Rafal Zakrzewski has joined CMS as a Partner in Poland, accompanied by a team of three lawyers.
Senior Associate Przemyslaw Karolak and lawyers Marcin Krzemien and Michal Horelik joined alongside Zakrzewski.
Zakrzewski joins from Baker McKenzie, where he was a Partner and headed the English law desk of Baker McKenzie in Warsaw. Before joining Baker in 2019, he was a Counsel with Clifford Chance, a firm he worked with for over 13 years.
According to CMS, Zakrzewski focuses on advising on transaction and project financings, acting for both financial institutions and investors with a particular focus on the energy, oil and gas, and real estate sectors.
"It has been extremely rewarding seeing our CEE team grow over the recent months," commented Erika Papp, Head of the Finance CEE/CIS Practice at CMS. "With the addition of Rafal, we now have five very experienced English law qualified finance partners in the CEE region, supported by a large team of international and local lawyers. This puts us in a strong position to continue servicing our clients on large international and cross-border financings."
"Joining CMS allows me to strengthen our entire team, whose main objective is to ensure top-quality service to clients seeking legal support in respect of contracts governed by English law," added Zakrzewski. "CMS’s strong position in the CEE region allows us to handle even more transactions for existing clients and to support new clients in their cross-border investments governed by English law. Brexit has not affected the main strengths of this legal system. Just as the English language dominates international business, English law remains globally applicable."