Maruta Wachta sp. j. > Warsaw, Poland > Firm Profile

Maruta Wachta sp. j.
UL.WSPOLNA 62
00-684 WARSZAWA
Poland

Poland > Data privacy and data protection Tier 1

Maruta Wachta sp. j. assists both Polish and European clients with data protection projects involving multiple jurisdictions and cross-border data transfers. Other core areas of focus for the group include privacy protection, GDPR compliance, profiling, cookies, real-time bidding and AI across the retail, IT, media and financial services sectors. Data protection expert Marcin Serafin and Sławomir Kowalski, who was previously a member of the personal data protection working party at the Ministry of Digital Affairs, jointly lead the practice. Promoted to counsel at the beginning of 2021, Paweł Tobiczyk is skilled in the implementation of GDPR.

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Testimonials

‘Provides multiple solutions with pros and cons descriptions.’

‘They have mastered their niche and are the go to place for IT projects.’

‘A broad view of the problem, high level of understanding of business problems and effectiveness in finding solutions which apply to me.’

‘The team has a high competence of personal data processing and protection, the team has its own working methods, proven operating patterns and templates.’

‘The people I work with have high competences, their own proprietary working methods, proven operating patterns and templates in the field of personal data protecting. They are open minded and also flexible in terms of new innovative forms of cooperation. They have a high personal culture, which translates into a professional approach to the customer.’

‘Maruta Wachta is one of the best law firms we have worked with. We value Maruta Wachta for their accessibility and out-of-the-box approach to difficult topics. The firm provides us with comprehensive support on large projects. In addition to typical service, the firm also provides us with in-house lawyer development opportunities. This ability to share knowledge is something that sets Maruta Wachta apart from others.’

‘I am very satisfied with the cooperation with the lawyers from Maruta Wachta. Each person is very well prepared for the matters Maruta Wachta entrusts to them. In addition to the obvious things such as transparent settlements, huge knowledge of lawyers (including practical knowledge), Maruta Wachta is distinguished by knowledge of the e-commerce and IT industry.’

‘Marcin Serafin is hands down the best data privacy lawyer in Poland.’

Key clients

Agora

Allegro

Circle K

Eurocash

InPost

Inter Cars

NTT Poland

Perła – Browar Lubelski

Warta

Żabka

Work highlights

  • Advised InPost on setting up data protection framework and privacy programmes.
  • Advising Operator Chmury Krajowej on various aspects of personal data protection, including setting up a subsidiary and negotiating and cooperating with Microsoft and Google
  • Advised Główny Geodeta Kraju in administrative and court cases regarding the qualification of the number of the Land and Mortgage Register as personal data and in a charge of obstruction of the investigation by the DPA.

Poland > TMT Tier 1

Managing partner and founder Marcin Maruta is co-head of the team at TMT-focused firm Maruta Wachta sp. j., working  alongside IT contracts expert Maciej Zackiewicz. Covering traditional mandates involving technology, media and telecoms, as well as newer areas such as machine learning, blockchain, big data and cloud computing, the team has a very broad range of expertise. The practice has also extended its offering to include advice on AI and gaming.

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Testimonials

‘Thanks to the good understanding of technology and media, Maruta Wachta is able to suggest business solutions to support legal safety. Profound knowledge of license models of large IT providers and an international practice.’

The team is always able to assign a lawyer with the exact skills and expertise required, even when the problem faced is very niche. Their approach is incredibly agile and they always manage to fit neatly with our business and technical workflows. They have a remarkable understanding of the sector specifics resulting in a much better fit of legal services to our needs compared to any other law firm we’ve tried so far.’

The greatest strength of the team is its comprehensive competences. Thanks to this, each topic with which we ask for help is always handled by the person who knows it best. A very significant advantage of the team are also the various available models of cooperation. Thanks to this, you can best match the service to your current needs.’

‘Maruta Wachta helped us in many different topics in the past 12 months. This work was complex. They are communicative and they have a lot of current knowledge about IT/TMT.’

‘Maciej Zackiewicz, in my opinion, is a role model and example to follow for every leader in the legal industry. He is incredibly organised, responsive, patient, able to listen and establish friendly contact with clients. I appreciate him for his expert knowledge, long-standing experience and all the unique tips he managed to share with me and my organisation. I value Maciej for his ability to build and lead such a great team of lawyers. I have observed Maciej’s work not only in calm times, but also when it was required by a tight schedule and complicated stage of projects – even then he did not lose his composure, was able to manage the team perfectly and thus gained in my eyes the status of a true leading individual.’

‘Maciej Zackiewicz looks for legally effective cooperation models to achieve business targets.’

‘Maciej Zackiewicz has great efficiency in all negotiations and suggestions of reasonable solutions to tough issues. We always found good rationale and arguments to push things forward; this is I think unique, a focus on important matters and find suitable solution.’

‘Maciej Zackiewicz has vast experience and provides services in a timely manner.’

Key clients

Eurocash

Auchan Group

Roche Group

PKO BP SA

Circle K

T-Mobile

Orange Group

Polpharma

Volkswagen Group

Netia

RUCH

Lidl

Ogilvy

Edipresse

Rossmann

PKN Orlen

IFS Group

Alior Bank

Boston Consulting Group

Huuuge Games

Work highlights

  • Advising Poland’s National Cloud Operator in negotiating a strategic partnership agreement with Microsoft.
  • Advising T-Mobile on the continuation of complex IT outsourcing projects involving the takeover, by a selected vendor, of the outsourcing of maintenance and development for more than 130 of the company’s applications.
  • Advising PKN Orlen as the first company in Poland to test a private, industrial 5G network in an advanced industrial infrastructure environment in drafting an agreement and negotiating key legal and business terms.

Poland > Public procurement Tier 2

Specialist technology firm Maruta Wachta sp. j. has strength in TMT-related public procurement projects, while also handling mandates in the energy, construction, defence and waste management sectors. Chairing the practice from Warsaw is co-founder Bartłomiej Wachta, who is particularly skilled at handling IT infrastructure projects in relation to public procurement procedures. Jakub Krysa left the firm.

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Testimonials

‘MW brings a unique quality of provided services that you want to come back for at every opportunity. There are extremely few business partners with whom I repeatedly want to work in the technology sector, who can not only speak IT, but also understand the whole technical aspect of the issue in a formal and legal sense.’

‘THE MARUTA WACHTA team has a unique combination of consolidated competencies from many areas.’

‘Additional support on highest possible level available very quickly. More listening than talking. Looking for back-up solution in advance.’

‘Full commitment and dedication to the case. Wide perspective including both legal and business aspects of the case. Profound knowledge in Public Procurement Law. Deep understanding of the business. Clear and transparent billing rules.’

‘Extensive knowledge as well as a practical approach to solve public procurement challenges. What I appreciate most is the availability and flexibility, as well as out-of-the-box way of thinking.’

‘Bartłomiej Wachta deserves the highest appreciation for his work and vast legal expertise area, with individual approach to each and every customer in parallel.’

Key clients

Vitronic Machine Vision Polska sp. z o.o.

Fights on Logistics sp. z o.o.

EN: The Social Insurance Institution PL: Zakład Ubezpieczeń Społecznych

EN: Tauron Heat Ltd. PL: Tauron Ciepło sp. z o.o.

EN: Tauron Distribution inc. PL: Tauron Dystrybucja S.A.

Konica Minolta Business Solutions Polska sp. z o.o.

Conduent Business Solutions SAS

Multiconsult Polska sp. z o.o.

Linux Polska sp. z o.o.

Cisco Systems Poland sp. z o. o.

Abramss sp. z o. o.

Ceva Freight Poland sp. z o.o.

EN: National Cloud Operator PL: Operator Chmury Krajowej

ATM S.A.

Work highlights

  • Represented Vitronic Machine Vision Polska sp. z o.o. before the National Appeal Chamber in public procurement procedures for the design, construction and maintenance of control points for the control system in the electronic toll collection system of the National Revenue Administration.
  • Advised Fights on Logistics sp. z o.o. on public procurement law matters in procurement proceedings relating to forwarding goods for the Polish Army.
  • Supporting EN: The Social Insurance Institution PL: Zakład Ubezpieczeń Społecznych in preparation for the tender procedure for the provision of services to support the operation and maintenance of a comprehensive IT System.

Poland > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 3

Maruta Wachta sp. j.‘s corporate practice is particularly highly reputed in the digital and tech sectors, as is reflected by its work for Polish and foreign IT, tech, e-commerce and digital companies. The firm is well-versed in IT outsourcing contracts and regulatory issues associated with digital business. The department is led by Daniel Jastrun, who is an English and Swedish-speaker with strong links with Scandinavian enterprises. Zbigniew Okoń has expertise in IP, IT contracts, e-commerce and marketing law. In October 2020, the firm hired Michał Pękała from Linklaters, who kickstarted the gaming practice with senior associate Jakub Kowal (a key arrival from Deloitte Legal, Ostrowski, Gizicki i Wspólnicy sp.k. in January 2021).

Practice head(s):

Daniel Jastrun

Other key lawyers:

Zbigniew Okoń; Michał Pękała; Jakub Kowal; Mateusz Franke; Mateusz Dominik; Hubert Bińkiewicz

Testimonials

‘We have worked with Maruta Wachta’s corporate and M&A team for 2-3 years, and have seen continuous satisfaction with their work and its delivery. The work delivered is always of the highest quality, and all our comments / remarks are quickly implemented into any work that they prepare. Working with the firm is also convenient.’

‘Martua Wactha is among Poland’s most progressive and tech-savvy law firms. The firm is structured to attract talent is a very difficult and competitive environment and once in the firm, their members tend to stay long beyond the industry standard. MW has a culture of timely responsiveness and out-of-the box solutions thinking. Their corporate commercial practice group is particularly strong as is their innovations-based know-how.’

‘The best tech / IT firm in Poland. Always absolute reliable partners.’

‘Daniel Jastrun is superb. Approachable, responsive and knowledgeable. He is a fantastic gateway for us into the firm.’

‘Daniel Jastrun the head of the Corporate and M&A practice and his wide experience in the areas of commercial, e-commerce, IT, corporate and M&A, with a specialist focus on technology and digital business. He specializes in domestic and cross-border M&A transactions and the Nordic market. So that knowledge for the Scandinavian business community in Poland is really a demanding skill. Besides there is no question Daniel would try to find an answer to and he is really fast in providing solutions.’

‘I want to recommend the head of the video games division – Michał Pękała- who’s our primary contact in the firm. He pays attention to our needs no matter which practice is responsible for the project. He’s brilliant in terms of IP law and he has a great practical attitude for us – as his client – is a great value for the decision-making process.’

‘The Maruta team is very professional and not has only good lawyers, but they really know the gaming industry. Maruta’s key strengths are that they are deep into technology, they know our business inside out, and they are invaluable in discussions with both Polish and foreign investors.’

‘Michał Pękała is an expert in gaming and knows the business like the back of his hand. He is my main point of contact, and I can reach out him with any issue at any time. He is always responsive and most helpful.’

Key clients

Orange Polska/Bluesoft sp. o.o.

Olga Tokarczuk

Frontiers Media SA

SUPERHOT sp. z o.o.

Axiom Connected

Momox

Librus

Capco Poland

Tetra Pak

Curated Content Ltd.

Operator Chmury Krajowej sp. z o.o.

IFS Industrial and Financial Systems Central and Eastern Europe Sp. z o.o

First Law International

Glory Global Solutions (International) Limited

Euro-net sp. z o.o./ RTV EURO AGD

TSG Brudnik sp. z o.o.

Crunching Koalas Sp. z o.o.

Vavel Games AB

Acid Wizard Studio Sp. z o.o. sp. k. (ACW)

Yaza Games

Superhot Sp. z o.o.

Ten Square Games S.A.

Huuuge Games sp. z o.o.

Equitin Parters Limited

Ogilvy sp. z o.o.

Work highlights

  • Advised Orange Polska S.A. and its wholly-owned subsidiary Bluesoft on the acquisition of 100% stake in Craftware.
  • Provided comprehensive assistance to Swiss corporation Frontiers Media with setting up a technology-focused SPV in Poland and entering the Polish market.
  • Acted as local counsel for Reconomy UK Ltd in the acquisition of Eurokey Recycling Ltd, including its Polish branch.

Poland > Dispute resolution Tier 3

In-keeping with the firm's specialisms, Maruta Wachta sp. j.'s team houses specialists in technology-related disputes, with experience in courts and tribunals at all instances. Areas of expertise include contentious issues relating to cloud contracts, IP disputes and data security issues, as well as cases involving bankruptcies. The group is jointly led by Wojciech Jarosiński (described as 'a leader with great organizational skills') and Damian Gudel, who focuses on criminal proceedings. Michał Grodziewicz is praised by clients for commercial disputes.

Practice head(s):

Wojciech Jarosiński; Damian Gudel

Other key lawyers:

Ewa Podogrodzka-Maruszkin; Michał Grodziewicz; Marta Mackiewicz

Testimonials

The thing that I value most about Maruta Wachta’s dispute resolution team is their creativity and ability to think outside the box. They come up with a solution to our problem that nobody else thought about. They are very active in handling our cases, which is reflected in their impressive track record.’

We have worked with Damian Gudel and Michał Grodziewicz. Damian has always proven to be a very prolific and driven attorney, that will not rest until he sees the goal accomplished. Michał is a senior associate. He shows tremendous insight and attention to detail, that allow him to control the case one hundred percent and navigate it to a desirable end.’

Innovative, proactive team with unique communication skills.’

Highly skilled lawyers who deliver high-quality products on time. Great communication.’

Wojciech Jarosiński is a leader with great organizational skills, perfectly managing projects that are commissioned to the law firm, great knowledge. Damian Gudel is a skilled lawyer with exceptional knowledge in many areas of law, creative, providing innovative legal solutions. Michał Grodziewicz has great negotiation skills, able to conclude a valuable settlement in difficult cases.’

The law firm combines legal advice based on clients’ specific requirements with an unparalleled understanding of technologies and legal ramifications of technologies in financial institutions. What also makes it genuinely special and valuable is its capacity to deal with difficult business situations which require unprecedented solutions and taking into account the regulations and simultaneously matching with the business interests.’

Key clients

CIECH S.A.

AGC Consulting sp. z o.o.

Agencja Restrukturyzacji i Modernizacji Rolnictwa (The Agency for Restructuring and Modernization of Agriculture)

Bank Pocztowy S.A.

CCC.EU sp. z o.o.

Ciech Sarzyna S.A.

Fabiana Filippi S.A.

Andrzej Wróblewski Fundation

Genesys Telecommunication Laboratories

IFS Industrial and Financial Systems Poland s. z o.o.

Multiconsult sp. z o.o.

NTT Poland sp. z o.o.

PKN ORLEN S.A.

Zakład Ubezpieczeń Społecznych (The Social Insurance Institution)

ZPUE S.A.

Work highlights

  • Representing a group of Polish companies in private enforcement actions against VISA, MasterCard and several banks pertaining to the interchange fee price fixing controversy.
  • Acting for the contractor in court proceedings in the US and the Supreme Court in Poland filed against a Polish governmental agency and arising from a major supply contract in the defence sector.
  • Defending an international chemical group against claims of misrepresentation and breach of warranties in the sale of shares in a subsidiary company, relating to a high-profile M&A transaction.