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WKB Wierciński Kwieciński Baehr

Banking & Finance

3 ranked lawyersBand 4PolandEurope 2021 View ranking table
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What the team is known for

Assists banks and borrowers with acquisition, project and general financings across diverse sectors, such as real estate, fintech and manufacturing. Houses a strong insurance practice. Regularly advises international law firms on the Polish aspects of cross-border transactions.

Strengths

Clients praise the team for its client-focus, with one praising its "rational approach" adding that the team "searched for a compromise between the sides of the agreement and solutions acceptable to both sides."

Another source adds: "They met our expectations well and were very commercial."

Notable practitioners

Top-ranked name in insurance Jakub Pokrzywniak assists clients with disputes as well as regulatory issues. Sources note his wide-ranging experience in the sector as well as his academic credentials.

Marcin Smolarek climbs the rankings as a result of strong market support and visibility on significant cases. Sources praise his responsiveness as well as his "very rational and practical approach." He advises on a range of matters, including complex bridge financing transactions as well as corporate financing and arranging financing in financial services providers' M&A. He is also active in refinancing and restructuring matters.

Michal Kalicki assists with a variety of financing matters, including acquisition finance. "He is extremely supportive, active and thoughtful," a client notes. Another adds: "He is down to earth and focused on the practical effects of the documentation and needs of the clients. He is also good at managing and calming down emotions."

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Overview

The continuously growing practice has both cross-border and domestic capabilities. WKB is a local firm of choice for many global law firms without a presence in Poland and often acts alongside top international firms on significant cross-border financings, including HYB issuances. On the local market, WKB is active both on the lender and borrower side in respect of general corporate finance, acquisition finance (LBOs and MBOs), real estate finance, project finance (with a significant focus on renewable energy projects), and asset finance. The WKB team has also demonstrated capabilities in NPLs and bonds (including mortgage-backed) and is particularly strong in financial restructurings. In terms of regulatory practice, WKB focuses on payment services and fintech. WKB’s full-service structure allows it to adopt a truly multidisciplinary approach to banking & finance matters.

Clients

Accolade

Barclays

BNP Paribas

Energix

HSBC

ING

mBank

PKO BP

Santander

Selvita

Industries

construction

energy

food

pharmaceuticals

real estate

Banking & Finance

WKB Wierciński Kwieciński Baehr

firm
Location

Plac Stanisława Małachowskiego 2

Warsaw

Masovian

Poland

00-066

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Ranked Lawyers

Chambers Research is conducted by 200 Research Analysts, across 200 jurisdictions and provides nearly 6,000 rankings tables. Annually we collect hundreds of thousands of responses from clients, the majority via in-depth interview. Learn more about our methodology.

Poland

Banking & Finance


Marcin Smolarek
Band 4
Michal Kalicki
Up and Coming

Banking & Finance: Insurance


Jakub Pokrzywniak
Band 1