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Wierzbowski Eversheds Sutherland strengthens its Tech & Engineering team with three new lawyers

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11-04-2018

Witold Sławiński, Jan Styliński and Adriana Gostępska have joined the firm’s newly spun-off Tech & Engineering team, headed by managing partner Tomasz Zalewski.

Witold Sławiński specializes in legal support for development processes and construction contracts for firms from the construction sector, particularly the building automation segment. He also represents clients in disputes and advises on business negotiations and commercial contracts, in particular contracts for construction work. He has over 11 years of experience providing legal advice on implementation of major infrastructure projects involving public contracts for construction of roads and stadiums, including representation of clients before the National Appeal Chamber (among other matters, handling proceedings for award of contracts for selection of technical and economic advisers on motorway projects in Poland, and advice on design and execution of sections of the A2 and A4 expressways to toll expressway standards), and preparing and conducting proceedings for the national toll collection system for motorways and expressways. He has worked for leading companies from the industrial automation and cooling industries, including a global leader in the field of electronic security and fire protection systems, a renowned supplier of fittings and valves for industry and power, and one of the world’s leading producers of heating and cooling systems, advising them on business negotiations, commercial contracts, and dispute resolution. He is the author of numerous publication on public procurement and civil law. He completed an LL.M. in international and comparative law at Chicago–Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology.

Jan Styliński specializes in the law of public-private partnerships and concessions. He is also involved in the real estate development process, particularly with regard to infrastructure, construction, project finance, public procurement, and EU funds. He has nearly 20 years of experience providing legal advice to business. Before beginning his cooperation with Wierzbowski Eversheds Sutherland he worked in a leading Polish law firm and was the founder and partner in a boutique firm providing legal support for major public-private partnership projects in Poland. Before that he also headed the toll roads team for a public road investor. He supports clients in PPP projects worth billions of zloty, and helps them create optimal legal and business structures for the most complex development projects. He has advised in negotiations with financial institutions, the public administration, and statistical offices. He participated in a pioneering notification of individual state aid in the infrastructure sector in Poland and was one of the first lawyers in Poland to work out the issues of classification of debt instruments in PPP projects with EU statistical agencies. He has participated in a total of nearly 30 of the largest PPP projects in Poland, from motorways to parking lots, toll collection systems, and high-speed rail. Thanks to his experience, he was appointed to the PPP Expert Council established by the Minister of Development in 2016. Jan is the president of the Polish Association of Construction Industry Employers (PZPB), one of the country’s largest organizations of construction companies.

Adriana Gostępska specializes in corporate advice for businesses, construction law, and public procurement law. She advises on business negotiations. She has experience providing comprehensive legal support for enterprises, with particular attention to drafting commercial contracts, mainly for construction work, reviewing contracts, and registration of companies. She represents clients in judicial proceedings, particularly in the area of civil and commercial law. At the Warsaw Regional Bar Council, she is a member of the Image and Communications Committee and the Committee on the History and Traditions of the Warsaw Bar. She is an editor of Młoda Palestra, a nationwide journal for advocate trainees. Adriana is a graduate of the Faculty of Law and Administration at Maria Curie-Skłodowska University in Lublin. She also studied at the Faculty of Law at the University of West Bohemia in Pilsen, Czechia. She completed her advocate training at the Warsaw Regional Bar Council

According to Tomasz Zalewski, managing partner of Wierzbowski Eversheds Sutherland, spinning off a new practice is a natural continuation of the firm’s work over the years providing comprehensive advice on public procurement law, handling complex development ventures and projects connected with the application of new technologies in industry, and in general, the digital transformation. “I am confident that bringing specialists onboard with such huge experience will allow us to greatly expand our practice to meet the needs of the market connected with implementation of Industry 4.0,” said Zalewski. “We already work for numerous clients from the sectors of industrial automation, energy, heat, environmental protection, and new technologies, supporting them in their strategic projects. We are pleased to have the opportunity to advise on many innovative ventures. A recent example is our advice on pre-commercial procurement by a client from the public sector—one of just a handful of such projects in Poland.”

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