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Paweł Gunia

Partner | Krakow

Experience

Paweł specializes in infrastructure, construction and energy, and is one of Poland’s leading experts in public procurement law.

Construction

He provides comprehensive legal advice on issues related to the performance of construction contracts, in particular contracts based on FIDIC standards. He also represents clients in litigation relating to construction contracts, including disputes with employers and subcontractors. He advises, among others, construction companies, energy companies (e.g. fuel exploration and production companies, coal-fired and renewable energy power plants, CHP plants, biofuel manufacturers), manufacturing plants, including heavy industry (e.g. chemical, pharmaceutical plants, steel mills, cement plants), transport, aviation, waste management  companies (including companies dealing with waste storage or energy recovery).

Public Procurement | Procurement Disputes | Arbitration |  Corporate & Commercial Litigation

Paweł has extensive experience in litigation before civil and administrative courts and in arbitration proceedings. He is a leading authority and has an exemplary record in respect to public procurement disputes.

Energy (Regulatory)

Paweł also provides advice with respect to environmental audits of companies, in investment processes, environmental impact assessment procedures, on integrated permits, grid connections, emissions trading scheme issues, issues relating to projects for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and energy efficiency projects. He assists clients in obtaining financing for their projects and advises on investment risk issues (in cooperation with economists and environmental engineers).

Energy & Infrastructure (Transactional)

Pawel has extensive experience in advising energy and infrastructure companies, private equity funds, investment funds and infrastructure funds on the acquisition of energy and infrastructure assets.

Competence

QUALIFICATION Advocate
LANGUAGE Polish, English
MEMBERSHIP The Kraków Bar of Advocates.
EDUCATION The University of Kraków (Master of Law, 2004)

Credentials

  • Advice to companies belonging to the Max Bögl Group on matters pertaining to the execution of projects for the construction of the A1 motorway, A2 motorway and Żyrardów bypass. Representation of Max Bögl companies in court proceedings for payments to GDDKiA and subcontractors.*
  • Advice to Przedsiębiorstwo Budownictwa Kolejowego i Inżynieryjnego INFRAKOL s.c. on matters pertaining to the performance of an agreement for the modernization of the railway line entered into with PKP Polskie Koleje Liniowe S.A.*
  • Advice to IKEA Group companies on matters related to construction law, including participation in the audit of an HDF factory investment and on matters related to the use of EU funds.*
  • Representation of a Czech-Spanish-Austrian-Polish consortium in disputes concerning the construction of railway lines.*
  • Legal assistance to a UK listed multinational speciality chemicals and sustainable technologies company on the construction of two factory investments in Poland for a total value of EUR 500 million, including the leasing of warehousing. *
  • Advising Aberdeen Asset Management’s Infrastructure Funds (AIF) on its acquisition of a 49.99% stake in Intertoll Europe’s PPP portfolio for EUR 43 million comprising shares in the A1 motorway in Poland and two sections of the M6 in Hungary, Mecsek and Duna.*
  • Advice to Italian construction companies entering the Polish construction market.*
  • Long-term advice to entities applying for and performing public contracts, in particular representation before the National Appeals Chamber and in disputes within consortia.*
  • Mota-Engil Central Europe (Emparque). Advice to a Portuguese consortium in a tender procedure (public procurement) involving the design of underground parking lots in Kraków, Poznań and Wrocław.*
  • Advising Beaulieu International Group on the acquisition of land and the construction of a production complex in Kietrz.*
  • Advising Infracapital infrastructure fund on its acquisition of 100% of the shares of gas infrastructure company Duon Dystrybucja S.A., a distributor of grid gas and LNG in Poland, from the Fortum Group.*
  • Advising international consultancy and construction company Mace in relation to its construction of the Raffles Europejski Hotel in Warsaw.
  • Advising Spanish construction company OHL in relation to disputes concerning the construction of Polish railways.
  • *Advice provided at a previous law firm.

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