Lawyers

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

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.