Firm Profile > PwC Legal Zelaznicki sp.k. > Warsaw, Poland

PwC Legal Zelaznicki sp.k.
00-633 WARSAW

Poland > Data privacy and data protection Tier 3

At PwC Legal Żelaźnicki sp.k., the team draws on experience in GDPR implementation projects for multinationals operating in Poland, to advise on data protection audits and compliance. Gerard Karp heads the department and developed the firm's IT solutions including the data protection officer tool, the legitimate interest analysis tool, and software that assesses GDPR implementation maturity. Senior associate Marian Giersz is a data protection and telecoms law expert who has experience advising on large-scale multijurisdictional GDPR projects.

Practice head(s):

Gerard Karp

Other key lawyers:

Marian Giersz; Konrad Dobrowolski

Key clients

Polski Koncern Naftowy ORLEN S.A.

The Insurance Guarantee Fund

Oknoplast sp. z o.o.

Benefit Systems

Millennium Bank

Lyreco Polska

USP Pharmacia sp. z o.o.

Adama Agricultural Solutions Ltd.

Adama sp. z o.o.



Poland > Investment funds Tier 3

At PwC Legal Zelaznicki sp.k., lawyers provide clients with corporate and regulatory advice, with experience in representations before the financial supervision authority. The group benefits from the firm's wider consultancy capabilities, which add expertise in funds regulations, compliance, tax, accountancy and business advisory issues. The practice is led by Wojciech Trzciński and includes counsel Filip Brach.

Practice head(s):

Wojciech Trzciński

Other key lawyers:

Filip Brach

Key clients

Skanska Commercial Development Europe sp. z o.o.

Skanska TFI S.A.

Poland > Banking and finance Tier 4

PwC Legal Zelaznicki sp.k.'s financial services department is highly recommended by clients for its expertise in regulatory matters, notably the implementation of EU law in financial and capital markets, in addition to fintech regulations. The group acts as lead external adviser to the Polish Banking Association, exemplifying the team's expertise in banking regulation. Leading the group is Aleksandra Bańkowska, a regulatory lawyer with experience of the establishment of banks in Poland, transformation of banks into credit institutions, as well as banking M&A. Counsel Łukasz Łyczko is fast-becoming an expert in the implementation of EU directives, payment services and licensing procedures before the Polish FSA.

Practice head(s):

Aleksandra Bańkowska

Other key lawyers:

Łukasz Łyczko; Magda Kazana-Jaroniec; Tomasz Fus; Konrad Frąckowiak


‘PwC Legal team has great experience in regulatory matters. They have broad knowledge on how the other banks approach the implementation of EBA or EU regulation in Poland. This makes their knowledge unique. They are always able to suggest a good solution which was verified on the market. Their team is their strength. The lawyers that I have cooperated with were always up to date with the latest regulations and interpretations and what is more they have already knew how to apply it to our Bank. It must be mentioned that PwC Legal lawyers are heavily engaged in industry and policymaking work. They were appointed as only legal experts for Polish Banking Association in outsourcing matters. The work they have done with all the market participants is remarkable. It should be stressed that the practice that they have established with the Polish Banking Association will be used by Polish banks as a golden standard in outsourcing for upcoming years. This makes the PwC Legal team as the number one team in regulatory matters connected to outsourcing. ’

‘PwC Legal lawyers have both great knowledge and excellent understanding of the market. Thanks to their superb business acumen, they provide their clients with practical and approachable solutions. The Banking and Finance team is especially strong on implementing EU Regulation, outsourcing and cloud computing matters. They have advised many market players on these issues (including EBA Guidelines, PSD2, AMLV etc.). Seeking advice in this area, I recommend them as the very best choice.

‘I would like to distinguish Aleksandra Bańkowska and Łukasz Łyczko. Both of them have excellent legal knowledge and insight into financial regulations. The Polish banking market recognizes them as experts in regulatory matters ’

‘PwC Legal lawyers are highly skilled practitioners, who always back their advice with profound legal authority. They always manage to provide detailed guidance with a pragmatic, user-friendly approach.’

Aleksandra provides a very high standard of work

‘They are ready to work as “in-house” lawyers, meaning with full understanding of the business and “tailor-made” drafting of the agreements. Also cooperation during the work on a project is very good.’

Key clients

Alior Bank S.A.

mBank S.A.

Bank BPH S.A.

Polish Bank Association

Facebook Poland sp. z o.o.

Poland > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 4

PwC Legal Zelaznicki sp.k.'s team works closely with the firm's global office network to advise clients on cross-border M&A and corporate projects, with the ability to draw on PwC's consultancy services. The group is jointly led by managing partner Cezary Żelaźnicki and corporate reorganisations expert Beata KiedrowiczJacek Pawłowski leads the private client practice, supporting entrepreneurs with their business operations.

Practice head(s):

Cezary Żelaźnicki; Beata Kiedrowicz

Other key lawyers:

Jacek Pawłowski; Wojciech Trzciński; Artur Gątowski


‘Smooth cooperation with tax advisors; proactive, anticipating approach; solution-oriented; practical advice’

Key clients

Reckitt Benckiser Plc

Bayer AG

General Electric Group (GE Group)

Indorama Ventures PCL


Metalogalva – Irmaos Silvas, S.A.

Grupa Żywiec S.A.

Poland > Dispute resolution Tier 6

PwC Legal Żelaźnicki sp.k.'s group is able to draw on the wider firm's expertise in regulatory issues; a capability that is particularly useful in cases involving the sale of shares and complex share purchase agreements. Contractual disputes are another specialism of the team, as are bankruptcy and restructuring proceedings. Counsel Stanisław Żemojtel leads the department and has experience in litigation arising from the telecoms, construction and banking sectors.

Practice head(s):

Stanisław Żemojtel

Other key lawyers:

Sebastian Wieczorek; Maria Strojna


‘Unique experience in public and local government administration. International benchmark. ’

‘Flexibility and individual approach. The ability to react to changing conditions. Individual monitoring system.’

Key clients

ORLEN Projekt S.A.

Orange Polska S.A.

Polski Koncern Naftowy ORLEN S.A.

Górnośląsko-Zagłębiowska Metropolia

Trakcja PKRiI S.A.

Dori Development Sp. z o.o.

Firma Handlowo – Usługowa INSTBUD Stanisław Boguta Sp.j.

Marian Baraniuk – Plantacja Matcze

TK REM Remigiusz Remboch

Jadwiga Hoffman

PwC Legal Poland offers comprehensive support in ares of law relevant to the business.

Mergers and acquisitions, contracts, employer-employee relationships, functioning on a competitive market – all these aspects of business activities call for expertise in legal matters. Our lawyers are experts who combine their knowledge of law with their experience of its application in business.

Cooperation with PwC consultants from other service lines (tax advisory, business advisory, cybersecurity, audit) enables us to offer comprehensive services to businesses, including legal matters

We combine our knowledge of law with a broad business awareness which takes into account the specific characteristics of our clients’ industries. And all under the name of PwC – a recognized firm which provides comprehensive professional services.

PwC legal practices
Corporate law: Corporate advisory comprises full legal support related to business activities in Poland. Pursuing a long-term business strategy, taking into account current legal aspects, is the basis for the effective operation of modern enterprises

The market environment and legal regime undergo dynamic changes. At each stage of business operations, the support of a legal advisor who has the appropriate knowledge, experience and business approach to clients and their needs, is very important.

Labour law: The labour law is a part of business operations. Knowledge of the applicable provisions and proposed changes is important for effective management. Our lawyers have extensive experience in advising corporate clients on labour law.

Finance and banking: Legal advisory for financial institutions: Under our financial and banking practice, we provide advice on legal issues connected with the activities of financial institutions, including banks, insurers, investment companies and investment funds. We offer financial advice in respect of acquisition finance, project finance, financing real estates, debt financing, as well as advice related to seeking capital through the Securities Exchange, through both IPOs and SPOs.

We also provide advice in mergers and acquisitions relating to financial institutions, including companies listed on the Securities Exchange.

Real estate: Our strength lies in our long experience in legal advisory in respect of real estate projects. We provide advice to Polish and foreign entities in respect of planning and implementing investments;
We seek safe and optimum solutions which allow our clients to accomplish their business goals in a rapidly changing environment;
Our clients benefit from synergy resulting from our ability to engage both tax and business advisors in their projects;

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)
Competition law: The experience of the competition law team in PwC Legal comprises, among other things, telecommunication, insurance, pharmaceutical, FMCG, financial, oil and gas, mining, energy, real property, and IT services sectors.We provide comprehensive advisory on concentration control, compliance with the competition (antitrust) law, including cartels, abuse of dominant position, fighting unfair competition, and we perform audits of compliance with the competition law, prepare and implement a broadly understood educational process relating to knowledge of competition law for company employees.

M&A: Merger and acquisition transactions are multi-stage, sophisticated projects which require comprehensive support of professional legal advisorsThe role of a legal advisor is to ensure the legal safety of transactions by analysing the legal situation of the target entity and preparing the necessary transaction documentation. It requires an appropriate level of legal knowledge, experience, and understanding of the clients business needs.

Legal CoE (Centre of Excellence): Legal Centre of Excellence provides assistance in the area of legal process outsourcing and fulfillment of regulatory compliance dutiesThe idea behind Legal CoE is to combine expertise of regular legal practice of PwC Legal with an access to cost-efficient team of legal and para-legal professionals. Legal CoE team is supervised and supported by experienced lawyers of PwC Legal ensuring top-quality of the services. The application of dedicated methodology and IT digital solutions provides for significant cost and time-saving effects under the framework of PwC network.

Department Name Email Telephone
Cezary Żelaźnicki +48 519 507 081
Photo Name Position Profile
 Cezary Żelaźnicki  photo Cezary Żelaźnicki PwC Legal Poland Partner, Attorney-at-law
 Aleksandra Bańkowska  photo Aleksandra Bańkowska PwC Legal Poland Partner, advocate
 Artur Gątowski  photo Artur Gątowski Partner at PwC Legal Poland, Attorney-at-Law
 Gerard Karp  photo Gerard Karp Partner at PwC Legal Poland, TMT/IP and Personal Data Protection Leader, Advocate
 Beata Kiedrowicz photo Beata Kiedrowicz Partner at PwC Legal Poland, Attorney-at-Law
 Małgorzata Mroczkowska-Horne  photo Małgorzata Mroczkowska-Horne Partner at PwC Legal Poland, Attorney-at-Law
 Jean Rossi  photo Jean Rossi PwC Legal Poland Partner
 Wojciech Trzciński  photo Wojciech Trzciński PwC Legal Poland Partner, Attorney-at-Law

Cooperation and trust define all of our business relationships. We are committed to providing the best solutions to our clients, and we have expertise in interdisciplinary fields of law.

In the course of our business, our professionals regularly cooperate with PwC’s tax advisors, accounting experts, transaction and business management consultants, thereby ensuring that the economic aspects of our legal affairs are treated appropriately.

Areas of expertise
1. Corporate law/mergers and acquisitions

  • Company establishment, development of corporate structures;
  • Restructuring of companies and corporate groups;
  • Legal due diligence reviews;
  • Acquisition and alienation of companies and their assets;
  • Compliance reviews.

2. Employment law

  • Employment agreements, management contracts, service agreements;
  • Restructuring, assistance in legal succession, development and preparation of internal employment law policies;
  • Representation in employment law disputes.

3. Litigation and legal disputes

  • Litigation before courts and arbitration courts;
  • Representation in tax and other administrative proceedings;
  • Assistance in out-of-court settlement, mutual agreement and dispute resolution;
  • Enforcement of claims.

4. Real property

  • Sale and purchase agreements, investment agreements;
  • Legal due diligence reviews, analyses of real property portfolios;
  • Financing and refinancing of real property transactions;
  • Complex advising on building procedures (from planning to occupation).

5. Competition law and consumer protection

  • Fusion and anti-trust implications of mergers and acquisitions;
  • Representation before the Hungarian Competition Authority in competition law and consumer protection related procedures;
  • Compliance with competition law requirements, development of business practice and contractual background;
  • Lawsuits related to unfair market practices of competitors.

6. Pharmaceutical law and health industry

  • Procedures before authorities, advising on regulatory matters, compliance advisory services (distribution, promotion, pharmacovigilance);
  • Consumer protection related cases and proceedings;
  • Regulatory matters related to food supplement, medical devices, other alternative therapy products;
  • Cooperation, joint ownership and portfolio exchanges in the pharma industry;
  • Regulatory matters related to healthcare services;
  • Review of processing of health data, representation in procedures.

7. Intellectual property and IT law

  • Intellectual property related proceedings and lawsuits, including proceedings in tax matters, lawsuits between competitors;
  • Transactions related to the utilization of intellectual property;
  • IT contracts (software license, software development, system implementation);
  • Legal due diligence reviews focusing on intellectual property.

8. Energy, public utilities

  • Procedures before authorities (operating licenses, licensing data provision, approval of corporate law actions);
  • Advising on regulatory and compliance matters;
  • Renewable energy related matters, other investments;
  • Prospection and production concessions;
  • Operation of public utility networks, implementation of innovative solutions;
  • State aid and competition matters in the energy industry.

9. Finance and banking

  • Financing transactions (credit and loan agreements, collateral transactions);
  • Advising on corporate financing, investment financing and property acquisition;
  • Internal corporate financing;
  • Legal implications of insolvency.

10. Public sector and infrastructure

  • Advising and legal assistance, representation of bidders and contracting authorities in public procurement procedures;
  • Legal assistance in public procurement audits;
  • Advising on contracts of public service providers;
  • State aid.

11. Business crime

  • Representation in criminal proceedings (including the representation of witnesses and injured parties);
  • Review of supervisory and preventive mechanisms and internal policies;
  • Risk analyses.

12. Data protection

  • Preparation of privacy policies, notifications, data processing related contracts and documents;
  • Compliance reviews (GDPR and other data protection measures);
  • Trainings, e-learning;
  • Data Protection Officer services.
Department Name Email Telephone

PwC Legal offers comprehensive support in the areas of law relevant to the business

Mergers and acquisitions, contracts and commercial activities, employer-employee relationships, real estates, financial services, inventions and creations, disputes as well as operations on a competitive market – all these aspects of business activities call for expertise in legal matters.

We are a fully-fledged law firm covering the following areas:

  • Corporate and commercial law
  • M&A
  • Banking and Finance
  • Capital markets
  • Real estates
  • Labour law
  • Intellectual property, technology and communications
  • Data protection
  • New Law
  • Antitrust and Competition
  • Regulatory & Compliance
  • Public procurement
  • Dispute resolution and litigation
  • Restructuring, insolvency and bankruptcy

PwC Legal Poland’s lawyers address all of the above fields of law, combining in-depth legal knowledge with hands-on business experience providing assistance to clients from various industries. Our culture promotes innovation and fast-moving, tireless dedication to our clients, resulting in practical, business-focused legal services.

As a member of PwC global network, in a number of our projects we work as a multidisciplinary team composed of lawyers, tax advisors and business advisors providing our clients with the strategic legal services integrated into tax and business advisory (“one-stop shop approach”). Close cooperation with other PwC teams enables us to offer a wide range of services to businesses – both large corporations and domestic family enterprises.

In response to market transformation, global digitalization as well as increasing regulatory and compliance pressure PwC Legal Poland established PwC Legal Centre of Excellence (Legal CoE) – its innovative division structured to use new LegalTech technologies (automation, Artificial Intelligence, contract management tools, forensic tools, self-learning algorithms) to effectively service large volume of legal work. Legal CoE has been successfully involved in number of managed legal services projects.



Cezary Żelaźnicki



  • Polish English
  • German
  • French


PwC Legal Poland initiates and actively participates in educational projects, such as:

      • FinTech studies offered by the University of Warsaw’s Faculty of Management. Second edition of the studies commenced for the academic year 2019/2020 with PwC Legal Poland as a key partner;
      • Legal MBA, which is an innovative training program enabling attendees to develop the skills necessary to adapt to the changing legal and business environment. The program is run together with the Polish Association of Corporate Lawyers (PSPP) and the newspaper ‘Rzeczpospolita’ daily, fifth edition has been launched in 2021;
      • LegalTech initiatives, including in particular supporting technology start-ups operating in the area of law (including support to PwC Start-up Collider – a B2B quick scaleup program helping innovative entrepreneurs succeed), educating the market through launching and publication of a report on new technologies and legal market transformation as well as being a strategic partner of two of the Polish editions of the Global Legal Hackathon programming marathon, which aims to develop technological tools for lawyers.

During the COVID-19 pandemia period, PwC Legal Poland launched a free-of-charge helpline for entrepreneurs operating 24/7 to address questions about the legal and tax consequences of the COVID-19 outbreak as well as, together with Business Insider (Polish edition), has been addressing questions from companies and employees regarding functioning during a coronavirus threat as part of the #BIZNESvsCOVID initiative.

PwC Legal Poland has been also focusing on Diversity & Inclusion matters taking care of the organizational culture and diversity management within the law firm – and PwC network. Firm’s mission is to allow its employees and contractors to fully enable their potential through embracing the diversity – for the benefit of PwC Legal Poland and its clients. Promoting diversity aims to strengthen individuals’ trust towards the organization, but also mutual trust between its particular members.

With the new year, the managing partner of PwC Legal Cezary Żelaźnicki took over the new role as Inclusion and Diversity Leader for PwC Central & Eastern Europe. Growing diversity in our societies is a reality that companies around the globe will be engaging with in the coming decades. At PwC we treat diversity & inclusion as a concrete business goal. It’s important to understand that every country and region can get to this goal in a different way.

PwC Legal Declaration of diversity

Today’s world is subject to constant changes – primarily due to the ongoing globalization and development of technology. Such evolution brings new chances and opportunities, but also the challenges and difficulties, that our organization is facing.

What is Diversity for us?

Diversity is the understanding that each of us represents unrepeatable set of innate and acquired features, which make us unique. It is respect for features and experiences, that are different from our own. It is building bridges of understanding among people, based on the differences between them. In this way, we can fight with discrimination in PwC Legal together, and strive to achieve common goals.

Why do we talk about Diversity?

Diversity of the community means, that together we can achieve more. However, we need to find answers to the questions, that bother us, about how to implement the principles of gender equality, age, race, religion and other factors, that make us differ from each other. That’s why we need Diversity Management – by taking action to promote greater inclusion of our people from different backgrounds into the organization structure. Thanks to Diversity, we want to do everything, what we can, to enable our people to fully use their potential – for the welfare of PwC Legal and our clients. Promoting Diversity, we hope to strengthen trust in our local community – to the organization, but above all – to trust people in each other.

How do we care for Diversity?

Bearing in mind the above, PwC Legal undertakes to take care of the atmosphere and organizational culture and manage diversity within the organization, in particular through:

  • increasing our people’s awareness of diversity and its level within PwC Poland structures;
  • support for future parents and people bringing up children;
  • promoting the voice of women in the organization and consideration of female perspective on matters relevant to the organization;
  • enabling employees to actively participate in the life and activities of the organization regardless of their position;
  • considerate the position of minorities in the organization – in particular in terms of age, nationality and culture, religion, sexual orientation and disability;
  • equal treatment of individual social groups;

A new management team to deploy the “PwC Legal 2025” strategy: Catherine Baflast becomes managing partner as of October 1, 2021

At the end of her mandate at the head of PwC Legal, the time has come for Cindy Arces to hand over the reins to Catherine Baflast, who will become managing partner as of October 1, 2021. This succession and change in governance has been prepared for several months.