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Schoenherr Scoops Up Seven-Partner Team in Poland

Schoenherr Scoops Up Seven-Partner Team in Poland

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Schoenherr has announced it is expanding its Warsaw office with the addition of a team of 23 lawyers, including seven partners, as of February 2024. The move includes Partners Szymon Okon, Pawel Chyb, Ilona Fedurek, Tomasz Kwasniewski, Katarzyna Solarz, Katarzyna Szczudlik, and Marcin Czaprowski from SSW Pragmatic Solutions.

Specializing in capital markets, Okon has spent over 13 years at SSW Pragmatic Solutions. He initially joined the firm in 2010 as a Senior Associate and was promoted to Partner and General Partner in 2015 and 2021, respectively. Okon has also been an Assistant Professor at Poznan University of Economics between 2015 and 2017, and at Warsaw School of Economics since 2017.

Chyb, specializing in corporate/M&A, first joined SSW Pragmatic Solutions in 2013 as a Senior Associate and was promoted to Partner in 2015. Between 2007 and 2012, he was a Lawyer at Domanski Zakrzewski Palinka. In 2007, Chyb also worked as a Lawyer at Furtek i Wspolnicy, while between 2005 and 2007, he was a Legal Assistant at Soltysinski & Szlezak.

Fedurek has expertise in banking/finance, and joined SSW Pragmatic Solutions in 2021 as a Partner. Earlier, she was a Counsel at CMS between 2017 and 2021. Prior to that, Fedurek also spent over 10 years at White & Case, first as an Associate between 2007 and 2016, and later as Counsel, in 2017.

Kwasniewski, with expertise in capital markets and banking/finance, first joined SSW Pragmatic Solutions as an Intern in 2015. Subsequently, he advanced to the roles of Junior Associate in 2016, Associate in 2017, and Senior Associate in 2019. Kwasniewski became Counsel at the firm in 2021 and has been a Partner since January 2023.

Specializing in corporate/M&A, Solarz has also spent over 10 years at SSW Pragmatic Solutions, where she first joined as a Legal Assistant in 2013. She was later promoted to Junior Associate, Associate, and Senior Associate, in 2013, 2015, and 2017, respectively. Solarz later assumed the role of Counsel in 2018, and a Partner in 2019. Before joining the firm, she was an Intern at Domanski Zakrzewski Palinka in 2011 and 2012.

Szczudlik, who specializes in TMT/IP, joined SSW Pragmatic Solutions in 2020 as a Partner. Between 2018 and 2020, she was an Associate with Wardynski & Partners, while simultaneously holding the position of Partner at her Fornalik Law firm. Earlier still, Szczudlik was an Associate at Dentons from 2013-2017.

Czaprowski, also focusing on corporate/M&A, joined SSW Pragmatic Solutions in February 2023. Earlier, he spent over six years at Allen & Overy, as a Senior Associate between 2016 and 2022, and later as a Counsel in 2022. Between 2015-2016, Czaprowski was a Legal Advisor at Krassowski. Between 2007 and 2015, Czaprowski was with Allen & Overy first as a Lawyer, and later as a Legal Advisor. He was a Legal Assitant at Soltysinski Kawecki & Szlezak from 2004 to 2007.

"The expansion of the Polish team reflects the rapidly increasing market opportunities and economic developments," Schoenherr Managing Partner Alexander Popp commented. "We warmly welcome our new colleagues!"

"Outbound investments from Poland into Central Eastern Europe, led by strategic investors and local private equity houses, will continue to grow," Schoenherr Warsaw Managing Partner Pawel Halwa added. "I am extremely proud of what our team has built over the past 15 years, and we all are very much looking forward to starting the next chapter together with our new colleagues."

"Joining Schoenherr will open up exciting new opportunities. No other firm has an equally strong position across CEE," Okon and Chyb said. "We share the same values and ambitions, it is a great fit!"

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