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Polish Law Firm Expands Into Spain
February 23, 2010   
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Sołysiński, Kawecki & Szlęzak will be the first Polish law firm to operate in Spain after their Madrid office opens March 1. Alex de Moller speaks to SK&S lawyers Agnieszka Zając, head of the firm's Spanish desk, and to Jaime Fúster Rufilanchas, head of the SK&S Spanish office.

How long have you worked with Spanish clients in Poland?
Jaime Fúster Rufilanchas:I've been working for the last 10 years advising Spanish investors in Poland. SK&S is one of the best law firms in Poland and I will continue with my job with a platform of professionals, people with expertise in different fields.

What areas are foreigners most interested in?
From 2004-2007 there were plenty of Spanish investors interested in real estate. Recently clients have been interested in wind energy and renewable energy in general. Poland is an attractive country for Spaniards.

What has been your experience in working in Poland?
Very positive, I've been working with Poles for 10 years and I consider myself half Polish! The way for Spanish investors to succeed is to "become Polish" as soon as possible. To merge the excellence of local knowledge with the know-how from Spain and Europe.

How unusual is it for a Polish firm to expand into Spain, especially considering the economic crisis?
The only option that Spanish investors have now is to go abroad. The Spanish market is weak. There is no investment by public bodies, EU funds are no longer available to Spain. Spanish investors are looking to Poland with a clear goal to invest in infrastructure and energy.

How long have you worked with Spanish clients in Poland?
Agnieszka Zając:SK&S has been present on the market since 1991, providing legal assistance regarding ownership transformations and domestic and foreign investments. Since the beginning it has been working with Spanish clients.

Why does your firm have a special interest in Spain?
We already have a lot of expertise in working with Spanish firms, especially in the real estate, infrastructure and energy sector. We believe that these are the business areas that Spanish investors are most interested in. They might be interested in working with us not only as one of the leading Polish law firms but also because we have an impressive track record of Spanish-Polish projects.
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