Aneta Saramak, managing director/CEO, leads the team at Arena Tax, which consists of 22 fee earners. Within the tax team, 10 are licensed tax advisors and nine are managers and directors. The tax practice offers advice in most tax areas including advisory for group companies, transfer pricing and transaction system support (IT). It specialises in advisory for internationally operating capital groups, e.g. finance, fintech, IT and software, B2B services, B2C services, distribution and more.
The firm is designing a model of corporation for international group of associated companies providing digital consumer finance services in different countries with a peer-to-peer lending platform.
Sławomir Boruc is the managing partner leading Baker McKenzie tax team in Warsaw. It includes three partners and eight other professionals, who work in indirect tax, corporate tax and disputes. The law firm covers all tax areas but has developed strengths and gained experience regarding tax litigation, M&A tax advisory, cross-border restructurings and developing tax strategies.
The firm has represented a client in a multimillion VAT litigation case regarding non-application of Polish VAT on intra-EU supplies. The goods were sold in Polish markets. The tax lawyers succeeded in persuading the Supreme Administrative Court to annul two verdicts of the Provincial Administrative Court followed by another successful ruling against the Warsaw Tax Chamber Director-issued decisions.
Partners Andrzej Puncewicz, Paweł Toński and Roman Namysłowski co-manage the tax department at Crido Taxand. It has seven partners and three managing partners, Andrzej Puncewicz, Paweł Toński and Roman Namysłowski. Last year it created two separate sub-practices: an employment and personal taxes team and a digital tax team. It offers comprehensive tax services including tax planning, corporate income tax, transfer pricing andrestructuring of financial products and more. Some of its large clients include IKEA, Carlsberg, T- Mobile and IBM.
Roman Namysłowski is advising Auchan on its VAT compliance related to its restructuring. The transaction was valued at €1 billion. The client was advised on VAT compliance guidelines related to the process of a demerger, advised on how to split the value added taxable sales and acquisitions between the demerged entity and receiving entity, working out issues connected with cash registers and B2C transactions during the demerger and more.
The Dentons tax practice consists of certified tax advisors and lawyers, which includes three partners, six counsels and five associates. Cezary Przygodzki and Karina Furga-Dąbrowska co-head the tax advisory group. The team specialises in certain markets such as energy, pharmaceutical, real estate, technology and telecommunications, infrastructure and finance. It is also experienced in advising on transactional tax, tax reviews, transfer pricing, tax structuring and more.
Przygodzki led the tax team that advised HSBC on financing a large real estate portfolio acquisition in Poland valued at $635 million, one of the largest real estate deals in the Polish market.
Michał Turczyk, partner, is a new addition to the tax team.
DLA Piper's head of tax in Poland is Bartosz Matusik. The team includes one partner and five other professionals. In the tax team two are licensed tax advisers and the rest are lawyers and economists. It offers various tax advice, and offers its in-depth and expert knowledge in securitisation, M&A transactions, TP, corporate income tax and private income tax, VAT, litigation and more.
Matusik advised a client on an efficient tax structure to permit a Polish private equity fund to invest with foreign investors in a Polish venture capital project.
Domański Zakrzewski Palinka provides tax legal advice to domestic and international clients, on tax planning M&A, restructuring, tax optimisation, compliance, auditing, cross-border transactions and more. Joanna Wierzejska is the head of tax, and is an expert in M&A tax advisory, as well as advising clients in sectors such as energy, financial, PE/VC, pharmaceutical, FMCG, real estate and more. The tax team consists of two partners and eight lawyers and has offices in Poznań, Warsaw and Wrocław.
The EMEIA Tax Center at EY is organised as a supranational entity covering the entire Europe, Middle East, India and Africa (EMEIA) region, with its Intercompany Effectiveness and operational transfer pricing practice serving clients’ needs across all jurisdictions.
Led by Oslo-based partner Sveinung Baumann-Larsen, it brings together multi-disciplinary experience and resources focused on IT, accounting, and tax from the entire region in its work. This work covers some of the leading global companies in their respective fields and includes those involved in retail and consumer products, energy and pharmaceuticals, to name but a few.
The Magnusson tax team is experienced in representing clients in full tax matters including extensive general tax advice concerning transactional tax, international tax planning and structuring, cross-border projects and acquisition. The tax practice has unique experience advising real estate developers on tax matters, and it represents clients on tax controversy cases. Tomasz Rysiak is now the head of tax practice, following Agnieszka Pytlas-Skwierczyńska’s promotion to managing partner.
The team advised KappAhl, a Scandinavian fashion retail chain, on all tax matters concerning the client’s business restructuring in Poland.
Michalik Dłuska Dziedzic & Partnerzy has more than 80 tax professionals in Poland providing comprehensive tax legal services. These include M&A-related planning and assisting, cross-border transactions, TP advisory, tax litigation assistance, employer advisory and compliance and payroll services. It has a dedicated team for specific tax areas such as VAT (four partners and more than 20 advisors), M&A and real estate (three partners and 15 advisors), and transfer pricing (two partners and 30 advisors). Its litigators are experienced in representing clients in Polish courts and the CJEU.
The firm advised Griffin Premium Re on its IPO valued at $127 million. The tax team advised the client to list on the Warsaw stock exchange. It was tasked with designing and implementing a corporate structure for a group of companies to list the on the Warsaw Stock Exchange. It was also involved creating a financing model for regular and stable dividend distributions to the investors.
MVP Tax is a boutique tax advisory founded in 2016 by former big four and magic circle lawyers. The small team focuses on specific industries such as culture and entertainment, life science, real estate, media and advertising and consumer goods. The team focuses on the following tax areas: VAT, tax controversy, transfer pricing, R&D tax issues and tax issues related to media and marketing activities.
PwC has been established in Poland for more than 28 years and has offices in Gdańsk, Katowice, Kraków, Łódź, Poznań, Rzeszów, Warsaw and Wrocław. The big four firm has 400 tax experts, including 124 certified tax advisors, eight legal counsels, two advocates and three auditors. Barańczyk has worked for the firm since 2009 and was promoted to his current position in 2013. The tax team comprises two partners and 46 other professionals. Its main focus tax areas are TP, indirect tax, litigation, dispute resolution, HR services, tax management and accounting, digitalisation of taxes and legal. The team is experienced in the areas of financial services, real estate, retail and consumer, pharmaceuticals, energy and the public sector.
The team recently advised a Danish client firm on assisting in tax matters regarding the acquisition of a subsidiary firm from a large Polish bank. The acquisition was valued at €120 million.
Patrycja Goździowska and Tomasz Wickel lead the tax practice; they worked for the likes of PwC and Deloitte. The team has a mixture of professionals that are tax advisors and lawyers. The team provides full tax advisory, assists clients during tax audits or proceedings, and advises on restructuring and acquisition matters.
Tomasz Wickel led the team advising Agregaty Fogo on its €40 million reorganisation. The tax advisors designed a tax efficient strategy to spin off one of the client’s businesses to a separate entity and to implement stock option plan for its key managers. The firm assisted in transforming the subsidiary into a joint-stock company and transferring the subsidiary’s shares to centralise the ownership structure.