CMS has strengthened its position among the best law firms in Poland improving in three categories in the Legal 500 – one of the most prestigious rankings of Polish and international law firms.
CMS has been the leader (Tier 1) in the Legal 500 in Poland for years, in categories such as: Energy, Insurance and Employment. This year, CMS’ real property practice moved up to Tier 1. This confirms the real estate & construction team’s dynamic development and its strong position on the market of transactions and investment projects in the real estate and construction sectors. The Department, headed by Wojciech Koczara, is made up of more than 30 lawyers. The team’s headline projects include advising Pramerica Real Estate on the sale of a portfolio of logistics projects in Poland, Slovenia and Czech Republic and advising the general contractor on the construction of the new Łódź Fabryczna train station and rail line.
All the remaining practices of CMS mentioned in the Legal 500 are classified only one level lower – in Tier 2.
The M&A team – which moved up to Tier 2 – was involved last year in such prominent projects as the purchase of PKP Energetyka by CVC or Value4Capital’s sale of home.pl. The position of CMS in the category Commercial, Corporate and M&A is reflected by the number of transactions completed each year, the profile of M&A projects in respect of which the law firm provides advisory services and the recognisability and reputation of the team of 30 people co-managed by Partners Dariusz Greszta and Marek Sawicki. The CMS team is also considered as one of the leading teams providing M&A advisory services in the CEE region (Band 1) by Chambers in the Central Eastern Europe category.
CMS’ Banking Department also moved up to Tier 2. The Department has 16 lawyers led by Małgorzata Chruściak. It specialises in providing advisory services in connection with transactions carried out on the banking services market, project financing, as well as representing banks in any credit transactions, debenture issues and entering into derivative transactions, as well as transactions related to debt restructuring. The recent examples of team’s projects includes advising EBRD on the financing of the construction of part of a wind farm in Orla or advising PZU on financing of a major real estate acquisition.
Debuting this year in the ranking, the CMS capital markets team was ranked as Tier 2. The team of Michał Pawłowski, who joined CMS in Autumn 2015, effectively strengthened the practice existing in CMS within the area of IPOs, bond issues and withdrawing companies from public trading.
The Legal 500 ranking is based on the opinions of over 250,000 clients of law firms all over the world, information provided by law firms, as well as interviews carried out by the Legal 500 analysts. This ensures that the best law firms are selected, which then are classified within tiers 1-3.