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Dispute Resolution — Poland


Clifford Chance - Dispute Resolution Department

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Band 1

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Basic facts about the Department
- Head of department: Bartosz Krużewski
- 2 partners
- 12 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Warsaw

What the team is known for Outstanding team with a comprehensive dispute resolution practice covering high-stakes arbitration, including investment arbitration, as well as commercial disputes and white-collar crime matters. Advises private equity houses, financial institutions and corporates. Recently particularly involved in contentious public procurement cases. Also offers expertise in construction and healthcare disputes, as well as insolvency litigation.

Strengths The team is praised for its results-oriented and practical approach to cases, as one source highlights: "Their conclusions were helpful for making decisions," and another client adds: "They propose simple solutions that make sense."

Work highlights Defended Carrefour in a dispute with Bainbridge concerning the fulfilment of an option agreement valued at PLN166 million regarding a shopping centre in Gdańsk.

Represented Orange in a litigation case against Universal Music in relation to a strategic partnership agreement.

Significant Clients Dragados, Polaqua, HSBC, Mercor, Strabag.

Notable practitioners

Practice head Bartosz Krużewski is a top-ranked practitioner who is particularly skilled at advising domestic and international clients on post-merger disputes and has extensive experience in high-profile contentious construction cases. He is also a sought-after arbitration counsel and arbitrator. "He can communicate legal strategy in simple words," a client says.

Marcin Ciemiński's broad practice encompasses commercial, civil and insurance law litigation. He is particularly active in white-collar crime investigations, including corruption allegations. His communication skills are much valued, as one source says: "He is down-to-earth and gives precise and to-the-point answers," and another source adds: "He's very easy to work with," explaining further that "he's service-minded and responds very quickly."

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Sołtysiński Kawecki & Szlęzak - Dispute Resolution Department

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第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Head of department: Dariusz Skuza
- 4 partners
- 32 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Katowice, Poznań, Warsaw and Wrocław

What the team is known for Market-leading practice group advising on the full spectrum of dispute resolution matters. Particularly active in litigation relating to the construction and infrastructure sectors. Also handles high-profile domestic and international arbitration cases, including investment treaty arbitration. Very strong reputation in white-collar crime law and fraud investigations.

Strengths Clients mention the team's in-depth groundwork in relation to cases. One source praises: "They are very meticulous in preparation, always trying to look at an issue from all sides," adding: "They try to understand the substance of the matter, considering it from the business perspective."

Another source compliments the team's "proactive and solution-oriented" approach, adding: "They understand our needs clearly."

Work highlights Represented SRB Civil Engineering, John Sisk & Son and Roadbridge in several substantial-value disputes in relation to the construction of three sections of the A1 motorway.

Defended ELTEL Networks Telecom in a case of alleged unfair competition by the taking over of a business and employees.

Significant Clients Strabag, Auchan, PGNiG, A2 Strada, Mostostal Warszawa.

Notable practitioners

Senior statesman Stanisław Sołtysiński is an eminent corporate law and international arbitration specialist who is very highly regarded in the market.

Tomasz Konopka covers a broad range of business crime matters, including counterfeit products, money laundering and cybercrime, regularly assisting clients with court litigation. "He is able to give practical advice on cross-border investigative matters with great sophistication and expertise," says one source.

Dariusz Skuza has many years of experience as a litigator under his belt, focusing on commercial and civil litigation, in addition to acting on arbitration cases. He has also served as a judge. "He is the best lawyer on lawsuits we have ever encountered," enthuses one source.

Andrzej Szlęzak predominantly acts as an arbitrator and also has a strong track record of representing domestic and international clients on high-stakes arbitration matters as counsel.

Jacek Siński enters this year's ranking as a result of positive market recognition. He focuses on civil and commercial litigation, including regularly acting on corporate and contract disputes. According to one client, "he tries to understand the core of a problem and the business concepts."

Rafał Waszkiewicz goes up a tier in the rankings as a result of increased visibility and positive feedback. He acts on large construction disputes in addition to handling general commercial litigation matters. "He understands business needs," a source says.

About the Team (content provided by Sołtysiński Kawecki & Szlęzak)

SK&S’ Litigation Department, headed by Dariusz Skuza, provides advice on dispute resolution before the civil courts, courts of arbitration and the Supreme Administrative Court. We represent clients in all types of proceedings at all stages, from comprehensive case preparation and management, collecting evidence and filing statements of case, to settlement negotiations and participation in proceedings and the enforcement of judgments.

SK&S has successfully represented the Polish Government in international arbitration disputes and managed numerous disputes regarding the protection of foreign investments. Many proceedings conducted by the Litigation Department concern the protection of intellectual and industrial property and unfair competition. We have also had significant success in administrative proceedings before the Supreme Administrative Court and in arbitration proceedings.

Since SK&S’ inception, the Litigation Department has conducted significantly more than 3000 cases enabling our attorneys to gain the broadest possible experience in many courts which allows us best help and support our clients.



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CMS - Dispute Resolution Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Head of department: Małgorzata Surdek
- 2 partners
- 13 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Warsaw and Poznań

What the team is known for Well-reputed and growing practice group with extensive experience of class action claims against banks and financial institutions, representing financial services providers. Also has a solid track record in international arbitration matters. Active on a broad range of contentious matters, with sector specialisation in energy, aviation, life sciences and TMT. Acts on antitrust and IP-related conflicts. White-collar crime-related cases are a growing area of practice.

Strengths Clients refer to the team's commercial approach, with one interviewee identifying the group's key strengths as "thinking business, thinking ahead and thinking differently."

Clients appreciate the team's clear guidance. "I can count on them, they provide a very good risk analysis," a source says, adding: "Even if we can't win a dispute, we have a feeling we did all we could. I always get an answer straight away."

Work highlights Advised Airbus Helicopters on its PLN13 billion litigation related to the purchase of 50 helicopters for the Polish Army where the outcome of a public procurement tender was challenged by a competitor.

Represented AXA Life in two class action cases concerning surrender charges in unit-linked life insurance policies.

Significant Clients IBM, Bank BPH, Citi Handlowy, Bombardier, Millennium Bank.

Notable practitioners

An "outstanding specialist in consumer protection," managing partner Małgorzata Surdek has earned recognition for defending financial institutions on high-profile class action cases. She also handles contentious insurance cases and is active in public procurement litigation. A client admires "the way she leads the case and her team, as well as the way she formulates her argumentation."

Andrzej Szumański is a well established arbitrator endorsed by peers.

Anna Cudna-Wagner joined CMS from Linklaters in May 2017. She focuses on banking and insurance sector disputes, including widely disputed derivative transactions. One source praises her determination: "She wins all the cases that she can, and she still tries to win those she cannot."

Arkadiusz Korzeniewski's practice covers a full range of white-collar crime matters, including anti-bribery and corruption as well as internal corporate investigations. He also has broad experience of handling general commercial disputes. "He's incredibly personable, I immediately felt at ease," a client says.

Counsel Joanna Młot advises domestic and international clients on disputes related to construction, real estate and regulatory issues. "She clearly sees the heart of the problem," observes one source, adding: "She diagnoses risk fast and proposes very interesting solutions."

Counsel Katarzyna Kucharczyk assists with the team's key instructions, particularly in relation to construction disputes, and also represents clients in unfair competition cases. Sources point out her attention to detail.

About the Team (content provided by CMS)

CMS has one of the largest and most experienced specialist litigation and arbitration teams in Poland. The team is able to provide effective support and assistance in a wide variety of disputes – from simple claims to complex, high-value disputes.
Our specialisation is multi-dimensional. We are a top advisor in class actions, arbitration, consumer protection, public procurement, construction and unfair competition disputes. We have also won recognition for regularly advising clients in other areas of dispute – such as employment, corporate, intellectual property, competition and product liability.
We also deal with disputes that require industry-specific knowledge, for instance construction disputes, disputes related to claims under insurance policies, and disputes with regulators of the energy, telecommunications or financial markets. Our litigation lawyers work closely with colleagues from various sector teams who can offer industry-specific insight.
We conduct proceedings before administrative courts, and have advised in criminal proceedings (in particular in the area of commercial penal law) and enforcement proceedings.
The independent international reviewers Chambers and Legal 500 constantly recommend our team as one of the leading dispute resolution practices in Poland.

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Dentons - Dispute Resolution Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Heads of department: Wojciech Kozłowski and Anna Maria Pukszto
- 6 partners
- 27 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Warsaw

What the team is known for Sizeable team handling domestic and cross-border litigation matters, with a particular focus on the construction, energy, telecommunications and healthcare sectors. Also experienced in international arbitration, especially in relation to the energy sector, as well as white-collar crime.

Strengths The team is noted for its proactive approach. "They have new ideas, plenty of solutions," a client says, adding that the lawyers anticipate the action of the other side and "come up with good strategic proposals."

Work highlights Acted for P4 on its EUR72 million claim for damages against T-Mobile, Polkomtel and Orange over price discrimination practices applied by the mobile operators.

Represented SIAC Construction in several disputes with regard to the construction of the A4 motorway in Poland against GDDKiA.

Significant Clients Gazprom, Rail Polska, GlaxoSmithKline.

Notable practitioners

Wojciech Kozłowski advises clients from a broad range of sectors on commercial litigation, including representing clients in disputes against the regulatory bodies. He recently co-led the team representing a consortium of Saipem, Techint and PBG in the EUR60 million EPC contract dispute with Polskie LNG in relation to the construction of an LNG regasification terminal.

Piotr Machnikowski is recognised as an active arbitrator and is also respected for his academic credentials.

Agnieszka Wardak heads the criminal litigation and internal investigations team at the firm. She has extensive experience in dealing with corporate crime matters, including corporate liability, corruption and risk management issues. She is described as "a great defender in criminal cases," and another source adds: "She knows how to communicate with clients, she easily builds trust."

Head of the arbitration practice Michał Jochemczak appears as both counsel and arbitrator. His areas of expertise include disputes relating to the energy, construction, real estate and financial sectors. He is praised by clients for his fast and detailed responses.

Anna Maria Pukszto is active on a wide array of commercial disputes, with particular expertise in insolvency-related matters. She continued to act for SIAC Construction on a number of disputes related to the construction of the A4 motorway in Poland against GDDKiA, in aggregate valued at EUR190 million. One client appreciates her "very thorough and precise advice," adding: "She always outlines advantages and disadvantages in strategy, and then looks at mitigating risks."

Patrick Radzimierski represents clients in civil and administrative law proceedings, including large-scale construction cases. "He comes back with new ideas and plenty of solutions, anticipating movements and coming up with good strategic proposals," a client reports.

About the Team (content provided by Dentons)

Dentons’ litigation and dispute resolution practice includes arbitration, mediation and all other forms of alternative dispute resolution. We have a dedicated team focused on product and regulatory based litigation, as well as specialist teams advising on other specific types of dispute such as financial services, property, employment, IT and IP matters. Due to the uniqueness or niche expertise needed to resolve some cases, the general team is divided into several sub-teams: corporate, construction, infrastructure, white collar crime, healthcare, bankruptcy and international arbitration. This makes Dentons’ Dispute Resolution practice the largest in Poland.

Our key areas of specialization include:

  • construction/engineering/infrastructure (including Projects,
    Real Estate and Planning)
  • complex, multijurisdictional corporate disputes
  • energy disputes
  • financial services/banking/insurance litigation
  • fraud, asset recovery
  • health & safety disputes
  • intellectual property disputes
  • international arbitration (commercial and investment), particularly experienced in representing our clients regarding claims arising under the Energy Charter Treaty and in relation to bilateral investment treaties
  • bankruptcy litigation
  • pensions disputes
  • product liability litigation
  • white collar crimes/internal investigations, including FCPA/fraud investigations
  • TMT disputes
  • transport

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Domański Zakrzewski Palinka - Dispute Resolution Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Head of department: Józef Palinka
- 3 partners
- 12 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Poznań, Warsaw and Wrocław

What the team is known for Highly respected team at a notable Polish firm covering a whole spectrum of commercial litigation and arbitration matters. Particularly active in construction and infrastructure disputes as well as conflicts related to the financial, transport and communication sectors. Active in international and domestic arbitration. Has a strong track record in handling white-collar crime issues.

Strengths Sources praise "their understanding of the local realities," while another highlights the team's knowledge of Polish court practice, saying the team can weigh up "which arguments will work."

Work highlights Represented Obrascón Huarte Lain (OHL) in a complex contentious case relating to bankruptcy of members of a consortium and filing a claim against the only remaining member of the consortium, PBG.

Significant Clients EY, Kompania Piwowarska, Bilfinger, Teva Pharmaceutical, ING Group.

Notable practitioners

Senior practitioner Hanna Gajewska-Kraczkowska has in-depth knowledge of matters relating to business crime and fiscal criminal proceedings. Corporate compliance is another area of expertise.

Jozef Palinka is a widely respected disputes lawyer acting on a range of arbitration and litigation matters. He has recently been involved in high-profile disputes relating to currency options products, representing the banks.

Paweł Lewandowski assists clients with construction and energy-related disputes. He acted for OHL on a high-stakes litigation concerning a claim against PBG over sharing the cost of a construction project. Sources point out his strong communication skills.

About the Team (content provided by Domański Zakrzewski Palinka)

Court disputes are an unavoidable part of business. We realise that the outcome of court or arbitration proceedings has a direct impact on a firm’s financial standing and that a lengthy trial or enforcement is a calamity for many businesses. Thus we try to ensure that the effect of our services translates into success in court and that the services we provide are as effective as possible in terms of both time and cost. The Practice is composed of 12 specialists working under the leadership of three Partners who have extensive experience in negotiations, arbitration and representing clients in court.

DZP’s lawyers represent Polish and foreign clients in disputes, acting for them in negotiations with business partners and before Polish and international institutions. Our experts act in common courts, the Supreme Court and the Constitutional Tribunal, and also in Polish and international arbitration tribunals.

We dedicate ourselves to each matter and our clients are kept regularly informed of the course of proceedings. Our know-how aids the market feeling that we gained in working with entities operating in various business sectors.

The Law Firm has handled numerous prominent cases in Poland for clients in, e.g. construction and infrastructure, industry, transport and communications, trade, finances and insurance, and also in the real estate and state administration sectors.

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K&L Gates - Dispute Resolution Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Head of department: Maciej Jamka
- 4 partners
- 12 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Warsaw

What the team is known for Highly respected practice group active on a wide range of commercial disputes, particularly in the construction and infrastructure sectors. Strong reputation in the market for its international arbitration practice, regularly acting on high-profile cases, including international investment treaty arbitration. Increasingly visible handling white-collar crime cases.

Strengths Clients highlight the team's solution-oriented approach, as one source says: "They are always proposing ideas in our meetings and presenting possible scenarios in order to look for the best solution to our interests."

Work highlights Acted for PGE EJ1 on a litigation case against a consortium of three companies, WorleyParsons Nuclear Services, WorleyParsons International and WorleyParsons Group, over the payment of contractual penalties for an alleged failure to provide necessary services for the construction of a nuclear plant.

Represented Decoma as a member of the consortium led by COVEC in a number of litigation cases against subcontractors in relation to the construction of sections A and C of the A2 motorway.

Significant Clients Saipem, Orange, NDI, DONG Energy, Prochem.

Notable practitioners

Practice head Maciej Jamka is active in both arbitration and significant local litigation cases, particularly in relation to construction matters. He has an enviable track record in investment arbitration cases and also regularly acts as an arbitrator in commercial arbitration cases. "He guesses business needs before they are articulated," a client admires, adding that he can predict "the next step of the other party" as well as "what will happen in the process."

Wojciech Sadowski handles a wide array of commercial disputes and also comes highly recommended for international arbitration matters, appearing as both arbitrator and counsel. He recently co-led the team representing Orlen Koltrans in a dispute against PKP in relation to a railway accident that resulted in the destruction of two trains and the railway infrastructure.

Rafał Morek climbs up the ranks as a result of strong feedback from market commentators. He has considerable experience in alternative methods of dispute resolution as well as litigation. Sources praise him for his experience as an arbitration counsel. "He looks for constructive solutions suited to the situation," a client reports.

Associate-to-watch Maciej Antoniak enters the ranking as a result of positive comments from market commentators. His handles criminal proceedings, compliance and internal investigations for clients from various sectors, including infrastructure, energy and the pharmaceutical industry. One client lauds his dedication: "He supports me from the very first minute we talk."

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Wardyński & Partners - Dispute Resolution Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Head of department: Monika Hartung, Jan Ciećwierz and Paweł Mazur
- 4 partners
- 9 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Kraków, Poznań, Warsaw and Wrocław

What the team is known for Strong team at a highly respected Polish firm handling both litigation and arbitration matters. Advises clients from a broad range of industries, including construction, steel, rail, energy and media. Works in close association with the firm's other departments, including IP and employment. Also houses dedicated white-collar crime-specialised lawyers.

Strengths Interviewees appreciate the clarity of legal guidance, with a source noting that the team provides clear and straightforward advice.

Work highlights Acted for Impel against the State Treasury on a high-stakes claim concerning the liability of the state for the company's losses after the change of law.

Represented Wyborowa in its EUR25 million claim for damages when the company was forced to relocate as a result of a new zoning plan.

Notable practitioners

Senior statesman Tomasz Wardyński is an eminent name in the Polish arbitration market. He acts as an arbitrator on high-calibre international arbitration proceedings.

Monika Hartung is an experienced lawyer specialising in commercial disputes and regularly acts as arbitration counsel. She has a particular focus on post-M&A contentious matters. She recently represented an Israeli investor in a EUR16 million case against a seller concerning a failed land purchase transaction in Poland.

Entering the rankings this year, Janusz Tomczak is a respected name in relation to handling white-collar crime matters, including internal investigations with criminal liability aspects. He acts on cyber fraud, corruption and compliance matters.

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Drzewiecki Tomaszek & Partners - Dispute Resolution Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Head of department: Zbigniew Drzewiecki
- 3 partners
- 18 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Gdańsk, Kraków, Poznań, Warsaw and Wrocław

What the team is known for Robust practice group with considerable experience in advising domestic and foreign clients on a broad range of commercial disputes, including contentious contract, shareholder and IP cases. Well known for representing consumers in high-profile class action lawsuits against banks. Also offers niche expertise in litigation related to the defence sector. Clients benefit from the firm's wide network of offices in Poland's regions.

Strengths Sources note the team's approach, with one stating: "Their logic and strategic moves are convincing," while another adds: "They analyse the matter from many different perspectives, which gives me a lot of confidence."

Interviewees also praise the lawyers' "deep understanding" of the Polish court system.

Work highlights Represented Amber Gold in a case against the Treasury regarding the compensation for financial losses that the appellate court accepted as admissible in a class action case.

Advised CFG on a dispute against Diebold Poland concerning contractual penalties.

Significant Clients PZL Świdnik, Netia, Red Bull, PKN Orlen, Philip Morris International.

Notable practitioners

Practice head Zbigniew Drzewiecki is an established disputes lawyer in the Polish market. He is known for his work on high-value public procurement and protecting consumers in class action cases. One client comments: "His business experience allows him to develop very successful litigation strategies."

Jarosław Kołkowski joined the team from Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP in early 2017. He advises domestic and international clients on a wide range of commercial litigation matters with a particular focus on the energy sector.

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Greenberg Traurig Grzesiak - Dispute Resolution Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Head of department: Paweł Pietkiewicz
- 3 partners
- 9 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Warsaw

What the team is known for Notable practice group with a strong reputation in post-M&A and bankruptcy-related litigation. Also acts on domestic and international arbitration matters. Represents multinational financial institutions and companies in commercial litigation, and prive equity funds in contentious matters. Defends public companies and high net worth individuals in administrative proceedings before the Polish financial regulator. Increasingly visible in cases concerning real estate development.

Strengths Sources value the team's all-encompassing approach in court. A source comments: "We like their understanding of the court procedure and the ability to read the sentiment and behaviour of different sides."

Clients also highlight the team's commercial approach. A source says: "Before they enter into detail and talk about tactics, we speak about what's important and what's not for us," while another adds: "They try to find amicable solutions which allow us to maintain good relationships."

Work highlights Acted for a major financial institution on an international arbitration before the ICC International Court of Arbitration in Geneva in relation to a cross-border transaction in the banking sector.

Significant Clients Bank Pekao, mBank, PZU, Kompania Piwowarska, Montagu Private Equity.

Notable practitioners

Practice head Paweł Pietkiewicz advises leading domestic and multinational clients on a wide spectrum of litigation and arbitration matters. He acts both as an arbitration counsel and as an arbitrator. One client describes him as "thoughtful in approach, covering all different possibilities."

Andrzej Wysokiński is widely respected for his expertise in financial disputes, especially arising from restructuring and insolvency. He represented one of the leading Polish banks against SIAC Construction in relation to a payment in regard to the financing the bank provided to a consortium, of which SIAC Construction a member, to construct a motorway.

About the Team (content provided by Greenberg Traurig Grzesiak)

The Litigation and Arbitration Team at Greenberg Traurig’s Warsaw office combines the experience of the firm’s transaction and counseling practice, in particular in the area of M&A, privatization, corporate law, banking and finance, telecommunications, energy, real estate and taxation, with the ability to use a strategic approach towards the most complex, including cross-border, litigation cases before arbitration tribunals, common courts and other authorities.

Greenberg Traurig’s Warsaw office represents clients before all Polish courts, including the Supreme Court and the Supreme Administrative Court and the Constitutional Tribunal as well as arbitration courts in Poland and abroad. The Warsaw office represents its clients in proceedings before state administration bodies, in particular the President of the Polish Office of Competition and Consumer Protection (UOKiK) and the Financial Supervision Authority and in appeal proceedings against the decisions of these offices (in particular before the Competition and Consumer Protection Court in Warsaw).

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Kubas Kos Gałkowski - Dispute Resolution Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Office locations: Kraków and Warsaw

What the team is known for Well-reputed disputes boutique with notable capabilities in domestic and international arbitration. Also has a strong team of litigators. Notable experience in class action cases.

Strengths One market commentator describes the firm as having a "very solid practice."

Notable practitioners

Senior practitioner Andrzej Kubas is a respected academic with very solid experience in advising on contentious civil and commercial law matters. He is also a well-respected name in the international arbitration market. Sources note that he handles significant cases.

Rafał Kos has a solid reputation as an active litigator and arbitration counsel.

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Łaszczuk & Partners - Dispute Resolution Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Heads of department: Justyna Szpara and Maciej Łaszczuk
- 4 partners
- 8 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Warsaw

What the team is known for Well-established disputes team reputed for its activity in domestic and international arbitration cases, including investment arbitration. The firm's lawyers also act as arbitrators. Additionally handles litigation cases, assisting clients with a broad range of commercial disputes, including construction and infrastructure-related conflicts.

Strengths The team is valued for its skill in answering clients' needs, as one source observes: "They have proved their ability to bring solutions. They are persistent. They never give up," while another interviewee states: "We co-operate very well without having substantive discussions."

Significant Clients Lufthansa, Safran Vectronix, Rockfin, VKR Holding, VELUX.

Notable practitioners

Founding partner Maciej Łaszczuk has a remarkable track record as an arbitrator, acting on commercial and investment arbitration cases. He is also a highly regarded commercial litigator.

Managing partner Justyna Szpara is sought after by domestic and international clients for substantial commercial litigation cases. She also acts as an arbitrator and represents clients as arbitration counsel in commercial and investment arbitration cases. "She has the ability to understand all the complexities of an issue and come up with brilliant solutions," comments one source.

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Linklaters - Dispute Resolution Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Head of department: Cezary Wiśniewski
- 1 partner
- 11 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Warsaw

What the team is known for Well-respected practice group with a visible presence on international arbitration cases. Excellent track record in advising major banks and financial institutions, especially on class action matters. Active litigation practice that represents clients from the real estate, TMT and consumer goods sectors. Notable experience in handling white-collar crime cases.

Strengths Clients like the team's thorough preparation for cases. A source commends its "very logical argumentation in written form and in court," while another client highlights "their detailed and careful long-term planning of expected developments, which is very useful in building litigation strategies."

Work highlights Advised Narodowe Centrum Sportu-Rozliczenia on settlement negotiations concerning the performance of a contract for the construction of the National Stadium in Warsaw with a consortium led by the Alpine Bau group.

Significant Clients Orange, Poczta Polska, CCC, Bank BGŻ BNP Paribas.

Notable practitioners

Tomasz Manicki focuses on white-collar crime-related cases, representing financial institutions in internal investigation matters, asset tracing and compliance matters. A source says he can "find good solutions" even in complex cases.

Practice head Cezary Wisniewski is a respected arbitrator acting for both domestic and international clients, with particular experience in investment arbitration. He is also involved in the firm's key litigation cases.

Counsel Zbigniew Kruczkowski is an experienced commercial litigator who is particularly well versed in competition law and shareholder disputes. Sources note his in-depth analysis and the calmness of his approach.

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SPCG Studnicki Płeszka Ćwiąkalski Górski - Dispute Resolution Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Heads of department: Zbigniew Ćwiąkalski and Krystian Radłowski
- 4 partners
- 14 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Katowice, Kraków, Warsaw and Wrocław

What the team is known for Assists clients with a variety of corporate and civil law disputes, including shareholder disputes and contentious competition matters. Active across a wide range of industry sectors including telecommunications, banks, energy and real estate. Notable standing in white-collar crime defence, as well as in compliance and crisis management. Benefits from a network of regional offices.

Strengths Sources note the team's responsiveness, with a client saying they are available "days, nights, weekends. They are always ready to help."

Work highlights Represented the companies of Wind Invest Group in a high-value proceedings relating to the termination of long-term sale purchase agreements of electricity by the buyer.

Significant Clients T-Mobile, Polenergia, Deutsche Bank Polska, Bank Handlowy, Tesco.

Notable practitioners

Senior statesman Zbigniew Ćwiąkalski is an established name in dealing with contentious business cases related to white-collar crime. He is also a reputed academic.

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White & Case M. Studniarek i Wspólnicy - Kancelaria Prawna sp.k. - Dispute Resolution Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Head of department: Michał Subocz
- 2 partners
- 8 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Warsaw

What the team is known for Notable dispute resolution team advising on commercial litigation across a variety of sectors. Acts for a portfolio of high-profile clients on high-value construction disputes and also active on contentious cases concerning the transport sector. Also handles international arbitration matters. Additional expertise in assisting with disputes related to white-collar crime and compliance issues.

Strengths Sources appreciate the team's in-depth engagement while preparing for court hearings, with a client praising its "huge involvement in case preparation" as well as "clarity of arguments."

Work highlights Represented members of a consortium against the Polish State Treasury in a dispute relating to withholding payment as a result of liquidation of alleged damages in an A2 motorway construction.

Acted for PKP against Eiffage Polska Koleje on PLN54 million dispute with regard to the termination of a contract by Eiffage related to the refurbishment of Polish railways.

Significant Clients Autostrade Tech, Energia dla Firm, Sando Budownictwo, Construcciones Sanchez Dominguez Sando, Vastint.

Notable practitioners

Practice head Michał Subocz is particularly known and respected for acting on construction disputes. He also acts as arbitration counsel and recently represented Acciona Infraestructuras and Mostostal Warszawa in a commercial arbitration case in relation to a high-value project for the modernisation of a coal preparation plant.

Counsel Piotr Bytnerowicz enters the rankings this year as a result of positive market feedback. He is active on the team's most significant disputes, which often relate to construction. One source notes "the clarity and aptness of his conclusions and arguments," as well as "his creativity in solving problems."

Aleksandra Oziemska enters the white-collar crime rankings as a result of positive comments from market sources. She assists with internal investigations, compliance and administrative disputes relating to criminal charges.

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DLA Piper Wiater sp.k. - Dispute Resolution Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Head of department: Krzysztof Kycia
- 1 partner
- 14 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Warsaw

What the team is known for Comprehensive dispute resolution team advising on arbitration and domestic as well as international litigation. Particularly active in the energy, construction and infrastructure sectors. Contentious public procurement matters, including in the defence sector, are an additional area of expertise.

Strengths Sources note the team's pragmatic approach. An interviewee says the lawyers are good at seeking out solutions "even if the forecast of a given dispute is not optimistic," while another client compliments the lawyers' ability to reach a compromise.

Sources highlight the team's business acumen, as one interviewee adds: "They also take into account business reasons that are important for the client."

Work highlights Represented Wento in a dispute against ENEA in relation to the enforcement of the conclusion of the final share purchase agreement valued at PLN286.5 million.

Acted for O&M as the sellers of Ren on a number of disputes with Hortex Holding related to O&M's withdrawal from the sale.

Significant Clients Qubus, PORR, Enter Air, Pomorskie Przedsiębiorstwo Mechaniczno - Torowe, PGE Energetyka Odnawialna.

Notable practitioners

Practice head Krzysztof Kycia has significant experience in public procurement, construction and infrastructure disputes. "He is realistic in his judgements," reports one client. He represented PGE GiEK in a court dispute challenging the decisions of the energy regulator on state aid in the form of reimbursement of so-called stranded costs.

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Gide Loyrette Nouel - Dispute Resolution Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Head of department: Piotr Sadownik
- 1 partner
- 6 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Warsaw

What the team is known for Well-respected team assisting clients with litigation and arbitration matters. Has considerable experience in advising French and German-speaking clients active in the Polish market and also has a loyal following among Polish companies. Sector expertise includes infrastructure construction, particularly in relation to highways, public procurement and energy.

Strengths Sources are impressed by the team's handling of cases in court. "They easily lead argumentation with the judge, and you can see this is not done ad hoc," a client says.

Clients describe the team as "proactive and efficient" and also note its practical advice.

Work highlights Represented GDDKiA in the Polish Supreme Court in a matter regarding the rejection of GDDKiA’s high-value counterclaim against one of the contractors, Doprastav, by the Court of Appeal.

Significant Clients PSA Group, KGHM Polska Miedź, Inso Spa, L'Oréal, PGNiG.

Notable practitioners

Department head Piotr Sadownik is a well-recognised practitioner with a strong track record in advising domestic clients and international investors. He has particular expertise in infrastructure and energy-related matters. He is praised for his understanding of clients' needs.

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Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP - Dispute Resolution Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Head of department: Andrzej Miklas
- 1 partner
- 10 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Warsaw

What the team is known for Considerable experience in assisting clients with commercial litigation and regulatory matters in the construction, transport and energy sectors. Strong track record in resolving shareholder disputes, benefiting from its strong M&A and DCM practices.

Work highlights Advised Hydrobudowa Polska and PBG on a high-value dispute with Narodowe Centrum Sportu Rozliczenia in relation to the construction of the National Stadium in Warsaw and the payment for additional work.

Significant Clients PKP, PGNiG, ERBUD, T-Mobile Polska, Bank Millennium.

Notable practitioners

Counsel Karina Aust Niewiadomska climbs the white-collar crime rankings as a result of praise from the market. She focuses on business crime matters, including alleged fraud.

Department head Andrzej Miklas is an experienced disputes lawyer with a particular focus on corporate disputes. He recently represented PKP in a litigation case against Budimex in relation to compensation of damages for a breach of share purchase agreement.

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WKB Wierciński Kwieciński Baehr - Dispute Resolution Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Heads of department: Bartłomiej Jankowski and Tomasz Kwieciński
- 2 partners
- 9 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Poznań and Warsaw

What the team is known for Well-regarded team with extensive experience in infrastructure and construction disputes, often defending its clients against the state authorities. Handles regulatory disputes and represents energy and insurance companies as well as Polish municipalities. Also active in arbitration.

Strengths The lawyers are praised for their thorough preparation, with a client saying: "They consider in advance different scenarios of the possible steps an opponent might take."

Sources appreciate the team's involvement with cases, with a source saying: "They know how to lead a dialogue and argumentation; they pay attention to the important parts of the case, always focused on solving it."

Work highlights Represented PGE in its PLN50 million dispute with the State Treasury concerning losses suffered by PGE due to the late implementation of the EU Energy Directive.

Advised MPK Poznań on several disputes initiated by Elektrobudowa concerning the construction of a tram depot.

Significant Clients PARP, Municipal Water Supply and Sewerage in Bydgoszcz, Salini Impregilo, Tebodin, Intercor.

Notable practitioners

Bartłomiej Jankowski enjoys a solid reputation in the Polish disputes market. He focuses on construction and infrastructure disputes, including roads, waste water and heating projects. He is also experienced in contentious commercial and corporate matters. "He can lead the conversation in such a way that he can throw his opponent off balance with his arguments," says one impressed client.

Tomasz Kwieciński's expertise encompasses contentious public procurement and insurance matters. He represented Air Products in arbitration proceedings for damages in relation to the termination of a long-term gas delivery contract valued at PLN15 million. "He is a very experienced lawyer who judges the situation very well," observes one source.

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The lawyers assist clients in proceedings before courts, tribunals and public administration agencies, including in pre-trial negotiations. Well-known for advising major Polish cities and utilities, the team has been increasingly active in complex insurance, construction and public procurement disputes, as well as disputes in the renewables sector.

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Allen & Overy, A. Pedzich Sp. k. - Dispute Resolution Department

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Band 5

第五等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Heads of department: Krystyna Szczepanowska-Kozłowska and Bartosz Merczyński
- 1 partner
- 9 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Warsaw

What the team is known for Substantial experience in advising banks and other financial institutions on insolvency-related litigation matters, class action cases and the mis-selling of financial products. Broad commercial litigation practice includes contentious regulatory and intellectual property disputes.

Strengths The team's initiative impresses clients, as one source says: "You do not need to point out what has to be done."

Work highlights Represented Orange in a dispute against its former agent concerning mutual compensation between the parties after the termination of the agency agreement.

Acted for Novartis on enforcement and defence of a dosage regime patent that included several parallel litigation cases.

Significant Clients Deutsche Bank, mBank, HSBC, Warta, Skandia Życie Towarzystwo Ubezpieczeń.

Notable practitioners

Heads of department Krystyna Szczepanowska-Kozłowska and Bartosz Merczyński are key contacts for clients.

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Baker McKenzie - Dispute Resolution Department

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Band 5

第五等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Head of department: Łukasz Hejmej
- 2 partners
- 8 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Warsaw

What the team is known for Covers the full spectrum of commercial litigation matters, with extensive experience in advising banks and insurance companies. Notable capabilities in infrastructure-related litigation. Active in international arbitration proceedings.

Strengths The team is noted for its negotiation skills, as one source reports: "They are very good lawyers in negotiations with a client in difficult matters, when we are looking to achieve a compromise."

Significant Clients Warbud, Sita Polska, Aegon, Getin Bank, AIG Europe.

Notable practitioners

Practice head Łukasz Hejmej and Sebastian Pabian are key contacts for clients.

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The focus areas of Baker McKenzie´s Warsaw dispute resolution practice are:
•    Insurance and financial institutions litigation/arbitration
•    Construction and infrastructure disputes
•    International arbitration proceedings (regardless of the jurisdiction)
•    Corporate litigation/arbitration
•    Compliance and internal investigations
•    Consumer litigation (including group actions)

Since Łukasz Hejmej and Sebastian Pabian have joined the team we have a great portfolio of financial institutions clients – banks as well as insurers (such as AEGON Towarzystwo Ubezpieczeń na Życie S.A., AIG Europe Limited Sp. z o.o. Branch in Poland, PKO Leasing S.A., Chubb European Group Limited Branch in Poland, Getin Noble Bank S.A., TUiR Allianz Polska S.A.).

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Jara Drapała & Partners - Dispute Resolution Department

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Band 5

第五等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Head of department: Przemysław Drapała
- 2 partners
- 10 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Warsaw

What the team is known for New addition to the rankings acting on high-profile construction disputes. Represents multinational clients from the construction sector in domestic and international arbitration cases. Impressive client roster includes renowned German companies among others.

Strengths The team's practical expertise in handling contentious construction matters is especially valued by clients: "The team is highly experienced and well versed in matters related to road infrastructure," a client says.

Clients also value the team's ability to explain issues in layman's terms, as one source points out: "When I read their letters I understand everything. It is logical and easy."

Work highlights Represented Alpine Bau in a number of disputes with the Polish state concerning claims relating to the construction of the PGE National Stadium in Warsaw.

Acted for Eiffage Polska Budownictwo on its high-value case regarding a damages claim in relation to the construction of the Football Stadium in Białystok before the Polish Supreme Court.

Significant Clients PORR Polska Infrastructure, Babcock Borsig Steinmuller, Pesa, Cemex, Salcef Group.

Notable practitioners

Przemysław Drapała enters this year's rankings in recognition of his standing in the Polish disputes market. He regularly handles high-profile construction and infrastructure disputes. He is strongly praised by market sources for being "always very convincing and able to support his stance with persuasive arguments."

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Kocur & Partners - Dispute Resolution Department

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Band 5

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Head of department: Michał Kocur
- 2 partners
- 3 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Warsaw

What the team is known for Notable litigation boutique with extensive experience in advising clients on construction and infrastructure disputes. Adept at handling international cases, including arbitration proceedings.

Strengths The team is noted for its advice and client service. A source reports: "I was very pleased with their prompt action, clear recommendations and close attention to the matter at hand."

Work highlights Advised RD Bud on a dispute against a furniture retailer in relation to the reconstruction and extension of one of its stores in Poland.

Acted on a series of disputes on behalf of EcoErgia against PKP Energetyka in relation to energy trading issues.

Significant Clients St. Jude Medical, East Capital, Kaeser Kompressoren, Lietuviškas ūkis.

Notable practitioners

Michał Kocur is a highly regarded disputes lawyer who advises clients from a broad range of industries including real estate, construction and healthcare. "What is particularly impressive is how solid his understanding of the case has been as early as at the pitching stage," enthuses one source. He also acts as an arbitrator.

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Röhrenschef - Dispute Resolution Department

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Band 5

第五等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Head of department: Marcin Radwan-Röhrenschef
- 4 partners
- 3 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Well-regarded disputes boutique offering advice on commercial litigation, including in cross-border cases. Particular focus on public procurement, particularly in relation to large construction projects, as well as distressed restructuring cases.

Strengths Sources value the team's availably at short notice and strategic thinking.

Work highlights Represented ARP (Industrial Development Agency) in the restructuring proceedings of Hawe Group.

Significant Clients Budimex, Bank BNP Paribas BGŻ, Casa Bella, Dual Corporate Risks, Hansol EME.

Notable practitioners

Marcin Radwan-Röhrenschef advises on a wide range of commercial disputes, including in the field of administrative and bankruptcy law, as well as contentious cases related to infrastructure projects. Sources praise his responsiveness and strong interpersonal skills.

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Wierzbowski Eversheds Sutherland - Dispute Resolution Department

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Band 5

第五等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Head of department: Maciej Jóźwiak
- 2 partners
- 5 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Warsaw

What the team is known for Notable team with broad expertise in commercial litigation as well as arbitration matters. Significant experience in advising clients in the TMT, infrastructure and aviation sectors. Also handles class action claims.

Strengths Sources like the team's commitment to seeking solutions, with a client praising its "proactive approach to finding the best litigation strategy and excellent communication."

Value for Money Several clients agree that the team provides good value for money.

Work highlights Represented Dalekovod in a dispute initiated by ENEA regarding energy network infrastructure investments.

Significant Clients Samsung, Orange Polska, Lagardère Sports Poland, Panattoni Europe, Metro Group.

Notable practitioners

Senior associate Maciej Jóźwiak is a key contact for clients.

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Wierzbowski Eversheds Sutherland has one of the most experienced dispute resolution teams in Poland, able to attract some of the most high-profile cases on the market. We have particular depth of experience and understanding of the TMT, real estate, infrastructure and aviation sectors.

Our services include:

  • Pretrial advice and negotiationsCivil and commercial cases before the state courts, including the Supreme Court of Poland
  • Out-of-court disputes, including alternative dispute resolution methods such as arbitration and mediation
  • Bankruptcy and restructuring
  • Administrative proceedings before public agencies, province administrative courts, and the Supreme Administrative Court
  • Proceedings before the president of the Office of Competition and Consumer Protection and the Court of Competition and Consumer Protection
  • Proceedings before other public administrative bodies, including market regulators
  • Criminal proceedings, including fraud, corruption and white-collar matters
  • Proceedings before labor courts in employment disputes
  • Tax crime cases and commercial criminal cases
  • Enforcement proceedings
  • Proceedings concerning corporate criminal liability
  • Litigation combating unfair competition in the FMCG sector
  • Court proceedings concerning pharmaceuticals and medical devices
  • Product liability cases
  • Consumer disputes
  • Construction and infrastructure disputes
  • Real estate disputes
  • Intellectual property disputes
  • Class actions
  • Appeals
  • Proceedings before the European Commission

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Senior Statesperson

Zbigniew Ćwiąkalski

SPCG Studnicki Płeszka Ćwiąkalski Górski

From the Chambers Europe guide

Senior statesman Zbigniew Ćwiąkalski is an established name in dealing with contentious business cases related to white-collar crime. He is also a reputed academic.

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Senior Statesperson

Kubas Kos Gałkowski

From the Chambers Europe guide

Senior practitioner Andrzej Kubas is a respected academic with very solid experience in advising on contentious civil and commercial law matters. He is also a well-respected name in the international arbitration market. Sources note that he handles significant cases.

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Senior Statesperson

Stanisław Sołtysiński

Sołtysiński Kawecki & Szlęzak

From the Chambers Europe guide

Senior statesman Stanisław Sołtysiński is an eminent corporate law and international arbitration specialist who is very highly regarded in the market.

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Band 1

Bartosz Krużewski

Clifford Chance

From the Chambers Europe guide

Practice head Bartosz Krużewski is a top-ranked practitioner who is particularly skilled at advising domestic and international clients on post-merger disputes and has extensive experience in high-profile contentious construction cases. He is also a sought-after arbitration counsel and arbitrator. "He can communicate legal strategy in simple words," a client says.

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Band 1

Paweł Pietkiewicz

Greenberg Traurig Grzesiak

From the Chambers Europe guide

Practice head Paweł Pietkiewicz advises leading domestic and multinational clients on a wide spectrum of litigation and arbitration matters. He acts both as an arbitration counsel and as an arbitrator. One client describes him as "thoughtful in approach, covering all different possibilities."

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Band 1

Sołtysiński Kawecki & Szlęzak

From the Chambers Europe guide

Dariusz Skuza has many years of experience as a litigator under his belt, focusing on commercial and civil litigation, in addition to acting on arbitration cases. He has also served as a judge. "He is the best lawyer on lawsuits we have ever encountered," enthuses one source.

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Band 2

Wardyński & Partners

From the Chambers Europe guide

Monika Hartung is an experienced lawyer specialising in commercial disputes and regularly acts as arbitration counsel. She has a particular focus on post-M&A contentious matters. She recently represented an Israeli investor in a EUR16 million case against a seller concerning a failed land purchase transaction in Poland.

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Band 2

K&L Gates

From the Chambers Europe guide

Practice head Maciej Jamka is active in both arbitration and significant local litigation cases, particularly in relation to construction matters. He has an enviable track record in investment arbitration cases and also regularly acts as an arbitrator in commercial arbitration cases. "He guesses business needs before they are articulated," a client admires, adding that he can predict "the next step of the other party" as well as "what will happen in the process."

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Łaszczuk & Partners

From the Chambers Europe guide

Founding partner Maciej Łaszczuk has a remarkable track record as an arbitrator, acting on commercial and investment arbitration cases. He is also a highly regarded commercial litigator.

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Band 2

Domański Zakrzewski Palinka

From the Chambers Europe guide

Jozef Palinka is a widely respected disputes lawyer acting on a range of arbitration and litigation matters. He has recently been involved in high-profile disputes relating to currency options products, representing the banks.

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Band 2

Wojciech Sadowski

K&L Gates

From the Chambers Europe guide

Wojciech Sadowski handles a wide array of commercial disputes and also comes highly recommended for international arbitration matters, appearing as both arbitrator and counsel. He recently co-led the team representing Orlen Koltrans in a dispute against PKP in relation to a railway accident that resulted in the destruction of two trains and the railway infrastructure.

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Band 2

Małgorzata Surdek

CMS

From the Chambers Europe guide

An "outstanding specialist in consumer protection," managing partner Małgorzata Surdek has earned recognition for defending financial institutions on high-profile class action cases. She also handles contentious insurance cases and is active in public procurement litigation. A client admires "the way she leads the case and her team, as well as the way she formulates her argumentation."

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Band 3

Marcin Ciemiński

Clifford Chance

From the Chambers Europe guide

Marcin Ciemiński's broad practice encompasses commercial, civil and insurance law litigation. He is particularly active in white-collar crime investigations, including corruption allegations. His communication skills are much valued, as one source says: "He is down-to-earth and gives precise and to-the-point answers," and another source adds: "He's very easy to work with," explaining further that "he's service-minded and responds very quickly."

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Band 3

Anna Cudna-Wagner

CMS

From the Chambers Europe guide

Anna Cudna-Wagner joined CMS from Linklaters in May 2017. She focuses on banking and insurance sector disputes, including widely disputed derivative transactions. One source praises her determination: "She wins all the cases that she can, and she still tries to win those she cannot."

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Band 3

Zbigniew Drzewiecki

Drzewiecki Tomaszek & Partners

From the Chambers Europe guide

Practice head Zbigniew Drzewiecki is an established disputes lawyer in the Polish market. He is known for his work on high-value public procurement and protecting consumers in class action cases. One client comments: "His business experience allows him to develop very successful litigation strategies."

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Band 3

Bartłomiej Jankowski

WKB Wierciński Kwieciński Baehr

From the Chambers Europe guide

Bartłomiej Jankowski enjoys a solid reputation in the Polish disputes market. He focuses on construction and infrastructure disputes, including roads, waste water and heating projects. He is also experienced in contentious commercial and corporate matters. "He can lead the conversation in such a way that he can throw his opponent off balance with his arguments," says one impressed client.

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Band 3

Kocur & Partners

From the Chambers Europe guide

Michał Kocur is a highly regarded disputes lawyer who advises clients from a broad range of industries including real estate, construction and healthcare. "What is particularly impressive is how solid his understanding of the case has been as early as at the pitching stage," enthuses one source. He also acts as an arbitrator.

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Band 3

Kubas Kos Gałkowski

From the Chambers Europe guide

Rafał Kos has a solid reputation as an active litigator and arbitration counsel.

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Band 3

Wojciech Kozłowski

Dentons

From the Chambers Europe guide

Wojciech Kozłowski advises clients from a broad range of sectors on commercial litigation, including representing clients in disputes against the regulatory bodies. He recently co-led the team representing a consortium of Saipem, Techint and PBG in the EUR60 million EPC contract dispute with Polskie LNG in relation to the construction of an LNG regasification terminal.

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Band 3

Zbigniew Kruczkowski

Linklaters

From the Chambers Europe guide

Counsel Zbigniew Kruczkowski is an experienced commercial litigator who is particularly well versed in competition law and shareholder disputes. Sources note his in-depth analysis and the calmness of his approach.

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Band 3

Paweł Lewandowski

Domański Zakrzewski Palinka

From the Chambers Europe guide

Paweł Lewandowski assists clients with construction and energy-related disputes. He acted for OHL on a high-stakes litigation concerning a claim against PBG over sharing the cost of a construction project. Sources point out his strong communication skills.

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Band 3

K&L Gates

From the Chambers Europe guide

Rafał Morek climbs up the ranks as a result of strong feedback from market commentators. He has considerable experience in alternative methods of dispute resolution as well as litigation. Sources praise him for his experience as an arbitration counsel. "He looks for constructive solutions suited to the situation," a client reports.

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Band 3

Marcin Radwan-Röhrenschef

Röhrenschef

From the Chambers Europe guide

Marcin Radwan-Röhrenschef advises on a wide range of commercial disputes, including in the field of administrative and bankruptcy law, as well as contentious cases related to infrastructure projects. Sources praise his responsiveness and strong interpersonal skills.

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Band 3

Gide Loyrette Nouel

From the Chambers Europe guide

Department head Piotr Sadownik is a well-recognised practitioner with a strong track record in advising domestic clients and international investors. He has particular expertise in infrastructure and energy-related matters. He is praised for his understanding of clients' needs.

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Band 3

Łaszczuk & Partners

From the Chambers Europe guide

Managing partner Justyna Szpara is sought after by domestic and international clients for substantial commercial litigation cases. She also acts as an arbitrator and represents clients as arbitration counsel in commercial and investment arbitration cases. "She has the ability to understand all the complexities of an issue and come up with brilliant solutions," comments one source.

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Band 3

Andrzej Wysokiński

Greenberg Traurig Grzesiak

From the Chambers Europe guide

Andrzej Wysokiński is widely respected for his expertise in financial disputes, especially arising from restructuring and insolvency. He represented one of the leading Polish banks against SIAC Construction in relation to a payment in regard to the financing the bank provided to a consortium, of which SIAC Construction a member, to construct a motorway.

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Band 4

Marcin Asłanowicz

Wolf Theiss

From the Chambers Europe guide

Marcin Asłanowicz of Wolf Theiss represents clients in commercial litigation cases and is also recognised for his work as arbitration counsel. A client praises his focus on the important things in a case and his creative approach.

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Band 4

Przemysław Drapała

Jara Drapała & Partners

From the Chambers Europe guide

Przemysław Drapała enters this year's rankings in recognition of his standing in the Polish disputes market. He regularly handles high-profile construction and infrastructure disputes. He is strongly praised by market sources for being "always very convincing and able to support his stance with persuasive arguments."

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Band 4

Michał Jochemczak

Dentons

From the Chambers Europe guide

Head of the arbitration practice Michał Jochemczak appears as both counsel and arbitrator. His areas of expertise include disputes relating to the energy, construction, real estate and financial sectors. He is praised by clients for his fast and detailed responses.

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Band 4

Jarosław Kołkowski

Drzewiecki Tomaszek & Partners

From the Chambers Europe guide

Jarosław Kołkowski joined the team from Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP in early 2017. He advises domestic and international clients on a wide range of commercial litigation matters with a particular focus on the energy sector.

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Band 4

Tomasz Kwieciński

WKB Wierciński Kwieciński Baehr

From the Chambers Europe guide

Tomasz Kwieciński's expertise encompasses contentious public procurement and insurance matters. He represented Air Products in arbitration proceedings for damages in relation to the termination of a long-term gas delivery contract valued at PLN15 million. "He is a very experienced lawyer who judges the situation very well," observes one source.

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Band 4

DLA Piper Wiater sp.k.

From the Chambers Europe guide

Practice head Krzysztof Kycia has significant experience in public procurement, construction and infrastructure disputes. "He is realistic in his judgements," reports one client. He represented PGE GiEK in a court dispute challenging the decisions of the energy regulator on state aid in the form of reimbursement of so-called stranded costs.

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Band 4

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Department head Andrzej Miklas is an experienced disputes lawyer with a particular focus on corporate disputes. He recently represented PKP in a litigation case against Budimex in relation to compensation of damages for a breach of share purchase agreement.

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Band 4

Mikulski & Partners

From the Chambers Europe guide

Andrzej Mikulski of Mikulski & Partners is an experienced disputes lawyer. He assists with a broad range of cases, and has been active of late on insolvency and real estate-related conflicts.

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Band 4

CMS

From the Chambers Europe guide

Counsel Joanna Młot advises domestic and international clients on disputes related to construction, real estate and regulatory issues. "She clearly sees the heart of the problem," observes one source, adding: "She diagnoses risk fast and proposes very interesting solutions."

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Band 4

Sylwester Pieckowski

Radzikowski, Szubielska i Wspólnicy sp.k.

From the Chambers Europe guide

Sylwester Pieckowski heads the litigation and ADR practice at Radzikowski, Szubielska i Wspólnicy sp.k. and is a long-standing, senior practitioner with an active practice in mediation and arbitration. He advised HYDROBUDOWA POLSKA on its bankruptcy litigation proceedings against GDDKiA seeking payment of damages for termination of the A-H Highway Tarnów-Dębica construction agreement.

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Band 4

Anna Maria Pukszto

Dentons

From the Chambers Europe guide

Anna Maria Pukszto is active on a wide array of commercial disputes, with particular expertise in insolvency-related matters. She continued to act for SIAC Construction on a number of disputes related to the construction of the A4 motorway in Poland against GDDKiA, in aggregate valued at EUR190 million. One client appreciates her "very thorough and precise advice," adding: "She always outlines advantages and disadvantages in strategy, and then looks at mitigating risks."

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Band 4

Patrick Radzimierski

Dentons

From the Chambers Europe guide

Patrick Radzimierski represents clients in civil and administrative law proceedings, including large-scale construction cases. "He comes back with new ideas and plenty of solutions, anticipating movements and coming up with good strategic proposals," a client reports.

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Band 4

Sołtysiński Kawecki & Szlęzak

From the Chambers Europe guide

Jacek Siński enters this year's ranking as a result of positive market recognition. He focuses on civil and commercial litigation, including regularly acting on corporate and contract disputes. According to one client, "he tries to understand the core of a problem and the business concepts."

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Band 4

White & Case M. Studniarek i Wspólnicy - Kancelaria Prawna sp.k.

From the Chambers Europe guide

Practice head Michał Subocz is particularly known and respected for acting on construction disputes. He also acts as arbitration counsel and recently represented Acciona Infraestructuras and Mostostal Warszawa in a commercial arbitration case in relation to a high-value project for the modernisation of a coal preparation plant.

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Band 4

Rafał Waszkiewicz

Sołtysiński Kawecki & Szlęzak

From the Chambers Europe guide

Rafał Waszkiewicz goes up a tier in the rankings as a result of increased visibility and positive feedback. He acts on large construction disputes in addition to handling general commercial litigation matters. "He understands business needs," a source says.

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Band 4

Wysok i Wysok Radcowie Prawni Sp.p.

From the Chambers Europe guide

Violetta Wysok of Wysok i Wysok Radcowie Prawni Sp.p. is noted by clients for her "outstanding effectiveness." She assists with mediation as well as general commercial litigation matters.

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Up and Coming

Piotr Bytnerowicz

White & Case M. Studniarek i Wspólnicy - Kancelaria Prawna sp.k.

From the Chambers Europe guide

Counsel Piotr Bytnerowicz enters the rankings this year as a result of positive market feedback. He is active on the team's most significant disputes, which often relate to construction. One source notes "the clarity and aptness of his conclusions and arguments," as well as "his creativity in solving problems."

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Up and Coming

Katarzyna Kucharczyk

CMS

From the Chambers Europe guide

Counsel Katarzyna Kucharczyk assists with the team's key instructions, particularly in relation to construction disputes, and also represents clients in unfair competition cases. Sources point out her attention to detail.

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