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The Deal: In July 2018, CEE Legal Matters reported that the Warsaw office of Linklaters had advised Polish rolling stock manufacturer PESA Bydgoszcz and its shareholders on the sale of 100% of the company to the Polish Development Fund. Weil, Gotshal & Manges advised the Polish Development Fund on the acquisition.

SPCG Law Firm has successfully represented Miejskie Przedsiebiorstwo Komunikacyjne S.A. before the Court of Appeal in Krakow in a dispute with the provider of Krakowiak trams concerning the payment of a contractual PLN 15 million penalty from the tram manufacturer due to a delay in vehicle delivery.

Kwasnicki, Wrobel & Partners has advised Artifex Mundi S.A. on the preparation and implementation of a private stock offering. As a result of the offering, Artifex Mundi received around PLN 10.5 million that can be used for business expansion.

Noerr has advised Work Service S.A. on the PLN 155.3 million sale of all its shares in Exact Systems’ companies in a management buy-out by Pawel Gos and Leslaw Walaszczyk, founders and managers of Exact Systems, supported by funds managed by CVI Dom Maklerski through Remango Investments. Crido Legal advised the managers and Gessel law advised CVI Dom Maklerski.

Significant changes have been made to Polish transfer pricing regulations in recent years. New legislation, adopted in 2017, introduced a three-tiered approach to transfer pricing documentation consisting of: (1) local file, (2) master file, and (3) country-by-country reporting. Poland was one of the first countries to introduce the changes recommended by the OECD in BEPS (Action 13).

Andrew Kozlowski is Counsel (and former Managing Partner) at CMS in Warsaw, where he specializes in energy and project finance, corporate/M&A, privatizations, and international capital markets. He has been involved in numerous infrastructure projects in Poland and across CEE and various project finance transactions in the energy and transportation sectors, from motorways, railways, and waste, to energy utilities.

The commercial real estate market in Poland continues to be on a growth path. In 2017, the market recorded high demand in all major asset classes, breaking records in the hotel and warehouse sectors. The total value of transactions is growing consistently, and in 2017 it reached EUR 5.1 billion – the highest level in the history of the Polish market.

I love my profession. It has given me the privilege of being a witness to and an active participant in the significant changes which have unfolded in Poland over the last 30 years. I graduated in 1985 when the Polish economy was socialist. Nothing at that time could lead one to realistically expect that the socialist regime would fall in a few years, with Poland becoming a free country. When I went to study in Oxford in 1988, I left a socialist Poland, only to return to a Poland already on its path to a free market economy.

Against the backdrop of the many significant and at times highly controversial changes being made to Polish law at the moment, the country is close to enacting its first ever serious whistleblower protection laws. What will this protection look like, and what does its passage mean for Poland?

Poland Knowledge Partner

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