Firm profile submitted by Soltysinski Kawecki & Szlezak
Managing Partner: Robert Gawalkiewicz
Number of partners: 25 Number of lawyers: 133
Languages: English, French, German, Russian, Spanish
Soltysinski Kawecki & Szlezak (SK&S) is one of the leading law firms in Poland. Established in 1991, the firm has 25 partners and 6 attorneys in an of counsel capacity, over 133 attorneys, 24 paralegals and a support staff of more than 100. The firm’s main office is in Warsaw, smaller branch offices are in Poznan, Katowice and Wroclaw.
The firm’s practice has strong international overtones, with most of its clients being foreign companies with direct investments or cross-border operations in Poland and Polish subsidiaries of foreign investors.
In addition to thousands of satisfied clients who have been served by SK&S in 25 years of practice and who, by word-ofmouth, still represent the firm’s most effective marketing tool, SK&S has gained wide recognition in professional legal circles in Poland and abroad. For many years, SK&S and its attorneys have been recognised prominently in international specialist publications, such as: Chambers and Partners, rankings of law firms organised by ‘Rzeczpospolita’, ‘Dziennik Gazeta Prawna’ and ‘Forbes’. SK&S has been consistently recognised in those rankings as one of the leaders of Polish legal practice in the fields of commercial law, intellectual property, court proceedings and arbitration, mergers and acquisitions, capital markets, antitrust, banking and finance, tax, as well as labour law.
Corporate / M&A:
SK&S corporate and M&A practice covers the full range of legal disciplines, closely working with and integrating lawyers from the firm’s other practice areas, including tax, competition, labour law. SK&S corporate and M&A practice act on a variety of corporate and M&A assignments from simple intragroup reorganisations to complex cross-border M&A and sophisticated corporate issues requiring expert insight. Mergers and acquisitions encompasses assistance in privatisation transactions, takeovers, mergers, investments and transformations in the private sector. The firm has advised clients on introducing numerous processes for merging, dividing and transforming companies, non-standard increases in share capital, squeeze outs, share redemptions.
Contact: Robert Gawałkiewicz, [email protected]
Key Clients: RSA Insurance Group plc; Bioagra S.A.; Nordea Bank Polska; UPS; Goldman Sachs International; ZPC Mieszko; Goodyear; FM Bank PBP; Eurocash.
SK&S litigation department, one of the largest and longest established in Poland, successfully acts on a full spectrum of dispute, including some of the highest-profile corporate and infrastructural disputes in Poland. They provide advice on dispute resolution before the civil courts, courts of arbitration and the administrative courts. The firm represent clients in all types of proceedings at all stages. SK&S successfully represented clients 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. The team has also had significant success in administrative proceedings before the Supreme Administrative Court and in arbitration proceedings. The firms lawyers are on the lists of arbitrators of Polish and international arbitration.
Contact: Dariusz Skuza, [email protected]
Key Clients: Budimex; Pepees; SRB Civil Engineering Ltd, John Sisk & Son Ltd, Roadbridge (Ireland); Consortium Ferrovial Agroman, Budimex Estudio Lamela; Mostostal Warszawa S.A.; Strabag; A2 Strada (A2 Bau Development); Advanced Digital Broadcast Geneva; Auchan.
Banking & Finance:
SK&S banking and finance practice covers financial regulatory, transactional and restructuring work. Its financing expertise includes: acquisition and leveraged financing, derivatives of various types and forms; leasing and asset finance; loan finance of all kinds, project finance in various sectors, securitisations; structured products. The firm has one of the few dedicated financial regulatory practices in Poland, dealing on a regular basis with complex financial regulatory issues, new products, cross-border activity and acquisitions of qualifying holding, including negotiations an disputes with the Polish financial services regulator.
Contact: Marcin Olechowski, [email protected]
Key Clients: PKO Bank Polski S.A.; FM Bank PBP S.A.; Azora Europa; Fiat Bank Polska S.A.; ING Bank Śląski S.A.; Carlo Tassara SpA; MasterCard Europe; Taiga Inversiones Eólicas, S.A., S.C.R. de régimen común; SGBBank S.A.; RBS; Volkswagen Bank Polska S.A; Blue City, Blue Office and Blue Parking; Santander UK Plc.
SK&S competition practice is a market leader involved in landmark cases, including some of the largest merger clearances, and groundbreaking antitrust proceedings (such as securing the first ever commitment decision in Poland in a price fixing matter). The firm advises on anti-trust controls and provide practical training on the application of competition law. The practice has conducted cases concerning “exclusivity rights” on the media market, exemptions from penalties for failure to give notice of intention to concentrate and a “policy of leniency” towards cartels. The firm provide comprehensive advice to Polish and foreign Clients on all aspects of Polish and European Community antimonopoly law and represents them in proceedings before the PCA and civil courts. The firm conduct cases on practices restricting competition, abuse of a dominant market position, corporate concentrations, state aid and collective consumer interests.
Contact: Krzysztof Kanton, [email protected]
Key Clients: Royal Canin Polska; The Swatch Group (Polska); Kronopol; Eurocash; Jeronimo Martins Polska; BSH Group; Unibail Rodamco; Grohe; Górażdże Cement; Nike.
The IP team specialises in industrial property, advertising, unfair competition and domain name disputes, patent law, trade mark law, industrial designs law, pharmaceutical law, advertising law, unfair competition, private international and European law, drafting and negotiating licensing agreements, delimitation agreements, joint research agreements and intellectual property right assignment agreements, conducting IP due diligence, advice on marketing strategies and advertising campaigns. The practice also has extensive experience in litigation involving all IP rights, including patents, trademarks, designs, database rights, unfair competition acts and unfair advertising practices. The firm is a member of EuroITCounsel, the Global Advertising Law Alliance, the International Trademark Association and the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property.
Contact: Szymon Gogulski: [email protected], Ewa Skrzydło-Tefelska: [email protected]
Key Clients: Eurocash; Mazda; ING Bank Slaski SA; BSA; PKN Orlen;
The department provides highly specialised advice which includes: the representation of clients before the Supreme Administrative Court and government bodies; planning and assessing transactions concerning their tax optimisation and coherency, conducting tax mediation, assisting in obtaining official interpretations of tax law provisions and binding tariff information and participating in tax audits and the preparation of “transfer price” documentation. Significant projects have included tax planning and investment implementation in Poland.
Contact: Jarosław Bieroński, [email protected]
Key Clients: Złote Tarasy Sp. z o.o.; Polskie Młyny; Alior Polska; Nordea Bank Polska S.A.