In the context of dynamic growth of our firm, GESSEL is happy to announce that Natalia Jodłowska (attorney in the arbitration team led by Dr. Beata Gessel-Kalinowska vel Kalisz) as well as Karol Sokół and Michał Bochowicz (advocates, members of the M&A, banking and finance team led by Małgorzata Badowska) have just become managing associates.

Natalia Jodłowska specialises in arbitration and litigation in the fields of commercial law and civil law as well as tax and administrative proceedings. She represents Polish and foreign entities in domestic and international arbitration proceedings, in proceedings before the general and administrative courts, and before public administration bodies. Served as administrative secretary of arbitration tribunals in Polish and international arbitration proceedings. With GESSEL since 2012.

“Natalia is a rising star in arbitration. Arbitration isn’t just about knowledge (of the sort which any lawyer is expected to have) or about thinking outside the box (as expected of everyone here at GESSEL), but also about a collegial approach and a sense of humour, a healthy distance to oneself and to others, erudition, devotion to the job, and ingeniousness. GESSEL Arbitration Wall, the popular arbitration app, is Natalia’s brainchild.”

Beata Gessel-Kalinowska vel Kalisz, senior partner

Karol Sokół specialises in M&A transactions in the private and public markets, in financing and refinancing transactions (including restructuring projects), and in investment funds. With GESSEL since 2010. In 2017, Karol advised on, among other deals, sale of shares in Profim sp. z o.o. to a fund managed by Innova Capital and on sale of shares in Fabryka Pił i Narzędzi Wapienica sp. z o.o. (along with the “Globus” trademark) by Rawlplug S.A. 

Michał Bochowicz likewise specialises in M&A transactions in the public and private markets, including privatisations – with especial focus on work for private equity and venture capital funds. Advised on the buyer and seller sides at all stages of multi-million transactions – also international ones – including planning of the transaction structure, drafting of the transaction documents, financing, negotiations, and closing. Many of his clients hail from the finance, aviation, and new technologies sectors. Michał’s experience with start-ups and venture capital firms augments the GESSEL Tech team. With GESSEL since 2015. In 2017, Michał lent his expertise, among others, to the owners of the Avia Prime group in the context of the investment by the Hartenberg Holding fund, to the owners of Inelo and OCRK in their sale of shares to Innova Capital, to the Przelewy24 group on its new alliance with Currency One S.A., and to Bank BGŻ BNP Paribas on an Equity Investments Office project.

“I am very happy to witness the promotion of two extremely talented lawyers, as Michał and Karol are, especially seeing as I have had the good fortune of closely cooperating with them on an everyday basis. Each one of them has a slightly different personality, but both are very professional, and they are bound to be successful as transaction team leaders. It is my firm belief that their promotion will be beneficial to further growth of our team and of GESSEL as a whole.” 

Małgorzata Badowska, partner

“Natalia, Karol and Michał are excellent lawyers who demonstrate not only great legal skills, but also a high level of managerial competence, as testified to by their ease of interaction with the team and their effective piloting, from A all the way to Z, of complex, multi-faceted projects whose difficulty results not only from their legal aspect, but also from the business element. 

Marcin Macieszczak, managing partner