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LSW Leśnodorski Ślusarek & Partners

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Chairman: Leśnodorski Bogusław, Ślusarek Maciej
Managing Partners: Bieńkowski Władysław, Grzelecki Marcin, Kubiak Maciej, Laskowski Krzysztof, Melzacki Marcin
Number of partners: 8
Number of lawyers: 60
Languages: English, French, German, Russian

FIRM OVERVIEW:
The LSW law firm was founded in 1998. The current managing partners, Bogusław Leśnodorski and Maciej Ślusarek, were among its founders.
Setting up their own practice did not only spring from dreams from the days in law school but mainly from a fascination with the English model of offering legal services. The LSW founders assumed from the beginning that they would be professional and trusted advisers to their clients, understanding their needs and finding the most effective solutions. In that time, this was an alien attitude for many renowned law firms and even today, it is something that sets LSW apart and gives it a competitive advantage. Even more so, since years of practice have allowed elaborating LSW’s standards, which check out beautifully in the European business environment.

PRACTICE AREAS:
■ M&A
■ Transactions
■ Business & Investments
■ Intellectual Property
■ Taxes
■ Innovation
■ R&D & VC Funds
■ Real Estate & Infrastructure
■ Property Law
■ Protecting Reputation
■ Conflict Resolution
■ Business & Family
■ Labour Law
■ Economic Criminal Law
■ Competition & Consumers
■ Energy Law
■ Sports Law
■ Banking & Finance
■ Restructuring & Insolvency
■ Pharmaceuticals & Medical Law
■ Litigation & Arbitration

Main Areas of Practice:

M&A, Transactions & Business:
Number of partners: 2
■  Ideahub sp. z o.o. sp.k.: LSW advised group of investors in the scope of investment in Ago Gaming - a Polish e-sport team which is playing in the computer game: Counter-Strike Global Offensive and taking part in the national and international computer game tournaments
■  Padrone Capital sp. z o.o.: LSW advised group of investors in the scope of investment in Abstra sp. z o.o. – a Polish company, which conducts several internet TV channels on the portal www youtube.com
■  Bogusław Leśnodorski and Maciej Wandzel: The case concerns the sale of shares of the Legia Warszawa Football Club, the Polish 2016/2017 champion and a group stage participant of the 2016/2017 UEFA Champions League
■  OryxPL sp. z o.o.: LSW provided comprehensive legal assistance in the process of merging 5 companies from the biomedical sector, where OryxPL sp. z o.o. took over 4 other companies, i.e. Humon sp. z o.o., Imnta sp. z o.o., Diabene sp. z o.o. and Brandmakers sp. z o.o. Thanks to the merger, the share capital of OryxPL sp. z o.o. increased by PLN 101,600
■  Nutra sp. z o.o.: LSW provided legal assistance in the process of debt-to-equity swap in the Polish company Nutra sp. z o.o. The newly issued shares were successfully subscribed for and the value of transaction amounted to approx. PLN 4,676,000. Nutra sp. z o.o. is a mother company of a holding of companies that develop innovative, clinically tested, functional food products to enrich the daily diet with innovative ingredients and formulas. The products are distributed worldwide

Real Estate & Infrastructure:
Number of partners:
1
■  LSW advised Golub GetHouse on the purchase of an investment area for the construction of a 140-meter high Liberty Tower. Liberty Tower is one of the largest investments that the firm legally supported. The work required coordination, and preparation of extensive documentation

IP, Media & Technology:
Number of partners:
2
■  Animoon: LSW represents Animoon an animation producer of animation projects “Ant Gets Married” and “Hug Me Plz”, a cartoon series 
■  Walk Events Sp. z o.o.: RED BULL Flag Day –a spectacular event, unique for Polish event-market. LSW prepared a detailed legal opinion and comprehensive recommendations regarding the administrative and legal aspects of the required proceedings before the public authorities, as well as drafted and negotiated the contract with Red Bull. LSW's assistance covered both legal aspects of organization, intellectual property and liability issues 
■  Walk Events Sp. z o.o.: The Opening Ceremony of The World Games 2017. LSW prepared agreements for the main artistic crew, including the director, choreographer, music composer and performers of official Opening Ceremony - Walk Events Sp. z o.o.: Several important and flagship events sponsored by PKN Orlen S.A., the largest Polish petroleum company. An additional event includes the ORLEN Warsaw Marathon 2017, the biggest running event in Poland
■  TOR: The international production awarded with the Silver Bear at the Berlinale Festival. Directed by renowned Polish director Agnieszka Holland, twice nominated for an Oscar. LSW provided comprehensive legal support. It created and negotiated contracts between the co-producers, distribution agreement, agreements with the main creators and actors and we gained the rights to the novel by Olga Tokarczuk, on the basis of which the "Pokot" was created. The firm also supported talks with the Directors Guild of America
■  Metro Films: "On the border" is an exciting thriller directed by Wojciech Kasperski, an award recipient at one of the most important Polish festivals – The Golden Lions. LSW provided comprehensive legal support for the filmmaker- Metro Films - creating and negotiating co-producer contracts, distribution agreements, as well as contracts with major filmmakers and actors
■  Endorfina Studios and director Michał Marczak: "All These Sleepless Nights" is the latest film by young and talented Polish director Michał Marczak. The film has received awards at many film festivals, including the director himself receiving a major award at the Sundance Film Festival for "Best Foreign Documentary Film Director". LSW supported the filmmakers at every stage of development, production and film distribution
■  Rochstar is a major Polish TV production company. LSW provides Rochstar with comprehensive legal assistance concerning acquiring rights, development, production and exploitation of numerous prime-time TV shows. Between 2016 and 20117 LSW assisted Rochstar in the production of TV programs including The Voice Of Poland (series 7), All Inclusive, Modelka Plus Size (Curvy Supermodels) , Pierwsze Randki (First Dates), Rinke za kratami, Surprise Surprise. In the above-mentioned projects LSW was primarily involved in negotiating TV format agreements and option agreements with foreign partners, drafting and negotiating production agreements with TV stations, drafting and negotiating agreements with stars, celebrities, hosts and participants of the shows and preparing rules for contestants. LSW's involvement also covered assistance, consultations and issuing legal opinions concerning a diverse range of topics related to the client’s scope of operation, mainly intellectual property law, TV and media law, data protection, consumer law, personal and image rights, sponsorship, product placement and unconventional forms of advertising
■  GOLF ZONE SP. Z O.O.: LSW has been supporting Polish company (Golf Zone Sp. z o.o.) during the negotiations of license agreements with an American multinational media conglomerate (NBC Universal) and the organiser of the main professional golf tours in the USA (PGA Tour). The subject of the agreements was granting a license for a TV channel, as well as obtaining consents and permissions to broadcast golf tournaments within the licensed TV channel
■  Institute of Computer Science of the Polish Academy of Sciences: Advising and drafting license and copyright transfer agreements for the NEKST Open Anti-Plagiarism System which consists of technological infrastructure and software

Competition:
Number of partners:

■  The firm operates in all areas of competition law. It has a comprehensive approach to analysing the relationship between the provisions of competition law, intellectual property law, consumer law, and personal data.

Litigation & Arbitration:
Number of partners:
4
■  LSW advises Hydrobudowa Polska S.A. in one of the biggest insolvency proceedings in Poland. For 6 years the company has been undertaking various activities aiming at restructuring the company’s debt. A team of LSW lawyers prepared a proposal on the change of the manner of conducting bankruptcy proceedings from bankruptcy with the possibility of concluding an arrangement. It’s one of the biggest bankruptcy proceedings in Poland – both in terms of value of claims – over 3.2 billion PLN and the number of creditors, of which there are over 2 000
■  LSW represents four authors of the main exhibition at the Museum of the Second World War in a dispute over infringement of personal rights, which occurred due to the introduction by the directorate of the Museum of the Second World War significant changes in the exhibition without its authors’ consent. The case is a precedent – no Polish court has decided so far about the personal rights of museum exhibitors and how (if any) museum owners can interfere with the content and nature of any exhibition created by someone else, which essentially affects the complexity level of a matter

Tax:
Number of partners:
1
■  The LSW tax team is composed of experts combining the expertise of lawyers and tax advisers, who can, at the same time, provide the support for transactions and investments, and their financial results. The firm guarantees the best solutions, complying with applicable legal regulations. LSW advises companies looking for on-going legal services, and support specific business ventures.