We are proud to announce that in this year’s edition of The Legal 500 we have been recommended in 13 categories, and in as many as 3 categories we obtained the highest score (Tier 1).
Sołtysiński Kawecki & Szlęzak has been recommended as a TOP-TIER FIRM in 3 practice areas:
Dispute resolution (Tier 1)
Soltysinski Kawecki & Szlezak has a diverse dispute resolution department of ‘enthusiastic lawyers’ handling both litigation and arbitrations arising from industries including telecoms, construction, banking and retail. Team members are often instructed before the Supreme Court and the Polish regulators. Rafał Waszkiewicz leads the group, focusing on civil law proceedings and commercial arbitration. Dariusz Skuza, former department head, retains an active commercial litigation practice. Co-founding partner Stanisław Sołtysiński is a specialist in international arbitration; while Andrzej Szlęzak is another seasoned arbitration counsel.
Intellectual property (Tier 1)
Soltysinski Kawecki & Szlezak’s IP team has a strong reputation for complex, cross-border matters. Notably, this includes advisory work on protection strategies, transactions and product launches for major brands such as Microsoft and Nike. In addition, the team assists with unfair competition matters (with an emphasis on the advertising sector), domain name infringement, rights protection, anti-counterfeiting and custom seizures. Industrial property expert Szymon Gogulski and patent and trade mark infringement specialist Ewa Skrzydło-Tefelska are the practice heads. Jacek Myszko is another name to note, specifically known for his work in the pharmaceutical, medical device and food sectors.
White-collar crime (Tier 1)
At Soltysinski Kawecki & Szlezak, the firm takes a multidisciplinary approach to white-collar criminal defence, utilising the its strong tax, competition, employment and IP departments. The group is instructed by corporates and individuals on investigations and criminal litigation, notably in relation to corruption, fraud, tax fraud, cybercrime and money laundering. Heading the group is Tomasz Konopka, a highly regarded criminal defence lawyer with substantial experience before the Polish courts. Katarzyna Randzio-Sajkowska is another name to note, particularly for cross-border investigations, where she has expertise in the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. Senior associate Michał Opala is building a strong practice in compliance issues.
Sołtysiński Kawecki & Szlęzak has also been recommended in the following 10 practice areas:
Banking and finance (Tier 2)
Soltysinski Kawecki & Szlezak’s ‘smart and positive’ team has a strong focus on financial regulatory work, but it also has a highly regarded transactional practice. The regulatory team has a deep specialism in the fintech sector, and is able to work closely with the firm’s IP and IT departments. The group is also heavily involved in anti-money laundering projects. Financial sector M&A is another area of focus, and lawyers have significant experience in group reorganisations and acquisitions. Team head Marcin Olechowski focuses on regulatory work, while Tomasz Kanski is a transactional finance lawyer with broad experience in acquisition financings. Wojciech Iwański , who is based in Katowice, is an expert in banking regulations, particularly for payment and brokerage services.
Commercial, corporate and M&A (Tier 2)
Soltysinski Kawecki & Szlezak’s group is valued for its ‘deep understanding of Polish law in its practical application’. Its work spans sectors such as fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG), food, automotive and logistics, as well as renewables. Robert Gawałkiewicz, who heads up the team, has expertise in both corporate and commercial law. Krzysztof Pawlisz’s practice caters to Polish and international clients which he advises on commercial and securities issues. Marcin Olechowski, who leads the banking and finance department, handles transactions and reorganisations in the financial sector.
Competition/antitrust (Tier 2)
The group at Soltysinski Kawecki & Szlezak has substantial experience representing clients before the Polish competition authorities, handling cases involving price fixing, appeals, as well as merger control proceedings for an impressive roster of clients in the fast-moving consumer goods sector. Krzysztof Kanton heads the department. Senior counsel Marta Kupczak-Strzelecka focuses on advising clients on antitrust and consumer protection issues. In 2019, the group was joined by of counsel Marek Kolasiński, who had been practising as a judge in the court of appeals, where he handled competition and consumer protection cases.
Energy and natural resources (Tier 2)
Led by Warsaw-based Krzysztof Cichocki and Zbyszko Wizner in Poznań, the energy and natural resources team at Soltysinski Kawecki & Szlezak handles a broad range of matters. The group has expertise assisting with infrastructure investments in the power sector, and compliance with regulatory obligations and emissions allowances. In addition, the team represents clients in disputes arising from the imposition of fines, the application of tariffs and allegations of market manipulation. The group also advises on the purchase and optimisation of energy and fuels.
Healthcare and life sciences (Tier 2)
Soltysinski Kawecki & Szlezak fields a multidisciplinary team composed of experts in pharmaceutical and food law, medicinal products, intellectual property, public procurement and competition law. The group advises pharmaceutical companies on all aspects of the manufacture and distribution of their products; and industry bodies, including the Polish Association of Pharmaceutical Industry Employers, on aspects of the legislative process and litigation involving their members. The group is jointly led by intellectual property, life sciences and EU law specialists Ewa Skrzydło-Tefelska and Jacek Myszko.
Private client (Tier 2)
Soltysinski Kawecki & Szlezak’s private client team is characterised by its ‘sophisticated understanding of typical issues for families and their needs’; advising on tax, family and inheritance law, and business succession issues. The group also advises on asset management and investment issues. Leading the team is tax expert Sławomir Łuczak, whose practice extends to private foundations and family law. Senior counsel Anna Kratiuk is experienced in private client-related corporate transactions.
Tax (Tier 2)
Soltysinski Kawecki & Szlezak’s core areas of expertise are representations before the Polish tax authorities and courts, tax planning and implementation, tax audits (including in relation to transfer pricing), and VAT issues. The group also assists private clients with wealth tax management. The team is led by Jarosław Bieroński, a specialist in international tax. Sławomir Łuczak is the name to note for tax litigation, while Piotr Andrzejak leads on indirect tax matters.
TMT (Tier 2)
Closely associated with the new technology sector, the TMT practice at Soltysinski Kawecki & Szlezak is particularly well known for its work in IT matters. Specific areas covered include: cloud computing, licenses, copyright transfers, litigation, blockchain and software audits. Notably, it has a strong reputation for successfully enforcing the rights of developers, performing due diligence (regarding rights to new tech), handling cybersecurity matters and analysing open source software. The team is led by Mikołaj Sowiński and Agata Szeliga, experts in software law and data protection, respectively.
Real estate (Tier 3)
At Soltysinski Kawecki & Szlezak, the real estate team is led by Radosław Waszkiewicz, who is a key name for acquisitions, divestment and leasing. The group acts for clients active in a range of asset classes including offices, hotels, residential property and retail, and also provides agricultural property advice. Its recent caseload includes matters concerning the reclamation of property, compensation, international inheritance, co-ownership, reprivatisation and restitution.
Employment (Tier 3)
Led by Agnieszka Fedor, the employment team at Soltysinski Kawecki & Szlezak handles a wide range of employment issues. In particular, it is noted for covering high-value legal disputes between former employees and managers (especially those related to complex corporate transactions). Additional matters include internal investigations (including fraud and FCPA matters), group dismissals, industrial relations and litigation.
2 lawyers are listed in the Hall of Fame:
Dispute resolution – Hall of Fame
– Dariusz Skuza
Competition/antitrust – Hall of Fame
– Krzysztof Kanton
4 lawyers are listed in elite Leading lawyers list:
Banking and finance – Leading individuals
– Marcin Olechowski
Dispute resolution – Leading individuals
– Rafał Waszkiewicz
Tax – Leading individuals
– Sławomir Łuczak
White-collar crime – Leading individuals
– Tomasz Konopka
40 lawyers are recommended in The Legal 500 Europe, Middle East & Africa 2021 editorial:
Banking and finance
Commercial, Corporate and M&A
- Stanisław Sołtysiński
- Andrzej Szlęzak
- Jacek Siński
- Marcin Olechowski
- Katarzyna Paczuska-Tokarska
- Maciej Zwoliński
- Anna Grzywczak-Kubiak
Energy and natural resources
Healthcare and life sciences