Firms To Watch: Dispute resolution

Co-founded by former K&L Gates partner Wojciech Sadowski in March 2020, Queritius is an international dispute resolution boutique operating across Warsaw, Budapest and Paris. The team includes international arbitration expert of counsel Alicja Zielińska-Eisen.
Viroux & Partners was founded in 2019 by Elżbieta Viroux and is quickly establishing itself for commercial litigation and international arbitration. Clients appreciate the firm's 'in-depth knowledge of the construction industry'.

Dispute resolution in Poland

Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance provides 'service at the highest level', with the ability to draw on the firm's global dispute resolution offering. The Warsaw office is often a hub for cross-border matters across the CEE region, housing experts in arbitration and commercial litigation, as well as criminal and regulatory investigations. Bartosz Krużewski  leads the team in Warsaw, as well as heading the continental European litigation practice group. He is an expert in post-merger, construction, finance and shareholders' disputes. Marcin Ciemiński leads the white-collar, regulatory and compliance group, with additional expertise in the healthcare and life sciences sector. Counsel Michał Drwal has made a name for himself in relation to construction and infrastructure disputes. Counsel Adelina Prokop increasingly acts for foreign investors in international investment arbitration.

Practice head(s):

Bartosz Krużewski; Marcin Ciemiński

Other key lawyers:

Michał Drwal; Robert Moj; Paweł Pogorzelski; Adelina Prokop

Testimonials

‘My summary opinion of the Clifford Chance team from Poland is that they are exceptional people. Their dealings with clients are always respectful and cordial, and close, making interaction and understanding with them easy.’

I am impressed by the excellent work that this team has done in the various arbitration and judicial processes that we have underway in Poland.’

‘Michal Drwal is excellent

‘The services provided as part of the dispute resolution practice, we are talking about here, provided by CC, are at the highest level.’ 

‘CC is characterized by a high level of knowledge of the case, often quoted ad hoc. Each communication also contains conclusions and possible outcome for further actions, suggestions for further steps, and illustrates the consequences of individual event in the progress of litigations.’

‘In everyday co-operation, I work with Michał Drwal and I consider this cooperation to be exceptional. He provides a very orderly and accurate analysis of the situation, he always proposes the next steps, he always consults them with the client.’

‘Clifford Chance is at the forefront of Polish law firms. The team have extensive experience in conducting complex economic matters and expertise to develop commercial, effective solutions.’

‘Clifford Chance offered us a dedicated team of lawyers with the industry knowledge and high legal skills. They have high competences, pro-business approach and attitude to solve complex problems.’

Key clients

Invenergy Renewables LLC

GE Capital

Royal Unibrew A/S

T-Mobile

Abris CEE Mid-Market Fund LP

Raiffeisen Bank International AG

HSBC Bank Polska S.A.

Manchester Securities Corporation

Abener Energia S.A.

Waterland Private Equity Fund

Rexnord GmbH

Vias y Construcciones

Karmar S.A.

Work highlights

  • Representing Bank BPH in proceedings before the Court of Justice of the European Union in a case for a preliminary ruling referred by a Polish court concerning consumer mortgage loans indexed to CHF (C-19/20).
  • Representing Raiffeisen in proceedings before the Polish Financial Supervision Authority (KNF) and the administrative courts concerning the record high penalties of PLN 55 million (EUR 12 million) in total imposed in mid-September 2018 on Raiffeisen in its capacity as the depositary of four closed-end investment funds previously managed by the FinCrea Investment Fund Manager (FinCrea had its licence revoked by the KNF in November 2017) and then by W Investments.
  • Represented Invenergy in a widely publicised BIT arbitration against Poland, concerning Invenergy’s multimillion-dollar investments in the Polish wind energy sector.

CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang Posniak i Bejm sp.k.

CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang Posniak i Bejm sp.k. ‘has one of the leading dispute resolution teams, which stands out thanks to the breadth of its international experience‘. The group has a particularly impressive offering for financial and construction sector disputes, although the team also includes experts able to cover contentious issues arising from the energy, aviation, healthcare and TMT industries. Arbitration is another key area for the firm. White-collar criminal defence is led by Arkadiusz Korzeniewski. Anna Cudna-Wagner is increasingly known for banking disputes. Counsel Katarzyna Kucharczyk is building a solid construction disputes practice.

Practice head(s):

Anna Cudna-Wagner

Other key lawyers:

Arkadiusz Korzeniewski; Katarzyna Kucharczyk; Joanna Młot; Adam Jodkowski; Julia Dyras

Testimonials

‘The legal services provided remain at the highest level of merit, thus taking into account business needs. Deep analysis of the problem and at the same time quick reaction and excellent contact.’

‘CMS’ team is efficient and professional.’

‘The lawyers of CMS demonstrate excellent knowledge of the legal stipulations, understanding of issues relevant to construction-related disputes and understanding of complex technological processes.’

‘Adam Jodkowski’s calmness, composure and the ability to present arguments are always impressive. I appreciate his ability to properly balance pros and cons, to suggest the best solution from the business point of view.’

‘Highly competent professionals, as a client I feel informed about current developments in our cases, each step taken and possible outcome. Very friendly and easy contact with the lawyers.’

‘In my view Malgorzata Surdek is one of the best international arbitration specialists in Poland. Highly competent and professional when conducting proceedings.’

‘CMS in Poland currently has one of the leading dispute resolution teams, which stands out thanks to the breadth of its international experience.’

‘Małgorzata Surdek is a class-act. She has breadth of experience and her own style.’

Key clients

Mammoet Poland

Arcadis

Bank Handlowy w Warszawie (Citibank Group)

Bank Ochrony Środowiska

Bombardier Transportation

BPH Bank (GE Group)

CCC

mBank (Commerzbank Group)

Millennium Bank (BCP Group)

Mostostal Warszawa (Acciona Group)

PKO Bank (the biggest retailer’s bank in Poland)

Polskie Koleje Linowe (PKL)

Schuler Group (Andritz Group)

UNIQA

UTI

VIG Makina

Work highlights

  • Representing mBank in 4 cartel-related cases initiated by 4 different claimants – the matter exceeds EUR 200 million.
  • Representing Schuler Poland and advising Schuler Pressen in a EUR 30 million cross-border multi-disciplinary litigation in the automotive industry regarding liability for damages resulting from the breakdown of a car press line installed in the Opel car manufacturing plant in south-western Poland.
  • Representing Mostostal Warszawa in two proceedings related to the construction of a bio-mass energy plant in Elbląg and in two court disputes related to the construction of a waste incineration plant in Szczecin.

Dentons

Dentons‘ team is commended for its ‘high level of professionalism, great availability and a very good network‘. The department, which is led overall by Anna Maria Pukszto, is divided into sub-groups including: construction, real estate, white-collar criminal defence, regulatory disputes, corporate and administrative disputes. The construction practice, headed by Agnieszka Wojciechowska, is frequently sought out by clients. Katarzyna Bilewska leads the corporate disputes practice, while Michał Jochemczak leads on arbitration. Patrick Radzimierski is the name to note for civil litigation, with a practice that spans product liability, healthcare and IP disputes. Managing counsel Radosław Góral focuses on unfair competition cases and regulatory litigation.

Practice head(s):

Anna Maria Pukszto

Other key lawyers:

Katarzyna Bilewska; Michał Jochemczak; Wojciech Kozlowski; Patrick Radzimierski; Agnieszka Wojciechowska

Testimonials

‘Provide invaluable support to a construction client, who does not expect from its lawyers just mere legal solutions, but involvement and understanding of the specifics of the construction industry.’

‘Agnieszka Wojciechowska is an outstanding lawyer. She not only represents the client in litigation but also provides ongoing advice during the execution of the construction project. Before developing a strategy for the client, she wants to thoroughly understand all of the technical issues so that she can provide the best legal advice possible.’

‘Agnieszka Wojciechowska is dedicated and provides the highest quality legal advice that is practically applicable during the execution of the investment by the contractor.’

‘High level of professionalism, great availability and a very good network’

‘The advice has been prompt, lucid and helpful. The team seem well resourced and provided balanced, practical and knowledgeable advice.’

‘Anna Pukszto provides lucid, thorough, reliable, practical advice which follows a format that is expected by international business clients. She is an excellent ‘go to’ person for disputes in the Polish jurisdiction.’

‘Katarzyna Bilewska is reliable, committed and professional. I appreciate her proactive, client-centric approach and responsiveness. She focuses on finding solutions and delivering the expected outcome.’

‘Bright and good listeners’

Key clients

4Fun Media

Construcciones Rubau

Deloitte

DZ Bank

ECE

GSK

Jiangsu Lantian Aerospace (Aero AT)

Loxeco

Maywood Investments

Morgan Stanley

P4

Premium Distillers

Rail

Rover Infraestructuras

Rubau Polska

SIAC Construction

Saipem

Shanghai Electric Power Construction

Tarantoga Capital / Creative Development

Techint

Vectra

WDX

White Star Real Estate

WPD Europe

Work highlights

  • Representing Loxeco in an ongoing real estate corporate dispute concerning co-control of Mennica Towers – a new, high profile office building in Warsaw and securing two new victories, in addition to earlier 2020 successes.
  • Representing a general contractor in a dispute with an employer – the operator of the electricity transmission system in Poland – relating to the effectiveness of the employer’s statement of rescission of the construction works contract.
  • Representing Raiffeisen Bank International (“RBI”) as a defendant in two class action lawsuits initiated by participants in two investment funds in respect of which the legal predecessor of RBI acted as the custodian and then as the liquidator.

Domanski Zakrzewski Palinka

Domanski Zakrzewski Palinka‘s dispute resolution team (considered ‘a well-organised task force‘) has an impressively varied practice that includes representing municipalities engaged in construction and infrastructure disputes; hospitals in litigation against the National Health Fund in relation to healthcare financing; as well as high-profile cases in the communications, energy and media sectors. Co-heading the team are seasoned corporate disputes experts Józef Palinka and Paweł Lewandowski. Pawel Paradowski is noted for business disputes, white-collar criminal defence and company law disputes. Lukasz Wojdalski handles contentious construction matters, torts and contractual damages cases. Maciej Orkusz is an expert in financial and investment disputes.

Other key lawyers:

Pawel Paradowski; Lukasz Wojdalski; Maciej Orkusz

Testimonials

‘The range of services is wide. the team is professional, with great experience, well-organized, open.’

‘Well-organized task force, they have specialists in every field required by our company. including tax consultancy, labour law and civil matters.’

‘Good communication, quick and professional response.’

‘Great involvement in a difficult case, availability 24/7, direct contact, high level of collaboration.’

‘I felt secure with my company’s case; I was aware about the situation at every step of the process; direct unlimited contact’

Key clients

Getin Capital Group

City of Wrocław

PGE Polska Grupa Energetyczna S.A. / PGE Górnictwo i Energetyka Konwencjonalna S.A. [the biggest Polish energy supplier]

Stellantis

DELOITTE Polska

Obrascon Huarte Lain S.A. (OHL)

Class Action: Group of 142 shareholders

ING Bank Śląski S.A.

Canal+ Polska S.A.

Polregio sp. z o.o. (formerly: Przewozy Regionalne sp. z o.o.) [Polish regional rail operator]

Thomas Beton sp. z o.o.

A group of major Polish hospitals

Mosty Łódź S.A.

Work highlights

  • Acted for major Polish financial institutions, such as Getin Noble Bank, Getin Holding, Idea Getin Leasing, LC Corp. BV and the Supervisory Board of Idea Bank, in proceedings before administrative courts against the decision by the Polish Bank Guarantee Fund to implement the compulsory takeover of Idea Bank by a state owned bank – Bank Pekao S.A..
  • Representing the City of Wroclaw in a dispute with Max Bögl, a major German multinational construction company, over claims under a contract specifically to construct the Wrocław City Stadium, one of the largest sports infrastructure projects in Poland.
  • Representing Opel Manufacturing Poland sp. z o.o. which suffered significant damage as a result of service and maintenance works performed by a contractor.

Linklaters

The disputes practice at Linklaters is geared to handle the Polish aspects of multi-jurisdictional cases for multinational corporations and large financial institutions, and brings together expertise from the firm's wider offering in Warsaw, drawing on support from lawyers in the corporate, banking, competition and energy teams. A commercial disputes lawyer, Cezary Wiśniewski is the team leader, with a solid background in international arbitrations and bilateral investment treaty disputes. Counsel Zbigniew Kruczkowski specialises in property, unfair competition and private enforcement cases. Senior associates Maria Łabno and Marta Szrajer are recommended for their support with infrastructure and financial services sector disputes respectively.

Practice head(s):

Cezary Wiśniewski

Other key lawyers:

Zbigniew Kruczkowski; Tomasz Manicki; Maria Łabno; Marta Szrajer; Paula Czyż

Testimonials

‘In the case of Linklaters, they can properly prepare themselves and quickly learn the language characteristic of the client’s industry. Therefore, the work is extremely smooth. Additionally, this creates high-class arguments that are noticeably better than the representatives of other parties in disputes.’

‘Zbigniew Kruczkowski – experienced practitioner, strategist and planner. Already at the beginning of cooperation, he quickly understood and explored the specificity of the industry in which our company operates, actively asking about key details, thanks to this attitude, he presents arguments of a higher quality than our adversaries in a concrete and balanced manner.’

Paula Czyż is a young energetic lawyer with high interpersonal skills. Person with ability to properly plan and manage the documentation received from the client, also in terms of its digitization and quick data research.’

‘The Warsaw team is unique on the Polish market in its ability to offer the full range of legal products on large disputes. They can pull together a lean and knowledgeable team very quickly from across their firm, in almost any major jurisdiction. This makes them an obvious choice.’

‘Zbigniew Kruczkowski is one of the most prominent litigators on the Polish market, who stood out for his deep knowledge, professionalism and great dedication to our matters.’

Zbigniew Kruczkowski is a lawyer with a fantastic client approach; he is very proactive, responsive, and always ready to clearly explain the best outcome and complicated legal issues.’

Strengths: – Permanent availability in any form (personal, remote, telephone); Support in creating a safe form of digital transfer of documentation / files; Communication openness: (Probably the team’s greatest advantage).’

Key clients

Abris Capital Partners

PKP PLK

Orange Polska

PZU

Bank Millennium

Santander Bank Polska

DnB Nord Polska

Bank BGŻ BNP Paribas

mBank

Kronospan

Work highlights

  • Representing Kronospan Mielec and Kronospan Szczecinek, international producers of forestry products, in appeal proceedings before the Court for the Protection of Competition and Consumers (SOKiK) against a decision by the Polish Competition Authority on allegedly restrictive horizontal agreements.
  • Representing Orange Polska in two precedent-setting cases involving claims filed by P4 against Orange Polska and Polkomtel for compensation in connection with accusations made against Orange Polska and Polkomtel of abuse of their collective dominant position.
  • Representing several leading banks active in Poland in several disputes regarding mortgage loans indexed to CHF and EUR and UNWW issues, both individual claims and class actions.

Soltysinski Kawecki & Szlezak

Soltysinski Kawecki & Szlezak has a stand-out litigation practice and lawyers with experience before Polish courts at all levels, with clients appreciating lawyers' tendency to 'focus on the key areas of the dispute and look for unconventional solutions'. Heading the department is Rafał Waszkiewicz, a respected litigation and arbitration expert in relation to construction and infrastructure disputes. The team benefits from the presence of seasoned litigator counsel Dariusz Skuza whose knowledge spans commercial, property and regulatory cases. Stanisław Sołtysiński  is an expert in civil disputes and contentious IP matters. Andrzej Szlęzak  is noted for international arbitration.

Practice head(s):

Rafał Waszkiewicz

Other key lawyers:

Dariusz Skuza; Stanisław Sołtysiński; Andrzej Szlęzak; Jacek Siński; Marcin Olechowski; Katarzyna Paczuska-Tokarska

Testimonials

‘Very focused, very quick reaction times and the team is very knowledgeable in foreign law / foreign customer requirements’

‘Katarzyna Paczuska-Tokarska is very understanding of client issues; very focused on resolving issues quickly and in an uncomplicated way.’

‘The key factors for good cooperation are the competences and commitment of people as well as their understanding of the specificity of the IT industry. This allows you to focus on defining the strategy of conduct in a specific proceeding without the need to weave issues into the general legal language and omit key aspects specific to the IT industry.’

‘Quickly get to the bottom of the issue, focusing on the key areas of the dispute and looking for unconventional solutions’

‘One of the most experienced teams in Poland. Large practice of lawyers working on cases.’

‘Jacek Siński is one of the best trial lawyers in Poland.’

‘Fantastic team, super bright, dedicated and hard-working, high quality work product, wonderful to work with, very capable. Consistently deliver excellent results.’

Key clients

Strabag Wasserbau

ERGO Versicherung AG

Retail Robotics

Nokia

Comarch S.A.

Mostostal Warszawa S.A. / Acciona Construccion S.A.

WeBuild/Salini Polska sp. z o.o.

Credit Agricole Italia

Budimex S.A.

Bank Millennium S.A.

Jaguar Range Rover Limited

Strabag Polska

MasterCard Europe S.A.

Work highlights

  • Representing Strabag in 5 large construction disputes related to port infrastructure.
  • Representing Nokia in a dispute with a partner of a JV executing one of the biggest state-of-the-art railway communications networks in Europe.
  • Representing ERGO Versicherung in a court dispute regarding product liability.

Allen & Overy, A. Pedzich sp. k.

Allen & Overy, A. Pedzich sp. k. has 'a high performing and diverse team' that 'goes the extra mile to bring in the result', according to one client. The practice spans the dispute resolution waterfront, handling commercial litigation, as well as defending insurers against class actions, representing claimants in IP disputes and acting as counsel in arbitrations; areas ably coordinated by Krystyna Szczepanowska-Kozlowska. The wider firm is most known for its financial services expertise, and so banking litigation is also a core competency, under the leadership of Bartosz Merczyński. Justyna Ostrowska is the key name for contentious IP matters. Monika Murawska represents creditors in insolvency and restructuring claims.

Practice head(s):

Krystyna Szczepanowska-Kozłowska; Bartosz Merczyński

Other key lawyers:

Justyna Ostrowska; Monika Murawska; Marek Neumann; Michał Gajdus

Testimonials

‘This is a high performing and diverse team, very knowledgeable and resilient to go the extra mile to bring in the result.’

‘The dispute resolution team were excellent. They assimilated the key issues and provided measured responses to the various options we had available. They had a super turnaround time and got their head into the detail.’

‘Great work to get a great resolution of the dispute. Collaboration is easy.’

‘I had a very good experience with Marek Neumann. He is quick and to the point.’

‘A&O are really the best legal counsel I have ever comes across in over 30 years of working with leading law firms.’

Key clients

Multikino S.A.

BNP Paribas

Cemex Polska sp. z o.o.

Bayer

mBank S.A.

SIA Central Europe as

Haitong Bank S.A.

Work highlights

  • Representing Multikino Media sp. z o.o. in three disputes with a collective management organisation, representing the co-authors of audio-visual works.
  • Representing Bayer in a contentious case related to the scope of the patent owner’s liability for damages based on the subsequent patent revocation.
  • Representing BNP Paribas in a civil dispute against public entities.

Baker McKenzie Krzyzowski i Wspólnicy Sp.k.

Baker McKenzie Krzyżowski i Wspólnicy Sp.k. has a strong presence for financial markets-, infrastructure- and construction-related disputes with experience in both criminal and civil proceedings. The team is also active in the arbitration space, particularly in relation to investment arbitrations. Commercial disputes lawyer Lukasz Hejmej heads the department and has a niche in financial institution liability and securities litigation, also areas of activity for Sebastian Pabian. Paweł Samborski adds an impressive track record in construction and infrastructure disputes. Counsel Sylwia Piotrowska focuses on contentious infrastructure and real estate matters, while senior associate Alicja Szczęśniak is increasingly known for commercial arbitration and post-arbitration litigation.

Practice head(s):

Łukasz Hejmej

Other key lawyers:

Sebastian Pabian; Paweł Samborski; Sylwia Piotrowska; Alicja Szczęśniak

Testimonials

‘Very good team. Good and fast response to our queries. Ability to find “creative” solutions to a very complex case.’

‘My main contact for this case was Alicja Szczesniak and she was always very active. She led the case as far as I am concerned and gave us always valuable advice and guidance. We went through a tough hearing with witnesses and the preparation was excellent so was the result.’

Key clients

GI Group (GI International S.R.L.)

Work highlights

  • Representing GI International S.R.L. (“GI International”), a major global player in the staffing industry, in ICC arbitration proceedings and the connected four court proceedings against Tomasz Misiak, a shareholder of Work Service S.A. (“Work Service”).

DWF Poland Jamka Sp.k

DWF Poland Jamka Sp.k is mainly focused on international proceedings and international law-related issues, with experience in arbitrations across a wide variety of European venues and EU litigation including before the European Court of Human Rights. The arbitration offering is particularly well developed, comprising expertise in investment, commercial and sports cases. On the litigation side, lawyers excel in construction, public procurement and IP matters. Maciej Jamka has experience of bilateral investment treaty arbitration and jointly heads the department with fellow arbitration specialist Rafał Morek. Piotr Kunicki is an expert in public procurement litigation; and Maciej Antoniak is the firm's white-collar criminal defence specialist.

Practice head(s):

Maciej Jamka; Rafał Morek

Other key lawyers:

Piotr Kunicki; Maciej Antoniak; Ewelina Wętrys; Jan Markiewicz; Łukasz Gorek

Testimonials

‘Ewelina Wetrys -The service was very professional and of exceptionally high quality.’

‘Ewelina Wetrys is a stand-out arbitration practitioner, a dream to work with. She combines experience, hands-on approach, commitment and efficiency. She really goes above and beyond what is expected to achieve excellent results in the case she is handling.’

‘They are outstanding professionals.’

Ewelina Wetrys quickly understands complex technical or commercial aspects of international disputes, identifies practical solutions and tailors the advice to the client’s business. She is my go-to person in arbitration cases with Polish law elements and she can definitely be entrusted with sophisticated and challenging cases.’

‘Flexibility, high efficiency, transparent communication, openness in client contact’

‘Highly competent, deeply involved in solving the client’s problems, thoroughly devoted to building good client-relations’

The availability and awareness of Maciej Jamka of all the aspects of the procedure is exceptional. I was amazed by his ability to delegate, trust his associates while being fully aware of the topics and able to step in if the situation would require to. His experience and ability to listen to the clients makes him an exceptional partner.’

‘The team is very professional and dedicated to the client’s needs. They have deep sectoral and legal knowledge, are effective and very quick in responding. I like very much the seminars and webinars they organize.’

Key clients

Vias y Construcciones S.A.

Schweerbau GmbH Co. & KG

Polski Koncern Naftowy ORLEN S.A.

Enter Air Sp. z o.o.

Orange Polska S.A.

Orlen KolTrans S.A.

Grupa Azoty Police S.A.

Fluor Corporation

Przedsiębiorstwo Usług Technicznych Intercor Sp. z o.o.

Construcciones Rubau S.A., Rubau Polska sp. z o.o.

Warbud S.A.

Multikino S.A.

ILF Consulting Engineers Polska Sp. z o.o.

Xella Polska sp. z o.o.

Mostostal Warszawa S.A.

Polaqua Sp. z o.o.

Work highlights

  • Representing the consortium of VIAS Y CONSTRUCCIONES S.A, ELECTREN S.A. and DRAGADOS S.A. in the litigation against PKP Polskie Linie Kolejowe S.A. regarding contractor’s claims in the amount of approx. EUR 23 million resulting from the contract for modernization of the Krzeszowice – Kraków railway line.
  • Representing Orange Polska S.A. and its subsidiary TP Teltech with respect to the multi-fold contractual arrangements with two public employers regarding the construction of broadband internet networks, including civil court litigations, restructuring and other proceedings.
  • Representing Multikino S.A. in a series of large-value disputes arising out of long-term lease agreements against the operators of shopping and cultural centres where Multikino cinemas are located.

GREENBERG TRAURIG Nowakowska-Zimoch Wysokiński sp.k.

GREENBERG TRAURIG Nowakowska-Zimoch Wysokiński sp.k.‘s litigation and arbitration department is very much a part of the firm’s global offering, enabling the team to handle and coordinate cross-border disputes in Europe and the US. The group is also able to utilise the Warsaw office’s expertise in M&A, real estate, private equity, labour law and tax, giving it the edge in a wide range of cases. Paweł Pietkeiwicz heads the group and often acts as an arbitrator in the Lewiatan court of arbitration and the ICC in Paris. Andrzej Wysokiński focuses on commercial and securities litigation; Robert Lis handles corporate and IP cases; while counsel Antoni Libiszowski is a specialist in bankruptcy and restructuring proceedings.

Practice head(s):

Paweł Pietkiewicz

Other key lawyers:

Andrzej Wysokiński; Robert Lis; Antoni Libiszowski; Izabela Szponar

Testimonials

‘The firm has a very good capacity to work in a transnational complex environment.’

Key clients

Bank Pekao S.A.

PZU S.A.

Rockcastle Global Real Estate Holdings B.V.

Spinnaker Capital Limited

Stocznia Cesarska Development Sp. z o.o.

Imperial Tobacco Polska S.A.

CI Games S.A.

Empik sp. z o.o.

Invesco Ltd.

White Stone

Logicor

Delta Capital

Soho Development

Work highlights

  • Representing Bank Pekao in a series of court proceedings against both the General Director for National Roads and Motorways (GDDKiA) and a former consortium (PBG, SIAC, Hydrobudowa and Aprivia) created to construct the A-4 motorway in Poland.
  • Representing PZU in proceedings related to the claims of minority shareholders – Manchester Securities Ltd. and Wspólna Reprezentacja S.A. – in connection with the 2007 and 2012 shareholders AGM resolutions relating to compensation for the alleged non-payment of a dividend in 2007.
  • Defending NEPI Rockcastle real estate group companies against a claim of over EUR 30 million brought by companies belonging to Fonciere Euris S.A. and Mayland Real Estate in the aftermath of the termination of a transaction to acquire two existing shopping centres in Kraków and jointly develop the largest shopping mall in Southern Poland.

JDP Drapala & Partners

JDP Drapala & Partners' litigation and arbitration department is praised for having 'a business-oriented attitude and understanding of the real needs of business entities'. The broad practice consists of sub-teams dedicated to corporate disputes, white-collar criminal defence and arbitration and post-arbitration litigation. Founding partner Przemysław Drapała (about whom one client notes 'his mere presence during the hearings makes judges analyse our arguments more carefully') is a veteran of construction and infrastructure disputes and co-leads the team with Andrzej Sokołowski. 'Knowledgeable and always professional',  Wojciech Bazan  is another key lawyer.

Practice head(s):

Przemysław Drapała; Andrzej Sokołowski

Other key lawyers:

Wojciech Bazan; Jakub Majewski

Testimonials

JDP is a leading law firm with extensive experience in litigation. They present a business-oriented attitude and understand the real needs of business entities.’

‘Thanks to JDP’s extraordinary track record in construction and infrastructure disputes, they always suggest efficient solutions, including anticipating the other party’s arguments and further steps.

‘I mainly have contact with Wojciech Bazan. He is a very experienced litigator with broad expertise in dispute resolution. He is very thorough in his approach.’

‘Wojciech Bazan is an expert who is strongly engaged in recognizing crucial facts which are relevant to our claims and therefore he perfectly understands the site’s problems we present to him. Mr Bazan is very knowledgeable and always professional. Thanks to his experience in infrastructure disputes, he knows the construction industry extremely well and is able to develop legal strategies that address our problems.

Przemysław Drapała is a head of the whole operation and recognized expert responsible for strategic issues. Decades of experience in the commercial and, in particular, construction litigation space are priceless and irreplaceable. His mere presence during the hearings makes judges analyse our arguments more carefully. His hearing experience allows him to point out witnesses’ mistakes and internal inconsistency in their testimonies.

‘JDP has broad experience in infrastructure disputes and combines it with practical knowledge of technical issues.’

‘The attorneys have an in-depth knowledge of general civil law, contract law, construction law and civil procedure and are able to use the relevant regulations to the advantage of my firm. They present a business-oriented attitude and understand the real needs of business entities, they also understand business and importance of an economic aspect.’

‘JDP is known for high-profile litigation disputes and precedent judgements. JDP constructive solutions suited to the situation and problem.’

Key clients

Track Tec S.A.

GrECo Polska

Impressa Pizzarotti & C. S.p.A.

WeBuild S.p.A.

Magna Nowoczesne Technologie Produkcji

Budimex

PORR

Pojazdy Szynowe PESA Bydgoszcz

Przedsiębiorstwo Usług Technicznych Intercor

Subsidiaries of Bilfinger SE (Germany): Bilfinger Engineering & Technologies GmbH, Babcock Borsig Steinmuller GmbH, Bilfinger Piping Technologies GmbH, Bilfinger MCE Berlin GmbH, Babcock Noell GmbH

Work highlights

  • Acting for Pizzarotti in dozens of disputes concerning four different projects of the General Directorate for National Roads and Motorways (GDDKiA).
  • Representing WeBuild in court proceedings concerning one of the biggest investments in Poland (worth over PLN 1 billion) against the General Directorate for National Roads and Motorways (GDDKiA).
  • Representing a client in many different court proceedings regarding one agreement.

Kochanski & Partners

Kochanski & Partners has an impressively varied disputes practice, with specialists in commercial, financial and media disputes, civil litigation and international arbitration. Marek Jezewski  leads the international disputes group, with a solid background in public international law, and experience representing Polish SOEs in international arbitration. Michal König  heads the commercial arbitration and litigation team, often working alongside Jeżewski in infrastructure cases. Mateusz Ostrowski  leads the civil litigation group, while Agnieszka Chajewska  is the name for media litigation, often representing journalists and public figures in high-profile Polish freedom of speech cases. Andrzej Pałys  is another key member of the team with, focusing on financial institutions and disputes.

Practice head(s):

Marek Jeżewski

Other key lawyers:

Mateusz Ostrowski; Michał König; Agnieszka Chajewska; Weronika Magdziak; Andrzej Pałys

Testimonials

‘Very thorough case review. A great capability to understand difficult technical issues.’

‘Competent and focused on the quality. Practical knowledge, able to suggest the best individual with the required skills and knowledge, very efficient in internal consultations and good collaboration. Great value for money factor.’

‘Marek Jeżewski: Complex knowledge, great experience, good understanding of client’s needs. Every time responds quickly, has very professional and complex approach and we can see the exceptional value for money approach.’

‘Strong client focus and technical expertise’

‘Marek Jezewski and Michal Konig are superior advocates with presence and command of technical detail’

‘Marek Jeżewski is excellent.’

Key clients

Muszynianka

Forteam Investment Ltd.

Honwood Services Ltd.

PKP Polskie Linie Kolejowe SA

Aasted ApS

Betomax

Ringier Axel Springer Polska

Bank BPH

LOT Polish Airlines

Bank Millennium S.A.

Bank PKO BP

COMP SA

Havi Logistics Sp. z o.o.

Hasco TM

ENERGA S.A.

Work highlights

  • Representing Muszynianka in an unprecedented investment dispute – concerning cross-border infrastructure – with the Slovak Republic under the Bilateral Investment Treaty between Poland and Slovakia of 1994.
  • Representing FORTEAM INVESTMENT in a dispute concerning an investment made in a leading retail-chain company, as well as advising on obtaining third-party funding from an American fund.
  • Representing Honwood Services in an international investment dispute against the republic of Poland concerning the mining of natural resources in Poland (polyhalite).

Laszczuk & Partners

The team at boutique disputes firm Laszczuk & Partners is commended for being 'easily accessible and capable of turning capacity up whenever needed'. The group is most known for its arbitration practice, and has substantial experience in international arbitrations and post-arbitration settlement litigation. Justyna Szpara is an experienced arbitration counsel, with a particular specialism in investment arbitration. Founding partner Maciej Łaszczuk  is a veteran arbitrator, who has sat for ICC arbitrations. Managing partner Marek Korcz  is an expert in privacy protection, telecoms and aviation cases.

Practice head(s):

Justyna Szpara; Maciej Łaszczuk

Other key lawyers:

Marek Korcz; Jan Rysiński; Krzysztof Riedl

Testimonials

‘The team is of course of the highest legal standard. Furthermore, it is easily accessible, capable of turning capacity up whenever needed and simply provides state of the art advice based also on its deep understanding of our business.’

‘From my perspective, Jan Rysinski, continues to impress as a result of strong results in relation to both litigation and handling of authority investigations. I think it is partly the result of Marek Korcz enabling him to grow by through support and cooperation.’

‘The international arbitration team is very open-minded and flexible, helps to find an appropriate solution and best way to address a problem.’

‘Justyna Szpara is an experienced arbitration practitioner with very good pleading skills. Her insight in this field was particularly helpful. She is also very client-oriented.’

Key clients

Safran Vectronix AG

Deutsche Lufthansa AG

VKR Holding / VELUX

Emirates Airlines

Unibep SA

Warsaw’s Holy Trinity Lutheran Parish

Mostostal Puławy S.A.

Austrian Arlines

Swiss

Bank Ochrony Środowiska S.A

Work highlights

  • Representing Deutsche Lufthansa on a regular basis with regard to cases concerning passengers’ rights.
  • Representing the sellers in a dispute concerning post-closing settlements of a major M&A transaction

Rymarz Zdort

At Rymarz Zdort, lawyers (who 'have a unique experience in working for the most demanding clients') have an impressive caseload of commercial litigation and arbitration, as well as being heavily involved in administrative cases before the Polish regulators across a wide variety of sectors. In a demonstration of the firm's capabilities, Krzysztof Sajchta, working alongside Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP in New York,  is representing PGNiG in high-profile international arbitral proceedings against Gazprom relating to gas prices. Karina Aust-Niewiadomska takes the lead in criminal cases; Lukasz Zak  focuses on construction and post-M&A disputes; while Andrzej Miklas' practice straddles criminal and civil litigation. Senior associate Kamil Kozlowski acts in both corporate disputes and administrative proceedings.

Practice head(s):

Andrzej Miklas; Karina Aust-Niewiadomska; Krzysztof Sajchta; Lukasz Zak

Other key lawyers:

Kamil Kozlowski; Michal Milewski

Testimonials

‘Very competent team with direct access to all relevant resources of the firm, including top management if needed. At any point in time during my dispute I got immediate attention and advise, which was always well balanced. The documents prepared were outstanding in clarity and well constructed reasoning.’

‘There was no slip in quality during Covid times with even increased availability of the team by video calls.’

‘I always felt I was in very good hands.’

‘The team I worked with was lead by Lukasz Zak and Kamil Kozlowski. Both are very analytical with a good understanding of underlying commercial aspects, which is quite hard to find. They are able to ‘read’ tactics and strategy of the opposing party, while adjusting their own strategy accordingly. Their advice with respect to choosing the appropriate experts was always spot on. They also take their time to prepare a client properly to any hearing, which is a key success factor. Simply 2 lawyers you want to have on your side, not the other.’

‘RZ dispute resolution team works hand in hand with their transaction teams. Therefore they are definitely the go-to lawyers with respect to commercial, corporate, financial and M&A-related disputes. The dispute resolution team understands the needs of a corporate client well and has a unique experience in working for the most demanding clients.’

Key clients

Polskie Gornictwo Naftowe i Gazownictwo S.A.

Polenergia Obrot S.A., Polenergia Uslugi sp. z o.o., Certyfikaty sp. z o.o.

PGE Gornictwo i Energetyka Konwencjonalna S.A.

Erbud S.A.

Malpka S.A.

Emitel S.A.

Bank Millennium S.A.

Mediafinancial sp. z o.o.

Naleczow Zdroj sp. z o.o.

ProService Finteco sp. z o.o.

Polskie Gornictwo Naftowe i Gazownictwo S.A.

Polenergia Obrot S.A., Polenergia Uslugi sp. z o.o., Certyfikaty sp. z o.o.

PGE Gornictwo i Energetyka Konwencjonalna S.A.

Erbud S.A.

Official receiver of one of the largest entities on the steel market in Poland

Malpka S.A.

Emitel S.A.

Bank Millennium S.A.

Mediafinancial sp. z o.o.

Naleczow Zdroj sp. z o.o.

ProService Finteco sp. z o.o.

Work highlights

  • Represented Polskie Gornictwo Naftowe i Gazownictwo S.A. in arbitral proceedings against Gazprom PJSC and OOO Gazprom Export LLC before the ad hoc arbitral tribunal under UNICTRAL Arbitration Rules of 1976 regarding the revision of the contract price for gas supplied to Poland under the Yamal Contract and advised PGNiG in connection with the challenge proceedings against the Partial Award and the Final Award of the Tribunal, initiated by Gazprom before the Svea Court of Appeal in Stockholm.
  • Representing three companies from the Polenergia group (the largest private energy group in Poland) in court proceedings regarding a claim for payment of over PLN27m filed by Eolos Polska sp. z o.o.
  • Representing PGE Gornictwo i Energetyka Konwencjonalna S.A. in connection with a construction dispute with Bilfinger Engineering & Technologies GmbH and PORR S.A.

RöHRENSCHEF

RöHRENSCHEF is a specialist dispute resolution firm with a stellar reputation for handling construction and infrastructure disputes. The team has a wide variety of expertise, covering insurance and IP cases, post-M&A and shareholders' disputes, in addition to environmental litigation. Marcin Radwan Röhrenschef heads the department, and has vast experience in criminal, administrative and bankruptcy law cases. Katarzyna Petruczenko has a strong commercial litigation and arbitration practice, and is often instructed on cross-border mandates. Justyna Tokarzewska has developed significant expertise in banking disputes. Marina Skarbek-Kozietulska is recommended for commercial real estate management and automotive litigation.

Practice head(s):

Marcin Radwan-Röhrenschef

Other key lawyers:

Katarzyna Petruczenko; Justyna Tokarzewska; Marina Skarbek-Kozietulska; Sylwia Zielezińska

Testimonials

‘Excellent collaboration skills.

‘The team was open to our suggestions, very responsive and presented an innovative and creative approach to complex environmental and administrative topics. In addition, they quickly learned about the technical aspects of the case and cooperated well with technical experts involved in the project.’

‘Marcin Radwan-Rohrenschef is an excellent litigator with an open and creative mind, very approachable.’

Marina Skarbek-Kozietulska is an expert in procedural law, responsive, creative and very approachable.’

‘They are excellent at what they do and good people to work with even in stressful situations. They have been consistently reliable, efficient, and responsive in dealing with a complex case over many years. They have been fair to us with costs and would highly recommend them to others.’

‘Katarzyna Petruczenko has a calm and measured approach and is always prepared to explain an opinion and strategy. She is exceptionally thorough, knowledgeable and hardworking.’

‘Friendly and service minded’

‘The team provides excellent litigation advice in cross-border proceedings and complex dispute resolution cases. Guided by a fair billing policy and built on very good English language capabilities a perfect litigation boutique choice.’

Key clients

Volkswagen AG

Dual Corporate Risks Ltd.

Erbud S.A.

BHM Group a.s.

BLOCK a.s.

Coucal Ltd

ClientEarth

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented Coucal, a group of Irish investors, whose funds invested in a successful commercial centre were, in bad faith, swapped into worthless shares of a listed firm; the investors recovered EUR 8 million.
  • Representing Erbud S.A. in respect to a dispute over payment for work performed during the construction of the domExpo center in Opole and the fraudulent transfer of assets to avoid recovery of any award in the client’s favour.
  • Representing ClientEarth before Poland’s anti-monopoly watchdog UOKiK in the lawsuit against the producers of so called eco-pea coal. The aim of the action is to prevent the misleading presentation of the product as being environmentally friendly.

Wardynski & Partners

Wardynski & Partners takes a multi-departmental approach to dispute resolution, bringing together experts from across the firm to act in a wide variety of contentious issues, utilising lawyers based across the firm's offices in Warsaw, Kraków and Poznań. Areas of expertise include securities litigation, shareholder and competition disputes, as well as cases involving IP, banking, tax and real estate. Lawyers of note include founding partner Tomasz Wardyński, an arbitrator frequently appointed to the Vienna Internal Arbitral Centre and the Lewiatan Court of Arbitration. Jan Ciećwierz handles civil and commercial disputes, focusing on construction and real estate. Commercial litigator Monika Hartung is noted for post-M&A cases.

Other key lawyers:

Tomasz Wardyński; Jan Ciećwierz; Monika Hartung; Paweł Mazur; Marcin Lemkowski; Stanisław Drozd; Łukasz Lasek; Piotr Golędzinowski; Jakub Barański

Testimonials

‘Diverse and dynamic team. Expertise not only in litigations, but also in other areas of law and also in finance and accounting.’

‘Monika Hartung – open minded, very efficient and to-the-point, good communication skills.’

‘Leader in litigation in Poland.’

‘Strong on managing negotiations about disagreements under commercial contracts. Structured fact-finding work. Keeping a clear view of settlement opportunities and the commercial requirements underlying them. Strong in bridging and communicating legal and cultural elements of the negotiations.’

‘Stanislaw Drozd. Strong communication and understanding of client needs. Disciplined in negotiating while keeping an eye on the steps needed to safeguard the client position if a discussion deteriorates into a dispute. Has a keen and educated eye for cross-cultural differences.’

‘It is very simple – the team focuses on client’s needs and takes that as the main objective. They provide clear suggestions and recommendations without tons of disclaimers. Also they are ready to walk an extra mile and provide client with assistance which is not strictly legal.’

‘Łukasz Lasek is always ready to discuss client’s problems or doubts. His recommendations are practical, useful and business oriented.’

‘Availability and speed of response to an inquiry.’

‘Łukasz Lasek, Piotr Golędzinowski, Jakub Barański: Commitment, inquisitiveness, teamwork enabling the formulation of in-depth conclusions.’

Key clients

Impel

Wyborowa (Pernod Ricard Group)

Systra S.A., Systra-Sotecni S.P.A.

Ghelamco Poland (Ghelamco Group)

Kaufland

AV Hallera sp. z o.o.

Marsulex Environmental Technology

Marvipol

Karmar (Bouygues Immobilier Group)

Mostostal (Acciona Group)

Społeczna Inicjatywa Narkopolityki (NGO, Social Drug Policy Initiative)

SBB Energy

Polenergia SA

Elavon Financial Services

ArcelorMittal Poland

CRH – Cement Ożarów S.A.

Krosglass S.A.

AmRest

Work highlights

  • Representing a company providing specialised solutions to the energy sector in an arbitration dispute before SCC, concerning the termination of a contract for the largest infrastructure project in the region, referring to frustration or inability to perform caused by improper use of FIDIC forms and to major project delivery methods by the employer.
  • Representing a bank in a dispute with a multinational software house concerning a failed project for development, implementation and subsequent maintenance of a comprehensive IT system for the bank’s new mortgage business.
  • Representing Goldman Sachs in civil proceedings before the Polish state court concerning third-party disclosure duties, raising a number of important legal issues such as right of Polish courts to request documents directly from a foreign corporation, right of Polish courts to lift secrecy of documents without assistance of local courts, and compatibility of Polish law and court practice with European law.

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

The Warsaw commercial litigation and international arbitration team at White & Case M. Studniarek i Wspólnicy - Kancelaria Prawna sp.k. often works closely with colleagues in the firm's international offices, particularly in London, Paris and in the US, enabling it to handle complex cross-border disputes. The group has a strong construction-related litigation practice, but is also noted for its expertise in cross-border regulatory investigations and commercial disputes. Michał Subocz heads the department with substantial experience in construction and post-M&A matters. Jakub Wołkowicz excels in international arbitration, with a focus on strategic infrastructure cases. Counsel Aleksandra Oziemska has a burgeoning civil and criminal litigation practice, with experience in AML and cryptocurrency cases, as well as conducting internal investigations.

Practice head(s):

Michał Subocz

Other key lawyers:

Jakub Wołkowicz; Piotr Bytnerowicz; Aleksandra Oziemska

Testimonials

‘The Poland team assists the London arbitration practice on mega arbitrations. They are able to take on large assignments for clients in other countries and tackle the difficult and complex facts, whilst also managing the time zone and remoteness challenges.’

‘Jakub Wołkowicz is a stand out partner.’

‘Provided a premium service to the client. He understands the problems from a factual and technical including quantum perspective’

‘The team is very responsive and capable of dealing with complex cases.’

‘People based in numerous locations around the world and easy access to personnel in all locations’

‘They’re confident in what they’re doing, but yet not over confident or arrogant about it. They’re respectful to the team they’re working with.’

‘The experience of the team and their ability to learn and digest things within a short time period was truly amazing. Latest technologies mainly the software and their work flow practices they adapt is always encouraging’

‘Being welcomed is the key to any success of a team work and I always felt like that was the case working with the firm. Patience and being the best listener made us more comfortable throughout the whole process.’

Key clients

AASA Polska S.A.

Acciona Construcción S.A.

Compensa Towarzystwo Ubezpieczeń na Życie S.A. Vienna Insurance Group

Generali Real Estate

Inpex Operations Australia Pty Ltd

Mostostal Power Development sp. z o.o.

Mostostal Warszawa S.A.

Polska Grupa Energetyczna S.A.

Waterland Private Equity Investments

Work highlights

  • Representing Inpex on numerous arbitrations concerning project completion issues arising out of the construction of an onshore LNG processing facility.
  • Representing a consortium consisting of Sacyr, S.A. (Spain), Salini Impregilo S.p.A. (Italy) and Jan De Nul N.V. (Belgium) in a dispute with the Panama Canal Authority in connection with the expansion of the Panama Canal at a cost of $5bn; the dispute involves several simultaneous arbitrations.
  • Representing MPD, a subsidiary of Mostostal Warszawa S.A., in two significant disputes against Sarens, the global leader in crane rental services, heavy lifting and engineered transport relating to the PLN11.6bn construction of two power blocks in Brzezie near Opole.

WKB Wiercinski, Kwiecinski, Baehr

WKB Wiercinski, Kwiecinski, Baehr‘s dispute resolution lawyers are most active in the construction and infrastructure disputes space, handling high-profile domestic and international litigation and arbitrations. The group is also developing experience in relation to competition, insurance, IP and employment cases. Bartłomiej Jankowski sits at the head of the practice, and takes the lead on cross-border construction disputes. Tomasz Kwieciński‘s practice spans insurance, competition and public procurement cases. Jordan Zafirow is noted for contentious infrastructure matters, and has expertise in FIDIC contracts.

Practice head(s):

Bartłomiej Jankowski

Other key lawyers:

Tomasz Kwieciński; Jordan Zafirow; Natalia Kabacińska; Wiktor Iwański

Key clients

Raiffeisen Bank Polska

FORBUILD SA

Salini Impregilo

DNB Bank Polska

Ryanair

BNP Paribas Bank Polska

Polska Grupa Energetyczna

Bilfinger Tebodin Poland

MZK Gorzów Wlkp.

Miejskie Wodociągi i Kanalizacja w Bydgoszczy sp. z o.o.

Bank Polska Kasa Opieki S.A.

Ekstraklasa S.A.

Zakład Unieszkodliwiania Odpadów

PUT Intercor

PKO Bank Polski S.A.

PORR S.A.

Gmina Miasto Szczecin

CEMEX Polska Sp. z o.o.

GE Power Sp. z o.o.

Work highlights

  • Representing leading banks and wind farms in Poland including, among others, DNB Bank Polska, Livingstone (the legal successor of Megawat Kanin), BNP Paribas Bank Polska in five proceedings which have significance for the future of the renewable energy market in Poland.
  • Representing a social network site operating in Poland against its client claiming the refund for an automatic prolongation of the agreement, avoiding the setting of a precedent which would preclude the social network platform from entering into an automatically renewing contract.
  • Representing an international bank in two proceedings regarding damages claims brought by Polish retailers over historic interchange fees.

Bird & Bird Szepietowski i wspólnicy sp. k.

Bird & Bird Szepietowski i wspólnicy sp. k. has a strong line in construction disputes and has substantial experience of bilateral investment treaty arbitrations. Building on the firm’s prowess in the technology sector, the group is also highly skilled in IP disputes and cases involving telecoms companies, including Nokia. Adam Kowalczyk is a commercial and regulatory disputes expert and also handles corporate fraud cases; he leads the team alongside Bartłomiej Niewczas, who has experience of cross-border bankruptcy claims. Counsel Grzegorz Kostrzewa is known for commercial contracts and regulatory disputes; while associate Dominik Hincz has expertise in contentious matters arising from the financial sector, including in relation to corporate bonds and insurance products.

Practice head(s):

Adam Kowalczyk; Bartłomiej Niewczas

Other key lawyers:

Grzegorz Kostrzewa; Dominik Hincz; Katarzyna Czech

Testimonials

‘Very good team work, flexible.’

‘Grzegorz Kostrzewa and Adam Kowalczyk are excellent lawyers, great cooperation, contact, know-how of business.’

‘They are constantly well prepared, and have clearly set objectives in every case I come to them with. They search for the most effective ways to secure our interests, either by winning or settling the case. I also want to recommend the team for their availability – knowing that your team is always ready to answer any of your questions is very reassuring when dealing with disputes.

They bring the highest level of professionalism to every case they take on. It is clear that they know what they’re doing, that their experience is really valuable and not forgotten, but is used to enhance their current work.’

‘In 2020/2021, Bird & Bird’s Dispute Resolution team has successfully met all the challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, and effectively switched to electronic services, including on-line dispute resolution, thanks to their advanced software and infrastructure.’

‘Dominik Hincz is a lawyer I know I can always depend on. His legal knowledge, professionalism and drive are what make him the outstanding lawyer that he is. Dominik is always quick to identify the best solutions and react accordingly. His answers to my questions and requests are swift, clear and well-thought through, and the quality of legal products he delivers is impressively high.’

Bartłomiej Niewczas, provides us with remarkable experience in the field of commercial litigation and arbitration. His extensive knowledge allows him to develop the most effective strategies, carry out accurate assessments of chances and risks, as well as propose proper recommendations on relevant issues, such as appointment of arbitrators or settlement negotiations.

‘Dominik Hincz is our #1 attorney. His highly professional attitude and responsiveness allow him to provide us with the top quality legal advice and representation based on an excellent substantive preparation, thorough analysis and peace of mind during negotiation and court hearings.’

Key clients

De Agostini Polska Sp. z o.o.

Emerson Process Management Sp. z o.o.

Nokia Solutions and Networks Sp. z o.o.

Skanska S.A.

Variopool B.V.

Work highlights

  • Advised Skanska on the assessment of a claim against the author of the design of one of the major highways in Poland.
  • Representing Emerson Process Management as the sub-contractor in a multi-dimensional dispute against the general contractor and the investor, regarding the remuneration for construction works and services worth > EUR 1.5 M.
  • Representing Nokia Solutions and Networks as the general contractor in a dispute against a sub-contractor, regarding the contractual penalties and damages arising from improper performance of the contract, worth globally > EUR 2 M.

DLA Piper Giziński Kycia sp.

DLA Piper's practice has expertise across litigation, arbitration, internal company investigations, alternative dispute resolution and regulatory law. In 2020, the group was highly involved in representing corporate clients in relation to proceedings arising from the Covid-19 pandemic, including cases concerning rebus sic stantibus claims. The department is led by co-managing partner Krzysztof Kycia, who is an expert in construction and infrastructure disputes. Counsel Piotr Olkowski has knowledge of public procurement law and is experienced in disputes related to tender procedures. Senior associate Anna Kopania is also recommended for her specialism in the liability of management board members.

Practice head(s):

Krzysztof Kycia

Other key lawyers:

Piotr Olkowski; Anna Kopania; Monika Leszko; Szymon Sakowski; Tomasz Rudyk

Testimonials

‘Knowledgeable team of experts; practical approach to complex legal matters’

‘DLA has a solid and relatively big dispute resolution team, which can manage complex and international litigation and arbitration cases really well. They are known for conducting complicated infrastructure disputes in different jurisdictions.’

‘Krzysztof Kycia and Tomasz Rudyk are effective and business-oriented litigators. Piotr Olkowski, counsel, is known for his exceptional knowledge of infrastructure and construction contract issues.’

‘They can provide a court with statements which are not only well argued but also really accessible, clear and convincing. Particularly important in financial cases where the value of the subject of the dispute is very significant and the legal and regulatory matters are difficult to settle by the court.’

‘Exceptional dispute resolution team at the Polish legal market. Unique experience in complex and sophisticated financial disputes. Krzysztof Kycia is great in strategic advisory. Szymon Sakowski is my go-to contact.’

‘Szymon Sakowski is an outstanding senior lawyer. Greatly combines outstanding legal knowledge with a business-like approach. I have full confidence in him.’

‘DLA Warsaw litigation team has unique abilities, know-how and experience to run litigation cases. They offer highly customized approach, taking into account all specific aspects of the case and the legal environment. We have worked with them on most complex cases and all such cases were handled with the utmost quality.’

‘Dispute resolution practice head Krzysztof Kycia is a smart strategist and brilliant tactician, one of the very best on the Polish market. His expertise in litigation and arbitration in construction/infrastructure, energy, and property sectors is hard to match.’

Key clients

Allegro.pl

ASM Global

Bank Ochrony Środowiska

British Airways

easyJet

EDP Renewables

DEME Group

General Electric

Generali

Herkules

Levi Strauss

Metro Properties

MoneyGram

Mota-Engil

Mott McDonald

OX2

PGE

Philips Polska

PKP Energetyka (CVC Group)

Polnord

PORR

Saur

SIBS

Stanley Black & Decker

Trakcja (COMSA group)

Verizon Technologies

WeWork

Work highlights

  • Represented Polnord in three court proceedings connected with its EUR 31.7 million public offering of shares.
  • Represented Herkules against Nokia Solutions and Networks (represented by SKS) in a EUR 10 million dispute arising from a consortium agreement for the design and construction of a GSM-R/ERTMS network across the Polish railway network for PKP PLK.
  • Representing energy sector companies in Poland (including PKP Energetyka, the largest non-state-controlled company) in multimillion-EUR disputes over compensation for damages caused by the state regulation of electricity prices supplied to end users in 2019.

Eversheds Sutherland Poland

Eversheds Sutherland Poland's dispute resolution practice spans cases involving aviation, real estate infrastructure, energy and TMT, as well as litigation concerning unfair competition, with additional expertise in alternative dispute resolution methods. The group is also noted for its expertise in bankruptcy- and insolvency-related litigation. Maciej Jóźwiak is the department head, and has vast experience in civil and criminal law cases, before Polish courts at all instances. Krzysztof Wierzbowski has expertise in tax and customs litigation. Senior associate Anna Kasnowska-Lisowska takes the lead in aviation disputes on behalf of various domestic and foreign airlines. Michał Miąskiewicz is a commercial litigator noted for insolvency, bankruptcy and restructuring mandates.

Practice head(s):

Maciej Jóźwiak

Other key lawyers:

Krzysztof Wierzbowski; Anna Kasnowska-Lisowska; Michał Miąskiewicz

Testimonials

‘Maciej Jóźwiak provides thoughtful, well-balanced and complex advice which covers all aspects of the case.’

Key clients

Auchan Polska

Avis Budget Group

Brembo Czech s.r.o.

Cinkciarz.pl

Eaton

Emerson

Energia Kogeneracja

iCredit

International Air Transport Association (IATA)

IPOPEMA TFI S.A.

IRL Polska

Johnson Controls International

Lycamobile

MOL Group (Slovnaft a.s)

Muns Techniek

Nokia

Panattoni Europe (PLC13 sp. z o.o.)

Parker Hannifin Sales CEE

P-D Refractories

Polskie Sieci Energetyczne (PSE)

Pomorska Investments

Railtrans Wagons s.r.

Rainbow Tours S.A.

Ricoh PLC

Ryanair

SAXO Bank

Sims Recycling Solutions

Smyk

Softserve

State Treasury of the Republic of Poland – General Directorate for National Roads and Motorways

Tauron Dystrybucja

Tönnies Lebensmittel GmbH & Co. KG

Turkish Airlines

Work highlights

  • Represented air carriers (i.e. one of the biggest European airlines Ryanair DAC and its charter carrier Ryanair SUN, Turkish Airline and Norwegian Airline) in over 5,000 ongoing cases arising from passenger claims based on the Flight Compensation Regulation (EC 261/2004) before a number of Polish District and Regional Courts as well as the Court of Justice of the European Union.
  • Represented P-D Refractories in a cross-border dispute against ZARMEN regarding the delivery of highly specialised materials (silica fittings) required to construct a coking battery. The case involves potential internet fraud committed by unknown third person.
  • Represented Rainbow Tours SA in a multi-jurisdictional, cross-border dispute against Inter Holidays Group D.O.O. based in Belgrad regarding mutual payments for an agency agreement executed in relation to a tour operation in Greece.

GESSEL Attorneys at Law

GESSEL Attorneys at Law has an outstanding reputation for dispute resolution, built by founding partner Beata Gessel-Kalinowska Vel Kalisz, an arbitrator and arbitration counsel who has an exemplary record in international arbitration. On the litigation front, Piotr Schramm takes the lead, handling complex cases, including in relation to new technologies and legal rights in intangible assets. Managing associate Marcin Robenek is often instructed on infrastructure disputes and is an expert in civil liability. Managing associate Joanna Kisielińska-Garncarek focuses on litigation arising from M&A transactions and the construction sector.

Practice head(s):

Beata Gessel-Kalinowska vel Kalisz; Piotr Schramm

Other key lawyers:

Marcin Robenek; Paweł Kwiatkowski; Joanna Kisielińska-Garncarek

Testimonials

‘Beata Gessel is very proactive , very responsive and has a very good legal and practical judgement. A very impressive lawyer.’

‘Services provided by GESSEL are of a very high quality.’

‘All legal issues are always carefully considered and address client’s needs in the best possible way.’ 

‘We highly appreciate the team’s innovative approach as well as ability to deal with cross-border issues.’

We are impressed by the fact that lawyers from GESSEL cooperate between particular departments of the law firm – in our case cooperation of litigation / arbitration and corporate departments had great outcomes.’

‘With regard to court / enforcement proceedings, we have mostly communicated with Joanna Kisielińska-Garncarek. She is very responsive, can concisely and accurately explain the nature of the problem and offers practical solutions. We appreciate that she is open to discussion about the strategy which will be applied in the case. The analyses provided are constructive and based on case law.’

‘Gessel stand out for their expertise in M&A-related disputes. They draw from the strengths of their corporate and transactional practices as well as from deep academic interests of the founding partner, Beata Gessel.’

‘Beata Gessel is one of the leading arbitrators on the Polish market with breadth of international experience. Joanna Kisielińska-Garncarek is another strong name in the team’

Key clients

TM.E. S.p.A – Termomeccanica Ecologia

Csenki Company Limited

the Millennium Group company

BNP Paribas Bank Polska S.A.

Resource Partners Sp. z o.o.

SESCOM S.A.

Pivovary Lobkowicz Group

Lotte Wedel Sp. z o.o.

RESOURCE PARTNERS HOLDINGS III S.À R.L.

Sygnity S.A.

Arcus S.A.,

Polnord S.A.

Anwim S.A.

Work highlights

  • Advising Sygnity S.A. on a settlement with Fast Enterprises

Gide Loyrette Nouel

Gide Loyrette Nouel‘s Warsaw team is an integral part of the firm’s global dispute resolution and arbitration practice, often handling cross-border contentious issues alongside colleagues in Paris, London and New York. Areas of expertise include commercial law, real estate, IP and industrial property disputes, as well as unfair competition cases, criminal proceedings and employment litigation. Piotr Sadownik heads the team and specialises in public procurement and IP disputes, as does counsel Krzysztof Ciepliński.

Practice head(s):

Piotr Sadownik

Other key lawyers:

Krzysztof Ciepliński; Piotr Brzeziński; Michał Kacperczyk; Marta Wojtkowiak

Testimonials

‘Gide team is really great. People are really great and open. Team is really well educated, professional, open and creative.’

Great and professional knowledge, good experience.’

Their strengths: precision, efficiency, responsiveness, familiarity with multi-jurisdictional litigations.’

‘Gide have been our advisors for many years; they are extremely professional and competent.’

‘We have been very pleased to see that the quality of the work performed is right for the price. It is worth mentioning that team always meets the deadlines set and is good about keeping us up to date. They are very responsive and accessible when needed.’

‘We had the pleasure of working with Piotr Sadownik, Michał Kacperczyk, Marta Wojtkowiak and Krzysztof Ciepliński. We found them to be a professional team with great legal knowledge and a strong understanding of our goals and needs with a clear and decisive solution-orientated and innovative approach.’

‘Piotr Sadownik has shown a great understanding of the most complex matters and is always able to find a pro active solution.’

‘Krzysztof Cieplinski:  bright, thinks out of the box, with acute strategic approach. Very responsive and with excellent market knowledge in the field of public procurement disputes.’

‘Michal Kacperzyk – excellent lawyer, with vast knowledge of EU law and judicial proceedings.’

Key clients

Powszechna Kasa Oszczędności Bank Polski S.A. (PKO BP)

Polskie Górnictwo Naftowe i Gazownictwo S.A.

KGHM Polska Miedź S.A.

BPI REAL ESTATE POLAND sp. z o.o.

Polish General Director for National Roads and Motorways (Generalny Dyrektor Dróg Krajowych i Autostrad, GDDKIA

Cobant spółka z ograniczoną odpowiedzialnością sp. k

mBank

Bank Gospodarstwa Krajowego

Alior Bank S.A

Alior Leasing

BNP Paribas Bank Polska S.A

Work highlights

  • Representing the Polish road administration authority in connection with Bulgarian law issues of guarantee bonds issued to the client to secure its claims from two of its general contractors – Toto S.p.A. and Vianini Lavori S.p.A. – arising under road construction agreements regarding sections of the S-5 expressway in Poland.
  • Advising Powszechna Kasa Oszczędności Bank Polski S.A. on creating a special purpose fund (of PLN 6.7 billion) to cover the costs of settlements with foreign currency borrowers, as well as in respect of implementing a settlement scheme with individual foreign currency borrowers pursuing or threatening the bank with claims for the invalidation of loan agreements as a result of unfair contractual terms in these contracts.
  • Representing Polskie Górnictwo Naftowe i Gazownictwo S.A. in a series of disputes instituted by or against the client in relation to the construction one of the largest infrastructure projects in Poland, namely an underground gas storage facility, PMG Wierzchowice.

Hogan Lovells (Warszawa) LLP

At Hogan Lovells (Warszawa) LLP, 'remarkable lawyer' and practice head, counsel Wojciech Marchwicki, is praised by clients for 'combining legal expertise with a practical and business-oriented approach'. The team has expertise across a wide variety of litigation and arbitration matters, including in relation to construction and infrastructure, financial services, commercial contracts, employment-related matters and criminal law. The team also includes Marek Wroniak, who focuses on corporate and financial disputes.

Practice head(s):

Wojciech Marchwicki

Other key lawyers:

Marek Wroniak

Testimonials

‘We chose Hogan Lovells as its dispute resolution practice is lead by Wojciech Marchwicki, who is a remarkable lawyer.’

‘We definitely value the team very highly for legal proficiency, proactive approach and impressive responsiveness.’

‘We were also pleased with formal aspects of our cooperation, like billing. We were also particularly satisfied with value for money ratio. Comparing to other international law firms, Hogan Lovells offered pretty competitive fees. At the same time it provided services of the highest quality.’

‘I have mostly cooperated with Wojciech Marchwicki (Counsel and Head of the Dispute Resolution Department). He is an extremely competent lawyer. He showed some very unique skills when helping us deal with this very difficult dispute. He combines legal expertise with a practical and business oriented approach. He was able to quickly find a solution to any issues that appeared in the course of the dispute.’

Key clients

Alstom

ABB

Hochtief

Honeywell

Guivisa

M&G Investments

mBank

BNP Paribas

CACI Life and CACI Non-Life

Aviva

Porsche

eBilet

Fundacja Malta

Jones Lang Lasalle

Veolia

“Never Again” Association

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented Piotr Wawrzecki in a case which was a follow-up dispute of a historic case relating to the conviction of the claimant’s father during the communist period.
  • Representing Guivisa, a steel parts manufacturer, in a court dispute resulting from a major construction contract concerning Stadion Śląski in Chorzów.
  • Representing BNP Paribas in the proceedings initiated by PKN Orlen, concerning a EUR 250 million of damages for breach of competition law.

Maruta Wachta sp. j.

In-keeping with the firm's specialisms, Maruta Wachta sp. j.'s team houses specialists in technology-related disputes, with experience in courts and tribunals at all instances. Areas of expertise include contentious issues relating to cloud contracts, IP disputes and data security issues, as well as cases involving bankruptcies. The group is jointly led by Wojciech Jarosiński (described as 'a leader with great organizational skills') and Damian Gudel, who focuses on criminal proceedings. Michał Grodziewicz is praised by clients for commercial disputes.

Practice head(s):

Wojciech Jarosiński; Damian Gudel

Other key lawyers:

Ewa Podogrodzka-Maruszkin; Michał Grodziewicz; Marta Mackiewicz

Testimonials

The thing that I value most about Maruta Wachta’s dispute resolution team is their creativity and ability to think outside the box. They come up with a solution to our problem that nobody else thought about. They are very active in handling our cases, which is reflected in their impressive track record.’

We have worked with Damian Gudel and Michał Grodziewicz. Damian has always proven to be a very prolific and driven attorney, that will not rest until he sees the goal accomplished. Michał is a senior associate. He shows tremendous insight and attention to detail, that allow him to control the case one hundred percent and navigate it to a desirable end.’

Innovative, proactive team with unique communication skills.’

Highly skilled lawyers who deliver high-quality products on time. Great communication.’

Wojciech Jarosiński is a leader with great organizational skills, perfectly managing projects that are commissioned to the law firm, great knowledge. Damian Gudel is a skilled lawyer with exceptional knowledge in many areas of law, creative, providing innovative legal solutions. Michał Grodziewicz has great negotiation skills, able to conclude a valuable settlement in difficult cases.’

The law firm combines legal advice based on clients’ specific requirements with an unparalleled understanding of technologies and legal ramifications of technologies in financial institutions. What also makes it genuinely special and valuable is its capacity to deal with difficult business situations which require unprecedented solutions and taking into account the regulations and simultaneously matching with the business interests.’

Key clients

CIECH S.A.

AGC Consulting sp. z o.o.

Agencja Restrukturyzacji i Modernizacji Rolnictwa (The Agency for Restructuring and Modernization of Agriculture)

Bank Pocztowy S.A.

CCC.EU sp. z o.o.

Ciech Sarzyna S.A.

Fabiana Filippi S.A.

Andrzej Wróblewski Fundation

Genesys Telecommunication Laboratories

IFS Industrial and Financial Systems Poland s. z o.o.

Multiconsult sp. z o.o.

NTT Poland sp. z o.o.

PKN ORLEN S.A.

Zakład Ubezpieczeń Społecznych (The Social Insurance Institution)

ZPUE S.A.

Work highlights

  • Representing a group of Polish companies in private enforcement actions against VISA, MasterCard and several banks pertaining to the interchange fee price fixing controversy.
  • Acting for the contractor in court proceedings in the US and the Supreme Court in Poland filed against a Polish governmental agency and arising from a major supply contract in the defence sector.
  • Defending an international chemical group against claims of misrepresentation and breach of warranties in the sale of shares in a subsidiary company, relating to a high-profile M&A transaction.

B2R Law Jankowski Stroinski Zieba

B2R Law Jankowski Stroinski Zieba has a varied practice that includes real estate and energy sector disputes. Department head Bartlomiej Jankowski has longstanding experience of corporate and commercial litigation, arbitration and white-collar criminal defence matters. Roman Iwański has experience of construction arbitrations. Edyta Zalewska is noted for disputes spanning commercial law, unfair competition and commercial criminal law.

Practice head(s):

Bartłomiej Jankowski

Other key lawyers:

Roman Iwanski; Edyta Zalewska

Testimonials

They are knowledgeable and practical in their approach.’

Bartłomiej Jankowski is a leader in the dispute resolution practice of B2R Law.

Key clients

Dantex Sp. z o.o. Wilcza Sp. K.

BEREA sp. z o. o. / owner of a shopping center in Warsaw

EPP (Echo Polska Properties)

Jastrzębska Spółka Węglowa S.A. (JSW)

BÖGL a KRÝSL k.s. (subsidiary of Max Bögl)

MACE Polska sp. z o. o.

Aeronautics Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Representing BEREA, owner of a shopping centre in Warsaw, in a dispute with a company from the fashion sector whose claim covers a few alternative claims based on the following legal bases: (i) an error in the substance of a legal act, (ii) non-culpable impossibility and (iii) extraordinary change in circumstances due to COVID-19.
  • Represented leading residential real estate developer Dantex, in a high-profile dispute with the Polish national railway company PKP.
  • Representing EPP Office – Park Rozwoju sp. z o.o. / owner of a complex of office buildings in Warsaw in a dispute with a company from the furniture sector.

BSJP Brockhuis Jurczak Prusak Sroka Nilsson Sp. k.

BSJP Brockhuis Jurczak Prusak Sroka Nilsson Sp. k.'s dispute resolution practice comprises domestic and international arbitration, and a wide variety of public procurement and infrastructure litigation. The group also has a reputation for one-off individual representations, and Gdańsk's Maciej Prusak is currently acting for former President Lech Wałęsa in a number of personal rights protection cases arising from the use of his image by political opponents. Krzysztof Kowalczyk leads the team from the Warsaw office, and is experienced in litigation and arbitration involving FIDIC contracts, real estate and infrastructure.

Practice head(s):

Krzysztof Kowalczyk

Other key lawyers:

Maciej Prusak; Anna Kois-Mizgier

Testimonials

‘They are a team of professionals. We have been working with them for more than 10 years and we are satisfied with the cooperation.’

‘Krzysztof Kowalczyk is an accomplished litigation lawyer, strategically wise, you can see he is quite passionate about his field of practice.’

‘Brilliant team in every way: commercial, diverse, smart on the law but practical, cost effective and good with clients.’

‘Krzysztof Kowalczyk is is brilliant. He really knows international and cross-border arbitration issues.’

‘We have always been impressed by the turn around times which this firm pride themselves on. Nothing is ever too much trouble and they routinely deal with matters pro-actively and decisively.’

‘The advice has always been very commercial and delivered to a high standard. The firm’s breadth of practice is also impressive.’

‘Krzysztof Kowalczyk excels in advising on contentious commercial matters for our clients. His advice is always of a high standard and very promptly provided. In terms of fees we have found him to be extremely cost effective and more competitive than some of the firm’s direct competitors.’

Key clients

Apcoa Parking Polska Sp. z o.o.

Berger Bau Polska Sp. z o.o.

BNP Paribas Bank Polska S.A.

DHV Polska Sp. z o.o.

Dragados S.A

Dyckerhoff Polska Sp. z o.o.

Metsä Tissue Poland Sp. z o.o.

Polaqua Sp. z o.o.

Saint-Gobain Group

President Lech Wałęsa

Work highlights

  • Representing Dragados in a EUR220m dispute with the state over the construction of the biggest flood protection reservoir in Poland.
  • Successfully reduced—by more than 50%—the exposure faced by client Dyckerhoff Polska in a long-running battle with the Polish Office of Competition and Consumer Protection involving EUR100m fine imposed in a cement cartel case.
  • Successfully represented DHV Polska in a dispute with Poland’s General Directorate for National Roads and Motorways over the design of the S2 expressway, the southern section of the Warsaw Express Ring.

Kieszkowska Rutkowska Kolasinski Kancelaria Prawna sp. j.

Kieszkowska Rutkowska Kolasinski Kancelaria Prawna sp. j. is a boutique focusing on medical and pharmaceutical law. As such, the dispute resolution group, has an impressive product liability and personal injury practice, particularly in relation to clinical trials and issues surrounding medical products. The department is led by founding partner Ewa Rutkowska, whom clients praise as 'a superb lawyer with a very sophisticated understanding of the relevant science and law'. Promoted to counsel in 2021, Ewa Auleytner is regularly instructed by Polish and international medical industry clients to defend product liability claims and assist with crisis situations.

Practice head(s):

Ewa Rutkowska

Other key lawyers:

Ewa Auleytner; Mateusz Winczura; Julia Łokaj

Testimonials

‘I work with the firm primarily on pharmaceutical litigation matters, and the lawyers are incredibly knowledgeable about the relevant scientific issues as well as of course the substantive, procedural, and strategic components of Polish law.’

‘I’ve worked most closely with Ewa Rutkowska for well over a decade and she is a superb lawyer with a very sophisticated understanding of the relevant science and law. She is also an excellent communicator and excels at explaining Polish law issues to foreign clients.’

‘Ewa Rutkowska is an excellent lawyer, and a standout in biopharmaceuticals and life sciences. An excellent choice in Poland.’

‘Great people to work with, with a lot of experience and international mindset. Responsive and practical – with the capability to adapt to the need of the client. Collaborative partners and associates, diverse and solution driven.’

‘Ewa Rutkowska is an international lawyer with a lot of experience; friendly, responsive and an expert in her field. Leads a diverse and strong team and has an ethical mindset that facilitates the agreement on the solutions offered.’

‘The whole team is impressive. They consistently exhibit top class legal knowledge, combined with a commercial and strategic approach. A truly friendly and professional team, each of whom works collaboratively.’

‘Ewa Rutkowska, Mateusz Winczura, Ewa Auleytner and Julia Lokaj are all exceptionally astute lawyers with whom I very much enjoy working. You know you are in very safe hands whenever any of these lawyers are involved.’

‘The product liability litigation team is very collaborative and is open to suggestions which might involve innovative approaches for Poland’

Work highlights

  • Represented one of the COVID-19 vaccine producers in claims brought by patients who took the COVID-19 vaccines and suffered an alleged adverse reaction.
  • Represented a leading Polish healthcare provider against the National Health Fund (NFZ) in a court dispute regarding wrongfully withdrawn reimbursement for medical services.
  • Represented a Swiss manufacturer of medical devices in a product liability case related to an alleged malfunction of an implanted infusion pump.

Radzikowski, Szubielska i Wspólnicy sp.j.

Radzikowski, Szubielska i Wspólnicy sp.j. is best known for its real estate, tax and energy-sector litigation, building on the reputation of the wider firm. The group has significant experience before Polish regulatory and oversight authorities, including the competition office, the energy regulator and the telecoms regulator, in addition to the Polish courts at all levels. Marcin Boruc heads the practice and is known for handling energy cases. Adam Zwierzyński is also highly praised by clients.

Practice head(s):

Marcin Boruc

Other key lawyers:

Adam Zwierzyński; Sylwester Pieckowski

Testimonials

‘It is a team that devotes its time to trying to achieve a satisfactory result of the cases at all costs.’

‘The team stands out because of their superb effectiveness mixed with the friendly atmosphere they create.’

‘They are just very constructive. They managed to swiftly resolve major problems we were facing through a settlement agreement which allowed us to avoid expensive court proceedings and to continue working with our business partners after a fresh start.’

‘We worked mainly with Marcin Boruc but also Adam Zwierzyński. It was their preparation and understanding that made the difference. They knew the cases they held very well and knew what to do in every situation.’

‘They are extremely capable, active and clever litigators. What’s more – they know how to employ expert knowledge from other firm’s departments, most notably – corporate, real property and tax. Thus – we always rest assure our case is taken care of from every possible angle.’

‘Adam Zwierzyński is a very talented and experienced litigator, real tactician. He sees the answer where others cannot even see the problem. He is a quick thinker and never lets us down.’

‘Marcin Boruc is always there when we need him. He is very agile and understands our business superbly.’

‘Team provides the expert knowledge and very good collaboration.’

Key clients

innogy Stoen Operator Sp. z o.o

Herbapol Lublin S.A

Spectro-Lab

Hydrobudowa Polska S.A. w upadłości likwidacyjnej

Agrifarm Sp. z o.o.

Suwalskie Kopalnie Surowców Mineralnych Sp. z o.o.

Projekt M1 Spectra Development Spółka z ograniczoną odpowiedzialnością sp. k.

Park Wiatrowy Gaworzyce Sp. z o.o.

Arima Holding S.A.

Polski Koncern Naftowy ORLEN S.A.

Work highlights

  • Represented Innogy Stoen Operator in two court settlement proceedings against Warsaw Municipality and State Treasury re. over 20 thousand easements, worth approx. PLN10bn.
  • Represented Projekt M1 Spectra Development in court proceedings re. claim for damages resulting from contamination of the real property with 30.000 cubic metres of waste material.
  • Represented Hydrobudowa Polska S.A. (in bankruptcy) in a court case against the State Treasury of Poland – General Directorate for National Roads and Motorways, for payment of damages stemming from the termination of the A-4 Highway Tarnów-Dębica Construction Agreement of 2010.

RKKW – Kwasnicki, Wrobel & Partners

RKKW – Kwasnicki, Wrobel & Partners's dispute resolution team acts for a wide variety of multinationals and Polish corporates in contentious company law, competition, energy-sector, personal rights and insurance cases. The group is also knowledgeable in arbitration and administrative proceedings. Dariusz Kulgawczuk is a specialist in corporate and contract disputes and co-leads the group alongside arbitrator and litigator Damian Dworek. Co-founding partner Radosław Kwaśnicki is noted for corporate disputes, particularly in relation to defending hostile takeovers. Aneta Pankowska is the name to note for intellectual property cases, and has a strong reputation for infringement and personal rights matters.

Practice head(s):

Damian Dworek; Dariusz Kulgawczuk

Other key lawyers:

Radosław Kwaśnicki; Aneta Pankowska

Testimonials

‘The RKKW Law Firm has exceptional experience in good practices applied in public companies listed on the stock exchange.’

‘The firm understands the specifics of its clients very well and always tries to effectively adapt to them.’

‘It is their good practice to present their clients all possible risks and opportunities in advance so together with their clients they can look for the best solution.’

‘RKKW has a team of experienced lawyers.’

‘The lawyers of this law firm have extensive knowledge, are characterized by professionalism and full understanding of the needs of the client.’

‘They are always able to be one step ahead, anticipate and prevent potential negative actions from the opponents.’

‘RKKW distinguishes itself from other law firms by a combination and coordination of corporate and litigation solutions, an ability to foresee and remedy possible scenarios, to manage the team, and above all to actively seek the best solution.’

‘RKKW’s team has demonstrated excellent skills in preparing analyses, court submissions, opinions and conducting legal research.

Key clients

Zakłady Magnezytowe Ropczyce S.A

Luma Holding Limited

Drutex S.A.

FAM sp. z o.o.

LAND S.A.

Murapol Real Estate

Diamond Module spółka z ograniczoną odpowiedzialnością sp. k.

„GEO Renewables” S.A.

ASM Group S.A

PySENSE

Na Lato

City of Bielsko-Biała

“AQUA” S.A.

Gremi Media S.A.

G Inwestycje

Work highlights

  • Representation in court proceedings, advisory on contracts and real estate transactions to Drutex S.A., as well as Leszek Gierszewski (the President of the management board, its founder and the majority shareholder).
  • Successfully represented one of the main shareholders of the ASM Group S.A. (and then also a Company and the President of the management board) in disputes concerning the issues of violation of provisions of the Act on Public Offering.
  • Acted for ZMR during the process of delisting of the shares from the Warsaw Stock Exchange, especially in a court dispute with minority shareholders, who intend to invalidate the delisting resolution.

SSW Pragmatic Solutions

The 'very reliable lawyers' at SSW Pragmatic Solutions have deep experience representing clients in litigation and arbitration, with a stellar roster of multinational and local corporates. Areas of particular expertise include company restructuring and civil litigation, but with Łukasz Cudny the firm also has an expert in white-collar criminal defence. Department head Janusz Mazurek is well known for acting in insolvency and bankruptcy proceedings, in addition to commercial disputes. In the Kraków office, Łukasz Wołk is an expert in disputes arising from the chemicals and energy industries.

Practice head(s):

Janusz Mazurek

Other key lawyers:

Łukasz Wołk; Hubert Wysoczański; Filip Balcerzak; Łukasz Cudny

Testimonials

Very reliable lawyers.’

Filip Balcerzak is very dilligent and attentive and clever at finding solutions. Janusz Mazurek is reliable and responsible.’

Key clients

PGNiG

Cinkciarz.pl/Conotoxia

VOX Group

Budizol

Immofinanz

Waimea Holdings

PKN Orlen

Erbud

H&M

WPO Alba

BNP Paribas

Work highlights

  • Representing Cinkciarz.pl/Conotoxia in a complex and unprecedented civil case that required the appointment of several expert panels and an in-depth analysis of how Google’s algorithms work.
  • Represented Erbud in a construction company in a dispute with a bank which misled the company as to the level of risk of financial instruments – options, leading to losses of over EUR16.5m.
  • Represented Amidel in a dispute with a competitor who introduced a product that infringed trademarks used by the client.

CDZ Chajec, Don-Siemion & Partners

CDZ Chajec, Don-Siemion & Partners is able to handle a wide range of proceedings, including litigation, negotiations, mediation and alternative dispute resolution. The group is most noted for its work in relation to construction disputes, representing general contractors in private disputes and disputes with the state. The team also has experience representing bankruptcy trustees. Aleksandra Hulewicz heads the team and is an expert in FIDIC contracts. Piotr Kryczek  is a specialist in contentious trade marks but also handles competition disputes. Marcin Lizurek is another name to note for construction disputes.

Practice head(s):

Aleksandra Hulewicz

Other key lawyers:

Piotr Kryczek; Marcin Lizurek; Radek Rudnik

Testimonials

‘Chajec, Don-Siemion & Zyto Legal Advisors is very responsive to any queries a client may have and proactively provides creative solutions for the clients’ specific issue.’

Work highlights

  • Conducting several hundred lawsuits related to claims for damages connected with limitations on the use of real estate in connection with creation of a limited use area around the Poznan airport
  • Representing clients in individual proceedings and relations with banks in connection with Swiss franc mortgage loans.
  • Representing the legal successor of a former state-owned enterprise in two proceedings related to the usucaption of municipal properties located in prime locations in Warsaw and in a neighbouring municipality.

DeBenedetti Majewski Szczesniak Kancelaria Prawnicza Sp. K.

DeBenedetti Majewski Szczesniak Kancelaria Prawnicza Sp. K.'s dispute resolution group consists of experts in civil litigation, led by Dariusz Szczesniak; bankruptcy litigation, where Wojciech Baranski takes the lead; and criminal law, a practice headed by Janusz Strankowski. The team has substantial experience before courts at all instances, and arbitration tribunals. Often working together, Szcześniak and Barański recently represented two creditors of GetBack in various restructuring and debt recovery procedures.

Practice head(s):

Dariusz Szcześniak; Wojciech Barański; Janusz Strankowski

Other key lawyers:

Lesław Kula; Marek Matysiak

Testimonials

‘The team consists of specialists in every field of law. The team is characterized by a very high level of substantive knowledge and extensive experience.’

‘The team of the law firm is characterized by reliability, diligence, high level of knowledge, experience and an individual approach to each case.’

‘The DMS team is characterized by exceptional care for the protection of interests of the client. As part of the cooperation with the law firm, the highest substantive level of the services provided as well as the availability and communication skills of DMS lawyers come to the fore.’

‘The DMS team is characterized by exceptional care for the protection of interests of the client. As part of the cooperation with the law firm, the highest substantive level of the services provided as well as the availability and communication skills of DMS lawyers come to the fore.’

Key clients

Elliot Management Corp.

Nationale Nederlanden Life and Pensions Poland

Penton

Vienna Insurance Group

Bioagra /BZK Group/

Long Victory Incorporation (Hong Kong)

BCD Travel

Kewpie Corp. (Japan)

KB DOM Sp. z o.o.

Fidera Funds

InterRisk

VIG Poland

PowerPlus Pentad Investments SA SKA

Qair Polska Sp. z o.o.

FORUM XVII closed-end fund

Work highlights

  • Representing creditors of Getback in two restructuring procedures and two independent court procedures for repayment of ARs.
  • Representing Manchester Securities Corporation in a procedure for compensation for unlawful deprivation of a minority shareholder of a dividend by PZU.
  • Representing NOTUS Finanse in plus 20 civil and criminal procedures concerning fraud perpetrated while selling financial products and infringement of trademarks.

FKA Furtek Komosa Aleksandrowicz

FKA Furtek Komosa Aleksandrowicz's litigation, arbitration and mediation practice is led by co-founding partner Marek Furtek, a seasoned arbitration specialist with experience against the state treasury, in infrastructure cases and post-arbitration proceedings. In terms of litigation, the team has experience before Polish courts at all levels, but it is also well-versed in alternative dispute resolution methods. A key focus for the firm is representing banks facing claims relating to Swiss franc-backed mortgages. Mariusz Aleksandrowicz heads the tax and regulatory department and is regularly involved in tax disputes emanating from the financial sector. Counsel Agnieszka Skrok is recommended for competition and antitrust cases.

Practice head(s):

Marek Furtek

Other key lawyers:

Mariusz Aleksandrowicz; Agnieszka Skrok; Milena Wieczorek-Waszewska

Testimonials

‘FKA Furtek Komosa Aleksandrowicz has an in-depth knowledge with regard to legal aspects of the banking sector in Poland. They have offered their services for banks for last 20 years and have become one of the most reputable firm in the field of banking law both from a contractual and litigation perspective.’

‘Marek Furtek is one of the best litigators in Poland and a very experienced arbitrator.’

‘Agnieszka Skrok is talented and open-minded.’

‘Agnieszka Skrok is communicative and professional. She has great knowledge and experience in these types of cases.’

Key clients

BNP Paribas Bank Polska S.A.

mBank S.A. (Commerzbank group)

Bank Millennium S.A. (Banco Comercial Portugues group)

Work highlights

  • Representing mBank in court proceedings concerning derivatives, in proceedings before common courts and the Arbitration Court at the Polish Bank Association (ZBP).
  • Representing BNP Paribas Bank Polska S.A. in court disputes relating to CHF mortgage loans.
  • Representing Bank Millennium S.A. in court disputes relating to CHF-indexed mortgage loans.

Kocur & Partners

Kocur & Partners is a dispute resolution boutique, praised for its 'flexibility and business-oriented approach to the cases', with a practice led by founding partner and arbitration expert Michał Kocur. In addition to arbitration, much of which has an international flavour, the team has substantial experience of civil litigation, particularly handling class actions relating to Swiss franc-backed mortgages on behalf of major banks. Tomasz Waszewski focuses on disputes emanating from the energy sector.

Practice head(s):

Michał Kocur

Other key lawyers:

Tomasz Waszewski; Agata Liput

Testimonials

Michal Kocur is one of the leading Polish arbitration practitioners. He was one of the first to set up a dispute resolution boutique firm that attracts international work. He is very sharp and a great arbitrator.’

Outstanding knowledge of law, very responsive, provide great value for money.’

I have worked with Michal Kocur and Tomas Waszewski. Both Michal and Tomas have great knowledge of the law and energy sector and proved to be able to think outside the box.’

Michał Kocur is one of the most remarkable Polish lawyers in terms of knowledge, commitment and experience in international arbitration.’

Michał Kocur – excellent knowledge of civil procedure and arbitration.

Kocur & Partners is a boutique law firm. It has a small but effective team. The team allows Mr. Kocur to accept instructions for bigger cases. ‘

Mr. Kocur has a unique ability to combine first class lawyering with a practical approach to disputes. Both clients, when he works as a counsel and parties, when he acts as an arbitrator, appreciate his high level legal analyses but at the same time are fond of him because they understand what he is saying and they can follow his reasoning. Further, clients appreciate his swift reaction to any development in a case and responsiveness well beyond average.’

Absolutely amazing deep knowledge and experience of the litigation and arbitration matters. Flexibility, business-oriented approach to the cases. Very helpful in adopting strategic decisions concerning disputes.’

Key clients

Santander Bank Polska S.A

Abbott Medical Sp. z o.o.

Abbott Laboratories Sp. z o.o.

LPP S.A.

Kaeser Kompressoren Sp. z o.o.

Subway

Michael Page International (Poland) Sp. z o.o.

Santander Faktoring Sp. z o.o.

Tricon Dry Chemicals, LLC

Work highlights

  • Representing Santander Bank Polska S.A. in large class action proceedings brought against the bank by a group of over 1000 clients concerning allegedly unfair terms of mortgage credit agreements that were indexed to the value of the Swiss Franc.
  • Successfully represented Santander Factoring Sp. z o.o., a factoring subsidiary of Santander Bank Polska S.A. in a court dispute against another well-known factoring company of one of the largest banks in Poland.
  • Representing LPP S.A. in a case regarding its rights to the property on which it has constructed a building intended to house its new headquarters.

Prof. Marek Wierzbowski and Partners Advocates and Legal Counsel

Prof. Marek Wierzbowski and Partners Advocates and Legal Counsel has an exceptional record in handling domestic and international arbitration, owing to the strong track record of founding partner Marek Wierzbowski. Under the solid leadership of Anna Krysiak, the group is also noted for commercial and civil litigation, with a focus on unfair competition. Associate Mariusz Rypina's practice encompasses administrative fine proceedings, commercial disputes and antimonopoly cases.

Practice head(s):

Anna Krysiak

Other key lawyers:

Marek Wierzbowski; Mariusz Rypina; Stanisław Radowicki; Jakub Żelazek

Testimonials

‘Very good legal research and collection of evidence and information prior to the court proceedings.’

‘Excellent communication with judge during court hearings, and equal preparation beforehand.’

‘Outstanding explanation to the client and legal advice and pragmatic approach so no unnecessary legal action is taken.’

Key clients

Wyższa Szkoła Techniczna

Uczelnia Medyczna im. Marii Skłodowskiej-Curie

Olesinski & Wspolnicy

At Olesinski & Wspolnicy, lawyers are well-versed in commercial disputes, often cooperating with colleagues in other departments to offer competencies across a range of practice areas, including in relation to construction and state aid, where the firm stands out. Taking the lead from the Wrocław office is Anna Chrobot, an experienced courtroom performer specialising in commercial and administrative litigation. Alongside Chrobot in Wrocław is senior associate Mateusz Kisiela, whose growing contentious practice spans construction, copyright, customs, competition and labour law.

Practice head(s):

Anna Chrobot

Other key lawyers:

Mateusz Kisiela

Testimonials

‘We particularly appreciate the fact that the litigation team is able to support us in disputes from different areas of our activity – these include disputes in the field of public aid, public procurement, contract law, unfair competition.’

The greatest advantage of this firm is supplementing legal advice with very reliable business advice. The office also has its own accounting office and analytical company, which additionally allows for comprehensive service for business entities. The key advantage, however, is the people working there with a great deal of experience in their specialisations.

As part of the litigation team, Anna Chrobot and Mateusz Kisiela handle our most important and strategic litigation for us. We particularly appreciate their full involvement in disputes and their extensive knowledge of civil procedure.’

We are constantly impressed byAnna Chrobot’s skills in the courtroom, questioning witnesses, delivering closing statements – this is the highest level.’

Mateusz Kisiela has been involved in all our disputes from the beginning, knowing them like no one else. We particularly appreciate Mateusz’s procedural knowledge and the quality of his court letters.’

Very professional dispute resolution and litigation team with a great understanding of the practical procedure. Lawyers react very quickly and contact with them is very good. Good team worth recommending.’

Mateusz Kisiela has flawless knowledge in procedural law, which directly influenced the favourable outcome of the case. Moreover, he was not afraid of conducting the dispute against the adopted line of jurisprudence, which made it possible to break it.

Key clients

Kaufland Polska Markety Sp. z o.o. Sp.j.

Kaczmarski Inkasso Małgorzata Kaczmarski (Kaczmarski Group)

Osadkowski S.A.

Krajowy Rejestr Długów BIG S.A.

Lubawa S.A.

Limango Polska Sp. z o.o.

GKN Driveline Polska Sp. z o.o.

GARANT-Filter GmbH

KIK Textil Sp. z o. o.

Sitech Sp. z o. o.

Hengst Filter Polska Sp. z o.o.

AKS Precision Ball Polska sp. z o.o.

Diamentum Office Sp. z o.o.

ATLAS WARD POLSKA Sp. z o.o.

Selena S.A.

Umicore Poland Sp. z o.o.

Sieć Badawcza Łukasiewicz – Instytut Metali Nieżelaznych Oddział w Legnicy

AKE Sp. z o.o.

VOSS Automotive Polska Sp. z o. o.

Sportbadge V.O.F.

Novum Finance Sp. z o.o.

eobuwie.pl S.A.

ZPUE S.A.

ICB Pharma Tomasz Świętosławski, Paweł Świętosławski Sp.j. [General partnership]

EPPO Sp. z o.o.

Work highlights

  • Represented Lubawa in a case concerning the withdrawal by the State Treasury from a contract for the supply of field hospitals to the army and the return of mutual contractual benefits.
  • Represented Kaczmarski Group in a dispute concerning the payment of licence fees for the use of computer programs and centres around the ownership by the client of the copyrights in the licensed programs.
  • Represented Selena in a case related to the imposition of anti-dumping duties by state authorities on goods imported by the client from Asia.

Penteris

Lawyers at Penteris have a longstanding reputation for handling cross-border litigation and arbitration, bringing together expertise across the firm, including in relation to restructuring, construction, real estate, tax and employment. Daniel Klementewicz has experience representing institutional and private investors in litigation and arbitration, and jointly heads the department alongside Marzanna Sobaniec, who stands out for contentious bankruptcy and restructuring cases. Andrzej Tokaj, head of the real estate practice, has an impressive roster of litigation matters.

Practice head(s):

Marzanna Sobaniec; Daniel Klementewicz

Other key lawyers:

Andrzej Tokaj; Piotr Bobrowski; Jeremiasz Kuśmierz

Testimonials

Team members of Penteris have the capacity to provide a comprehensive and holistic service across various disciplines. It offers a wide range of expertise and experience i.a. for financial institutions.

Daniel Klementewicz: comprehensive knowledge of Polish insolvency matters; focused on providing client-specific individual solutions.

Daniel Klementewicz is knowledgeable, experienced, commercial and very user-friendly.

Solution oriented, look for the best forward way of resolving disputes.

Professional and personal approach.’

Daniel Klementewicz – incredible dedication, superb attention to detail and best of all, genuine understanding of our business.’

‘Mr. Klementewicz uses his experience and understanding of cross-cultural and international transactions to great effect on a daily basis. We appreciate very much his reliability and commercial mind. Highly regarded for dispute resolution.

Key clients

Aviva Life & Pensions

Contraload (Tosca Group)

Pameni Polska

Unimo Real Estate Group

Ghelamco

Bel-Invest

Investly Holding

China-Central and Eastern Europe Investment Cooperation Fund

LEIPA GROUP GmbH

IMMOFINANZ AG

Ippon Group OÜ

Work highlights

  • Representing a subsidiary of China-Central and Eastern Europe Investment Cooperation Fund in a number of corporate disputes relating to the Fund’s investment in Bioton S.A.
  • Representing Pameni Polska, a group of companies controlled by a German investor in complex, interrelated disputes relating to legal title to a shopping centre located in the centre of one of the largest Polish cities.
  • Representing Swiss corporation Bel-Invest AG ZUG in a set of complex and co-related disputes aimed at compensating damages caused by fraudulent and unprofessional actions of Polish business partners during the course of an investment in a Polish company operating a pellet plant in northern Poland.

PwC Legal Zelaznicki sp.k.

PwC Legal Zelaznicki sp.k.'s commercial and regulatory litigation department has developed a reputation for managing large packages of disputes, in addition to court, administrative, bankruptcy and restructuring proceedings. The team is able to draw on the significant expertise the wider firm's consultancy services, including in relation to tax and business investigations. Stanisław Żemojtel chairs the group, with expertise in bankruptcy and restructuring matters. Senior associate Sebastian Wieczorek is another name to note.

Practice head(s):

Stanisław Żemojtel

Other key lawyers:

Maria Strojna; Sebastian Wieczorek

Testimonials

PwC’s litigation practice provides comprehensive legal services at the highest level. Their people combine legal expertise with exceptional understanding of business. I admire the quality of their work and focus on finding unconventional but efficient solutions.’

The team is very responsive and provides tailor-made advice.’

‘Its lawyers have great communication skills enabling them to clearly explain the developments in the cases and the next planned steps as well as possible outcomes.’

‘They take into account the client’s suggestions and preferences. They address their requests in advance, which makes cooperation with them so fruitful, and the prepared briefs well-structured and thoughtful. Highly recommend.’

Each team member is very professional and helpful.’

‘Stanisław Żemojtel, head of the litigation department, thinks outside the box and has extensive knowledge in various areas of law, which means he can be trusted with even the most difficult cases.’

The firm is well organized, acts very quickly, treats the client individually, the answers are substantive, the firm is very diligent.’

Key clients

ORLEN Projekt S.A.

Orange Polska S.A.

Impel Facility Services Sp. z o.o. and Federacja Przedsiębiorców Polskich

Trakcja S.A.

Górnośląsko-Zagłębiowska Metropolia

Polski Koncern Naftowy ORLEN S.A.

Dori Development Sp. z o.o.

Firma Handlowo – Usługowa INSTBUD Stanisław Boguta Sp.j.

TK REM Remigiusz Remboch

Work highlights

  • Representing ORLEN Projekt S.A. in five civil court proceedings regarding a construction agreement for the petrochemical installation with a total value of the dispute of approx. PLN 216.5 million (approx. EUR 48 million).
  • Representing Orange Polska S.A. in two disputes concerning liquidated damages due to alleged improper provision of telecoms services.
  • Representing Impel Facility Services in a dispute concerning remuneration increase due to extraordinary changes of the circumstances.

SMM Legal

SMM Legal's litigation team, spread across Warsaw and Poznań, is most known for representing clients in the energy, manufacturing, telecoms and public sectors in a wide variety of litigation. The group brings together substantial expertise in public procurement, state aid and capital markets, in addition to issues affecting Polish state-owned companies. Practice head Przemysław Maciak has a strong track record in representing individuals in claims against pharmaceutical companies relating to medicinal products and clinical trials. Rafał Sikorski is adept at intellectual property and competition disputes.

Practice head(s):

Przemysław Maciak

Other key lawyers:

Maciej Mataczyński; Rafał Sikorski

Testimonials

‘High level of expertise, excellent contact and communication, the ability to quickly respond to changing conditions and generate innovative solutions – this, above all, makes our cooperation satisfactory.’

‘They have proven many times that not only can they help us solve our legal problems, but they are proactive and often support us in protecting our interests in advance, so as to prevent problems from arising.’

‘We highly value the competence of their interdisciplinary team of experts and flexibility in cooperation.’

‘Accessible and competitively priced.’

‘Rafał Sikorski is a researcher and top-class expert who is uniquely able to combine these competences with the needs of our business. This is also the work ethic of his team, giving us a guarantee of good security for the subjects entrusted to them.

Key clients

Energa – Obrót S.A.

SGB-Bank S.A.

Stockmeier Chemia Sp. z o.o. i spółka sp. k.

Work highlights

  • Represents Energa-Obrot S.A. in wind farm disputes
  • Represented Santander Bank Polska in a case concerning loans denominated in CHF.
  • Represented Międzynarodowe Targi Poznańskie in two court procedures to cease and desist an unfair competition practice involving the misleading advertising of fashion and motor fairs (organised by the competitor).

Wolf Theiss

At Wolf Theiss, lawyers focus on domestic and international commercial and investment arbitration, as well as handling the spectrum of commercial litigation cases. Co-managing partner Peter Daszkowski  heads the team and is regularly appointed as an arbitrator. Promoted to counsel in May 2020, Marcin Rudnik  focuses on competition and product liability matters. Joanna Gąsowski  takes the lead in restructuring- and insolvency-related litigation while Arkadiusz Matusiak  is the firm's white-collar criminal defence specialist.

Practice head(s):

Peter Daszkowski

Other key lawyers:

Arkadiusz Matusiak; Joanna Gąsowski; Marcin Rudnik

act BSWW legal & tax

act BSWW legal & tax's litigation team specialises in disputes arising from commercial agreements and compensation. Jacek Bieniak takes the lead and is a specialist in public procurement and corporate law. Marek Miszkiel represents creditors and debtors in bankruptcy proceedings. The firm has a separate and equally recognised white-collar criminal defence practice led by Piotr Pośnik.

Practice head(s):

Jacek Bieniak

Other key lawyers:

Piotr Pośnik; Marek Miszkiel; Giuseppe La Rosa; Dominika Michalska

Testimonials

‘The BSWW company is characterized by great professionalism and commitment. They employ many specialists from various fields of law and others. BSWW specialists are available, committed, and provide full legal care for the client’

‘We cooperate with Piotr Pośnik in all cases conducted by BSWW. He is involved in the cases, available, has extensive knowledge and skills, is able to listen to the client, but also critically address questionable issues.’

‘High reliability, very deep professional knowledge, complex team dedicated to the case and personal involvement of senior partners.’

‘Jacek Bieniak has deep knowledge in the specialized fields of law, fast responsiveness, ability to adapt to the opponent’s actions, ability to advise on strategic steps, reliability and high communication and case/matter management.

‘act BSWW legal & tax is a team of hands-on lawyers with strong track record in litigation. They represent entities operating across a broad range of industries. The firm is highly experienced in commercial disputes, debt recovery and the pursuit of claims.’

‘Piotr Pośnik specialises in complex commercial and corporate disputes. He is extraordinarily skilled in dispute resolution. He is incredibly good to work with, very knowledgeable, sharp-minded and always focused on client’s needs. He is efficient and responsive.’

Drzewiecki, Tomaszek i Wspólnicy Sp.k.

Drzewiecki, Tomaszek i Wspólnicy Sp.k. is a litigation boutique with expertise across financial and corporate disputes and lawyers expert in litigation and arbitration. Of the two co-founding partners, Zbigniew Drzewiecki has a strong track record in real estate-related disputes, while Andrzej Tomaszek demonstrates a flair for contentious competition, IP law and product liability matters. Jarosław Kołkowski is the go-to practitioner for tax litigation. Marcin Szymański has developed a reputation for class actions. Krzysztof Woronowicz is also reommended.

Practice head(s):

Zbigniew Drzewiecki; Andrzej Tomaszek

Other key lawyers:

Jarosław Kołkowski; Marcin Szymański; Justyna Karolina Mikołajek; Krzysztof Woronowicz

Key clients

Fast Enterprises, LLC

Municipal Consumer Ombudsman of Warsaw (vs. Santander Bank, former: Bank Zachodni WBK S.A.)

Stowarzyszenie Agentów i Agencji Ubezpieczeniowych Forum (Forum – Association of Insurance Agents and Agencies) and approximately 60 owners of former Allianz insurance agencies in Poland

InPost S.A.

Management of the Górczewska Estate sp. z o.o. (Zarząd Majątkiem Górczewska) as a subsidiary SPV of PKO BP TFI investment fund

Work highlights

  • Representing Fast Enterprises in payment proceedings for the largest IT contract in Poland worth PLN 232.101.000, concerning information of the tax administration throughout the country.
  • Representing InPost in a construction dispute
  • Representing Santander Bank in a class action brought by the municipal consumer ombudsman of Warsaw concerning the use of prohibited clauses in credit agreements.

Dubois i Wspólnicy Kancelaria Adwokacko-Radcowska sp. J.

One client describes the team at Dubois i Wspólnicy Kancelaria Adwokacko-Radcowska sp. J. as 'top professionals, characters, fighters, dedicated and engaged'. The team is most noted for handling high-profile human and civil and personal rights cases. In 2020, the group was active in representing doctors refused payment of allowances for working with Covid-19 patients. Founding partner Jacek Dubois heads the team and is a criminal lawyer with expertise in white-collar criminal defence. Elżbieta Kosińska-Kozak is an expert in personal rights and electoral law. Elżbieta Buczek specialises in administrative proceedings, including in relation to re-privatisations, gambling, tax and construction. Szymon Chmielewski focuses on company disputes.

Practice head(s):

Jacek Dubois; Elżbieta Buczek; Elżbieta Kosińska-Kozak; Szymon Chmielewski

Other key lawyers:

Marcin Bąk; Agata Plichta-Trzonkowska

Testimonials

Top professionals, characters, fighters, dedicated and engaged.’

Wide knowledge, qualified team, very good communication with clients, understanding of the customer, stubborn pursuit of goal, looking for unusual solutions.’

Commitment and empathy, Knowledge, erudition, commitment of the partner – Szymon Chmielewski. Szymon Chmielewski is clearly a great asset of this law firm!

Jacek Dubois is experienced and great person. Always concentrated on the issue, looking for solutions. Elzbieta Buczek very polite person with great communication skills. Very good leader for the team. It is pleasure to co-operate with Dubois & Partners Law Firm.

Dubois and Partners team members are absolutely unique, devoted and full of empathy. Dubois and Partners’ team members are always prepared and always go an extra mile to ensure that what they are delivering to client is perfect.

The team is well organised, they do not compete with each other and work for the benefit of the whole. They have high-class specialists from various fields of law. They are taught to be open to the client, to be patient and understanding. The client feels taken care of.

Gawronski & Partners S.K.A.

At Gawroński & Partners S.K.A., lawyers focus on corporate, contract and technology-related litigation and arbitration. The team is jointly led by Maciej Gawroński, who is noted for contentious IT and data protection issues, as well as construction and real estate cases; and Piotr Biernatowski, whose expertise includes white-collar criminal defence, and cases involving hostile takeovers and shareholders’ disputes.

Practice head(s):

Maciej Gawroński; Piotr Biernatowski

Other key lawyers:

Mateusz Jabłoński; Łukasz Dudek

Testimonials

What is unique about Gawronski & Partners is its ability to see through to the core of an issue underlying a dispute, ability to foresee the course of an action, and adjust the strategy and resources to the available timeline. They are not a typical litigation department. They come up with unorthodox solutions.’

Maciej Gawroński is capable of finding a solution to virtually all problems. He speaks in a plain business language. The combination of experience in litigation, arbitration, contract negotiating, crisis management, business decision advice, reputation management and regulation gives him an upper hand in advising in critical situations fast. Our feeling is Maciej takes our matters personally and is devoted to protect our interests.’

Piotr Biernatowski combines litigation experience with contractual experience and also with white-collar crime experience. We rely on his competence and methodical approach to client matters. Piotr makes a perfect fit with Maciej.

The law firm is distinguished by its approach to the subject. It is a company that tries to get into the skin of the client and understand his needs.’

Maciej Gawroński – a leader, he can always find a way out of a situation with no way out.

Key clients

Crypto Sp. z o.o.

DPD Polska

Przedsiębiorstwo Wodociągów i Kanalizacji Jarocin (Sewage & Waste Disposal Jarocin)

PGNiG OD

Gąsior Family

PHZ Baltona and Przedsiębiorstwo Państwowe Porty Lotnicze (Polish Airports)

 

Work highlights

  • Representing Crypto sp. z o.o., a subsidiary of a Panama-licensed payment institution providing money transfers between investors and cryptocurrency exchanges – in a dispute with iFinex over allegedly misappropriated funds (EUR 400m).
  • Acting in a dispute involving the state-owned PPL (Polish Airports) and its wholly owned subsidiary airport shops operator PHZ Baltona S.A., against whom proceedings have been commenced by Alfa-Center, the former owners of Baltona.
  • Acting for PWiK Jarocin in a dispute arising from a contract under the public procurement regime to modernise a sewage treatment plant – a EUR 60m project.

Doktór Jerszyński Pietras Adwokaci i Radcowie Prawni Spółka Partnerska

Doktór Jerszyński Pietras Adwokaci i Radcowie Prawni Spółka Partnerska's litigation department excels in a number of areas, with experience of disputes arising from agency agreements, financial instruments, fraudulent asset conveyance and debt collection. The team is jointly led by co-founding partners Łukasz Doktór and Gracjan Pietras, both of whom are experts in cases involving derivative instruments. Jacek Tuśnio is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Gracjan Pietras; Łukasz Doktór

Other key lawyers:

Agata Durczyńska; Jacek Tuśnio; Maciej Rzepka

Testimonials

‘Very professional team, always in front of the client. You have the feeling that they are always prepared for detailed discussion.’

‘Very professional litigation team. The company supported us to obtain due fees. Good understanding of the investment banking business perspective.’

‘Clear communication, experience in dealing with litigation and court cases particularly appropriate communication with other the party and court.’

Key clients

Ortiz Contrucciones y Proyectos S.A.

Work highlights

  • Representing one of the leading Polish banks in a number of cases against the bank’s agents concerning (1) the commission for transactions concluded with a client previously acquired by the agent for transactions of the same kind (‘cross-selling’) and (2) the agent’s statutory compensation (‘tail commission’) due in case of the agency agreement’s termination.
  • Representing one of the leading Polish banks against a Polish manufacturer in a dispute relating to various types of FXO transactions.
  • Represented Ortiz Contrucciones y Proyectos in a dispute with a stated-owned company concerning formal conditions of a bank guarantee.

Kacprzak

Kacprzak has strengths in construction, infrastructure, shipbuilding and transportation disputes, representing a range of Polish and international clients in contentious issues with Polish companies and the Polish state. The group also has experience of healthcare litigation, an area of particular expertise for Sylwia Kacprzak. Founding partner Marek Kacprzak is a seasoned commercial disputes lawyer. Malwina Rychter-Walczak is noted as acting for insurance companies in claims arising from international transport.

Practice head(s):

Marek Kacprzak

Other key lawyers:

Sylwia Kacprzak; Malwina Rychter-Walczak

Testimonials

‘The team’s main strengths are their excellent foreign language skills, broad legal expertise as well as vast professional experience, especially with regard to cross-border cases, when compared to other firms.’

‘The practice definitely stands out with regards to the high quality of their offered services.’

‘Sylwia Kacprzak is a very innovative, focused and persistent lawyer.’

‘Kacprzak Legal is a superb boutique law firm with strong international focus, big enough to cope with the most complex legal disputes and small enough to provide individual and personal service.’

‘Marek Kacprzak is a “genius” himself, extremely knowledgeable as a lawyer, very high sense for the strategic and tactical dimensions and solutions, fluent in German and English and with impressive communication and cooperation skills.

Key clients

Flexopack Polska Sp. z o.o.

Flexopack SA

Helvetia Compaigne Suisse d’Assurances

COPERNICUS Podmiot Leczniczy Sp. z o. o.

Europrojekt Gdańsk S.A.

KRAVAG-LOGISTIC Versicherungs-AG

HDI Global SE

MESAKO SIA

Wielobranżowe Przedsiębiorstwa WPT Sp. z o.o.

Dold Holzwerke GmbH

BigLift Shipping B.V.

ZOLLNER Verwaltung GmbH

Felbermayr Deutschland GmbH

Technowa Im- Und Export GmbH

Haux-Life-Support GmbH

Gothaer Allgemeine Versicherung AG

W. Droege Assekuradeur GmbH

Work highlights

  • Representing  Europrojekt Gdańsk in an infrastructure contract dispute with the Polish state.
  • Representing CRIST in a claim for payment against the buyer of a prototype offshore heavy lift jack-up vessel.
  • Representing BigLift in a claim against a Polish company resulting from a breach of a charter party.

KKLW Legal Kurzynski Wierzbicki sp.k.

KKLW Legal Kurzyński Wierzbicki sp.k. has a diverse practice that spans infrastructure and M&A disputes, as well as a strong track record in Swiss franc-backed mortgage cases for banks. Leading the department is Przemyslaw Wierzbicki, who combines civil, administrative and criminal litigation experience with expertise in public procurement and bankruptcy law, as a licenced restructuring adviser and trustee. Marta Ewiak-Kawecka is a specialist in insurance and banking guarantee claims. Dariusz Mielewczyk has developed a strong civil and commercial disputes practice, with knowledge in debt recovery.

Practice head(s):

Przemysław Wierzbicki

Other key lawyers:

Marta Ewiak-Kawecka; Dariusz Mielewczyk

Testimonials

‘KKLW has unique approach to FX mortgage credits disputes based on dispute resolution experience and very deep and specialised knowledge about every aspect of this subject area.’

‘Przemysław Wierzbicki is a very experienced and well prepared lawyer in the dispute resolution practice.’

Key clients

PKP Polskie Linie Kolejowe S.A

InterRisk Towarzystwo Ubezpieczeń S.A. Vienna Insurance Group

Wiener Towarzystwo Ubezpieczeń S.A. Vienna Insurance Group

Idea Bank S.A.

PKP Polskie Linie Kolejowe S.A

PKP Cargo S.A.

Bank Millennium S.A.

DNB Bank Polska S.A.

Pekao Bank Hipoteczny S.A., Bank Pekao S.A.

PKO Bank Polski S.A.

Work highlights

  • Representation Bank Millennium in court disputes over CHF credits in more than 1600 cases.
  • Representing PKP Polskie Linie Kolejowe in court disputes concerning broadly defined transport services and related claims in more than 30 cases.
  • Representing Bank Pekao in court disputes over CHF credits in more than 1000 cases.

Kubas Kos Gałkowski

Kubas Kos Gałkowski is a boutique focusing on litigation and arbitration. The firm fields a multidisciplinary team with competencies in M&A, real estate, banking, restructuring, company, energy law and compliance disputes. Rafał Kos heads the team, and in 2020, was appointed permanent arbitrator and conciliator of the arbitration court at the office of the attorney general of the Republic of Poland. Kamil Zawicki leads on energy sector disputes, while Barbara Jelonek-Jarco handles international arbitrations, bilateral investment treaty disputes and unfair competition litigation.

Practice head(s):

Rafał Kos

Other key lawyers:

Kamil Zawicki; Barbara Jelonek-Jarco

Testimonials

Great team, good communication, open minded, very dedicated to the client and the case.

KKG has a highly responsive team that provides high quality legal work.

KKG team provides strong, analytical advice. One can be sure that all of risks are considered and included in the final recommendations.

Barbara Jelonek-Jarco is a key person in the team. She is talented, hard-working and fully dedicated to the clients’ needs.

Provides full comprehensive legal services in the area of dispute resolution, being at the same time able to offer support in other areas of law concerned by the subject matter in dispute. Good day-to-day professional contact.

The firm has unique experience on the Polish market, especially with regard to class action proceedings and complex – often with international elements – litigation.

They are always very well prepared for conversations, know our case and are willing to know industry specifics.’

‘They have huge knowledge and what is more they know how to use it in our cases.

Key clients

Zbigniew Rusak

FoodCare sp. z o.o.

TAURON Group

CP Glass S.A.

Bełtowski sp. z o.o.

Can-Pack S.A.

Quadriga Capital III Limited

Toyota Motor Poland Company Limited sp. z o.o.

Rail Polska sp. z o. o.

GATX Rail Europe

Work highlights

  • Advising PKO BP on a multidisciplinary project for the preparation of documentation – settlements and a full set of supporting documentation aimed at ending over 7,000 court cases in which borrowers are challenging the validity of mortgage loan agreements.
  • Representing Rail Polska in proceedings for payment of compensation for damage resulting from the incorrect implementation of EU railroad law.
  • Representing Tauron Polska Energia in a multithread dispute arising following the conclusion of a number of long-term framework agreements concerning electric power and green certificates (RECs) with three wind energy companies groups pertaining to purported damage (tort) claims pursued by the wind companies against the client.

RESIST Law Firm

RESIST Law Firm is a litigation, restructuring and insolvency boutique, with an active debt collection and enforcement practice. Oskar Sitek, Piotr Rezanko and Tomasz Romanowski jointly lead the team; all have experience in representing executives in civil and white-collar criminal disputes.

Practice head(s):

Oskar Sitek; Piotr Rezanko; Tomasz Romanowski

Other key lawyers:

Piotr Kieloch; Paulina Wrzosek

Testimonials

They do everything to understand your business and and adjust legal solutions to it.’

Oskar Sitek is a clear leader in his field. He has a strong reputation in the full scope of restructuring, insolvency and dispute resolution

The team is excellent. We have been working together for several years now and I will always stand by them. The services they provide comparing to other law firms are exceptional. Very efficient and the feedback is always great. I can trust them.

I would like to indicate Oskar Sitek as a head of the firm. I admire his knowledge and experience, particularly in complicated cases which require sometimes quick decisions and efficiency. He built a team of lawyers who are very helpful and efficient because he is very demanding and focuses on details.’

Tremendous knowledge of business. Solution which suits to the current legal and economical situations.’

Piotr Rezanko is a leader in winning at the courts. His advice is always straight to the point.’

Tomasz Romanowski is a partner but also coordinates all sections and matters. He has a deep knowledge in civil litigation and is always enthusiastic about his work.’

Piotr Kieloch has a mathematical brain, very good at economics and business analysis which are very helpful in the risk assessment of the dispute.’

Incredible organization, ability to deal with thousands of cases.’

Key clients

SKOK Wołomin

Sopocki Klub Tenisowy

Mr. Cezary Kucharski and CK Sports Management

Megagaz

Fundamental Group

Dolnośląskie Surowce Skalne (DSS)

Small Planet Airlines

Zibi Group

Fashion Connection (Royal Collection)

Work highlights

  • Represented SKOK Wołomin in a portfolio of 1,020 court disputes in terms of mortgage secured debts in the total amount of EUR 439 m.
  • Represented Sopocki Klub Tenisowy (Sopot Tennis Club) against the City of Sopot and the President of Sopot Mr. Jacek Karnowski, in a precedential, longstanding case concerning the city’s area and the real estate property worth EUR 10 m.
  • Representing Cezary Kucharski, a former Polish footballer, participant of FIFA World Cup, sports agent, the owner of CK Sports Management in a high-profile case against Robert Lewandowski.

Sadkowski I Wspólnicy

At Sadkowski I Wspólnicy, the team is well versed in construction disputes, as well as contentious banking and capital markets issues. Jointly leading the group are Mariusz Kowolik, who is particularly adept in civil disputes, and Damian Wasik, an arbitration expert who is also regularly instructed in construction disputes. Associate Katarzyna Samburska-Bęben is another civil litigation specialist of note.

Practice head(s):

Mariusz Kowolik; Damian Wasik

Other key lawyers:

Katarzyna Samburska-Bęben; Wojciech Czekaj

Testimonials

‘The team is open to new challenges. In case of non-standard orders, it is looking for advisors who are able to help the client with the matter at hand.’

‘They offer their help and solve the case until the very end. The price for the service is also reasonable.’

‘Broad scope of specializations and legal professionals available makes SiW able to support our company in every issue. Easy communication, ability to listen to the client’s needs and expectations, and find the best solutions. Flexibility with always high quality of service and high professionalism.’

‘SiW team members are highly competent professionals, both in terms of legal knowledge as well as communication skills – they listen actively and customize their approach to particular clients’ needs.’

‘The people we worked with had a lot of knowledge and experience in the area, and the cooperation was effective. Their professionalism certainly stood out.’

‘The law firm has competent lawyers with many specialisations. Employees are responsible and very helpful in making difficult business decisions. The settlements are detailed and adjusted to the profile of our company’s activity. The cooperation is at the highest level.’

‘The people with whom I work are distinguished by their self-control and professionalism in the field of entrusted matters. Damian Wasik, with whom I cooperate most often, is able to quickly assess problems and advise on several ways to solve them, while providing what the risks are.’

‘Reliability, diligence, punctuality’

Key clients

NV CIRIL

Węglokoks Spółka Akcyjna

“Alfavox” Spółka z Ograniczoną Odpowiedzialnością

Podlaska wytwórnia wódek “Polmos” Spółka Akcyjna

CWS-boco Polska Sp. z o.o.

Klimas Sp. z o.o

LS Airport Services S.A.

LS Technics Sp. z o.o.

Górnośląskie Przedsiębiorstwo Wodociągów S.A.

Zarząd Transportu Metropolitarnego

solvachem Sp. z o.o.

ParaMedica Mil-Sys Sp. z o.o. Sp.k.

Quercus TFI S.A.

ESBANK Bank Spółdzieldzy

Copernicus Capital TFI S.A.

AGMET Sp. z o.o.

Badian Sp. z o.o.

ESAB Sp. z o.o.

IPAK Dariusz Niklas

PKP Polskie Linie Kolejowe S.A.

Stoelzle Częstochowa Sp. z o.o.

UNIMOT S.A.

Hollywood S.A.

WARS S.A.

Wkręt-met Sp. z o.o.

Warszawskie Towarzystwo Wioślarskie

Mercur Trade Sp .z o.o. S.K.A.

Optima Prosperity Sp. z o.o.

Collegium Humanum

Work highlights

  • Representing Wieslaw Tarczynski and his business KANWOD Wieslaw Tarczynski in a court dispute related to construction work carried out by the client.
  • Represented Origin Otwock 1 sp. z o.o. S.K.A. and Origin Otwock 1 sp. z o.o. in a court dispute regarding the contractual penalties imposed by the claimant on the clients.

Taylor Wessing Poland

Taylor Wessing Poland's disputes and investigations team has experience representing Polish and international corporates in private enforcement and cases utilising third-party litigation funding, in addition to alternative dispute resolution methods. The group has handled numerous Swiss franc-backed mortgage cases for the defendant banks. Managing partner Ewelina Stobiecka leads the team, as well as heading the firm's CEE consumer and retail group, and is an expert in mediation. Krystian Stanasiuk  is regularly instructed before the labour courts.

Practice head(s):

Ewelina Stobiecka

Other key lawyers:

Krystian Stanasiuk; Olga Gerlich

Testimonials

‘The team can react quickly to market changes and is able to adapt quickly to them.’

‘The service is tailor-made, the members of the team always suit the case, try to find out the need to give the best solution or build different scenarios, all have high knowledge.’

‘Ewelina Stobiecka – You can count on her professionalism, knowledge, experience and a full range of individual strengths like being empathic, listening skills, asking good questions, understanding, out-of-the-box thinking and problem resolution abilities.’

‘Customer-oriented.’

‘Ewelina Stobiecka’s involvement in the promotion of mediation as an out-of-court dispute resolution method deserves attention. Ewelina is determined and goal-oriented.’

‘As for dispute resolution practice Taylor Wessing is a very reliable partner. You can feel being heard, understood and given the best support you can imagine with full respect and trust.’

‘The diverse team can provide the best service you can even dream about with a professional approach and a wide range of help. One can feel fully informed, secured and safe in such a difficult situation like a dispute or conflict.’

‘Communication is very easy; even if the case is complicated the explanation is very good; we work usually with Ewelina Stobiecka who is very professional, engaged and patient.’

Key clients

Perrigo International Inc.

Marcegaglia

Villeroy & Boch

Bystronic

Uno Uniqa A/S

Broadway Malyan

Velox

Helm AG

Euro-Funding Innovation Unit S.L.U.

Work highlights

  • Representing Villeroy & Boch in a dispute with a longstanding contractual partner.
  • Representing Bystronic in a dispute with one of its business partners concerning the non-acceptance of a complaint.
  • Assisting Marcegaglia with its litigation, including bankruptcy proceedings, throughout Central and Eastern Europe.