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Allen & Overy, A. Pedzich sp. k.’s team handles matters ranging from merger notifications to regulatory advice. Marta Sendrowicz assisted Asahi Group with the competition law aspects of its acquisition of the former SABMiller business across Central and Eastern Europe from AB InBev. On the contentious front, the group represented Cemex Polska in the appeal challenging the regulator’s decision regarding an alleged cement cartel. Counsel Justyna Michalik is also recommended.

Clifford Chance’s ‘professional and client-focused’ group provides clients with ‘a sense of security’. ‘Great leader’ Iwona Terlecka, who has ‘impressive experience and legal knowledge’, represents Lafarge Cement in appellate proceedings pertaining to the cement cartel allegations, while senior associate Bartosz Targański is defending Pfleiderer Grajewo against horizontal cartel allegations.

Dentons’ ‘client-oriented’ practice head Agnieszka Stefanowicz-Barańskaimmediately understands her clients’ needs’, while ‘up-and-coming’ senior associate Anna Gulińska is ‘a practical and swift communicator’. The duo assisted Liberty Global with the merger notification pertaining to UPC’s proposed PLN3bn acquisition of Multimedia Polska.

Linklaters’ ‘best-in-class’ team has ‘a wealth of experience and up-to-date sector knowledge’. Małgorzata Szwaj and associate Anna Laszczyk represented Orange Polska as one of the defendants in a €250m abuse of dominant position claim brought by P4 against three major mobile phone operators. Associate Wojciech Podlasin is another name to note. Of counsel Anna Zawłocka-Turno joined from the Office of Competition and Consumer Protection (UOKiK).

At Soltysinski Kawecki & Szlezak, practice head Krzysztof Kanton and senior counsel Jarosław Łukawski secured an unconditional clearance for Finaccess Capital’s merger with AmRest Holding. Royal Canin Polska instructed the team to challenge the regulator’s decision alleging restrictions of online sales.

International corporations as well as national companies instruct WKB Wiercinski, Kwiecinski, Baehr’s group in complex contentious and non-contentious matters, frequently with a cross-border element. Practice leaders Aleksander Stawicki and Bartosz Turno secured unconditional clearance for Goldman Sachs’ acquisition of a pan-European office portfolio from Savills Group. Pfizer, PKO BP and Orbis are new client wins.

Baker & McKenzie Krzyżowski i Wspólnicy Spółka Komandytowa’s team, led by counsel Mikołaj Piaskowski, advises clients on state aid issues as well as competition aspects of corporate transactions. Piaskowski and associate Katarzyna Manteuffel are assisting Getin Noble Bank with proceedings before the UOKiK pertaining to mortgage loan contracts denominated in foreign currencies.

At CMS, Małgorzata Urbańska ‘understands the business and provides commercial advice’. The group is representing PGNiG in an appeal against the competition regulator’s decision to impose a fine arising from an antitrust investigation. It is also defending Bombardier in a case concerning allegations of anti-competitive conduct in public procurement. Senior associates Michał Derdak and Jacek Liput are also noted.

The ‘smart, business-minded’ Robert Gago is the new head of Greenberg Traurig Grzesiak sp. k.’s team, following his arrival from Hogan Lovells (Warszawa) LLP. Gago and associates Radosław Pawluk and Ewa Tabor-Maciejewska provide ongoing competition law advice to PKN Orlen. Antoni Bolecki joined Hansberry Tomkiel.

Hansberry Tomkiel’s Dorothy Hansberry-Bieguńska is ‘an experienced, diligent and skilled lawyer who provides clear, considered advice and is determined to get the best outcome’. The group represented an international company against vertical price-fixing allegations. Małgorzata Krasnodębska-Tomkiel and Grzegorz Materna are also recommended. Antoni Bolecki joined from Greenberg Traurig Grzesiak sp. k..

K&L Gates LLP’s team handles contentious as well as non-contentious matters, including merger notifications and challenges to the UOKiK’s decisions, particularly in the energy sector. Marcin Trepka and Lech Najbauer secured a revocation of a PLN13m penalty imposed by the regulator on Minova Ekochem as part of the mining sector cartel proceedings.

Modzelewska&Pasnik’s group provides ‘proactive, timely’ advice with ‘full coverage of business and market perspectives’. The ‘widely respected and highly visible’ Małgorzata Modzelewska de Raad jointly heads the practice with ‘antitrust litigation heavyweight’ Piotr Paśnik, who combines ‘enormous knowledge’ with ‘a practical approach’. The team acts for Visa in a cassation appeal to the Supreme Court as part of the interchange fee agreements case.

At Traple Konarski Podrecki & Partners, Pawel Podręcki and Tomasz Targosz assist clients with regulatory and wider advisory matters as well as representing companies in proceedings against the UOKiK. Leroy Merlin instructed the group in an appeal against the fine imposed by the competition regulator, pertaining to alleged price fixing. The team also assisted Calypso Fitness with merger control matters.

Wardynski & Partners’ practice head Paweł Ciećwierz and senior associate Sabina Famirska are representing Grupa Ożarów in its appeal against a fine imposed by the UOKiK pertaining to an alleged cement cartel. Merger control highlights include managing pre-merger notifications for Sumitomo Heavy Industries.

Gide Loyrette Nouel’s ‘commercial’ team is ‘always available to assist’. Dariusz Tokarczuk and associate Szymon Chwaliński, who provides ‘consistently high-quality service’, are advising Polski Fundusz Rozwoju on the competition aspects of its acquisition of a 33% stake in Bank Pekao from UniCredit.

Hogan Lovells (Warszawa) LLP’s new team head is the ‘business-oriented and client-friendly’ Piotr Skurzyński, who joined from Wierzbowski Eversheds Sutherland. The group is providing ongoing support to Makro Cash and Carry Polska regarding the competition aspects of the implementation of a joint purchasing agreement with Auchan. Robert Gago departed for Greenberg Traurig Grzesiak sp. k..

White & Case M. Studniarek i Wspólnicy - Kancelaria Prawna sp.k.’s group handled merger control issues pertaining to PGE Polska Grupa Energetyczna’s PLN4.5bn acquisition of EDF Group’s Polish assets. Practice head Jakub Gubański assisted Wilmar Group with its joint venture with Raizen Energia and associated competition matters.

At Affre & Wspólnicy Sp. k., Joanna Affre handles matters ranging from compliance reviews and regulatory advice to challenging the UOKiK’s decisions in the Court of Competition and Consumer Protection. Clients include Woseba, Polmass and Polska Grupa Górnicza.

DLA Piper Wiater sp.k.’s ‘business-oriented’ group has a strong regulatory practice, and advised Philips Polska on the competition aspects of its distribution model. It is also acting for Saltex Europa in its appeal against the regulator’s decision alleging bid-rigging practices. Counsel Andrzej Balicki is ‘a practical and creative problem-solver’ with ‘top-notch technical skills’. ‘Professional and respected’ senior associate Michał Orzechowski is also noted.

FKA Furtek Komosa Aleksandrowicz’s practice focuses on consumer protection matters, particularly for clients in the banking and financial sectors. Instructions also include merger control proceedings. Senior associate Agnieszka Skrok is a key contact.

The life sciences sector is Kieszkowska Rutkowska Kolasinski Kancelaria Prawna sp. j.’s sweet spot. ‘Knowledgable’ practice head Marcin Kolasiński advises on the competition aspects of business operations and corporate transactions as well as on regulatory challenges.

Competition issues arising in large-scale corporate transactions are an area of focus for Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP’s group. Iwona Her advised PKO Bank Polski on the competition aspects of PKO Leasing’s takeover of Raiffeisen-Leasing.

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