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The ‘outstanding’ Małgorzata Surdek at CMS is representing Airbus Helicopters in a PLN13bn challenge brought by PZL-Świdnik concerning the tender process for the delivery of aircraft for the Polish army. Arkadiusz Korzeniewski reached a favourable settlement for Orange Polska in a complex IT dispute concerning a telecoms system implementation project. Other areas of focus include class action defence, white-collar crime disputes and construction-related arbitration and litigation.

Clifford Chance’s broad sector expertise ranges from construction disputes to insolvency and professional negligence litigation. Bartosz Krużewski, who is ‘able to define and execute clear and successful strategies’, acted alongside senior associates Piotr Bogdanowicz and Adelina Prokop for Colas Polska and Intertoll Construction in challenging the GDDKiA’s decision to cancel tender proceedings. Clients also include Monsanto, Alstom and Royal Unibrew. The ‘creative and engaged’ Marcin Ciemiński ‘stands by the client’s side’.

At Dentons, practice heads Wojciech Kozłowski and Patrick Radzimierski acted alongside Anna Pukszto for Siac Construction in disputes totalling €260m arising from the abandoned A-4 motorway construction project. Other key figures include construction expert Agnieszka Wojciechowska, who is ‘very focused and solution-driven and has a thorough understanding of not only legal but also business issues’; the ‘highly experienced’ Wojciech Wąsowicz, who has ‘an exceptionally strong analytical approach’ and is ‘recommended for very complex legal issues’; and Michał Jochemczak, who is ‘a highly knowledgeable litigator’.

At Domanski Zakrzewski Palinka, Paweł Lewandowski acted for Przewozy Regionalne in a Supreme Court case against the State Treasury concerning remuneration for providing public transport services. Tomasz Darowski and practice head Józef Palinka represented Wrocław 2012 in multimillion-euro proceedings against Max Bögl Polska arising from the construction of a municipal stadium in Wrocław. Maciej Orkusz was part of a team acting for ING Bank Śląski in several disputes pertaining to currency option agreements.

K&L Gates LLP’s team is renowned for its international arbitration expertise, which ranges from construction to investment treaty disputes. Maciej Jamka and Wojciech Sadowski defended the Republic of Poland in proceedings brought by three US investors pertaining to the US-Poland bilateral treaty. Joanna Łagowska acts for several Chinese companies investing in Poland. Rafał Morek is also noted.

Linklaters’ Zbigniew Kruczkowski is representing Bank BGŻ BNP Paribas in class-action proceedings brought by a group of Amber Gold’s ex-customers. Anna Cudna-Wagner and Cezary Wiśniewski, who is ‘a real expert in civil litigation and corporate law’, are defending Orange Polska in private enforcement proceedings brought by P4.

Soltysinski Kawecki & Szlezak's team acts for clients including Budimex and Strabag in disputes ranging from protection of intellectual and industrial property, unfair competition and infrastructure disputes, to protection of foreign investment. Practice head Dariusz Skuza represented Pepees in Supreme Court proceedings concerning the forfeiture of the voting right attached to a share. Rafał Waszkiewicz acted for Polimex-Mostostal and Acciona Infraestructuras in a PLN250m dispute against the State Treasury. Tomasz Konopka heads the white-collar crime practice.

Wardynski & Partners’s ‘extremely capable and responsive’ practice is noted for its extensive experience in commercial litigation. Tomasz Wardyński is representing a national client in a multimillion-euro damages claim against a local authority, arising from an amendment to real estate zoning plans. Other key figures include the ‘extremely experienced’ Jan Ciećwierz, Monika Hartung, who ‘knows her way around the courthouse’, and Paweł Mazur. Ghelamco, Metro Group and ArcelorMittal are also clients.

At Greenberg Traurig Grzesiak sp. k., practice head Paweł Pietkiewicz is defending mBank in a consumer class action pertaining to foreign currency denominated mortgage loans. The National Museum in Warsaw is a new client. Andrzej Wysokiński and Robert Lis are also noted.

Laszczuk i Wspólnicy sp.k.’s team acts for international corporates in employment law disputes and also handles commercial arbitration and litigation. It is representing a European confectioner in a claim against multiple contractors arising from a breach of supply contract. Maciej Łaszczuk ‘thinks three steps ahead’ and Justyna Szpara is ‘able to work under pressure’. Marek Korcz re-joined the firm from an in-house position.

Boutique firm Radwan-Röhrenschef sp.k. handles construction, bankruptcy and restructuring diputes, and also represents self-employed commercial agents. Practice head Marcin Radwan – Röhrenschef is ‘strategic, tireless and always on-point’.

At Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, practice head Andrzej Miklas is defending PKP in a €55m dispute brought by Budimex concerning allegations of breach of a share purchase agreement. Other clients include Deutsche Telekom, Metro Warszawskie and Erbud. Jarosław Kolkowski has left the firm.

Baker & McKenzie Krzyzowski i Wspólnicy Spólka Komandytowa acts for financial institution clients including Aegon, AIG and Getin Noble Bank. New practice head Łukasz Hejmej is acting for Alcatel-Lucent in litigation against Orss and HAWE concerning two PPP IT projects. Marcin Gmaj and Sebastian Pabian are also recommended.

FKA Furtek Komosa Aleksandrowicz is representing an estate administrator of GT Trading Finland in claims against GT Trading Polska for unjust enrichment and return of loans. According to one client, Marek Furtek is ‘among the top arbitration lawyers in Poland’.

Kochanski Zieba & Partners’ commercial litigation practice is headed by Konrad Orlik, while Marek Jeżewski leads the arbitration practice. Highlights included representing Muszynianka in an investment treaty dispute with Slovakia. Tobiasz Szychowski moved in-house to Polska Spółka Gazownictwa.

Lesnodorski, Slusarek & Partners has notable expertise representing journalists, musicians and media personalities in defamation and privacy disputes. The firm also handles tax and restructuring matters. Władysław Bieńkowski and Maciej Ślusarek are the key contacts.

At Radzikowski, Szubielska i Wspólnicy sp.k., practice head Sylwester Pieckowski acted alongside Marcin Boruc for Pure Health and Fitness in arbitration proceedings against Portico Port arising from a commercial premises lease.

Michał Subocz leads White & Case M. Studniarek i Wspólnicy – Kancelaria Prawna sp.k.’s practice, which represents clients such as Acciona Infraestructuras, Mostostal and PKP PLK in high-stakes construction and infrastructure disputes. Paweł Samborski is another name to note.

Wierzbowski Eversheds Sutherland is defending FS File Solutions against copyright infringement class-action proceedings brought by several Polish publishers. Other clients include Orange Polska, Lenovo and Lagardère Sports. Henryk Romańczuk and senior associate Stanisław Żemojtel are the key contacts.

Allen & Overy, A. Pedzich sp. k.’s commercial litigation practice is headed by IP specialist Krystyna Szczepanowska-Kozłowska and includes counsel Bartosz Merczyński, who regularly acts for financial institutions. Clients include Deutsche Bank, HSBC and Novartis.

At Bird & Bird Szepietowski i wspólnicy sp. k., counsel Bartłomiej Niewczas represented Centauris IPD Invest in arbitration before the Polish Chamber of Commerce related to dispute with a contractor regarding defective construction works. Other clients include Lexmark and eService. Counsel Kuba Ruiz is also recommended.

At Chajec, Don-Siemion & Zyto Legal Advisors, practice head Krzysztof Żyto is representing PGE Energia Odnawialna in real estate disputes arising from matters such as acquisitive prescription and performance of lease agreements. Tomasz Mizikowski is another key contact.

Krzysztof Kycia at DLA Piper Wiater sp.k. is defending PKP Energetyka against claims brought by Fiten pertaining to electricity delivery and contractual damages. Other clients include Qubus Hotel and Telewizja Polska.

Drzewiecki, Tomaszek & Wspólnicy Spólka Jawna represents corporate and private clients in matters ranging from trade mark infringement to fraud class actions. Marcin Szymański is the practice head.

Gessel Attorneys at Law’s Beata Gessel-Kalinowska has ‘exceptional business acumen and second-to-none legal knowledge’, and is a ‘strong leader’. Highlights included representing a foreign private equity fund in UNCITRAL arbitration proceedings and acting for investment funds in national and cross-border cases. Piotr Schramm is recommended.

Gide Loyrette Nouel’s team represents Polish subsidiaries of French companies, as well as Poland-based clients, including Bonduelle, Feu Vert Polska and KGHM Polska Miedź. Piotr Sadownik and associate Krzysztof Ciepliński are the key contacts.

Jara Drapala & Partners is representing Alpine Bau against the State Treasury in a dispute arising from the construction of the national stadium. Przemysław Drapała and Andrzej Sokołowski are the key names.

Magnusson – Kancelaria Prawnicza is representing Immofinanz Group in several disputes with the general contractor and subcontractors concerning the construction of retail parks. Daniel Klementewicz heads the practice following his arrival from Wolf Theiss. Andrzej Tokaj is also recommended.

Prof. Marek Wierzbowski and Partners Advocates and Legal Counsellors handled administrative and contractual disputes for telecoms-sector clients. Anna Krysiak is a key contact.

At WKB Wiercinski, Kwiecinski, Baehr, Bartłomiej Jankowski specialises in infrastructure litigation and arbitration. Clients include Air Products, PKN Orlen, Intercor, PZU and Uniqa. Tomasz Kwieciński is another name to note.

Wolf Theiss’s clients include Kapsch, Praktiker and Aareal Bank. Practice head Marcin Asłanowicz joined from Baker McKenzie Krzyzowski i Wspólnicy Spólka Komandytowa.

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