Dr Janusz Fiszer
Partner, attorney and certified tax advisor, joined GESSEL in January 2014. Dr Fiszer heads GESSEL's tax law practice. He specializes in international tax law and in tax aspects of M&A transactions. A graduate of the University of Warsaw Law School, holds a doctorate in law. Since 1980 lecturer at the University of Warsaw, currently an associate professor. Since the early 1990s, associated with the international law firm White & Case, from 1998 through 2011 as partner. In 2012-2013, partner in the Tax & Legal Department of the international advisory firm PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), head of the International Tax Practice in Poland. In 1990-1991, Dr Fiszer acted as an independent expert to the Polish Parliamentary Commission for Economic Policy, Budget, and Finance, advising on the draft legislative Personal Income Tax Law and the draft VAT Law. In 1991-1993 Dr Fiszer was an advisor to the Minister of Finance, acting as co-negotiator of numerous international double taxation treaties to be concluded by Poland.
Dr Fiszer was a co-author of the draft Law on National Investment Funds and their Privatization, a complex legislation which allowed the Polish Government to privatize over 500 previously state-owned companies, as well as on Law on Commodity Exchanges; he also was a consultant with respect to the draft law on investment funds and law on industrial funds. As part of his legal practice, Dr Fiszer has advised on a number of high-profile M&A transactions in Poland involving both publicly-listed, as well as privately-held companies.
Dr Fiszer is the author of over 1,100 publications on legal, tax, and financial matters published in Polish professional journals (“Finanse", “Państwo i Prawo", “Przegląd Podatkowy", “Monitor Podatkowy") and in international journals ("Tax Notes International", "Tax News Service", “East European Business Law", “European Taxation", “Intertax", “Wirtschaft und Recht in Osteuropa"). He is the co-author of the Commentary on the Law on National Investment Funds and their Privatization. Dr Fiszer is a long-time correspondent of professional tax journals such as “Tax Notes International", “Tax News Service", or "East European Business Law". Dr Janusz Fiszer is a member of the editorial board of the monthly professional journal "Monitor Podatkowy" and regularly contributes commentary on tax issues to the "Dziennik Gazeta Prawna"-daily.
In 1982-1983, Dr Fiszer was a scholar at the University of Kansas School of Business in Lawrence, Kansas (United States); in 1988-1989, he was a research scholar of the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst, and in 1990 – of the Fritz Thyssen Stiftung - at the International and Foreign Financial and Tax Law Center at the University of Munich (Germany).
Dr Fiszer was a co-founder and president of the Management Board of the Polish branch of the International Fiscal Association (IFA). He is now a member of the Supervisory Board of the Polish branch of IFA. He has participated in numerous Polish and international conferences and seminars focusing on tax and international tax matters.
Dr Fiszer is consistently listed in international and Polish directories of law firms and lawyers – "Chambers Global", "Chambers Europe", "PLC Which Lawyer?", "World Tax – Ranking of Tax Advisory Firms and Tax Advisors", " Who’s Who Legal – The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers", "Rzeczpospolita", "Dziennik Gazeta Prawna", and "Forbes".
In June 2016, in the 10th edition of the Tax Advisory Firms Ranking of the Rzeczpospolita-daily which ranks the leading Polish tax experts and largest tax advisory operations, Dr Janusz Fiszer was named as “Tax Advisor of the Decade in the International Tax Law”.
Dr Fiszer is also a lecturer in international tax law at the postgraduate program on International Tax strategies the Main Economic University (SGH) in Warsaw.
Besides his native Polish, Dr Janusz Fiszer is fluent in English and in German.