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Chambers Europe 2013 recommends Wierzbowski Eversheds

  • Poland


    Chambers & Partners has just published the next edition of Chambers Europe Legal Directory 2013. 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 one-partner team has undertaken a variety of matters, and is particularly noted for its expertise in project finance. Transactions of note include acting for MPWiK on the modernisation of Warsaw's water system. In addition, it advised Tramwaje Warszawskie on EUR300 million financing for the extension of the tramway system."

    • Tax
      "This firm joins the rankings this year following positive feedback from both clients and peers. It is noted for its work in structuring acquisitions and disposals, with a particular emphasis on private equity. Key highlights include advising Emperia Holding on a sale of shares in Tradis, and providing tax advice to Epuro Polska on the sale of the business to management."

    • Life Sciences
      "This well-regarded team offers broad life sciences expertise to its clients. The firm is especially known amongst market commentators for its strength in regulatory assignments and competition-related matters. On its client roster are pharmaceutical companies, such as Bristol-Myers Squibb and AstraZeneca."

    • Competition/Antitrust
      "This well-rounded firm is highly active on the competition front. The team has been particularly busy in the telecoms, energy and pharmaceutical sectors, and has notable experience of acting before the European Commission. The practice wins praise for its comprehensive support and the successful combination of competition advice with a strong dispute resolution practice. Notable mandates include representing PGNiG in an appeal to the Court of Competition and Consumer Protection against a EUR15 million fine. Sources say: "It's a firm made by creative people."

    • Construction
      "Construction work is a cornerstone of this practice. It is recognised in the market for its ongoing advice to the General Directorate for National Roads and Motorways. Other recent highlights include acting for EC1 Łódź – Miasto Kultury on a variety of matters relating to the redevelopment of a downtown area in Łódź. In the energy sector, the team advised Rafako on a tender organised by PGE Elektrownia Opole."

    • Employment Law
      “Despite its compact size, this one-partner employment team remains highly active and maintains a broad practice. It has recently handled a significant number of redundancy instructions and contract terminations, as well as due diligence and data protection matters. Sources say: The team is very quick at solving a problem.”

    • Private Equity
      “This team is a new addition to the rankings following positive comments from clients and peers. Over the past twelve months it has strengthened its practice, and recently represented Argus Capital in acquiring a minority stake in a clinical research company. Sources say: The lawyers are resourceful. I also like that I had the full attention of the senior partners."

    • Restructuring Insolvency
      “Strong endorsements from clients and peers have seen this noteworthy firm rise in the rankings. The team handles all types of restructurings including consensual, contentious and purely transactional work. It applies this expertise to representing both creditors and debtors. Recent mandates include advising Celsa Huta Ostrowiec on its EUR600 million debt restructuring. Sources say: The team was thorough and responsive. Its client service was brilliant.”

    • Dispute Resolution
      “This prominent practice remains a serious player in the market. Of particular note is the firm's expertise in telecoms and banking-related litigation. Recently, it represented Orange in a EUR12.5 million dispute with MNI. Interviewees applaud the team's dedication and innovative approach. Sources say: I was very happy and satisfied with the service. I would recommend them to others."

    • TMT (including Data Protection)
      “This strong team is primarily known amongst market sources for its vast experience of data protection cases and expertise in telecoms law, with particular knowledge of regulatory matters. The firm's substantial reputation is demonstrated by its high-profile client list, including prominent international companies such as IKEA, which the team recently advised on numerous personal data and privacy issues. The group is also well versed in contentious matters, and recently represented eBay in a dispute over the Gumtree domain name. Sources say: This firm's strength lies in always finding a solution for our specific situation."

    • Intellectual Property
      “This talented team moves up a band this year, following impressive client feedback and high-profile mandates. Notably the firm continues to advise Burda in proceedings before the Chamber of Press Publishers against Phoenix Media, and remains the only firm to have a dedicated IP blog. It continues to act for eBay on domain name disputes, and counts Gtech, Samsung and Domino's Pizza as key clients. Sources say: The end product was excellent. I would definitely instruct the firm again. The team went beyond giving us purely legal advice and gave us a commercial perspective."

    • Public Procurement
      “Eversheds has been a force in Poland since 2005, but the team's experience goes back much farther. The public procurement practice is able to combine the advantages that an international network of colleagues provides, whilst maintaining a strong domestic profile. This is exemplified by the group's client portfolio, which comprises prominent public clients from Poland, as well as large, foreign contractors. The General Directorate for National Roads and Motorways (GDDKiA) is a long-term client, and recently mandated the firm in the public procurement for the operation of the Viatoll Electronic Toll Collection System. The team also advised Rafako on a public procurement for the supply and construction of new power units in Opole. Other clients include Shanghai Electric, Philips Healthcare and Westinghouse General Electric. Sources say: The firm has given us great advice and been responsive to anything we've asked.”

    Recommendations for individual lawyers:

    • Iwo Gabrysiak head of the Litigation Team, “enters the rankings this year following substantial praise from peers and clients alike. An impressed client effuses: "He's genuinely engaged in every project because he loves litigation! He achieves outstanding results, knows what the client needs and thinks outside the box."

    • Gerard Karp, attorney at law in the Electronic Communications and Personal Data Protection Team, “draws praise from clients as a creative and business-oriented lawyer, who knows what is necessary to find the right solution in a continuously changing legal environment. He is the firm's rising star in data protection, lately advising the Insurance Guarantee Fund on the drafting of an agreement with numerous insurance companies concerning the transmission of data.”

    • Paweł Lipski an attorney at law in the Intellectual Property Team, “enters the rankings this year for the first time following extensive praise from clients, with one saying: He did a great job; he understood our business."

    • Ewa Łachowska-Brol, head of the Labour Law Team, “has an excellent reputation amongst peers, while clients appreciate that she is able to provide a comprehensive investigation of the topic, presenting all circumstances and how the matter looks in court and in the market.”

    • Arwid Mednis, head of the Electronic Communications and Data Protection Team, “is recognised by interviewees as one of the foremost TMT lawyers in the market, and the number one in Poland for data protection matters. He receives universal praise from market sources thanks to assisting clients such as Novo Nordisk with their personal data and privacy matters”.

    • Małgorzata Modzelewska de Raad, head of the Competition Team, “attracts warm praise from clients, who applaud her practical and pragmatic approach to problems, as well as her understanding of the pharmaceutical market.”

    • Henryk Romańczuk, head of the  Litigation Team, “has a wealth of experience and market commentators applaud his litigation style.”

    • Artur Salbert an attorney at law in our Competition Law Team, “is noted by sources for his knowledge of this area, alongside his strong presence in competition law.”

    • Karolina Stawowska, head of the Tax Law practice, “moves up the rankings following extensive praise from clients, with one stating: She is helpful and creative, and gives good business advice. She had a very positive attitude." Stawowska recently advised Emperia Holding on the tax implications of the sale of its stake in Tradis for cash and shares in Eurocash.”

    • Tomasz Zalewski, head of Corporate and Commercial Team, Intellectual Property, E-business and Public Procurement practices. “He leads the team and has spearheaded every major client mandate secured by the firm over the past year. He regularly represents clients before the civil courts, as well as the Patent Office. Sources value his helpfulness and in-depth knowledge.” „He is the team's leading partner in IT-related matters. He is appreciated by sources for his significant experience in this area, and recently advised SAMSUNG on issues related to private copying levies on IT hardware.” “He appeals to clients for many reasons, including his deep knowledge of EU case law, which proves invaluable in many public procurement procedures. In addition, his expertise extends to IT, IP and corporate law.”

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