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Soltysinski Kawecki & Szlezak

UL. JASNA 26, 00-054 WARSAW, POLAND
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Work +48 22 608 70 00
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Fax +48 22 608 70 70
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www.skslegal.pl
Katowice, Poznan, Warsaw, Wroclaw

Poland

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 3

Soltysinski Kawecki & Szlezak

Financial regulatory work is the focus for¬†Soltysinski Kawecki & Szlezak's team, which predominantly advises banks and investment firms. It is also developing a strong reputation in the payment services sector; senior counsel¬†Wojciech IwaŇĄski ¬†and associate Mateusz Blocher¬†are particular names to note in this space. Marcin Olechowski¬†was one of the advisers to ING Bank ŇölńÖski on the establishment of a mortgage lender; a matter that included a licensing process before the Polish banking regulator. Another highlight involved assisting Billon with regulatory compliance concerning its blockchain technology banking solution.

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Commercial, corporate and M&A
Commercial, corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 3

Soltysinski Kawecki & Szlezak

Soltysinski Kawecki & Szlezak's team, which consists of 'hardworking professionals', is noted as 'supportive and flexible'. The group is regularly instructed by Polish and German corporates.¬†Krzysztof Pawlisz,¬†Piotr Andrzejak¬†and¬†Krzysztof Kanton¬†advised Solaris Bus & Coach on¬†all aspects of¬†a¬†‚ā¨190m investment into the company by¬†Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles. Dr Marcin Olechowski¬†assisted Globalworth Real Estate Investments with the indirect¬†‚ā¨138m acquisition of a 68% stake in Griffin Premium RE. Practice head Robert GawaŇākiewicz¬†has vast experience in M&A, restructurings and related disputes and arbitration.

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Competition/antitrust
Competition/antitrust - ranked: tier 2

Soltysinski Kawecki & Szlezak

Soltysinski Kawecki & Szlezak¬†provides the spectrum of competition advisory services to domestic and foreign clients in relation to Polish and EU law. The team is led by competition law expert¬†Krzysztof Kanton,¬†who represented Swiss Krono in antitrust proceedings before the PCA over collusion allegations regarding wood products; a matter which concluded with a successful leniency application. He is also defending the Polish subsidiary of The Swatch Group in an appeal against a fine for alleged price-fixing before the PCA. Senior counsels JarosŇāaw ŇĀukawski¬†and¬†Marta Kupczak-Strzelecka¬†are also recommended.

Leading individuals

Krzysztof Kanton - Soltysinski Kawecki & Szlezak

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 1

Soltysinski Kawecki & Szlezak

Soltysinski Kawecki & Szlezak¬†has competencies in large-scale infrastructure and construction disputes, corporate litigation, bankruptcy and restructuring proceedings, as well as intellectual and industrial property protection matters and unfair competition cases. It also handles the challenge, recognition and enforcement of arbitral awards and the enforcement of foreign judgments.¬†Dariusz Skuza¬†successfully represented Budimex in three claims against PKP arising from an agreement for the acquisition by the client of 100% shares in one of the defendant's companies. Dr Marcin Olechowski¬†and Dr hab Andrzej Szlńôzak¬†are recommended for arbitration cases, while Professor StanisŇāaw SoŇātysiŇĄski¬†specialises in civil, commercial and foreign investment law. Construction disputes lawyer RafaŇā Waszkiewicz¬†took over as head of the team in January 2019.

Leading individuals

Dariusz Skuza - Soltysinski Kawecki & Szlezak

RafaŇā Waszkiewicz - Soltysinski Kawecki & Szlezak

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 3

Soltysinski Kawecki & Szlezak

In addition to general employment advice,¬†Soltysinski Kawecki & Szlezak's team is often called upon to advise corporates on employee investigations, dismissals and litigation. Roch PaŇāubicki, who leads the team, assisted Solaris Bus & Coach with the employment aspects of an investment in the client by¬†Construcciones¬†y¬†Auxiliar¬†de¬†Ferrocarriles. Other clients include Caterpillar, Hollister and Intel. Associate Agata Mińôtek¬† is another key name.

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Energy and natural resources
Energy and natural resources - ranked: tier 3

Soltysinski Kawecki & Szlezak

Soltysinski Kawecki & Szlezak's team specialises in energy and natural resources regulation and projects. Team head¬†Krzysztof Cichocki¬†represented Enea in a dispute with the Energy Regulatory Authority before the Supreme Court, in a challenge to a fine related to the purchase of co-generation electricity; a case which has now been referred to the EU Court of Justice. Senior counsel Tomasz MŇāodawski¬†is noted for his expertise in electricity and gas regulation.

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Healthcare and life sciences
Healthcare and life sciences - ranked: tier 3

Soltysinski Kawecki & Szlezak

Soltysinski Kawecki & Szlezak's Dr hab Ewa SkrzydŇāo - Tefelska¬†specialises in industrial property law and unfair competition issues,¬†Agata Szeliga¬†leads on personal data and privacy and senior counsel¬†Jacek Myszko¬†focuses on IP and regulatory issues. Highlights for¬†SkrzydŇāo-Tefelska included successfully representing Bunge Group in a dispute raised against Unilever regarding the misuse of health claims in advertising a key product. SŇāawomir Uss¬† assists Eurocash with the regulatory aspects of its wholesale pharmaceutical activities.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 1

Soltysinski Kawecki & Szlezak

Soltysinski Kawecki & Szlezak's team is most noted for its patent litigation work, but it also handles IP enforcement and portfolio management. Dr hab Ewa SkrzydŇāo - Tefelska, who leads the team together with¬†Szymon Gogulski, represented Cinkiarz.pl in its successful challenge of an EU Intellectual Property Office decision to refuse its registration of a trade mark. Senior counsel¬†Jacek Myszko¬†specialises in IP as it intersects with pharmaceutical and EU law, while Maciej ZwoliŇĄski¬†is an experienced IP litigator.¬†Karol Gajek¬†is a key name for patent and trade mark matters.

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Private client
Private client - ranked: tier 2

Soltysinski Kawecki & Szlezak

The team at¬†Soltysinski Kawecki & Szlezak's key areas of expertise are tax advice and planning, family and inheritance law and business succession. Practice head¬†SŇāawomir ŇĀuczak¬†specialises in international tax law. Senior associates¬†StanisŇāaw GordziaŇākowski¬†and¬†Anna Kratiuk¬†are also recommended.

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TMT
TMT - ranked: tier 3

Soltysinski Kawecki & Szlezak

The team at¬†Soltysinski Kawecki & Szlezak¬†has developed real expertise in relation to software and often represents software companies in violation of rights proceedings and digital crime cases. The team is jointly led by IP and IT law expert MikoŇāaj SowiŇĄski¬†and personal data specialist¬†Agata Szeliga. The duo advise Microsoft on IT and IP matters, including negotiations of customised software license contracts.¬†Szymon Gogulski¬†assists Eurocash with strategic advice relating to its e-commerce operations.

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 3

Soltysinski Kawecki & Szlezak

Soltysinski Kawecki & Szlezak¬†has expertise in the range of Polish direct and indirect taxes, and is often instructed on tax disputes with the authorities. The group has also developed an IT-based solution for identifying business partners at risk of missing trader fraud. Practice head JarosŇāaw BieroŇĄski¬†assisted Arjo Group with a tax audit and advised the client on international taxation issues regarding the reorganisation of the company.

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White-collar crime
White-collar crime - ranked: tier 2

Soltysinski Kawecki & Szlezak

Soltysinski Kawecki & Szlezak's stand-alone white-collar crime practice spans defence work and investigations. The group has also developed an active advisory practice, which assists clients with the mitigation and prevention of criminal liability. Senior associate PaweŇā Sawicki¬†serves as local anti-piracy and anti-counterfeiting outside counsel to Microsoft, a role which involves regular contact with law enforcement authorities. The department is led by vastly experienced criminal defence lawyer¬†Tomasz Konopka. Senior counsel Katarzyna Randzio-Sajkowska¬†is another key name, recommended for internal investigations.

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