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

WKB Wiercinski, Kwiecinski, Baehr
PLAC STANISLAWA MALACHOWSKIEGO 2
00-066 WARSAW
Poland

Competition/antitrust Tier 1

WKB Wiercinski, Kwiecinski, Baehr has developed a solid practice representing clients in cases involving cartel and abuse of dominance cases before Polish and EU authorities, consumer protection and private enforcement. The group also advises on leniency programmes, distribution agreements and merger control filings. The department is jointly led by Aleksander Stawicki and state aid expert Bartosz Turno. In October 2019, it was further bolstered by the arrival of counsel Dorota Karczewska, who previously served as vice-president of the Polish Office of Competition and Consumer Protection, where she participated in legislative processes at a national and European level.

Practice head(s):

Aleksander Stawicki; Bartosz Turno

Testimonials

The team is very friendly, you get quick answers to your questions, and it is very professional.

Professional, fast, flexible, customer oriented, problem solving/solution finding approach.’

Reliable, precise, caring, proactive.

Key clients

Pelion

Ryanair

Centrum Rozliczeń Elektronicznych Polskie ePłatności

PKO Bank Polski

ING Bank

PGNiG

Ekstraklasa

Lidl Polska

Pfeifer & Langen

Santander Bank Polska

The Employers’ Union of Innovative Pharmaceutical Companies INFARMA

PZU

InterRisk Towarzystwo Ubezpieczeń

Intersnack Poland

Polish Chamber of Insurance

ENEA

Benefit System

Aflofarm

Walmark

DBK Group

Insurance Tier 1

WKB Wiercinski, Kwiecinski, Baehr is instructed by Polish and international insurance companies, as well as brokers and distributors. The group, jointly led by Tomasz Kwieciński and Jakub Pokrzywniak, has a strong contentious practice, representing clients in numerous insurance-related proceedings before the Polish courts. It also advises on the implementation of new regulations, as well as localising insurance policies for foreign insurance companies. Other areas where the group stands out are matters that intersect with competition and consumer law.

Practice head(s):

Tomasz Kwieciński; Jakub Pokrzywniak

Testimonials

The level of service they provide fully meets our expectations as any request to them has been responded to (i) in a timely manner and (ii) with the expected expertise, appropriateness of advice, strength-in-depth of team and value for money.

A strong theoretical foundation.

Dedication and a business approach.

Key clients

Towarzystwo Ubezpieczeń i Reasekuracji Warta

Chubb European Group SE

Chubb European Group SE Direktion für Deutschland

Towarzystwo Ubezpieczeń i Reasekuracji Allianz Polska

Link4 Towarzystwo Ubezpieczeń

Nord Partner

Powszechny Zakład Ubezpieczeń

Polish Chamber of Insurance and Reinsurance Brokers

Korporacja Ubezpieczeń Kredytów Eksportowych

Generali Towarzystwo Ubezpieczeń

Towarzystwo Ubezpieczeń na Życie Europa

Baloise Vie Luxemburg

Polskie Towarzystwo Reasekuracji

Polish Insurance Association

UNIQA

PKO Leasing

Odyssey Group Holdings

Construction Tier 2

WKB Wiercinski, Kwiecinski, Baehr's team is focused on construction projects relating to energy and infrastructure, advising large Polish and international contractors and contracting parties. The group is jointly led by Anna Flaga-Martynek and Marta Midloch, who was promoted to partner in 2019.

Practice head(s):

Anna Flaga-Martynek; Marta Midloch

Testimonials

Team of professionals, building long lasting relationships with clients. Fast working. Supportive advisors with wide range of expertise.

Anna Flaga-Martynek is an experienced professional with very deep knowledge of sector, understanding the goals of the project.

Marta Midloch is competent, highly prepared, rapid in action and a problem solver.

Key clients

TOTO Costruzioni Generali

Vianini Lavori

PKP Energetyka

OGP GAZ-SYSTEM

Miejskie Wodociągi i Kanalizacja w Bydgoszczy

Miejskie Przedsiębiorstwo Wodociągów i Kanalizacji

Chemwik

Miejskie Przedsiębiorstwo Komunikacyjne w Poznaniu

Salini Impregilo

Tauron Polska Energia

Data privacy and data protection Tier 2

WKB Wiercinski, Kwiecinski, Baehr's data protection team sits within the firm's intellectual property and TMT department, and handles a variety of data protection issues for clients in the regulated industries. The group, which has a notable practice in GDPR implementation and compliance, is led by Agnieszka Wiercińska-Krużewska, who is not only an expert in data protection and data privacy, but also cybersecurity.

Practice head(s):

Agnieszka Wiercińska-Krużewska

Key clients

FremantleMedia Polska

Samsung Electronics Poland Manufacturing

Polski Bank Komórek Macierzystych

Enea Operator

Bank Gospodarstwa Krajowego

Chubb European Group

Lidl Polska

Ryanair

Dispute resolution Tier 2

The team at WKB Wiercinski, Kwiecinski, Baehr stands out for construction and infrastructure disputes, many of which involve EU financing and public procurement issues. In addition to Polish energy companies, the group's client list includes major airlines and Polish financial institutions, which it represents in a variety of financial, corporate and commercial disputes. Frequently sought out for disputes in the regulated industries, Tomasz Kwieciński jointly leads the team with contentious construction and infrastructure specialist Bartłomiej Jankowski.

Practice head(s):

Bartłomiej Jankowski; Tomasz Kwieciński

Testimonials

It has a very strong, long bench of highly qualified lawyers with vast court and arbitration experience.

The team listens carefully to customers and advice on the best approach to tackle problems. Outstanding capacity to analyse the problem and give customers different solutions to reach the goal.’

Jordan Zafirov has deep knowledge of Polish public procurement law. he is fast in understanding the case and gives appropriate answers.

Key clients

PKN Orlen

Salini Impregilo

DNB Bank Polska

Ryanair

PKO Bank Polski

Bank Pekao S.A.

Tube City IMS Poland

Stena Recycling

XL Energy Marketing

Velvet Care

TOTO Costruzioni Generalli

KPMG Advisory

CEMEX Polska

Energy and natural resources Tier 2

The practice at WKB Wiercinski, Kwiecinski, Baehr handles electricity, gas, renewable energy, nuclear energy, oil and mining mandates. The group often works closely with other departments in the firm, which provide expertise in competition law, environmental regulation, M&A, public procurement and real estate issues. The group is also instructed in energy-related litigation and arbitration proceedings. Privatisation and anti-trust law expert Jerzy Baehr jointly leads the team alongside Maciej Szambelańczyk, whose clients predominantly consist of infrastructure companies, and contract law specialist Jakub Pokrzywniak.

Practice head(s):

Jerzy Baehr; Maciej Szambelańczyk; Jakub Pokrzywniak

Testimonials

It has unique and strong knowledge and experience in solving energy law related cases.

Jakub Pokrzywniak has best abilities to search for a solution. Always ready to help and always on time. His knowledge of civil and energetic law stands on the highest possible level.

A very competent team advised us on a complex new market entry and acquisition transaction.

Key clients

Polskie Sieci Elektroenergetyczne

PGNiG

PGNiG OD

ENEA

ENEA Operator

PTPiREE

OGP Gaz-System

PKP Energetyka

PERN

Energix Group

LOTOS Group

Polish Committee for Electrical Energy

ADM Poland

Winergy

Greenway Polska

BGŻ BNP Paribas

Tauron Dystrybucja

Carrefour Polska

OZEN

Polish Wind Energy Association

Gas Storage Polska

Statkraft

ABO Wind

Eurowind Energy

EDP Renewables Polska

UPEBI

Equinor

Intellectual property Tier 2

WKB Wiercinski, Kwiecinski, Baehr handles trade mark infringement cases, drawing on wide-ranging litigation expertise. The group also advises clients on IP strategies, portfolio management and licensing matters, working closely with the firm's competition team to assist clients with distribution and franchising contracts. Anti-counterfeiting cases are another area of expertise, and the team has a notable track record in litigation concerning the production and sale of falsified products. The department is led by Agnieszka Wiercińska-Krużewska, whose expertise includes copyright, industrial property, unfair competition and press law. Senior associate Maria Obara-Piszewska has particular expertise in copyright matters.

Practice head(s):

Agnieszka Wiercińska-Krużewska

Key clients

Wolters Kluwer

Aflofarm

Schülke Polska

Huta Szkła „Czechy”

X-Trade Brokers DM

XL Energy

Sensor Cliniq

Kobalt Rights Agency

Public procurement Tier 2

WKB Wiercinski, Kwiecinski, Baehr's team stands out for handling major energy and transport public procurement matters, and assisting public and private sector clients at all stages of contracting and contract performance work including public procurement procedures. The department is led by Jan Roliński, who is one of the founding members of the Public Procurement Law Association.

Practice head(s):

Jan Roliński

Testimonials

I value my work with the law firm very highly. The team is very competent, communicative, reactive and helpful.

The team has a good understanding of modern IT technology – the company helped us in two important cases for our business.

A team that is very committed to working with the client. Regardless of the quick time and the need to complete the task, full availability.

Key clients

City Public Transport Operator in Poznań

SALINI IMPREGILO

Toto S.p.A. Costruzioni Generali

Intermunicipal Union for Waste Disposal Management in Poznań and the Poznań City Area)

Polish Post

GE Power

City Water Supply and Sewage Management

ALSTAL Grupa Budowlana

Polskie LNG

Marshal’s Office of Małopolskie Province

University of Arts in Poznań

Restructuring and insolvency Tier 2

WKB Wiercinski, Kwiecinski, Baehr handles a variety of restructuring and insolvency transactions, including remedial proceedings initiated in Poland. The impressive client roster includes domestic and international lenders, debtors and acquirers of distressed assets across sectors and borders. The team, led by Andrzej Wierciński, has particular expertise in insolvency proceedings, debt restructuring, standstills, out-of-court restructurings and pre-bankruptcy arrangements.

Practice head(s):

Andrzej Wierciński

Key clients

Toys “R” Us

Elsen S.A. w restrukturyzacji (in restructuring)

Organic Farma Zdrowia

Banking and finance Tier 3

WKB Wiercinski, Kwiecinski, Baehr's team has experience of large-scale banking and finance transactions, in which its knowledge of regulatory issues comes to the fore. The group is increasingly active in the fintech arena, regularly advising Polish companies in the sector on their expansions and in their communications with the Polish regulators. Practice head Marcin Smolarek focuses on project finance, debt restructuring, distressed debt and financial litigation. Counsel Michał Kalicki is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Marcin Smolarek

Key clients

Toys “R” Us

Fiserv Inc.

Polskie ePłatności

Pfisterer Group

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 3

WKB Wiercinski, Kwiecinski, Baehr's group is instructed by a mixture of domestic and international clients on local deals and the Polish aspects of cross-border transactions. Private equity transactions are an area of particular expertise, as is M&A involving distressed assets. The group is also able to draw on the wider firm's expertise in competition, labour, tax, IP, insurance, real estate and public procurement, providing clients with a full commercial, corporate and M&A service. Andrzej Wierciński and Jakub Jedrzejak jointly lead the department.

Practice head(s):

Andrzej Wierciński; Jakub Jędrzejak

Testimonials

Professional, fast, flexible, customer oriented, problem solving/solution finding approach.’

I do very much appreciate a high quality of their work, responsiveness, complex law advice going beyond purely corporate law matters.

Anna Wojciechowska has excellent coordination skills, puts great attention on covering all aspects that may give rise to difficulties, meets tight deadlines, is reliable, understands and meets our high standards.

Key clients

Ryanair

ABB

CEZ group

Aviva

Qualia Development

Benson Elliot

BC Bavarian Candles / Equistone

Arcus Capital

Centrum Rozliczeń Elektronicznych Polskie ePłatności

Bank PKO BP

KSS Holdings

Aflofarm Farmacja Polska

EQOS / Triton

Penta Investments

ShopRunner

Localized

Domodi

Avallon MBO Fund

Specialized Bicycle

Infradata Polska

Private equity Tier 3

Clients of WKB Wiercinski, Kwiecinski, Baehr include institutional investors, including private equity and alternative asset funds. The group, which sits within the corporate and M&A department, is co-led by international deal experienced Jakub Jedrzejak and Australian-qualified Ben Davey, whose experience spans private equity-related acquisitions and disposals.

Practice head(s):

Jakub Jędrzejak; Ben Davey

Key clients

BC Bavarian Candles

EQOS Holding

Centrum Rozliczeń Elektronicznych Polskie ePłatności

Benson Elliot

Penta Investments

Infradata Polska

Avallon

TMT Tier 3

WKB Wiercinski, Kwiecinski, Baehr is able to handle matters across the spectrum of TMT, including content production and dissemination, procurement, rights protection and licensing. In addition, the group is able to leverage the firm's capabilities in relation to intellectual property and competition law. Agnieszka Wiercińska-Krużewska leads the team, and is regularly instructed by telecoms operators and broadcasters.

Practice head(s):

Agnieszka Wiercińska-Krużewska

Testimonials

Provides timely and thorough responses to inquiries

The lawyers try to understand and cover all aspects of an issue

The bigger picture demand from the team helps me to ask the right questions

Key clients

Ministry of Digital Affairs

FremantleMedia Polska

GIVT Polska

BNP Paribas

Ademotion

OLX

XL Energy Marketing

Fundacja TechSoup (TechSoup Foundation)

Valkea Media

PayU

Chubb European Group

Ryanair

Samsung Electronics Poland Manufacturing

Grupa PZU

MB Aerospace

Eurozet

Capital markets Tier 4

WKB Wiercinski, Kwiecinski, Baehr's client roster includes major state-controlled and private companies and banks, which the group advises on ECM issues, including tender offers for acquisitions and take-private processes. On the DCM front, it handles bond issuances and securitisations, as well as assisting Warsaw Stock Exchange-listed companies with brokerage activity. Transactional lawyer Marta Midloch and DCM expert Agata Szczepańczyk-Piwek jointly lead the team.

Practice head(s):

Marta Midloch; Agata Szczepańczyk-Piwek

Key clients

mBank

mBank Hipoteczny

Bank BNP Paribas Polska

PGNiG

Enea Trading

Polski Bank Komórek Macierzystych

mLeasing

Employment Tier 4

WKB Wiercinski, Kwiecinski, Baehr's team works closely with other departments at the firm to provide employment advice on domestic and international M&A and restructuring mandates; it also handles collective redundancies and employment litigation. Wioleta Polak takes the lead, with experience in individual and collective labour relations, pay structures in the  banking industry and collective redundancies, as well as transactional employment issues.

Practice head(s):

Wioleta Polak

Testimonials

High quality work, giving quick feedback, ensure high standard services, thinking creatively.

Wioleta Polak is reliable, highly responsive and good at resolving our problems.

Key clients

Ryanair

General Electric

ABB

Aviation Support Poland

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 aviation industry sector capabilities and the foreign desk offering.

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

The firm’s key clients in recent years include: Ryanair, Santander,
Uber, IKEA, EBRD, EDF, Naspers, ALLIANZ, PKN ORLEN, Panattoni, British American Tobacco, 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 insurance clients in complex multi million-złoty cases (including in competition and consumer law matters).

WKB is also instructed to advise on an increasing number of both 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 also boasts three foreign desks where experienced lawyers team up to provide French, German and Italian-speaking businesses with 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.

Department Name Email Telephone
Aviation Aleksander Stawicki aleksander.stawicki@wkb.pl +48 22 201 00 00
Aviation Jadwiga Stryczyńska jadwiga.stryczynska@wkb.pl +48 22 201 00 00
Banking and finance Marcin Smolarek marcin.smolarek@wkb.pl +48 22 201 00 00
Banking and finance Jakub Jędrzejak jakub.jedrzejak@wkb.pl +48 22 201 00 00
Capital markets Jakub Jędrzejak jakub.jedrzejak@wkb.pl +48 22 201 00 00
Capital markets Agata Szczepańczyk-Piwek agata.szczepanczyk-piwek@wkb.pl +48 22 201 00 00
Company law/corporate governance Anna Wojciechowska anna.wojciechowska@wkb.pl +48 22 201 00 00
Competition Aleksander Stawicki aleksander.stawicki@wkb.pl +48 22 201 00 00
Competition Bartosz Turno bartosz.turno@wkb.pl +48 22 201 00 00
Data protection Agnieszka Wiercińska-Krużewska agnieszka.wiercinska@wkb.pl +48 22 201 00 00
Employment Wioleta Polak wioleta.polak@wkb.pl +48 22 201 00 00
Energy Jerzy Baehr jerzy.baehr@wkb.pl +48 22 201 00 00
Energy Marciej Szambelańczyk maciej.szambelanczyk@wkb.pl +48 22 201 00 00
Environment and natural resources Sergiusz Urban sergiusz.urban@wkb.pl +48 22 201 00 00
French desk Anna Wyrzykowska anna.wyrzykowska@wkb.pl +48 22 201 00 00
German desk Anna Wojciechowska anna.wojciechowska@wkb.pl +48 22 201 00 00
Infrastructure projects Anna Flaga-Martynek anna.flaga@wkb.pl +48 22 201 00 00
Infrastructure projects Marta Midloch marta.midloch@wkb.pl +48 22 201 00 00
Insurance Tomasz Kwieciński tomasz.kwiecinski@wkb.pl +48 22 201 00 00
Insurance Jakub Pokrzywniak jakub.pokrzywniak@wkb.pl +48 22 201 00 00
Italian desk Jan Roliński jan.rolinski@wkb.pl +48 22 201 00 00
Intellectual property and TMT Agnieszka Wiercińska-Krużewska agnieszka.wiercinska@wkb.pl +48 22 201 00 00
Litigation and dispute resolution Bartłomiej Jankowski bartlomiej.jankowski@wkb.pl +48 22 201 00 00
Litigation and dispute resolution Tomasz Kwieciński tomasz.kwiecinski@wkb.pl +48 22 201 00 00
M&A Andrzej Wierciński andrzej.wiercinski@wkb.pl +48 22 201 00 00
M&A Jakub Jędrzejak jakub.jedrzejak@wkb.pl +48 22 201 00 00
Private equity Jakub Jędrzejak jakub.jedrzejak@wkb.pl +48 22 201 00 00
Private equity Ben Davey ben.davey@wkb.pl +48 22 201 00 00
Public procurement Jan Roliński jan.rolinski@wkb.pl +48 22 201 00 00
Real estate Anna Wyrzykowska anna.wyrzykowska@wkb.pl +48 22 201 00 00
Restructuring and insolvency Andrzej Wierciński andrzej.wiercinski@wkb.pl +48 22 201 00 00
Restructuring and insolvency Jakub Jędrzejak jakub.jedrzejak@wkb.pl +48 22 201 00 00
State aid and EU funds Łukasz Czekański lukasz.czekanski@wkb.pl +48 22 201 00 00
Tax Łukasz Czekański lukasz.czekanski@wkb.pl +48 22 201 00 00
Photo Name Position Profile
Dr Jerzy Baehr photo Dr Jerzy Baehr Managing partner and co-founder of WKB, head of the Energy Law practice
 Łukasz Czekański  photo Łukasz Czekański Counsel
 Ben Davey  photo Ben Davey Partner, international counsel
 Domenico Di Bisceglie  photo Domenico Di Bisceglie Counsel, co-head of WKB’s Italian desk
 Anna Flaga-Martynek  photo Anna Flaga-Martynek Partner, co-head of the Infrastructure Projects practice
 Jakub Jędrzejak  photo Jakub Jędrzejak Partner, co-head of the M&A team
 Bartłomiej Jankowski  photo Bartłomiej Jankowski Senior partner and co-founder of WKB, head of the firm’s Litigation &…
Dr Tomasz Kwieci?ski  photo Dr Tomasz Kwieci?ski Senior partner and co-founder of WKB, co-head of the Insurance practice
 Marta Midloch  photo Marta Midloch Partner, co-head of the Infrastructure Projects practice at WKB and a member…
Dr hab Jakub Pokrzywniak  photo Dr hab Jakub Pokrzywniak Partner, co-head of the Insurance and Energy Law practices at WKB
 Wioleta Polak  photo Wioleta Polak Partner, head of WKB’s Employment Law practice, member of the Public Procurement…
 Jan Roliński  photo Jan Roliński Senior partner and co-founder of WKB, head of the Public Procurement practice…
 Marcin Smolarek  photo Marcin Smolarek Partner, head of the Banking & Finance practice
 Aleksander Stawicki  photo Aleksander Stawicki Senior partner at WKB, head of the Competition Law practice
 Maciej Szambelańczyk  photo Maciej Szambelańczyk Partner
Dr Bartosz Turno  photo Dr Bartosz Turno Partner
Dr Sergiusz Urban  photo Dr Sergiusz Urban Counsel, head of the Environment & Natural Resources practice
 Agnieszka Wiercińska-Krużewska  photo Agnieszka Wiercińska-Krużewska Senior partner and co-founder of WKB, co-head of the firm’s Intellectual Property,…
Dr hab Andrzej Wierciński  photo Dr hab Andrzej Wierciński Senior partner and co-founder of WKB, co-head of the M&A team and…
 Anna Wojciechowska  photo Anna Wojciechowska Partner, co-head of WKB’s Company Law & Corporate Governance practice and the…
 Anna Wyrzykowska  photo Anna Wyrzykowska Partner, head of the Real Estate & Property Development, co-head of the…
Number of lawyers : 100
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Other offices : Poznan