Firm Profile > RöHRENSCHEF > Warsaw, Poland

00-513 WARSAW

Dispute resolution Tier 2

RöHRENSCHEF is a specialist disputes firm, with a strong offering across the contentious construction, restructuring, IP and insurance areas. In a key victory for the firm, co-founding partner and practice head Marcin Radwan-Röhrenschef successfully defended Volkswagen against a group action brought in the Polish courts claiming compensation following the client's involvement in the emissions scandal. Co-founder Katarzyna Petruczenko specialises in commercial disputes, representing foreign insurance firms in claims brought by Polish insured parties. Justyna Tokarzewska focuses on contractual disputes and white-collar criminal defence in the banking sector.

Practice head(s):

Marcin Radwan-Röhrenschef

Other key lawyers:

Katarzyna Petruczenko; Justyna Tokarzewska; Marina Skarbek-Kozietulska; Anna Leszczyńska-Filipowicz


‘Katarzyna Petruczenko is an excellent lawyer in the field of dispute resolution and cross-border matters.’

Key clients

Volkswagen AG

Dual Corporate Risks Limited

Erbud S.A.

BHM Group a.s.

Block AS

Amada Weld Tech

The firm: Rö is a specialized dispute resolution firm, with extensive experience in a wide range of high-stake arbitration and litigation proceedings, including BIT (Bilateral Investment Treaty) arbitration. The firm succeeds at bringing difficult, demanding cases to a successful conclusion. It has won numerous precedents, favourable settlements and successful lawsuits. Rö’s clients include the largest Polish companies, foreign investors and international entities. They recommend the firm for its business-orientated approach, in-depth knowledge of Poland’s key industries, including construction, rail, airlines, telecoms, media, real estate and insurance, as well as the firm’s effectiveness and responsiveness.

Rö acts on key focus areas in dispute resolution, such as infrastructure, real estate, restructuring, IP and insurance disputes. It also offers particular expertise in ‘fringe’ disputes, such as public procurement, antitrust court proceedings and judicial review, as an added value in building the overall strategy. To provide the best possible support to their clients, Rö’s partners are directly engaged in the work on assignments. By doing so, they guarantee that the full range of the firm’s competencies is fully engaged, with effective information flow between teams at all times, as well as the highest level of service quality. Clients often turn to Rö’s lawyers for strategic advice in parallel to their work as a litigation team. The firm is continuously expanding its team, inviting the most talented and promising lawyers on the market to work with Rö.

As a specialised firm, Rö has developed a range of unique services and best practices for more effective dispute resolution. Its award-winning RöCognition service employs a team of experienced psychologists to examine the motivations of key actors in a dispute, helping the firm to build argumentation, facilitate a settlement, or persuade arbitrators. Rö has also started the in-house LegalTech department to provide clients with made-to-measure apps. The solution is aimed to facilitate the legal advice process. A good example is the app facilitating the client contracting process combined with the storage and administration of the contracts concluded by the client, being now developed for the international co-working chain.

Practice areas
Dispute resolution, arbitration and international arbitration: The Rö litigation team has a reputation for being skilled, experienced and committed. It combines legal excellence with a deep understanding of the key sectors of the Polish economy (e.g., construction, rail, airlines, telecoms, media and insurance). Recently, Rö acted successfully for Volkswagen AG in a case where the Warsaw Regional and Appellate Courts stated the lack of jurisdiction for hearing of the collective claim of the owners of the vehicles with EA189 Diesel engines. Rö also acted successfully as the plaintiffs’ co-counsel in the Merhav Ampal v. Egypt investment treaty arbitration.

Leading individuals: Marcin Radwan-Röhrenschef, Katarzyna Petruczenko

Banking litigation: The Rö’s banking litigation offering is handled by Justyna Tokarzewska, PhD, and her team. Recent highlights include the representation of the Polish bank with 462 branches throughout Poland in disputes with a group of its ex-partners operating the bank’s branches, who made compensation claims against the bank. Another highlight is the representation of the Bank in the number of phishing disputes brought against the Bank by the clients.

Leading individual: Justyna Tokarzewska

IP litigation: The Rö IP team’s experience is based on the substantial practice of Justyna Tokarzewska, PhD, a brilliant IP litigator, who also specializes in unfair competition law. Recent highlights include the successful representation of the producer of the film ‘Pokłosie’ (‘Aftermath’) in a libel dispute with the former Director of the Polish Film Institute, and representing artist Piotr Uklański in matters related to appropriation art.

Leading individual: Justyna Tokarzewska

CIS desk: The firm has unique capacity of working and representing the clients from the former CIS States in a broad range of disputes varying from international disputes in the gas and oil sector, through insurance disputes, to commercial disputes. The Russian and Ukrainian native speakers in the team offer the comfort of seamless communication to the clients and in-depth understanding of business issues.

Leading individual: Marina Skarbek-Kozietulska (Grachova)

Bankruptcy and restructuring: The Rö team members advise in domestic and international bankruptcy and restructuring proceedings, representing the interests of both bankrupts and creditors. Recent highlights include representation of a creditor in the biggest restructuring proceedings under the new restructuring law in Poland, as well as advising to a leading Polish bank on restructuring proceedings of its two major creditors.

Leading individual: Marcin Radwan-Röhrenschef

Insurance litigation: Katarzyna Petruczenko leads the Rö Insurance team. Rö handles a range of matters related to insurance overage litigation. The amount of claims where Rö provided coverage advice for foreign insurers in Poland exceeds PLN 1 billion. The firm is associated with global law firm KENNEDYS. Recent highlights include ongoing monitoring of Poland-based claims for major insurers on the European market.

Leading individual: Katarzyna Petruczenko

Department Name Email Telephone
Dispute Resolution, Arbitration & International Arbitration; Bankruptcy & Restructuring Marcin Radwan-Röhrenschef +48 22 266 09 00
Dispute Resolution, Arbitration & International Arbitration; Insurance Litigation Katarzyna Petruczenko +48 22 266 09 00
Banking Litigation; IP Litigation Justyna Tokarzewska +48 22 266 09 00
Dispute Resolution, Arbitration & International Arbitration; CIS Desk Marina Skarbek-Kozietulska +48 22 266 09 00
of counsel Marta Litwinska-Werner +48 22 266 09 00
Photo Name Position Profile
Ms Marta Litwinska-Werner  photo Ms Marta Litwinska-Werner OF COUNSEL, LEGAL ADVISOR
Ms Katarzyna Petruczenko  photo Ms Katarzyna Petruczenko FOUNDING PARTNER, LEGAL ADVISOR
Mr Marcin Radwan Röhrenschef  photo Mr Marcin Radwan Röhrenschef FOUNDING PARTNER, ADVOCATE
Ms Marina Skarbek-Kozietulska  photo Ms Marina Skarbek-Kozietulska PARTNER, ADVOCATE
Ms Justyna Tokarzewska  photo Ms Justyna Tokarzewska PARTNER, ADVOCATE
Number of partners : 4
Number of lawyers : 16

 is a dispute resolution firm handling demanding cross-border disputes for foreign investors, insurers and international entities. The firm is associated with global law firm KENNEDYS.  

Recent highlights include: 

  • advice on a complex M&A transaction involving a Czech company investing in the medical industry in Poland; 
  • jurisdictional dispute of a Spanish sub-contractor sued in Poland in relation to construction works; 
  • class actions against a German car manufacturer; 
  • co-counsel in the Merhav Ampal v. Egypt investment treaty arbitration; 
  • representing a French industrial company idispute regarding bank guarantee issued by a Polish bank; 
  • advice to four Ukrainian film companies on potential dispute with Polish director regarding payment for services; 
  • representing an EU Agency before the ECJ on an employment dispute; 
  • representing a British insurer on personal damages case; 
  • advice to Russian industrial company on dispute with Polish company regarding delivery contract; 
  • advice to a Danish insurer on dispute before a German court regarding meat delivery. 

CIS Desk: 

The firm has unique capacity of working and representing the clients from the former CIS State in a broad range of disputes varying from international disputes in the gas and oil sector, through insurance disputes, to commercial disputes. The Russian and Ukrainian native speakers in the team offer the comfort of seamless communication to the clients and in-depth understanding of business issues. 

CLIENT: Minna Huhtaniska
TESTIMONIAL: Rö assisted Valmet Automotive in a dispute with the supplier. The team worked closely with us and delivered exceptional service. Received advices were clear and incisive and delivered well on time for our internal review and discussion.

CLIENT: Eike Duckwitz
TESTIMONIAL: The firm lawyers are strategically and business-oriented, focusing on the understanding of the business goals of the client. The most important – the firm lawyers are passionate about the law and the dispute resolution, but also about the clients’ products and processes (which they are always trying to understand).