The Regulatory and Compliance department at Clifford Chance is well-placed to advise corporate clients on internal investigations and compliance issues, with particular expertise in the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and the UK Bribery Act. The group is also experienced in criminal defence and representing companies that have been victims of criminal behaviour. The team is led by experienced litigator Marcin Ciemiński and includes senior associate Paweł Pogorzelski, who has advised on cyber-crime matters.
White-collar crime in Poland
CMS represents companies and individuals in the spectrum of white-collar criminal matters, both in investigations and before the courts, including anti-bribery and corruption cases, anti-money laundering and criminal proceedings. Department head Arkadiusz Korzeniewski acted for IBM in relation to corruption charges brought against former state officials and commercial directors of the company; conducting an internal investigation that staved off criminal proceedings for the client. Senior associate Maciej Kópczyński is another key name.
The team at Linklaters has participated in a number of major national public investigations, with a focus on advising and representing financial institutions and multi-national corporates. In a demonstration of the team's strength on the market, department head Tomasz Manicki is representing GetBack as the injured party in a criminal investigation conducted by the Warsaw Regional Prosecutor's Office, and as the subject of a regulatory investigation before the Polish Financial Supervisory Authority relating to multiple allegations of fraud against the former management board and senior officers of the company.
Wardynski & Partners
Wardynski & Partners' lawyers are 'not only experts in their areas, but also provide friendly and clear direction' when handling white-collar criminal cases for their clients. The group has particular expertise in issues relating to cyber-crime and claims against management boards. The team represented a Polish company as the injured party in a criminal investigation into a suspected failure to file a motion for bankruptcy by a former manager who is also alleged to have intentionally caused the bankruptcy. Aleksandra Stępniewska is recommended. Janusz Tomczak joined Raczkowski Paruch in September 2018.
Highlights for act BSWW included Piotr Pośnik's representation of Echo Investment in a criminal case involving the arrest and indictment of one of its board members in relation to allegations that they exerted unlawful influence on public authorities. Managing partner Piotr Wojnar is another key individual.
Dentons' team handles a variety of corporate criminal defence matters for both companies and individuals, in proceedings related to corruption, fraud, criminal public procurement, investigations into abuse of office and cyber-crime matters. Practice head Agnieszka Wardak is representing Philips, as the injured party, in a corruption and tender law violation case before the Polish courts relating to the actions of former employees and contractors, following an FCPA-related internal investigation and proceedings before the US Department of Justice.
DLA Piper's team works closely with the firm's global office network to handle cross-border white-collar matters, including internal investigations and FCPA and UK Bribery Act due diligence, as well as advising on anti-bribery restrictions and business conduct. The team is led by former prosecutor Tomasz Rudyk, who specialises in criminal and fiscal cases. Senior associate Magdalena Dec is recommended for her expertise in internal audits related to international anti-corruption measures, while fellow senior associate Dominika Wolf-Jezierska is making a name for herself as a defence attorney.
Domanski Zakrzewski Palinka's team has an impressive track record in white-collar criminal proceedings and also regularly advises on crisis management issues. Group leader Hanna Gajewska-Kraczkowska is an expert in criminal law with vast experience in defending individuals against allegations of fraud and corruption.
Hogan Lovells (Warszawa) LLP's white-collar and fraud group is part of the firm's global practice, and focuses on advising clients on combating fraud, and counteracting corruption and white-collar crimes, as well as conducting internal investigations. Practice head Marek Wroniak is recommended alongside senior associate Agnieszka Majka, who leads on internal investigations and compliance.
K&L Gates LLP
K&L Gates LLP's team works closely with the firm's international office network to advise clients on global white-collar criminal issues such as anti-corruption, FCPA and UK Anti-Bribery Act practices. It is instructed by both corporations and individuals subject to civil and criminal investigations, primarily arising from the securities, federal contracting and environmental industries. Counsel and department head Maciej Antoniak is advising and representing Orange Polska subsidiary TP Teltech as the injured party in criminal proceedings alleging the concealment of assets by debtors and potential money laundering issues. As of May 2019, the firm's Poland office has been taken over by DWF Poland Jamka Sp.k.
Kondracki Celej's team of 'passionate attorneys' is instructed on white-collar criminal matters by individuals and corporations defending allegations or as injured parties. Founding partner Marcin Kondracki leads the group, combining 'a creative approach with an outstanding knowledge of criminal law'.
Laszczuk i Wspólnicy sp.k.'s business crime practice is led by managing partner Justyna Szpara and has particular expertise in representing domestic and international clients in fraud cases. The group is also representing a number of companies and managers in proceedings involving the criminal liabilities of board members and tax offences. Senior associate Jan Rysiński is another key name.
Soltysinski Kawecki & Szlezak's stand-alone white-collar crime practice spans defence work and investigations. The group has also developed an active advisory practice, which assists clients with the mitigation and prevention of criminal liability. Senior associate Paweł Sawicki serves as local anti-piracy and anti-counterfeiting outside counsel to Microsoft, a role which involves regular contact with law enforcement authorities. The department is led by vastly experienced criminal defence lawyer Tomasz Konopka. Senior counsel Katarzyna Randzio-Sajkowska is another key name, recommended for internal investigations.