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Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 3

WKB Wiercinski, Kwiecinski, Baehr

WKB Wiercinski, Kwiecinski, Baehr's 'well-balanced' team is praised by clients for its broad expertise in credit, financing, bond issuance and restructuring. Highlights for¬†Jakub Jedrzejak¬†and practice head¬†Marcin Smolarek¬†included advising Toys "R" US as local counsel on the first phase of its $816m bridge financing. Other clients include Siemens Finance and mBank. Counsel¬†Agata SzczepaŇĄczyk-Piwek¬†is another key name.

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Capital markets
Capital markets - ranked: tier 4

WKB Wiercinski, Kwiecinski, Baehr

At¬†WKB Wiercinski, Kwiecinski, Baehr, the focus is on equity capital markets, and the team is often instructed on public offerings and flotations on the WSE. Counsel¬†Agata SzczepaŇĄczyk-Piwek¬†advised¬†mBank Hipoteczny on amendments to its offering documents for the bank's two covered bond issuance programmes and its private programme of bond issues.¬†Jakub Jedrzejak¬†leads the team.

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Commercial, corporate and M&A
Commercial, corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 2

WKB Wiercinski, Kwiecinski, Baehr

Andrzej WierciŇĄski¬†and¬†Jakub Jńôdrzejak¬†lead¬†WKB Wiercinski, Kwiecinski, Baehr's department, which handles¬†a variety of advisory and transactional mandates for¬†domestic and international corporates.¬†Anna Wojciechowska¬†advised EDF Group on the¬†‚ā¨1bn sale of EDF Polska to the state-owned PGE Group. She also assists Ryanair Group with all aspects of its operations in Poland, including in connection with the establishment of a new air carrier operator, Ryanair Sun.

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Competition/antitrust
Competition/antitrust - ranked: tier 1

WKB Wiercinski, Kwiecinski, Baehr

According to one client, the 'very commercial' team at WKB Wiercinski, Kwiecinski, Baehr delivers 'concise expert advice, with no irritating disclaimers or lengthy citations', putting 'risk at the centre' of everything it does. It is jointly led by Aleksander Stawicki, who 'has a business mindset and broad perspective', and 'excellent communicator' Bartosz Turno, who is noted for his expertise in disputes. In one stand-out matter, Stawicki successfully represented Goldman Sachs in merger control proceedings before the Polish Competition Authority (PCA) concerning its takeover of Robyg. Turno is defending ING Bank before the European Commission against allegations that it entered into an agreement restricting competition.

Leading individuals

Aleksander Stawicki - WKB Wiercinski, Kwiecinski, Baehr

Bartosz Turno - WKB Wiercinski, Kwiecinski, Baehr

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Construction
Construction - ranked: tier 2

WKB Wiercinski, Kwiecinski, Baehr

Specialisms at¬†WKB Wiercinski, Kwiecinski, Baehr¬†include energy and infrastructure project matters, in relation to which the team advises domestic and international contractors. Practice co-head¬†Anna Flaga-Martynek¬†is advising¬†MWiK w Bydgoszczy on a project concerning the modernisation and construction of rainwater infrastructure in¬†Bydgoszcz, which involves EU funds. Co-head¬†Marta Midloch¬†is assisting Toto Spa Construzioni Generali with the performance of its contract to construct the¬†PoznaŇĄ-WrocŇāaw section of the S-5 expressway.

Next generation lawyers

Anna Flaga Martynek - WKB Wiercinski, Kwiecinski, Baehr

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 3

WKB Wiercinski, Kwiecinski, Baehr

WKB Wiercinski, Kwiecinski, Baehr's team is noted for its 'great commitment' and its 'creative problem solving', particularly in relation to its speciality, construction and infrastructure-related disputes.¬†BartŇāomiej Jankowski¬†is representing a number of banks and wind farms, including DNB Bank Polska and Livingstone, in proceedings instituted by state-owned company¬†Energa-Obr√≥t attempting to annul long-term agreements for the sale of green certificates; a case which was decided in the clients' favour at the first instance.¬†Tomasz KwieciŇĄski,¬†Jordan Zafirow¬†and¬†Natalia KabaciŇĄska¬†are¬†also key names.

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 4

WKB Wiercinski, Kwiecinski, Baehr

WKB Wiercinski, Kwiecinski, Baehr's team has experience in all HR aspects of domestic and international M&A, restructuring, collective redundancies and employment disputes. Team leader Wioleta Polak, who was promoted to counsel in January 2018, specialises in employment issues relating to public procurement. Clients include Ryanair, Salini Impreglio and Premier Research.

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Energy and natural resources
Energy and natural resources - ranked: tier 2

WKB Wiercinski, Kwiecinski, Baehr

WKB Wiercinski, Kwiecinski, Baehr's team works closely with the firm's disputes, corporate and environmental departments to provide clients across the spectrum of energy sectors with a full service.¬†Jerzy Baehr,¬†Jakub Pokrzywniak¬†and¬†Maciej SzambelaŇĄczyk¬†advise PGNiG on day-to-day legal matters relating to grid operation, pricing policies and a variety of disputes.

Leading individuals

Jerzy Baehr - WKB Wiercinski, Kwiecinski, Baehr

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

WKB Wiercinski, Kwiecinski, Baehr

WKB Wiercinski, Kwiecinski, Baehr¬†is noted for its expertise in life sciences-related IP and competition law.¬†Aleksandra Wńôdrychowska-KarpiŇĄska¬†represents Schulke in its unfair competition claim against a Polish medicinal product producer. She also handles a number of claims for¬†Civ Consorzio Italiano Vivaisti relating to the infringement of its plant variety rights to strawberries in Poland. Senior associate¬†Maria Gutowska-Ibbs¬†is also recommended for her expertise in IP and medical law.¬†PaweŇā Hincz¬†and¬†Juliusz KrzyŇľanowski¬†left the firm to join¬†Baker & McKenzie KrzyŇľowski i Wsp√≥lnicy Sp√≥Ňāka Komandytowa¬†in November 2017.

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Insurance
Insurance - ranked: tier 1

WKB Wiercinski, Kwiecinski, Baehr

In addition to day-to-day advisory work, the 'client-oriented' team at¬†WKB Wiercinski, Kwiecinski, Baehr¬†often represents insurance-sector clients before the courts and in other dispute resolution proceedings. The group also has expertise in the intersection between insurance and consumer protection law. Practice heads¬†Tomasz KwieciŇĄski¬†and¬†Jakub Pokrzywniak¬†successfully defended Talanx Group in a cargo insurance and third-party liability claim against a security company whose driver misappropriated PLN7m. Senior associate¬†Marek Prńôtki¬†is another key contact.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 2

WKB Wiercinski, Kwiecinski, Baehr

WKB Wiercinski, Kwiecinski, Baehr's team, which is jointly led by¬†Agnieszka WierciŇĄska-KruŇľewska¬†and¬†Aleksandra Wńôdrychowska-KarpiŇĄska, focuses on IP litigation, particularly in relation to new technologies. Highlights for¬†WierciŇĄska-KruŇľewska included representing Wolters Kluwer and a group of 14 publishers in a copyright claim against file-hosting site Chomikuj.pl.¬†Milena Bogdanowicz¬†is recommended for matters involving film, media and advertising law.

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Private equity
Private equity - ranked: tier 3

WKB Wiercinski, Kwiecinski, Baehr

WKB Wiercinski, Kwiecinski, Baehr¬†is instructed by a variety of institutional investors, including private equity and other alternative asset funds. In one stand-out matter,¬†Jakub Jedrzejak¬†and¬†Ben Davey¬†advised Wuhu YuanDa Venture Capital Co. as local counsel on the indirect acquisition of a company based in a special economic zone in Poland.¬†Jńôdrzejak co-leads the team with¬†Andrzej WierciŇĄski.

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Public law
Public law - ranked: tier 2

WKB Wiercinski, Kwiecinski, Baehr

WKB Wiercinski, Kwiecinski, Baehr's 'well-integrated team of highly-skilled professionals' is instructed by both private and public sector clients on a range of public procurement matters. Department head¬†Jan RoliŇĄski¬†advises¬†Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles on all matters pertaining to a tender procedure initiated by¬†Metro Warszawskie concerning the delivery of 45 cars for the Warsaw underground. Counsel¬†Agnieszka ChwiaŇākowska¬†is another key name with vast experience in energy and transport procurement.

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Restructuring and insolvency
Restructuring and insolvency - ranked: tier 2

WKB Wiercinski, Kwiecinski, Baehr

WKB Wiercinski, Kwiecinski, Baehr's client roster comprises a number of major local and international clients, including international lenders, debtors and potential acquirers of distressed assets. In a key matter demonstrating the team's strength,¬†Jakub Jedrzejak¬†and department head¬†Andrzej WierciŇĄski¬†acted as local counsel to Toys "R" Us as part of multi-jurisdictional insolvency proceedings and the client's subsequent liquidation filings.

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TMT
TMT - ranked: tier 3

WKB Wiercinski, Kwiecinski, Baehr

WKB Wiercinski, Kwiecinski, Baehr's 'experienced and pro-active' team takes 'a practical approach' to TMT matters, particularly in relation to IT, media and data protection. Practice co-head¬†Agnieszka WierciŇĄska-KruŇľewska¬†advised Uber's Polish subsidiaries on an audit conducted by the Data Protection Authority. Together with¬†Jakub Pokrzywniak, she also advised Chubb European Group on its cyber-threat policy.¬†Aleksandra Wńôdrychowska-KarpiŇĄska¬†also leads the team.

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