Firms To Watch: Insurance

Over late 2021 and early 2022, Taylor Wessing Poland gained a dedicated insurance team from Deloitte Legal, Ostrowski, Gizicki i Wspólnicy sp.k., including new team head Łukasz Szymański and senior associate Magdalena Jaczewska-Żurek. The practice advises on day-to-day operations, structured projects and reorganisation mandates.

Insurance in Poland

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

The financial institutions and services team at CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang Posniak i Bejm sp.k. handles mandates in both the life and non-life insurance sector, and advises domestic and international insurance stakeholders on a wide range of matters. Its offering covers regulatory, compliance and M&A work, and it also represents clients in contentious mandates. Growing areas of focus for the team include transactions involving insurance intermediaries, warranty and indemnity insurance, and international sanctions. Counsel Ewa Świderska sits at the helm of the practice with expertise in advising financial institutions, and is active in representing clients before the Polish Financial Supervision Authority. Counsel Adam Jodkowski is also noteworthy.

Practice head(s):

Ewa Świderska


Other key lawyers:

Adam Jodkowski


Testimonials

‘The team is very client oriented, focused on mitigating risks and finding solutions.’

‘I’m really appreciating the cooperation with Ewa Świderska. Her knowledge and deep understanding of the business makes her one of the best lawyers in Poland.’

‘Ewa Świderska – available, knowledgeable, high work product.’

Key clients

MetLife Group


Servify


GrECo


Credit Agricole Life Insurance Europe


Neuca


Generali


Bank Millennium


AWP


Unum


Qover


Work highlights


  • Advised MetLife on selling its operations in Poland and Greece to NN Group, a Netherlands-based insurer.
  • Advised GrECo International Holdings, with its seat in Vienna, on the acquisition of MAI.
  • Advised Servify Europe on the implementation of an insurance distribution scheme in co-operation with Samsung.

DLA Piper Giziński Kycia sp.k.

DLA Piper Giziński Kycia sp.k.‘s insurance practice supports domestic and multinational insurance companies and insurance intermediaries with regulatory, corporate, and tax-related mandates. It is also very active in the contentious space, and has represented clients before the Polish Financial Supervision Authority and the Office of Competition and Consumer Protection. ‘Dedicated‘ insurance lawyer Beata Mrozowska-Bartkiewicz 'knows virtually every important person and the key problems on the insurance market'. Another core member of the team is senior associate Dominika Wolf-Jezierska, who has expertise in both regulatory and contentious matters.

Practice head(s):

Beata Mrozowska-Bartkiewicz


Other key lawyers:

Dominika Wolf-Jezierska


Testimonials

‘They are easy to cooperate with and always approach work professionally and with a smile.’

‘Beata Mrozowska- Bartkiewicz is dedicated to her work, very professional and friendly.’

‘Beata Mrozowska- Bartkiewicz has many years of experience and has participated in many important transactions on the insurance market.’

‘The proposed solutions often include not only the assessment of compliance with the law, but also the proposed solutions in accordance with the best market practices.’

‘Beata Mrozowska- Bartkiewicz knows virtually every important person and the key problems on the insurance market.

 

 

Key clients

Allianz


ARAG


Colonnade


Europa


Generali Group


Open Life


PKO Ubezpieczenia


Premfina


PZU Group


Polski Gaz TUW


TUW Polski Zakład Ubezpieczeń Wzajemnych


TUZ TUW


Ubezpieczeniowy Fundusz Gwarancyjny


Zavarovalnica Triglav


Hogan Lovells (Warszawa) LLP

Hogan Lovells (Warszawa) LLP advises a wide range of clients across the entire insurance industry, including both life and non-life insurers and reinsurers, financial institutions, banks, and intermediaries. Its expansive offering covers projects, transactions, outsourcing, reorganisations, disputes and regulatory advice on a domestic and cross-border scale, and it is also supported by the firm’s international network. Beata Balas-Noszczyk leads the team and was one of the drafters of the Insurance Activity Act. Counsel Bartosz Romanowski has strong expertise in advising financial institutions on day-to-day matters, as well as representing them in regulatory proceedings. Senior associate Karol Ruszkowski is also a core member of the team. Maryla Surowiec moved to an in-house role.

Practice head(s):

Beata Balas-Noszczyk


Other key lawyers:

Bartosz Romanowski; Karol Ruszkowski


Testimonials

‘A highly qualified team with very good business understanding making them able to find the best solutions.’

‘Excellent knowledge and solution oriented.’

Key clients

Wefox Insurance AG


Digital Care Sp. z o.o.


mBank S.A.


Credit Agricole Group


UNIQA Polska Group


NN Group


CACI Life dac


CACI Non-Life dac


Lloyd’s Group


Stellantis Assurance


D.A.S. Towarzystwo Ubezpieczeń Ochrony Prawnej S.A.


Work highlights


  • Advising NN Group on all relevant aspects of their insurance activity, in particular on distribution models and regulatory matters.
  • Advising on the corporate and regulatory aspects of the merger of insurance companies from UNIQA Polska Group and AXA Polska Group.
  • Assisting mBank with day-to-day advice on various regulatory issues, in particular in terms of bancassurance matters.

WKB Lawyers

WKB Lawyers‘s insurance team acts for high-profile foreign and domestic insurers, brokers, and distributors. Its broad capabilities include handling insurance-related M&A transactions, disputes, competition law matters and consumer law mandates. Business insurance expert Jakub Pokrzywniak and co-founder Tomasz Kwieciński jointly head up the practice. Kwieciński has substantial experience in litigation and arbitration. Managing associate Marek Prętki has expertise in the non-life insurance sector, and also assists clients with regulatory mandates.

Practice head(s):

Jakub Pokrzywniak; Tomasz Kwieciński


Other key lawyers:

Marek Prętki


Testimonials

‘Careful work and prudent advice.’

‘Very good legal and analytical comprehension.’

‘Jakub Pokrzywniak is a very good lawyer in the field of insurance law. He has great knowledge but also practicality of proposed solutions.’

‘WKB represents the highest level of experience and competence.’

‘Jakub Pokrzywniak has excellent understanding of insurance and reinsurance practices and the legal environment.’

 

Key clients

Aviva plc


Aviva Insurance Ireland DAC


Alior Bank S.A.


Towarzystwo Ubezpieczeń i Reasekuracji Warta SA


UNIQA TU S.A.


Chubb European Group SE Branch in Poland


Towarzystwo Ubezpieczeń i Reasekuracji Allianz Polska S.A.


Powszechny Zakład Ubezpieczeń S.A.


Generali Towarzystwo Ubezpieczeń S.A.


InterRisk TU S.A. VIG


Korporacja Ubezpieczeń Kredytów Eksportowych S.A.


Link4 Towarzystwo Ubezpieczeń S.A.


TUW Polski Zakład Ubezpieczeń Wzajemnych


Towarzystwo Ubezpieczeń na Życie Europa S.A.


Baloise Vie Luxemburg S.A


Open Life TU Życie S.A.


Nord Partner sp. zo.o.


Polskie Centrum Brokerskie Sp. z o.o.


Zurich Insurance Company Ltd


Work highlights


  • Advised Aviva on the Polish legal aspects of its exit from Poland through the sale of its entire shareholding in Aviva Poland companies to Allianz for a cash consideration of €2.5bn.
  • Advised Chubb European Group on the adaptation of several common law (UK) General Terms of Insurance to the requirements of Polish law and market practice.
  • Represented Uniqa TU in a cassation appeal to the Supreme Court.

Baker McKenzie Krzyzowski i Wspólnicy Sp.k.

Baker McKenzie Krzyżowski i Wspólnicy Sp.k.‘s insurance group benefits from the firm’s global network, which allows the team to act for both local and international insurance companies. Its workload includes insurance and reinsurance claims, policy drafting, and regulatory, corporate, and compliance matters. The team is led by Sebastian Pabian, who is an expert in dispute resolution and represents clients in D&O, BBB and PI insurance claims, as well as regulatory litigation.

Practice head(s):

Sebastian Pabian


Testimonials

‘Lawyers with both litigation and academic experience.’

‘Paweł Wajda is a very creative, communicative and committed lawyer with extensive experience and an in-depth view of administrative and financial law.’

‘Paweł Wajda is great and has a uniqe approach towards each client.’

Key clients

TUiR Allianz Polska S.A.


Colonnade Insurance S.A.


AIG Europe S.A.


Meiji Yasuda


Wiener TU S.A.


Compensa TU S.A.


Link4 Towarzystwo Ubezpieczeń S.A.


TUiR Warta S.A.


PZU S.A.


Generali T.U. S.A.


D.A.S. Towarzystwo Ubezpieczeń Ochrony Prawnej S.A.


Open Life Towarzystwo Ubezpieczeń Życie S.A.


Uniqa Towarzystwo Ubezpieczeń S.A.


Work highlights


  • Represented TUiR Allianz Polska, Colonnade Insurance in Poland and AIG Europe in loss-adjustment and court proceedings regarding insurance claims under D&O, PI and BBB insurance policies.
  • Representing Wiener, Compensa, Link4, TUiR Warta, Generali, TUiR Allianz Polska and Open Life Towarzystwo Ubezpieczeń Życie in administrative and proceedings related to their activities.
  • Advising Uniqa on the implementation of a group remuneration policy in connection with the merger of Uniqa and AXA in Poland.

Czublun and Associates Law Office

In January 2023, Piotr Czublun departed from Czublun Trębicki Law Office to found insurance boutique Czublun and Associates Law Office; the newly established firm supports insurance companies, insurance intermediaries, banks, and leasing companies with a broad range of mandates. Other key practitioners include Agnieszka Wesołowska, Katarzyna Brudnicka and Julita Nowak.

Practice head(s):

Piotr Czublun; Agnieszka Wesołowska


Other key lawyers:

Katarzyna Brudnicka; Julita Nowak


Domanski Zakrzewski Palinka

Domanski Zakrzewski Palinka‘s insurance team advises insurers, brokers, policyholders and public bodies; the group has a particular focus on D&O and W&I claims, as well as product liability and property insurance claims. Sectors of focus for the group include manufacturing, construction, financial services and commerce. Advice on policies and representation in litigation is also within the team’s offering, in addition to M&A transactions and regulatory compliance, and assisting foreign insurance companies with entry to the market. Julita Zimoch-Tuchołka sits at the helm of the group. Joanna Schubel was promoted to counsel in January 2022, and is active in matters concerning product development and distribution.

Practice head(s):

Julita Zimoch-Tuchołka


Other key lawyers:

Joanna Schubel


Testimonials

‘A strong combination of experienced native Polish lawyers with extraordinary knowledge of Polish insurance law, and the great capacity to render legal and advisory services to international clients in perfect German and English.’

‘ The mentality of Joanna Schubel and Julita Zimoch-Tuchołka is personal and positive in collaboration as well as realistic, hands-on and yet clearly mitigating legal risks with respect to finding solutions.’

Key clients

Renomia


Citibank Europe


Merck


Pinterest


Volkswagen Financial Services


RTE


Bouygues Immobilier Poland


Gartenbau


Joysonquin


EY


TAURON S.A.


Tokio Marine HCC


BACH LANGHEID DALLMAYR


The Ministry of Development Funds and Regional Policy


EPro Sp. Z o.o.


NSK Steering Systems Europe Sp.z o.o.


PGNiG Obrót Detaliczny


YIT Polska


Credendo


Integler S.A.


WKI Isoliertechnik


Turka


Golden Media Polska


Work highlights


  • Advised RENOMIA on the acquisition a 65% shareholding in Alfa Brokers.
  • Assisted Gartenbau with its entry onto the Polish market.
  • Assisted Joysonquin with the construction of a new factory in Poland.

DWF Poland Jamka Sp.k

The team at DWF Poland Jamka Sp.k provides advice to insurance companies and distributors on corporate and commercial transactions, and regulatory and compliance issues, as well as handling contentious mandates. Paweł Stykowski is head of the practice and is an expert on insurance models; he has also represented clients in proceedings before the Polish Financial Supervision Authority, the Office of Competition and Consumer Protection, the General Inspector of Financial Information, and the Financial Ombudsman. Corporate lawyer Anna Wietrzyńska-Ciołkowska has expertise in handling M&A transactions and restructuring mandates in the insurance industry.


Practice head(s):

Paweł Stykowski


Other key lawyers:

Anna Wietrzyńska-Ciołkowska


Key clients

Laven S.A.


Polish Insurance Association


TUW PZUW


PZU S.A.


Generali T.U. S.A.


Further Underwriting


Ryan Specialty Group


Work highlights


  • Advised PZU on the regulatory, civil law and data protection aspects of setting up a distribution network for banking products.
  • Advised TUW PZUW on conducting insurance activity in other EU jurisdictions.
  • Advised RSG as a W&I insurer in the course of the underwriting process connected with insuring the transactional risks resulting from representations and warranties related to the sale of three Polish real property companies.