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Wierzbowski Eversheds launches Compliance practice headed by Paweł Kuskowski

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29-09-2015

Paweł Kuskowski is joining Wierzbowski Eversheds as Of Counsel effective 1 October 2015. He will head the firm’s newly established Regulatory Risk and Compliance practice.

Paweł Kuskowski is a lawyer and compliance specialist with many years of practice conducting global projects for Polish and international financial institutions, as well as extensive experience working with supervisory authorities.

During his professional career, he has worked at RBS (Royal Bank of Scotland), where he headed international efforts to combat money laundering, and at the Polish branch of the Swiss bank UBS as head of Compliance and Operational Risk. He also worked at a leading Irish law firm, Matheson Ormsby Prentice, where he advised clients on regulatory risk and compliance. At AIG Investment in Ireland he was responsible for implementation of MiFID (the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive) and MAD/MAR (the Market Abuse Directive and Market Abuse Regulation).

He has advised many financial institutions on implementing procedures to combat money laundering, creating compliance structures, and adapting the organization’s operations to comply with regulatory requirements. For the past four years he has served as president of the board of Compliance Association Poland, with members from a hundred firms and institutions, cooperating with the Polish Financial Supervision Authority, the General Inspector of Financial Information, the Polish Chamber of Brokerages, and the Warsaw Stock Exchange. 

He is also a member of the advisory committee of the International Compliance Association.

“Establishment of a compliance practice is a step that suits the Eversheds growth strategy and also meets clients’ growing need for services in this area,” said Krzysztof Wierzbowski, managing partner at the law firm of Wierzbowski Eversheds. “It’s important to us to bring a new standard to compliance services, which are only now developing on the Polish market. Thanks to cooperation with a specialist with unique experience in an international environment, the multidisciplinary team of lawyers, and the support of Eversheds International, we will be positioned to implement compliance projects comprehensively on a national and global scale.”

Paweł Kuskowski commented: “I’m happy to be entering into cooperation with a law firm with such a well-established market position and global reach. I am confident that our combined experience will allow us to offer clients unmatched advice on the biggest projects while setting the highest standards for compliance services in Poland. Businesses increasingly realize how much value a well-run compliance system generates for them, in the context of both minimizing business risks and the increasing demands of regulators. One of the challenges ahead will be the need for listed companies to comply with the amendments to corporate governance principles planned by the Warsaw Stock Exchange.”

Wierzbowski Eversheds has deep experience advising companies and institutions operating in regulated industries such as telecommunications, finance, energy and pharmaceuticals. Eversheds has one of the most recognized teams advising in the area of compliance. The firm is particularly noted for regulatory advice for the financial industry.

 

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