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Traple Konarski Podrecki & Partners
KRÓLOWEJ JADWIGI 170
30-212 KRAKÓW
Poland

Poland > Data privacy and data protection Tier 1

The personal data protection team at Traple Konarski Podrecki & Partners has a broad-ranging practice, from implementing and applying GDPR and representation before the Polish Data Protection Authority, to assisting with compliance audits and the cross-border transfer of data. Additionally, managing data breaches, data anonymisation, and matters involving biometric data are within the team’s capabilities. Co-founder Xawery Konarski and Grzegorz Sibiga jointly lead the team. In July 2022, Dominika Nowak and Katarzyna Syska were promoted to managing associate and counsel, respectively.

Practice head(s):

Xawery Konarski; Grzegorz Sibiga

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Polskie Sieci Elektroenergetyczne S.A

Gmina Miasta Tychy

Jastrzębska Spółka Węglowa S.A.

Canal + Polska S.A

National Research Institute

Provident Polska S.A.

Gmina Wrocław

RTB House

Poland > Intellectual property Tier 1

For Traple Konarski Podrecki & Partners, IP is a key focus and the team advises both Polish and international clients on a range of mandates, including trade mark, patent, and copyright protection and enforcement matters, as well as unfair competition cases. Co-founder of the firm Pawel Podrecki oversees the team from Warsaw. Other key names include Beata Matusiewicz-Kulig in Kraków; as head of the dispute resolution department, she is particularly active in IP litigation. Also in Kraków, Tomasz Targosz is skilled in patent and copyright law matters. Warsaw-based Anna Sokołowska-Ławniczak leads the brand management offering.

Practice head(s):

Paweł Podrecki

Other key lawyers:

Beata Matusiewicz-Kulig; Tomasz Targosz; Anna Sokołowska-Ławniczak; Agnieszka Schoen; Krzysztof Wasilewski; Justyna Sitnikow

Testimonials

‘Outstanding individuals working in academic and business environments, and they take part in many legislative procedures.’

‘They have a great understanding of English law and provide very proactive, pragmatic, and clear advice.’

‘The services are provided very exactly and effectively in a short amount of time. The clients are treated seriously and politely, and the specialists are flexible and well-informed.’

‘Very responsive, clear analysis, very competent, and professional. They provide clear and practical advice on what to do.’

‘Anna Sokołowska-Ławniczak is an excellent practitioner with huge experience in litigation. She can strategically advise clients on all matters related to IP, she understand entrepreneurs, and she is very business oriented.’

‘Anna Sokołowska-Ławniczak, Krzysztof Wasilewski, and Justyna Sitnikow all display high levels of expertise and diligence, and are all a pleasure to work with.’

Key clients

Lotte Wedel sp. z o.o.

Maspex Group S.A.

TOUS S.L.

Stowarzyszenie Filmowców Polskich

Awa

Van Pur S.A.

Polfa Tarchomin S.A.

ZF Polpharma S.A.

Ryłko

X-Kom

Asseco South Eastern Europe

Adamed S.A.

Poland > TMT Tier 2

Traple Konarski Podrecki & Partners has a strong focus on the TMT sector, and advises domestic and international clients on IT, new technologies, media, and internet-related mandates, including the public procurement of IT services and devices, and financial innovations. ‘Go-to lawyer‘ and co-founder Xawery Konarski leads the team from Kraków; he is supported by financial innovation expert Jan Byrski, IT projects specialist and ‘outstanding lawyer‘ Agnieszka Wachowska, and media and advertising law expert Piotr Wasilewski. Senior associate Karolina Grochecka-Goljan is also notable as ‘a specialist' in the telecoms field.

Practice head(s):

Xawery Konarski

Other key lawyers:

Agnieszka Wachowska; Piotr Wasilewski; Anna Jelińska-Sabatowska; Karolina Grochecka-Goljan; Jakub Chlebowski; Marcin Ręgorowicz

Testimonials

‘The entire team are extremely competent, available, and listen to the client’s needs. The team has good energy and is made up of very committed, brilliant, and very positive lawyers who are able to creatively solve problems and go beyond the usual patterns.’

‘They are extremely well connected in the market and are always abreast of the latest local developments, as well as global trends.’

‘The team is very professional, competent, and possesses very deep knowledge in the area of its expertise. Services are delivered with very high quality, and the team’s responsibilities and are very clear.’

‘What distinguishes the firm is certainly the innovative approach to often complex issues that require thorough understanding of business processes.’

‘Xawery Konarski is a go-to lawyer; he commands respect in the market and his opinions are kept in high regard. He is a true visionary and leads by example. He is great in his partner role and very reliable. Piotr Wasilewski is always ready to help.’

‘Agnieszka Wachowska – along with Jakub Chlebowski and Marcin Ręgorowicz – deserve special recognition. Agnieszka Wachowska is an outstanding lawyer and a great leader. She is great at managing a team and solving problems, and perfectly understands the client’s needs.’

‘Agnieszka Wachowska is not only a great expert and professional, but she can make everything easy to understand. Her language, attitude, and friendly approach makes her easy and very pleasant to work with. She is always well prepared and goes the extra mile to help find the best solution for the topic.’

‘Karolina Grochecka-Golian is a specialist in telecommunications law and is a very dedicated and thorough lawyer. Anna Jelińska-Sabatowska is a promising lawyer who is hard working and devoted to data and TMT.’

Key clients

City Hall of Warsaw

National Research Institute

Atende S.A.

Mazovia Development Agency Plc.

General Director for National Roads and Motorways

Polish Chamber of Information Technology and Telecommunications

Polskie Sieci Elektroenergetyczne S.A.

Asseco South Eastern Europe S.A.

National Health Fund

PGNiG Obrót Detaliczny Sp.z.o.o.

Polish Airports’ State Entreprise

State Fund for the Rehabilitation of the Disabled

Work highlights

  • Assisting NASK Research and Academic Computer Network – National Research Institute with its TMT matters.
  • Advised PGNiG Retail on the implementation of a billing system.
  • Advised Atende on the application of blockchain solutions as a durable medium within the meaning of Polish and EU laws.

Poland > Competition/antitrust Tier 3

Traple Konarski Podrecki & Partners is known for representing a diverse roster of clients before courts of all levels and major administrative bodies in Poland. Most commonly, the firm appears in proceedings before the President of the Office of Competition and Consumer Protection, and in litigation related to appeals against the body’s decisions, in cases involving the abuse of a dominant position, competition-restricting agreements, and practices infringing collective consumer interests. Paweł Podrecki and Tomasz Targosz are the key names to note.

Practice head(s):

Paweł Podrecki; Tomasz Targosz

Other key lawyers:

Katarzyna Menszig-Wiese

Testimonials

‘The individuals of Traple Konarski Podrecki & Partners that I work with combine academic knowledge with flexible business practice.’

‘I appreciate the unique approach of Paweł Podrecki and Tomasz Targosz.’

Key clients

Fabryka Farb i Lakierów Śnieżka S.A.

Henkel Polska Sp. z o.o.

Siemens Energy Sp. z o.o.

Stowarzyszenie Producentów Betonu Towarowego / Polish Association of Ready Mixed Concrete Producers

Stowarzyszenie Producentów Cementu / Polish Cement Association

Grupa Maspex Sp. z o.o.

Diasorin Poland sp. z o.o.

Ringier Axel Springer Polska sp. z o.o.

Poland > Banking and finance Tier 5

Traple Konarski Podrecki & Partners is focused on several core areas, namely, assisting the full range of payment services providers with innovative fintech structures; advising key banking players on contractual issues; providing regulatory support in proceedings before supervision authorities; and advising government bodies on policy changes. Practice head Jan Byrski is particularly well regarded for his expertise in the first of these areas.

Practice head(s):

Jan Byrski

Other key lawyers:

Karol Juraszczyk; Maciej Miąsko; Michał Synowiec

Testimonials

‘The team represents a high level of knowledge about the activities of fintech companies, and responds quickly to questions.’

‘Maciej Miąsko has the ability to convey complex legal knowledge in a clear way; enormous practical knowledge and experience in co-operation with the Financial Supervision Authority.’

‘The team has in-depth practical knowledge of the fintech regulatory environment and extensive practical experience in the area. They are strongly focused on practical solutions rather than elaborating on all types of risks.’

‘Jan Byrski – an outstanding legal mind, good grasp of fintech realities and the general legal environment. Practical business-oriented mind with highly analytical approach.’

‘Focus on delivering high quality actionable advice.’

‘We would like to mention 3 lawyers: Jan Byrski, Maciej Miąsko and Michał Synowiec. They were a big help when our company needed help with preparing necessary documents for authorities.’

‘Always finding solutions for the client’s needs.’

‘Michał Synowiec – innovative aproach. Jan Byrski – open minded.’

Key clients

Polska Izba Informatyki i Telekomunikacji (PIIT)

Cashless Trade Development Foundation (Fundacja Rozwoju Obrotu Bezgotówkowego, “FROB”)

Polska Organizacja Handlu i Dystrybucji (POHID)

Związek Przedsiębiorstw Finansowych w Polsce (ZPF)

Polska Izba Ubezpieczeń

Work highlights

  • Assisted the Association of Financial Companies and the Polish Chamber of Insurance with the preparation of sectoral cloud computing implementation standards.
  • Advising numerous payment services providers on their applications for authorisation as payment institutions from the Polish Financial Supervision Authority (KNF).  
  • Represented Polish Trade and Distribution Organisation in a court case initiated after a decision of the President of the Polish Office of Competition and Consumer Protection, which concerned 20 banks, used to mutually fix the rates of the fees charged for transactions executed with the use of Visa and MasterCard payment cards.

Traple Konarski Podrecki & Partners is one of the leading law firms on the Polish market. The firm’s lawyers have been carefully selected on the basis of their knowledge of law, practical skills, fluency in foreign languages and vocational experience gained during apprenticeships and fellowships abroad. Many of the firm’s lawyers are considered leading experts in their respective fields in Poland.

The firm often represents clients in court litigation and in administrative proceedings, combining experience in procedural law with a deep understanding of the legal and factual issues relevant for the particular case. Apart from representing given clients, the firm – while serving chamber of commerce – also represents whole sectors (ie FinTech, IT&telco, insurance and Internet). The firm’s lawyers have produced numerous publications, including books and monographs concerning civil, intellectual property, internet, advertising and pharmaceutical law.

Intellectual property: The firm’s services in the field of intellectual property include in particular:

  • Comprehensive legal assistance and representation in copyright matters, including enforcing copyright before courts
  • Drawing up agreements for use of works for producers, publishers, and cultural institutions
  • Advising entities running digital platforms and providing subscription movie channels
  • Advising and representing Polish and foreign organisations for the collective administration of copyright and related rights
  • Drafting agreements dealing with a full range of issues relating to the production of audiovisual programmes

The legal assistance the firm provides with respect to industrial property focuses on redress against IP infringements (patent and trademark rights, domain names), representation before the Polish Patent Office and OHIM in disputes concerning invalidation of exclusive rights, and drafting assignment, licensing, know-how and research and development agreements. In collaboration with patent attorneys the firm also renders intellectual property services, providing representation before the Polish Patent Office, OHIM and European Patent Office in Munich.

Technologies media and telecommunications: The firms TMT practice group is one of the most experienced in Poland, and constantly advises a large number of Polish and foreign entities operating in the sector. At the moment the firm serves more than 50 TMT clients, some of them not only in Poland but – the through CEE Legal HUB – also in 21 CEE jurisdictions. The legal services the firm provides in this area are focused on five main fields:

  • Telecommunications, radio and television broadcasting
  • E-commerce
  • Internet law
  • Intellectual property and new technologies (e.g. VoD platforms)
  • E-government
  • Cybersecurity

IT: The firm provides comprehensive advisory services relating to agreements for production and implementation of custom-made IT systems as well as standard systems adapted according to the needs of specific clients. The firm draws up agreements for creation of system specifications, performance of pre-implementation analyses, production and implementation of an IT system and maintenance services (guarantee and post-guarantee). In the field of IT law, our service include:

  • Audits of the legality of software
  • Assistance with IT contracts negotiation (in all models of software distribution)
  • Handling disputes in the IT industry
  • Ensuring effective protection of IT systems and their components
  • Implementation of a system for tax deduction of 50% of the cost of revenue in IT companies

Data protection, GDPR: Protection of information, including personal data, has for many years been one of the leading areas of interest for the firm and at the moment the firm serves on a permanent basis more than 60 controllers. The firm has extensive experience in proceedings conducted by the President of the Personal Data Protection Office and in proceedings before administrative courts, including the Supreme Administrative Court. The firm also actively participates in legislative works on new regulations concerning personal data protection, including adaptation of Polish laws to the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

Competition: The firm provides clients with a whole range of services in this regard, including representation in litigation proceedings, legal assistance and advice in negotiations, and representation in proceedings before the Chairman of the Office for Competition and Consumer Protection and the European Commission. The competition practice group provides above all the following services:

  • Legal analysis of sales networks in respect of their compliance with competition rules
  • Legal advice on the principles of franchise activities
  • Legal analysis of partnership agreements in respect of their compliance with competition law
  • Cases of abuse of dominant position
  • Preparation of corporate mergers and acquisitions
    The firm has extensive experience in unfair competition issues, including advertising and protection of business secrets.

Financial institutions and payment services (FinTech): Financial institutions and payment services (FinTech) is one of the key expertise areas of the firm, both with regard to the relations between financial institutions and supervisory authorities and between institutions and their clients (consumer), as well as outsourcing partners. The range allows the firm to offer legal assistance to:

  • Banks, crediting institutions.
  • Clearing agents, acquirer
  • Providers of payment services, in particular payment institutions and payment services offices
  • Payment schemes
  • Mobile payment providers
  • Agents of financial institutions (outsourcing partners)
  • Service providers in the area of money transfers and bill payments
  • Insurance companies and reinsurance companies

Dispute resolution and arbitration: The firm’s legal team handles all aspects of court litigation and arbitration proceedings. In particular, the firm represents clients in disputes concerning:

  • Intellectual property, in particularly copyright, patent and trademark infringements
  • Unfair competition
  • General and commercial contract, tort law and real estate
  • Press law, including cases concerning the protection of personal interests
  • Antitrust matters
  • Administrative matters, including disputes before administrative courts concerning investment processes
  • Criminal proceedings, in particular involving copyright and industrial property
  • Labour matters
Department Name Email Telephone
International Committee Xawery Konarski xawery.konarski@traple.pl +48 22 850 10 10
International Committee Anna Sokołowska-Ławniczak anna.sokolowska@traple.pl +48 22 850 10 10
Photo Name Position Profile
Michał   Synowiec photo Michał Synowiec Attorney-at-law, Counsel
Jan Byrski photo Jan Byrski Attorney-at-law, Partner, Head of FinTech Team
Karolina Grochecka-Goljan photo Karolina Grochecka-Goljan Attorney-at-law, Senior Associate
Anna Jelińska-Sabatowska photo Anna Jelińska-Sabatowska Attorney-at-law, Managing Associate
Karol Juraszczyk photo Karol Juraszczyk Attorney-at-law, Managing Associate
Rafał  Klimek photo Rafał Klimek Attorney-at-law Partner
Xawery Konarski photo Xawery Konarski Attorney-at-law, Senior Partner, Co-Managing Partner, Head of TMT Practice
Wojciech Kulis photo Mr Wojciech Kulis Attorney-at-law, Partner, Head of Business Law Team
Beata Matusiewicz-Kulig photo Beata Matusiewicz-Kulig Attorney-at-law, Co-Managing Partner, Head of Dispute Resolution and Arbitration Team
Katarzyna Menszig-Wiese photo Katarzyna Menszig-Wiese Attorney-at-law, Managing Associate
Dominika Nowak-Byrtek photo Dominika Nowak-Byrtek Attorney-at-law, Managing Associate
Pawel Podrecki photo Pawel Podrecki Attorney-at-law, Senior Partner, Co-Managing Partner, Head of Intellectual Property Practice
Marcin Ręgorowicz photo Marcin Ręgorowicz Attorney-at-law, Managing Associate
Agnieszka Schoen photo Agnieszka Schoen Attorney-at-law, Partner, Head of Copyright Team 
Grzegorz Sibiga photo Grzegorz Sibiga Attorney-at-law, Partner, Head of Data Protection and Privacy Team
Justyna  Sitnikow photo Justyna Sitnikow Attorney-at-law, Senior Associate | Warsaw
Anna Sokołowska-Ławniczak photo Anna Sokołowska-Ławniczak Patent and Trademark Attorney, Partner, Head of Industrial Property and Brand Management…
Katarzyna Syska photo Katarzyna Syska Attorney-at-law, Counsel
Tomasz Targosz photo Tomasz Targosz Attorney-at-law, Partner, Head of Competition Law Team
Agnieszka Wachowska photo Agnieszka Wachowska Attorney-at-law, Co-Managing Partner, Head of the IT, Telecommunications, and Public Procurement Team
Piotr Wasilewski photo Piotr Wasilewski Attorney-at-law, Partner, Head of Media Communication & Entertainment Team 
Number of lawyers : 60
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Polish Chamber of Information Technology and Telecommunications (PIIT)
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Global Leaders Forum (GLF)
Internet Advertising Buerau Europe (IAB Europe)
International Network of Privacy Law Professionals (INPLP)
International Technology Law Association (ITech Law)
International Trademark Association (INTA)
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