on financing onshore wind farms in Ukraine
  • the leading Polish motorway toll operator AWSA (co-owned by Meridiam) on key issues including renegotiations of the concession with the Polish government
  • Qatari Diar, a real estate arm of the Qatar Investment Authority, on the acquisition of leisure resort and marina in Montenegro

Professional experience

Patryk is also the author of numerous publications and has spoken at industry conferences and training sessions concerning environmental and infrastructure issues. These include:

Articles:

  • CEE Legal Matters, Energy Transition and Digital Infrastructure – the drivers of the Polish legal market
  • World Gas Intelligence, Polish Shale Prospects Recede Further
  • CEE Legal Matters, PPP in Poland: Current Trends and Planned Legal Developments

Conferences:

  • Webinar: Polish Power: Watching the transition, 2020 
  • XIII Conference of the Polish Wind Energy Association, Financing of offshore wind
  • X Conference of the Polish Infrastructure and Construction, Polish infrastructure development - opportunities and challenges

Education and qualifications

Patryk studied law at the University of Wroclaw and business administration at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, US.

He speaks Polish, English and German.