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Europe Guide

Dispute Resolution — Poland

Band 1

第一等

From the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 5 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, commercial disputes and white-collar crime matters. Advises domestic and international clients across a broad range of industry sectors such as construction, healthcare and finance. Also offers expertise in contentious public procurement matters and insolvency-related litigation. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"The team is fantastic and really committed. They think ahead and are always a step in front of the process. They come up with solutions."

"They are absolutely top-notch. The responsiveness, quality of work and communication are at the highest level."

Work highlights Advised Mondelez Polska and LU Polska on an unfair competition and IP infringement dispute over Polish jaffa cakes Delicje with Lotte Wedel.

Acted for Mercor on an unfair competition dispute with a competitor. 

Significant clients Siemens, Bank PKO, Monsanto, Dragados, Abener.

Notable practitioners  

Practice head Bartosz Krużewski is highly commended by clients and peers alike. He is particularly skilled at advising domestic and international clients on post-merger disputes and has extensive experience in contentious construction cases. He is also a sought-after arbitrator. Clients describe him as "a very experienced, brilliant litigator and a strong communicator, very good at explaining complex matters in an understandable way." Another source says he is a strategically strong lawyer, who presents "very convincing and very smart arguments." He recently represented Colas Polska and Intertoll construction in a dispute with the GDDKiA regarding the selection of a company for building toll collection areas on the A4 motorway's Wrocław-Sośnica section. 

Marcin Ciemiński's broad practice encompasses commercial, civil and insurance law litigation. He is particularly active in white-collar crime investigations, including corruption allegations. A client says: "He is very self-confident which is a huge comfort," adding: "He was always very patient with us and adapted to our style and way of thinking." He recently advised Mondelez Polska on an unfair competition and IP infringement dispute concerning its bakery product Delicje.

Up-and-coming Adelina Prokop regularly advises clients on disputes in the financial and banking sector. A client says she is "always very well prepared, very structured and mature in her way of presenting things." She also acts on professional negligence claims.

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Band 1

第一等

From the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
- 23 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 related to the construction sector and high-profile domestic and international arbitration cases, including investment treaty arbitration. Very strong reputation in white-collar crime law and fraud investigations.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"I have never had a more productive relationship with a law firm. The team is incredibly efficient and knowledgeable. They demonstrate remarkable sophistication and legal knowledge."

"The team is very experienced, creative and open-minded. They look for solutions and provide real advice."

Work highlights Represented PORR in its dispute with the City of Lodz regarding the building of EC1, a new centre of Łódź.

Advised Acciona Infrastructuras and Mostostal Warszawa on disputes connected with the completion of construction work agreements with the GDDKiA for the A4 motorway, the S7 road and the DK2.

Significant clients Budimex, Pepees, Auchan, PGNiG, A2 Strada.

Notable practitioners

Senior statesman Stanisław Sołtysiński is an eminent corporate law and international arbitration specialist who enjoys very high regard in the market. Sources say he is "perhaps the biggest name in Poland" for commercial advice and dispute resolution cases.

The "marvellous" Dariusz Skuza is considered a market-leading litigator as well as "excellent arbitrator" by sourcesHe covers a number of high-profile lawsuits both in the civil and commercial realms. He recently represented Budimex in a series of litigation proceedings connected with the company's acquisition of a business from PKP.

Andrzej Szlęzak is an "eminent figure in arbitration in Poland," according to interviewees. He advises domestic and international clients on high-stakes arbitration matters.

Tomasz Konopka joins the general disputes as well as the new white-collar crime ranking after receiving many laudatory comments from interviewees. A client states: "He is technically sound and strategic." He covers a broad range of business crime matters, including counterfeit products, and regularly assists clients with court litigation. 

Up-and-coming Rafał Waszkiewicz joins the rankings this year as a result of positive feedback. He represents clients before the courts in civil law proceedings and is involved in bankruptcy litigation. He has recently represented Polimex-Mostostal in a number of disputes related to infrastructure projects.

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Band 2

第二等

From the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 14 other qualified lawyers 
- Office location: Warsaw and Poznań

What the team is known for Well-reputed team with extensive experience of class action claims against banks and financial institutions as well as 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 is a growing area of practice.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 

"The results of the team were outstanding. I really like working with them: they are responsive and well organised. They have a great ability to grasp technical aspects and a business approach."

"They take care of the relationship, they listen and are very responsible. They respond in a timely fashion."

Work highlights Acted for Bank BPH on a class action initiated by a group of borrowers of mortgage loans denominated in Swiss francs.

Advised P4 on an appeal before the Court of Competition and Consumer Protection regarding a fine imposed by the competition authorities for P4's alleged involvement in a cartel with other mobile operators.

Significant clients Arcadis, AXA, IBM, Millennium Bank, Deutsche Bank.

Notable practitioners  

Managing partner Małgorzata Surdek is very respected in the market for her experience in class action disputes brought against financial institutions. She is also active in public procurement litigation. Sources say: "She is willing to work day and night for the client. She is open-minded and always very well prepared for meetings." She recently represented AXA Life in two class actions related to the surrender of charges in unit-linked life insurance policies.

Anna Cudna-Wagner joined CMS from Linklaters in May 2017. She has a solid track record in disputes related to the banking and finance sector.

Arkadiusz Korzeniewski's practice encompasses the full range of white-collar crime matters, including anti-bribery and corruption as well as internal corporate investigations. He is also active in post-SPA disputes and class actions. "You know you are in good hands with Arkadiusz. He only makes suggestions after listening to his clients and replies in a diligent and structured way," says one source, adding:"He has an ability to translate lawyer language into business speak." 

Up-and-coming Joanna Młot advises domestic and international clients on disputes related to real estate and regulatory issues.

Senior associate Katarzyna Kucharczyk is actively involved in the firm's key instructions ranging from class actions to construction disputes. 

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Band 2

第二等

From the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- 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. Active presence in international arbitration and expertise in business criminal matters.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"The team is well co-ordinated and really helps us to achieve the best possible outcome."

"The Dentons team is helpful, knowledgeable, articulate, co-operative and mindful of clients' needs. It's also quick in delivery and very responsive."  

Work highlights Acted for Gazprom on its dispute with PGNiG and Gas-Trading on a shareholder dispute over the membership of the management board of Europol Gaz.

Advised a consortium of Saipemm Techint and PBG on a multimillion-euro dispute with Polskie LNG relating to the construction of a LNG re-gasification terminal.

Significant clients Morgan Stanley, Raiffeisen Bank Polska, AEW, Halliburton, Procter & Gamble.

Notable practitioners  

Wojciech Kozłowski is described by sources as "business-oriented, commercially aware and professionally very smart." He represents clients from a broad range of industries including energy, pharmaceuticals, infrastructure and telecommunications. He recently advised Olympia Development and Telco Holdings on the disputed details of the auction of LTE frequencies.

Head of the criminal litigation team Agnieszka Wardak focuses her practice on a wide range of criminal corporate matters, ranging from corruption investigations to fraud and cyber-crime matters. She also advises on compliance issues. Clients describe her as "a very friendly person who focuses on finding solutions."

Anna Maria Pukszto is active on a wide array of commercial disputes, with particular expertise in insolvency-related matters. Sources highlight her "deep knowledge," with one client adding: "Her feedback is rational and balanced. Sometimes it is better to end the case if continuation is not rational and she lets us know that."

Up-and-coming Michał Jochemczak advises clients on commercial disputes in a variety of sectors with a particular focus on real estate-related conflicts. "He is pragmatic and positively impressed me with his dedication and preparation," a client reports. Another source appreciates that he is "supportive and open-minded with an ability to foresee future risks." He recently advised GSS III Wolverine, the investment vehicle of Morgan Stanley, in a shareholder agreement dispute.

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Band 2

第二等

From the Chambers Europe guide

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

What the team is known for Highly respected Polish firm covering the full range of commercial litigation and arbitration matters. Particularly active in construction and infrastructure disputes as well as conflicts related to the financial services and insurance sectors. Active in international and domestic arbitration and has a strong track record in white-collar crime issues.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They not only know how to negotiate with the counterparty but they also give good advice. They know procedures extremely well and offer a good strategy. I appreciate that they can explain different strategies."

"Very customer-oriented, flexible and engaged."  

Work highlights Assisted EY in an arbitration case related to claims by Emperia Holding regarding EY's advisory services during the sale of part of a retail chain to Eurocash.

Represented Taifun Real in several arbitration and court proceedings related to the early termination of a building lease agreement. 

Significant clients ING Group, EDF Polska, City of Warsaw, City of Wrocław, Kompania Piwowarska.

Notable practitioners  

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

Jozef Palinka is a "very recognised, very big name in Poland" in the field of dispute resolution. One client notes: "He has tremendous experience and incredible knowledge of the local Polish context. He is straightforward and well spoken. He is a great fighter in court: very convincing and energetic." He recently represented ING Bank Śląski in several court and arbitral proceedings regarding currency options.

Paweł Lewandowski advises clients on construction and energy-related disputes. He is described by commentators as a "diligent and skilful lawyer." A source adds: "He pays great attention to detail and builds up his arguments effectively." He recently advised Kompania Piwowarska on an IP-related litigation case brought by a competitor.

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Band 2

第二等

From the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- 5 partners
- 8 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 clients on commercial disputes across a broad array of industry sectors, including real estate, construction and financial services. Also offers niche expertise in litigation related to the defence sector and is regularly instructed in class action cases against banks. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are inquisitive and analytical."  

"The presentation of the case and excellent legal argumentation prepared by the team at DT law firm gives us great trust in our lawyers and the strategy recommended by them."

Work highlights Represented PZL Swidnik in a dispute related to the tender proceedings for the supply of helicopters to the Polish army regarding a contract valued at EUR3 billion. 

Acted for InPost Group on a dispute with Poczta Polska related to the invalidation of a trade mark protection.

Significant clients Philip Morris International, Volkswagen, Netia, Red Bull, PKN Orlen.

Notable practitioners  

Department head Zbigniew Drzewiecki is an established disputes practitioner in the Polish market. Clients say: "His experience allows him to point to the litigation strategies." He recently acted for PZL Swidnik on a dispute related to the tender proceedings for the supply of helicopters to the Polish army.

Andrzej Tomaszek is described by sources as a "very well-known" lawyer. He has notable expertise in disputes concerning IP rights. He represented the InPost Group against Poczta Polska in the invalidation of a trade mark protection.

Jaroslaw Kolkowski 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 2

第二等

From the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 9 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Warsaw

What the team is known for Very solid practice group with a strong reputation in post-M&A and bankruptcy-related litigation. Offers skilled representation of public companies and high net worth individuals in proceedings concerning breach of securities law. Strong track record in domestic and international arbitration.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Business-oriented and helpful." 

"The whole team is very solid and reliable." 

Work highlights Acted for mBank on a consumer class action claim related to foreign currency-denominated mortgage loans.

Represented Bank Pekao against SIAC Construction in bankruptcy-related court proceedings and SIAC's requests for payment.

Significant clients PZU, Kompania Piwowarska, Muzeum Narodowe w Warszawie.

Notable practitioners  

Practice head Paweł Pietkiewicz is a highly respected practitioner advising prestigious domestic and international clients on complex arbitration and litigation matters. Sources say he is "a top guy who works well in a team and knows how to delegate, but does core briefings," adding that "he is good at suggesting strategies and giving a sense of direction." Another client enthuses: "He is an incredible lawyer and an outside-the-box thinker. Every time I discuss a topic with him he comes up with brilliant suggestions and looks at problems from different angles."

Andrzej Wysokiński has expertise in financing matters, particularly in disputes arising from restructuring and insolvency. He recently advised Bank Pekao on a request for payment made by the GDDKiA regarding a construction contract for the A4 motorway.

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Band 2

第二等

From the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
- 12 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Warsaw 

What the team is known for Highly respected practice group active in 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 related to bilateral investment treaties.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are very smart, make good suggestions and adopt a strategic approach."

"The team is reliable and keen to meet clients' expectations even in very complicated projects."

Work highlights Successfully represented Prochem in a dispute against PERN Przyjaźń over a contract for the construction of a 300 km oil pipeline in Central and Eastern Poland, with the firm's client awarded PLN80 million.

Significant clients Republic of Poland, DONG Energy, Orange, MSF Engenharia, PGE EJ1.

Notable practitioners  

Practice head Maciej Jamka is described by clients as "a very experienced litigator with a good strategic approach" and a "very good sense of the law including not only legal aspects but also social and business aspects." Sources also say that he "looks for practical solutions and compromises." He is very active in international arbitration cases and disputes in the construction sector. He recently represented PGE EJ1 in a dispute against a consortium of three companies over the payment of contractual penalties.

Wojciech Sadowski handles a wide array of commercial disputes and comes highly recommended for international arbitration matters. Clients say: "He is very smart and his suggestions are very good." He recently co-led the team advising the Republic of Poland against US investors Vincent J Ryan, Schooner Capital and Atlantic Investment Partners in a dispute related to the US-Poland bilateral investment treaty.

Rafał Morek receives positive comments from market sources for his accessibility and strong negotiation skills. He has considerable experience in alternative methods of dispute resolution as well as litigation. He recently assisted MSF Engenharia with a high-stakes contractual dispute.

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Band 2

第二等

From the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
- 9 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Kraków, Poznań, Warsaw and Wrocław

What the team is known for Strongly established team acting in 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. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"The team has enormous legal knowledge and experience." 

Significant clients ArcelorMittal, Ghelamco, Makro Cash & Carry, Kaufland Polska Markety, Gremi Media.

Notable practitioners  

Senior statesman Tomasz Wardyński is an eminent name in Polish arbitration. Sources describe him as a "great arbitrator." An admiring client says: "He has that great personality that is key to conducting business. He has conservative style and elegance. There is only one master and he sets the standard." 

Monika Hartung is an experienced lawyer specialising in commercial disputes. She has a particular focus on post-M&A contentious matters. She recently represented an Austrian investor in several damages-related court disputes over the planned development of wind farm sites.

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Band 3

第三等

From the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- 1 partner
- 13 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Warsaw

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

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"The lawyers have a very balanced attitude: they don't escalate a problem. We trust them." 

Work highlights Advised Pomorskie Przedsiębiorstwo Mechaniczno - Torowe on a dispute with a subcontractor over the financial settlement concerning a railway modernisation project.

Represented Mott MacDonald as claimant in a dispute over a railway modernisation project.

Significant clients Telewizja Polska, Qubus, St. Jude Medical, Zipsee Związek Importerów i Producentów Sprzętu Elektrycznego, PORR.

Notable practitioners  

Krzysztof Kycia heads the dispute resolution practice and has significant experience in public procurement, construction and infrastructure disputes. Clients highlight his "strong knowledge of the issues at hand and diligent follow-up of cases." 

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Band 3

第三等

From the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- 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, public procurement and energy. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are very business-oriented, understand clients' needs and always look for solutions." 

Work highlights Assisted Poczta Polska with proceedings related to the granting of a public procurement contract for the delivery of postal services.

Significant clients PSA Group, mBank, GDDKiA, L'Oréal, Poczta Polska.

Notable practitioners 

Practice head Piotr Sadownik is a well-established practitioner with an impressive track record advising domestic clients and international investors alike. He has particular expertise in infrastructure and energy-related matters. "He is very good, he is the strength of the team," a source says. He recently represented Poczta Polska in proceedings connected with a public procurement contract.

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Band 3

第三等

From the Chambers Europe guide

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. Has solid experience in class action cases.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Very strong and skilled."  

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 an active and well-respected name in international arbitration. Sources describe him as a "distinguished lawyer with a huge reputation."

Rafał Kos is described as a "very reputable lawyer" who acts on litigation as well as international arbitration proceedings. 

Kamil Zawicki assists with litigation and arbitration cases and often represents German-speaking investors.

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Band 3

第三等

From the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 6 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Warsaw 

What the team is known for Advances in the rankings as a result of very positive market feedback. Well regarded for significant domestic and international arbitration presence. Assists clients with a broad range of commercial disputes, including construction and infrastructure litigation.  

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"The team translates its excellent legal knowledge into solutions that work. They are always available and quick to get things done. I trust them completely with all the work I give them."

"They know when to step in and when to leave things. They always make relevant points."

Significant clients WAN, GATX Rail Poland.

Notable practitioners  

Maciej Laszczuk has remarkable experience as a litigator and an arbitrator. He has a strong track record in commercial as well as investment arbitration cases. "He is very well known in arbitration. He has an enormous reputation," a source confirms. 

Justyna Szpara is a highly recommended practitioner who regularly acts for domestic and international clients in relation to arbitration and litigation proceedings. She receives considerable praise from sources, who say: "She is very hands-on, completely sound and knows when to step in." A client commends her "excellent analytical mind and ability to grasp technical points."

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Band 3

第三等

From the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- 1 partner
- 12 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Warsaw

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

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They delivered positive results."  

"They are always up to date and they know how to apply their knowledge to a variety of cases. Always offers a brilliant solution."

What's new? Tomasz Manicki joined the firm from White & Case, strengthening the team's expertise in business crime matters.

Work highlights Acted for Orange Polska on a lawsuit brought by P4 concerning accusations of an alleged breach of combined dominant position of three telecoms operators.

Advised Syngenta Polska on a dispute against a competitor concerning an alleged infringement of fair competition regulations.

Significant clients Republic of Poland, Bank BGŻ BNP Paribas, ING Bank Śląski, mBank, Bank Millennium.

Notable practitioners

Practice head Cezary Wisniewski is highly commended by sources for being an "extraordinary" practitioner. He is a very respected arbitrator acting for both domestic and international clients, with particular experience in cases related to bilateral investment treaty matters. He is also involved in the firm's key litigation cases and recently represented mBank in an alleged negligence claim.

Counsel Zbigniew Kruczkowski is an experienced commercial litigator who is well versed in competition law and shareholder disputes. Clients say: "He is articulate, conveying competence and experience." He recently acted for Bank BGŻ BNP Paribas on a class action matter brought by clients.

Tomasz Manicki enjoys strong recognition in the market in the area of white-collar crime. He has an active business crime practice encompassing asset recovery, governmental and fraud investigations. "He is a pleasure to work with," a source says. 

Since publication, Marcin Dziurda has left this practice.

Since publication, Anna Cudna-Wagner has moved in-house.

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Band 3

第三等

From the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- 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. Works across a wide range of industry sectors including telecommunications, banks, energy and real estate. Has a very strong standing in white-collar crime matters.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They can always discuss complicated cases and solve their clients' problems."

Work highlights Represented Polenergia companies as plaintiffs over a buyer's termination of a renewable electricity purchase agreement.

Assisted T-Mobile Polska with its case against the competition authorities concerning fines imposed on the network operator as a result of alleged breach of competition law in the Polish mobile TV market. 

Significant clients Deutsche Bank Polska, Bank Handlowy, Tesco, Mota-Engil Central Europe, Socrates Investment.

Notable practitioners  

Senior practitioner Zbigniew Ćwiąkalski is an expert in criminal law, particularly in relation to business, and is an established name in the area of white-collar crime. He is a reputed academic who has published extensively on the matter. 

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Band 3

第三等

From the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- 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. 

Work highlights Represented PKP in a litigation case against Budimex concerning an alleged breach of share purchase agreement and seeking damages of EUR55 million.

Advised Metro Warszawskie on its case against the manufacturing consortium formed by Siemens and Newag in connection with excessive wear of Inspiro metro train carriages, valued at PLN100 million. 

Significant clients PGNiG, ERBUD, J&S Energy, PKP Cargo, EmiTel.

Notable practitioners  

Andrzej Miklas has an active litigation practice focusing on contentious company law matters. "He is a very good, experienced lawyer," sources confirm. He continues to advise ERBUD on a dispute related to damages claims relating to the construction of a runway in Warsaw Modlin Airport.

Counsel Karina Aust Niewiadomska specialises in business crime investigations and white-collar crime matters. She represents both injured parties and corporate clients charged with wrongdoing. 

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Band 3

第三等

From the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 7 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Warsaw

What the team is known for Notable team with experience of commercial litigation across a variety of sectors. Best known for acting on high-value construction disputes and also active in contentious cases concerning the transport sector. Instructed on domestic and cross-border cases, including international arbitration.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Very open and willing to listen to the expectations of a client."

"Well organised, accessible."  

Work highlights Represented GD Granit in a number of litigation proceedings relating to a conflict with its joint venture partner over the construction of a section of the A4 motorway.

Significant clients Gdynia Waterfront, Energia dla Firm, PKP PLK, Sando Budownictwo, Acciona Infraestructuras.

Notable practitioners  

Michał Subocz is a key contact.

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Band 3

第三等

From the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 6 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Warsaw

What the team is known for Dynamic team with broad expertise in commercial litigation as well as arbitration matters. Significant experience in advising clients in the TMT, infrastructure and aviation sectors. Other areas of expertise include class action claims. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"The team is very good and reliable." 

Work highlights Represented FS File Solutions in a dispute over an alleged breach of publisher copyright.

Significant clients Samsung, Orange Polska, Lagardère Sports Poland, Albion Laboratories, Metro Group.

Notable practitioners  

Henryk Romanczuk heads the firm's practice group and is described by sources as a "pillar of the team." He has considerable expertise in civil law and covers the full spectrum of commercial litigation matters. 

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Band 4

第四等

From the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 4 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Warsaw

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

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are very proactive and efficient." 

Work highlights Acted for Towarzystwo Ubezpieczeń na Życie Europa on two separate large class action cases. 

Represented BASF before the Polish commercial court in a dispute connected with a post-transactional business valuation. 

Significant clients Deutsche Bank, mBank, HSBC, Orange, Warta. 

Notable practitioners  

Bartosz Merczyński is a key contact.

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Band 4

第四等

From the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- 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. Growing presence in infrastructure-related disputes. Notable capabilities in international arbitration matters and also represents individuals.  

Significant clients GDDKiA, Alcatel-Lucent Polska, Warbud, Getin Noble Bank, Dom Development.

Notable practitioners  

Łukasz Hejmej is the key contact for clients.

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Band 4

第四等

From the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 3 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Warsaw

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

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Good co-operation and communication within the team." 

"The team is homogeneous and focused on the common goals of a customer." 

Work highlights Represented RD Bud in an arbitration case against a real estate development company over alleged construction defects in a residential project in central Warsaw.

Assisted St. Jude Medical with public procurement disputes relating to public sector buyers.

Significant clients East Capital, EcoErgia, Kaeser Kompressoren, Lietuviškas ūkis.

Notable practitioners

Michał Kocur is a highly regarded arbitrator who advises clients from a broad range of industries including real estate, construction and healthcare. Sources say he "knows his business, is proactive and seeks solutions." He recently represented RD Bud in a dispute with an international retailer over the reorganisation of a store in Poland. 

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Band 4

第四等

From the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 9 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Poznań and Warsaw

What the team is known for Well-regarded team with strong experience in infrastructure and construction disputes. Represents energy and insurance companies as well as Polish municipalities. Additionally, active in arbitration as well as regulatory disputes.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Everyone puts their best foot forward and is always helpful and co-operative."

Significant clients PKN Orlen, Polska Agencja Rozwoju Przedsiębiorczości, Air Products, PZU, Uniqa.

Notable practitioners  

Bartłomiej Jankowski specialises in construction and infrastructure disputes, including roads, waste water and heating projects. He is also experienced in contentious commercial and corporate matters.

Tomasz Kwieciński's expertise encompasses contentious public procurement and insurance issues.

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Senior Statesmen

Studnicki Płeszka Ćwiąkalski Górski

From the Chambers Europe guide

Senior practitioner Zbigniew Ćwiąkalski is an expert in criminal law, particularly in relation to business, and is an established name in the area of white-collar crime. He is a reputed academic who has published extensively on the matter. 

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Senior Statesmen

Soltysinski Kawecki & Szlezak

From the Chambers Europe guide

Senior statesman Stanisław Sołtysiński is an eminent corporate law and international arbitration specialist who enjoys very high regard in the market. Sources say he is "perhaps the biggest name in Poland" for commercial advice and dispute resolution cases.

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Band 1

Clifford Chance

From the Chambers Europe guide

Practice head Bartosz Krużewski is highly commended by clients and peers alike. He is particularly skilled at advising domestic and international clients on post-merger disputes and has extensive experience in contentious construction cases. He is also a sought-after arbitrator. Clients describe him as "a very experienced, brilliant litigator and a strong communicator, very good at explaining complex matters in an understandable way." Another source says he is a strategically strong lawyer, who presents "very convincing and very smart arguments." He recently represented Colas Polska and Intertoll construction in a dispute with the GDDKiA regarding the selection of a company for building toll collection areas on the A4 motorway's Wrocław-Sośnica section. 

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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 an active and well-respected name in international arbitration. Sources describe him as a "distinguished lawyer with a huge reputation."

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Greenberg Traurig Grzesiak

From the Chambers Europe guide

Practice head Paweł Pietkiewicz is a highly respected practitioner advising prestigious domestic and international clients on complex arbitration and litigation matters. Sources say he is "a top guy who works well in a team and knows how to delegate, but does core briefings," adding that "he is good at suggesting strategies and giving a sense of direction." Another client enthuses: "He is an incredible lawyer and an outside-the-box thinker. Every time I discuss a topic with him he comes up with brilliant suggestions and looks at problems from different angles."

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Soltysinski Kawecki & Szlezak

From the Chambers Europe guide

The "marvellous" Dariusz Skuza is considered a market-leading litigator as well as "excellent arbitrator" by sourcesHe covers a number of high-profile lawsuits both in the civil and commercial realms. He recently represented Budimex in a series of litigation proceedings connected with the company's acquisition of a business from PKP.

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Wardyński & Partners

From the Chambers Europe guide

Monika Hartung is an experienced lawyer specialising in commercial disputes. She has a particular focus on post-M&A contentious matters. She recently represented an Austrian investor in several damages-related court disputes over the planned development of wind farm sites.

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K&L Gates

From the Chambers Europe guide

Practice head Maciej Jamka is described by clients as "a very experienced litigator with a good strategic approach" and a "very good sense of the law including not only legal aspects but also social and business aspects." Sources also say that he "looks for practical solutions and compromises." He is very active in international arbitration cases and disputes in the construction sector. He recently represented PGE EJ1 in a dispute against a consortium of three companies over the payment of contractual penalties.

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Band 2

Laszczuk & Partners

From the Chambers Europe guide

Maciej Laszczuk has remarkable experience as a litigator and an arbitrator. He has a strong track record in commercial as well as investment arbitration cases. "He is very well known in arbitration. He has an enormous reputation," a source confirms. 

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Domański Zakrzewski Palinka

From the Chambers Europe guide

Jozef Palinka is a "very recognised, very big name in Poland" in the field of dispute resolution. One client notes: "He has tremendous experience and incredible knowledge of the local Polish context. He is straightforward and well spoken. He is a great fighter in court: very convincing and energetic." He recently represented ING Bank Śląski in several court and arbitral proceedings regarding currency options.

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K&L Gates

From the Chambers Europe guide

Wojciech Sadowski handles a wide array of commercial disputes and comes highly recommended for international arbitration matters. Clients say: "He is very smart and his suggestions are very good." He recently co-led the team advising the Republic of Poland against US investors Vincent J Ryan, Schooner Capital and Atlantic Investment Partners in a dispute related to the US-Poland bilateral investment treaty.

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Band 2

CMS

From the Chambers Europe guide

Managing partner Małgorzata Surdek is very respected in the market for her experience in class action disputes brought against financial institutions. She is also active in public procurement litigation. Sources say: "She is willing to work day and night for the client. She is open-minded and always very well prepared for meetings." She recently represented AXA Life in two class actions related to the surrender of charges in unit-linked life insurance policies.

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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. A client says: "He is very self-confident which is a huge comfort," adding: "He was always very patient with us and adapted to our style and way of thinking." He recently advised Mondelez Polska on an unfair competition and IP infringement dispute concerning its bakery product Delicje.

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CMS

From the Chambers Europe guide

Anna Cudna-Wagner joined CMS from Linklaters in May 2017. She has a solid track record in disputes related to the banking and finance sector.

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Drzewiecki Tomaszek & Partners

From the Chambers Europe guide

Department head Zbigniew Drzewiecki is an established disputes practitioner in the Polish market. Clients say: "His experience allows him to point to the litigation strategies." He recently acted for PZL Swidnik on a dispute related to the tender proceedings for the supply of helicopters to the Polish army.

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Kocur & Partners

From the Chambers Europe guide

Michał Kocur is a highly regarded arbitrator who advises clients from a broad range of industries including real estate, construction and healthcare. Sources say he "knows his business, is proactive and seeks solutions." He recently represented RD Bud in a dispute with an international retailer over the reorganisation of a store in Poland. 

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Kubas Kos Gałkowski

From the Chambers Europe guide

Rafał Kos is described as a "very reputable lawyer" who acts on litigation as well as international arbitration proceedings. 

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Dentons

From the Chambers Europe guide

Wojciech Kozłowski is described by sources as "business-oriented, commercially aware and professionally very smart." He represents clients from a broad range of industries including energy, pharmaceuticals, infrastructure and telecommunications. He recently advised Olympia Development and Telco Holdings on the disputed details of the auction of LTE frequencies.

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Linklaters

From the Chambers Europe guide

Counsel Zbigniew Kruczkowski is an experienced commercial litigator who is well versed in competition law and shareholder disputes. Clients say: "He is articulate, conveying competence and experience." He recently acted for Bank BGŻ BNP Paribas on a class action matter brought by clients.

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Domański Zakrzewski Palinka

From the Chambers Europe guide

Paweł Lewandowski advises clients on construction and energy-related disputes. He is described by commentators as a "diligent and skilful lawyer." A source adds: "He pays great attention to detail and builds up his arguments effectively." He recently advised Kompania Piwowarska on an IP-related litigation case brought by a competitor.

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Röhrenschef

From the Chambers Europe guide

Marcin Radwan-Röhrenschef of Röhrenschef receives considerable praise from interviewees. Sources say: "He is very energetic and creative, always ready with a new idea. He is very proactive." He recently represented Polimex-Mostostal against GDDKiA in Polimex's decision to terminate construction contracts. 

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Wierzbowski Eversheds Sutherland

From the Chambers Europe guide

Henryk Romanczuk heads the firm's practice group and is described by sources as a "pillar of the team." He has considerable expertise in civil law and covers the full spectrum of commercial litigation matters. 

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Gide Loyrette Nouel

From the Chambers Europe guide

Practice head Piotr Sadownik is a well-established practitioner with an impressive track record advising domestic clients and international investors alike. He has particular expertise in infrastructure and energy-related matters. "He is very good, he is the strength of the team," a source says. He recently represented Poczta Polska in proceedings connected with a public procurement contract.

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Drzewiecki Tomaszek & Partners

From the Chambers Europe guide

Andrzej Tomaszek is described by sources as a "very well-known" lawyer. He has notable expertise in disputes concerning IP rights. He represented the InPost Group against Poczta Polska in the invalidation of a trade mark protection.

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Greenberg Traurig Grzesiak

From the Chambers Europe guide

Andrzej Wysokiński has expertise in financing matters, particularly in disputes arising from restructuring and insolvency. He recently advised Bank Pekao on a request for payment made by the GDDKiA regarding a construction contract for the A4 motorway.

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Band 4

Wolf Theiss

From the Chambers Europe guide

Marcin Asłanowicz of Wolf Theiss is active in litigation and arbitration cases across a broad array of industry sectors.

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WKB Wierciński Kwieciński Baehr

From the Chambers Europe guide

Bartłomiej Jankowski specialises in construction and infrastructure disputes, including roads, waste water and heating projects. He is also experienced in contentious commercial and corporate matters.

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Drzewiecki Tomaszek & Partners

From the Chambers Europe guide

Jaroslaw Kolkowski 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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Soltysinski Kawecki & Szlezak

From the Chambers Europe guide

Tomasz Konopka joins the general disputes as well as the new white-collar crime ranking after receiving many laudatory comments from interviewees. A client states: "He is technically sound and strategic." He covers a broad range of business crime matters, including counterfeit products, and regularly assists clients with court litigation. 

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WKB Wierciński Kwieciński Baehr

From the Chambers Europe guide

Tomasz Kwieciński's expertise encompasses contentious public procurement and insurance issues.

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DLA Piper Wiater sp.k.

From the Chambers Europe guide

Krzysztof Kycia heads the dispute resolution practice and has significant experience in public procurement, construction and infrastructure disputes. Clients highlight his "strong knowledge of the issues at hand and diligent follow-up of cases." 

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Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Andrzej Miklas has an active litigation practice focusing on contentious company law matters. "He is a very good, experienced lawyer," sources confirm. He continues to advise ERBUD on a dispute related to damages claims relating to the construction of a runway in Warsaw Modlin Airport.

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Mikulski & Partners

From the Chambers Europe guide

Andrzej Mikulski of Mikulski & Partners is an experienced practitioner. He has a broad practice ranging from construction disputes to competition law-related contentious matters.

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K&L Gates

From the Chambers Europe guide

Rafał Morek receives positive comments from market sources for his accessibility and strong negotiation skills. He has considerable experience in alternative methods of dispute resolution as well as litigation. He recently assisted MSF Engenharia with a high-stakes contractual dispute.

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Radzikowski, Szubielska i Wspólnicy sp.k.

From the Chambers Europe guide

Sylwester Pieckowski of Radzikowski, Szubielska i Wspólnicy sp.k., which houses the former team of Chadbourne & Parke, is a long-standing, senior practitioner with an active practice in mediation and arbitration.

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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. Sources highlight her "deep knowledge," with one client adding: "Her feedback is rational and balanced. Sometimes it is better to end the case if continuation is not rational and she lets us know that."

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Laszczuk & Partners

From the Chambers Europe guide

Justyna Szpara is a highly recommended practitioner who regularly acts for domestic and international clients in relation to arbitration and litigation proceedings. She receives considerable praise from sources, who say: "She is very hands-on, completely sound and knows when to step in." A client commends her "excellent analytical mind and ability to grasp technical points."

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Wysok i Wysok Radcowie Prawni Sp.p.

From the Chambers Europe guide

Violetta Wysok of Wysok i Wysok Radcowie Prawni Sp.p. is recognised in the market as an active practitioner in mediation.

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Up and Coming

Dentons

From the Chambers Europe guide

Up-and-coming Michał Jochemczak advises clients on commercial disputes in a variety of sectors with a particular focus on real estate-related conflicts. "He is pragmatic and positively impressed me with his dedication and preparation," a client reports. Another source appreciates that he is "supportive and open-minded with an ability to foresee future risks." He recently advised GSS III Wolverine, the investment vehicle of Morgan Stanley, in a shareholder agreement dispute.

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Up and Coming

CMS

From the Chambers Europe guide

Up-and-coming Joanna Młot advises domestic and international clients on disputes related to real estate and regulatory issues.

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Up and Coming

Clifford Chance

From the Chambers Europe guide

Up-and-coming Adelina Prokop regularly advises clients on disputes in the financial and banking sector. A client says she is "always very well prepared, very structured and mature in her way of presenting things." She also acts on professional negligence claims.

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Up and Coming

Soltysinski Kawecki & Szlezak

From the Chambers Europe guide

Up-and-coming Rafał Waszkiewicz joins the rankings this year as a result of positive feedback. He represents clients before the courts in civil law proceedings and is involved in bankruptcy litigation. He has recently represented Polimex-Mostostal in a number of disputes related to infrastructure projects.

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Up and Coming

Kubas Kos Gałkowski

From the Chambers Europe guide

Kamil Zawicki assists with litigation and arbitration cases and often represents German-speaking investors.

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Associates to watch

CMS

From the Chambers Europe guide

Senior associate Katarzyna Kucharczyk is actively involved in the firm's key instructions ranging from class actions to construction disputes. 

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