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CMS’ client base includes insurers, banks, investment funds, corporations and reinsurers. Highlights included advising AIG on the sale of its Polish business to Fairfax. ‘Remarkably involved’ counsel Ewa Swiderska has ‘enough expertise to cover nearly any issue’. The ‘brilliant, versatile’ Małgorzata Surdek ‘provides cutting-edge solutions’.

DLA Piper Giziński Kycia sp.k.’s group ‘perfectly understands business needs’ and assists insurers such as PZU, AXA Życie and PKO Życie with a wide range of regulatory, contractual and corporate matters. The ‘open-minded and innovative’ Beata Mrozowska-Bartkiewicz ‘brings positive results’, while ‘outstanding specialist’ Anna Grykin has ‘versatile market experience and brilliant ideas’.

Hogan Lovells (Warszawa) LLP’s team is ‘focused on long-term solutions for the client’. Highlights included assisting NN Towarzystwo Ubezpieczeń na Życie with the acquisition of Dom Kredytowy Notus. Described by clients as ‘one of the undoubted sector leaders’, Beata Balas-Noszczyk has ‘good industry knowledge, regulatory expertise and an excellent network of contacts’. Senior associate Maryla Surowiec is another name to note.

At Czublun Trebicki Law Office Professional Partnership, Piotr Czublun designed a new model for insurance distribution across the group of companies in the automotive sector. Foreign insurers are also clients.

WKB Wiercinski, Kwiecinski, Baehr provides ‘service at the highest level’ for national and international insurers. Tomasz Kwieciński and the ‘very experienced and well-prepared’ Jakub Pokrzywniak are the key names. The team also counts industry bodies such as Polska Izba Ubezpieczeń and Polska Izba Brokerów Reasekuracyjnych i Ubeczpieczeniowych among its clients.

Wolf Theiss’ ‘responsive’ team has ‘great knowledge of the market and a professional attitude’. It handles matters ranging from implementing new products for insurers to managing insurance claims. Peter Daszkowski heads the group.

Jolanta Budzowska heads the team at boutique firm Budzowska, Fiutowski & Partnerzy - Radcowie Prawni, which represents claimants in personal injury and clinical negligence cases. Instructions included managing brain injury claims arising from road traffic accidents and handling matters for individuals with conditions caused by negligence at birth.

At Clifford Chance, the team is ‘responsive, professional and knowledgeable’. Newly promoted partner Marcin Bartnicki and counsel Marta Bieniada assisted AXA Ubezpieczenia with its acquisition of Liberty Mutual. PZU is also a client.

Julita Zimoch-Tuchołka is a key contact at Domanski Zakrzewski Palinka. The group handles contentious claims for, and dispenses non-contentious advice to, insured entities as well as insurers.

Corporate transactions in the insurance sector are a specialism of Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP’s group. Lukasz Gasinski was part of a team advising PZU on the PLN1.6bn acquisition of a 25% stake in Alior Bank.

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