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Corporate and M&A Practice

Advisory on company law and mergers and acquisitions has been one of the key areas of services provided by Domański Zakrzewski Palinka since the Law Firm was founded in 1993. This Practice has for many years been deemed one of the best in Poland, not only by our clients but also by domestic and international specialist publications (Chambers Global, Legal500, IFLR1000) that have recommended DZP as experts in M&A and corporate advisory.

40 renowned and experienced experts work under the leadership of 8 Partners on all types of transaction, including innovative operations on an international scale. We carry out transactions of various types, including leveraged buy-outs, management take-overs, joint ventures, reorganisation and restructuring projects, covering both company mergers and demergers, and also take-overs in regulated sectors.

We are distinguished not only by the high professional level of our services but also by our exceptional understanding of the essence of our clients’ businesses. We tailor make legal solutions that achieve aims as close as possible to the original expectations and business assumptions of our clients, providing them with full comfort in legal terms. When shaping project structures and drawing up transaction documents we secure our clients’ interests and minimise the risk of disputes.

Our know-how is supported by a market feeling and awareness that we have gained in working with Polish and foreign entities operating in various business sectors such as energy, banking and finance, construction and real estate, retail trade and FMCG, automotive, telecommunications, media and many others. We represent financial institutions and both listed and unlisted commercial companies. We serve brokerage houses, investment companies, private equity and venture capital funds and also state-owned enterprises.

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News | 11.04.2019 A new edition of Legal500 EMEA has been just published. We are very pleased to inform you that once again both our law firm and individual experts have been recommended in several categories.

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Chambers Global 2019 - 5 Partners ranked in 3 categories

News | 15.02.2019 Once again we are pleased to announce that our firm has been ranked in the Chambers Global research. Our experts have been recognised in 3 categories.

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Foreign Expansion Fund FIZ AN signs agreement with Rainbow Tours to expand chain of White Olive hotels in Greece

Deals corner | 13.02.2019 Foreign Expansion Fund FIZ AN, managed by PFR TFI S.A., has concluded an investment agreement with Rainbow Tours S.A. on a joint investment in expanding the chain of White Olive hotels in Greece.

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VECTOR creates innovative solutions with global media concern

Deals corner | 02.10.2018 The aim of the parties’ cooperation is to create innovative solutions facilitating the continued development of broadband technology and infrastructure.

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Acquisition of the British company Lawrence David Limited by Wielton S.A.

Deals corner | 19.09.2018 Wielton S.A., the largest in Poland and a leading European manufacturer of trailers and semi-trailers, has acquired a 100% shareholding in Lawrence David Limited.

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GDPR Challenges are Here

Publication | 10.07.2018 Twenty fifth May 2018 has come sooner than we wanted and has gone equally quickly. The world did not stop turning, business did not grind to a halt, and the day did not end in disaster, despite the concerns of many.

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2018 Ranking of Law Firms

News | 24.04.2018 We are pleased to announce that once again Domański Zakrzewski Palinka is at the forefront of the 2018 Ranking of Law Firms.

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Legal 500 EMEA 2018 recommendations for DZP

News | 12.04.2018 A new edition of Legal500 EMEA has been just published. We are very pleased to inform you that once again both our law firm and individual experts have been recommended in several categories.

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Chambers Europe 2018 distinction for DZP

News | 12.03.2018 We are very pleased to announce that both our law firm and our experts have once again been recommended in the Chambers Europe 2018 ranking that was published last week.

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Dentsu Aegis Network finalises purchase of Red8 Group

Deals corner | 28.02.2018 DZP has advised Dentsu Aegis Network Polska on the strategic purchase of 100% of shares in Red8 Group. Dentsu Aegis Network is a global communications network with branches in 145 countries.

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Strategic acquisition on the plastic pallets production market

Deals corner | 29.01.2018 DZP has advised the Italian company Karton, a leading European producer of plastic pallets, on the acquisition of a majority stake in Gekoplast, a leading Polish producer of polypropylene sheets.

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Wielton buys remaining shares in French company Fruehauf

Deals corner | 28.12.2017 On 28 December Wielton closed a transaction to acquire from Dauphine Investissements a 34.69% shareholding in Fruehauf. DZP was again legal adviser and coordinator of the transaction.

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Mayr-Melnhof bought the plant and real estate from ASG Poland

Deals corner | 24.10.2017 Domański Zakrzewski Palinka advised ASG Poland SA on the sale of a production plant and real estate in Bydgoszcz to a company in the Austrian Mayr-Melnhof Packaging group.

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Flavourtec sells shares and acquires the investor

Deals corner | 16.10.2017 We advised Flavourtec in a share sale and acquisition of the investor transaction. Current shareholders and the TarHeel Capital fund will cooperate, each holding 50% of shares in the company.

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Puratos takes over another bakery company

Deals corner | 13.10.2017 We advised the Belgian company Puratos on the acquisition of an enterprise belonging to Nutrico Group sp. z o.o. SKA. Domański Zakrzewski Palinka advised on all aspects of Polish law.

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GBO Fastening Systems AB sold its Polish subsidiary to the French company Ateliers LR Etanco SAS

Deals corner | 29.09.2017 DZP advised the Swedish company GBO Fastening Systems AB upon the sale of its Polish subsidiary to the French company Ateliers LR Etanco SAS.

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Sale of development company LC Corp SA

Deals corner | 20.09.2017 We advised the main LC Corp shareholders on the sale of a controlling stake. LC Corp is a development company involved in commercial and housing investments in 6 cities in Poland.

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5 lawyers have been promoted to Partners

News | 03.07.2017 We are pleased to announce that 5 lawyers, who have been associated with DZP for years now, have become Partners as of 1 July. Congratulations to Przemysław, Anna, Agata, Paweł and José Luis!

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Bartosz Marcinkowski is a doctor of law

News | 30.06.2017 On 27 June Bartosz Marcinkowski obtained his doctorate in law. The dissertation was written at the Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński Warsaw University Faculty of Law and Administration.

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Nokia and Infracapital will provide internet in under-developed areas

Deals corner | 26.06.2017 We advised Infracapital on a joint venture with Nokia. The companies won a tender for a project to build and maintain fibre optic networks providing internet access in regions in Poland.

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Wielton takes over German Langendorf Group

Deals corner | 24.05.2017 We advised Wielton SA on the acquisition of 100% of shares in the German Langendorf GmbH. The Langendorf Group manufactures trailers, semi-trailers and special vehicles for transporting, e.g. glass.

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SBB Energy buys a controlling interest in ELMAX

Deals corner | 18.04.2017 We advised SBB Energy on the acquisition of over 50% of shares in ELMAX PUH Andrzej Hołub sp. z o.o. and helped draw up the terms on which the remaining shares would be purchased in the future.

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International Franchise Handbook - 2nd Edition

Publication | 15.04.2017 31 countries and law firms provided input regarding the national franchise law in their respective country. The Poland overview of International Franchise Handbook was written by Marek Świątkowski.

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Precedential case to exclude cash from bankruptcy estate

Deals corner | 11.04.2017 We have represented Obrascón Huarte Lain (OHL) in a precedential case in which OHL demanded that funds owed to OHL be excluded from the bankruptcy estate of Hydrobudowy Polska (HBP).

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Chambers Global 2017 distinction for DZP

News | 16.03.2017 We are pleased to announce that both DZP and our experts have once again been recommended in the Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business ranking.

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Algonquin has sold one of the best five-star hotels in Poland

Deals corner | 28.02.2017 With DZP's support, Algonquin, a pan-European investor and hotel operator, has sold one of the best and most profitable hotels in Poland - the Sheraton Grand Kraków.

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Puratos buys Diamant from Werhahn Group

Deals corner | 08.02.2017 We have advised the Belgian Puratos Group NV on the purchase of 100% of shares in Diamant Polska sp. z o.o., a leading manufacturer of bakery ingredients in Austria.

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DZP supports SSE Holding in acquiring explosives manufacturer

Deals corner | 30.09.2016 The Swiss company SSE Holding acquired several civil enterprises belonging to the multinational Orica Limited. The plants acquired are in Germany, Poland, Czech Republic and Slovakia.

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DZP runs precedential restructuring proceedings

Deals corner | 28.07.2016 DZP is advising WGE Development on the restructuring of liabilities under ten bond series vis-a-vis 120 bondholders in precedential, accelerated arrangement proceedings.

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USP Zdrowie buys Polish-Swedish Naturell Group

Deals corner | 18.07.2016 USP Zdrowie Group acquired 100% of shares in the Polish-Swedish Naturell Group. We were the main adviser and co-ordinated the Polish-Swedish team of lawyers and tax and financial advisers.

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Polish companies are willing and able to buy foreign companies

Publication | 06.07.2016 Poland’s market economy has been developing rapidly over the last 30 years. Many Polish entrepreneurs have developed their businesses to grow from small initiatives to impressive sizes.

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Investment arbitration before Permanent Court of Arbitration

Deals corner | 01.07.2016 DZP and the State Treasury General Solicitor’s Office represented the Republic of Poland in a case brought by the Norwegian investors, Geir Almås and Kristian Almås.

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Polish IT company extends portfolio of US giant

Deals corner | 17.05.2016 The US SeaChange International Inc. has purchased DCC Labs, a company designing solutions for digital and internet television. We advised DCC Labs and the company’s owners throughout the transaction.

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Legal 500 EMEA 2016 recommendations for DZP

News | 13.04.2016 A new edition of Legal 500 EMEA publication and ranking has been just published. DZP is Top Tier ranked in Public Law, Dispute Resolution and Insurance categories. Moreover, Paweł Grzejszczak and Julita Zimoch-Tuchołka are both recommended as Leading Lawyers.

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DZP - M&A leader in Poland

News | 18.01.2016 Mergermarket has just published its annual league tables showing the activity of law firms on the M&A market in 2015. Our experts advised on 20 projects of a deal value of over USD 5 million, thanks to which we took 1st place in the Poland table. The total value of transactions finalised gave us 3rd place.

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DZP acts for Bounty Brands in its first acquisition in Poland

Deals corner | 24.11.2015 The South African company Bounty Brands, which is part of the Coast2Coast group, bought shares in Sonko sp. z o.o., the leading rice, cereal and bakery goods producer in Poland.

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Pharmaceutical company owners merged with FMCG market leader

Deals corner | 23.10.2015 Maspex Wadowice Group purchased shares in Sequoia sp. z o.o. from a minority shareholder, Sorabot investment fund. Our Law Firm acted for the Sequoia majority shareholders.

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DZP - leader in M&A in Poland

News | 19.10.2015 We are pleased to inform you that in a recently published Mergermarket league table, DZP took first place in Poland by number of transactions closed this year (15) and second place by transaction value. At regional level (Central & Eastern Europe) we are in fifth place by number of transactions.

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MEDCOM and Mitsubishi Electric strategic alliance

Deals corner | 15.10.2015 A strategic partnership agreement was signed by MEDCOM and Mitsubishi Electric Corporation (MELCO) under which MELCO is to purchase a minority block (49%) of shares in MEDCOM.

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DZP finalises another acquisition for Bauer Media

Deals corner | 13.08.2015 We have advised Bauer Media Group on the purchase of 100% of shares in Mediasoft Polska sp. z o.o., a company operating under the eBroker Group name, which will be part of the Interia.pl.

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Brintons Carpets is acquiring the largest Polish carpet manufacturer

Deals corner | 04.08.2015 We acted for the Carlyle Group, a global private equity funds, in the purchase by Carlyle-controlled Brintons Carpets Limited of 98% of shares in Fabryka Dywanów Agnella SA.

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Acquisition of largest online insurance platform in Poland

Deals corner | 03.08.2015 We advised Bauer Media Group on the purchase of all the shares in Rankomat.pl SA, the owner of the largest online insurance platform in Poland, specialising in car insurance.

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Pureprofile acquires Sparc Media with DZP’s support

Deals corner | 31.07.2015 We have advised Pureprofile, a market research company in the online marketing sector, on the acquisition of Sparc Media, an international online and Trading Desk advertising agency.

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Largest transaction on healthcare market made with our support

Deals corner | 23.07.2015 We have advised Mr Maciej Sadowski, founder and owner of Magodent sp. z o.o. , which runs two hospitals, upon the sale of eighty percent of shares to LUX MED Group.

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DZP coordinates three-part transaction with GSK and Novartis

Deals corner | 26.05.2015 DZP advised GlaxoSmithKline in a three-part conditional transaction with Novartis AG in the following areas: health care means (Consumer Healthcare), vaccinations and cancer medicines.

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Wielton takes over leading French competitor

Deals corner | 22.05.2015 We have advised Wielton SA, the largest Polish and one of the foremost European manufacturers of trailers and semi-trailers, on the purchase of 65.31% of shares in the French company Fruehauf.

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TAKT and Multi Packaging Solutions join forces

Deals corner | 18.05.2015 Domański Zakrzewski Palinka has advised the American company Multi Packaging Solutions on a strategic alliance agreement with TAKT sp. z o.o. to serve the European multi‐media market.

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Krzysztof Zakrzewski joins the Arbitration Board

News | 19.12.2014 We are very pleased to inform you that on December 18th, 2014 Krzysztof Zakrzewski has been appointed to the Arbitration Board of the Court of Arbitration at the Polish Chamber of Commerce.

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Chambers Europe recommends DZP and its experts

News | 25.04.2014 Yestarday the European edition of Chambers & Partners was published. We are pleased to inform you that both our law firm and DZP’s experts have again been recommended in the following categories:

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Legal500 EMEA 2014 recommendations for DZP

News | 10.04.2014 A new edition of Legal500 EMEA has been just published. We are very pleased to inform you that once again both our law firm and individual experts have been recommended in several categories.

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DZP advises Dentsu Aegis Network on acquisition of Socializer group

Deals corner | 13.01.2014 DZP has advised Aegis Media GmbH, a Dentsu Aegis Network group company, on the acquisition of a majority shareholding in the company Socializer SA, one of the largest and most dynamically developing social media agencies in Poland.

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Successful end to ARX investment

Deals corner | 19.12.2013 DZP advised ARX Equity Partners on exiting an investment in a leading Polish plastics producer ERGIS-EUROFILMS S.A. The exit was carried out through the sale of shares in a company holding a controlling shareholding in ERGIS-EUROFILMS S.A. to its current managers.

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DZP advises on purchase of luxury Hotel Sheraton Kraków

Deals corner | 18.12.2013 A multi-disciplinary team of experts at DZP advised the French hotel firm Algonquin on the purchase of one of the most prestigious hotels in Poland – the Hotel Sheraton Kraków.

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New investor for Allenort group

Deals corner | 15.08.2013 DZP has advised the Allenort clinic chain on the sale of 40% of the company's shares to a new investor. The founders of the chain, Grzegorz Goryszewski and Marek Szufladowicz, retain a majority 60% shareholding and will continue to manage the Allenort Group companies.

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Chambers Europe recommendations for DZP

News | 25.04.2013 The new edition of Chambers Europe was published at the end of April. We are pleased to inform you that both our law firm and DZP’s experts have again been recommended in the following categories:

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DZP advised on major transactions on Polish market in 2012

Deals corner | 18.04.2013 The ranking of largest and best law firms published on 18 April by Rzeczpospolita daily was accompanied by a list of transactions carried out on the Polish market in 2012 and the firms that handled them.

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PLL LOT succeeds in selling shares in subsidiary

Deals corner | 09.04.2013 Domański Zakrzewki Palinka provided legal advisory to Polskie Linie Lotnicze LOT S.A. on the sale of a block of shares in Casinos Poland sp. z o.o., a company operating on the casino and betting market.

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DZP advises on the sale of shares in second largest airline in Poland

Deals corner | 22.02.2013 DZP provided legal advisory to Polskie Linie Lotnicze LOT S.A. on the sale of a block of shares in EuroLOT S.A. The share sale was the largest transaction of this type on the Polish market and project value was over PLN 100 million.

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DZP advised on construction of a NOx reduction installation in Elektrownia Opole

Deals corner | 01.02.2013 DZP's Infrastructure and Energy Practice advised Przedsiębiorstwo Inwestycyjno-Remontowe Energetyki i Przemysłu "Remak-Rozruch" S.A. on negotiating the co-operation terms and conditions for a consortium with Nalco Mobotec Polska Sp. z o.o.

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Advice on an acquisition on the media and education market

Deals corner | 02.01.2013 DZP advised the owners of IOKI Sp.k., a Poznan-based supplier of e-learning solutions, on the sale of the rights of a limited partner and shares of the general partner in this company to a company in the Pearson plc group, a global leader in media and education.

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Transformation of Polityka publishers into a partnership

Deals corner | 31.12.2012 DZP provided tax and legal advisory to Spółdzielnia Pracy Polityka, which publishes, among other things, the Polityka and Forum weekly magazines and co-owns the TOK FM radio station, during a process to transform the workers' co-operative into a limited joint-stock partnership.

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Sale of PLL LOT subsidiary

Deals corner | 28.12.2012 DZP provided legal advice to Polskie Linie Lotnicze LOT S.A. on the sale of shares in a subsidiary, Petrolot Sp. z o.o. Petrolot provides aircraft fuelling services at 12 Polish commercial and flying club airports and it is the largest company providing services of this type in Poland.

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DZP advises on the creation of the third largest bank in Poland

Deals corner | 21.06.2012 DZP is advising Kredyt Bank S.A. on a merger with BZ WBK S.A. The merger will be carried out through the transfer of all the assets of Kredyt Bank, as the target company, to BZ WBK, as the acquiring company.

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DZP advised on the restructuring of Getin Holding group

Deals corner | 01.06.2012 The Law Firm Domański Zakrzewski Palinka advised on the restructuring of the Getin Holding group, which is controlled by Dr Leszek Czarnecki.

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Enterprise Investors buys a wind farm

Deals corner | 16.04.2012 DZP advised the Enterprise Investors fund on the purchase of a wind farm in Poland. This was one of the first investment of this size carried out by an investment fund in the wind energy sector in Poland.

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Advisory to PLL LOT on the sale of LOT AMS

Deals corner | 20.03.2012 DZP advised PLL LOT S.A. on the sale of LOT AMS Sp. z o.o., an aircraft servicing and repair company. Transaction value in the range of several hundred million zloty.

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Raisio expands its product portfolio

Deals corner | 20.03.2012 DZP advised Raisio on the purchase of an organised part of the enterprise of PPH Sulma Sp. z o.o. ZPCh, a producer of pasta and groats. The advisory covered not only the sale of assets but also rights to product trademarks.

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Restructuring of the Aldik group

Deals corner | 02.02.2012 DZP advised shareholders in the Aldik group on a project to restructure companies in Poland and abroad. The services we provided also covered full-range legal advisory on the sale of the Aldik Nova group from Lublin to the Maxima group.

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Hewitt on Joint Ventures - Poland

Publication | 30.09.2011 This material is an extract first provided to Sweet & Maxwell for publication in "Hewitt on Joint Ventures" (5th edition, 2011) and is reproduced by agreement with the publishers.

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PLL LOT – sale and lease-back of an office building in Warsaw

Deals corner | 10.05.2011 The Law Firm advised PLL LOT S.A. on the sale and lease-back of an office building in Warsaw at ulica 17 Stycznia 43 in which PLL LOT S.A. has its registered office.

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DZP – once again out in front in Rzeczpospolita ranking

News | 11.05.2010 It is our great pleasure to inform you that our Law Firm has for the eighth time in a row taken first place in the leading ranking of law firms published in the Rzeczpospolita newspaper on 11 May.

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