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Małgorzata Surdek

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Dispute Resolution


Partner; Head of Dispute Resolution; Head of Insurance


Małgorzata Surdek is a Polish-qualified advocate and a head of the Dispute Resolution Department at CMS. She is also a head of the Insurance Department. Małgorzata has many years of experience in advising companies and individuals in civil, commercial and criminal disputes before state courts as well as domestic and international arbitration tribunals, especially in matters relating to consumer protection, intellectual property and unfair competition (including unfair, misleading and comparative advertising), insurance claims, construction and public procurement disputes, as well as representing clients in disputes with regulators of the financial services, pharmaceutical, energy and telecommunications markets. She also advises foreign investors in arbitration cases on the basis of bilateral investment treaties. Małgorzata has broad experience in the financial services sector. She has advised many global financial services companies on regulatory and licensing issues related to the establishment of insurance, pension and asset management businesses in Poland, mergers and acquisitions, outsourcing, bancassurance and launching new financial products. Her experience includes obtaining the Polish FSA’s approvals for GE in connection with the acquisition of BPH Bank and for the Federal Reserve Bank of New York in relation to the change of control over the AIG Group.


Polish; English; French


Warsaw Bar of Advocates


Commercial, corporate and M&A

Within: Commercial, corporate and M&A

According to one client, the 'excellent' team at¬†CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang Posniak i Sawicki sp.k.¬†compares favourably to departments at other international firms. It often works closely with the private equity, insurance and capital markets groups to provide a full service to both domestic and foreign corporates, particularly in the pharmaceutical and life sciences sectors. With MaŇāgorzata Surdek, department head¬†Marek Sawicki¬†recently advised Generali Group on the acquisition of various insurance company entities from the¬†Concordia Ubezpieczenia Group.¬†Jakub Marcinkowski¬†and energy projects specialist¬†Piotr CioŇākowski¬†assisted the Polish Development Fund with its investment into a power plant owned by Tauron Group. Also recommended are¬†BŇāaŇľej Zag√≥rski¬†and¬†Julita Mazurkiewicz¬†(noted for her 'skill and accuracy' in corporate matters).¬†RafaŇā Zwierz¬†joined the team from¬†Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP¬†in February 2018 and is Poland, US and UK qualified.

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Dispute resolution

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MaŇāgorzata Surdek - CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang Posniak i Sawicki sp.k.

Within: Dispute resolution

CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang Posniak i Sawicki sp.k.'s 'meticulous' team demonstrates 'an ability to provide clear recommendations and master crisis situations'. The team comprises experts in contentious competition, infrastructure, IP, real estate, employment and tax issues, but it also stands out for its pro bono human rights work for non-governmental organisations, where its 'sensitivity to social issues' is praised by one client. Department head¬†MaŇāgorzata Surdek¬†specialises in investment arbitration and was appointed to the ICC International Court of Arbitration in June 2018.¬†Anna Cudna-Wagner¬†is defending mBank against multiple class actions brought by retail clients, concerning mortgage loans indexed in Swiss francs.¬†Arkadiusz Korzeniewski¬†represents Millennium Bank in an Office of Competition and Consumer Protection¬†investigation into alleged infringement of collective consumer interests.¬†Katarzyna Kucharczyk¬†and¬†Joanna MŇāot¬†are also recommended.

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MaŇāgorzata Surdek - CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang Posniak i Sawicki sp.k.

Within: Insurance

The team at CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang Posniak i Sawicki sp.k.¬†handles cross-border contentious and non-contentious matters, including regulatory and M&A advice, for a variety of major multi-national insurance clients, including AXA, Allianz and Generali. Alongside London's¬†Christopher Southorn, practice head¬†Ewa Ňöwiderska¬†advised Unum Group on the acquisition of shares in the Polish subsidiary of Prudential Group,¬†Pramerica ŇĽycie TUiR; a matter that involved expertise in insurance regulation. Ňöwiderska also advised Wagas on the distribution of extended warranty insurance for a major car producer in a number of European countries, including Poland. Managing partner¬†MaŇāgorzata Surdek¬†and¬†Katarzyna Kucharczyk¬†are also recommended.

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