“Poland should be the first point of entry for Japanese companies investing in Europe,” said Adam Piwakowski, partner at Kochański Zieba & Partners (KZP).
A prominent member of the European Union with a highly skilled, cost-competitive labor force, Poland is experiencing economic growth and has become a launching pad for Japanese companies expanding into European markets.
“We have worked closely with Japanese clients for many years,” said Piotr Kochański , KZP’s founding partner. “We understand and admire Japanese culture and we know the Japanese community in Warsaw very well. We share many common interests with our Japanese partners and appreciate the close friendships we have developed over the years.”
Kochański played a key role in establishing a branch office for one of the first foreign law firms in Poland and began collaborating with Japanese companies early on. His passion for motorcycles was strengthened when he delivered services to the first Yamaha Motor Co. Ltd. distributor in Poland and contributed to the growth of Suzuki Motor Poland.
Today, KZP is one of Poland’s leading business law firms with over 100 lawyers, advocates, patent attorneys and legal and tax counselors.
The firm offers a complete range of legal solutions and specialized services for foreign clients, including Japanese investors. The firm handles mergers and acquisitions, corporate and investment law, investment in special economic zones, as well tax and labor law advice.
“As we grew our international business, we felt there was a need to support Japanese companies with their entry and expansion into Poland,” said Kochański.
KZP’s Head of Japan Desk, Jacek Kozikowski studied in Japan where he completed his Ph.D. and was awarded a doctorate in international investment law.
Kozikowski said: “We understand Japanese business culture, have developed strong relationships and our Japan business continues to thrive.”
“With our strong connections to the Polish business community and our comprehensive understanding of the Polish economy, we are in a strong position to guide our Japanese clients.”
Polish companies continue to reach out to international markets and are recognizing the importance of the Japanese market.
Comarch, a Polish information technology solutions provider, recently established a Tokyo office and Poland’s national airline, LOT Polish Airlines, opened a direct flight between Warsaw and Tokyo.
“We firmly believe in Poland’s ability to become a leading global economy,” said Kochański. “As we build on our firm’s reputation, we will fully intend to further strengthen our relationships with our Japanese friends.”