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The year under review has been a fruitful for one for firms’ real estate departments, as the level of investment from both Polish and international investors has remained high, with particular interest in retail centres, office buildings and logistics parks. With the market for office space in Warsaw at a premium, investors are increasingly looking at opportunities in Poland’s other major cities.
The new Act on Bonds was introduced in July 2015 and contains several innovations intended to eradicate the problems associated with previous bonds legislation, which were thought to discourage issuances of non-treasury bonds and investment therein.
On the whole, firms have reported a positive year for M&A deals; the only exception to this was in the run up to the Parliamentary elections in October 2015, when several major transactions were put on hold.
The picture is less rosy in relation to the capital markets, with equity specialists in particular finding new instructions harder to come by now that the raft of major privatisations is over. Of the new work that is being generated, some is being snapped up by Mrowiec Fialek i Wspólnicy, a boutique formed in April 2014 by former Allen & Overy, A. Pedzich sp. k. partner Zbigniew Mrowiec.
Other developments included Paweł Pietkiewicz’s departure from White & Case LLP, P. Pietkiewicz, M. Studniarek i Wspólnicy – Kancelaria Prawna sp.k. to join Greenberg Traurig Grzesiak sp. k., and Allen & Overy, A. Pedzich sp. k.’s recruitment of IP specialist Krystyna Szczepanowska-Kozłowska from DLA Piper Wiater sp.k..
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By its judgment dated 19 June 2015 entered in the case brought by Jan Rokita against Konrad Kornatowski (former Police Commander in Chief), the Regional Court in Warsaw allowed the claim and rendered unenforceable the 2009 judgment of the Court of Appeal ordering Jan Rokita to make a statement of apology to Konrad Kornatowski in Dziennik newspaper.
On 13 August 2015, the Court of Appeal in Warsaw dismissed in its entirety an action brought by the General Inspectorate for Road Transport against Robert Feluś and Grzegorz Jankowski for publication of a correction to the press release entitled “Libacja inspektorów od radarów ”. The article was published in “Fakt Gazeta Codzienna” on 27 September 2013.
On 26 June 2015, the Regional Court in Warsaw dismissed in its entirety a claim filed by Katarzyna Tusk against Ringier Axel Springer Polska (RASP) represented by Kochański Zięba Rapala & Partners Law Firm.
On 1 October 2015, the Court of Appeal in Warsaw reversed the judgment of the Regional Court in Warsaw announced on 2 February 2015 in the case brought by Marek Falenta against Michał Wodziński (the former editor of Fakt.pl) and dismissed the action for publication, on the fakt.pl portal, of corrections to the following press articles: “Tak żyje kelner od afery taśmowej” (“This Is How the Tape Scandal Waiter Lives”), “Tak ”Król węgla” chciał obalić Tuska?” (“Is This How the ‘Coal King’ Wanted to Overthrow Tusk?”), “Węglowy król: jakie ma haki na premiera?” (“The Coal King: What Does He Have on the Prime Minister?”), “Adwokat Falenty z pluskwą w teczce?” (“Falenta’s Lawyer With a Bug in His Briefcase?”), “Nowa hipoteza: Trio frustratów stoi za taśmami” (“The New Hypothesis: There’s a Trio of Frustrated People Behind the Tapes”), “Tak mieszka król węgla od afery taśmowej” (“This Is How the Tape Scandal Coal King Lives”).
As the modern business services market continues to experience explosive growth in Poland, it is worth keeping in mind the legal issues surrounding practices related to monitoring of employees. The line between lawful and unlawful monitoring practices is at times unclear, and issues of personal data protection also must be kept in mind.
Personal data protection generates a large number of difficulties in the day-to-day activity of service centres. This results from the complicated processes surrounding the processing of personal data in international corporations and the unique nature of the BPO/SSC industry, but also from the restrictive requirements of Polish law regarding personal data.
New minimum wage act sets lowest hourly remuneration for workers at Euro 8.50 from 1 January 2015. This regulation will have crucial impact on undertakings from other countries providing their services in Germany. Foreign employers will have to comply with the new law and pay their employees staying in Germany at least Euro 8.50 per hour.
The practice of entering into double net or triple net lease agreements has become fairly common in the modern commercial property market in Poland. This means that a significant majority of the costs of the upkeep of the leased property are shifted to the tenant.
New rules of statutory warranty bring longer deadlines and significantly alter the buyer's rights.
We are pleased to send you brief description of the main points of the bill of the Renewable Energy Sources (RES) Act, published by the Ministry of the Economy in December, 2011, and its comparison with the current RES support system.
Benefits-Plaza offers an Employee Benefits platform for administration and communication relating to insurable employment conditions. By using this platform, insurers and brokers achieve efficiency, time and cost savings. Regardless of where the insured schemes are hosted, all arrangements can be managed in the platform, such as all types of pension schemes, group disability, absenteeism, accidents and medical expenses. Benefits-Plaza has years of experience and built up a strong position with leading clients, including Avéro Achmea, Allianz, Aegon, Delta Lloyd and Zwitserleven.- AKD
Employers ought not to rely on the rules of intestate succession but instead prepare a will. The law firm GRP Rainer has extensive experience in business succession planning.
Partner Emma Pitcher is quoted in World Intellectual Property Review’s (WIPR) feature about the “Trade in Counterfeit and Pirated Goods: Mapping the Economic Impact Findings” report released by the OECD and the European Union Intellectual Property Office.
Germany’s Federal Cartel Office, the Bundeskartellamt, has brought a close to the so-called “Schienenfall” (rail case) and imposed a fine amounting to millions of euros on a rail company for illegal price-fixing agreements.
The new regulation concerning European Union trade marks is set to come into force on March 23, 2016. What has hitherto been known as a Community trade mark will then become a European Union trade mark.
Kinanis Opens New Office in Shanghai China
The Internet of Things (IoT) refers to the communications network linking physical objects and allowing them to exchange information without the need for human intervention. It is expected that many new businesses will be set up to create and use IoT technology, introducing new companies to the telecommunications industry, alongside the many and varied existing participants.
Chambers & Partners has published the latest edition of its guide this month, and we are pleased to announce that Karanović & Nikolić has once again been included in its list of the best legal practices in the world.
RSPP and VEGAS LEX have discussed the consequences of the planned compulsory licensing of pharmaceuticals in the context of growing competition, antitrust regulation and other restrictions in the regulation of intellectual property rights at a roundtable with the participation of FAS Russia.
In a recent statement to the press, the Slovenian Minister of Economic Development and Technology, Zdravko Počivalšek, labelled the Serbian spas as great tourism potentials and 'undiscovered gems', before continuing to declare Slovenian interest for investing in them. According to him, this investment would not be purely financial, as it would also include the investment of Slovenian industry know-how in the process of developing and upgrading the spa offer in Serbia, as a response to emerging health trends and increasing spa vacation demands.