When Gide opened an office in Warsaw in 1991, it was one of the first international legal practices acting in Poland under the new regime. Over the past three decades, we have been involved in a large number of projects, including the most important privatisations and investment transactions on the Polish market. Gide Warsaw provides legal advice in all key areas of business law and is one of the most highly recommended international law firms in Poland.
Gide Warsaw employs over 40 lawyers and tax advisers, including five partners, and advises leading players in Poland, ranging from financial institutions to developers and leaders in the gas, petrochemicals and retail sectors. In addition, we advise companies operating in the transport and heavy industry sectors. We support foreign investors and Polish companies, including state-owned companies and public institutions.
Our key areas of specialisation include:
In the various rankings published by renowned Polish newspapers, such as Dziennik Gazeta Prawna and Rzeczpospolita, Gide has always been regarded as a leading law firm in the country. Similarly, our experts are listed as recommended lawyers in international legal directories such as The Legal 500 EMEA, Chambers Europe and IFLR1000.
Gide Loyrette Nouel‘s tax practice covers transactional tax, tax advisory work and contentious tax issues. The team benefits from being part of the firm’s international network, enabling it to advise clients on a variety of cross-border tax issues. Dariusz Tokarczuk coordinates the team of tax advisors, which includes international tax law expert Ewa Żbikowska and corporate tax specialist Maciej Grela.
Legal 500 EMEA 2022 - Tax
Gide Loyrette Nouel is active across all stages of real estate projects, including transactions, investment structuring, due diligence reviews, documentation preparation, construction and regulatory matters. Assets of focus for the group include residential, office, hospitality, healthcare and elderly care services, logistics, retail and student housing. Marcin Muszel is the practice head and is supported by counsel Błażej Czwarnok and associates Rafal Osetek and Tomasz Roszczyc.
Legal 500 EMEA 2022 - Real Estate
Gide Loyrette Nouel‘s team consists of former external advisors and in-house counsel advising Polish operators of public and critical infrastructure, ordering parties and contractors in addition to state-owned companies from the energy, oil and gas, mining and chemistry sectors. The team is proficient in assisting throughout major projects, as well as representing clients in proceedings before the Polish National Appeals Chamber. The department is led by Piotr Sadownik who possesses a track record in both arbitration and litigation.
Legal 500 EMEA - Energy & Natural Resources
Gide Loyrette Nouel, a firm headquartered in Paris, fields a closely integrated international employment practice. The team in Poland is instructed on trade union negotiations, restructurings, employee transfers, disputes and insurance packages, among other mandates. Paweł Grześkowiak chairs the practice with the support of Joanna Jasiewicz, noted for her ‘many years of experience in both Polish and European labour law.’
Legal 500 EMEA 2022 - Employment
Gide Loyrette Nouel's Warsaw team is an integral part of the firm's global dispute resolution and arbitration practice, often handling cross-border contentious issues alongside colleagues in Paris, London and New York. Areas of expertise include commercial law, real estate, IP and industrial property disputes, as well as unfair competition cases, criminal proceedings and employment litigation. Piotr Sadownik heads the team and specialises in public procurement and IP disputes, as does counsel Krzysztof Ciepliński.
Legal 500 EMEA 2022 - Dispute Resolution
Gide Loyrette Nouel advises clients on domestic and European legal issues regarding competition, consumer protection law, commercial agreements and distribution systems. The team also represents clients before competition protection authorities, bodies and courts, as well as cooperating with the firm’s M&A practice. The department is chaired by Dariusz Tokarczuk and includes Szymon Chwaliński, who is notable for competition, consumer law issues and distribution law.
Legal 500 EMEA 2022 - Competition / Antitrust
At Gide Loyrette Nouel, the corporate practice works closely with the firm’s offices in Paris, London and New York to advise foreign corporates on their M&A activity in Poland. The team is also instructed in company law issues and reorganisations. Dariusz Tokarczuk, who leads the team, is most noted for his leveraged buyout expertise. Edyta Zalewska also has an active transactional practice, and also handles restructurings and business separations. Wojciech Czyżewski is also recommended.
Legal 500 EMEA 2022 - Commercial, Corporate & M&A
In mid-2021, Gide Loyrette Nouel's former debt capital markets head Robert Dulewicz left private practice, with counsel Michał Śmiechowski taking over as head of the department. The group is most noted for its work across the spectrum of debt securities, working closely with the firm’s teams in Paris, London and New York. Senior associate Agnieszka Kozikowska has experience of handling Euro medium-term note programmes.
Legal 500 EMEA 2022 - Capital Markets
Gide Loyrette Nouel‘s banking and finance team handles financing transactions, regulatory and retail banking issues, and it also advises on banking documentation on a day-to-day basis. Its clients include Polish and international banks and financial institutions, as well as insurance companies, private equity and mezzanine funds, and corporate borrowers with strong links with the French market. Practice head Paweł Grześkowiak has expertise in finance and banking law, and is active in secured and structured finance transactions. Marta Karmińska is sought after for advice on secured and unsecured financings, such as those involving syndicated finance, structured finance, LBO and commercial real property finance.
Legal 500 EMEA 2022 - Banking & Finance
Gide Loyrette Nouel houses a noteworthy real estate team advising on transactions concerning a range of property assets, including hotels, office buildings and warehouses as well as care and retirement homes. The law firm also conducts joint venture exits among real estate developers and prepares lease agreements for commercial properties. The team is visible on deals relating to property assets in Polish regions. Its client roster includes real estate developers, investors and corporate entities.
Chambers Europe 2022
Gide Loyrette Nouel has a well-respected team assisting clients with litigation and arbitration matters. The team has considerable experience in advising French-speaking clients active in the Polish market and also has a loyal following among Polish companies. The law firm acts for a number of state-owned companies. Its sector expertise includes infrastructure construction, particularly in relation to highways. The team additionally represents a number of financial services clients.
Chambers Europe & Global 2022 - Dispute Resolution
Gide Loyrette Nouel is a Polish outfit of a French firm assisting both international and domestic clients with all aspects of M&A. The law firm also offers corporate advice. The team is active on deals relating to the food production, healthcare and IT sectors. The firm has a strong following of Polish clients in addition to francophone names.
Chambers Europe & Global 2022 - Corporate / M&A
Gide Loyrette Nouel houses a recognised team of DCM experts who provide both transactional and regulatory support. The team is particularly proficient in bond issuance programmes, including hybrid bond issuances, acting for a range of issuers, arrangers and subscribers. The department advises a roster of prominent clients from the natural resources, real estate and manufacturing sectors, as well as a host of domestic and international banks.
Chambers Europe & Global 2022 - Capital Markets
Gide Loyrette Nouel is a solid practice group advising both domestic and international clients on sizeable financing transactions. The law firm covers areas such as acquisition finance, project finance and real estate finance. The law firm primarily represents the lenders and also acts for companies. Gide Loyrette Nouel is particularly active in the financing of construction, including in relation to commercial and industrial facilities.
Chambers Europe & Global 2022 - Banking & Finance
Gide understands our goals and needs and are able to quickly and efficiently meet them.
Legal 500 EMEA 2021
A very approachable and responsive team of lawyers, always willing to go the extra mile and close a deal on time.
Legal 500 EMEA 2021
They are inquisitive and meticulous, open to new knowledge and curious about other experiences, they do not impose themselves with knowledge and views and solve problems.
Legal 500 EMEA 2021
We have never been disappointed by the firm. All of their lawyers are very competent and reliable.
Legal 500 EMEA 2020