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

Bird & Bird Szepietowski i wspólnicy sp. k.
00-546 WARSAW

TMT Tier 1

Bird & Bird Szepietowski i wspólnicy sp. k.'s team receives praise from multiple clients for its 'business acumen'. Its broad practice includes regulatory work, including data protection, telecoms, media and gambling, as well as commercial, marketing, advertising, IP and e-commerce law. Head of data protection Izabela Kowalczuk-Pakuła advised Media Direction on its digital marketing activities and issues related to the implementation of GDPR. Piotr Dynowski leads on technology and communications issues and Kuba Ruiz leads the digital law team. Tomasz Zalewski, who has considerable experience in major IT projects, joined from Wierzbowski Eversheds Sutherland in January 2019.

Intellectual property Tier 2

Bird & Bird Szepietowski i wspólnicy sp. k.'s core areas of expertise include trade marks, design, research and development, and patents. The group often works closely with the firm's 'excellent international network' to advise multinational clients on their IP portfolios in Poland. 'Outstanding' and 'highly effective' co-head Marta Koremba successfully represented Swiss Pharma International in a trade mar infringement claim against a competitor that has put an identical drug onto the market under a similar trade mark. Fellow co-head, 'excellent patent litigatorPiotr Dynowski, is representing Nokia in a number of civil and criminal proceedings against counterfeiters in Poland. The group welcomed Tomasz Zalewski from Wierzbowski Eversheds Sutherland in January 2019.

Banking and finance Tier 4

Bird & Bird Szepietowski i wspólnicy sp. k. has developed an impressive niche in the intersection between the banking sector and technology. Marta Stanisławska and group head Sławomir Szepietowski are the sole legal advisers to the Polish Banks Associate in relation to the development of its payment services standards. Counsel Jakub Ziemba is another key individual.

Dispute resolution Tier 4

The team at Bird & Bird Szepietowski i wspólnicy sp. k. handles a variety of investment and domestic arbitration, construction and IP disputes and white-collar criminal law matters. Bartłomiej Niewczas, who leads the team, has expertise in complex construction disputes, and is supported by criminal law specialist Arkadiusz Matusiak and Jakub Ruiz, whose areas are contentious IT and technology matters. Adam Kowalczyk joined the team from PwC Legal Pawlowski Żelaznicki Sp. K, where he was head of the litigation, regulatory disputes and white-collar crime department, in September 2018.

Employment Tier 4

Bird & Bird Szepietowski i wspólnicy sp. k.'s Karolina Stawicka leads the team and has 'a professional attitude'. Together with Katarzyna Piechocka, she is advising Skanska on matters pertaining to collective and individual employment law, with a focus on global mobility and immigration. Also recommended are  Paulina Grotkowska-Harrington and Katarzyna Magnuska.

Energy and natural resources Tier 4

The team at Bird & Bird Szepietowski i wspólnicy sp. k. stands out for its gas sector expertise and for its experience in handling commercial solar mandates. Highlights for practice head Andrzej Nentwig included advising PGNiG on various matters pertaining to contracts, tariffs and regulations. He also advised the joint venture of Sun Investment Group and E-Energija on the acquisition of a portfolio of 43 photovoltaic projects in Poland. The group was greatly boosted by the arrival of Paweł Bajno from Norton Rose Fulbright in January 2019. Łukasz Petelski, formerly an associate with the firm, joined Wierzbowski Eversheds Sutherland, in November 2019.

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 5

Bird & Bird Szepietowski i wspólnicy sp. k.'s team is led by Rafał Dziedzic, who has extensive experience in M&A transactions. Dziedzic advised the New York Stock Exchanged-listed CryoLife on the Polish aspects of its $225m acquisition of Jotec. Ida Komorowska-Moj departed to Kochanski & Partners in November 2017, while the team welcomed Paweł Bajno from Norton Rose Fulbright in January 2019.

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 1,200 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 28 offices in 19 countries across Europe, Asia-Pacific and the Middle East, 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.

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.

Department Name Email Telephone
Banking and finance Slawomir Szepietowski
Intellectual property Piotr Dynowski
Brand management Marta Koremba
Energy and utilities Andrej Nentwig
Corporate and M&A Rafal Dziedzic
Digital Kuba Ruiz
Dispute resolution Bart?omiej Niewczas
Commercial Katarzyna Otwinowska
Employment Karolina Stawicka
Financing transactions Maciej Georg
Healthcare/life sciences Marta Koremba
Media and telecommunications Piotr Dynowski
Privacy and data protection Izabela Kowalczuk-Pakula
Insurance Jakub Ziemba
Real estate Marcin ?wier?ewski
Tax Bart?omiej Sikora
Technology and communications Piotr Dynowski
White-collar crime Arkadiusz Matusiak
Photo Name Position Profile
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
Mr Bartłomiej Niewczas  photo Mr Bartłomiej Niewczas
Mrs Katarzyna Otwinowska  photo Mrs Katarzyna Otwinowska
Mr Kuba Ruiz  photo Mr Kuba Ruiz
Mr Slawomir Szepietowski  photo Mr Slawomir Szepietowski
Mr Tomasz Zalewski  photo Mr Tomasz Zalewski
Number of lawyers : 1,200
at this office : 50+
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