Gessel, Attorneys at Law
GESSEL was established in January 1993 by Beata Gessel. At present, the firm operates as a limited partnership, and the partners are as follows: Beata Gessel-Kalinowska vel Kalisz, Leszek Koziorowski, Dorota Bryndal, Christian Schmidt, Aldona Pietrzak, Marcin Macieszczak and Piotr Schramm. GESSEL played a vital role in transformation of the Polish economy, assisting with the inflow of foreign investment to Poland and in development of the country’s capital markets. GESSEL specialises in securities and capital market transactions. The firm employs dynamic and experienced lawyers who offer extensive legal expertise and in-depth knowledge of the market environment. They are all able to work in both the Polish and English languages. Our German team also works in German. Our core areas of expertise include commercial law, corporate finance, M&A, venture capital, securities, antimonopoly, foreign investment, intellectual property, labour law, tax law, and real estate law.We are active in practically all areas of the Polish economy, advising clients in the power generation, construction, food processing, pharmaceutical, transport, retail, media, real estate, IT, and financial sectors.Our expertiseGESSEL is a full-service law firm, which offers a complete range of legal services. GESSEL worked in 2005/2006 for 125 clients in the key practice areas: capital market and securities law, mergers & acqusitions, antimonopoly law, intellectual property, real estate, employment law, court proceedings and taxes.We Speak the Language of BusinessIn the first years of its existence, GESSEL specialised primarily in privatisation transactions and in mergers and acquisitions. With time, we developed other areas of practice, such as securities, antimonopoly law, tax law, employment law, intellectual property law, and real estate law. Now in its 14th year, GESSEL is widely recognised as one of the leading Polish law firms specialising in securities, M&A, intellectual property, litigation, and arbitration. In 2005, GESSEL established a German desk led by Christian Schmidt, a German lawyer who brings to our firm long experience in advising German and Austrian companies investing and pursuing business operations in Poland in sectors such as real estate, construction, food processing, pharmaceuticals, transport, and mass media.Practice areas:- Corporate Law, M&A, VC/PE- Capital Markets, Management Options- Employment Law, Management Contracts- Intellectual Property Law, Trademarks- Competition Law- Arbitration, Court Proceedings- Real Estate- Pharmaceutical Law- Tax Law- German Desk- Public procurementSince the inception of our firm, we have completed 156 merger and acquisition transactions, including 67 in the private equity and venture capital fields. The legal advisors from our capital markets department have advised on several dozen share issues by 34 companies to a combined value in excess of PLN 10 billion.GESSEL has acted as advisor and consultant to the Polish Securities and Exchange Commission, the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Communications, and the Ministry of the Economy. Our work with the Securities and Exchange Commission included advice on amendments to the legislation regulating bonds and closed-end investment funds.GESSEL has advised the State Treasury on a number of transactions, in particular on the privatization of Zak?ady Celulozy i Papieru CELULOZA S.A. in ?wiecie (now Frantschach ?wiecie S.A.) and Fabryka ?o?ysk Tocznych “Kra?nik” S.A. GESSEL has been engaged in the privatization process of Cegielski, one of the leading Polish factories in the heavy machinery sector, in consortium with Rothschild. It is also engaged in the privatization process of a group of energy distributors, being a part of the privatization program for the energy sector.The firm is renowned for its expertise in new solutions for management options. The first management options admitted to public trading were those based on the management option program prepared by GESSEL. The clients were among others: ComputerLand S.A., K?ty S.A., BRE Bank S.A., MCI Management S.A., Eldorado S.A., Decorador S.A., W. Kruk S.A., Polfa Kutno S.A., Howell S.A..Among the firm’s clients there are also brokerage houses, e.g. Millennium Dom Maklerski S.A., Amerbrokers S.A. and Fortis Securities S.A. The matters handled in this regard range from the day-to-day corporate service through preparation of new issues of shares to servicing secondary market transactions.

practice areas

ArbitrationBanking LawFinanceIntellectual PropertyLabor and EmploymentLitigationMergers and Acquisitions and DivestituresReal EstateTaxationUnfair CompetitionWhite Collar Crime

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