JDP develops new practices

Michał Drozdowicz, expert with over twenty years of experience in energy law, especially renewables, has joined JPD. The new Energy / Renewables Team will advise Polish and foreign clients on energy issues regarding developing and acquiring renewable energy sources, including due diligence checks in M&A transactions and RES financing, primarily in the PV sector. The team will complement the legal services that the firm renders in complex infrastructure projects, including from the conventional energy sector, and will benefit from the expertise and experience of the team headed by Professor Przemysław Drapała, JDP Managing Partner.

“We are very happy that Michał Drozdowicz has joined JDP and will take charge of the Energy / Renewables Practice. Michał is a renowned practitioner in the area of legal advice on renewables investment process and legal due diligence regarding acquiring and performing RES projects in Poland”, says Marcin Chomiuk, PhD, partner, head of the M&A, Corporate and Commercial Practice.

“In the last year, we observed an energy crisis and its consequences that affected the ambitious projects in the Polish energy sector. It seems that changes are coming in terms of securing energy prices, handling consequences of interferences on the energy markets, dynamic investments in completed or ongoing RES projects, and expansion of energy generation and grid infrastructures. Thanks to their top-tier experts in areas crucial for protecting the interests of clients from the energy sector, JDP has great opportunities available. I’m happy to be a part of it”, says Michał Drozdowicz.

Michał Drozdowicz

Attorney-at-law, head of Energy / Renewables, with over twenty years of experience in advising Polish and foreign companies on, among others, crucial domestic investment projects regarding (conventional) energy sources and energy infrastructure. He specialises in energy law with a focus on renewable energy. Michał advises clients on renewables development and acquisition projects, including in particular due diligence checks in M&A transactions and RES financing, primarily in the PV sector. He supports clients in regulatory issues, key aspects of energy agreements, including connection agreements, component supply agreements, construction contracts, O&M agreements, and long-term power purchase agreements between producers of energy and corporate recipients (PPA, cPPA). Michał has been regularly recognised in international legal rankings (Chambers & Partners, Who’s Who Legal, IFLR 1000, Legal 500). In 2020, he was granted the Lexology’s Client’s Choice award.

Dynamic development in 2022

The Energy / Renewables Practice that combines expertise with an in-depth understanding of the industry is JDP’s another response to the dynamically changing market environment. In the previous year, the firm expanded its expertise in the following areas: Taxes (Michał Jagielski) and White Collar Crime (Arkadiusz Górski). Given the increasing trust of our clients which translates into a growing number of assignments, the number of lawyers in the firm increased by 40% (20 lawyers) in 2022.

Promotions in JDP

In early-January, the firm announced promotions. Barbara Kaczała (M&A, Corporate and Commercial) and Łukasz Goniak, PhD (Public Procurement) were promoted to counsels, and Justyna Solarska (Litigation and Arbitration, Infrastructure) was promoted to senior associate

“The changing economic situation requires strong actions, therefore, we promote people who understand the new business needs of our clients and identify with our law firm. We congratulate the promoted persons on their dynamic growth and wish them new achievements at their new positions,” says Professor Przemysław Drapała, JDP partner, head of the Litigation and Arbitration Team, the Infrastructure Team.

Profiles of the promoted lawyers

Barbara Kaczała

Attorney-at-law in the M&A, Corporate and Commercial Team. She specialises in commercial and corporate law, and compliance. She provides day-to-day advice to entities with German and Swiss capital, including in particular drafting and negotiating contracts, such as complex contracts on distribution, supplies, and implementation of technological lines. She supports clients in the contract performance, also in crisis situations where a party does not perform a contract or performs it improperly. Her clients include international production and retail chains. She also has experience in helping foreign investors enter the Polish market, including obtaining permits for operating in Special Economic Zones. Her advice is focused on the client’s business needs and ensuring the highest level of legal security.

Łukasz Goniak, PhD

Attorney-at-law in the Public Procurement Team, the Litigation and Arbitration Team, and the Infrastructure Team. He provides comprehensive advice to Polish and foreign entities in the construction, road, transport and energy sectors, including in particular projects performed in the public procurement process and in the PPP formula. He advises both at the bidding and the performance stages. He has supported his clients in the largest infrastructure projects in Poland and in unique European infrastructure projects. He has also supported contractors in international tenders for projects within the NATO SECURITY INVESTEMENT PROGRAMME (NSIP) conducted on the basis of NATO directives.

Justyna Solarska

Attorney-at-law in the Litigation and Arbitration Team, the Infrastructure Team. She represents clients in proceedings before common courts, regarding in particular infrastructure disputes, including cases based on FIDIC standards, with respect to contractual penalties for withdrawal from construction contracts and for delay and remuneration for additional and substitute works. She has represented clients before common and arbitration courts in civil, criminal and commercial (including in particular corporate disputes) proceedings. She also has experience in advising businesses in compliance procedures.


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