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  1. Employment
  2. Leading individuals: Hall of Fame
  3. Leading individuals
  4. Next Generation Partners

Leading individuals

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    • Krzysztof Baran - Baran KsińÖŇľek & Bigaj
    • BogusŇāaw KapŇāon - Domanski Zakrzewski Palinka
    • Agnieszka Lisiecka - Wardynski & Partners
    • Aleksandra Minkowicz-Flanek - Dentons
    • BartŇāomiej Raczkowski - Raczkowski Paruch
    • Arkadiusz Sobczyk - A Sobczyk i Wsp√≥lpracownicy Law Offices
    • Marcin Wojew√≥dka - Wojewodka i Wspolnicy Sp.k.

Next Generation Partners

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CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang Posniak i Sawicki sp.k.'s 'professional and efficient' team is noted for its ability to 'think ahead'; drawing on its offices across the CEE region to advise on multi-jurisdictional matters. Department head Katarzyna Dulewicz is instructed by Goldman Sachs on a variety of employment issues, including working time and contract management. She is also assisting Budimex with a project related to a staff outsourcing project. Senior associate Maciej Andrzejewski stands out for his 'attention to detail' and regularly handles employment restructuring issues. Counsel Tomasz Sancewicz is another key name.

The 'strategic legal advisers' at employment firm¬†Raczkowski Paruch¬†has various areas of sector-specific expertise, including business process outsourcing, fast-moving consumer goods, pharmaceuticals, manufacturing, transport and logistics. The group has recently expanded, welcoming¬†Dominika D√∂rre-Kolasa¬†from¬†A Sobczyk i Wsp√≥lpracownicy Law Offices¬†in October 2017, while¬†Katarzyna SerwiŇĄska¬†and¬†Tomasz Kret¬†joined from¬†PwC Legal Pawlowski ŇĽelaznicki Sp. K¬†in January and March 2018 respectively. Key names include founding partner¬†BartŇāomiej Raczkowski, litigator¬†Katarzyna Dobkowska¬†and the 'insightful'¬†Grzegorz Ruszczyk.

'Second-to-none',¬†Wardynski & Partners' team handles the spectrum of employment-related litigation, transactions, internal investigations and crisis management. It has also developed an active practice in international employee moves and data protection issues. Highlights for 'exceptional' team leader¬†Agnieszka Lisiecka¬†included advising H+H Polska on the employment aspects of its acquisition of Grupa Silikaty. Szymon Kubiak¬†and senior associate¬†Agnieszka GodusŇāawska, who is noted for her ability to 'effectively handle complex situations', are also recommended.

Wojewodka i Wspolnicy Sp.k. has particular acumen in labour relations and negotiations, as well as representing employers before the courts and handling pension and reward schemes. Marcin Wojewódka leads the team, which includes litigators Izabela Zawacka and Alicja Pawelec, as well as transactional lawyer Izabela Dziubak-Napiórkowska and employment contracts expert Adrian Prusik.

Krak√≥w-based boutique¬†A Sobczyk i Wsp√≥lpracownicy Law Offices¬†handles the spectrum of employment issues, including personal data audits, employee transfers and restructuring. The group is led by founding partner¬†Arkadiusz Sobczyk, who has deep court and negotiation experience, as does former judge PaweŇā Korus.¬†Alina GiŇľejowska¬†specialises in trade union disputes.¬†Dominika D√∂rre-Kolasa¬†left the firm to join¬†Raczkowski Paruch¬†in October 2017.

Baran KsińÖŇľek & Bigaj's clients include Ikea,¬†BNP Paribas Bank Polska and McDonald's. It also has exclusive cooperation agreements with¬†Littler Mendelson, P.C.¬†and¬†Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP¬†to provide legal services for their Polish clients.¬†The team, which added employment law thought-leader¬†Krzysztof Baran¬†in 2017, has an excellent pedigree in employment litigation. Group leader¬†Daniel KsińÖŇľek¬†is advising¬†Grupa Kńôty in relation to the dismissal of an employee operating in Ukraine.¬†Marcin Wujczyk¬†and¬†Wojciech Bigaj¬†are other key names.

Dentons leverages its international presence and 'a pragmatic approach' to handle multi-jurisdictional employment and labour matters for a variety of corporate clients. Department head Aleksandra Minkowicz-Flanek has experience negotiating with employee representatives and cross-border employment relations. Managing counsel Agnieszka Fedor is another key contact.

Agnieszka Lechman-Filipiak¬†leads the team at¬†DLA Piper, which advises local corporates and internationals on all areas of contentious and non-contentious employment law, including tax-related issues. Lechman-Filipiak advises the Polish subsidiary of Credit Suisse on matters including policy implementation, benefit schemes, working-time issues, terminations and equality issues. She also assisted Netflix with matters related to its entry onto the Polish market. Counsel¬†MichaŇā Synowiec¬†and senior associate¬†Dominika Nowak¬†are also recommended. Weronika Papucewicz¬†was a new arrival from¬†Chajec, Don-Siemion & Zyto Legal Advisors¬†in January 2019.

Domanski Zakrzewski Palinka's employment team benefits from the firm's wider specialisms, including tax, competition and criminal law.  The group has particular expertise in collective work relations, health and safety matters, discrimination and business immigration. The team is jointly headed by experienced employment lawyer Boguslaw Kaplon and social security and labour law expert Agata Mierzwa.

Baker & McKenzie KrzyŇľowski i Wsp√≥lnicy Sp√≥Ňāka Komandytowa¬†supports the firm's wider offering, advising clients on general employment matters, restructuring, lay-offs, immigration matters and litigation. Managing partner¬†Piotr Rawski¬†leads the team, and is advising Amazon on employment matters relating to the establishment of an entity in Poland, as well as representing the client in a court proceeding. Senior associate¬†Paulina ŇĀabńôcka¬†is another key name.

Chajec, Don-Siemion & Zyto Legal Advisors' Ewa Don-Siemion advises a range of international clients, with a particular emphasis on the financial services and TMT sectors. She is advising AON on all aspects of the creation and implementation of a new hiring strategy for its employees in Kraków. She is also assisting Ocado Polska with a new hiring model for its IT employees in the context of new IP regulations. Piotr Kryczek is another contact of note.

Clifford Chance is noted for handling employment matters relating to the professional services, including advising on the capital requirements directive as it applies to variable remuneration of managerial staff in Polish banks; in relation to which department head Tomasz Derda is advising Bank Handlowy. In another highllight, he also assisted Grupa with the employment termination of the CEO and head of the legal department, and the employment of a new CEO. Grzegorz Nowaczek is also recommended for expertise in bonus schemes and tax-efficient employment structures.

Gide Loyrette Nouel¬†has a niche in transport sector-related employment issues, including litigation related to social dumping and posting of workers. It also handles collective bargaining agreements, restructurings and lay-offs. The team is led by¬†PaweŇā GrzeŇõkowiak,¬†who is coordinating a number of litigation cases in relation to benefits to international drivers, including night-time allowances, EU minimum wages, as well as collective and individual labour law issues. Associate¬†Joanna Jasiewicz¬†is another name to note.

Greenberg Traurig Grzesiak sp. k.'s team has 'unique holistic know-how' in relation to senior management matters and transactional employment advice. Department head¬†Anna HaŇāas-Krawczyk¬†is separately advising Alior Bank and BGŇĽ BNP Paribas¬†on the practical application of different incentive schemes.

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

Wierzbowski Eversheds Sutherland¬†is particularly noted for its experience in handling labour disputes and employment restructuring. Team head¬†Ewa ŇĀachowska-Brol¬†is assisting eMag with a large project involving restructuring, reassignment and redundancies.¬†Adam Nierzwicki¬†was promoted to counsel in May 2018.

Wiewi√≥rski Legal's team stands out for its 'can-do attitude' and 'solution-oriented approach'. It is experienced in advising foreign companies on the employment aspects of starting or acquiring businesses in Poland and businesses process outsourcing. The team is led by¬†Magdalena Szeptycka, who handles contentious and non-contentious work. Managing partner¬†Marek Maciej Wiewi√≥rski¬†assisted Axiom Global with residence legalisation and employment of foreign employees in¬†WrocŇāaw.¬†Marcin Wojtasik¬†advised ABS Bonifer on compliance with regulations concerning the reimbursement of its drivers.

Bird & Bird Szepietowski i wspólnicy sp. k.'s Karolina Stawicka leads the team and has 'a professional attitude'. Together with Katarzyna Piechocka, she is advising Skanska on matters pertaining to collective and individual employment law, with a focus on global mobility and immigration. Also recommended are  Paulina Grotkowska-Harrington and Katarzyna Magnuska.

EY Law's team welcomed Konstanty Dobiejewski from Deloitte Legal, Pasternak, Korba, Moskwa, Jarmul i Wspólnicy Kancelaria Prawnicza sp.k. in October 2017 as group head. The group works alongside the firm's wider tax, accounting, financial advisory and human capital departments, handling the full range of non-contentious employment matters. Zuzanna Zakrzewska is another key name.

Hogan Lovells (Warszawa) LLP's practice head Marek Wroniak is advising Honeywell Group on day-to-day employment matters, as well as collective bargaining agreements, data protection, non-disclosure obligations and remuneration structures. Other clients include PayPal and Equinix Poland.

Linklaters¬†brought in¬†Monika Krzyszkowska-DńÖbrowska, who joined from¬†Soltysinski Kawecki & Szlezak¬†in November 2018,¬†to lead on employment matters.¬†Agnieszka Maj-ŇĽuk¬†is advising Unilever on the Polish employment aspects of the sale of its global spreads business. She also assists KLX with a variety of day-to-day matters, including contracts, remuneration and terminations.

Magnusson - Kancelaria Prawnicza's 'responsive and business-oriented' team¬†advises a mixture of domestic¬† and international corporates on the range of contentious and non-contentious employment issues. 'Great strategic thinker'¬†Agnieszka Pytlas¬†provides comprehensive assistance to DSM Nutritional Products in relation to all of its employment matters in Poland. Associate¬†Jeremiasz KuŇõmierz¬†is recommended for his 'proactive approach'.

'Client-oriented'¬†Noerr's 'responsive and flexible' team is led by¬†RadosŇāaw Biedecki, who advised Fiskars on local HR and payroll matters related to its cross-border merger with companies in Poland, Czech Republic and Hungary. Senior associate¬†Marta Walńôdziak-SkowroŇĄska¬†is recommended for contentious matters.

Sadkowski I Wsp√≥lnicy¬†advises on individual and collective labour law issues for employers in a range of sectors, including transport, logistics, construction and energy. The group also has experience in employee immigration matters. Team head¬†Marzena ŇĀabńôdŇļ¬†is recommended together with senior associate¬†Monika KolasiŇĄska, who handles litigation.

The team at Squire Patton Boggs Swiecicki Krzesniak sp. k. works closely with the firm's pan-European office network to advise clients on international employment issues. Practice head Malgorzata Grzelak is advising Bemix Packaging Polska on its cross-border reorganisation across Europe. She is also assisting Elekta Limited, Elekta AB and their subsidiaries with the establishment of a business services centre in Poland.

Boutique firm Sylwia Puzynowska Kancelaria Prawa Pracy/Labor Law Office advises employers, most notably in the healthcare and life sciences sector, on a range of issues relating to labour law and social security. The team also provides support services to clients' human resources management and personnel departments. Founding and managing partner Sylwia Puzynowska is vastly experienced in contentious and non-contentious matters.

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

The 'pro-active' team at¬†Wolf Theiss¬†is noted for its expertise in outsourcing matters, particularly for German and Austrian clients. 'Outstanding'¬†Agnieszka Nowak-BŇāaszczak¬†assisted HedgeServ with the employment aspects of the establishment of a branch in Poland. Co-managing partner¬†Peter Daszkowski¬†leads the department and has experience in employment litigation.

Zawirska Gasior - radcowie prawni i adwokaci sp.p.¬†is a boutique employment and labour law firm which is co-managed by disputes expert¬†Krzysztof GńÖsior¬†and 'market-leading employment lawyer'¬†Patrycja Zawirska, who specialises in restructuring processes, employee relations and working time matters. The group is instructed by QVC, Danfoss and Elsevier on all employment issues relating to their operations in Poland.

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