We are delighted to announce that we have received recognition from The Legal 500 EMEA 2021 in seven categories and numerous individual recommendations for our practitioners.
Recommendations for the law firm:
– real estate
– capital markets
– commercial, corporate and M&A
– white-collar crime
– dispute resolution
– banking and finance
– real estate:
Michał Wielhorski, Marek Wojnar, Alicja Sołtyszewska, Mateusz Prokopiuk, Marta Kosiedowska
Piotr Smołuch, Piotr Wojnar, Janusz Szeliński, Łukasz Piekarski, Łukasz Polak
– commercial, corporate and M&A:
Jacek Bieniak, Piotr Wojnar, Marek Wojnar, Marta Kosiedowska, Janusz Szeliński
Marek Wojnar, Michał Wielhorski, Mateusz Prokopiuk
– white-collar crime:
Piotr Wojnar; Piotr Pośnik, Łukasz Piekarski
– dispute resolution:
Jacek Bieniak, Giuseppe La Rosa, Marek Miszkiel
– banking and finance:
Michał Wielhorski, Mateusz Prokopiuk
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CONSTRUCTION – TIER 2
The construction group at act BSWW has a notable emphasis on commercial, residential, warehousing and infrastructure matters. Led by Marek Wojnar and Michał Wielhorski, it acts for domestic and international clients across the spectrum of construction from public procurement through to (where necessary) litigation. Specifically, the team handles planning negotiations, architectural services, FIDIC contracts and EPC agreements. In addition, the group advises on performance bonds, environmental protection matters, and zoning and permits. Mateusz Prokopiuk was promoted to the partnership in July 2020.
Practice head(s): Marek Wojnar; Michał Wielhorski
Other key lawyers: Mateusz Prokopiuk
REAL ESTATE – TIER 3
The ‘very professional and pro-active team’ at act BSWW is led by Michał Wielhorski and Marek Wojnar. Real estate is one of the firm’s core competencies, an area in which it handles large commercial developments as well as residential, hotel, leisure and logistics matters. The team covers everything from due diligence through to sale and acquisition, joint ventures, permitting, investment financing and leasing. Lease agreement expert Alicja Sołtyszewska, Mateusz Prokopiuk (who was promoted to the partnership in 2020) and Marta Kosiedowska are other key contacts.
Practice head(s): Michał Wielhorski; Marek Wojnar
Other key lawyers: Alicja Sołtyszewska; Mateusz Prokopiuk; Marta Kosiedowska
‘Very professional and pro-active team. They put themselves into the situation of the client and do represent it, not just automatically execute what they are instructed.’
‘Marta Kosiedowska – Partner, exceptional legal professional be it acquisitions or financing matters. Marek Wojnar – Partner, exceptional director leading client care and engagement.’
‘act BSWW is rather local company but it provides the quality and best practices of an international law firms. I know, they are active on real estate market for very long time and this experience creates trust. ’
‘From my side two names: Marek Wojnar and Marta Kosiedowska. Marek is a managing partner but he always take active role in negotiations and does not delegate handling them to others. He is a brilliant negotiator. Marta Kosiedowska is a great advisor, reliable, hard-working and committed. She is able lead complex negotiations. ’
‘So far I have worked with Alicja Sołtyszewska. Based on that I think act bsww has strong individuals that are finishing hard tasks. I also have experience with the translator – he has done his job fast and skilfully. Cooperation within team was efficient.’
‘I have worked with Alicja Sołtyszewska and I have a great experience working with her. She is a great specialist and professional. Contracts are prepared quickly and thoroughly. Any questions are answered immediately, and any corrections are made straight away. When there is a need to do a fast redraft, there are no obstacles and Alicja is 100% dedicated to it. Without the slightest hesitation, I can recommend working with her, because the quality of her work guarantees stability when closing large contracts.’
‘For the BSWW team, I am not one of many clients, but I always feel that I am the most important.’
‘It is with great pleasure that I would like to mention Marta Kosiedowska, who is someone unique on the Warsaw market in the field of real estate Her knowledge, vast experience and commitment are something that distinguishes her and means that I do not see a better advisor in real estate cases. One should also mention Marek Wojnar with whom I have had the pleasure of working for years. Marek is, in my opinion, one of the best negotiators in Warsaw. Despite the fact that he has been a partner for many years, he always tries to personally run a case commissioned by him.’
‘The team have proved to be competent, quick and communicative. They presented their opinions in a clear and precise way and have been responding to our questions in a short time. The team pointed out all crucial rental risks for us. They had a broad knowledge of real-estate. They were very committed and available. They met deadlines. Always well-prepared for meetings, well-mannered. Factual and precise, going straight to the point.’
WHITE-COLLAR CRIME – TIER 3
act BSWW’s lawyers specialise in criminal cases arising from business transactions, fiscal penal issues, as well as criminal liability in workplace accidents. The group also regularly represents executives facing allegations of bribery. Co-leading the group are Piotr Wojnar, whose practice involves capital markets-related criminal matters, and Piotr Pośnik, who is an expert in criminal economic law. Łukasz Piekarski also has experience of criminal proceedings.
Practice head(s): Piotr Wojnar; Piotr Pośnik
Other key lawyers: Łukasz Piekarski
‘BSWW specializes in white-collar crimes, particularly related to the financial sector. The team has a broad knowledge of all aspect of the financial sector. The team understands the mechanisms of the financial sector and understands the problems and risks related to it. ’
‘I have worked with Piotr Wojnar, who is very experienced in white-collar cases related to the financial sector. He sees the case in all its aspects, including criminal, administrative and regulative. He is also very open for dialogue and discussion. He is always perfectly prepared for all meetings and activities.’
CAPITAL MARKETS – TIER 4
act BSWW’s core strength is in capital markets, for which it is called on by brokerage firms, investment banks and funds in the IT and real estate sectors. It handles debt and equity matters, including IPOs and bond issuances. Leading the team are co-managing partners Piotr Wojnar, who focuses on equity transactions, and debt capital markets expert Piotr Smołuch.
Practice head(s): Piotr Smołuch; Piotr Wojnar
Other key lawyers: Janusz Szeliński; Łukasz Piekarski; Łukasz Polak
‘Tailor-made approach. Fast and reliable service. Creative approach in achieving set business goals.’
‘Long and deep experience with close approach to current changes in legal environment.’
‘Piotr Wojnar is an institution in himself!’
COMMERCIAL, CORPORATE AND M&A – TIER 5
act BSWW’s team assists Polish and foreign clients with reorganisations, de-mergers, joint ventures and corporate law issues, as well as advising on commercial agreements and licensing. Jointly leading the team are corporate and public procurement law expert Jacek Bieniak, capital markets specialist Piotr Wojnar and Marek Wojnar, who focuses on the real estate and construction sectors.
Practice head(s): Jacek Bieniak; Piotr Wojnar; Marek Wojnar
Other key lawyers: Marta Kosiedowska; Janusz Szeliński
‘Efficient, good negotiators, getting things done.’
‘Long term experience with close approach to changes in legal environment.’
‘Highly competent law firm. Very fast reaction times with good availability. For the quality of services granted they are actually to cheap.’
‘Piotr Wojnar is an institution himself!’
BANKING AND FINANCE – TIER 6
act BSWW’s group is focused entirely on investment financing, with particular expertise in the real estate sector, where it advises Polish and foreign real estate developers and investment companies on projects across Poland. Senior associate Mateusz Prokopiuk takes the lead on a number of real estate financing matters. Managing partner Michał Wielhorski has significant experience of debtor-side work.
Practice head(s): Michał Wielhorski
Other key lawyers: Mateusz Prokopiuk
DISPUTE RESOLUTION – TIER 6
act BSWW’s team specialises in disputes related to business transactions, including in relation to commercial agreements, debt recovery enforcement and in settlement negotiations. In Giuseppe La Rosa, the firm has a dual Polish- and Italian-qualified lawyer with expertise in public procurement disputes, regularly representing Polish companies in court proceedings in Italy. Marek Miszkiel has a growing practice in bankruptcy disputes. Managing partner Jacek Bieniak heads the department.
Practice head(s): Jacek Bieniak
Other key lawyers: Giuseppe La Rosa; Marek Miszkiel