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Soltysinski Kawecki & Szlezak
UL. JASNA 26
00-054 WARSAW
Poland

Poland > Dispute resolution Tier 1

Soltysinski Kawecki & Szlezak has a stand-out litigation practice and lawyers with experience before Polish courts at all levels, with clients appreciating lawyers' tendency to 'focus on the key areas of the dispute and look for unconventional solutions'. Heading the department is Rafał Waszkiewicz, a respected litigation and arbitration expert in relation to construction and infrastructure disputes. The team benefits from the presence of seasoned litigator counsel Dariusz Skuza whose knowledge spans commercial, property and regulatory cases. Stanisław Sołtysiński  is an expert in civil disputes and contentious IP matters. Andrzej Szlęzak  is noted for international arbitration.

Practice head(s):

Rafał Waszkiewicz

Other key lawyers:

Dariusz Skuza; Stanisław Sołtysiński; Andrzej Szlęzak; Jacek Siński; Marcin Olechowski; Katarzyna Paczuska-Tokarska

Testimonials

‘Very focused, very quick reaction times and the team is very knowledgeable in foreign law / foreign customer requirements’

‘Katarzyna Paczuska-Tokarska is very understanding of client issues; very focused on resolving issues quickly and in an uncomplicated way.’

‘The key factors for good cooperation are the competences and commitment of people as well as their understanding of the specificity of the IT industry. This allows you to focus on defining the strategy of conduct in a specific proceeding without the need to weave issues into the general legal language and omit key aspects specific to the IT industry.’

‘Quickly get to the bottom of the issue, focusing on the key areas of the dispute and looking for unconventional solutions’

‘One of the most experienced teams in Poland. Large practice of lawyers working on cases.’

‘Jacek Siński is one of the best trial lawyers in Poland.’

‘Fantastic team, super bright, dedicated and hard-working, high quality work product, wonderful to work with, very capable. Consistently deliver excellent results.’

Key clients

Strabag Wasserbau

ERGO Versicherung AG

Retail Robotics

Nokia

Comarch S.A.

Mostostal Warszawa S.A. / Acciona Construccion S.A.

WeBuild/Salini Polska sp. z o.o.

Credit Agricole Italia

Budimex S.A.

Bank Millennium S.A.

Jaguar Range Rover Limited

Strabag Polska

MasterCard Europe S.A.

Work highlights

  • Representing Strabag in 5 large construction disputes related to port infrastructure.
  • Representing Nokia in a dispute with a partner of a JV executing one of the biggest state-of-the-art railway communications networks in Europe.
  • Representing ERGO Versicherung in a court dispute regarding product liability.

Poland > Intellectual property Tier 1

Szymon Gogulski  and life sciences specialist Ewa Skrzydło-Tefelska head the IP practice at Soltysinski Kawecki & Szlezak, which has both domestic and cross-border capabilities. The team is adept at representing clients in disputes before before EUIPO and CJEU regarding trademarks, copyrights, unfair competition and domain name infringement matters. Additionally, it provides legal support to the IT industry, manages international IP portfolios and handles IP protection matters and transactions. Jacek Myszko is a notable team member advising clients in the pharmaceutical, medical device and food products sectors on regulatory projects. The team has been further bolstered by the addition of Marek Oleksyn in September 2021.

Other key lawyers:

Arkadiusz Wójtowicz

Testimonials

‘Accessible, knowledgeable, reliable, and a pleasure to deal with.’

‘We have been working with Arkadiusz Wójtowicz on various trademark matters in the automotive industry. He is very responsive and provides clear and concise advice.’

‘SKS is an excellent firm. We have worked with their IP team and all went smoothly. SKS lawyers are outstanding professionals, have a long-standing experience, perfect English skills and are extremely responsive. Fees are clear and transparent. We would recommend SKS to any of our clients doing business in Poland.’

‘I have had consistently good advice from the team.’

‘Ewa Skrzdlo-Tefelska is a great lawyer, she deserves full respect. She does not only have academic knowledge but can transform that knowledge into effective advice.’

‘Ewa Skrzdlo-Tefelska is my “go to” person for trade mark questions in Poland.’

‘Szymon Gogulski – very knowledgeable and commercial. He has great integrity and impresses not only with his legal skills but with client service’

Key clients

Cinkciarz.pl

Eurocash

Podlaska Wytwórnia Wódek Polmos SA

Etos S.A.

mBank

Velvet Care Sp. z o.o.

Bakoma S.A.

Nesperta Sp. z o.o.

Inter Cars SA

PCC Rokita / PCC Exol

PPG Polska

Spyke Technology Sp. z o.o.

Browar Fortuna Sp. z o.o.

Rolex SA

Eurotel Sp. z o.o.

Retail Robotics

Authentic Brands Group

Work highlights

  • Represented Cinkciarz.pl in front of the General Court of the EU in appeal proceedings against a decision of EUIPO refusing to grant protection to a trademark comprising of a logo composed of two overlapping circles with the symbols of the Euro and the US Dollar.
  • Represented Eurocash in several trademark opposition and cancellation proceedings.
  • Advised Podlaska Wytwórnia Wódek Polmos SA on the trademark for Chopin.

Poland > White-collar crime Tier 1

The white-collar crime department at Soltysinski Kawecki & Szlezak handles defence matters and major investigations, covering corruption, fraud and tax fraud, actions to the detriment of companies and creditors, cybercrime, money laundering, and construction and labour law offences. The team is also adept in advising on mitigating and preventing criminal liability and implementing compliance systems and procedures. The practice benefits from the firm’s strong tax, competition, employment and IP departments, allowing a multi-disciplinary approach. Compliance expert Tomasz Konopka leads the practice and is active in representing clients before the Polish courts. Katarzyna Randzio-Sajkowska has substantial experience in handing internal investigations. Senior associate Michał Opala specialises in business crime and cybercrime.

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Testimonials

‘SK&S white collar crime team is the one to be trusted in both purely criminal matters and compliance issues. When approaching the matter they combine knowledge, experience and business approach. They are very capable in complex projects which they manage in a smooth and communicative way, able to present complicated issues in a clear and informative way, very supportive in decision-making process. They provide excellent service and confidence for the client.’

‘Katarzyna Randzio-Sajkowska has very good judgement and is proactive in addressing the needs of the client presenting practical solutions. Responsive and communicative.’

‘Michał Opala is a creative lawyer with a practical approach, someone to be watched in the coming years.’

Key clients

Microsoft Corporation

Work highlights

  • Advising Microsoft Corporation in fighting cybercrime and cooperating with law enforcement authorities regarding cybersecurity.

Poland > Banking and finance Tier 2

At Soltysinski Kawecki & Szlezak, the team is experienced in financial regulatory work, financial sector M&A and financing deals. On the regulatory front, the firm  handles payment services and fintech-related matters, drawing on its strong intellectual property and IT departments. In addition, it is also regularly instructed to advise on anti-money laundering compliance. Utilising the regulatory practice, the team is well-placed to advise Polish financial institutions on M&A and group reorganisations. On the financing side, the team has substantial experience in acquisition finance and corporate refinancings, as well as handling an increasing amount of green finance matters. Names to note at the firm include practice head Marcin Olechowski, who has expertise in finance deals and regulatory mandates. Tomasz Kanski is an acquisition finance specialist. Wojciech Iwański, who made partner in 2021, is increasingly known for regulatory work, including for payments and fintech issues.

Practice head(s):

Marcin Olechowski

Other key lawyers:

Tomasz Kański; Wojciech Iwański; Mateusz Blocher

Testimonials

‘The banking and finance team has the features to ensure optimal results: outstanding lawyers with in-depth knowledge of the regulatory environment, a broad market overview and a strong understanding of clients’ business goals. They are not limited to presenting the simplest (and therefore usually the least attractive) interpretations and solutions, but they look for a safe compromise between regulatory requirements and running a successful business.’

‘Wojciech Iwański, apart from outstanding intelligence and a great sense of humour, is a guarantee of excellent legal skills. Clients are provided with a full overview of the available interpretations of ambiguous regulations. Wojtek’s assessments are always balanced, reliable and well-justified.’

‘In few words, high level of competence, flexibility, and customer needs’ care.’

‘The biggest advantage of the team is their flexibility which allows them to answer any customer need.’

‘They always try to put themselves in our shoes, they want to understand better to define the right solution for the question asked.’

‘A very committed team that helps us with advanced legal solutions in relation to financial technologies, including payment services.’

‘Competences and knowledge of the law of payment services which allows the implementation of the most innovative solutions.’

‘Very in-depth and comprehensive knowledge of payment services, both at the level of EU and national regulations.’

Key clients

Związek Banków Polskich (The Polish Bank Association)

The Iliad Group

NN Group

Bank PKO BP

Mastercard Europe

Carlson Travel, Inc. and CWT Group

Cineworld

PayPo

FCA Bank S.p.A. Polish Branch / Leasys Polska

Bank Millennium S.A.

Bank Handlowy w Warszawie S.A. (Citi group)

Alior Bank S.A.

Goldman Sachs

Toyota Bank Polska S.A.

Volkswagen Bank

MUFG Bank (Europe) NV SA

Cinkciarz.pl

Bank Pocztowy

Związek Banków Polskich (The Polish Bank Association)

The Iliad Group

NN Group

Bank PKO BP

Mastercard Europe

Carlson Travel, Inc. and CWT Group

Cineworld

PayPo

FCA Bank S.p.A. Polish Branch / Leasys Polska

Bank Millennium S.A.

Bank Handlowy w Warszawie S.A. (Citi group)

Alior Bank S.A.

Goldman Sachs

Toyota Bank Polska S.A.

Volkswagen Bank

MUFG Bank (Europe) NV SA

Cinkciarz.pl

Bank Pocztowy

Work highlights

  • Advising the Banking Law Council of the Polish Bank Association in connection with the implementation of PSD2 in Poland, non-authorized transactions and open banking.
  • Advised Iliad Group on its acquisition of Play Communication S.A. (a company listed on the Warsaw Stock Exchange)
  • Advised NN Group on the financing for its successful bid for the Polish assets of MetLife.

Poland > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 2

Soltysinski Kawecki & Szlezak‘s corporate team works closely with the firm’s antitrust, litigation, renewable energy and intellectual property groups to provide a ‘pro-client‘ and well-rounded transactional service. The group has an impressive roster of international and Polish clients, for whom it handles high-profile deals. Leading the team is Robert Gawałkiewicz. He works with Krzysztof Pawlisz, who combines expertise in commercial and securities law, and is often instructed in privatisations and restructurings. Andrzej Motyka, who is 'full of new ideas', is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Robert Gawałkiewicz

Other key lawyers:

Krzysztof Pawlisz; Tomasz Kański; Łukasz Berak; Sławomir Uss; Marcin Olechowski; Andrzej Motyka

Testimonials

‘Very responsive. Flexible as far as solutions are concerned. pro-client approach.’

‘Andrzej Motyka is close to the client. very helpful. full of new ideas. Looks for opportunities.’

‘They are highly experienced, have good legal knowledge, are business-oriented and are very engaged in our projects. They offer very good value for reasonable fee. They understand the market and our business. Due to the long cooperation, SK&S is fully aware of most of our historical projects and their impact on future, and so can provide complex and in-depth legal advice.’

‘Krzysztof Pawlisz, senior partner, has been working with us for almost 20 years on strategic projects in Poland and his experience and guidance on key matters is always helpful. Andrzej Motyka is an experienced M&A and securities law expert. He is a proactive and responsive lawyer, capable of identifying potential risks and addressing them efficiently, while taking into consideration business goals of the client.’

Key clients

The Iliad Group

Arcelor Mittal

International Paper Company

The FCA Group, The PSA Group

Mazda Motor Logistics Europe NV

Ciech S.A.

The Olszewski Family – El-cab Sp. z o.o.

The Bunge Group

The Eurocash Group

Onelog Invest (Lux) S.A.R.L. (a subsidiary of AXA)

Goldman Sachs Int.

The Ikea Industry Group

Nesperta

Work highlights

  • Advised Iliad Group on its acquisition of Play Communication S.A.
  • Advised the US corporation, International Paper, on the sale of International Paper (Poland) Holding for more than PLN 3 billion.
  • Advised The FCA Group on the regulatory consequences of a merger in Poland concerning the status of the activities of two groups active in financial services in Poland.

Poland > Competition/antitrust Tier 2

The Warsaw-based competition group at Soltysinski Kawecki & Szlezak  handles large litigation cases before the Polish Competition Authorities for an impressive client roster including both Polish and international clients. The team also advises on merger control, antitrust matters and compliance mandates. Krzysztof Kanton leads the team. Other notable individuals include Marek Kolasiński, who has previous experience as a judge in the Court of Appeal, and Joanna Marek, who has expertise advising entrepreneurs active in a variety of sectors.

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Key clients

Shell

Engie

Wintershall

OMV

Uniper

ENGIE Energy Management Holding Switzerland AG

Jeronimo Martins Polska SA

Benefit Systems S.A.

Eurocash S.A.

Eurozet Sp z o.o.

Swiss Krono Sp. z o.o.

NEUCA S.A.

Iliad S.A.

Kärcher Sp. z o.o.

Alba Group plc & Co KG

Work highlights

  • Representing NEUCA S.A, a leading Polish wholesaler of pharmaceuticals, in relation to an investigation carried out by the PCA which aims to verify whether pharmaceutical wholesalers may have reached an agreement consisting in the exchange of commercial information, including the prices of medications. The PCA verifies whether such agreement might have taken place through special software used by wholesalers, by means of which pharmaceutical wholesalers could have verified prices applied by their competitors.
  • Advised Iliad S.A. on the Polish competition law aspects related to its takeover of Play Communications S.A.
  • Advising Jeronimo Martins Polska S.A. in connection with its appeal proceedings concerning the record fine of PLN 723 million fine on the account of JMP allegedly demanding unfair and excessive rebates from suppliers of food.

Poland > Energy and natural resources Tier 2

Soltysinski Kawecki & Szlezak‘s energy law practice advises clients on a wide range of matters including infrastructure investments, compliance and regulatory issues, emissions allowances, M&A transactions and renewable energy project financings. Moreover, the team is also active in the contentious field, representing clients in disputes regarding the imposition of fines and connection to the grid where necessary. Krzysztof Cichocki in Warsaw and Zbyszko Wizner in Poznań jointly chair the team.

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Testimonials

‘The team is very professional with a lot of practical experience.’

‘The team is extremely proactive and their business focus is outstanding.’

‘First-rate legal education, high personal culture, transparent settlement system, individual approach to a case, broad interpretation of regulations in the context of not only short-term solutions but also consequences for the future and in a broad context.’

‘Thorough first-class education, high personal culture, complex approach to the processes occurring in the investment project, striving for unconventional solutions, taking into account economically rational solutions.’

‘Tomasz Młodawski has an outstanding knowledge of the industry so that his advice exceeds by far what we normally get from lawyers. He is not only a lawyer but a true business partner. This is an extreme value and what makes him stand out (on top of his excellent legal skills and very practical advice).’

‘Krzysztof Cichocki is a leader of the team with a vast experience in the energy matters.’

Tomasz Młodawski has a deep understanding of gas market regulation. Quite impressive understanding of the market.’

Key clients

Enea Operator Sp. z o.o.

PCC Rokita S.A.

Sabowind Polska sp. z o.o.

Kelfield Deutschland GmbH

Sunly Group

RE Alloys Sp. z o.o.

IKEA Industry Sp. z o.o.

WKG Group

LG Chem Energy Solutions Sp. z o.o., LG Chem Poland Sp. z o.o.

The US Agency for International Development

Poland > Healthcare and life sciences Tier 2

Soltysinski Kawecki & Szlezak‘s practice focuses on pharmaceutical law and medical devices, food law, biocidal products, IP and public procurement. The team handles regulatory matters, product labelling advertising and promotion, and is also increasingly involved in clinical trials. The team is jointly led by IP and life sciences experts  Jacek Myszko  and Ewa Skrzydło-Tefelska. Marcelina Izydorczyk is also a name of note.

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Testimonials

‘The team has good knowledge regarding the regulatory requirements and also commercial aspects in Poland.’

‘Very well organised team demonstrating exceptional listening skills to understand and meet client expectations.’

‘Extensive experience of lawyers, focus on solutions and a great variety and scope of the team is an additional advantage that the law firm can take advantage of.’

‘Excellent knowledge in the area of life sciences and biotechnology in Poland, focusing on contractual, compliance and data privacy issues, especially the implementation of the EU General Data Privacy Regulation (GDPR) in Poland.’

‘Jacek Myszko gives very practical advice, demonstrating an in-depth knowledge of biotechnology and life sciences in Poland, business acumen, and was always available when we needed him.’

‘Marcelina Izydorczyk is a thorough, diligent and very adaptable and creative lawyer, capable of resolving intricate issues quickly and effectively.’

‘Jacek Myszko is the lead partner for our company. He is extremely responsive, dedicated, knowledgeable and efficient. We really appreciate the work that he and his team do for us.’

‘Ewa Skrzydło-Tefelska and Jacek Myszko have great knowledge and focus on answering customer questions and challenges. They get a quick understanding of the industry challenges and provide highly helpful feedback and advice. In difficult matters and more complicated matters, point-to-point advice is very helpful.’

Key clients

Technicolor Home Entertainment Services, Inc.

PSI Pharma Support Poland Sp. z o.o.

E&J Gallo Winery

Dr. Max Pharma s.r.o.

Nesperta Sp. z o.o.

Polski Związek Pracodawców Przemysłu Farmaceutycznego

Work highlights

  • Advised Technicolor Home Entertainment Services Inc. on an agreement with Bacteromic dealing with the manufacturing of a state-of-the-art medical device for in vitro diagnostics.
  • Advised Genomic Health Inc. in all aspects of running an observatory study in Poland.
  • Advised EJ Gallo on a number of regulatory projects regarding launching on the market, including the formulation and labelling of products in Poland and the EU.

Poland > Private client Tier 2

International tax law expert Sławomir Łuczak heads up the practice at Soltysinski Kawecki & Szlezak, which advises on tax issues, family and inheritance law and business succession, as well as asset management and investment matters. Restructuring projects and litigation are areas of focus for associate Karolina Gotfryd; senior counsel Anna Kratiuk is experienced in M&A transactions for private clients.

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Testimonials

‘I have cooperated with SK&S lawyers for several years now, engaging them regularly in various complex business and private tax matters. They are reliable, responsive, open-minded and always looking for the best solutions for the client. They also have an excellent understanding of the legal and tax systems, they understand my business and private ventures, always advise in line with the best possible perspective and the solutions they propose are clearly communicated and tailor-made.’

‘SKS is one of the largest universal law firms in Poland. I’ve used them for various projects ranging from: (a) tax; personal finance structuring (b) criminal law (c) contracts (d) litigation, and they performed at top level in each of these fields.’

‘What I appreciate most is the very down-to-earth, practical nature combined with the expertise and background of a large organisation.’

‘Very important tax team with a deep knowledge of the sector.’

‘Sławomir Łuczak is one of the key tax and private wealth lawyers in Poland.’

‘I work regularly with Sławomir Łuczak, who provides a very high standard of legal advice supported by an excellent understanding of my needs. I’ve been working with him for a long time and he’s always been completely dedicated to our projects. I appreciate his professionalism, availability, and atypical solutions he comes up with. I also like his personality, as he is a calm and stable person.

‘I have personally worked with Karolina Gotfryd who has successfully resolved a number of our legal and tax issues. I perceive her to be a good strategist and planner, definitely a promising lawyer.’

‘Sławomir Luczak is extremely responsive and proactive and always proposes practical solutions with a deep knowledge of the industry.’

Key clients

Specinvest / Nesperta

Work highlights

  • Advising a client on the creation of an investment vehicle in the form of an “Alternate Investment Company” and advising on the sale of 80% of the shares held by the client in the Nesperta Group to the SPV established by the foreign investor.

Poland > Tax Tier 2

Soltysinski Kawecki & Szlezak is praised for being ‘focused on finding commercially sensible solutions for the client'. The tax department regularly advises clients on tax planning and implementation, transfer pricing and wealth tax management. On the contentious front, the firm’s impressive offering includes representing clients before tax authorities and courts, as well as assisting with tax audits. Jarosław Bieroński leads the practice and is an expert in international tax. Sławomir Łuczak has experience representing clients in tax and customs cases before Polish authorities, and Piotr Andrzejak is the name to note for VAT and indirect tax matters.

Practice head(s):

Jarosław Bieroński

Testimonials

‘They can put in place an international team which handles complex matters for their clients.’

‘Sławomir Łuczakis one of the key tax / private wealth lawyers in Poland.’

‘The team was very much focused to find commercially sensible solutions for the client. Furthermore, the team showed a superb performance when it comes to explain the client the Polish DAC6-regulations.’

‘Piotr Andrzejak is a top choice for tax structuring in Poland and delivers clear advice also on very short notice.’

‘I’d highlight the size of their tax team, their knowledge of international taxation and transactional work.’

‘Slawomir Luczak and Jaroslaw Bieronski are outstanding tax partners with a deep knowledge of taxation in an international context. They are extremely reactive and responsive.’

Key clients

Sokołów S.A.

BNG Holding

Huntsmann

The Iliad Group

Rotho Sp. z o.o.

AB Inbev

The Eurocash Group

BZK TM sp. z o.o.

Cereal Partners Poland Toruń-Pacific Sp. z o.o.

The Blue City Group

Work highlights

  • On behalf of a client, devised a strategy to establish a family foundation in Liechtenstein and provided tax advice on Polish and international legal and tax issues.
  • Advised Brand New Galaxy Holding on an organisational structure and the rules governing its functioning, cash flows, funding and inter-company settlements, among other matters.
  • Advised The Iliad Group on a transaction’s tax and corporate structuring, prepared the public tender offer documentation, and implemented the takeover bid and squeeze-out of the remaining shareholders.

Poland > TMT Tier 2

Soltysinski Kawecki & Szlezak is active in advising clients in new areas of technology and IT, such as cloud computing and cybersecurity, as well as assisting on IP transfers and IT deployment, related litigation concerning violation of rights for software products and digital crimes, blockchain matters and software audits. The practice is also adept at supporting M&A transactions, where it advises on the technology aspects. Software law expert Mikołaj Sowiński and cloud computing specialist Agata Szeliga jointly lead the team.

Testimonials

‘Flexibility, always available to support, meeting deadlines, offering legal advice tailored to the client organization.’

‘Agata Szeliga and Mikołaj Sowiński have exceptional legal knowledge, business approach, understanding of client needs.’

Key clients

Discovery

Microsoft

BSA

Mazda Motor Logistics Europe NV

Wix

Wolt

Lidl Poland

Mastercard Europe

EY GDS

Autodesk

Shelfwise

Ebicom

Work highlights

  • Advised Discovery TVN in administrative proceedings related to the issuance of a broadcasting license for TVN24.
  • Advised Eurosport and TVN on the negotiations of a key distribution deal related to the distribution of linear Eurosport, Discovery and TVN channels, and cooperation in the field of VOD services.
  • Advised Wix in relation to the Poland-related aspects of the acquisition of Modalyst.

Poland > Employment Tier 3

Soltysinski Kawecki & Szlezak is active in handling restructurings, large group dismissal processes, trade union negotiations, dismissals and employee investigations, including fraud and FCPA matters. The team is also skilled in advising on high value legal disputes between former employees and managers and is fronted by Agnieszka Fedor.

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Testimonials

‘Soltysinski Kawecki & Szlezak is a large organisation employing many high-class specialists specialising in selected areas. I am very impressed with their extremely accurate assessment of a given situation, the selection of appropriate specialists to solve the problem and their mutual cooperation, which ensures complete comprehensive service.’

‘The firm has a large team of lawyers. They have experience in all areas related to employment law. They are always able to provide comprehensive advice of the highest quality.’

‘I work mainly with Agnieszka Fedor. In my opinion, she is an absolutely unique lawyer, in addition to substantive knowledge and vast legal experience, she has an extraordinary sense of business issues and people management. I can always rely on her knowledge and accurate assessment of the situation.’

‘Most often I work with Filip Sodulski in the field of labor law. This man is distinguished by great self-control, an accurate assessment of the situation, the ability to react very quickly and extremely professionally to the situation. Moreover, he is fluent in English, and the arguments used by him mean that, no matter what the topic, I always feel safe when he leads me by the hand through a problem, even if it is quite complex in my opinion.’

Key clients

Mazda Motor Logistics Europe NV

Intel Corporation

Home.pl S.A.

Senstar GmbH

Alphalab Capital

Eurocash

Winterhalter Gastronom GmbH

Ermewa SA

OpenBet Limited

RED ON LINE

Caterpillar Poland Sp. z o.o.

Zalando SE

Solaris Bus&Coach S.A.

Caterpillar

Work highlights

  • Advised a client in a complex matter involving employees’ fraud, acting to the detriment of the company, undertaking activities competitive towards the employer, abuse of trade union rights, as well as disciplinary termination of employment with trade union representatives followed with court proceedings.
  • Supported a client in group dismissals covering almost half of the production team, including negotiations with the trade unions.
  • Supported a client in setting up online shopping platforms in commencement of activities in Poland including all aspects connected with remote work and internal regulations related thereto.

Poland > Real estate Tier 3

Radosław Waszkiewicz chairs the real estate department at Soltysinski Kawecki & Szlezak. The team is adept at handling acquisitions, divestments and leasing, as well as development and construction projects, across offices, logistics, hotels, residential, and retail asset classes. Janusz Siekański and Zbyszko Wizner are the other standout practitioners.

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Testimonials

‘I think one of the main advantages of SKS is the fact that they have experts specialising in various disciplines and whenever any new issue appears they have a person, who is expert in that and can support us.’

‘Lawyers from SKS are very professional and always provide very professional replies to our queries. What is also important in our case is the fact that SKS lawyers are very proficient in English language’

‘SKS not only provided excellent legal support, but they also went the extra mile actually leading our company through a deal we have never done before.’

‘SKS individuals quickly became valued members of our team, not only external legal advisors.’

‘The team provided detailed explanations to our team who was really new on the topics we handled with them. They shared their expertise and made it understandable for all levels of stakeholders allowing us to sign a strong build-to-suit lease contract. Our timeline was really short due to business constraints and the SKS team was available, reactive and saving us time by always highlighting to us the aspects we should push vs. the ones we could potentially let go. Their negotiation technique advice was also strong and allowed us to get a good overall deal and contract.’

‘Mr. Radosław Waszkiewicz was our primary contact and his advice was timely, on point, and easily understood by all. He quickly caught on to what our business priorities were and prioritised the contract negotiations accordingly.’

‘Radosław Waszkiewicz takes full ownership and orchestrates the process within lateral legal advisors in SKS. Excellent engagement, analysis and deep expertise, and is familiar with the market and practices in Poland.’

‘Mr Zbyszko Wizner, has excellent communication skills and can be an active mediator during difficult negotiations, he understands perfectly the intentions of our company and adjusts respectively the legal approach meaning the style of formulating documents adjusted to the situation, the goal to be achieved and the counter-party, and he presents wide general knowledge of the actual matters, not only in his direct field of expertise, which makes him a very interesting interlocutor.’

Key clients

Zalando SE

Auchan Polska

Westwing Sp. z o.o.

Solaris Bus & Coach Sp. z o.o.

AXA REIM SGP

Investec Property Fund Offshore Investments Proprietary Limited

Intel Technology Poland Sp. z o.o.

Uma Investments Sp. Z o.o.

OKRE Development Sp. Z o.o.

REF Eastern Opportunities sp. z o.o.

Blue City Sp. z o.o.

P4 sp. z o.o.

International Paper Company

IKEA Industry Poland sp. z o.o.

Nike

Work highlights

  • Advising Investec Property Fund Offshore Investments Proprietary Limited on the refinancing of the acquisition of a European portfolio of logistics facilities including 5 facilities in Poland.
  • Advised Zalando SE on the selection of land and tender process to acquire land for a new logistic facility and ongoing advisory on other preparatory steps for the greenfield investment.
  • Advised Westwing Sp. z o.o. on a lease transaction with P3 pertaining to a new greenfield BTS logistic centre and the lease of an existing warehouse building.

Established in 1991, Sołtysiński Kawecki & Szlęzak is one of the leading law firms in Poland, serving both Polish and foreign businesses. The firm currently employs over 150 attorneys and provides the highest standard of legal services in all areas of business activity. Combining theoretical reflection on law (SK&S employs several current and historical academic authorities on Polish law) with a focused emphasis on practical solutions, SK&S is uniquely equipped to deal effectively with the most complicated legal issues present in complex business transactions.

Specializations
The firm’s practice covers all areas of commercial law, with particular emphasis on corporate law and commercial transactions, intellectual and industrial property rights, securities and capital market law, banking and finance, antitrust and unfair competition, and energy law. SK&S also has fully-fledged tax and labour law practices, and its sizable litigation department has gained considerable experience in litigation before common courts, the Polish Supreme Court and Supreme Administrative Court, as well as Polish and international arbitration tribunals.

Reputation
SK&S has successfully served thousands of satisfied clients in over 27 years of practice, and it is our clients’ word-of-mouth recommendations that represent our most effective marketing tool. SK&S, through its wide-ranging work, has gained wide recognition in professional legal circles in Poland and abroad. For many years, SK&S and its attorneys individually have been recognized prominently in international specialist publications, such as: Chambers & Partners, The Legal 500, PLC Which Lawyer, and in the rankings of law firms by the Polish dailies Rzeczpospolita and Dziennik Gazeta Prawna, and Forbes monthly. SK&S has consistently been recognized as a leader of Polish legal practice in the fields of commercial law, intellectual property, court proceedings and arbitration, mergers and acquisitions, capital markets, antitrust law, banking and finance, tax law, and labour law.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
M&A and Corporate Stanislaw Soltysinski
Banking and finance Andrzej Kawecki
M&A and Corporate Andrzej Szlezak
M&A and Corporate Robert Gawalkiewicz
M&A and Corporate Tomasz Kanski
Tax, customs and foreign exchange Jaroslaw Bieronski
Intellectual property Szymon Gogulski
Banking and finance Krzysztof Pawlisz
Real Estate, Development and Construction Janusz Siekanski
Infrastructure projects Zbyszko Wizner
Tax, customs and foreign exchange Piotr Andrzejak
Mergers and acquisitions Lukasz Berak
Energy Krzysztof Cichocki
Employment Agnieszka Fedor
Antitrust and competition Krzysztof Kanton
Criminal law, investigations and compliance Tomasz Konopka
Tax, customs and foreign exchange Slawomir Luczak
Pharmaceuticals health care & life sciences Jacek Myszko
Banking and finance Marcin Olechowski
Litigation Katarzyna Paczuska-Tokarska
Criminal law, investigations and compliance Katarzyna Randzio-Sajkowska
Litigation and dispute resolution Jacek Sinski
Intellectual property Ewa Skrzydlo-Tefelska
Intellectual property Mikolaj Sowinski
Personal Data Protection, State aid law Agata Szeliga
M&A and Corporate Slawomir Uss
M&A and Corporate, Real Estate, Infrastructure Radoslaw Waszkiewicz
Litigation, Infrastructure Rafal Waszkiewicz
Litigation and dispute resolution Dariusz Skuza
M&A and Corporate Rudolf Ostrihansky
Securities and capital markets Justyna Mlodzianowska
Competition Law Marek Kolasinski
International arbitration Katarzyna Michalowska
Intellectual Property, Unfair Competition, Advertising Law Aurelia Nowicka
Employment Roch Palubicki
PhotoNamePositionProfile
Piotr Andrzejak photoMr Piotr AndrzejakPartner at Sołtysiński Kawecki & Szlęzak. Tax advisor. Specializes in Polish and…
Łukasz Berak photoMr Łukasz BerakPartner at Sołtysiński Kawecki & Szlęzak. He focuses his practice on advice…
Jarosław Bieroński photoMr Jarosław BierońskiSenior partner at Sołtysiński Kawecki & Szlęzak. Tax advisor. A respected specialist…
Krzysztof Cichocki photoMr Krzysztof CichockiPartner at Sołtysiński Kawecki & Szlęzak. Specializes in energy law, real estate…
Agnieszka Fedor photoMr Agnieszka FedorPartner at Sołtysiński Kawecki & Szlęzak. Specializes in labor law.
Robert Gawałkiewicz photoMr Robert GawałkiewiczManaging Partner at Sołtysiński Kawecki & Szlęzak. He specializes in the areas…
Szymon Gogulski photoMr Szymon GogulskiSenior Partner at Sołtysiński Kawecki & Szlęzak. His areas of interests include…
Wojciech Iwański photoDr Wojciech IwańskiPartner, attorney-at-law
Tomasz Kanski photoMr Tomasz KanskiSenior Partner at Sołtysiński Kawecki & Szlęzak. Specializes in commercial and international…
Krzysztof Kanton photoMr Krzysztof KantonPartner at Sołtysiński Kawecki & Szlęzak. He specializes in competition law. He…
Andrzej W. Kawecki photoDr Andrzej W. KaweckiSenior Partner at Sołtysiński Kawecki & Szlęzak. He is the initiator and…
Marek Kolasinski photoProfessor Marek KolasinskiOf Counsel. Professor Kolasiński is a recognized expert in Competition Law.
Tomasz Konopka photoMr Tomasz KonopkaPartner at Sołtysiński Kawecki & Szlęzak. He specializes in business crime cases…
Katarzyna Michałowska photoDr Katarzyna MichałowskaOf Councel at Sołtysiński Kawecki & Szlęzak.Specializes in domestic & EU corporate…
Andrzej Motyka photoMr Andrzej MotykaPartner, attorney-at-law
Jacek Myszko photoMr Jacek MyszkoPartner at Sołtysiński Kawecki & Szlęzak. Specializes in intellectual property, pharmaceutical and…
Justyna Młodzianowska photoMs Justyna MłodzianowskaOf Counsel at Sołtysiński Kawecki & Szlęzak. Specializes in securities and capital…
Marcin Olechowski photoDr Marcin OlechowskiPartner at Sołtysiński Kawecki & Szlęzak. Dr. Olechowski specializes in civil and…
Rudolf Ostrihansky photoDr Rudolf OstrihanskyDr. Ostrihansky holds a position of Of Counsel. He specializes in mergers…
Katarzyna Paczuska-Tokarska photoMs Katarzyna Paczuska-TokarskaPartner at Sołtysiński Kawecki & Szlęzak. Specializes in litigation, including proceedings before…
Krzysztof Pawlisz photoMr Krzysztof PawliszSenior Partner at Sołtysiński Kawecki & Szlęzak. In his practice he combines…
Roch Pałubicki photoMr Roch PałubickiOf Counsel at Sołtysiński Kawecki & Szlęzak. Specializes in individual and collective…
Katarzyna Randzio-Sajkowska photoMs Katarzyna Randzio-SajkowskaPartner at Sołtysiński Kawecki & Szlęzak. Specializes in matters relating to white…
Janusz Siekański photoMr Janusz SiekańskiSenior partner at Sołtysiński Kawecki & Szlęzak. He heads the real estate…
Jacek Siński photoMr Jacek SińskiPartner at Sołtysiński Kawecki & Szlęzak. Specializes in civil and commercial litigation…
Ewa Skrzydło - Tefelska photoDr hab Ewa Skrzydło - TefelskaPartner at Sołtysiński Kawecki & Szlęzak. Specializes in counselling and litigation in…
Dariusz Skuza photoMr Dariusz SkuzaOf Counsel at Sołtysiński Kawecki & Szlęzak. Coordinates SK&S’ Litigation Department. Specializes…
Mikołaj Sowiński photoMr Mikołaj SowińskiPartner at Sołtysiński Kawecki & Szlęzak. He specializes in intellectual property law…
Stanisław Sołtysiński photoProfessor Stanisław SołtysińskiOf Counsel at Sołtysiński Kawecki & Szlęzak. Professor Sołtysiński is a renowned…
Agata Szeliga photoMs Agata SzeligaPartner at Sołtysiński Kawecki & Szlęzak. Specializes in personal data protection law,…
Andrzej Szlęzak photoDr hab Andrzej SzlęzakOf Counsel at Sołtysiński Kawecki & Szlęzak. An expert in civil and…
Sławomir Uss photoMr Sławomir UssPartner at Sołtysiński Kawecki & Szlęzak. Specializes in M&A transactions, commercial law,…
Rafał Waszkiewicz photoMr Rafał WaszkiewiczPartner at Sołtysiński Kawecki & Szlęzak. Specializes in proceedings conducted before the…
Radosław Waszkiewicz photoMr Radosław WaszkiewiczPartner at Sołtysiński Kawecki & Szlęzak. Specializes in real estate law, construction…
Zbyszko Wizner photoMr Zbyszko WiznerSenior Partner at Sołtysiński Kawecki & Szlęzak. Tax Advisor. He has advised…
Sławomir Łuczak photoMr Sławomir ŁuczakPartner at Sołtysiński Kawecki & Szlęzak. He specializes in tax, customs and…
Number of lawyers : 159
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IBA (International Bar Association)
The World Law Group
Global Advertising Lawyers Alliance (GALA)
EuroITCounsel
INTA - International Trademark Association
EELA (European Employment Lawyers Association)
Associacion Europea de Abogados (AEA)
Energy Law Group (ELG)
IFA (International Fiscal Association)
Contact : Robert Gawalkiewicz (Managing Partner)
Other offices : Katowice
Other offices : Poznan
Other offices : Wroclaw