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01 . About our Law Firm :

We offer top-notch legal counselling dedicated to selected industries. In particular, we assist companies operating in sectors such as construction, infrastructure, real estate, modern technologies, production, transport, services, as well as banks and investment funds.

Our clients appreciate our knowledge, experience and commitment to the development of their business. For several years, our clients’ recognition has been reflected in our high positions in international rankings, such as Chambers and Partners, The Legal 500. We regularly win accolades in: Construction; Dispute Resolution; Arbitration; Public Procurement; Real Estate; Commercial, Corporate & M&A.


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02 .Our achievements:

10 September / 2021 01 / 38

JDP advised in negotiations between Bacteromic – a company from the Scope Fluidics Group – and its business partner

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20 July / 2021 02 / 38

JDP’s client enters into a servicing agreement with a distributor of a well known global automotive brand

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05 July / 2021 03 / 38

JDP advised Inter Metal on the construction of the most advanced galvanising plant in Poland

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08 June / 2021 04 / 38

JDP wins a contract worth over PLN 400 million for the Polimex-Trakcja consortium

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27 May / 2021 05 / 38

JDP obtains a precedent judgment for construction companies defining the relation between the LDs for delay and claims for extension of the Time for Completion (FIDIC) in Poland

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14 April / 2021 06 / 38

Legal 500 EMEA 2021: Top-tier recognition for our law firm and Professor Przemysław Drapała

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06 April / 2021 07 / 38

JDP advised on collective redundancies in a company from the technical maintenance industry

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31 March / 2021 08 / 38

JDP advised on the dematerialisation of shares in an automotive company

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18 March / 2021 09 / 38

Acknowledgements in Chambers Europe 2021 for Professor Przemysław Drapała, Wojciech Merkwa and the law firm in Construction, Dispute Resolution and Public Procurement categories

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04 March / 2021 10 / 38

JDP negotiated a cross-border restructuring agreement between automotive companies

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18 February / 2021 11 / 38

Prof. Przemysław Drapała ranked in Chambers Global 2021 for Dispute Resolution

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27 November / 2020 12 / 38

Implementation of a cross-border high-tech joint venture structure with support of JDP

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05 October / 2020 13 / 38

JDP advised Greenpack Group in complex establishment of its legal and tax presence in Poland

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04 October / 2020 14 / 38

JDP Advises FREE NOW on innovative Lex Uber

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02 October / 2020 15 / 38

JDP has advised Trei Real Estate GmbH on obtaining financing

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11 September / 2020 16 / 38

Another JDP’s success in recovering property worth many millions zloty

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23 June / 2020 17 / 38

JDP advised on a cross-border acquisition of a shared services centre

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10 June / 2020 18 / 38

The largest railway tender in Poland – the success of JDP’s client

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09 June / 2020 19 / 38

Thanks to JDP, our client has recovered property valued at over PLN 50 million

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01 June / 2020 20 / 38

JDP successful in preventing a payment under a bank guarantee

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20 February / 2020 21 / 38

JDP advises on cross-border financing granted to Boekestijn Transport Holding B.V. for its acquisition of Baltic Trans

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17 June / 2019 22 / 38

A landmark judgment paves the way for construction companies

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14 February / 2019 23 / 38

JARA DRAPAŁA & PARTNERS won the first final and non-appealable judgment regarding stock exchange damage

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19 December / 2018 24 / 38

JDP advised on sale of a large real property

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08 November / 2018 25 / 38

Another success of JDP before the National Appeals Chamber

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27 September / 2018 26 / 38

JDP successful in international arbitration

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09 March / 2018 27 / 38

Appeal lodged by a consortium represented by JD&P allowed

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03 January / 2018 28 / 38

JD&P wins in international commercial arbitration dispute before ICC

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07 November / 2017 29 / 38

JARA DRAPAŁA & PARTNERS obtains significant precedent judgement impacting the entire construction industry

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11 September / 2017 30 / 38

Judgement with significant meaning for judicial practice. Success for JARA DRAPAŁA & PARTNERS

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12 June / 2017 31 / 38

Dismissal of action for reimbursement of remuneration for use of real estate in order to obtain a building permit

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30 May / 2017 32 / 38

Case won before the National Appeals Chamber: PORR S.A. will construct a section of the north west bypass of Płock

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16 May / 2017 33 / 38

Precedent judgment on stock exchange damage.

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19 January / 2017 34 / 38

In January five new lawyers joined JARA DRAPAŁA & PARTNERS

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27 December / 2016 35 / 38

JD&P successfully represented the contractor in the public procurement proceedings for Orientarium in ZOO in Łódź

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16 December / 2016 36 / 38

JD&P helped to reach a settlement regarding the construction of the National Stadium in Warsaw

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09 November / 2016 37 / 38

Construction of a huge shopping gallery in Poznań – JARA DRAPAŁA & PARTNERS participates in another project for Eiffage

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14 June / 2016 38 / 38

Legal assistance with implementation of the project regarding the CUBE office centre in Warsaw

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10 September / 2021 01 / 38

JDP advised in negotiations between Bacteromic – a company from the Scope Fluidics Group – and its business partner

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20 July / 2021 02 / 38

JDP’s client enters into a servicing agreement with a distributor of a well known global automotive brand

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05 July / 2021 03 / 38

JDP advised Inter Metal on the construction of the most advanced galvanising plant in Poland

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08 June / 2021 04 / 38

JDP wins a contract worth over PLN 400 million for the Polimex-Trakcja consortium

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27 May / 2021 05 / 38

JDP obtains a precedent judgment for construction companies defining the relation between the LDs for delay and claims for extension of the Time for Completion (FIDIC) in Poland

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14 April / 2021 06 / 38

Legal 500 EMEA 2021: Top-tier recognition for our law firm and Professor Przemysław Drapała

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06 April / 2021 07 / 38

JDP advised on collective redundancies in a company from the technical maintenance industry

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31 March / 2021 08 / 38

JDP advised on the dematerialisation of shares in an automotive company

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18 March / 2021 09 / 38

Acknowledgements in Chambers Europe 2021 for Professor Przemysław Drapała, Wojciech Merkwa and the law firm in Construction, Dispute Resolution and Public Procurement categories

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04 March / 2021 10 / 38

JDP negotiated a cross-border restructuring agreement between automotive companies

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18 February / 2021 11 / 38

Prof. Przemysław Drapała ranked in Chambers Global 2021 for Dispute Resolution

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27 November / 2020 12 / 38

Implementation of a cross-border high-tech joint venture structure with support of JDP

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05 October / 2020 13 / 38

JDP advised Greenpack Group in complex establishment of its legal and tax presence in Poland

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04 October / 2020 14 / 38

JDP Advises FREE NOW on innovative Lex Uber

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02 October / 2020 15 / 38

JDP has advised Trei Real Estate GmbH on obtaining financing

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11 September / 2020 16 / 38

Another JDP’s success in recovering property worth many millions zloty

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23 June / 2020 17 / 38

JDP advised on a cross-border acquisition of a shared services centre

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10 June / 2020 18 / 38

The largest railway tender in Poland – the success of JDP’s client

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09 June / 2020 19 / 38

Thanks to JDP, our client has recovered property valued at over PLN 50 million

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01 June / 2020 20 / 38

JDP successful in preventing a payment under a bank guarantee

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20 February / 2020 21 / 38

JDP advises on cross-border financing granted to Boekestijn Transport Holding B.V. for its acquisition of Baltic Trans

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17 June / 2019 22 / 38

A landmark judgment paves the way for construction companies

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14 February / 2019 23 / 38

JARA DRAPAŁA & PARTNERS won the first final and non-appealable judgment regarding stock exchange damage

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19 December / 2018 24 / 38

JDP advised on sale of a large real property

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08 November / 2018 25 / 38

Another success of JDP before the National Appeals Chamber

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27 September / 2018 26 / 38

JDP successful in international arbitration

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09 March / 2018 27 / 38

Appeal lodged by a consortium represented by JD&P allowed

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03 January / 2018 28 / 38

JD&P wins in international commercial arbitration dispute before ICC

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07 November / 2017 29 / 38

JARA DRAPAŁA & PARTNERS obtains significant precedent judgement impacting the entire construction industry

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11 September / 2017 30 / 38

Judgement with significant meaning for judicial practice. Success for JARA DRAPAŁA & PARTNERS

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12 June / 2017 31 / 38

Dismissal of action for reimbursement of remuneration for use of real estate in order to obtain a building permit

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30 May / 2017 32 / 38

Case won before the National Appeals Chamber: PORR S.A. will construct a section of the north west bypass of Płock

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16 May / 2017 33 / 38

Precedent judgment on stock exchange damage.

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19 January / 2017 34 / 38

In January five new lawyers joined JARA DRAPAŁA & PARTNERS

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27 December / 2016 35 / 38

JD&P successfully represented the contractor in the public procurement proceedings for Orientarium in ZOO in Łódź

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16 December / 2016 36 / 38

JD&P helped to reach a settlement regarding the construction of the National Stadium in Warsaw

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09 November / 2016 37 / 38

Construction of a huge shopping gallery in Poznań – JARA DRAPAŁA & PARTNERS participates in another project for Eiffage

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14 June / 2016 38 / 38

Legal assistance with implementation of the project regarding the CUBE office centre in Warsaw

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01 / 07

Wojciech Merkwa enters the table following positive client feedback. He focuses on public procurement matters in the railway sector. Clients rate his commercially savvy style, one observing that “he is reliable, responsive and focused on the client’s needs.”



Chambers Europe 2021

02 / 07

Thanks to Professor Drapała’s experience and broad knowledge, he is able to create legal strategies adjusted to a given problem.



Chambers Europe 2021

03 / 07

We highly appreciate the competence of the firm’s team. Their analysis of our business-related problems and their solutions help us in the safe conduct of our business.



The Legal 500 EMEA 2020

04 / 07

Przemysław Drapała can “quickly identify the core issues at hand and propose a practical solution” and “has a very strong academic background but also a good business feeling”.



Chambers Europe 2020

05 / 07

They are top-ranking experts in construction law and procedural questions, able to manage with the needs of a fast pace context.



Legal 500 EMEA 2020

06 / 07

JDP has a lot of experiences of real estate matters and knowledge of regulations in Poland. As we have a subsidiary in Poland, we have asked about Polish legal matters , such as corporate law, civil procedures, and business transactions. We are satisfied with their clear answers and instructions every time.



Legal 500 EMEA 2020

07 / 07

Clients appreciate JDP team’s professionalism, deep knowledge and expertise in corporate and transactional matters.



Legal 500 EMEA 2019

03 .Fields of Expertise

We focus on a few selected fields of expertise, in which we provide legal counselling and legal representation of the highest quality. Expertise and experience in these areas allow us to achieve tangible results for our clients. In addition to litigation, construction and infrastructure investment projects, we successfully advise on M&A transactions, the real estate sector, public procurement, labour law and personal data protection.

Our clients operate, among others, in the following industries: construction, property development, automotive, industrial production, distribution of specialised equipment, tools and robots, transport, financial services and modern technologies and FMCG.

01 / 09

Litigation and Arbitration

  • Construction and infrastructure disputes
  • Commercial and civil disputes
  • Arbitration proceedings (domestic and international)
  • M&A, corporate and commercial disputes
  • Proceedings before the Supreme Court
  • Complex disputes involving at least a dozen separate proceedings
  • Post-arbitration proceedings
  • Declaration of enforceability of foreign judgments
  • Enforcement of difficult debts
  • Restructuring and bankruptcy law

Our team represents Polish and foreign entities in proceedings before common courts as well as before arbitration tribunals in Poland and abroad (the Polish Chamber of Commerce, Lewiatan, ICC, VIAC, DIS, UNCITRAL). Clients especially value our vast experience and efficiency in litigating or arbitrating complex cases concerning construction and infrastructure investment projects. In this area, we have handled about a dozen precedent-setting cases (including before the Supreme Court), often contributing to the formation of the Polish case law.
Prof. Przemysław Drapała combines vast experience and skills as an attorney ad litem with experience gained as an arbitrator.

Our Law Firm has also successfully represented leading automotive and real estate companies and suppliers of complex technologies, as well as financial institutions in litigation and arbitration pertaining to their areas of activity. We have also been successful in handling litigations regarding mergers and acquisitions (M&A), commercial contracts, and consequences of declaring bankruptcy, but also proceedings to have arbitration court awards overturned.

We cooperate with reputable foreign law firms representing Polish businesses and supporting foreign companies in proceedings conducted in Poland or related to Polish law.

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Professor Przemysław Drapała, PhD

Radca prawny (Attorney-at-law) | Managing Partner

Andrzej Sokołowski

Radca prawny (Attorney-at-law) | Partner

Wojciech Bazan

Adwokat (Attorney-at-law) | Partner

02 / 09

Infrastructure and Construction Industry

  • Public Procurement
  • Conducting negotiations and drafting construction contracts
  • Advising general contractors (including EPC) and private investors on an ongoing basis
  • Relations with subcontractors
  • Relations between consortium members
  • Construction and infrastructure disputes
  • Restructuring and bankruptcy law

We are one of the leading law firms on the Polish legal market in providing legal advice to general contractors, subcontractors, investors and design companies implementing complex construction and infrastructure investment projects (roads, engineering, large-scale projects, power engineering, public utility facilities, sports facilities, industrial facilities). For over 15 years we have been advising our clients on the largest infrastructure and construction investment projects in Poland and representing parties in related court and arbitration proceedings.

In The Legal 500, an international ranking of law firms, (for 2018, 2019 and 2020), our law firm was recognised as a Leading Firm (Top Tier) in the Construction/Construction disputes category, and Prof. Przemysław Drapała was awarded the Leading Individual in Poland title in this category.

Our lawyers have unique experience in disputes concerning (i) remuneration increases due to unpredictable market changes (e.g., increase in prices of materials and services in the construction market); (ii) claims of the parties arising in connection with withdrawal from a contract, and (iii) prohibition of payment under a bank guarantee (unjustified drawing on the guarantee).

Moreover, we successfully advise our clients on matters concerning, among others, claims for delays in construction site handover, faulty design documentation, payment and increase of remuneration, settlement of completed additional and substitute works, general construction costs, charged liquidated damages, performance of warranty or guarantees of quality, as well as other claims arising in the course of the execution of construction investment projects.

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Professor Przemysław Drapała, PhD

Radca prawny (Attorney-at-law) | Managing Partner

Andrzej Sokołowski

Radca prawny (Attorney-at-law) | Partner

Wojciech Bazan

Adwokat (Attorney-at-law) | Partner

03 / 09

Transactions M&A and Corporate Law

  • M&A / Joint Ventures
  • Corporate law / Corporate restructuring
  • Group law
  • Post-M&A, corporate and commercial disputes
  • Financing and collateral
  • Phantom share agreements and regulations
  • Shareholders agreements
  • Planning of transactions from the point of view of taxes

Our clients trust us with preparing and conducting transactions concerning purchase, sale, transformation, division and mergers of companies, as well as with the sale and purchase of business enterprises, organised parts of business enterprises and their respective assets.

We take a comprehensive approach to the transactions we conduct. We draft and carry out appropriate action strategies, which help our clients achieve their business goals. We look at transactions in business, legal and tax terms. We also carry out intra-group restructuring, including cross-border restructuring, to enable our clients to use their resources more effectively and arrange their business processes in the most convenient manner. Additionally, we support their day-to-day corporate operations.

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Marcin Chomiuk, PhD

Radca prawny (Attorney-at-law) | Partner

04 / 09

Real Estate

  • Real estate transactions
  • Implementation of investment projects
  • Legal and tax audits
  • Financing of real estate transactions
  • Commercial leases

We provide legal advice on all types of projects relating to trading in and financing real estate transactions. We provide legal and tax services for real estate transactions and joint venture projects at a national and cross-border scale. We advise our clients on the day-to-day management of their real estate portfolios. Our clients include building owners and managers, property developers and construction companies.

In particular:

  • We conduct comprehensive legal and tax analyses of real estate, both for the purposes of ongoing or planned transactions as well as for management purposes;
  • We advise on legal and tax aspects of the purchase and sale of commercial, service and industrial real estate, as well as in the course of their commercialisation. We have vast experience in transactions relating to single facilities as well as complexes of facilities, including shopping centres;
  • We provide legal and tax advice on concluding and terminating real estate lease agreements and on sale and leaseback transactions;
  • We conduct negotiations on behalf of our clients and we support our clients in negotiations – in this respect, we focus on the relevant legal elements (risks) and look for solutions that enable our clients to carry out transactions or investment projects efficiently and cost-effectively;
  • We advise both lenders and borrowers on domestic and cross-border financing of real estate transactions and on the development of investment projects; we have particularly vast experience in securing cross-border financing of real estate transactions;
  • We advise real estate owners on property taxes, including assisting with procedures aimed at recovering overpaid property tax.

 

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Maciej Chrzan, LL.M.

Radca prawny (Attorney-at-law) | Partner

Michał Urbański

Adwokat (Attorney-at-law) | Counsel

05 / 09

Contracts (Commercial)

  • Agreements: distribution, R&D (development and implementation for manufacturing purposes/commercialisation), Technology Implementation Supplies
  • General terms of contracts/contract templates
  • Rules and regulations for competitions
  • Contracts governed by foreign law (in cooperation with a lawyer from the relevant jurisdiction)
  • Contractual protection of intellectual property
  • Taxation of supplies and services in commercial transactions, including international relations

We are well aware of how important it is to properly secure relations with a contracting party, and that a well-prepared contract should protect the client’s interests when these relations do not go as planned. We combine expertise with business expectations while providing legal security to our clients, particularly with regard to situations that no one expected at the time of concluding the contract. We draft not only contract templates, including general terms of sale and service provision, but also complex “tailor-made” contracts.

We analyse contracts comprehensively, taking into account both commercial and legal and tax issues. Also, we take into consideration aspects of personal data protection and intellectual property protection. Working closely with foreign law firm partners, we carry out projects extending beyond the Polish jurisdiction, providing clients with comprehensive services for their cross-border ventures. We speak English and German.

We also support our clients during negotiations, as well as in enforcing contract provisions in the event of their non-performance or improper performance by the contracting party.

We support our clients’ advertising and marketing activities by creating legal frameworks for such activities, including rules and regulations, guidelines or bulletins for their promotional campaigns, competitions and loyalty programmes. We review draft contracts received by our clients from their contracting parties, with a view to ensure safe implementation of their business plans.

Contact

Marcin Chomiuk, PhD

Radca prawny (Attorney-at-law) | Partner

Maciej Chrzan, LL.M.

Radca prawny (Attorney-at-law) | Partner

06 / 09

Public Procurement

  • Legal advice for general contractors and contracting authorities at all stages of public procurement procedure
  • Proceedings before the National Appeals Chamber (NAC)
  • Complaint proceedings before common courts
  • Advising on Public Procurement Law in the performance of contracts

We provide legal advice to Polish and foreign entities at all stages of public procurement procedure (both regular and sectoral), in particular with regard to infrastructure, energy and services sectors. We successfully represent our clients in proceedings before the National Appeals Chamber. Complaints filed by us with common courts against judgments issued by the National Appeals Chamber have led to precedent-setting rulings in several cases.

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Wojciech Merkwa

Radca prawny (Attorney-at-law) | Counsel

07 / 09

Employment practice

  • Employee documentation: contracts, rules and regulations, policies, agreements
  • Advising HR departments and managers on an ongoing basis
  • Employment restructuring (including individual and group layoffs)
  • Collective labour law
  • Transfers of work establishments
  • Legal due diligence for employees
  • Employment disputes
  • Taxation of employee benefits

We support our clients with respect to individual and collective labour law matters, both from a domestic and cross-border perspective.

We provide ongoing legal services for HR departments and managerial staff, advise clients on selecting the right form of cooperation with employees, draft necessary employment-related documents, draw up rules and regulations and internal policies, develop effective salary and incentive schemes. Thanks to close cooperation between lawyers from various fields, in particular personal data, and tax advisors, we offer optimised solutions, taking into account all aspects of contractual parties’ interests.

Our experience also includes comprehensive support during the procedure of transferring a work establishment or its part to a new employer, including complex transactions involving the sale and purchase of enterprises.

We advise our clients in crisis situations: in mobbing and discrimination proceedings, consultations with trade unions and employee representatives, as well as in employment restructuring processes.

We also support employers during layoff procedures (including the so-called group layoffs), we develop strategies for out-of-court dispute resolution, we participate in negotiations, and in the absence of an agreement, we represent employers in disputes before labour courts.

Contact

Joanna Ostojska-Kołodziej, PhD

Adwokat (Attorney-at-law) | Counsel

08 / 09

Personal Data Protection

  • Preparation of documentation including privacy policies, privacy notices and data processing agreements
  • Mapping of data processing and support in new projects
  • Design of internal procedures and policies
  • Implementation of GDPR (RODO)
  • Training
  • Legal audits
  • Support in the process of handling personal data breaches
  • Advice during PDPO inspections
  • Representation in proceedings before the PDPO
  • Ongoing advice and support offered to data protection officers (DPOs)

As part of our consulting services, we support clients in the implementation of data protection projects and of the GDPR. This applies in particular to mobile applications, websites, software and other personal data processing technologies used in business. We advise clients on services and marketing activities using new technologies and other projects that require the collection of information about users, clients, employees (e.g. in connected cars or monitoring systems), also when international transfers are involved. We support clients in regulating data processing within groups of companies. We have experience in auditing already implemented projects and entire companies for compliance with data protection regulations, also in terms of industry requirements.

Contact

Anna Matusiak-Wekiera

Radca prawny (Attorney-at-law) | Head of Data Protection | Compliance Practice

09 / 09

Taxes

  • Verification of tax settlements and liabilities
  • Tax refunds
  • M&A and restructuring
  • Transfer pricing
  • Tax proceedings and inspections
  • Tax interpretations and binding information on rates

We support Polish and foreign businesses in:

  • Settling current and transaction taxes;
  • Tax disputes;
  • Recovering overpaid income taxes, including the withholding tax, VAT and other taxes;
  • Obtaining tax interpretations, binding information on rates and opinions;
  • Preparing transfer pricing documentation;
  • Choosing the most efficient form of conducting a business activity in Poland.

We advise our clients on M&A transactions and restructuring processes, including structuring of a transaction/process, its implementation and post-transaction synergy.

Contact

Magdalena Zasiewska

Tax Adviser | Head of Taxes

Dorota Dąbrowska

Tax Adviser | Tax Manager

04 . Industries

Infrastructure and construction industry

On the Polish legal market we are one of the leaders in providing legal advice to general contractors, subcontractors, investors and design companies implementing complex construction and infrastructure investments (roads, engineering, large-scale projects, power engineering, public utility facilities, sports facilities, industrial facilities). We have been advising our clients for over 15 years on the largest infrastructure and construction projects in Poland and representing parties in related court and arbitration disputes.

In The Legal 500, an international ranking of law firms, (for 2018, 2019 and 2020), our law firm was recognised as a Leading Firm (Top Tier) in the Construction/Construction disputes category, and Prof. Przemysław Drapała was awarded the Leading Individual in Poland title in this category.

Our lawyers have unique experience in disputes concerning (i) remuneration increases due to unpredictable market changes (e.g., increase in prices of materials and services in the construction market); (ii) claims of the parties arising in connection with withdrawal from a contract, and (iii) prohibition of payment under a bank guarantee (unjustified drawing on the guarantee).

Moreover, we successfully advise our clients on matters concerning, among others, claims for delays in construction site handover, faulty design documentation, payment and increase of remuneration, settlement of completed additional and substitute works, general construction costs, charged liquidated damages, performance of warranty or guarantees of quality, as well as other claims arising in the course of the execution of construction investment projects.

Selected projects:

Road and bridge infrastructure:

  • Advising the general contractor for the Zakopianka section with the longest tunnel in Poland (section of the S-7 expressway), contracting authority: General Directorate for National Roads and Motorways (GDDKiA); project value: PLN 1 billion;
  • Advising the general contractor for the S-5 (Wrocław-Poznań) expressway section; contracting authority: GDDKiA, project value: over PLN 1 billion;
  • Advising the general contractor for the extension of the S-8 expressway (Mężenin-Jeżewo section); contracting authority: GDDKiA; project value: over PLN 440 million;
  • Advising the general contractor for the extension of the S-8 expressway (Wiśniewo-Mężenin section); contracting authority: GDDKiA; project value: over PLN 434 million;
  • Advising the general contractor for the S-6 (Nowogard-Płoty) expressway section; contracting authority: GDDKiA, project value: almost PLN 400 million;
  • Advising the general contractor for the S-51 (Olsztyn-Olsztynek) expressway section; contracting authority: GDDKiA; project value: over PLN 321 million.

Railway infrastructure:

  • Advising the general contractor for the GSM-R system; contracting authority: PKP Polskie Linie Kolejowe S.A., project value: approximately PLN 2.8 billion;
  • Advising the general contractor for Łódzki Tunel Średnicowy (cross-city tunnel in Łódź); contracting authority: PKP Polskie Linie Kolejowe S.A.; project value: over PLN 1.6 billion;
  • Advising the general contractor for the modernisation of railway line sections No. 61 and No. 700 (Częstochowa-Fosowskie); contracting authority: PKP Polskie Linie Kolejowe S.A., project value: over PLN 270 million;
  • Advising the general contractor for the construction of the Warsaw West-Warsaw Okęcie railway line (rail connection for Okęcie airport); contracting authority: PKP Polskie Linie Kolejowe S.A., project value: over PLN 230 million;
  • Advising the general contractor for the modernisation and revitalisation of railway line section No. 201; contracting authority: PKP Polskie Linie Kolejowe S.A., project value: over PLN 100 million.

Energy Infrastructure:

  • Advising the investor in connection with the EPC performance of the investment project involving the construction of a power plant with a 600 MWe gas-steam unit; project value: over PLN 1.6 billion;
  • Advising the general contractor for the modernisation of a boiler furnace system in units 7–12 in PGE Bełchatów Power Plant; contracting authority: PGE GIEK; project value: over EUR 475 million (over PLN 1.9 billion);
  • Advising a consortium of Polish and foreign companies on the EPC modernisation of units 4–6 in Turów Power Plant; contracting authority: PGE GiEK; project value: over PLN 625 million.

Industrial facilities / Large-scale infrastructure:

  • Advising general contractors for the National Stadium in Warsaw; contracting authority: State Treasury – Ministry of Sports and Tourism and the National Sports Centre (SPV), project value: over PLN 1.5 billion;
  • Advising general contractors for the PGE Arena stadium in Gdańsk; contracting authority: City of Gdańsk and BIEG 2012 Sp. z o.o., project value: over PLN 780 million;
  • Contract counselling, also during the guarantee and warranty period, for the leading general contractor listed on the Italian stock exchange in connection with the development of one of the largest passenger terminals in Poland (contract value: approximately PLN 370 million);
  • Advising the general contractor for the municipal police station in Łódź;
  • Advising the general contractor for the municipal police station in Piotrków Trybunalski;
  • Contract counselling for a Polish company implementing an investment (an exhibition pavilion) in Italy, as well as representing the company in a number of litigations.

Water infrastructure:

  • Advising general contractors for the modernisation of the Nysa water reservoir with regard to flood safety in litigation with the public contracting authority;
  • Advising the general contractor for the construction of a yacht marina in Szczecin in litigation with the public contracting authority;
  • Advising the general contractor for the programme and spatial concept and comprehensive technical documentation for the restoration of the Kożuszna Canal river;
  • Advising the general contractor for the modernisation and improvement of the Flood Canal and the Old Oder River in litigation with the public contracting authority;
  • Advising the general contractor for the modernisation of the Świnoujście-Szczecin waterway (the Piast Canal and Mielin Canal) in litigation with the public contracting authority.
Professor Przemysław Drapała, PhD

Radca prawny (Attorney-at-law) | Managing Partner

Andrzej Sokołowski

Radca prawny (Attorney-at-law) | Partner

Wojciech Bazan

Adwokat (Attorney-at-law) | Partner

Real Estate

We provide legal and tax advisory services to all participants in the real estate market, including owners and managers of facilities, using commercial and service, warehouse, production and office space, investment funds, developers, as well as banks financing real estate transactions. We provide clients with specialised legal and tax advice and solutions in relation to real estate transactions, including joint venture real estate projects. We provide legal and tax support to project owners and managers in the ongoing management of their property portfolio.

We are familiar with the needs and expectations of market participants in terms of:

  • Acquisition and disposal of commercial, office and industrial properties;
  • Taxation of real estate transactions with VAT and PCC;
  • Regulating the legal status of a real estate property after its acquisition or before its sale;
  • Execution of logistic, warehouse and industrial investments in build-to-own and build-to-suit formulas;
  • Implementation of greenfield and brownfield projects;
  • Commercialisation (lease) of commercial and office buildings and real estate leasing;
  • Cooperation with banks in the field of domestic and cross-border real estate financing and securing of such financing;
  • Support in negotiating loan agreements for the purchase or refinancing of real estate, establishment of collateral;
  • Handling development projects from the construction permit through the construction process itself, to the sale or commercialisation of facilities;
  • Conducting real estate due diligence for buyers and sellers;
  • Ongoing management of a portfolio of mixed-use facilities.
Maciej Chrzan, LL.M.

Radca prawny (Attorney-at-law) | Partner

Michał Urbański

Adwokat (Attorney-at-law) | Counsel

Automotive

We provide services to entities in the automotive sector by offering innovative solutions to legal and tax problems in all aspects of their operations. We advise both established vehicle manufacturers by supporting their sales activities, and suppliers and contractors in the automotive industry in a broad sense.

In particular, we:

  • advise clients on drafting general terms and conditions of contracts used in the automotive industry in professional and consumer trade;
  • advise clients on financing the acquisition of vehicles in retail (financing of end buyers) and wholesale (financing of dealers) in both legal and tax aspects;
  • support clients in all legal and tax issues concerning the development of a dealer network within the country;
  • provide legal and tax services for marketing campaigns conducted by our clients;
  • provide the necessary legal and tax services related to the day-to-day operations of car assembly plants and car component manufacturers at all levels of the supply chain (manufacturer – tier 1 supplier – tier 2 supplier);
  • advise clients on financing and acquisition of machinery, equipment and technological lines;
  • represent clients in product quality and dangerous product liability proceedings;
  • construct innovative legal solutions in response to the dynamic technological development of the industry.
Maciej Chrzan, LL.M.

Radca prawny (Attorney-at-law) | Partner

Marcin Chomiuk, PhD

Radca prawny (Attorney-at-law) | Partner

Barbara Kaczała

Radca prawny (Attorney-at-law) | Senior Associate

Modern technologies

We support our clients in numerous projects in the field of intellectual property, R&D, information technology and modern technologies. We provide services both in the cases where IP/IT is only a part of a larger whole, and where intangible assets constitute the core of the project. We develop and implement comprehensive legal solutions that enable our clients to achieve their long-term goals. We look at projects from a broad perspective, regardless of the area affected by new technologies: robotics, medicine, mobile applications, to name but a few. Owing to our knowledge of the new technology market and our understanding of our clients’ business needs we are able to provide legal services on an individual basis.

In particular, we:

  • draft implementation agreements and SLAs for IT systems;
  • prepare IP licences ranging from franchise agreements to offset agreements;
  • draf contracts for construction investments in the new technologies sector, including wind farms;
  • secure intellectual property rights in connection with external funding, marketing campaigns and projects in the new media areas;
  • support the process of obtaining software licences in the EULA model;
  • write regulations of services provided by electronic means and via mobile applications;
  • ensuring compliance of the personal data processing used in business processes based on new technologies.
Marcin Chomiuk, PhD

Radca prawny (Attorney-at-law) | Partner

Anna Matusiak-Wekiera

Radca prawny (Attorney-at-law) | Head of Data Protection | Compliance Practice

Krzysztof Bąk

Radca prawny (Attorney-at-law) | Associate

Magdalena Bartnik

Adwokat (Attorney-at-law) | Associate

Production | Industry 4.0

We know and understand the challenges of manufacturing and industry. We go hand in hand with the dynamics and diversity of these sectors by offering expert insights. For many years we have been advising leading members of the automotive sector on all aspects of their business. We are a trusted partner for the new technology industry, including robotics and industrial automation. We follow the principle of a comprehensive approach – we support our clients at the start of their activity by assisting at the laying of the foundation stone for the investment and we accompany them at the start-up of the first production line. We successfully support them in the construction of plants by advising on the purchase of land, participating in the selection of a general contractor, negotiations, as well as during the construction itself. We ensure the clients’ legal comfort in all areas: from real estate to construction law and contracts. We have experience in obtaining permits to conduct business in special economic zones. We draft contracts for entities at various levels of the supply chain. We provide legal security in crisis situations of missing and delayed deliveries, as well as in the case of deliveries of defective goods. We negotiate complex restructuring agreements.

In particular, we:

  • draft and review contracts for OEMs, Tier 1, Tier 2 and further subcontractors; in particular, we specialise in complex supply, tooling and R&D contracts;
  • prepare general conditions of sale and purchase;
  • advise clients on the acquisition of process lines and equipment;
  • develop solutions securing the client in case of non-payment by the counterparty;
  • comprehensively support the legal side of the production plant construction process;
  • develop and implement legal and tax concepts for doing business safely in Poland;
  • represent clients in court proceedings in cases concerning warranty and guarantee claims.
Marcin Chomiuk, PhD

Radca prawny (Attorney-at-law) | Partner

Barbara Kaczała

Radca prawny (Attorney-at-law) | Senior Associate

Production automation and industrial robotics

We provide legal advice on the acquisition of industrial robots, production lines, industrial machinery and production automation in general. We support entities interested in the acquisition in the selection of an appropriate contract model and its negotiation. When working for machinery manufacturers or distributors, we prepare contract templates and general terms and conditions, and negotiate exceptions proposed by contractors. Our advisory services in the field of civil and commercial law are complemented by the experience of our experts in financing (e.g. leasing contracts, special forms of securing contracts) and tax law (e.g. all kinds of investment incentives in the form of tax allowances). If it is not possible for the counterparties to reach an amicable agreement, we represent our clients in court disputes.

In particular, we:

  • support the process of verification of the client’s potential counterparties;
  • advise the client on the choice of the contract template tailored to the client’s business needs;
  • analyse the contract template and general conditions that the client receives;
  • conduct contract negotiations in order to properly secure the client’s interests;
  • support clients in the event of issues with the removal of defects under warranty or guarantee;
  • prepare a withdrawal from the contract in the event of the counterparty’s non-performance of their contractual obligations;
  • represent clients in court disputes;
  • advise clients in the event of bankruptcy or restructuring of counterparties.
Wojciech Bazan

Adwokat (Attorney-at-law) | Partner

Micro and shared mobility

We advise clients in the fast-growing micro and shared mobility sector, including multi-platform urban mobility providers in the field of taxis, carsharing as well as scooter and city bike operators. When working for these entities, we prepare and update contract templates as well as general terms and conditions of service. We also assist clients in day-to-day operations by drafting and reviewing agreements to market and implement new solutions in mobile applications for clients. Our advice on civil and commercial law is supported by the experience of our experts in the field of personal data protection, taxes, as well as financing (short-term lease, rental and leasing agreements).

In the field of urban mobility, we conduct active legal monitoring, reacting to new legal solutions that may affect the industry. We also support our clients in administrative proceedings and in building and maintaining relations with state and local government institutions.

In particular, we:

  • draft contract templates and general terms and conditions of providing services to the client, taking into account consumer, competition and personal data protection regulations;
  • prepare legal and tax implementations of new solutions in mobile applications for clients, e.g. in respect of invoicing or transaction settlements;
  • analyse and provide our opinion on contracts which the client receives from the counterparties in the field of, among others, the servicing of equipment, marketing and advertising, as well as financing;
  • conduct contract negotiations in order to properly secure the client’s interests;
  • prepare solutions in the event of the counterparty’s failure to perform its contractual obligations;
  • support our clients in the process of building relationships with public entities and local governments;
  • analyse proposed legal solutions on the national and local level in terms of their impact and alignment with the current legal framework;
  • represent clients in administrative proceedings;
  • we provide comprehensive support in the area of personal data protection at each business stage, from developing business processes to their modification or removal.
Anna Matusiak-Wekiera

Radca prawny (Attorney-at-law) | Head of Data Protection | Compliance Practice

Magdalena Bartnik

Adwokat (Attorney-at-law) | Associate

Financial transactions

As a law firm, we regularly advise our clients in Polish and cross-border transactions involving financial products. As part of our practice, we provide services to both financial and non-financial sector entities. We specialise in financing and refinancing transactions in which we advise (both banks and borrowers) on developing transaction structures, preparing the relevant documentation (including the establishment of collateral) and implementing the prerequisites for the disbursement of funds. We also advise entities offering financial products (especially leasing and loans) on preparing documentation templates (both for B2B and B2C trade). We have extensive experience in developing debt restructuring plans, including established security instruments.

In particular, we:

  • advise clients on financing and refinancing agreements (both on the side of borrowers and lenders);
  • support clients in negotiations conducted by banks and investors;
  • develop and establish collateral instruments (in particular mortgages, pledges, registered pledges, sureties, guarantees, assignment agreements or bills of exchange);
  • prepare comprehensive documentation of financial products, in particular leasing and loans;
  • implement cash pooling structures;
  • create documentation of trade in receivables (factoring);
  • develop and implement debt restructuring plans (both for individual entities and groups of companies);
  • conduct due diligence processes of financial documentation;
  • assist the management boards in assessing and managing the risks of participation in lending to group companies;
  • adjust the structures of securities established on assets located in Poland as part of cross-border financing to the requirements of the Polish law;
  • design and analyse tax financing and collateral structures, both domestic and with foreign elements;
  • prepare legal opinions, capacity opinions and enforceability opinions.
Maciej Chrzan, LL.M.

Radca prawny (Attorney-at-law) | Partner

Michał Urbański

Adwokat (Attorney-at-law) | Counsel

Marcin Lewiński

Adwokat (Attorney-at-law) | Senior Associate

Transportation and logistics

We provide consultancy services to companies in the transport industry, involved in both freight and passenger transport by any means – be it air, land or sea. Owing to our interdisciplinary experience, we have a good understanding of the needs and requirements of the industry. We are also able to provide expert services to our clients operating internationally with the help of our extensive network of contacts with foreign lawyers. We assist our clients in the conclusion of freight forwarding contracts, the acquisition of logistics centres, the financing of business development, as well as in matters relating to labour law and the acquisition of vehicles for use in their operations. We also successfully represent our clients in disputes concerning the performance of transport activities, as well as in disputes with counterparties.

In particular, we:

  • assist clients in concluding contracts for the purchase and leasing of transport vehicles;
  • give opinions and prepare contracts of freight forwarding, transportation, storage, safekeeping, lease of warehouse space;
  • advise clients on securing receivables in transport (pledge on goods);
  • assist clients in the acquisition and financing of the acquisition of logistics centres and warehouses;
  • advise clients on international transport of goods based on the CMR convention;
  • assist clients in matters related to the labour law concerning employees of transport companies (e.g. posting of employees, drivers’ working time);
  • successfully handle litigation cases related to the transportation business.
Adrian Andrychowski

Adwokat (Attorney-at-law) | Senior Associate

Barbara Kaczała

Radca prawny (Attorney-at-law) | Senior Associate

The recycling and "green recovery" industry

Guided by our concern for the environment, we support recycling companies and any other companies that are committed to conserving natural resources. We offer our services to companies engaged in traditional recycling (e.g. of tyres), as well as to companies focused on reducing greenhouse gas emissions (e.g. involved in the construction of charging infrastructure for electric vehicles – EV). Our interdisciplinary team successfully assists our clients in every sphere of their business in this industry. In particular, we support our clients in obtaining financing for their business development, securing their intellectual property rights and providing contractual advice on EPC investments.

In particular, we:

  • provide our clients with comprehensive advice on the construction and expansion of recycling plants;
  • support our clients in the process of negotiating and concluding contracts concerning their business;
  • advise clients on all issues related to real estate law, in particular on land remediation obligations;
  • assist clients in the process of obtaining financing for their business;
  • advise clients on securing their intellectual property rights;
  • successfully conduct litigation against our clients’ counterparties.
Adrian Andrychowski

Adwokat (Attorney-at-law) | Senior Associate

FMCG

We are familiar with the specific nature of the fast moving consumer goods market and the needs of the market participants. We know how important in the FMCG market are responsiveness and simplicity in formulating and presenting legal content. After all, each of us expects an efficient warranty service for small appliances or a clear presentation of special offers in a marketing leaflet.

In particular:

  • We advise manufacturers of small appliances on developing distribution networks and warranty service networks;
  • We advise hygiene products manufacturers and manufacturers of food storage products on product-related aspects;
  • We advise FMCG companies on the legal and tax aspects of investment processes and on the development of production sites;
  • We advise FMCG market participants on the legal aspects of promotional campaigns and on building marketing strategies, we prepare regulations for special offers;
  • We advise FMCG market participants on all aspects of intellectual property protection, including trademarks and utility models, and on combating unfair competition;
  • We advise FMCG market participants on the development of loyalty programmes and on personal data protection.
Marcin Lewiński

Adwokat (Attorney-at-law) | Senior Associate

Agri-food industry

For many years we have been a trusted partner for businesses in the agri-food industry. We advise agricultural producer groups on regulatory and registration matters, as well as on day-to-day operations by providing legal support in projects involving the acquisition and sale of enterprises, individual assets, and organised parts of an enterprise. We carry out transactions of sale and purchase of agricultural real estate combined with comprehensive due diligence. We specialise in advisory services for entities selling fruit and vegetables. Our knowledge of the industry allows us to successfully handle legal processes related to the sale and disposal of agricultural and food products. We support clients in meeting their waste and packaging management obligations. Our client portfolio includes, among others, renowned producers of table apples, Chinese cabbage and asparagus.

In particular, we:

  • comprehensively support the legal process of construction of production plants;
  • develop business restructuring solutions and implement strategies for company and asset acquisitions;
  • advise clients on the acquisition of process lines, equipment and machinery;
  • draw up harvest assistance contracts including social security aspects;
  • provide ongoing legal and tax advice;
  • develop and implement legal and tax concepts for doing business safely in Poland.
Andrzej Sokołowski

Radca prawny (Attorney-at-law) | Partner

Barbara Kaczała

Radca prawny (Attorney-at-law) | Senior Associate

Our first class expertise
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Meet our team

05 . Team :

Meet our experts

Our team consists of over 50 lawyers with the highest qualifications. They are graduates of the best universities in Poland and abroad, and have gained experience in both domestic and international markets.

Their competence and practical knowledge allow the JDP law firm to cooperate on an on-going basis with reputable foreign law firms and advisory companies and to complete projects throughout Europe.

Jakub Abramowicz

Associate

Litigation and Arbitration Team
Infrastructure Team

Adrian Andrychowski

Adwokat (Attorney-at-law) | Senior Associate

Transaction and Contract Counselling Team

Magdalena Bartnik

Adwokat (Attorney-at-law) | Associate

Transaction and Contract Counselling Team

Wojciech Bazan

Adwokat (Attorney-at-law) | Partner

Litigation and Arbitration Team
Infrastructure Team

Krzysztof Bąk

Radca prawny (Attorney-at-law) | Associate

Transaction and Contract Counselling Team

Aleksandra Blukacz

Associate

Public Procurement Team
Litigation and Arbitration Team
Infrastructure Team

Marcin Chomiuk, PhD

Radca prawny (Attorney-at-law) | Partner

Transaction and Contract Counselling Team

Piotr Celiński

Associate

Litigation and Arbitration Team
Infrastructure Team

Marcin Chojnacki

Adwokat (Attorney-at-law) | Associate

Litigation and Arbitration Team
Infrastructure Team

Maciej Chrzan, LL.M.

Radca prawny (Attorney-at-law) | Partner

Real Estate Team

Dorota Dąbrowska

Tax Adviser | Tax Manager

Tax Team

Professor Przemysław Drapała, PhD

Radca prawny (Attorney-at-law) | Managing Partner

Litigation and Arbitration Team
Infrastructure Team

Piotr Duma

Radca prawny (Attorney-at-law) | Counsel

Litigation and Arbitration Team
Infrastructure Team

Patricia Elbers-Szymańska

Associate

Transaction and Contract Counselling Team

Iwo Franaszczyk

Adwokat (Attorney-at-law) | Associate

Litigation and Arbitration Team
Infrastructure Team
Public Procurement Team

Łukasz Paweł Goniak, PhD

Adwokat (Attorney-at-law) | Senior Associate

Litigation and Arbitration Team
Infrastructure Team
Public Procurement Team

Konrad Gortad

Adwokat (Attorney-at-law) | Senior Associate

Litigation and Arbitration Team
Infrastructure Team

Daria Gromotka

Associate

Transaction and Contract Counselling Team
Real Estate Team

Dominik Grzegorzewski

Associate

Real Estate Team

Jakub Oliver Hotewicz

Associate

Litigation and Arbitration Team
Infrastructure Team

Zbigniew Jara

Radca prawny (Attorney-at-law) | Rechtsanwalt | Of Counsel

Transaction and Contract Counselling Team

Barbara Kaczała

Radca prawny (Attorney-at-law) | Senior Associate

Transaction and Contract Counselling Team

Ludwina Klein, LL.M.

Adwokat (Attorney-at-law) | Senior Associate

Litigation and Arbitration Team
Infrastructure Team

Tomasz Krawczyk

Associate

Transaction and Contract Counselling Team

Artur Krępa

Radca prawny (Attorney-at-law) | Associate

Litigation and Arbitration Team
Infrastructure Team

Bogusław Lackoroński, PhD

Radca prawny (Attorney-at-law) | Of Counsel

Litigation and Arbitration Team
Infrastructure Team

Marcin Lewiński

Adwokat (Attorney-at-law) | Senior Associate

Transaction and Contract Counselling Team

Jaśmina Łyczewska

Associate

Litigation and Arbitration Team
Infrastructure Team

Jakub Majewski

Adwokat (Attorney-at-law) | Counsel

Litigation and Arbitration Team
Infrastructure Team

Anna Matusiak-Wekiera

Radca prawny (Attorney-at-law) | Head of Data Protection | Compliance Practice

Transaction and Contract Counselling Team

Wojciech Merkwa

Radca prawny (Attorney-at-law) | Counsel

Public Procurement Team
Litigation and Arbitration Team
Infrastructure Team

Ewa Mońdziel

Radca prawny (Attorney-at-law) | Senior Associate

Transaction and Contract Counselling Team

Magdalena Nasiłowska

Radca prawny (Attorney-at-law) | Associate

Litigation and Arbitration Team
Infrastructure Team

Magdalena Niedźwiecka

Associate

Litigation and Arbitration Team
Infrastructure Team

Mariusz Nowakowski, MLE

Adwokat (Attorney-at-law) | Senior Associate

Litigation and Arbitration Team
Infrastructure Team

Klaudia Olejniczak

Associate

Litigation and Arbitration Team
Infrastructure Team

Joanna Ostojska-Kołodziej, PhD

Adwokat (Attorney-at-law) | Counsel

Transaction and Contract Counselling Team

Michał Pater

Associate

Litigation and Arbitration Team
Infrastructure Team

Daria Pawelec-Supłat

Associate

Litigation and Arbitration Team
Infrastructure Team

Paweł Pietrzak

Associate

Litigation and Arbitration Team
Infrastructure Team

Julia Rogosz

Associate

Litigation and Arbitration Team
Infrastructure Team

Agata Ruszel

Associate

Litigation and Arbitration Team
Infrastructure Team

Hubert Sobkowiak

Associate

Litigation and Arbitration Team
Infrastructure Team

Andrzej Sokołowski

Radca prawny (Attorney-at-law) | Partner

Litigation and Arbitration Team
Infrastructure Team

Justyna Solarska

Adwokat (Attorney-at-law) | Associate

Litigation and Arbitration Team
Infrastructure Team

Paulina Strąk-Kalinowska

Radca prawny (Attorney-at-law) | Associate

Litigation and Arbitration Team
Infrastructure Team

Michał Urbański

Adwokat (Attorney-at-law) | Counsel

Real Estate Team

Adam Usiądek

Adwokat (Attorney-at-law) | Associate

Transaction and Contract Counselling Team

Karolina Zagozdon

Associate

Litigation and Arbitration Team
Infrastructure Team

Kinga Zagrajek

Associate

Litigation and Arbitration Team
Infrastructure Team

Magdalena Zasiewska

Tax Adviser | Head of Taxes

Tax Team

Jakub Abramowicz

Associate

Litigation and Arbitration Team
Infrastructure Team

Associate in the Litigation and Arbitration Team, the Infrastructure Team. He provides advice on proceedings before common courts, in particular infrastructure disputes, including those based on FIDIC standards, regarding contractual penalties for withdrawal from construction contracts, contractual penalties for delays, remuneration for additional and substitute works. His interests also include liability for damages, unjust enrichment and bill of exchange law.


Professional experience
  • since 2019 JDP DRAPAŁA & PARTNERS
  • 2017–2019 Sarbiński & Sobczyk
Education
  • since 2019 Warsaw Bar Association, advocate trainee
  • 2013–2018 University of Warsaw, Faculty of Law and Administration
Selected publications
  • “Bills of exchange under Polish law, part I”, Business Law Journal No. 2/2019
  • “Bills of exchange under Polish law, part II”, Business Law Journal No. 7/2019
  • “Remuneration for additional works under construction contracts”, Monitor Prawniczy No. 16/2019 – commentary to the judgment of the Supreme Court of 11.01.2017, IV CSK 109/16, LEX No. 2238237
Languages
  • Polish
  • English

Adrian Andrychowski

Adwokat (Attorney-at-law) | Senior Associate

Transaction and Contract Counselling Team

Attorney-at-law in the Transaction and Contract Counselling Team. He specialises in conducting court proceedings, in particular proceedings associated with corporate disputes, M&A transactions and cross-border trading. He has represented clients in proceedings regarding liability for breach of representations and warranties given with respect to the sale of enterprises and in complicated corporate disputes over validity of resolutions on election of management board members. He has also represented foreign investors in disputes arising from breach of a shareholders’ agreement. He specialises in asset tracing and recovery matters. He also has experience in providing transaction advice to foreign entities carrying out investment projects in Poland.


Selected projects
  • representation of investors in complex post-transaction disputes resulting from breaches of representations and warranties given with respect to the sale of enterprises;
  • representation of a German manufacturer of technologically advanced machines on recovering assets worth over PLN 50 million;
  • representation of shareholders in a complex corporate dispute regarding validity of resolutions on election of management board members;
  • representation of a Danish administrator of bankrupt’s estate in a cross-border dispute regarding pursuing claims for delivery of marine fuel;
  • representation of a group of American shareholders in a start-up against a Polish shareholder in a dispute regarding the performance of a shareholders’ agreement;
  • conducting of litigations against and for management board members in connection with their subsidiary liability for company’s debts;
  • provision of pre-litigation advice to foreign real-estate funds;
  • legal advice to an English IT company on establishment of a Polish branch;
  • legal advice to an English investor operating in the renewable energy and recycling sector on investing in a tire pyrolysis plant.
Professional experience
  • since 2019 JDP DRAPAŁA & PARTNERS
  • 2014–2019 Woźniak Legal
Education
  • 2014–2017 Warsaw Bar Association, advocate trainee
  • 2008–2013 Jagiellonian University in Cracow, Faculty of Law and Administration
  • 2011–2012 School of American Law in cooperation with the Catholic University of America and the Jagiellonian University
Languages
  • Polish
  • English

Magdalena Bartnik

Adwokat (Attorney-at-law) | Associate

Transaction and Contract Counselling Team

Attorney-at-law in the Transaction and Contract Counselling Team. She specialises in transactions, mergers and acquisitions, including share deals, asset deals and joint ventures, including due diligence. She provides day-to-day corporate and contract advice to Polish and foreign companies with respect to civil and commercial law, corporate governance and compliance. She specialises in labour law, including issues regarding work establishment transfer, regulating an employment relationship with management board members, non-compete agreements and manager contracts. Her clients include companies from the automotive, production, commercial and real estate sectors.


Professional experience
  • since 2018 JDP DRAPAŁA & PARTNERS
  • 2016–2018 GM Legal Grot i Wspólnicy
  • 2016 Peltzer Suhren Rechtsanwälte, Hannover, internship
Education
  • 2018–2019 University of Warsaw, British Law Centre, Diploma in English and European Law
  • 2017–2019 Warsaw Bar Association, advocate trainee
  • 2010–2015 Maria Curie-Skłodowska University in Lublin, Faculty of Law
  • 2013–2014 Leibniz Universität Hannover in Hannover, Faculty of Law
Languages
  • Polish
  • English
  • German

Wojciech Bazan

Adwokat (Attorney-at-law) | Partner

Litigation and Arbitration Team
Infrastructure Team

Attorney-at-law in the Litigation and Arbitration Team, the Infrastructure Team. He represents clients in court and arbitration disputes, a vast majority of which concerns large infrastructure and large-size construction projects or supply of high-tech machinery (e.g. claims relating to unjustified contractual penalties, unsubstantiated use of a guarantee by an investor, refusal to pay for additional works). His experience also includes representation in disputes heard by international arbitration courts (e.g. a dispute before the ICC concerning a project carried out for an Asian counterparty on the African continent), including as part of investment disputes (BIT). In some cases, the value of claims exceeds PLN 200 million. He excels at conducting trials based on promissory notes and in proceedings regarding declaration of enforceability of judgments of foreign courts, including arbitration courts. In 2016 laureate of the prestigious competition “Rising Stars Lawyers — leaders of tomorrow”.


Selected projects
  • representation of general contractors (international concerns and Polish listed construction companies) in court trials against GDDKiA and PKP PLK regarding settlement of contracts for Polish largest road sections and railway lines, and payment of contractual penalties (the value of some disputes exceeded PLN 200 million; FIDIC standards);
  • representation of clients in complex court disputes including over ten parallel proceedings;
  • legal advice and representation regarding the extension of two largest airports in Poland;
  • legal advice and representation of manufacturers of complex machines, robots and railway vehicles;
  • representation of clients in court proceedings after withdrawal from contracts;
  • representation of a global clothing manufacturer in seeking debt claims from Polish counterparties (court proceedings, bankruptcy and enforcement proceedings);
  • member of the team representing a foreign investor in investment arbitration against Poland (ICC Rules);
  • representation of general contractors (the largest international and Polish listed construction companies) in court proceedings concerning unlawful call for payment of funds under the guarantee by a contracting authority (so-called proceedings blocking the use of a guarantee);
  • representation of clients in court trials concerning payment demands based on a promissory note.
Professional experience
  • since 2015 JDP DRAPAŁA & PARTNERS, since 2021 Partner
  • 2011–2014 Sołtysiński Kawecki & Szlęzak
  • 2011 Zhonglun W&D, internship
Education
  • 2013–2016 Warsaw Bar Association, advocate trainee
  • 2007–2012 Jagiellonian University in Cracow, Faculty of Law
  • 2010–2011 The School of American Law at Chicago-Kent Law School
Languages
  • Polish
  • English
  • Italian

Krzysztof Bąk

Radca prawny (Attorney-at-law) | Associate

Transaction and Contract Counselling Team

Attorney-at-law in the Transaction and Contract Counselling Team. He specialises in commercial law, including company law, M&A transactions, contract law including intellectual property law, consumer law and data protection. He provides day-to-day legal advice to both Polish and foreign businesses. He has also advised on a number of restructurings, including transformations, mergers and acquisitions – both share deals and asset deals – requiring due diligences regarding both the purchaser and the seller. His experience also includes providing legal advice on pharmaceutical law and administrative proceedings.


Selected projects
  • legal advice on the restructuring of a large entity from the confectionery industry involving designing and implementing succession in the business activity with many tax and administrative aspects, including those related to an unusual situation of the entity in light of excise tax;
  • legal advice on numerous due diligences and share deals with respect to Polish limited liability companies and joint-stock companies, including transactions involving establishment of pledges, registered pledges and mortgages, in particular to companies from the transport, chemical, food, cosmetics and pharmaceutical industries;
  • legal advice to foreign entities after starting operations in Poland, including registration of branches and companies, also with respect to requirements associated with the regulated activity on the Polish market;
  • legal advice with respect to intellectual property in the course of negotiating of an international contract from the arms industry9;
  • legal advice on the implementation of key software in the pharmaceutical industry;
  • support in and coordination of the implementation of GDPR provisions in the pharmaceutical and food industries;
  • assistance in numerous procedural projects, including in particular with respect to administrative and court-administrative proceedings in the pharmaceutical industry, as well as disputes concerning intellectual property.
Professional experience
  • since 2020 JDP DRAPAŁA & PARTNERS
  • 2017–2020 Kondrat i Partnerzy
  • 2016–2017 Schoenherr
  • 2015–2016 JWMS Jakubowski Wiese Mazgaj Staszek
  • 2014 Wierzbowski Eversheds Sutherland
Education
  • 2016–2018 Warsaw Bar Association, adviser trainee
  • 2009–2015 Jagiellonian University in Cracow, Faculty of Law and Administration
Awards
  • The examination for legal advisers passed with distinction (2019)
  • 2nd place in the Lewiatan Arbitration Competition, the case concerned a corporate dispute regarding issue of warrants (2017)
Languages
  • Polish
  • English

Aleksandra Blukacz

Associate

Public Procurement Team
Litigation and Arbitration Team
Infrastructure Team

Associate in the Litigation and Arbitration Team, the Infrastructure Team. She supports clients in proceedings before the National Appeals Chamber and common courts in particular from the construction and infrastructure sectors. She provides day-to-day legal advice on public procurement law at the stage of the tender procedure and the contract performance. She also has experience in pursuing claims in litigation and in enforcement proceedings, and in providing advice on property law.


Professional experience
  • since 2020 JDP DRAPAŁA & PARTNERS
  • 2018–2019 JDP DRAPAŁA & PARTNERS, internship
  • 2017–2018 CEE ATTORNEYS Szmigiel, Papros & Gregorczyk, internship
  • 2017 European Parliament, Brussels, internship
  • 2016–2017 PRA Group Polska, internship
Education
  • since 2020 Warsaw Bar Association, advocate trainee
  • 2019–2020 British Law Centre at the University of Warsaw
  • 2014–2019 Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University in Warsaw, Faculty of Law and Administration
Languages
  • Polish
  • English
  • French

Marcin Chomiuk, PhD

Radca prawny (Attorney-at-law) | Partner

Transaction and Contract Counselling Team

Partner, Head of the Transaction (Corporate M&A) and Contract Counselling Team. Expert on corporate law, M&A transactions, and contract advice. He specialises in advising leading automotive, production, and new-tech companies. Marcin has supervised M&A transactions both on the buy and sell sides and has supported clients in forming complex joint ventures. His experience also includes cross-border transactions carried out in cooperation with international law firms. He provides strategic and contract advice to businesses from the new technology sector, and he advises clients on implementing Industry 4.0. Marcin supports businesses on entering the Polish market, through acquisition, forming joint ventures, or establishing an own structure in Poland, including on constructing production plants or creating services networks. His assistance on company law and M&A transactions includes providing strategic advice on corporate disputes and post-M&A matters, where he combines corporate practice with theory. Co-author of the commentary to the Commercial Companies Code for the publishing house C.H.Beck; member of the Editorial Board of Monitor Prawa Handlowego; has degrees in law and economics obtained in Poland and abroad.


Selected transaction projects
  • advising a German industrial investor in connection with a joint venture implemented with Polish partners, concerning the construction of a facility producing offshore wind farm foundations;
  • advising a German industrial investor in connection with the acquisition of shares in a domestic electro-filter producer, followed by reorganisation of the corporate and operating structure;
  • providing legal services for a post-merger project at the stage of integration of production entities (limited liability companies and a joint-stock company), forming part of a leading automotive manufacturer’s group, into a capital group in Poland;
  • developing the strategy for and executing the exist of an industry investor who was a minority shareholder in a production company;
  • conducting legal and tax-focused due diligence reviews of target entities based in Poland and developing red flag reports on behalf of renowned international law firms.
Selected infrastructure projects
  • advising a Polish construction company joining a French capital group in a joint venture project with domestic and French partners concerning the construction of the biggest commercial centre in western Poland;
  • advising a general designer of a new power unit at the Jaworzno III Power Plant during the negotiations and implementation of the contract with the general contractor;
  • providing ongoing legal advice for an investor in connection with an investment project encompassing the construction of a power plant with a 600 MWe gas-steam unit.
Academic activity
  • lectures and training for the Polish-German Chamber of Industry and Commerce, the Polish-Swiss Chamber of Commerce in Poland, on subjects including framework conditions for industrial activity in Poland, conducting business on the German market and legal aspects of conducting business on the German market
  • lectures at the School of German Law, Law Faculty of the University of Białystok
  • member of the Editorial Board of Monitor Prawa Handlowego published by C.H. BECK
Professional experience
  • since 2007 JDP DRAPAŁA & PARTNERS, since 2015 Partner
  • 2004–2006 Polish-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Warsaw – legal and economic advice on conducting business in Poland and Germany
Education
  • 2013 Scholarship at the Max-Planck-Institut für Ausländisches und Internationales Privatrecht in Hamburg, Germany
  • 2020 Akademia Leona Koźmińskiego in Warsaw, PhD in Civil Law
  • 2004–2005 School of German Law at the University of Warsaw
  • 2001–2003 University of Freiburg, Germany, Faculty of Law, Economics
  • 2000–2001 University of Halle/Saale, Germany, Faculty of Law
  • 1998–2003 University of Białystok, Faculty of Law
  • 1996–1999 Warsaw School of Economics, Finance and Banking
Languages
  • Polish
  • German
  • English
  • Slovak

Piotr Celiński

Associate

Litigation and Arbitration Team
Infrastructure Team

Associate in the Litigation and Arbitration Team, the Infrastructure Team. He specialises in providing legal advice on court proceedings, with particular focus on infrastructure disputes, including cases based on FIDIC standards, and with respect to protection of a creditor in case of a debtor’s insolvency. He has experience in bankruptcy and restructuring proceedings and in providing advice to creditors on satisfying their claims from tangible and personal securities.


Professional experience
  • since 2020 JDP DRAPAŁA & PARTNERS
  • 2018–2020 Rö Radwan-Röhrenschef Petruczenko Tokarzewska
  • 2018 Domański Zakrzewski Palinka
  • 2016–2017 Chmaj i Wspólnicy
  • 2015 European Parliament in Brussels, traineeship
  • 2015 Enea Centrum
  • 2014 B. Skaba D. Celiński Notary’s Office
Pro bono
  • since 2020 Foundation for Economic and Social Development “Prospekt”, expert
  • since 2018 “Nowa Konfederacja”, regular cooperation, journalism-related work
  • 2016–2017 Centre for Analyses KoLibra, head
  • since 2014 Centre for Analyses KoLibra, expert
Education
  • since 2020 Warsaw Bar Association, advocate trainee
  • 2014–2019 Interdisciplinary Humanities and Social Studies College at the University of Warsaw, Law, International Relations
Languages
  • Polish
  • English

Marcin Chojnacki

Adwokat (Attorney-at-law) | Associate

Litigation and Arbitration Team
Infrastructure Team

Attorney-at-law in the Litigation and Arbitration Team, the Infrastructure Team. He provides legal advice to contractors and subcontractors in proceedings before common courts regarding infrastructure disputes, contractual penalties for withdrawal from a construction contract, contractual penalties for delay, and remuneration for additional and substitute works. He has experience in handling reprivatisation proceedings regarding the so called Warsaw land, including disputes against the State Treasury concerning claims relating to defective administrative decisions. He has represented one of the top insurance companies in proceedings over liability for damages and insurance liability. His interests also include banking, consumer and inheritance law.


Professional experience
  • since 2021 JDP DRAPAŁA & PARTNERS
  • 2013–2020 Rotko Smyk i Wspólnicy
  • 2011–2011 Corpus Iuri Rotko i Wspólnicy, internship
Education
  • 2019–2020 Lazarski University, post-graduate studies “Investment and Construction Process for Lawyers”
  • 2015–2018 Warsaw Bar Association, advocate trainee
  • 2009–2014 Jagiellonian University in Cracow, Faculty of Law and Administration
Languages
  • Polish
  • English
  • German

Maciej Chrzan, LL.M.

Radca prawny (Attorney-at-law) | Partner

Real Estate Team

Attorney-at-law, Partner who manages the Real Estate Team. For over ten years he has specialised in providing day-to-day and transactional legal advice to clients from the real estate, construction and automotive sectors. He handles transactions involving purchase, sale and lease of commercial properties. He also supports clients in financing and refinancing projects regarding investments in the real estate market. Moreover, he advises clients on joint ventures and restructuring of corporate groups.


Selected projects
  • legal advice to a seller, a German commercial group, on the sale of over 100 supermarkets to the largest discount store operator in Poland;
  • legal advice to a seller, a German commercial group, on sale of nearly 20 supermarkets to a French commercial group;
  • legal advice to BMW on the long-term lease of a warehouse with an area of approx. 30,000 sq. m. in the “built-to-suit” formula;
  • legal advice to Ontex on the long-term lease of a production building with an area of approx. 26,000 sq. m. in the “built-to-suit” formula;
  • legal advice to a Polish company belonging to a German group on the sale of industrial and office properties;
  • legal advice to entities from Mercedes-Benz group on the purchase of properties destined for car showrooms and service centres;
  • legal advice to a holder of commercial facilities on the day-to-day management of over 100 commercial facilities with an area of 1,000–2,000 sq. m., including regulation of the legal status of the properties, management of relationships with lessees, lessors, and neighbours;
  • legal advice to a German bank on the cross-border financing and refinancing of the acquisition of office premises in Warsaw and commercial facilities in Gdańsk and Katowice;
  • legal advice to a German property fund on the cross-border restructuring of the financing of facility portfolios in four European jurisdictions in connection with bankruptcy of a bank acting as an insurance agent;
  • legal advice to a holder of commercial facilities on the financing and refinancing of commercial facilities, as part of domestic and cross-border financing;
  • legal advice to a Polish investor belonging to a German group on the new-build construction of a galvanising plant in central Poland;
  • legal advice to a Dutch investor on the new-build construction of a food production plant in a special economic zone in western Poland;
  • legal advice to Unternehmensgruppe-Melitta on the cross-border reorganisation of the group and the corporate structure of Polish companies from the group;
  • day-to-day legal advice to a leading Canadian provider of services for the automotive sector on the financing of operations in Poland and use agreements;
  • day-to-day legal advice to a German manufacturer of premium brand vehicles concerning all aspects of its operations, including the operations financing in the form of leasing and factoring.
Professional experience
  • since 2009 JDP DRAPAŁA & PARTNERS, since 2015 Partner
  • 2005–2009 Beiten Burkhardt
  • 2005 P + P Pöllath + Partners, Rechtsanwälte und Steuerberater, Munich (Germany)
  • Warsaw Bar Association, member
Education
  • 2003–2005 Regensburg University, Fundamentals of German Law for Law Graduates of Foreign Universities Magister Legum – LL.M., postgraduate studies
  • 1998–2003 University of Regensburg, Faculty of Law
  • 1998–2003 Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń
Languages
  • Polish
  • German
  • English

Dorota Dąbrowska

Tax Adviser | Tax Manager

Tax Team

Tax adviser with over twenty years of practice. Expert on Polish and international tax law. She provides services to businesses operating in the construction, leasing, automotive and investment sectors. She has extensive experience in taxation of investment processes, real estate deals, leasing agreements, business financing agreements, as well as intra-group settlements and transfer pricing documentation.


Her advice includes in particular
  • advice on investment and restructuring processes;
  • advice on real estate trading;
  • advice on financial and leasing transactions;
  • advice on WHT matters;
  • advice on transactions with affiliated entities and preparation of tax documentation;
  • advice on taxation of Polish and foreign employees and managers;
  • advice to and representation of taxpayers in disputes with tax authorities.
Selected projects
  • tax advice on transferring a sales function of a production-commercial company and rules of determining a transfer price;
  • tax advice regarding a structure and taxation of a real estate project;
  • tax advice regarding the withholding tax on foreign intangible services provided for a Polish company;
  • tax advice to a German leading construction company on several transactions of selling production and commercial properties;
  • tax advice to an owner of shopping centres on their sale;
  • optimisation of trading shares in a real estate company for one of German leading construction companies;
  • tax advice to a German group of companies on cross-border taxation of goods deliveries to trade chains in Poland;
  • preparation of a comprehensive transfer pricing documentation to a client specialising in production and sale of construction materials;
  • advice on tax issues relating to leasing and lease of vehicles to a leading company from the automotive sector;
  • representation of a German company before a Polish tax office regarding VAT return;
  • representation of a German client in tax proceedings and before the administrative court regarding the withholding tax on capitalised interest on shareholder’s loans.
Professional experience
  • since 2010 JDP DRAPAŁA & PARTNERS
  • 2001–2009 Beiten Burkhardt
  • 2000 Pünder
  • 2000–2001 Clifford Chance
  • 1998–1999 Rödl & Partner
  • 1992–1997 Chamber Office in Opole (head of department)
Education
  • 1993–1994 Financial Studies Centre, Warsaw School of Economics, part of the Ministry of Finance’s programme
  • 1986–1991 Wrocław Academy of Economics, Faculty of National Economy
Languages
  • Polish
  • English

Professor Przemysław Drapała, PhD

Radca prawny (Attorney-at-law) | Managing Partner

Litigation and Arbitration Team
Infrastructure Team

Partner heading the 30-person Litigation and Arbitration Team and the Infrastructure Team. For over 20 years he has been representing Polish and foreign entities in complex court and arbitration proceedings, regarding in particular construction and infrastructure projects. He also advises and represents companies from the automotive and real estate industries, manufacturers, technology suppliers as well as financial institutions. Ranked as “Leading Individual” in Poland in “Construction/Construction Disputes” by the international ranking The LEGAL 500 (2018 – 2021). He also advises leading contractors and private investors on execution of complex infrastructure and industrial projects.
He has served multiple times as an arbitrator in domestic and international arbitration proceedings (ICC, Deutsche Institution für Schiedsgerichtsbarkeit, National Chamber of Commerce – KIG, Court of Arbitration Lewiatan). Professor in Civil Law, Head of the Civil Law Department at Kozminski University in Warsaw. He has authored over 90 publications in the field of civil law, commercial law and arbitration, member of the Board of the Court of Arbitration at the Polish-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry, member of ICC Poland, member of Deutsche Institution für Schiedsgerichtsbarkeit, member of the Polish Arbitration Association, chairman of the Expert Group on Law and Legislation of the Polish Association of Construction Employers, member of the Public Procurement Council.


Selected court proceedings
  • representing a general contractor in court proceedings against a contracting authority concerning a claim for remuneration and damage redress in connection with construction of the National Stadium in Warsaw (value of dispute: over PLN 139 million, names of litigants published in mass media);
  • representing a general contractor in court proceedings against an employer regarding an amendment to an agreement, increase of remuneration and extension of a time for completion in connection with construction of a national road section (value of dispute: over PLN 325 million);
  • representing a general contractor in court proceedings initiated by a contracting authority regarding payment of a contractual penalty with respect to two public utility projects (value of dispute: over PLN 200 million);
  • representing a consortium in court proceedings against a public contracting authority regarding increase of remuneration and return of contractual penalties in connection with construction of the A4 motorway section (value of dispute: over PLN 200 million);
  • legal representation of a consortium in court proceedings against an investor regarding increase and payment of remuneration in connection with construction of a new power unit (value of dispute: over PLN 250 million);
  • legal representation of a consortium modernising three power units in one of the leading power plants in Poland in court disputes regarding payment of remuneration for additional works, costs of extension of time for contract completion and payment of contractual penalties (total value of disputes: over PLN 170 million);
  • legal representation of general contractor in court proceedings instituted by a public contracting authority regarding payment of contractual penalties for delay in connection with a hydrotechnical project (total value of disputes: almost PLN 180 million);
  • legal representation of a general contractor in court proceedings before the Supreme Court concerning withdrawal from a contract for construction of the Białystok city stadium by a contracting authority (value of dispute: over PLN 134 million);
  • legal representation of a general contractor in court proceedings against an investor regarding claims arising in connection with withdrawal from a road project contract due to mining damage (value of dispute: over PLN 100 million);
  • representing a general contractor in three court proceedings against a public investor regarding increase and payment of remuneration under three contracts for expressway sections construction (value of disputes: PLN 123 million, PLN 109 million, PLN 92 million);
  • representing a general contractors in court proceedings against an investor concerning payment of contractual penalties in connection with modernisation of a section of the Warsaw West–Warsaw Okęcie railway line (value of dispute: over PLN 72 million);
  • representing a general contractor in court proceedings regarding payment of remuneration in connection with construction of a metro line section (value of dispute: over PLN 60 million);
  • representing a general contractor in court proceedings against an investor concerning a claim for damage redress in connection with construction of a section of the Gdańsk Southern Bypass (value of dispute: over PLN 65 million);
  • representing an European market leader from the automotive industry in court proceedings against former board members for redress of damage inflicted on the company (value of dispute: over PLN 60 million);
  • representing a general contractor in court proceedings against an investor concerning a claim for remuneration and damage redress in connection with construction of a section of the Warsaw Southern Bypass (value of dispute: over PLN 62 million);
  • representing a general contractor of renovating and modernising a railway line in proceedings against an investor concerning a claim for remuneration and damages (value of dispute: over PLN 54 million);
  • representing a general contractor in court proceedings against an investor in connection with construction of Trasa Górna (“Upper Route”) road in Łódź (value of dispute: approx. PLN 23 million);
  • representing an investor from the automotive industry in court proceedings against a general contractor modernising and extending an industrial plant concerning a claim for payment of contractual penalties and damage redress (value of dispute: over PLN 20 million);
  • representing a Polish IT company in a precedent-setting court dispute with a stock exchange investor regarding redress of the so called stock exchange damage.
Selected proceedings before the Supreme Court
  • drafting a cassation appeal and legal representation of one of general contractors before the Supreme Court in proceedings concerning the Białystok city stadium (value of dispute: over PLN 134 million);
  • drafting a cassation appeal and legal representation of a general contractor before the Supreme Court regarding payment of a contractual penalty by a public contracting authority (value of dispute: over PLN 47 million);
  • drafting a reply to a cassation appeal and legal representation of a leading construction company in proceedings before the Supreme Court concerning the repealing of the ICC International Court of Arbitration’s award (value of dispute: over PLN 30 million);
  • drafting a reply to a cassation appeal and legal representation of a listed construction company before the Supreme Court in proceedings with a contracting authority being a self-government unit regarding groundless use of a performance bond (value of dispute: over PLN 33 million);
  • drafting two cassation appeals and legal representation of an investor from the automotive industry before the Supreme Court in cassation proceedings regarding liability of an enterprise purchaser in connection with a seller’s bankruptcy (value of dispute: over PLN 26 million);
  • drafting a cassation appeal and legal representation of a Polish investor before the Supreme Court in proceedings concerning the invalidity of an investment agreement (value of dispute: over PLN 12 million);
  • drafting a cassation appeal and legal representation of a private investor before the Supreme Court in proceedings concerning a subcontractor’s claims for payment of remuneration based on joint and several liability (value of dispute: over PLN 11 million);
  • drafting a cassation appeal and legal representation of a general contractor before the Supreme Court concerning claims for an increase of remuneration due to an extraordinary and unpredictable increase in prices;
  • drafting a cassation appeal and legal representation of one of the parties to cassation proceedings before the Supreme Court concerning interpretation and performance of a joint venture contract;
  • drafting a cassation appeal and legal representation of an entity eligible to purchase real estate before the Supreme Court in proceedings concerning the exercise of a pre-emption right (value of dispute: over PLN 10 million).
Selected arbitration proceedings
  • legal representation of a Polish manufacturer in arbitration proceedings before the National Chamber of Commerce concerning claims under a vehicle delivery contract (value of dispute: over PLN 104 million);
  • legal representation of a Polish general contractor in proceedings before the ICC against an investor in connection with construction of a national road section (value of dispute: over PLN 30 million); the outcome was that common courts and the Supreme Court dismissed the complaint to repeal an award of the ICC International Court of Arbitration;
  • legal representation of a Polish general contractor in proceedings before the ICC against an investor in connection with an infrastructure in Poland (value of dispute: over PLN 22 million); successful representation in proceedings before common courts regarding the repealing of an award of ICC International Court of Arbitration;
  • legal representation (together with a foreign law firm) of a company which owns a retail chain in arbitration proceedings before Deutsche Institution für Schiedsgerichtsbarkeit in a dispute concerning breach of representations and warranties given in an asset deal agreement (value of dispute: over PLN 32 million);
  • legal representation of a Polish general contractor in arbitration proceedings before the National Chamber of Commerce against a private investor regarding renovation of a prestigious real estate complex (value of dispute: over PLN 68 million);
  • legal representation of a Polish client in arbitration proceedings before the National Chamber of Commerce concerning claims for contractual penalties for late delivery (value of dispute: PLN 26 million);
  • legal representation of a Polish consortium leader in proceedings before the Court of Arbitration Lewiatan against a consortium member in connection with settlement of construction of an expressway section (value of dispute: approx. PLN 30 million);
  • legal representation of a Polish private investor in arbitration proceedings before the National Chamber of Commerce against a consortium in connection with construction of an industrial plant (value of dispute: over PLN 14 million);
  • legal representation of a general contractor in arbitration proceedings before the National Chamber of Commerce for payment of remuneration set off against a contractual penalty for delay in the course of a large-scale investment project (value of dispute: approx. PLN 10 million);
  • legal representation of a Polish branch of an international designing and engineering company in proceedings before the ICC against an Indian leading general contractor; the dispute concerned an infrastructure project in Libya;
  • legal representation of one of the world’s largest manufacturers of orthodontic products (seated in the Netherlands and in the USA) in two arbitration proceedings before the ICC against a Polish contracting party; the dispute regarded breach of an exclusive distributorship agreement (value of dispute: over USD 7 million);
  • legal representation of one of the world’s largest petrochemicals companies in post‑arbitration proceedings (award of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce) and enforcement proceedings as well as arrangement proceedings of a Polish debtor.

(Experience as an arbitrator)

  • acting as the presiding arbitrator in international arbitration proceedings before the ICC between a group of German companies and a group of Austrian companies regarding breach of share deal agreements;
  • acting as the sole arbitrator in arbitration proceedings before Deutsche Institution für Schiedsgerichtsbarkeit between a Polish company and a German company regarding breach of a sale and purchase agreement;
  • acting as an arbitrator in ad hoc arbitration proceedings managed by the National Chamber of Commerce between a Polish contractor and a public contracting authority regarding an energy project (value of dispute: almost PLN 400 million);
  • acting as an arbitrator in arbitration proceedings before the National Chamber of Commerce between Polish companies regarding non-performance of a real estate sale agreement (value of dispute: over PLN 25 million);
  • acting as an arbitrator in proceedings before the Court of Arbitration Lewiatan in a dispute regarding agreements for lease in shopping facilities;
  • acting as an arbitrator in proceedings before the Court of Arbitration at the Polish-German Chamber of Industry and Commerce.
Selected experience in legal advice
  • advising a consortium on construction of ERTMS/GSM-R infrastructure on railway lines across Poland; contracting authority: PKP Polskie Linie Kolejowe S.A. (project value: PLN 2.8 billion);
  • advising a general contractor performing a key railway project in Łódź, contracting authority: PKP Polskie Linie Kolejowe S.A. (project value: over PLN 1.6 billion);
  • advising a general contractor constructing a section of the Gdańsk South Bypass; contracting authority: General Directorate for National Roads and Motorways (GDDKiA) (project value: over PLN 1.1 billion);
  • advising a general contractor constructing a section of Zakopianka road with the longest tunnel in Poland; contracting authority: General Directorate for National Roads and Motorways (GDDKiA) (project value: PLN 1 billion);
  • advising a general contractor constructing a section of the Warsaw South Bypass; contracting authority: General Directorate for National Roads and Motorways (GDDKiA) (project value: over PLN 908 million);
  • advising an investor in connection with EPC construction of a power plant with a 600 MWe gas-steam unit (project value: over PLN 1.6 billion);
  • advising a general contractor modernising a boiler furnace system of units in Bełchatów Power Plant; contracting authority: PGE GiEK (project value: over EUR 475 million);
  • advising a consortium of Polish and foreign companies executing EPC modernisation of units in Turów Power Plant; contracting authority: PGE GiEK (project value: over PLN 625 million);
  • advising general contractors during construction of the National Stadium in Warsaw; contracting authority: State Treasury – Ministry of Sports and Tourism and the National Sports Centre (project value: over PLN 1.5 billion);
  • advising general contractors during construction of the PGE Arena stadium in Gdańsk; contracting authority: City of Gdańsk and BIEG 2012 Sp. z o.o. (project value: over PLN 780 million);
  • advising a leading general contractor on extension of one of the largest passenger terminals in Poland (contract value: approx. PLN 370 million);
  • advising a consortium on construction of a railway line Warka-Radom, contracting authority: PKP Polskie Linie Kolejowe S.A. (project value: PLN 700 million);
  • advising a contractor modernising railway line sections No. 61 and 700; contracting authority: PKP Polskie Linie Kolejowe S.A. (project value: over PLN 270 million).
Academic activity
  • Associate Professor at the Civil Law Department at Kozminski University in Warsaw
  • since 2013, member of the Problem-Focused Team for service contracts in the new Civil Code
  • since 2009, member of the Problem-Focused Team at the Civil Law Codification Commission in charge of developing the general part of the obligations law
Professional experience
  • since 2008 JDP DRAPAŁA & PARTNERS, Partner; since 2020 Managing Partner
  • 2001–2007 Gleiss Lutz
  • 1997–1999 Rödl & Partner
Education
  • 2011 Habilitation in Civil Law
  • 2001 PhD in Civil Law
  • 1990–1995 University in Toruń, Faculty of Law and Administration
  • 1993–1994 Scholarship at Regensburg University, Germany
  • 1995 Scholarship at Hamburg University, Germany
  • Double scholarship at the Max-Planck-Institut für Ausländisches und Internationales Privatrecht in Hamburg
Publications

Author of over 90 publications on civil and commercial law and arbitration, including System Prawa Prywatnego [Private Law System], vol. 5, 6 and 7 (Prawo zobowiązań – część ogólna, Prawo zobowiązań – część szczegółowa [Obligations law – general part, Obligations law – specific part] C.H. Beck, 2006–2020); co-author together with judges of the Supreme Court of a commentary to the Civil Code (Kodeks cywilny. Komentarz. Zobowiązania – część szczegółowa [Civil Code. Commentary. Obligations – specific part]), J. Gudowski (ed.), Wolters Kluwer, 2013–2017); author of monographs “Umowy odnoszące się do osób trzecich” [Contracts relating to third parties] (C.H. Beck, Warsaw 2016); “Prowadzenie cudzych spraw bez zlecenia” [Negotiorum gestio] (C.H. Beck, Warsaw 2010), “Przejęcie długu, przejęcie praw i obowiązków z umowy” [Take-over of debt and rights and obligations under an agreemen] (C.H. Beck, Warsaw 2016)

Languages
  • Polish
  • German
  • English

Piotr Duma

Radca prawny (Attorney-at-law) | Counsel

Litigation and Arbitration Team
Infrastructure Team

Attorney-at-law with the Litigation and Arbitration Team, the Infrastructure Team. He has many years of experience in litigating cases connected with infrastructure investments (road building, including cases based on FIDIC standards) and advice on broadly understood real estate sector. He has provided advice, among others, to general contractors at the contract implementation stage and in disputes associated with important infrastructure investments. He has also supported investment funds in the process of asset purchase and management. He has represented clients in litigation and arbitration, among others within the scope of contractual penalties for withdrawal from construction contracts, contractual penalties for delays, fees for additional and substitute works.


Professional experience
  • since 2017 JDP DRAPAŁA & PARTNERS
  • 2011–2016 Dentons Europe
  • 2009–2011 State Treasury Solicitors’ Office
Education
  • 2011–2014 Warsaw Bar Association, adviser trainee
  • 2005–2010 University of Warsaw, Faculty of Law and Administration
Languages
  • Polish
  • English

Patricia Elbers-Szymańska

Associate

Transaction and Contract Counselling Team

Associate in the Transaction and Contract Counselling Team. She specialises in M&A transactions, and corporate, commercial and contractual law. She advises, in particular, German-speaking clients. She has supported clients in restructuring of corporate groups belonging to international holdings. She advises entities from the production and automotive sectors on drafting general terms and conditions of agreements as well as delivery agreements.


Selected projects
  • day-to-day legal advice to a German automotive concern with respect to corporate and contract law and court disputes;
  • legal advice to one of the largest shale gas extraction companies in Poland;
  • day-to-day corporate advice to a German investment fund on the expansion of its operations in Poland;
  • day-to-day legal advice to a Canadian automotive concern with respect to corporate matters and contract law;
  • participation in restructuring of corporate groups belonging to international holdings operating in Poland, including participation in the sale of enterprises, their organised parts or assets.
Professional experience
  • since 2013 Management Board of the Polish-Austrian Lawyers Association, member
  • since 2009 JDP DRAPAŁA & PARTNERS
Education
  • 2011–2012 University of Warsaw, postgraduate studies, Corporate Law
  • 2003–2009 University of Mannheim, Commercial Companies Law and Labour Law, Germany
  • 2006–2007 Uniwersytet Pàzmàny Pèter in Budapest, Faculty of Law
Languages
  • German (native)
  • Polish
  • English
  • Hungarian

Iwo Franaszczyk

Adwokat (Attorney-at-law) | Associate

Litigation and Arbitration Team
Infrastructure Team
Public Procurement Team

Attorney-at-law in the Litigation and Arbitration Team, the Infrastructure Team. He specialises in domestic and cross-border proceedings conducted before common and arbitration courts. He has experience in legal advice for the construction and railway sectors, as well as advice within the scope of public procurement and corporate law.


Professional experience
  • since 2017 JDP DRAPAŁA & PARTNERS
  • 2016 Kocur i Wspólnicy
  • 2014–2015 JDP DRAPAŁA & PARTNERS, internship
  • 2013 Volkswagen Bank Polska, Credit Risk Department, internship
Education
  • since 2016 Warsaw Bar Association, advocate trainee
  • 2011–2016 Kozminski University, Law School
  • 2011–2016 University of Warsaw, Faculty of Management
Languages
  • Polish
  • English

Łukasz Paweł Goniak, PhD

Adwokat (Attorney-at-law) | Senior Associate

Litigation and Arbitration Team
Infrastructure Team
Public Procurement Team

Attorney-at-law in the Public Procurement Team, the Litigation and Arbitration Team, and the Infrastructure Team. He provides comprehensive advice to Polish and foreign entities in the construction, road, transport and energy sectors, including in particular projects performed in the public procurement process and in the PPP formula. He advises both at the bidding and the performance stages. He has supported his clients in the largest infrastructure projects in Poland and in unique European infrastructure projects. He has also supported contractors in international tenders for projects within the NATO SECURITY INVESTEMENT PROGRAMME (NSIP) conducted on the basis of NATO directives.


Selected projects

Public procurement:

  • legal advice on competing for and performing the largest infrastructure projects in Poland (e.g. Warsaw Metro construction, construction of the tunnel in Świnoujście, construction of the Kraków Northern Bypass);
  • legal advice to a company from the largest Polish companies group in the power sector, including in the area of public procurement, i.a. for the modernisation of a hydroelectric power plant;
  • comprehensive legal advice to the largest Turkish pipe supplier in the proceedings conducted in order to conclude a framework agreement for the onshore part of the Baltic Pipe (the possible value of the contract under the framework agreement – approx. PLN 3 billion);

Legal advice to contractors on international tenders for projects within the NATO SECURITY PROGRAMME (NSIP) conducted on the basis of NATO directives.

Public-private partnerships:

  • legal advice on projects involving, among other things, the construction or expansion of transport infrastructure, including legal representation of the winning bidder in the proceedings regarding designing and constructing the Kraków Fast Tram – the largest PPP project of its kind in Europe;
  • legal advice on a number of projects in the area of waste management (construction of incineration plants) and improvement of energy efficiency of buildings, as well as roads construction and maintenance.

Representation of contractors and contracting authorities in numerous proceedings before the National Appeal Chamber and Regional Courts:

  • representation of a client in unique proceedings concerning an in-house contract for waste management for the City of Warsaw;
  • representation of a client in an unprecedented dispute regarding recognising an underground metro station as a building within the meaning of the Construction Law.
Professional experience
  • since 2021 JDP DRAPAŁA & PARTNERS
  • 2017 – 2021 KKLW/Jacek Kosinski Adwokaci i Radcowie Prawni
  • 2016 – 2017 Siedlecki Law Firm
  • 2013 – 2016 Jacek Krężelewski Law Firm
  • 2008 – 2013 TVP S.A., journalist
Education
  • 2017 Maria Curie-Skłodowska University in Lublin, defence of a doctoral thesis
  • 2014 – 2017 Warsaw Bar Association, advocate trainee
  • 2007 – 2012 Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń, Faculty of Law and Administration
  • 2006 – 2011 Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń, Faculty of Political Science and International Studies
  • He also completed a number of courses in media and new technologies law and EU law, including at such prestigious universities as King’s College London and University of Texas at Austin.
Languages
  • Polish
  • English

Konrad Gortad

Adwokat (Attorney-at-law) | Senior Associate

Litigation and Arbitration Team
Infrastructure Team

Attorney-at-law in the Litigation and Arbitration Team, the Infrastructure Team. He specialises in legal advice on infrastructure projects (including road and railway infrastructure) executed based on FIDIC standards, including in a “turnkey” formula. He has represented investors and general contractors in numerous court and arbitration proceedings conducted, among other things, based on the arbitration rules of ICC and the Court of Arbitration at the Polish Chamber of Commerce in Warsaw.


Professional experience
  • since 2019 JDP DRAPAŁA & PARTNERS
  • 2015–2019 Clifford Chance
  • 2014–2015 Linklaters
Education
  • since 2016 The Institute of Law Studies of the Polish Academy of Sciences, PhD studies, Civil Procedure
  • 2015–2018 Warsaw Bar Association, advocate trainee
  • 2009–2014 Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń, Faculty of Law and Administration
Languages
  • Polish
  • English

Daria Gromotka

Associate

Transaction and Contract Counselling Team
Real Estate Team

Associate in the Transaction and Contract Counselling Team. She specialises in providing day-to-day legal advice to companies, including corporate advice. She also provides contractual advice and advice in the field of commercial law. She has been involved in transactions, including mergers and acquisitions and joint ventures. She supports clients from the automotive, production, commercial and real estate sectors. She has gained experience in the fuel industry while advising on issues regarding energy law: procedures conducted by the Energy Regulatory Authority, concession procedures; civil law: dealer, franchising, lease and sales agreements; intellectual property law and labour law.


Professional experience
  • since 2019 JDP DRAPAŁA & PARTNERS
  • 2018–2019 BP Europa SE Spółka Europejska Polish Branch
  • 2017 Europa SE Spółka Europejska Polish Branch, internship
Education
  • since 2020 Warsaw Bar Association, adviser trainee
  • 2019–2020 Cracow Bar Association, adviser trainee
  • 2018 Jagiellonian University in Cracow, Faculty of Law and Administration, Intellectual Property and New Media Law
  • 2017–2018 School of American Law at the Jagiellonian University in cooperation with the Catholic University Columbus School of Law in Washington
  • 2013–2018 Jagiellonian University in Cracow, Faculty of Law and Administration
Languages
  • Polish
  • English
  • German

Dominik Grzegorzewski

Associate

Real Estate Team

Associate in the Real Estate Team. He specialises in providing legal advice to companies with particular focus on matters relating to real estate and the investment process. He provides comprehensive advice on all real estate issues. He has experience in supporting entities from the renewable energy, medical and construction sectors, and in handling matters regarding compensation, public procurement and commercial law.


Professional experience
  • since 2021 JDP DRAPAŁA & PARTNERS
  • 2019–2020 Nowakowski Tarsalewski Adwokaci
  • 2018–2019 Office of enforcement officer Jacek Lewandowski at the District Court for Łódź-Widzew in Łódź
Education
  • since 2021 Łódź Bar Association, advocate trainee
  • 2015–2020 University of Łódź, Faculty of Law and Administration
Languages
  • Polish
  • English

Jakub Oliver Hotewicz

Associate

Litigation and Arbitration Team
Infrastructure Team

Associate in the Litigation and Arbitration Team, the Infrastructure Team. He specialises in domestic and cross-border proceedings before common and arbitral courts, in particular with respect to infrastructure projects, including projects based on FIDIC standards, claim management. He supports the Litigation Team in proceedings regarding increase or payment of remuneration increased due to a production costs spike, based on the rebus sic stantibus clause. He also has experience in handling disputes regarding contractual penalties for withdrawal from a construction contract, delay in payment of remuneration for additional and substitute works, use or defence against use of a guarantee, withdrawal or defence against withdrawal from a contract, contract settlement between consortium members. He provides day-to-day legal advice on court proceedings, public procurement and real estate law.


Professional experience
  • since 2018 JDP DRAPAŁA & PARTNERS
  • 2018 JDP DRAPAŁA & PARTNERS, internship
  • 2017–2018 Kocur i Wspólnicy
Pro bono
  • 2016–2018 Student Legal Advice Bureau, Kozminski University
Education
  • since 2019 Warsaw Bar Association, advocate trainee
  • 2013–2018 Kozminski University, Faculty of Law and Administration
Languages
  • Polish
  • English
  • German

Zbigniew Jara

Radca prawny (Attorney-at-law) | Rechtsanwalt | Of Counsel

Transaction and Contract Counselling Team

Attorney-at-law, Of counsel. A long-established expert on corporate law, M&As, commercial law, joint ventures, cartel law, as well as project development and financing. As part of the M&A practice, he advises Polish and international concerns on complex transactions, including cross-border M&As and joint venture agreements, e.g. to a German owner on the restructuring and subsequent sale of more than 210 discount stores, or to a German concern in connection with the construction of a facility producing offshore wind farm foundations in respect of the structure (SPV) and terms of cooperation with Polish partners, and the subsequent sale of its shares in the joint venture. He has also supervised corporate restructuring processes in a number of enterprises representing various sectors of the economy.
Author of publications in Polish and German on commercial law and cartel law, with subjects including: the exercise of voting rights from ownership interests/shares, contesting resolutions of meetings of shareholders/partners, representing limited liability companies in agreements with management board members, reporting and confidentiality obligations during due diligence reviews, manager buyouts (MBO) in joint-stock companies, and cross-border mergers. Author and editor of the Commentary on the Commercial Companies Code, C.H.Beck (3rd. ed. 2020) and Beck-online.


Selected projects
  • comprehensive advice to a German owner on the restructuring and subsequent sale of more than 210 discount stores (the operational part) to a leader on the Polish market;
  • comprehensive advice in respect of the structure (SPV) and terms of cooperation (joint venture) between a German concern and Polish entities in connection with the construction of a factory producing offshore wind farm foundations;
  • comprehensive advice to a German agricultural concern on the restructuring and subsequent merger of a number of joint-stock companies in Poland.
Academic activity
  • 1996–1997 Lecturer at the School of German Law at the University of Warsaw
Professional experience
  • since 2020 Of Counsel, JDP DRAPAŁA & PARTNERS
  • 2005–2019 JARA DRAPAŁA & PARTNERS (JDP DRAPAŁA & PARTNERS), Founding Partner, Managing Partner
  • 1997–2005 Gleiss Lutz, Warsaw office, Co-founder, Managing Partner
  • 1994–1996 Gurland & Lambsdorff, Frankfurt am Main
  • Member of the Deutscher Anwaltverein
Education
  • The Universities of Wrocław and Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Publications
  • Kodeks Spółek handlowych. Komentarz [Code of Commercial Companies. Commentary] (in the C.H. Beck Large Comment series), 2nd edition, Warsaw 2017
  • Kodeks Spółek Handlowych. Komentarz Online [Code of Commercial Companies. Online Commentary], published by C.H. Beck, 2nd edition, Warsaw 2017
  • Polnisches Kartellrecht [Polish cartel law] [in:] Handbuch des Wirtschaftsrechts in Osteuropa. Länderteil Polen, C.H. Beck, Munich 2015
  • Kodeks Spółek handlowych. Komentarz [Code of Commercial Companies. Commentary] (in the C.H. Beck Large Comment series), Warsaw 2014
  • Kodeks Spółek Handlowych. Komentarz Online [Code of Commercial Companies. Online Commentary], published by C.H. Beck, Warsaw 2014
  • Spółka akcyjna. Wzory dokumentów z komentarzem [Joint-stock companies. Model documents with commentary], Heymanns, Warsaw 2004
  • Numerous publications on company law, commercial law and cartel law, with subjects including: the exercise of voting rights from ownership interests/shares, contesting resolutions of meetings of shareholders/partners, representing limited liability companies in agreements with management board members, reporting and confidentiality obligations during due diligence reviews, manager buyouts (MBO) in joint-stock companies, and cross-border mergers
Languages
  • Polish
  • German
  • English

Barbara Kaczała

Radca prawny (Attorney-at-law) | Senior Associate

Transaction and Contract Counselling Team

Attorney-at-law in the Transaction and Contract Counselling Team. She specialises in commercial and corporate law, compliance, and contract law. She provides day-to-day advice to entities with German and Swiss capital, including in particular drafting and negotiating contracts, such as complex contracts on distribution, supplies, and implementation of technological lines. She supports clients in the contract performance, also in crisis situations where a party does not perform a contract or performs it improperly. Her clients include international production and retail chains. She also has experience in helping foreign investors enter the Polish market, including obtaining permits for operating in Special Economic Zones. Her advice is focused on the client’s business needs and ensuring the highest level of legal security. She successfully represents clients in disputes regarding the contract performance.


Selected projects
  • participation in a project involving establishment of a company with Swiss capital, operating in the area of fastening technologies for the automotive industry, in a Special Economic Zone, including preparation and submission of an offer, carrying out of a legal due diligence of the property to be acquired, and provision of legal assistance with purchasing a property, participation in negotiations with the Zone, drafting of an agreement on hall construction based on the FIDIC standards, and participation in the negotiations with a general contractor; value of the transaction: PLN 22 million;
  • participation in purchasing an organised part of an enterprise (including movables in the form of sanitary appliances, rights and obligations under commercial contracts with customers and employment contracts) by a company with German capital; representation of a purchaser in the negotiations;
  • carrying out of a legal due diligence of an enterprise – a company operating in the sector of cullet sale and waste glass collection;
  • representation of an employer in court proceedings regarding Social Insurance Institution’s (ZUS) refusal to issue certificates on declaring Polish law the applicable law for social insurance (A1); obtaining favourable judgments for the client before the Appellate Court obliging ZUS to issue such certificates.
Professional experience
  • since 2020 JDP DRAPAŁA & PARTNERS
  • 2018–2020 Rödl Kancelaria Prawna (Rödl & Partner)
  • 2016–2018 Roedl, Majchrowicz-Bączyk Kancelaria Prawna (Rödl & Partner)
  • 2014–2016 Koksztys Kancelaria Prawa Gospodarczego
Education
  • 2015–2018 Wrocław Bar Association, adviser trainee
  • 2012–2013 Humboldt University in Berlin, Erasmus programme
  • 2009–2014 University of Wrocław, Faculty of Law, Administration and Economics
Languages
  • Polish
  • German
  • English

Ludwina Klein, LL.M.

Adwokat (Attorney-at-law) | Senior Associate

Litigation and Arbitration Team
Infrastructure Team

Attorney-at-law in the Litigation and Arbitration Team, the Infrastructure Team. She represents clients in complex disputes regarding infrastructure investment projects: railway and roads infrastructure, power engineering, large-scale facilities, including disputes associated with contracts based on FIDIC standards. She has represented clients in cases heard by international and Polish arbitration courts (proceedings conducted pursuant to regulations of ICC, SCC, SAKiG). She provides day-to-day advice on the performance of infrastructure projects. Author of publications in the field of arbitration, among other things; co-author of the Commentary to the Rules of the Court of Arbitration Lewiatan.


Selected projects
  • legal advice to a consortium of a general contractor on the construction of a railway station, including representation of the client in several multi-million-claim disputes and in mediation proceedings regarding claims against a contracting authority relating to the extension of the time for completion and claims regarding additional works;
  • representation of a consortium of a general contractor in multi-million-claim disputes, including proceedings for an injunctive relief, associated with performance of a large-scale facility and regarding contractor’s claims relating to the extension of the time for completion of works and to additional works, as well as claims of the contracting authority relating to contractual penalties and demands for payments under a guarantee;
  • representation of a general designer and its subcontractors in multi-million-claim disputes involving many parties relating to the modernisation of a large-scale facility and counter-claims for damages of a general contractor and a contracting authority;
  • representation of a general contractor in a multi-million-claim dispute relating to the modernisation of a railway line and claims against a contracting authority relating to the extension of the time for completion and a claim for payment of remuneration;
  • representation of a designer in a dispute relating to a project involving a large-scale facility and claims of a contracting authority for allegedly improper contract performance (a statement of claim filed by a contracting authority was dismissed by the Regional Court as the Court accepted the defence of lack of jurisdiction, an appeal filed by a contracting authority was dismissed by the Court of Appeal, a cassation appeal filed by a contracting authority was not accepted to be heard by the Supreme Court);
  • comprehensive legal advice to an investor, manufacturer of lubricants, on a project involving extension of a large-scale facility, including day-to-day advice on relationships with a general contractor and subcontractors, development of a pre-litigation strategy, and representation in court disputes regarding investor’s claim for payment of a contractual penalty and a recourse claim relating to direct payment to a subcontractor;
  • comprehensive legal advice to a contractor on three contracts for construction of regional roads, with respect to relationships with a contracting authority and consortium members;
  • representation of one of the largest construction companies in Poland in proceedings regarding an appeal against a judgment issued by the National Appeals Chamber regarding exclusion of the appellant’s bid from a tender procedure;
  • representation of a Polish subsidiary of an international steel and mining corporation in arbitration proceedings conducted pursuant to the rules of the ICC with respect to a real estate transaction;
  • representation of a Polish subsidiary of an international manufacturer and distributor of wire ropes in arbitration proceedings conducted pursuant to the rules of the ICC with respect to an M&A transaction;
  • representation of an international manufacturer and distributor of premium beverages in arbitration proceedings conducted pursuant to the rules of the SCC with respect to an M&A transaction;
  • representation of an investor in a construction dispute against a general contractor regarding liability for defects of a building under a quality guarantee;
  • representation of a general contractor in a multi-million-claim dispute relating to the construction of an expressway section, regarding claims against a contracting authority for payment of unpaid part of a lump-sum remuneration, reimbursement for indirect costs incurred due to the extension of a time for contract completion, payment for additional works, and declaration of non‑existence of an investor’s claim for payment of a contractual penalty;
  • representation of a general contractor in a multi-million-claim dispute relating to the construction of a bypass, regarding claims against a contracting authority for an increase of remuneration due to an extraordinary change in circumstances on the building production market manifested in an unpredictable increase in prices of materials, equipment, labour and subcontracting services, reimbursement for indirect costs incurred due to the extension of a Time for Completion, and payment for additional works;
  • representation of a general contractor in a multi-million-claim dispute relating to the construction of an expressway section, regarding a claim against a contracting authority for an increase of remuneration due to an extraordinary change in circumstances on the building production market manifested in an unpredictable increase in prices of materials, equipment, labour and subcontracting services;
  • representation of a general contractor in a multi-million-claim dispute relating to the construction of a building facility, regarding claims against a contracting authority for payment of unpaid part of a lump-sum remuneration, reimbursement for indirect costs incurred due to the extension of a time for contract completion, payment for additional works, and declaration of non‑existence of a contracting authority’s claim for payment of contractual penalties.
Professional experience
  • since 2020 JDP DRAPAŁA & PARTNERS
  • 2017–2019 CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang
  • 2015–2017 CMS Cameron McKenna
  • 2012–2014 Wardyński i Wspólnicy
  • 2010–2011 SALANS
Education
  • 2010–2011 University of Warsaw in cooperation with Università degli Studi di Catania, School of Italian and European Law
  • 2010 Università di Bologna and University of Pittsburgh School of Law, Summer School in International Commercial Contracts
  • 2009–2010 York Law School, University of York, Master of Laws in International Commercial and Corporate Law (LL.M.)
  • 2008–2010 Leslie Silver International Faculty, Leeds Beckett University, Diploma Language Studies (Dip)
  • 2002–2008 University of Wrocław, Faculty of Law, Administration and Economics
Languages
  • Polish
  • English
  • Italian

Tomasz Krawczyk

Associate

Transaction and Contract Counselling Team

Associate in the Transaction and Contract Counselling Team. He specialises in court proceedings, including in particular corporate disputes. His experience includes i.a. support in proceedings regarding complex corporate disputes over validity of resolutions on election of corporate bodies’ members and determination of the shareholding structure in companies.


Professional experience
  • since 2021 JDP DRAPAŁA & PARTNERS
  • 2019–2021 JDP DRAPAŁA & PARTNERS, internship
Education
  • 2016–2021 University of Warsaw, Faculty of Law and Administration
Languages
  • Polish
  • English

Artur Krępa

Radca prawny (Attorney-at-law) | Associate

Litigation and Arbitration Team
Infrastructure Team

Attorney-at-law in the Litigation and Arbitration Team, the Infrastructure Team. He specialises in advising top construction companies on the performance of infrastructure projects, with particular focus on legal advice to general contractors, investors, subcontractors and designers. He represents clients in court proceedings regarding in particular abuse of a performance bond and contractual penalties for late payment of remuneration for additional and substitute works. In his career, he has also advised clients from the recruitment, finance and production sectors.


Professional experience
  • since 2017 JDP DRAPAŁA & PARTNERS
  • 2016 Dentons Europe Oleszczuk
  • 2014–2016 Kocur i Wspólnicy
  • 2014 DLA Piper, internship
  • 2014 CMS Cameron McKenna LLP, internship
Education
  • 2016–2019 Warsaw Bar Association, adviser trainee
  • 2009–2014 Jagiellonian University in Cracow, Faculty of Law and Administration
Distinctions
  • distinction for a written work — defendant’s memorandum — during the 21st edition of the arbitration competition Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot (2014)
  • 3rd and 5th place in the team category in the arbitration competition Foreign Direct Investment International Arbitration Moot (2013, 2014)
Languages
  • Polish
  • English

Bogusław Lackoroński, PhD

Radca prawny (Attorney-at-law) | Of Counsel

Litigation and Arbitration Team
Infrastructure Team

Attorney-at-law in the Litigation and Arbitration Team, the Infrastructure Team. He specialises in civil law and administrative law. Author of over 70 scientific publications in the field of civil law (general part, property law, law of obligations) and public law. His publications on civil law deal with such issues as liability for the so called indirect damage, rebus sic stantibus clause, obligations denominated in foreign currencies, construction contracts and cooperative law. Co-author of the Commentary to the Civil Code edited by Konrad Osajda (Legalis – electronic edition, C.H. Beck – 2013 and 2017 printed editions), commentary to the act on repayment of certain outstanding amounts owed to companies resulting from performance of public contracts (Wolters Kluwer – Lex 2012 electronic edition, C.H. Beck – 2013 printed edition). Author of the commentary to the act of 21 June 1990 on return of benefits groundlessly gained to the detriment of the State Treasury or other state-owned legal persons (C.H. Beck – Legalis 2018, ed. K. Osajda).


Scientific activity
  • habilitated doctor of juridical science
  • since 2019 assistant in the Regional and Global Studies Department, Faculty of Political Science and International Studies, University of Warsaw
  • 2012–2019 assistant professor in the Section of Law and International Institutions, Institute of International Relations, Faculty of Political Science and International Studies, University of Warsaw
Professional experience
  • since 2019 JDP DRAPAŁA & PARTNERS
  • 2014–2017 Bureau of Research of the Chancellery of the Sejm
  • 2010–2014 Salans/Dentons
  • 2007–2011 Dąbrówka Municipality Office
  • 2006–2007 Clifford Chance
Education
  • 2007–2011 Warsaw Bar Association, adviser trainee
  • 2006–2011 full-time PhD studies at the Institute of Civil Law, Faculty of Law and Administration of the University of Warsaw – PhD thesis defended with honours on 18.04.2011 – degree of Doctor of Juridical Science in the field of law
  • 2005–2008 British Law Centre and European Law Centre at the Faculty of Law and Administration at the University of Warsaw
  • 2002–2007 master’s degree in International Relations in the field of European Integration, Institute of International Relations at the Faculty of Journalism and Political Science at the University of Warsaw, honours degree
  • 2002 passed examination for candidates for members of supervisory boards of state-owned companies
  • 2001–2006 master’s degree in law sciences, Faculty of Law and Administration at the University of Warsaw, honours degree
Selected publications
  • Time-related consequences of legal transactions, pub. C.H. Beck, series: Private Law Institutions, Warsaw 2019
  • [in:] Commentaries to Private Law. Volume I. Civil Code. Commentary. General part. Introductory provisions of the Civil Code. Notary Public Act, ed. K. Osajda, Warsaw 2017
  • [in:] Commentaries to Private Law. Volume II. Civil Code. Commentary. Ownership and other real rights. Act on land and mortgage registers and on mortgage. Act on registered pledge and register of pledges, ed. K. Osajda, Warsaw 2017
  • [in:] Commentaries to Private Law. Volume IIIA. Civil Code. Commentary
  • [in:] Commentaries to Private Law. Volume IIIB. Civil Code. Commentary. Obligations. Specific part. Act on payment deadlines, ed. K. Osajda, Warsaw 2017
  • Act of 21 June 1990 on return of benefits groundlessly gained to the detriment of the State Treasury or other state-owned legal persons. De lege lata and de lege ferenda comments [in:] Law and State. Jubilee book for 200th anniversary of the General Counsel to the Republic of Poland, ed. L. Bosek, Warsaw 2017
  • Civil liability for indirect infringement of personal interests, pub. Wolters Kluwer Polska, series: Monographs, Warsaw 2013
  • [in:] Act on repayment of certain outstanding amounts owed to companies resulting from performance of public contracts. Commentary, pub. C.H. Beck, series: Beck’s Short Commentaries, Warsaw 2013
Languages
  • Polish
  • English

Marcin Lewiński

Adwokat (Attorney-at-law) | Senior Associate

Transaction and Contract Counselling Team

Attorney-at-law in the Transaction and Contract Counselling Team, admitted to the Warsaw Bar Association. Before joining JDP he worked for 6 years in one of the Big Four companies in Warsaw, he also practiced in local law firms in Cracow and New York. He has participated in numerous restructuring projects including mergers, de-mergers, transformations and cross-border reorganisation of entities across different business sectors. He has also been involved in several M&A transactions, including share deals, asset deals and joint ventures, as well as participated in numerous legal due diligence processes. He provides day-to-day corporate and commercial assistance including in particular corporate governance, repatriation of cash to shareholders, creating and changing shareholding structures, as well as commercial contracts.


Selected projects
  • complex reorganisation of an international corporate group operating worldwide in the food sector, including: (i) incorporation of Polish entities, (ii) division by separation of a Polish company and (iii) cross-border merger of a Polish and a Dutch company;
  • legal advice to an Asian company listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange operating within the real estate, aviation, beverages and food chain sectors, on the cross-border reorganisation of entities belonging to the group, including (i) dissolution and liquidation of two Swiss branches of Polish subsidiaries and (ii) cross-border mergers of two Polish limited liability companies and two Hungarian limited liability companies, merger of Polish companies including work establishment transfer, preceded by transfer of assets and liabilities and sale of shares;
  • creation and implementation of a joint venture of a German and a French company operating within the global automotive sector including transfer of enterprise and creation of a new corporate governance structure of the joint-venture;
  • creation and implementation of a joint venture of a Polish and a German company operating within the IT logistics sector including transfer of enterprise connected with establishment of pledges, including registered pledges, and mortgages over the assets of the contributing entities; implementation and post-transactional advice;
  • numerous legal due diligence processes of any type (sell-side, buy-side, confirmatory, red flag, etc.) regarding entities operating within the private and public sector;
  • restructuring of an international corporate group from the automotive sector aimed at transferring employment establishments, transferring assets and liabilities, setting up and dissolving entities within the group;
  • carrying out of feasibility studies including potential restructuring scenarios together with their legal consequences;
  • assistance in numerous legal and tax restructurings including set-offs, remittances, assignment of rights and obligations, and discharging of duties;
  • legal advice regarding possible scenarios of repatriation of cash to the shareholders, including structuring of certain scenarios and analysing of their legal consequences.
Professional experience
  • since 2019 JDP DRAPAŁA & PARTNERS
  • 2014–2019 PwC Legal Pawłowski, Żelaźnicki
  • 2012 Zawisny & Zawisny P.C., New York
  • 2011 T. Studnicki, K. Płeszka, Z. Ćwiąkalski, J. Górski
Education
  • 2014–2017 Warsaw Bar Association, advocate trainee
  • 2013–2014 University of Warsaw, postgraduate studies, Corporate Law
  • 2008–2013 Andrzej Frycz Modrzewski Cracow University in Cracow
Languages
  • Polish
  • English
  • German
  • Spanish

Jaśmina Łyczewska

Associate

Litigation and Arbitration Team
Infrastructure Team

Associate in the Litigation and Arbitration Team, the Infrastructure Team. She specialises in proceedings before common courts, in particular in infrastructure disputes, among others based on FIDIC standards, regarding contractual penalties for withdrawal from construction contracts, contractual penalties for delays, remuneration for additional and substitute works. Moreover, she provides legal services regarding court proceedings and legal advice on infrastructure and construction projects.


Professional experience
  • since 2017 JDP DRAPAŁA & PARTNERS
  • 2016–2017 JDP DRAPAŁA & PARTNERS, internship
  • 2016 Kalinowski Wojciński Korzybski, internship
Pro bono
  • 2014–2016 Academia Iuris foundation, volunteer
Education
  • since 2018 Warsaw Bar Association, advocate trainee
  • 2012–2017 Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University in Warsaw, Faculty of Law and Administration
  • 2011–2016 University of Warsaw, Faculty of Journalism and Political Studies, Institute of International Relations
Languages
  • Polish
  • English

Jakub Majewski

Adwokat (Attorney-at-law) | Counsel

Litigation and Arbitration Team
Infrastructure Team

Attorney-at-law in the Litigation and Arbitration Team, the Infrastructure Team. He specialises in legal advice on the execution of complex construction projects concerning, among others, road and railway infrastructure (executed based on FIDIC standards) as well as communication and energy infrastructure. He also advises on the execution of large-scale projects (including execution of public utility facilities). He represents clients in litigation and arbitration with respect to, among others, contractual penalties for withdrawal from construction contracts, contractual penalties for delays, remuneration for additional and substitute works as well as indirect costs (overheads and construction general costs) in the extended time for completion. He advises participants of the construction process (general contractors, subcontractors, designers and investors) on mutual relationships, participates in negotiations concerning amendments to contracts, settlement of construction works (also after withdrawal from a construction contract), acceptances and claim adjustment procedures concerning construction and other damage. He represents clients in criminal proceedings regarding construction projects.


Selected projects
  • legal representation of a general contractor on the performance of a telecommunication project carried out for PKP PLK; project value: over PLN 2 billion;
  • legal representation of a general contractor on the performance of railway projects carried out for PKP PLK; projects value: over PLN 200 million;
  • legal representation of a general contractor on the performance of a road project for the General Director for National Roads and Motorways; project value: approx. PLN 230 million;
  • legal advice to a general contractor on the performance of road projects carried out for a local-government unit; projects value: over PLN 110 million;
  • legal representation of a general contractor in proceedings regarding the performance of railway projects carried out for PKP PLK; value in dispute: over PLN 87 million;
  • legal representation of a general contractor in proceedings against a public contracting authority regarding change of technology of viaduct construction for a “design and build” project; value in dispute: over PLN 24 million;
  • legal representation of an investor in proceedings against a general contractor regarding an industrial project in the paper industry; value in dispute: approx. PLN 24 million;
  • legal representation in proceedings against a general contractor and insurers regarding an industrial project in the cosmetics industry; value in dispute: over PLN 22 million;
  • legal representation of general contractors (top national and international construction companies) in court proceedings against GDDKiA regarding settlement of contracts for construction of motorways and expressways in Poland and payment of contractual penalties (including disputes exceeding PLN 100 million and FIDIC contracts);
  • legal representation of general contractors (top national construction companies) in court proceedings regarding performance guarantees and in disputes against Polish subcontractors;
  • assistance and advice during implementation and settlement of large-scale construction contracts with GDDKiA and PKP PLK;
  • legal advice on issues related to intellectual property rights, including in particular disputes regarding copyrights to architectural designs and project documentation in the context of large-scale construction contracts;
  • legal representation of parties in post-M&A arbitration and court proceedings (i.a. representations and warranties, accounting, insolvency and capital markets issues);
  • legal representation of parties to cross-border supply agreements and financing agreements in court proceedings;
  • legal representation of banks and construction companies as creditors in insolvency proceedings including insolvency proceedings with cross-border aspects;
  • legal advice on disputes related to loan, lease and agency agreements.
Professional experience
  • since 2014 JDP DRAPAŁA & PARTNERS
  • 2013–2014 Röhrenschef
  • 2011–2013 Allen & Overy
Education
  • 2013–2015 Warsaw Bar Association, advocate trainee
  • 2007–2012 Jagiellonian University in Cracow, Faculty of Law and Administration
Distinctions
  • distinction for written work — defendant’s memorandum in a competition for the Werner Melis award in the 18th edition of Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot in Vienna
Languages
  • Polish
  • English
  • German

Anna Matusiak-Wekiera

Radca prawny (Attorney-at-law) | Head of Data Protection | Compliance Practice

Transaction and Contract Counselling Team

Attorney-at-law with the Transaction and Contract Counselling Team. She specialises in personal data protection. She advises clients on compliance of business processes with data protection regulations, GDPR implementation, post-implementation audits; she also performs duties of a data protection officer. For several years she has been providing legal advice on data protection to companies and other entities processing personal data, also being an information security administrator (currently data protection officer).
Member of the Committee for Data Protection at the Polish Chamber of Commerce; in the years 2016–2018 member of the Expert Committee for reforming data protection regulations in the European Union at the Inspector General for the Protection of Personal Data. She gives lectures on legal issues at a university; author of publications on data protection in specialist quarterly “ABI EXPERT”.
She is a certified auditor of internal quality management systems pursuant to ISO 9001:2000 standard and a lead auditor of information security management systems pursuant to ISO 27001 standard.


Academic activity
  • since 2016 data protection lecturer at the post-graduate studies at Kozminski University in Warsaw: protection of personal data and classified information
  • since 2016 participating in numerous seminars and conferences as a speaker and lecturer on data protection upon invitation of, among others, the Inspector General for the Protection of Personal Data (currently President of the Personal Data Protection Office), the Regional Bar Associations in Warsaw and Cracow, Allerhanda Institut in Cracow and others
  • 2014 lecturer at the post-graduate studies at the University of Social Sciences in Warsaw: personal data protection
Professional experience
  • since 2020 JDP DRAPAŁA & PARTNERS; legal advice
  • 2015–2020 legal advice on data protection to public and private entities
  • 2016–2019 Institut of Industrial Chemistry of Prof. Ignacy Mościcki in Warsaw; legal advice; information security administrator and data protection officer
  • 2018 Orange Foundation in Warsaw; data protection officer
  • since 2016 mytaxi Polska Sp. z o. o.; information security administrator and data protection officer
  • 2015–2018 companies from the group of Mennica Polska; information security administrator and data protection officer
  • 2002–2013 legal office of CIECH S.A.; legal advice also to companies from the group of CIECH
Education
  • 2006–2009 Warsaw Bar Association; adviser trainee
  • 2004–2005 School of German and European Law at the University of Warsaw
  • 2004–2006 Harvard Business School Publishing and Canadian Institute, Strategic Leadership Academy; Improvement of Management Skills
  • 2002–2003 Warsaw School of Economics, post-graduate studies, Company Law
  • 1997–2002 Jagiellonian University in Cracow, Faculty of Law and Administration
Languages
  • Polish
  • English
  • German

Wojciech Merkwa

Radca prawny (Attorney-at-law) | Counsel

Public Procurement Team
Litigation and Arbitration Team
Infrastructure Team

Attorney-at-law in the Litigation and Arbitration Team, the Infrastructure Team. Head of the Public Procurement Practice. He provides comprehensive legal advice to contracting authorities and contractors. He has also participated in proceedings before the National Appeals Chamber and the regional court. He specialises in contract law, infrastructure projects and law of the European Union. Author of publications in the field of public procurement and Community funds. Member of the Public Procurement Law Association. Lecturer at the post-graduate studies in the field of public procurement. He has gained experience in working at an institution supervising projects co-financed from EU funds, including as the head of the public procurement auditing division.


Selected projects

He provides day-to-day advice on largest infrastructure projects in Poland. Examples include:

  • construction of the section Czyżew – Białystok on the railway line E75 being part of the so called Rail Baltica (largest Polish railway tender in history);
  • construction of the ERTMS/GSM-R system on PKP PLK railway lines (second largest Polish railway tender in history);
  • design and construction of the Warsaw incineration plant;
  • design and construction of the exhibition and breeding pavilion for Asian fauna and flora in the Łódź Zoo;
  • construction of road S16 Olsztyn (S51) – Ełk (S61) section Borki Wielkie – Mrągowo;
  • modernisation of breakwaters in the Gdańsk North Port.
Professional experience
  • since 2015 JDP DRAPAŁA & PARTNERS
  • 2013–2015 WKB Wierciński Kwieciński Baehr
  • 2011–2013 public procurement auditing division in the unit responsible for execution of projects co-financed from EU funds, manager
Education
  • 2010–2013 Warsaw Bar Association, adviser trainee
  • 2003–2008 University of Rzeszów, Faculty of Law
  • 2007 University of Genoa, Faculty of Law
Languages
  • Polish
  • English
  • Italian

Ewa Mońdziel

Radca prawny (Attorney-at-law) | Senior Associate

Transaction and Contract Counselling Team

Attorney-at-law in the Transaction and Contract Counselling Team. She specialises in legal advice in the field of new technologies law, intellectual property law, and contract law. She advises companies from the IT, medtech, automotive, and financial services sectors. Her experience also includes comprehensive advice to Polish and foreign companies on M&A transactions requiring a due diligence at the buy and sell sides.


Selected projects
  • advice with respect to copyright and civil-law claims of software creators arising from a cross-border agreement;
  • advice on negotiating and concluding agreements on industrialisation of a biotechnological solution;
  • advice on negotiating and concluding agreements on creating, customising, implementing, and maintaining software, including mobile apps;
  • carrying out a legal due diligence with respect to standard agreements, including identifying and modifying unfair contract terms;
  • drafting agreements on acquisition of rights to Internet domains and sui generis rights to databases.
Professional experience
  • since 2021 JDP DRAPAŁA & PARTNERS
  • 2020–2021 Law firm of one of the “Big Four” companies
  • 2015–2019 JDP DRAPAŁA & PARTNERS
  • 2014 German-Polish law firm in Berlin
  • 2013 Polish-German Chamber of Industry and Commerce in Warsaw
Education
  • 2016–2019 Warsaw Bar Association, adviser trainee
  • 2014–2015 ICC Arbitration and ADR Training Program organised under the patronage of the ICC International Arbitration Tribunal at the Faculty of Law and Administration of the Jagiellonian University
  • 2013 The Summer School of Comparative EU-US Law organised by the Faculty of Law at the University of Białystok in cooperation with Michigan State University College of Law
  • 2012–2013 School of German Law at the Faculty of Law at the University of Białystok in cooperation with Humboldt University in Berlin (Germany)
  • 2010–2015 University of Białystok, Faculty of Law
Languages
  • Polish
  • German
  • English

Magdalena Nasiłowska

Radca prawny (Attorney-at-law) | Associate

Litigation and Arbitration Team
Infrastructure Team

Attorney-at-law in the Litigation and Arbitration Team, the Infrastructure Team. She specialises in court and arbitration proceedings regarding in particular infrastructure projects, including based on FIDIC standards. She represents contractors in disputes concerning claims for payment of contractual penalties and compensation, remuneration for additional and substitute works, and reimbursement for costs of performance in an extended time for completion. She also has experience in advising clients from the power and new technologies sectors. She supports creditors with respect to bankruptcy and restructuring proceedings of their contracting parties.


Selected projects
  • legal representation of a designer in a dispute with a public contracting authority regarding claims for payment of contractual penalties and claims for damages i.a. concerning payment of a standstill remuneration;
  • legal representation of a contractor in a dispute with a public contracting authority regarding claims for payment of remuneration for additional and substitute works;
  • legal advice to a contractor in a dispute with a public contracting authority regarding claims for an extension of the Time for Completion and costs of contract performance in an extended time for completion;
  • legal representation of a consortium member in a dispute with a trustee in bankruptcy of another consortium member concerning counterclaims regarding contract settlement and legitimacy of a set-off;
  • legal representation of an international manufacturer from the textile industry in bankruptcy proceedings of a contracting party with respect to recovering remuneration9;
  • legal representation of an international company from the new technologies sector in court proceedings over claims regarding unfair competition with respect to advertising;
  • legal advice to a Polish company from the FMCG sector with respect to actio Pauliana claims.
Professional experience
  • since 2021 JDP DRAPAŁA & PARTNERS
  • 2017–2020 DLA Piper Giziński Kycia
  • 2016–2017 Drzewiecki Tomaszek i Wspólnicy
  • 2015-2016 Roedl & Partner
Education
  • since 2020 Kozminski University, Doctoral Legal School
  • 2018–2019 Lazarski University, Postgraduate Studies, Restructuring and Bankruptcy Law
  • 2016–2018 Warsaw Bar Association, adviser trainee
  • 2015–2016 University of Warsaw, Postgraduate Studies, Intellectual Property Rights
  • 2011–2014 University of Warsaw, Faculty of Modern Languages, Romance Philology
  • 2010–2015 University of Warsaw, Faculty of Law and Administration
Languages
  • Polish
  • English
  • French

Magdalena Niedźwiecka

Associate

Litigation and Arbitration Team
Infrastructure Team

Associate in the Litigation and Arbitration Team, the Infrastructure Team. She specialises in court proceedings, in particular in infrastructure disputes, among others based on FIDIC standards, with respect to contractual penalties for withdrawal from construction contracts and for delay and remuneration for additional and substitute works. She also provides legal services regarding court proceedings and legal advice on infrastructure and construction projects.


Professional experience
  • since 2021 JDP DRAPAŁA & PARTNERS
  • 2020–2021 Katarzyna Lauritsen i Współpracownicy
  • 2016–2020 SPCG T. Studnicki, K. Płeszka, Z. Ćwiąkalski, J. Górski in Cracow
Education
  • since 2021 Warsaw Bar Association, advocate trainee
  • 2019–2020 Cracow Bar Association, advocate trainee
  • 2015–2016 The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), General Course Alumna
  • 2012–2018 Jagiellonian University in Cracow, Faculty of Law and Administration
Languages
  • Polish
  • English

Mariusz Nowakowski, MLE

Adwokat (Attorney-at-law) | Senior Associate

Litigation and Arbitration Team
Infrastructure Team

Attorney-at-law in the Litigation and Arbitration Team, the Infrastructure Team. He specialises in legal advice on construction projects, including in particular road, railway, energy and industrial projects. He supports clients in the negotiation, performance and settlement of construction contracts in Poland and abroad, including contracts based on FIDIC standards (claim management). He represents clients in numerous proceedings regarding increase and payment of remuneration increased due to an unexpected change in circumstances of contract performance, including increase in production costs, on the basis of the rebus sic stantibus clause. He has extensive experience in handling disputes regarding payment of remuneration for additional or substitute works, pursuing or defending against contractual penalties for non-performance or improper performance of a contract, using or defending against use of a guarantee/security deposit, withdrawing or defending against withdrawal from a contract, contract settlement between consortium members. He also handles cases regarding, i.e. disputes over lease agreements, combating unfair competition, proceedings before market regulatory authorities as well as restructuring of companies.


Selected projects
  • contract advice to and representation of leading contractors performing construction contracts with respect to increase of remuneration due to an unexpected change in circumstances, increase of performance costs on the construction production market, on the basis of the rebus sic stantibus clause, based on FIDIC standards;
  • legal advice to a Polish company carrying out a project in Italy as well as representation of this company in a number of court proceedings;
  • legal advice to a Polish company belonging to a German corporate group operating in the construction sector in court proceedings regarding the largest projects in large-scale construction (multiarena) in Poland;
  • legal advice to a Polish company specialising in construction of engineering objects in arbitration proceedings regarding performance of a road contract in southern Poland and in a number of court proceedings;
  • day-to-day legal advice to a Polish design company belonging to a German corporate group in a number of court and pre-litigation proceedings as well as on performance and settlement of civil-law contracts concluded by this entity, including legal advice on copyright disputes;
  • representation of companies from the largest Polish corporate group from the fuel-energy sector in court proceedings regarding settlements with contracting parties;
  • legal advice to an automotive service provider from Canada as well as representation of this entity in a number of court and enforcement proceedings;
  • legal advice to a Polish listed company searching for and exploiting natural gas and petroleum fields in a dispute regarding making gas boreholes in south-eastern Poland;
  • legal advice to a Polish listed company, distributor of IT hardware in court proceedings regarding performance of a contract concluded as a result of a tender procedure;
  • legal advice to a leading bank in proceedings before the Head of the Competition and Consumer Protection Office.
Professional experience
  • 2012–2017, since 2018 JDP DRAPAŁA & PARTNERS
  • 2017–2018 Spaczyński, Szczepaniak i Wspólnicy
  • 2011–2012 individual law firm, Lublin
Education
  • 2010–2013 Lublin/Warsaw Bar Association, advocate trainee
  • 2008–2009 Leibniz Universität Hannover, Faculty of Law
  • 2005–2010 Maria Curie-Skłodowska Uniwersytet in Lublin, Faculty of Law
Languages
  • Polish
  • English

Klaudia Olejniczak

Associate

Litigation and Arbitration Team
Infrastructure Team

Associate in the Litigation and Arbitration Team, the Infrastructure Team. She specialises in civil and commercial disputes regarding infrastructure projects (including based on FIDIC standards) over contractual penalties for withdrawal from construction contracts, contractual penalties for delays, fees for additional and substitute works. She supports clients from the construction, infrastructure and real industries.


Professional experience
  • since 2020 JDP DRAPAŁA & PARTNERS
  • 2020 JDP DRAPAŁA & PARTNERS, internship
  • 2019–2020 Bartosz Głowacki Law Firm, internship
Education
  • since 2021 Regional Bar Association in Warsaw, advocate trainee
  • since 2020 post-graduate studies, Public Procurement Law
  • 2019–2020 TechLawClinic – international project co-financed from the Erasmus+ programme
  • 2018–2020 School of German Law at the University of Łódź
  • 2018–2019 University of Münster, Germany
  • 2015–2020 University of Łódź, Faculty of Law and Administration
Awards
  • 2016–2020 rector’s scholarship for the best students of the University of Łódź for academic achievements and high average grade
Languages
  • Polish
  • English
  • German

Joanna Ostojska-Kołodziej, PhD

Adwokat (Attorney-at-law) | Counsel

Transaction and Contract Counselling Team

Attorney-at-law in the Transaction and Contract Counselling Team, head of the Employment Practice. She advises employers on individual and collective labour law issues, day-to-day employee matters and crisis situations; she develops effective remuneration and incentive systems, participates in complex procedures of employment restructuring and layoffs, and advises in connection with transferring the entire or part of a work establishment. She also represents employers in the proceedings before employment tribunals, if a settlement is not possible. She is an author of a number of scientific publications on civil law and popular science publications in the field of labour law.


Academic activity
  • since 2020 lecturer in the Warsaw Bar Association on labour and civil law, advocate trainees programme
  • 2015 Doctor of Juridical Science; she wrote her thesis under the supervision of Prof. Dr Hab. Krzysztof Pietrzykowski, entitled “Judicial sex change” at the Institute of Civil Law, Faculty of Law and Administration, University of Warsaw
Professional experience
  • since 2021 JDP DRAPAŁA & PARTNERS
  • 2016–2020 Kochański & Partners
  • 2009–2015 Tomczak i Partnerzy
Education
  • 2011–2013 Warsaw Bar Association, advocate trainee
  • 2010–2014 University of Warsaw, Faculty of Law and Administration, PhD studies, doctoral thesis defended with honours
  • 2009 Center for American Law Studies at the University of Warsaw, Faculty of Law and Administration, in cooperation with the University of Florida College of Law
  • 2009 Karel de Grote Hogeschool in Antwerp, International Business Course, Erasmus programme
  • 2005–2010 University of Warsaw, Faculty of Law and Administration, master’s thesis defended with honours
Languages
  • Polish
  • English

Michał Pater

Associate

Litigation and Arbitration Team
Infrastructure Team

Associate in the Litigation and Arbitration Team, the Infrastructure Team. He supports clients in disputes regarding construction and infrastructure investment projects (in particular from the road, railway and energy sectors). He also has experience in the field of the industrial and intellectual property law. His academic interests include mainly the public banking law, and as a hobby he studies rhetoric and legal argumentation.


Selected projects
  • International Academic Conference “Security and Regulation of the Energy Market”
  • Logic Research Club at the Faculty of Law and Administration of the University of Łódź, founder
Professional experience
  • since 2020 JDP DRAPAŁA & PARTNERS
  • 2019 Baker McKenzie
  • 2019 Liberty Motors, Legal Department, internship
  • 2018–2019 Mosty Łódź, Legal Department, internship
  • 2017–2018 Sebastian Kostecki Law Firm, internship
Pro bono
  • Student Legal Advice Center at the Faculty of Law and Administration of the University of Łódź
Education
  • 2015–2020 University of Łódź, Faculty of Law and Administration
Selected publications
  • Legal status of e-scooters and their users – planned regulations and solutions used in other countries – Internet Quarterly on Antitrust and Regulation
Languages
  • Polish
  • English
  • Spanish

Daria Pawelec-Supłat

Associate

Litigation and Arbitration Team
Infrastructure Team

Associate in the Litigation and Arbitration Team, the Infrastructure Team. She specialises in civil and commercial disputes before common and arbitration courts, including in particular infrastructure disputes. She provides legal advice to clients from the infrastructure and real estate sectors.


Professional experience
  • since 2020 JDP DRAPAŁA & PARTNERS
  • 2018–2020 Paweł Kurcman Law Firm
  • 2015–2017 Piotr Wyrwicki Law Firm
  • 2014 Nobilis Partners Graboś Grocholski Lenartowicz Law Firm, internship
Pro bono
  • 2014–2015 Member of Student Legal Advice Bureau at the Faculty of Law and Administration of the Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University in Warsaw
Education
  • since 2018 Warsaw Bar Association, adviser trainee
  • 2012–2017 Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University in Warsaw, Faculty of Law and Administration
Languages
  • Polish
  • English

Paweł Pietrzak

Associate

Litigation and Arbitration Team
Infrastructure Team

Associate in the Litigation and Arbitration Team, the Infrastructure Team. He specialises in civil and commercial disputes before common and arbitration courts, in particular regarding infrastructure disputes. He supports clients from the construction, infrastructure and real estate industry.


Professional experience
  • since 2020 JDP DRAPAŁA & PARTNERS
  • 2020 JJW Jakub Janeta i Wspólnicy, internship
Education
  • 2015–2020 University of Łódź, Faculty of Law and Administration
  • 2019 Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
Languages
  • Polish
  • Spanish
  • English

Julia Rogosz

Associate

Litigation and Arbitration Team
Infrastructure Team

Associate in the Litigation and Arbitration Team, the Infrastructure Team. She specialises in proceedings before common courts, in particular in infrastructure disputes, also based on FIDIC standards, regarding contractual penalties for withdrawal from construction contracts, contractual penalties for delays, remuneration for additional and substitute works. Moreover, she provides legal services regarding court proceedings and legal advice on infrastructure and construction projects.


Professional experience
  • since 2021 JDP DRAPAŁA & PARTNERS
  • 2019–2021 PricewaterhouseCoopers Polska (PwC)
  • 2019 Greenberg Traurig Grzesiak
  • 2017–2019 Ernst & Young (EY)
  • 2016 The Chancellery of the Prime Minister of Poland, internship
  • 2016 Ministry of Finance, internship
Pro bono
  • 2017–2018 Student Legal Advice Bureau at Kozminski University, civil law section
Education
  • since 2020 Warsaw Bar Association, adviser trainee
  • 2018–2019 University of Warsaw, American Law School
  • 2014–2019 Kozminski University, Faculty of Law and Administration
  • 2014–2019 Kozminski University, Faculty of Finance and Accounting
Awards
  • Golden Laurel of Kozminski University for outstanding academic achievements, Law 2019
  • 2nd place in Tax Everest 2020 national competition for the best master’s thesis
Languages
  • Polish
  • English

Agata Ruszel

Associate

Litigation and Arbitration Team
Infrastructure Team

Associate in the Litigation and Arbitration Team, the Infrastructure Team. She specialises in domestic proceedings before common courts with particular focus on infrastructure disputes, including cases based on FIDIC standards, regarding contractual and judicial indexation, remuneration for additional and substitute works, and contractual penalties for withdrawal from construction contracts and for delay. She has experience in providing day-to-day contractual advice and legal advice on construction and infrastructure disputes before common courts.


Professional experience
  • since 2019 JDP DRAPAŁA & PARTNERS
  • 2018–2019 JDP DRAPAŁA & PARTNERS, internship
  • 2018 Sołtysiński Kawecki & Szlęzak, internship
  • 2016–2017 Szymańczyk Roman Deresz Karpiński, internship
  • 2015 Siwek Gaczyński & Partners, internship
Pro bono
  • 2017–2018 Student Legal Advice Bureau of the University of Warsaw, civil law section
Education
  • since 2020 Warsaw Bar Association, adviser trainee
  • 2014–2019 University of Warsaw, Faculty of Law and Administration
Languages
  • Polish
  • English

Hubert Sobkowiak

Associate

Litigation and Arbitration Team
Infrastructure Team

Associate in the Litigation and Arbitration Team, the Infrastructure Team. He specialises in court proceedings, in particular in infrastructure disputes, including those based on FIDIC standards and regarding remuneration for additional and substitute works. Moreover, he provides legal services regarding court proceedings and legal advice on infrastructure and construction projects.


Professional experience
  • since 2020 JDP DRAPAŁA & PARTNERS
  • 2018–2020 Miśkowicz Pach i Partnerzy
Pro bono
  • 2017–2018 Member of the Student Legal Advice Bureau at the Jagiellonian University in Cracow
Education
  • since 2021 Warsaw Bar Association, trainee advocate
  • 2015–2020 Jagiellonian University in Cracow, Faculty of Law and Administration
  • 2019–2020 China-European Union School of Law at the China University of Political Science and Law in Beijing
Languages
  • Polish
  • English

Andrzej Sokołowski

Radca prawny (Attorney-at-law) | Partner

Litigation and Arbitration Team
Infrastructure Team

Attorney-at-law, Partner in the Litigation and Arbitration Team, the Infrastructure Team. He is an expert in handling complex and multifaceted court and arbitration proceedings, including in particular construction and infrastructure projects, i.a. expressways, railways, sports facilities, logistics centres and shopping centres. He has successfully represented clients before common courts, the Supreme Court and arbitration courts (ICC, National Chamber of Commerce, Court of Arbitration Lewiatan). He advises contractors, subcontractors and private investors on performance of construction projects. He has conducted many complex proceedings, e.g. court disputes concluded in 2019 with settlements with PKP PLK S.A.; under the settlements the general contractor revitalising railway sections obtained over 40 million zloty.


Selected projects
  • legal advice to and representation of a general contractor performing sections of railway lines No. 201 (Kościerzyna–Gdynia) and 213 (Reda–Hel) in three disputes against an investor regarding, among other things, payment for additional and substitute works and contractual penalties charged by the investor;
  • legal representation of a general contractor in a dispute with a public contracting authority regarding contractual penalties for delay in removing several hundreds of defects of a group of complex facilities;
  • legal representation of a company from the automotive industry in three court disputes regarding a preliminary real estate purchase agreement;
  • legal advice to and representation of a general contractor performing one of the sections of S-6 expressway in a dispute against an investor regarding payment for additional and substitute works, costs related to the extension of the time for completion and additional costs arising from an extraordinary increase in prices on the construction market;
  • legal advice to and representation of a general contractor performing the so called Łódź Upper Route and W-Z Route in two disputes against an investor regarding payment for additional and substitute works and indirect costs relating to the extension of the time for completion of said project;
  • legal advice to and representation of a general contractor performing the Gdańsk Southern Bypass in three disputes against an investor regarding payment for additional and substitute works and an increase of costs of the project performance for reasons attributable to the investor and due to an extraordinary increase in prices;
  • legal advice to and representation of a general contractor performing the Warsaw Southern Bypass in two disputes against an investor regarding payment for additional and substitute works and an increase of costs of the project performance for reasons attributable to the investor;
  • legal advice to and representation of general contractors performing the National Stadium in Warsaw;
  • legal representation of a private investor in proceedings regarding removal of defects of a cosmetic products mixing facility and damages for these defects in a dispute against a general contractor and an insurer;
  • legal advice to a general contractor constructing the municipal police station in Łódź;
  • legal advice to a general contractor constructing the municipal police station in Piotrków Trybunalski.
Professional experience
  • since 2007 JDP DRAPAŁA & PARTNERS, since 2015 Partner
  • 2005–2007 Regional Courts in Łomża and Warsaw, District Court for the Capital City of Warsaw in Warsaw, court referee
  • 2003–2005 MLEKPOL, in-house lawyer
  • Białystok Bar Association, member
Education
  • 2000–2001 University of Halle–Wittenberg, Faculty of Law
  • 1996–2001 University of Białystok, Faculty of Law
Languages
  • Polish
  • German

Justyna Solarska

Adwokat (Attorney-at-law) | Associate

Litigation and Arbitration Team
Infrastructure Team

Attorney-at-law in the Litigation and Arbitration Team, the Infrastructure Team. She represents clients in proceedings before common courts, regarding in particular infrastructure disputes, including cases based on FIDIC standards, with respect to contractual penalties for withdrawal from construction contracts and for delay and remuneration for additional and substitute works. She has represented clients before common and arbitration courts in civil, criminal and commercial (including in particular corporate disputes) proceedings. She also has experience in advising businesses in compliance procedures.


Professional experience
  • since 2021 JDP DRAPAŁA & PARTNERS
  • 2017–2021 NOERR Biedecki
  • 2014–2016 DJBW Daniłowicz Jurcewicz Biedecki i Wspólnicy
Education
  • 2016–2018 Warsaw Bar Association, advocate trainee
  • 2010–2015 Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University in Warsaw, Faculty of Law and Administration
Languages
  • Polish
  • English

Paulina Strąk-Kalinowska

Radca prawny (Attorney-at-law) | Associate

Litigation and Arbitration Team
Infrastructure Team

Associate in the Litigation and Arbitration Team, the Infrastructure Team. She specialises in court proceedings in civil and commercial cases before common and arbitration courts, in particular in infrastructure disputes, including based on FIDIC standards, as well as injunction and insolvency proceedings. She advises clients from the infrastructure and real estate sector.


Professional experience
  • since 2017 JDP DRAPAŁA & PARTNERS
  • 2016–2017 JDP DRAPAŁA & PARTNERS, internship
  • 2016 Marcin Dziedzic Law Firm, internship
Pro bono
  • 2015 Student Legal Advice Bureau of the Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University in Warsaw, civil law section
Education
  • since 2018 Warsaw Bar Association, adviser trainee
  • 2012–2017 Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University in Warsaw, Faculty of Law and Administration
  • 2010–2013 University of Warsaw, Centre for Europe
Languages
  • Polish
  • English

Michał Urbański

Adwokat (Attorney-at-law) | Counsel

Real Estate Team

Attorney-at-law in the Real Estate Team. Expert in legal advice on the real estate trading, including joint ventures, financing transactions, lease agreements, construction law, administrative law and reprivatisation proceedings. He advises foreign and domestic entities in preparing and carrying out all stages of real estate transactions, from planning to preparing necessary documentation, negotiations with contracting parties to signing documents and potential further actions. He provides legal advice with respect to day-to-day portfolio management and restructuring and indebtedness of corporate groups, on the side of both borrowers and lenders. He advises clients mainly from the real estate industry but he also supports entities from other sectors, such as the production or automotive sectors, on real estate matters.


Selected projects
  • comprehensive legal advice to a Spanish investment fund on transactions involving purchase of office complexes in Poland, value of each transaction: at least EUR 20 million;
  • legal advice to a top Polish car dealer on the purchase of a building property in Warsaw worth over PLN 60 million;
  • legal advice to a top German automotive concern on the lease of warehouse space of over 30,000 sq. m. provided by a top warehouse developer in the BTS formula;
  • legal advice to a Belgian manufacturer of hygiene products on the lease of warehouse space of over 20,000 sq. m. provided by a top warehouse developer in the BTS formula;
  • legal advice to international developers regarding agreements on purchase of building properties in Poland, including preliminary purchase agreements
  • legal advice to international developers regarding investor’s representation agreements;
  • legal advice to a top German automotive concern regarding agreements on purchase of a number of building properties in Poland intended for service centres;
  • legal advice to a Japanese food concern on the management of Polish properties on which production plants are located;
  • legal advice to Polish companies constructing wind farms on obtaining project financing;
  • legal advice on the restructuring of the Polish part of a corporate group of a foreign investment fund including in particular in-kind contribution of assets in Polish companies to a new holding company and transfer of an enterprise in the form of an office complex;
  • legal advice to a German food concern on negotiating a lease agreement for office premises in Poland;
  • legal advice to a foreign shareholder of a company owning a hotel in the Old Town in Cracow in a corporate dispute;
  • legal advice to a Polish company on negotiating an agreement on sale of a historical palace in Cracow;
  • preparation, for heirs of a former owner of a manufacturing plant, of a constitutional complaint regarding declaration of invalidity of decisions issued pursuant to the Act of 3 January 1946 on takeover of basic branches of the national economy by the state.
Professional experience
  • since 2015 JDP DRAPAŁA & PARTNERS
  • 2011–2015 Sołtysiński Kawecki & Szlęzak
Education
  • 2010–2013 Warsaw Bar Association, advocate trainee
  • 2008–2009 Center for American Law Studies, University of Warsaw and Levin College of Law, University of Florida
  • 2005–2010 University of Warsaw, Faculty of Law and Administration
Languages
  • Polish
  • English

Adam Usiądek

Adwokat (Attorney-at-law) | Associate

Transaction and Contract Counselling Team

Associate in the Transaction and Contract Counselling Team. He specialises, among other areas, in corporate law, M&A transactions, contractual advice and day-to-day legal services for companies, in particular entities from the production, FMCG and aviation sectors. He provides comprehensive legal advice to Polish and foreign companies, in particular with respect to creating corporate groups and share deals and asset deals, including due diligence processes. He has experience in providing legal advice on wealth management, especially regarding succession other than through inheritance (for instance through forming a holding). He has successfully represented clients in arbitration proceedings regarding M&A disputes.


Professional experience
  • since 2019 JDP DRAPAŁA & PARTNERS
  • 2015–2019 Sołtysiński Kawecki & Szlęzak
Education
  • since 2018 Warsaw Bar Association, advocate trainee
  • 2014–2017 SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Law
Awards
  • distinction in the 20th edition of the contest of “Przegląd Prawa Handlowego” for the best master’s theses in the academic year 2016/2017
Languages
  • Polish
  • English

Karolina Zagozdon

Associate

Litigation and Arbitration Team
Infrastructure Team

Associate in the Litigation and Arbitration Team, the Infrastructure Team. She specialises in civil and commercial proceedings, in particular infrastructure disputes, including those based on FIDIC standards, regarding contractual penalties for withdrawal from construction contracts, contractual penalties for delays, and remuneration for additional and substitute works. She also provides legal advice for companies from the construction and infrastructure sectors. She has experience in handling proceedings regarding liability for damages, including with respect to infrastructure projects, and company law.


Professional experience
  • since 2021 JDP DRAPAŁA & PARTNERS
  • 2019–2021 General Counsel to the Republic of Poland, attorney assistant
  • 2019 law firm of Krzysztof Rąpała
Education
  • since 2020 Warsaw Bar Association, adviser trainee
  • 2014–2019 University of Warsaw, Faculty of Law and Administration
Awards
  • 2020 Dean’s Recognition Award for the best entrance exam results (Warsaw Bar Association)
  • 2019 Dean’s Recognition Award for the graduates of the Faculty of Law and Administration for academic achievements and high average grade
  • 2015, 2017, 2018 Rector’s scholarship for the best students of the University of Warsaw for academic achievements and high average grade
Languages
  • Polish
  • English

Kinga Zagrajek

Associate

Litigation and Arbitration Team
Infrastructure Team

Associate in the Litigation and Arbitration Team, the Infrastructure Team. She specialises in civil and commercial litigation before common courts, including in particular infrastructure disputes, including those based on FIDIC standards, regarding contractual penalties for withdrawal from construction contracts, contractual penalties for delays, remuneration for additional and substitute works. She provides legal advice to companies from the construction and infrastructure sectors.


Professional experience
  • since 2019 JDP DRAPAŁA & PARTNERS
  • 2018–2019 Rączkowski Kwieciński Adwokaci
  • 2018 Rączkowski Kwieciński Adwokaci, internship
  • 2017 Błażejowska Nowakowski Radcowie Prawni, internship
Education
  • since 2019 Warsaw Bar Association, advocate trainee
  • 2013–2018 University of Warsaw, Faculty of Law and Administration
Awards
  • 2015 Rector’s scholarship for the best students of the University of Warsaw for academic achievements and high average grade
  • 2016 Rector’s scholarship for the best students of the University of Warsaw for academic achievements and high average grade
  • 2018 University diploma with distinction, Faculty of Law and Administration
Languages
  • Polish
  • English

Magdalena Zasiewska

Tax Adviser | Head of Taxes

Tax Team

Head of the Tax Team. Tax adviser with over twenty years of experience, including in Big Four companies. Expert on Polish and international tax law, including restructuring, mergers and acquisitions of enterprises, tax proceedings for both Polish and foreign entities. She advises Polish and foreign clients, including French-speaking entities, from key sectors of the economy (energy sector, trade, real estate, FMCG). Author of numerous Polish and foreign publications. Editor of the commentary to the OECD model convention on double taxation.


Her advice includes in particular
  • advice on restructuring processes such as mergers, divisions, sale of enterprises;
  • transaction advice;
  • advice regarding the withholding tax and principles of taxation of taxable establishments;
  • advice on investment processes;
  • advice to and representation of taxpayers in disputes with treasury administration, including in mutual communication procedures;
  • advice on improving tax efficiency of the conducted business.
Selected projects
  • advice to a leading German construction company on multiple sale of production and commercial properties;
  • optimisation of trading in shares of a real estate company to one of German leading construction companies;
  • advice to a German corporate group on cross-border taxation of delivery of goods to retail chains across Poland;
  • representation of a German company before a Polish tax office with respect to the VAT refund;
  • representation of a Swedish company before a Polish tax office with respect to the withholding tax refund;
  • representation of a German entity in tax proceedings and before the administrative court regarding the withholding tax on capitalised interest on shareholder’s loans;
  • advice to a German manufacturer of building materials regarding taxation of employees posted to foreign affiliated companies;
  • development of a joint venture structure for Polish operations of an international financial group.
Professional experience
  • since 2017 JDP DRAPAŁA & PARTNERS
  • 2007–2016 PricewaterhouseCoopers, Director
  • 2004–2007 Deloitte Doradztwo Podatkowe, Senior Manager
  • 1999–2004 Ernst & Young, Senior Manager
  • 1993–1999 Gide Loyrette Nouel law firm in Paris and in Warsaw, tax adviser
Education
  • 1990–1991 Université Paris IX, Dauphine, DESS Administration fiscale
  • 1980–1986 University of Warsaw, Faculty of Law and Administration
Languages
  • Polish
  • French
  • English