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Dąbrowski elected Europe CEO at Dentons

Dariusz Oleszczuk to remain in global leadership team 

6 November 2013

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By Manju Manglani, Editor (@ManjuManglani)

International law firm Dentons has elected corporate and M&A lawyer Tomasz D?browski as its next European CEO.

The current head of the firm’s CEE practice and co-head of its European corporate group will succeed Dariusz Oleszczuk at the end of this year.

Oleszczuk, who was global managing partner of Salans prior to its March 2013 merger with SNR Denton and Fraser Milner Casgrain, will remain in the firm’s global leadership team after his term ends on 31 December 2013.

A spokesperson for the firm said that Oleszczuk, who had served three consecutive terms as global managing partner at Salans, decided after delivering the combination that it was “time for change”.

She noted that Oleszczuk is now looking to take on a more strategic role, supporting D?browski and the leadership team.

“He wants to focus on strategic clients and revenue generation for the European region and to return to client work,” she said.

 “The elections have only just happened so the leadership decisions are ongoing, but he will continue to have a prominent position in Europe and in the global leadership team.

“He is a member of global management committee and board currently. We don’t know if he will remain in them, but he will remain part of the global leadership team.

“We will discuss his new title towards the end of month but he will remain as a partner,” she concluded.

During Oleszczuk’s tenure, legacy firm Salans grew from around 405 to 760 lawyers, opened six new offices in Germany, Hungary, Spain and Belgium, and reinforced its presence in Turkey. It achieved sustainable growth despite the global economic downturn and increased its revenues by around 65 per cent.

D?browski joined legacy firm Salans as an associate in Warsaw in 1992, made partner in 2000 and became office managing partner of the Warsaw office in 2006. Under his leadership, the Warsaw office tripled its revenues over the past six years.

Said Elliott Portnoy, global CEO of Dentons, of the new appointment: “Tomasz is an exceptional lawyer and inspiring leader, and I very much look forward to working closely with Tomasz and all of our colleagues in Dentons Europe as we build our new firm together in Europe and around the world.”

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