Dabrowski takes up the reins at Dentons Europe

Back in 2005, the partners of Salans elected Warsaw-based partner Darisuz Oleszczuk as their managing partner.

Oleszczuk was a safe pair of hands for the firm, with leadership experience at office and board level, and under his guidance Salans expanded its geographical presence and its financials. At the end of the 2012 financial year, the firm was the sixth-largest independent firm in Europe.

In March, Oleszczuk led Salans into its tripartite merger with SNR Denton and Fraser Milner Casgrain. Now, he’s stepping down, to be replaced as Dentons Europe CEO by fellow Pole Tomasz Dabrowski.

Dabrowksi has a similar CV to his predecessor. He has managed the firm’s Warsaw office for seven years and has been head of the Central & Eastern Europe (CEE) practice and co-head of corporate for two. But he’s taking over a very different firm to the one Oleszczuk managed for three terms.

Dentons is already in fresh merger talks with US firm McKenna Long & Aldridge and has suffered some of the usual post-merger change and partner losses, including losing a legacy SNR Denton team in Kazakhstan last month.

Dabrowski’s task will now be to ensure that Dentons Europe retains its place as a leading player across the Continent. He has inherited solid foundations, but the building work must continue.


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