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Wierzbowski Eversheds Sutherland celebrates its 20th anniversary

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04-10-2018

This year Wierzbowski Eversheds Sutherland is celebrating its first 20 years on the Polish legal market. The firm was founded in 1998 by Krzysztof Wierzbowski and over the years become one of Poland’s leading law firms. The firm belongs to the global brand Eversheds Sutherland, with offices in 66 countries.

The past two decades have been a period of dynamic growth for Wierzbowski Eversheds Sutherland, thanks in part to the growth of Eversheds, which the firm joined in 2005. The Polish office was at the time one of just a handful in Europe. Now there are 66 offices in 32 countries worldwide—including overseas, since 2017 when Eversheds combined with the American law firm Sutherland Asbill & Brennan.

Over 20 years the firm has achieved many successes, advising on numerous groundbreaking projects shaping the Polish landscape, cityscape, and industries. Wierzbowski Eversheds Sutherland lawyers advised the Polish government in connection with hosting the EURO 2012 UEFA European Football Championship, a key element of which was completion of major infrastructure projects—stadiums and motorways. The firm worked on hundreds of cases of vital importance for the current shape of the telecommunications sector. It advised on projects connected with the growth of the IT market, including nationwide implementations. It pursued countless regulatory proceedings and many high-profile court disputes. The firm served clients who are leaders in their industries in carrying out complex international projects and expansion onto global markets. The firm has always backed innovation and supported innovators, having advised over a hundred tech startups.

“In celebrating this anniversary, we thought firstly about people, because we have had the good fortune to work with some truly exceptional ones,” said Krzysztof Wierzbowski, senior partner. “Many of the people we started this wonderful journey with us 20 years ago are still with us. We thank everyone who has contributed over the years to the development of our firm, giving their time, commitment, and heart.”

Krzysztof Wierzbowski added: “Our success would not be possible without our clients. Many of them have been with us since the beginning of the firm’s existence—and that means a lot to us. We thank all of our clients for their trust, fruitful cooperation, and camaraderie.”

Offering comprehensive legal advice for business, the firm focuses primarily on supporting enterprises facing the challenges of the future, advising on fundamental changes across all areas touched by digital transformation and technological development. The firm provides a full range of advice on seeking out new business models, implementing innovations, minimizing potential risks, and building the client’s identity across the digital culture.

According to Tomasz Zalewski, who has headed the firm since October 2017: “We enter the next decade full of hope and optimism, with many plans for growth. Drawing on the finest from our past will help us build our future. Technology is changing the world, forcing changes in law practice as well. Our firm came to terms with this long ago. We have excellent specialists in this area, and hundreds of projects to our credit where new technologies have played a starring role. All of this gives us a strong market position in this field, as has been confirmed numerous times in prestigious legal rankings.”

Tomasz Zalewski added: “Lawmakers strive to keep up with the galloping technological changes by introducing countless new regulations. Compliance with the law is becoming an increasingly complex task, and we want to help clients in this area. But we want to ensure that even in these new times, our firm will always rely first and foremost on people and mutual trust, because technology is a tool that should not only support people but firstly bring them closer.”

The culmination of the anniversary celebrations was a gala on 27 September 2018 in the atmospheric interiors of Forteca Kręglickich in Warsaw. The firm hosted several hundred people—staff, alumni, clients, business partners, and the media. Watch the video >

On behalf of the firm’s partners, Krzysztof Wierzbowski and Tomasz Zalewski thanked everyone who attended the anniversary gala: “It was a pleasure and a privilege to host so many people who are important to us. We cordially salute all our friends and well-wishers. We hope that in another 10 years we will meet again with good health, an optimist outlook, and a friendly business reality.”

 

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