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Kochanski & Partners
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Poland > Dispute resolution Tier 2

Kochanski & Partners is highly adept at handling international disputes, commercial disputes, civil and media litigation, and disputes involving financial institutions. ‘Excellent strategic thinker’ Marek Jeżewski chairs the department with experience in investor-state disputes, while Dominika Durchowska boasts skills in international disputes, as does Markiyan Malskyy. Michal König leads the commercial arbitration and litigation team, while Mateusz Ostrowski heads up the media litigation group. Andrzej Pałys and  Weronika Magdziak-Śliwa co-chair the financial institutions arm. Agnieszka Chrzanowska left the firm in April 2023 to set up her own practice.

Practice head(s):

Marek Jeżewski; Dominika Durchowska; Michał König; Andrzej Pałys; Mateusz Ostrowski; Markiyan Malskyy

Other key lawyers:


‘Excellent ability to understand complex technical issues and apply the legal requirements to them.’

‘Marek Jeżewski, Dominika Durchowska and Michał König are recommended.’

‘A focused and strategic team.’

‘Marek Jeżewski is an excellent strategic thinker, and Michal König excels as an advocate.’

‘Strong engagement of each team member.’

‘Markiyan Malskyy is client oriented, practical and highly appreciated for his swift responsiveness to the client’s challenges.’

‘The firm is easy to work with. Many of the lawyers have trained outside Poland and are fluent in English. Because of foreign work experience, the firm has been amazingly responsive to questions from clients and has been proactive in anticipating and addressing the client’s needs. I was impressed with the quality of the work and the speed with which it was generated.’

‘Michał König is extremely service oriented. He is responsive to questions and issues. He is able to translate Polish law issues into a framework that is easy to understand. He writes clearly and effectively and is timely. Few counsel provide the level of service that he regularly offers.’

Key clients

Forteam Investment Limited

Honwood Services Ltd.

PKP Polskie Linie Kolejowe S.A.

Green Investment S.A.

Aasted ApS

CMI Maciej Uhl

LOT Polish Airlines

Ringier Axel Springer Poland


Bank BPH S.A.

Bank Millennium S.A.


Greń sp.j.

LS Airport Services

Polskie Sieci Elektroenergetyczne S.A.

Perfect Gym Solutions S.A.

Bei-Trans LLC

Work highlights

  • Representing Ringier Axel Springer Poland in a case.
  • Representing Forteam Investment Limited in a €85m dispute concerning an investment made in a major retail chain company.
  • Representing Bei-Trans LLC, a Ukrainian international logistics company, in proceedings before Polish courts for enforcement and execution of an arbitration award issued by the International Commercial Arbitration Court in Kiev.

Poland > Energy and natural resources Tier 2

With a focus on the nuclear and hydrogen subsectors, the team at Kochanski & Partners frequently advises on complicated issues related to regulation, development and construction of projects in these spheres. ‘Absolutely top energy lawyerWojciech Wrochna leads the team, and is commended by many clients for his ‘impressive knowledge of EU energy law‘; in addition to guiding clients through the intricacies of major infrastructure developments, he also advises on issues related to energy storage, battery production, and biogas. Other key lawyers within the team include Michal Bedkowski-Koziol.

Practice head(s):

Wojciech Wrochna

Other key lawyers:


‘Great team with focus on large energy projects. Wojciech Wrochna is a go-to person when EU law is involved.’

‘Wojciech Wrochna is absolutely top-level for EU regulatory work. Responsive, extremely engaged and creative thinker. Definitely one of the best energy lawyers in Poland.’

‘Independent and highly knowledgeable.’

‘The team led by Wojciech Wrochna has great capabilities to handle the largest energy projects.’

‘Wojciech Wrochna – absolutely top energy lawyer with great European experience and fantastic market understanding.’

‘The team has great regulatory know-how which makes them perfect to always find the best solutions. Number one in nuclear.’

‘Wojciech Wrochna has deep understanding of energy markets and impressive knowledge of EU energy law.’

Key clients

Polish Nuclear Power Plants (Polskie Elektrownie Jądrowe)

Air Products

Northvolt Systems Poland

MFW Bałtyk (JV of Polish Polenergia and Norwegian Equinor)

Windspace AS

Gaz System S.A. (Baltic Pipe)

Prairie Mining Limited

PKP Linia Hutnicza Szerokotorowa

CEE Equity Partners Ltd.

Swiss Krono S.A

The Polish Electricity Transmission System Operator (Polskie Sieci Elektroenergetyczne S.A) – project Harmony Link

Orange Polska

Krynica Vitamin

Reckitt Benckiser


Montis Capital


PWPW – Polish Security Printing Works

Work highlights

  • Advising the Polish Gas Transmission Operator on the Baltic Pipe Project.
  • Advising Polenergia on the implementation of its strategy of transitioning to RES and hydrogen-based energy generation, with an emphasis on the construction of a 50-100MW hydrogen factory located in Upper Silesia and a hydrogen gas-fired CCHP.
  • Advising Northvolt Systems Poland on a €200m construction project for a battery production facility.

Poland > Intellectual property Tier 2

The IP practice at Kochanski & Partners is well versed in trade mark and patent litigation, particularly on behalf of clients in the pharmaceutical, media and FMCG sectors. The team also has experience handling domain name negotiations, as well as advising on IP rights during M&A transactions. Founder Piotr Kochański leads the practice alongside Karolina Marciniszyn. Tomasz Szambelan is also a key member of the team, and specialises in opposition and cancellation proceedings in relation to trade marks, utility models and designs.

Practice head(s):

Piotr Kochański; Karolina Marciniszyn

Other key lawyers:

Tomasz Szambelan; Krzysztof Zięba


‘I would thoroughly commend the services of Kochanski & Partners for their commercial foresight and strong sense of reliability.’

‘I would recommend in particular Karolina Marciniszyn. She is a highly experienced and knowledgeable practitioner who provides savvy, concise, commercially-minded practical advice and proposes creative solutions.’

Key clients

Ringier Axel Springer Poland

Hasco Lek

Hasco TM

Reckitt Benckiser

Froneri International Limited

Pamapol S.A.

Centrum Rozliczeń Elektronicznych Polskie ePłatności S.A.

Coca-Cola HBC Polska

Tidio Poland

Avia International

Ringier Axel Springer Poland

Work highlights

  • Representing Ringier Axel Springer Poland in a number of trade mark and domain name disputes.
  • Representing HASCO Lek against its competitor Swiss Pharma International in various trade mark infringement cases.
  • Representing Reckitt Benckiser in a trade mark infringement and unfair competiton dispute with one of its main competitors.

Poland > Restructuring and insolvency Tier 2

Kochanski & Partners has substantial expertise representing creditors and investors, especially financial institutions and private equity funds. Out-of-court restructurings are a staple of the practice, in addition to corporate restructurings, post-restructuring disputes, and personal and corporate insolvency proceedings. Rafał Rapala and Mateusz Ostrowski jointly lead the group; the former has expertise in the corporate space, and the latter leads the firm’s litigation practice. Paweł Cholewinski is another name of note, with a focus on real estate transactions.

Practice head(s):

Rafał Rapala; Mateusz Ostrowski

Other key lawyers:

Paweł Mardas; Karol Połosak; Aneta Serowik; Paweł Cholewinski

Key clients

State Street Global Advisors

Ringier Axel Springer Poland

Chrysler Poland

Proservice Finteco

BU Media



Banner Ltd

Paige Inestments

EFC European Foundation

Work highlights

  • Advising Chrysler Poland and FCA Group Poland on the liquidation process of a Polish subsidiary and the winding up of the business in Poland.
  • Representing Ringier Axel Springer Poland in a post-restructuring litigation case related to the restructuring of RUCH S.A.
  • Advising Blachotrapez S.A. on a corporate and ownership restructuring procedure, including assisting with labour and tax law issues, in connection with several pending M&A transactions aimed at the client’s expansion into foreign markets within the CEE region.

Poland > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 3

Kochanski & Partners has two distinct teams, the first focusing on transactional matters under the leadership of Paweł Cholewiński; it regularly undertakes M&A transactions, especially in the real estate sector. The second group, which is spearheaded by Rafał Rapala, is focused on corporate mandates and advises clients on reorganisations and shareholder agreements. The firm also benefits from a strong energy department, and is consequently active in energy-related M&A transactions.

Practice head(s):

Paweł Cholewiński; Rafał Rapala

Other key lawyers:

Pawel Mardas; Karol Połosak; Aneta Serowik


‘The firm’s corporate practice has in-depth knowledge on the market standards of M&A transactions.’

‘Rafał Rapala is a very good M&A lawyer, is always in command of the transaction and can provide legal solutions to problems as they arise. It is very good to work with him and his team.’

‘Very responsive, proactive, commercially minded and entrepreneurial. Also an inclusive and friendly bunch. Would recommend highly.’

‘Paweł Cholewiński is excellent.’

Key clients

State Street Corporation

State Street Bank

State Street Global Advisors

Polish Airlines LOT

INDUS Holding AG

Farmak Group


Revolt Energy


Diebold Nixdorf

Huuuge Games

Ferro Corp.

Norblin Group

Ringer Axel Springer

Black & Veatch

Echo Polska Properties


Dom Development

YIT Development

Deutsche Hypo

AccorInvest Group S.A.

Universal Fibers Inc.


Knight Frank


Skanska Property Poland

Skanska Residential

Griffin Capital Partners



Oxenwood Real Estate (UK)

Coca-Cola HBC

Air Products

Beneteau Group

Reckitt Benckiser

Johnson Matthey PLC



PBG Group

Skalar Office Center

Havi Logistics

Personnel Service

Inter Cars S.A.

Gaz-System S.A.

The Seelig Group

Pacific Media Group



Panattoni Europe

Inovo Venture Partners

Chrysler Poland and FCA Group Poland

Work highlights

  • Advising a US private equity fund and its operational business on an investment in the field of frozen foods logistics.
  • Advising Universal Fibers, Inc. and its subsidiaries on the Polish law aspects of a $250m facility agreement, with TCW Asset Management Company LLC acting as administrative agent and security agent of the lenders.
  • Advising a client on the acquisition of the Brown Brothers Harriman & Co.’s Investor Services business, including its custody, accounting, fund administration, global markets, and technology services.

Poland > Construction Tier 3

Kochanski & Partners excels in an array of construction investment areas, and has notably advised on the construction of seaports, offshore sea cables, gas pipelines, airports, railways, greenfield projects, and manufacturing plants. The team advises on obtaining public aid, establishing contractual structures, developing and negotiating contracts, and obtaining permits. The practice is led by Paweł Cholewiński and Wojciech Wrochna.

Practice head(s):

Paweł Cholewiński; Wojciech Wrochna


‘The firm and the construction practice is truly engaged in the investment process. They offer exceptional navigation through the process.’

‘In my opinion, the key to the success of Kochanski & Partners is an exceptional understanding of the needs of its clients. And of course, their competitive advantage is broad knowledge and high level of professional experience.’

‘We appreciate the professionalism we have experienced at every stage of task implementation. When starting cooperation, it was very important for us to be open to a wide range of legal topics. Our company operates on several levels of business activity and we often expect substantive support in areas that are often beyond the reach of ordinary law firms. This practice is ready to tackle these complex topics while listening to our needs.’

‘Kochanski & Partners has broad expertise in various sectors. Depending on the subject matter, it delegates a person/team for legal support. The uniqueness of the law firm is particularly in the people who make it up. People with a lot of experience, oriented towards developing a strategy to achieve the desired goal while respecting the interests of all parties. The law firm provides a high level of service and is therefore highly recommended.’

‘High personal culture and composure combined with great knowledge, extensive experience, diligence and openness to problem-solving are a guarantee of success.’

‘In the case of our current cooperation with the practice, we appreciate the readiness to take up difficult topics, often requiring familiarisation with extensive internal material of our company. Additionally, we also value the availability of the practice team, which is extremely important in our dynamic activities.’

Key clients

Gaz System S.A. (Baltic Pipe)

Polish Airports (PPL)

Newcold (Westport Capital)

PKP Linia Hutnicza Szerokotorowa

RG Inżynieria

Northvolt Systems Poland

Erca Wilmar Cosmetic Ingredients

CEE Equity Partners Ltd.

Polish Nuclear Power Plants (Polskie Elektrownie Jądrowe)

Air Products (a world-leading industrial gas company)


The Polish Security Printing Works Agency (Polska Wytwórnia Papierów Wartościowych S.A.)

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


Havi Logistics



Oxenwood Real Estate (UK)

Equiniti Group PLC

Dom Development S.A.

Orange Poland

Work highlights

  • Advising the Polish Gas Transmission Operator on the Baltic Piper Project.
  • Advising NORTHVOLT on an investment involving the construction of a hall for the production of battery modules and energy storage and the construction of a research and development centre to develop new products, technologies and production processes in the same areas.
  • Advising Polish Nuclear Power Plants on the construction of a nuclear power plant.

Poland > Healthcare and life sciences Tier 3

Kochanski & Partners‘ practice is noted for handling a broad array of mandates, including trade mark infringement actions and allegations, and proceedings concerning tenders. The team is also known for its medtech expertise, advising on medical records management and cloud-based IT solutions. Noted for his specialism in marketing and the formation of distribution systems, Krzysztof Zięba leads the team, and often assists clients with the negotiation of trade and distribution agreements, as well as acting in pharmaceutical product marketing disputes.

Practice head(s):

Krzysztof Zięba

Key clients

Reckitt Benckiser

Hasco TM

nOvum Fertility Clinic

Krynica Vitamin S.A.

Natural Pharmaceuticals

Techdow Pharma Poland

Shenzhen Hepalink Pharmaceutical Group Co. Ltd

Corza Medical

Work highlights

  • Representing HASCO Lek against its competitor Swiss Pharma International in various trade mark infringement cases.
  • Advising Reckitt Benckiser on the distribution network for OTC products as well as medical devices.
  • Advising Corza Medical on the distribution of products, and representing the client in the field of public procurement law in a number of tender procedures.

Poland > Private equity Tier 3

Kochanski & Partners is adept at advising private equity sponsors and their portfolio companies and investment funds on all stages of the investment process, from fund formation, early-stage venture capital investments, and financings and refinancings, to going-private transactions, leveraged buyouts, and recapitalisations. Its offering also extends to corporate restructurings and exits, including IPOs. Paweł Mardas heads the team. Pawel Cholewinski, Rafał Rapala and are also senior contacts within the group. Szymon Balcerzak departed for Andersen in Poland in June 2023.

Practice head(s):

Paweł Mardas

Other key lawyers:

Pawel Cholewinski; Rafał Rapala; Malwina Jagiełło; Weronika Duda; Aneta Serowik

Key clients

Newcold BV

The Seelig Group

Pacific Media Group


State Street Corporation

State Street Bank

Oxenwood Real Estate (UK)

Beneteau Group



Inovo Venture Partners


Work highlights

  • Advising Newcold BV, a US private equity fund, and its operational business on its investment development in the field of frozen foods logistics, including assisting with the establishment of several holding and operational companies in Poland, purchase of relevant property for greenfield investments in a special economic zone, investments into existing warehouses, acquisition of operational local entities, and financing of investments.
  • Advising Pacific Media Group on the purchase of a majority stake in Polish first-league football club GKS Tychy.
  • Advised the Chamber of Fund and Asset Managers on establishing a dedicated cloud computing implementation industry standard for the investment funds sector.

Poland > Public procurement Tier 3

Kochanski & Partners‘ public procurement practice advises both domestic and international clients, spanning contractors and contracting authorities. The group is active across a range of sectors, including IT, energy, waste management, defence and healthcare. The firm has recently been active in advising on tenders for the supply of military equipment and humanitarian aid to Ukraine. Jakub Krysa leads the team and represents clients at all stages of public procurement proceedings, including in appeals before the National Appeals Chamber and domestic courts. Michał Waraksa is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Jakub Krysa

Other key lawyers:


‘Competent team!’

‘Quick and immediate reaction, taking ownership of tasks.’

Key clients

Polcam Systems

Clinical Trials Solutions

Operator Chmury Krajowej (National Cloud Provider)



Aplan Media

Mikroelektronika s.r.o.

Corza Medical

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

Work highlights

  • Advising Polcam Systems on public procurement law in relation to tenders related to traffic management and electronic toll collection on national roads and motorways.
  • Advising Clinical Trials Solutions on public procurement law at all stages of tendering procedures for the supply of IT systems.
  • Advising Operator Chmury Krajowej on public procurement matters in relation to the supply of cloud computing services in Poland.

Poland > Real estate Tier 3

The ‘business-oriented’ team at Kochanski & Partners specialises in sale and leaseback transactions, and receives instruction from buyers, sellers, investors, and developers. Another recent focus for the team has been advising on issues related to green leases and green buildings, guiding clients through the intricacies of ESG considerations. Leading the team is Paweł Cholewiński, who shines ‘both by technical mastery of the subject but also by his qualities as a negotiator’. Cholewiński is capably supported by Weronika Duda and Malwina Jagiełło.

Practice head(s):

Paweł Cholewiński

Other key lawyers:

Weronika Duda; Malwina Jagiełło


‘Kochanski & Partners is one of the major players in the Polish real estate market. Their work is always of high quality and meets the needs of our firm. They are business-oriented and are there to find solutions, whilst always keeping in mind our interests. They know how to quickly formulate recommendations and remain highly attentive to apply them with a real concern for final efficiency. It is very valuable to have all the cards in hand in order to be able to make the best decision in a short time.’

‘Paweł Cholewiński combines many qualities and is one of the rare lawyers able to shine both by technical mastery of the subject but also by his qualities as a negotiator. It is very pleasant to work with Paweł because he is extremely versatile and enjoys being confronted by new problems. This makes him an excellent partner in the conducting of deals because we can count on him to adapt to the different facets of transactions.’

‘Malwina Jagiełło knows how to respond effectively to our concerns, approaching each subject from a pragmatic angle. She uses practical approaches, which speed up and simplify things for our firm.’

Key clients

PBG Group / Skalar Office Center


Dom Development

Havi Logistics



Savills Property Management

Oxenwood Real Estate (UK)

AccorInvest Group S.A.

Orbis S.A.

Griffin Capital Partners

EPP Poland (Echo Polska Properties)

Coca Cola HBC

Air Products

Beneteau Group

Reckitt Benckiser

Johnson Matthey PLC

Personnel Service

Inter Cars S.A.

Gaz-System S.A. (Gas Transmission Operator)

Universal Fibers Inc.




Equiniti Group PLC


CA Immo Poland

AHK Polska (Polish-German Chamber of Industry and Commerce)

Polskie ePłatności

Alter Solutions



The Polish Security Printing Works Agency (Polska Wytwórnia Papierów Wartościowych S.A.)

PayPro S.A.

Webfleet Solutions Poland (Bridgestone Group)

Work highlights

  • Advising the Polish Security Printing Works Agency on an investment process comprising a greenfield acquisition for a new production facility from Polfa Tarchomin.
  • Advising Savills on the acquisition of part of Knight Frank’s business, which included the property management division.
  • Advising DiE Inwestycje/Ustka Apartaments on the sale of two residential buildings with designated PRS apartments to a major institutional investor.

Poland > Tax Tier 3

At Kochanski & Partners the tax practice is well regarded for its experience in handling tax litigation, regulatory work, international and indirect tax matters, compliance issues, and tax planning and structuring mandates. The team is also sought out by clients seeking to establish a presence in Poland or other jurisdictions. The team is headed up by Agata Dziwisz-Moshe, who is well versed at advising on VAT and real estate tax, as well as assisting with transactions on the financial market.

Practice head(s):

Agata Dziwisz-Moshe

Other key lawyers:

Wojciech Śliż; Mirosław Malczeski; Aleksandra Pizon-Jaworska; Andrzej Malec


‘Extremely proactive approach, friendly people who are able to explain complicated legal matters in a very clear way for everybody.’

‘Wojciech Śliż and Agata Dziwisz-Moshe are our key point of contact. Both are outstanding. Very professional, approachable, cooperative and proactive.’

‘The team really work as a team. The internal communication and communication with the client is smooth.They know their competences and if a matter exceeds their expertise they will be keen to bring a colleague expert on board to support.’

‘They are very detail oriented and try to find any weakness of the case predicting issues and therefore preparing for any situation.’

Key clients

GFT Poland

Polenergia S.A.

HAVI Logistics

Pandora Jewellery CEE, Pandora Jewellery Shared Services

Molecule One

Forza Foods Ltd.

Oxenwood Real Estate LLP

PKP Linia Hutniczna Szerokotorowa

Work highlights

  • Advising Molecule One, a high-tech company providing an IP platform dedicated to the synthesis of drugs, on the tax structuring of its planned investment into the US market.
  • Assisting Polenergia S.A. with tax advice related to a planned M&A transaction aimed at transferring two hydrogen projects to a new subsidiary of the client.
  • Advising HAVI Logistics on tax strategy in relation to a planned merger of companies withing the capital group.

Poland > TMT Tier 3

Kochanski & Partners‘ technology and media team has a strong focus on new technologies, cyberspace, and the metaverse; specifically, it has particular expertise advising clients on mandates surrounding NFTs, blockchain, AI and crypto-assets, and has the capabilities to support clients with both contractual mandates and contentious work. Piotr Kochański took over leaderhship of the team following the departure of previous practice heads Agnieszka Chrzanowska and Lukasz Wegrzyn  in the spring of 2023; the former established her own practice and the latter joined Osborne Clarke.

Practice head(s):

Piotr Kochański

Other key lawyers:

Mateusz Ostrowski; Monika Maćkowska-Morytz

Key clients

Sopockie Towarzystwo Ubezpieczeń ERGO Hestia S.A.

Sopockie Towarzystwo Ubezpieczeń na Życie ERGO Hestia S.A.

mBank S.A.


Ringier Axel Springer Polska

PKO Bank Polski S.A.

Polskie Towarzystwo Reasekuracji S.A.

mBank Hipoteczny S.A.

Work highlights

  • Representing Ringier Axel Springer Poland in the defence of journalists who report irregularities.
  • Advising PKO Bank Polski S.A. on the construction of a virtual Rotunda in the metaverse, including a comprehensive legal analysis of the business model in terms of division of responsibility, contracts, data flow, flow of funds and crypto-assets, intellectual property rights and identification of key legal issues and risks in terms of banking law, personal data processing, crypto-asset law and e-commerce regulation.
  • Assisted the Chamber of Fund and Asset Managers with establishing a dedicated cloud computing implementation industry standard for the investment funds sector.

Poland > Data privacy and data protection Tier 4

Kochanski & Partners is skilled at handling data privacy, protection, and information security projects. These mandates include the cross-border transfer of data, data processing and transfer agreements, privacy and cybersecurity audits, data breach responses, and privacy-related disputes. Piotr Kochański and Monika Maćkowska-Morytz jointly lead the department.

Practice head(s):

Piotr Kochański; Monika Maćkowska-Morytz

Key clients

ERGO Hestia


Pandora Jewelry CEE

BOX Poland

GFT Group



Murapol S.A.

Equinity Service Limited

Molecule One

LOT Polish Airlines

Perfect Gym


Ringier Axel Springer Polska

TIDIO Poland


Havi Logistics





Work highlights

  • Representing Ringier Axel Springer Poland in data protection cases brought by data subjects seeking to block the publication of press material.
  • Assisting ERGO Hestia, a major Polish insurance company, with the process of obtaining ISO 27001 and ISO 27017 information security certifications.
  • Representing Polish Airlines in 13 court cases brought by the client against the Data Protection Authority.

Poland > Employment Tier 4

The labour law team at Kochanski & Partners assist clients with the employment aspects of restructurings and M&A transactions, as well as collective labour matters, such as negotiations with labour unions, and related disputes. Skilled negotiator Anna Gwiazda heads up the practice and has considerable experience, capably supported by Angelika Stanko.

Practice head(s):

Anna Gwiazda

Other key lawyers:


‘Pragmatic and practical advice on setting up an entity and navigating employment in a completely new country.’

‘Anna Gwiazda is excellent at navigating the Polish labour laws and advising on best practice with a pragmatic approach.’

‘A partnership relationship, great commitment, very involved in joint projects, good sense of business needs. Full confidence in the recommended legal solutions.’

‘Anna Gwiazda – great professional expert, accessible, focused to deliver solutions, delivering on commitments and timing.’

‘Availability of cooperation, very fast responsiveness, deep analysis of the issue, meeting the agreed deadlines.’

Key clients

Reckitt Benckiser




Aras Software





Accor Services Poland

Forza Foods


Work highlights

  • Advising Reckitt Benckiser on the implementation of a remote working project in three Reckitt Benckiser group companies, including a manufacturing company and a trading company.
  • Supporting HAVI Logistics with the implementation of hybrid working regulations.
  • Advising Philips on its workation project, which combines remote work abroad with vacations.

Poland > Banking and finance Tier 5

Kochanski & Partners is adept at handling financings at the pre-term sheet stage, as well as drafting and negotiating loan agreements regarding real estate financings, acquisition financings, refinancings and restructurings, corporate financings, and securitisations. Regulatory matters are also part of the group’s offering, including bank outsourcing and banking secrecy issues. Jan Ziomek leads the team, and also acts as chair of the firm’s fintech group, having joined the team in September 2023 from the Office of the Polish Financial Supervision Authority.

Practice head(s):

Jan Ziomek

Other key lawyers:

Andrzej Pałys; Weronika Magdziak-Śliwa; Maciej Kuranc


‘The law firm, thanks to its extensive knowledge, experience, and exceptionally wide range of specialisations, covers an above-standard business area for such firms.’

‘It possesses the ability to perform detailed work and also has the necessary comprehensive approach required for large clients, taking into account the client’s position and strategy. Compared to other law firms, this company has an exceptionally quick and effective response time.’

‘The number and legal specialisation of lawyers in the team is good for carrying out tasks in accordance with expectations and within deadlines.’

‘Lawyers are very active in terms of ensuring awareness of business operations and realities.’

‘Very high level of professionalism, client orientation, and support.’

Key clients

State Street Bank & Trust

Bank Millennium S.A

Universal Fibers Inc.

Bank PKO BP S.A.

Bank BPH

Polish Bank Association

ERGO Hestia

mBank S.A.

Bank Pocztowy S.A



Work highlights

  • Advising a client on the acquisition of the Brown Brothers Harriman & Co.’s Investor Services business, including its custody, accounting, fund administration, global markets and technology services.
  • Advising Universal Fibers, Inc. and its subsidiaries on the Polish law aspects of a $250m facility agreement, with TCW Asset Management Company LLC acting as administrative agent and security agent of the lenders.
  • Advising the Japan Bank for International Cooperation, a policy-based financial institution, on securing BGK’s Samurai bond issue in Japan, secured by a guarantee from the State Treasury and an additional guarantee from JBIC.

Managing Partner: Piotr Kochański

Equity Partners: Piotr Kochański, Paweł Cholewiński, Agata Dziwisz-Moshe, Anna Gwiazda, Marek Jeżewski, Michał König, Markiyan Malskyy, Paweł Mardas, Mateusz Ostrowski, Andrzej Pałys, Bartosz Pawłowski, Karol Połosak, Rafał Rapala, Aleksandra Ryżkowska, Michał Walczak, Wojciech Wrochna, Monika Wojciechowska

Number of partners: 31

Number of other fee-earners: +100

Offices: Warsaw, Krakow

Firm Overview:

Kochański & Partners combines technological progress, experience and expertise to create innovative legal solutions and offer its clients top quality services.

The firm is not only a legal advisor, but also an invaluable business partner, supporting companies in finding answers to global challenges and megatrends. The firm is actively shaping the legal and social environment around the hottest contemporary topics such as data-driven economics, decarbonization, the metaverse, ESG, global infrastructure, global finance and capital markets.

The firm is well-known for its cross-border services, international cooperation and knowledge sharing programmes. Its experienced lawyers and tax experts advise international companies on becoming established in Poland (through incorporation, commercial arrangements or business acquisitions) or on trading with their partners throughout the world. Its advisors are able to coordinate and provide a seamless service with the firm’s network of international law firms in Europe, the UK, the USA and Asia.

Kochański & Partners is committed to applying and promoting ESG practices in its business and work environment. The firm is a member of the United Nations Global Compact, and a signatory of the Diversity Charter under the aegis of the European Commission. The firm has voluntarily participated in the non-financial survey by independent international auditor EcoVadis, being ranked in the 89th percentile of participating companies and awarded a Silver EcoVadis Medal.

Main Areas of Practice:

Dispute Resolution & Arbitration

Kochański & Partners’ Dispute Resolution practice consists of international disputes, commercial disputes, civil and media litigation, and disputes of financial institutions. Within this practice, more than 40 lawyers are regularly engaged in sophisticated and challenging dispute projects, often of a landmark nature.

Kochański & Partners’ international disputes team receives instructions from foreign investors under bilateral investment treaties in the most complex investor-State arbitrations, while the commercial disputes practice faces an increasing number of instructions to represent clients in the most complex commercial cases, both via arbitration and in courts. The Civil and media litigation team supports freedom of speech, often defending journalists in high stakes disputes concerning leading political and media events in Poland and Central Europe. Kochański & Partners is also well-known for having the largest team of banking litigators in Poland, which places them among a limited pool of law firms creating strategies for financial institutions facing disputes over their market practice.

Key clients: Forteam Investment, Honwood Services, PKP Polskie Linie Kolejowe, Aasted, Betomax (direct 100% subsidiary of Indus Holding), Ringier Axel Springer Poland, Bank BPH, LOT Polish Airlines, Bank PKO BP (the biggest bank in Poland), Castorama, Polskie Sieci Elektroenergetyczne (Polish national electricity transmission system operator)


Kochański & Partners’ lawyers provide comprehensive advice on M&A and private equity issues. They advise on noteworthy local and cross-border transactions and smaller scale complex projects, as well as assist strategic and financial investors and business entities.

The advantage of Kochański & Partners M&A team is their creative and pragmatic approach with priority always given to smoothly facilitate the achievement of a client’s business goals. The M&A team offers practical solutions and clear conclusions and precisely identifies and realizes the goals of each transaction.

Types of M&A transactions: share deals, asset deals, mergers, spin-offs and transformations of companies, including regulated market companies, restructuring of companies and groups of companies, exit structuring, drafting and negotiating shareholders agreements and joint venture agreements

Key clients: State Street Corporation, State Street Bank, State Street Global Advisors, LOT Polish Airlines, INDUS Holding (parent company of Betomax systems), Blachotrapez, Revolt Energy, Ringer Axel Springer, Echo Polska Properties (EPP N.V.), Redefine, Dom Development, AccorInvest Group, Universal Fibers, Knight Frank, Coca-Cola HBC, Reckitt Benckiser, Air Products, Savills


Kochański & Partners’ Tax team is best placed to provide comprehensive advice on both domestic and international taxation, including ensuring effective tax settlements and accounting.

Kochański & Partners’ tax experts have renowned expertise in the field of tax litigation, international taxation, tax compliance (including transfer pricing), dynamic tax planning and structuring, accounting and complex advisory to companies operating in innovative sectors. They conduct their projects in close cooperation with other practices in order to ensure clients receive multidisciplinary legal advice to maximize their chances at mitigating legal risk.

Clients recognize that their advisors do not limit themselves to simply solving a single problem. By taking a broader perspective and analyzing the company’s particular situation in depth, they show their clients new ways to make savings on their tax burdens, often through the obtaining of significant tax refunds.

The Tax team authored and published the ‘Taxation of Cryptocurrencies and NFTs, and Challenges in the Metaverse’, the first extensive tax report on this area in Poland.

Key services: dynamic tax planning (tax efficiency of transactions); tax compliance and tax reporting, including VAT, WHT, MDR and transfer pricing compliance; tax support in real estate transactions – share or asset deals; tax efficiency for innovative businesses; International Tax Law; CIT, PIT, VAT, local taxes; customs law; tax proceedings; tax support during the introduction of a company into the Polish or foreign market.

Key clients: State Street Bank, Tchibo, Schooner Capital, Johnson Matthey, Oxenwood Real Estate, Forza Foods, Redefine Properties, Pandora Jewellery, Techdow


Banking & Finance:

Kochański & Partners’ is best placed to advise its clients on every aspect of transactional banking, complex regulatory matters, litigation banking and innovative projects connecting banking and technology.

The company stands out as a pioneer and thought leader wherever technology merges with financial services. Kochański & Partners supported the biggest Polish bank in building their presence in the global metaverse and, in cooperation with the Polish Bank Association (ZBP), co-authored the major update to the Polish standard for cloud computing implementation in banks, acting as the exclusive legal counsel to the workgroup.

In terms of litigation banking, Kochański & Partners is among a limited pool of law firms creating strategies for financial institutions facing disputes over their market practices. They work with top tier banks, and as one of the premier law firms representing the banking sector have a current portfolio of over 7000 cases regarding claims over Swiss Franc related mortgage loans.

Key services: transactional banking, regulatory matters, cloud computing in the banking sector, financial services in the metaverse, litigation banking, cybersecurity in the financial service market

Key clients: Universal Fibers (subsidiary of H.I.G. Capital), State Street Global Advisors, Polish Bank Association (Związek Banków Polskich, ZBP), Bank BPH, Bank Millennium, Bank PKO BP, mBank


Kochanski & Partners offers both national and international clients a sophisticated legal and project management advisory regarding high profile energy projects, regularly acting on the development, financing, acquisition and disposal of a wide variety of energy generation and transmission assets, as well as specialist energy regulatory matters. The law firm is also building its reputation in the development of large scale and high profile infrastructural projects, with a unique and rich experience in the development of infrastructural projects in the Baltic Sea.

Kochański & Partners’ experts are best placed to advise its clients in all aspects of climate change and new technologies in the energy sector issues (including hydrogen, energy storage, and waste to energy projects). Their unique experiences in the energy market, also brings added value to infrastructural projects, in particular greenfield investments in which they advise on a number of auxiliary services including the development of the energy strategy for production facilities constructed or operated by their clients.

Key specializations: hydrogen advisory, nuclear advisory, offshore energy projects, ESG, capacity market, greenfield projects, RES, energy storage projects, biogas projects

Key clients: Ductor; CEE Equity Partners; Krynica Vitamin; Swiss Krono; Northvolt Systems Poland; SPP Group; Montis Capital; Orange Poland; Reckitt Benckiser; MFW Bałtyk (JV of Polish Polenergia and Norwegian Equinor)


Kochański & Partners’ Technology practice stands out as a thought leader in FinTech. They supported the biggest Polish bank in establishing their presence in the global metaverse and, in cooperation with the Polish Bank Association (ZBP), co-authored the major update to the Polish standard for cloud computing implementation in banks, acting as the exclusive legal counsel to the workgroup.

They authored and published the ‘Kochański & Partners Metaverse Report, the first extensive report on the Metaverse in Poland.

The Technology Team specializes in all aspects of IT contracts, technology compliance, financial regulatory, blockchain & cryprtoassets, IT dispute resolution, and data protection, advising in particular, banks, insurance companies, payment services providers, investment funds and financial technology providers.

Key clients: ERGO Hestia, mBank, mBank Hipoteczny, mElements, Nest Bank, IZFIA (Chamber of Fund and Asset Managers), GFT Group, Związek Banków Polskich (Polish Banks Association), MAIN, Europejski Fundusz Leasingowy (Credit Agricole Group), PKO BP, Getin Noble Bank, Tameshi Investments

Real Estate

Kochański & Partners’ Real Estate practice acts for domestic and international business and advise on the full range of real estate transactions. The team has the commitment, resources and know-how to advise on all aspects of the ‘property cycle’, including acquisitions, developments, environmental, planning and leasing advice, as well as financing and exit.

Key services: general real estate advice, real estate transactions, forward purchase and forward funding projects, construction law, lease agreements, real estate financing, real estate restitution

Key clients: Panattoni, Oxenwood Real Estate, Beneteau Group, Ikea, Coca Cola, Savills Property Management, Johnson Matthey, AccorInvest Group, Skanska, Havi Logistics, Reckitt Benckiser, Equiniti Group PLC


Kochański & Partners Infrastructure practice provides comprehensive advice to both economic operators and contracting authorities on the preparation and implementation of investment processes in all sectors of infrastructure and construction. The team supports its clients at every stage of the investment process, including the phase of preparing technical documentation for proceedings or obtaining financing for a given project.

The team is also best placed to provide support on designing and implementing the optimal litigation strategies within disputes arising between the investor and the contractor / subcontractor.

Since the beginning of the Russian aggression against Ukraine, the Infrastructure team, in close cooperation with the Ukrainian Desk and the Public Procurement practice, has consistently raised its voice in the ongoing debate on the direction of the country’s reconstruction, initiating numerous stationary events and webinars.

Key clients: Baltic Pipe Project (GAZ-SYSTEM), Northvolt, NewCold (Westport Capital), STRABAG, Johnson Matthey, DCT Gdańsk (Deepwater Container Terminal), Mecanotubo Poland, SIAC



Photo Name Position Profile
Michal Bedkowski-Koziol photo Dr iur Michal Bedkowski-Koziol Partner, Head of Competition & Antitrust Law Practice
Pawel Cholewinski photo Mr Pawel Cholewinski Partner, Head of Commercial Transactions, Mergers & Acquisitions, Real Estate
Weronika Duda photo Ms Weronika Duda Counsel, Co-Head of German Desk
Dominika Durchowska photo Ms Dominika Durchowska Partner
Agata Dziwisz-Moshe photo Ms Agata Dziwisz-Moshe Partner, Head of Tax Practice
Aleksander Galos photo Mr Aleksander Galos Of Counsel
Anna Gwiazda photo Ms Anna Gwiazda Partner, Labor Law Practice
Malwina Jagiełło photo Ms Malwina Jagiełło Counsel
Marek Jezewski photo Dr Marek Jezewski Partner, Head of Dispute Resolution Practice
Piotr Kochanski photo Mr Piotr Kochanski Attorney at Law, Managing Partner
Michal König photo Mr Michal König Partner, Head of Commercial Disputes
 Natalia Kotłowska-Wochna photo Ms Natalia Kotłowska-Wochna Attorney-at-Law / Head of New Tech M&A / NewTech Practice Group /…
Jakub Krysa photo Dr Jakub Krysa Partner, Head of Public Procurement Practice
Weronika Magdziak-Śliwa photo Ms Weronika Magdziak-Śliwa Partner
Mirosław Malczeski photo Mr Mirosław Malczeski Senior Associate
Andrzej Malec photo Dr Andrzej Malec Partner
 Markiyan  Malskyy photo Dr hab Markiyan Malskyy Partner, Head of Ukrainian Desk
Karolina Marciniszyn photo Ms Karolina Marciniszyn Partner, Head of Intellectual & Industrial Property Law Practice
Pawel Mardas photo Mr Pawel Mardas Partner, M&A
Monika Maćkowska-Morytz photo Ms Monika Maćkowska-Morytz Partner
Mateusz Ostrowski photo Mr Mateusz Ostrowski Partner, Head of Litigation Practice
Magdalena Papiernik-Konig photo Ms Magdalena Papiernik-Konig Partner
Andrzej Pałys photo Mr Andrzej Pałys Partner
Karol Polosak photo Mr Karol Polosak Partner
Rafal Rapala photo Mr Rafal Rapala Partner, Head of Corporate Practice, Shareholders Conflicts
Aleksandra Ryżkowska photo Ms Aleksandra Ryżkowska Partner, Head of International Practice Development, Head of Chinese Business Desk
Aneta Serowik photo Ms Aneta Serowik Counsel
Wojciech Wrochna photo Mr Wojciech Wrochna Partner, Head of Energy, Natural Resources & Chemicals
Krzysztof Zieba photo Mr Krzysztof Zieba Partner, Head of FMCG, Retail & Automotive and Trade & Distribution Law…
Jan Ziomek photo Mr Jan Ziomek Advocate, Partner, Head of FinTec, NewTech Sector Practice
Wojciech Śliż photo Mr Wojciech Śliż Partner
Number of lawyers : over 100
United Nations Global Compact Network Poland
The International Bar Association (IBA)
The Polish-Ukrainian Chamber of Commerce (PUCC)
British-Polish Chamber of Commerce
International Chamber of Commerce
La Chambre de Commerce et d’Industrie France Pologne (CCIFP)
Polish Chamber of Information Technology and Telecommunications (PIIT)
Polish-Portuguese Chamber of Commerce
Polish-Spanish Chamber of Commerce
Polish-German Chamber of Industry and Commerce
Scandinavian Polish Chamber of Commerce
The International Trademark Association (INTA)
The Polish Chamber of Chemical Industry (PIPC)
The Polish Confederation Lewiatan
The Polish-Italian Chamber of Commerce
Union of Employers Shokokai

Kochański & Partners effectively assist in life saving humanitarian missions to Ukraine

The world is currently gripped by war – both in the East and West. In Europe, Ukraine fights for it’s survival against a cruel and tyrannical superpower, Russia.

Kochanski and Partners shortlisted in the 2023 Lawyer European Awards in 4 categories

Despite strong competition from more than 120 companies, with more than 250 total entries all fighting for a share of the 27 available awards,

Legal Project Management: why do you need a legal project manager?

Rising costs and pressures on business have led many companies to question whether they can afford to pursue expensive and risky litigation projects, with many companies feeling they would rather settle than engage in unpredictable and risky legal battles.

SLAPP: What’s new

The EU Council's new SLAPP directive represents a significant step towards addressing the issue of Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation (SLAPP) within the European Union.

Kochański & Partners supported ERGO Hestia in their ISO certification

ERGO Hestia is one of the largest players in the insurance sector, a leader in InsurTech and the creator of numerous innovative solutions. Kochański & Partners recently supported their client in obtaining ISO 27001 and ISO 27017 information security certification.

Obtaining ISO 27001 and 27017 certifications with Kochański & Partners:

The team handling the project was led by Monika Maćkowska-Morytz, Partner in Kochański & Partners’ Technology and Personal Data Practice.

ISO certification for ERGO Hestia

Cybersecurity and securing against digital risk are now the top priority for any organisation. Companies with foresight are thus aware of the need to obtain documents confirming the quality of their services, with certification the end goal in a whole chain of activities.

Kochański & Partners supported ERGO Hestia in their ISO certification

ERGO Hestia is one of the largest players in the insurance sector, a leader in InsurTech and the creator of numerous innovative solutions. Kochański & Partners recently supported their client in obtaining ISO 27001 and ISO 27017 information security certification.

Kochański & Partners advised Polska Wytwórnia Papierów Wartościowych on the acquisition of a greenfield site from Polfa S.A.

Polska Wytwórnia Papierów Wartościowych (PWPW) has signed a PLN 143 million agreement with Tarchomińskie Zakłady Farmaceutyczne “Polfa” S.A. for the purchase of more than 17 hectares of land in Tarchomin, Warsaw.

Jan Ziomek joins Kochański & Partners as Head of FinTech within the NewTech Sector Practice | This is the next stage of a carefully planned and consistently implemented consolidation.

Following strategic actions in the areas of Global Transactions and International Finance, the time has come to complete the building of a comprehensive New Technologies Practice.

Kochański & Partners – Concentration, Consolidation, Consistency

Kochański & Partners is entering the next stage in the consistent pursuit of its business strategy – consolidation, while increasing the number of its Partners and Equity Partners. Piotr Kochański, Managing Partner, has become head of the integrated New Technologies Practice, with one team being led by Monika Maćkowska-Morytz in her role as Partner. The Firm is joined by Dariusz Dobkowski and Marek Król, who will lead the Global Commercial Practice and the Banking & Finance Practice, respectively. Dariusz Dobkowski, Markiyan Malskyy and Karol Połosak have become Equity Partners. Kochański & Partners has also announced extensive expansion and its plans to open new offices in key Polish business centres.

Successful management buyout at Jansen

Jansen is one of the largest Polish importers of cheese and other premium dairy products, having more than 20 years of experience in the food industry, and from being placed in the largest hyper and supermarket chains, has launched around 500 exclusive products on the Polish market. Kochański & Partners advised Jansen’s shareholder on the structuring and execution of a management buyout.

Kochański & Partners advised on the purchase of a 75% stake in first-league GKS Tychy Football Club

GKS Tychy is an ambitious football club from Silesia, consistently striving to add more trophies to its growing collection.


Kochański & Partners has received a high rating in the ESG audit conducted by EcoVadis, an international specialist rating agency. EcoVadis is a trusted provider of corporate sustainability ratings, having to date audited more than 100,000 businesses from around the world. To demonstrate its commitment to responsible and sustainable business conduct, the Firm underwent a detailed analysis of its non-financial activities. The high rating and the silver medal awarded to Kochański & Partners reflect its maturity and attention to high management standards.

Kochański & Partners strengthens its international position, as Agnieszka Chrzanowska appointed new IBA Publications Officer

Agnieszka Chrzanowska, Partner and Head of the Kochański & Partners Media Sector, has been appointed Publications Officer on the Media Law Committee of the International Bar Association (IBA). This achievement has twofold significance, as it is also the first time that such a high-ranking position within the IBA has been entrusted to a Polish lawyer.


Kochański & Partners has joined the United Nations Global Compact – the world's largest initiative bringing together businesses working for sustainable development, and forming an integral part of the UN system based in New York. In advising clients on environmental issues, energy transition, sustainable finance, human rights, labour law and corporate governance, Kochański & Partners also implements ESG best practices into its day-to-day operations.

Deadlock clauses in shareholders’ agreements

Disagreements between shareholders can be a healthy thing, leading to creative solutions through the reaching of compromises. Differences can involve issues as diverse as how a company should be managed and controlled, and the direction and strategy it is taking. However, if differences become entrenched, the result can be potential deadlock and the loss of the ability to make important decisions, which can be severely damaging to a company and its shareholders.

New liability rules for artificial intelligence in the European Union

There’s a lot going on in the EU about Artificial Intelligence - Artificial Intelligence (AI) is at the heart of the EU’s strategy for creating a digital single market, and too this end, a number of EU legal documents have seen the light of day over the last several years. However, in April 2021, the European Commission presented a revolutionary proposal for a regulation on AI (Artificial Intelligence Act), laying the foundations for a legal framework for the use of AI within the European Union. Legislative work on the AI Act is already at an advanced stage and the document is expected to come into force at any moment.

Kochański & Partners advised Savills on the acquisition of Knight Frank’s property management division

We advised Savills, the international property advisory firm and leader in the commercial property industry, on the acquisition of a part of Knight Frank’s business, including its property management division. Following the transaction, Savills now manages more than 1,200,000 m² of office space.

Piotr Kochański’s business advisory vision

Kochański & Partners is the coherent, consistently and effectively built business advisory concept of Piotr Kochański. Lawyer, entrepreneur and manager, Piotr has set trends on the legal market in Poland for nearly 37 years, and fiercely promoted legal talent.

The roots of the current ESG revolution

As a new business trend, ESG is of growing interest to an increasing number of markets. More and more businesses are publishing ESG strategies and with good reason. According to PwC’s 2021 U.S. survey, 83% of consumers indicated a preference for companies to implement ESG best practices, and 86% of employees prefer to work for companies that care about ESG values.

Trends in the regulation and taxation of crypto – a summary of the Kochański & Partners debate

Kochański & Partners, the authors of the first metaverse report in Poland, published a follow-up tax themed report on 27 October. “Taxation of Cryptocurrencies and NFTs, and Challenges in the Metaverse” is a comprehensive overview of the tax consequences of events and transactions involving cryptocurrencies and NFTs. The publication was coupled with presentation of the report and an expert debate featuring the participation of representatives of business, new technology market practitioners who deal on a daily basis with crypto, NFTs and the Metaverse, and lawyers specialising in digital economics and taxes.

Kochański & Partners Has Advised on the Strategic Baltic Pipe Energy Project

On 27 September this year, the Baltic Pipe - the first ever offshore gas pipeline connecting Poland with the European energy system - was officially opened and symbolically launched. This is the first such large-scale project in the Polish area of the Baltic Sea. The Baltic Pipe is of strategic importance for energy security, as it has enabled the creating of a new gas supply corridor in Europe, allowing gas to be transported from Norway to the Danish and Polish markets, and also to end-users in neighbouring countries. The pipeline also enables the transmission of gas from Poland to Denmark. The investment is being carried out by the Polish gas transmission pipeline operator Gaz-System in cooperation with the Danish operator Energinet.

The Work-life balance directive — Changes to the Labour Code and new rights for employees

Directive (EU) 2019/1158 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 20 June 2019 on the work-life balance for parents and carers and repealing Council Directive 2010/18/EU, commonly referred to as the work-life balance directive, is due to be implemented into the Labour Code by the Polish government.

We are ready to change the world – step by step

Making the world a better place is the key to our vision for building a new future. For nearly 25 years, we have been creating and initiating change, and not only when it comes to the legal market. We believe that we also have a responsibility to set benchmarks and trends in the wider social area, outside of our day to day legal service to which our Clients and colleagues have become accustomed.

We advised Klima Energy, supporting the development of green energy

Our M&A team, led by Pawel Mardas, assisted Klima Energy, the Spanish Alantra Group VC fund, in their PLN 70 million investment into SunRoof. Sunroof is a Polish-Swedish start-up, offering pholtovoltaic roof panels to produce green energy for powering homes, in countries including Poland, Germany, Sweden and Norway.

SLAPP – a global legal problem that, if unchecked, could stifle freedom of expression

History shows that the last bastion of freedom of speech, which guarantees these values, is the free press. But it’s no secret that since 2015, key constitutional values have been in crisis. Over the past three years, there have been repeated legal actions by state institutions, state-owned companies, businessmen and other lobbying organizations aimed at stifling the work of journalists, publishers and NGOs.

Paweł Cholewiński heads up Kochański & Partners’ Transactional Practices Group

Paweł Cholewiński has been appointed Partner in charge of Kochanski & Partners Transactional Practices Group, with both the Sectorial Real Estate and Mergers & Acquisitions Practices now falling under his remit.

Polish Tech Pitches to Private Capital – the event organized in cooperation with the London Stock Exchange

Polish Tech Pitches to Private Capital | Access to International Finance

he access to international finance is an aspiration for many growing companies, especially in Poland, where the quantum and complexity of the finance needed requires other forms of investment and markets than can generally be found in Poland, and this is where London becomes such an important centre.

Publication of the PolishCloud 2.0 Standard

The Polish Bank Association has just published the PolishCloud 2.0 Standard, i.e. a standard for the implementation of public and hybrid cloud computing services. This is the most recent and comprehensive set of practices and solutions guiding banks smoothly through the cloud migration process, with the highest security standards applied.

We are expanding FinTech and strengthening the Capital Markets and Banking & Finance Practices

We are delighted to announce that David Thomas, a renowned expert in financial markets and banking, the former Chairman of the British Polish Chamber of Commerce and CEO in many financial institutions in London and Warsaw, i.a. HSBC Polska, has joined Kochański & Partners as Head of International Finance.

Promotions at Kochański & Partners

Following our continuing dynamic growth, and in response to the talent, experience and hard work of our Team, we are delighted to announce the promotion of 12 of our Colleagues, including 10 lawyers.
Aleksandra Ryżkowska, Head of International Practice Development and Head of the Chinese Business Desk, has been appointed as Partner. Weronika Duda from the Real Estate Practice, Aneta Serowik from the Corporate Practice, Szymon Ciach and Piotr Kaniewski from the Technology Practice, and Jakub Jach from the Disputes of Financial Institutions Practice have been promoted to Counsel. Dominik Karkoszka from the Corporate Practice and Patryk Lisiecki from the Disputes of Financial Institutions Practice, have been promoted to Senior Associate, and Paulina Perkowska from the Technology Practice and Dominik Gryś from the Real Estate Practice, have been promoted to Junior Associate. Pola Trzęsicka has been promoted to Executive Managing Partner Assistant/Office Manager, and Artur Ziejewski to Junior System Administrator. “I would like to congratulate everyone in their new positions and thank them for their commitment, professionalism and effort they have put into building client relationships and maintaining our position on the market. These promotions demonstrate the excellence and drive of Our Team, which is made up of seasoned advisers and a new, young generation of lawyers. The enormous potential of this Team is recognised by the business community and the market, who continue to entrust us with innovative domestic and international projects. We also recognize and appreciate this potential within Our Firm” – said Piotr Kochański, Managing Partner. Aleksandra Ryżkowska is responsible for developing a network of international contacts, particularly within the European Network of Pinsent Masons. She coordinates the growth of cooperation in foreign markets and strengthening of Kochański & Partners’ position as a firm serving clients operating globally. After graduating from law school at the University of Warsaw, Aleksandra completed her LL.M. in Political Science and Law at the China University of Political Science and Law. Prior to joining Kochański & Partners, she worked i.a. at the Polish Embassy in Beijing, where she supported Polish-Chinese economic cooperation. Weronika Duda advises on real estate projects on the Polish market and also on complex, cross-border transactions. Furthermore, she also supports German-speaking clients on the Polish market as Co-Head of the German Desk. Aneta Serowik specialises in commercial and capital markets law. She conducts multi-thread litigation concerning civil, commercial, criminal and capital markets law matters. Aneta advises companies on day-to-day corporate matters and M&A transactions. She is recommended by The Legal 500 in Commercial, Corporate and M&A, and also Restructuring and Insolvency. Szymon Ciach advises on the implementation of IT projects and innovative digital solutions and supports financial institutions in the field of outsourcing regulations (cloud services) and also specialises in blockchain technology. Szymon was involved in the development of the PolishCloud 2.0 Standard published in February 2022. Piotr Kaniewski specialises in drafting and negotiating IT contracts, in particular those involving Agile and DevOps. He advises on building agile contract and purchasing models and implementing IT solutions based on cloud computing, AI and robotic process automation (RPA). Piotr is a frequent speaker at the Digital Banking Academy organised by the Polish Bank Association (ZBP) and the Banking Law Centre. Jakub Jach advises and represents clients in civil law litigation regarding claims arising out of foreign currency loan agreements and foreign currency-indexed loan agreements. Jakub also participated in developing the litigation strategy for one of Poland’s largest commercial banks with regard to claims arising from Swiss franc loan agreements, regarding remuneration for the non-contractual use of capital due to a loan agreement being cancelled. It is our aim and ambition to foster talent and the development of Our Team. We congratulate all those promoted and wish them success in their new roles!
17 March 2022


We are the authors of the first extensive report on the metaverse in Poland.

Jakub Krysa – Head of Public Procurement Practice and Spanish Desk

Jakub Krysa, PhD has joined Kochański & Partners to head up the Public Procurement Practice and the Spanish Desk.

Markiyan Malskyy – New Partner and Head of Ukrainian Desk

As a sign of our new strategy and solidarity with Ukraine, we have decided to establish a Ukrainian Practice (Ukrainian Desk).

Rebuilding Ukraine in practice – financing sources and investment perspectives

Nearly 24,000 kilometres of roads, end to end measuring ca. 60% of the Earth’s equator in length, hundreds of bridges, thousands of buildings and tens of thousands of cars – this is only a partial account of the destruction inflicted so far on Ukraine by Russian forces. But although the war in Ukraine has not stopped since 24 February 2022, the prospect of a post-war reality cannot be ignored, and so ways of rebuilding the country should be considered.

Sale & Leaseback as an alternative form of financing

In a Sale & Leaseback transaction, a property used for business purposes is sold and simultaneously made available for use by the seller under a lease or rental agreement.

Tenders for Ukraine | Current status, rules of participation and prospects

Rebuilding infrastructure and meeting the current needs of citizens are among the most important tasks facing Ukraine today.

Kochański & Partners has advised Inovo Venture Partners on its acquisition of shares in SunRoof

Kochański & Partners has advised Inovo Venture Partners VC fund on a transaction involving the acquisition of shares in technology company SunRoof. The investment was made as part of the seed round extension, with Inovo being the lead investor. Other investors participating in the round included other VC funds: SMOK Ventures, LT Capital, EIT InnoEnergy, FD Growth Capital and KnowledgeHub, and also local and international business angels.

Kochański & Partners Expand Financial Institutions Disputes Practice with 2 Partner Promotions

The issue of Swiss franc loans remains a key challenge for the financial sector in Poland. Banks' uncertainty over the options for regulating this problem is casting a shadow over development of the banking sector in Poland. The coming weeks and months will therefore be crucial for the development of business and litigation strategies by financial institutions. 

New Infrastructure & Environment Practice Leader at Kochański & Partners

Kochański & Partners is expanding its energy and infrastructure practice with the addition of a new partner, Katarzyna Barańska Ph.D., to head up the Infrastructure & Environment team. Her extensive experience covers legal advisory on major infrastructure projects, renewable energy sources, environmental law and municipal investments.

Beyond.pl and Kochanski & Partners join forces

Beyond.pl, the provider of the most secure data center services in Europe, is joining forces with the law firm Kochanski & Partners. Their partnership offers customers further confidence that colocation and cloud implementation projects will be technologically superior and compliant with legal requirements. The cooperation is international in scope. 

Kochański & Partners Strengthen Their Tax Team

Kochański & Partners entered the new year with an expanded team. Wojciech Śliż, the former Director of the VAT Department at the Ministry of Finance, has joined the tax law practice as counsel.

Kochański & Partners named “Law firm of the year: Central Europe” by The Lawyer

It is our great pleasure to inform you that the Kochanski & Partners law firm has received the title of “Law Firm of the Year: Central Europe” in the prestigious “Lawyer Awards 2020” competition.

Kochanski & Partners strengthens the Technologies Team

To reflect the new technological ecosystem, from 1 November 2020, Kochański & Partners have consolidated their Technologies team by introducing a group of specialists: Szymon Ciach (Senior Associate), Piotr Kaniewski (Senior Associate), Piotr Gałka (Counsel), and Łukasz Węgrzyn (Partner).

Idea Bank paves the way for financial sector in obtaining cloud computing certification

Idea Bank is the first Polish financial service sector entity to obtain the ISO 27017 and ISO 27001 certifications, confirming that its cloud computing solutions meet the highest international standards, and that customer data is processed in the cloud with full respect to security standards. Kochański & Partners advised the bank throughout the certification application process.

Kochański & Partners shortlisted for the Lawyer Awards 2020

This is the eleventh edition of the Lawyer Awards already. The awards scheme attracts entries from over 120 independent law firms headquartered in Europe and global firms across the Continent. This is the highest distinction for independent law firms and the culmination of many years of hard work consistently spent on building the brand, strength and effectiveness of the Kochański & Partners law firm. The nomination constitutes an occasion to appreciate, with great satisfaction, the stage and the position currently held by the firm.

Świtalski family mansion and grounds in Sowiniec seized by Forteam Investments Ltd.

The Regional Court in Poznań granted the fourth successive injunction in favour of Forteam Investments Ltd., an investment company belonging to Delta Capital Partners Management – a U.S. private equity fund, in the pending dispute with Mariusz Świtalski. This time, all assets of Druga – Sowiniec Capital, including a mansion in Sowiniec, surrounding grounds and a polo club with horses, have been seized as a result of seizure of shares under the court decision.

Arbitral Tribunal: Slovakia’s actions against Muszynianka showed “willful disregard for the law”

On 7 October 2020, the arbitral tribunal conducting proceedings under the UNCITRAL rules issued an award in the case of our Client “Muszynianka” sp. z o.o. against the Slovak Republic. The Tribunal decided that Slovakia violated international law to the detriment of the Polish company.

Change in Leadership in the Kochański & Partners Capital Markets Practice

The Warsaw Stock Exchange attracts ever more foreign investors, with their share in WSE turnover reaching 58% in H1 2020. In response to these accelerating business trends, Kochański & Partners is reinforcing its Capital Markets Practice, with the appointment from October of Jarosław Grzywiński, Partner, former President of the WSE Management Board, as its new leader.

Kochański & Partners acting as legal counsel to Polskie Sieci Elektroenergetyczne

Kochański & Partners has been awarded a tender for legal services to PSE S.A. – the sole Polish electricity transmission system operator. The Firm will assist PSE in addressing the formal and legal aspects of the company’s electricity infrastructure. As part of the project, Kochański & Partners lawyers will represent the client before public administration bodies, common and administrative courts, the Supreme Court and the Supreme Administrative Court, in addition to advising on preparation for and conduct of proceedings, as well as drafting of relevant legal opinions.

Another litigation win for Kochański & Partners: Onet journalist walks free from court

The District Court for Kraków-Śródmieście has discontinued criminal proceedings against an Onet journalist who wrote about paedophilia in the Tricity area (Gdansk, Gdynia and Sopot). Mr Podolski was represented by advocate Mateusz Ostrowski, Partner and Head of Litigation at Kochański & Partners.

Kochański & Partners’ Litigation Success Before the Supreme Court – Royalties

Co-authors of films accompanying newspapers are entitled to additional royalties,  however only on copies actually sold, and not on the entire published run. Moreover, the amount of royalties may not be arbitrarily imposed by copyright collecting societies. This is the conclusion stemming from a judgment of the Supreme Court, which endorsed the arguments of Kochański & Partners lawyers representing our Client – Ringier Axel Springer Polska.

POLISHCLOUD ACADEMY: Cooperation with leading consulting and technology companies brings banks closer to the cloud

The Polish Bank Association, Microsoft, Google Poland, the National Cloud Operator, Accenture and Kochański & Partners have established a joint group to promote cloud computing solutions in the Polish banking sector, creating the PolishCloud Academy project, providing free training and workshops relating to cloud implementation for representatives of financial institutions.

New Kochanski & Partners business strategy and marketing team

Kochański & Partners (K&P) is implementing a new business strategy to rapidly accelerate its penetration of international markets via strategic alliances with key foreign law firms. This strategy involves a reformulation of the business model and closer, comprehensive cooperation with clients. Kochański & Partners also plans to remodel its internal structures and processes, in particular in the BDM area. This transformation process will be managed by the new Business Development & Marketing Director – Barbara Lenarcik, formerly Marketing Director at SSW Pragmatic Solutions, with two more former SSW employees joining the department: Marcin Woliński (Manager) and – from July – Paulina Berska (Specialist).

K&P acts as legal counsel on cloud computing implementation standard for banks

Kochanski & Partners is the exclusive legal partner of the working group on a standard for cloud computing implementation in banks, established by the Polish Bank Association (ZBP) and the Banking Technology Forum.

Ringier Axel Springer Poland consolidates dispute resolution services by choosing K&P

Ringier Axel Springer Poland (RASP), a part of the leading CEE multimedia Ringier Axel Springer AG group, has consolidated its dispute resolution services by choosing Kochański & Partners as its legal advisor in Poland.

K&P Authors a Report on M&A Market Structure in Poland

The K&P Transaction Advisory and Analysis team has prepared a report on the structure of the M&A market in Poland. The report presents an in-depth analysis of current trends in the M&A market and phenomena affecting its structure in the first half of 2019.

K&P has advised EPP on the acquisition of the O3 Business Campus II

Echo Polska Properties N.V. (EPP) has acquired from Echo Investment S.A. another building of the O3 Business Campus office complex in Krakow under the right of first offer (ROFO) contract. The office building, constituting the second stage of the O3 Business Campus office was valued at EUR 49.2 million.

K&P advised Davidson Kempner Capital Management on the high profile GBP 180 million financing

We advised US investment firm Davidson Kempner Capital Management on the high profile GBP 180 million financing granted to Pepkor Europe of the Steinhoff Group

K&P has advised EPP on the acquisition of King Cross Marcelin shopping centre

Kochański & Partners law firm (K&P) advises EPP on its EUR 91.1 million acquisition of King Cross Marcelin shopping centre in Poznan – EPP’s first entry into Poznan.

Kochanski & Partners advised Groupe Beneteau on the acquisition of Delphia Yachts

Kochanski & Partners (K&P) advised Groupe Beneteau (France), one of the two largest sailing and power boat manufacturers globally, on its transaction with Delphia Yachts – Poland’s leading boatbuilder. As a result of this transaction, the rights to sailing and power boat designs, and the building and marketing activities of the Delphia and Maxi Yacht brands were acquired.

Kochanski & Partners has advised Coca–Cola HBC Polska on the lease of new headquarters

Kochanski & Partners Law Firm has advised Coca-Cola HBC Polska sp. z o.o. in the negotiations and execution of a lease agreement for office and warehouse space in the Business Garden office complex in Warsaw.

K&P has successfully advised on the sale of an office building located in the centre of Warsaw

Kochański & Partners has advised an investment fund managed by the Griffin Estate Group on the sale of the office building located in the centre of Warsaw.

New opportunities for Japanese capital in Poland

Report authored by the Polish Investment and Trade Agency (PAIH) and Kochański & Partners Business Law Firm shows the opportunities for Japanese investors in Poland.

Kochański & Partners – special sponsor of GC Summit Central & Eastern Europe Legal500

GC Summit – Central & Eastern Europe invites the most esteemed in-house counsel from the CEE’s most prolific companies to discuss their changing roles as in-house leaders and the challenges, issues and opportunities they are facing in 2019 and beyond. Between comprehensive panel discussions and the opportunity to meet and engage with fellow in-house counsel, GC Summit – Central & Eastern Europe promises to be a practical, forward-looking event bringing together the region’s top legal minds.

Kochański & Partners – Founder of the Anti-Fraud Association

For many years now, we have observed with great concern the growing level of economic crime and abuse affecting Polish companies. This has made us aware not only of the inherent weakness of the system, but also of the limited effectiveness of ad hoc actions, which do not significantly reduce the problem while consuming large amounts of money.