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Managing Partner: Marcin Macieszczak
Number of partners: 10
Number of lawyers: 64 (including partners) 
Languages: English, German, Polish

Firm Overview:
GESSEL is a full service law firm located in Warsaw, Poland, with over 25 years’ experience and with 64 lawyers on board. The firm’s expertise is regularly confirmed by highest marks in various national and international rankings of law firms and individual practitioners. GESSEL’s team includes lawyers admitted to practice and experienced in handling matters in other than Polish jurisdictions. In addition to advising on Polish law, it provides advice on German law. All its lawyers are proficient in English and Polish, their main working languages. 

Main Areas of Practice:  

• Arbitration
• Banking And Finance
• Personal Data
• Investment Funds
• Mergers And Acquisitions, PE/VC
• German Desk
• Life Sciences & Healthcare
• Real Estate
• Litigation
• Competition Law
• Tax Law
• Employment Law, Management Contracts
• Company Law
• Intellectual Property Law
• Private Lawyer
• Special Cases / Risk & Support
• Litigation
• Capital Markets
• Corporate Disputes
• White-Collar Crime

M&A: M&A, is GESSEL’S core and largest area of practice. The firm’s experience includes over 300 M&A transactions effected so far. GESSEL advises on all aspects of M&A transaction, on both private and public markets. GESSEL expertise includes: legal due diligence and tax review of the target company, transaction structuring, tax optimisation, drafting and negotiating of the transaction documentation, legal assistance in the acquisition debt arrangements as well as securing regulatory, in particular antirust, clearances.
Contact: Marcin Macieszczak ([email protected]), Małgorzata Badowska ([email protected]), Maciej Kożuchowski ([email protected])

PE / VC:
The firm’s clients include a considerable number of funds active in CEE. GESSEL renders legal assistance in fund formations stages. Next, the firm advises on all kinds of PE/VC transactions, including buyouts and expansion / growth capital transactions, concerning businesses at all stages of development – from seed capital and start-up deals to investments in large, established companies, also publicly listed ones (PIPE type of deals). It also advises on leveraged buy-outs as well as MBOs and MBIs, whether financed by banks or mezzanine lenders. GESSEL structures management options schemes and other forms of ESOPs. Finally, the firm advises on exits, structured as trade sale to a sectoral or financial investor or through an IPO.
Contact: Marcin Macieszczak ([email protected]), Małgorzata Badowska ([email protected]), Maciej Kożuchowski ([email protected])

Capital Markets:

GESSEL specialises in securities law and legal issues of public trading in securities and in investment funds law, specifically: offering securities for public trading, M&A of public companies, defending companies against hostile take-overs, de-listing of securities, calls to sell shares, management option schemes in public and private companies, administrative proceedings before the Polish Financial Supervision Authority (KNF).
Contact: Leszek Koziorowski ([email protected]), Krzysztof Marczuk ([email protected])

GESSEL lawyers have developed considerable experience in international arbitration, participating in proceedings conducted according to rules including those of the ICC, LCIA, IAA, SCAI, of trade associations such as LME, FOSFA, GAFTA, or FCC as well as of domestic institutions - the Court of Arbitration at the Polish Chamber of Commerce in Warsaw, the Lewiatan Court of Arbitration, and ad hoc international arbitral tribunals. The arbitration practice is led by Dr Gessel-Kalinowska vel Kalisz, who has participated – whether as an arbitrator, as counsel, or as an expert – in more than 100 arbitration proceedings, both domestic and international. A significant number of arbitrations involving GESSEL lawyers concern M&A, joint ventures, investments or banking transactions, and other sectors of industry, such as construction, engineering, infrastructure, energy, IT, and international trade.
Contact: Beata Gessel-Kalinowska vel Kalisz, PhD ([email protected]

GESSEL represents clients in cases regarding all kinds of business transactions particulary: in the field of M&A-related disputes covering claims for breaches of warranties and representations. Its expertise also extends to disputes involving corporate governance and capital markets. Its lawyers have vast experience in construction contracts lawsuits and in criminal cases concerning white collar crimes as well as in proceedings conducted before the antitrust offices and courts in the cases concerning competition-inhibiting agreements, abuse of market position and consumer protection.
Contact: Piotr Schramm ([email protected]

Corporate & Commercial:
Services in corporate and commercial areas include legal advice on: establishment and transformation/ reorganisation of companies, mergers, winding down, day-to-day corporate matters (operation of a company’s governing bodies, drafting resolutions, shareholder agreements, cooperation agreements, internal regulations), corporate governance issues and disclosure duties. GESSEL also offers a full range of financial, business, tax and environmental due diligence services.
Contact: Aldona Pietrzak ([email protected])

Antitrust & Competition:
The services in this field include providing advice on the obligation to obtain clearance from the President of the Office for Competition and Consumer Protection for transactions involving M&A and large asset purchases, representation of clients in proceedings conducted before the Office for Competition and Consumer Protection and before the Competition and Consumer Protection Court concerning concentrations, competition-inhibiting agreements, abuse of market position and consumer protection.
Contact: Bernadeta Kasztelan-Swietlik ([email protected]

Intellectual Property:
The firm advises on all aspects of intellectual property law, trademarks, patents, designs and copyrights – also in the context of IT, mass media and the internet. It attends to the legal aspects of contracts made via the internet, of the extension of licenses and of technology transfer.
Contact: Adam Kraszewski ([email protected])


GESSEL provides legal advice oncorporate income tax, VAT, personal income tax, taxes on acts in civil law, customs duties and to the tax aspects of M&A transactions. The services involve international and domestic tax planning, tax optimisation and all fiscal and judicial proceedings.
Contact: Marcin Macieszczak ([email protected])

Real Estate:
GESSEL offers advice in transactions for purchase, sale, expansion, administration, organisation and utilisation of all kinds of real property. The services also extend to a number of related fields associated with real estate transactions, such as advice on architectural designs, construction works, environmental protection, court proceedings, bank loans and administrative permits.
Contact: Christian Schmidt ([email protected]), Aldona Pietrzak ([email protected]), Piotr Schramm ([email protected])

GESSEL provides advice on establishing and terminating employment relations and amending thereof, offering participation in the negotiation of collective agreements and in interaction between employing entities and trade unions.
Contact: Adam Kraszewski ([email protected])

Life Sciences & Healthcare:
GESSEL has a successful track record in pharmaceutical law, having attended to the legal aspects of distribution and advertising of drugs, patent protection for medicines and granting of reimbursement decisions. The experience involves contracts with participants, hospitals and CROs in clinical trials of medicinal products.
Contact: Adam Kraszewski ([email protected])

Private Lawyer:
GESSEL’s private lawyer is addressed to private clients (natural persons), who can benefit from comprehensive legal advice in: privacy protection and image management, family matters, litigation and mediation, taxes, estates, real property, documents, foundations and associations, equity markets.
Contact: Piotr Schramm ([email protected])

German Desk:
GESSEL’s German Desk, headed by Christian Schmidt, a German lawyer (Rechtsanwalt) admitted to practice in Poland, has wide experience in advising German, Austrian and Swiss companies investing and pursuing business activity in Poland as well as assisting Polish investors doing business in Germany.
Contact: Christian Schmidt ([email protected])

Banking & Finance/Restructuring:

GESSEL provides comprehensive legal services with respect to financing in the form of credit facilities, bond issues and loans. The firm advises on various forms of corporate finance, acquisition finance (including leveraged buyouts) and mezzanine loans on the lender as well as borrower sides. The firm also advises on the restructuring of existing debts, representing lenders, borrowers and enterprises in the course of restructuring, and prospective purchasers of distressed assets.
Contact: Małgorzata Badowska ([email protected])