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September 12, 2017

On behalf of ENERGA Group, SMM Legal brings a precedent court and arbitration action

The SMM Legal team, managed by Prof. Maciej Mataczyński and Mr. Przemysław Maciak, Managing Partners at SMM Legal, is representing ENERGA-Obrót S.A. in 22 precedent court and arbitration cases concerning framework agreements on the sale of proprietary rights under certificates of origin for the energy generated from wind farms (green certificates).

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July 13, 2017

SMM LEGAL’S SUCCESSFUL ADVISORY ON A MAJOR POLISH MBO TRANSACTION

Recently, a company controlled by Mr. Igor Chalupec (currently serving as CEO at RUCH S.A.) acquired control of RUCH S.A. from Eton Park. The SMM Legal team (composed of Prof. Maciej Mataczyński, Managing Partner, Mr. Wojciech Sikorski, Partner and Mr. Maksymilian Saczywko, Associate) had the pleasure to advise the buyer on the transaction.

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June 27, 2017

ANOTHER SMM LEGAL LAWYER AWARDED A PHD

Today (27/06/2017), the Council of the Faculty of Law and Administration at Adam Mickiewicz University conferred a PhD degree in Legal Sciences on Mr. Tomasz Lewandowski of SMM Legal.

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May 24, 2017

SUCCESS OF SMM LEGAL’S DEFENSE LAWYERS – FINAL ACQUITTAL OF PROF. KRZYSZTOF DREWS, M.D.

On 24 May 2017 the Poznań Court of Appeal upheld a lower instance court judgement finally confirming the acquittal of gynaecologists accused in the high profile case of the death of a patient and her unborn children in a Poznań-based maternity hospital. During the trial Prof. Drews was represented by SMM Legal partners Mr. Przemysław Maciak and Mr. Krzysztof Urbańczak.

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May 22, 2017

SMM LEGAL ADVISES SUPERIOR INDUSTRIES INTERNATIONAL ON THE ACQUISITION OF UNIWHEELS AG SHARES

SMM Legal provided advisory to Superior Industries International as part of the company’s tender for a 100% sharehold of Uniwheels AG.

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May 16, 2017

SMM LEGAL PARTNERS THE ENVICON WATER CONGRESS HELD IN BYDGOSZCZ ON 16-17 MAY 2017

From the 16th-17th May 2017 Bydgoszcz will host the two-day Envicon Water Congress. SMM Legal is an official partner of the event.

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April 21, 2017

SMM LEGAL CONTINUES TO CLIMB THE RZECZPOSPOLITA LAW FIRM RANKING

We are thrilled and proud to announce that for another year in a row SMM Legal  has been recognized as one of the top law firms in Poland in the most prestigious Polish law firm ranking, compiled by Rzeczpospolita.

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April 20, 2017

SMM LEGAL PROVIDES LEGAL ADVISORY IN THE LAUNCH OF TWO NCBR FUNDS

2 billion zloty to support investments in technologies – SMM Legal provided comprehensive legal advisory in the launch of two Funds of Funds – NCBR CVC and NCBR VC by the Polish National Centre for Research and Development (NCBR).

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April 18, 2017

SMM LEGAL SOLIDIFIES ITS PRESENCE IN THE LEGAL 500 RANKING

For another year in a row, SMM LEGAL has confirmed its strong presence in the periodic LEGAL 500 ranking of law firms. As in previous years, we were distinguished in as many as three categories.

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April 6, 2017

SMM LEGAL SUCCESSFULY ADVISES IN THE ACQUISITION OF EIT+ BY THE STATE TREASURY

Yesterday in Wrocław Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Science Mr. Jarosław Gowin, the Mayor of Wrocław Mr. Rafał Dutkiewicz and the rectors of Wrocław’s universities signed an agreement by which the State Treasury acquired shares in the Wrocław EIT+ Research Centre.

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March 27, 2017

MR. RAFAŁ SIKORSKI, PhD, SPEAKS AT CONFERENCES IN THE US AND INDIA

On 23-24 March 2017, Mr. Rafał Sikorski, a distinguished legal scholar and partner at SMM Legal, participated in a seminar on patent claims.

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March 24, 2017

SMM LEGAL’S LEAP IN POLITYKA INSIGHT’S 2017 REGULATORY LAW FIRMS RANKING – TELECOMMUNICATIONS

This year, for another year running, SMM Legal was listed in the 2017 Regulatory Law Firms Ranking prepared by Polityka Insight specialists. Our firm moved up from last year’s position in Group 3 in the Telecommunications category, to become the leader of Group 2.

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March 7, 2017

HOW TO EFFECTIVELY PROTECT AN ORIGINAL IDEA? SMM EXPERTS EXPLAIN IN THE RZECZPOSPOLITA DAILY

An article written by experts from the SMM Legal Intellectual Property Team, Ms. Magdalena Michalska and Ms. Joanna Matczuk, entitled W jaki sposób można skutecznie obronić autorski pomysł (How to Effectively Protect an Original Idea) was recently published in the leading Polish daily newspaper, Rzeczpospolita (Rzeczpospolita of 03/03/2017, p. D4).

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February 15, 2017

MS. MONIKA ADAMCZAK – NEW PARTNER AND HEAD OF THE PUBLIC PROCUREMENT DEPARTMENT AT SMM LEGAL

SMM Legal is pleased to welcome a new Partner – in mid-February an outstanding public procurement and business law specialist, Ms. Monika Adamczyk, joined our Firm.

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January 13, 2017

A YEAR OF CHALLENGES AND ACHIEVEMENTS – 2016 AT SMM LEGAL

Dear Readers,

In the first days of the New Year, as a Managing Partner at SMM Legal, one of the leading Polish law firms, I would like to take the opportunity to recap 2016 from the perspective of our legal practice. Last year at SMM Legal will be remembered as very intense and abounding with professional and personal achievements.

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January 12, 2017

ARTICLE BY JOANNA MATCZUK AND MAGDALENA MICHALSKA IN ‘RZECZPOSPOLITA’

An article by Ms. Joanna Matczuk and Ms. Magdalena Michalska of SMM Legal, entitled Legalne linkowanie? (Legal link posting?) focuses on the legal aspects of link posting in the context of the latest CJEU judgement. It was published in the 11/01/2017 print issued of Rzeczpospolita, a major Polish daily.

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December 30, 2016

SMM LEGAL’S ADVISORY ON EUR450 MILLION INNOVATIVE RESEARCH CONTRACT

EUR 450 million for the commercialisation of innovative research – SMM Legal has provided comprehensive legal services instrumental to the successful signing of a contract between the Polish National Research and Development Centre and PFR Ventures to establish an Investment Fund within the BRIdge VC programme.

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December 15, 2016

SMM LEGAL’S ADVISORY ON THE FIRST POLISH INNOVATIVE PARTNERSHIP PROCEDURE

Ms. Monika Adamczak of SMM Legal has provided comprehensive legal advisory to the largest Polish transfer operator, in the process of assembling tender documentation for the first Polish innovative partnership procedure.

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December 7, 2016

SMM LEGAL’S SUCCESS BEFORE SUPREME COURT

Patrycja Starczewska, an attorney from SMM Legal representing one of the major transfer operators, has won a case before the Supreme Court.

Last week the Supreme Court issued a prejudicial ruling answering the following question of law: Is a person whose property, that has become encumbered by an easement corresponding to a transfer easement as a result of usucaption, entitled to a claim for the fee for use of the property with respect to the easement for the period preceding the usucaption?

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November 25, 2016

JOANNA ŁABUDZKA TO SERVE ON THE BOARD OF THE ECTA (EUROPEAN COMPETPTIVE TELECOMMUNICATIONS ASSOCIATION)

We are pleased to announce that Joanna Łabudzka, legal advisor and partner at SMM Legal, managing our Firm’s Telecommunications Practice, a Board Advisor on Regulatory Matters to Netia S.A., has become a member of the Board of the ECTA (European Competitive Telecommunications Association), a leading organisation supporting competition in the telecommunications sector. Her two-year term on the ECTA Board will commence on 1 January 2017.

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November 15, 2016

AGNIESZKA GOLISZEWSKA, LEGAL ADVISOR, LICENSED TO PRACTICE AS AN ATTORNEY IN NEW YORK STATE, US

We are pleased to announce that Ms. Agnieszka Goliszewska, legal advisor at SMM Legal, has now been licensed to practice as an attorney in New York State, USA

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November 8, 2016

NEW FINANCIAL INSTRUMENTS LAW WITH PROF. SÓJKA’S CONTRIBUTION ARRIVES IN BOOKSHOPS

A few days ago, Prawo Instrumentów Finansowych (Financial Instruments Law), the fourth volume of the well-regarded Commercial Law System series edited by Prof. M. Stec, arrived in bookshops.

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November 7, 2016

RAFAŁ SIKORSKI, PhD, SPEAKS AT THE INTERNATIONAL INPRECOMP PROJECT WORKSHOP IN LONDON

From 27 to 28 October, the Head of our Firm’s Intellectual Property Department, Rafał Sikorski, PhD, ran one of the training panels at the INPRECOMP (International Patent Remedies for Complex Products) project meeting at King’s College in London.

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October 18, 2016

ACT ON THE CONTROL OF CERTAIN INVESTMENTS. COMMENTARY EDITED BY PROF. MACIEJ MATACZYŃSKI AVAILABLE IN BOOKSHOPS

A few days ago a new publication edited by Prof. Maciej Mataczyński, Managing Partner at SMM Legal, appeared in print. The book, entitled Ustawa o kontroli niektórych inwestycji. Komentarz (‘The Act on the Control of Certain Investments. Commentary’),  is the first commentary to this law available on the market.

The publication was prepared by a team of distinguished experts with vast practical and academic expertise in this area and offers a detailed and reliable analysis of the field. The Act introduced certain new and extensive limitations with respect to the acquisition of companies and restructuring of capital group. The authors of the new book emphasize the international context in which the law operates, focusing on the consequences of Poland’s membership in the EU and bilateral agreements on the protection of investments.

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October 10, 2016

NEW ACADEMIC MONOGRAPH BY SMM LEGAL PARTNERS

A new book by Prof. Tomasz Sójka, Managing Partner at SMM Legal, recently appeared on shelves in legal bookshops. The monograph, entitled Cywilnoprawna ochrona inwestorów korzystających z usług maklerskich na rynku kapitałowym (‘Civil Law Protection of Investors Using Brokerage Services on the Capital Market’) is mostly targeted at investment firms and investors themselves.

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September 22, 2016

READ SMM LEGAL PARTNERS’ PROF. ORLICKI’S OPINION IN RZECZPOSPOLITA

Today’s legal insert to Rzeczpospolita [Rzeczpospolita of 22/09/2016, No. 222 (10555)] published an opinion by Prof. Marcin Orlicki, Partner at SMM Legal, commenting on the Supreme Court judgement on so-called underinsurance; that is, the reduction of compensation paid out by insurance companies based on the underestimated value of the insured item, despite the fact that the insurance sum is sufficient and no compensation cut is required.

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September 1, 2016

SMM LEGAL WELCOMES A NEW PARTNER – PROF. MARCIN ORLICKI, LEGAL ADVISOR

We are proud to announce that since September 1st 2016, the head of our Business Insurance Department, Prof. Marcin Orlicki, has become a partner at SMM Legal. 
 

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August 16, 2016

SMM Legal Managing Partners appointed to serve on the Simple Joint-Stock Company (PSA) Team

We are pleased to announce that two Managing Partners at SMM Legal, Prof. Maciej Mataczyński and Prof. Tomasz Sójka, have been appointed to the Simple Joint-Stock Company (PSA) Team at the Ministry of Development.

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July 1, 2016

NEW PARTNER JOINS SMM LEGAL – JOANNA MATCZUK, LL.M., ADVOCATE

We are pleased to announce that in July 2016 a new partner, Ms. Joanna Matczuk, will join our team. Together with Rafał Sikorski, PhD, Ms. Matczuk will manage our Intellectual Property Rights Practice.

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June 23, 2016

PROF. MACIEJ MATACZYŃSKI APPOINTED AS AN ARBITRATOR OF THE ARBITRATION TRIBUNAL AT THE CENTRAL SECURITIES DEPOSITORY OF POLAND

Prof. Maciej Mataczyński, Managing Partner at SMM Legal, has been appointed by the Minister of Treasury to act as an arbitrator of the Arbitration Tribunal at the Central Securities Depository of Poland (Krajowy Depozyt Papierów Wartościowych S.A.).

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June 15, 2016

PROF. TOMASZ SÓJKA SPEAKS AT THE 6th CECL CONFERENCE ON COMPANY LAW REFORM IN CENTRAL AND EASTERN EUROPE

From 9-10 June 2016, Warsaw Stock Exchange hosted the 6th CECL Conference on Company Law Reform in Central and Eastern Europe organised by the Allerhand Institute and the Centre for European Company Law (CECL). Prof. Tomasz Sójka, Managing Partner at SMM Legal, was among the conference speakers.

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June 13, 2016

COMMENTARY ON ARTICLES 450-1088 OF THE POLISH CIVIL CODE, EDITED BY PROF. MACIEJ GUTOWSKI, ALREADY IN BOOKSHOPS

A new publication by C.H.Beck, a major specialist legal publishing house, has just arrived in bookshops. The commentary on Articles 450-1088 of the Polish Civil Code (Kodeks cywilny. Tom II. Komentarz do art. 450-1088) edited by Prof. Maciej Gutowski and co-authored by SMM Legal lawyers, makes part of a series of extensive commentaries on Polish law.

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June 9, 2016

SMM LEGAL LAWYERS SPEAK AT A CONFERENCE IN VILNUS

On 2-3 June 2016, Mykolas Romaris University in Vilnus hosted an international young scholars’ conference entitled ‘SOCIAL TRANSFORMATIONS IN CONTEMPORARY SOCIETY 2016 (STICS 2016)’.

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June 8, 2016

RAFAŁ SIKORSKI, PhD, ORGANISES INTERNATIONAL SEMINAR ON PATENT LAW AT ADAM MICKIEWICZ UNIVERSITY

On 02-03 June 2016, the Collegium Iuridicum Novum of Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań hosted an international seminar on omission-based claims in patent law entitled ‘Injunctions in Patent Law’. .

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May 19, 2016

MACIEJ DYBOWSKI, PhD, CO-AUTHORS THE MOST RECENT COMMENTARY ON THE POLISH CONSTITUTION

Just a couple of days ago, C.H. Beck published a two-volume commentary on the Polish Constitution, edited by Prof. Marek Safjan and Prof. Leszek Bosek. Maciej Dybowski, PhD, a specialist from SMM Legal, is one of the authors of the study.

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May 11, 2016

SMM LEGAL THE GENERAL PARTNER OF ENVICON WATER CONGRESS COMPETITIONS

On the 10th  and 11th of May 2016, the city of Bydgoszcz hosted the first International ENVICON Water Congress on water and sewage management. This prestigious event provided an opportunity to discuss solutions and strategies for the water and sewage management industry in Poland, also in the context of expectations from the European Union.

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April 28, 2016

GGI EUROPEAN REGIONAL CONFERENCE IN WARSAW, 21-24/04/2016 SUMMARY

Held in Warsaw for the first time, the prestigious GGI EUROPEAN REGIONAL CONFERENCE took place from the 21st to 24th of April this year, at the InterContinental Hotel. The event was organised by the Geneva Group International (GGI) – one of the leading global associations of independent law, accounting, tax, auditing and consulting firms.

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April 26, 2016

SMM LEGAL A KEY PARTNER OF THE INTERNATIONAL SCIENTIFIC CONFERENCE ON RENEWABLE ENERGY SOURCES IN POLAND AND GERMANY

The International Scientific Conference on Renewable Energy Sources Law in Poland and Germany, hosted by the Faculty of Law and Administration of Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, began today. Our Firm is the Key Partner of this event.

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April 21, 2016

SMM LEGAL CO-HOSTS THE GGI EUROPEAN REGIONAL CONFERENCE IN WARSAW

The GGI EUROPEAN REGIONAL CONFERENCE opens in Warsaw today. The event is organised by GGI – Geneva Group International – a prestigious, leading global association of independent law, auditing, accounting, tax and consulting firms. SMM Legal, as a GGI member, is one of the hosts of the conference.

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April 19, 2016

SMM LEGAL’S LEAP IN RZECZPOSPOLITA’S 2016 LAW FIRM RANKING, OR ‘BIG FISH SWIM IN WARSAW’

We are proud to announce that, once again, SMM Legal  was recognized as one of the top firms in the country by the most prestigious ranking of Polish law firms, compiled by Rzeczpospolita.

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April 14, 2016

SMM LEGAL RECOMMENDED AGAIN BY THE LEGAL 500

SMM LEGAL continues to be a recommended law firm by THE LEGAL 500. This year, we were distinguished in as many as three categories.

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March 23, 2016

SMM LEGAL PARTNER AWARDED a PhD in LEGAL SCIENCES

We are proud to announce that on the 16th of March, the Faculty of Law and Administration of the Silesian University in Katowice awarded a PhD degree in legal sciences to Mr. Jarosław Bełdowski, a Partner at our Firm.

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March 16, 2016

MR. MARCIN CZARNECKI, PARTNER AT SMM LEGAL, AMONG EXPERTS AT THE NATIONAL CONFERENCE ON UTILITY TRANSMISSION EASEMENTS

On 14-15 March, a Conference on the difficulties concerning utility transmission easement was held on in Warsaw.  Expert speakers at the conference included Mr. Marcin Czarnecki, advocate and partner at SMM Legal, who gave a lecture on utility service strips (what they are, how should they be interpreted; the relationship between the owner and the utility company in the context of a claims for non-contractual use of real property).

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March 15, 2016

NAJLEPSI PRACUJĄ DLA NAS PONIEWAŻ MY PRACUJEMY DLA NAJLEPSZYCH – O SUKCESACH NASZYCH APLIKANTÓW

Ogromnie nam miło poinformować Państwa o ostatnich sukcesach naszych aplikantów.

Z dumą ogłaszamy, że praca magisterska naszej aplikantki radcowskiej Patrycji Jaworskiej - Piszkiewicz pt. Zakaz publikacji jako sposób zabezpieczenia roszczeń  w sprawach o ochronę dóbr osobistych, napisana pod kierunkiem prof. UAM dr hab. Pawła Grzegorczyka, została wyróżniona Pierwszą Nagrodą w II Konkursie Towarzystwa Naukowego Procesualistów Cywilnych o nagrodę "Polskiego Procesu Cywilnego" za najlepszą pracę magisterską z dziedziny postępowania cywilnego.

Pani Patrycji serdecznie gratulujemy!

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February 1, 2016

SMM LEGAL DISTINGUISHED IN POLITYKA INSIGHT’S 1ST RANKING OF REGULATORY FIRMS

We are proud to announce that SMM Legal is among the few top firms distinguished in the 1st Ranking of Regulatory Firms 2016 organised by the experts from the Polityka Insight Centre for Policy Analysis.
This is the first qualitative ranking of law firms active on the Polish market. SMM Legal was recognised in the category of firms offering advisory in the legal field of telecommunications.

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December 14, 2015

MR. RAFAŁ SIKORSKI SPEAKS AT ACADEMIC CONFERENCE IN DELHI, INDIA

From the 15th to the 17th of December 2015, Mr. Rafał Sikorski, doctor habilitatus and a partner at our Firm, will be participating in an academic conference entitled ‘Fourth Global Congress on IP and the Public Interest’ in Delhi, India.

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November 9, 2015

MR. MACIAK’S EXPERT COMMENT ON TVN 24

On 04 November, the TVN24 news channel aired a report on a case (which it also posted on its website) which outraged the public in Poznań and elsewhere in Poland: a mother who regularly abused alcohol while pregnant gave birth to a drunk baby. Mr. Przemysław Maciak, partner at SMM Legal, provided his expert commentary on the impunity of such behaviour.

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October 26, 2015

WYKŁAD PROF. MATACZYŃSKIEGO NA ZJEŹDZIE KATEDR PRAWA PRYWATNEGO MIĘDZYNARODOWEGO W KATOWICACH

Prof. Maciej Mataczyński wygłosił podczas odbywającego się w dn. 23-24 października 2014 r., w Katowicach, na Wydziale Prawa i Administracji Uniwersytetu Śląskiego zjazdu Katedr Prawa Prywatnego Międzynarodowego referat pt. Przepisy wymuszające swoje zastosowanie w prawie prywatnym międzynarodowym.

 

 

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October 19, 2015

NEW EXPERT JOINS SMM LEGAL

Since October, SMM Legal's team has gained a new expert lawyer – Ms. Alicja Ostanek, legal advisor. Ms. Ostanek’s main area of expertise is advisory to rail transport companies, with a special focus on rail transport market regulation and the obligations imposed by rail transport law. What is more, she has advised  clients on commercial, civil law and public procurement law and has represented railway administrators and rail carriers before the Office for Rail Transport, as well as in litigation.

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October 8, 2015

JAROSŁAW BEŁDOWSKI AT THE ONECARGO EUROPEAN LOGISTICS CONGRESS IN KATOWICE

The first ONECARGO European Logistics Congress was held in Katowice on 5th and 6th of September 2015. The congress – the biggest international event in the TSL sector in Central and Eastern Europe – was filled with debates, meetings and related events attended by nearly one thousand guests from Poland and Europe, including major figures from the TSL sector, business world, politics and science.

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September 28, 2015

SMM LEGAL PARTNERS AT THE 10TH JUBILEE COMMERCIAL LAW CHAIRS CONVENTION IN RZESZÓW

From the 24th to 25th of September, academics researching commercial law met at the 10th Jubilee Commercial Chairs Convention in Rzeszów, dedicated to reformatory trends in commercial law.

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September 21, 2015

Annual Conference of the European Association of Law and Economics in Vienna

From the 17th to the 19th of September, the European Association of Law and Economics (EALE) held its 32nd Annual Conference in Vienna. The event was attended by Mr. Jarosław Bełdowski, partner at SMM Legal, who chaired one of the sessions and presented two papers, on ‘Economic Enforcement of International Law’ and ‘Fiscal and institutional determinants of long-term government bond yield spreads in the EU countries’.

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September 15, 2015

PROF. MATACZYŃSKI SPEAKS AT A CONFERENCE IN VIENNA

From the 10th-11th of September 2015, the Wirtschaft Universität and the ‘European Company and Financial Law Review’ held a conference in Vienna. Prof. Maciej Mataczyński, managing partner at SMM Legal, presented his paper entitled General Meetings in European Model Company Act from the perspective of Polish law.

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August 20, 2015

NEW EXPERT JOINS THE TELECOMMUNICATIONS LAW TEAM

At the beginning of August 2015, SMM Legal boosted its Telecommunications Law Team by hiring yet another expert. The new member of the Team, managed by Ms. Joanna Łabudzka, is Ms. Ilona Bartuzi-Bielak, legal advisor.

 

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July 30, 2015

SMM LEGAL SPECIALISTS ADVISE ON ONE OF KEY TRANSACTIONS OF 2015 IN THE TELECOMS SECTOR

Specialists from SMM Legal provided advisory to Netia S.A. on the acquisition of shares in TK Telekom sp. z o.o. from PKP S.A. and the related process of transaction financing. The work of the Firm’s M&A team on this high-profile deal was managed by Prof. Tomasz Sójka and Prof. Maciej Mataczyński, SMM Legal Managing Partners, while the Banking & Finance Team in charge of the share acquisition financing process was run by another two renowned attorneys, Ms. Maria Bysiewicz and Mr. Jakub Krzemień.

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July 28, 2015

PARTNER AT SMM LEGAL ACTS AS A LEGISLATIVE ADVISOR TO THE MINISTER OF STATE TREASURY ON THE ACT ON THE CONTROL OF CERTAIN INVESTMENTS

Prof. Maciej Mataczyński, partner at SMM Legal, advised the Minister of State Treasury in the legislative process concerning the Act on the Control of Certain Investments aimed at the protection of strategic Polish companies (from the gas, energy, chemical, petrochemical and military sectors) against hostile takeovers.

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July 10, 2015

NEW ARTICLE ON GERMAN ANTIMONOPOLY LAW BY THE FIRM’S GERMAN DESK

Internetowy Kwartalnik Antymonopolowy i Regulacyjny (IKAR, The Online Antimonopoly and Regulatory Quarterly) has just published a new article on the approach of Bundeskartellamt, German antimonopoly authority, to the issue of the so-called exterritorial concentration. Its author is Wojciech Łyszczarz – a member of the Firm’s German Desk.

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June 18, 2015

MR. RAFAŁ SIKORSKI AT “PATENT PLEDGES SYMPOSIUM 2015” IN WASHINGTON

Mr. Rafał Sikorski, holder of a post-doctoral degree and partner at SMM Legal, was the only expert from Poland to participate in the international academic conference “Patent Pledges Symposium 2015” hosted on 12 June 2015 by the American University, Washington School of Law in Washington.

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June 8, 2015

HIGH PROFILE INTERNATIONAL EVENTS AHEAD, WITH THE PARTICIPATION OF RAFAŁ SIKORSKI, DOCTORUS HABILITATUS

In a couple of days, and only a few days apart, two high-profile international academic events dedicated to intellectual property law issues will take place. Both will be attended by Mr. Rafał Sikorski, doctorus habilitatus and partner at SMM Legal.

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May 4, 2015

NEW PARTNER AND HEAD OF THE ADMINISTRATIVE LAW DEPARTMENT AT SMM LEGAL

Jędrzej Bujny, PhD, joined SMM Legal as a partner in May.

Mr. Jędrzej Bujny holds a doctoral degree in legal sciences and works as an associate professor at the Chair of Administrative Law and Administration Science of the Faculty of Law and Administration at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań. He is legal advisor with a strong background in advisory to public administration entities, and has an extensive experience  in managing teams advising clients from the public utilities sector, such as water supply, waste management and renewable energy firms.

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May 4, 2015

NEW PARTNER JOINS SMM LEGAL

From May, Maria Bysiewicz, expert on M&A transactions and investments, will be joining SMM Legal as a partner.

Ms. Bysiewicz has advised on a number of major transactions, including the acquisition of a majority stake in one of the leading Polish insurance companies, take-over of an open pension fund, sale of a group of companies within the automotive industry, investments by one of the leading global food industry corporations and various transactions involving the transfer and conversion of enterprises.

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April 27, 2015

PROF. MATACZYŃSKI SPEAKS AT A CONFERENCE IN SWITZERLAND

From 22 to 24 April 2015, the Lugano-based Università della Svizzera Italiana hosted a conference entitled ‘The Nature and Governance of the Corporation’, organized by the World Interdisciplinary Network for Institutional Research (WINIR). During the conference, Prof. Maciej Mataczyński presented his paper on ‘‘National Champions’ between Corporate and Political Governance’.

The conference was attended by representatives of law and economics from around the globe, including faculty members from the top universities worldwide. Keynote lectures were presented by professors from Cambridge, Princeton and Oxford.

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April 16, 2015

Rafał Sikorski speaks at the 1st Polish Competition Law Congress in Warsaw

On 15.04.2015 Mr. Rafał Sikorski, a holder of a post-doctoral degree and a partner at our Firm, spoke at the 1st Polish Competition Law Congress hosted by the Centre for Antimonopoly and Regulatory Studies at the Conference Centre of the Office of Competition and Consumer Protection in Warsaw. His paper entitled “Prescription of claims for compensation within private law execution of competition law in view of the new EU directive, member state regulations and Polish law” was delivered as part of the panel on combating unfair competition.

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April 13, 2015

RAFAŁ SIKORSKI’S LECTURE AT JAGIELLONIAN UNIVERSITY IN KRAKÓW

On Friday afternoon of 10 April 2015 Mr. Rafał Sikorski, a holder of a post-doctoral degree and a partner at our Firm,  delivered a lecture on “Disputes on permitted personal use” as a part of the weekly open “Friday” academic meetings organized by the Chair of Intellectual Property Law of the Jagiellonian University.

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April 10, 2015

THE LEGAL 500 recommends our Firm again

Once again, our Firm has been placed in THE LEGAL 500 ranking. This prestigious, annually updated list of the leading law firms is developed on the basis of recommendations made by Clients of law firms, legal professionals and by thorough research of the market.

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March 31, 2015

JACEK DYBIŃSKI, PhD, SPEAKS AT A NATIONAL ACADEMIC CONFERENCE IN WARSAW

On the 27th of March 2015, Mr. Jacek Dybiński, PhD, presented a paper on the reform of the Polish corporate governance rules and participated in a discussion panel during the national academic conference “Company law and corporate governance in view of contemporary business challenges”, held at the University of Warsaw.

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March 23, 2015

PIOTR RUCHAŁA SPEAKS AT THE “CONTEMPORARY CHALLENGES TO INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAW” NATIONAL ACADEMIC CONFERENCE

From the 20th to 21st of March 2015, the Faculty of Law, Administration and Economics of  the University of Wrocław hosted a national academic conference entitled “Contemporary challenges to intellectual property law”.

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March 19, 2015

JAROSŁAW BEŁDOWSKI, PARTNER AT SMM LEGAL, ON TOK FM’S EKG SHOW

On 18 March 2015 Jarosław Bełdowski, partner at SMM Legal, appeared on-air on TOK FM’s EKG show. Guests discussed the draft act amending the Tax Law and certain other acts.

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February 16, 2015

Jarosław Bełdowski, partner at SMM Legal, speaks at a Rotterdam conference

On 13 February Jarosław Bełdowski presented a paper at the Midterm Meeting academic conference held in Rotterdam as part of the European Master in Law and Economic programme.

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January 20, 2015

Jarosław Bełdowski on TOK FM’s “Raport gospodarczy” show

On Friday, 16.01.2015, Jarosław Bełdowski, partner at SMM Legal, appeared on TOK FM’s “Raport gospodarczy” show. The show was dedicated to the discussion of the business environment following the decision of the Swiss National Bank to abandon its currency cap against the euro. When commenting on the ideas of centrally implemented solutions, Jarosław Bełdowski warned against populism behind such suggestions and their actual costs.

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January 19, 2015

NEW EXPERTS ON THE TELECOMMUNCATIONS LAW TEAM

In January, our telecommunications law team at SMM Legal gained new experts in the field:

 

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January 12, 2015

NEW LAWYER AT SMM LEGAL

We are pleased to announce that in January 2015, the lawyers’ team at SMM Legal gained a new legal adviser – Ms. Magdalena Michalska. Ms. Michalska counsels our clients on how to prevent the launch of goods that infringe protected trademark rights. She also represents clients in civil, customs and criminal matters related to trade in forged goods.

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December 3, 2014

Mr. Rafał Sikorski receives a Minister of Science and Higher Education Award

Mr. Rafał Sikorski, doctor habilitatus and a partner at SMM Legal, has been granted the Minister of Science and Higher Education Award for his postdoctoral thesis, entitled “Patent Resources in the European Union Competition Law” in the 12th competition to find the best undergraduate, graduate, doctoral, postdoctoral or engineering thesis or dissertation on intellectual property.

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November 9, 2014

RAFAŁ SIKORSKI AT THE 3RD INTERNATIONAL COPYCAMP CONFERENCE

On 06-07 November 2014, the 3rd International CopyCamp Conference on the social and economic aspects of copyright took place in Warsaw.

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November 6, 2014

JAROSŁAW BEŁDOWSKI’S LECTURE OPENED VI INSO 2014 SUMMIT

VI Allerhand Insolvency Law Summit opened on 04.11.2014. The opening speaker was Jarosław Bełdowski, partner at SMMLegal, who presented a lecture entitled “Economic effects of liberalising consumer bankruptcy”.

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November 4, 2014

PROF. TOMASZ SÓJKA REAPPEARS ON TOK FM’S EKG SHOW

On 04.11.2014 Prof. Tomasz Sójka, Managing Partner at the firm, was one of the guests on the daily EKG radio show on TOK FM. In the first part of the programme, he raised his doubts related to the proposal of the Minister of Economy to offer a compensation plan to borrowers repaying their CHF-denominated mortgage loans.

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October 30, 2014

JAROSŁAW BEŁDOWSKI TALKS ABOUT DOING BUSINESS 2015 RESULTS ON THE POLISH RADIO

29.10.2014. Jarosław Bełdowski, Partner at S&M, took part in a discussion of experts summarising results of the World Bank’s Doing Business 2015 ranking, which was broadcast in the Puls Gospodarki on the Polish Radio.

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October 30, 2014

JAROSŁAW BEŁDOWSKI COMMENTS ON THE ADVANCE OF THE POLISH ECONOMY IN THE WORLD BANK’S DOING BUSINESS RANKING

Today’s issue of Puls Biznesu (29.10.2014) contains an article entitled "€œPoland gets on well with business at last”, which summarises a historic advance of the Polish economy in the prestigious Doing Business ranking of the World Bank.

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October 24, 2014

Expert comment by Jarosław Bełdowski, Partner, in Puls Biznesu.

The last weekend’s (24-26.10.2014) issue of Puls Biznesu publishes an article focusing on low innovativeness of the Polish economy entitled “Poland loses in the technological race”.

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October 20, 2014

PROF. MACIEJ MATACZYŃSKI IN THE EXPERT TEAM WORKING TO THE MINISTER OF THE STATE TREASURY

On July 8, Prof. Maciej Mataczyński, Managing Partner at the Firm, was appointed by the Minister of the State Treasury to the expert team which will deal with civil, commercial and business aspects of company law. The expert team is composed of outstanding specialists from leading Polish universities.

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October 17, 2014

PROF. MATACZYŃSKI THE BEST LAWYER IN WIELKOPOLSKA ACCORDING TO FORBES MAGAZINE

We are happy to inform that prof. Maciej Mataczyński won a very prestige competition “Professionals of the Forbes Magazine 2014” in the category of lawyers in Wielkopolska. The aim of this competition is to appoint the best specialists of the profession of public trust in Poland.

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October 15, 2014

ATTORNEY AT LAW RAFAŁ SIKORSKI SPEAKER AT THE POLISH PATENT OFFICE TRAINING

On October 14, dr hab. Rafał Sikorski – partner in Sójka & Maciak – inaugurated the training relating to intellectual property protection organized by Polish Patent Office in Warsaw.

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October 14, 2014

COMMENT OF PRZYMYSŁAW MACIAK ON THE MAIN BROADCAST OF TVNs “FAKTY”

On October 11, Przemysław Maciak – Managing Partner in Sójka & Maciak - commented on the rights of citizens to protect their privacy in the context of a record of local monitoring broadcasted on local TV channel which was available for PSM (housing cooperative of Pilsk) Residents.

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October 10, 2014

COMMENTS OF ALEKSANDER CZECH AND EFFECTIVE JOURNALISTIC INTERVENTION OF “TELESKOP”

On October 2 and October 9, local media – “Teleskop” on TVP Info – broadcasted commentary about mental diseased men from Owińska (Czerwonak municipality). 8 years ago officials of municipality issue him a very high fine for cut off a rowan tree in his garden.

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October 7, 2014

NEW PUBLICATION OF DR HAB. RAFAŁ SIKORSKI

The Court of Arbitration at the Polish Confederation Lewiatan summarized a conference entitled “Diagnosis of Arbitration. Functioning of the Arbitration Law and directions of postulated changes”, which was financed by European Union Funds. On that occasion, the academic publication reported by dr. Beata Gessel – Kalinowska vel Kalisz was published.

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October 3, 2014

JUDGEMENT OF PROF. DR HAB. N. MED. KRZYSZTOF DREWS FAMOUS CASE

On October 3, Common Court in Poznań pronounce a judgment of acquittal concerning famous case – death of one of the patient and her unborn children in Gynecology and Obstetrics Hospital in Poznań. Advocates Przemysław Maciak and Krzysztof Urbańczak – Partners in Sójka&Maciak – were representing prof. dr hab. n. med. Krzysztof Drews.

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October 3, 2014

“EFFECT OF THE UNITARY PATENT SYSTEM ON THE LEGAL SITUATION OF ENTITIES IN POLAND”

On October 3, dr hab. Rafał Sikorski – Partner in Sójka&Maciak – participated in academic debate entitled “Effect of the unitary patent system on the legal situation of entities in Poland”, which was organized within conference of Department of Intellectual Property Law and Intangible Assets of the Warsaw University Faculty of Law.

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September 30, 2014

PROF. MACIEJ MATACZYŃSKI AT THE CONFERENCE IN KATOWICE

On September 30, prof. Maciej Mataczyński – Managing Partner of the Law Office – presented a lecture entitled “Regulations which restrict succession on the basis of paragraph 30 of the Regulation No 650/2012” within the conference devoted to the Regulation (EU) No 650/2012 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 4 July 2012 on jurisdiction, applicable law, recognition and enforcement of decisions and acceptance and enforcement of authentic instruments in matters of succession and on the creation of a European Certificate of Succession. The conference was organized in the University of Silesia Faculty of Law and Administration in Katowice.

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September 27, 2014

The Partners of the Law Firm in the V National Congress of Civil Law Lawyers in Poznań

On 26-27 September 2014 V National Congress of Civil Law Lawyers organized by the Department of Civil, Commercial and Insurance Law Faculty of Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań took place in Poznań. The Law Firm was a partner of this event.

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September 25, 2014

PROF. TOMASZ SÓJKA AS A GUEST ON „EKG” BROADCAST OF TOK FM RADIO

On September 24, prof. Tomasz Sójka – Partner in Sójka & Maciak – together with prof. Marian Gorynia and prof. Wacław Jarmołowicz was a guest on “EKG” live program broadcasted by the TOK FM radio. A discussion was devoted to the topic of current economic issues, for example:  situation of polish coal sector and labour market in Poznań.

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September 23, 2014

Prof. Maciej Mataczyński at a conference in Warsaw

On 23 September 2014 in Warsaw at the Institute of Legal Science of the Polish Academy of Science, prof. Maciej Mataczyński spoke in a debate on the legal nature of a disposal of shares in a partnership and the inheritance thereof at the conference concerning “Dilemmas concerning consistency of the Commercial Companies Code, the Civil Code and the Family and Guardianship Code” organized jointly by the Institute of Legal Science of the Polish Academy of Science and the Faculty of Law and Administration at the Jan Paweł II University of Lublin.

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September 22, 2014

STATEMENT OF THE PARTNER OF SÓJKA & MACIAK LAW OFFICE IN THE „PULS BIZNESU”

On 22 September, an article “Start a business must be easy” written by Jacek Kowalczyk was published in the newspaper “Puls Biznesu”. This article is commenting on polish system of establish sp. z o. o. (en. LLC) in a context of the latest research of World Bank.

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September 21, 2014

Scientific conference on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of “Insurance Law”

Professor of the University of Adam Mickiewicz Marcin Orlicki delivered a speech at the scientific conference on “key insurance problems” organized under the auspices of Faculties of Law and Administration of the Warsaw University, University of Adam Mickiewicz and University of Łódź,

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September 21, 2014

Attorney at law Rafał Sikorski speaker at the conference of the Lewiatan Court of Arbitration

The managing partner of the Law Office Sójka & Maciak – attorney at law Rafał Sikorski participated as a speaker in the Conference on “Diagnosis of Arbitration. The functioning of arbitration law and directions of the proposed amendments”,

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September 17, 2014

Lecture of the attorney at law Rafał Sikorski during the conference in Cedzyna near Kielce

On 16 September, 2014 the attorney at law Rafał Sikorski delivered in Cedzyna near Kielce a lecture entitled “the use of resources in the process of patent Technology transfer”

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August 27, 2014

Workshops regarding procurement law for Polish Association of Consulting Engineers and Experts (SIDIR)

On 26 August the specialist in procurement law of the Law Office Sójka & Maciak – Magdalena Ignaszak-Drozdowska – co-hosted in Warsaw workshops organized by the Polish Association of Consulting Engineers and Experts (pl. Stowarzyszenie Inżynierów Doradców i Rzeczoznawców, SIDIR) entitled “Using the resources of third parties, and trade secrets in the Law on Public Procurement, in the light of recent case law of Krajowa Izba Odwoławcza (ang. Polish National Chamber of the Appeal). Her speech at the workshops was devoted to the issues of business secrets in the act of public procurement law. The workshops were positively received by the participants.

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August 26, 2014

Speech of the partners of the Law Office Sójka & Maciak in the Polish newspaper “Puls Biznesu”

On 25 August, in the Polish newspaper “Puls Biznesu” was published an article regarding excessive length of juridical commercial proceedings entitled “Rusty machinery of justice” (pl. “Zardzewiała machina sprawiedliwości”) by Jacek Kowalczyk.

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July 28, 2014

ALEKSANDER CZECHA ON WTK TELEVISION AND EPOZNAN.PL PORTAL

On July 25, 2014 local media - WTK television and epoznan.pl portal – have published professional coment by Przemysław Czech, Partner in Sójka & Maciak. He commented  on trial concerning activity of regional anarchists accused of participation in illegal manifestation which took place last fall. Mr Czech explained the essence of this trial and indicated a probable penal consequences.

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July 22, 2014

Sójka&Maciak lawyer Joanna Bilska on Poznan WTK

On July 21, 2014, Joanna Bilska, Senior Associate in Sójka&Maciak, appeared on the Poznan television news program WTK "PULS DNIA" with her expert commentary explaining the legal status of ownership of the property built on the grounds leased from the city.

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July 21, 2014

Aleksander Czech on TVN24

On July 19, 2014, Sójka&Maciak Partner Aleksander Czech appeared as an expert on Polish TVN 24 broadcast live.

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