WKB is advising PKO Bank Polski, a leading Polish bank, on the purchase of 100% of the shares in the fund management company KBC TFI S.A. from KBC Asset Management. The deal is subject to regulatory clearance and is expected to close in the first quarter of 2018. The planned acquisition of KBC TFI is anticipated to further accelerate the dynamic growth of PKO TFI.
The latest edition of Who’s Who Legal: Government Contracts recommends WKB as one of just six firms in this field in Poland, and the only Polish firm with more than two experts recognized among leading practitioners: Jerzy Baehr, Jan Roliński and Aleksander Stawicki, who are listed among a total of only nine legal experts recommended in this increasingly competitive area in Poland.
Abuse of Dominant Position and Globalization & Protection and Disclosure of Trade Secrets and Know-How
Aleksander Stawicki, Bartosz Turno and Tomasz Feliszewski are among practitioners who contributed to a new volume of the LIDC Contributions on Antitrust Law, Intellectual Property and Unfair Competition series, titled “Abuse of Dominant Position and Globalization & Protection and Disclosure of Trade Secrets and Know-How”, which provides comparative analysis of the two topics with regard to a number of key countries.
Published by Wolters Kluwer in July, the International Bank and Other Guarantees Handbook: Europe analyses regulations governing bank guarantees (as well as other types of guarantees) in various European jurisdictions. It has been co-authored by Jakub Jędrzejak (partner) and Katarzyna Kozak (associate).
The WKB team advised OGP Gaz-System SA on its contractor selection procedure and the conclusion of a contractor agreement for the performance of analytical, research and design work necessary to obtain the permits required to build the Baltic Pipe undersea pipeline. This is a landmark project for Poland.
WKB SUPPORTS PHOTOGRAPHER ALEKSANDRA KACZKOWSKA IN DISPUTE OVER PROTECTION OF COPYRIGHT AND MORAL RIGHTS
On 13 July, the Supreme Court issued its verdict in a case brought by Aleksandra Kaczkowska concerning the unlawful use of her photographs by the publisher of a music magazine. The Supreme Court ruled that violation of the photographer's copyright also constituted a violation of her moral rights, and therefore requested that the Court of Appeal re-examine the case. The claimant is represented by WKB’s intellectual property lawyers.