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Targeting Warsaw: Greenberg takes A&O and NRF former Polish real estate heads in 12-lawyer hire

Greenberg Traurig has hired real estate teams from both Allen & Overy (A&O) and Norton Rose Fulbright as it bolsters its practice in Warsaw with 12 new lawyers.

In a serious bid to grow and integrate its real estate network outside of the US, Greenberg Traurig has added 12 lawyers to its Warsaw office to create ‘one of the largest and most diversified real estate practices in the region’, according to the firm.

The firm has recruited Norton Rose Fulbright partner and former property team head in Warsaw Agnieszka Stankiewicz. She was named a leading individual in The Legal 500 for Polish real estate and recently advised ING on several major deals in the country. Stankiewicz brings with her local partner Magdalena Życzkowska-Jóźwiak, one senior associate, and five associates.

The firm has also hired A&O’s Radomił Charzyński, counsel and former head of real estate in Warsaw. He brings with him three others including local partner Karol Brzoskowski and two senior associates.

Both Charzyński and Stankiewicz join Greenberg as partners, and will work alongside Warsaw partner and head of the real estate group Marek Grodek. The new additions take Greenberg’s real estate team in Central Europe to a total of 30 lawyers while, with the arrival of the four-partner property team, the Warsaw practice will house 12 partners in total, headed by Jarosław Grzesiak and Lejb Fogelman. The office includes a seven-partner corporate team that covers M&A, private equity and capital markets, and one tax partner.

Grzesiak told Legal Business: ‘When I joined from Dewey & LeBoeuf in 2012, Greenberg had ten lawyers; we now have 80. We are top-tier in M&A but the modern day real estate practice is becoming multi-faceted and now includes capital market and finance aspects. Greenberg is building an international real estate practice and no other firm in Warsaw is stronger in real estate, given our offering in related practices.’