Important Amendments to Polish Labor Law in 2017
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Andrzej has over 20 years’ experience in transactional work, principally in venture capital, M&A and privatization transactions. He specializes in corporate law, commercial law, telecoms law and private equity transactions. He prepares and supervises international issuances of securities.
Andrzej represents both domestic and foreign investors, as well as investment and private equity funds. He has been repeatedly recognized by The Legal 500, Chambers Europe and Best Lawyers. In 2016, The Legal 500 recommends Andrzej in the field of corporate law and M&A, while Chambers Europe recommends him in the field of private equity, corporate and M&A. Andrzej is a member of the International Bar Association.
Head of the M&A and Private Equity Practice Areas.
Ewa specializes in advising international clients on employment law with a particular emphasis on the SSC/BPO, financial services and TMT sectors.
She advises clients on opening shared services centres in Poland, structuring employment agreements for hundreds of employees, drafting internal regulations and transferring employees between Poland and other countries.
Ewa was a management board member and chief legal officer at Netia S.A., a telecoms company. Earlier Ewa worked for Shearman & Sterling in New York where she represented investment banks on TMT and energy transactions and worked on US financial regulatory matters.
Ewa is highly recommended by The Legal 500 EMEA 2016 in the field of employment law.
Attorney-at-law admitted to the New York Bar, Partner,
Head of the SSC/BPO Practice Area, Co-head of the Employment Law Practice Area.
Krzysztof specializes in dispute resolution, restructuring and insolvency law. His practice is focused on representing clients in court and insolvency proceedings. He has extensive expertise in civil procedure.
He advises media and telecommunication companies with foreign ownership and has represented major Polish telecom operators. Krzysztof represents bankruptcy trustees of companies operating in the real estate, TMT and healthcare sectors in court proceedings against debtors as well as on matters connected with insolvency proceedings.
Krzysztof is an arbitrator at the Court of Arbitration at the Polish Chamber of Commerce in Warsaw. For ten years, he worked as a judge at the Commercial Division of the Voivodeship Court in Poznan.
Krzysztof is recommended by The Legal 500 EMEA 2016 in the field of dispute resolution.
Head of the Litigation, Insolvency and Restructuring Practice Areas.
Maciej specializes in M&A transactions, including leveraged buyouts, securities offerings, debt capital markets matters, restructuring law, and Polish and English corporate law.
Maciej advises both Polish and international investors, including, among others, private equity and investment funds, companies from the TMT industry, financial institutions and banks.
In addition, he advises clients on disputes against public companies or their shareholders, mainly concerning tender offers and delisting from the Warsaw Stock Exchange. He also advises public companies on a day-to-day basis, including on corporate governance, securities law issues and stock exchange requirements.
Maciej is recommended by The IFLR1000 Financial & Corporate 2017, and the Legal 500 EMEA 2016 as a capital markets lawyer within the field of TMT.
Head of the Capital Markets Practice Area.
Szymon advises private equity and investment funds, Polish and international companies as well as private investors on M&A deals, joint ventures and real estate transactions.
He advises on financing and refinancing transactions that form part of real-estate investment and development projects. He has been involved in many capital market transactions, including private and public offerings.
Szymon is recommended by Legal 500 EMEA 2015 in the field of corporate and M&A.
Head of the Project Finance Practice Area.
Andrzej advises the major TMT companies on the Polish market. He drafts and negotiates inter-operator and infrastructure lease agreements, as well as agreements with vendors of equipment and infrastructure for the development of telecommunications networks and for other telecom-related services. He advises and represents clients in proceedings before regulatory authorities.
Andrzej is a Member of the Council of the Chamber of Commerce for Electronics and Telecommunications and a Vice-Chairman of the Council of the Polish Chamber of Information Technology and Telecommunications. He serves as an arbitrator for the Standing Arbitration Consumer Court at the Office of Electronic Communications. Andrzej is recommended by The Legal 500 2016 and Chambers Europe 2016 in the field of TMT.
Ph.D. Graduate in law Sciences, Partner,
Head of the TMT Practice Area.
Piotr specializes in employment, competition, intellectual and industrial property law with a particular focus on trademark issues. His clients include international and large domestic corporations, and leading companies from the SSC/BPO and IT industries. He represents clients in proceedings before civil and commercial courts of all instances.
Piotr worked for the Polish Antimonopoly Office (now UOKiK), and later was as a board member and Chief Legal Counsel of CANAL+Polska (now nc+), the first pay television station in Poland.
He cooperates with the Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights and is actively involved in pro bono activities for a number of foundations and private individuals.
Piotr is recommended by Legal 500 EMEA 2016 in the field of employment law.
Head of the Employment Law, Competition, IP and Data Protection Practice Areas
Tomasz specializes in court disputes, arbitration and enforcement proceedings, and bankruptcy and composition law. He represents clients before common courts of all instances, arbitration and administrative courts. He also deals with real estate issues.
Tomasz is an arbitrator at the Court of Arbitration of the Polish Chamber of Commerce in Warsaw.
Tomasz has served as a judge at the Commercial Division of the Voivodeship Court in Warsaw. He has advised on many privatizations, mainly in the mining, energy and natural resources sectors.
Head of the Public Procurement Practice Area
Anita has over 15 years of experience in real estate and infrastructure projects. She advises on real estate transactions and investment projects, as well as on construction law and real estate management.
In addition, Anita advises on real estate financing including securitized financings, sale-leasebacks, and the formation and negotiation of joint ventures, as well as sale and perpetual usufruct agreements and lease and tenancy contracts. Her clients include operators of shopping centers and hypermarkets, investment and private equity funds, owners of office and industrial developments and investors in the real estate market.
Attorney-at-law, Head of the Real Estate and Construction Practice Area.
Jolanta is a specialist with over 16 years’ experience in corporate work, especially M&A and commercial transactions. She coordinates the work of teams of lawyers during due diligence investigations, including due diligence related to groups of companies. She advises a range of international companies in connection with their business operations in Poland.
Jolanta is recommended by the Legal 500 EMEA 2016 in the field of Corporate and M&A.
Attorney-at-law, Head of the Corporate and Commercial Law Practice Area.
Mariusz advises public administration and private entities on regulatory matters connected with energy law. He deals with the regulatory and commercial aspects of telecommunications and media law, competition law, copyright law and Internet law.
He has participated in a broad range of legislative work, such as the drafting of laws and regulations related to the telecommunications, media and information and communication technologies sectors, working in particular for the Polish Office of Electronic Communications.
Mariusz has contributed to the work of European Commission working groups, the International Telecommunication Union, and the European Conference of Postal and Telecommunications Administrations (CEPT).
He is a member of the supervisory board of Exatel S.A. (a telecommunication company), and a Member of the Council of the Chamber of Commerce for Electronics and Telecommunications (KIGEIT).
Senior Associate, Head of the Energy Practice Area.
Dariusz’s specialized practice focuses on commercial and labor law, investment process and intellectual property. He mainly advises clients from the BPO/SSC, IT and telecommunication sectors, as well as real estate companies.
He supports clients in leasing commercial space and advises on contracts for the preparation of design documentation and the delivery of infrastructure (including IT systems) and services. In addition, he advises on corporate issues and compliance, and adjusts global procedures to Polish law requirements.
Moreover, he prepares employee documentation, drafts and negotiates contracts, and represents clients in employment-related disputes. He has participated in numerous due diligence projects, in which he was responsible for real estate and intellectual property matters.
Attorney-at-law, Head of the CDZ Office in Krakow.
Piotr specializes in securities law and capital market transactions, including private and public offerings of financial instruments and the introduction of securities into the regulated and alternative trading systems. He drafts prospectuses, information documents and memorandums and participates in proceedings before the Polish Financial Supervision Authority.
Additionally, Piotr deals with corporate law, M&A and restructuring. He advises international and domestic clients, brokerage houses, private equity and investment funds, and capital companies from the real estate, TMT and banking sectors.
Attorney-at-law, Head of the CDZ Office in Lodz.
On 1 December 2016, the Sofitel Wroclaw Old Town Hotel hosted a labour law business breakfast on “Employment Contract Termination – Common Mistakes and Pitfalls”
Ewa Don-Siemion and Weronika Papucewicz presented on issues including how to phrase the reasons for termination correctly, mutual agreements, termination or disciplinary dismissal, employer’s duties related to employment termination. They also discussed how to brace for a conversation with the employee
The event was attended mainly by companies from the business services sector, such as NOKIA, IBM, UPS, MERCK.
The 7th National Congress for Headmasters of Non-public Schools, held in Warsaw on 21st October 2016, was attended by headmasters and owners of non-public schools and preschools in Poland.
The congress focused on such issues as the calculation of subsidy amounts in light of present and future regulations; controversies regarding subsidy spending; and audit and administrative and court proceedings for subsidy refunds.
The CDZ representatives, Piotr Kryczek and Weronika Papucewicz, presented on the issue of managing the teaching and non-teaching staff in non-public schools; they discussed, among other things, various types of employment contracts, remuneration systems, and employee leave for teachers.
The discussion during the first seminar in the 2016/17 cycle, held on 20 October, focused on the anatomy of the reforms of the Polish state as seen by their “engineers”.
The seminar’s keynote speaker was Professor Antoni Kamiński, who presented on “The 1997-2001 Reforms of the State Healthcare System”. The reforms’ author, Elżbieta Hibner, Ph.D., Eng. elaborated on the subject. Mariusz Busiło presented a lecture on the legislative process and practical aspects of law-making in Poland.
On 12 October 2016, a quarterly meeting of Krakow HR Corner took place at Brown Brothers Harriman’s Krakow office. The event was addressed to companies from the BPO/SSC sectors and was dedicated to labor law and soft HR issues.
Ewa Don-Siemion and Weronika Papucewicz spoke about labor law and new communication technologies, in particular social media in HR managers’ work and in the workplace; the assignment of company property to employees and the risks that this poses to the employer; and modern working time registration methods.
This year’s Smart Grid Security Summit 2016, geared towards utilities, regulators, the Polish Ministry of Energy, researchers and vendors, was held in Gdansk. It focused on two key areas: threats to the grid and the data within it, understanding the present and the future of the threat landscape; the most effective and comprehensive approaches to mitigating such threats; as well as other security-related case studies.
Keynote speakers included Andrzej Kaźmierski, Head of the Renewable Energy Sources Department at the Polish Ministry of Energy. Mariusz Busiło, representing the Mazovia Cluster ICT and the CDZ TMT Team, discussed the Polish legal framework with respect to smart grid data collection and processing, and how it should be changed in order to reflect the need for security, standardization and transparency in the industry.
CDZ has participated as a substantive partner in the 7th ABSL Conference "Transforming Ourselves. Changing the World", which took place on 27 and 28 June 2016 in Katowice. The annual conference is the most important event of the business services sector in Central and Eastern Europe.
This year’s conference was attended by 1,000 participants from the sector, including representatives of municipal authorities and special economic zones who analyzed the changes, challenges and improvements ahead for the modern business service organizations in Poland and the CEE countries.
One of the keynotes addressed the impact of Brexit on the sector’s development. The special guests included Condoleezza Rice, who talked about the risks and opportunities for the global economy in the context of the current geopolitical shifts, and Mateusz Morawiecki, Deputy Prime Minister of Poland and Minister of Development, who spoke about foreign investments in the sustainable development plan for Poland.
During the Senior Executive Breakfast for the BPO/SSC leaders, Ewa Don-Siemion, CDZ Partner, talked about the impact of recent changes in the political and legal environment for foreign investments in the BPO/SSC sectors in Poland, with a particular emphasis on the influence of these changes on the labor market and employer rights.