Firms To Watch: Dispute resolution

At Kopec & Zaborowski, the focus is on disputes in the press and media field, and protection of personal rights. Maciej Zaborowski and Hubert Kubik, both of whom have criminal as well as civil law credentials, are the key contacts.
Name partners Krzysztof Łyszyk and Wiktor Wesołowski oversee the offering at LWW Łyszyk Wesołowski i Wspólnicy sp.k., which specialises predominantly in infrastructure, M&A, real estate and corporate disputes.
At newly-established SKP Ślusarek Kubiak Pieczyk sp.k., litigation with a nexus to the media and sporting industries is the key focus. Name partners Maciej Ślusarek and Maciej Kubiak, who left LSW Bieńkowski, Laskowski, Leśnodorski, Melzacki and Partners sp.k. to found the firm, are the senior contacts to note.
In June 2022, seasoned arbitrator Małgorzata Surdek-Janicka left her position as head of dispute resolution at CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang Pośniak i Sawicki sp.k. to found boutique firm SURDEK ARBITRATION.
Tatarczak & Partners was founded in 2022 by Paweł Tatarczak, formerly of Greenberg Traurig LLP; his impressive track record spans contentious real estate, consumer finance, M&A, securities, license and concession matters, among many others.

Dispute resolution in Poland

Baker McKenzie Krzyzowski i Wspólnicy Sp.k.

The work at Baker McKenzie Krzyzowski i Wspólnicy Sp.k. falls into five broad categories: arbitration, which has recently been particularly focused on post-M&A and construction issues; banking litigation, which has recently involved appearing before the CJEU; insurance-related cases, which often involve elements of third party liability; construction and infrastructure disputes; and white-collar investigations, for which Sebastian Pabian and Sylwia Piotrowska are the names to note. Łukasz Hejmej, whose special focus is on the liability of financial institutions and securities litigation, oversees the department.

Responsables de la pratique:

Łukasz Hejmej

Autres avocats clés:

Sebastian Pabian; Paweł Samborski; Sylwia Piotrowska; Alicja Szczęśniak

Les références

‘Well-structured litigation law firm with excellent international coverage.’

‘Sebastian Pabian of Baker McKenzie is a patient and knowledgeable person.’

‘The team has been very efficient and always provided excellent guidance of Polish laws and business practices in a timely fashion.’

Principaux clients

Getin Noble Bank S.A.

PKO BP S.A.

mBank S.A.

Raiffeisen Bank Polska S.A.,

Deutsche Bank Polska S.A.

BNP Paribas Bank Polska S.A.

the Polish Bank Association (Związek Banków Polskich – ZBP)

GI Group (GI International S.R.L.)

Principaux dossiers

  • Representing Getin Noble Bank in four cases before the CJEU relating to consumer contracts, in connection with a challenge to terms deemed unfair under Council Directive 93/13/EEC on unfair terms in consumer contracts.
  • Representing PKO Bank Polski in a case before the CJEU which touches upon issues of public and EU laws.
  • Representing mBank, Getin Noble Bank, PKO Bank Polski, Raiffeisen Bank Polska, Deutsche Bank Polska, and BNP Paribas Bank Polska, as well as the Polish Bank Association, in a series of disputes regarding mortgage loans indexed to the Swiss Franc or other foreign currencies.

Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance‘s ‘magnificent work‘ spans arbitration, commercial litigation before the state courts, public procurement cases, class actions, and corporate investigations. As well as breadth, the group is also valued for its in-depth experience of litigation in specific areas; practice head Bartosz Krużewski is a ‘real asset‘ to clients from the real estate and construction sectors, while counsel Marcin Ciemiński excels in mandates relating to white-collar and corporate crime. Shareholder and post-M&A disputes have also been an active source of instruction recently, with counsel Michał Drwal particularly standing out.

Responsables de la pratique:

Bartosz Krużewski; Marcin Ciemiński

Autres avocats clés:

Michał Drwal; Robert Moj; Monika Diehl

Les références

‘My summary opinion of the Clifford Chance team from Poland is that they are exceptional people, and I am impressed by the excellent work that this team has done for us in various arbitration and judicial processes.’

‘I am very grateful that this magnificent work has been carried out without us being up to date with the payments due to Clifford Chance on our part, due to the financial difficulties that our company is going through. In this regard, I have to say that Clifford Chance has shown great flexibility and patience with us, for which I take the opportunity to thank them warmly.’

‘Strong leaders with very strong partners doing the actual work.’

Principaux clients

General Electric / Bank BPH S.A.

Raiffeisen Bank International AG

Invenergy Renewables LLC

Abener Energia S.A

HSBC Bank plc

Discovery

Rockcastle Global Real Estate Holdings B.V.

Nova-Inwestycje sp. z o.o. SKA

Royal Unibrew A/S

Rexnord GmbH

Abris Capital Partners

Emitel S.A.

Dragados S.A.

VIAS y Construcciones, Polaqua, Dragados, Electren

Karmar S.A.

Giza Polish Ventures

Millennium Bank

Principaux dossiers

  • Represented Bank BPH in proceedings before the CJEU concerning a preliminary ruling referred by a Polish court concerning consumer mortgage loans.
  • Representing Raiffeisen Bank International in proceedings before the KNF and the administrative courts concerning the penalties of €12 million imposed on the client in its capacity as the depositary of four closed-end investment funds previously managed by the FinCrea Investment Fund Manager.
  • Representing Invenergy Renewables in BIT arbitration against Poland, concerning the client’s multi-million dollar investments in the Polish wind energy sector.

CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang Posniak i Bejm sp.k.

Singled out by a client as ‘one of the most reputable law firms in this region and field of law‘, CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang Posniak i Bejm sp.k. fields a large team of specialised practitioners whose ‘work is impeccable‘. In terms of sector specialisms, financial services is key standout. Recently, the group has had a particularly successfuly track record acting in proceedings before the CJEU on preliminary questions concerning an interpretation of EU law, and in private enforcement disputes. Since May 2022, Anna Cudna-Wagner has helmed the practice, working closely with white collar-crime lead Arkadiusz Korzeniewski. Adam Jodkowski is particularly recommended at counsel level.

Responsables de la pratique:

Anna Cudna-Wagner

Autres avocats clés:

Arkadiusz Korzeniewski; Katarzyna Kucharczyk; Adam Jodkowski; Julia Dyras; Mateusz Gerlach; Mariusz Minkiewicz

Les références

‘The CMS Poland litigation team is well structured and is able to manage a high workload of cases in a smooth way.’

‘Mateusz Gerlach is our lead litigator for Poland and continues to deliver high quality of work both in terms of merit and case management.’

‘The team is extremely supportive, fast, pragmatic and knowledgeable. I use the team in all critical situations when it comes to product litigation. Their work is impeccable.’

Principaux clients

Arcadis

Bank Millennium (BCP Group)

Bank Ochrony Środowiska

BODAC

Bank BPH (GE Group)

Mammoet Europe

mBank (Commerzbank Group)

Mostostal Warszawa (Acciona Group)

PKO BP

Schuler Poland Service (Andritz Group)

Svenska Handelsbanken

UTI Group

VIG Makina

Principaux dossiers

  • Represented mBank and Bank Millennium in six preliminary proceedings before the CJEU.
  • Represented mBank and Millennium in private enforcement proceedings for damages.
  • Represented mBank, Millennium, BPH, PKO BP and two other clients in six class action proceedings.

Dentons

Dentons fields a ‘most creative litigation team‘, which is known on the market for its expertise in representing players from the highly regulated energy, life sciences, healthcare, financial services, media, and real estate sectors. Anna Maria Pukszto acts as the overarching practice head, supported by a bench of highly specialised litigators, each responsible for overseeing particular areas. Katarzyna Bilewska leads on corporate disputes; Michał Jochemczak takes the helm on arbitration matters; and Patrick Radzimierski takes charge of civil cases. Other recommended names, such as Wojciech Kozłowski, are noted for the breadth of their workloads.

Responsables de la pratique:

Anna Maria Pukszto

Autres avocats clés:

Katarzyna Bilewska; Michał Jochemczak; Wojciech Kozlowski; Patrick Radzimierski; Agnieszka Wojciechowska

Les références

‘Responsive, commited, understand business perspectives.’

‘Good and efficient team, reacts immediately to the client’s request.’

‘Wojciech Kozlowski – very good lawyer and manager, with a pro-active approach.’

Principaux clients

Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction

Doosan Lentjes

INGKA Group

ING Lease

LIVEO Meble

Penta

Deloitte

EPP

Ghelamco

GlaxoSmithKleine

Huawei

Loxeco

mBank

Morgan Stanley

Optima Wind

P4

Pinggao Group

POC Partners

Premium Distillers

Raiffeisen Bank International AG

Rail

Rover Infraestructuras

Rubau

Saipem

SIAC Construction

Shanghai Electric Power Construction

Tarantoga Capital / Creative Development

Techint

WDX

WPD Europe

Principaux dossiers

  • Advising Doosan, as the EPC contractor, in dispute avoidance issues relating to a contract for the engineering, procurement, construction, design and commissioning of the waste-to-energy plant and Peak Load Boiler House in Olsztyn.
  • Representing a bank in proceedings – including a class action involving almost 400 claimants – relating to the alleged failure to properly perform its duties as a depositary of several investment funds.
  • Representing Loxeco in a real estate dispute concerning co-control of the Mennica Legacy Tower.

Domanski Zakrzewski Palinka

Representation of major public sector players is a key strength for Domanski Zakrzewski Palinka; as well as its usual roster of complex disputes relating to the transport and education fields, the team has recently been involved with numerous cases concerning healthcare financing. Józef Palinka, who is well versed in both litigation and arbitration, and Paweł Lewandowski, who is known for his alternative dispute resolution focus, are the names to note at leadership level – between them, the duo have extensive experience appearing before courts of all levels.

Responsables de la pratique:

Józef Palinka; Paweł Lewandowski 

Autres avocats clés:

Pawel Paradowski; Lukasz Wojdalski; Maciej Orkusz; Jacek Stokłosa; Bartosz Karolczyk; Anna Ciepla

Les références

‘Good communication with the client and between team members, organised work, team is prepared to deal with big issues. Every document is always well prepared – I don’t have a need to check it – I place my trust in them.’

‘Every team member is always available for their clients, they are always prepared and give concrete answers, they know how to explain the issue to the court in an ordered and understandable way, every document is prepared with a high level of accuracy.’

‘Litigation team of DZP is a very professional and diligent team. Their commercial approach allows them to adopt the right and cost effective dispute resolution strategy.’

Principaux clients

ING Bank Śląski S.A.

Stellantis

PGE Polska Grupa Energetyczna S.A. / PGE Górnictwo i Energetyka Konwencjonalna S.A. [the biggest Polish energy supplier]

Canal+ Polska S.A.

Obrascon Huarte Lain S.A. (OHL)

InPost sp. z o.o.

Thomas Beton sp. z o.o.

A group of major Polish hospitals

Mosty Łódź S.A.

Mota Engil Central Europe S.A.

Gulermak

Class Action: Group of 142 shareholders

Getin Capital Group

City of Wrocław

Principaux dossiers

  • Representing PGE Polska Grupa Energetyczna in a dispute involving claims for harm allegedly suffered due to a consolidation in a large European energy group.
  • Representing the City of Wroclaw in arbitration and post-arbitration proceedings with Hydrobiel, a Polish company responsible for building sewage systems.
  • Representing Mota Engil Central Europe in three cases against the General Directorate for National Roads and Highways, aimed at the amendment of public procurement contracts for the construction of parts of the S8, S7, and S19 motorways.

DWF Poland Jamka Sp.k

The team at DWF Poland Jamka Sp.k is valued for ‘always keeping a cool head‘ while conducting complex arbitrations and court proceedings. International work is a particular strength, and the firm’s recent highlights include cases before the ICC, SCC, UNCITRAL, CJEU and ECtHR. In terms of sub-specialisms, the group is known for its investment, commercial and sports arbitration expertise, as well as its work in the construction, financial services and intellectual property fields. Maciej Jamka and Rafał Morek co-chair the practice; the latter, who was recently promoted to partner, is noted for his alternative dispute resolution focus. ‘Brilliant advocateEwelina Wętrys is also recommended.

Responsables de la pratique:

Maciej Jamka; Rafał Morek

Autres avocats clés:

Piotr Kunicki; Maciej Antoniak; Ewelina Wętrys; Jan Markiewicz; Łukasz Gorek

Les références

‘The team from DWF Poland combines a very high level of expertise and legal skills, high ethical standards, but also friendly personalities. They grasp very quickly the core matter of the dispute at hand. Definitely, you can feel secure in their hands.’

‘They are very professional with high standards of personal culture.’

‘Highly adaptable to changing circumstances.’

Principaux clients

Elektrociepłownia Stalowa Wola S.A.

Centrum Krokus sp. z o.o.

Centrum Serenada sp. z o.o.

Operator Gazociągów Przesyłowych GAZ-SYSTEM S.A

Vias y Construcciones S.A.

Polski Koncern Naftowy ORLEN S.A.

Enter Air Sp. z o.o.

Orange Polska S.A.

Orlen KolTrans S.A.

Multikino S.A.

IDS-BUD S.A.

Przedsiębiorstwo Usług Technicznych Intercor Sp. z o.o.

Construcciones Rubau S.A., Rubau Polska sp. z o.o.

Warbud S.A.

Polaqua Sp. z o.o.

Electren S.A.

Sando S.A.

NDI SOPOT S.A.

Mostostal Warszawa S.A.

Principaux dossiers

  • Representing a consortium comprising Vias y Construcciones, Electren and Dragados – companies belonging to the ACS Group – in litigation against PKP Polskie Linie Kolejowe concerning contractor’s claims of approximately €23m resulting from the contract for modernisation of the Krzeszowice – Kraków railway line.
  • Representing Orange Polska and its subsidiary TP Teltech in proceedings concerning contractual arrangements with two public employers regarding the construction of broadband Internet networks.
  • Representing Multikino in a series of disputes arising out of long-term lease agreements against the operators of shopping and cultural centres where the client’s cinemas are located.

Linklaters

The team at Linklaters is able to leverage the multi-jurisdictional and cross-departmental strength of the firm to represent clients in complex international cases requiring in-depth knowledge of corporate, banking and competition issues. Cezary Wiśniewski heads up the practice, and has built up a leading reputation for acting in high-profile, cross-border arbitrations, particularly those involving bilateral investment treaty disputes. Other noted practitioners include of counsel Tomasz Manicki, who specialises in litigation relating to the liability of directors and managers, and Zbigniew Kruczkowski, who ‘navigates fluently between the goals of the client and the realities of the court‘.

Responsables de la pratique:

Cezary Wiśniewski

Autres avocats clés:

Zbigniew Kruczkowski; Tomasz Manicki; Marta Szrajer; Paula Czyż

Les références

‘They have great reach and experience with serious matters.’

‘Flexibility and responsiveness.’

‘The Linklaters team supports us in a number of cases that are somewhat innovative in the Polish legal system, so I consider it right to point out: the ability to anticipate newly emerging lines of jurisprudence and willingness to understand the specifics of a highly specialised industry.’

Principaux clients

Abris Capital Partners

Orange Polska S.A.

PZU S.A.

Bank Millennium S.A.

Santander Bank Polska S.A.

DnB Bank Polska S.A.

BNP Paribas Bank Polska S.A.

mBank S.A.

Kronospan Mielec sp. z o.o. and Kronospan Szczecinek sp. z o.o.

Eolos Polska sp. z o.o.

Autostrada Wielkopolska S.A.

DSI Schaum Chemie sp. z o.o.

Principaux dossiers

  • Representing Orange Polska in two cases involving claims filed by P4 against the client and Polkomtel for compensation in connection with accusations made against them of abuse of their collective dominant position.
  • Advising several leading banks (including Bank Millennium, Santander Bank Polska and DNB Bank Polska) in a number of disputes regarding mortgage loans indexed to CHF and EUR and UNWW issues.
  • Representing Kronospan Mielec and Kronospan Szczecinek, international producers of forestry products, in appeal proceedings before the Court for the Protection of Competition and Consumers against a decision by the Polish Competition Authority on allegedly restrictive horizontal agreements.

Soltysinski Kawecki & Szlezak

The ‘excellent litigators‘ at Soltysinski Kawecki & Szlezaknavigate the court and arbitration alleys as regulars and know the ins and outs of every corner‘. The firm is known particularly as a market leader in the sphere of complex and high-value domestic disputes. Practice head Rafał Waszkiewicz stands out because of the respect and supervised freedom he provides to his legal team‘; his particular area of specialism is acting in cases concerning the implementation of major construction and infrastructure projects. Although many of the team’s key practitioners are highly regarded arbitrators, Stanisław Sołtysiński is the standout.

Responsables de la pratique:

Rafał Waszkiewicz 

Autres avocats clés:

Stanisław Sołtysiński; Andrzej Szlęzak; Jacek Siński; Marcin Olechowski; Katarzyna Paczuska-Tokarska; Anna Grzywczak-Kubiak

Les références

‘Thanks to the commitment of Rafał Waszkiewicz and Katarzyna Paczuska-Tokarska, we concluded a very complicated legal process with a court settlement. They both demonstrate very extensive legal knowledge and possess very good negotiating skills.’

‘Rafał Waszkiewicz – knowledge of the law and team leadership. His advice and recommendations have proven to be right every time.’

‘Anna Grzywczak-Kubiak’s level of work is excellent.’

Principaux clients

Nokia Solutions and Networks

Zalando

MasterCard Europe S.A.

Multiconsult Polska sp. z o.o.

Wolt Enterprises Oy

Construcciones Rubau SA/ Rubau Polska sp. z o.o.

Strabag

ERGO Versicherung AG

Eurocash S.A.

Mariusz Świtalski and the Sowiniec Group

Wechta Inwestycje

First Property Limited

Principaux dossiers

  • Representing Nokia in disputes regarding the execution of a large railway communications networks in Europe.
  • Representing Dragados in a large domestic arbitration.
  • Representing Strabag in a dispute regarding the extraordinary increase of prices.

Allen & Overy, A. Pedzich sp. k.

The offering at Allen & Overy, A. Pedzich sp. k. is divided into two specialised sub-groups - one focused on commercial litigation and arbitration, under the leadership of Krystyna Szczepanowska-Kozłowska, and the other on banking litigation, under the guidance of Bartosz Merczyński. On the commercial side, civil liability, unfair competition and consumer protection proceedings, and intellectual property cases all form part of the regular workload. Financial institutions, meanwhile, predominantly instruct the firm to represent them in lender liability and regulatory, contractual, and insurance-related disputes.

Responsables de la pratique:

Krystyna Szczepanowska-Kozłowska; Bartosz Merczyński

Autres avocats clés:

Justyna Ostrowska; Monika Murawska; Marek Neumann; Michał Gajdus

Principaux clients

Multikino

Orange

Yetico

Principaux dossiers

  • Represented Multikino and its subsidiary in a number of court and enforcement proceedings concerning royalties for screening movies.
  • Representing a French international banking group in a civil dispute against public entities.
  • Representing a major Polish bank as a claimant in three pieces of litigation concerning export credit insurance agreements against an insurer.

Greenberg Traurig Nowakowska-Zimoch Wysokinski Sp. k

At Greenberg Traurig Nowakowska-Zimoch Wysokinski Sp. k, each member of the department also has expertise in another related practice area – most commonly M&A, banking and finance, energy or real estate – and brings this in-depth knowledge to complex cases before arbitration tribunals, common courts and other authorities. The firm is also well regarded for its international arbitration capabilities. Pawel Pietkiewicz brings over 20 years of experience to his role as practice head. Other key contacts in the team include commercial litigation specialist Andrzej Wysokinski and intellectual property expert Robert Lis.

Responsables de la pratique:

Pawel Pietkiewicz 

Autres avocats clés:

Andrzej Wysokiński; Robert Lis; Antoni Libiszowski; Izabela Szponar; Monika Woźniak

Principaux clients

Bank Pekao S.A.

Citi Handlowy

PZU S.A.

Assa Abbloy Mercor Doors sp. z o.o.

Real Estate Developer

World’s leading airline

Logicor Europe Limited

Electric power company

CI Games S.A.

Empik sp. z o.o.

Principaux dossiers

  • Represented Bank Pekao in a series of court proceedings against both the General Director for National Roads and Motorways and a former consortium – PBG, SIAC, Hydrobudowa and Aprivia – created to construct the A-4 motorway in Poland.
  • Representing PZU in proceedings related to the claims of minority shareholders – Manchester Securities and Wspólna Reprezentacja – in connection with the 2007 and 2012 AGM resolutions relating to compensation for the alleged non-payment of a dividend in 2007.
  • Representing Bank Citi Handlowy w Warszawie in proceedings before the state court concerning its dispute with former commercial partner Rigall Arteria Management.

JDP Drapala & Partners

JDP Drapala & Partners is widely regarded as a market leader in the field of construction and infrastructure disputes, and is able to 'combine effective strategy, understanding of the industry, and technical expertise to deliver exceptional results'. The firm's expertise spans post-termination court disputes, international arbitrations, and appeal proceedings in common courts. Przemysław Drapała and Andrzej Sokołowski jointly head up the practice. In January 2022, the internal promotions of 'strategy-orientatedJakub Majewski and Wojciech Merkwa further strengthened the partner bench.

Responsables de la pratique:

Przemysław Drapała; Andrzej Sokołowski

Autres avocats clés:

Wojciech Bazan; Jakub Majewski; Wojciech Merkwa

Les références

‘JDP is remarkable. They are able to combine effective strategy, understanding of the industry, and technical expertise to deliver exceptional results.’

‘I mainly work with Jakub Majewski, who is an exceptionally skilled and strategy-orientated lawyer with great understanding of the technical details of the case.’

‘It is a pleasure to be represented by the lawyers who have already helped world leaders in pursuing claims in Poland. Extraordinary track record in construction and infrastructure disputes, thus they always suggest efficient solutions.’

Principaux clients

Swietelsky Rail Polska

Aldesa

TORPOL

Impresa Pizzarotti & C. S.p.A.

WeBuild S.p.A.

Magna Nowoczesne Technologie Produkcji

Budimex

PORR

Pojazdy Szynowe PESA Bydgoszcz

Subsidiaries of Bilfinger SE (Germany)

Principaux dossiers

  • Representing Impresa Pizzarotti & Co in multiple cases against the General Directorate for National Roads and Motorways.
  • Representing the claimants – PORR, PEBEKA and PNiUIK – against PKP Polskie Linie Kolejowe, the Polish national operator of railways, in a case concerning the construction of a railway tunnel to the Chopin Airport.
  • Representing Mostostal Warszawa and Acciona Construcción in a dispute with the State Treasury arising from the construction of a Polish motorway.

Kochanski & Partners

At Kochanski & Partners, Marek Jeżewski helms a highly-specialised practice, which fields numerous focused sub-groups. Jeżewski’s own area of expertise is in international disputes, which he jointly oversees alongside Dominika Durchowska. Michal König and Mateusz Ostrowski take the lead on commercial and civil disputes, respectively. Agnieszka Chrzanowska is the key contact for media-related litigation work. Andrzej Pałys and Weronika Magdziak-Śliwa co-chair the contentious financial services offering. Markiyan Malskyy, who joined from Arzinger‘s Lviv office in April 2022, brings renewed arbitration strength to the firm.

Responsables de la pratique:

Marek Jezewski 

Autres avocats clés:

Mateusz Ostrowski; Michał König; Andrzej Pałys; Dominika Durchowska; Agnieszka Chrzanowska; Weronika Magdziak-Śliwa; Markiyan Malskyy

Les références

‘Very good at understanding the technical aspect of a case and very thorough.’

‘Marek Jeżewski is very experienced with a good overview and understanding of the entirety of a case.’

Principaux clients

Muszynianka

Forteam Investment Limited

Honwood Services Ltd.

PKP Polskie Linie Kolejowe S.A.

Aasted ApS

Betomax (direct 100% subsidiary of Indus Holding AG)

Ringier Axel Springer Poland

Bank BPH

LOT Polish Airlines

Bank PKO BP (the biggest bank in Poland)

Greń sp.j.

Castorama

LS Airport Services

Polskie Sieci Elektroenergetyczne S.A. (Polish national electricity transmission system operator)

Perfect Gym Solutions S.A.

Principaux dossiers

  • Representing Muszynianka in an investment dispute with the Slovak Republic concerning cross-border infrastructure under the 1994 Bilateral Investment Treaty between Poland and Slovakia.
  • Representing Forteam Investment in a dispute concerning an investment made in a major retail-chain company.
  • Representing Honwood Services in an international investment dispute against the republic of Poland concerning the mining of natural resources.

Laszczuk & Partners

Boutique firm Laszczuk & Partners has particular expertise in commercial arbitration; the team’s key practitioners are listed as arbitrators by numerous Polish and international permanent courts, including the LCIA, VIAC and SCIA. In addition, practice heads Justyna Szpara was recently re-elected Vice President of the ICC. Founding partner Maciej Łaszczuk provides valuable support to Szpara, and regularly acts in post-arbitration litigation. Managing partner Marek Korcz is noted for his specialised knowledge of data privacy, telecoms, and aviation issues.

Responsables de la pratique:

Justyna Szpara; Maciej Łaszczuk

Autres avocats clés:

Marek Korcz; Jan Rysiński; Krzysztof Riedl

Les références

‘Willing and able to spend resources getting to know the client and its industry.’

‘Strategically and legally well founded, able to identify alternative, pro-active solutions. Always meet deadlines.’

Principaux clients

Safran Vectronix AG

Deutsche Lufthansa AG

VKR Holding / VELUX

Emirates Airlines

Unibep SA

Warsaw’s Holy Trinity Lutheran Parish

Mostostal Puławy S.A.

Austrian Arlines

Swiss

Bank Ochrony Środowiska S.A

Rymarz Zdort Maruta

A trio of specialists, comprising Krzysztof Sajchta, Karina Aust-Niewiadomska and Łukasz Żak, oversees the ‘very capable group of litigators‘ at Rymarz Zdort Maruta. Commercial disputes form one cornerstone of the practice; the team is particularly well versed in cases concerning M&A transactions, construction matters, complex contractual issues, and hostile takeovers. Arbitration proceedings are the group’s other key strength, with practitioners regularly appearing before both domestic and international courts and insitutions. According to one client, the firm is able to ‘provide services on the level of big international firms‘. Since the merger with Maruta Wachta, bench strength has further increased with the acquisition of Damian Gudel, who has extensive experience in the white-collar crime space.

Les références

‘Quick and very practical advice. Business-oriented approach. Availability.’

‘Very capable group of litigators. Able to swiftly analyse a given situation and propose a set of possible actions, including risk-reward assumptions. In urgent cases they are available on the spot and offer a great bilingual service. Pre-court preparation and execution in court is flawless.’

‘Łukasz Żak and Kamil Kozłowski – both are excellent lawyers and are strategic in their thinking. They work extremely well as a team.’

Principaux clients

ProService Finteco sp. z o.o.

Polenergia Obrót S.A.

Polenergia Usługi sp. z o.o.

Certyfikaty sp. z o.o.

PGE Górnictwo i Energetyka Konwencjonalna S.A.

Erbud S.A.

Małpka S.A.

Emitel S.A.

Bank Millennium S.A.

Mediafinancial sp. z o.o.

Paweł Szymański and Baldero Investments sp. z o.o.

Poczta Polska S.A.

Principaux dossiers

  • Representing PGNiG in proceedings launched by Gazprom relating to a Tribunal award as a result of which Gazprom reimbursed the client in the amount of $1.5bn.
  • Representing Baldero Investments – a holding company which owns Krosno Glass – in a post-M&A dispute related to the management buy-out and attempted hostile takeover of Krosno Glass.
  • Representing three companies from the Polenergia group in court proceedings regarding a claim for payment of over zł27m filed by Eolos Polska.

RöHRENSCHEF

The ‘diligent and creative‘ team at RöHRENSCHEF excels at handling complex commercial litigation mandates involving global sector leaders. The firm’s expertise ranges from insurance disputes involving professional liability, to cases with a nexus to the real estate, construction and media sectors, to class actions. Practice head Marcin Radwan Röhrenschef leads in a precise manner‘, capably assisted by managing partner Katarzyna Petruczenko, whose core client base comprises international insurers. February 2022 saw a significant strengthening of the partner bench, with the internal promotions of Sylwia Zielezińska, Dominika Leszczyńska, Jakub Adamski and Mateusz Kotowicz.

Responsables de la pratique:

Marcin Radwan Röhrenschef; Katarzyna Petruczenko

Autres avocats clés:

Marina Skarbek-Kozietulska; Sylwia Zielezińska; Dominika Leszczyńska; Jakub Adamski; Mateusz Kotowicz

 

Les références

‘They understand the business and offer very practicable solutions.’

‘Katarzyna Petruczenko is very accessible and is able to explain Polish proceedings in a simple way.’

‘Experienced in complex and tough disputes.’

Principaux clients

Coucal Ltd

Volkswagen AG

Dual Corporate Risks Ltd.

Erbud S.A.

BLOCK a.s.

ClientEarth

Ryvu Therapeutics S.A.

Szymon Hołownia election committee

Siemens Mobility Sp. z o.o.

Europejski Property sp. z o.o.

Principaux dossiers

  • Representing Ryvu Therapeutics in a construction dispute against Mota-Engil Central Europe.
  • Representing MSA and DEFT Polska in a dispute over payment for deliveries made and compensation for actual damage and lost profits.
  • Representing ClientEarth Prawnicy dla Ziemi in litigation against the manufacturer and seller of eco-pea coal, which concerns the prevention of greenwashing marketing of the product.

Wardynski & Partners

Wardynski & Partners represents clients in all litigious matters with a nexus to the firm’s core practice areas, particularly competition, banking and finance, tax, real estate, and intellectual property. Founding partner Tomasz Wardynski is an experienced arbitrator. Jan Ciećwierz is recommended for contentious mandates relating to construction projects, while Monika Hartung is the name to note for post-M&A disputes. ‘Highly skilledStanisław Drozd is the firm’s key alternative dispute resolution specialist, and is regularly instructed to act as a mediator in complex commercial cases.

Autres avocats clés:

Tomasz Wardyński; Jan Ciećwierz; Monika Hartung; Paweł Mazur; Marcin Lemkowski; Stanisław Drozd; Łukasz Lasek

Les références

‘Lawyers from this team support us in handling legally challenging cases, mainly in appellate proceedings or before the Supreme Court. What I appreciate most is how up-to-date they are with changes in the law, and how well they know their clients and their business; this allows them to propose apt and tailor-made legal solutions.’

‘In the dispute resolution team, we most often work with Monika Hartung, who is an experienced litigator and widely recognised in the legal community. I highly appreciate her competence and knowledge, as well as the way she handles litigation and her ability to anticipate the actions of opponents, and consequently build (but also change if necessary) a litigation strategy that is in line with the client’s expectations.’

‘The advantage is the ease of contact with lawyers, their availability, high personal culture, and high level of preparation.’

Principaux clients

AmRest

ArcelorMittal Poland

AV Hallera sp. z o.o.

CRH – Cement Ożarów S.A.

Digitics S.A.

Elavon Financial Services

ELIN

Freyssinet Polska

Gardenvision International NV

Ghelamco Poland (Ghelamco Group)

Impel

Karmar (Bouygues Immobilier Group)

Kaufland

Krosglass S.A.

LOTTE Wedel`

Louvre Hotels Group

Marvipol

MJET GmbH

Mostostal (Acciona Group)

Motion Picture Association

Polenergia SA

SBB Energy

Sherman Sp. z o.o.

Społeczna Inicjatywa Narkopolityki (NGO, Social Drug Policy Initiative)

Sempertrans Bełchatów

Systra S.A., Systra-Sotecni S.P.A.

Wyborowa (Pernod Ricard Group)

Principaux dossiers

  • Representing a company which provides specialised solutions to the energy sector in an SCC arbitration concerning the termination of a contract for a large infrastructure project.
  • Representing a bank in a dispute with a multi-national software house concerning a failed project for the development, implementation and subsequent maintenance of a comprehensive IT system for the client’s new mortgage business.

White & Case M. Studniarek i Wspólnicy - Kancelaria Prawna sp.k.

White & Case M. Studniarek i Wspólnicy - Kancelaria Prawna sp.k.‘s Warsaw-based offering operates as an integral part of the firm’s global dispute resolution practice, and is consequently particularly well placed to handle international cases, both litigation and arbitration. Recently, much of the group’s contentious workload has centred around trending issues, including e-services and the environment. M&A, real estate, and competition-related disputes are traditional areas of strength. Michał Subocz leads the team, which also includes Jakub Wołkowicz, who is described by one client as ‘the highly talented lawyer you want on a complex case‘.

Responsables de la pratique:

Michał Subocz

Autres avocats clés:

Jakub Wołkowicz; Piotr Bytnerowicz; Aleksandra Oziemska

Les références

‘Extremely devoted – individual approach to the client and case.’

‘White & Case really puts its all into the assignments. The overall work performed proves that they have significant experience in procedural aspects. In court disputes conducted on our behalf, they have shown strength by persuading courts to accept niche legal views.’

‘Jakub Wołkowicz – we appreciate his proposed solutions and the ease of communication to the company’s management board.’

Principaux clients

Acciona Construcción S.A.

Generali Real Estate

INPEX Operations Australia Pty Ltd

Mostostal Power Development sp. z o.o.

Mostostal Warszawa S.A.

PGE Górnictwo i Energetyka Konwencjonalna S.A.

WeBuild S.p.A.

Jan De Nul N.V.

Sacyr S.A.

Grupo Unidos por el Canal, S.A.

Principaux dossiers

  • Represented INPEX in an ICC arbitration arising out of the construction of its onshore LNG processing facility in Western Australia.
  • Representing a multi-national consortium, consisting of Sacyr, Salini Impregilo and Jan De Nul, in a dispute with the Panama Canal Authority concerning the expansion of the Panama Canal at a cost of $5.5bn.
  • Representing MPD, a subsidiary of Mostostal Warszawa, in two disputes against Sarens, relating to the construction of two power blocks in Brzezie near Opole.

WKB Wiercinski, Kwiecinski, Baehr

WKB Wiercinski, Kwiecinski, Baehr continues to stand out as a go-to firm for construction and corporate disputes, particularly those with complex international elements, and has also been developing its reputation across a wide span of other areas, including competition, employment, EU law, and intellectual property. Increasingly, arbitration relating to post-M&A issues has become a core strength. Bartłomiej Jankowski and Jordan Zafirow are the key contacts at leadership level; both have broad practices, spanning all the group's specialisms.

Responsables de la pratique:

Bartłomiej Jankowski; Jordan Zafirow

Autres avocats clés:

Tomasz Kwieciński; Natalia Kabacińska; Wiktor Iwański; Anita Garnuszek

Les références

‘Availability, direct contact without too much formalism.’

‘The team is highly responsive and accommodating to our needs.’

‘They’re quick to respond, professional, and highly communicative.’

Principaux clients

The State of Ukraine/Quinn Emanuell

Allegro

Allianz

CEZ Skawina

Tauron Dystrybucja

Master Management Group

FORBUILD SA

Webuild

DNB Bank Polska

Ryanair

BNP Paribas Bank Polska

ORBICO d.o.o.

Bilfinger Tebodin Poland

MZK Gorzów Wlkp.

Miejskie Wodociągi i Kanalizacja w Bydgoszczy sp. z o.o.

Bank Polska Kasa Opieki S.A.

Ekstraklasa S.A.

Zakład Unieszkodliwiania Odpadów

PUT Intercor

PKO Bank Polski S.A.

PORR S.A.

CEMEX Polska Sp. z o.o.

GE Power Sp. z o.o.

Aldesa Construcciones

Bird & Bird Szepietowski i wspólnicy sp. k.

The team at Bird & Bird Szepietowski i wspólnicy sp. k. most commonly represents large international or Polish conglomerates in highly technical disputes, particularly those relating to the construction, food and beverage, automotive, energy, and chemicals industries. At the senior level, Adam Kowalczyk and Bartłomiej Niewczas are the key contacts; the former is singled out by one client for his 'unique problem-solving skills', while the latter is noted for his cross-border expertise.

Responsables de la pratique:

Adam Kowalczyk; Bartłomiej Niewczas

Autres avocats clés:

Grzegorz Kostrzewa; Dominik Hincz

Les références

‘My message to potential clients of Bird & Bird, based on my first-hand experience, would be: you would be taken care of well there thanks to the partner’s availability and broad expertise re various industries.’

‘I am very impressed by the client focus and exceptional effectiveness of Adam Kowalczyk. His unique problem-solving skills and availability have been a valuable asset to me.’

‘Know their clients very well and understand how to work with them to get the best results.’

Principaux clients

De Agostini Polska Sp. z o.o.

Emerson Process Management Sp. z o.o.

Nokia Solutions and Networks Sp. z o.o.

Principaux dossiers

  • Representing Emerson Process Management, as the sub-contractor, in a multi-dimensional dispute against the general contractor and the investor, regarding the remuneration for construction works, services and deliveries.
  • Representing Nokia Solutions and Networks, as the general contractor, in a dispute against a sub-contractor, regarding the contractual penalties and damages arising from improper performance of the contract.
  • Representing De Agostini Polska in a case concerning the termination of a contract with a local distributor.

DLA Piper Giziński Kycia sp.

DLA Piper Giziński Kycia sp.'s team applies its 'exemplary understanding of litigation strategy' to the gamut of contentious work. Post-M&A and construction disputes, cases with a nexus to the financial services sector, and cross-border arbitrations are key areas of expertise. In addition, the group has extensive experience acting in claims against the Treasury and other state-controlled entities, including those based on EU law violations. Krzysztof Kycia oversees the department. 'Talented individual' Szymon Sakowski and counsel Piotr Olkowski are also recommended.

Responsables de la pratique:

Krzysztof Kycia

Autres avocats clés:

Piotr Olkowski; Anna Kopania; Monika Leszko; Szymon Sakowski; Mikołaj Strojnowski

Les références

‘Quick reaction, availability, experience, fair prices.’

‘The team provide an exemplary understanding of litigation strategy in the context of the political landscape. They have a strong network and are highly regarded in Poland, which is apparent in the service they offer clients.’

‘Szymon Sakowski is a talented individual with an eye for strategic opportunities.’

Principaux clients

Airbus DS Airborne Solutions

Allegro.pl

ASM Global

Bank Ochrony Środowiska

British Airways

Cenzin

easyJet

Enter Air

EL AL Israel Airlines

EDP Renewables

DEME Group

General Electric

Generali

Herkules

Israel Aerospace Industries

Levi Strauss

Metro Properties

MoneyGram

Mota-Engil

Mott McDonald

OX2

PGE Energia Ciepła

PGE Energia Odnawialna

Philips Polska

PKP Energetyka (CVC Group)

Polnord

PORR

Saur

SIBS

Stanley Black & Decker

Trakcja

Van Oord

Velvet Care

Verizon Technologies

WeWork

Zeus Capital Management

Principaux dossiers

  • Represented Polnord in three court proceedings connected with its €31.7m public offering of shares.
  • Representing EasyJet Group companies, EasyJet UK and EasyJet Switzerland, in administrative proceedings relating to breaches of obligations to transfer Passenger Name Records (PNR) to public authorities in 2018-2020.
  • Representing Trakcja in a number of disputes against employers regarding the design and construction of national roads and expressways in Poland.

Eversheds Sutherland Poland

Although Eversheds Sutherland Poland is recognised for its expertise across the real estate, infrastructure, energy and TMT sectors, the firm particularly stands out in the aviation sphere; the group counts eight major Polish airlines amongst its clients, as well as the International Air Transport Association. Practice head Maciej Jóźwiak regularly litigates before domestic state courts of all instances, including the Supreme Court, and has appeared in numerous CJEU cases. Recently, unfair competition claims have made up a significant part of the team's workload.

Responsables de la pratique:

Maciej Jóźwiak

Autres avocats clés:

Krzysztof Wierzbowski; Michał Miąskiewicz

Principaux clients

State Treasury of the Republic of Poland – General Directorate for National Roads and Motorways (GDDKiA)

Ryanair

Turkish Airlines

Vueling

DHL

Air France

International Air Transport Association (IATA)

KLM Airline

Nokia

Avis Budget Group

Emerson

P-D Refractories

Pomorska Investments

Tauron Dystrybucja

Rainbow Tours

Eaton

Polskie Sieci Energetyczne (PSE)

Auchan Polska

Norwegian Air

Parker Hannifin Sales CEE

Johnson Controls International

Korean Air

GdziePoLek

Tech Data

PPG

Saxo Bank

Principaux dossiers

  • Representing the General Directorate for National Roads and Motorways in a dispute against Alpine Bau, the general contractor for a toll road investment in Poland.
  • Representing International Air Transport Association in a legislation process concerning potential imposition of administrative fines on airlines operating in Poland.
  • Representing Emerson Process Management in a dispute against investor ENERGA Elektrownia Ostrołęka regarding payment for construction works.

GESSEL Attorneys at Law

At GESSEL Attorneys at Law, the team’s significant arbitration offering is overseen by Beata Gessel-Kalinowska vel Kalisz, while the litigation work predominantly falls under the ambit of Piotr Schramm. Managing associate Joanna Kisielińska-Garncarek is another key name for arbitrations, especially those played out in the international arena. The firm has recently developed a niche focus on environmental claims; Maja Frontczak has been instrumental in establishing the group’s presence in this field.

Responsables de la pratique:

Beata Gessel-Kalinowska Vel Kalisz; Piotr Schramm

Autres avocats clés:

Paweł Kwiatkowski; Joanna Kisielińska-Garncarek; Maja Frontczak

Principaux clients

Client Earth Foundation

Sygnity S.A.

PO DRUGIE Foundation

BNP Paribas Bank Polska S.A.

PKO BP S.A.

Principaux dossiers

  • Representing Client Earth Foundation, acting on behalf of five Polish citizens, in climate lawsuits against the State Treasury.
  • Representing Sygnity, a publicly-listed Polish IT company, in a dispute with Fast Enterprises, concerning settlements relating to the e-Podatki project, which is aimed at digitalising Polish tax administration.

Gide Loyrette Nouel

Operating as part of a cohesive network of 11 offices around the globe, Gide Loyrette Nouel's Warsaw-based team is highly regarded for its successful track record resolving conflicts through litigation, arbitration, and other forms of alternative dispute resolution. All of the firm's 'outstanding experts' have in-depth knowledge of particular specialist areas - including real estate, intellectual property, infrastructure, and competition law - ensuring that the group can handle the most complex cases with a nexus to these fields. Piotr Sadownik and Krzysztof Ciepliński are the senior names to note.

Responsables de la pratique:

Piotr Sadownik; Krzysztof Ciepliński

Autres avocats clés:

Piotr Brzeziński; Michał Kacperczyk; Marta Wojtkowiak

Les références

‘GIDE Warsaw office consists of outstanding experts in litigation, both commercial and civil. Additionally, if in the course of a dispute there is a need to have advice in other fields, this firm has lawyers specialising in banking, transactions or taxes.’

‘Krzysztof Ciepliński is a brilliant lawyer having vast knowledge about the financial market. I appreciated Krzysztof’s ability to deliver top quality legal work in favour of clients. He is a hardworking and talented lawyer in the Warsaw legal community.’

‘The litigation team is always ready to assist the client on every issue, dealing with complex matters in a reliable and comprehensive manner and giving prompt responses to any request. Precision and attention to detail are the distinguishing features.’

Principaux clients

Babinek sp. z o.o.

Agencja Konsultant sp. z o.o.

Grupa Azoty S.A.

Grupa Azoty Zakłady Chemiczne Police S.A.

Telewizja Polska S.A.

Mindspace Poland S.A.

Przedsiębiorstwo Państwowe Porty Lotnicze

PLL LOT S.A.

Louis Vuitton Polska sp. z o.o.

Kosmepol sp. z o.o.

L’Oreal Polska sp. z o.o.

Unibail-Rodamco Polska sp. z o.o.

Nałęczów Zdrój S.A.

OKAM Capital sp. z o.o.

B&B Hotels Germany GmbH

Willis Towers Watson Polska sp. z o.o.

STELLANTIS POLSKA Sp. z o.o.

MAK Ubezpieczenia sp. z o.o.

Fabryka Opakowań Kosmetycznych POLLENA S.A.

WARBUD S.A.

Parfums Christian Dior

Principaux dossiers

  • Representing Parfums Christian Dior in proceedings against an unauthorised reseller of its products.
  • Defending Bank Gospodarstwa Krajowego in a case concerning the payment of an investment loan surety.
  • Representing BPI Real Estate Poland, the Polish branch of a real estate development company, in two court disputes with a contractor who failed to implement the relevant IT system in accordance with the existing contract.

Hogan Lovells (Warszawa) LLP

Practitioners at Hogan Lovells (Warszawa) LLP bring a ‘practical and creative approach‘ to court and arbitration cases spanning the gamut of issues, including those related to construction and infrastructure, fraud, employment, and product liability. Claims relating to the financial services sector are a particular strength. Wojciech Marchwicki heads up the practice. Marek Wroniak left the firm.

Responsables de la pratique:

Wojciech Marchwicki

Autres avocats clés:

Maryna Bakal; Aleksandra Połatyńska

Les références

‘Hogan Lovells’ litigation team has a strong team of talented lawyers. I like how they combine extensive legal knowledge with a practical and creative approach.’

‘Wojciech Marchwicki has exceptional legal knowledge and a very practical approach. I admire his dedication to providing services of the highest quality. He is very responsive and always available to come up with creative solutions.’

Principaux clients

Alstom

Hochtief

Guivisa

M&G Investments

mBank

BNP Paribas

CACI Life and CACI Non-Life

Jones Lang Lasalle

Veolia

“Never Again” Association

PZU

Societe| |Generale

Boston Scientific

Masimo

Principaux dossiers

  • Representing Piotr Wawrzecki in a challenge to the judgement reached in a trial under the communist regime.
  • Representing Guivisa, a steel parts manufacturer, in a court dispute resulting from a major construction contract concerning Stadion Śląski in Chorzów.
  • Representing BNP Paribas in proceedings initiated by PKN Orlen, relating to damages for breach of competition law.

SSW Pragmatic Solutions

Alongside its recognised litigation expertise, SSW Pragmatic Solutions is increasingly visible in the market as a key arbitration player; lately, the firm has been leveraging its strength in the natural resources sector to make a name for itself at the intersection of this area with international arbitration. Janusz Mazurek leads the team, which fields a deep bench of recommended practitioners, including seasoned advocate Łukasz Wołk, and 'calm and focused' Łukasz Cudny. The arrival of Marcin Asłanowicz from Schoenherr Halwa sp.k. in September 2022 served to strengthen the partner offering even further.

Responsables de la pratique:

Janusz Mazurek

Autres avocats clés:

Łukasz Wołk; Hubert Wysoczański; Filip Balcerzak; Łukasz Cudny; Marcin Asłanowicz

Les références

‘They have a great team of lawyers who deal with dispute resolution, helping us with a variety of criminal, civil and administrative cases. Their legal support has been crucial in our business dealings.’

‘The communication with SSW is smooth. They clearly outline the possible actions which can be taken and include commercial recommendations. They are knowledgeable and experienced, focused on the client’s needs.’

‘The team’s devotion to our most recent case and their skills has resulted in favourable outcomes so far. The judgment is not final, but I think we are in the best hands.’

Principaux clients

PGNiG

Cinkciarz.pl/Conotoxia

VOX Group

Budizol

Immofinanz

Waimea Holdings

Climbex

Erbud

master Pharm

WPO Alba

Principaux dossiers

  • Representing Erbud, a construction company, in a dispute with a bank which allegedly misled the company as to the level of risk of financial instruments.
  • Representing Cinkciarz.pl in a case which requires in-depth analysis of how Google’s algorithms work.
  • Representing REB in a dispute with an investor from Hong Kong seeking payment of over zł5m.

B2R Law Jankowski Stroinski Zieba

Under the guidance of founding partner Bartlomiej Jankowski, the 'problem solvers' at B2R Law Jankowski Stroinski Zieba handle a wide range of disputes - spanning corporate and commercial litigation, arbitration, criminal law and investigations - on behalf of long-standing local and international clients. Human rights cases are a niche specialism; a recent highlight involves representing a private individual following their unjustified detention during a protest against LGBT discrimination in Poland.

Responsables de la pratique:

Bartłomiej Jankowski

Autres avocats clés:

Roman Iwanski; Edyta Zalewska

Les références

‘The team is very organised and focused on business needs. Problem solvers.’

‘High level focus and great at the details. Always bring desired deliverables.’

Principaux clients

Dantex Sp. z o.o.

Wilcza Sp. K.

BEREA sp. z o. o.

EPP (Echo Polska Properties)

EPP Office – Park Rozwoju sp. z o.o.

Jastrzębska Spółka Węglowa S.A. (JSW)

BÖGL a KRÝSL k.s.

MACE Polska sp. z o. o.

Aeronautics Ltd.

MACE Polska sp. z o. o.

Principaux dossiers

  • Representing human rights activist Elżbieta Podleśna in a number of criminal cases instigated against her by the Prosecutor’s Office and Polish Police.
  • Representing non-binary individual Julia (Krem) Miskevich, a citizen of both the United States and Poland, who was caught up in an LGBT protest.
  • Representing EPP Office – Park Rozwoju in a lease termination dispute with a company from the furniture sector.

BSJP bnt Brockhuis Jurczak Prusak Sroka Nilsson Zamorska Sp.k.

Disputes with a nexus to construction and infrastructure form the cornerstone of BSJP bnt Brockhuis Jurczak Prusak Sroka Nilsson Zamorska Sp.k.'s practice; in this space, the firm regularly acts in public procurement and industrial property cases, as well as FIDIC-based contractual claims. The group's client roster consequently comprises major contractors and manufacturers, alongside retail and commidities companies. Krzysztof Kowalczyk, whose expertise spans both litigation and arbitration on the local and international stage, leads the team.

Responsables de la pratique:

Krzysztof Kowalczyk

Autres avocats clés:

Maciej Prusak; Anna Kois-Mizgier

Les références

‘Employees of this law firm are always prepared for meetings, in particular they always propose several solutions to approach the problem, clearly exposing the benefits as well as the risks arising from it.’

‘Despite the complexity of the topics involved in our litigation, BSJP’s lawyers navigate the subject matter flawlessly. We are kept abreast of the direction of the case, allowing us to adjust our litigation strategy on an ongoing basis to achieve our objectives.’

‘These lawyers are very determined in their work, which is reflected in the progress of their litigation. They are also pro-active, which makes co-operation very easy.’

Principaux clients

Apcoa Parking Polska Sp. z o.o.

Berger Bau Polska Sp. z o.o.

BNP Paribas Bank Polska S.A.

DHV Polska Sp. z o.o.

Dragados S.A.

Dyckerhoff Polska Sp. z o.o.

Fadesa Polnord Polska Sp. z o.o.

HAURATON Polska Sp. z o.o

Metsä Tissue Poland Sp. z o.o.

Polaqua Sp. z o.o.

Sabowind GmbH

Saint-Gobain Group

President Lech Wałęsa

Principaux dossiers

  • Successfully represented Dragados in a contractual dispute with the state pertaining to the construction of the Racibórz Dolny dry flood reservoir.
  • Successfully represented client Polaqua in a €3m dispute over remuneration for works performed by a subcontractor.
  • Successfully represented a Czech client in a dispute pertaining to international sales law.

Kieszkowska Rutkowska Kolasinski Kancelaria Prawna sp. j.

Kieszkowska Rutkowska Kolasinski Kancelaria Prawna sp. j. represents leading names from the gamut of industry sectors in disputes with competitors, consumers, and adminstrative authorities. Contractual issues and product liability claims are the core pillars of the practice; team lead Ewa Rutkowska‘s in-depth knowledge of the pharmaceutical industry remains instrumental in maintaining the firm’s reputation in the latter sphere.

Responsables de la pratique:

Ewa Rutkowska

Autres avocats clés:

Ewa Auleytner; Mateusz Winczura; Julia Łokaj

Les références

‘Smart, open-minded, experienced, positive thinking, focused on problem solving.’

‘Able to successfully perform as experts / professionals / advisors / business partners all at the same time.’

‘The team is commercial and highly expert. The turnaround time is impressive and excellent value.’

Principaux dossiers

  • Representing a global pharmaceutical company producing Covid-19 vaccines in claims raised by patients who allegedly suffered adverse reactions.
  • Representing an international automotive group in claims relating to alleged misrepresentations regarding exhaust emissions.
  • Representing a Chinese consumer goods manufacturer as the claimant in a contract and intellectual property dispute with a Polish fashion brand.

Penteris

The team at Penteris draws on its restructuring, corporate, construction, real estate, tax, employment and banking expertise to litigate on behalf of clients from the gamut of industry sectors. Marzanna Sobaniec and Daniel Klementewicz act as co-chairs; the former is noted for her work on public procurement cases, while the latter has significant experience handling post-M&A disputes. Andrzej Tokaj, singled out for his 'strategic thinking', is another key senior practitioner.

Responsables de la pratique:

Marzanna Sobaniec; Daniel Klementewicz

Autres avocats clés:

Andrzej Tokaj; Piotr Bobrowski; Jeremiasz Kuśmierz

Les références

‘Team is very experienced, flexibly responding to customer needs, high work ethic.’

‘The team has in-depth specialist knowledge of post-sale transaction disputes.’

‘Piotr Bobrowski is a talented lawyer with a sharp mind and a problem-solving personality. He combines specialist knowledge and strategic thinking and is always well prepared. His written submissions are convincing and well-structured.’

Principaux clients

Tosca Group

LEIPA GROUP GmbH

Pameni Polska

Unimo Real Estate Group

Ghelamco

Aviva Life&Pensions UK Ltd.

Investly Holding

China-Central and Eastern Europe Investment Cooperation Fund

IMMOFINANZ AG

Ippon Group OÜ

Principaux dossiers

  • Representing a subsidiary of the China-Central and Eastern Europe Investment Cooperation Fund in a number of corporate disputes relating to the fund’s investment in Bioton.
  • Representing Ghelamco Group and its subsidiary in disputes with the Polish State Farmland Agency, concerning the extension of a lease of 1,000 hectares of farmland.
  • Representing two German companies in co-related Actio Pauliana cases.

PwC Legal Zelaznicki sp.k.

Taking its lead from ‘extremely multi-disciplinary‘ practice head Stanisław Żemojtel, the offering at PwC Legal Zelaznicki sp.k. provides a broad contentious service, encompassing aspects of pre- and post-litigation advice, as well as representation before courts of all levels. The majority of the client list comprises major players from the telecoms, investment, construction, infrastructure, and banking sectors. Artur Gątowski is another noteworthy member of the team.

Responsables de la pratique:

Stanisław Żemojtel

Autres avocats clés:

Maria Strojna; Sebastian Wieczorek; Artur Gątowski

Les références

‘PwC has an outstanding team which is highly recognised for solving contentious construction cases.’

‘The lawyers have high competencies, a pro-business approach and a problem-solving attitude.’

‘I value their transparent advice, quality of work and focus on finding efficient solutions. I also value their ability to anticipate the actions of the other side in a dispute and to take steps to mitigate potential risks.’

Principaux clients

ORLEN Projekt S.A.

Impel Facility Services Sp. z o.o. and Federacja Przedsiębiorców Polskich

Orange Polska S.A.

Wechta Inwestycje Sp. z o.o.

Trakcja S.A.

Polski Koncern Naftowy ORLEN S.A.

Firma Handlowo – Usługowa INSTBUD Stanisław Boguta Sp.j.

Principaux dossiers

  • Representing Orlen Projekt in five civil court proceedings regarding a construction agreement.
  • Representing Impel Facility Services in a dispute concerning a remuneration increase due to extraordinary changes to the circumstances.
  • Representing Wechta Inwestycje in four court proceedings related to an investment agreement concluded by its legal predecessor.

Radzikowski, Szubielska i Wspólnicy sp.k.

The team at Radzikowski, Szubielska i Wspólnicy sp.k. is able to 'combine top class expertise from many different fields of practice in a court case'; this synergy is instrumental in allowing the firm to the gamut of cases, before courts of all instances, across a variety of jurisdictions. 'Gifted' practice head Marcin Boruc is equally well versed in litigation, arbitration and mediation. 'Seasoned, quick-thinking' Adam Zwierzyński is also noted.

Responsables de la pratique:

Marcin Boruc

Autres avocats clés:

Adam Zwierzyński; Sylwester Pieckowski

Les références

‘Very professional, always on time, never leave my questions without answers. Also the financial arrangement with the law firm was very fair.’

‘They display the unique capability to combine top class expertise from many different fields of practice in a court case. They know how to create synergy from such inter-departmental collaboration to deliver the best result. They are approachable and attentive. We fully recommend them.’

‘Our go-to partner in disputes is Adam Zwierzyński. Laser focused on the case, diligent and fast, he has all the traits of a great attorney. We know we can always rely on his experience and legal knowledge.’

Principaux clients

Stoen Operator Sp. z o.o.

Spectro-Lab

Hydrobudowa Polska S.A. w upadłości likwidacyjnej

e.on Polska S.A.

Suwalskie Kopalnie Surowców Mineralnych Sp. z o.o.

Projekt M1 Spectra Development Spółka z ograniczoną odpowiedzialnością sp. k.

Park Wiatrowy Gaworzyce Sp. z o.o.

Arima Holding S.A.

Polski Koncern Naftowy ORLEN S.A.

Principaux dossiers

  • Represented Innogy Stoen Operator in two court settlement proceedings against Warsaw Municipality and the State Treasury.
  • Represented Projekt M1 Spectra Development in court proceedings regarding a claim for damages resulting from contamination of real estate with 30,000 cubic metres of waste material.
  • Represented Hydrobudowa Polska in a court case against the General Directorate for National Roads and Motorways, for payment of damages stemming from termination of the A-4 Highway Tarnów-Dębica Construction Agreement of 2010.

RKKW – Kwasnicki, Wrobel & Partners

Company law, unfair competition, energy-related issues and violations of personal rights are just some of the fields in which RKKW – Kwasnicki, Wrobel & Partners regularly litigates. In particular, the firm is seen as a go-to choice for shareholder disputes and other cases relating to the liability of members of corporate governing bodies. At the senior end, Dariusz Kulgawczuk and Karol Szymański bring a breadth of commercial expertise to the team.

Responsables de la pratique:

Dariusz Kulgawczuk

Autres avocats clés:

Aneta Pankowska; Karol Szymański; Damian Dworek; Piotr Frelak

Les références

‘The team is dedicated to customer needs. They are open-minded and very flexible, and of course professional. The co-operation brings exactly the expected results and is simply a pleasure.’

‘Commitment and effectivness.’

‘They are very effective.’

Principaux clients

Instytut Energetyki

Zakłady Magnezytowe Ropczyce S.A.

Luma Holding Limited

Drutex S.A.

FAM sp. z o.o.

GI Group Poland S.A.

Avallon MBO II SARL

Screen Network S.A.

„GEO Renewables” S.A.

ASM Group S.A.

Na Lato sp. z o.o.

City of Bielsko-Biała

“AQUA” S.A.

Gremi Media S.A.

G Inwestycje sp. z o.o.

Forbuild S.A.

Wyspa Solna sp. z o.o.

Agio Wierzytelności Plus Niestandaryzowany Sekurytyzacyjny Fundusz Inwestycyjny Zamknięty

VALUE Fundusz Inwestycyjny Zamknięty

FAMILIAR S.A., SICAV – SIF

Principaux dossiers

  • Representing Drutex in court proceedings relating to contractual and real estate issues.
  • Successfully represented one of the main shareholders of the ASM Group in disputes concerning the violation of provisions of the Act on Public Offering.
  • Representing ZMR in a court dispute with minority shareholders during the process of delisting shares from the Warsaw Stock Exchange.

Andersen in Poland

Widely recognised arbitrator and mediator Marek Furtek oversees the group at Andersen in Poland Consequently, the firm is particularly well regarded for its alternative dispute resolution expertise. The team also excels in post-arbitration proceedings, including enforcement cases, as well as challenges to rulings. Recently, the retail, energy, infrastructure, and real estate sectors have been rich sources of work. Following the merger with FKA, the practice has benefitted from the arrival of a large roster of specialists, including Marcin Matyka, who leads on tax-related cases, and Tomasz Srokosz, who focuses on disputes concerning investments, PPP and public procurement.

Responsables de la pratique:

Marek Furtek

Autres avocats clés:

Mariusz Aleksandrowicz; Agnieszka Skrok; Milena Wieczorek-Waszewska; Marcin Matyka; Tomasz Srokosz; Jarosław Kołkowski; Katarzyna Komulainen; Leszek Rydzewski

Les références

‘Offers competitive prices for the high-quality advice and work, and the seasoned lawyers.’

‘I am impressed by watching the firm’s gradual and constant growth of their legal practice. Not only do the lawyers have deep knowledge of the law but present understanding of market practice and business aspects of their advice.’

‘Leszek Rydzewski is a bright attorney with experience brought together from various areas of law. He combines experience, hands-on approach, commitment and efficiency, and really goes above and beyond what is expected to achieve excellent results.’

Principaux clients

BNP Paribas Bank Polska S.A.

mBank S.A.

Bank Millennium S.A.

Principaux dossiers

  • Representing Mercuria Energy Group in international arbitration proceedings before the SCC, against the Republic of Poland.
  • Representing Polskie Konsorcjum Chemiczne, part of Grupa Azoty, in international arbitration proceedings before the SCC, against Estonian company Elering.
  • Representing Alpha Group Corporation in several international proceedings against Amercom Holdings Switzerland, connected with the implementation of a ruling of the Supreme Court of the State of New York.

DeBenedetti Majewski Szczesniak Kancelaria Prawnicza Sp. K.

A trio of specialists helms the team at boutique firm DeBenedetti Majewski Szczesniak Kancelaria Prawnicza Sp. K.: Dariusz Szczesniak focuses on civil litigation, Wojciech Barański leads on contentious bankruptcy work, and Janusz Strankowski is the white-collar crime expert. The group has achieved notable successes before courts of all instances, including the Supreme Court and various arbitral tribunals.

Responsables de la pratique:

Dariusz Szcześniak; Wojciech Barański; Janusz Strankowski

Autres avocats clés:

Marek Matysiak; Mateusz Leźnicki

Les références

‘Perfect knowledge of legal practice and knowledge of the business side. What is outstanding is the ability to foresee the coming events. The lawyers are always prepared for any kind of course of events.’

‘They are always available and in case anything unexpected happens one is sure the work will be done professionally. There has never been any delay in work, they try to prepare documents in advance so you have enough time to go through them and make comments.’

‘Janusz Strankowski has an astonishing knowledge of civil law contracts. He can not only intepret the respective Polish and EU law, he also knows how to read the jurisprudence and most importantly can anticipate the outcomes of the court judgement as to the merits and commercial aspects, regardless of the very discretionary approach of the Polish courts.’

Principaux clients

Elliot Management Corp.

Nationale Nederlanden Life and Pensions Poland

Penton

Vienna Insurance Group

Bioagra /BZK Group/

Long Victory Incorporation (Hong Kong)

BCD Travel

KB DOM Sp. z o.o.

Fidera Funds

InterRisk

VIG Poland

PowerPlus Pentad Investments SA SKA

Qair Polska Sp. z o.o.

FORUM XVII closed-end fund

Dom Development S.A.

Retail World

Principaux dossiers

  • Representing Manchester Securities Corporation in a claim for compensation following unlawful deprivation of a minority shareholder’s dividend by PZU.
  • Adivisng Fidera Master SCSp RAIF, as a litigation funder, in the claims of Magna Polonia against Emitel.
  • Representing a key player in the insurance sector in a claim instituted against members of the management board of a joint stock company.

Doktór Jerszynski Pietras Adwokaci i Radcowie Prawni Spólka

Łukasz Doktor and Gracjan Pietras co-chair the offering at Doktór Jerszynski Pietras Adwokaci i Radcowie Prawni Spólka; both are also responsible for another department within the firm - corporate and TMT, respectively - and are able to bring this expertise to bear on their roles. The firm's client roster spans a wide range of industries, and has lately seen a particularly high influx of notable names from the financial services sector.

Responsables de la pratique:

Gracjan Pietras; Łukasz Doktór

Autres avocats clés:

Agata Durczyńska; Jacek Tuśnio; Maciej Rzepka

Les références

‘Tailored solutions and strategies, deep understanding of business aspects related to the disputes, pro-active approach, clear recommendations.’

‘Gracjan Pietras – great professional, unique communication skills.’

Principaux dossiers

  • Representing a major Polish bank in a number of cases against the bank’s agents concerning cross-selling and tail commission.
  • Representing a major Polish bank in a dispute with a logistics and transportation services provider relating to various types of FXO transactions, as well as alleged fraudulent asset conveyances by the provider.

Kocur & Partners

Kocur & Partners' reputation in the market is cemented by the presence of practice head Michał Kocur, who is 'uniquely knowledgeable and experienced in commercial arbitration', both on the domestic and international stage. On the litigation side, Tomasz Waszewski and Agata Liput have extensive experience handling corporate, construction, real estate and energy disputes.

Responsables de la pratique:

Michał Kocur

Autres avocats clés:

Tomasz Waszewski; Agata Liput

Les références

‘Michał Kocur is uniquely knowledgeable and experienced in commercial arbitration.’

‘Michał Kocur has a lot of experience in arbitration. He is diligent, devoted, always well prepared, and full of integrity.’

‘Michał Kocur is a very good arbitrator.’

Principaux clients

Abbott

LPP S.A.

Kaeser Kompressoren Sp. z o.o.

Tricon Dry Chemicals, LLC

Principaux dossiers

  • Represented Tricon Dry Chemicals, an American company, before the Court of Arbitration at the Polish Chamber of Commerce.
  • Represent LPP, a Polish fashion retailer, in a case regarding its rights to the property on which it has constructed a building intended to house its new headquarters.

Prof. Marek Wierzbowski and Partners Advocates and Legal Counsel

Prof. Marek Wierzbowski and Partners Advocates and Legal Counsel is well regarded for unfair competition and corporate disputes, in particular those stemming from resolutions taken in shareholders meetings, or relating to the responsibilities of board members. Anna Krysiak brings both litigation and arbitration expertise to her role as practice head. Stanisław Radowicki is noted for his experience handling administrative proceedings. Name partner Marek Wierzbowski continues to play an active role in the team.

Responsables de la pratique:

Anna Krysiak

Autres avocats clés:

Mariusz Rypina; Stanisław Radowicki; Jakub Żelazek; Marek Wierzbowski; Joanna Rewkowska

Les références

‘The team is exceptionally professional, great experts, working with understanding the client’s needs.’

‘Mariusz Rypina is perfect in the legal advice that he provides. He provides the legal assistance as quick as possible, the legal issues are analysed in detail, clearly explained and address the client’s queries.’

‘Very helpful toward clients with strong desire to help them, with focus on realistic and possible outcomes. Very pragmatic approach, with avoidance of unnecessary and costly actions.’

Principaux clients

Wyższa Szkoła Techniczna

Uczelnia Medyczna im. Marii Skłodowskiej-Curie

PKP Polskie Linie Kolejowe S.A.

Grupa Gemini

Europoles Sp. z o.o.

Principaux dossiers

  • Representing Wyższa Szłoła Techniczna w Katowicach before the Supreme Administrative Court in a dispute with the Board of the Silesian Voivodship concerning a demand for the return of EU-funded financing granted to the client under a co-financing agreement.
  • Representing Europoles in litigation involving the client’s Germany-based parent company.

Olesinski & Wspolnicy

Local industry leaders, as well as companies belonging to international groups, regularly instruct Olesinski & Wspolnicy. Unfair competition litigation is a key strength for the firm. Other recent highlights have spanned disputes relating to e-commerce, state aid, intellectual property, construction and real estate. 'Great leader' Anna Chrobot oversees the work, ably assisted by 'brilliant' senior associates Mateusz Kisiela and Paweł Bury.

Responsables de la pratique:

Anna Chrobot

Autres avocats clés:

Mateusz Kisiela; Paweł Bury

Les références

‘There’s a lot to appreciate whilst working with the O&W team. They have an exceptional knowledge of the business and know what I expect, are aways professional, helpful and open-minded. They also know the importance of procedural competences, which is vital. All in all, the qualities of the O&W team translate well into conducting a corporate court dispute.’

‘I have felt like someone has had my back at all stages so far.’

‘They have an excellent understanding of the business environment and problem at hand. I know I can count on their full commitment and support.’

Principaux clients

Kaufland Polska Markety Sp. z o.o. Sp.j. [LLC general partnership]

Kaczmarski Inkasso Małgorzata Kaczmarski (Kaczmarski Group)

Osadkowski S.A. [Inc.]

Lubawa S.A. [Inc.]

GKN Driveline Polska Sp. z o.o. [LLC]

GARANT-Filter GmbH

KIK Textil Sp. z o. o. [LLC]

Sitech Sp. z o. o. [LLC]

Hengst Filter Polska Sp. z o.o. [LLC]

AKS Precision Ball Polska sp. z o.o. [LLC]

Diamentum Office Sp. z o.o. [LLC]

ATLAS WARD POLSKA Sp. z o.o. [LLC]

Selena S.A. [Inc.]

Umicore Poland Sp. z o.o. [LLC]

Sieć Badawcza Łukasiewicz – Instytut Metali Nieżelaznych Oddział w Legnicy [research institute]

VOSS Automotive Polska Sp. z o. o. [LLC]

Maco Productions Polonia Sp. z o.o. [LLC]

Whirlpool Company Polska Sp. z o.o. [LLC]

Tristone Flowtech Poland Sp. z o.o. [LLC]

Volkswagen Motor Polska sp. z o.o. [LLC]

Schilsner Industry Group Sp. zo.o. [LLC]

ZPUE S.A. [Inc.]

GBT Polska Sp. z o.o. [LLC]

Principaux dossiers

  • Representing Garant- Filter in a number of construction disputes relating to withdrawal from a construction contract.
  • Representing ZPUE in an intellectual property dispute concerning the improper manufacture and implementation of a complex computer system.
  • Representing Lubawa in a multi-faceted dispute with a former employee who had breached the client’s business confidentiality, contractual confidentiality, and non-compete clauses.

RESIST Law Firm

Litigation and insolvency boutique RESIST Law Firm fields an 'extraordinary team with great potential', which was further strengthened in August 2022 by the arrival of Tomasz Uljasz, along with the entire group, from his own law firm. Piotr Kieloch takes the lead on the bankruptcy side, while 'top Polish lawyers' Oskar Sitek and Piotr Rezanko oversee all other work, including civil, criminal and commercial cases. Tomasz Romanowski completes the roster of key senior practitioners.

Responsables de la pratique:

Oskar Sitek; Piotr Rezanko; Tomasz Romanowski; Piotr Kieloch; Tomasz Uljasz

Autres avocats clés:

Paulina Wrzosek; Agata Duda-Bieniek

Les références

‘Friendly, communicative team operating on the Polish market.’

‘Top quality partners and associates that I can trust. In particular, I would recommend Oskar Sitek and Piotr Rezanko as top Polish lawyers.’

‘Oskar Sitek is one of the best lawyers I have ever met, he has exceptional knowledge and he is very honest and friendly.’

Principaux clients

SKOK Wołomin

Small Planet Airlines

Sopocki Klub Tenisowy

Yuwa Development

Liwa RP

Konerg Energia

Open Finance

Ursus

PEAC Finance

Wittchen

Sigma Real Estate

Came Poland

Joker Film

Principaux dossiers

  • Representing SKOK Wołomin, a savings and credit union, in hundreds of court disputes relating to the terms of promissory note secured debts amounting to €565m.
  • Representing Small Planet Airlines in over 1,200 cases brought by customers under EU Regulations, and in administrative proceedings brought by the Polish President of the Civil Aviation Authority.
  • Successfully represented Sopocki Klub Tenisowy in a real estate dispute worth €12m.

SMM Legal

At SMM Legal, regulatory expertise coupled with sector-specific knowledge allows the team to handle a broad cross-section of disputes; cases relating to public procurement and state aid are a particular strength. Managing partners Przemysław Maciak and Aleksander Czech are the noteworthy senior contacts; the former has recently been developing the firm's involvement with claims relating to the pharmaceutical industry.

Responsables de la pratique:

Przemysław Maciak; Aleksander Czech

Autres avocats clés:

Rafał Sikorski; Wojciech Sikorski

Les références

‘Hard working, pragmatic, and offer good value for money.’

‘Rafał Sikorski is a versatile, experienced lawyer, with a particularly strong background in IP and general litigation.’

‘A highly competent team with broad and cross-cutting experience.’

Principaux clients

“DTJ” Sp. z o.o.

Robyg WPB sp. z o.o.

Poznańskie Towarzystwo Budownictwa Społecznego sp. z o.o.

SGB-Bank S.A.

Marathon International sp. z o.o. sp.k.

Energa Kogeneracja sp. z o.o.

Bartosz Głodowski

Recykl Organizacja Odzysku spółka akcyjna

Bank Spółdzielczy we Wschowie

Wavin Polska S.A.

Energa Wytwarzanie S.A.

Energa – Obrót S.A.

SGB-Bank S.A.

Principaux dossiers

  • Successfully defended Energa Wytwarzanie against a claim lodged by a contractor for compensation relating to a project aimed at developing a technology to produce graphene-based solar cells.
  • Representing SGB Bank in a closed-end investment fund case.
  • Successfully represented Bartosz Glodowski, who was sued by his former partner for payment under an alleged agreement to sell part of his intellectual property rights.

Viroux & Partners

Since its inception in 2019, boutique firm Viroux & Partners has been steadily developing its capabilities, focusing particularly on corporate disputes across an array of sectors, including energy, infrastructure, real estate and healthcare. 'Unstoppable' founder and managing partner Elżbieta Viroux takes an active role supporting litigation department head Laura Mazur. The team's workload spans both litigation and arbitration.

Responsables de la pratique:

Elżbieta Viroux; Laura Mazur

Autres avocats clés:

Mariusz Tomaszuk

Les références

‘I have been working with Elżbieta Viroux at my two previous employers, and I convinced the next one to give a try to Viroux & Partners and I have been right to do that. They are open to the business perspective and understand our sector – they don’t push legal actions, if they understand that sometimes the relationship with our client is more important.’

‘I like that they treat every case with the same level of proficiency and efficiency – whether its a big arbitration case with a sector leader or a smaller case.’

‘You have to meet Elżbieta Viroux to understand the magic behind the success. She remembers cases and facts from 10 years ago and prepares creative action plans in 5 minutes max. She is unstoppable. She is constantly working, not because she doesn’t know how to finish work, but she is so engaged in all projects and loves the creative process. During the years she has carefully selected her associates.’

Principaux clients

Syndyk Masy Upadłości Elektrobudowa S.A.

Elektrobudowa S.A.

Budren

Dentalook sp. z o.o spk.

Lifemed sp. z o.o.

SUEZ

CQURE

Europtima

Inst-Sanit Sp. z o.o.

IBI HOLDINGS TRUST|Sp. z o.o.

IBI Polska Secured Funding spółka z ograniczoną odpowiedzialnością z siedzibą w Warszawie

Dominanta Praska Sp. z o.o.

Principaux dossiers

  • Representing Elektrobudowa in arbitration proceedings against PKN Orlen concerning a contract for the design, delivery, and construction by the client of a Metathesis Installation at the PKN Orlen production plant in central Poland.
  • Advised Ferma drobiu Krystyna Łaska and Chów i Hodowla Drobiu Jacek Łaski on bankruptcy-prevention measures, thereby ending a number of civil and commercial disputes pending in the courts.
  • Representing G&M in a dispute over the proper performance of a construction contract.

Wolf Theiss

Helmed by corporate expert Peter Daszkowski, Wolf Theiss represents clients in all stages of litigation and arbitration proceedings. General commercial disputes are the firm’s mainstay, though many of the practitioners also have an additional area of expertise; Joanna Gąsowski specialises in construction-related claims, for instance. In February 2022, the team increased its senior associate bench with the acquisition of Olga Gerlich from Taylor Wessing Poland.

Responsables de la pratique:

Peter Daszkowski

Autres avocats clés:

Arkadiusz Matusiak; Joanna Gąsowski; Marcin Rudnik; Olga Gerlich

Les références

‘I appreciate the business-oriented approach to the subject, strong commitment and ability to analyse cases from various different angles.’

act BSWW legal & tax

For the team at act BSWW legal & tax, disputes with a nexus to the real estate, construction, energy and aviation sectors are a cornerstone of the practice. In addition, the firm is highly regarded for post-M&A cases. Marek Miszkiel chairs the practice, supported by managing partner Jacek Bieniak; the latter is known for his ties to clients based in Italy.

Responsables de la pratique:

Marek Miszkiel

Autres avocats clés:

Jacek Bieniak; Piotr Pośnik; Giuseppe La Rosa; Dominika Michalska

Les références

‘Piotr Pośnik is an exceptional lawyer focused on the client’s needs.’

‘Marek Miszkiel leads the team in a co-operative way, combining very unique and practical approach even in very complicated cases.’

‘Marek Miszkiel’s very hands-on and practical approach is duly noted.’

Principaux clients

Curtis Health Caps

Impexmetal

Lew Group

Principaux dossiers

  • Representing a Polish contracting authority before the Court of Rome with respect to a claim arising from a public contract award procedure.
  • Representing a residential property developer in a case concerning Kraków City Park’s pursuit of compensation for establishment of an ecological site in 2018 on land lots belonging to the client.
  • Representing a state-owned enterprise in a court dispute relating to payment of remuneration for construction works and compensation for damages allegedly suffered due to the extension of the performance period.

Deloitte Legal, Ostrowski, Gizicki i Wspólnicy sp.k.

At Deloitte Legal, Ostrowski, Gizicki i Wspólnicy sp.k., the team’s multi-disciplinary approach allows for the successful litigattion of cases at the intersection between private and public law. Disputes concerning real estate issues in the hospitality industry are a key niche expertise. Marek Gizicki takes the lead, supported by Patrycja Bolimowska, who made partner September 2022.

Responsables de la pratique:

Marek Gizicki; Patrycja Bolimowska

Autres avocats clés:

Robert Uhl; Łukasz Strankowski

Les références

‘My experience shows that the knowledge and skills of these lawers is on the highest level. All cases are analysed deeply.’

‘I appreciate the individual approach to the matter and person, a visible willingness to provide advice quickly and professionally, as well as openness and courtesy.’

‘Flexibility, qualifications, people.’

Principaux clients

Seaside Park sp. z o.o.

PVCF I B.V.

OT Logistics S.A.

Refresco Europe B.V.

Immobilière Corsaire SARL

BMW Financial Services Polska sp. z o.o.

Caterpillar Financial Services Poland sp. z o.o.

Principaux dossiers

  • Representing PVCF I in proceedings before the Court of Arbitration at the Polish Chamber of Commerce in Warsaw in a dispute brought by the client for payment of an additional success-fee bonus.
  • Representing a producer of bottles for retailers in several injunction proceedings aimed at securing the client’s interests against the actions of a contractor in a weak financial state who threatened to dispose of the client’s goods.
  • Representing a portfolio company of an investment fund in court proceedings aimed at cancelling the management contract of a Polish seaside hotel.

Drzewiecki, Tomaszek i Wspólnicy sp.j.

Drzewiecki, Tomaszek i Wspólnicy sp.j. is differentiated by its focus on running noteworthy class action claims, in which the firm represents large groups of consumers against financial institutions; in order the pursue such work effectively, the firm has developed strong relations with numerous municipal ombudsmen. Leadership trio Zbigniew Drzewiecki, Andrzej Tomaszek and Marcin Szymański oversee the offering.

Responsables de la pratique:

Zbigniew Drzewiecki; Andrzej Tomaszek; Marcin Szymański

Autres avocats clés:

Justyna Karolina Mikołajek; Krzysztof Woronowicz

Principaux clients

200 former investors of Amber Gold

Municipal Consumer Ombudsman of Warsaw

Stowarzyszenie Agentów i Agencji Ubezpieczeniowych Forum

Management of the Górczewska Estate sp. z o.o.

Municipal Consumer Ombudsman of the city of Olsztyn

Principaux dossiers

  • Bringing a class action on behalf of a group of approximately 200 former clients of the investment company Amber Gold.
  • Representing a group of entrepreneurs who have been insurance agents of the Allianz Group in Poland in litigation relating to a major change in the terms of co-operation.
  • Representing the management of the Górczewska Estate in a real estate dispute.

Dubois i Wspólnicy Kancelaria Adwokacko-Radcowska sp. J.

The 'courageous' team at Dubois i Wspólnicy Kancelaria Adwokacko-Radcowska sp. J. is lauded by clients for its committment to pro bono work, which typically focuses on defense of the judiciary, fundamental freedoms, and human rights. A quartet of specialists oversees the department: Elżbieta Buczek is well versed in administrative proceedings; Jacek Dubois is the criminal law expert; Szymon Chmielewski focuses on commercial litigation; and Elżbieta Kosińska-Kozak is the name to note for civil cases.

Responsables de la pratique:

Jacek Dubois; Elżbieta Kosińska-Kozak; Elżbieta Buczek; Szymon Chmielewski

Autres avocats clés:

Marcin Bąk; Agata Plichta-Trzonkowska

Les références

‘They are very dedicated to their work, reliable and well prepared. They tell the client the truth about their situation, they are realistic and inform the client of their chances of winning. They do not underestimate the difficulties, and they take on complex cases.’

‘They are punctual; they respond quickly to emails and phone calls. A major commitment and strength of the firm is working in two-person teams, so that the firm provides an efficient way of handling cases by utilising the knowledge of associates from different fields of law, as well as providing a sense of security that all hearings will take place in a timely manner.’

‘They are courageous – defending judges wrongly eliminated from the profession, NGOs against violations of their rights by the government, and so on.’

Principaux clients

Lech Wałęsa (former President of the Republic of Poland)

Wielka Orkiestra Świątecznej Pomocy

Hanna Gronkiewicz-Waltz (former President of Warsaw)

Rafał Trzaskowski (President Warsaw)

Radosław Sikorski (former Minister of Foreign Affairs)

Founder and partner of Nazwa.pl

Partner of Mostostal S.A.

Alina Dybaś (Stowarzyszenie Turystyczna Organizacja Otwarta)

Klinika Ambroziak sp. z o.o.

Tacit Development sp. z o.o.

TASBUD S.A.

Miasto Stołeczne Warszawa

Turystyczna Organizacja Otwarta

Principaux dossiers

  • Acting on behalf of a representative of the tourism industry in a case relating to the bans, orders and restrictions on social and economic life introduced in Poland in connection with the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • Representing Mostostal in an intellectual property case.

Gawronski & Partners S.K.A.

Gawronski & Partners S.K.A. is best known for acting in commercial and contractual disputes, particularly those with a nexus to technology. The firm's strength in white-collar crime also ensures that it is well regarded for crossover cases which contain both criminal and civil elements. 'Out-of-the-box thinker' Maciej Gawroński and corporate expert Piotr Biernatowski helm the practice.

Responsables de la pratique:

Maciej Gawroński; Piotr Biernatowski

Autres avocats clés:

Mateusz Jabłoński; Łukasz Dudek

Les références

‘What makes this practice unique is the one-on-one advice they give their clients in a very timely manner. This type of service is provided by the partners themselves; they have deep knowledge of not just local laws but also complex international laws.’

‘I have found Piotr Biernatowski to be very transparent, hardworking, and very knowledgeable on various topics.’

‘Maciej Gawroński is an out-of-the-box thinker.’

Principaux clients

Crypto Sp. z o.o.

Partia polityczna Konfederacja Wolność i Niepodległość (“Liberty and Independence Confederation” Party)

Przedsiębiorstwo Wodociągów i Kanalizacji Jarocin (Sewage & Waste Disposal Enterprise Jarocin)

Gąsior Family

PHZ Baltona and Przedsiębiorstwo Państwowe Porty Lotnicze (Polish Airports)

Heli Service

Aff44

ORM Trade / Par L’amour

SoftBlue

PHZ Baltona

Principaux dossiers

  • Representing Crypto, a subsidiary of a Panama-licensed payment institution providing money transfers between investors and cryptocurrency exchanges, in a dispute with iFinex over allegedly misappropriated funds.
  • Obtained a preliminary injunction for de-blocking and de-shadow banning against Meta, on behalf of the Polish political party Konfederacja Wolność i Niepodległość.
  • Representing PWiK Jarocin in a dispute arising from a contract under the public procurement regime to modernise a sewage treatment plant.

Kacprzak

Under the guidance of ‘mastermindMarek Kacprzak, the team at Kacprzak utilises its multi-lingual abilities to handle complex cases on behalf of predominantly international clients; recently, the firm has seen an influx of new instructions from companies headquartered in Latvia, Spain and Romania. Disputes involving state entities, particularly those relating to major infrastructure or shipbuilding projects, are a particular area of strength.

Responsables de la pratique:

Marek Kacprzak

Autres avocats clés:

Sylwia Kacprzak; Malwina Rychter-Walczak

Les références

‘The law firm stands out with a team of excellent lawyers around Marek Kacprzak as the “mastermind” for complex international disputes in litigation and arbitration.’

‘We can highly recommend Marek Kacprzak for his passion, creativity, superb legal analysis and strong support of his clients. Also remarkable, his communication skills in German and English.’

‘Marek Kacprzak is an extremely bright person, very smart and professional.’

Principaux clients

Flexopack Polska Sp. z o. o.

Flexopack SA

COPERNICUS Podmiot Leczniczy Sp. z o.o.

Europrojekt Gdańsk S.A.

KRAVAG-Logistic Versicherungs-AG

HDI Global SE

MESAKO SIA

BigLift Shipping B.V.

Felbermayr Deutschland GmbH

Zollner Verwaltung GmbH

Wielobranżowe Przedsiębiorstwa WPT Sp. z o.o.

Dold Holzwerke GmbH

MESAKO SIA

Generali Seguros Espana

S.C. GMR Expert

Principaux dossiers

  • Representing Europrojekt Gdańsk, a member of a trust which constructed a highway, in litigation initiated by the State of Poland.
  • Representing BigLift Shipping, which has its seat in Amsterdam, in claims against Polish company Vistal Gdynia resulting from the breach of a charter party.
  • Representing COPERNICUS Podmiot Lecznicy, a large healthcare provider, in an ongoing dispute with a consortium of companies which, following a public tender, entered into a contract for the cleaning and disinfection of the premises the client’s sites.

KKLW Legal Kurzynski Wierzbicki sp.k.

'Well-known specialist' Przemysław Wierzbicki oversees KKLW Legal Kurzynski Wierzbicki sp.k.'s team of 'young, smart professionals'. The firm's capabilities span the gamuy of coporate disputes, with public procurement and competition-related cases standing out as key areas of focus. Dariusz Mielewczyk takes responsibility for the dedicated banking litigation sub-group, which has lately been involved with numerous Swiss franc claims.

Responsables de la pratique:

Przemysław Wierzbicki

Autres avocats clés:

Marta Ewiak-Kawecka; Dariusz Mielewczyk

Les références

‘High quality; punctuality; good reporting.’

‘Communicative and timely.’

‘From our perspective as a client the most important strenght of KKLW is proper specialisation. We always look for partners with practical experience and knowledge about our expectations and needs. KKLW’s team gets it and is always open for discussion and suggestions, which is not common.’

Principaux clients

PKP Polskie Linie Kolejowe S.A.

InterRisk Towarzystwo Ubezpieczeń S.A. Vienna Insurance Group

Wiener Towarzystwo Ubezpieczeń S.A. Vienna Insurance Group

Idea Bank S.A.

PKP CARGO S.A.

Bank Millennium S.A.

Pekao Bank Hipoteczny S.A., Bank Pekao S.A.

PKO Bank Polski S.A.

UNIQA Towarzystwo Ubezpieczeń Spółka Akcyjna

Wiener Towarzystwo Ubezpieczeń S.A. Vienna Insurance Group

LSREF III EUROPLEX Sp. z o.o.

Principaux dossiers

  • Representing PKP Polskie linie Kolejowe in a court dispute brought by a public procurement contractor.
  • Representing Asbud Towarowa, as part of the Asbud Group, in litigation concerning an investment for the construction of a premium residential estate.
  • Representing Wiener Towarzystwo Ubezpieczeń Vienna Insurance Group, InterRisk TU S.A. Vienna Insurance Group and Uniqa S.A. Towarzystwo Ubezpieczeń in a number of disputes related to claims under insurance guarantees.

Queritius

Since March 2020, cross-border dispute resolution boutique Queritius has been 'noticeably and steadily making its mark and name in the field'. The firm has already been involved with commercial arbitration and litigation before domestic courts of all levels, the ECtHR and the CJEU. 'Brilliant' Wojciech Sadowski is ably supported by of counsel Alicja Zielińska-Eisen, who is 'quickly developing as a well-organised arbitrator'.

Responsables de la pratique:

Wojciech Sadowski

Autres avocats clés:

Alicja Zielińska-Eisen

Les références

‘I had the pleasure of working with the Queritius team on a factually and legally complex dispute that could potentially be subject to international arbitration. Queritius was able to make a complex analysis both under Polish and English law, and I very much appreciate their ability to present the results of their analysis in a concise and “user-friendly” format, suitable not only for lawyers, but also for business people.’

‘I would like to praise the law firm’s business-oriented approach and flexible pricing model.’

‘Alicja Zielińska-Eisen has both strong analytical skills and business acumen, as well as excellent communication and negotiation capabilities.’

Principaux clients

Elektrociepłownia Stalowa Wola S.A.

Mirosław Cieluszecki

Sword

Principaux dossiers

  • Representing Elektrociepłownia Stalowa Wola in a set of disputes with Abener Energia relating to an EPC contract for the construction of a combined-cycle power plant.
  • Defending the previous owner of Farm Agro Planta in a criminal matter.
  • Representing a Polish distributor of bandsaws in litigation against Dutch company NWL.

Sadkowski I Wspólnicy

Complex disputes with some relevance to capital markets issues are a key specialisation for the team at Sadkowski I Wspólnicy. Otherwise, the firm is able to handle a wide range of civil, criminal and administrative proceedings, particularly in the financial sector. Mariusz Kowolik helms the group, ably assisted by seasoned commercial litigator Damian Wasik.

Responsables de la pratique:

Mariusz Kowolik; Damian Wasik

Autres avocats clés:

Wojciech Czekaj; Paulina Zalcman; Katarzyna Samburska-Bęben

Les références

‘The highest approach to customer satisfaction. Fast at solving provlems.’

‘Comprehensive solutions – including more than just legal issues, but also industry specifics, and the current needs of the client’s business.’

‘The people we work with are distinguished by remarkable accuracy, and precision in providing legal support. In each case, a broad and thorough analysis of the problem.’

Principaux clients

KANWOD Wiesław Tarczyński

UNIMOT S.A.

UNIMOT Energia i Gaz Sp. z o.o.

Collegium Humanum

Solvadis Sp. z o.o.

Agmet Sp. z o.o.

“ALFAVOX” SPÓŁKA Z OGRANICZONĄ ODPOWIEDZIALNOŚCIĄ

FIEGE Sp. z o.o.

SILINGEN Polska Sp. z o.o.

Quantum Development

Principaux dossiers

  • Representing KANWOD Wiesław Tarczyński in a dispute over the alleged culpable delay of the client in the performance of some construction work.

Taylor Wessing Poland

Taylor Wessing Poland is differentiated by its dedication to alternative dispute resolution methods; according to one client, 'a unique feature of the firm is its ability to mediate in several languages'. This focus is further exemplified by practice head Ewelina Stobiecka  , who co-founded the International Mediation Centre. Away from ADR, intellectual property disputes and private enforcement litigation are the other key strengths.

Responsables de la pratique:

Ewelina Stobiecka

Autres avocats clés:

Krystian Stanasiuk; Sebastian Morgała

Les références

‘Promotes and strongly supports alternative dispute resolution methods in Poland. It builds a network of contacts and strives to reach decision-makers in the public sector.’

‘Strong persistence and commitment of the Taylor Wessing team, led by Ewelina Stobiecka.’

‘We very much appreciate the competences of the Warsaw branch of TaylorWessing. Each time, the answer and assistance are provided immediately. Taylor Wessing takes a holistic approach, taking into account all aspects of the engagement, often pointing to additional aspects of the issue.’

Principaux clients

Haberkorn GmbH

Holmen sp. o.o.

TikTok Information Technologies UK Limited

Villeroy & Boch

Bystronic

Principaux dossiers

  • Representing the owner of TikTok in a number of contentious intellectual property matters.
  • Represented a client before the Arbitration Court in a case concerning refusal to pay compensation for a mining accident.
  • Advised on a strategy for resolving a dispute arising in connection with the operation of an e-toll system in Poland.