On 7 July 2020, Grupa Energa S.A. launched one of its largest wind farms in Poland. A dedicated SMM Legal team led by Paweł Łącki, PhD, assisted the client in the investment process. The project is a new addition to a long list of successful investments in the energy sector handled by SMM Legal.
The Universum Most Attractive Employers Poland, an independent ranking, placed SMM Legal on the 8th position among the best places to work in Poland in the ‘law’ category. The top 10 include two tech giants, Google and Microsoft, and only four law firms. Only one of them ranked higher than SMM Legal. The remaining international law firms were placed below ours.
On 12 May 2020, Jan Stranz, one of our Senior Associates, successfully defended his PhD dissertation on company law. On 09 June 2020, the Academic Council of the Faculty of Law and Administration of Adam Mickiewicz University resolved to award him a doctoral degree in legal sciences. Congratulations!
On 21 May 2020, a legal handbook for medium and large enterprises entitled Jak przetrwać kryzys? (How To Survive the Crisis?) hit the virtual bookshelves. The publication was prepared under the editorial eye of Wojciech Kapica, Head of our Financial Markets Law Department. The authors include also other SMM Legal lawyers: Piotr Kawiak, Wojciech Stawnicki and Paweł Stępniak.
Our Client, the National Centre for Research and Development, has launched an innovative project entitled “Grand Challenge: Energy”. This is the first Polish initiative in a unique formula modelled upon DARPA Grand Challenge competitions. The legal aspects of the project are handled by one of our lawyers, Mateusz Stańczyk.
On Wednesday, 22 April, after a lengthy procedure, PKN ORLEN S.A. has been cleared to take over ENERGA S.A. Throughout the transaction process, PKN Orlen was supported by SMM Legal’s expert team led by Prof.Maciej Mataczyński, Manging Partner at our Firm.
SMM LEGAL RECOMMENDED IN AS MANY AS FIVE CATEGORIES BY THE LEGAL 500, A PRESTIGEOUS LAW FIRM RANKING
Another year in a raw, the effects of our work have been recognized by THE LEGAL 500, a prestigious law firm ranking. This year our firm has earned recommendations in as many as five categories: corporate practice and M&A, intellectual property, litigation, capital markets and, for the first time, investment funds.
On 31 March 2020 the European Commission issued a non-opposition decision to the acquisition of ENERGA S.A. by PKN Orlen S.A. The SMM Legal team led by Prof. Maciej Mataczyński provided comprehensive legal support to PKN Orlen S.A. throughout the notification process. On top of this, Prof. Mataczyński represented the Client in the procedure before the European Commission.
The COVID-19 pandemic has seriously affected legal and economic environment in Poland, creating a plethora of problems that companies are struggling to respond to. In this situation, we have launched a dedicated e-mail address email@example.com for any inquiries related to the legal aspects of running a business during the epidemic.