Prof. Marek Wierzbowski and Partners - Advocates and Legal Counselors is a law firm, organized as a partnership, of over thirty lawyers including four partners, specializing in business law, with particular expertise in securities, mergers and acquisitions, the restructuring of companies, privatization, corporate matters, insolvency law, banking and insurance, real estate, EU law, competition and anti-trust law, energy and telecommunications law, administrative law (including pharmaceutical and mining law) and in litigation, including international and domestic arbitration. The Firm also renders selected services in tax law.
Prof. Wierzbowski, who was previously a partner in major international law firms Weil,Gotschal and Manges and later Linklaters, established the Firm in 2004.
For four years in a row, we have been ranked first amongst Polish law firms in terms of the number of IPO's completed (rankings published by the stock exchange’s daily paper "Parkiet” since June 2007 ) The last ranking showing our leadership was published at Parkiet of May 28-29, 2011 for the period 2010 –till May 2011. In the Deal Watch rankings for 2009, the Firm was ranked fifth among law firms acting in Poland concerning M&A transactions (ex aequo with Linklaters and Gide Loyrette Nouel). Currently Deal Watch puts at a the 7th place in the ranking concerning number of serviced M&A transactions, done in 2010.
We are listed among other top firms by major international rankings and directories (Chambers Europe, ILFR, Legal 500).
The Warsaw Stock Exchange has granted us the titles "WSE IPO Partner - Primary Market Leader", "WSE Partner for SME" and "New Connect Authorized Advisor".
On February 16, 2015, in the National Council of Legal Advisers, Warsaw, took place a meeting concerning the European Law Intitute. The meeting was attended by: Dariusz Sałajewski (President of the National Council of Legal Advisers) and Vice-Presidents: Maria Ślązak and Arkadiusz Bereza. During the speeches Diana Wallis (the President of ELI), Prof. Marek Safjan (the judge of CJEU) and Prof. Maciej Szpunar (CJEU spokesman) described the conduct of the Institute.
The meeting was also attended by Krzysztof Łaszkiewicz (Secretary of State for the President of the Republic of Poland), Krzysztof Kwiatkowski (President of the Supreme Audit Office [NIK]), Małgorzata Gersdorf (President of the Supreme Court [SN]), Maciej Berek (President of the Government Legislation Centre [RCL]) and Artur Nowak-Far (Undersecretary of state of Ministry of Foreign Affairs [MSZ]).
During the meeting European Law Institute‘s Members constituted the Association called ELI Polska. The first President of the new-established Association became Prof. Marek Wierzbowski.
During the meeting of European Parliament Legal Affairs Commotion on February 24, 2015, Prof. Wierzbowski gave a speech “EU Member State Administrative Procedure and Impact of International end EU Rules: the Case of Poland”.
Building Law Codification Commission led by Prof. Marek Wierzbowski enacted on February 25 the Building Code project which was handed over to Minister of Infrastructure. While working on the Building Code project, Comission set up the Planning and Land-use team managed by Adam Kowalewski who worked on the second part of the Code. Two parts combined shall compose Urban and Building Code.
The Law Firm participated on February 17-18, 2015 as a partner in 6th Lawyers Congress of SEG Listed Companies. This year’s Congress covered the issue of a planned public companies current reporting system following the entry into force of regulations preventing market abuse. The Law Firm was represented by Marcin Marczuk in a panel discussion on “self-regulation ability in the area of current reporting”. Professor Królikowski, Professor Wierzbowski and Marcin Marczuk led a workshop named: “Mind Management standard to the ex-ante assessment of price-forming information and ex-post view of a supervisory body” which covered the issue of the confidential information’s extent with the new regulation provided by Market Abuse Regulation and Market Abuse Directive. The Interview with Marcin Marczuk available on tv.wseie.pl/video/mp4/20150219_mmarczuk.mp4
The Law Firm participated in the Corporate Law Academy organized by Civil Law and Capital Market Students Research Associations of Warsaw University. Beside conducted by M. Marczuk and S. Rudnicki workshops on ”due diligence in the public company”, we participated in the inaugural lecture at the Gala of Workshops on December 4th, 2014. Corporate Law Academy project was addressed to the selected by the organizer group of approx. 40 students interested in the subject of capital markets and M&A transactions. The purpose of the project was to explain practical aspects of the functional capital markets and M&A transactions through a series of substantive workshops. The idea of CLA is to introduce to outstanding students the practical aspect of the given subject, therefore instead of a lecture we prepared workshop based on case studies and work of thematic groups. As a contribution to the organized project the Law Firm sponsors summer internships for students designated by the Students Research Associations.
On 15th November professor Michał Królikowski joined the team of leading lawyers of the law firm as associate partner. Professor Królikowski in the firm manages the practice of criminal and administrative liability, international and European criminal law, legislative process and negotiations. He is a doctor of law and professor of Warsaw University. Professor Królikowski since 2006 until 2011 was a Director of the Bureau of Research, since 2011 until 2014 Undersecretary in the Ministry of Justice and previously a legal advisor.
On 28 of November 2014 Prime Minister of the Republic of Poland appointed professor Marek Wierzbowski as a new chairman of the Codification Committee for the Construction Law.
On 18 September 2014, after an examination of a cassation appeal prepared by the lawyers of our Law Firm, the Supreme Administrative Court [NSA] reversed the judgment of the District Administrative Court in Warsaw dated 5 December 2012 and dismissed a complaint brought by the environmental organization against the decision to refuse admission to the proceedings for granting our Client a permission to emit greenhouse gases of carbon dioxide.
The Court fully upheld the arguments presented by the attorney of the Company. Thus, the judgment is favour of our Client, being one of the biggest energy companies in Poland. It ends proceedings before the administrative courts in this matter.
This case was handled by the team consisting of several lawyers, including prof. Marek Wierzbowski, legal advisor Joanna Rewkowska and dr Aleksandra Paczkowska.
Prof. Marek Wierzbowski i Partnerzy - Adwokaci i Radcowie Prawni
ul. Mokotowska 15 A lok. 17
Tel. 022 312 41 10, fax: 022 312 41 12
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