Firms To Watch: White-collar crime

The white-collar crime department at Filipiak Babicz Legal sp. k. is led by Michał Babicz in Poznań and handles a range of litigation, including money laundering cases, as well as criminal compliance mandates concerning corruption.
WP Law Kancelaria prawna Woźniccy & Partners sp.j.’s white-collar crime practice is led by Aleksander Woźnicki and advises both employees of corporations and executives. The group is active in handling a range of internal investigations.

White-collar crime in Poland

Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance’s white-collar crime, regulatory, and compliance team is praised for having ‘excellent local and industry-specific knowledge’. Its offering is extensive and includes advising on compliance issues and anti-corruption measures, as well as conducting corporate investigations in Poland and across the CEE region, which is helped by the firm’s global reach. It also defends corporates and individuals in criminal proceedings and represents companies that have been victims of criminal behaviour. Marcin Ciemiński leads the practice and is adept at advising clients in the healthcare and life sciences sectors. Senior associates Monika Diehl and Michał Magdziak are skilled in internal investigations. Paweł Pogorzelski left the firm.

Practice head(s):

Marcin Ciemiński


Other key lawyers:

Monika Diehl; Michał Magdziak


Testimonials

‘Clifford Chance’s Warsaw office has proven to be reliable and effective.’

‘The people in Clifford Chance Warsaw are responsive and competent.’

‘Excellent local and industry-specific knowledge.’

‘Michał Magdziak is calm, level headed, knowledgeable, reliable, and a person to go to re white-collar crime topics.’

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

The white-collar crime group at CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang Posniak i Bejm sp.k. comprises ‘recognised experts in this field in Poland’. It advises clients across the entire scope of business criminal law on a domestic and cross-border level, including on anti-bribery and corruption issues and anti-money laundering, as well as providing representation in criminal proceedings. It also supports clients throughout internal investigations and dawn raids. Life sciences, energy, environment, construction and infrastructure, defence, and financial services are sectors of focus for the team. Practice head Arkadiusz Korzeniewski also leads the CEE group for white-collar crime and is particularly adept in litigation involving fraud and corruption. Maciej Kópczyński was recently promoted to counsel and is strong in compliance matters, and senior associates Mariusz Minkiewicz and Mateusz Gerlach are also names of note for internal investigations.

Practice head(s):

Arkadiusz Korzeniewski


Other key lawyers:

Maciej Kópczyński; Mariusz Minkiewicz; Mateusz Gerlach


Testimonials

‘Very good understanding of business processes, which allows them to support organisations efficiently in investigations.’

‘They go the extra mile to understand the operation of the client’s business in detail.’

‘The team has excellent knowledge and experience in handling white-collar crime issues. They are recognised experts in this field in Poland.’

‘They are extremely responsive, competent, and pragmatic, offering constructive solutions. They definitely stand out in this area in Poland.’

‘There are a few unique features differentiating the CMS team in Poland: availability, good communication while talking with business colleagues involved in the topic, and good court experience.’

‘Mariusz Minkiewicz stands out as a lawyer with excellent knowledge of the law and its practical aspects, as well as the ability to provide business-oriented advice.’

Linklaters

The team at Linklaters predominantly acts for financial institutions and investment funds, especially in criminal investigations involving enforcement agencies, such as unexpected dawn raids. It also handles regulatory and internal investigations, and the scope of the practice is further benefited by the firm’s global network. Tomasz Manicki heads up the team, which sits within the firm’s wider dispute resolution practice, itself led by Cezary Wiśniewski. Manicki has expertise in litigation, internal investigations, and compliance matters, and is ably supported by senior associate Marek Tołcz, who has experience in criminal proceedings concerning the liability of directors and managers of capital companies.

Practice head(s):

Tomasz Manicki; Cezary Wiśniewski


Other key lawyers:

Marek Tołcz


Key clients

Polski Fundusz Rozwoju S.A.


Capitea S.A.


DNB Bank Polska S.A.


Assets Holdco S.A.


Work highlights


  • Representing Polski Fundusz Rozwoju, as the plaintiff, in a criminal investigation concerning suspicions of fraud regarding allegedly wrongfully obtained financial subsidies carried out by beneficiaries of the government programmes Tarcza Finansowa Polskiego Funduszu Rozwoju dla Małych i Średnich Firm and Tarcza Finansowa Polskiego Funduszu Rozwoju dla Dużych Firm.
  • Representing Capitea, as the plaintiff, in a criminal investigation conducted by the Regional Prosecutor’s Office in Warsaw, and as the subject of a regulatory investigation in front of the Polish Financial Supervisory Authority, concerning multiple fraudulent activities of the former management board and senior officers of the company, which led to its insolvency.
  • Representing DNB Bank Polska in criminal and associated civil proceedings in connection with a large, multi-million brokerage fraud committed by a representative of the bank to the detriment of a group of VIP customers.

Raczkowski

Raczkowski is praised for its ‘great expertise in cross-border white-collar crime matters’. As well as maintaining its reputation for multi-jurisdictional matters, the team also represents clients in domestic criminal cases, internal investigations, and enforcement matters, as well as money laundering and anti-corruption mandates. Warsaw-based Janusz Tomczak leads the practice with significant experience in fraud and corruption cases, and is supported by the head of the firm’s Poznań office Łukasz Kuczkowski, who typically handles internal investigations. Associates Damian Tokarczyk and Ewelina Rutkowska are also notable members of the team; the former is a well-regarded compliance specialist, while the latter is skilled matters involving corruption, fraud and mismanagement allegations.

Practice head(s):

Janusz Tomczak


Other key lawyers:

Łukasz Kuczkowski; Damian Tokarczyk; Ewelina Rutkowska


Testimonials

‘Great expertise in cross-border white-collar crime matters. The team is unique in Poland regarding its skill in managing foreign clients in the context of complex criminal proceedings.’

‘They are fast, efficient, precise, and always ready to provide the assistance required.’

‘Janusz Tomczak always gives a sense of trust and tranquillity to the client. He is incredibly fast and skilled in replying to the client’s requests.’

Soltysinski Kawecki & Szlezak

Soltysinski Kawecki & Szlezak‘s team ‘has vast experience in white-collar crime cases as well as internal investigations on compliance matters’. Its offering also includes advice on fraud, corruption, actions to the detriment of companies, and money laundering. The team benefits from its multi-disciplinary approach, utilising the firm’s tax, competition, employment, and corporate and M&A departments. Practice head Tomasz Konopka assists clients with their compliance procedures and represents them before law enforcement authorities and courts. He is supported by Katarzyna Randzio-Sajkowska, who has extensive experience in internal investigations, and 'very thoughtful and strategic' senior counsel Michał Opala, who advises clients on fraud and corruption matters, as well as cybercrime.

Practice head(s):

Tomasz Konopka


Other key lawyers:

Katarzyna Randzio-Sajkowska; Michał Opala


Testimonials

‘They are able to smoothly navigate all the risks and provide coherent and business-oriented advice.’

‘The team has vast experience in white-collar crime cases as well as internal investigations on compliance matters.’

‘Highly qualified lawyers, specialists in the field, a team that is constantly growing, and a great ability to build relationships with the clients.’

‘Katarzyna Randzio-Sajkowska is a very experienced lawyer who can manage large and complex projects, has extensive substantive knowledge, and is professional and calm, even in difficult situations.’

‘Katarzyna Randzio-Sajkowska and Michał Opala are knowledgeable, highly responsive, and communicative.’

‘Katarzyna Randzio-Sajkowska is very dedicated to ensuring a perfect experience of cooperation and manages complex projects with unique client-care skills. She perfectly balances a strategic approach with an eye for detail.’

‘Michał Opala is a very thoughtful and strategic member of the team; his advice is always a valued combination of in-depth knowledge and practical experience.’

Key clients

Microsoft Corporation


Celius


Work highlights


  • Assisting Celius with the design and development of a mobile app that supports organisations with crisis management.

B2R Law Jankowski Stroinski Zieba

B2R Law Jankowski Stroinski Zieba is particularly active in criminal litigation, especially cases involving allegations of fraud. The business criminal litigation team is led by co-founder of the firm and arbitrator Bartłomiej Jankowski; he has significant experience advising clients on the liability of members of commercial companies, as well as on anti-corruption issues concerning international companies. Counsel Anna Grochowska–Wasilewska is another core member of the team who often acts on behalf of defendants, and is well versed in matters relating to actions which are detrimental to the company, and money laundering.

Practice head(s):

Bartłomiej Jankowski


Other key lawyers:

Anna Grochowska–Wasilewska; Edyta Zalewska


Testimonials

‘The team is super cooperative, fast-learning, and very objective. They are pro-active in learning and keeping up with the needs of the case.’

‘They are able to look beyond the case file and expand their horizons to a global, industry-wide perspective, integrating the intricacies of the world’s political and economic situation, while making accurate judgements about the progress of the case.’

‘Bartłomiej Jankowski and his team are able to persevere when cases are in an extremely desperate situation. Their optimism and objective analysis gives not only trust and hope to the client, but also a sense of humanity that encourages the client and the legal team to work actively together to make things better.’

Work highlights


  • Representing a Palestinian Guantanamo Bay detainee in criminal proceedings regarding illegal CIA Black Sites and the use of torture.
  • Defending a former manager at global telecoms company Huawei, who was arrested in Poland on charges of alleged spying.
  • Defending Andrzej Jakubiak, who together with his deputy and five other officials from the Polish Financial Supervision Authority were accused of alleged negligence while in service.

Dentons

The white-collar crime team at Dentons works alongside the firm’s litigation and arbitration practice, and handles a variety of business litigation, including fraud, corruption, money laundering, and asset-stripping cases. It also supports clients with compliance and corporate liability issues, both domestically and across the CEE region. Agnieszka Wardak once again leads the practice after rejoining the firm in September 2021 from her in-house position as Kulczyk Holdings, and represents both individuals and companies in criminal proceedings. Senior associate Joanna Kornaszewska is adept in her handling of parallel criminal and civil disputes.

Practice head(s):

Agnieszka Wardak


Other key lawyers:

Joanna Kornaszewska


Testimonials

‘The team has a wide range of competencies.’

‘Strengths of the team include its experience, communication skills, and problem-solving abilities.’

‘Clients can always get the most up-to-date information and trends from them, and they offer solutions which are individually tailored.’

‘They know their client and have extensive knowledge.’

‘Very client oriented, high professionalism, and excellent knowledge.’

‘Agnieszka Wardak is extremely efficient, highly capable, and will put in a great deal of work to provide great results, showing an extremely collaborative approach to dealing with matters to achieve the best possible results.’

‘Agnieszka Wardak is extremely reliable, fair, and frank in her approach, and she works hard to achieve the very best. She is extremely personable and makes herself available at short notice. She has outstanding knowledge on so many matters. She’s extremely capable and is able to deliver great results through her hard work.’

‘Joanna Kornaszewska is an excellent lawyer; very hands-on, to-the-point, and solution-oriented.’

Key clients

Americares Foundation Inc.


CBRE


Cloudity


Cornerstone Partners


Lifestar Insurance


Mitsubishi HC Capital


Oriflame


Zachęta Narodowa Galeria Sztuki


Ardagh Glass


Boehringer Ingelheim


Echo Investment


FMC Agro


GE Medical Systems


MAN Truck&Bus Polska


Philips Medical Systems Nederland


Philips Polska


Polpharma Group


Westport Fuel Systems


White Star Real Estate


Work highlights


  • Represented a major life insurance provider in criminal proceedings questioning the integrity of a hybrid insurance and investment instrument developed by a group of financial entities.
  • Represented a major company operating in the investment sector and its board members following charges of fraud, mismanagement and asset stripping following the unsuccessful launch of a franchised fast-food restaurant chain in Poland.
  • Represented a major company operating in the automotive sector in parallel criminal and civil litigation against a former local distributor relating to fraud and asset-stripping.

DLA Piper Giziński Kycia sp.k.

DLA Piper Giziński Kycia sp.k.‘s corporate crime, investigations, and compliance team assists clients with compliance programmes; mandates concerning fraud, money laundering, and corruption; investigations; and due diligence reviews. The firm’s global network enables the group to advise on international mandates. Former prosecutor Tomasz Rudyk leads the practice with expertise in internal investigations concerning violations of anti-bribery laws. Senior associate Dominika Wolf-Jezierska is praised as ‘an outstanding practitioner‘ and often acts on behalf of defendants in white-collar crime cases. Piotr Falarz, who was promoted to counsel in May 2022, specialises in investigations, compliance, anti-bribery, and anti-corruption matters.

Practice head(s):

Tomasz Rudyk


Other key lawyers:

Dominika Wolf-Jezierska; Piotr Falarz; Paweł Matej; Magdalena Dec


Testimonials

‘The team is very professional. Clients really appreciate the support, kindness, willingness to help, and expert knowledge. They demonstrate a great partnership, as well as engagement, organisation, and communication capabilities.’

‘Perfect knowledge, advice, and availability; a high level of feeling safe and cared for as a client; and extraordinary people who are very professional during business talks.’

‘Knowledgeable advice, availability, easy contact, and understanding of the problem are strengths of the team.’

‘The team consists of highly experienced lawyers. They have in-depth knowledge of criminal law as well as a practical approach to the client’s needs. They provide tailored advice and are always very responsive. They are open to the client’s ideas and also suggest innovative solutions.’

‘The team is very hands-on and proactive in finding solutions which is specifically important in the sensitive area of white-collar investigations. What clients very much appreciate is their creativity and ability to think outside of the legal box.’

‘Tomasz Rudyk is a good leader of the team and Dominika Wolf-Jezierska is an expert in criminal law. They are one of the best teams for criminal proceedings.’

‘Dominika Wolf-Jezierska is an outstanding practitioner. She is very responsive and practical in her proposed solutions.’

‘Paweł Matej is very professional, committed to the job, and provides legal advice in a timely and professional manner.’

Domanski Zakrzewski Palinka

Domanski Zakrzewski Palinka‘s white-collar crime team acts for a variety of companies - including publishing houses, pharmaceutical corporations, and manufacturers - as well as banks, government agencies, board presidents, and management teams in criminal proceedings. Its offering includes advice on corruption, money laundering, fraud, and tax issues. Sitting at the helm of the practice, counsel Hanna Gajewska-Kraczkowska has significant expertise in the criminal liability of businesses. Artur Nowak supports the team in tax-related matters and senior associate Rafał Karbowniczek is also a key name to note.

Practice head(s):

Hanna Gajewska-Kraczkowska


Other key lawyers:

Artur Nowak; Rafał Karbowniczek


Testimonials

‘The team are passionate about their work, which in this sense becomes an extremely important part of their lives. This engagement, combined with the immense knowledge of the whole team, makes them stand out.’

‘Direct contact, always prepared, and give solutions and recommendations which make the client feel taken care of and secure. They know how to explain difficult legal issues in a simple way.’

‘The strength of the team is the mix of verve, commitment, and experience.’

‘Rafał Karbowniczek fights for his clients; he has incredible knowledge, energy, and passion.’

‘Rafał Karbowniczek always takes the initiative to solve the problem and he has great communication with clients and prosecutors. Every document is always well prepared and accurate.’

‘Rafał Karbowniczek’s litigation sense and commitment to his clients is unique in the market. He approaches each case individually and very conscientiously.’

Work highlights


  • Providing ongoing advice to a government agency employee concerning an allegation of corruption.
  • Advising the President of a publishing house on liability under the Tax Crimes Code for organising a lottery as a gambling service.
  • Representing a private client in criminal proceedings in which he has been charged with abuse of power and failure to fulfil obligations by a public official.

Greenberg Traurig Nowakowska-Zimoch Wysokinski Sp. k

At Greenberg Traurig Nowakowska-Zimoch Wysokinski Sp. k, the white-collar crime practice sits within the firm’s defence and special investigations group. Paweł Pietkeiwicz heads up the team, which is highly skilled in representing foreign investors in multi-jurisdictional cases, including those involving fraud, money laundering, and corruption, as well as matters concerning irregularities and abuses of power. Counsel Antoni Libiszowski and senior associate Izabela Szponar are also key members of the group.


Practice head(s):

Paweł Pietkiewicz


Other key lawyers:

Antoni Libiszowski; Izabela Szponar


Testimonials

‘The team has a trans-national view of the matters they are handling and is a perfect bridge between CEE countries and the rest of Europe.’

‘Paweł Pietkiewicz has a strategic and global vision of the matters he handles.’

Work highlights


  • Representing an alcohol manufacturer in a court action to set aside and resist enforcement of an UNCITRAL arbitration award granting compensation to a large local FMCG distributor for alleged breach of the representations and warranties included in an M&A transaction in the context of an alleged fraudulent carousel VAT scheme.

Laszczuk & Partners

The business crime team at Laszczuk & Partners supports domestic and international clients in criminal proceedings involving fraud and money laundering. Criminal liability of board members, especially concerning tax-related issues, is also a key area of focus for the group. Litigation expert Jan Rysiński heads the practice and is praised as ‘a strong ally‘. Justyna Szpara is also an active member of the team.

Practice head(s):

Jan Rysiński


Other key lawyers:

Justyna Szpara; Patrycja Piotrowska; Agnieszka Zwierzyńska


Testimonials

‘The ideas and solutions Laszczuk & Partners offers are unusual and they cause great outcomes. These are their biggest advantages: out-of-the-box thinking and huge effectiveness.’

‘A well-established firm in Poland.’

‘Fast response time, objective advice, and clear explanations of cases.’

‘Jan Rysiński identifies the core steps in a case, responds very quickly, and takes action. He gives clear explanations and advice, keeps the client up-to-date, and works as a team member in finding the best solution.’

‘Jan Rysiński’s strengths include his availability, strategy, and agility.’

‘Jan Rysiński provides huge support and is a strong ally.’

Work highlights


  • Representing an American client active in the real estate industry in a $60m fraud case.
  • Representing a Polish company active in the blockchain industry in criminal proceedings concerning a €2.5-3.5m fraud.
  • Representing a German company in a $1.5m fraud case.

Rymarz Zdort Maruta

The white-collar crime practice at Rymarz Zdort Maruta is praised for its ‘outstanding skill set’ and is equally versed in the representation of companies and individuals who are the injured parties and those accused of committing a criminal offence. It offers support regarding the implementation of internal compliance policies to safeguard against bribery, corruption, and money laundering. The team also collaborates with the firm’s strong banking and finance, corporate, tax, and M&A teams. The practice is co-led by Karina Aust-Niewiadomska and Krzysztof Sajchta. Litigation specialist Maria Szczepanska was promoted to counsel in March 2022.

Other key lawyers:

Maria Szczepanska


Testimonials

‘The firm fulfils its duties perfectly. The team performs its work quickly, and at the same time the work is conscientious, careful, and the team is able to provide comprehensive legal assistance in various areas of law, while maintaining the highest level of professionalism.’

‘Clients choose cooperate with the team due to its reputation, experience, and recommendations from other business entities.’

‘Excellent cooperation with a highly qualified team focused on tools for efficient service.’

‘The cases taken care of by the team are carried out meticulously, with full commitment and efficiency, which translates into successful cooperation and high quality of the tasks performed.’

‘Karina Aust-Niewiadomska provides excellent legal work in protecting clients’ interests. She is very knowledgeable and trustworthy.’

‘Maria Szczepanska and Krzysztof Sajchta act in a non-standard way, while making sure the client feels safe. Both of them are characterised by excellent client care, and they have repeatedly demonstrated experience and specialist knowledge at the highest level.’

‘Great leadership by Karina Aust-Niewiadomska complemented by outstanding skill sets by the other members of the team.’

‘This team is known as successfully working on the most difficult cases.’

Wardynski & Partners

The business crime practice at Wardynski & Partners supports clients in internal and governmental investigations and represents them in criminal trials concerning fraud, bribery, money laundering, and bid rigging. Łukasz Lasek leads the practice, and is supported by recently-promoted partner Jakub Barański, who assists clients with cybercrime cases. Senior associate Bartosz Troczyński expertly handles internal investigations, and vice-chair of the human rights committee of the Polish Bar Council Artur Pietryka is also notable in criminal law matters. ‘Highly recommendedJakub Znamierowski advises on corporate criminal liability, while Maria Kozłowska is noted as a compliance expert. Senior associate Filip Rak joined the team in March 2022 from the Office of the Human Rights Commissioner.

Practice head(s):

Łukasz Lasek


Other key lawyers:

Jakub Barański; Bartosz Troczyński; Artur Pietryka; Jakub Znamierowski; Maria Kozłowska; Filip Rak


Testimonials

‘The team is very good and professional. The law firm’s expertise is wide and includes all major areas of the law.’

‘They adopt a seamless, interactive approach between the legal specialists to ensure that the client is offered the most considered, all inclusive advice which best suits the desired goals.’

‘The ability of all members of the team to converse fluently in English and explain the Polish legal system has led to the setting of realistic goals which have been achieved.’

Work highlights


  • Defended a Danish national in an extradition case to the United Arab Emirates, where the UAE wanted him to serve a criminal sentence for writing an unfunded cheque.
  • Advised a local company on sanctions compliance.
  • Representing a bookmaking corporation in criminal proceedings concerning AML failures in which the company is endangered by an extended confiscation order.

Chmielniak Adwokaci

Boutique firm Chmielniak Adwokaci provides ‘the highest quality of services’, representing both individuals and entities, including executives, managers, members of management boards, directors, and company owners. Founder and managing partner Łukasz Chmielniak and Jarosław Zagrodni, both based in Katowice, jointly head the team.


Practice head(s):

Łukasz Chmielniak; Jarosław Zagrodnik


Other key lawyers:

Łukasz Breguła; Marcin Klonowski


Testimonials

‘A professional practice with the highest quality of services. They are strong in the field of corporate disputes and corporate and criminal liability of managers, which is not so common in the market.’

‘The team is professional with great experience. They present qualifications and experience as well as an ability to bring together inter-sector knowledge. They are fully engaged in client matters.’

‘The team is excellent and very focused on compliance and white-collar crime matters. They have exceptional knowledge and experience in complicated and sensitive cases.’

CRIDO

The white-collar crime and regulatory compliance practice at CRIDO defends both individuals and companies against criminal allegations and corporate liability, and also implements compliance procedures to protect clients in regulatory enforcement matters. Counsel Katarzyna Witkowska leads the team, and ‘her business attitude and academic background complete each other’. Sebastian Zieliński is another notable name, with expertise in providing compliance support to Polish and international investment funds.



















Practice head(s):

Katarzyna Witkowska


Other key lawyers:

Sebastian Zieliński


Testimonials

‘Very experienced team of young and involved lawyers. Crido’s business-oriented attitude and understanding of client needs is appreciated, and in hard cases they always propose the optimal solution.’

‘Katarzyna Witkowska’s expertise is appreciated, and her business attitude and academic background complete each other. Litigation strategies that she proposes are often against the tide, but in many cases such an individualised approach turns out to be the best solution.’

‘Katarzyna Witkowska and Sebastian Zieliński are distinguished by their direct approach to the client, ease of contact, and speed of problem solving.’

Work highlights


  • Assisting 7R Group with numerous regulatory compliance issues, including anti-bribery and anti-corruption matters.
  • Advised a number of real estate companies on the proper implementation of Polish AML/CFT provisions.
  • Advised various clients from different market sectors on the design and implementation of AML/CFT systems in shared services centres.

DeBenedetti Majewski Szczesniak Kancelaria Prawnicza Sp. K.

Boutique firm DeBenedetti Majewski Szczesniak Kancelaria Prawnicza Sp. K.’s white-collar crime team is praised as a 'one-of-a-kind organisation of integrity and professionalism'. It regularly assists clients with the minimisation of risks leading to fiscal criminal liability. Co-founder of the firm Jaroslaw Majewski and 'remarkable' practitioner Janusz Strankowski jointly lead the group.


Practice head(s):

Jarosław Majewski; Janusz Strankowski


Testimonials

‘Deep legal knowledge and approach in the process of advising clients in white-collar crimes.’

‘A one-of-a-kind organisation of integrity and professionalism regarding white-collar crime. Preparation of the defence in lawsuits is done in a spirit of winning the case, and giving clients certainty that whatever can be done within the parameters of the law will be done, and no stone will be left unturned.’

‘Janusz Strankowski’s capacity to build argumentation in writing and orally is remarkable. I’ve never seen someone with this ability to focus and engage.’

Key clients

Elliot Management Corporation


Vienna Insurance Group AG


Nationale Nederlanden Life Insurance


Nationale Nederlanden Pensions


Nationale Nederlanden Financial Services


Nationale Nederlanden Non-Life Insurance


Compensa Life Insurance


Compensa Non-Life Insurance


Ryszard Podkulski


Johnson & Johnson


Work highlights


  • Represented a public official in a criminal procedure concerning the alleged offence of going beyond the rights of a public official.
  • Represented a former member of the management board of a company in a criminal fiscal procedure concerning the alleged offence of creating a risk of underpayment of tax.
  • Representing a financial institution in a case concerning fraud in the granting of approximately €3m of financing to a group of entities.

DWF Poland Jamka Sp.k

DWF Poland Jamka Sp.k‘s white-collar crime offering includes advice on crisis management and internal investigations, representation of injured parties in criminal proceedings, and implementation of internal procedures for clients in the mining, construction, telecoms, financial services, aviation, and entertainment industries. Maciej Antoniak heads the group and provides clients with ‘strong and powerful advice’ in compliance matters. Counsel Lukasz Gembis is skilled in anti-money laundering mandates, while senior associate Michał Szumbarsi is focused on the construction and financial sectors.

Practice head(s):

Maciej Antoniak


Other key lawyers:

Lukasz Gembis; Michał Szumbarsi


Testimonials

‘Very pleased and satisfied by their clarity, efficiency, and appropriate advice. They know how to step in when they do not agree with the clients’ views and listen when they believe they may not have all the cards in hand. That is what make them exceptional and very good and reasuring for a client.’

‘Maciej Antoniak is very involved, diligent, careful, and attentive to the client’s requests and needs. He also gives strong and powerful advice.’

Key clients

Jastrzębska Spółka Węglowa S.A.


Lubelski Węgiel Bogdanka S.A.


Orange Polska S.A.


STK S.A.


PZL Mielec Sp z o.o.


Xella Polska SP. z o.o.


GEO Renewables S.A.


Dobra Energia dla Olsztyna Sp. z o.o.


Ocado Group


Gaz-System S.A..


Work highlights


  • Representing Orange Polska in criminal proceedings related to contracts for the development and operation of two optic fibre networks in Poland.
  • Represented STK in a criminal case concerning a machinist charged with causing the collision of two trains which caused an accident at the railway station in Smetowo.
  • Represented PZL Mielec in criminal proceedings regarding potential irregularities in public tender proceedings.

Kondracki Celej

Kondracki Celej’s white-collar crime group acts for both individuals and corporate clients as either victims or defendants of criminal acts, and it is also experienced in investigative co-operation with enforcement authorities. Marcin Kondracki is one of the founders of the firm and heads the practice; he handles cases involving fraud, bid rigging, and money laundering. Senior associate Adam Domański, who specialises in business and financial crime, is also notable.

Practice head(s):

Marcin Kondracki


Other key lawyers:

Adam Domański


Testimonials

‘The firm has provided services related to white-collar crimes from the day it was founded. What makes this practice unique is how they approach each client.’

‘Their out-of-the-box thinking and search for solutions in non-standard ways translates into the successful defence of clients in pending litigation and advice on ongoing matters. The team makes every effort to always be available to the client and adjusts the solutions to the specific problem, along with ensuring the highest quality of services.’

‘A unique boutique combining M&A, corporate, and criminal experience in one law firm. The depth of knowledge in these fields allows them to succeed in high-profile white-collar cases.’

‘This law firm consists of experts in various fields of law with many years of experience. They combine their strengths to deliver comprehensive solutions to clients and support them in attaining their objectives.’

‘Their team is regularly recommended because of the high quality of services which is a result of teamwork, professionalism, efficiency, and innovativeness.’

‘Marcin Kondracki focuses on cultivating long-term relationships with clients based on mutual trust. He always identifies the key legal areas demanding the most attention in a given matter and devises and proposes optimal solutions for client.’

‘Marcin Kondracki and Adam Domański are characterised by very high professionalism and an individual approach to each client and their problems.’

‘Adam Domański, right hand of partner Marcin Kondracki, is a great help. Highly professional and resolute in the fight for the case and client, he suggests non-standard solutions that come out effectively.’

Key clients

Verdant Nature LLC Branch in Poland


Teleskop sp. z o.o.


Work highlights


  • Representing the former Chair of the Board of the Polish Financial Supervision Authority in criminal proceedings involving allegations of allegedly accepting a bribe in exchange for favourable treatment of one of the largest banks in the Polish financial market.
  • Representing Teleskop, as the plaintiff, in criminal proceedings against a former CEO accused of mismanagement.
  • Assisting the Verdant Nature branch in Poland with ongoing compliance and regulatory issues for the minimisation of business risks.

Kopec & Zaborowski

Kopec & Zaborowski‘s criminal law and compliance department is singled out as 'simply excellent'It represents both individuals and companies in cases involving fraud, money laundering, and tax offences, as well as corruption and actions to the detriment of the company. Additionally, it advises clients on implementation of compliance procedures. Managing partner Maciej Gustaw Zaborowski co-leads the team alongside Paweł Sawicki, who joined from NGL Legal in February 2022. Sawicki has substantial experience in the implementation of fraud detection systems.

Practice head(s):

Maciej Zaborowski; Paweł Sawicki


Other key lawyers:

Monika Orczykowska; Daniel Pękala


Testimonials

‘The team is unique thanks to its attitude to clients and the broad scope of its perspective. The team successfully shows individual approaches to the clients and their cases, including a multi-perspective analysis of each case.’

‘What is exceptional about the individuals from this firm is their wide perspective and exceptional experience in white-collar crime cases.’

‘What clients value is their attention to detail as well as quick response times, even if the matter is very complex.’

Key clients

AXAN Gaz Sp. z o.o.


Symfonia Sp. z o.o.


Koleje Wielkopolskie Sp. z o.o.


Octo Legal

The white-collar crime practice at Octo Legal represents both victims and defendants in cases involving a variety of matters, including bid rigging, fraud, and abuse of power, as well as assisting with compliance training. Michał Korolczuk leads the team and specialises in litigation and internal investigations. At the associate level, Aleksandra Knapik and Aleksandra Kulczyk are key team members.



Practice head(s):

Michał Korolczuk


Other key lawyers:

Aleksandra Knapik; Aleksandra Kulczyk


Testimonials

‘An innovative law firm with outstanding professionals. They have lots of young, ambitious lawyers that are hard-working, innovative, and full of positive energy.’

‘Practitioners are always very communicative and responsive.’

‘Highly competent and flexible in its approach to client needs.’

Key clients

PORR S.A.


Deloitte Legal


Omegia S.A.


Proteller Georgia LLC sp. z o.o.


Herkules S.A.


Work highlights


  • Defended a client in a bribery case.
  • Defending the Vice President of a Polish financial institution, who is accused of participating in an organised crime group that allegedly laundered zł9bn.
  • Defending a client who is accused of leading a large fuel mafia which allegedly committed significant VAT fraud.

PwC Legal Żelaźnicki sp.k.

PwC Legal Żelaźnicki sp.k.’s white-collar and compliance team supports clients from the retail, pharmaceutical, banking, real estate, automotive, and media and entertainment sectors in penal and penal-fiscal proceedings. Michał Rams leads the expanding team, which saw the arrival of counsel Joanna Waśko from GWW and counsel Marcin Świderski from Dentons, in late 2021, and associate Agnieszka Tofil from NGL Legal in early 2022.

Practice head(s):

Michał Rams


Other key lawyers:

Joanna Waśko; Marcin Świderski; Agnieszka Tofil


Testimonials

‘Michał Rams and the team constantly demonstrate a unique level of knowledge, not only of the law but also of the current trends and risks in white-collar crime.’

‘Michał Rams is a highly responsive and forward-thinking lawyer.’

Key clients

GRAAL S.A.


Allergan sp. z o.o.


Clariant Services Poland sp. z o.o.


Valeo Autosystemy Sp. z o.o.


Pepsico Consulting Polska sp. z o.o.


Work highlights


  • Obtained an acquittal on behalf of a client after he was accused of not filing a motion for bankruptcy in the name of the company on time, as well as malpractice to the detriment of the company by signing a loan agreement with the parent company.
  • Representing GRAAL following accusations of unfounded tax returns, failure to maintain its books, violation of accounting procedures, and fraud.
  • Assisted Allergan with a comprehensive review and assessment of existing compliance policies, procedures, and processes.

act BSWW legal & tax

act BSWW legal & tax‘s white-collar crime team has particular expertise in representing executives facing allegations of corporate bribery, as well as advising clients on the criminal liability of corporate members. It also handles compliance matters, internal investigations, and tax-related issues. Managing partner Piotr Wojnar and Piotr Pośnik jointly lead the practice, supported by senior associate Piotr Giżyński.

Practice head(s):

Piotr Wojnar; Piotr Pośnik


Other key lawyers:

Piotr Giżyński


Testimonials

‘A highly skilled and experienced team advising on complex matters related to criminal law.’

‘Provide comprehensive legal services, including the development of a defence strategy.’

‘Piotr Pośnik is a trusted advisor and he is valued for his impressive experience, energy, and proactive approach. He always thinks ahead to be able to react in advance, and he advises clients from many different sectors on high-profile criminal procedures. He has numerous successes in this field of law.’

Work highlights


  • Representing a client in a matter where criminal charges have been pressed against managers acting for, and on behalf of, a company from the energy sector.

Bird & Bird Szepietowski i wspólnicy sp. k.

Bird & Bird Szepietowski i wspólnicy sp. k.’s white-collar crime practice handles a range of matters, including cases regarding stock manipulation, money laundering, insider trading, financial pyramids, cryptocurrency frauds, and misappropriations of financial assets. Adam Kowalczyk leads the team, supported by Grzegorz Kostrzewa; both are praised as ‘standout partners’.

Practice head(s):

Adam Kowalczyk


Other key lawyers:

Grzegorz Kostrzewa


Testimonials

‘Good commitment to the clients and they are matter-of-fact and objective, which gives the possibility of decision and risk assessments, and the financial implications of running cases.’

‘There is a guarantee of assistance from the entire team.’

‘Clients appreciate working together with the firm, because it really guarantees the highest class of professionals.’

‘Adam Kowalczyk and Grzegorz Kostrzewa’s involvement and cooperation is highly rated and they are standout partners.’

BWHS Wojciechowski Springer i Wspólnicy

BWHS Wojciechowski Springer i Wspólnicys white-collar crime practice sits within the firm’s dispute resolution department, and acts on behalf of companies and top management throughout investigations and trials. Its offering includes cases relating to mismanagement, tax fraud, false documentation, VAT carousels, and abuse of authority. Andrzej Springer heads up the practice.

Practice head(s):

Andrzej Springer


Other key lawyers:

Katarzyna Gędek-Tyrcz


Testimonials

‘Excellent set of professionals who are very experienced and business-oriented.’

‘Sensitive to the client’s needs and flexible.’

‘They work as a team very conscientiously. They are very responsible and one can always rely on them.’

Key clients

Britenet Holdings


Warszawskie Centrum Doradztwa Finansowego


Optigis


Work highlights


  • Representing Optigis in a court dispute against Allianz relating to payment for damages under D&O insurance provided to the company by Allianz in the event of any damage caused by the top management.
  • Represented Britenet Holdings in an international dispute for the payment of €225,ooo against the president of Start, liable under Article 299 of the Code of Commercial Companies for the obligations of this company in a situation where enforcement against the company was ineffective and the management board failed to lodge a bankruptcy petition in due time.
  • Assisting The Warsaw Centre for Financial Advisory with preparation and implementation of AML and CFT compliance procedures.

Dubois i Wspólnicy Kancelaria Adwokacko-Radcowska sp. J.

Dubois i Wspólnicy Kancelaria Adwokacko-Radcowska sp. J.‘s white-collar crime group is jointly led by an experienced trio comprising Jacek Dubois, Michał Zacharski, and Anna Chybińska. The practice handles matters for both defendants and injured parties in proceedings, and is particularly adept in handling high-profile tax fraud mandates.

Practice head(s):

Jacek Dubois; Michał Zacharski; Anna Chybińska


Testimonials

‘A great team of professionals with good communication skills, and they are friendly and supportive.’

‘They are very professional lawyers that always respond on time with innovative ways of thinking.’

‘They are smart lawyers with lots of knowledge.’

Key clients

Wielka Orkiestra Świątecznej Pomocy


Sw Marcin 58 sp. z o.o.


DÖHLER SP. Z O.O


Polpharma Biologics S.A.


Work highlights


  • Representing judge Igor Tuleya in criminal proceedings regarding his judicial immunity and warrant for detention and compulsory appearance.
  • Representing Mateusz Kijowski in criminal proceedings regarding remuneration.
  • Representing Jakub Adamowicz in proceedings concerning large-scale pecuniary damage, keeping accounting books against the law, and providing false information.

Wolf Theiss

Counsel and former prosecutor Arkadiusz Matusiak sits at the helm of the white-collar crime practice at Wolf Theiss after joining the firm in December 2019. The team has wide-ranging expertise encompassing corporate criminal liability, trade secrets, fraud, bribery and corruption, and money laundering. It represents clients throughout court proceedings, as well as during investigations.

Practice head(s):

Arkadiusz Matusiak