Dentons has announced that it was named “Law Firm of the Year” at the 6th CEE Retail Real Estate Awards ceremony in Warsaw.
Dentons was chosen over seven other international firms operating in Poland, including Hogan Lovells, Allen & Overy, and Clifford Chance. The ceremony, organized by EuropaProperty, was held on February 13th. The 41-member jury panel was comprised of senior industry professionals from commercial retail real estate companies, retailers, projects and people operating in Poland and Central and Eastern Europe. In reviewing the nominees, the judges put special emphasis on the scale of the projects the law firms advised on in 2013 in CEE, as well as the innovative solutions offered to clients.
According to Dentons, jury members appreciated the fact that last year Dentons lawyers advised in all of the major and most complex retail transactions in Poland, including advising Immofinanz Group on the largest asset sale in Poland in 2013 - the EUR 412 million sale of Silesia City Center in Katowice to Allianz Real Estate. Dentons lawyers also advised Atrium European Real Estate on the EUR 151 million acquisition of Galeria Dominikanska shopping center in Wroclaw, as well as Charter Hall Retail REIT on the EUR 174 million sale of five shopping centers in Poland to the EPISO 3 fund (managed by Tristan Capital Partners). The Dentons team also represented Inter IKEA Centre Polska on the approx. EUR 200 million acquisition of the Wola Park shopping center in Warsaw from the PBW II Real Estate Fund.
Piotr Szafarz, Head of Denton's Real Estate Team in Poland, said “This recognition has come to our team for the fourth year in a row and confirms our continued strong position on the Polish legal real estate and retail market. We are thrilled to see that our work is appreciated by our clients and by the retail experts.”