McKennas ups its stakes in Warsaw

The Warsaw office of City firm McKenna & Co has moved to larger offices following rapid expansion.

US lawyer Andrew Kozlowski, resident partner in Warsaw, said the firm had grown to 15 lawyers since opening with two lawyers in May 1994.

“We're projecting to grow to 18 to 20 lawyers by the end of the year,” said Kozlowski.

“We're expanding because of the amount of new work in various specialised areas that we have experience in,” he said.

“We're advising the Polish government on drafting the new private pension law.”

The expansion has continued since Kozlowski and five other lawyers joined McKenna & Co in January 1995 from the Polish office of accountancy firm Coopers & Lybrand.

The firm has two Polish banking lawyers as consultants; Professor Jerzy Harismowicz, chair of the financial law department at Warsaw University and Jolanta Gliniecka, professor of finance and tax law at Gdansk University.

McKenna & Co's Budapest office has also moved to larger premises, having formed a civil law association with local lawyers, Dr Gabriella Ormai and Dr Istvan Kovari.

McKenna Ormai, which is prohibited from a merger by local Bar Association rules, has eight lawyers and will recruit another two shortly.