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German Desk

Since the beginning of our activity we have been advising entrepreneurs from Germany, Austria and Switzerland. This means that we perfectly understand their approach to business, their needs and the challenges they face when doing business in Poland. We try to be not only advisors, but above all partners in business, and by choosing appropriate legal solutions we contribute to the development of your business.

Andrzej Łobodziński


Andrzej Łobodziński


Scope of advice

For over 15 years we have been supporting entrepreneurs from the German-speaking area, both those intending to invest in Poland and those operating internationally, with their branches, representative offices or subsidiaries in Poland. Thanks to our knowledge of the language, culture, and fundamental legal institutions in the German-speaking area, we are able to adapt to your expectations and effectively support you in running and developing your business in Poland. The German desk at OW stands for:

  • 26 experienced specialists, fluent in German and combining specialist knowledge of particular legal/tax fields with an understanding of the business culture of German-speaking entrepreneurs,
  • more than 100 entities with capital from Germany, Austria and Switzerland served by OW on a daily basis,
  • the ability of coordinating cross-border projects through our membership in an international network of proven advisers, and knowledge of the foundations and institutions of German law,
  • proven and effective solutions that allow us to safely guide clients through the maze of Polish regulations and allow them to focus on the business aspect of their operations,
  • one-stop shop, providing instant and individualized support in all areas that an entrepreneur running a business in Poland has to face (law/taxes / accounting / analytics).

Our support covers, among others, the following areas:

Start package:

  • support in choosing the optimal form of activity,
  • establishment of a company and comprehensive support in meeting formal and legal requirements,
  • office space rental (head office at the start),
  • comprehensive legal, tax, HR, and accounting services (on a permanent basis or until the Client's internal departments are organized).
  • Feasibility study of your project:

  • support in the development of an optimal investment structure from the legal and tax points of view,
  • checking options of obtaining co-funding / bank financing,
  • support in choosing the right location.
  • Services for construction projects:

  • due diligence / feasilibity studies of project locations,
  • comprehensive support in the process of real estate acquisition,
  • support in administrative procedures accompanying the construction process,
  • preparation and negotiation of contracts related to the construction process, monitoring and settlement of construction projects.
  • Obtaining the necessary decisions and permits:

  • advising and representation in the course of administrative proceedings concerning permits to establish and run a business (environmental, required for licensed activities etc.)
  • Global mobility / Immigration law:

  • comprehensive support in obtaining residence and work permits for foreigners (both from the EU and third countries),
  • development of secondment policies within capital groups,
  • comprehensive legal and tax services (including social security) for the cross-border provision of services and labour,
  • tax compliance for expats.
  • HR:

  • development of an optimal employment structure,
  • preparation of required labour regulations (including procedures, policies, contracts, etc.),
  • ongoing and comprehensive support for HR departments,
  • organizing and conducting training sessions, workshops.
  • Public aid:

  • checking and selecting the optimal form of public aid for investment projects (SEZ, government grants, R&D, EU funds, regional programmes, subsidies, etc.),
  • comprehensive support for green- and brownfield investments,
  • strategic advice on investment planning.
  • M&A / corporate law:

  • support in the acquisition of Polish companies/enterprises, vendor due diligence,
  • comprehensive development of the structure of domestic and international transactions from the legal and tax points of view, preparation of strategies and representation during negotiations, preparation of draft agreements,
  • comprehensive corporate services.
  • Tax consulting:

  • strategic and ongoing tax consulting (CIT, PIT, VAT),
  • representation before the tax authorities,
  • compliance, transfer pricing,
  • comprehensive support in reporting obligations with the use of innovative IT tools, in particular: SAF-T, MDRnow.
  • Accounting and human resources services:

  • comprehensive HR and accounting services provided within the OW Group by the company GOBS (among others: keeping full personnel documentation and accounting books, calculating salaries, including for foreigners, PIT/CIT/VAT tax settlements taking into account the specific nature of business in an SEZ).
  • Completed projects

    Who we work with