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's 'excellent' team is noted for its broad competition law practice, covering cartel cases, leniency programmes, distribution agreements, as well as abuse of dominance proceedings, merger control issues and consumer protection. The group is also regularly instructed in private enforcement cases and follow-on litigation. The group is jointly led by Aleksander Stawicki ('excellent at advising on navigating' complex competition law issues); and Bartosz Turno, whom clients rate for his state aid practice. Counsel Dorota Karczewska, who is 'not afraid to present courageous positions' in relation to competition and consumer protection proceedings, and draws on the expertise gained in her previous role as vice-president of the Polish competition authority.

Practice head(s):

Aleksander Stawicki; Bartosz Turno

Other key lawyers:

Dorota Karczewska; Wojciech Kulczyk; Aleksandra Dziurkowska

Testimonials

‘The WKB team is excellent. They provide succinct legal advice, often to very tight deadlines, and are always available to discuss the advice in detail. They have in-depth knowledge that in our experience is hard to find elsewhere.’

‘Aleksander Stawicki is fantastic. There are certain aspects of the Polish regime that are somewhat unusual and not business friendly, however, he is excellent at advising on navigating these in a commercial way.’

‘WKB has a very nice and strong team of competition lawyers. The leaders are well known in the industry and highly regarded, and their expertise is recognised across the international competition law community. They deliver good and relevant advice, just to the point.’

‘I work with Aleksander Stawicki since many years, the clients and I are very happy with the quality and speed of his advise. He really is an expert in Polish competition law, and he is also very responsive. The same is true for Bartosz Turno, he is a great state aid expert and knows the law very well.’

‘The team consists of high-level professionals who are very often not only theoreticians but also practitioners in a given legal field. In the case of a complex legal problem, the case is dealt with by many people, and each staff member is dedicated to the analysis of a specific issue. A particular strength is the holistic approach to the problem, where an in-depth analysis of the problem is carried out, addressing all its aspects, indicating the risks and potential benefits of the specific approach.’

‘High-level professionals who are very often not only theoreticians but also practitioners in a given legal field’

‘Strongest team in Poland. International experience.’

‘Alexander Stawicki in no 1 in Poland. Internationally experienced with exceptional practical experience.’

‘The greatest impression for me was made by attorney Dorota Karczewska. She uses her vast experience in the field of consumer law to assess the specificity of the company’s operations. On the one hand, it clearly defines the boundaries of risk, on the other hand, it can be flexible when factual argumentation is presented. She empathizes with the problems arising on the client’s side when adapting to new deregulations, which allows for joint development of positive solutions. She is not afraid to present courageous positions, which results from her deep understanding and the real purpose of consumer regulation.’

Key clients

Pelion S.A.

Ryanair

Centrum Rozliczeń Elektronicznych Polskie ePłatności

PKO Bank Polski

ING Bank

Abu Dhabi National Oil Company

Ekstraklasa

Lidl Polska

Pfeifer & Langen

Santander Bank Polska

The Employers’ Union of Innovative Pharmaceutical Companies INFARMA

PZU

InterRisk Towarzystwo Ubezpieczeń S

Construction Tier 1

Anna Flaga-Martynek in the Warsaw office and Poznan-based Marta Midloch lead the 'strong team of lawyers' that form the construction practice at WKB Wiercinski, Kwiecinski, Baehr. The group is particularly recognised for its work in infrastructure matters such as the construction of roads, railways, chemical installations, energy plants and gas pipelines. Experienced in understanding the perspectives of both authorities and contractors, the team recently advised on the development of a key rainwater project in Bydgoszcz. Notably, the practice recently introduced a remedial plan for projects where realisation is compromised (this covers investors, contractors and organisational units that issue agreements and permits).

Practice head(s):

Anna Flaga-Martynek; Marta Midloch

Testimonials

‘They have specialists in many areas of law. They also have a well-structured offering for efficient team management. As a result, they react very quickly and effectively, regardless of the time of the week and day. Communication with them is very efficient. You can always count on them in difficult situations.’

‘The Law Firm closely cooperates with the Company, remaining at constant disposal regardless of the time of day. Each time it scrupulously and thoroughly analyses arising problems, always guaranteeing service at the highest level. The analysed problems are considered in many aspects, which is important from the point of view of the Company’s activity and the risks associated with it. WKB looks at the examined issues and documents not only from the perspective of what is here and now, and a wide range of solutions increases the probability of the proceedings ending with a positive result for the Company. ’

‘WKB has a strong team of lawyers with extensive knowledge and experience in running a wide variety of projects. They are very proactive and understand business needs. They have a very good understanding of the municipal sector and the practice of local authorities and administration, which is very important in infrastructure projects. They provide very good quality services at prices much more favorable than international law firms.’

‘I work with Anna Flaga Martynek and her team. Anna has extensive experience in investment and infrastructure projects and negotiations. Her advice is very comprehensive, she can see many aspects of the case and take into account the relationship with various stakeholders, which is extremely important especially in the case of infrastructure projects. She has extensive experience in cooperation with local government institutions and great understanding of business issues.’

Key clients

Stadtwerke München GmbH / Windfarm Polska III sp. z o.o.

Eurowind Energy Sp. z o.o.

Baltic Green I sp. z o.o. (part of KGAL Investment Management GmbH & Co. KG)

TOTO S.p.a. Costruzioni Generali

Salini Impregilo S.p.A./ Salini Polska Sp. z o.o.

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.

PSE – Polskie Sieci Elektroenergetyczne S.A.

Tauron Wydobycie

Nowe Jaworzno Grupa Tauron sp. z o.o.

Tauron Polska Energia S.A.

Insurance Tier 1

WKB Wiercinski, Kwiecinski, Baehr's team advises Polish and foreign insurance companies and brokers on regulatory compliance, and represents them in proceedings before the Polish consumer and financial regulators, as well as in insurance claims. An area of specific expertise is work relating to the implementation of employment capital plans organised in the form of insurance capital funds. Department co-head Jakub Pokrzywniak, 'one of the most recognisable and experienced insurance lawyers on the market', has a respected advisory practice, assisting with insurance policy issues, as well as representing clients in complex claims. Leading the practice alongside Pokrzwniak is litigation and arbitration specialist Tomasz Kwieciński, who handles insurance-related dispute resolution and consumer protection issues. Attorney-at-law Marek Prętki is an expert in non-life insurance and associated regulatory issues.

Practice head(s):

Jakub Pokrzywniak; Tomasz Kwieciński

Other key lawyers:

Marek Prętki

Testimonials

Huge experience of the team members and involvement in each case they handle; capability to react immediately to the clients’ needs and expectations.

WKB and its lawyers are always deeply engaged in the problem presented by clients. Their opinions are very professional from the law perspective but also business oriented.’

The speed and precision of the legal opinions prepared, which allows them to be used in the daily conduct of cases. Reference to everyday practice in the insurance and reinsurance market.’

Jakub Pokrzywniak is one of the most recognizable and experienced insurance lawyers on the market and that position is fully deserved by his achievements. He is able to provide proper advice focusing on the client’s needs, tailored to its situation and presenting a broad perspective which allows the client to choose the best solution.’

Jakub Pokrzywniak is not only a university professor, but also a great advisor with extraordinary knowledge of the market practice. Working with him is a pleasure.’

Key clients

Towarzystwo Ubezpieczeń i Reasekuracji Warta SA (Talanx Group)

UNIQA TU S.A. / UNIQA T U na Życie S.A.

Chubb European Group SE Branch in Poland

Polska Izba Ubezpieczeń (Polish Insurance Association)

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 SA

Nord Partner sp. zo.o.

Link4 Towarzystwo Ubezpieczeń S.A.

Korporacja Ubezpieczeń Kredytów Eksportowych S.A.

Generali Towarzystwo Ubezpieczeń S.A.

Towarzystwo Ubezpieczeń na Życie Europa S.A.

Baloise Vie Luxemburg S.A.

PKO Leasing S.A

Siemens Finance Sp. Z o.o.

Public procurement Tier 1

Energy sector expert Jan Roliński leads the public procurement team at WKB Wiercinski, Kwiecinski, Baehr. The group acts for clients active in the energy, transportation, utilities and pharmaceuticals industries. In recent work, it is advising PKN Orlen on the construction of a major power plant in Ostrołęka. Associates Agnieszka Chwiałkowska and Michal Mielnik are other key contacts.

Practice head(s):

Jan Roliński

Other key lawyers:

Agnieszka Chwialkowska; Michal Mielnik

Testimonials

‘The support of the team is comprehensive. The team suggests new ideas, and takes part in creating strategy. They are dedicated but also honest.’

‘Partner Jan Rolinski – demonstrates the highest in personal and business culture. Responsive, with wide knowledge of the practice area.’

‘Immediate availability and versatility.’

‘The team is characterized by a flexible approach to the issues taken and a high professional level.’

‘The entire team dedicated to servicing our institution was characterized by high commitment and readiness to support our process, even after working hours. This provided us with high availability of the service, meeting deadlines and support in making key decisions. Agnieszka Chwialkowska and Michal Mielnik were particularly involved.’

Key clients

GE Power sp. z o.o.

Operator Gazociągów Przesyłowych GAZ-SYSTEM S.A.

ALSTAL Group

SALINI IMPREGILO S.p.A.

TOTO S.P.A CONSTRUZIONI GENERALI

POCZTA POLSKA S.A.

ENEA Operator Sp. z o.o.

ENEA Trading Sp. z o.o.

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

TAURON Polska Energia S.A.

TAURON Dystrybucja S.A.

TAURON Wydobycie S.A.

TAURON Obsługa Klienta sp. z o.o.

FBSerwis S.A.

Novo Nordisk Pharma Sp. z o.o.

Dispute resolution Tier 2

WKB Wiercinski, Kwiecinski, Baehr is most active in the field of construction- and infrastructure-related disputes. Other areas of expertise include commercial, corporate, competition and banking disputes, as well as contentious matters relating to IP, insurance and employment. The group is led by Bartłomiej Jankowski, who has experience before the Polish courts at all levels and in international arbitration proceedings. Tomasz Kwieciński is core to the team, representing a variety of construction and insurance companies.

Practice head(s):

Bartłomiej Jankowski

Other key lawyers:

Tomasz Kwieciński; Jordan Zafirow; Natalia Kabacińska

Testimonials

‘They were able to analyse our cases, identify potential strengths and weaknesses and craft legal strategies in a short time.’

‘Counsel Jordan Zafirow is a person I directly worked with. He impressed me with his ability to draw correct conclusions, -flexibility, openness, individually tailored approach to each matter/case, -professional attitude creating trustworthiness, -kind person and a good listener, -instant response.’

Key clients

Raiffeisen Bank Polska

PKN Orlen

WeBuild

DNB Bank Polska

Ryanair

BNP Paribas Bank Polska

Polska Grupa Energetyczna

Bilfinger Tebodin Poland

PGNiG

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

Bank Polska Kasa Opieki S.A.

Solari di Udine

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.

Energy and natural resources Tier 2

Led by Jerzy Baehr and Maciej Szambelańczyk, the energy and natural resources team at WKB Wiercinski, Kwiecinski, Baehr is a popular choice for industry and government bodies, and clients include the Polish Wind Energy Association, the Polish Chamber of Biofuels and Ministry of Climate. The group is active across the spectrum of work in the energy sector, including electricity, gas, renewables, nuclear energy, oil and mining. Jakub Pokrzywniak is a key name to note for legislative issues regarding the amendment of the Energy Law Act.

Practice head(s):

Jerzy Baehr; Maciej Szambelańczyk

Other key lawyers:

Jakub Pokrzywniak

Testimonials

‘Fast responses, efficient contact, a practical approach with spot on advisory, memos, reports etc. ’

‘They are committed and creative.’

‘The employees of the WKB law firm I have the pleasure to work with are distinguished by their high personal culture, orderly manner and broad knowledge of the energy sector in Europe. I especially recommend Mr. Jerzy Baehr.’

‘WKB helped us in a long-term comprehensive legislative project, we appreciate their professionalism, commitment and ability to look at topics from a broader, not only legal, perspective.’

‘I used to work with Maciej Szambelanczyk – the partner responsible for energy. He is a very experienced lawyer, with extensive knowledge of the energy sector: motivated and committed. I recommend him to each client with a clear conscience.’

Key clients

Statkraft Group

CEZ Trade

EDP Renewables Polska 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 (currently Bioutil sp. z o.o.)

Gas Storage Poland sp. z o.o.

Ministry of Energy (currently Ministry of Climate)

Gaz System S.A.

PGNiG OD sp. z o.o.

Carrefour Polska sp. z o.o.

Polskie Sieci Elektroenergetyczne S.A. (Polish Transmission System Operator)

ENEA Operator sp. z o.o. (distribution system operator)

Carrefour Polska

PSE (Polish Transmission System Operator)

ENEA Operator (distribution system operator)

Gas Storage Poland

TAURON Wytwarzanie S.A.

Intellectual property Tier 2

The IP practice at WKB Wiercinski, Kwiecinski, Baehr is led by disputes expert Agnieszka Wiercińska-Krużewska. The team assists with trade mark, design and copyright law and is sought after by clients from the media, FMCG, retail, entertainment and construction sectors. Infringement cases are a notable specialism and it acts for clients in cases before the Supreme Court, the Supreme Administrative Court and the Constitutional Tribunal. Associate Maria Obara-Piszewska is another name to note.

Practice head(s):

Agnieszka Wiercińska-Krużewska

Other key lawyers:

Maria Obara-Piszewska

Key clients

Grupa Allegro Sp. z o.o.

FremantleMedia Polska sp. z o.o.

Kobalt Rights Agency Limited

Zignago Vetro Polska S.A.

X-Trade Brokers DM S.A.

XL Energy Marketing Sp. z o.o.

Wolters Kluwer and group of 14 publishers

Lidl Polska Sp. z o.o.

Restructuring and insolvency Tier 2

WKB Wiercinski, Kwiecinski, Baehr's team is instructed by domestic and foreign lenders, debtors and acquirers of distressed assets on Polish and cross-border restructuring and insolvency issues. The group has experience in insolvency proceedings, debt restructurings, standstills and out-of-court restructurings, as well as pre-bankruptcy arrangements. Insolvency specialist Andrzej Wierciński leads the practice and is experienced in high-profile restructurings. Marcin Smolarek is a banking and finance expert, who regularly provides pre-litigation advice to financial institutions in relation to debt restructuring. Corporate specialist Jakub Jedrzejak assists with distressed M&A transactions.

Practice head(s):

Andrzej Wierciński

Other key lawyers:

Marcin Smolarek; Jakub Jędrzejak; Piotr Grabarczyk; Klaudia Frątczak-Kospin

Testimonials

WKB makes a difference in their direct approach to clients and outstanding ethical attitude.

‘I appreciate the direct approach WKB people demonstrate and their willingness to share knowledge and insights.’

‘They are very responsive.’

Key clients

Toys “R” Us Inc. (TRU TAJ LLC)

Infinity S.A., subsidiary of PROFBUD

Elsen S.A. w restrukturyzacji (in restructuring)

Court receiver of Elsen S.A.

Banking and finance Tier 3

WKB Wiercinski, Kwiecinski, Baehr's banking and finance department is well-integrated into the firm's wider transactional offering. The group is experienced in project finance, particularly energy-related, financial restructuring, lending and high-yield bond issuances. The group is also instructed on non-performing loan portfolio transactions. An area of growing activity for the team is leveraged buyouts in the payment services sector. Practice head Marcin Smolarek has a strong background in project finance. Counsel Michał Kalicki is experienced in a wide variety of finance transactions, as well as refinancing deals.

Practice head(s):

Marcin Smolarek

Other key lawyers:

Michał Kalicki; Piotr Grabarczyk

Testimonials

‘Extremely fruitful and reliable cooperation between my company and the WKB law firm has been going on for years. The objectives and scope of legal advisory tasks related with planned (and currently finalized) restructuring of the company. The WKB team is a conglomerate of experts with a total of comprehensive and interdisciplinary competences and know-how – everything that a client can expect and need in one place, with one partner – WKB! This organization is perfectly organized, and lawyers are clearly divided into tasks according to the areas of law.

‘The people with whom my company cooperates are distinguished by honest, loyal, friendly, cordial, reliable, expert, timely, result-oriented and meeting the client’s needs, at any time, There are no issues that cannot be settled. people undertaking a comprehensive problem; People with a global view, a broad perspective and very analytical! A team focused on results, and at the same time extremely friendly and supportive to the client.

‘A team of lawyers which are strong across all levels having an in-depth legal knowledge coupled with common sense and a pragmatic approach. WKB is responsive and outcomes-focused. WKB has the ability to turn work around quickly, provide practical and commercial advice and are able to engage with the business well (and not just legal). Attention to detail is first class as well as communication and contact. Very intuitive team with an ability to read what the business might need next or assist with next steps to facilitate a transaction/project.’

We had a chance to work with Marcin Smolarek, who leads the Banking and finance department. Mr. Smolarek is supporting us on a very complicated non-recourse transaction, seems not only to be highly qualified in the non-recourse finance issues, but also good understanding of business and ability to promote and execute a highly complicated transaction in a manner the serves best the interest of us as his client.

Key clients

Powszechna Kasa Oszczędności Bank Polski S.A. (PKO BP)

Bank Polska Kasa Opieki S.A.

mBank S.A.

Bank Gospodarstwa Krajowego (BGK)

mBank Hipoteczny S.A.

Siemens Finance

Polskie ePłatności S.A.

Accolade

ING Lease Polska (ING Group leasing company)

ING Bank Śląski S.A.

BNP Paribas Bank Polska S.A.

Fiserv Inc.

Barter

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 3

WKB Wiercinski, Kwiecinski, Baehr has strong links with international firms and it often acts as Polish counsel on large cross-border deals. The group draws on the firm's labour, tax, IP and insurance departments to provide a full service on all aspects of transactions. The department is jointly led by Andrzej Wierciński, who is a veteran of M&A, privatisations and corporate restructurings, and Jakub Jedrzejak. Australian-qualified practitioner Ben Davey focuses on institutional investment transactions, while Anna Wojciechowska leads on company law and corporate governance matters. Counsel Krzysztof Wawrzyniak is developing a practice involving the Polish law on associations and foundations.

Practice head(s):

Andrzej Wierciński; Jakub Jędrzejak

Other key lawyers:

Ben Davey; Anna Wojciechowska; Krzysztof Wawrzyniak

Testimonials

‘The team is really strong, fast responding, understanding projects and client’s needs perfectly and providing business-oriented solutions. Great experience to work with them, indeed.’

‘The individual lawyers are very direct and fast in communication and precise at the same time.’

‘Undoubtedly, they are in my view unquestioned leaders among the Polish independent law firms within corporate advice space. ’

‘Krzysztof Wawrzyniak is very calm and balanced during the negotiations that created good atmosphere at the table. All of those taken altogether helped us to achieve our targeted business goals. No weaknesses detected to be honest and I would definitely recommend him as one of the best young up-and-coming Polish lawyers I had an opportunity to work with. ’

‘Very flexible in addressing the tasks clients presents. Proactive in finding alternative solutions. Very quick response time & delivery time, if needed. Very knowledgeable of the (law) market, market (&political) development. ’

‘Worked only with Anna Wojciechowska & her team. All mentioned above is directly linked with Anna and her team – flexibility – great knowledge of “the playground” – resourceful of finding solutions to complex problems – great cooperation on a personal level as well’

‘Always, a great complementary team in terms of competence and support. In the event of the necessity to change the person (e.g. due to vacation), it was always very smooth and without the slightest harm to the topic and process. It was always possible to see and feel that employees working on a topic in a team understand each other “without words”.’

‘Competences at the highest level, excellent knowledge of English, legal, 100% care for the client’s interests, very fast delivery of proposals and prepared documents, de facto work 24/7 if required by the situation’

Key clients

ABB

ČEZ

Stock Spirits

Orkla Group

Statkraft

Centrum Rozliczeń Elektronicznych Polskie ePłatności

Aflofarm Farmacja Polska

Ryanair

Boekestijn

Grosfillex

Avallon MBO Fund

Giant Ventures I LP

Data privacy and data protection Tier 3

WKB Wiercinski, Kwiecinski, Baehr's data protection team is embedded in the firm's intellectual property and TMT department, allowing it to provide a full service to the firm's clients in relation to data protection issues. The group is coordinated by Agnieszka Wiercińska-Krużewska, who has experience in data protection-related litigation and in GDPR implementation and compliance projects; she is also an expert in cybersecurity. Senior associate Karolina Miksa is another lawyer with GDPR implementation experience.

Practice head(s):

Agnieszka Wiercińska-Krużewska

Other key lawyers:

Karolina Miksa

Testimonials

‘Considering the number of experts on many different law areas I can trust that every piece of advice provided by WKB includes the specifics of insurance and healthcare providers regulations.’

‘Outstanding legal advice – business focused, creative, agile and to the point.’

‘Agnieszka Wiercińska-Krużewska has a business friendly approach and astonishing knowledge of the media industry and market combined with an open and dynamic attitude making her a go-to partner for any fast-paced industry.’

‘Karolina Miksa is a trustworthy and thorough counsel providing mindful and extremely practical advice.’

Key clients

Polski Bank Komórek Macierzystych S.A. (Polish Stem Cell Bank)

Chubb European Group Limited

MyBenefit sp. z o.o.

Samsung Electronics Poland Manufacturing

FremantleMedia Polska

Lidl Polska

Ryanair

SuperDrob Group

PremiumRosa (Kofola Group)

Accolade Group

Private equity Tier 3

WKB Wiercinski, Kwiecinski, Baehr advises a mixture of private equity houses, institutional investors, alternative asset funds and target companies on their transactional activity in Poland. Core sectors for the group include the food and industrial sectors, as well as the distressed asset market. The private equity group is part of the firm's wider corporate and M&A department, which is jointly led by Jakub Jedrzejak, who has a niche in distressed M&A, and Ben Davey, who has strong connections with Australian investors.

Practice head(s):

Jakub Jędrzejak; Ben Davey

Other key lawyers:

Andrzej Wierciński; Klaudia Frątczak-Kospin

Key clients

Infradata

Avallon

Centrum Rozliczeń ElektronicznychPolskie ePłatności S.A.

Minority shareholders and Management Board of Centrum Rozliczeń ElektronicznychPolskie ePłatności S.A.

Accolade

CVI

Innova Capital

Euro Choice IV

TMT Tier 3

Closely linked with the firm's IP practice, the TMT offering at WKB Wiercinski, Kwiecinski, Baehr is led by Agnieszka Wiercińska-Krużewska. In recent years, the firm has increased its focus on fintech, IT, media and data protection, areas in which it represents clients from a cross-section of industries. These include: ISPs, publishers of online content, e-commerce platforms and smart device manufacturers. In addition, the team's work in media incorporates matters for film and television producers and also includes advice to publishing houses, private collection societies and cultural institutions.

Practice head(s):

Agnieszka Wiercińska-Krużewska

Testimonials

‘I highly recommend cooperation with the WKB corporate team and data protection and IP team, which are always available and provide high quality legal assistance even on short deadlines. Also the members of both teams have very good knowledge of the specifics of merger transactions, which make their advice on corporate issues and data protection and IP matters very practical‘.

Key clients

Voxbone

DIDWW

Miejskie Wodociągi i Kanalizacja w Bydgoszczy – spółka z o.o.

Cludo sp. z o.o.

FremantleMedia Polska sp. z o.o.

ZBROJOVKA BRNO, via Havel Partners

Lidl sp. z o.o. sp.k. podróże

OLX

Jacek Dukaj

Sensor Cliniq sp. z o.o. i Wspólnicy sp.k.

Capital markets Tier 4

WKB Wiercinski, Kwiecinski, Baehr specialises in equity capital markets transactions and advising listed companies. The group has experience in public offerings and floatations on the Warsaw Stock Exchange, as well as public takeovers and take-private transactions. Jointly leading the team are Marta Midloch and counsel Agata Szczepańczyk-Piwek. The group is also regularly supported by M&A-focused Jakub Jędrzejak.

Practice head(s):

Marta Midloch; Agata Szczepańczyk-Piwek

Other key lawyers:

Jakub Jędrzejak

Testimonials

‘Solid standards which are fairly comparable to the performance given by top Polish powerhouses’

‘ Agata Szczepańczyk-Piwek is super committed, responsive and demonstrated superb knowledge of the financing standards’

Key clients

mBank S.A.

mLeasing Sp. z o.o.

LCM Partners

mBank Hipoteczny S.A.

Polski Bank Komórek Macierzystych S.A.

BNP Paribas Bank Polska S.A.

Centrum Rozliczeń Elektronicznych Polskie ePłatności S.A.

Employment Tier 4

The team at WKB Wiercinski, Kwiecinski, Baehr is led by labour relations specialist Wioleta Polak. Strong in international projects, the group handles all HR aspects of M&A transactions, restructuring, collective redundancies and related court disputes. Notably, the firm has particular expertise in employment matters impacting public procurement and acts for a client portfolio which includes state-owned energy and fuel companies. Senior associates Monika Walasek and Michal Hady are additional names to note.

Practice head(s):

Wioleta Polak

Other key lawyers:

Monika Walasek; Michal Hady

Testimonials

‘The firm has a great commercial acumen to adapt their advice and language to a UK-based business. They have offered great support to conduct both HR projects and manage employee relations.’

‘Specific stand-out partners: Wioleta Polak, Monika Walasek I value their way of translating Polish employment law into easy to understand content for non Polish lawyers and HR professionals. ’

‘Responsive, good value fees-wise, excellent English.’

‘Monika Walasek – clear, detailed advice. Michal Hady – responsive, up and coming.’

Key clients

Intel Corporation

Warsaw Aviation sp. z o.o.

Ryanair Sun S.A.

Webuilt S.P.A.

Salini Polska sp. z o.o.

Real estate Tier 4

The real estate practice at WKB Wiercinski, Kwiecinski, Baehr, which is led by Anna Wyrzykowska, has recently gained Knight Frank and United International Pictures as new clients. The team assists with asset deals and restructurings relating to industrial properties, hotels and office complexes and is equally adept at handling greenfield and brownfield projects (areas in which it covers both zoning and contractual matters). The group also handles disputes in the real estate space. Bartosz Łaski and Iwona Roksela-Milenik are names to note.

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