DLA Piper bolsters nascent Warsaw office

CMS Cameron McKenna Warsaw partner Michal Zieniewski is to join two former Squire Sanders & Dempsey partners in DLA Piper‘s fledgling Warsaw office.

As reported by The Lawyer (18 June), Krzysztof Wiater and Pawel Grzejszczak have joined DLA Piper to set up the Polish office as office head and partner respectively.

Zieniewski, who will join DLA Piper in August, specialises in advising international clients in the construction and energy industries on projects and finance-related matters. He has broad international PPP experience and advised on the first major PPP in Poland. He also assisted the Polish government draft its PPP law.

Wiater specialises in corporate and asset restructuring, direct and indirect privatisations and international trade, representing financial institutions, foreign investors, major corporates and government agencies

Grzejszczak’s focus is on advising international and Polish clients on energy and telecommunication-related matters.

DLA Piper intends to add to its Polish presence in the coming months with the aim of having 15-20 lawyers based in Warsaw by the end of the year.

Meanwhile, DLA Piper has hired real estate lawyer François de Montpellier and financial lawyer Koen Vanderheyden as partners in its Brussels office. Both lawyers join from Lawfort on 1 July.

De Montpellier will work alongside Dirk Caestecker, DLA Piper’s head of real estate in Belgium, focusing on clients in Flanders, Brussels and Wallonia.

Vanderheyden joins the firm’s finance and projects group and will work alongside partner Yves Brosen.