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CMS’ ‘excellent’ team acts for corporates and affected parties in sectors spanning financial services, technology, energy, infrastructure and life sciences, among others. It has ‘a deep bench of lawyers’ who provide ‘effective assistance’ in criminal fraud cases and investigations as well as anti-bribery and anti-money-laundering measures. ‘Responsive, skilled and pragmatic’ practice head Arkadiusz Korzeniewski ‘understands clients very well and has a good rapport with local authorities’.

Clifford Chance’s group provides ‘the highest quality of co-operation, in-depth practical knowledge and outstanding personal involvement’. Its ‘extensive’ offering ranges from anti-corruption and compliance advice to large-scale cross-border corporate investigations and actions involving foreign agencies and regulatory bodies. In addition to advising corporates, it acts for board members and third parties affected by criminal behaviour. Marcin Ciemiński is ‘an effective and authoritative coordinator with immense knowledge and a solid understanding of broader international implications’.

Wardynski & Partners’ ‘very supportive and results-oriented’ group handles a broad range of cases, frequently with an international angle. The team is led by ‘excellent lawyer, effective problem-solver and impressive performer’ Janusz Tomczak, who ‘executes cases in accordance with the perfect plan’; he is supported by ‘responsive, polite and knowledgeable’ advocate Aleksandra Stepniewska. Instructions included successfully defending a Polish corporation against accusations of serving as an accomplice in carbon-trading fraud, in a case filed by the French Office of the Prosecutor.

Counsel Tomasz Rudyk, who heads DLA Piper Giziński Kycia sp.k.’s ‘solution-oriented and innovative’ team, is ‘a real expert, an outstanding leader and a brilliant lawyer, with extensive experience in crisis management and compliance’. The group represents clients in criminal proceedings arising from phishing, fraud and unfair competition, as well as managing dawn raids, whisleblowing investigations and trade secrets misappropriation. 'Down-to-earth’, ‘pragmatic senior associate Piotr Falarz provides ‘out-of-the-box solutions’.

Dentons’ workload includes handling internal investigations that have multi-jurisdictional implications, and defending individuals against allegations of bid-rigging, corruption and tax evasion. The team is representing a board member of a construction company against charges of tender-fixing during the procurement process for a €25m construction project. Agnieszka Wardak heads the practice.

At Linklaters, ‘true professional’ Tomasz Manicki is ‘able to find the best pathway for the client, and develops solutions that take corporate dynamics into account’. The group handles fraud and associated asset tracing and recovery, internal investigations and audits by the regulator, as well as assisting clients with anti-money-laundering obligations. Highlights included representing a brokerage house in criminal and civil proceedings pertaining to a multimillion-euro brokerage fraud.

Senior associate Arkadiusz Matusiak leads Bird & Bird Szepietowski i wspólnicy sp. k.’s team, which handles cases involving money laundering, asset fraud and extortion. It also advises clients on anti-corruption policy implementation. The group receives instructions from clients in the financial services sector, such as banks, but also from local manufacturers and global companies, the latter particularly in cases of trade secrets misappropriation. Cybersecurity is another area of work.

K&L Gates LLP’s group represents corporations and individuals in parallel criminal and civil proceedings arising from, for example, corporate fraud, bribery, corruption and confidentiality breaches. The team is providing ongoing advice to Polpharma on internal compliance matters. Wojciech Sadowski heads the practice.

Tomasz Konopka is the key contact at Soltysinski Kawecki & Szlezak, where the white-collar crime practice is ten years old this year. Active in a wide range of sectors, Konopka has extensive experience in representing clients in litigation and arbitration and before law enforcement agencies. Managerial non-compliance, bank fraud and tax fraud were all handled by the team in the last year.

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