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WKB Legal Alert | Decision of the President of the OCCP on Vinted practices
On 9 May, the President of the Office for Competition and Consumer Protection (“OCCP”), after a one-year proceeding against Vinted UAB ("Vinted"), issued a decision finding that the company had applied unfair commercial practices consisting of misleading omissions (omitting material information). For these violations, OCCP imposed  on Vinted a fine exceeding PLN 5 million.
WKB Legal Alert | Long-awaited amendments to companies law – holding law and other developments
On 12 April 2022, the Act of 9 February 2022 was published in the Journal of Laws, thereby introducing provisions on corporate groups (the so-called holding law) previously unknown to the Polish legal order into the Commercial Companies Code. Moreover, these amendments also include provisions significantly expanding the competencies of supervisory boards intended to increase the effectiveness of corporate supervision, as well as other changes related to, among others, the terms of office of members of corporate bodies and rules governing their liability.
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EVERLEGAL Alerts | The Arrangement of Employment Relations under the Martial Law: key changes to be expected
On 24 March 2022, the Law of Ukraine “On the Arrangement of Employment Relations under the Martial Law” No. 2136-IX of 15 March 2022 (“Law No. 2136“), which defines the peculiarities of employment relations during martial law, entered into force.
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EVERLEGAL Alerts | Employment during the war: Q&A
We decided to share our pages with our colleagues from EVERLEGAL, the law firm from Kyiv. From now on, we will be publishing materials prepared by them both on our website and on our social media profile. In first EVERLEGAL information, you can find the summary on employment matters made in a Q&A format in Ukrainian and English languages. 
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Amendment to the Passenger Name Record Data Processing Act
On February 7, 2022, an amendment to the Passenger Name Record Data Processing Act went into effect, which is intended to offset the negative effects of the current state of the law on the airline industry.
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WKB Legal Alert | Special Law on support for Ukrainian citizens
Ukrainian citizens and certain categories of third-country nationals and stateless persons have been granted temporary protection under Council Implementing Decision (EU) 2022/382 of 4 March 2022. The Special Law adopted by Poland grants Ukrainian citizens a longer period of legal stay in Poland, simplifying procedures related to their employment, decentralizing the registration of Ukrainian citizens and assigning them a Polish national identification number (PESEL), as well as giving access to medical care and many financial benefits, including parental benefits.
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WKB Legal Alert | Changes in the functioning of the Central Register of Beneficial Owners
On 31 October 2021, with the last part of the amended provisions of the Act on Counteracting Money Laundering and the Financing of Terrorism entering into force, certain aspects of how the Central Register of Beneficial Owners (Centralny Rejestr Beneficjentów Rzeczywistych) functions have changed.
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WKB Legal Alert | Whistleblower Explained or Who Can Become a Whistleblower and What Protection Can Be Expected
On 18 November 2021, a draft law was published on the protection of persons who report breaches of law with the goal of implementing the Directive (EU) 2019/1937 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 23 October 2019 on the protection of persons who report breaches of Union law into the national law. The period for the implementation expires on 17 December 2021. Currently, the draft law has been sent to public consultation. Since the main mechanism preventing individuals from reporting such breaches is the fear of retaliation, the principal purpose of the Directive and the implementation law is to provide a proper level of protection to whistleblowers.
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WKB experts at 65th UIA Congress
WKB's experts: Aleksander Stawicki, Łukasz Czekański and Magdalena Zielińska - Kuć, together with renowned legal experts from all over the world, participate as panellists in the prestigious 65th UIA Congress (28-30 October in Madrid), organised by UIA Union Internationale des Avocats.
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Transaction in the Polish renewable energy sector – a discussion with market representatives
Poland is one of the most promising markets for green energy investments in Europe. One of the main conclusions of the international conference on “Transactions in the renewable energy sector”, held on 3 February, is that in addition to the involvement of investors and the support of financial institutions, a clear and predictable national policy is also necessary. The conference was organized by AEEC (Associated European Energy Consultants) and the law firm WKB Wierciński, Kwieciński, Baehr. Representatives of financial institutions, advisors and investors active in the renewable energy sector participated in the conference, with panels moderated by WKB’s expert lawyers.
Privacy related regulations in Poland podcast
Agnieszka Wiercińska-Krużewska shared her reflections on Polish privacy related regulations in a podcast recorded by Privacy Rules, a global alliance of privacy professionals. The briefing includes the latest on Polish data protection-related laws and is available both on Privacy Rules’ website and on YouTube.
WKB is an official partner of the CAMERIMAGE film festival
November 10th will mark the launch of the 26th edition of the CAMERIMAGE – the International Film Festival of the Art of Cinematography which will take place in Bydgoszcz. WKB law firm, already a long-standing partner of the CAMERIMAGE film festival, once again has the pleasure of supporting the organisers of the largest and most renowned festival dedicated specifically to the art of cinematography and its creators – cinematographers.
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WKB lawyers advised Schneider Electric on the disposal of its Eurotherm business unit to Watlow
WKB advised Schneider Electric on the Polish aspects of its disposal of its Eurotherm business unit to Watlow Electric Manufacturing Company, a global producer of complete industrial thermal systems.
WKB supported Energix in obtaining financing for the construction of a wind farm
WKB supported Energix in obtaining financing for the construction of a wind farm in Poland
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WKB advised PIP Global Holdings on Industrial Starter acquisition
WKB Lawyers advised PIP Global Holdings and Oddysey Investment Partners on Polish aspects of the acquisition of Industrial Starter S.p.A. including its local subsidiaries throughout Europe.
WKB distinguished in the Rzeczpospolita Law Firms Ranking
In the latest, 20th edition of Rzeczpospolita's ranking of law firms, WKB Wierciński Kwieciński Baehr is once again ranked among the largest law firms in Poland.
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WKB lawyers advised Avallon MBO Fund on the acquisition of the majority of shares in Globema
WKB advised Avallon MBO Fund on the acquisition of a majority stake in Globema sp. z o.o.,  a Poland-based provider of geospatial software., along with its subsidiaries in the US, Romania, Serbia, and the Czech Republic.
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WKB Legal Alert | Decision of the President of the OCCP on Vinted practices
On 9 May, the President of the Office for Competition and Consumer Protection (“OCCP”), after a one-year proceeding against Vinted UAB ("Vinted"), issued a decision finding that the company had applied unfair commercial practices consisting of misleading omissions (omitting material information). For these violations, OCCP imposed  on Vinted a fine exceeding PLN 5 million.
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WKB advised INGKA Investments on the acquisition of a wind farm (63MW) and a solar farm (29MW) from OX2
WKB advised INGKA Investments on the acquisition of an onshore wind farm, with a total capacity of 63 MW, and a photovoltaic farm, with a total capacity of 29 MW, from OX2. The transaction’s total value amounts to EUR 190 million.
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WKB advised BLIRT S.A. on sale of shares to QIAGEN
WKB Lawyers advised Blirt S.A. shareholder’s on sale of a 96% share stake to QIAGEN an international biotech company.
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Our lawyers co-authored Chambers Corporate M&A 2022 Guide
Jakub Jędrzejak, Marta Midloch, Ben Davey and Olga Tajak have co-authored the chapter on the Corporate M&A market in Poland in the latest publication Chambers Practice Guides 2022.
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WKB lawyers co-authored the chapter in “Real Estate M&A 2021” guide
Anna Wyrzykowska, Jakub Jędrzejak, Marcin Smolarek and Łukasz Czekański co-authored the chapter on Polish regulations regarding mergers and acquisitions in the real estate market in the prestigious “Real Estate M&A 2021” guide, published by Lexology.
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Dr Jarosław Kola co-authored a chapter of the monograph “Electromobility as a megatrend of contemporary economy”
In February 2021, the PWN publishing house published a monograph entitled "Electromobility as e megatrend of contemporary economy", which contains an analysis of the key economic and legal challenges faced by all entities involved in the process of electromobility development in Poland.
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WKB Italian Desk in an article in Top Legal Review magazine
In a series of publications, Top Legal Review magazine discusses OMNIA’s activities, its latest issue focusing on law firms from Spain, Slovenia, Portugal, France, Germany and Poland. Development opportunities on the Polish market are presented in the commentary to the article by Domenico Di Bisceglie, partner and co-head of the Italian Desk team at WKB.
Dr hab. Jakub Pokrzywniak co-authored the chapter on insurance contracts in a publication titled “Prawo umów handlowych” (Commercial contract law)
The author thoroughly discusses all aspects of the insurance guarantee, from explanation of the very definition and function of the guarantee, to discussion of legal regulations related to this type of contract, to the issues of payments and claims.
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The Commentary to the Act on electromobility and alternative fuels, co-authored by WKB’s experts, has been published
Experts from WKB’s energy, public procurement and environmental protection practices have co-authored the commentary published by C.H. Beck.
Infrastructure construction will determine the pace of the Polish electromobility market – an article authored by Jakub Pokrzywniak
One of the main factors that is very important in the development of electromobility in Poland is the construction of infrastructure allowing for charging electric vehicles. What are the legislator's requirements, what the procedure looks like and who is an important link in this process, you can read in the article published in Executive Magazine
Force majeure will not automatically exempt one from liability for breach of contract – article by Marta Midloch
The issue of force majeure is presented by Marta Midloch in an article in Executive Magazine.
WKB secondment programme for lawyers from Ukraine
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EVERLEGAL Alerts | The Arrangement of Employment Relations under the Martial Law: key changes to be expected
On 24 March 2022, the Law of Ukraine “On the Arrangement of Employment Relations under the Martial Law” No. 2136-IX of 15 March 2022 (“Law No. 2136“), which defines the peculiarities of employment relations during martial law, entered into force.
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EVERLEGAL Alerts | Employment during the war: Q&A
We decided to share our pages with our colleagues from EVERLEGAL, the law firm from Kyiv. From now on, we will be publishing materials prepared by them both on our website and on our social media profile. In first EVERLEGAL information, you can find the summary on employment matters made in a Q&A format in Ukrainian and English languages. 
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WKB Legal Alert: Ukraine | Humanitarian transport and carriage – Q&A
Questions and Answers on Support for Ukraine - humanitarian transport and carriage
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WKB Legal Alert | Special Law on support for Ukrainian citizens
Ukrainian citizens and certain categories of third-country nationals and stateless persons have been granted temporary protection under Council Implementing Decision (EU) 2022/382 of 4 March 2022. The Special Law adopted by Poland grants Ukrainian citizens a longer period of legal stay in Poland, simplifying procedures related to their employment, decentralizing the registration of Ukrainian citizens and assigning them a Polish national identification number (PESEL), as well as giving access to medical care and many financial benefits, including parental benefits.
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EVERLEGAL Alerts | The Arrangement of Employment Relations under the Martial Law: key changes to be expected
On 24 March 2022, the Law of Ukraine “On the Arrangement of Employment Relations under the Martial Law” No. 2136-IX of 15 March 2022 (“Law No. 2136“), which defines the peculiarities of employment relations during martial law, entered into force.
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EVERLEGAL Alerts | Employment during the war: Q&A
We decided to share our pages with our colleagues from EVERLEGAL, the law firm from Kyiv. From now on, we will be publishing materials prepared by them both on our website and on our social media profile. In first EVERLEGAL information, you can find the summary on employment matters made in a Q&A format in Ukrainian and English languages. 
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WKB Legal Alert: Ukraine | Humanitarian transport and carriage – Q&A
Questions and Answers on Support for Ukraine - humanitarian transport and carriage
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WKB Legal Alert | Special Law on support for Ukrainian citizens
Ukrainian citizens and certain categories of third-country nationals and stateless persons have been granted temporary protection under Council Implementing Decision (EU) 2022/382 of 4 March 2022. The Special Law adopted by Poland grants Ukrainian citizens a longer period of legal stay in Poland, simplifying procedures related to their employment, decentralizing the registration of Ukrainian citizens and assigning them a Polish national identification number (PESEL), as well as giving access to medical care and many financial benefits, including parental benefits.
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EVERLEGAL Alerts | The Arrangement of Employment Relations under the Martial Law: key changes to be expected
On 24 March 2022, the Law of Ukraine “On the Arrangement of Employment Relations under the Martial Law” No. 2136-IX of 15 March 2022 (“Law No. 2136“), which defines the peculiarities of employment relations during martial law, entered into force.
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EVERLEGAL Alerts | Employment during the war: Q&A
We decided to share our pages with our colleagues from EVERLEGAL, the law firm from Kyiv. From now on, we will be publishing materials prepared by them both on our website and on our social media profile. In first EVERLEGAL information, you can find the summary on employment matters made in a Q&A format in Ukrainian and English languages. 
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WKB Legal Alert: Ukraine | Humanitarian transport and carriage – Q&A
Questions and Answers on Support for Ukraine - humanitarian transport and carriage
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WKB Legal Alert | Special Law on support for Ukrainian citizens
Ukrainian citizens and certain categories of third-country nationals and stateless persons have been granted temporary protection under Council Implementing Decision (EU) 2022/382 of 4 March 2022. The Special Law adopted by Poland grants Ukrainian citizens a longer period of legal stay in Poland, simplifying procedures related to their employment, decentralizing the registration of Ukrainian citizens and assigning them a Polish national identification number (PESEL), as well as giving access to medical care and many financial benefits, including parental benefits.
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EVERLEGAL Alerts | The Arrangement of Employment Relations under the Martial Law: key changes to be expected
On 24 March 2022, the Law of Ukraine “On the Arrangement of Employment Relations under the Martial Law” No. 2136-IX of 15 March 2022 (“Law No. 2136“), which defines the peculiarities of employment relations during martial law, entered into force.
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EVERLEGAL Alerts | Employment during the war: Q&A
We decided to share our pages with our colleagues from EVERLEGAL, the law firm from Kyiv. From now on, we will be publishing materials prepared by them both on our website and on our social media profile. In first EVERLEGAL information, you can find the summary on employment matters made in a Q&A format in Ukrainian and English languages. 
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WKB Legal Alert: Ukraine | Humanitarian transport and carriage – Q&A
Questions and Answers on Support for Ukraine - humanitarian transport and carriage
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WKB Legal Alert | Special Law on support for Ukrainian citizens
Ukrainian citizens and certain categories of third-country nationals and stateless persons have been granted temporary protection under Council Implementing Decision (EU) 2022/382 of 4 March 2022. The Special Law adopted by Poland grants Ukrainian citizens a longer period of legal stay in Poland, simplifying procedures related to their employment, decentralizing the registration of Ukrainian citizens and assigning them a Polish national identification number (PESEL), as well as giving access to medical care and many financial benefits, including parental benefits.