Firm Profile > Bird & Bird Szepietowski i wspólnicy sp. k. > Warsaw, Poland

Bird & Bird Szepietowski i wspólnicy sp. k.
UL. KS. SKORUPKI 5
00-546 WARSAW
Poland

Data privacy and data protection Tier 1

Clients 'can always rely' on Bird & Bird Szepietowski i wspólnicy sp. k.'s team, which works closely with the firm's offices in London and Dusseldorf on pan-European GDPR issues, also serves as data protection officer and provides representative services. Promoted to partner in 2019, Izabela Kowalczuk-Pakuła leads the team, and is a privacy specialist, with additional expertise in adtech services, cloud computing, AI, insurance and fintech products, as well as designing data protection-compliant recruitment systems.

Practice head(s):

Izabela Kowalczuk-Pakuła

Testimonials

The team has a great knowledge of the data privacy and protection area. They also have good understanding of business which makes them capable of offering a business oriented solutions.

Izabela Kowalczuk-Pakuła is a great open-minded professional.

Fantastic expertise in data protection coupled with a practical approach means their advice is always readily digestible and of excellent quality.

Key clients

BBDO Warszawa / PHD Media Direction

Michael Page International (Poland)

Grupa Pracuj

Recruitment Solutions

IKEA Retail

Edipresse Polska

Stock Polska

Skanska Group

Związek Harcerstwa Polskiego

Associated British Foods plc

FS File Solutions / Kelo Corporation

Prudential

Intellectual property Tier 1

Bird & Bird Szepietowski i wspólnicy sp. k. fields a full-service IP practice, which handles patent litigation and prosecution issues, brand management work, copyright protection matters, unfair competition cases and commercial IP advice. The group is jointly led by Marta Koremba, who assists with brand management matters, and life sciences and retail work; media, entertainment, sport, technology and communications IP expert Piotr Dynowski; and new technology, internet and advertising specialist Paweł Lipski who joined from Eversheds Sutherland Wierzbowski in 2019. Senior associate Mateusz Dubek is also recommended as an expert in contentious trade mark and design protection issues, with further experience in unfair competition claims.

Practice head(s):

Marta Koremba; Piotr Dynowski; Paweł Lipski

Testimonials

The firm must be very proud to have such a strong IP practice. They are a great set of experts and professionals. I can always rely on them. They are very practical and pragmatic.

In addition to having very good specialised skills, they have also have strong transferable skills, as well as business acumen.

Marta Koremba is a great expert and an enthusiastic leader. I’m very lucky to have her on board as an external adviser. I can always rely on her and I know that even in very difficult situations she always thinks about solutions and business needs and she is very supportive.

Mateusz Dubek is an excellent expert – devoted and always focused on business needs.

Key clients

Stock Spirits Group

Polski Koncern Naftowy Orlen

Legia Warsawa

Monster Beverage Corporation

PCC Rokita

Polpharma

B.Braun Melsungen

AmorePacific Corporation

Andover Healthcare

Barclays plc

Baxalta

Eos Products

FS File Solutions

EGIS Pharmaceuticals plc

Græsli Ingeniørfirma

Tikkurila Polska

Titan spol

T-Brandtime

H. J. Heinz Company

Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Gedeon Richter plc

CrossFit

Dinopol

AB Electrolux

Krosno Glass

AB SKF

BBDO Warszawa

TMT Tier 1

In 2019, Bird & Bird Szepietowski i wspólnicy sp. k. benefited from the arrival of IT and technology experts Tomasz Zalewski and Paweł Lipski from Eversheds Sutherland Wierzbowski, who now jointly lead the team alongside regulatory expert Piotr Dynowski. The practice, which handles regulatory, corporate, advertising, IP and competition law work, has developed particular expertise in the fintech sector. It also has strong coverage of issues related to gambling, cloud computing, IT projects and blockchain technology, as well as more traditional media and telecoms work.

Practice head(s):

Tomasz Zalewski; Piotr Dynowski; Paweł Lipski

Testimonials

The team is very responsive and dives into the circumstances of cases

Pawel Lipski has a great understanding of what details are actually needed in written statements and also in oral hearings. He has a great overview over the different relevant legal provisions. He also engages his associates in the client work where appropriate

Key clients

BondSpot

Santander Bank Polska

Poczta Polska

The Heart Warsaw

FS File Solutions

Equinix Services

LIME Network

REBTEL Poland

IKEA Retail

Alab Laboratoria

eService

Banking and finance Tier 3

Bird & Bird Szepietowski i wspólnicy sp. k. stands out for its ability to provide banking regulatory advice to a variety of banks, insurance companies, lending companies, investment funds and brokerage houses. The group has drawn on the wider firm's expertise in technology to carve out a niche in fintech, and regularly advices on new services and products in the area, in addition to assisting more traditional financial institutions with IT outsourcing implementation. The group also has substantial experience representing financial institutions in proceedings initiated by the Polish Financial Supervision Authority. Managing partner of the Warsaw office Sławomir Szepietowski leads the department and regularly handles financing transactions, as well as coordinating the team's regulatory work. The team was joined by of counsel Aleksandra Widziewicz and senior associate Olga Koszewska from G-Rock and act BSWW respectively.

Practice head(s):

Sławomir Szepietowski

Testimonials

The team has a unique practical knowledge concerning practice in payment services area.

They try to understand the client’s expectations and business assumptions and do their best to work out most suitable solutions.

All their lawyers are very business-oriented, looking for solutions most suitable for the client’s needs.

Key clients

Bank Gospodarstwa Krajowego

Bank of China

DNB Bank Polska

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

ING Bank Śląski

Kreos Capital

mBank Hipoteczny

mBank

Orlen Południe

Polish API

Polski Koncern Naftowy Orlen

Rainbow Tours

Dispute resolution Tier 3

Bird & Bird Szepietowski i wspólnicy sp. k.'s dispute resolution team is instructed by the Polish state in a number of bilateral investment arbitrations. Other areas of expertise include representing corporates operating in Poland before the regulators, as well as handling the spectrum of corporate and commercial litigation. Adam Kowalczyk, who joined in September 2018 after serving as department head at PwC Legal Pawlowski Zelaznicki Sp. K and specialises in contentious commercial and regulatory issues, jointly leads the team with arbitration expert Bartłomiej Niewczas.

Practice head(s):

Adam Kowalczyk; Bartłomiej Niewczas

Key clients

Schumacher Packaging Zakład Grudziądz

Frisco

Polski Koncern Naftowy ORLEN

Public procurement Tier 3

The public procurement group at Bird & Bird Szepietowski i wspólnicy sp. k. was established in 2019 by the arrival of Tomasz Zalewski and Julita Hoffmann  from Eversheds Sutherland Wierzbowski and Magdalena Zabłocka-Foulkes from Domanski Zakrzewski Palinka. Zalewski, who heads up the department, is an expert in government contracting, with experience advising contractors and contracting parties on infrastructure and IT projects. Hoffmann is noted for handling disputes before the National Appeal Chamber, as well as supporting beneficiaries of EU grants in financial adjustments arising from the violation of procurement procedures. Zabłocka-Foulkes is an expert in PPP transactions.

Practice head(s):

Tomasz Zalewski

Testimonials

Personable and friendly advice.’

Individual and responsive service.’

The team has given me comprehensive answers and they have explored every topic of their job. I have felt content every time I used their support.’

Key clients

Nokia Solutions and Networks

Emerson Process Management

Siemens Mobility

Intaris

BBDO Warszawa and Energy BBDO

PGE

PGNiG

Lenovo

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 4

Bird & Bird Szepietowski i wspólnicy sp. k.'s team expanded significantly in 2019, making a number of hires at associate level, as well as taking on Paweł Bajno, who jointly heads the practice alongside Rafał Dziedzic, from Norton Rose Fulbright. The group has an exceptional reputation for instructions in the TMT sector, although it also acts for numerous clients in the energy, healthcare and fashion industries. The group has ample experience in M&A and joint venture transactions, for which it is able to draw on firm-wide IT, TMT and intellectual property expertise. Other areas where the firm stands out are private equity, venture capital and research and development projects.

Practice head(s):

Rafał Dziedzic; Paweł Bajno

Testimonials

The team was good, especially the partners, and well on par with other firms I have worked with.

Rafał Dziedzic is an outstanding lawyer when it comes to availability to the client and skills in M&A.

Key clients

Eleven Sports Network

PVP Partners

Qliktech UK

Belvar AS

Lexmark International Technology

Verizon (Fleetmatics)

Columbia Sportswear International

Unisys Polska

TomTom Telematics

RebTel Networks

Cadence Design Systems

Avril Group

Medivet

Opus Capita Oy

Mutuelle Assurance des Commercants et Industrieles France et des Cadres et salaries de l’Industrie et du Commerce

Prime Staff Service

Employment Tier 4

Bird & Bird Szepietowski i wspólnicy sp. k. focuses its employment expertise on clients in the technology sector, advising on HR compliance projects and handling sensitive negotiations and mediations with employees and social partners including trade unions, works councils and European works councils. Karolina Stawicka heads up the team.

Practice head(s):

Karolina Stawicka

Testimonials

Together, they form a complementary team able to solve any legal problem relating to employment.

I was impressed with Karolina Stawicka’s knowledge, her ability to establish good client relationships, as well as her ability to explain difficult legal concepts in an accessible way.

Paulina Grotkowska-Harrington is a masterful negotiator.

Key clients

PZU Group

Verizon Group

Prime Staff

Coca-Cola Group

BBDO Warszawa

Dayco Group

Skanska

Kitron Oy

Qliktech UK

Lexmark International Technology

Remitly

Cadence Design Systems

Avril Group

Workday Group

Sas Institute

Tooploox

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 1,350 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 30 offices in 20 countries 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.

Retail and consumer: advising some of the world’s best-known brands across luxury, fashion & retail, food & beverage and hotels & leisure.

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.

Department Name Email Telephone
Banking and finance Slawomir Szepietowski
Brand management Marta Koremba
Commercial Tomasz Zalewski
Competition and EU law Marcin Alberski
Corporate and M&A, Private equity Rafal Dziedzic, Pawel Bajno
Digital Tomasz Zalewski, Kuba Ruiz
Dispute resolution Bartlomiej Niewczas, Adam Kowalczyk
Employment Karolina Stawicka
Energy and utilities Andrzej Nentwig
Financing transactions Maciej Georg
Healthcare/life sciences Marta Koremba
Infrastructure Tomasz Zalewski, Magdalena Zablocka
Insurance Aleksandra Widziewicz
Intellectual property Piotr Dynowski, Marta Koremba, Pawel Lipski
Media and telecommunications Piotr Dynowski
Privacy and data protection Izabela Kowalczuk-Pakula
Public Projects and procurement Tomasz Zalewski, Magdalena Zablocka
Real estate Marcin Swierzewski
Restructuring and insolvency Izabela Staniszewska-Brzozek
Tax Bartlomiej Sikora
Technology and communications Piotr Dynowski
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Marcin Świerżewski  photo Mr Marcin Świerżewski
Mr Paweł Bajno  photo Mr Paweł Bajno
Mr Piotr Dynowski  photo Mr Piotr Dynowski
Mr Maciej Georg  photo Mr Maciej Georg
Ms Marta Koremba  photo Ms Marta Koremba
Ms Izabela Kowalczuk-Pakuła  photo Ms Izabela Kowalczuk-Pakuła
Mr Adam Kowalczyk  photo Mr Adam Kowalczyk
Mr Paweł Lipski  photo Mr Paweł Lipski
 Andrzej Nentwig photo Andrzej Nentwig
Mr Bartłomiej Niewczas  photo Mr Bartłomiej Niewczas
Mrs Katarzyna Otwinowska  photo Mrs Katarzyna Otwinowska
Mr Kuba Ruiz  photo Mr Kuba Ruiz
Mr Bartłomiej Sikora  photo Mr Bartłomiej Sikora
 Karolina Stawicka photo Karolina Stawicka
Mr Slawomir Szepietowski  photo Mr Slawomir Szepietowski
Ms Magdalena Zabłocka  photo Ms Magdalena Zabłocka
Mr Tomasz Zalewski  photo Mr Tomasz Zalewski
Number of lawyers : 1,350
at this office : 70+
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