CMS has added three experienced lawyers to its tax team and broadened its tax advisory services in representing clients in tax, penal and fiscal proceedings as well as in transfer pricing.
“For years we have been providing our clients with top-quality advisory services which enable our clients to steer clear of many tax risks, and consequently avoid arduous tax, penal and fiscal proceedings. Now – in a fast-changing legal environment with growing numbers of proceedings – we can render services to our clients through an extended team of efficient lawyers who can represent companies before the tax authorities on a larger scale than ever before. We also plan to offer wider-ranging assistance on the tax aspects of mergers and acquisitions and transfer pricing matters, and therefore we are developing our team in this direction," says Andrzej Pośniak, managing partner of the CMS tax practice in Poland and CEE.
Paulina Karpińska-Huzior, who joined CMS in May this year, became the head of the tax proceedings team within the tax practice. Paulina is a tax advisor and an advocate and has 10 years’ experience of representing clients in tax proceedings before administrative authorities and administrative courts, as well as in penal and fiscal proceedings before law enforcement authorities and common courts. The tax proceedings team will co-operate closely with CMS lawyers specialising in criminal cases and commercial proceedings. Paulina has represented clients from various industries in tax, court and administrative proceedings. Her clients included market-leading pharmaceutical companies, banks, energy companies, passenger car manufacturers, heavy industry companies, clothing manufacturers, developers and fuel companies, as well as individual entrepreneurs. She previously worked for Chadbourne & Parke and for Radzikowski, Szubielska & Wspólnicy. Paulina is the author of many publications in the field of tax law and other public law obligations. She graduated from the Faculty of Law and Administration at Warsaw University and completed post-graduate studies in Accounting and Finance at Warsaw University.
CMS has recently attracted advocate Małgorzata Sajkiewicz, who has specialised for many years in providing tax and legal services in respect of M&A transactions, legal and tax advisory related to corporate restructuring processes, as well as in tax planning at Polish and international levels. Małgorzata’s experience includes advising on establishing structures and models of operation that are effective from the legal and tax perspectives, and on the tax aspects of remunerating executives and employees. She also represents clients before tax authorities and administrative courts in tax matters. She has led projects for the likes of IKEA, Parker Hannifin, Emperia group, Pierre Fabre, and Scandit. Małgorzata also advises wealthy private clients. She has managed and led many projects for clients from German-speaking countries. Before joining CMS she worked for leading international law firms, e.g. White&Case and Eversheds, where she specialised in providing services to German-speaking clients within the German Desk. Małgorzata graduated from the Faculty of Law, Administration and Economy at the University of Wrocław, the Warsaw School of Economics and Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich, San Jose State University in California, Humboldt-Universität in Berlin and the British and European Law Centres at the University of Cambridge. She is a member of the Polish-German Association of Lawyers. She is the author of a number of publications concerning tax law, including Bloomberg's Global Tax Guide.
Radosław Byczyk has provided advisory services on transfer pricing for almost 8 years to the largest Polish and international capital groups. He specialises in creating and providing opinions on international tax structures, including transfer pricing models for transactions carried out by taxpayers, as well as preparing transfer pricing policies. Radek also has extensive experience in preparing transfer pricing documentation and comparative analyses (he has prepared several hundred sets of documentation and analyses for various types of transaction). Before commencing co-operation with CMS, he worked for Polish and international (“Big Four”) consulting firms.
CMS’s tax team is composed of twelve members and has been managed for the last two years by Andrzej Pośniak, partner and tax advisor. It is one of the largest teams of tax lawyers of any international law firm on the Polish market. CMS tax lawyers provide clients with a full range of tax services, including on transfer pricing matters, VAT, CIT, PIT, tax audits, tax proceedings, tax aspects of joint venture/consortium structures, tax and corporate planning for the purposes of international transactions, restructuring processes of international companies, as well as mergers and acquisitions. The CMS tax practice also provides other CMS teams with expert opinions on tax matters, but it predominantly has its own extensive experience and a track record of unique projects, most of which are assignments commissioned independently of the work of other CMS teams. The team’s experience also covers advisory to foreign investors planning new investment projects in Poland and in the CEE region, as well as legal and tax advisory in M&A transactions, where it represents purchasers, sellers and insurance companies (W&I).