Noerr has announced today that a team of 11 lawyers from Polish firm DJBW will join its Warsaw office effective January 1, 2017. Of the five Partners in DJBW, four — Witold Danilowicz, Witold Jurcewicz, Radoslaw Biedecki, and Ludomir Biedecki — will move to Noerr.
Joerg Menzer, Regional Managing Partner of Noerr’s CEE offices in Bratislava, Bucharest, Budapest, Prague, and Warsaw, describes the Polish market as "exciting" and says that, while the firm has been in the country for many years, there was "a feeling that [the firm's] office in Poland can do more, can be bigger and more active on the Polish market itself." He added that the addition of Jakub Lerner (reported on by CEE Legal Matters on April 25, 2016) earlier in the year was driven by that rationale, but said: "We wanted to be even a bit bolder."
Menzer added that "the arrival of this outstanding team of Polish lawyers will further enhance our capabilities in Poland, which is one of our core CEE markets. We will build on Noerr’s existing strengths and aim to broaden our service offering to our international client base, while also making a strong statement to our competitors in the market about our ambitions going forward. We see further growth opportunities in Poland and we aim to take a bigger share."
Following the move, Noerr firm's name in Poland will change to Noerr Biedecki.
Specializing in corporate/M&A, Radoslaw Biedecki will become the new Office Head of Noerr in Warsaw. Danilowicz, who focuses on M&A and litigation and arbitration, will be a Senior Office Partner. Capital markets and M&A lawyer Ludomir Biedecki will also join as Partner and will co-head the Corporate M&A and Private Equity Practice in Warsaw. Witold Jurcewicz will join as Of Counsel and will concentrate on building up the arbitration practice in Warsaw.
Danilowicz commented: "We are excited to become part of Noerr, and we are keen to leverage the strategic fit. Our local market knowledge and experience combined with the international platform of Noerr will be a powerful response to the challenges and opportunities posed by the Polish market."
The fifth DJBW Partner, Michal Jasinski, who is not joining the other four in moving to Noerr, was unavailable for comment.