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Key figures at CMS include practice head Małgorzata Surdek, who according to one client is ‘undoubtedly the shining star of the consumer protection practice’, and counsel Ewa Swiderska, whose ‘expertise and experience covers every insurance law issue’. Surdek and Swiderska are defending Axa Life in two class actions concerning the validity of surrender charges in unit-linked life insurance policies.

DLA Piper Wiater sp.k.’s group is adept at representing clients before the Polish Financial Supervisory Authority, as well as handling regulatory reviews and compliance matters. Krzysztof Wiater, together with counsel Beata Mrozowska-Bartkiewicz, is advising the Polish Insurance Association on the distribution of remuneration pertaining to single premium insurance products. Other clients include AIG Europe, FM Global and Warta.

Hogan Lovells (Warszawa) LLP is praised for its ‘legal knowledge and understanding of authorities’. Practice head Beata Balas-Noszczyk (who is ‘an undisputed leader’) and associate Maryla Surowiec are assisting Prudential Assurance with establishing its operations in Poland. They are also providing ongoing support to the same client on a variety of matters ranging from devising sale structures to day-to-day corporate issues. Clients also include Aviva, PKO Bank and Crédit Agricole.

Julita Zimoch-Tuchołka heads Domanski Zakrzewski Palinka’s team, which acts for insureds in coverage disputes and represents insurers in professional liability compensation claims.

At Linklaters, managing associate Agnieszka Maj-Zuk and ‘responsive’ counsel Marcin Schulz are assisting Santander with the assessment of its bancassurance distribution model. Other highlights included advising PZU on the sale PZU Lietuva to Gjendsidige Forsikring. Daniel Cousens is also recommended.

In an illustration of WKB Wiercinski, Kwiecinski, Baehr’s ability to handle contentious and non-contentious matters, practice head Tomasz Kwieciński, together with Jakub Pokrzywniak, are advising Open Life Towarzystwo Ubezpieczeń Życie on unit-linked insurance contracts and representing PZU in a dispute with the Polish competition authority. The team also has notable regulatory expertise and advises insurers on the impact of legislative changes to the sector.

The team at Wolf Theiss provides corporate advice to insurance and reinsurance companies including Aviva. Peter Daszkowski heads the practice. Siegfried Seewald joined Urbanek i Wspólnicy Sp. k..

Clifford Chance’s team is assisting AXA with its acquisition of Liberty Ubezpieczenia. Clients also include Alior Bank and Pramerica. Recently promoted partner Marcin Bartnicki and counsel Marta Bieniada are the key names.

DeBenedetti Majewski Szczesniak Kancelaria Prawnicza Sp. K. has a notable contentious practice and is also adept at handling corporate matters for insurance companies. Dariusz Szczesniak heads the practice.

Dentons has notable regulatory and corporate expertise in the insurance space, and also handles insurance disputes for and against insurers. Marcin Bartczak is the name to note.

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP’s client base includes Bank Zachodni WBK, PZU and mBank. Lukasz Gasinski heads the practice.

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