International law firm Clifford Chance advised Airbus Defence and Space SAS on the signing, together with Airbus DS Geo SA, of an agreement with the Polish Armament Agency for the sale of two observation satellites. Clifford Chance advised on both public procurement proceedings and negotiations of the agreement.

The team was led by Dr Marcin Ciemiński (Partner) and Prof. Piotr Bogdanowicz (Counsel) and included IP lawyers Krzysztof Hajdamowicz (Counsel) and Marcelina Sługocka (Lawyer) as well as Ewelina Bzducha (Senior Associate), Martyna Darczuk (Senior Associate), Monika Diehl (Senior Associate), Adrian Król (Senior Associate) and Aleksandra Mierzejewska (Junior Lawyer). Tomasz Szymura (Counsel) advised on the tax aspects of the transaction. The client was also supported by Dessi Savova (Global Relationship Partner of Airbus Group) and Alexander Kennedy (Counsel, Paris).

Dr Marcin Ciemiński, Partner, Warsaw: “We are very proud we advised Airbus Defence and Space on this precedent-setting project. This is the first acquisition of observation satellites by the Polish Government and an important step in increasing the country’s military security. On the legal side, this was a demanding project due to its novelty and complexity but it allowed us to fully utilize our cross-border sector expertise and gain invaluable experience in this important sector in Poland.”