WKB Lawyers is being ranked again in the ‘Chambers Europe 2022’ rankings published by Chambers and Partners. 11 of our teams have been recommended and 16 of our lawyers have been individually ranked.
Andrzej Wierciński has once again been recommended as a Senior Stateperson in the Corporate/M&A: Mid-Market 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), Jakub Jędrzejak (Band 2), Sergiusz Urban (Band 2), Bartłomiej Jankowski (Band 3), Maciej Szambelańczyk (Band 3), Agnieszka Chwiałkowska (Band 4), Marcin Smolarek (Band 4) Agnieszka Wiercińska-Krużewska (Band 4), Anna Wojciechowska (Up and coming) and Michał Kalicki (Up and coming).
We are also glad that three of our teams – Competition/Antitrust, Public Procurement, Corporate/M&A: Mid-Market – have been ranked among the best in their respective categories (Band 1). Moreover, the 2022 edition, includes the promotion of Anna Wojciechowska (Up and coming) in the rankings.
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
“High responsiveness and flexibility.”
Ranked individuals: Aleksander Stawicki (Band 1) and Bartosz Turno (Band 2).
“Aleksander Stawicki has more than excellent business orientation, is a perfect partner in complex and crucial projects while really helping to solve your problems.”
Bartosz Turno is a “reliable lawyer who perfectly combines theoretical knowledge with practice.“
- Public Procurement: Band 1
The team is adept at handling all aspects of tender proceedings, assisting clients with subsequent appeals before the National Appeals Chamber, and is prominent in the energy and healthcare sectors.
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”.
- Corporate/M&A: Mid-Market: Band 1
The team is adept at advising on highly sophisticated transactions involving issues relating to banking and finance, competition, labour, tax, IP (including the transfer of IP rights in highly regulated industries) insurance, real estate, restructuring (including distressed M&A), public procurement and energy, and they are a go-to practice for cross-border work.
Ranked individuals: Andrzej Wierciński (Senior Statesperson), Jakub Jędrzejak (Band 2), Anna Wojciechowska (Up and coming).
Jakub Jędrzejak offers a “very quick response time” as well as that he “is always directly involved in the projects and negotiations.”
- Energy & Natural Resources: Band 2
WKB Wierciński Kwieciński Baehr is a “top energy industry expert with in-depth knowledge of restructuring and energy regulations.”
Ranked individuals: Jerzy Baehr (Band 1) and Maciej Szambelańczyk (Band e).
Jerzy Baehr is “a highly regarded regulatory expert in Poland,” a source confirms. Another client says that Maciej Szambelańczyk has huge knowledge and market recognition in renewables law,” adding that he “is flexible and listens to the client’s needs.”
- Environment: Band 2
Notable track record in assisting with the development of renewable energy projects, particularly wind farms.
Ranked individual: Sergiusz Urban (Band 2).
- Restructuring/Insolvency: Band 2
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 2)
Andrzej Wierciński is “composed, looking for solutions and discharging stressful situations.”
- Dispute Resolution: Band 3
A client praises “really fast response to all problems. They keep us informed about everything,” adding that “their engagement is really impressive.”
Ranked individuals: Bartłomiej Jankowski (Band 3).
A client describes him as “a strategist who can see the problem” as well as “how our situation looks in the context of local law.”
- Projects & Infrastructure: Band 3
WKB Wierciński Kwieciński Baehr is “fully involved in the whole process.”
- Banking & Finance: Band 4
Interviewees highlight the law firm’s “client-oriented and active approach to transactions and cooperation,” adding: “The team is proactive and pragmatic.”
Ranked individuals: Marcin Smolarek (Band 5) and Michał Kalicki (Up and Coming).
- Private equity: 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.
- Employment: Band 4
“The legal team provides commercial advice and sensible solutions to complex legal issues,” according to one interviewee.
Moreover, individual recommendations were also received by:
- Jakub Pokrzywniak (Band 1) in Banking & Finance: Insurance.
“He understands the practical area of law as well as the theoretical. So he is very helpful in solving problems and always able to give some broader view and show broader aspects of the issue,”
- Agnieszka Wiercińska-Krużewska (Band 4) in TMT.
“Agnieszka has an excellent overview of customer needs and is able to quickly focus on what is important. She has been an immense help in overall acquisition strategy and negotiations,” a client says.
Detailed results are available on Chambers’ website.