Healthcare and life sciences in Poland

Domanski Zakrzewski Palinka

Domanski Zakrzewski Palinka's four-partner team is noted for its 'deep knowledge' of the Polish healthcare and life sciences sectors. Pharmaceutical law expert Michał Czarnuch is representing GSK in tender proceedings before the National Appeals Chamber for its pneumococcus vaccine. Tomasz Kaczyński assists Polska Grupa Farmaceutyczna with day-to-day legal issues, including analysis and verification of contracts, marketing materials and pharmaceutical inspections. Senior associate Marcin Pieklak, whom clients rate for his experience at the Ministry of Health, is advising Servier Polska on reimbursement procedures regarding two of its high-profile drugs. Marcin Matczak is particularly recommended for his food law expertise.

Kieszkowska Rutkowska Kolasinski Kancelaria Prawna sp. j.

At Kieszkowska Rutkowska Kolasinski Kancelaria Prawna sp. j., co-founders Paulina Kieszkowska-Knapik ('an undisputed leader in the sector') and Ewa Rutkowska are noted for their high degree of specialisation in life sciences and anti-monopoly law. The group is frequently instructed on contentious and non-contentious matters, involving pharmaceuticals, healthcare, food and cosmetics. Other key individuals include 'recognised expert in pharmaceutical lawNatalia Łojko, regulatory lawyer Magdalena Bąkowska, and Agnieszka Zielińska-Krywoniuk, who focuses on clinical trials, distribution safety and product advertising. The impressive client roster includes Polish industry bodies Infarma and the Polish Association of Producers and Importers of Veterinary Medicinal Products.

Baker & McKenzie Krzyżowski i Wspólnicy Spółka Komandytowa

In addition to M&A transactions in the healthcare space, Baker & McKenzie Krzyżowski i Wspólnicy Spółka Komandytowa's team handles issues related to drug approvals, pricing, reimbursement, license agreements and product marketing. On the contentious front, the team has experience in defending drug manufacturers against patient claims. Department head Marek Rosiński is instructed by Berlin-Chemie on day-to day advice pertaining to its operations in Poland, including medicinal product distribution and regulatory compliance. Paweł Hincz, who joined in 2017 from WKB Wiercinski, Kwiecinski, Baehr, advised Boehringer Ingelheim on reimbursement discussions with the Ministry of Health. Senior associate Juliusz Krzyżanowski, who moved to the firm along with Hincz, is noted for his vast expertise in healthcare law and regularly represents pharmaceutical wholesalers in proceedings before the Chief Pharmaceutical Inspector.

DLA Piper

DLA Piper's clients include major players in the pharmaceutical, medical advice, food and healthcare sectors. The group handles regulatory issues, product liability and litigation, in addition to marketing, distribution and advertising issues. Promoted to partner in 2018, practice head Andrzej Balicki is representing Affidea in its claim for payment against the National Health Fund before the Supreme Court. Healthcare law expert Jolanta Dąbrowicz is also recommended alongside Michał Orzechowski, who specialises in competition and IP.

KG Legal Kieltyka Gladkowski

'Pro-active' Kraków-based healthcare and life sciences boutique KG Legal Kieltyka Gladkowski handles a variety of matters, including data protection, product labelling, licensing, regulatory issues and the legal aspects of clinical trials. 'Extremely professional' co-founding partners Małgorzata Kiełtyka  and Jakub Gładkowski are the key names and are able to draw on their 'profound sector knowledge'.

Eversheds Sutherland Wierzbowski

In addition to regulatory matters, the team at Eversheds Sutherland Wierzbowski also has experience in handling issues at the cutting edge of the sector, including personalised medicine and telemedicine. Highlights for Marta Gadomska-Gołąb included advising Biomed Lublin on the sale of the ownership and associated rights to certain pharmaceuticals and their brands to Polpharma. Aleksandra Kunkiel-Kryńska is another name to note.

Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance's 'impressive' team is well-placed to advise clients on compliance and criminal law matters, under the leadership of 'easy to work with' litigator Marcin Ciemiński, who also specialises in public procurement and data protection in the healthcare space. Senior associates Paweł Pogorzelski and Justyna Błażejczyk – Kuwał are also recommended.

Dentons

The team at Dentons is jointly led by tax expert Karina Furga-Dąbrowska and litigator Wojciech Kozlowski. The duo advise Ipsen on a number of issues, including registration, reimbursement and tax structuring. The client roster is composed of a range of pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies and medical device distributors with operations in Poland. Agnieszka Wardak leads on criminal litigation and investigations, while Agnieszka Stefanowicz-Barańska handles competition and antitrust matters. The group often draws on the expertise of consultant Maria Samolińska-Hojda, who is the former Polish Pharmaceutical Inspector.

Hogan Lovells (Warszawa) LLP

Hogan Lovells (Warszawa) LLP's team has strength in life sciences-sector disputes, but it also works closely with the firm's employment, IP, TMT, competition and corporate departments to offer clients a full service. Senior associate Agnieszka Majka, who has notable expertise in product liability, leads the team and regularly handles investigations, white-collar investigations and fraud-related matters. Ewa Kacperek successfully defended Icos Corporation in patent invalidation proceedings brought by two Polish pharmaceutical companies pertaining to the client's drug, Tadalafil. Marek Wroniak is advising two Mylan Group companies on employment law issues, such as restrictive covenants and global confidentiality agreements.

Soltysinski Kawecki & Szlezak

Soltysinski Kawecki & Szlezak's Dr hab Ewa Skrzydło - Tefelska specialises in industrial property law and unfair competition issues, Agata Szeliga leads on personal data and privacy and senior counsel Jacek Myszko focuses on IP and regulatory issues. Highlights for Skrzydło-Tefelska included successfully representing Bunge Group in a dispute raised against Unilever regarding the misuse of health claims in advertising a key product. Sławomir Uss  assists Eurocash with the regulatory aspects of its wholesale pharmaceutical activities.

WKB Wiercinski, Kwiecinski, Baehr

WKB Wiercinski, Kwiecinski, Baehr is noted for its expertise in life sciences-related IP and competition law. Aleksandra Wędrychowska-Karpińska represents Schulke in its unfair competition claim against a Polish medicinal product producer. She also handles a number of claims for Civ Consorzio Italiano Vivaisti relating to the infringement of its plant variety rights to strawberries in Poland. Senior associate Maria Gutowska-Ibbs is also recommended for her expertise in IP and medical law. Paweł Hincz and Juliusz Krzyżanowski left the firm to join Baker & McKenzie Krzyżowski i Wspólnicy Spółka Komandytowa in November 2017.