Our Team

Jakub Gorzelnik

Partner, attorney-at-law

Andrzej Nentwig

PARTNER, attorney-at-law

Bartłomiej Ziębiński

PARTNER, attorney-at-law

Beata Zys

Counsel, attorney-at-law

Przemysław Gorzkowski

Advocate, of counsel

Maciej Ziemann

Associate, attorney-at-law

Natalia Drążek

Associate, trainee advocate

Janusz Krakowiak

Associate, PhD student

Karol Brunejko

Associate

Paulina Harhaj

Junior Associate

Jakub Gorzelnik

PARTNER, attorney-at-law

Jakub has advised clients in the energy sector since 2007. Alumnus of energy sector departments at international law firms such as CMS and Garrigues. Later, Jakub worked for several years as Head of Legal at Wento, a major Polish wind and PV development platform. He has advised on a multitude of M&As and JVs in the RES sector, as well as several financing transactions (where he has advised lenders, but also borrowers). He has also been engaged in and has supervised numerous legal due diligence analyses of RES projects and enterprises. Jakub has negotiated high-value RES industry contracts, incl. EPC, O&M, TSAs, BoP, etc. He has advised several international and domestic RES developers on their existing development of large (utility-scale) solar energy or wind farm projects. Jakub also possesses substantial litigation experience in the energy sector, including both commercial as well as regulatory disputes. He has also served as an arbitrator in disputes regarding renewable energy assets.

Apart from renewables, Jakub is an experienced attorney in the oil and gas sector. For several years, he advised mainly large international oil and gas corporations on a variety of matters (contractual and transactional) in their upstream (exploration and production) operations in Poland, including representation before the regulator (in licensing or so-called pre-qualification proceedings). 

Andrzej Nentwig

PARTNER, attorney-at-law

Andrzej has advised energy sector clients since 2006. Alumnus of energy sector departments at WKB, CMS and Bird & Bird where he was in charge of the energy & utilities practice in Poland. Advised on a multitude of due diligence analyses, M&A and project finance transactions in the Polish renewable energy sector, primarily in the PV industry, but also in the wind farm business. He has also advised on a number of conventional energy projects, including coal-heated power plants or CHP generation sources. He has advised energy and/or gas trading companies on a variety of regulatory issues and has represented them in proceedings before the President of the Energy Regulatory Office. Andrzej also has extensive experience in the gas sector, where he has advised on, among other things, complex E&P operations related to unconventional gas plays (shale and tight gas), but also on landmark projects such as the Baltic Pipe. In the past, he worked for four years as the Head of Legal and Compliance at the Polish affiliate of BNK Petroleum Inc., a U.S. stock-listed oil&gas company. For several years, he was a member of the Law and Regulations Committee of the Polish Exploration and Production Industry Organization and is currently an advisor to the board of the Polish Solar Energy Association. Andrzej is recognized among leading Polish energy sector lawyers by Chambers Europe (2019 and 2020 editions) and by the 2019 edition of the “Rzeczpospolita” ranking.

Bartłomiej Ziębiński

Partner, attorney-at-law

Bartłomiej has advised clients in the energy sector since 1998. Alumnus of energy departments of major international law firms such as Hunton & Williams, Dentons and CMS. Bartlomiej has advised on a multitude of M&A transactions and financing transactions for RES generation assets. He has also been engaged in and has supervised numerous legal due diligence analyses of RES projects and enterprises. Bartłomiej has worked for many years on RES project developments, including advisory on all legal aspects of the investment process, as well as on industry contracts required to bring early stage development processes to successful operation (EPC, O&M, BoP). For several years, he held the position of General Counsel at Enern, a Czech wind farm investor and owner of wind farm assets in Poland.

Apart from renewables, Bartlomiej has worked for a number of CHP and heat distribution clients, where his advisory encompassed both regulatory work (tariff advisory, representation before the President of the Energy Regulatory Office, etc.) as well as, for instance, off-take contracts. He has also gained substantial experience in the petroleum industry, where he has advised on greenfield investments and acquisitions on the Polish market.

Bartłomiej is an experienced advisor to infrastructural companies, whom he has advised mainly on projects related to road and highway construction as well as construction of industrial parks.

Beata Zys

COUNSEL, attorney-at-law

Beata has advised energy clients since 2008. Alumnus of energy sector departments at Clifford Chance and Dentons. She has participated in and later supervised multiple due diligence projects for renewable energy sources (wind farms and PV installations), for financing institutions, buy-side M&A investors, as well as vendors. Her particular expertise is in administrative and regulatory fields, where she excels at advising on all matters related to the development of renewable energy projects (real estate issues, permitting proceedings, environmental aspects). Her extensive energy experience stretches also to the power and gas markets where she has advised traders and grid operators in various regulatory proceedings (related to licensing, tariffs, grid connection, fines, etc.) and in court litigation. Beata has also advised on complex real estate cases and transactions, both in the energy sector as well as in other industries. She has also supported several construction companies throughout the entire investment process, where her advisory focused mainly on permitting and environmental matters, as well as construction contracts.

Przemysław Gorzkowski

Advocate, of counsel

Przemysław advises clients from the infrastructure and energy sector. He gained his experience working in renowned Warsaw law firms since 2007, and later in companies of the Mostostal Warszawa Group, a leading building contractor whose main fields of expertise include construction of power engineering and industrial facilities (where he managed the work of the legal department, the legal team dedicated to energy and industry, and the claims management department), as well as running his own practice. He advised on many investment processes in both conventional (coal and gas power plants) and renewable energy (waste incineration plants, hydroelectric power plants, wind farms), and in industrial investment projects (gas & oil), providing legal services for projects such as construction of 2x900MW power units at the Opole Power Plant and construction of a 1000 MW unit at the Ostrołęka C Power Plant. Przemysław also provided legal services for project restructuring processes, including for the mentioned Opole Project and for the 800-910 MW power unit project at the Jaworzno III Power Plant. The total value of infrastructure and energy projects where Przemysław provided legal services amounts to several billion zloty. He also has extensive litigation experience in the infrastructure and energy industry.

Maciej Ziemann

Associate, attorney-at-law

Attorney-at-law with several years of professional experience. He has significant experience in the real estate sector, including contracts and transactions. In the energy sector, his areas of advisory include industry contracts (BoP, EPC, O&M, etc.), as well as transactions (M&A transactions and debt financing). He drafted and negotiated transaction documents for a number of successfully closed transactions in the renewable energy sector (share deals, asset deals, project finance, construction finance, etc.). He participated in numerous due diligence processes related to power sector projects – from renewable energy projects (wind farms, photovoltaic farms) to CHP or conventional sources, where his primary responsibilities included analyses of corporate, contractual and real estate issues. In addition, he has extensive experience in advising on broadly understood commercial contracts. Before joining GNZ Legal, he worked for several years in boutique law firms in Poland.

Natalia Drążek

Associate, trainee advocate

Natalia specialises primarily in the area of corporate law, as well as M&A and joint venture transactions. In these fields, she advised – drafting and providing support in negotiations of transaction documents (SPA, SHA agreements, investment agreements, asset purchase agreements, transaction documentation of security, etc.) – on a number of transactions concerning mainly renewable energy sources, as well as mining enterprises and building contractors in the energy sector. She also has ample experience in investment process consultancy, in particular with regard to administrative and legal permits (construction, environmental, zoning, etc.) required for construction of both renewable energy and heat sources. Natalia specialises further in issues related to the connection of generation sources to power or gas grids (in this area, she advised in many due diligence processes, as well as in related disputes). Before joining GNZ Legal, she gathered experience working for several years both in a major Polish law firm and as an in-house lawyer (concerned mainly with corporate law) in a large international organisation.

Janusz Krakowiak

Associate, PhD student

Janusz specialises primarily in real estate and regulatory matters. He has extensive experience in advising on real estate deals in Poland – both from the regulatory and transaction side. His areas of specialisation also cover administrative law and investment process issues, both for infrastructure and energy projects. In this respect, Janusz has advised in numerous due diligence processes (generation sources, road infrastructure projects, commercial real estate), where his primary responsibilities included various issues related to real estate and the investment process, as well as real estate contracts (commercial leases, real estate purchase transactions, long-term tenancy of agricultural properties). He represents our clients in many administrative proceedings (as well as appeals regarding investment permits), including construction law, environmental law, but also geological and mining law. Before joining GNZ Legal, Janusz worked for several years for one of the government agencies supervising trade in agricultural land in Poland, as well as for a major developer of photovoltaic farms. He is a PhD student at the University of Warsaw in the field of agricultural real estate trading.

Karol Brunejko

Associate

Karol is a lawyer with several years of professional experience, primarily in the area of administrative law (with particular focus on investment processes and permits associated with construction projects), commercial contracts, as well as civil law and administrative law disputes. At GNZ Legal, he is mainly involved in due diligence of energy and infrastructure projects. He also represents our clients in proceedings before various central and local government authorities, in particular in cases related to renewable energy source investment processes. He also supports the GNZ Legal team in litigation, both in respect of construction contracts and disputes with the President of the Energy Regulatory Office, including those arising from refusal to connect a power generation source to the grid.

Paulina Harhaj

Junior Associate

Paulina’s work revolves primarily around the renewable energy sector, where she has worked for wind farm developers, PV investors, biomass-heated CHP investors, a waste-to-energy operator, etc. She has worked on several due diligence processes and has gained experience in corporate, real estate, administrative and regulatory matters relevant for the RES sector in Poland. She has also worked on legal opinions regarding the Polish renewable energy support system. She has supported senior lawyers in due diligence, M&A transactions, financing transactions, energy litigation and in proceedings before the energy regulator in Poland as well as the oil & gas regulatory authority in Poland.