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Metropolitan Building Plac Pilsudskiego 1 00-078 Warszawa
Tel. +48 22 344 00 00 / Fax +48 22 344 00 01
E-mail: poland [at] gide [dot] com

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. In the past two and a half 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 recommended international law firms in Poland.

Gide’s Warsaw office employs over 40 lawyers and tax advisors, including five partners, and advises some of the leading players in Poland, ranging from financial institutions, banks, insurance companies, and foreign investors, to Polish companies and other entities, including state-owned companies and public institutions.

Our key specialisations 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 Legal 500 EMEA, Chambers Europe and IFLR1000.

Our recent experience includes:

  • Advising Polski Fundusz Rozwoju S.A. (PFR) on the acquisition of the controlling stake in Bank Polska Kasa Opieki S.A., the second largest bank in Poland, listed on the Warsaw Stock Exchange. It was the largest transaction conducted recently on Polish banking and insurance sector.
     
  • Providing comprehensive legal advice to the Auchan Group on the reorganisation of the Real network, including in particular the sale of eight Real hypermarkets to Schiever, and in parallel the acquisition of two hypermarkets and two development projects from Schiever. Previously, we also advised on the acquisition of 100% of the shares in companies from the Real Group (Metro A.G.) in Poland, Romania, Russia and Ukraine.
     
  • Representing GDDKIA (General Directorate for National Roads and Motorways), the Polish road administration authority, in proceedings regarding claims related to the withdrawal from the construction agreement for the A-1 motorway, the A-4 motorway, and the S-69 expressway.
     
  • Advising PGNiG (Polish Oil and Gas Company) on the development of surface facilities of Wierzchowice PMG, the largest underground gas storage facility in Poland, including the construction of a 35MW generation unit.
     
  • Advising Poczta Polska on the revitalisation process of the postal outlet network.
     
  • Advising Bank Zachodni WBK in connection with a credit facility granted to the EBS Group for the purpose of financing the takeover of the Thai Wok chain of restaurants.
     
  • Advising Unibail-Rodamco on refinancing the debt of the Arkadia shopping centre in Warsaw, the largest shopping centre in Poland.
     
  • Advising Yareal Polska on negotiating and concluding a lease agreement for the new offices of Bank BGŻ BNP Paribas S.A. at ul. Kasprzaka and ul. Karolkowa in Warsaw, to be built on the land owned by Yareal Polska and to be given for use in 2020. The transaction concerns a record-breaking area of lease, i.e. 22,000 square metres of usable area (in total 80% of the planned building).
     
  • Providing the L’Oréal Group with ongoing legal advice on intellectual property matters.

Warsaw

Gide Loyrette Nouel
Metropolitan Building
Plac Pilsudskiego 1
00-078 Warszawa
Tel. +48 22 344 00 00
Fax +48 22 344 00 01
E-mail: poland [at] gide [dot] com
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