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Paweł Puacz

Paweł Puacz

Counsel

Counsel
Paweł Puacz

Paweł Puacz is a legal adviser and heads the Energy and Resources Group at Clifford Chance Warsaw. He specialises in the field of energy law, environmental protection law and corporate law.

Paweł has advised Polish and foreign companies from the conventional and renewable energy  sectors, the heating sector, the oil and gas sector and the energy-intensive industry sector for many years. He focuses on regulatory issues, M&A, project financing and agreements related to trading in energy and gas.

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Career and qualifications

  • Adam Mickiewicz University (LLM) 2007
  • Joined Clifford Chance 2007
  • Admitted as a legal adviser (radca prawny) in Poland 2011

Professional bodies

  • Member of the Poznań Bar of Legal Advisers
  • Represents Clifford Chance as a member of CEEP (Central Europe Energy Partners)

Awards and citations

  • Paweł Puacz is respected as a counsel on both transactional and regulatory matters in the energy market, winning high praise from interviewees for his dedication to client interests. One source remarks: "It didn't matter when I was calling, he was always there to answer my questions." He is also an active practitioner in the arbitration field and a respected negotiator.
    Chambers Europe 2019, Energy & Natural Resources - Poland
  • Paweł Puacz is an experienced practitioner in environmental law. He provides his clients with in-depth analyses of Polish and EU regulations regarding permit applications, environmental impact assessments and the recent legislative and regulatory changes in the water law sector.
    Chambers Europe 2019, Environment - Poland
  • Counsel Paweł Puacz advances through the rankings. "He has the ability to look at business from a broader perspective, not restricted only to the energy issues," a client says. He is also recognised for his knowledge of the environmental aspects of the energy business. Sources add he is able to "work under time pressure and show strong dedication." 
    Chambers Europe 2017
  • Paweł Puacz has a strong focus on environmental matters within the energy sector. He acts for clients from the renewable energy sector and the oil and gas sector on project financing and trade agreements. Clients recommend him for "his ability to present the risk and benefits from a legal perspective and also refer to practical and commercial aspects."
    Chambers Europe 2017
  • Paweł Puacz was part of the team that advised Windflower Poland on various issues, including the development of wind farms and acquisitions. Clients are quick to compliment him, stating that he is "very committed, very good in negotiations and very available" and that he "finds solutions in order to make the transaction happen."
    Chambers Europe 2016
  • Clients emphasise Paweł Puacz's "practical and business-oriented approach" and "ability to build a client relationship based on trust." He recently assisted with the implementation of industrial emission directives into Polish law for International Paper.
    Chambers Europe 2016
  • Department head Paweł Puacz is active in wind energy related transactions and regulations. He is widely praised for his availability and creativity by clients, who also say: "He is a solid commercial lawyer, who really understands the transaction and works hard on even the smallest detail."
    Chamber Europe 2015
  • Paweł Puacz is a talented energy and environmental lawyer who rises in the rankings in recognition of his abilities. Clients value the breadth of his knowledge, with one noting: "He was very helpful and flexible in many areas, and understood our needs and expectations." Another adds: "He conducted negotiations with a holistic view and implemented solutions to mitigate risks."
    Chamber Europe 2015