TMT in Poland
Baker & McKenzie Krzyżowski i Wspólnicy Spółka Komandytowa's team, which is led by Marek Rosiński, stands out for its 'clear communication, efficient work, excellent product and client-oriented approach'. It advises clients on a range of privacy and outsourcing issues. In a particularly notable matter, Jakub Falkowski assists Nokia Solutions and Networks with all Polish issues regarding its CEE-wide collaboration space, Nokia Garage. Magdalena Kogut-Czarkowska acts for Netflix on its local day-to-day business operations, including copyright, advertising and privacy matters. Radoslaw Nozykowski is also a key name.
Bird & Bird Szepietowski i wspólnicy sp. k.'s team receives praise from multiple clients for its 'business acumen'. Its broad practice includes regulatory work, including data protection, telecoms, media and gambling, as well as commercial, marketing, advertising, IP and e-commerce law. Head of data protection Izabela Kowalczuk-Pakuła advised Media Direction on its digital marketing activities and issues related to the implementation of GDPR. Piotr Dynowski leads on technology and communications issues and Kuba Ruiz leads the digital law team. Tomasz Zalewski, who has considerable experience in major IT projects, joined from Wierzbowski Eversheds Sutherland in January 2019.
The team at CMS has a strong track-record in IT system implementation projects. Department head Tomasz Koryzma advises ING's e-commerce arm, Aleo, on the entirety of matters relating to its operations in Poland. He is also assisting BMW with a number of data privacy and IT assignments concerning the launch of a new cloud-based IT system in Poland and the CEE region. Senior associate Damian Karwala is another key name.
Dentons' group of 'open-minded and well-rounded' lawyers are instructed by a range of media companies, telecoms service providers, social networking services and other corporates. Practice head Karol Laskowski and Igor Ostrowski provide day-to-day legal support to BBC Worldwide in relation to its programming in Poland, as well as on regulatory issues. Counsel Dariusz Czuchaj is advising mBank on the structure of a deal to license the client's technology to La Banque Postale in France.
Maruta Wachta sp. j.
Maruta Wachta sp. j. is a firm that is absolutely dedicated to the TMT sector, with an impressive client roster of government agencies and corporates. Practice co-head Marcin Serafin assisted Cyfrowy Polsat Group with the implementation of a major new integrated IT system for sales and customer care. He also advised Inter Cars on the negotiation of contracts relating to its digital transformation process. Co-founding partner Marcin Maruta also takes a leading role in the team, with particular expertise in software licensing and supply and distribution agreements. Bartłomiej Wachta has developed a niche in TMT public procurement.
Traple Konarski Podrecki & Partners' team of 'outstanding experts' stands out for its ability to handle complex tasks involving analysis across several CEE jurisdictions. In a particularly impressive matter, 'distinguished' department head and co-founding partner Xawery Konarski advised the City of Wrocław on the adaptation of the IT system, used for managing public education, for GDPR compliance. Agnieszka Wachowska is assisting Agencja Rozwoju Mazowsza with all matters arising from its Internet for Mazovia project, which receives European Regional Development funding. Jan Byrski has expertise in fintech matters.
Chajec, Don-Siemion & Zyto Legal Advisors' team is led by Mariusz Busiło, who has significant experience in telecoms law. Highlights for Busiło included advising Polkomtel and the Polish Chamber of Information Technology and Communications on the development of a code of good practice for the implementation of GDPR in Poland; and assisting Eurozet and Eurozet Radio with their frequency renewal application for Radio ZET.
Clients regard Domanski Zakrzewski Palinka's team as the 'first choice' for media law issues, particularly in relation to television production and game publishing. Practice head Aleksandra Auleytner represented TVN in negotiations with the National Broadcasting Council, leading to a cancellation of a €350,000 fine imposed on the client for the manner in which it reported events in the Polish Parliament. She also advises Golden Media on all matters concerning its productions. Drawing on in-house industry experience in the TMT space, counsel Wojciech Dziomdziora is another key name.
The team at Soltysinski Kawecki & Szlezak has developed real expertise in relation to software and often represents software companies in violation of rights proceedings and digital crime cases. The team is jointly led by IP and IT law expert Mikołaj Sowiński and personal data specialist Agata Szeliga. The duo advise Microsoft on IT and IP matters, including negotiations of customised software license contracts. Szymon Gogulski assists Eurocash with strategic advice relating to its e-commerce operations.
Wardynski & Partners
Wardynski & Partners is noted for having developed a strong new technologies practice, which spans all matters relating to fintech, blockchain, cybersecurity, e-commerce and other cutting edge areas. Highlights for Szymon Kubiak included assisting G2A.com with a comprehensive GDPR readiness project. The experienced Krzysztof Wojdyło leads the team.
WKB Wiercinski, Kwiecinski, Baehr's 'experienced and pro-active' team takes 'a practical approach' to TMT matters, particularly in relation to IT, media and data protection. Practice co-head Agnieszka Wiercińska-Krużewska advised Uber's Polish subsidiaries on an audit conducted by the Data Protection Authority. Together with Jakub Pokrzywniak, she also advised Chubb European Group on its cyber-threat policy. Aleksandra Wędrychowska-Karpińska also leads the team.
APLaw Artur Piechocki
APLaw Artur Piechocki is an IP, IT and TMT law boutique, which specialises in telecoms, media, internet and new technology matters. Founding partner Artur Piechocki (who has 'a unique combination of in-depth legal knowledge, analytical skills and an outstanding understanding of IT and online operations') advises The Farm 51 on Polish, EU and international regulations relating to the video games it produces and distributes. He also assists Natexo with the legal aspects of its internet services and marketing. Ireneusz Matusiak is also recommended.
Czyzewscy Kancelaria Adwokacka's team has broad TMT expertise, which spans start-ups, IT and new technologies, film and television. Department head Krzysztof Czyżewski advised Saatchi & Saatchi, acting on behalf of an electronic payment operator, on a promotional campaign during the FIFA 2018 World Cup. Katarzyna Czyżewska is recommended for GDPR issues.
DLA Piper's group assists clients with a range of contentious and non-contentious TMT matters, including IT and data privacy law issues and outsourcing. Team leader Ewa Kurowska-Tober is advising Showmax on all media-related issues connected with the provision of video on-demand services in Poland. She is also assisting the Polish Bank Association with the implementation of a GDPR code of conduct.
Gracjan Pietras leads the team at Doktór Jerszynski Pietras Adwokaci i Radcowie Prawni Spólka, which handles intellectual property and new technology matters for an impressive range of public and private sector clients. In one outstanding matter, Pietras advised Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace on a contract with the Polish Ministry of Defence for technological services. In another stand-out matter, he advised Jeronimo Martins Polska on a long-term contract with Orange Polska relating to the implementation of telecoms infrastructure across its stores in Poland.
Kieszkowska Rutkowska Kolasinski Kancelaria Prawna sp. j.
Healthcare and life sciences boutique Kieszkowska Rutkowska Kolasinski Kancelaria Prawna sp. j. has developed a new technology law practice under the leadership of Marek Świerczyński, which handles the implementation and development of agreements relating to IT systems, service-level agreements and outsourcing contracts. Senior associate Michał Chodorek is another key contact, with expertise at the intersection of pharmaceutical law, IP and personal data.
Lesnodorski, Slusarek & Partners' team specialises in new technologies involving media, personal data and social media. Highlights for practice co-head Maciej Kubiak included advising AGO Esport on all matters relating to cooperation with its sponsor, Foruna Online. Maciej Ślusarek jointly heads the department.
Linklaters' expertise includes outsourcing, e-commerce, media and broadcasting. The team also handles domain name issues and rights infringements on the internet. The team is led by data protection expert Agnieszka Mencel. Clients include McDonald's Polska, PepsiCo Consulting Polska and Thomson Reuters.