Tomasz Krzywański

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Tomasz Krzywański

Senior Associate, Attorney-at-law  |  GWW
JURISDICTIONS QUALIFIED IN

Poland

TOP AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Asset holding structures
Tax
Succession planning

Q&A

What has been the highlight of your practice over the past 12 months?

Over the last year I mainly coordinated incorporation of foreign estate planning structures (private foundations mainly) for Polish HNWIs. Now, it is time in Poland when first generation clients retire and need advice with succession planning. I also assisted on interesting cross-border inheritance cases of foreign testators leaving estate in Poland. Another key topic is Polish entrepreneurs expanding abroad. It involves a lot of tax and legal work on establishing safe holdings.

How did you get into private client?

Years ago it was a bit of a coincidence. I always wanted to be a litigation/arbitration shark but then I attended the summer internship in one of big Polish law firms. It quickly turned out is that what I do best is people and their personal affairs. Over time I sank into the private client world 100%.

What advice would you give rising stars/new lawyers in the private client world?

Your contacts are essential. Call them, take care of them, and make relationships. Private client’s work is all about knowing people.

What is your favourite quote?

"In preparing for battle I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable,” Dwight Eisenhower.

Do you have any outside interests or hobbies?

I love mountains and the feeling of wilderness and freedom which they provide. Hence, in the winter I do a lot of backcountry snowboarding and in the summer I spend a lot of time on my MTB bike.

When the restaurants reopen, where would you like to go?

There is one that I would recommend to every Warsaw newcomer. It's called 'Prosciutteria' and they are the best 'Cucina Povera' - style place in Poland. No prepared, complex dishes - just raw, excellent Italian food.