Former Local Partners Piotr Ciolkowski, Lukasz Szatkowski, and Blazej Zagorski have joined CMS's equity partnership.
The promotions were made as part of a global round that, as previously announced, saw Agnieszka Skorupinska, Jakub Podkowa, and Jakub Wieczorek promoted to Local Partner (as reported by CEE Legal Matters on April 17, 2020).
Ciolkowski, who joined CMS in 2005 and was promoted to Local Partner in 2016, heads the firm's Regulatory practice within the Energy and Infrastructure projects team. According to CMS, “he has over 15 years’ experience in advising clients from the energy sector. For years he has advised on licenses and tariffs, structuring the activities of energy companies, trading in oil, natural gas, electric energy, and certificates. Piotr represents clients in administrative proceedings and court disputes, in particular before the President of the Energy Regulatory Office." He is a graduate of the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan.
Szatkowski joined CMS in July 2019 as a local partner after spending almost 15 years with Weil, Gotshal & Manges. According to CMS, he “provid[es] advisory services to international and Polish investors, as well as energy companies in relation to transactions, investment projects, and regulatory issues." He also, the firm reports, "specializes in the field of infrastructure project restructuring and the implementation of liquid fuel and gas projects." He is a graduate of the University of Warsaw School of Law.
Zagorski joined CMS in 2006 and was made partner in 2018. According to CMS, “for 16 years he has advised on M&A transactions, private equity/venture capital and restructuring projects for clients from various sectors, including industry, energy, consumer goods, TMT, and the medical sector. He also has extensive experience in advising on corporate governance. As a partner in the transaction team, he successfully develops cooperation with German-speaking clients making acquisitions in Poland and Polish companies planning to expand on the German market.” Before joining CMS he spent one year with Noerr, one year with the Urbanek Law Firm, and six months with BSJP Brockhuis Schnell Jurczak Prusak. He holds a Master’s degree in law from the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan and an LL.M. from the Europa-Universitat Viadrina Frankfurt.
“This year’s partner promotions - record-breaking in terms of their number - very clearly show the direction in which our law firm is developing,” commented Managing Partner Andrzej Posniak. “I mean not only the key industries and practices but also the development opportunities that we offer our lawyers. At CMS, we focus both on the development of the legal talents that have been with our law firm for a long time and the lawyers who have joined us recently. At CMS they can effectively build their business within their chosen specialization, at the same time reaching the successive professional levels."