Practices

Practices

  • Capital Markets

    We advise Polish companies planning to go public on the Warsaw Stock Exchange or obtain capital through securities issues. We represent clients before the Polish Financial Supervision Authority (KNF) in issues related to violations of securities regulations. We prepare legal audits and advise public companies regarding disclosure obligations arising from their activities.

    We advise on the choice of appropriate financial instruments, including transactions dealing with private equity and venture capital firms.

    We also handle bond issues, including senior and convertible bonds, and deal with international securities offerings.

    HEAD OF PRACTICE
    • Maciej Kotlicki

      maciej.kotlicki@cdz.com.pl

    KEY LAWYERS
    • Piotr Rychta

      piotr.rychta@cdz.com.pl

    • Małgorzata Sas-Madej

      malgorzata.sas@cdz.com.pl

  • Competition Law

    We advise and represent clients in matters involving unfair competition and antimonopoly law. We represent clients in litigation dealing with unfair competition practices, including trademark counterfeiting.

    We take part in antimonopoly proceedings (including notification of concentration of enterprises) before the Office of Competition and Consumer Protection (UOKiK), its court, and the European Commission.

    We draft contracts covering services to consumers, and review existing agreements for the presence of prohibited contractual terms and conditions.

    HEAD OF PRACTICE
    • Piotr Kryczek

      piotr.kryczek@cdz.com.pl

  • Corporate and Commercial Law

    Corporate Law

    A company’s corporate function is the engine that drives its success.

    We incorporate and register commercial law companies as well as Polish branches and representative offices of foreign corporations. We organize and hold meetings of shareholders, boards of directors and supervisory boards. We develop and provide legal opinions on internal regulations required by statutory law as well as on the principles of corporate governance.

    We advise corporate governing bodies on matters such as mergers, divisions, transformations and takeovers of companies. We represent and advise entities seeking permits, licenses and concessions. We develop complex legal corporate structures such as company groups, holdings and consortiums and assist clients in restructuring their corporate groups. Additionally, we advise on liquidations of commercial law companies.

    Moreover, we assist in resolving conflicts among partners/shareholders and with companies’ governing bodies.


     

    Commercial law

    We take the time to ensure each contract reflects our client’ objectives and protects their interests. Our advice covers the full spectrum of commercial and business law issues.

    We assist clients in their ongoing business and trading requirements, advising them on their strategic contracts and providing in-house teams with day-to-day support, templates, guidance notes and other tools for negotiating commercial contracts.

    We handle all aspects of contractual work, from drafting to negotiation. We create business contracts with suppliers, customers or collaborators.

    We guide our clients through the entire lifecycle of their business, providing practical legal solutions to their business operations.

    HEAD OF PRACTICE
    • Jolanta Okoniecka

      jolanta.okoniecka@cdz.com.pl

    KEY LAWYERS
    • Eliza Szulc-Sierańska

      eliza.szulc@cdz.com.pl

  • Employment Law

    In today’s global, fast-paced labor and employment marketplace, employers face challenges on every front. We help clients maximize the value of and return on their investments in human capital while avoiding exposure to liability.

    We keep a constant close watch on legal developments and changes in the workplace, we support our clients in defining and implementing the HR strategy, effectively managing risks, and helping them make the right decisions.

    We guide our clients at all steps of employment relations, either individual or collective. We deliver strategic and day-to-day counsel on matters such as optimizing employment costs and working time issues, outsourcing of services, group layoffs, mobbing and discrimination, foreign secondments, and trans-border employment matters during M&A transactions, including the transfer of employees (TUPE).

    We also advise foreign companies on comparative law analysis, the creation of Polish versions of employment documents.

    We have a niche practice in the BPO and SSC sectors. We helped our clients to open a number of shared services centres in Poland, and subsequently we have been providing them with day-to-day legal advice related to labor law related matters.

    HEAD OF PRACTICE
    • Piotr Kryczek

      piotr.kryczek@cdz.com.pl
       

      Co-Head of Practice

      Ewa Don-Siemion

      ewa.don-siemion@cdz.com.pl

    KEY LAWYERS
    • Karolina Nowak-Różycka

      karolina.nowak@cdz.com.pl

    • Weronika Papucewicz

      weronika.papucewicz@cdz.com.pl

    • Dariusz Zimnicki

      dariusz.zimnicki@cdz.com.pl

    • Agata Iwanow

      agata.iwanow@cdz.com.pl

  • Insolvency and Restructuring

    Insolvency
     

    We advise and represent clients in pre-bankruptcy and bankruptcy proceedings, focusing on evaluating the grounds for bankruptcy petitions and negotiating agreements with creditors. We draft bankruptcy petitions on behalf of insolvent entities or their creditors.

    We represent creditors in bankruptcy adjudication, including presentation of claims and disputes regarding the bankruptcy claims list and protection of debtor’s collateral on behalf of secured creditors.

    We also represent bankruptcy trustees following bankruptcy adjudications, and provide advice to creditors and trustees in asset sales and compositions with creditors (focusing on advice regarding voting in the compositions and actions during creditors’ meetings).
     

    Restructuring
     

    We handle complex issues that arise in reorganizations, restructurings, workouts, liquidations, and distressed acquisitions and sales.

    Our clients turn to financial restructuring when reorganizing and/or acquiring core businesses, shedding excess assets or divisions, and reformulating long-term objectives.

    We advise investors, lenders, shareholders or other stakeholders facing financial under-performance on all levels of the capital structure. We deliver restructuring solutions and help build a platform for recovery.

    We work closely with our project finance, corporate and commercial law, capital markets, and litigation teams to deliver seamless and integrated advice.

    HEAD OF PRACTICE
    • Head of the Insolvency Practice

      Krzysztof Żyto

      krzysztof.zyto@.cdz.com.pl
       

      Head of the Restructuring Practice

      Maciej Kotlicki

      maciej.kotlicki@cdz.com.pl

    KEY LAWYERS
    • Marcin Bącal

      marcin.bacal@cdz.com.pl

    • Eliza Szulc-Sierańska

      eliza.szulc@cdz.com.pl

  • Intellectual Property

    We represent clients in litigation over intellectual property rights violations and advise on matters relating to the protection of trademarks, and the resolution of conflicts in this field.

    We negotiate and draft contracts for entertainers, and provide legal opinions regarding advertising and promotional campaigns. We also negotiate and draft transfers of intellectual property rights and licensing agreements.

    In addition, we advise on the intellectual property rights implications of M&A transactions.

    HEAD OF PRACTICE
    • Piotr Kryczek

      piotr.kryczek@cdz.com.pl

    KEY LAWYERS
    • Karolina Nowak-Różycka

      karolina.nowak@cdz.com.pl

    • Mariusz Busiło

      mariusz.busilo@cdz.com.pl

  • Litigation

    We represent clients before all Polish courts and administration authorities. We conduct litigation cases regarding the performance of contracts and
    damages for failure to perform contractual duties, and actions to void or overturn LLC and joint stock companies’ shareholder decisions.

    We represent clients in cases dealing with management contracts and non-compete agreements for management board members. We take actions for damages
    resulting from unfair competition practices. In addition, we advise on proceedings seeking the execution of foreign courts’ judgments in Poland, as well as
    Polish courts’ judgments abroad.

    Moreover, we represent employers in employment law cases such as termination of employment contracts, mobbing or violations of anti-discriminatory
    provisions. We represent clients in cases involving all aspects of bankruptcy law, including pre-bankruptcy proceedings.

    HEAD OF PRACTICE
    • Krzysztof Żyto

      krzysztof.zyto@cdz.com.pl

    KEY LAWYERS
    • Marcin Bącal

      marcin.bacal@cdz.com.pl

    • Aleksandra Hulewicz

      aleksandra.hulewicz@cdz.com.pl

    • Artur Ciepłowski

      artur.cieplowski@cdz.com.pl

  • Mergers & Acquisitions

    We advise on cross-border and domestic M&A transactions, company reorganizations, demergers, joint ventures, and equity investments. Our practice
    handles sell- and buy-side transactions for private equity and venture capital funds.

    Our clients include private equity funds, investment funds, investment groups operating in the real estate market, companies from the TMT sector, private
    investors and start-up companies.

    HEAD OF PRACTICE
    • Andrzej Chajec

      andrzej.chajec@cdz.com.pl

    KEY LAWYERS
    • Szymon Skiendzielewski

      szymon.skiendzielewski@cdz.com.pl

    • Maciej Kotlicki

      maciej.kotlicki@cdz.com.pl

    • Aleksandra Szyszko-Kamińska

      aleksandra.szyszko@cdz.com.pl

    • Piotr Rychta

      piotr.rychta@cdz.com.pl

  • Personal Data Protection

    We help clients to minimize the legal risks associated with data protection and privacy law while obtaining, using, storing and transferring personal data
    or information.

    We advise on internal data protection compliance, such as HR; external data protection compliance; policies, processes and guidelines for data protection
    compliance; data security; and data protection issues connected with commercial transactions and outsourcing projects.

    We support clients in dealing with cross-border data transfers; social media at the workplace; Internet and email use; whistle-blowing; and data protection
    consent issues.

    HEAD OF PRACTICE
    • Piotr Kryczek

      piotr.kryczek@cdz.com.pl

    KEY LAWYERS
    • Mariusz Busiło

      mariusz.busilo@cdz.com.pl

    • Karolina Nowak-Różycka

      karolina.nowak@cdz.com.pl

  • Practices
  • Project Finance

    We manage transactions related to private loans, bank financings and financial instruments.

    We prepare investment documentation and loan agreements, and conduct negotiations (including leveraged buy-outs (LBO), management buy-outs (MBO) and
    financial transactions in the real estate market.

    Our clients include private equity funds, investment funds, investment groups operating in the real estate market and private investors.

    HEAD OF PRACTICE
    • Szymon Skiendzielewski

      szymon.skiendzielewski@cdz.com.pl

  • Public Procurement

    We advise clients taking part in contract tender processes on submitting bids, proposals and other documents relating to public procurement, and on making
    requests for tenders.

    For companies responding to public tenders, we prepare the documentation and assist throughout the bidding process. We also represent clients who pursue
    their legal rights in proceedings before the National Appeal Chamber and courts of general jurisdiction.

    HEAD OF PRACTICE
    • Krzysztof Żyto

      krzysztof.zyto@cdz.com.pl

    KEY LAWYERS
    • Aleksandra Hulewicz

      aleksandra.hulewicz@cdz.com.pl

  • Real Estate and Construction

    We advise on all types of real estate transactions, including land, buildings (office, retail and hotel schemes), premises (from the primary and secondary
    markets), as well as on transactions involving the development process.

    We provide legal advice regarding administrative aspects of real estate investment and development processes, and on transactions involving real estate at
    risk of being encumbered by reprivatization claims.

    We represent clients before courts, construction supervision authorities and public and local administration bodies. We purchase real estate from
    bankruptcy trustees and through other types of tender.

    In addition, we advise on loan financing, mezzanine, equity origination, securitization, the formation of real estate investment funds, real estate mergers
    and acquisitions, joint venture structuring, restructuring and refinancing.

    HEAD OF PRACTICE
    • Anita Woźniak

      anita.wozniak@cdz.com.pl

    KEY LAWYERS
    • Szymon Skiendzielewski

      szymon.skiendzielewski@cdz.com.pl 

    • Piotr Zapalski

      piotr.zapalski@cdz.com.pl

  • Tax Law

    We provide advice on the full spectrum of tax aspects of M&A transactions, splits and transformations, on corporate and personal income tax, VAT, excise tax, and transfer pricing. We take you through the process of obtaining an Advance Price Agreement (APA).

    We represent clients in proceedings before tax authorities and Administrative Courts, including the preparation of appeals and cassation appeals.

    We provide clients with comprehensive bookkeeping, accounting and payroll services, as well as on-going tax support.

    HEAD OF PRACTICE
    • Wojciech Dmoch

      tax@cdz.com.pl

  • TMT

    We provide TMT companies with full-service legal advice in the areas of regulatory issues, M&A, joint ventures, asset protection, restructurings, information governance, technology development, and commercial contracts with customers and suppliers.

    We represent clients in proceedings before telecommunications market regulators involving radio spectrum reservations, and the development of telecommunications products and services. We negotiate inter-operator cooperation agreements, wholesale network access agreements and network infrastructure agreements.

    Our clients include leading alternative telecommunication operators, the largest mobile network operators in Poland and one of the major satellite platforms in Europe. We also advise MNO’s and MVNO companies, telco infrastructure operators and mobile broadcasters that offer cutting-edge services based on the world’s most advanced mobile technologies, including LTE- A.

    HEAD OF PRACTICE
    • Andrzej Abramczuk

      andrzej.abramczuk@cdz.com.pl

    KEY LAWYERS
    • Andrzej Chajec

      andrzej.chajec@cdz.com.pl

    • Mariusz Busiło

      mariusz.busilo@cdz.com.pl

INDUSTRIES

Industries

  • Healthcare

    We advise on all aspects of operating healthcare facilities, including regulatory issues, personal data protection (in particular medical data), employment and healthcare informatization.

    We advise on negotiating and performing agreements with the National Health Fund (including refunds for health services provided beyond agreed limits). We draft and negotiate clinical trial contracts. We conduct audits of medical records.

    We handle public procurement procedures, legislative issues, representation in disputes with the National Health Fund. We represent healthcare companies and doctors in court cases.

    HEAD OF PRACTICE
    KEY LAWYERS
    • Ewa Don-Siemion

      ewa.don-siemion@cdz.com.pl

  • IT

    We provide comprehensive legal advice during the implementation of IT projects. We prepare, review and negotiate supply, implementation and maintenance contracts as well as licensing agreements for IT solutions.

    We advise on the processes of outsourcing IT services and perform software legality audits. We represent clients in disputes in the IT industry.

    We also advise on copyrights and data protection with respect to the purposes and methods of data processing in IT systems.

    HEAD OF PRACTICE
    • Andrzej Abramczuk

      andrzej.abramczuk@cdz.com.pl

  • BPO/SSC

    BPO/SSC is one of the fastest growing sectors of the Polish economy. Thanks to the large number of university graduates and IT specialists, an impressive diversity of languages spoken and good infrastructure, Poland has become a powerhouse for nearshoring.

    We take care of the entire lifecycle of business service centers from the formation of the company, through structuring employment policies to assistance with leasing office spaces.

    We support ABSL and ASPIRE in their legislative initiatives and provide their members with employment law advice.

    HEAD OF PRACTICE
    • Ewa Don-Siemion

      ewa.don-siemion@cdz.com.pl

    KEY LAWYERS
    • Weronika Papucewicz

      weronika.papucewicz@cdz.com.pl

    • Dariusz Zimnicki

      dariusz.zimnicki@cdz.com.pl

  • TMT

    No part of the global economy moves faster than the technology, media and telecoms sector. Technological developments never stop, and market innovation constantly brings challenges. We know the business, law and regulations. We think ahead.

    Our multi-disciplinary team shares industry knowledge and expertise across legal disciplines. We work together to deliver insight into the complexities of the commercial and regulatory TMT environment.

    We advise on the full range of transactional activity from M&A to commercial and financing agreements, to regulation and litigation, outsourcing to compliance, and on niche areas from data protection to IP.

    Our lawyers have worked for both operators and regulators and are therefore well placed to understand, advise and assist our clients on all aspects of this dynamic business.

    HEAD OF PRACTICE
    • Andrzej Abramczuk

      andrzej.abramczuk@cdz.com.pl

    KEY LAWYERS
    • Andrzej Chajec

      andrzej.chajec@cdz.com.pl

    • Mariusz Busiło

      mariusz.busilo@cdz.com.pl

  • Start-Ups

    Our advice is designed to give entrepreneurs the tools they need to grow and succeed. We provide pioneering legal solutions. We understand that to our clients, it is not law that matters most, but business.

    We specialize in investments in start-ups, both on the side of investors and of shareholders and entrepreneurs.

    Our clients include those that develop new technologies and innovative business models.

    HEAD OF PRACTICE
    • Andrzej Chajec

      andrzej.chajec@cdz.com.pl

    KEY LAWYERS
    • Aleksandra Szyszko-Kamińska

      aleksandra.szyszko@cdz.com.pl

  • Private Equity

    Opportunities abound for a firm that is capable of making sound decisions in a fast-paced environment. We understand the dynamics of the industry, its central players, their organizational structures and unique challenges.

    We advise on structured mergers and acquisitions, financings, the provision of venture capital to start-up businesses, and assist investment funds with their investments and co-investments.

    We have extensive experience advising private equity investors, banks, management teams, debt financing providers, investee and portfolio companies on the full range of private equity transactions.

    HEAD OF PRACTICE
    • Andrzej Chajec

      andrzej.chajec@cdz.com.pl

    KEY LAWYERS
    • Szymon Skiendzielewski

      szymon.skiendzielewski@cdz.com.pl

    • Maciej Kotlicki

      maciej.kotlicki@cdz.com.pl

  • Private Clients

    With our understanding of the dynamics of private and family matters, we offer solutions to assist clients to structure and preserve, or exit from, family arrangements and businesses; and to resolve personal requirements.

    We advise on a personal level, combining personal protection rights, family law, corporate and financial law, as well as commercial and private disputes.

    HEAD OF PRACTICE
    • Krzysztof Żyto

      krzysztof.zyto@cdz.com.pl

    KEY LAWYERS
    • Aleksandra Hulewicz

      aleksandra.hulewicz@cdz.com.pl

    • Marcin Bącal

      marcin.bacal@cdz.com.pl

  • Energy

    The energy sector is developing with unprecedented speed. The way in which it is structured and operated will evolve with the introduction of complex new technologies.

    We understand the complexities and challenges facing the energy industry. Our practice is driven by a broad understanding of key business technology and processes, and is particularly focused on energy regulation.

    Our advice covers all aspects of renewable energy, electricity generation, energy trading, electricity transmission, electricity and gas distribution and supply.

    HEAD OF PRACTICE
    • Mariusz Busiło

      mariusz.busilo@cdz.com.pl

CAREER