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

WKB Wiercinski, Kwiecinski, Baehr
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Competition/antitrust Tier 1

According to one client, the 'very commercial' team at WKB Wiercinski, Kwiecinski, Baehr delivers 'concise expert advice, with no irritating disclaimers or lengthy citations', putting 'risk at the centre' of everything it does. It is jointly led by Aleksander Stawicki, who 'has a business mindset and broad perspective', and 'excellent communicatorBartosz Turno, who is noted for his expertise in disputes. In one stand-out matter, Stawicki successfully represented Goldman Sachs in merger control proceedings before the Polish Competition Authority (PCA) concerning its takeover of Robyg. Turno is defending ING Bank before the European Commission against allegations that it entered into an agreement restricting competition.

Insurance Tier 1

In addition to day-to-day advisory work, the 'client-oriented' team at WKB Wiercinski, Kwiecinski, Baehr often represents insurance-sector clients before the courts and in other dispute resolution proceedings. The group also has expertise in the intersection between insurance and consumer protection law. Practice heads Tomasz Kwieciński and Jakub Pokrzywniak successfully defended Talanx Group in a cargo insurance and third-party liability claim against a security company whose driver misappropriated PLN7m. Senior associate Marek Prętki is another key contact.

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 2

Andrzej Wierciński and Jakub Jędrzejak lead WKB Wiercinski, Kwiecinski, Baehr's department, which handles a variety of advisory and transactional mandates for domestic and international corporates. Anna Wojciechowska advised EDF Group on the €1bn sale of EDF Polska to the state-owned PGE Group. She also assists Ryanair Group with all aspects of its operations in Poland, including in connection with the establishment of a new air carrier operator, Ryanair Sun.

Construction Tier 2

Specialisms at WKB Wiercinski, Kwiecinski, Baehr include energy and infrastructure project matters, in relation to which the team advises domestic and international contractors. Practice co-head Anna Flaga-Martynek is advising MWiK w Bydgoszczy on a project concerning the modernisation and construction of rainwater infrastructure in Bydgoszcz, which involves EU funds. Co-head Marta Midloch is assisting Toto Spa Construzioni Generali with the performance of its contract to construct the Poznań-Wrocław section of the S-5 expressway.

Energy and natural resources Tier 2

WKB Wiercinski, Kwiecinski, Baehr's team works closely with the firm's disputes, corporate and environmental departments to provide clients across the spectrum of energy sectors with a full service. Jerzy BaehrJakub Pokrzywniak and Maciej Szambelańczyk advise PGNiG on day-to-day legal matters relating to grid operation, pricing policies and a variety of disputes.

Intellectual property Tier 2

WKB Wiercinski, Kwiecinski, Baehr's team, which is jointly led by Agnieszka Wiercińska-Krużewska and Aleksandra Wędrychowska-Karpińska, focuses on IP litigation, particularly in relation to new technologies. Highlights for Wiercińska-Krużewska included representing Wolters Kluwer and a group of 14 publishers in a copyright claim against file-hosting site Milena Bogdanowicz is recommended for matters involving film, media and advertising law.

Public law Tier 2

WKB Wiercinski, Kwiecinski, Baehr's 'well-integrated team of highly-skilled professionals' is instructed by both private and public sector clients on a range of public procurement matters. Department head Jan Roliński advises Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles on all matters pertaining to a tender procedure initiated by Metro Warszawskie concerning the delivery of 45 cars for the Warsaw underground. Counsel Agnieszka Chwiałkowska is another key name with vast experience in energy and transport procurement.

Restructuring and insolvency Tier 2

WKB Wiercinski, Kwiecinski, Baehr's client roster comprises a number of major local and international clients, including international lenders, debtors and potential acquirers of distressed assets. In a key matter demonstrating the team's strength, Jakub Jedrzejak and department head Andrzej Wierciński acted as local counsel to Toys "R" Us as part of multi-jurisdictional insolvency proceedings and the client's subsequent liquidation filings.

Banking and finance Tier 3

WKB Wiercinski, Kwiecinski, Baehr's 'well-balanced' team is praised by clients for its broad expertise in credit, financing, bond issuance and restructuring. Highlights for Jakub Jedrzejak and practice head Marcin Smolarek included advising Toys "R" US as local counsel on the first phase of its $816m bridge financing. Other clients include Siemens Finance and mBank. Counsel Agata Szczepańczyk-Piwek is another key name. Counsel Michał Kalicki was a new arrival from Wardynski & Partners in 2019.

Dispute resolution Tier 3

WKB Wiercinski, Kwiecinski, Baehr's team is noted for its 'great commitment' and its 'creative problem solving', particularly in relation to its speciality, construction and infrastructure-related disputes. Bartłomiej Jankowski is representing a number of banks and wind farms, including DNB Bank Polska and Livingstone, in proceedings instituted by state-owned company Energa-Obrót attempting to annul long-term agreements for the sale of green certificates; a case which was decided in the clients' favour at the first instance. Tomasz KwiecińskiJordan Zafirow and Natalia Kabacińska are also key names.

Healthcare and life sciences Tier 3

WKB Wiercinski, Kwiecinski, Baehr is noted for its expertise in life sciences-related IP and competition law. Aleksandra Wędrychowska-Karpińska represents Schulke in its unfair competition claim against a Polish medicinal product producer. She also handles a number of claims for Civ Consorzio Italiano Vivaisti relating to the infringement of its plant variety rights to strawberries in Poland. Senior associate Maria Gutowska-Ibbs is also recommended for her expertise in IP and medical law. Paweł Hincz and Juliusz Krzyżanowski left the firm to join Baker & McKenzie Krzyżowski i Wspólnicy Spółka Komandytowa in November 2017.

Private equity Tier 3

WKB Wiercinski, Kwiecinski, Baehr is instructed by a variety of institutional investors, including private equity and other alternative asset funds. In one stand-out matter, Jakub Jedrzejak and Ben Davey advised Wuhu YuanDa Venture Capital Co. as local counsel on the indirect acquisition of a company based in a special economic zone in Poland. Jędrzejak co-leads the team with Andrzej Wierciński.

TMT Tier 3

WKB Wiercinski, Kwiecinski, Baehr's 'experienced and pro-active' team takes 'a practical approach' to TMT matters, particularly in relation to IT, media and data protection. Practice co-head Agnieszka Wiercińska-Krużewska advised Uber's Polish subsidiaries on an audit conducted by the Data Protection Authority. Together with Jakub Pokrzywniak, she also advised Chubb European Group on its cyber-threat policy. Aleksandra Wędrychowska-Karpińska also leads the team.

Capital markets Tier 4

At WKB Wiercinski, Kwiecinski, Baehr, the focus is on equity capital markets, and the team is often instructed on public offerings and flotations on the WSE. Counsel Agata Szczepańczyk-Piwek advised mBank Hipoteczny on amendments to its offering documents for the bank's two covered bond issuance programmes and its private programme of bond issues. Jakub Jedrzejak leads the team.

Employment Tier 4

WKB Wiercinski, Kwiecinski, Baehr's team has experience in all HR aspects of domestic and international M&A, restructuring, collective redundancies and employment disputes. Team leader Wioleta Polak, who was promoted to counsel in January 2018, specialises in employment issues relating to public procurement. Clients include Ryanair, Salini Impreglio and Premier Research.

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
Aviation Jadwiga Stryczyńska
Banking and finance Marcin Smolarek
Banking and finance Jakub Jędrzejak
Capital markets Jakub Jędrzejak
Capital markets Agata Szczepańczyk-Piwek
Company law/corporate governance Anna Wojciechowska
Competition Aleksander Stawicki
Competition Bartosz Turno
Data protection Agnieszka Wiercińska-Krużewska
Employment Wioleta Polak
Energy Jerzy Baehr
Energy Marciej Szambelańczyk
Environment and natural resources Sergiusz Urban
French desk Anna Wyrzykowska
German desk Anna Wojciechowska
Infrastructure and PPP Anna Flaga-Martynek
Infrastructure and PPP Marta Midloch
Insurance Tomasz Kwieciński
Insurance Jakub Pokrzywniak
Italian desk Jan Roliński
Intellectual property and TMT Agnieszka Wiercińska-Krużewska
Intellectual property and TMT Aleksandra Wędrychowska-Karpińska
Litigation and dispute resolution Bartłomiej Jankowski
Litigation and dispute resolution Tomasz Kwieciński
M&A Andrzej Wierciński
M&A Jakub Jędrzejak
Private equity Jakub Jędrzejak
Private equity Ben Davey
Public procurement Jan Roliński
Real estate Anna Wyrzykowska
Restructuring and insolvency Andrzej Wierciński
Restructuring and insolvency Jakub Jędrzejak
State aid and EU funds Andrzej Wierciński
State aid and EU funds Łukasz Czekański
Tax Łukasz Czekański
Photo Name Position Profile
Dr Jerzy Baehr  photo Dr Jerzy Baehr
 Łukasz Czekański  photo Łukasz Czekański
 Ben Davey  photo Ben Davey
 Domenico Di Bisceglie  photo Domenico Di Bisceglie
 Anna Flaga-Martynek  photo Anna Flaga-Martynek
 Jakub Jędrzejak  photo Jakub Jędrzejak
 Bartłomiej Jankowski  photo Bartłomiej Jankowski
Dr Tomasz Kwieciński  photo Dr Tomasz Kwieciński
 Marta Midloch  photo Marta Midloch
Dr hab Jakub Pokrzywniak  photo Dr hab Jakub Pokrzywniak
 Wioleta Polak  photo Wioleta Polak
 Jan Roliński  photo Jan Roliński
 Marcin Smolarek  photo Marcin Smolarek
 Aleksander Stawicki  photo Aleksander Stawicki
 Maciej Szambelańczyk  photo Maciej Szambelańczyk
Dr Bartosz Turno  photo Dr Bartosz Turno
Dr Sergiusz Urban  photo Dr Sergiusz Urban
 Aleksandra Wędrychowska-Karpińska  photo Aleksandra Wędrychowska-Karpińska
 Agnieszka Wiercińska-Krużewska  photo Agnieszka Wiercińska-Krużewska
Dr hab Andrzej Wierciński  photo Dr hab Andrzej Wierciński
 Anna Wojciechowska  photo Anna Wojciechowska
 Anna Wyrzykowska  photo Anna Wyrzykowska
Number of lawyers : 100
Other offices : Pozna?