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The ‘extremely client-oriented and results-driven’ team at CMS houses ‘excellent procedural and infrastructure experts’, and is led by managing partner Małgorzata Surdek. Anna Cudna-Wagner, who joined from Linklaters, is representing mBank in over 50 disputes pertaining to foreign currency mortgage loans. Investment arbitration is another area of focus. Marcin Zbytniewski ‘goes the extra mile’, and Adam Jodkowski is ‘a civil procedures expert’; both are senior associates.

Clifford Chance’s ‘distinctive’ practice provides ‘the highest level of service’ to investment funds, consultancy firms and large international corporations. Marcin Ciemiński and ‘diligent’ senior associate Adelina Prokop represented Orange in a dispute with Universal Music pertaining to the partnership agreement for the Orange Music service. Practice head Bartosz Krużewski ‘defines and executes successful strategies’. Senior associate Michał Drwal is ‘impressive’.

Dentons’ ‘reliable’ group provides ‘great service’ to parties in high-stakes litigation and arbitration. ‘Professional, open-minded and creative’ leader Wojciech Kozłowski, Michał Jochemczak and counsel Agnieszka Wojciechowska are representing a consortium of Saipem, Techint and PBG in a claim against Polskie LNG arising from the €550m EPC contract for the construction of an LNG regasification terminal. Katarzyna Bilewska is also recommended, alongside counsel Radosław Góral. Stanisław Żemojtel joined from Wierzbowski Eversheds Sutherland.

Domanski Zakrzewski Palinka’s ‘professional’ team is ‘well-informed about the market’ and has a diverse client base, including Teva Pharmaceutical Industries, ING Group and Bilfinger Infrastructure. Practice head Józef Palinka and senior associate Maciej Orkusz acted for the City of Wrocław in a multimillion-złoty dispute with Hydrobiel, while Paweł Lewandowski and senior associate Łukasz Wojdalski represented Kajima Poland in an PLN8m claim for remuneration under a construction contract. Tomasz Darowski is another name to note.

The ‘superior organisation skills and professionalism’ of K&L Gates LLP’s ‘experienced, hardworking’ team have helped attract instructions in investment treaty and infrastructure disputes as well as in complex arbitration proceedings. Joanna Łagowska is a go-to name for China-related disputes. ‘Business-minded’ practice head Maciej Jamka ‘keeps his clients a step ahead’. Wojciech Sadowski and Rafał Morek are also recommended.

Linklaters’ ‘very responsive, inventive and client-friendly’ team houses ‘insightful, resourceful and detail-oriented’ lawyers who ‘do not cut corners’. The ‘skilful’ Zbigniew Kruczkowski represented Dafter Enterprise in several court disputes. ‘Brilliant lawyer and adept arbitrator’ Cezary Wiśniewski, who leads the group, is acting for Abris Capital Partners and PL Holdings in a $537m investment arbitration against the Republic of Poland. Anna Cudna-Wagner joined CMS.

Soltysinski Kawecki & Szlezak’s ‘top-notch’ group, which is led by Dariusz Skuza, ‘provides invaluable advice’. Rafał Waszkiewicz is advising WorleyParsons in a dispute concerning Poland’s first nuclear power plant project. The group is also assisting Eltel Group with an unfair competition claim. Senior counsel Katarzyna Randzio-Sajkowska is ‘a first-class litigator who provides expert commercial advice’.

Wardynski & Partners’ ‘proactive, highly responsive and results-oriented’ team provides ‘outstanding service’ and ‘accurate and tailored solutions’. Tomasz Wardyński is representing Wyborowa in a €25m damages claim challenging a local authority’s planning decision. The ‘extremely professional’ Monika Hartung is ‘comfortable in a courthouse’. Paweł Mazur has ‘great tactical acumen’ and provides ‘strategic advice’; Jan Ciećwierz is also recommended. Stanisław Drozd and Marcin Lemkowski made partner.

Greenberg Traurig Grzesiak sp. k.’s group attracts praise for its ‘response times, business acumen and industry knowledge’. Paweł Pietkiewicz and Andrzej Wysokiński represented a leading financial institution in international arbitration proceedings pertaining to a cross-border corporate transaction in the banking sector. The team acts for the National Museum in Warsaw in several high-profile litigation proceedings. Robert Lis is ‘a valuable partner and problem-solver’.

Arbitration and enforcement of arbitral awards form a large proportion of instructions for Laszczuk i Wspólnicy sp.k.’s ‘perfectly organised’ team, which is ‘impressively competent’. Highlights included representing a Polish company in arbitration proceedings governed by Indian law and involving allegations of non-compete clause breaches. ‘Impressive’ practice head Justyna Szpara and the ‘deeply experienced, invaluable’ Maciej Łaszczuk are recommended. Marek Korcz is another name to note.

Röhrenschef’s team ‘works closely with clients’ to deliver ‘exceptional service’. Name partner Marcin Radwan-Röhrenschef is representing Polimex-Mostostal in court proceedings against GDDKiA pertaining to termination of contracts for the construction of high-speed roads in Poland. ‘Restructuring expertBartosz Piechota provides ‘unorthodox solutions’, while Katarzyna Petruczenko’s advice is ‘clear and incisive’. Bank BNP BGŻ Paribas, Agencja Rozwoju Przemysłu and Dual Corporate Risks are also clients.

Instructions for Kochanski Zieba & Partners’ team span investment arbitration, domestic litigation and portfolio claims. Head of the arbitration group Marek Jeżewski is representing Darley Energy in an investment dispute with the Republic of Poland, pertaining to the bidding process for a potash mining concession. Konrad Orlik leads the litigation practice.

At Radzikowski, Szubielska i Wspólnicy sp.k., practice head Sylwester Pieckowski is acting for Hydrobudowa (in liquidation) in a PLN94m damages claim against GDDKiA and the Polish State Treasury. Marcin Boruc is also recommended.

Clients of Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP’s team span several sectors, from transport and infrastructure to real estate, banking, telecoms and pharmaceuticals. Team leader Andrzej Miklas is representing PKP in its PLN220m dispute with Budimex, arising from an alleged breach of a share purchase agreement.

White & Case M. Studniarek i Wspólnicy - Kancelaria Prawna sp.k.’s group specialises in high-stakes infrastructure disputes. Practice head Michał Subocz, Piotr Bytnerowicz and Paweł Samborski are recommended.

Wierzbowski Eversheds Sutherland is acting for Dalekovod in proceedings brought by Enea. Other clients include Orange Polska, FS File Solutions and GDDKiA. Henryk Romańczuk retired and Stanisław Żemojtel joined Dentons.

IP expert Krystyna Szczepanowska-Kozłowska leads the group at

Allen & Overy, A. Pedzich sp. k.; counsel Bartosz Merczyński heads the banking litigation team. Merczyński is defending a Polish bank in private enforcement proceedings pertaining to interchange fee agreements. HSBC, Orange and Novartis are other clients.

At Baker & McKenzie Krzyżowski i Wspólnicy Spółka Komandytowa, practice head Łukasz Hejmej is part of a team acting for Nokia Group in proceedings arising from two broadband internet provision PPP projects in two Polish voivodeships. Sebastian Pabian is another name to note.

Bird & Bird Szepietowski i wspólnicy sp. k.’s group, which counts Lexmark, Portico Investments and e-Service among its clients, is particularly active in arbitration. Counsels Bartłomiej Niewczas and Kuba Ruiz are key contacts.

Chajec, Don-Siemion & Zyto Legal Advisors’ ‘responsive’ team is ‘always eager to assist’. ‘Solution-oriented’ practice head Krzysztof Żyto ‘knows how judges think, and tailors arguments to individual cases’. The group successfully represented Capital Partners in the Supreme Court case against KB Dom.

DLA Piper Giziński Kycia sp.k.’s ‘diligent, responsive and knowledgeable’ group provides ‘high levels of service and smooth co-operation’ to clients such as Enter Air, Mott MacDonald and PGE Energetyka Odnawialna. ‘Good communicatorKrzysztof Kycia is ‘always available and very involved’.

FKA Furtek Komosa Aleksandrowicz’s team of ‘proactive young lawyers’ is noted for its ‘high-quality partner contributions’, and delivers ‘excellent work under tight timescales’, particularly to key players in the banking sector. Marek Furtek is recommended, as is ‘strongly motivated’ senior associate Milena Wieczorek-Waszewska, who ‘sets out complex legal issues in a clear and convincing manner’.

Gessel Attorneys at Law’s team ‘thinks of answers before the opponents come up with questions’, particularly in arbitration. Practice leader Beata Gessel-Kalinowska and Piotr Schramm are key contacts.

Gide Loyrette Nouel’s ‘proactive and business-oriented’ group acts for several Polish state-owned companies as well as foreign investors and Polish subsidiaries of French corporations. Piotr Sadownik and associate Krzysztof Ciepliński are noted.

Jara Drapała & Partners houses ‘experts in construction litigation’, who have ‘broad industry knowledge and technical expertise’. Practice head Przemysław Drapała is defending Pesa against PKP Intercity’s contractual breach claims. ‘Evidence examination expert and thorough litigator’ Andrzej Sokołowski is also noted.

Leśnodorski, Ślusarek & Partners’ practice head Maciej Ślusarek and Maciej Kubiak successfully represented a former cultural institute director in a defamation suit involving allegations of mismanagement of public resources. Władysław Bieńkowski is another name to note.

Andrzej Tokaj and the ‘skilled, helpful and efficient’ Daniel Klementewicz are the key contacts at Magnusson - Kancelaria Prawnicza. The team is handling shareholding disputes for Bel Invest.

At Prof. Marek Wierzbowski and Partners Advocates and Legal Counsellors, Anna Krysiak acts for clients in arbitration and litigation proceedings. Instructions included infrastructure, unfair competition and corporate disputes.

WKB Wiercinski, Kwiecinski, Baehr’s practice head Bartłomiej Jankowski is representing MPK Poznań against a PLN25m claim filed by Elektrobudowa. Tomasz Kwieciński is also recommended.

At Wolf Theiss, Marcin Asłanowicz is leading a team representing an international logistics group in a damages claim against the Republic of Poland.

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Legal Developments in Poland for Dispute resolution

  • Kochański Zieba & Partners wins the case of Jan Rokita against Konrad Kornatowski

    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.
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