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Bird & Bird Szepietowski i wspólnicy sp. k. > The Legal 500 RankingsBird & Bird Szepietowski i wspólnicy sp. k. is praised as a ‘premier consumer data protection law firm'. The team advises global, EU and Polish clients on data breaches, multi-jurisdictional strategic projects and data transfers, cookie compliance and direct marketing. Other recent work includes assisting clients with the national implementation of the European Electronic Communications Code and its consequences. ‘Outstanding’ and dedicated data protection lawyer Izabela Kowalczuk-Pakuła heads the practice. Senior associate Marta Kwiatkowska-Cylke is adept at coordinating data breaches and cross-border mandates, as well as having ‘very good knowledge of GDPR in marketing’. Counsel Emilia Stępień is an ‘excellent data privacy expert’.
‘It’s my favourite data protection team to work with. They have profound knowledge of data protection issues which they use perfectly to provide always practical advice.’
‘The Bird & Bird team is very focused on delivering business-oriented advice. They can think out of the box and find business-friendly solutions. They respond and act quickly when needed.’
‘At times they have brought added value by going beyond the primary instructions and flagging issues that we ought to be aware of even if it is not within the strict premise of our instructions.’
‘Bird & Bird in my experience have proven to be the premier consumer data protection law firm in the world. They know the law and know how to accordingly guide business practices and solutions in a challenging multi-jurisdictional environment. Their billing is fair, and you always get high value.’
‘Izabela Kowalczuk-Pakuła is an outstanding privacy lawyer with deep knowledge of the subject matter. She is truly devoted to the common work and always updated in this fast-paced changing environment of privacy rules and provisions. Her remarks and suggestions have highly contributed to the project. Her understanding of the Internet and marketing industry is also exceptional in comparison to the other privacy leaders in Poland.’
‘Izabela Kowalczuk-Pakuła is a person with high knowledge, I consider her as a highly professional advisor and at the same time as a good friend whose help and care I can always count on. Marta Kwiatkowska-Cylke is professional with a very good knowledge of GDPR in marketing, very helpful and dedicated to her clients. Emilia Stępieñ helps us periodically when her extensive experience and involvement is needed.’
‘Izabela Kowalczuk-Pakuła is just brilliant and Paulina Jaraczewska is highly motivated and reliable’
‘Emilia Stępieñ she is also an excellent data privacy expert, very thorough and business-oriented at the same time. You can feel safe, when you ask for her for advice and rely on it.’
BBDO Warszawa Sp. z o.o.
- Advising Samba TV on its personalised TV experiences and tailored, preference-based ads as well as acting as a DPO for its European operations, advising on the content of consents and privacy notices, and helping design intuitive UIs for users to express flexible choices.
- Supporting BBDO with organising digital marketing activities and providing comprehensive legal assistance on a variety of issues related to the implementation of the GDPR requirements.
- Assisting Benefit Systems on various privacy and data protection issues.
‘They understand our goals and demands well, give us advice and they are acting to achieve that.’
‘The cost per hour they charge is not individual, but uniform. And the cost is very reasonable. They understand the costs we spend and give advice commensurate with those costs.’
‘The biggest strength of the team is its ability to adjust to the client’s needs and its ability to understand the specificity of the business and flexibility.’
‘Mateusz Dubek responds quickly to our demands. He responds to us with the results of asking team members as needed. Also, our request needs to be addressed not only in Poland but also in European countries. He communicates our goals to lawyers in other countries so that we can respond quickly.’
‘Marta Koremba is naturally gifted in providing strategic direction and readily provides solutions to challenging situations in IP litigation. She is practical and very much alive to our business objectives which she aligns well with her advice. When we have had requests for fee adjustments, she was more than willing to be flexible to accommodate us.
‘Mateusz Dubek’s talent lies in being technically excellent and he is easily the most detail-oriented solicitor we have worked with. He has an impressive understanding of the standards of evidence, including the format, type and quality of it. As a result his work always hits the mark.’
‘Mateusz Dubek’s bespoke and technical approach to litigation sets him apart from the more standard attitudes you encounter at other firms. Furthermore, he is proactive in his communication and seeks to keep us abreast without us having to chase – his advice is concise and commercially practical.’
‘Marta Koremba has outstanding knowledge connected with a business-oriented approach. Working with her is always a pleasure.’
Max Co., Ltd.
IGT Poland Sp. z o.o.
FS File Solutions/Kelo
Consorzio di Tutela della Denominazione di Origine Prosecco
Edwards Lifesciences Corp.
Stock Spirits Group
Monster Energy Company
Polskie Linie Lotnicze LOT S.A.
- Advised Nokia on some aspects of its FRAND disputes with Daimler over the use of its Standard Essential Patents for certain technologies used in connected cars.
- Advising Consorzio di Tutela della Denominazione di Origine Prosecco, which is responsible for the promotion and commercialisation of Prosecco wine and the holder of the protected designation of origin “Prosecco” on enforcing the PDO rights against several Polish wine distributors.
- Advising Chomikuj.pl, owned by FS File Solutions on all contentious matters related to the platform.
Poland > TMT Tier 1Privacy and data protection specialist Izabela Kowalczuk-Pakuła, technology expert Piotr Dynowski, IP specialist Paweł Lipski and corporate lawyer Tomasz Zalewski jointly lead the practice at Bird & Bird Szepietowski i wspólnicy sp. k. The team is active across a range of TMT matters, including regulatory issues in the telecoms, gambling and gaming industries, and IT and cloud-related disputes. The group is also adept at handling matters involving new technology, such as fintech, cloud computing, cybersecurity, AI and blockchain matters. Its client roster includes a range of domestic and international companies.
‘They have a very strong full-service team which has been able to distill complex, inter-disciplinary legal matters into pragmatic advice.’
‘Very responsive and quick. Looking for real hands on solutions and supporting business decision making and execution.’
‘Always there when you need them and exceptionally good in quick understanding of problem at hand.’
‘Piotr Dynowski has provided excellent advice across a complex and changing area of regulation for us.’
IGT Poland sp. z o.o.
Perfect Gym Solutions S.A.
BT Global Europe B.V.
Marquard Media Group AG
Bank Ochrony Środowiska
- Advising Nordic Entertainment Group in relation to the planned launch of its Viaplay VOD platform in Poland.
- Advised IGT Poland on the design and delivery of innovative lottery and casino IT systems in competitive negotiations with Totalizator Sportowy.
- Advising Perfect Gym Solutions on negotiations of agreements with key strategic clients in Poland and the Netherlands.
Poland > Banking and finance Tier 2Bird & Bird Szepietowski i wspólnicy sp. k. is most known for having developed a strong financial regulatory practice, which works alongside the firm’s renowned TMT team to advise on high-profile fintech mandates. The group also handles finance transactions for lenders and borrowers, with an impressive line in green energy financings, as well as real estate finance matters and bond issuances. Managing partner Slawomir Szepietowski leads the team and has expertise in the entry of foreign financial institutions into the Polish market. Maciej Georg heads up the financial transactional offering, focusing on property and renewable energy deals. Of counsel Aleksandra Widziewicz has banking and insurance regulatory knowledge. Senior associate Marta Stanisławska advises financial institutions on corporate governance and new product lines and services.
Sławomir Szepietowski; Maciej Georg
‘Due to the knowledge about our way of working, experience and expectation the cooperation was very effective and not so much time consuming.’
‘Olga Koszewska coordinates all the issues between the B&B team and is absolute front line person for our group.’
Bank Polska Kasa Opieki S.A.
Bank Ochrony Środowiska S.A.
ING Bank Śląski S.A.
BFF Polska S.A.
Banca Farmafactoring S.p.A. Spółka Akcyjna Oddział w Polsce
Bank of China (Luxembourg) S.A./Bank of China Ltd.
Bank Gospodarstwa Krajowego
European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
Polski Koncern Naftowy ORLEN S.A.
DNB Bank Polska S.A.
Let Me Pay sp. z o.o.
NewCommerce Services sp. z o.o.
D-Raft S.A. (The Heart Warsaw)
Digital Gateways sp. z o.o.
AIS Gateway sp. z o.o.
- Advising Obton A/S on the refinancing of 51 PV projects located in Poland owned by companies belonging to Obton A/S group, purchased from the German subsidiary of a leading Asian manufacturer of PV panels.
- Advised Bank Polska Kasa Opieki S.A., the second largest Polish bank, on amendments to loan documentation concerning a revolving loan for Robyg S.A., one of the biggest Polish developers. This revolving loan was granted for the corporate needs of Robyg S.A., the ultimate company in the whole Robyg Group. These amendments were negotiated and agreed in the “new reality” caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Advised Bank Polska Kasa Opieki S.A on amendments to several loan documentations concerning refinancing and financing of the construction and extension of a dozen shopping malls owned by companies from Dekada Group, which is a leading developer of strip malls, city-centre shopping malls and integrated communication and commercial centres.
Poland > Employment Tier 2Karolina Stawicka leads the employment department at Bird & Bird Szepietowski i wspólnicy sp. k. which caters to clients in the TMT and IT, banking and finance, life sciences, food and beverage, construction, media & entertainment sectors. The capabilities of the team are far reaching and include advising on M&A and restructurings, TUPE transfers, employee incentives, pension schemes and social security and employment litigation. The team is also increasingly active in immigration matters.
Other key lawyers:
‘We particularly value the project management skills that all B&B lawyers possess. They do not only respond quickly to legal problems and queries, but they are always proactive and take a lead in managing projects for us. They ensure that our needs are met timely, with fully understanding of our business, specifics of the IT sector and our organization. Thanks to such comprehensive support we have full trust in them as our legal advisors.’
‘The team has good knowledge with a proactive approach.’
‘Karolina Stawicka effectively supervises all the team members making sure that lawyers are allocated to best fit to the nature of a given query. She is very responsive, proactive and business friendly. Great managerial skills.’
‘Paulina Grotkowska is a leading lawyer involving hands-on support for us. She has a deep understanding of business and clients’ needs when providing a pragmatic approach and to the point advice.’
‘Michal Olszewski is a technical and analytical advisor with deep awareness of cross-practice situations, not only related to employment. Cross-boarder and commercial advisory are also the areas of his expertise.’
‘Barbara Klimczyk is a great negotiator with a strong understanding of court proceedings. She calmly and clearly explains complicated legal problems.’
‘We have been working in the last 12 months with Kacper Podplomyk and Michal Olszewski. Both are very good and thorough lawyers. They are both very nice colleagues to work with and valued by the team and our internal clients.’
Remote Technology Group
- Supporting the Pfizer Group regarding Polish aspects of a cross-border transaction on a global spin-off and combination of companies with a total deal value of USD 12bn.
- Advised Dominium Pizza on all employment-related aspects on a reverse takeover of a Dominium franchise in Poland with a total deal value of GBP 23m of the acquisition valued Dominium, and an associated GBP 5.2m institutional fundraising was also conducted as part of the transaction.
- Supporting Remitly in establishing and operating an engineering talent centre in Poland that aims to gather software developers to support the fast growth of the company.
Poland > Public procurement Tier 2The Warsaw-based team at Bird & Bird Szepietowski i wspólnicy sp. k. handles major Polish public procurement projects in the energy, infrastructure, construction and aviation sectors. Regulatory matters also fall within the team’s remit, and it also represents clients in the National Chamber of Appeals. Founding member of the Public Procurement Law Association Tomasz Zalewski leads the commercial practice, and senior associate Julita Hoffmann is skilled in mandates involving European Union funds. Magdalena Zabłocka-Foulkes has left the firm to join DLA Piper.
Other key lawyers:
Ministry of Development
Office of Competition and Consumer Protection
- Represented Bergen Engines in a tender procedure organised by the Zgierz gas-fired power plant and supported the creation of a consortium involving the participation of a Polish partner, submitting an offer, preparing an appeal, reviewing all procurement documents and providing representation in negotiations.
- Advising the Ministry of Development, Funds and Regional Policy on a significant PPP project involving the design, construction, financing and operation of over 400 social housing apartments for the city of Zory.
- Assisted ICEYE, a Finnish producer of satellites, with its participation in a public tender for the supply of a training satellite for the Military Technical Academy in Warsaw.
Other key lawyers:
Artur Stosio; Michał Błaszkiewicz; Hanna Ławrynowicz
‘Always on time and professional approach.’
‘Piotr Dynowski is a great lawyer with high communication skills and huge knowledge and experience.’
‘Cross-border team, seamless cooperation between international offices. High quality service. Commercial approach to risk and problem solving. Senior lawyers actively working on transaction.’
‘Michal Blaszkiewicz – very competent, oriented to problem solving rather than only pure risk identification, proactive in finding ways out of problems and fully reliable. Senior lawyer actively working on the deal.’
DP Poland Plc.
Accession Capital Partners
Westport Fuel Systems
- Advising Enterprise Investors, one of the largest private equity firms in Central and Eastern Europe, on the €100m sale of Wento, a leading Polish renewable energy company specialising in photovoltaic projects, to Equinor.
- Advising PKN Orlen, a leading player in the fuel and energy market and the largest company in Central and Eastern Europe, on an acquisition process for one of the oldest and best-known press distributors on the Polish market – RUCH S.A.
- Advising PGNiG in relation to the considered take-over by PKN Orlen S.A.
Poland > Dispute resolution Tier 3Bird & Bird Szepietowski i wspólnicy sp. k. has a strong line in construction disputes and has substantial experience of bilateral investment treaty arbitrations. Building on the firm's prowess in the technology sector, the group is also highly skilled in IP disputes and cases involving telecoms companies, including Nokia. Adam Kowalczyk is a commercial and regulatory disputes expert and also handles corporate fraud cases; he leads the team alongside Bartłomiej Niewczas, who has experience of cross-border bankruptcy claims. Counsel Grzegorz Kostrzewa is known for commercial contracts and regulatory disputes; while associate Dominik Hincz has expertise in contentious matters arising from the financial sector, including in relation to corporate bonds and insurance products.
Adam Kowalczyk; Bartłomiej Niewczas
‘Very good team work, flexible.’
‘Grzegorz Kostrzewa and Adam Kowalczyk are excellent lawyers, great cooperation, contact, know-how of business.’
‘They are constantly well prepared, and have clearly set objectives in every case I come to them with. They search for the most effective ways to secure our interests, either by winning or settling the case. I also want to recommend the team for their availability – knowing that your team is always ready to answer any of your questions is very reassuring when dealing with disputes.‘
‘They bring the highest level of professionalism to every case they take on. It is clear that they know what they’re doing, that their experience is really valuable and not forgotten, but is used to enhance their current work.’
‘In 2020/2021, Bird & Bird’s Dispute Resolution team has successfully met all the challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, and effectively switched to electronic services, including on-line dispute resolution, thanks to their advanced software and infrastructure.’
‘Dominik Hincz is a lawyer I know I can always depend on. His legal knowledge, professionalism and drive are what make him the outstanding lawyer that he is. Dominik is always quick to identify the best solutions and react accordingly. His answers to my questions and requests are swift, clear and well-thought through, and the quality of legal products he delivers is impressively high.’
‘Bartłomiej Niewczas, provides us with remarkable experience in the field of commercial litigation and arbitration. His extensive knowledge allows him to develop the most effective strategies, carry out accurate assessments of chances and risks, as well as propose proper recommendations on relevant issues, such as appointment of arbitrators or settlement negotiations.’
‘Dominik Hincz is our #1 attorney. His highly professional attitude and responsiveness allow him to provide us with the top quality legal advice and representation based on an excellent substantive preparation, thorough analysis and peace of mind during negotiation and court hearings.’
De Agostini Polska Sp. z o.o.
Emerson Process Management Sp. z o.o.
Nokia Solutions and Networks Sp. z o.o.
- Advised Skanska on the assessment of a claim against the author of the design of one of the major highways in Poland.
- 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 and services worth > EUR 1.5 M.
- 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, worth globally > EUR 2 M.
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 1,350 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 29 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.
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 Szepietowski|
|Brand management||Marta Koremba|
|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|
|Energy and utilities||Grzegorz Pizon|
|E-commerce and consumer goods||Pawel Lipski|
|Financing transactions||Maciej Georg|
|FinTech||Slawomir Szepietowski, Kuba Ruiz|
|Forensic services||Wojciech Czyzewski|
|Healthcare/life sciences||Marta Koremba|
|Infrastructure||Tomasz Zalewski, Magdalena Zablocka|
|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|
|Regulations and contracts||Katarzyna Piechocka|
|Restructuring and insolvency||Izabela Staniszewska-Brzozek|
|Technology and communications||Piotr Dynowski|
|Marcin Świerżewski||Marcin is a Partner who leads Real Estate team in Bird &…||View Profile|
|Piotr Dynowski||Piotr is a Partner and a co-head of the IP and head of…||View Profile|
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|Marta Koremba||Marta Koremba is a Partner and a co-head of the IP practice…||View Profile|
|Izabela Kowalczuk-Pakuła||Izabela Kowalczuk-Pakuła is a Partner and head of the Privacy & Data…||View Profile|
|Adam Kowalczyk||Partner in Dispute Resolution Practice based in our Warsaw office||View Profile|
|Paweł Lipski||Paweł is a Partner in our Intellectual Property Practice, based in Warsaw.||View Profile|
|Bartłomiej Niewczas||Counsel and Head of Dispute Resolution Practice at Warsaw Bird & Bird…||View Profile|
|Katarzyna Piechocka||Katarzyna Piechocka is a Counsel and head of the Commercial practice at…||View Profile|
|Grzegorz Pizoń||Grzegorz is a Partner and head of our Energy & Utilities practice,…||View Profile|
|Kuba Ruiz||Kuba Ruiz is a Senior Counsel in our Commercial Practice at Warsaw…||View Profile|
|Bartłomiej Sikora||Counsel and head of the Tax practice in Bird & Bird’s Warsaw…||View Profile|
|Karolina Stawicka||Karolina is a Counsel and head of the Employment group in Bird…||View Profile|
|Slawomir Szepietowski||Sławomir Szepietowski is the Managing Partner of Bird & Bird’s Warsaw office.…||View Profile|
|Magdalena Zabłocka-Foulkes||Counsel in the Commercial team in Bird & Bird’s Warsaw office.||View Profile|
|Tomasz Zalewski||Tomasz is a Partner in our Commercial department, based in Warsaw.||View Profile|
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