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In the latest Legal 500 ranking by the EMEA publication, DZP and 49 of our experts have again been recognised.
Below we present information about the recommended teams along with the publisher's commentary and opinions of the surveyed clients. The criteria for the assessment of lawyers and individual teams were primarily: experience and completed projects, as well as customer relations, whose opinion is one of the most important factors.
Leading Individuals: Paweł Lewandowski
Domanski Zakrzewski Palinka's dispute resolution team (considered 'a well-organised task force') has an impressively varied practice that includes representing municipalities engaged in construction and infrastructure disputes; hospitals in litigation against the National Health Fund in relation to healthcare financing; as well as high-profile cases in the communications, energy and media sectors. Co-heading the team are seasoned corporate disputes experts Józef Palinka and Paweł Lewandowski. Paweł Paradowski is noted for business disputes, white-collar criminal defence and company law disputes. Łukasz Wojdalski handles contentious construction matters, torts and contractual damages cases. Maciej Orkusz is an expert in financial and investment disputes.
‘The range of services is wide. the team is professional, with great experience, well-organized, open.’
‘Well-organized task force, they have specialists in every field required by our company. including tax consultancy, labour law and civil matters.’
‘I felt secure with my company’s case; I was aware about the situation at every step of the process; direct unlimited contact’
Energy & natural resources
The infrastructure and energy practice at Domanski Zakrzewski Palinka provides advice on the entire lifecycle of energy-related projects within the conventional power, renewable energy, nuclear and cogeneration sectors. The team’s capabilities include advising clients on Greenfield investments, mining and other power projects, energy-related state aid and public procurement matters. Transactional expert Rafał Hajduk and Marcin Krakowiak jointly lead the team and are supported by Paweł Grzejszczak who is adept at energy regulatory and transactional matters.
Healthcare & Life Sciences
Domanski Zakrzewski Palinka's life sciences practice has 'exceptional pharmaceutical market knowledge'. The team provides daily legal support to its clients, as well as advising on projects, strategic matters, M&A transactions and regulatory issues. The team benefits from the strength of the firm's M&A, IP, infrastructure, capital markets, labour law and dispute resolution teams. Michał Czarnuch leads the group with expertise in healthcare law. 'Excellent advisor' Tomasz Kaczyński has extensive experience in the pharmaceutical industry, Anna Partyka-Opiela acts as an in-house counsel for pharmaceutical companies and Marcin Pieklak advises clients on the financing of drugs, medical devices and food supplements from public funds.
Other key lawyers: Marcin Matczak
‘Very good team of lawyers that can offer a pharmaceutical company multi-disciplinary assistance in a variety of fields of law for competitive fees. Especially good for a retainer to help with day-to-day work.’
‘The team has fast responsiveness, good involvement in legislation activities, supports pharma-market organisations, has very good collaboration and creates an atmosphere of trust with an experienced team.’
‘Exceptional pharmaceutical market knowledge and very good understanding of business. Very good knowledge about “working solutions” on the market, very good knowledge concerning NHA expectations and requirements.’
‘Marcin Pieklak has unique and broad experience on reimbursement law, particularly useful in shaping Risk Sharing Schemes and / or offering value during reimbursement negotiations.’
‘Tomasz Kaczyński is an excellent advisor for distribution set-ups for the pharmaceutical sector. He combines an understanding of business needs with legal and regulatory risk mitigation.’
Piotr Andrzejczak, Joanna Wierzejska and Marek Świątkowski jointly head the private client team at Domanski Zakrzewski Palinka. Andrzejczak is a company and M&A law expert, Wierzejska is skilled in handling tax advice and Swiatkowksi specialises in M&A, commercial contracts and transactions. The practice advises private entrepreneurs and their families on their legal and tax needs as well as succession planning and family trust fund matters. Core sectors of focus for the group include retail, production and pharmaceutical.
‘The cooperation with Domański Zakrzewski Palinka is always a pleasure. They have a big team of specialists – they can cover many topics, are ready to find the best options and are able to work fast if the client really needs it. There is no topic they can’t help with and are also very flexible with appointments dates, places and rules. They are always our first choice to work with.’
‘A great team that is trustful, experienced, hardworking, understanding, fully involved and full of ideas.’
‘Piotr Andrzejczak is a great expert who, besides possessing very good know-how and great experience, also knows the specifics of the family companies – he really tries to find the best answers and he quickly gains trust from the family business owners.’
Leading individuals: Katarzyna Kuźma
Katarzyna Kuźma leads the public procurement team at Domanski Zakrzewski Palinka while Marcin Krakowiak leads the infrastructure and energy practice. The wider department advises on both Polish and EU public procurement issues, concessions and PPP law with a focus on the construction and engineering, energy, environmental, pharmaceuticals and healthcare, IT, defence and security sectors. Its client roster includes foreign contractors bidding for public contracts in Poland, and the team advises on both contentious and non-contentious matters. Counsels Wojciech Hartung are Tomasz Michalczyk are also notable team members.
Other key lawyers: Michał Mielnik
Banking & Finance
Rising stars: Tomasz Kalicki
At Domanski Zakrzewski Palinka, the banking and finance team is part of the capital markets and financial institutions department, advising on financial servicers regulation, M&A in the financial sector, as well as the full spectrum of financing transactions. The group has also developed a specialism in cryptocurrency regulation. Practice head Magdalena Skowrońska is experienced in advising on financial transactions and financial sector M&A, which is also an area of expertise for Andrzej Foltyn. Rafał Grochowski, who arrived from Hogan Lovells (Warszawa) LLP in March 2021, leverages expertise in capital markets to assist Polish and overseas banks on corporate finance transactions and the issuance of debt instruments. Senior associate Tomasz Kalicki is knowledgeable about financial and payment services regulation.
Commercial, corporate and M&A
Domanski Zakrzewski Palinka's team has 'high quality standards in terms of both case management and customer relations'. Its varied workload includes leveraged buy-outs, management takeovers and joint ventures, as well as reorganisations and restructurings across a wide variety of Polish sectors. Managing partner Krzysztof Zakrzewski is the practice head, and draws on significant experience in M&A and commercial matters. Marek Świątkowski and Piotr Andrzejczak are prolific in handling deals for buyers and sellers. Bartosz Marcinkowski is an expert in restructurings.
‘The DZP team provides work of very good quality. It has high quality standards in terms of both case management and customer relations.’
‘Marek Świątkowski and Damian Szczygielski form a well-complemented and harmonious team. Their innovative ideas for resolving problems, often turn out to be a good way out of seemingly crisis negotiation situations. Their work represent very good value for money.’
Leading individuals: Tomasz Darowski
The construction team at Domanski Zakrzewski Palinka is part of the firm’s infrastructure and energy practice. The group works for both private and public sector clients, and is adept at advising on all parts of the investment process of a project, especially contractual matters, design work, supervision agreements and agreements with utility suppliers. Public procurement law is also within the team’s capabilities. Tomasz Darowski is head of the construction team and Marcin Krakowiak leads the infrastructure and energy practice. Senior associate Michal Przychoda is also a name of note.
‘In my opinion, this department is one of the best on the Polish market in terms of public procurement and infrastructure. Both partners and other lawyers provide very professional legal advice and handle court claims perfectly, both at the stage of their preparation and then during the representation before the court.’
‘We find their services helpful and efficient due to on-time and accurate responses. The lawyers with whom we cooperate have at their disposal extensive knowledge on the subject and show commitment to successfully resolving the matter. We particularly appreciate and value work of Ms Beata Cieszyńska and Mr Tomasz Darowski.’
‘I personally recommend Tomasz Darowski as an authority in terms of public procurement and infrastructure law.’
Data privacy and Data protection
Leading individuals: Bartosz Marcinkowski
Domanski Zakrzewski Palinka‘s data privacy group is led by Warsaw-based Bartosz Marcinkowski, one of the founders of the Association of Data Protection Practitioners. Marcinkowski also has an academic background in data protection law. The team’s impressive client roster includes both Polish and international corporates, which it advises on GDPR implementation and compliance.
‘Constructive remedies giving a clear course of action.’
Next Generation Partners: Agata Mierzwa
Domanski Zakrzewski Palinka supports clients on a wide range of employment matters, including collective work agreements between employers and trade unions, restructurings and employee retirement schemes. The team also advises on health and safety in the workplace matters, discrimination issues and business immigration, while also supporting M&A transactions. Bogusław Kapłon heads the department, leveraging considerable experience in trade union negotiations, and is supported by Agata Mierzwa, an expert in respect of restructuring, ground redundancy and TUPE affairs.
‘Responsive, extremely practice oriented, very good market knowledge, uncomplicated, business-enabler type of counsel.’
‘Lawyers have extensive practical knowledge, keep abreast of changing legislation and prepare solutions to implement these changes. The cooperation was particularly valuable during the pandemic.’
‘The solutions presented take into account the needs of business and are not a theoretical interpretation of legal provisions.’
‘We’ve been co-operating with the team for years. They know our company, they are very professional and responsive. Also they coordinate very well with their partners in other countries, so actually they are our contact point in complicated cross-borders matters requiring involvement of lawyers from outside of Poland.’
‘Thr partner, Agata Mierzwa, is the key person we’ve been co-operating for years. She’s the contact person as well when we need consultancy in other areas.’
‘They know the business, the company and the company’s needs.’
‘Agata Mierzwa is very professional, know the people from the company and what is important for them. she knows how to deliver the message and be direct if needed.’
‘Agata Mierzwa is very professional, responsive and accountable.’
Restructuring and insolvency
The restructuring and insolvency team at Domanski Zakrzewski Palinka is jointly led by Marek Świątkowski, Bartosz Marcinkowski and Michał Cecerko, who was promoted to partner in July 2021. The practice offers the full-range of services to clients, which includes providing representation in proceedings before various Polish insolvency courts.
‘The restructuring and insolvency division at DZP specialises in solving legal issues to which both Polish and EU legislation apply. R&I division smoothly covers this complex, new and changing legal environment and also has extensive regulatory experience. The law firm attaches great importance to details and applies a holistic approach.’
‘The Domanski Zakrzewski Palinka restructuring and insolvency team is well-known in the market for quick responsiveness and very broad horizons of cases they handle. They are open to non-standard solutions and have a team of very talented lawyers.’
‘They have an outstanding knowledge of court and insolvency practitioners’ practice.’
‘Team leader and partner Michał Cecerko is a first-class lawyer with an individual approach and very good level of knowledge.’
‘Michał Cecerko provides concise, practical and to the point answers.’
Leading individuals: Artur Nowak
Domanski Zakrzewski Palinka's team stands out for its capabilities in advising on the tax aspects of M&A deals and restructuring, as well as its tax planning services for corporates and entrepreneurs. The group is regularly instructed in proceedings before the Polish tax authorities and administrative courts, and is also known for handling tax audits. The highly regarded Joanna Wierzejska is a tax structuring and transactions expert and jointly heads the department with ‘top professional‘ Artur Nowak, a tax disputes specialist. Jan Czerwiński is noted for his expertise in VAT and excise duty and often handles tax litigation.
Other key lawyers: Tomasz Leszczewski
‘I think that Joanna Wierzejska is a person presenting very goods skills and is a well recognized tax practitioner dealing with international tax cases.’
‘Extraordinary experience in day-to-day tax advisory with respect to M&A and tax disputes / controversy, unique among competitors.’
‘Artur Nowak – devoted to clients’ needs, always available when needed, attention to detail and at the same time ca. 30 years of experience in tax disputes, recognized by courts and tax advisors.’
‘I think that Artur Nowak is making exceptional job for the practice. He is a top professional.’
Leading individuals: Hanna Gajewska-Kraczkowska
The white-collar crime practice at Domanski Zakrzewski Palinka acts for corporations, banks and government agencies, representing presidents of the boards and management teams in cases concerning criminal allegations, in addition to representation in tax crime cases and advising on the management of crisis situations. Practice head Hanna Gajewska-Kraczkowska has notable expertise in the criminal liability of business entities, penal fiscal cases, protection of personal rights and press law. Tax expert Artur Nowak and senior associate Rafał Karbowniczek are also key contacts.
‘Highest level of client service, 24/7 contact, quick response for client’s needs and questions, proactive approach and real counselling that makes you feel comfortable with your case.’
‘Direct contact, proactive approach to solve the case and unlimited availability.’
‘An unconventional approach to the matter, 100% focus on success searching for all possible solutions to win court cases.’
‘Criminal law experience of Professor Hanna Gajewska-Kraczkowska coupled with business and tax law acumen of her colleagues (particularly Mr Artur Nowak).’
‘DZP is renowned for experienced leadership in white-collar crime matters; particularly that of Professor Hanna Gajewska-Kraczkowska.’
Domanski Zakrzewski Palinka advises insurers, insurance brokers, policy holders and public bodies across the manufacturing, construction, financial services and commerce sectors. The group assists with policies, coverage issues and litigation, as well as D&O insurance, product liability and property insurance claims regarding claimant litigation. Head of the group Julita Zimoch-Tuchołka is supported by senior associate Joanna Schubel.
‘Very professional and client-oriented staff keeping the clients up-to-date with current legal changes.’
‘Joanna Schubel is very professional in all legal areas, keeping to the deadlines.’
‘Wide scope of topics which can be covered. Stable team which helps to “learn” about the customer and their potential needs. Clear answers and guidelines are provided.’
‘Fast response rate and on-going contact during the case which helps to keep the issue under control. Also, good cooperation and quite often proposing alternative solutions.’
Domanski Zakrzewski Palinka‘s IP practice is adept at representing clients in IP disputes and opposition proceedings covering trademarks, copyright, designs and patents. The team has particular expertise in copyright matters regarding architectural works, computer programs, films and music, as well as representing clients in registering and monitoring EU matters. Aleksandra Auleytner heads the department.
Aleksandra Auleytner leads the TMT group at Domanski Zakrzewski Palinka, which has a track record of successful digital transformation projects. Its client portfolio consists of TV and radio broadcasters, TV producers, video game developers and publishers, and it is also active in the advertising and e-commerce sectors. Paweł Gruszecki stands out in cybersecurity and media law.
‘I can evaluate this practice by its speed, a diverse team that covers the full range of my expectations, and a dedicated associate with extensive legal knowledge, experience, and managerial skills.’
‘I work with attorney Paweł Gruszecki. He is a person with tremendous experience and legal knowledge. What stands out, however, is that he looks at the documents he creates from the business side. It is not only describing the business requirements in the materials, it is their in-depth understanding, searching for elements that require inclusion or modification. What is also unique is the support provided in the negotiation process, which allows both sides of the negotiation to feel comfortable and effectively achieve their goals or even exceed them.’
Domanski Zakrzewski Palinka‘s team has broad experience of equity capital markets transactions in Poland, including IPOs and SPOs, in addition to acting as Polish counsel in international transactions. The department, which is led by Andrzej Foltyn, is also instructed in debt capital markets transactions. Magdalena Skowrońska has expertise in capital markets regulations. In March 2021, the group was strengthened by Rafał Grochowski's arrival from Hogan Lovells (Warszawa) LLP.
Other key lawyers: Piotr Jackowski
‘The team was professional, disciplined, to the point, accessible. The team was well-composed for the task at hand. The communication was good. The quote was reasonable and the final bill landed within the quote. The team was cooperating well. It all sounds trivial, but I have never worked with a law firm that checked all the boxes like DZP.’
‘Each team member was professional and well-organised. The team members were self-starting. Contrary to my experiences with other firms, practically no effort was necessary on my end to manage the process. The team members were scheduling work and coordinating between themselves seamlessly. The drafting and the memos were well-structured and generally I felt that many of my anticipated questions were answered pre-emptively in the accompanying memos.’
The real estate team at Domanski Zakrzewski Palinka is geared to advise across the whole spectrum of real estate. In particular, the practice handles construction law, the protection of cultural monuments, complex lease agreements and restitution claims. The team is jointly lead by Lech Żyżylewski and new joiner Wojciech Koczara who arrived to team in early 2021 from CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang Posniak i Bejm sp.k.; his addition to the team boosts the practice’s transactional offering.
‘Having worked with Mr. Wojciech Koczara for more than 10 years during his times at CMS, it was natural that I decided to continue with our cooperation after he switched to DZP this year. I am convinced that with his extensive network of clients, he will be a valuable contribution to the firm.’
‘Mr. Koczara is a highly experienced and pragmatic transaction lawyer. His approach evolves around founding solutions and pushing the deal forward even in teh most challenging circumstances.’
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