Partner Agnieszka Kulinska has been appointed the new Head of the Energy and Natural Resources practice in Dentons’ Warsaw office, taking over from Managing Partner Arkadiusz Krasnodebski. Warsaw and Munich-based Partner Christian Schnell will Co-Head the firm's Europe Energy practice group alongside Berlin-based Partner Tim Heitling.
According to Dentons, Kulinska, who has been with the firm since 2010, previously headed the Renewable Energy team operating within the Energy and Natural Resources practice. Before Dentons, she spent almost a year as an Associate with Dentons legacy firm Salans D. Oleszczuk and, earlier, four and a half years with Wardynski & Partners.
Schnell, an Energy transactional Partner, has been with Dentons since early 2022. Before, he spent eight years with Solivan and, earlier, two years with DeBenedetti Majewski Szczesniak. Earlier still, Schnell spent two years with Taylor Wessing and an additional two with Cerha Hempel (then known as CHSH). Before that, he spent three years with BSJP Brockhuis Schnell Jurczak Prusak after beginning his career with Roedl & Partner in 1998, where he stayed for three years.
Berlin-based Heitling, a Corporate and M&A expert, has been with Dentons since 2020.
"The energy transition is accelerating and the share of electricity from renewable energy sources in the energy mix is increasing,” Kulinska commented. “The direction of these changes is reflected in the new management and structure of our team. For several years, we have consistently invested in competence development and acquired experts and clients from the RES market, but we also continue to have a pool of experts from the conventional energy sector.”
"The Energy and Natural Resources team is one of the driving forces and pillars of our law firm,” Poland Co-Managing Partners Anna Pukszto and Bartlomiej Kordeczka added. “Agnieszka’s appointment marks a new stage of her career, and we are sure that she is perfectly prepared for the challenges ahead. We sincerely congratulate her on her promotion.”
According to Dentons, Schnell and Heitling, the new Europe Energy practice group Co-Heads, will “be responsible for driving the firm’s strategy, product offering, and capabilities for clients in the energy sector across 18 countries in Europe and Central Asia.”
“We want to play a key role in supporting our clients in all important segments of the energy sector across Europe, with new opportunities and investments as the energy transition accelerates,” Schnell commented.
“Given the increased focus on the energy transition across the continent, we are seeing growing demand for quality around the grow, finance, operate, and protect needs of our energy sector clients,” Dentons Europe CEO Tomasz Dabrowski said. “I am confident that, under Tim and Christian’s leadership, Dentons will continue to be the law firm of choice for the energy sector in Europe.”