New appointments confirms the strong position of CMS’ energy team and CMS’ real estate team on the Polish market as well as the plans for further development of these practices in the coming years.
Zbigniew Kozłowski, advocate, head of the environmental law team operating within the Energy and Projects Department, Agnieszka Kuźma, advocate from the Real Estate and Construction Department, and Paweł Zalewski, legal counsel, leading the renewable energy team within the CMS Energy and Projects Department, were designated as Of Counsels in the CMS Warsaw office in January 2016.
Zbigniew Kozlowski is an advocate heading the environmental law team in CMS, a firm with which he has been associated since 2007. He advises on industrial emissions, trading in allowances for CO2 emissions, environmental impact assessments, waste management, water and wastewater management, permits for the use of the environment and environmental pollution.
At CMS he has provided comprehensive legal assistance to ENEA Wytwarzanie in matters relating to a leakage of fuel oil from the Kozienice power plant, decisions on environmental conditions, integrated permits and authorisations to participate in the ETS. He has developed scenarios of conduct for several power plants belonging to the Veolia group, aimed at obtaining additional free allowances for CO2 emissions. He has advised ArcelorMittal Poland in relation to deviations from BAT conclusions. He took part in preparing the strategy of the implementation of the IED directive in a network of a power plant and a heat and power plant from a leading energy group. He has successfully represented Clients in a number of administrative and administrative judicial proceedings. He has also participated in projects related to the construction of new generating capacity in the Polish energy sector.
He has been described by Chambers & Partners analysts as a notable practitioner, ranking in Band 2, while his team continues to be ranked in Band 1 since the creation of a separate “Environment” category in the Chambers & Partners ranking. Zbigniew Kozłowski is also one of the winners of “Rising Stars Prawnicy – liderzy jutra 2015” (“Rising Stars Lawyers – Tomorrow’s Leaders 2015”), acompetition organised by Dziennik Gazeta Prawna.
Paweł Zalewski – the leader of the renewable energy team – specialises in providing legal advice to entities operating in the energy industry. He has advised on matters related to the prospecting and exploring of hydrocarbons, in particular in relation to the regulatory and administrative issues in the context of obtaining administrative decisions necessary to conduct this type of activity. His experience also includes M&A transactions – he has prepared and negotiated M&A agreements for major wind energy projects. Additionally, he has many years of experience in the provision of ongoing support in relation to wind power projects. He has been working at CMS since 2009.
Agnieszka Kuźma is an advocate in the Real Estate and Construction Department in CMS, a firm with which she has been associated since May 2006. She specialises in real estate and construction law. Agnieszka provides comprehensive advice to Polish and foreign clients, primarily in relation to real estate sale, purchase and leaseback transactions. She also advises in relation to obtaining financing and refinancing for real estate transactions and projects, prepares and negotiates contracts in construction and investment processes (contracts for design works, contracts for general contracting, development contracts), including those performed in the framework of joint ventures, negotiates commercial property leases and pre-let contracts for the performance of projects within the build-to-suit system, and she drafts opinions on so-called restitution claims as part of comprehensive audits of the legal status of real estate. Her experience also includes advising on prestigious and complex real estate projects with the highest values of real estate transactions in Poland in recent years, including the purchase of office facilities worth 300 mln euros and 150 mln euros for foreign funds.
For the past ten years the CMS Energy Team has been ranked by Chambers & Partners analysts in Band 1, the highest category for Energy & Natural Resources. Since 2012, when a separate “Environment” category was added, CMS has continued to be ranked in Band 1. The CMS Warsaw office’s position in the energy sector has also been confirmed by the Legal 500 rankings, in which the firm ranked in Band 1 seven times in the past 8 years. Chambers & Partners also recognised CMS as the best advisor for the energy sector in the whole CEE region, ranking it in Band 1 in the “Project & Energy” category.
The CMS real estate team ranks in Band 2, both according to Chambers & Partners analysts and Legal 500 analysts. In 2014 CMS also received the Eurobuild “Law Firm of the Year” award.
CMS is an international law firm providing comprehensive legal and tax advice to companies, financial institutions and administrative bodies. We are one of the largest and most experienced international law firms in Poland – we have been operating on the Polish market for over 20 years. The Warsaw office of CMS employs 140 lawyers who advise clients operating in all key sectors of the economy. Further information: http://www.cms-cmck.com/Poland