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Allen & Overy, A. Pedzich sp. k.’s practice is headed by Marta Sendrowicz and ‘business-minded and pragmatic’ counsel Justyna Michalik. Michalik defended Skandia in a dispute concerning abusive surrender charges. Other highlights included acting for Samsung Electronics Polska before the Polish Competition Authority in proceedings arising from alleged misleading advertising and appealing the regulator’s decision on the infringement of collective consumer interests. AGC, AkzoNobel and Maspex are also clients.

Highlights for Dentons’ team included obtaining unconditional merger clearance from the competition authority for AstraZeneca’s €515m acquisition of Takeda’s respiratory business, and providing merger control advice to Westchester, a subsidiary of The Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association. Agnieszka Stefanowicz-Barańska is the key name.

At Linklaters, practice head Małgorzata Szwaj assisted a fund managed by CBRE Global Investors with the merger control and competition aspects of its real estate activity in Poland. Szwaj is also defending a network operator against an abuse of dominance claim and private enforcement proceedings. Senior associate Piotr Skurzyński is recommended. Mariusz Łaszczyk recently left the firm.

Soltysinski Kawecki & Szlezak’s practice is headed by Krzysztof Kanton, who defended Maximus Broker against the competition authority’s claims that it was involved in market collusion with PZU. In another highlight, Kanton successfully represented Kronopol in an appeal of the regulator’s decision concerning alleged vertical price fixing.

At WKB Wiercinski, Kwiecinski, Baehr, the ‘client-orientedAleksander Stawicki and recently promoted partner Bartosz Turno advised Dossche on obtaining clearance for its takeover by Cargill. The group also provides ongoing compliance support to Allegro and handled British American Tobacco’s acquisition of the Chic Group. Lasy Państwowe, PGNiG and Apart are also clients.

At Baker & McKenzie Krzyzowski i Wspólnicy Spólka Komandytowa, counsel Mikołaj Piaskowski advised Varian Medical Systems on obtaining merger clearance from the competition authority for the company’s takeover of Candela. Associate Katarzyna Manteuffel is another name to note.

Małgorzata Urbańska heads CMS’ practice, which includes senior associates Michał Derdak and Jacek Liput. Highlights included representing PGNiG in appeal proceedings challenging a fine imposed by the competition authority following an antitrust investigation.

Counsel Iwona Terlecka is the key contact at Clifford Chance. Highlights included representing Lafarge Cement in an appeal concerning alleged cartel activity and assisting AXA with merger control matters concerning its acquisition of Liberty Seguros.

At Hansberry Tomkiel, Dorothy Hansberry-Bieguńska and Małgorzata Krasnodębska-Tomkiel are acting for a pharmaceuticals company in the second phase of a merger investigation and are advising an international corporation on a vertical price-fixing investigation. Grzegorz Materna is another name to note. Fakro, Chemglass and Magna Polonia are also clients.

Highlights for Hogan Lovells (Warszawa) LLP included defending a group of insurers against the regulator’s claims that they had violated consumers’ collective interests. Counsel Robert Gago has represented clients including Affinia, Airbus and Nationale-Nederlanden Life in merger control proceedings.

At Modzelewska&Pasnik, ‘high-end competition lawyer’ Małgorzata Modzelewska de Raad and litigator Piotr Paśnik are representing Orange in an appeal before the European Court of Justice concerning a €127m fine imposed on Telekomunikacja Polska by the European Commission. The firm handled private enforcement proceedings and a cassation appeal before the Supreme Court of Poland challenging the regulator’s decision on interchange fees.

At Wardynski & Partners, Paweł Ciećwierz and senior associate Sabina Famirska represented Bank Pocztowy in proceedings before the Supreme Court arising from the multilateral setting of interchange fee agreements. The team also assisted Mitsubishi Electric with merger control aspects of its joint venture with Medcom.

FKA Furtek Komosa Aleksandrowicz’s workload includes merger control advice and consumer protection disputes. Senior associate Agnieszka Skrok is advising Uponor on merger control issues arising from its investment activity in Poland.

Gide Loyrette Nouel’s team combines ‘knowledge of law and current trends with a business-oriented approach’. Dariusz Tokarczuk and associate Szymon Chwalinìski advised Limagrain on competition compliance matters pertaining to its new supply and distribution contracts. Mining company KGHM Polska Miedź is also a client.

At K&L Gates LLP, Marcin Trepka assisted PZU Życie with implementing an antitrust and consumer law compliance programme. Atalian Group and Herbapol are also clients. Lech Najbauer is the other name to note.

White & Case M. Studniarek i Wspólnicy – Kancelaria Prawna sp.k.’s practice is led by counsel Jakub Gubański. The team advised Cott on merger clearance proceedings in three jurisdictions arising from its acquisition of Eden Springs. Wilmar, Jastrzębska Spółka Węglowa and Kulczyk Investments are also clients.

Affre & Wspólnicy Sp. k.’s ‘highly professional’ team handles regulatory and compliance matters, as well as proceedings before the regulator. Managing partner Joanna Affre is the key name.

DLA Piper Wiater sp.k.’s group is acting for PGE Górnictwo i Energetyka Konwencjonalna in a challenge to the energy regulator’s decision concerning the reimbursement of costs incurred following the termination of long-term electricity sale agreements. Counsel Andrzej Balicki leads the regulatory practice. Other clients include Enter Air, Landis+Gyr and Philips Polska.

Greenberg Traurig Grzesiak sp. k.’s practice head Antoni Bolecki is advising Zakłady Azotowe Puławy on the antitrust aspects of its joint venture with KGHM Polska Miedź. Bolecki also obtained merger clearance for Alior Bank’s acquisition of shares in Bank BPH.

Kieszkowska Rutkowska Kolasinski Kancelaria Prawna sp. j.’s team has notable expertise in the pharmaceuticals sector. Marcin Kolasiński is advising a client on matters related to abuse of dominance in the gas supply industry.

The team at Prof. Marek Wierzbowski and Partners Advocates and Legal Counsellors is assisting Bank Gospodarstwa Krajowego with state aid matters, including advising on government support schemes. Practice head Aleksandra Paczkowska-Tomaszewska and Kamilla Pomorska are noted.

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP’s group, which is led by Iwona Her, is advising General Electric on antitrust issues arising from its acquisition of shares in Bank BPH’s core business. It also assisted PZU with obtaining Polish and Ukrainian merger clearance pertaining to its acquisition of a 25% stake in Alior Bank.

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