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WKB Lawyers advise the shareholders of Health Labs Care S.A. in the sale of a majority stake of shares
WKB lawyers advise the shareholders of Health Labs Care S.A. in the sale of a majority stake of shares to Medvic S.A R.L., a company from the USP Group.
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WKB advised VBG Group on the acquisitions of Tüschen and Zimmermann and its local subsidiary
WKB lawyers advised Ringfeder Power Transmission (a division of the listed VBG Group) on the acquisition of the industrial brake business of Tüschen und Zimmermann.
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WKB recommended in the IFLR1000 2022 ranking
In the most recent edition of the IFLR1000, WKB has again received recommendations in six categories: Banking, M&A, Capital markets: Debt, Project development: Infrastructure, and Project development: Power and Project Finance. Eight of WKB’s lawyers have been granted individual recommendations.
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Anna Wojciechowska ist Mitautorin eines in der deutschen Fachzeitschrift „M&A Law Review“ veröffentlichten Artikels
Anna Wojciechowska ist Mitautorin des Artikels, welcher die Problematik des Screenings ausländischer Direktinvestitionen (des sog. FDI Screenings) zum Gegenstand hat. Der Artikel wurde in der deutschen Fachzeitschrift „M&A Law Review“ im Rahmen der „One screening fits all?“ betitelten Artikelreihe veröffentlicht.
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WKB lawyers advised Polskie ePłatności S.A. on the acquisition of shares in Team4U Sp. z o.o.
WKB lawyers have advised Polskie ePłatności S.A. (PeP) on the acquisition of a majority stake in Team4U Sp. z o.o., owner of a mobile application for point-of-sale retailers, known as SIMapka.
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WKB advised PKO BP S.A. and mBank S.A. on financing for Electrum Concreo
WKB advised PKO BP S.A. and mBank S.A. on financing for Electrum Concreo sp. z o.o. in the form of bilateral multi-product lines.
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Izabela Szewczyk-Krzyżanowska joins WKB
Izabela Szewczyk-Krzyżanowska joins WKB’s dynamic and growing competition and consumer law team as a Counsel.
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WKB Legal Alert | PNR Directive in light of the CJEU judgment of June 21, 2022
On 21 June, the Court of Justice handed down a judgment in which it found that the Directive complies with EU law, whereas its Belgian implementation is incompatible with the law. This judgment creates opportunities for the aviation sector in relation to the Polish legal order.
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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.
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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.
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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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Anna Kratiuk joins WKB as a partner
Anna Kratiuk, a legal adviser with several years of experience, has joined WKB's M&A team as a Partner. Anna is a recognised specialist in M&A transactions and has many years of experience in corporate law.
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WKB in the newest Legal 500 EMEA ranking
We are pleased to announce the results of the latest Legal 500 EMEA 2022 ranking - our law firm has been recommended in 17 categories (including, for the first time, in the area of White Collar Crime). In four areas we were again recommended as TOP TIER FIRMs, and as many as 50 of our lawyers received individual recommendations.  This is a very good result after an excellent last year, where there were already 35 recommended lawyers.
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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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Anna Flaga-Martynek among IFLR1000 Women Leaders for 2022
Anna Flaga-Martynek is recognized as one of 10 Woman Leaders in Poland in the newest IFLR1000 ranking for 2022.
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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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Jakub Jędrzejak among TOP 10 M&A lawyers in the CEE region
Jakub Jedrzejak has been ranked among the top 10 M&A lawyers in the CEE region for the 2021 financial year based on the value of deals, by the UK-based financial data company MergerLinks.
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WKB in Chambers Europe 2022
We are pleased to announce that thanks to the opinions of our clients, WKB has once again been included in the latest edition of Chambers Europe 2022, the most prestigious ranking on the legal services market. Recommendations were received by 11 teams of the law firm, and our lawyers won 16 individual distinctions.
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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: Ukraine | Humanitarian transport and carriage – Q&A
Questions and Answers on Support for Ukraine - humanitarian transport and carriage
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WKB ranked in Chambers Global 2022
In the latest edition of the Chambers Global ranking, one of the most famous and prestigious international guides in the legal services market, WKB has been classified into five categories and six of our lawyers received individual recommendations.
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WKB advised Avia Capital Fund on the acquisition of the majority of the shares in Pro-Project
WKB lawyers advised Avia Capital Fund on the acquisition of the majority of the shares in Pro-Project (following its transformation into the Pro-Project group sp. z o.o. – a limited liability company from a business operating previously as sole entrepreneurship).
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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 once again with a highest rank in MLI 2022 ranking
For the second consecutive year, our law firm has been recognised in the Media Law International ranking - the most important international market guide for law firms specialising in media law.
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Damian Olko joins WKB
We are pleased to announce that Damian Olko, economist with many years of experience covering advisory services in business matters, has joined WKB’s competition and consumer law team as Senior Economist.
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WKB advised Innova Capital on acquisitions in the dental sector
WKB lawyers advised Innova/6 SCA SICAV-RAIF, an alternative investment fund of Innova Capital Group investing in Central and Eastern Europe on investment in three companies operating in the dental services market.
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WKB establishes a whistleblowing and internal investigations team
To meet the needs of employers, WKB has established a multidisciplinary team dedicated to whistleblowing and internal investigations. This team will provide comprehensive advice to businesses, local government entities, and other organisations during both the development and implementation of whistleblowing channels as well as on conducting internal investigations.
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2022 promotions at WKB
On 1 January 2022, Anna Flaga-Martynek (infrastructure projects), Marta Midloch (infrastructure projects and capital markets), Marcin Smolarek (banking and finance), Maciej Szambelańczyk (energy), Anna Wojciechowska (company law and corporate governance) and Anna Wyrzykowska (real estate and property development) joined the ranks of WKB’s equity partners. The following counsels were nominated as partners: Agata Szczepańczyk-Piwek (capital markets and financial services), Sergiusz Urban (environmental law) and Jordan Zafirow (dispute resolution). Promotions to counsel were granted to Wojciech Kulczyk (competition and consumer law), Bartosz Łaski (real estate and property development) and Krzysztof Sikorski (energy).
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Poczta Polska, with the support of WKB, received the European Commission’s approval for PLN 215 million in state aid
Poczta Polska, with the support of WKB, received the European Commission’s approval for PLN 215 million in state aid. As the first decision of its kind issued by the Commission to an EU postal operator, it could pave the way for similar decisions in other cases.
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WKB advised Avallon MBO Fund on the acquisition of the majority of shares in Norlys AS
WKB lawyers advised Avallon MBO Fund on the acquisition of 75% of the shares in Norlys AS along with its subsidiaries in Poland, Sweden and France – Norlys Group constitutes an international holding producing high-quality outdoor lighting for the professional lighting business with its main production plant based in Nowy Sącz.
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TopLegal Award in the category “Best Italian Desk of the Year” awarded to WKB
WKB’s Italian Desk has won the Top Legal Awards in the category “Italian Desk Dell’Anno” (“Best Italian Desk of the Year”). The winners of the 2021 edition were announced at a gala ceremony on 23 November 2021 in Milan.
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WKB advised EW Rywałd sp. z o.o. at the stage of contractor selection for the Wind Farm Rywałd project
WKB Wierciński, Kwieciński, Baehr law firm advised EW Rywałd sp. z o.o., being a part of leading independent investment and asset manager KGAL, at the stage of contractor selection for the Wind Farm Rywałd project in Poland. Our support consisted in the preparation of a “tailored fit” contract draft to meet the client’s individual needs, participation in the negotiation process, including assessment of changes to the Balance of Plant contract put forward by the bidders, negotiations with the preferred bidder, changes to the BoP contract, and supervision of the signing process with the preferred bidder.
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WKB’s successes before the Supreme Court
We present the latest successes of the WKB law firm before the Supreme Court for our clients: Gdańsk Airport, Zakład Unieszkodlwiania Odpadów in Szczecin and a leading insurer.
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WKB attorneys win before the Court of Appeal in a case of great significance for banks in terms of their liability related to posting transfers
WKB represented successfully one of the leading banks in Poland in a case brought by a citizen of England who transferred several million Polish zlotys to an open account as a result of Business E-mail Compromise fraud committed by unknown perpetrators.
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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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WKB advised BNP Paribas Bank Polska on financing the construction of a residential building in Wrocław by OKRE Development
WKB advised BNP Paribas Bank Polska on financing the construction of a residential building in Wrocław by OKRE Development, a member of the Koramic Real Estate capital group.
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Anna Wyrzykowska becomes first Polish lawyer heading AIJA
Anna Wyrzykowska, a partner at WKB, was recently elected President of AIJA (Association Internationale des Jeunes Avocats / International Association of Young Lawyers) and has just begun her one-year term. Anna is the first person from Poland to take the lead of this truly global legal organisation.
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Andrzej Bargiel was our guest in the “WKB – Wisdom, Culture, Business” series
This time, our guest was Andrzej Bargiel, who arrived straight from an expedition to scale the unconquered six-thousanders of the Karakoram. Andrzej climbs the highest peaks so that he can then ski down them. He is the first person to ski from the summits of K2 and Broad Peak.
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WKB Legal Alert | NOVELLE DES POLNISCHEN GESELLSCHAFTSRECHTS – ANPASSUNG DES GESETZESENTWURFES
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WKB Legal Alert | Amendments to Polish Companies Law – updated draft bill
On 6 July 2021, the Government Legislation Centre published an updated draft of the bill to amend the Commercial Companies Code (“CCC”) and certain other acts, following its review by a meeting of its legal committee. Compared with the draft published half a year ago, the July 2021 draft does not introduce significant changes. The primary purpose of the bill is to introduce into Polish law novel legal regulations in respect of holdings and moreover a range of amendments strengthening the position of supervisory boards, by providing them the tools needed to more effectively exercise corporate supervision. We present the most important provisions of the draft amendments.
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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 recommended again in the IFLR1000 ranking
In the most recent edition of the IFLR1000, WKB has again received recommendations in six categories: Banking, M&A, Capital markets: Debt, Project development: Infrastructure, and Project development: Power and Project Finance. Eight of WKB’s lawyers have been granted individual recommendations.
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WKB Legal Alert | New edition of the best practice for GPW listed companies. Evolution or revolution?
The Best Practice for GPW Listed Companies is the code of corporate governance rules which all companies listed on the Warsaw Stock Exchange (Giełda Papierów Wartościowych w Warszawie; the “Exchange”) Main Market are subject to since 2002 (as soft law). The current edition of the Best Practice, adopted in 2016, was replaced by the Exchange Supervisory Board in its Resolution No. 13/1834/2021 of 29 March 2021, by a new edition (i.e. the Best Practice for GPW Listed Companies 2021) which came into force on 1 July 2021.
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WKB establishes a multidisciplinary ESG practice
Responding to global trends and anticipating the needs of entrepreneurs, WKB has established a multidisciplinary ESG (Environmental, Social, Governance) practice. The team will provide comprehensive advice to entrepreneurs, local governments and organizations on developing their business in accordance with environmental, social and corporate governance criteria. The team consists of lawyers representing a variety of specializations and industries, including banking and finance, environmental protection, real estate, energy and public procurement.
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WKB advised Energix on financing two wind farms
WKB advised Energix in negotiating and executing a facilities agreement under which the EBRD and Banco Santander will provide PLN 550 million in financing for the construction in Poland of two wind farms which will generate 125.4 MW.
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Freshfields, PSPP and WKB held a webinar on managing a global crisis
The speakers from Freshfields presented the global trends in crisis management and shared practical recommendations on how to deal with a crisis, based on their experience in working on the Dieselgate matter.
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WKB law firm as advisor to E&W on construction of Żółkiewka wind farm
WKB Wierciński, Kwieciński, Baehr law firm has provided advisory services to E&W in the process of negotiating and concluding agreements with the supplier and contractors for construction of wind farm Żółkiewka (11 V100 turbines). This is another E&W wind farm project out of 10 others recently supported by WKB.
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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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WKB significantly strengthens its position in The Legal 500 EMEA 2021 ranking
We are happy to announce that in The Legal 500 Europe, Middle East & Africa  2021 ranking, our firm was recommended in 16 practice areas, including four in which we are ranked as a Top-Tier Firm. 35 of our lawyers received individual recommendations. Considering the fact that, last year, two of our practices were ranked as being within the Top-Tier and 20 lawyers received individual recommendations, this is a great leap forward and a significant success for the firm.
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WKB with Slaughter and May advised Aviva plc on EUR 2.5 billion deal – the biggest on the Polish insurance market
WKB advised Aviva plc on the Polish legal aspects of its exit from Poland through the sale of its entire shareholding in Aviva Poland companies to Allianz for a cash consideration of €2.5 billion. This is historically the largest transaction on the Polish insurance market.
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WKB advised Orkla Group on the acquisition of the enterprise of Ambasador 92
WKB advised Orkla Group on its acquisition, through a Polish subsidiary, of the entire confectionery and foodstuff supply enterprise, together with the enterprise’s owned and leased warehouse facilities and a fleet of trucks, of Ambasador 92 sp. z o.o. sp.k. which closed on 1 March 2021. The preliminary enterprise purchase agreement was signed on 10 July 2020 and was conditional on, among others, receiving antimonopoly approval from the Polish Office of Competition and Consumer Protection.
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WKB launches a new discussion series “WKB – Wisdom, Culture, Business” with a conversation with Agnieszka Holland
We launch a new discussion series, titled “Wisdom, Culture, Business”, during which we will be talking with a number of luminaries, interesting personalities and recognized experts in the fields of culture, art, business and science. We launch the series with a discussion with an outstanding figure in the world of culture – Agnieszka Holland, a three-time Oscar-nominated director, who became the President of the European Film Academy in December 2020. In her discussion with Agnieszka Wiercińska-Krużewska and Aleksander Stawicki – partners at WKB – Agnieszka Holland describes the challenges facing the global film community during the coronavirus pandemic, the role of European cinema and whether streaming platforms will replace movie theatres.
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WKB in Chambers Europe 2021
We are pleased to announce that thanks to the opinions of our clients, WKB has once again been included in the latest edition of Chambers Europe 2021, the most prestigious ranking on the legal services market. Recommendations were received by 11 teams of the law firm, and our lawyers won 15 individual distinctions.
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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 in Chambers Global 2021
In the latest edition of the Chambers Global ranking, one of the most famous and prestigious international guides in the legal services market, WKB has been classified in five categories, and five of its lawyers received individual recommendations.
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WKB top-ranked in Media Law International 2021
WKB Wierciński, Kwieciński, Baehr law firm has again been ranked by Media Law International – the most important international ranking published as a specialist guide to the world’s leading media law firms. 
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WKB advised P. Van de Velde Group on the acquisition of Drukarnia Impresta’s enterprise
WKB advised P. Van de Velde Group on the acquisition of Drukarnia Impresta’s enterprise - a Polish manufacturer of paper and cardboard packaging company based in Poznań, together with its production facility.
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WKB advised Safran Aircraft Engines SAS and MTU Aero Engines AG on obtaining clearance for a joint venture
Companies decided to jointly lead the development, production and after-sales support activities of the engine that will power next-generation combat aircraft, being a part of the Future Combat Air System (FCAS). The unconditional clearance for the joint venture was granted by the President of the Polish competition authority on 8 February 2021.
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Anna Wyrzykowska appointed as Young Lawyers Liaison Officer of the IBA Real Estate Section
Anna Wyrzykowska was appointment as Young Lawyers Liaison Officer of the IBA (International Bar Association) Real Estate Section, gathering all real estate practitioners from around the world.
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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.
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Grzegorz Godlewski joins M&A team as a partner
We are pleased to announce that Grzegorz Godlewski, an attorney-at-law with many years of experience on the M&A market, has joined our firm as a partner. Grzegorz specializes in M&A and corporate law and advises clients on transactions within insolvency and restructuring proceedings. He also provides support in state aid matters.
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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.
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WKB Legal Alert | CIT – update and commercial law significant changes in the taxation of partnerships starting on 1 January 2021
On 30 November 2020, the laws on corporate income tax (CIT) were published in the Polish Journal of Laws, introducing changes in the tax rules applicable to partnerships. As of 1 January 2021, limited partnerships will become CIT payers
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WKB advised PineBridge Investments on obtaining clearance from the Polish competition authority for the acquisition of Benson Elliot Capital Management
PineBridge Investments was represented before UOKiK by WKB competition team including Aleksander Stawicki, Wojciech Kulczyk and Anna Bryńska.  
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WKB advised Orkla Group on the sale of its Polish skin care business, including the Soraya and Dermika brands to Bielenda.
WKB lawyers advised Orkla Group on the sale of its Polish skin care business, including the Soraya and Dermika brands, together with their Radzymin production facility, to Bielenda Kosmetyki Naturalne. WKB provided Orkla Group with comprehensive legal support during the entire transaction process, including advising on the transaction’s structure, assisting during the due diligence and in the negotiation of the transaction’s terms and documentation.
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Anita Garnuszek served as an arbitrator during the Foreign Direct Investment International Arbitration Moot
Anita Garnuszek, Senior Associate from the dispute resolution team, served once again as an arbitrator during the Global Orals stage of the Foreign Direct Investment International Arbitration Moot.
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WKB Legal Alert | CIT and Commercial Law – significant changes in the taxation of partnerships starting on 31 May 2021
On 30 September 2020, a draft act amending the laws on corporate income tax (CIT) was published, which will introduce changes in the tax rules applicable to partnerships. It is highly likely that limited partnerships will become CIT payers from the beginning of 2021. General partnerships may also be affected (i.e. they will become CIT payers) if they fail to meet the conditions specified in the new regulations.
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WKB advised Giant Ventures on its investment and accession to Airly sp. z o.o.
WKB  advised Giant Ventures on Polish aspects of its investment into Airly sp. z o.o. and provided comprehensive legal support during the entire transaction process, in particular undertaking a legal due diligence of the company, as well as providing support in negotiating transaction documents.
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LEGAL ALERT | KONZERNRECHT – SEIT LANGEM ANGEKÜNDIGTE NOVELLE DES POLNISCHEN GESELLSCHAFTSRECHTS
Am 5. August 2020 wurde die seit langem erwartete Gesetzesvorlage zur Novellierung des polnischen Gesetzbuches für Handelsgesellschaften veröffentlicht, mit der u.a. bisher unbekannte konzernrechtliche Regelungen erstmals den Weg in die polnische Rechtsordnung finden können.
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WKB Legal Alert | Publication of draft amendments to the commercial companies code
On 5 August 2020, the Government Legislation Centre published the long awaited draft bill amending the Commercial Companies Code and certain other acts. The primary purpose of the proposed amendments is to introduce certain regulations from holdings law (the law on corporate groups) into the Polish law system, which will regulate relationships between parent companies and their subsidiaries such that the interests of all parties concerned are taken into account. Furthermore, the draft bill, as published, provides for a number of amendments strengthening supervisory boards by giving them tools allowing them to  exercise more effective corporate supervision. The bill also sanctions a duty of loyalty of members of a company’s governing bodies.
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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.
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Anna Wyrzykowska, attorney-at-law and partner at WKB – the first Pole with the position of Vice-President of AIJA.
Anna Wyrzykowska, partner at WKB, was elected on 28 August by the General Assembly of AIJA (Association Internationale des Jeunes Avocats / International Association of Young Lawyers) to the position of First Vice President of the Association. Anna is the first lawyer from Poland with such a high position on the board of AIJA, one of the most important international legal organizations in the world, and which has been operating since 1962.
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WKB Legal Alert | NOVELLE DES GESETZES ZUR BEKÄMPFUNG VON GELDWÄSCHE UND TERRORISMUSFINANZIERUNG – ACHT WICHTIGSTE ÄNDERUNGEN
Die Novelle des Gesetzes vom 1. März 2018 zur Bekämpfung von Geldwäsche und Terrorismusfinanzierung, mit der die Regelungen der sog. 5. Geldwäsche-Richtlinie (des Europäischen Parlaments und des Rates (EU) 2018/843 vom 30. Mai 2018) in die polnische Rechtsordnung umgesetzt werden, tritt in Kraft.
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WKB advised ABB on the divestment of the Power Grids Division in Poland within a global joint venture transaction with Hitachi
WKB advised ABB with regards to the Polish legal aspects of ABB’s divestment of the Power Grids Division into a separate entity, together with the part of the company which provides support services to this Division in the CEE region. The transaction was carried out simultaneously in multiple jurisdictions across the world.
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WKB recommended in the IFLR1000
In the most recent edition of the IFLR1000, WKB has again received recommendations in six categories: Banking, M&A, Capital markets: Debt, Project development: Infrastructure, and Project development: Power and Project Finance. Eight of WKB’s lawyers have been granted individual recommendations.
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WKB Legal Alert | New law expanding foreign investment controls
Poland adopted a new law on foreign direct investment controls as part of the so-called “Anti-Crisis Shield 4.0”. The law expands the State’s control over M&A transactions in some strategic sectors of the economy. These provisions came into force on 24 July 2020 and they seem to apply to ongoing transactions (those not closed before that date). On 21 July 2020 President of the Office of Competition and Consumer Protection (UOKiK, the authority responsible for application of the new measures) published guidelines concerning new rules on foreign direct investment. Even though the guidelines are not a binding source of law they show how the new measures will be interpreted and adopted.
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WKB Legal Alert | Amendments to the Act on Counteracting Money Laundering and the Financing of Terrorism – the eight key changes
New amendments to the Act of 1 March 2018 on Counteracting Money Laundering and the Financing of Terrorism, which transpose the provisions of the so-called 5th AML Directive (Directive (EU) 2018/843 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 30 May 2018) into Polish law, will be coming into effect.
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Jarosław Kola among the co-authors of the publication “Public Procurement Regulation in Africa: Development in Uncertain Times”
In June 2020, Lexis Nexis (South Africa) published the publication titled "Public Procurement Regulation in Africa: Development in Uncertain Times", with contributions from an international team of academics specialising in public procurement law and edited by Prof. Geo Quinot and Prof. Sope Williams-Elegbe from Stellenbosch University in Cape Town.
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NEUE REGELUNGEN ZUR ERWEITERUNG DER KONTROLLE AUSLÄNDISCHER INVESTITIONEN AUF BESTIMMTE SEKTOREN (ZUR VORBEUGUNG “FEINDLICHER ÜBERNAHMEN” IM ZUSAMMENHANG MIT COVID-19).
Im Rahmen des sog. „Anti-Krisen-Schutzschildes 4.0” sind am 24. Juli 2020 neue Regelungen über die Kontrolle direkter ausländischer Investitionen in Kraft getreten. Mit den neuen Rechtsvorschriften wird die staatliche Kontrolle über M&A Transaktionen in manchen strategischen Wirtschaftssektoren erweitert.
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WKB Legal Alert | More time to prepare and approve financial statements for 2020
As in the previous year, due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and in response to proposals put forward by non-government organisations and economic operators, deadlines for the preparation of financial statements for 2020 have been extended.
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WKB advised Orbico d.o.o. and Distribev Orbico sp. z o.o. in the sale of shares to United Beverages S.A.
WKB advised Orbico d.o.o. and Distribev Orbico sp. z o.o. in the sale of 80% of shares in the share capital of Distribev Orbico sp. z o.o. to United Beverages S.A. WKB lawyers advised Orbico d.o.o., the largest distributor in Europe, providing them with comprehensive legal support during the entire transaction, in particular during negotiations concerning the terms and transaction documents.
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WKB Legal Alert | Shield 4.0 – Simplified restructuring proceedings
Simplified restructuring proceedings will be available until30 June 2021. The legislature’s intent was to enable debtors to undertake negotiations with their creditors without the need for the courts to formally open proceedings, while simultaneously protecting them from enforcement by their creditors.
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WKB Legal Alert | New law expanding foreign investment controls
Poland adopted a new law on foreign direct investment controls as part of the so-called “Anti-Crisis Shield 4.0”. The law expands the State’s control over M&A transactions in some strategic sectors of the economy.
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AKTIONÄRREGISTER – AM 16. MAI 2020 WURDEN WESENTLICHE TERMINE FÜR DIE EINFÜHRUNG VON AKTIONÄRREGISTER GEÄNDERT
Am 1. Januar 2020 sind Gesetzesänderungen zur Einführung von Aktionärregister für nicht börsennotierte Aktiengesellschaften und Kommanditgesellschaften auf Aktien teilweise in Kraft getreten. Das Aktionärregister ist ein der polnischen Rechtsordnung bisher unbekanntes Rechtsinstitut, mit dem Aktien der vorgenannten Gesellschaften verpflichtend entmaterialisiert werden. Das Ziel ist, den Handel mit Aktien nicht börsennotierter Gesellschaften sicherer zu machen und die Identifizierung aller Aktionäre zu ermöglichen.
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Jakub Pokrzywniak co-authored the monograph “Urban Electromobility in the Context of Industry 4.0”
As one of the reviewers writes, "The authors combine with great expertise the issues of economic (economic efficiency of transport), logistics (city logistics) and related to new management in the context of the concept of industry 4.0.".
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WKB Legal ALert | Prevention of COVID19-related hostile takeovers
The Polish government is working on “Anti-Crisis Shield 4.0”. The proposed law includes, among others, provisions significantly expanding the State’s control over M&A transactions in some strategic sectors of the economy.
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WKB lawyers co-authored Chambers Corporate M&A 2020 Guide
Jakub Jędrzejak, Marta Midloch, Ben Davey and Katarzyna Kozak have co-authored the chapter on the Corporate M&A market in Poland in the latest publication Chambers Practice Guides 2020.
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WKB lawyers co-authored the chapter in The Corporate Governance Review 2020
Andrzej Wierciński, Anna Wojciechowska and Anna Wyrzykowska have co-authored the chapter on Polish regulations regarding corporate governance in ”The Corporate Governance Review 2020”, which features an overview of the rules in 26 selected jurisdictions worldwide.
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The Legal 500 EMEA 2020: WKB recommended in 15 categories
The most recent edition of The Legal 500 EMEA recommends WKB in a total of 15 practice areas, with 20 of the firm’s lawyers having received personal recommendations. Dr Jerzy Baehr, Aleksander Stawicki, dr Bartosz Turno, Jakub Pokrzywniak and Jan Roliński have been recognised as Leading Individuals, while Anna Flaga-Martynek has been named as a Next Generation Partner.
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WKB top-ranked in Media Law International 2020
WKB Wierciński, Kwieciński, Baehr law firm has again been ranked by Media Law International – the most important  international ranking published as a specialist guide to the world’s leading media law firms.  This year WKB has received a Tier 1 recommendation, placing our firm among the top four law firms in this area in Poland.
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WKB in Chambers Europe 2020
We are pleased to announce that thanks to the opinions of our clients, WKB has once again been included in the latest edition of Chambers Europe 2020, the most prestigious ranking on the legal services market. Recommendations were received by 11 teams of the law firm, and our lawyers won 17 individual distinctions.
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Chambers Global 2020 recommends WKB in the new International & Cross-Border Capabilities rankings
In the new edition of Chambers Global WKB has been recommended in the newly published International & Cross-Border Capabilities rankings. Only four independent law firms have been recommended in this category.
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WKB advised Intel Corporation on its acquisition of Habana Labs
WKB law firm advised Intel Corporation on the Polish aspects of its acquisition of Habana Labs, an Israeli company specializing in the design of processors for machine learning and artificial intelligence applications. The transaction, worth approximately two billion dollars, was announced on 16 December 2019.
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Domenico di Bisceglie assumed the position of an international partner at WKB
Domenico Di Bisceglie – hitherto a counsel at WKB’s Italian Desk – has assumed the position of International Partner at the firm. He specialises in international investment matters and business relations between Italy and Poland, in particular advising clients in matters involving Polish daughter-companies and branches of Italian companies.
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WKB strengthens German Desk with new hire
It is with pleasure that we announce that WKB has bolstered its company law and corporate governance team with the appointment of Anna Fennig, advocate with many years’ experience in working with German-speaking clients. Anna will also strengthen the firm’s German Desk.
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Who’s who legal lists Aleksander Stawicki and Bartosz Turno as leading competition lawyers
Aleksander Stawicki (a senior partner and head of the competition law practice) and Bartosz Turno (a partner in the competition law practice) rank among the leading lawyers worldwide featured in Who’s Who Legal: Competition 2019, published this May.
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WKB advised Avallon and Euro Choice on the sale of Meyra Group
WKB advised Avallon and Euro Choice IV funds in their sale of a majority stake in Meyra Group S.A. to H.I.G. Europe fund.
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WKB recommended in the IFLR1000 2020
In the most recent edition of the IFLR1000, WKB has again received recommendations in six categories: Banking, M&A, Capital markets: Debt, Project development: Infrastructure, and Project development: Power and Project Finance, moving up in three of them. Seven of WKB’s lawyers have been granted individual recommendations.
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WKB recommended by the renowned Chambers Global 2020 international legal services guide
The annual Chambers Global international legal services guide, compiled primarily on the basis of client reviews, has recommended WKB in the following categories: Banking & Finance, Corporate/M&A, Dispute Resolution, Italy: Corporate/M&A: Foreign desks. Also, WKB has been recommended as a go-to partner for cross-jurisdictional matters in the newly introduced International & Cross-Border Capabilities rankings, among four other Polish independent (non-multinational) law firms. Five of our lawyers also received individual recommendations.
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The Czech company ČEZ acquires shares in Euroklimat
WKB law firm, in cooperation with the Czech law firm Skils, advised ČEZ capital group on the Polish aspects of their acquisition of a majority package of shares in Euroklimat (a provider of comprehensive building installation services, including fit-out, maintenance and design) from its founders and shareholders.
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WKB advises Fiserv, Inc. on the acquisition of First Data Polska
WKB advised and represented Fiserv, Inc., a global financial services technology provider, in relation to its acquisition of First Data Polska (the owner of the Polcard brand of payment terminals and one of the major debit and credit card merchant transaction acquirers in the Polish market).
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WKB lawyers outline corporate governance rules in Poland
Andrzej Wierciński, Anna Wojciechowska and Anna Wyrzykowska have co-authored the chapter on Polish regulations regarding corporate governance in ”The Corporate Governance Review 2019”. The publication is available for download.
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WKB supported a winning team of the Global Legal Hackathon in their participation in the New York finale
For the second year in a row, WKB law firm has become a partner of the Polish edition of the Global Legal Hackathon – a one-of-a-kind marathon programming event aimed at developing innovative technological and business solutions for the legal industry, which will take place on 22-24 February, in Warsaw. All Legal-Tech innovators are welcome to join in.
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The Legal 500 EMEA 2019: WKB recommended in 15 categories
The most recent edition of The Legal 500 EMEA recommends WKB law firm in a total of 15 practice areas, with 25 of the firm’s lawyers having received personal recommendations. Dr Jerzy Baehr, Aleksander Stawicki and dr Bartosz Turno have been recognised as Leading Individuals, while Anna Flaga-Martynek has been named as a Next Generation Lawyer.
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WKB in Chambers Europe 2019
In the recently published Chambers Europe 2019 guide WKB and its lawyers have been recommended in 18 categories.
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WKB recognised in Chambers Global 2019
In the latest edition of Chambers Global, an international legal directory, WKB is recommended in four categories: Banking & Finance, Corporate/M&A, Corporate/M&A: Desk based Abroad in Poland, and Dispute Resolution. Individual recommendations went to Andrzej Wierciński, Tomasz Kwieciński, Bartłomiej Jankowski, Jakub Jędrzejak, Marcin Smolarek and Anna Wojciechowska.
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WKB ranked in Media Law International 2019
For another year in a row, WKB has been ranked as one of the top nine firms in Poland specializing in media law by Media Law International – the specialist guide to the world’s leading media law firms.
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International Comparative Legal Guide to: Fintech 2018
Lawyers from Banking & Finance and Intellectual Property & TMT teams of WKB have contributed to the second edition of the International Comparative Legal Guide to: Fintech 2018 – an international compendium of fintech law.
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The Corporate Governance Review 2018
Andrzej Wierciński, Anna Wojciechowska and Anna Wyrzykowska have co-authored the chapter on Polish regulations regarding corporate governance in ”The Corporate Governance Review”.
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Ryanair Sun – a new carrier takes off in the Polish market thanks to WKB’s support
Ryanair Sun, a new airline offering flights to Poland’s favourite holiday destinations, commenced operations in April 2018. Ryanair Sun S.A. is an affiliate of Ryanair DAC, headquartered in Dublin, which is one of the largest low-cost airlines in the world. The support provided by WKB to Ryanair throughout the process of establishing Ryanair Sun S.A. included comprehensive corporate advice on setting up the company, increasing the share capital, and developing corporate governance rules, as well as day-to-day corporate assistance.
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WKB assists on the sale of Korona Candles
WKB Wierciński, Kwieciński, Baehr advised BC Bavarian Candles Expansion GmbH on the purchase of 100% of the shares in Korona Candles S.A. Korona Candles S.A. is one of the biggest global private label manufacturers of candles. The customers of Korona Candles include IKEA and (through its operations in the US) Wal-Mart.
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WKB advises Joyson Electronics on the acquisition of Takata Corporation’s assets
WKB advised Joyson Electronics, one of the top component suppliers for global automotive manufacturers, being part of a Chinese consortium with Hong Kong-based private equity firm PAG, on the Polish aspects of a $1.6 billion acquisition of the global assets of Takata Corporation.
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WKB in The Legal 500 Europe, Middle East & Africa 2018
In the latest edition of The Legal 500 Europe, Middle East & Africa ranking, WKB received recommendations in 12 categories, including the newly created 'Construction'. 19 lawyers have been individually distinguished. Three experts were awarded the title of "leading individual".
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WKB in Chambers Europe 2018
In this year's edition of Chambers Europe – one of the most recognised international legal directories – WKB has been ranked in 11 practice areas, with individual recommendations for 7 lawyers.