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Chambers Europe 2012 recommends Wierzbowski Eversheds

  • Poland

    15-05-2012

    Chambers & Partners has just published the next edition of Chambers Europe Legal Directory 2011. Wierzbowski Eversheds as well as individual practitioners have once again been recommended in numerous fields of law.

    We have been recognized in the following areas of law:

    • Banking & Finance
      “This noteworthy team recently advised the Warsaw Tram Company on the PLN 1.2 billion financing for an investment programme. It also assisted Telekomunikacja Polska with a EUR500 million revolving credit facility agreement signed with a syndicate of Polish and foreign banks. Sources say: They are always available and provide prompt advice."
    • Competition/Antitrust
      “This team is noted for its prompt advice and high-quality expertise in the telecoms sector. It successfully represented Telekomunikacja Polska in proceedings to reduce a fine for abuse of dominant position imposed by the Polish competition authority, and acted for the same client on an appeal before the General Court against a EUR127.5 million EC fine for abuse of dominant position. Sources say: They meet strict deadlines and provide thorough advice.I always use them when there is a complex matter."
    • Construction
      “Construction remains a core area of strength for this firm. In a recent highlight, it acted for the General Directorate for National Roads & Motorways on various projects including the construction of the national electronic toll system. The team also advised GSG Towers on agreement for the realisation of a construction investment. Sources say: The lawyers have in-depth understanding of the technical specificities.”
    • Dispute Resolution
      “This prominent team is acknowledged for its extensive experience in class actions and telecoms regulatory litigation. It notably acted for the State Treasury on a EUR250 million arbitration dispute with AWSA. Sources say: Timely co-operation, in-depth analysis and broad expertise."
    • Employment
      “This compact team is valued for its high-quality output. Key mandates include assisting Danfoss with the transfer of employees and post-merger unification of terms of employment, and assisting another client with the transfer of employees following a restructuring. Sources say: Solution-driven."
    • Intellectual Property
      “This gifted group is praised for its target-focused approach and open-minded lawyers. It covers a wide range of IP matters and has notable expertise in internet-related matters. Recently the firm was instructed by Danfoss on trade mark infringement disputes. It also acted for HJ Heinz on licensing schemes and trade mark issues. Sources say: I am always sure to get high-quality work with this firm."
    • Life Sciences
      “This able team remains active advising clients such as AstraZeneca, Actelion Pharmaceuticals, Mead Johnson Nutrition and Bristol-Myers Squibb. Key highlights include advising AstraZeneca on direct distribution, regulatory, and public procurement matters.”
    • Public Procurement
      “This leading practice is singled out for its expertise in infrastructure projects. It advises on contracts, negotiations between contracting authorities and tenderers, and also provides representation before administrative bodies. A key client is the General Directorate for National Roads & Motorways, whom it recently advised on the EUR1.24 billion public procurement of the Viatoll Electronic Toll Collection System. It also assisted Rafako with public procurement for the supply and construction of new power units valued at EUR2.58 billion. Sources say: It demonstrates impressive commercial awareness and takes a client-focused approach."
    • Restructuring/Insolvency
      “Thanks to a number of recent additions, this team has strengthened its position in the restructuring and insolvency market. Key highlights include advising Borealis on the preparation and filing of claims in the bankruptcy proceedings of Plastal. Sources commend the team's highly reliable and proactive service. Sources say: A strong practice. The team is excellent."
    • TMT
      “This department has shot up in the rankings for its excellent advice and in-depth expertise in the regulatory area. It is particularly noted for its experience in handling disputes and appeals with the regulator. A recent highlight saw it advising PTK Centertel on mobile termination rates, including representing the client in an appeal against the regulator's decision regarding these rates. The team is a favourite among clients such as eBay, Telekomunikacja Polska and PayPal. Sources say: The lawyers are great at helping us make the right choices. I really enjoy working with the firm because of its exceptionally creative approach."

    Recommendations for individual lawyers:

    • Małgorzata Modzelewska de Raad heads the group Competition/Antitrust. Highlights include representing Energa before the Polish competition authorities in regards to its acquisition by PGE.
    • Henryk Romańczuk is noted by observers for his many years of experience in litigation. He advised the General Directorate for National Roads and Motorways on a dispute with Alpine Bau.
    • Ewa Łachowska-Brol is the head of employment team noted for her "down-to-earth approach and significant experience." She is well versed in contentious matters.
    • Tomasz Zalewski leads the IP team Public Procurement teams. He is "a brilliant practitioner; he goes beyond the pure legal advice and is good to work with," clients unanimously confirm. He advised Burda on an unfair competition and IP infringement dispute with another publisher. Sources praise him also for his broad expertise. He recently acted for ING Lease Polska and Pojazdy Szynowe PESA Bydgoszcz on a tender for the financial leasing of six electric trains.
    • Michał Drozdowicz is an associate to watch, hailed as "a young practitioner with a big future." He advises on the design and realisation of infrastructure investments.
    • Lech Giliciński head of the Restructuring/Insolvency department, who recently left White & Case to join the firm and is singled out as "an exceptionally thorough, responsive and solution-driven practitioner." "He provides a cutting-edge service; he is one of the top experts in the field," a client confirmed.
    • Karolina Stawowska head of tax advisory department is noted as a "highly knowledgeable, creative and vastly experienced tax attorney”.
    • Arwid Mednis head of TMT department is regarded as "one of the best advisers on data protection." He has an impressive track record in the area, having assisted with the drafting of various data protection bills.
    • Artur Salbert enters the rankings on the back of enthusiastic market feedback, with one source saying that "he takes an extremely precise and thorough approach." He has notable expertise in telecoms disputes.

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