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Agnieszka Janicka

Office Managing Partner, Warsaw

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Office Managing Partner, Warsaw
Agnieszka Janicka

Agnieszka Janicka has worked for Clifford Chance since it was founded in Warsaw in 1992 and has over 20 years of corporate experience in many industry sectors, with special focus on energy & resources, TMT, financial services, consumer goods, and healthcare. In particular, she has advised on some of Poland’s largest M&A transactions, privatizations and international equity offerings.

Agnieszka also has extensive experience in advising on cross-border transactions and is recommended as the first-choice lawyer in Poland by leading private equity houses. She is also recognised by many leading legal directories - for example, Chambers Global and Chambers Europe - as the key individual in M&A, Corporate, and Private Equity in Poland.

  • Advised Powszechny Zakład Ubezpieczeń S.A. (PZU – the largest Polish insurance group), acting as part of a consortium with Polski Fundusz Rozwoju S.A. (PFR – the Polish Sovereign Wealth Fund), in the acquisition of 32.8% of the shares in Bank Polska Kasa Opieki S.A. (Bank Pekao) from UniCredit
  • Advised Empik Media & Fashion group (which is controlled by Penta Investments and Eastbridge funds) on the conclusion with Coortland Investments, a special purpose company of global private equity fund Bridgepoint, of a share purchase agreement for shares in the Smyk Group companies, an international chain of specialist stores with products for children
  • Advised banks (joint global coordinators, joint bookrunners and joint guarantors) on the issue of shares in Alior Bank S.A. with a value of PLN 2.2 billion

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Career and qualifications

  • Master of Law, Warsaw University 1991
  • Lawyer at Arset Ltd., Arset-Line Inc., Arset Light Ltd., Warsaw 1991
  • Joined Clifford Chance 1992
  • Polsin Overseas Shipping Ltd., member of the Supervisory Board 1993
  • Admitted as a legal adviser in Poland 1997
  • Partner since 1998
  • Head of the Warsaw Corporate/M&A practice
  • Office Managing Partner, Warsaw since 2018
  • Speaks Polish, English, French (fair) and Russian (fair)

Professional bodies

  • Member of the Warsaw Council for Legal Advisers

Awards and citations

  • Practice head Agnieszka Janicka is a highly experienced partner with a long-standing practice spanning a wide array of transactions, including privatisation and private equity deals. Clients speak highly of her confidence and negotiation skills: "She approached the matter in a very mature way, calming emotions down, and answering all questions with patience," says one source, whilst another adds: "She knows how to speak and who to talk to in order to close the transaction."
    Chambers Global 2018, Corporate/M&A - Poland
  • Department head Agnieszka Janicka is a top-ranked M&A and private equity practitioner acting on high-end M&A transactions, privatisations and international equity offerings. She advises clients across a broad range of industry sectors, including energy, TMT, financial services, consumer goods and healthcare. Sources commend her "ability to close the deal," with others adding that she is "excellent to work with." "She is great in negotiations," a client also reports. She recently advised Empik Media & Fashion on the sale of SMYK Group to Coortland Investments. The overall value of the transaction was approximately PLN1 billion.
    Chambers Europe 2017
  • Practice head Agnieszka Janicka is a highly experienced partner praised by sources as "absolutely top-notch." Her long-standing practice spans a wide array of matters, including privatisations and private equity deals. "She is quite helpful and great in negotiations. She is great at negotiating a win-win situation," a client says. She recently advised the Polish manufacturer Medcom on the sale of company shares to Mitsubishi Electric.
    Chambers Europe 2017
  • In the most recent ranking of law firms of Rzeczpospolita, a major Polish opinion-forming daily newspaper, Agnieszka Janicka achieved spectacular success. As a lawyer she was recognized as a Leader in the field of Mergers and Acquisitions / Privatisation / Restructuring. Her team was also recognised as a Leader in the field of Mergers and Acquisitions / Privatisation / Restructuring. In the same ranking in Rzeczpospolita, Agnieszka Janicka's team was granted awards in two categories: Band One in the category of Law Firms Advising on Major Deals on the Polish Market in 2016 and as the adviser in the category Deal of the Year 2016, which was the acquisition and the financing of the acquisition of the Allegro Group by a group of private equity funds (Cinven, Permira and Mid Europa Partners).
  • Department head Agnieszka Janicka receives praise from clients, who describe her as an "extremely clever negotiator who has a way of overcoming differences, which is just amazing." Many of her clients come from the energy and healthcare sectors and she also represents many private equity funds. She recently assisted Grupa Onet with its acquisition of two e-commerce businesses.
    Chambers Europe 2016
  • Top-ranked head of department Agnieszka Janicka possesses a plethora of experience in corporate matters, most notably in TMT and healthcare. She is visible at the heart of some of the country's most lucrative private equity deals. Recent transactions include advising internet portal enterprise Grupa Wirtualna Polska, a portfolio company of private equity fund Innova, on the complete acquisition of shares in financial services web portal money.pl.
    Chambers Europe 2016
  • Practice head Agnieszka Janicka is applauded for her "great negotiating skills and ability to bring two sides together, despite numerous differences." Another client comments: "She can talk anyone into anything; it was good to have her on my side."
    Chamber Europe 2015
  • Agnieszka Janicka heads the firm's corporate department and is praised for her negotiation skills: "Even though she takes a very firm position that is aligned with her clients' or our position, she is constantly on the outlook to reach a compromise." Janicka is known for advising on transactional matters in the healthcare and pharmaceutical sectors. Recent work includes advice to Mediq on the PLN432 million sale of ACP Pharma to Neuca.
    Chamber Europe 2015
  • Agnieszka Janicka is one of the leading practitioners in the department, and is recognised in the market for her expertise in handling transactions that are significant in size and value.
    Chambers Europe 2014
  • Head of corporate Agnieszka Janicka stands out as an excellent private equity lawyer thanks to her strong relationships with fund managers and her ability to create a positive atmosphere throughout the whole deal process.
    Chambers Europe 2014
  • Practice head Agnieszka Janicka is lauded as "an excellent adviser with impressive business sense."
    Chambers Europe 2012