15 April 2020

SSW Pragmatic Solutions is ranked by Legal 500 in 13 categories!

We are delighted to announce that SSW has been ranked by Legal 500 in 13 categories:

  • Banking and finance
  • Capital markets
  • Commercial, corporate and M&A
  • Construction
  • Data privacy and data protection
  • Dispute resolution
  • Energy and natural resources
  • Investment funds
  • Private clients
  • Private equity
  • Real estate
  • Restructuring and insolvency
  • Tax.

In three of those categories (marked in bold above) we have been recognised for the first time. In two other categories – Capital markets and Dispute resolution – we have improved since last year.

One of our prominent experts – Łukasz Węgrzyn – was named as a “Next generation partner” in the TMT category.

Whilst high rankings and distinctions are always pleasing, we value most highly the recognition we receive from our clients. They are in the best position to assess our competencies and the added value that the SSW team brings to their businesses.

Our clients say as follows:

SSW is noted for its ability to advise banks and financial institutions on commercial and tax law, in addition to assisting clients with the spectrum of financing matters.

‘Very strong team, extremely hard working.‘ | ‘Szymon Okoń is a very experienced person who really takes care of the clients when it comes to negotiations.‘ |‘We really appreciate their team. They are very responsive and have a commercial approach.‘

SSW’s Capital Markets team typically handles securities trading, derivatives, futures, options and other financial products, particularly for clients in the technology and gaming sectors. It also specialises in preparing prospectuses for companies looking to introduce shares onto the Warsaw Stock Exchange.

‘Perfect availability, significant sector knowledge and operational excellence‘ | ‘Whatever issue the company needs help solving, I can honestly say they are there for us. The team is very forward thinking and is always on top of current and future matters.‘

SSW Pragmatic Solutions stands out for its ability to provide tax advice, alongside its corporate and M&A practice. The team regularly handles corporate transactions, including M&A, buyouts, direct investments and joint venture projects, as well as advising on restructuring issues. Wojciech Szczepaniak heads the team, which includes transactional, company and commercial law expert Paweł Chyb.

‘The team has a good value for money approach.‘ | ‘Sebastian Ponikowski is always available, very proactive and has an insightful approach.‘

SSW’s construction team advises a mixture of Polish and international companies on their projects and investments. Areas of expertise include negotiating and drafting construction agreements, advising on joint venture projects, the execution of infrastructure projects and day-to-day construction matters, including disputes relating to issues with the construction process. Maciej Duch leads the department, and specialises in joint venture transactions, property portfolio management and greenfield investments.

‘Good knowledge about construction but, as well, tax issues related to construction in the special economic zone.‘

SSW  assists clients with data protection and data processing across a range of issues, including the use of monitoring in the workplace, whistleblower hotline schemes, anti-corruption policies and outsourcing. The team also draws on the firm’s strong IT focus to advise on the privacy and data protection aspects of contract models with IT vendors and suppliers and contracts.

‘They are very determined to identify all options and provide the recommendation for everyone of them. In addition the recommendations are comprehensive and do not allow for ambiguous interpretation.‘ | ‘The spirit of the company derives from the spirit of their members. This means that every member of the team with whom I cooperated never left any case open and worked on them till received final conclusion and unequivocal recommendation.‘ | ‘Joanna Tomaszewska who leads majority of our cases and always delivers top quality solution for my company.‘

SSW Pragmatic Solutions handles the spectrum of disputes work, including negotiations, mediation, court litigation, arbitration, and enforcement proceedings. The firm has been quick to adopt technological solutions, and often draws on this knowledge in relation to contentious matters, for instance, in relation to evidence gathering.

‘The team is competent and always address issues at the proper time in the proper manner. They have a very reasonable approach to the strategy taking into account all the relevant factors, both factual and legal.‘ | ‘Janusz Mazurek is a competent litigator, flexible and efficient.‘ | ‘The team understands the importance of furnishing legal support in a swift and efficient manner. They aim to solve problems and think in and outside the legal box.‘

Jointly led by Piotr Spaczyński and Dominik Strzałkowski, the Energy and Natural Resources team at SSW Pragmatic Solutions is well-versed in energy, geological and mining sector issues. The group has expertise in assisting industrial recipients of energy and gas with their operations, as well as advising on emissions, electricity and gas trading, energy efficiency, co-generation, construction and grid-related matters. The practice also handles regulatory litigation before the administrative courts.

SSW Pragmatic Solutions advises investment fund participants, including financial institutions, investors and fund managers, on a variety of matters, such as establishing and liquidating funds and regulatory issues. The group also assists institutional investors and asset managers with their daily operations in Poland. Corporate lawyer Wojciech Szczepaniak co-leads the group with tax expert Tomasz Wickel, who specialises in the development and implementation of group restructurings.

‘Very responsive and competent team. Some members of the team have both practical and academic experience.‘ | ‘Very good understanding of the legal and financial aspects of transactions.‘

The private client roster at SSW Pragmatic Solutions consists of high-net-worth individuals, families and entrepreneurs, which the group advises on their business activity in Poland, providing strong ancillary tax advisory services, as well as strength in succession planning. It also draws on the firm’s wider expertise to provide private clients with data management advice. Tax specialists Patrycja Goździowska and Tomasz Wickel jointly lead the team.

‘They are extremely responsive and deliver tailor-made solutions. We really like working with them.‘ | ‘Professional, to-the-point, and responsive to inquiries or changes.‘ |‘Knowledgeable and trustworthy. They deliver quickly on their declarations.‘

SSW Pragmatic Solutions is able to combine legal know-how with its tax advisory service, assisting private equity clients on their investments and co-investments. The group’s expertise comprises the establishment of private equity funds, portfolio oversight, M&A, in addition to financing. Wojciech Szczepaniak leads the department.

The main areas of activity for SSW Pragmatic Solutions span real estate transactions including advising Polish and foreign clients on their investments, lease agreements, and providing day-to-day commercialisation and asset management advice. The group also handles real estate litigation, which is an area of expertise bolstered department head Maciej Duch‘s background as an advocate.

‘They excel in every transaction and make the client feel secure in any circumstance.‘ | ‘Maciej Duch has incredible knowledge and creativity when looking for different alternatives.‘ | ‘Maciej Duch is the most professional person I met.‘

SSW Pragmatic Solutions handles insolvency and restructuring matters for both creditor and debtor parties. The team is led by Janusz Mazurek, who stands out for contentious insolvency matters.

‘Perfect availability, significant sector knowledge, operational excellence‘.

SSW Pragmatic Solutions’ tax team is comprised of tax advisers, lawyers and economists, and is jointly led by Patrycja Goździowska and Tomasz Wickel, both of whom have strong tax advisory practices, and experience in handling M&A transactions, tax-efficient structures and equity deals.

‘Open, aggressive and business-oriented.‘ | ‘They have a hands on approach and are solution-driven.‘

Thank you to our colleagues and clients for nominations and trust. This is our joint success.

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