Firms To Watch: Competition/antitrust

Eversheds Sutherland Poland‘s competition law practice group sits within the firm’s wider commercial offering, and it represents clients in a range of proceedings before the President of the Office of Competition and Consumer Protection, the Court of Competition and Consumer Protection, the Court of Appeal, and the Supreme Court. Senior associate Dariusz Aziewicz is the key contact.

Competition/antitrust in Poland

A&O Shearman

A&O Shearman‘s team has many accolades to its name, and is praised by one client as, ‘without a doubt, Poland’s number one competition and antitrust practice’. The offering encompasses advice across the entire gamut of Polish and EU antitrust law on both the contentious and advisory side. As it sits within the firm’s US and European antitrust group, it is also well situated to support clients on matters with cross-border elements. Practice head Marta Sendrowicz ‘is single-handedly the best Polish antitrust lawyer’, and she is ably supported by senior associate Olga Wiśniewska-Łukasiuk, who is active in merger and antitrust proceedings before the Polish Competition Authority and the European Commission.

Practice head(s):

Marta Sendrowicz

Other key lawyers:

Olga Wiśniewska-Łukasiuk; Aleksandra Deszyński; Aleksander Braksator


‘Without a doubt, Poland’s number one competition and antitrust practice. The team combines vast experience from across the industries and high complexity cases.’

‘A&O’s competition team has an incredible work ethic and engagement, and a deep understanding of the commercial aspects of clients’ businesses and challenges.’

‘Marta Sendrowicz is single-handedly the best Polish antitrust lawyer, combining vast experience and a commercial mind with exceptionally high engagement. She built a wide bench of her team members, which makes A&O a highly efficient legal advisor.’

Key clients

The Saudi Arabian Oil Company

Cemex Polska



Alior Bank

ING Bank Śląski


Bank Millennium

BNP Paribas Bank Polska


Santander Bank Polska

Bank Pekao

Polski Standard Płatności


Work highlights

  • Advised Aramco on its investment in Poland’s refining, wholesale, and jet fuel marketing segments through a number of acquisitions from Polish oil refiner and fuel retailer PKN Orlen following its merger with Grupa Lotos.
  • Advised CVC on the merger aspects of the planned acquisition by Stock Spirits Group of Polmos Bielsko-Biała S.A. and represented the client in phase 2 merger proceedings before the Polish Competition Authority.
  • Represented Yetico in appeal proceedings against the decision of UOKiK, in which UOKiK found a violation of consumer law by the client and imposed a record fine.

Baker McKenzie Krzyzowski i Wspólnicy Sp.k.

Baker McKenzie Krzyzowski i Wspólnicy Sp.k. boasts ‘one of the strongest teams on the market’, and its offering is broad ranging, encompassing both contentious and advisory work; this includes guidance throughout cartel investigations and dawn raids, antitrust compliance work, merger clearance, and consumer protection mandates. Private enforcement litigation is another core area of expertise for the team. Marcin Trepka, ‘the number one choice for complex cartel and private enforcement matters’, and counsel Mikołaj Piaskowski, ‘the perfect choice for difficult competition problems’, co-head the practice. Senior associate Michał Derdak, who has expertise in competition and consumer protection law, is another key member of the team.

Practice head(s):

Marcin Trepka; Mikołaj Piaskowski

Other key lawyers:

Elżbieta Buczkowska; Michał Derdak; Martyna Wurm; Marta Banaś-Klimkiewicz


‘Marta Banaś-Klimkiewicz is very knowledgeable, proactive, available and thorough.’

‘Thoughtful, responsive and reputable competition team. They are easy to work with and particularly strong in consumer, cartel and private enforcement cases. Forward thinking and very practical.’

‘Marcin Trepka offers solid, practical analysis and superb client service, and he is solution-orientated, sensible and commercial. Marcin is always quick to respond. In addition, he has great communication skills. For me, he is the number one choice for complex cartel and private enforcement matters.’

Key clients

Minova Ekochem SA

Merida Polska sp. z o.o.

Kia Polska

E-commerce Partners sp. z o.o.


Agencja Rozwoju Przemysłu S.A.

GRI Renewable Industries, S.L.




Vinted UAB

PayPal Inc.

The Walt Disney Company (Benelux) BV

Canal+ Polska S.A.

BNP Paribas Bank Polska S.A.



Snowflake INC.


Raiffeisen Bank

Work highlights

  • Representing Vinted UAB in appeal proceedings against the Polish Competition Authority’s decision to impose a fine exceeding €1.1m for a violation regarding the activity of e-commerce platforms.
  • Representing Agencja Rozwoju Przemysłu, a Polish government agency, in merger control proceedings in relation to the planned establishment of a nearly €300m joint venture together with GRI Renewable Industries, S.L. which will develop, construct, and operate an offshore wind tower manufacturing plant in Gdańsk.
  • Defending Merida Polska sp. z o.o. against an infringement decision of the Polish Competition Authority which imposed a fine exceeding €500,000.


The competition group at CMS sits within the firm’s global offering, and it handles the entire spectrum of potential mandates, from representation in antitrust compliance and litigation proceedings, and internal and competition authority investigations, to advice on merger control, consumer protection, state aid, and public procurement mandates. In addition to leading the competition practice in Poland, Małgorzata Urbańska heads up the firm’s consumer product sector focus group for Central and Eastern EuropeSenior associate Izabela Biernat-Sadlak is another notable name and specialises in antitrust, merger control, and unfair competition matters.

Practice head(s):

Małgorzata Urbańska

Other key lawyers:

Izabela Biernat-Sadlak; Agnieszka Starzyńska; Krzysztof Sikora


‘The team is thoughtful and hard working. I appreciate their practical approach to complex issues. They are responsive and you can be sure they will be there for you.’

‘Małgorzata Urbańska is an expert in competition law. She is sensible and you can always rely on her support. She has extensive knowledge combined with practical understanding of business.’

‘Izabela Biernat-Sadlak is one of my main points of contact when it comes to consumer issues. She has a hands-on approach and offers practical support in complex issues.’

‘Małgorzata Urbańska is a great leader of her team and she represents a clear vision. She has top professional knowledge combined with an easy to approach personality and a clear way of explaining the matter and its solution.’

‘Krzysztof Sikora is a highly talented legal counsel who quickly understands the matter at stake, and has excellent orientation and analytical skills. He is practical and solution orientated, reliable and always available.’

‘Hands-on and knowledgable team with a proactive attitude.’

‘The team knows the in and outs of the Polish Merger Control office and is key to have on your side if you want a merger clearance. They know all the case handlers and are in touch with them to speed up the review of your case.’

‘Agnieszka Starzyńska is our main contact and a very experienced lawyer. She is very approachable and can provide really fast advice.’

Key clients


Van Tilburg-Bastianen Group

TB Truck & Trailer Service Sp. z o.o.




Partner in Pet Food

PZ Cussons

Bayerische Motoren Werke AG

Panattoni Development


CooperVision Poland


Bausch & Lomb




Swixx BioPharma



MOL Group

Volkswagen Group


Constantia Flexibles Group

Hydro Rein

Commerz Real

Astellas Pharma




Work highlights

  • Represented Kärcher in an appeal against the Polish Competition Authority’s decision imposing a fine on the client for anti-competitive practices concerning sales on the Polish market.
  • Advised MOL on all competition and EU merger control aspects of its acquisition of a major Polish chain of retail petrol stations from Lotos Paliwa.
  • Represented Stäubli, a major global provider of mechatronics solutions, in an internal investigation related to anti-competitive conduct in a public tender, as well as subsequent proceedings before the Polish Competition Authority.


Antitrust investigations and related litigation, state aid mandates, and merger clearances are the core areas of strength for the competition group at Dentons, and it is praised by one client for providing ‘hands-on, practical support for complicated investigations’. Agnieszka Stefanowicz-Barańska leads the group and is experienced at representing clients before Polish and EU competition authorities. She is supported by counsel Anna Gulińska, who has expertise in merger control mandates, Maciej Marek, who was promoted to counsel in April 2023, and focuses on matters concerning the new technologies sector.

Practice head(s):

Agnieszka Stefanowicz-Barańska

Other key lawyers:

Anna Gulińska; Maciej Marek


‘Legal expertise in their field, up-to-date commercial and industry awareness, and they take the initiative to keep in touch with clients and to share news and latest trends that might affect the client’s business.’

‘Good awareness of upcoming legal developments affecting the technology industry, not only regarding competition, but in related areas too.’

‘Maciej Marek is able to deliver relevant advice within tight deadlines in an efficient and actionable manner.’

‘Very good knowledge of the Polish FDI regime.’

‘Very good practical experience.’

‘The Dentons team in Poland provides hands-on, practical support for complicated investigations. Teams are well staffed with high-quality lawyers.’

‘Maciej Marek is very capable of managing complex matters. He understands the business very quickly and is able to provide pro-business legal guidance on the spot.’

Key clients

Air Products







Costa Coffee

Dr. Ing. H.C. F. Porsche



Hydro Rein

Munich RE



Porsche Investments



Syntaxis Capital

TD Synnex


The Coca-Cola Company






Work highlights

  • Advised Porsche Investments, a Volkswagen Group company, on obtaining a number of unconditional merger control clearances from the Polish Competition Authority for establishing joint ventures between the client and Axel Springer Digital Ventures, a corporate venture capital company, Impact Labs, CCIC, and Beyond the C.
  • Assisted Renewable Power Capital with obtaining an unconditional merger clearance from the Polish Competition Authority for the establishment of a joint venture.
  • Assisted Munich RE with obtaining an unconditional merger clearance from the Polish Competition Authority for the establishment of a joint venture with Talanx.

Greenberg Traurig Nowakowska-Zimoch Wysokinski Sp. k

Greenberg Traurig Nowakowska-Zimoch Wysokinski Sp. k is seen as ‘a market leader in Poland with a great international network’. The competition and antitrust department has significant experience supporting clients with merger control proceedings. On the antitrust side, the practice advises clients on anti-competitive agreements and abuses of dominance, as well as market sharing cases. Where necessary, it also has the capabilities to represent clients before the European Commission. With regards to sector expertise, the group is active in the insurance, banking, TMT, e-commerce, real estate and fuel industries. Practice head Robert Gago ‘has extensive experience and offers strategic and practical advice’.

Practice head(s):

Robert Gago

Other key lawyers:

Filip Drgas; Anna Celejewska-Rajchert


‘GT’s competition practice had a spectacular victory on our behalf with the Polish Competition Authority. Their competences, knowledge and spirit are extraordinary.’

‘We very much appreciate Robert Gago, Filip Drgas and Anna Celejewska-Rajchert’s competences, knowledge and strategical thinking.’

‘Robert Gago and Filip Drgas are two lawyers who stood out to us with their knowledge, experience and flexibility. Very valuable advisors.’

‘The team understood our case and business objectives and were able to help in an effective way. They are thoughtful and practical. I appreciate their expertise and ability to quickly get involved in complex issues.’

‘Robert Gago is a leading individual in competition and consumer cases. He has extensive experience and offers strategic and practical advice.’

‘Anna Celejewska-Rajchert is a point of contact in consumer cases. She is practical and has a hands-on approach.’

‘I highly recommend Greenberg Traurig to those who are looking for a reliable and reputable law firm to provide strategic advice. The team is energetic, proactive, responsive, client focused and experienced.’

‘This is a very experienced team, in particular in the area of merger control. Definitely a market leader in Poland with a great international network.’

Key clients

Agora S.A.

Unimot S.A.

Zespół Elektrowni Pątnów-Adamów-Konin S.A.

PIB Group

Centerbridge Partners Europe LLP

Smithfield Group/Animex Foods Sp. z o.o.

Unimot Bitumen



Black Red White S.A.

Madison International Realty

Allianz SE


Telewizja Polsat S.A.

Work highlights

  • Represented Agora S.A. in proceedings before the Court of Appeal, which resulted in the OCCP’s decision to prohibit a concentration in its entirety being overturned and unconditional clearnace being granted to a transaction.
  • Represented Unimot capital group in the OCCP’s merger control proceedings related to the acquisition of Lotos Terminale S.A. from Grupa Lotos S.A.
  • Advised ZE PAK S.A. on obtaining an unconditional approval from the President of the Office for Competition and Consumer Protection for a joint venture for the purpose of the planned construction of a nuclear power plant in Poland.


The team at Linklaters offers its impressive client base advice across the entire gamut of competition matters, including merger control, sate aid, consumer protection and foreign investment matters. It is also active in contentious mandates and competition law enforcement matters, with cross-border work also falling within the group’s strong capabilities. Małgorzata Szwaj sits at the helm of the practice, and both her and managing associate Wojciech Podlasin are described as ‘fantastic to work with’. Szwaj has expertise in handling cartel and abuse of dominance cases, while Podlasin is skilled in the IT, energy, financial services, real estate, and chemicals sectors.

Practice head(s):

Małgorzata Szwaj

Other key lawyers:

Wojciech Podlasin


‘Business-focused, motivated to find the best solutions, flexible and knowledgable. Collaboration with the team is always a pleasure.’

‘Małgorzata Szwaj – very articulate, quick-witted and helpful.’

‘Linklaters is professional in competition law. They have proved themselves to be professionals throughout the communications of our project.’

‘The vast knowledge in competition law and creative and unorthodox ideas to solve upcoming issues are notable.’

‘There is a strong commitment to deliver excellence in advice and fantastic responsiveness. Małgorzata Szwaj and Wojciech Podlasin are both fantastic to work with.’

‘The team is very competent and available. They have valuable knowledge and provide great assistance.’

‘Wojciech Podlasin has a smart approach to cases and is very responsive.’

‘They know the market, the topic, and the industry while being strong legal experts.’

Key clients




Bank Millennium



Orange Polska

Polski Fundusz Rozwoju


Work highlights

  • Representing Kronospan Mielec sp. z o.o. and Kronospan Polska sp. z o.o. in appeal proceedings before the Court for the Protection of Competition and Consumers against a decision by the Polish Competition Authority on an allegedly restrictive horizontal agreement.
  • Representing Orange Polska S.A. in two cases involving claims filed by P4 sp. z o.o. against Orange Polska S.A. and Polkomtel sp. z o.o. for compensation in connection with accusations made against Orange Polska S.A. and Polkomtel sp. z o.o. of abuse of their collective dominant position.
  • Representing ArcelorMittal in merger control proceedings.

WKB Lawyers

Praised by one client as the ‘strongest team in Poland’, the competition and consumer law group at WKB Lawyers assists clients with a wide variety of mandates, including cartels matters, leniency programmes, and distribution agreements, as well as abuse of dominant position cases, merger control proceedings, and consumer protection issues. It also undertakes private enforcement cases, and its clients are often active in the energy, luxury goods, financial services, pharmaceuticals, e-commerce, insurance, sport and construction sectors. Aleksander Stawicki leads the practice, and he is ably supported by Bartosz Turno, who has expertise in representing clients undergoing investigation before the Polish Competition Authority, and Dorota Karczewska, who is a go-to for clients in the financial services and FMCG industries.

Practice head(s):

Aleksander Stawicki

Other key lawyers:

Bartosz Turno; Dorota Karczewska; Wojciech Kulczyk; Aleksandra Dziurkowska


‘Bartosz Turno and Dorota Karczewska stand out as reliable, intelligent, smooth to work with, and helpful all the way.’

‘Aleksansder Stawicki and Bartosz Turno make a great team; they are quick, know every detail of the law and practice, they are very responsive and provide great value for money.’

‘Very professional support based on wide experience and deep knowledge of both competition law and clients’ businesses. Extremely good collaboration skills. Client-oriented lawyers.’

Key clients

Agora S.A.

Cemex Polska S.A.

DNB Bank Polska

DBK Group

Pfeifer & Langen

Lidl Polska

Lisner Polska


Pekao S.A.

Jeronimo Martins

Polska Liga Koszykówki S.A.


Warner Bros. Discovery TVN

Lagardere Travel Retail

Stock Spirits

Ekstraklasa S.A.

Tauron Polska Energia


Work highlights

  • Handling various competition law issues on behalf of Lisner, including merger control obligations, preparation of merger control notifications, representation in the course of proceedings before the Polish authority, mitigation of the risks of potential anti-competitive agreements, and the anticipated acquisition of certain Polish assets of Graal capital group.
  • Representing DBK Group, as well as a number of its managers, in novel proceedings before the Polish Competition Authority and the courts related to an alleged cartel in the commercial vehicle sales market.
  • Representing Goldman Sachs and Industrial & Commercial Bank of China in the course of merger control proceedings concerning the formation of a joint venture aimed at the joint distribution of wealth management products.

Clifford Chance

The antitrust team at Clifford Chance possesses ‘strong knowledge of the local regulatory framework’, and is active in supporting clients with merger control matters, abuse of dominance cases, cartel issues, and antitrust investigations. It is also seen in the state aid and foreign direct investment space. The team benefits from collaboration with the firm’s notable corporate, energy, real estate and banking departments, as well as its international network of offices, and is thus able to provide clients with a holistic offering. Counsel Iwona Terlecka sits at the helm of the practice as a specialist in both Polish and EU competition law.

Practice head(s):

Iwona Terlecka

Other key lawyers:

Marta Michałek-Gervais; Marta Szczecińska; Natalia Hartung; Filip Stawicki; Aleksander Mielcarek; Aleksander Ostafil; Piotr Bogdanowicz


‘Immediate action and competent all-round team.’

‘Very high competences, factual approach to the matter, explaining the problem to the client. Sense of security, and the recommended people are Iwona Terlecka and Marta Michałek-Gervais.’

‘They’re professional and competent lawyers. They see the business angle to cases they handle. They’re flexible, easy to collaborate with and valuable advisors.’

‘Iwona Terlecka, Aleksander Ostafil, and Filip Stawicki all support us broadly and they exceed all other advisors in knowledge.’

‘Good personal contact and always available for questions.’

‘Good technical knowledge combined with a pragmatic way of working and problem-solving attitude.’

‘Strong knowledge of the local regulatory framework, through which they helped us navigate. Very good level of anticipation of any issues that may arise.’

‘Very responsive, very easy to understand, and make all concepts easy to understand. Highly relevant backgrounds and experiences in the target industry.’

Key clients


Ringier Axel Springer

Norsk Hydro

Darling Ingredients International

United Petfood Group

L’Oréal Polska


Pfleiderer Group

A. Weber


Mondelēz Polska

Abris Capital Partners and Graal Group

Work highlights

  • Representing Allegro in an appeal against a decision of the Polish Competition Authority.
  • Representing Allegro in explanatory proceedings conducted by the OCCP.
  • Representing A. Weber in proceedings before the Polish Supreme Court in relation to an action for the annulment of the OCCP’s decision alleging horizontal price fixing, market sharing and bid rigging.

DLA Piper Giziński Kycia sp.k.

Regulatory and competition law expertise are united in one department at DLA Piper Giziński Kycia sp.k., with public procurement law expert Michał Orzechowski leading the competition practice, while Andrzej Balicki heads up the regulatory side; the latter is praised by one client as ‘a leading specialist in the market for structuring complex regulatory distribution systems‘. Senior associate Agnieszka Staszek is also notable for her expertise in representing clients before the Office of Competition and Consumer Protection. The practice is well equipped to handle multi-jurisdictional antitrust projects and merger control proceedings.

Practice head(s):

Andrzej Balicki; Michał Orzechowski

Other key lawyers:

Agnieszka Staszek


‘Outstanding team which is ahead of the competition. Especially strong for regulatory, public procurement and distribution in the life sciences sector.’

‘Andrzej Balicki shines as an inspirational leader and a real mentor for the team. He is a role model of a modern lawyer. He combines business acumen with terrific legal skills.’

‘Michał Orzechowski handily navigates through the intersection of competition and procurement law.’

‘Quick reactions from them, great knowledge in the antitrust area.’

‘We worked with Michał Orzechowski and Agnieszka Staszek. They analysed one document for us and conducted a training on competition law. The document analysis was comprehensive and clear and the advice they gave us was very useful.’

‘My main contact in DLA Piper Warsaw is Michał Orzechowski. He is very approachable and understands things very quickly. I strongly recommend him.’

‘DLA Piper stands out as an outstanding advisor combining regulatory expertise with sound antitrust advice.’

‘ Andrzej Balicki is a leading specialist on the market for structuring complex regulatory distribution systems. Andrzej has a unique ability to translate business needs into legal solutions.’

Key clients




HCL Technologies

Burda Media group

Air-BP Aramco Poland

Trek Bicycle Corporation

Żabka Polska

PKP Energetyka


Enterprise Investors

DEME Group

Work highlights

  • Representing Air-BP Aramco Poland, a joint venture between Lotos and BP, in merger control proceedings before the European Commission concerning the acquisition of Lotos by Orlen.
  • Advising TIM S.A. on all antitrust aspects of its acquisition by Würth Group.
  • Advising PayTel on its acquisition of Kar-Tel.

Hansberry Tomkiel

Hansberry Tomkiel ‘is a boutique law firm with a focus on antitrust and competition law‘, and with some of its members' previous experiences working in competition authorities, it is well placed to support clients with a wide range of mandates. The group is especially adept at litigating competition cases, and its offering includes representation in cases involving cartels, illegal horizontal and vertical agreements, and abuse of dominant positions. Małgorzata Krasnodębska-Tomkiel, who ‘has unique experience and knowledge’, and the ‘dedicated’ Dorothy Hansberry-Bieguńska jointly lead the practice.

Practice head(s):

Małgorzata Krasnodębska-Tomkiel; Dorothy Hansberry-Bieguńska

Other key lawyers:

Dorota Podsiedzik-Malec; Grzegorz Materna


‘Hansberry Tomkiel is a boutique law firm with a focus on antitrust and competition law. The team is small and very focused, allowing quick advice and excellent client communication.’

‘Hansberry Tomkiel’s team has great understanding of not only legal acts, but also antitrust law enforcement mechanics given their past experience with regulatory bodies.’

‘Personal service and great experience with the Polish competition authorities.’

‘Experienced team of lawyers. Unique knowledge, contacts and experience.’

‘Małgorzata Krasnodębska-Tomkiel has unique experience and knowledge.’

‘Dorothy Hansberry-Bieguńska is dedicated, passionate about winning, and provides incredibly thorough and thoughtful advice. Has a strong team of very talented associates. Excellent client service and so easy to work with.’

‘In my opinion, it is the best company on the market when it comes to competition protection and antimonopoly law. It provides the highest quality of services, is always available, lawyers are available practically for every client request. They are effective and the solutions they proposed have allowed us to avoid conflict with the Office of Competition and Consumer Protection many times.’

‘We most often cooperate with Małgorzata Krasnodębska-Tomkiel and Grzegorz Materna. They analyse each case in detail, there are no more or less important matters for them. They always try to suggest a solution that will be the most beneficial for the client, and they also have a lot of experience.’

Key clients

Mastercard Europe Société Anonyme

Robert Bosch Sp. z o.o.

Verdano Investment

Orange Polska S.A.

Nowa Era

Veolia Environnement

Moritz J. Weig GmbH & Co. KG

Jastrzębska Spółka Węglowa S.A.

Scaling sp. z o.o. sp. j.

Abexil Bąbała sp. j.

Work highlights

  • Representing Mastercard in a civil damages case brought by a plaintiff in Poland concerning interchange fees and an alleged violation of EU and Polish competition laws.
  • Represented Jastrzębska Spółka Węglowa S.A., a Polish government-owned mining company, in a stand-alone private enforcement case against some of JSW’s suppliers.
  • Representing Verdano Investment, its president of the board, and another company owned by the president, before the Competition Court and the Appellate Court in an appeal of the Polish Competition Authority’s decision finding that the charged parties had violated competition laws by reaching a horizontal agreement in which they allegedly divided the fitness market in Poland in violation of both Polish and EU competition laws.

Hogan Lovells (Warszawa) LLP

The team at Hogan Lovells (Warszawa) LLP frequently represents clients in antitrust proceedings before the Polish Competition Authority and the European Commission, as well as in appeals and private enforcement cases. Its offering also extends to advisory services, including on merger filings and control processes. Assisting clients during dawn raids and investigations is another key area of work for the group. Counsel Piotr Skurzyński sits at the helm of the group.

Practice head(s):

Piotr Skurzyński

Other key lawyers:

Bartłomiej Wyjatek; Hanna Parkot


‘They have a very good understanding of the way our business works – we do not need to spend time on detailed explanations, everything clicked straight away. It is important for us that in emergency situations they are available to provide advice at short notice.’

‘The leader of the team, Piotr Skurzyński, has great experience and direct contact with the relevant authorities, but is also experienced in acting before Polish courts. I value his ability to seek and find creative solutions. Also, great interpersonal skills and overall very nice to work with.’

‘Hogan Lovells provides us with support in competition law. It has the capabilities to minimise legal risk exposure, with limited impact on business goals.’

‘Piotr Skurzyński is the best in class, specialising in antitrust law. Combination of his attitudes, including expertise, experience and orientation towards business needs makes cooperation with him an extraordinary experience.’

‘Credible and highly experienced team.’

‘Very practical and goal oriented.’

‘Piotr Skurzyński is a decent and reliable lawyer.’

Key clients


Santander Consumer Bank


BNP Paribas


Kraft Heinz



Makro Cash and Carry Polska S.A.


Hitachi Energy


Nationale Nederlanden Insurance


PVH Europe

Air Products

Ergo Group

Raiffeisen Centrobank AG




Polska Organizacja Handlu I Dystrybucji

Polska Izba Ubezpieczeń


Grupa Pracuj

Work highlights

  • Representing Veolia Energia Warszawa in cartel proceedings before the Polish Competition Authority and subsequent court proceedings.
  • Represented Santander Consumer Bank in a proceeding before the Polish Competition Authority concerning consumer protection issues and representing the Bank in the appeal against the decision to impose a fine of approximately €10m.
  • Assisting ID Logistics with securing the unconditional clearance decision of the Polish Competition Authority for the acquisition of Spedimex, a Polish logistics operator.


Boutique firm Modzelewska&Pasnik is active across the entire spectrum of competition law mandates, from antitrust matters, merger clearances, and compliance and inspection work, to related litigation, to state aid, product safety and consumer protection issues. Recommended by one client as ‘a trusted professional with deep knowledge of antitrust law’, Małgorzata Modzelewska de Raad co-leads the team alongside Piotr Paśnik, while Agnieszka Kowalczyk-Zagaj heads up the dedicated consumer law department.

Practice head(s):

Małgorzata Modzelewska de Raad; Piotr Paśnik

Other key lawyers:

Agnieszka Kowalczyk-Zagaj; Irena Gajewska


‘I had the pleasure to cooperate on several projects with Małgorzata Modzelewska de Raad and I can recommend her as a trusted professional with deep knowledge of antitrust law, as well as the current practices of authorities. On top of that she is people and business oriented and offers very good quality advice.’

‘The team of this boutique firm combines a deep knowledge of competition law with hands-on advice. It is our go-to-firm in Poland, and they have supported us at a consistently high level.’

‘The team has unique knowledge about competition law which allows them to find very creative business solutions. They always meet deadlines and very often are able to provide legal service within very short periods of time. The service can be provided in foreign languages, which team members know at a very high level.’

Key clients

Astra Zeneca

Astra Zeneca Pharma Poland





Roche Polska

MAKRO Cash and Carry



PCC Rokita

Calypso Fitness

BasicNet S.p.A.



PGNiG Termika



Lotte Wedel










Work highlights

  • Representing Spokey Sp. z o.o. in an antitrust investigation and throughout the administrative proceedings.
  • Representing Apcoa Parking Polska sp. z o.o. in administrative proceedings regarding a breach of collective consumer interests.
  • Advising PGNiG on a fine imposed for substantive violations by the Polish Competition Authority.

Rymarz Zdort Maruta

Rymarz Zdort Maruta has expertise in handling both domestic and cross-border competition and antitrust mandates. This offering includes support with merger control proceedings, M&A-related mandates, and cartel and abuse of dominance cases. It is also well equipped to handle consumer protection, state aid and foreign direct investment work. Iwona Her chairs the group, and she is supported by counsel Irmina Wątły and senior associate Tomasz Kordala, who has expertise in dawn raids, and distribution and commercial agreements.

Practice head(s):

Iwona Her

Other key lawyers:

Irmina Wątły; Tomasz Kordala


‘Good collaboration with excellent knowledge.’

‘Very talented and experienced individuals who are always available and provide us with all the necessary information we ask for.’

‘A law firm with a high level of specialisation in the field of competition and consumer protection.’

‘Work performed in close and dynamic cooperation with the company’s internal department.’

‘Open to relationships and providing legal assistance in an efficient and clear manner.’

Key clients

Polskie Koleje Linowe S.A.

PKN Orlen S.A.

Vectra S.A.

Media Development Investment Fund

PGE Polska Grupa Energetyczna S.A.

Griffin Capital Partners sp. z o.o.

Amber Infrastructure

Polish Development Fund

Bank Guarantee Fund

Echo Investment S.A.

Velo Bank

Centralny Port Komunikacyjny sp. z o.o.

On Tower Poland sp. z o.o.

Raiffeisen Bank International AG

Bounty Brands

The Sherwin-Williams Company

Work highlights

  • Advising PKN Orlen S.A. on the implementation of commitments attached to a clearance decision of the European Commission related to the acquisition of control by PKN Orlen S.A. over the entity formerly known as Grupa Lotos S.A.
  • Advising Centralny Port Komunikacyjny sp. z o.o. on two distinct yet interconnected transactions.
  • Representing Vectra S.A. in an appeal regarding the decision of the President of the Polish Office of Competition and Consumer Protection imposing a significant financial penalty and remedies for an alleged infringement of collective consumer interests.

Soltysinski Kawecki & Szlezak

Soltysinski Kawecki & Szlezak is ‘highly qualified and experienced in competition and antitrust matters’, and boasts significant expertise in representing domestic and foreign clients before the Office for Competition and Consumer Protection. Regarding merger controls, the group is experienced in Phase II cases, and it is also regularly supports clients through allegations of agreements restricting competition and abuses of dominance. Krzysztof Kanton leads the team, and is ably supported by Marek Kolasiński.

Practice head(s):

Krzysztof Kanton

Other key lawyers:

Marek Kolasiński; Joanna Marek; Maciej Żelewski; Szymon Murek


‘They’re professional and competent lawyers. They see the business angle to cases they handle. They’re flexible, easy to collaborate with and valuable advisors.’

‘Marek Kolasiński and Krzysztof Kanton both supported us a great deal on cases and the cooperation was smooth and steady.’

‘SK&S Lawyers are highly qualified and experienced in competition and antitrust matters. They are very responsive, business-oriented and proactive.’

‘I work with Krzysztof Kanton and Szymon Murek. I do appreciate their exceptional knowledge and experience in antitrust law, business-oriented and proactive approach, engagement and responsiveness.’

‘High-class specialists that know the details of very complicated and sophisticated issues and they are able to transfer the knowledge to people who need their support.’

‘Always patient, calm and to the point.’

‘SK&S stands out for its particularly high level of substantive analysis. Their advice is reasoned and scientifically deep. At the same time, better analytics do not cause SK&S to lose sight of business issues. For particularly challenging matters, SK&S is often our first choice.’

‘Marek Kolasiński is a person whose expert advice we can always count on. His unconventional approach and very skilful combination of theory and practice, as well as knowledge of both theoretical and practical law, is what we particularly appreciate in him. In competition law, he is one of the best specialists in Poland.’

Key clients






ENGIE Energy Management Holding Switzerland AG

Jeronimo Martins Polska S.A.

Eurocash S.A.

Swiss Krono sp. z o.o.


Agri Plus

Multimodalhd Eesti Oü

Tikkurila Polska





Work highlights

  • Representing Jeronimo Martins Polska S.A. in appeal proceedings against a decision of the Polish Competition Authority.
  • Represented Swiss Krono, a manufacturer of wood boards, in appeal proceedings against the Polish Competition Authority’s decision concerning collusion on the Polish market for wood boards.
  • Representing Eurocash S.A. in appeal proceedings against a decision of the Polish Competition Authority.

Wardynski & Partners

Wardynski & Partners frequently represents clients before the Polish Competition Authority, and its offering also encompasses representation in merger control proceedings and cartel cases. Competition and consumer law expert Antoni Bolecki leads the team, and he also has substantial experience representing clients in related judicial and administrative proceedings. Weronika Nalbert and Agnieszka Jelska are other key members of the team; the former has expertise in merger control cases, and the latter is broadly experienced in consumer and unfair competition law.

Practice head(s):

Antoni Bolecki

Other key lawyers:

Weronika Nalbert; Agnieszka Jelska; Marcin Kulesza; Andrzej Madała; Sabina Famirska


‘They provide advice of great quality in terms of purely legal merit and also from a practical perspective. They are ready to challenge the standard approach to given issues and provide innovative advice.’

‘Antoni Bolecki is always ready to adjust his advice to the needs of his client, even if that requires a non-standard approach. It is very useful from the business perspective and allows them to introduce innovative solutions to the market.’

Key clients



Alior Bank


ArcelorMittal Poland

Asahi Breweries

Assay Group


Bank Pocztowy



Briggs & Stratton




Cassinos Poland


Cement Ożarów

CRCC International Investment Group

Corteva Agriscience Poland



Dr Smile


Emed Clinic


For Farmers




Hidden Harbor Capital Partners Holdings, LLC


Jacky Lacombe

Konsorcjum Handlowe „STOFARB”

Leo Pharma

Linas Agro Group


Mennica Polska






Nouryon Chemicals International B.V.


Pepco Poland


Ringier Axel Springer











Urban & Co

Utsira North






Work highlights

  • Representing the former CEO of the Polish district heating company Veolia, who was fined by the Polish Competition Authority for alleged cartel conduct.
  • Representing Best S.A. in disputes concerning the company’s attempted takeover of one of its main competitors, Kredyt Inkaso.
  • Represented Lyondell Basell in merger control proceedings regarding the acquisition of control over its Italian/Polish competitor in the market for the production of polypropylene products, Mepol group.

Affre & Wspólnicy Sp. k.

Affre & Wspólnicy Sp. k. boasts particular expertise in representing clients from the retail, automotive, and pharmaceutical sectors in investigations before the Polish Competition Authority. It is also notable for its expert handling of cartel and abuse of dominance cases, in addition to merger control proceedings. Managing partner Joanna Affre and senior associate Jakub Sadurski jointly lead the team.

Practice head(s):

Joanna Affre; Jakub Sadurski


‘The law firm is very good at getting people to work together, so that the case we commissioned was handled comprehensively in all respects. The services are provided after taking into account the specific characteristics of the industry in which we operate. The level of service and responsiveness is very high. The team is excellent at handling our needs and proposing tailor-made solutions.’

‘Jakub Sadurski provides sound legal advice with a responsive and detail-oriented approach. His knowledge and commitment are top-notch. We value his ability to present difficult topics in simple terms and his global understanding of all matters handled on our behalf.’

‘Affre strives to deliver high-quality service in terms of legal expertise. At the same time, they always communicate in an easy way that every non-lawyer client can easily understand. They always present the pros and cons and it is pretty easy to make a decision.’

Key clients

Carrefour Polska Sp. z o.o.

HiPP Polska sp. z o.o.

Prime Car Management S.A.

Sephora Polska sp. z o. o.

Przedsiębiorstwo Usługowo Handlowe „Chemirol” Sp. z o.o

Zakłady Tłuszczowe„”Kruszwica” S.A.

Polmass S.A.

Medicover Sport sp. z o.o.

Essity Poland Sp. z o.o.

Jeronimo Martins Polska S.A

Jeronimo Martins Drogerie i Farmacja

Soudal Sp. z o.o.

Pierre Fabre Dermo-Cosmetique Polska Sp. z o.o.

Kross S.A.


Work highlights

  • Advised Carrefour Polska on two M&A transactions.
  • Assisted Prime Car Management S.A. with conducting an internal audit, which required a change in internal procedures and a change in the client’s approach to communication with consumers and business practices.
  • Represented Polmass S.A. before the Polish Competition Authority in two separate cases involving alleged market-sharing practices.

Domanski Zakrzewski Palinka

Domanski Zakrzewski Palinka‘s wide-ranging client roster consists of companies from various industries, such as the FMCG, retail, energy, media and advertising, pharmaceuticals, and logistic sectors. The 'diverse' team is well versed in representing these clients in proceedings before the Polish Competition Authority, in addition to assisting them with the implementation of compliance programmes. Jarosław Łukawski chairs the group and ‘binds the competition department together and gives it dynamism and momentum’.

Practice head(s):

Jarosław Łukawski

Other key lawyers:

Marta Balcerowska


‘DZP’s practice dealing with competition and related issues and antitrust matters is very dynamic. DZP’s team responds immediately, and we feel that it keeps its finger on the pulse.’

‘DZP is very knowledgeable when it comes to really understanding the FMCG market in Poland. This is knowledge that goes significantly beyond the usual standard of legal services. In matters requiring a deep understanding of the business, the practice at DZP is often our first choice.’

‘The leadership of Jarosław Łukawski, who binds the competition department together and gives it dynamism and momentum, is very evident. It is apparent that Jarosław Łukawski is substantively responsible for the advice that is prepared by his team.’

‘They harmonise a lot together.’

‘Very strong client-focused team with in-depth knowledge of the FMCG industry. Their support is always pragmatic with an efficient manner and business oriented.’

‘Jarosław Łukawski has vast experience in competition law matters, but it is his excellent practical understanding of businesses that makes him stand out. He knows the industry well and is up to date with the authorities’ activities.’

Key clients



Richardson International

Mars Poland

Hanwha Solutions Corporation

GS Energy Corporation


Kanno Seimen Co., ltd

Abbott Laboratories

Lidl Polska

Polskie Górnictwo i Gazownictwo Naftowe Obrót Detaliczny



Mylan Polska

Mercedes Benz Polska

Work highlights

  • Assisted Hanwha Solutions and GS Energy with securing a clearance decision in merger proceedings involving the creation of a JV, in which they will invest more than $500m for the production of ethylene vinyl acetate.
  • Acting for Polish radio broadcaster RMF in proceedings concerning whether there was cooperation between radio stations which resulted in limited market access for a major Polish state-owned radio station.
  • Advising Richardson International on merger control issues pertaining to the acquisition of Ragleth.

GESSEL Attorneys at Law

GESSEL Attorneys at Law‘s offering includes support with the concentration of business enterprises and related antitrust matters, as well as advice on competition and consumer protection law, regulatory matters, and unfair exploration of contracting advantage cases. It also represents clients in contentious mandates. Bernadeta Kasztelan-Świetlik leads the team, which is praised for its ‘excellent knowledge and cooperation’.

Practice head(s):

Bernadeta Kasztelan-Świetlik

Other key lawyers:

Natalia Leśna; Karolina Olszewska Karolina Krzal-Kwiatkowska


‘Solid quality of legal advice.’

‘High engagement, valuable input, flexibility and listening with strong, first-hand experience.’

‘Excellent knowledge and cooperation.’

Key clients

Avallon Fund

MS Galleon Group

Ricard Pernod

Ocean Winds

Polski Bank Komórek Macierzystych

Enterprise Investors

Polska Grupa Biogazowa

Work highlights

  • Represented SGE in proceedings before the European Commission surrounding the Commission’s go-ahead for the establishment of OSGE, a joint venture with Orlen dedicated to the construction of small and medium modular reactors.
  • Advised Elemental Holding SA on the acquisition of Alumetal S.A.
  • Advised VirtusLab on concentration control issues in connection with the acquisition of 100% of the shares in Softwaremill S.A.

Gide Loyrette Nouel

Gide Loyrette Nouel‘s competition practice works closely with the firm’s M&A and corporate teams when handling transactions, and it is also active in advising on consumer protection law matters and mandates around distribution systems. Practice head Dariusz Tokarczuk advises clients on concentration control and state aid-related issues. Szymon Chwaliński is another key member of the team, and brings valuable in-house experience at the Polish Competition Authority to the group.

Practice head(s):

Dariusz Tokarczuk

Other key lawyers:

Szymon Chwaliński

Key clients



PKO Bank Polski

Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy

BPI Real Estate

KGHM Polska Miedź S.A.

Jastrzębska Spółka Węglowa S.A.

BNP Cardif

Groupe LDC


Genesis Capital

Work highlights

  • Assisting Auchan Polska, one of the major retail chains in Poland, with numerous instances of distribution and competition law issues.
  • Advised BPI Real Estate, a major developer on the Belgian market, on a series of transactions with JV partners relating to estate investment schemes throughout Poland.
  • Advised Polish private equity fund V4C and Czech private equity fund Genesis Capital on obtaining approval from the Office of Competition and Consumer Protection to acquire the XBS Group, a Polish provider of supply chain management solutions.

Kieszkowska Rutkowska Kolasinski Kancelaria Prawna sp. j.

Kieszkowska Rutkowska Kolasinski Kancelaria Prawna sp. j. is described by one client as ‘the most qualified and experienced legal office supporting the pharmaceutical and life science sectors in competition law’. The team also has experience representing clients before the Polish Competition Authority, the European Commission, and domestic and European courts. Marcin Kolasiński heads up the practice, and he is praised by one client as a ‘renowned expert in competition law‘.

Practice head(s):

Marcin Kolasiński


‘Leading experts in life sciences. Experienced, highly motivated, and proactive.’

‘Unique commercial knowledge of how big companies operate and make strategic decisions; pragmatic approach to building the recommendations; and deep understanding of current authorities’ focus and novelties from local and European cases.’

‘Marcin Kolasiński is a top-notch expert who is focused and determined.’

Work highlights

  • Advised a Finnish energy company developing and investing in utility-scale wind farms and solar plants on the intended concentration of enterprises involving the establishment of two joint enterprises which will build and operate wind power plants at two sites in Poland.
  • Advised a client on the competition and regulatory issues concerning production and distribution of gases for industrial, specialty food and medical applications.
  • Represented the subsidiary of an international group manufacturing and distributing audio-visual devices and surveillance and security systems during the Polish NCA’s activities at the client’s premises.

Traple Konarski Podrecki & Partners

Traple Konarski Podrecki & Partners‘ competition offering encompasses advice on a range of mandates, from distribution networks, pricing policies, mergers, and new business models, to antitrust risk mitigation and the development of internal procedures surrounding unannounced inspections. Co-managing partner Paweł Podrecki in Warsaw and Tomasz Targosz in Krakow jointly lead the team.

Practice head(s):

Paweł Podrecki; Tomasz Targosz

Other key lawyers:

Katarzyna Menszig-Wiese; Krzysztof Witek


‘The team has very solid knowledge, both theoretical and practical, of particular legal aspects.’

‘Paweł Podrecki provides very effective and comprehensive compliance programmes for industry organisations, including in the compliance officer role.’

‘Katarzyna Menszig-Wiese provides very effective advice. She uses her wide knowledge and experience.’

‘Extensive experience and legal knowledge. Identifying legal and regulatory risks. Speed of operation. Individual approach.’

‘Katarzyna Menszig-Wiese provides direct contact with specialised legal knowledge. Experience and understanding of the specifics of the business activity.’

Key clients

Fabryka Farb i Lakierów Śnieżka S.A.

Henkel Polska Sp. z o.o.

Siemens Energy Sp. z o.o.

Stowarzyszenie Producentów Betonu Towarowego

Stowarzyszenie Producentów Cementu

Grupa Maspex Sp. z o.o.

Ringier Axel Springer Polska sp. z o. o.

City-nav sp. z o.o.

White & Case M. Studniarek i Wspólnicy - Kancelaria Prawna sp.k.

The competition and antitrust group at White & Case LLP provides advice to clients from a range of sectors, including the TMT, IT, financial, and oil and gas industries. Its offering includes representation in both Polish and EU antitrust investigations, as well as assistance with merger control, state aid, and compliance matters. Jakub Gubański leads the team with the assistance of Katarzyna Czapracka, who divides her time between the firm’s Warsaw and Brussels offices.

Practice head(s):

Jakub Gubański; Katarzyna Czapracka

Other key lawyers:

Iwo Małobęcki; Maciej Gac


‘Strong experience in the European antitrust law regime.’

‘Very prompt response, good strategy, and practical solutions meeting commercial needs.’

‘White & Case offers deep legal expertise combined with commercial understanding. Trusted and reliable advice always.’

‘Katarzyna Czapracka is a highly commercial and effective lawyer. She understand the telecoms and media industry and how competition policy plays out in this sector. She takes the time to understand what her clients need and to see how to apply the law to their advantage.’

‘Always reachable with a solutions-driven approach and a true sense of delivering the best for their client.’

‘Iwo Małobęcki and Jakub Gubański are both willing to lend themselves to assist the client with understanding the rationale for the most pragmatic approach to competition filing, so that this work stream is tackled with minimum disruption for the deal teams.’

Key clients

Synthos Group

STS Holding

Play Group

Liberty Global

Citigroup Global Markets Europe

Synthos Green Energy

W.A.G payment solutions

Saudi Arabian Oil Company

ALD Automotive

Better Energy

Mexichem Fluor

Toyota Industries Corporation

Grupa Pracuj


RTL Group

CTP Group

Schneider Electric

Work highlights

  • Represented Synthos in the European Commission’s cartel case relating to the arrangements between six buyers of styrene monomer.
  • Advised Citigroup Global Markets Europe, acting as the financial advisor to ORLEN, on antitrust issues concerning ORLEN’s two mergers with Grupa Lotos and PGNiG.
  • Advised STS Holding and its majority shareholders on the sale of all their shares in the company to Entain Holdings CEE.