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Energy

We advise entities involved in the energy sector on ongoing operational and administration matters (including regulatory and transactional matters, mergers & acquisitions and divestitures (including portfolio packages)), as well as in litigation. Due to the broad spectrum of our advisory services, we have broad experience within this dynamic industry, which allows us to provide our services in a manner best suited to our clients’ needs.

Oil, Gas and Natural Resources

There are two constants to the Polish oil, gas and natural resources market – risk and opportunity.  Whether as a result of changes in law or regulatory policy, technological advances or simply of rapid and often unforeseen shifts in market conditions, oil, gas and natural resources companies will always face challenges.

Our oil, gas and natural resources team understands the sector and work with a range of clients to take advantage of risk and opportunity.

Our oil, gas and natural resources team works closely with a number of leading Polish and international players, and follows the industry’s development up-close. We have strong expertise within the relevant areas of law for the industry, and we provide services that target the industry’s daily work and issues. We also assist in the players’ more extraordinary activities, such as in connection with transactions, dispute resolution, projects, regulatory issues, tax and financing.

Renewables

Poland is fully committed to sustainable energy production. The risk and cost of carbon emissions is more evident than ever, yet Poland has far to go in achieving the ambitious targets set to reduce emissions. Renewable energy has never been more critical with clients needing specialist lawyers who fully understand the key issues, risks and opportunities affecting the sector.

We have an experienced team of energy lawyers who have acted for a diverse range of both Polish and international renewable clients. We advise across all aspects of renewable energy including wind, solar, offshore, energy from waste, geothermal and clean tech projects as well as energy efficiency.

Services

  • Providing ongoing operational consulting.
  • Providing support in contacting the Energy Regulatory Office.
  • Representing clients in dispute proceedings before the Chairperson of the Energy Regulatory Office.
  • Providing transactional support for clients.
  • Representing clients in litigation proceedings.
  • Supporting clients during investment proceedings, both at the stage of contract negotiations and their completion, while taking into account matters related to environmental protection law.
  • Advising clients on their regulatory obligations such as maintaining mandatory oil and gas stocks.
  • Advising on obtaining permits and concessions.
  • Advising on the control of fuel quality.
  • Analysing energy infrastructure to ensure compliance with specific legal requirements.

Experience

German wind farm developer

Advising a leading German wind farm developer in a long-term dispute with a Polish shareholder, assisting the client with the division of the portfolio between German and Polish shareholders, preparing and negotiating a comprehensive, multi-entity out-of-court settlement.

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German developer of RES based plants

Advising a German developer of RES based plants listed on the German stock exchange, regarding: a) divestment of the entire Polish portfolio (8 subsidiaries and 15 wind farms) to a French investor; b) selected aspects of obtaining environmental permit for one of the projects; and c) contractual arrangements with Polish customers (service contracts).

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Leading energy company

Representing a leading energy entity in the sale of a subsidiary to another leading entity.

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Crude oil and liquid fuel producers

Providing ongoing advice to entities operating on the market of production, distribution, and storage of crude oil and liquid fuels.

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Crude oil producer

Analysing formal and legal aspects of tankless storage of crude oil and liquid fuels in a rock mass.

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Oil refiner

Preparing an audit for an entity operating on the market of production of refinery and petrochemical products with regards to compliance of infrastructure elements with the requirements of environmental protection law.

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French district heating capital group

Representing a company from a French capital group dealing with district heating in a long-term, contractual dispute with a former contractor.

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Tauron Polska Energia S.A. Group

Advising the Polish energy holding company, the owner of power and heat generation and distribution, and coal mining assets, in precedential court disputes concerning, among others, a dispute with one of the largest housing cooperatives in Poland in connection with transmission easement claims and in court disputes concerning wind farms.

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GGE A.S

Advising the Slovakian energy company on a number of acquisition projects including an Opole power plant with total installed capacity of 1,492 MW, and a network of Calor CPH plants located in Upper Silesia with a total installed capacity of 60 MW.

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Eiffel Investment Group

Advising the French asset management firm on financing provided to in the respect of a number of acquisitions of both Polish wind and solar projects.

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Team

Our firm consists of nearly 80 people, including lawyers, tax experts and support staff specialising in a range of key practice areas and industry sectors, and located in three offices in Poland.

Paweł Gunia

Partner Krakow

Rafał Zięba

Senior Partner Warsaw

Rafał Stroiński

Senior Partner Warsaw

Agnieszka Hajos – Iwańska

Partner Krakow

Aleksandra Polak

Partner Warsaw

Tomasz Ciałowicz

Counsel Krakow

Bogdan Duda

Counsel Warsaw

Luiza Wyrębkowska

Counsel Warsaw

Marcin Malinowski

Senior Associate Warsaw

Edyta Zalewska

Counsel Warsaw

Dawid Malinowski

Associate Warsaw

Paulina Milewska

Senior Associate Katowice

Kacper Oleksy

Associate Warsaw

Teresa Pilecka

Senior Associate Warsaw

Kinga Karaszewska

Junior Associate Warsaw

Jacek Mizgier

Associate Warsaw

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