In the recently published Chambers Europe 2019 guide WKB and its lawyers have been recommended in 18 categories.

Two of our practice areas have moved up: Competition/Antitrust (Band 1) and Dispute Resolution (Band 3).

4 out of 18 recommended WKB lawyers have got promoted: Bartosz Turno (Band 2, Competition/Antitrust), Sergiusz Urban (Band 2, Environment) and Marcin Smolarek (Band 5, Banking & Finance). In this edition Jakub Jędrzejak was also noted in Private Equity category (Up and Coming).

WKB was recommeded in the following practice areas:

  • Competition/Antitrust: Band 1

The team is deemed by clients as “responsible, with very good information flow and having the ability to make quick decisions.”  Another client describes them as a “very good, organised team, confident and fast in responding to enquiries.”

Individual recommendations for Aleksander Stawicki (Band 1) and Bartosz Turno (Band 2).

One client says Aleksander Stawicki is “highly experienced, very pragmatic and having a business-oriented approach to cases.” One client points out that Bartosz Turno “is highly qualified in competition law issues, he has not only theoretical knowledge but has also a good understanding of business.” 

  • Public Procurement: Band 1

Clients applaud the department for the quality of its client service. “The team has wide and diversified knowledge both practical and in terms of content,” says one interviewee, before adding that “the team members show great engagement in solving the problems.” 

Individual recommendations for Jana Roliński (Band 1) and Agnieszka Chwiałkowska (Band 4).

Jan Roliński “is open-minded and very bright,” declares one client, adding that “his personal attitude makes resolving even the toughest issues just effortless.” Interviewees appreciate dedication of Agnieszka Chwiałkowska, reporting that she “shows broad knowledge, engagement and support.” 

  • Energy & Natural Resources: Band 2

Individual recommendations for Jerzy Baehr (Band 1) and Maciej Szambelańczyk (Band 4).

Maciej Szambelańczyk is described by one commentator as a “valued expert in the renewable energy sources market,” while another characterises him as a “very bright lawyer.”

  • Environment: Band 2

Individual recommendation for Sergiusz Urban (Band 2).

One client emphasises Sergiusz Urban’s ability to “explain complex issues and answer ad hoc questions,” adding: “We also appreciate his practical experience of other industries and sectors.”

  • Dispute Resolution: Band 3

Interviewees highlight the team’s business-oriented approach and attention to details. “They advise very practically. They serve their clients with all their knowledge and experience, and work with very high precision and commitment,” notes one impressed source. Clients also report that the team has a “feeling of how to best approach the authorities and individual persons to best serve our case.”

 Individual recommendations for Bartłomiej Jankowski (Band 3) and Tomasz Kwieciński (Band 4).

Bartłomiej Jankowski is described by clients as “an excellent strategic adviser, able to always be a few steps forward.” Tomasz Kwieciński is valued his “experience and comprehensive legal knowledge.”

  • Restructuring/Insolvency: Band 3

The team is highly regarded for its “comprehensive documentation, good understanding of clients’ difficulties and ability to point out crucial issues.” 

Individual recommendations for Andrzej Wierciński (Band 3) and Marcin Smolarek (Up and coming).

Andrzej Wierciński is praised by sources as “a person of great confidence in getting things done.” An impressed client says that Marcin Smolarek “is the most important person to the business,” while another source notes that “he is extremely good and clients like him.”

  • Banking & Finance: Band 4  

Sources admire the team’s quality of advice, noting that it “pays attention to tasks and the needs of clients” and “provides you with the bigger picture, highlighting some of the challenges or matters that could have been not foreseen.” Interviewees also say that the lawyers “are responsive, show knowledge in their field and are clear in their communication.”

Individual recommendation for Marcin Smolarek (Band 5).

  • Corporate/M&A: Band 4

Interviewees highlight the team for its dedication, with one source noting: “They go the extra mile for their clients’ interests.” Sources also commend the lawyers for their availability and responsiveness. “They are very well organised and efficiently carried out the whole process,” notes one client.

Individual recommendations for Andrzej Wierciński (Eminent Practitioner) and Jakub Jędrzejak (Band 4).

Eminent practitioner Andrzej Wierciński is widely respected for his long-standing expertise in corporate law and M&A transactions. He is praised by market sources for his “good commercial understanding of clients’ needs.” Market commentators report Jakub Jędrzejak to be a “very talented” and “skilful lawyer who’s good at what he does and finds solutions.”

  • Intellectual Property: Band 4

Clients praise the team’s level of preparation: “They are real experts who know how to present arguments to be easily captured by appropriate individuals.”

Individual recommendations for Agnieszka Wiercińska-Krużewska (Band 4) and Aleksandra Wędrychowska-Karpińska (Band 4).

  • Private equity: Band 4

Clients laud the team’s dedication to work, describing the lawyers as “very hands-on and responsive.”

Individual recommendation for Jakub Jędrzejak (Up and coming), who has been ranked on the back of strong market endorsements.

  • Projects & Infrastructure – Recognised Practitioner

Individual recommendation has also been awarded to:

“He is very experienced and pragmatic, and provides really good advice,” says one impressed source, while another highlights his “understanding of the business background and prompt reactions to additional queries.”

Chambers Europe is one of the most prestigious, international law firm rankings published every year by Chambers & Partners. It is based on the detailed research of law firms as well as interviews with the clients.

The full editorial for Chambers Europe 2019 rankings may be accessed directly on the publisher’s site.