Firm Profile > Kochanski & Partners > Warsaw, Poland

Kochanski & Partners
METROPOLITAN BUILDING
PL PILSUDSKIEGO 1
00-078 WARSAW
Poland

Energy and natural resources Tier 2

The team at Kochanski & Partners recently gained Orange Poland and Shanghai Electric as new clients. Practice head Wojciech Wrochna and PPP specialist Aleksander Galos are key names. The team assists with offshore energy projects (including the development of interconnectors) and complex nuclear matters. The practice has also seen an uptick in renewable energy transactions as well as hydrogen matters and also advises on the storage and development of biogas.

Practice head(s):

Wojciech Wrochna

Other key lawyers:

Aleksander Galos

Key clients

Ductor AG

CEE Equity Partners Ltd.

Johnson Matthey PLC

Krynica Vitamin S.A.

Swiss Krono S.A.

Shanghai Electric

SPP Group

Montis Capital

Orange Poland

Reckitt Benckiser

Intellectual property Tier 2

The team at Kochanski & Partners is led by Piotr Kochanski, Karolina Marciniszyn and Krzysztof Zieba. Notable for its strong track record in the defence of trade marks and patents, the team acts for clients active in the pharmaceutical, media and FMCG sectors, among others.  In particular, it handles preliminary injunctions, settlements, in-court representation and cancellation actions before Polish Patent Office.

Practice head(s):

Piotr Kochański; Karolina Marciniszyn; Krzysztof Zięba

Testimonials

‘The firm is fully committed to IP and related areas. The personal touch and great efforts of their excellent team is outstanding.’

‘A highly efficient and responsive team that provides succinct, commercially- oriented practical advice. ’

‘Karolina Marciniszyn: She has been rigorous and diligent in her support providing clear concise advice on prosecution matters. It is always a pleasure to work with her.’

‘The partners Karolina Marciniszyn and Krzysztof Zieba have been providing excellent service in trademark law for one of our top clients for almost 10 years. Inquiries are answered in highest quality mostly within minutes. The advice is concise and clearly understandable even for the client. The prices are moderate and the relationship between expenses and income is extraordinarily good. The firm as well as the above mentioned partners deserve highest recognition.’

Key clients

Coca-Cola HBC Polska

Ringier Axel Springer Polska

iTaxi.pl

Hasco TM

GOSH

Q Apartments

SKANSKA

AccorInvest Group

nOvum Fertility Clinic

Ciech Sarzyna

Pamapol

Restructuring and insolvency Tier 2

Kochanski & Partners assists clients with in- and out-of-court restructuring, with a strong client roster of financial institutions and corporates, including LOT Polish Airlines. The team is knowledgeable in court proceedings and is often called upon to assist creditors with their recovery issues and debtors on the restructuring of their debts. Leading the team is corporate transactional lawyer Rafał Rapala, who works alongside litigator Mateusz Ostrowski and real estate expert Paweł Cholewiński. At the more junior end, counsel Karol Połosak is increasingly specialised in restructuring and bankruptcy law and related corporate transactions.

Practice head(s):

Rafał Rapala

Other key lawyers:

Mateusz Ostrowski; Paweł Cholewiński; Karol Połosak; Aneta Serowik

Testimonials

Very individual approach, friendly and loyal team to the case.

Very high standard and security level, many suitable alternatives for reaching a goal.

Unique and very sophisticated approach, very fast response and action time.’

Key clients

State Street Global Advisors

LOT Polish Airlines

Ringier Axel Springer Polska

Chrysler Poland

Muszynianka

Proservice Finteco

BU Media

Diebold Nixdorf

Blachotrapez

Banking and finance Tier 3

Kochanski & Partners' financial services team handles a variety of transactions (including real estate, acquisition and asset financings), refinancing issues and financial restructuring. The group is also regularly instructed by banks on regulatory issues, with an increasing focus on fintech. In 2020, the banking regulatory practice was boosted by the arrival of counsel Artur Bilski from Alior Bank, adding expertise in European regulations, anti-money laundering issues and consumer protection law. The group is led by financial transactional lawyer Olgierd Świerzewski, who advises foreign investors on their business in Poland, as well as domestic banks and financial institutions.

Practice head(s):

Olgierd Świerzewski

Other key lawyers:

Daniel Kozłowski; Artur Bilski; Anna Paterak-Konon; Karina Fałat; Maciej Kuranc

Testimonials

‘Kochanski & Partners offers high-quality services helping financial institutions migrate to the cloud in a way which is compliant to Polish regulations (recently published). They have expertise and experience in this domain, which is not common on the market. They have skilled people who went through difficult and complex implementations successfully.’

‘My partner from K&P, Daniel Kozlowski displayed broad knowledge about cloud in financial sector, also from the practice. He is a great “collaborator” and often offers lectures and acts as keynote speaker for financial sector events, in order to share the knowledge with the market. He demonstrated creativity and out of the box thinking, finding answers and solutions to difficult matters. ’

‘Speed of action and response’

Key clients

AccorInvest Group SA

Oxenwood Real Estate (UK)

Griffin Real Estate (SPV companies)

Polish Bank Association

Global Primex sp. z o.o.

Dafi PRO S.A. / FORMASTER S.A.

LVS Brokers sp. z o. o.

Biuro Informacji Kredytowej (Credit Information Bureau)

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 3

The team at Kochanski & Partners has developed a niche in corporate transactions in the real estate sector, and it is also active in a wide range of other industries, including energy, pharmaceuticals and publishing. Rafał Rapala heads up the corporate team. Paweł Cholewiński and Paweł Mardas are other notable individuals. Counsel Karol Połosak often handles commercial contracts, and also advises on restructurings concerning debtors in Poland.

Practice head(s):

Rafał Rapala; Paweł Cholewiński; Paweł Mardas

Other key lawyers:

Karol Połosak; Kacper Czubacki; Aneta Serowik

Testimonials

‘The team is unique, is working on a first-class level and always manage to find outstanding solutions. They are always able to cope with complex situations.’

‘Rafal Rapala is the head of the team dealing with our cases. Rapala is proactive and keeps us always informed about the status and the progress of the cases, discussing the common policy and progress very intensively.’

Key clients

AccorInvest Group S.A.

Johnson Matthey PLC

Oxenwood Real Estate (UK)

Griffin Real Estate

Formaster S.A.

One Peak Partners

iTaxi (a portfolio company of Dirlango, an investment fund investing in Internet and technology businesses globally)

Ferro Corporation

Knapp AG

State Street Global Advisors

INDUS AG / Betomax

Chrysler Poland

Blachotrapez

Ductor

Ringier Axel Springer Polska

Shenzhen Hepalink Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd.

Dispute resolution Tier 3

The team at Kochanski & Partners takes a sectoral approach to litigation and arbitration that spans energy, infrastructure, real estate, media, technology and finance. The overall practice is led by Marek Jezewski, who specialises in international disputes, including investment and commercial arbitration. Commercial disputes are the forte of Michal KönigMateusz Ostrowski is the name to note for civil litigation; and Agnieszka Chajewska takes the lead on media-related disputes.

Practice head(s):

Marek Jeżewski

Other key lawyers:

Michał König; Mateusz Ostrowski; Agnieszka Chajewska; Magdalena Papiernik; Dominika Durchowska

Testimonials

‘Practical, open to ideas, available, building strong personal relations with clients.’

‘Great contact, very proactive, great personal relation, no formal “corporate” style, rather direct personal and very natural cooperation.’

‘Marek Jezewski gives timely and strategic advice.’

‘The Kochanski team brings a depth of understanding and experience in BIT disputes which is unusual outside the biggest arbitration centres. They are smart, focused, and hard-working as well, and a pleasure to work with.’

‘Marek Jezewski is the lead partner on BIT disputes and is very strong.’

Key clients

Muszynianka

Forteam Investment Ltd.

Betomax

Honwood Services Ltd.

Bank BPH

Ringier Axel Springer Polska

LOT Polish Airlines

Bank Millennium S.A.

Hasco TM

Aasted ApS

Bank PKO BP

COMP SA

ENERGA S.A.

Zotobi Management Limited

Reckitt Benckiser

Polish Agricultural Publishing Company

Healthcare and life sciences Tier 3

Under the leadership of Olgierd Świerzewski, the team at Kochanski & Partners advises pharmaceutical and life sciences companies on all aspects of their production and distribution in Poland. The group assists with regulatory issues, with recent experience in issues surrounding medical marijuana and CBD. During the Covid-19 pandemic, the team was instructed by the Mazovian Provincial Office on a pro bono basis to advise on agreements for the purchase of critical medical supplies. Other key lawyers include pharmaceutical law and distribution expert Krzysztof Zieba and Karolina Jasiulewicz, a company and commercial law specialist with experience advising healthcare companies.

Practice head(s):

Olgierd Świerzewski

Other key lawyers:

Krzysztof Zięba; Karolina Jasiulewicz

Testimonials

It needs to be highlighted that the strong advantage of Kochański & Partners are a very wide range of services and the high availability of qualified lawyers. Additionally, commercial knowledge of industry and engagement of lawyers stand out in this practice.’

Undoubtedly, the distinguishing features of partners and associates are communication and matter management, efficiency and timeliness in delivering the legal product.’

Key clients

Shenzhen Hepalink Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd.

Techdow Pharma Poland sp. z o.o.

Hasco TM

nOvum Fertility Clinic

Krynica Vitamin S.A.

DMS Nutritional Products

Ductor

Natural Pharmaceuticals

Sequoia Pharmaceuticals

Private equity Tier 3

The team at Kochanski & Partners handles private equity transactions for funds and target companies, with demonstrable expertise in the real estate sector. The group is split between the corporate and real estate departments, under the leadership of Rafał Rapala and Paweł Cholewiński. With Olgierd Świerzewski, the team has a specialist in regulator risk and deals in the technology industry.

Practice head(s):

Rafał Rapala; Paweł Cholewiński

Other key lawyers:

Olgierd Świerzewski; Karol Połosak; Paweł Mardas

Key clients

AccorInvest Group

One Peak Partners

State Street Global Advisors

Griffin Real Estate

Oxenwood Real Estate (UK)

Beneteau Group

Inter Cars S.A.

Johnson Matthey PLC

ProService Finteco

Ferro Corporation

iTaxi

Real estate Tier 3

Real estate matters at Kochanski & Partners are handled by a 'very skilled team' led by Paweł Cholewiński and Rafał Rapala. The team advises major international and domestic companies on property acquisitions, development issues, environmental considerations and leasing matters. Real estate financing is another strength.

Practice head(s):

Paweł Cholewiński; Rafał Rapala

Testimonials

‘K&P advised us on all real estate and corporate matters (excluding stock exchange aspects) of the project. We choose K&P knowing their wide experience and expertise in these fields- and especially in real estate. The team, led by Rafal Rapala and Pawel Cholewinski, has proven to be a great choice demonstrating dedication, commitment to the project and professionalism.’

‘We had a chance of working closely with Rafal Rapala and Pawel Cholewinski. Rafal has an extensive experience in corporate and real estate Polish law. He has proven to be a highly skilled lawyer in these fields and business advisor providing us with very good legal services with a business-oriented approach. We had also worked with Pawel – also a highly skilled lawyer who has proven to understand our needs and who was very committed and supportive to the project.’

‘This very skilled team headed by Pawel Cholewinski is capable of going beyond just legal advice. They have a deep understanding of the entire real estate sector and broader economy trends. Thus their advice is truly comprehensive and based on solid business foundations.

The team has an impressive track record of handling international projects. They have established relationships with key players in major markets, including the UK, Germany, France, Italy – to name a few.’

Key clients

AccorInvest Group S.A.

Oxenwood Real Estate (UK)

Beneteau Group

Skanska Property Poland

Griffin Real Estate

Inter Cars S.A.

Johnson Matthey plc

Gas Transmission Operator Gaz-System S.A.

Equiniti plc

Universal Fibers Inc.

Tax Tier 3

Kochanski & Partners focuses on both direct and indirect tax issues, including tax planning and structuring, with experience in international taxation issues, tax litigation, customs law and transfer pricing. The group is led by Agata Dziwisz, whose practice encompasses VAT, corporate and personal income tax, as well as real estate taxation. Andrzej Malec specialises in corporate tax issues and has experience in tax litigation.

Practice head(s):

Agata Dziwisz

Other key lawyers:

Andrzej Malec; Mirosław Malczeski; Aleksandra Pizon Jaworska

Testimonials

‘Depending on the case we are dealing with relevant specialists- being it a tax or a restructuring expert. Still all of them cooperate together in a perfect harmony to bring the best effect for our company.’

Key clients

Forza Foods Ltd.

Johnson Matthey PLC

HAVI Logistics

PSE. S.A.

Tchibo

Formaster S.A.

Krynica Vitamin S.A.

Oxenwood Real Estate LLP

ATT

Personnel Service S.A.

TMT Tier 4

The TMT group at Kochanski & Partners is led by Olgierd Świerzewski and Piotr Kochanski. A key name for cybersecurity matters, the team recently established the Anti-Fraud Association to focus on the identification  and prevention of economic crime. The team has also handled a substantive amount of cloud computing implementation for financial services sector clients. Karolina Marciniszyn is another key name to note.

Practice head(s):

Olgierd Świerzewski; Piotr Kochański

Other key lawyers:

Karolina Marciniszyn

Testimonials

‘Absolutely fabulous team: quick reaction in urgent cases even during weekends and evenings.’

‘Very proactive and helpful.

Key clients

CIECH SARZYNA S.A.

Pandora Jewelry CEE Sp. z o. o.

Ringier Axel Springer Polska Sp. z o. o.

iTaxi.pl Sp. z o. o.

Coca-Cola HBC Polska Sp. z o. o.

One Peak Partners

Murapol S.A.

Biuro Informacji Kredytowej S.A.

We combine technological progress, experience and expertise to create innovative legal solutions and offer our clients top quality services.

We never rest in the face of the challenges of an ever-changing world – but take steady steps into the future.

Our team of nearly 100 top lawyers work in interdisciplinary groups, fusing expertise with an innovative business approach. Our unconventional approach has been recognised in prestigious international and Polish rankings.

Meet Kochański & Partners – the law firm of tomorrow.

Department Name Email Telephone
Media; IP Piotr Kochanski p.kochanski@kochanski.pl +48 602 218 217
Corporate Rafal Rapala r.rapala@kochanski.pl +48 608 444 650
Arbitration Marek Jezewski m.jezewski@kochanski.pl +48 795 548 314
Technology Transactions Olgierd Swierzewski o.swierzewski@kochanski.pl +48 788 262 267
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Wojciech Śliż  photo Mr Wojciech Śliż Counsel
 Olgierd Świerzewski  photo Olgierd Świerzewski Partner, Executive Director, Head of Technology Transactions Practice, Financial Services and Pharmaceuticals…
Ms Izabela Żmijewska  photo Ms Izabela Żmijewska Senior Associate
Mr Szymon Balcerzak  photo Mr Szymon Balcerzak Head of Transaction Advisory and Analysis
Dr Katarzyna Barańska  photo Dr Katarzyna Barańska Partner, Head of Infrastructure & Environment
Dr iur Michal Bedkowski-Koziol  photo Dr iur Michal Bedkowski-Koziol Partner
Ms Agnieszka Chajewska  photo Ms Agnieszka Chajewska Partner
Mr Pawel Cholewinski  photo Mr Pawel Cholewinski Partner, Head of Real Estate Practice
Ms Agnieszka Choromanska-Malicka  photo Ms Agnieszka Choromanska-Malicka Counsel
Mr Szymon Ciach  photo Mr Szymon Ciach Attorney at Law, Senior Associate
Ms Weronika Duda  photo Ms Weronika Duda Senior Associate
Ms Dominika Durchowska  photo Ms Dominika Durchowska Partner
Ms Agata Dziwisz  photo Ms Agata Dziwisz Partner
Mr Piotr Galka  photo Mr Piotr Galka Attorney at Law, Counsel
Mr Aleksander Galos  photo Mr Aleksander Galos Of Counsel
Ms Anna Golenia  photo Ms Anna Golenia Senior Associate
Mr Jaroslaw Grzywinski  photo Mr Jaroslaw Grzywinski Attorney at Law, Partner, Head of Capital Markets
Ms Anna Gwiazda  photo Ms Anna Gwiazda Partner
Ms Malwina Jagiełło  photo Ms Malwina Jagiełło Senior Associate
Dr Marek Jezewski  photo Dr Marek Jezewski Partner
 Michal König  photo Michal König Partner
Mr Piotr Kaniewski  photo Mr Piotr Kaniewski Advocate, Senior Associate
Ms Milena Kazanowska – Kędzierska  photo Ms Milena Kazanowska – Kędzierska Senior Associate
Mr Piotr Kochanski  photo Mr Piotr Kochanski Senior Managing Partner
 Daniel Kozłowski  photo Daniel Kozłowski Advocate, Senior Associate
 Dr Jacek Kozikowski  photo Dr Jacek Kozikowski Counsel
Ms Marta Kudła  photo Ms Marta Kudła Counsel
 Monika Maćkowska-Morytz  photo Monika Maćkowska-Morytz Advocate, Counsel
Ms Weronika Magdziak  photo Ms Weronika Magdziak Partner
Mr Mirosław Malczeski  photo Mr Mirosław Malczeski Senior Associate
Dr Andrzej Malec  photo Dr Andrzej Malec Partner
Ms Karolina Marciniszyn  photo Ms Karolina Marciniszyn Partner
Mr Pawel Mardas  photo Mr Pawel Mardas Advocate, Partner, Head of M&A
Mr Mateusz Ostrowski  photo Mr Mateusz Ostrowski Advocate, Partner, Head of Litigation Practice
 Andrzej Pałys  photo Andrzej Pałys Partner
Ms Magdalena Papiernik  photo Ms Magdalena Papiernik Senior Associate
Ms Aleksandra Piech  photo Ms Aleksandra Piech Senior Associate
Mr Karol Polosak  photo Mr Karol Polosak Counsel
Mr Rafal Rapala  photo Mr Rafal Rapala Senior Partner
Ms Aleksandra Ryżkowska  photo Ms Aleksandra Ryżkowska Senior Associate
Ms Aneta Serowik  photo Ms Aneta Serowik Senior Associate
Ms Sylwia Uzieblo-Kowalska  photo Ms Sylwia Uzieblo-Kowalska Advocate, Senior Associate
Mr Lukasz Wegrzyn  photo Mr Lukasz Wegrzyn Partner, Head of Technology Practice
Mr Wojciech Wrochna  photo Mr Wojciech Wrochna Partner, Head of Energy, Natural Resources & Chemicals
Mr Krzysztof Zieba  photo Mr Krzysztof Zieba Partner
Number of lawyers : 100
English
French
German
Italian
Polish
Portuguese
Russian
Spanish
American Bar Association
Union IP
PTMG
INTA
Land Transport Chamber of Commerce
British-Polish Chamber of Commerce
Polish-Portuguese Chamber of Commerce
Polish - Spanish Chamber of Commerce
Polish - German Chamber of Industry and Commerce
Other offices : Cracow

Diversity:

At Kochański & Partners, we believe that diversity makes us unique, hence our commitment to building a work environment based on openness and mutual respect, offering everyone equal opportunities for development. We especially prioritise gender equality, with half of our practices being led or co-led by women.

We believe that professionalism comes with passion. Unlike any other Polish law firm, we create an organization culture based on mentorship and teamwork. We take a project-focused approach with each lawyer responsible for their own project. We have developed a unique program to support our team growth, providing our lawyers with career guidance and business coaching sessions. We also organize multiple business, marketing and PR trainings.

At Kochański & Partners we believe every lawyer can be a leader. To nurture and develop this, our leadership program allows our lawyers to share their knowledge and experiences with co-workers during regular internal trainings, with increased autonomy being given to individuals who demonstrate willingness and promise.

Pro bono/CSR:

Promotion of cloud computing solutions:

  • PolishCloud Academy: the largest free educational programme relating to cloud solutions, addressed to representatives of the banking sector created by The Polish Bank Association, Microsoft, Google Poland, the National Cloud Operator, Accenture and Kochański & Partners.
  • Dziewuchy w Chmurach (Girls in the Clouds): an educative incentive of Szkoła Chmury and Kochański & Partners to help women pursue their career in technology.

Pro bono cases: representing pro bono Ms. Katarzyna Kawa, a top Polish professional tennis player, in a dispute against International Tennis Federation and la Fédération Française de Tennis on the decision to exclude Ms. Kawa from this year’s edition of Roland-Garros.


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

Kochański & Partners experts spend time getting to know clients, their businesses, and the markets they operate in. For that reason the firm has been trusted by a portfolio of the biggest European and global clients: 

  • Advising on the purchase of shares in Orbis S.A. (the Polish hotel chain), from Accor S.A. and Accor Polska – the biggest real estate transaction in the CEE region in 2019/2020. Our assignment included, in particular, performing a due diligence investigation of Orbis S.A. (involving 46 hotels in Poland), structuring of the transaction, preparing and negotiating the agreement for the sale of shares in Orbis S.A., as well as other transaction documentation. Kochański & Partners lawyers also advised on a call to sign up for the sale of shares in Orbis S.A. via a brokerage house. 
  • Advising Ferro Corporation, a leading global supplier of technology-based functional coatings and colour solutions, on the sale of its European Tile Coatings Business to Pigments Spain, S.L., a company of the Esmalglass-Itaca-Fritta group, which is a portfolio company of Lone Star Funds, for USD 460 million in cash, with the potential for an additional USD 32 million in cash based on the performance of the business pre-closing 
  • Kochański & Partners has been engaged in the process of initial public offering and listing of the Shenzhen Hepalink Pharmaceuticals shares on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. Kochański & Partners assignment included: due diligence of the Polish subsidiary; preparing legal opinion related to the Polish law aspects deemed key for the underwriters; preparing input to the prospectus regarding Polish regulatory environment; comments on Polish aspects of the prospectus. 
  • Advising one of the leading global financial institutions – tax support in a complex tax dispute. The matter regards the right to receive a VAT refund on back-office services performed by the client’s Polish branch office. Our assignment includes, among others: preparation and implementation of a multi-threaded strategy of tax dispute (before the tax authorities and the administrative courts), advice on the penal fiscal matters of the case, preparation of numerous documents to be used in the tax proceedings, development of new arguments to be used in the case, presenting the position of the client in a legislative process coordinated by the Ministry of Finance. Total value of dispute: ca. EUR 50 million. 
  • Tax advice regarding the planned merger of 2 listed UK funds (PLCs) that each own logistics real estate in Europe, including real estate properties in Poland. Our advice included an analysis of the tax consequences in Poland of such transaction, with a particular focus on corporate tax. The total value of the portfolio of the funds exceeds EUR 1.2 billion; the total value of the Polish portfolio of the funds reaches EUR 150 million. 

Piotr Kochański, Founding Partner, Managing Partner in the Executive Management

Polish law firms routinely focus on the experience of their own lawyers. However, what really matters today is the experience from the clients’ perspective – it’s their time and needs that are the priority

Coronavirus is said to be going to irreversibly change the face of business; will the legal sector also be affected? What has been the influence of COVID-19 on law firms?

Piotr Kochański: The coronavirus pandemic has only accelerated the processes I have been talking about for a long time. Businesses, not only law firms, now understand the need to digitalise their operations and introduce advanced solutions, in both internal organisation management and customer service. At Kochański & Partners we have already been undertaking and developing these processes for a decade. The pandemic forced companies to suddenly switch to remote work, for which many of them were unprepared in terms of organisation and technology. Therefore, solutions and technologies enabling joint work on documents or secure access to databases have become increasingly relevant. With the pandemic, those lawyers who had been reluctant so far, at last are understanding that digitalisation of legal services is no longer a choice, but a necessity.

What does this mean for clients?

PK: The value offered by technological solutions in the area of legal services is, above all, an enormous saving of time – for both lawyers and clients. With the automation of repetitive operations, lawyers will be able to fully dedicate themselves to intellectual work that cannot be performed by computers. Nowadays, the greatest value we can offer clients is creative time dedicated to them. Lawyers can now focus on developing innovative solutions and looking for opportunities to develop their clients’ businesses.

So the lawyer of the future is also a business advisor?

PK: Yes, indeed. Today lawyers are expected to not only know the legal environment of an organisation, but also to understand their clients’ business goals. Lawyers must think holistically about the needs of companies, and this requires an in-depth knowledge of the specific nature of their business. This is why at Kochański & Partners we focus on five main sectors of the economy: energy, infrastructure, real estate, financial services, and new technologies, science and industry. With this approach, we are able to fully understand our clients’ industries and business environment and customise our advice to their individual needs. A good example is the legal assistance we provide to financial sector companies in implementing cloud computing solutions. Cloud computing offers enormous opportunities for financial and infrastructural optimisation for banks, but so far its application has been hampered mainly by cybersecurity issues and regulatory constraints. Our firm, through the experience gained from our involvement in the works on PolishCloud standards, assists financial institutions in implementing cloud solutions in compliance with cybersecurity requirements.

Is such a proactive and business-oriented approach the future of Polish law firms?

PK: It definitely is. In Poland, the use of state-of-the-art technologies by lawyers and their business orientation, are still a novelty, but at leading global law firms this revolution is in full swing. At Kochański & Partners we understand these needs and are changing our approach to multidisciplinary legal advice, which is why major international law firms often choose to work with us as their local Polish partner. We have recently formalised such an alliance with one of the world’s largest law firms.

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.


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.


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.