WKB Wiercinski, Kwiecinski, Baehr > Warsaw, Poland > Firm Profile

WKB Wiercinski, Kwiecinski, Baehr
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Poland

Poland > Competition/antitrust Tier 1

The practice at WKB Wiercinski, Kwiecinski, Baehr handles the full spectrum of competition law issues, including cartels, leniency programmes, distribution agreements, merger control and consumer protection, advising both local and international clients involved in the e-commerce, finance and energy sectors. The team also represents clients before the European Commission and the Polish Competition Authority and court disputes. Aleksander Stawicki leads the group and has previously served as the President of the Competition Law Commission of the Union Internationale des Avocats. He is supported by Bartosz Turno, who has a strong academic background and advises on the full spectrum of competition law. Dorota Karczewska has been promoted to partner and previously held the position of Vice President of the Polish Competition Authority.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘Their accuracy and willingness to go beyond what is expected allows them to excel in their services compared with others. The firm operates broadly and efficiently, has the resources and staff to provide the best legal advice and cares deeply about its clients. The specialists employed in WKB constitute a great deal of the firm’s reputation and are the key factor determining what makes them exceptional.’

‘Broad, good practice within competition law.’

‘Alexander Stawicki is the best Polish competition lawyer with an in-depth knowledge of all areas of Polish competition law and an understanding of international clients’ needs and expectations.’

‘Dorota Karczewska from WKB is an excellent advisor in the area of consumer protection. She has been supporting us in numerous proceedings before the Polish Competition Authority, always providing services of the highest standards and legal advice with utmost care.’

‘Bartosz Turno and Aleksander Stawicki: important advisors in antitrust issues.’

Key clients

Agora S.A.

CEMEX POLSKA S.A.

DNB Bank Polska

DBK Group

Pfeifer & Langen

Lidl Polska

Pigments Spain

STADA Arzneimittel

PSA Automobiles

Punch Powertrain NV

PKO BP, Pekao S.A.

Jeronimo Martins

Polska Liga Koszykówki S.A.

Discovery TVN

Pekao Leasing

Stock Spirits

Tauron Polska Energia & Enea

Work highlights

  • Represented DBK Group in proceedings carried out by the Polish Competition Authority concerning an alleged agreement restricting competition, bid rigging and an alleged agreement restricting competition in connection to IVECO trucks.
  • Represented Jeronimo Martins in the appeal against a decision of the Polish Competition Authority imposing a heavy fine of PLN 60m for alleged infringement of consumers’ interests.
  • Rrepresented Pigments Spain in proceedings before the Polish Competition Authority to take control of Ferro Corporation for tile coating solutions.

Poland > Construction Tier 1

WKB Wiercinski, Kwiecinski, Baehr‘s construction team includes the firm’s infrastructure projects group and advises clients on construction matters primarily in the energy (including renewables), water and sewage systems and transport arenas. Clients are supported throughout the whole lifecycle of a project, from investment to execution, and the team also understands both the perspective of authorities and contractors. Anna Flaga-Martynek in Warsaw and Marta Midloch in Poznan jointly lead the practice. Senior associates Rafał Woźniak and Agata Kukawka are also notable team members in Poznan.

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘They are quick at work, always available, well organised and channelled through one project and work leader. Very good pricing compared to the team’s knowledge and how fast the firm works.’

‘Great people and specialists. Great communication, always available, down to earth.’

‘Extremely knowledgeable and experienced.’

Key clients

Stadtwerke München GmbH

Windfarm Polska III sp. z o.o.

EW Rywałd sp. z o.o. – part of KGAL group

Energroup S.A.

Eurowind Energy Sp. z o.o.

Baltic Green I sp. z o.o.

TOTO S.p.a. Costruzioni Generali

OGP Gaz System S.A.

Miejskie Wodociągi i Kanalizacja w Bydgoszczy sp. z o.o.

Chemwik sp. z o.o.

Miejskie Przedsiębiorstwo Komunikacyjne w Poznaniu Sp. z o.o.

Enea Trading Sp. z o.o.

Tauron Wydobycie

Nowe Jaworzno Grupa Tauron sp. z o.o.

Tauron Polska Energia S.A.

Work highlights

  • Advised Miejskie Wodociągi i Kanalizacja w Bydgoszczy sp. z o.o. on the smart city project for the modernisation and construction of a rainwater infrastructure in Bydgoszcz.
  • Supported Eurowind Energy Sp. z o.o. in the preparation of contracts necessary for the construction of 12 wind-farms.
  • Advised ENERGROUP S.A. on the implementation of 55 photovoltaic farms with a capacity of up to 1MW each with the necessary ancillary infrastructure and connection to the power grid.

Poland > Insurance Tier 1

The insurance practice at WKB Wiercinski, Kwiecinski, Baehr acts for domestic and foreign insurance and distributors. The practice benefits from the support of the firm’s M&A, dispute resolution, contract law and consumer law teams, representing clients before the Polish consumer, competition and financial regulators. The team is jointly led by business-insurance expert Jakub Pokrzywniak  and co-founder Tomasz Kwieciński who is a litigation and arbitration specialist. Managing associate Marek Prętki has expertise in the non-life insurance sector and Aleksandra Przybysz specialises in regulatory matters and M&A transactions.

Testimonials

‘The team has great knowledge, is open-minded and has an innovative approach.’

‘The WKB team find links between legal regulations and running an operational business in such a way as to meet statutory requirements and at the same time not to restrict operational activities.’

‘Members of the team have experience in the insurance practice and in the energy sector as well, which is very valuable in our business.’

‘Full professionalism and top-level knowledge.’

‘Cooperation with this law firm, especially with Jakub Pokrzywniak, is satisfactory both in terms of the level and quality of services provided and professional and individual approach to each client.’

Key clients

Aviva plc

Aviva Towarzystwo Ubezpieczeń na Życie S.A.

Aviva Insurance Ireland DAC

Towarzystwo Ubezpieczeń i Reasekuracji Warta SA

UNIQA TU S.A.

UNIQA TU na Życie S.A.

Chubb European Group SE Branch in Poland

Towarzystwo Ubezpieczeń i Reasekuracji Allianz Polska S.A.

Towarzystwo Ubezpieczeń Allianz Życie Polska S.A.

Powszechny Zakład Ubezpieczeń S.A.

Powszechny Zakład Ubezpieczeń na Życie S.A.

Generali Towarzystwo Ubezpieczeń S.A.

InterRisk TU S.A. VIG

Korporacja Ubezpieczeń Kredytów Eksportowych S.A.

TUW Polski Zakład Ubezpieczeń Wzajemnych

Towarzystwo Ubezpieczeń na Życie Europa S.A.

Baloise Vie Luxemburg S.A

PKO Leasing S.A

Open Life TU Życie S.A.

Nord Partner sp. zo.o.

Work highlights

  • Advised Aviva plc on the Polish legal aspects of its exit from Poland through the sale of its entire shareholding in Aviva Poland companies to Allianz for a cash consideration of €2.5bn.
  • Represented TUiR Warta S.A. successfully in the PLN7m worth court dispute over cash stolen in a transit from the Bank to ATMs before the Supreme Court.
  • Advised Chubb European Group SE Branch in Poland on a creative adaptation of several common law (UK) General Terms of Insurance to the requirements of Polish law and market practice without changing the core insurance products.

Poland > Public procurement Tier 1

Warsaw-based Jan Roliński  and recently promoted partner Agnieszka Chwiałkowska in Poznań co-lead the public procurement department at WKB Wiercinski, Kwiecinski, Baehr; Roliński is also a member of the management board of the Polish Public Procurement Law Association. The team supports clients throughout the whole public procurement process, including during the tender process and the contract performance stage. Sector focuses of the group span the energy, construction, infrastructure, military, water and sewage and public transport industries, allowing the team to leverage the expertise of other lawyers in the firm.

Other key lawyers:

Jarosław Kola; Michal Mielnik

Testimonials

‘Great commitment, full professionalism, vast knowledge, supported by experience, very good cooperation.’

‘The team has empathy, which I appreciate very much, and the ability to accurately assess the situation.’

‘WKB team helped me in an emergency situation – they put together a team of senior lawyers and did the work over the weekend, for standard fees, which allowed me to move forward with a big project. The advice is business oriented and strictly to the point.’

‘Agnieszka Chwiałkowska, Michał Mielnik, Jan Roliński; Jarosław Kola deserves for a special recommendation.’

‘I work with Jan Roliński who is always available and helpful. I like the reasonable level of fees, even though the advice is provided by senior lawyers. The advice is always well balanced from legal point of view, business oriented and easy to understand by those in my business.’

Key clients

GE Power Sp. z o.o.

Operator Gazociągów Przesyłowych GAZ-SYSTEM S.A.

ALSTAL Group

WEBUILD S.P.A. Oddział w Polsce

TOTO S.P.A CONSTRUZIONI GENERALI

POCZTA POLSKA S.A.

Grupa ENEA

Miejskie Przedsiębiorstwo Komunikacyjne w Poznaniu Sp. z o.o.

PGNiG S.A.

Polskie Sieci Elektroenergetyczne S.A.

Grifols Polska Sp. z o.o.

Miejskie Wodociągi i Kanalizacja w Bydgoszczy Sp. z o.o

Grupa Tauron

FBSerwis S.A.

Solaris Bus& Coach Sp. zo.o.

Nexera Holding Sp. z o.o.

PGE Polska Grupa Energetyczna S.A.

Tramwaje Warszawskie sp. z o.o.

Novo Nordisk Pharma Sp. z o.o.

Ryanair DAC

Work highlights

  • Supporting Nowe Jaworzno Grupa TAURON Sp. z o.o. in the construction of the 910MW power generation unit in Jaworzno, in particular during the mediation procedure with the contractor.
  • Supporting GE Hydro SAS in a public procurement project run by PGE Energia Odnawialna S.A. regarding the conclusion of an EPC contract for Retrofit of the process part of Porąbka-Żar Pumped Storage Power Plant.
  • Supported the University of Arts with its implementation of an innovative R&D project entitled “Strengthening the research and development potential of the University of Arts in Poznań through cooperation with industry and business as part of the newly created prototyping workshop”, co-financed with EU funds.

Poland > Dispute resolution Tier 2

WKB Wiercinski, Kwiecinski, Baehr‘s dispute resolution lawyers are most active in the construction and infrastructure disputes space, handling high-profile domestic and international litigation and arbitrations. The group is also developing experience in relation to competition, insurance, IP and employment cases. Bartłomiej Jankowski sits at the head of the practice, and takes the lead on cross-border construction disputes. Tomasz Kwieciński‘s practice spans insurance, competition and public procurement cases. Jordan Zafirow is noted for contentious infrastructure matters, and has expertise in FIDIC contracts.

Practice head(s):

Bartłomiej Jankowski

Other key lawyers:

Tomasz Kwieciński; Jordan Zafirow; Natalia Kabacińska; Wiktor Iwański

Key clients

Raiffeisen Bank Polska

FORBUILD SA

Salini Impregilo

DNB Bank Polska

Ryanair

BNP Paribas Bank Polska

Polska Grupa Energetyczna

Bilfinger Tebodin Poland

MZK Gorzów Wlkp.

Miejskie Wodociągi i Kanalizacja w Bydgoszczy sp. z o.o.

Bank Polska Kasa Opieki S.A.

Ekstraklasa S.A.

Zakład Unieszkodliwiania Odpadów

PUT Intercor

PKO Bank Polski S.A.

PORR S.A.

Gmina Miasto Szczecin

CEMEX Polska Sp. z o.o.

GE Power Sp. z o.o.

Work highlights

  • Representing leading banks and wind farms in Poland including, among others, DNB Bank Polska, Livingstone (the legal successor of Megawat Kanin), BNP Paribas Bank Polska in five proceedings which have significance for the future of the renewable energy market in Poland.
  • Representing a social network site operating in Poland against its client claiming the refund for an automatic prolongation of the agreement, avoiding the setting of a precedent which would preclude the social network platform from entering into an automatically renewing contract.
  • Representing an international bank in two proceedings regarding damages claims brought by Polish retailers over historic interchange fees.

Poland > Energy and natural resources Tier 2

The team at WKB Wiercinski, Kwiecinski, Baehr handles regulatory mandates and legislative matters, as well as projects involving renewable energy, power distribution and conventional power generation; it is co-led by managing partner Jerzy Baehr and Maciej Szambelańczyk. Jakub Pokrzywniak is a name of note for legislative issues regarding the amendment of the Energy Law Act. Sub-sectors of specific focus include electricity, gas, renewable energy, nuclear energy, oil and mining.

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘WKB Team has a very nice and very good team of energy law lawyers providing innovative legal advice through full aspects of our activities in the distribution system operator sector. Their feedback is always fast, comprehensive, simple and took into consideration all the information provided.’

‘Excellent knowledge of the energy industry including renewables sector. Highly experienced in dealing with regulators and authorities. Always on top of all aspects of political and economic changes in Poland.’

‘We greatly appreciate that the team mostly works with one point of contact for the client, which minimises efforts on our part regarding information distribution. The team was only tasked with a legal DD, and this topic was rather challenging and they have managed it with an extraordinarily high level of service-oriented task management. Several aspects of the legal DD, which other firms would have expected us to provide, they have considered to be part of their portfolio and have gladly looked into accomplishing. We would gladly engage them again, if a good project presents itself.’

‘Maciej Szambelanczyk has a great knowledge of RES investment processes, including acquisition and development and current regulatory matters. He’s one of the most recognisable and experienced lawyers on the market also thanks to representing RES industry associations in parliamentary works on implementing appropriate legislative solutions.’

‘Maciej Szambelańczyk is an excellent strategic adviser, extremely competent and always provides great advice. Moreover Maciej is a very nice and respectful person.’

‘One of their Partners, Maciej Szambelańczyk, is very prominent at conferences and from my experience gives clear and precise inside into legal topics regarding the polish energy market.’

Key clients

Statkraft Group

EDP Renewables Polska sp. z o.o.

PGE S.A.

PGE Baltica sp. z o.o.

Polish Wind Energy Association

Energix Renewable Energies Ltd.

ABO Wind AG

GreenGenius Sp. z o.o.

Eurowind Energy sp. z o.o.

Krajowa Izba Biopaliw

Bioelektrownia Buczek

Gas Storage Poland sp. z o.o.

Ministry of Energy

Yevulei Shemesh Renewable Energy Ltd

PGNiG OD sp. z o.o.

Carrefour Polska sp. z o.o.

Polskie Sieci Elektroenergetyczne S.A.

PGNiG OD sp. z o.o.

Carrefour Polska

PSE

Gas Storage Poland

Gaz System S.A.

TAURON Wytwarzanie S.A.

R Power sp. z o.o.

SunRoof Technology sp. z o.o.

The Union of Producers and Employers of Biogas Industry

NEO Investments

GREENEVO TECH LTS

POLENERGIA

RWE Polska

European Energy

OceanWinds

Longyuan Power Overseas Investment Co. Ltd.

Izba Gospodarcza Gazownictwa

A+ TECH

Arcadis Sp. z o.o.

Baltic Green

Biogazownia Brzeżno

Biogazownia Rypin

Biowatt

Brzeskie Przedsiębiorstwo EC

CVI Dom Maklerski

Dalkia Polska

Elsen

Enea Połaniec

ENERSYSTEM

European Energy

Greenevo Tech

HPCC Herkules

HYDERUS

ib vogt

IKEA RETAIL

LERTA

Neo Energy

New Cogen

Northland Power

Otovo Poland

PALTRAK-WIND

Polskie Elektrownie Jądrowe

Polsun Development Limited

RPOWER SOLAR POŁUDNIE

RWE Energie Odnawialne

REFUELS

Szczecińska Energetyka Cieplna

Septyma

Solarnet

Stadtwerke München

WEX Europe

Yevulei Shemesh

Zabrzańskie PEC

Orsted Polska

Work highlights

  • Represented the Polish Wind Energy Association in the works on the amendment of the so-called Distance Law, that in 2016 introduced a minimum distance from housing estates that new wind turbines in Poland need to meet.
  • Advised Energix and its subsidiaries on the development of a distribution system operator for the internal infrastructure of an operating wind farm, as well as the development of renewable energy generation units.
  • Advised and assisted GAZ-SYSTEM in its merger with its subsidiary Polskie LNG.

Poland > Restructuring and insolvency Tier 2

WKB Wiercinski, Kwiecinski, Baehr handles domestic and cross-border restructuring and insolvency mandates for lenders, financial institutions, debtors and acquirers of distressed assets. Key workstreams span restructuring and insolvency proceedings, debt restructurings, standstills, out-of-court restructurings and pre-bankruptcy arrangements. Practice head Andrzej Wierciński has expertise in restructuring and insolvency proceedings, state aid matters, M&A and privatisations. The team is also supported by Marcin Smolarek, who leads the banking and finance team, and Jakub Jedrzejak.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘WKB always demonstrates highest standards of practice.’

‘Pragmatic and hands-on approach and a high reputation in the Polish restructuring and insolvency market.’

‘Andrzej Wiercinski is valued for his knowledge and experience.’

‘Piotr Grabarczyk is a perfect organiser and facilitator.’

Key clients

BNP Paribas Bank Polska S.A.

Powszechna Kasa Oszczędności Bank Polski S.A.

CVI Dom Maklerski S.A.

UNIQUA Towarzystwo Ubezpieczeń S.A.

Knighthead Capital Management S.A.

Davidson Kempner Capital Management S.A.

Mitsubishi Power Europe

Tauron Wytwarzanie S.A.

Polskie Sieci Elektroenergetyczne S.A.

Barter S.A. and a group of commercial creditors of BM Kobylin sp. z o.o.

Court receiver of Elsen S.A.

Civil Aviation Authority

Teren Operations Poland sp. z o. o.

Work highlights

  • Assisted Mitsubishi Power Europe with the opening of the accelerated arrangement proceedings of Elsta sp. z o.o.
  • Advising Barter S.A. and a group of commercial creditors of BM Kobylin sp. z o.o. on the currently pending proceedings on the amendment of an arrangement that was adopted in 2018.
  • Advised MPE on the declaration of bankruptcy of Elektrobudowa S.A.

Poland > Banking and finance Tier 3

WKB Wiercinski, Kwiecinski, Baehr handles a wide array of financing work, including project finance transactions, financial restructurings and acquisition financings, as well as securitisation transactions and non-performing loan deals. The group is also noted for its strong payment services regulatory practice, and it is also developing a name for itself in the area of ESG-related work. Heading the department is Marcin Smolarek . Counsels Michał Kalicki and Piotr Grabarczyk are also names to note.

Practice head(s):

Marcin Smolarek

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘They helped us to shape sophisticated financial transactions, enabling us to anticipate issues, manage the risks and succeed in our endeavours.’

‘We had the opportunity to work with two extremely professional counsels – Piotr Grabarczyk and Michal Kalincki, who led us hand by hand in two complicated financing transactions including certain facilities. Both Piotr and Michal had vast and professional experience of optimizing the transactions on our behalf, finding creative and out of the box solutions to overcome critical paths being part of the transactions.’

Key clients

PKO Bank Polski S.A.

mBank S.A.

Selvita S.A.

Centrum Rozliczeń Elektronicznych Polskie ePłatności S.A.

P. van de Velde N.V

Tenax European Credit Fund

MB Aerospace Group

Gala Poland sp. z o.o. (previously Korona Candles sp. z o.o.)

ING Bank Śląski S.A.

Santander Bank Polska S.A.

BNP Paribas Bank Polska S.A.

Work highlights

  • Assisted PKO Bank Polski S.A., the largest Polish bank, with a complex restructuring of the financial indebtedness of Huta Pokój S.A., a manufacturer and distributor of steel products.
  • Assisted Selvita S.A. with financing the acquisition of Fidelta d.o.o. from Galapagos N.V.
  • Assisted mBank S.A. as lender with the process of providing an acquisition facility to Custodia Capital Flix sp. z o.o. for the purposes of financing acquisition of Atende Software.

Poland > Capital markets Tier 3

WKB Wiercinski, Kwiecinski, Baehr handles debt and equity capital markets transactions for a wide range of market participants, including major Polish banks. Agata Szczepańczyk-Piwek leads the well-established DCM group, which specialises in bond and mortgage-covered bond issuances, and securitisation deals. The ECM practice is led by Marta Midloch, focusing on public M&A and capital markets regulations, with Jakub Jedrzejak‘s expertise covering the spectrum of share transactions.

Practice head(s):

Marta Midloch; Agata Szczepańczyk-Piwek

Other key lawyers:

Jakub Jędrzejak; Katarzyna Kozak; Monika Obiegło

Testimonials

‘We want to recommend their work as they provide excellent value-for money advice. They are knowledgeable, committed and always deliver on time. Their advantage is in their ability to present available options clearly, taking into consideration both legal as well as commercial aspects of matters. Last but not least – we want to praise their excellent attention to details.’

‘Agata was very precise in her advice, presenting solutions in structured and simple way. Her responsiveness, open-mindedness to seek new, out-of-the-box solutions and paths differs her from the competitors. She has tremendous knowledge regarding bond issue programmes and we knew we were in capable hands.’

‘We also worked with Monika Obiegło, who acted as Agata’s right hand. She likewise possesses broad knowledge on the bond issuing subject and was extremely helpful during our cooperation.’

Key clients

mBank S.A.

mBank Hipoteczny S.A.

Alior TFI S.A.

LCM Partners Limited

Bank Ochrony Środowiska S.A.

Accolade GroupIntrum TFI S.A.

ZKZL Sp. z o.o.

Miejskie Wodociągi i Kanalizacja w Bydgoszczy sp. z o.o.

Polski Bank Komórek Macierzystych S.A.

Work highlights

  • Advised mBank mortgage bank on its PLN1bn bond issue programme.
  • Acted as independent law auditor of the bank with respect to PLN500m green bond programme documentation.
  • Advised LCM Partners Limited and its portfolio companies on their investments in Polish investment funds.

Poland > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 3

WKB Wiercinski, Kwiecinski, Baehr is instructed in complex M&A deals that often have a cross-border dimension. The team is able to draw on the expertise of practitioners in ancillary areas on a regular basis, such as finance, competition, labour law, tax and IP. The 'very responsive and flexibleJakub Jedrzejak is an expert in cross-border M&A. He jointly leads the department with distressed M&A and restructuring specialist Andrzej Wierciński, as well as company law and corporate governance expert Anna Wojciechowska. Ben Davey, who is qualified in Australia, is a name to note for cross-border investment deals. Counsel Krzysztof Wawrzyniak is increasingly making a name for himself in the energy space.

Practice head(s):

Jakub Jędrzejak; Andrzej Wierciński; Anna Wojciechowska

Other key lawyers:

Ben Davey; Grzegorz Godlewski; Agnieszka Wiercińska-Krużewska; Krzysztof Wawrzyniak

Testimonials

‘Good merger of professional approach with market understanding and what is important: flexibility!’

‘They did what needed to be done, always understanding and supporting, even if plans changed. There was never a sign of “letting go” even if we thought about it.’

‘Feels like an extended arm of our own team. Pragmatic and solution oriented.’

‘We work with Anna Wojciechowska who leads all our corporate restructuring projects and coordinates the works of other WKB experts. I appreciate in particular the high standard of her work. She is reliable, perfectly organized, keeps all deadlines and is very responsive. It is a pleasure to work with her.’

Krzysztof Wawrzyniak was very involved in the process, in every element of it, incredibly responsive and flexible. He had a well-considered vision of the particular steps to be taken in the restructuring process and had a great understanding of the whole, very complicated process.’

‘I highly recommend cooperation with the WKB corporate team, which is always available and provides high quality legal assistance even on short deadlines. Anna Wojciechowska and Krzysztof Wawrzyniak perfectly understand our needs and have a very business-oriented approach.’

‘Business-oriented team, focused on key legal issues and supportive to commercial topics pursued by client.’

‘The counsel I worked with was very detailed while describing the process and documents required. All documents were prepared perfectly and on time.’

Key clients

AVIVA

Orkla Group

RWE AG

Distribev

P. Van de Velde Group

Polskie ePłatności

ČEZ a.s.

Shop Apotheke Europe N.V.

Sea Wind Holding AG

ABO Wind AG

Norddeutsche Vermögen Holding GmbH & Co. KG

PZU Group

Gaz-System Group

Energix Group

Ryanair Group

Stock Group

R. Power Group

Work highlights

  • Advised Aviva plc on the Polish legal aspects of its exit from Poland through the sale of its entire shareholding in all of its Polish subsidiaries, including primarily insurance businesses, as well as pension fund, investment fund manager, and its joint ventures with Santander.
  • Advised RWE on Polish aspects of acquisition of the 2.7-GW onshore wind and solar project development pipeline, including projects in France, Spain, Sweden and Poland, from Nordex SE.
  • Advised Orbico d.o.o., the largest distributor in Europe, in the sale of 80% of shares in the share capital of Distribev Orbico sp. z o.o. to United Beverages S.A

Poland > Data privacy and data protection Tier 3

The data protection department at WKB Wiercinski, Kwiecinski, Baehr is part of thefirm's IP and TMT practice and is headed up by Agnieszka Wiercińska-Krużewska, who handles litigation and arbitration proceedings. The team provides the full spectrum of data protection advice and daily support as well as conducting audits of personal data processes and preparing policies. Senior associate Karolina Miksa has GDPR implementation expertise.

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Very good cooperation on various levels. In addition, very high substantive quality.’

‘Very proactive approach. Smooth execution of the project with no delays. Consistent and comprehensive services.’

‘Project delivered on time. The services were consistent and comprehensive, great knowledge in GDPR.’

‘This practice is unique in its approach to clients from extremely fast paced sectors. Their cutting edge advice is very elastic: one can always count on receiving detailed advice.’

‘Highly personal culture as well as substantive knowledge. Business approach to solving problems.’

Key clients

TVN

Innova Capital

Eins Polska

Sidly

MyBenefit

Polski Bank Komórek Macierzystych

SuperDrob

Alpha Solar

Fundacja TVN “Nie jesteś sam”

FremantleMedia Polska

Cludo

Bank Gospodarstwa Krajowego

Miejskie Wodociągi i Kanalizacja w Bydgoszczy sp. z o.o.

Miejskie Przedsiębiorstwo Wodociągów i Kanalizacji w m.st. Warszawie Spółka Akcyjna

Work highlights

  • Advised TVN on several projects regarding data protection including the processing of cookies, Dynamic Ads Insertion and transfer of data to the United States after the Schrems II decision.
  • Supported EINS Polska to implement internal documentation compliant with the GDPR requirements.
  • Drafted external communication with participants of several programmes to ensure GDPR compliant data processing, including the processing of health data.

Poland > Employment Tier 3

The employment team at WKB Wiercinski, Kwiecinski, Baehr handles both local and internationally-based mandates; its key areas of work include supporting M&A transactions, restructurings and collective redundancies, due diligence and disputes, especially for state-owned energy and fuel companies. Wioleta Polak leads the practice with expertise in advising on the employment parts of public procurement mandates.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The WKB employment team lead by Wioleta Polak is one of the best employment teams I have worked with. They care about the client and the effect the client is hoping for, they adjust the approach to individual cases, they have in mind not only the legal provisions and practices but also the business aspects which makes their advices very useful on daily basis. They work quickly and efficiently, providing exactly what is needed.’

‘The most important factors are the people and their attitude to clients.’

‘They are professional and full of engagement.’

‘Very deep expertise and broad experience customer orientation and flexibility proactive approach and recommendation of solutions very hogh quality of work.’

‘The team is highly reliable and provides a very good level of service, also on short deadlines. The team is very communicative, passes the information between team members and cover a team member in case one is not able to join a meeting.’

‘The individuals are proactive, looking for solutions to ensure the business can continue operating smoothly. The cooperation is generally smooth and the tasks entrusted are resolved timely. The associates as well as partners are highly skilled and able to deliver response in a clear and detailed manner.’

‘Monika Walasek and Wioleta Polak are exceptionally high professional expertise, broad experience, great customer orientation, great communication, speed, flexibility and accessibility.’

‘We have been working mainly with Wioleta Polak. Wioleta is on of the best employment lawyers I know, she has vast employment experience, extensive knowledge, great business approach and an incredibly practical sense in matters that require a non-standard approach.’

Key clients

Orkla ASA

Warsaw Aviation sp. z o.o.

Ryanair Sun S.A.

Salini Impregilo S.P.A.

Salini Polska sp. z o.o.

PZU Zdrowie S.A.

Centrum Rozliczeń Elektronicznych Polskie ePłatności S.A

BNP Paribas Bank Polska S.A.

Miejskie Przedsiębiorstwo Wodociągów i Kanalizacji w m.st. Warszawie Spółka Akcyjna

Toys ”R” Us Poland sp. z o.o.

ADP Polska sp. z o.o.

Alpha Solar sp. z o.o.

Asahi CE & Europe Services s.r.o.

Nord Partner sp. z o.o.

Nederman Manufacturing Poland sp. z o.o.

Ralph Lauren Poland sp. z o.o.

Games Workshop Limited (sp. z o.o.) Oddział w Polsce

Aviva plc.

Boekestijn Transport

Energix Group

Euronet Polska sp. z o.o.

Eurowind Energy Sp. z o.o.

HeadFirst Source Holding B.V.

Iyuno Sweden AB

OLX

Work highlights

  • Assisted Gudrun Chocolates Group in employment related matters concerning potential complicated cross-border transfer of employees.
  • Advised Orkla ASA in a project regarding the transfer of a part of the working establishment in Poland.
  • Advised Aviva plc on the Polish legal aspects of its exit from Poland through the sale of its entire shareholding in Aviva Poland companies toAllianz Groupfor a cash consideration of €2.5bn.

Poland > Intellectual property Tier 3

WKB Wiercinski, Kwiecinski, Baehr‘s IP practice advises domestic and international clients active in the media, online services and life sciences sectors. Disputes expert Agnieszka Wiercińska-Krużewska heads up the department, advising on copyright, industrial property and unfair competition. She is supported by managing associates Paulina Maślak-Stępnikowska, Aleksandra Bączykowska and Emanuel Wanat.

Testimonials

‘I can trust every piece of advice provided by WKB.’

‘The perfect collaboration between the experts within WKB ensures that we receive a comprehensive legal advice covering several different areas of law.’

‘I highly recommend cooperation with the WKB corporate team, which are always available and provide high quality legal assistance even on short deadlines.’

Key clients

Giant Ventures

Kobalt Music Rights Agency Limited

Orkla Group

Wolters Kluwer Polska Sp. z o.o.

XL Energy Marketing sp. z o.o.

X-Trade Brokers S.A.

Allegro.pl

Work highlights

  • Advised Giant Ventures on the Polish aspects of its investment into Airly sp. z o.o. and provided comprehensive legal support during the entire transaction process, in particular undertaking a legal due diligence of the company, as well as providing support in negotiating transaction documents.
  • Advised Orkla Group on the sale of its Polish skin care business, including the Soraya and Dermika brands, to Bielenda.
  • Representing Kobalt Music in the action against a Polish collecting society SAWP for the payment of foreign artists’ royalties.

Poland > Private equity Tier 3

WKB Wiercinski, Kwiecinski, Baehr's team acts for a strong roster of institutional investors, which it advises on domestic and cross-border transactions across a wide variety of sectors. The group is situated in the corporate department, under the leadership of Jakub Jędrzejak, with Ben Davey taking the lead on international private equity deals. Managing associate Tomasz Maślak is increasingly known for providing support on buy- and sell-side deals.

Practice head(s):

Jakub Jędrzejak  Ben Davey

Other key lawyers:

Tomasz Maślak; Dominik Kulpa

Testimonials

‘Dominik Kulpa is very pro-active and has excellent interpersonal skills in managing the other side of the transaction’

Key clients

Innova Capital

Avia Capital

Avallon

IK Investment Partners

Accolade

Work highlights

  • Advised Orkla Group on the sale of its Polish skin care business, including the Soraya and Dermika brands, together with its Radzymin production facility, to Bielenda Kosmetyki Sp. z o.o. Sp.k..
  • Assisted mBank S.A. as lender with the process of providing an acquisition facility to Custodia Capital Flix sp. z o.o. for the purposes of financing the acquisition of Atende Software.
  • Advised Osborne Clarke (as global counsel) on the sale of shares in Western Global Holdings Limited to MML Capital.

Poland > TMT Tier 3

The TMT practice at WKB Wiercinski, Kwiecinski, Baehr is increasingly active in the areas of fintech, technology, IT, media and data protection. Its diverse client roster includes ISPs, software developers, publishers of online content, e-commerce platforms and smart device manufacturers, as well as film and television content producers and publishing houses. Agnieszka Wiercińska-Krużewska is the practice head.

Testimonials

‘High substantive knowledge and availability.’

‘High knowledge, availability, communication skills and a business approach to the client.’

‘Very good attitude towards working with the client. Well-positioned team with very good expertise.’

‘Extremely good communication. Intensive focus on the joint project.’

Key clients

4Kraft sp. z o.o.

FremantleMedia Polska sp. z o.o.

Remira GmbH

Cludo sp. z o.o.

Wolters Kluwer Polska sp. z o.o.

Chubb

PZU

Sensor Cliniq spółka z ograniczoną odpowiedzialnością i Wspólnicy sp.k.

Work highlights

  • Advised FremantleMedia Polska on how to organise a television production during the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • Supported 4Kraft on the acquisition of kiddy GmbH.
  • Advising Cludo on a complex set of agreements regarding deployment of the client’s IT and telecommunication services in an SaaS model.

Poland > Real estate Tier 4

WKB Wiercinski, Kwiecinski, Baehr‘s real estate practice advises clients throughout the entire process of property developments and is also active in terms of acquisitions and disposals. Greenfield and brownfield projects are also a speciality of the team along with the commercialisation of retail, logistics and office projects. Anna Wyrzykowska  is head of the department and operates in close tangent with Bartosz Łaski.

Practice head(s):

Key clients

BNP Paribas Bank Polska

Panattoni

Accolade

Karl Lagerfeld

Miele

Ryanair

Stock Spirits

Marc O’Polo

Lotte Wedel

Toys’R Us

REB Group

Knight Frank

United International Pictures

Doxa Capital

Port Lotniczy Poznań Ławica

ING Lease

Yangtze Optical Fibre and Cable

Work highlights

  • Advised Panattoni in multiple various matters on all stages of the investment processes, including acquisition of the investment lands (both greenfield and brownfield), assistance in negotiations of the commercial lease agreements as well as transactions with capital investors.      
  • Advised Marc O’Polo in the process of negotiations of lease agreements for commercial space in shopping centres in Poland.
  • Advised BNP PARIBAS in the process of negotiations and signing lease agreements or annexes to the lease agreements for office space in approx. 150 locations throughout Poland.

Poland > White-collar crime

The business criminal law practice at WKB Wiercinski, Kwiecinski, Baehr was established in 2020 and is led by former Wardynski & Partners counsel Aleksandra Stępniewska and Jan Roliński, and acts for clients during trials and public authority investigations.

The firm: WKB Wierciński Kwieciński Baehr is a leading Polish independent law firm with a strong team of solution-oriented lawyers advising domestic and international clients on the most complex transactions and cases, helping them achieve their goals in a rapidly changing world.

WKB’s international outlook and many years of experience in cross-border work, combined with its deep understanding of the Polish market, make the firm a reliable partner to seamlessly handle a vast array of matters.

Founded in 2004, WKB has been growing steadily both in team size and in its offering. In recent years the firm has invested significantly in strengthening, in particular, its banking and finance practice, which has demonstrated capabilities in various forms and aspects of domestic and cross-border financing transactions, as well as its foreign desk offering.

The firm, responding to global trends and anticipating the needs of entrepreneurs, has established, as one of the first in Poland, a multidisciplinary ESG (Environmental, Social, Governance) practice. The team consists of lawyers representing a variety of specializations and industries, including banking and finance, environmental protection, consumer prtection, real estate, energy, infrastructure and public procurement to provide comprehensive advice to entrepreneurs, local governments and organizations.

Having adopted an industry-focused approach from the outset, the firm offers business-oriented and knowledgeable advice to clients from across many other sectors, including energy, infrastructure, construction and real estate, retail and FMCG, financial institutions, IT, telecommunication, technology, water and waste, municipal, chemical and defence.

The firm’s key clients in recent years include Ryanair, Santander, Uber, IKEA, EBRD, EDF, BNP Paribas, Naspers, ALLIANZ, PKN ORLEN, Panattoni, PGNiG,  ENEA, Aviva, MB Aerospace, TAURON, Poczta Polska, GE Power, Harley Davidson, and AEGON.

Areas of practice: WKB Wierciński Kwieciński Baehr advises clients across all areas of business law. Its hands-on partners offer full support in M&A and corporate matters and have been increasingly active in high-profile cross-border and domestic transactions, with a number of recent deals involving private equity funds and blue-chip companies, including in the energy and insurance sectors.

The firm also has a long-established reputation for its capabilities in, among others, competition law, intellectual property and TMT (including data protection), company restructurings and insolvency proceedings, public procurement and state aid matters, as well as EU funding.

Strong in dispute resolution, WKB boasts a team of experienced litigators with particular expertise in intellectual property, construction, public procurement, and EU funding-related disputes, who are also well-known for advising major Polish cities and utilities, as well as representing financial institution clients in complex and innovative multi-million-złoty cases (including in competition and consumer law matters).

WKB is also instructed to advise on an increasing number of strategic infrastructure investments (energy and gas facilities, public utilities, road infrastructure) as well as real estate projects (including major real estate transactions and property development processes for various types of markets). The firm is involved in the biggest energy projects in Poland, crucial for the country’s energy security.

The firm also boasts three foreign desks where experienced lawyers team up to provide French, German and Italian-speaking businesses with the assistance that is tailored to their needs and compatible with their business culture. WKB’s foreign experts advise on all sorts of matters (including M&A, as well as day-to-day operations and disputes) and draw in expertise from various practice areas such as company law, real estate, banking and finance, intellectual property, competition law and others.

 

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Aviation Aleksander Stawickialeksander.stawicki@wkb.pl+48 22 201 00 00
Aviation Jadwiga Stryczyńskajadwiga.stryczynska@wkb.pl+48 22 201 00 00
Banking and finance Marcin Smolarekmarcin.smolarek@wkb.pl+48 22 201 00 00
Banking and finance Jakub Jędrzejakjakub.jedrzejak@wkb.pl+48 22 201 00 00
Business Criminal Law Aleksandra Stępniewskaaleksandra.stepniewska@wkb.pl+48 22 201 00 00
Capital markets Jakub Jędrzejakjakub.jedrzejak@wkb.pl+48 22 201 00 00
Capital markets Agata Szczepańczyk-Piwekagata.szczepanczyk-piwek@wkb.pl+48 22 201 00 00
Company law/corporate governance Anna Wojciechowskaanna.wojciechowska@wkb.pl+48 22 201 00 00
Competition Aleksander Stawickialeksander.stawicki@wkb.pl+48 22 201 00 00
Competition Bartosz Turnobartosz.turno@wkb.pl+48 22 201 00 00
Consumer Protection Dorota Karczewskadorota.karczewska@wkb.pl+48 22 201 00 00
Data protection Agnieszka Wiercińska-Krużewskaagnieszka.wiercinska@wkb.pl+48 22 201 00 00
Employment Wioleta Polakwioleta.polak@wkb.pl+48 22 201 00 00
Energy Jerzy Baehrjerzy.baehr@wkb.pl+48 22 201 00 00
Energy Marciej Szambelańczykmaciej.szambelanczyk@wkb.pl+48 22 201 00 00
ESG Marcin Smolarekmarcin.smolarek@wkb.pl+48 22 201 00 00
ESG Augustyn Wróbelaugustyn.wrobel@wkb.pl+48 22 201 00 00
Environment and natural resources Sergiusz Urbansergiusz.urban@wkb.pl+48 22 201 00 00
French desk Anna Wyrzykowskaanna.wyrzykowska@wkb.pl+48 22 201 00 00
Food Law Aleksander Stawickialeksander.stawicki@wkb.pl+48 22 201 00 00
German desk Anna Wojciechowskaanna.wojciechowska@wkb.pl+48 22 201 00 00
Infrastructure projects Anna Flaga-Martynekanna.flaga@wkb.pl+48 22 201 00 00
Infrastructure projects Marta Midlochmarta.midloch@wkb.pl+48 22 201 00 00
Insurance Tomasz Kwiecińskitomasz.kwiecinski@wkb.pl+48 22 201 00 00
Insurance Jakub Pokrzywniakjakub.pokrzywniak@wkb.pl+48 22 201 00 00
Italian desk Jan Rolińskijan.rolinski@wkb.pl+48 22 201 00 00
Intellectual property and TMT Agnieszka Wiercińska-Krużewskaagnieszka.wiercinska@wkb.pl+48 22 201 00 00
Litigation and dispute resolution Bartłomiej Jankowskibartlomiej.jankowski@wkb.pl+48 22 201 00 00
Litigation and dispute resolution Tomasz Kwiecińskitomasz.kwiecinski@wkb.pl+48 22 201 00 00
M&A Andrzej Wiercińskiandrzej.wiercinski@wkb.pl+48 22 201 00 00
M&A Jakub Jędrzejakjakub.jedrzejak@wkb.pl+48 22 201 00 00
Private equity Jakub Jędrzejakjakub.jedrzejak@wkb.pl+48 22 201 00 00
Private equity Ben Daveyben.davey@wkb.pl+48 22 201 00 00
Public procurement Jan Rolińskijan.rolinski@wkb.pl+48 22 201 00 00
Real estate Anna Wyrzykowskaanna.wyrzykowska@wkb.pl+48 22 201 00 00
Restructuring and insolvency Andrzej Wiercińskiandrzej.wiercinski@wkb.pl+48 22 201 00 00
Restructuring and insolvency Jakub Jędrzejakjakub.jedrzejak@wkb.pl+48 22 201 00 00
State aid and EU funds Łukasz Czekańskilukasz.czekanski@wkb.pl+48 22 201 00 00
Tax Łukasz Czekańskilukasz.czekanski@wkb.pl+48 22 201 00 00
PhotoNamePositionProfile
Jerzy Baehr photoDr Jerzy BaehrManaging partner and co-founder of WKB, head of the Energy Law practice
Agnieszka Chwiałkowska photo Agnieszka ChwiałkowskaCo-head of the public procurement practice
Łukasz Czekański photo Łukasz CzekańskiPartner, head of the Tax Law team, he also co-heads the State…
Ben Davey photo Ben DaveyPartner, international counsel
Domenico Di Bisceglie photo Domenico Di BisceglieInternational partner, co-head of WKB’s Italian desk
Anna Flaga-Martynek  photo Anna Flaga-Martynek Co-head of the Infrastructure Projects practice.
Piotr Grabarczyk photo Piotr GrabarczykCounsel at Restructuring and Insolvency as well as Banking and Finance practices.
Bartłomiej Jankowski  photo Bartłomiej Jankowski Head of the dispute resolution practice
Jakub Jedrzejak photo Jakub JedrzejakPartner, co-head of the M&A team.
Michal Kalicki photo Michal KalickiCounsel at the banking and finance practice.
Dorota Karczewska photo Dorota KarczewskaPartner at the Competition & Consumer Law practice.
Tomasz Kwieciński photoDr Tomasz KwiecińskiSenior partner and co-founder of WKB, co-head of the Insurance practice, co-head…
Marta Midloch photo Marta MidlochPartner, co-head of the Infrastructure Projects practice at WKB and a member…
Karolina Miksa photo Karolina Miksa
Maria Obara-Piszewska photo Maria Obara-PiszewskaMember of the Intellectual Property & TMT team.
Jakub Pokrzywniak photoDr hab Jakub PokrzywniakPartner, co-head of the Insurance practice
Wioleta Polak photo Wioleta PolakPartner, head of WKB’s Employment Law practice, member of the Public Procurement…
Marek Pretki photo Marek PretkiManaging associate at Insurance practice.
Jan Roliński photo Jan RolińskiSenior partner and co-founder of WKB, head of the Public Procurement practice…
Marcin Smolarek photo Marcin SmolarekPartner, head of the Banking & Finance practice
Aleksander Stawicki photo Aleksander StawickiSenior partner at WKB, head of the Competition Law practice
Maciej Szambelańczyk photo Maciej SzambelańczykPartner at the Energy Law practice.
Agata Szczepa?czyk-Piwek photo Agata Szczepa?czyk-PiwekPartner, co-head of the capital markets practice.
Bartosz Turno photoDr Bartosz TurnoPartner at the Competition and Consumer Law practice.
Sergiusz Urban photoDr Sergiusz UrbanPartner, head of the Environment & Natural Resources practice
Monika Walasek photo Monika WalasekManaging associate at the employment law practice.
Krzysztof Wawrzyniak photo Krzysztof WawrzyniakCounsel at Company Law & Corporate Governance practice
Agnieszka Wiercińska-Krużewska photo Agnieszka Wiercińska-KrużewskaSenior partner and co-founder of WKB, co-head of the firm’s Intellectual Property,…
Andrzej Wierciński photoDr hab Andrzej WiercińskiSenior partner and co-founder of WKB, co-head of the M&A team and…
Anna Wojciechowska photo Anna WojciechowskaPartner, co-head of WKB’s Company Law & Corporate Governance practice and the…
Anna Wyrzykowska photo Anna WyrzykowskaPartner, head of the Real Estate & Property Development, head of the…
Jordan Zafirow photo Jordan ZafirowPartner at the Dipsute Resolution practice.
Bartosz Łaski photo Bartosz ŁaskiCounsel at Real Estate & Property Development practice.
Number of lawyers : 120
English
French
German
Italian
Polish
AEL
Multilaw
IBA (International Bar Association)
AIJA - International Association of Young Lawyers
Associated European Energy Consultants (AEEC)
Other offices : Poznan

The firm: WKB Wierciński Kwieciński Baehr is a leading Polish independent law firm with a strong team of solution-oriented lawyers advising domestic and international clients on the most complex transactions and cases, helping them achieve their goals in a rapidly changing world.

WKB’s international outlook and many years of experience in cross-border work, combined with its deep understanding of the Polish market, make the firm a reliable partner to seamlessly handle a vast array of matters.

Founded in 2004, WKB has been growing steadily both in team size and in its offering. In recent years the firm has invested significantly in strengthening, in particular, its banking and finance practice, which has demonstrated capabilities in various forms and aspects of domestic and cross-border financing transactions, as well as its foreign desk offering.

The firm, responding to global trends and anticipating the needs of entrepreneurs, has established, as one of the first in Poland, a multidisciplinary ESG (Environmental, Social, Governance) practice. The team consists of lawyers representing a variety of specializations and industries, including banking and finance, environmental protection, consumer prtection, real estate, energy, infrastructure and public procurement to provide comprehensive advice to entrepreneurs, local governments and organizations.

Having adopted an industry-focused approach from the outset, the firm offers business-oriented and knowledgeable advice to clients from across many other sectors, including energy, infrastructure, construction and real estate, retail and FMCG, financial institutions, IT, telecommunication, technology, water and waste, municipal, chemical and defence.

The firm’s key clients in recent years include Ryanair, Santander, Uber, IKEA, EBRD, EDF, BNP Paribas, Naspers, ALLIANZ, PKN ORLEN, Panattoni, PGNiG,  ENEA, Aviva, MB Aerospace, TAURON, Poczta Polska, GE Power, Harley Davidson, and AEGON.

Areas of practice: WKB Wierciński Kwieciński Baehr advises clients across all areas of business law. Its hands-on partners offer full support in M&A and corporate matters and have been increasingly active in high-profile cross-border and domestic transactions, with a number of recent deals involving private equity funds and blue-chip companies, including in the energy and insurance sectors.

The firm also has a long-established reputation for its capabilities in, among others, competition law, intellectual property and TMT (including data protection), company restructurings and insolvency proceedings, public procurement and state aid matters, as well as EU funding.

Strong in dispute resolution, WKB boasts a team of experienced litigators with particular expertise in intellectual property, construction, public procurement, and EU funding-related disputes, who are also well-known for advising major Polish cities and utilities, as well as representing financial institution clients in complex and innovative multi-million-złoty cases (including in competition and consumer law matters).

WKB is also instructed to advise on an increasing number of strategic infrastructure investments (energy and gas facilities, public utilities, road infrastructure) as well as real estate projects (including major real estate transactions and property development processes for various types of markets). The firm is involved in the biggest energy projects in Poland, crucial for the country’s energy security.

The firm also boasts three foreign desks where experienced lawyers team up to provide French, German and Italian-speaking businesses with the assistance that is tailored to their needs and compatible with their business culture. WKB’s foreign experts advise on all sorts of matters (including M&A, as well as day-to-day operations and disputes) and draw in expertise from various practice areas such as company law, real estate, banking and finance, intellectual property, competition law and others.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Aviation Aleksander Stawickialeksander.stawicki@wkb.pl+48 22 201 00 00
Banking and finance Marcin Smolarekmarcin.smolarek@wkb.pl+48 22 201 00 00
Business Criminal Law Aleksandra Stępniewskaaleksandra.stepniewska@wkb.pl+48 22 201 00 00
Capital markets Agata Szczepańczyk-Piwekagata.szczepanczyk-piwek@wkb.pl+48 22 201 00 00
Company law/corporate governance Anna Wojciechowskaanna.wojciechowska@wkb.pl+48 22 201 00 00
Competition Aleksander Stawickialeksander.stawicki@wkb.pl+48 22 201 00 00
Consumer protection Dorota Karczewskadorota.karczewska@wkb.pl+48 22 201 00 00
Data protection Agnieszka Wiercińska-Krużewskaagnieszka.wiercinska@wkb.pl+48 22 201 00 00
Employment Wioleta Polakwioleta.polak@wkb.pl+48 22 201 00 00
Energy Jerzy Baehrjerzy.baehr@wkb.pl+48 22 201 00 00
ESG Augustyn Wróbelaugustyn.wrobel@wkb.pl+48 22 201 00 00
Environment and natural resources Sergiusz Urbansergiusz.urban@wkb.pl+48 22 201 00 00
French Desk Anna Wyrzykowskaanna.wyrzykowska@wkb.pl+48 22 201 00 00
Food Law Aleksander Stawickialeksander.stawicki@wkb.pl+48 22 201 00 00
German Desk Anna Wojciechowskaanna.wojciechowska@wkb.pl+48 22 201 00 00
Infrastructure projects Anna Flaga-Martynekanna.flaga@wkb.pl+48 22 201 00 00
Infrastructure projects Marta Midlochmarta.midloch@wkb.pl+48 22 201 00 00
Insurance Jakub Pokrzywniakjakub.pokrzywniak@wkb.pl+48 22 201 00 00
Italian Desk Jan Rolińskijan.rolinski@wkb.pl+48 22 201 00 00
Intellectual property and TMT Agnieszka Wiercińska-Krużewskaagnieszka.wiercinska@wkb.pl+48 22 201 00 00
Litigation and dispute resolution Bartłomiej Jankowskibartlomiej.jankowski@wkb.pl+48 22 201 00 00
M&A Jakub Jędrzejakjakub.jedrzejak@wkb.pl+48 22 201 00 00
M&A Jakub Jędrzejakjakub.jedrzejak@wkb.pl+48 22 201 00 00
Public Procurement Jan Rolińskijan.rolinski@wkb.pl+48 22 201 00 00
Real Estate Anna Wyrzykowskaanna.wyrzykowska@wkb.pl+48 22 201 00 00
Restructuring and insolvency Andrzej Wiercińskiandrzej.wiercinski@wkb.pl+48 22 201 00 00
State aid and EU funds Łukasz Czekańskilukasz.czekanski@wkb.pl+48 22 201 00 00
Tax Łukasz Czekańskilukasz.czekanski@wkb.pl+48 22 201 00 00
No. of lawyers : 118
Polish
English
German
French
Italian
AIJA
IBA
Multilaw
AEL
AEEC

WKB’s international outlook and many years of experience in cross-border work, combined with its deep understanding of the Polish market, make the firm a reliable partner to seamlessly handle a vast array of matters. We are a trusted partner for numerous international law firms that have no offices in Poland.

WKB strength lies in having a strong, multidisciplinary team, which can advise in the most complicated and multijurisdictional cases. Our clients appreciate especially our business acumen and ability to assess matters from different, not solely legal, perspectives.

WKB also helped stellar Polish and international firms in their global expansion, providing them with accurate legal advice or linking them up with reliable local advisors. It is possible to due to the vast network of cooperating law and business advisory firms, which we built during the years and are constantly expanding.

WKB is also a member of an array of international organisations and networks, including AIJA, IBA, Multilaw, AEEC among others.

The clients:

Having adopted an industry-focused approach from the outset, the firm offers business-oriented and knowledgeable advice to clients from across many other sectors, including energy, infrastructure, construction and real estate, retail and FMCG, financial institutions, IT, telecommunication, technology, water and waste, municipal, chemical and defence.

Notable examples include:

  • WKB advised Aviva plc in historically the largest transaction on the Polish insurance market
  • WKB is involved in the number of the biggest energy sector investments in Poland, crucial for the Polish energy security
  • WKB has the broadest and the most experienced competition and antitrust law team in Poland

The team:

The firm has three foreign desks, where experienced lawyers team up to provide French, German and Italian-speaking businesses with the assistance that is tailored to their needs and compatible with their business culture. Our lawyers not only speaks clients’ languages but also are experts with German, Swiss and Austrian educational backgrounds.

WKB’s foreign experts advise on all sorts of matters (including M&A, as well as day-to-day operations and disputes) and draw in expertise from various practice areas such as company law, real estate, banking and finance, intellectual property, competition law and others.


For us, at WKB, adopting the Diversity & Inclusion policy manifests itself in specific daily activities. Since the beginning of its operations, WKB has been employing and working with experts, regardless of gender, race, disability, sexual orientation, age, social origin, religious belief, or political opinions. We believe that bringing together people from different backgrounds and different perspectives provides them with the environment to develop their skills. We strongly feel that the creation of such an inclusive environment is of great value for individuals and the company.

WKB Lawyers brand emphasizes that we all create one team of different people, regardless of their official position and background. work together on an equal basis for the success of our law firm.

Below we present selected examples of our activities and their effects:

  • The WKB team is gender-balanced (half of our employees/lawyers are women). This year we have promoted five female lawyers – four of them joined the ranks of WKB’s equity partners, one joined the ranks of WKB’s partners. Moreover, we do not discriminate based on age (we work with colleagues from the age of 20 to 70), nationality (employing international lawyers) or disability (one of our longest-employed lawyers is a person with disabilities).
  • We have established a multidisciplinary ESG team, as we put great importance on running our business in the spirit of ESG. We also want to effectively support our clients in their efforts towards sustainable development.
  • We encourage our people from different levels of the organization to implement their fresh ideas – e.g. for several years our colleague has been conducting educational projects for the Foundation operating for disabled persons
  • All employees have equal development opportunities – we organize trainings for all employees daily –in different fields: law, management, organization or communication. Experts with relevant experience share their knowledge with the less experienced ones. Each employee has a dedicated yearly training budget, which can be used for professional development
  • We’re implementing „Work-life balance” strategies. We have implemented flexible, individually tailor-made working patterns (e.g. for chronically ill people or those with special personal or family situations). We are a parental-leave-friendly organisation. We have also introduced numerous well-being benefits, including extensive medical care and sports packages.
  • We provided our staff with the opportunity to consult a psychologist during working hours. We know how much our life ( especially in the pandemic) was challenging and disrupting and we wanted to mitigate this change.
  • When each employee signs a contract with WKB, she/he also signs a book of procedures in which he/she commits to apply the principles of equal treatment and counteracting mobbing.

CLIENT:
COMPANY/FIRM: AVIVA TUnŻ S.A.
TESTIMONIAL:

Aviva hereby confirms that the Wiercinski, Kwiecinski, Baehr sp.k. law firm provided the Company with legal services comprising comprehensive legal assistance connected with the acquisition of 100% of shares in Expander Advisors, one of the largest independent financial advisors in Poland, from private equity fund lnnova Capital.
WKB assisted the Company with full legal coverage in all stages of the transaction, including conducting the due diligence process, negotiations of the share purchase agreements and transaction documents.
The above services were performed duly, timely and in a highly professional manner.


CLIENT:
COMPANY/FIRM: STOCK SPIRITS GROUP
TESTIMONIAL:

I, the undersigned, acting as the General Counsel of the Stock Spirits Group hereby confirm that the WKB Wierciński, Kwieciński, Baehrs p.k. law firm provided advice to Stock Spirits Group (including to Stock Polska sp. z o.o.) on matters relating to banking law and commercial law, in particular through advising on the restructuring process with respect to Polish companies from the STOCK Group (leading spirits and flavoured vodka producer in Poland and in the Central and Eastern Europe). WKB’s advice included assistance in preparation of a restructuring step plan (together with client’s tax advisors) involving in particular transformations and mergers of Stock Group entities, as well as implementation of that plan, inclusive of drafting corporate documentation, corporate governance documentation, documents relating to issuance of bonds, as well as security documents connected with existing debt financing of the Stock Group.
The above services were performed duly, timely and in a highly professional manner.


CLIENT:
COMPANY/FIRM: BGŻ BNP PARIBAS
TESTIMONIAL:
Bank BGŻ BNP Paribas S.A. would like to express its positive opinion on cooperation with WKB Wierciński, Kwieciński, Baehr Sp. k. in connection with the provision of legal services to BGŻ BNP Paribas by WKB Law Firm as part of the process of granting financing by BGŻ BNP Paribas to Good Food Products sp. z o.o. (“the Financing”).

As part of its services, the Law Firm provided comprehensive services in the process of granting the Financing, including the preparation of provisions of the loan agreement and relevant debt documents as well as the verification of fulfilment of conditions precedent for the disbursement of the Financing.
The above services were performed with due diligence in a timely and professional manner. WKB lawyers demonstrated in-depth knowledge of legal regulations and understanding of BG2 BNP Paribas’ business needs.
Having expressed our satisfaction with the above cooperation, we can recommend WKB law firm to its future clients.
Having expressed our satisfaction with the above cooperation, we can recommend WKB law firm to its future clients.


CLIENT:
COMPANY/FIRM: BRITISH AMERICAN TOBACCO INVESTMENTS
TESTIMONIAL:
BRITISH AMERICAN TOBACCO INVESTMENTS (CENTRAL & EASTERN EUROPE) LTD with its registered office in London, at Globe House, 1 Water Street, London WC2R 3LA, United Kingdom, entered into the companies register under no. 2898824 (hereinafter referred to as the “Company”) hereby confirms that WKB Wierciñski, Kwieciñski, Baehr sp.k. law firm provided the Company with legal services comprising full legal coverage with respect to all Polish-law related aspects of the acquisition of 100% of the shares in CHIC Group by the Company. WKB’s advice included due diligence, assistance in relation to negotiations and signing of the share purchase agreement and the other requisite transaction documents, as well as the competition clearance filing addressed to the President of the Office of Competition and Customer Protection.
The above services were performed duly, timely and in a highly professional manner.


CLIENT:
COMPANY/FIRM: STENA RECYCLING sp. z o.o
TESTIMONIAL:
Acting on behalf of Stena Recycling sp. z o.o. (hereinafter: “Stena”) I would like to express a positive opinion on the cooperation with the WKB Wierciński, Kwieciński, Baehr sp.k. legal office (hereinafter: „ WKB”) in the scope of:
legal services related to the transaction of purchase of the Polish companies belonging to the Swedish capital group IL Recycling (i.e. First Recycling sp. z 0.0. and First Recycling Poznan sp. z o.o.), involving the preparation of the legal due diligence on the companies indicated above, the acquisition of shares of First Recycling sp. z 0.0. and the analysis of the scenarios of consolidation of the above mentioned companies with Stena.
The services indicated above concerned in particular the company and commercial law. The services were performed with the due diligence, in a timely and professional manner.
Expressing our satisfaction with the cooperation with WKB, we can recommend the WKB law office to her future mandators.