We are proud to announce that thanks to our clients’ reviews, WKB Lawyers has the distinction of being ranked in the ‘Chambers Europe 2021’ rankings published by Chambers and Partners. 11 of our teams have been recommended and 15 of our lawyers have been individually ranked.
Andrzej Wierciński has once again been recommended as a Senior Stateperson in the Corporate/M&A category, as one of the most experienced lawyers who has greatly contributed to the development of the legal market and specialisation.
Four of our partners – Jerzy Baehr, Jakub Pokrzywniak, Jan Roliński and Aleksander Stawicki – have also each been deemed one of the best professionals on the market in their specialisations (Band 1).
Our congratulations also go out to all of our other ranked lawyers: Bartosz Turno (Band 2), Sergiusz Urban (Band 2), Bartłomiej Jankowski (Band 3), Agnieszka Chwiałkowska (Band 4), Jakub Jędrzejak (Band 4), Maciej Szambelańczyk (Band 4), Marcin Smolarek (Band 4) Agnieszka Wiercińska-Krużewska (Band 4) and Michał Kalicki (Up and coming).
We are also glad that two of our teams – Competition/Antitrust and Public Procurement – have been ranked among the best in Poland (Band 1). Moreover, the 2021 edition, includes two promotions in the rankings: the Employment practice (Band 4), and Marcin Smolarek (Band 4).
We have always considered our presence in Chambers Europe to be a remarkable distinction. Besides congratulating the teams individually, we would first and foremost like to thank our clients – both for recommending us and for putting their trust in us every day.
WKB has been recommended in the following practice areas by Chambers & Partners:
- Competition/Antitrust: Band 1
“They are very proactive.”
Ranked individuals: Aleksander Stawicki (Band 1) and Bartosz Turno (Band 2).
One client praises Aleksander’s “ability to come up with both creative and pragmatic solutions” as a result of his experience, while another adds: “He is extremely strategic.”
- Public Procurement: Band 1
Clients admire the firm for its commercial acumen, one reporting its “practical attitude, a good understanding of the business reality, and quick yet deep analysis of the facts and legal situation.“
Ranked individuals: Jan Roliński (Band 1) and Agnieszka Chwiałkowska (Band 4).
Clients praise Jan Roliński for his “huge experience in public procurement law in large infrastructure projects in Poland.” Agnieszka Chwiałkowska is described as a “very dynamic lawyer”.
- Energy & Natural Resources: Band 2
Clients describe them as “very engaged,” and “great experts.”
Ranked individuals: Jerzy Baehr (Band 1) and Maciej Szambelańczyk (Band 4).
Jerzy Baehr is “a highly regarded regulatory expert in Poland,” a source confirms. Another client says that Maciej Szambelańczyk is “responsive and hard-working.”
- Environment: Band 2
Provides expert advice on matters ranging from waste management and gas emissions to soil quality and environmental liability.
Ranked individual: Sergiusz Urban (Band 2).
Sergiusz Urban “advises clients on matters of environmental liability, permit applications and due diligence procedures. He is also knowledgeable of related EU law issues.”
- Dispute Resolution: Band 3
The team is praised by clients for its delivery: “They meet all the deadlines and it was easy to cooperate with them.”
Ranked individuals: Bartłomiej Jankowski (Band 3).
Clients highlight the “easy communication” with Bartosz Jankowski and further appreciate his empathy towards the client.
- Restructuring/Insolvency: Band 3
As one client states, “they helped us a lot with the provisions which were new and not covered by court practice, which has a huge effect on the business aspect of the project.” Another adds “I have found the team proactive in getting things done.”
Ranked individual: Andrzej Wierciński (Band 3)
Andrzej Wierciński is “composed, looking for solutions and discharging stressful situations.”
- Projects & Infrastructure: Band 3
Clients highlight the team’s thoroughness, one describing it as “deeply involved in every matter and every issue.”
- Banking & Finance: Band 4
Clients praise the team for its client-focus, with one praising its “rational approach” adding that the team “searched for a compromise between the sides of the agreement and solutions acceptable to both sides.”
Ranked individuals: Marcin Smolarek (Band 5) and Michał Kalicki (Up and Coming).
Sources praise Marcin`s responsiveness as well as his “very rational and practical approach.” Michał Kalicki is described by a source as “extremely supportive, active and thoughtful.”
- Corporate/M&A: Band 4
Noted for offering support to investment groups, private equity firms and portfolio companies. Well placed to assist international law firms with no presence in Poland on cross-border deals.
Ranked individuals: Andrzej Wierciński (Senior Statesperson) and Jakub Jędrzejak (Band 4).
A client praises Jakub and notes that “His opinions have a good analysis and practical conclusions”
- Private equity: Band 4
A client cites the team’s “deep knowledge of how private equity transactions are performed and concluded.” Others appreciate the team for its adaptability, one calling it “very flexible, very open and able to adjust to a changing environment during the transaction.”
- Employment: Band 4
“WKB provides advice in a clear and consistent manner, making it easy to make recommendations and take decisions, assessing all associated risks.”
Moreover, individual recommendations were also received by:
- Jakub Pokrzywniak (Band 1) in Banking & Finance: Insurance.
Sources note his wide-ranging experience in the sector as well as his academic credentials.
- Agnieszka Wiercińska-Krużewska (Band 4) in TMT.
Interviewees cite her commercial awareness, one referring to her “on-point business advice.”
Detailed results are available on Chambers’ website.