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Bird & Bird Szepietowski i wspólnicy sp. k. > The Legal 500 RankingsBird & Bird Szepietowski i wspólnicy sp. k.’s ‘very strong’ data privacy and protection team advises global, EU-based, and domestic clients on a broad range of mandates, including data breaches, proceedings before regulators, and data transfers. It also supports clients with cookie compliance matters and direct marketing. ‘Excellent lawyer’ and data protection specialist Izabela Kowalczuk-Pakuła leads the practice, and she also co-founded the Association of Data Protection Practitioners. Senior associate Marta Kwiatkowska-Cylke is a key name within the team, with significant expertise in data breaches and cross-border matters. Of counsel Emilia Stępień, who has previous experience as an in-house lawyer and data protection officer, is also noted.
‘The team has a very good market position, particularly internationally. Lots of big cases go via the Polish data protection team as they are well connected with the strongest peers in Europe, and thus in a position to provide cross-border advice.’
‘Bird & Bird’s Data Protection department is very professional with extensive knowledge of GDPR in marketing. Clients can rely on the lawyers’ opinions and advice as they are keeping their eyes on changing GDPR rules and regulations on the Polish market.’
‘They have an ability to understand the technology behind data protection and cybersecurity matters that is far superior to most peers. They do justice to Bird & Bird’s global reputation.’
‘Izabela Kowalczuk-Pakuła is the heart and soul of the data protection team. She is extremely hard working and focussed. She has stong connections and is capable to steer big international projects.’
‘Izabela Kowalczuk-Pakuła is clearly a standout partner; she is tech-savvy and brilliantly able to bridge cultural gaps.’
‘Izabela Tarlowska is very professional, with very good knowledge of GDPR in marketing, and she is very helpful and dedicated to the client.’
‘Emilia Stępień has extensive experience.’
‘Izabela Kowalczuk-Pakuła, Marta Kwiatkowska-Cylke, and Emilia Stępień all create a unique client-legal counsel connection, providing spot-on and easy-to-apply advice in uncertain regulatory environments. Outstanding team overall.’
BBDO Warszawa Sp. z o.o.
- Supporting Samba TV with its operations on a daily basis, advising on the content of consent and privacy notices, and helping to design intuitive UIs for expressing flexible choices by the users.
- Advising Michael Page on the negotiation of agreements with its clients, including agreements involving data transfer to third countries such as India.
- Supporting Stock Polska with various privacy and data protection issues.
The practice at Bird & Bird Szepietowski i wspólnicy sp. k. has a wide-ranging offering, covering the entire spectrum of soft and hard IP work for domestic and international clients. This includes patent, trade mark, and design litigation and prosecution, anti-counterfeiting, opposition, and invalidation procedures, brand management, and licensing, as well as transactions and unfair competition matters. Sectors of focus for the group include electronics, life sciences, aviation, telecoms, media, sports, and FMCG. The team is co-led by experienced IP litigators Marta Koremba and Piotr Dynowski, internet and digital transformation expert Paweł Lipski, and commercial lawyer Tomasz Zalewski; they are praised as ‘experts in their field’.
Marta Koremba; Piotr Dynowski; Paweł Lipski; Tomasz Zalewski
Other key lawyers:
Katarzyna Bieliszczuk; Mateusz Żuk; Karina Balcer-Kopka; Mateusz Dubek
‘The Polish team are clearly experts in their field. They are able to advise in a practical and pragmatic way.’
‘The team is well versed in the English language, responsive, professional with excellent legal drafting capabilities, and knowledgeable in IP law.’
‘Bird & Bird’s expertise and knowledge when it comes to litigation strategy, evidence planning, and settlement is unparalleled.’
‘Karina Balcer-Kopka is very responsive, knowledgeable, and produces excellent work.’
‘Mateusz Dubek is an outstanding counsel; he is strategic, relentless, and incredibly patient with client demands.’
‘Mateusz Żuk is very good. He is very responsive and able to provide pragmatic advice on infringement matters and clear recommendations, so that it is easy to decide how to proceed.’
Max, Co. Ltd
Consorzio di Tutela della Denominazione di Origine Controllata Prosecco
FS File Solutions
National Bank of Kuweit
Veolia Energia Polska
Edwards Lifesciences Corporation
Global Life Sciences Solutions Poland sp. z o.o.
- Representing Max in patent enforcement litigation.
- Representing Consorzio di Tutela della Denominazione di Origine Controllata Prosecco in a number of opposition proceedings against entities filing trade mark applications infringing on the protected designation of Prosecco in Poland.
- Representing Edwards Lifesciences Corporation in the Polish part of the multi-jurisdictional enforcement of its numerous patents for prosthetic heart valves and delivery systems for such valves against its Indian competitor, Meril Life Sciences.
Poland > TMT Tier 1
TMT work at Bird & Bird Szepietowski i wspólnicy sp. k. is handled using a multi-disciplinary approach, with the practice being jointly led by privacy and data protection expert Izabela Kowalczuk-Pakuła, technology and telecoms specialist Piotr Dynowski, IP expert Paweł Lipski, and commercial lawyer Tomasz Zalewski. The team supports clients with regulatory issues in the gaming, media, e-commerce, and telecoms sectors, and provides advice on new technologies, including AI, fintech, and cloud computing. It also handles technology-related disputes and transactions, and its projects are both domestic and multi-jurisdictional.
Izabela Kowalczuk-Pakuła; Piotr Dynowski; Tomasz Zalewski; Paweł Lipski
Other key lawyers:
Nordic Entertainment Group
IGT Sp. z o.o.
Emerson Process Management Sp. z o.o.
DELL Sp. z o.o.
- Assisted Shopee with its entry into the Polish market, including adapting its business model to the regulatory framework of Polish and EU law.
- Assisted Veolia with the process of reviewing and negotiating documentation for SAP S/4HANA Cloud.
- Advised Nordic Entertainment Group on the launch of its Viaplay VOD platform in Poland.
Poland > Banking and finance Tier 2At Bird & Bird Szepietowski i wspólnicy sp. k., the banking and finance offering is split into two distinct sub-groups; Sławomir Szepietowski heads up the financial regulatory and fintech side, with able assistance from a bench of practitioners including recommended counsel Marta Stanisławska, while Maciej Georg oversees the transactional practice. The depth and reach thus offered ensures that a roster of international and local lenders, borrowers, investment funds, and brokerage houses instruct the team. Additionally, the firm is able to combine its financial sector knowledge with litigation expertise to provide clients with support in all proceedings before state and arbitration courts.
Sławomir Szepietowski; Maciej Georg
Other key lawyers:
Aleksandra Widziewicz; Marta Stanisławska; Olga Koszewska
‘The team is able to really understand the business context of the case and they are actively seeking the best possible solution.’
‘Really vast knowledge and deep understanding of business contexts in the financial environment, which makes the team much more effective when it comes to discussing possible scenarios and an applicable legal framework.’
‘Professionalism of action, individual approach to the subject, involvement in the cases conducted, availability, punctuality.’
‘Olga Koszewska – always prepared, professional, polite.’
‘Adaptable and professional.’
‘Sławomir Szepietowski has been extremely knowledgable about Polish banking requirements. He had a very business-oriented approach and was available for questions any time. He delivered a very convincing and thorough work product which was easy to understand and use. We wholeheartedly recommend him and his team to anyone dealing with banking regulatory questions in Poland.’
Bank Polska Kasa Opieki S.A.
Bank of China (Europe) S.A.
Bank of China Ltd.
Bank Gospodarstwa Krajowego
Twisto Polska sp. z o.o.
Polski Koncern Naftowy Orlen S.A.
Polskie Górnictwo Naftowe i Gazownictwo S.A.
- Advising Obton – a photovoltaic industry investor from Denmark – on the refinancing of 51 photovoltaic projects located in Poland, owned by companies belonging to the client, purchased from the German subsidiary of an Asian manufacturer of photovoltaic panels.
- Advised mBank on the financing of 39 photovoltaic projects located in the North-Western part of Poland, owned by companies belonging to Nordic Solar, a Danish photovoltaic industry player which owns solar parks in most Western European countries.
- Advised Twisto Polska on different regulatory aspects of offering an innovative payment solution (buy-now-pay-later) for consumers purchasing products in the e-commerce sector.
Poland > Employment Tier 2The employment team at Bird & Bird Szepietowski i wspólnicy sp. k. has ‘vast experience in difficult, complicated cases’ and its offering extends to immigration law, labour-related M&A work that involves TUPE transfers and restructurings, and compliance projects concerning internal investigations. It is also active in developing benefit and incentive programmes for employees and advising on pension schemes. Karolina Stawicka, who has significant expertise in social security law mandates and compliance-related projects, heads the practice. She is supported by senior associate Michał Olszewski, who has strength in issues relating to terminations and the employment of temporary workers.
Other key lawyers:
Michał Olszewski; Paula Koczara; Paulina Grotkowska
‘Bird & Bird Poland employment law team consist of individuals with very good understanding of the business needs of their client and a practical approach to legal advisory. They are also able to always meet deadlines set up by their clients.’
‘What differentiates Bird & Bird most is their unique ability to present legal solutions which not only are compliant with the existing legal frameworks but are aligned with market practices and trends followed by a specific business or industry in a given country or region. Bird & Bird has this outstanding ability to use market wisdom in practical solutions.’
‘The team has a lot of knowledge and experience in the field of labour law, and they have huge business awareness. The solutions supplied are of the highest quality.’
‘What distinguishes the lawyers is their vast experience in difficult, complicated cases. Thanks to this, legal aid is provided quickly and efficiently.’
‘Paula Koczara has impressive experience in employment law. She is also very business-oriented and is always happy to share her practical knowledge related to various issues related to employment-law.’
‘Karolina Stawicka, Paulina Grotkowska and Michał Olszewski all create unique client-legal counsel connections, providing spot-on and easy-to-apply advice in fast-changing regulatory environments. Outstanding team overall.’
‘Michał Olszewski is an efficient and pragmatic lawyer for supporting the legal requirements and business needs. He has real knowledge and expertise.’
‘Michał Olszewski has professional knowledge combined with a unique market orientation, and he has amazing abilities to manage all stakeholders involved in legal aspects. He is able to anticipate well the expectations of various stakeholders and adjust the project discussion to manage them well, and at the same time leading them towards the solution most beneficial for the company.’
Zoom Video Communications, Inc.
BNA Nutrition Animale Group
Polish Humanitarian Action
Accession Capital Partners
Fenwick & West LLP
Campaign Against Homophobia
- Advised TomTom on a global restructuring process driven by a business model change in the geolocation segment, which included support in implementing collective redundancies.
- Advising multiple clients on the relocation of their business from war-impacted zones to Poland.
- Advised Samsara Group on its entry into the Polish market and the development of its IT centre in Poland.
Poland > Public procurement Tier 2Bird & Bird Szepietowski i wspólnicy sp. k.’s public procurement team sits within the firm’s commercial department and handles matters within the transport, construction, and energy sectors. The group regularly represents clients before the National Appeals Chamber. Founding member of the Public Procurement Law Association Tomasz Zalewski leads the practice with the support of senior associate Julita Hoffmann, who is skilled in mandates involving European Union funds, representing both awarding parties and contractors.
Other key lawyers:
Siemens sp. z o.o.
Siemens Finance sp. z o.o.
The Ministry of Development and the Municipality of Żory
McCor Airport Solutions
Tauron Polska Energia S.A.
TDC Polska sp. z o.o
Emerson Process Management sp. z o.o.
- Assisting Frontex with the preparation of the procedure for the construction of its headquarters in Poland, under a competitive dialogue procedure.
- Representing the contractor in a court dispute for damages for breach of a public procurement procedure.
- Assisted Comarch with preparation of an opinion on the form and method of signing the client’s references.
Other key lawyers:
‘The firm has a very deep bench of lawyers who are all extraordinarily knowledgeable regarding Polish law and regulations. In addition, despite the fact that they are a large firm, I have found their rates to be very reasonable.’
‘One particular thing that stands out to me is the prompt responses that I consistently receive from the lawyers with whom I work. Even if they don’t have an answer right away, they respond to inquiries and let me know they’re working on my problem. In addition, I find that they have good attention to detail and provide business-focused advice on areas of law that I am not at all familiar with.’
‘Real knowledge about market practices and a very good pragmatic approach to balance legal risks and business requirements.’
‘Always available with the right expertise and knowledge.’
PKN Orlen S.A.
Creandum Advisor Ltd.
Avril Specialites Animales SAS
CryoLife Inc. (Artivion)
- Advised PKN Orlen on the establishment of a joint venture with Synthos Green Energy to prepare and commercialise the technology of small and medium nuclear reactors in Poland.
- Advised Entain on the acquisition of a majority shareholding in Totolotek and Ebbene Services from Gauselmann Group.
- Advised Creandum in a Series A round of financing for Vue Storefront, a company providing e-commerce solutions.
Poland > Dispute resolution Tier 3The team at Bird & Bird Szepietowski i wspólnicy sp. k. most commonly represents large international or Polish conglomerates in highly technical disputes, particularly those relating to the construction, food and beverage, automotive, energy, and chemicals industries. At the senior level, Adam Kowalczyk and Bartłomiej Niewczas are the key contacts; the former is singled out by one client for his 'unique problem-solving skills', while the latter is noted for his cross-border expertise.
Adam Kowalczyk; Bartłomiej Niewczas
Other key lawyers:
Grzegorz Kostrzewa; Dominik Hincz
‘My message to potential clients of Bird & Bird, based on my first-hand experience, would be: you would be taken care of well there thanks to the partner’s availability and broad expertise re various industries.’
‘I am very impressed by the client focus and exceptional effectiveness of Adam Kowalczyk. His unique problem-solving skills and availability have been a valuable asset to me.’
‘Know their clients very well and understand how to work with them to get the best results.’
‘Adam Kowalczyk – very client focussed, understands what is needed to get things done.’
‘I have never seen a law firm working so diligently and having such foresight. Because of this brilliant service, we have won all proceedings in all instances, which is really amazing.’
‘Bartłomiej Niewczas and Dominik Hincz in particular have an outstanding legal knowledge. Their pleadings and statements are “page-turners” also for non-legal persons, but also bring the relevant legal questions to the point.’
‘The team provides profound expertise and a high level of professionalism while guiding the client through each step of a dispute. They remain calm in difficult situations and make sure that their legal advice is always business-oriented.’
‘Dominik Hincz is a highly reliable lawyer and attorney. He’s sharp-minded, thorough and responsive. His performance in conducting court proceedings is always energetic and very effective.’
De Agostini Polska Sp. z o.o.
Emerson Process Management Sp. z o.o.
Nokia Solutions and Networks Sp. z o.o.
- Representing Emerson Process Management, as the sub-contractor, in a multi-dimensional dispute against the general contractor and the investor, regarding the remuneration for construction works, services and deliveries.
- Representing Nokia Solutions and Networks, as the general contractor, in a dispute against a sub-contractor, regarding the contractual penalties and damages arising from improper performance of the contract.
- Representing De Agostini Polska in a case concerning the termination of a contract with a local distributor.
Poland > White-collar crime Tier 4Bird & Bird Szepietowski i wspólnicy sp. k.’s white-collar crime practice handles a range of matters, including cases regarding stock manipulation, money laundering, insider trading, financial pyramids, cryptocurrency frauds, and misappropriations of financial assets. Adam Kowalczyk leads the team, supported by Grzegorz Kostrzewa; both are praised as ‘standout partners’.
Other key lawyers:
‘Good commitment to the clients and they are matter-of-fact and objective, which gives the possibility of decision and risk assessments, and the financial implications of running cases.’
‘There is a guarantee of assistance from the entire team.’
‘Clients appreciate working together with the firm, because it really guarantees the highest class of professionals.’
‘Adam Kowalczyk and Grzegorz Kostrzewa’s involvement and cooperation is highly rated and they are standout partners.’
Bird & Bird Szepietowski i wspólnicy sp. k. > Firm Profile
The firm: Bird & Bird is an international law firm, with a long-established reputation for having a rare and invaluable grasp of strategic commercial issues. The firm combines exceptional legal expertise with deep industry knowledge and refreshingly creative thinking, to help clients operating at the forefront of their industries to achieve their commercial goals.
Bird & Bird has over 1,500 lawyers and legal practitioners with broad advisory transactional and contentious capability, with a particular focus on key industry sectors. The firm has an extensive international reach with 32 offices across Europe, Asia-Pacific, Middle East and US offering a seamless, cross-border service between locations and sector and practice groups.
Bird & Bird has a unique reputation as an expert in information technology and intellectual property (patents, trade marks, copyrights and licences), as well as in regulatory sectors: telecommunications, energy, financial and pharmaceutical.
Bird & Bird in Poland combines unparalleled legal competence and a profound knowledge of sectors of the economy with creative thinking. The firm provides invaluable assistance in realising the business goals of its clients. It provides its clients with clear, practical and effective advice as well as support in their strategies and business goals.
Areas of practice: Underpinned by deep client and industry knowledge, the firm’s key sectors include:
Automotive: advising on all stages of a life cycle of a motor vehicle, from initial design, to sales and distribution, through to disposals.
Aviation and aerospace: advising world’s leading airlines, aerospace companies, financiers, aircraft lessors, travel companies and other key players in this exciting sector.
Electronics: advising clients operating in or serving the electronics industry, from R&D and component manufacturing, to technology licensing agreements.
Energy and utilities: advising large multinationals, investors, project companies and large energy consumers on electricity generation, energy trading, renewable energy, cleantech and climate change, and upstream oil and gas.
Financial services: advising global clients in the financial services sector, such as global retail and investment banks, investors and hedge funds, on transactions, regulatory issues, commercial contracts and dispute resolution.
Food and beverage: advising on a full range of areas, including branding, labelling, health claims, fair trade and patents on novel foods.
Life sciences and healthcare: advising clients in biotechnology, bioinformatics and pharmaceutical companies on licensing and drug development agreements, R&D collaboration, IP acquisitions and joint ventures.
Media and entertainment: advising clients from across the media spectrum on a wide range of issues, including exploitation across all forms of digital media and emerging areas, such as user-generated content exploitation.
Sports: advising clients such as national and international sports governing bodies, event organisers and sponsors on issues including exploitation of commercial rights, brand management, regulatory and disciplinary issues.
Technology and communications: advising on matters ranging from smaller innovative projects to some of the largest, most complex and ground-breaking transactions and disputes of recent years. Its team includes lawyers with a particular focus on communications, devices and components, digital tech and eCommerce, and software and services as well as a number of more specialist industries including data centres, postal and satellites.
|Banking and finance||Slawomir Szepietowskifirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Brand management||Marta Korembaemail@example.com|
|Competition and EU law||Marcin Alberskifirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Corporate and M&A, Private equity||Rafal Dziedzic, Ludomir Biedecki|
|Digital||Tomasz Zalewski, Kuba Ruiz|
|Dispute resolution||Bartlomiej Niewczas, Adam Kowalczyk|
|Energy and utilities||Grzegorz Pizonemail@example.com|
|E-commerce and consumer goods||Pawel Lipskifirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Financing transactions||Maciej Georgemail@example.com|
|FinTech||Slawomir Szepietowski, Kuba Ruiz|
|Forensic services||Wojciech Czyzewskifirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Healthcare/life sciences||Marta Korembaemail@example.com|
|Infrastructure||Tomasz Zalewski, Magdalena Zablocka|
|Intellectual property||Piotr Dynowski, Marta Koremba, Pawel Lipski|
|Media and telecommunications||Piotr Dynowskifirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Privacy and data protection||Izabela Kowalczuk-Pakulaemail@example.com|
|Public Projects and procurement||Tomasz Zalewski, Magdalena Zablocka|
|Real estate||Marcin Swierzewskifirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Regulations and contracts||Katarzyna Piechockaemail@example.com|
|Technology and communications||Piotr Dynowskifirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Mr Piotr Dynowski||Piotr is a Partner and a co-head of the IP and head of…||View Profile|
|Mr Rafal Dziedzic||Rafał specialises in mergers and acquisitions as well as in private equity…||View Profile|
|Mr Maciej Georg||Maciej Georg is head of the Financing Transactions Desk in Bird &…||View Profile|
|Dr Dominik Hincz||Dominik is a Senior Associate in our Dispute Resolution team in Warsaw.||View Profile|
|Mrs Julita Hoffmann||Julita is a Senior Associate in our Commercial team in Warsaw.||View Profile|
|Mrs Marta Koremba||Marta Koremba is a Partner and a co-head of the IP practice…||View Profile|
|Mr Grzegorz Kostrzewa||Grzegorz is a Counsel in the Dispute Resolution team in Warsaw.||View Profile|
|Mrs Izabela Kowalczuk-Pakuła||Izabela Kowalczuk-Pakuła is a Partner and head of the Privacy & Data…||View Profile|
|Mr Adam Kowalczyk||Partner in Dispute Resolution Practice based in our Warsaw office||View Profile|
|Mrs Marta Kwiatkowska-Cylke||Marta is a Senior Associate in the Privacy & Data Protection team…||View Profile|
|Mr Paweł Lipski||Paweł is a Partner in our Intellectual Property Practice, based in Warsaw.||View Profile|
|Mr Bartłomiej Niewczas||Counsel and Head of Dispute Resolution Practice at Warsaw Bird & Bird…||View Profile|
|Mr Michał Olszewski||Michał specialises in labour law.||View Profile|
|Mrs Katarzyna Piechocka||Katarzyna Piechocka is a Counsel and head of the Commercial practice at…||View Profile|
|Mr Grzegorz Pizoń||Grzegorz is a Partner and head of our Energy & Utilities practice,…||View Profile|
|Mr Kuba Ruiz||Kuba Ruiz is a Senior Counsel in our Commercial Practice at Warsaw…||View Profile|
|Mr Bartłomiej Sikora||Counsel and head of the Tax practice in Bird & Bird’s Warsaw…||View Profile|
|Ms Marta Stanisławska||Marta is a Counsel in the Finance & Financial Regulation team in…||View Profile|
|Ms Karolina Stawicka||Karolina is a Counsel and head of the Employment group in Bird…||View Profile|
|Ms Emilia Stępień||Emilia is an Of Counsel in the Privacy & Data Protection team…||View Profile|
|Mr Sławomir Szepietowski||Sławomir is the Managing Partner and Head of the Finance & Financial…||View Profile|
|Mr Tomasz Zalewski||Tomasz is a Partner in our Commercial department, based in Warsaw.||View Profile|
|Mr Marcin Świerżewski||Marcin is a Partner who leads Real Estate team in Bird &…||View Profile|
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