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July 7, 2021

PROF. RAFAŁ SIKORSKI’S RECOMMENDATION BY THE PRESTIGIOUS “THE IAM PATENT 1000” RANKING RECONFIRMED

Every year, the international “The IAM Patent 1000 2021” ranking selects the best experts in the patent sector. Prof. Rafał Sikorski earned a distinction in this group for another year running. The head of the IP Department at SMM Legal has been recommended in the category "Individuals: prosecution".

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June 30, 2021

CELEBRATING OUR YOUNG LAWYERS’ SUCCESS: SEVEN OF OUR TEAM MEMBERS PASSED THEIR BAR EXAMS

The SMM Legal team is getting more robust every day. As many as seven of our young lawyers have passed their bar exams. Soon, following the swearing-in ceremony, we will add three freshly minted advocates and four attorneys to our team. We couldn’t have been more proud.

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June 22, 2021

STABLE 15 SMM LEGAL’S RANK IN THE RZECZPOSPOLITA 2021 RANKING

The pandemic has not affected SMM Legal’s high position in the 19th Law Firm Ranking prepared by Rzeczpospolita. In the most important classification, based on the number of licensed lawyers, we ranked 15th among more than 300 firms.

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May 17, 2021

SMM LEGAL ASSISTS THE NATIONAL CENTRE FOR RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT (NCBR) WITH PROJECTS SUPPORTING THE EUROPEAN GREEN DEAL

Experts from SMM Legal provide conceptual and operational assistance for the National Centre for Research and Development (NCBR) in the organisation of nine innovative R&D projects supporting the objectives of the European Green Deal. The team engaged in the assignment includes, among others, Mateusz Stańczyk (advocate), Monika Adamczak (attorney-at-law), and Marek Bojara (advocate). 

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May 10, 2021

NEW EXPERT JOINS SMM LEGAL’S ENERGY LAW DEPARTMENT

We have added a new expert to our dynamically growing Energy Law Department. In May, we welcomed Dr. Marcin Kraśniewski, who joined SMM Legal as of counsel. This is yet another boost our team has received this month.

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May 5, 2021

SMM LEGAL’S WHITE COLLAR CRIME DEPARTMENT IS GETTING A BOOST

Since May 2021, two new experts on criminal tax law have joined our White Collar Crime Department. We welcomed two seasoned lawyers: Piotr Olkiewicz and Rafał Olkiewicz.

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April 30, 2021

MARCIN TRUPKIEWICZ AWARDED PHD DEGREE IN LEGAL SCIENCES

On 27 April 2021, our teams’ pool of PhDs added yet another member – Mr. Marcin Trupkiewicz successfully defended his doctoral dissertation. Congratulations!

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April 15, 2021

SMM LEGAL HIGHLGHTED IN 5 CATEGORIES OF THE LEGAL 500 EMEA 2021 RANKING

In 2021, SMM lawyers confirmed their established position among top legal experts. As a result, we have been highlighted in several categories in THE LEGAL 500 EMEA 2021 ranking. Our lawyers were recognized in as many as five fields of practice: corporate and M&A, capital markets, intellectual property, dispute resolution and energy.

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March 29, 2021

SMM LEGAL CHANGES ITS CORPORATE FORM

Since 24 March, SMM Legal has been operating in its new corporate form – as a general partnership. The previous corporate name of the firm, SMM Legal Maciak Mataczyński Adwokaci Sp. K., was changed accordingly to SMM LEGAL Maciak Mataczyński Czech Sikorski spółka jawna.

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February 23, 2021

SMM LEGAL PROMOTES THE HORIZON EUROPE PROGRAMME. REGISTER FOR AN ONLINE CONFERENCE!

2021 will mark the launch of the Horizon Europe, a new EU framework programme targeted at research institutions and innovative enterprises, regardless of their size. ‘We wish to assist the potential beneficiaries in obtaining information useful in the process of applying for EU funding for products and services. This is why we have decided to organise a free online conference’, says Mateusz Stańczyk, Senior Associate at SMM Legal and the mastermind behind the event.

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February 18, 2021

SMM LEGAL ADVISED ON A MERGER IN THE EYE-WEAR AND EYE-CARE CARE SECTOR

SMM Legal experts have advised Perfect Eye Optic, a chain of  optometry, eye-wear and eye-care outlets, in the negotiations and the subsequent merger with Avenir Medical Poland. The project was co-coordinated by Aleksander Czech, Managing Partner at our Firm, and one of our lawyers, Jan Stranz, PhD.

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January 27, 2021

SMM Legal 24 – our new portal on law

27 January marks the launch of SMM Legal 24 (www.smmlegal24.pl), our new blog on legal issues. For several weeks, our team has been honing the concept of the website and working on content selection. Today, we are proud to share with you as many as 70 articles across 10 categories consistent with our fields of expertise.

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January 8, 2021

PROMOTIONS AND NEW HIRES AT SMM LEGAL

With the onset of the New Year, two of our experienced lawyers have been promoted. Mr. Tomasz Jaranowski has become a Partner at our firm, while Ms. Patrycja Starczewska now holds the title of Counsel. What is more, starting January 1st, our energy law team welcomed yet another expert, Mr. Marek Grzywacz, PhD.

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December 11, 2020

SMM LEGAL JOINS THE POLISH LNG PLATFORM

We have stepped up our efforts to promote the cooperation between businesses aimed at developing the LNG market in Poland. Over the last month, our firm has become a member of the Polish LNG Platform.

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December 8, 2020

PKN ORLEN S.A. INCREASED ITS STAKE IN ENERGA S.A.

30 November 2020 marks the date when the tender offer for a minority stake in ENERGA S.A. announced by PKN ORLEN S.A. was effectively settled. Once again, our SMM Legal corporate team has comprehensively handled all the legal matters related to the project.

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October 8, 2020

PRECEDENTIAL PERMIT FOR COVENTRY UNIVERSITY WROCŁAW

Supported by our lawyers, the Wrocław-based campus of Coventry University Wrocałw was granted a permit to recruit non-EU students using a simplified procedure. The decision is valid for two years and it took nearly nine months to obtain it. What was unique about this project?

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September 29, 2020

SMM LEGAL HANDLES ONE OF THE LARGEST REAL ESTATE TRANSACTIONS IN POZNAN FOR MTP POZNAN EXPO

On 15 September 2020, Międzynarodowe Targi Poznańskie sp. z o.o. (MTP Poznań Expo) closed a tender to select a buyer for a 5.5 ha plot in a prestigious location in the centre of Poznań. The plot, worth PLN 114.5 million, was sold on 29 September. A SMM Legal expert team, managed by Aleksander Czech, our Managing Partner, provided comprehensive legal services throughout the process.

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September 28, 2020

INTERNATIONAL COMPANY’S BOARD MEMBERS ACQUITTED AFTER A DECADE

On 22 September 2020, District Court in Brodnica issued a first instance judgement acquitting two French businessmen in a complex white-collar crime case regarding a company operating in the computer paper production sector. From the very beginning, the Clients were defended by SMM Legal partners - attorneys Krzysztof Urbańczak and Przemysław Maciak.

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September 23, 2020

PKN ORLEN S.A. ANNOUNCED A TENDER OFFER TO BUY THE REMAINING SHARES IN ENERGA S.A.

On 21 September 2020, PKN ORLEN S.A. announced a tender offer to buy the remaining shares in ENERGA S.A. A SMM Legal team led by Prof. Maciej Mataczyński, our Managing Partner, has been providing comprehensive legal support throughout the project.

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July 28, 2020

SMM LEGAL NAMED ONE OF THE GROWTH LEADERS AND RANKED 14th IN THE RZECZPOSPOLITA 2020 LAW FIRM RANKING

The Rzeczpospolia Law Firm Ranking is the most influential list of law firms in Poland. The firms are ranked on the basis of the number of lawyers – bar members and all law graduates – employed by the firms requesting to be included in the list. A report on the situation in the market of legal services published by Rzeczpospolita together with the ranking placed SMM Legal in the exclusive group of growth leaders in the last decade.

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July 14, 2020

SMM LEGAL AND PKN ORLEN CELEBRATE A SUCCESS. EUROPEAN COMMISSION APPROVES ORLEN’S MERGER WITH LOTOS

With our Firm’s support, on 14 July PKN ORLEN was granted European Commission’s consent for conditional concentration with Grupa Lotos. This is the first decision of this kind in Poland and probably the largest M&A transaction in the history of the Polish economy as such. The procedure lasted for over one year, and the project team was managed by Prof. Maciej Mataczyński.

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July 8, 2020

SMM LEGAL SUPPORTS ENERGA IN ITS ENERGY TRANSITION PROJECT

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.

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June 19, 2020

SMM LEGAL AMONG TOP 10 MOST ATTRACTIVE POLISH EMPLOYERS IN THE LAW CATEGORY

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.

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June 10, 2020

CELEBRATING OUR LAWYER’S SUCCESS: JAN STRANZ CONFERRED A PHD DEGREE IN LEGAL SCIENCES

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!

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May 21, 2020

“HOW TO SURVIVE THE CRISIS?” A LEGAL HANDBOOK FOR BUSINESSES BY OUR LAWYERS

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.

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May 7, 2020

SMM LEGAL SUPPORTS THE NATIONAL CENTRE FOR RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT IN A GRAND CHALLENGE PROJECT

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.

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April 23, 2020

PKN ORLEN S.A. TAKES OVER CONTROL OF ENERGA S.A. WITH SMM LEGAL’S SUPPORT

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.

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April 15, 2020

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.

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March 31, 2020

EUROPEAN COMMISSION CLEARS ACQUISITION OF ENERGA S.A. BY ORLEN S.A.

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.

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March 18, 2020

LEGAL ASSISTANCE FOR BUSINESSES DURING COVID-19 PANDEMIC

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 pomoc.koronawirus@smmlegal.pl for any inquiries related to the legal aspects of running a business during the epidemic.

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March 16, 2020

ORGANISATIONAL ADJUSTMENTS AT SMM LEGAL DUE TO COVID-19

Despite extraordinary circumstances caused by the COVID-19 pandemics, SMM Legal continues to provide legal services without interruptions. The epidemiological situation has no impact on the quality of our work. We remain at our Client’s disposal and continue to monitor the events. In compliance with the recommendations issued by the National Sanitary Inspection, most of our employees work remotely from home.

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March 10, 2020

SMM LEGAL PARTNERS WITH THE ‘PR COLLEGE’ EDUCATIONAL PROJECT

PR College is a new educational project dedicated to SMEs and aimed at strengthening entrepreneurs’ independence in the area of public relations. SMM Legal provides specialist support for the event in the field of intellectual property rights.

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February 27, 2020

ENERGA-OBRÓT S.A., SUPPORTED BY SMM LEGAL, SIGNS ITS SEVENTH SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT WITH WIND FARMS

Energa-Obrót S.A. amicably resolved all its disputes regarding so-called green certificates with yet another business partner. This is the seventh dispute settled by Energa-Obrót S.A. with wind farms sued in September 2017. Throughout the negotiation process, the company was supported by our interdisciplinary energy law and litigation expert team managed by Mr. Paweł Łącki, PhD, and Ms. Patrycja Starczewska.

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February 26, 2020

PKN ORLEN NOTIFIES THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION OF ITS INTENT TO ACQUIRE ENERGA S.A.

On 26 February 2020, PKN ORLEN notified the European Commission of its intent to take over control of Grupa ENERGA S.A. For several months, a team of SMM Legal lawyers led by Prof. Maciej Mataczyński, Managing Partner at our firm, has been working on the legal aspects of the notification.

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February 14, 2020

KALIKST NAGEL, PhD, PROMOTED TO SENIOR ASSOCIATE AT SMM LEGAL

Mr. Kalikst Nagel, PhD, our expert on public procurement law, has just been promoted to the rank of Senior Associate. This decision was announced today by the firm's management board.

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January 12, 2020

SMM LEGAL MAKES MAJOR ADDITIONS TO STRENGTHEN ITS ENERGY LAW DEPARTMENT

SMM Legal is pleased to announce that it has added two energy law experts: Mr. Michał Tarka and Mr. Marcin Trupkiewicz, who have joined our Firm together with their team, TTW Legal. In response to the growing demand for legal services in the Polish energy sector, which is undergoing a major transformation,  we have combined the experience of the two law firms with top expertise in this field. Both Mr. Tarka and Mr. Trupkiewicz became SMM Legal Partners.

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December 6, 2019

PKN ORLEN S.A. ANNOUNCED ITS PLANS TO TAKE OVER ENERGA S.A.

PKN ORLEN S.A. announced a tender offer aimed at acquiring control of ENERGA S.A. SMM Legal’s expert team, managed by Prof. Maciej Mataczyński, Managing Partner at our Firm, is in charge of providing comprehensive legal support on this project.

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December 3, 2019

WOJCIECH KAPICA IS PROMOTED TO THE ROLE OF A SMM LEGAL PARTNER

Wojciech Kapica, who previously worked with SMM Legal as a Counsel, has been promoted to the role of a Partner at our Firm. From the very beginning, he has been co-managing the Financial Markets law practice.

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December 2, 2019

SMM LEGAL HELPS TO PROTECT MPT GROUP’S INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY DURING TRADE FAIR

SMM Legal lawyers and the MPT Group – the leading organiser of trade fairs in Poland – are implementing ‘IP Friendly’ – an innovative project aimed at streamlining IP-related disputes involving exhibitors.

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November 29, 2019

THE FIRST BRITISH UNIVERSITY OPENS ITS CAMPUS IN POLAND WITH SUPPORT FROM SMM LEGAL LAWYERS

Following a successfully completed registration procedure carried out with SMM Legal’s support, the Polish Branch of Coventry University in Wrocław will be able to welcome its first students in the autumn of 2020. This is the first branch campus of a foreign university to open in Poland in over two decades, and the second case of this type in history. The first foreign university to start its operations in Poland was the European College in Bruges, which opened its Polish branch campus in the early 1990s.

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November 21, 2019

SMM LEGAL LAWYERS CO-AUTHOR AN IMPORTANT PUBLICATION FOR THE FINANCIAL SECTOR

SMM Legal lawyers, Wojciech Kapica and Adrian Rycerski, are among the authors of the first comprehensive publication on the prevention of money laundering and terrorism financing in the Polish market. This is the first exhaustive commentary to legislation on this topic.

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October 29, 2019

COOPERATION WITH THE SWPS UNIVERSITY! THE LAUNCH OF THE “LAW, BUSINESS AND YOU” PROJECT

“Law, Business and You” is an educational project targeted at law students enrolled with the SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities. It aims at confronting aspiring lawyers with the actual market expectations, helping them to be intentional about planning their future careers. The project was launched with a presentation by Mr. Przemysław Maciak, Managing Partner at SMM Legal, entitled “The Death of Law Firms”.

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October 10, 2019

PROMOTIONS AT SMM LEGAL

We are proud to announce a new round of promotions at our firm. Mr. Tomasz Jaranowski, legal advisor, has be promoted to the status of Counsel, while two younger lawyers, Ms. Magdalena Cisowska, legal advisor, and Mr. Miłosz Malaga, PhD, were promoted to Senior Associates.

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August 26, 2019

PROF. RAFAŁ SIKORSKI ATTENDS A CONFERENCE IN THE UNITED STATES

Prof. Sikorski, a SMM Legal expert, will present a paper at the 38th ATRIP Congress in Nashville, Tennessee. Prof. Sikorski will  discuss patent infringements  during the session on strategic legal reforms. The new patent law is one of the hottest topics debated at the conference.

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August 2, 2019

SIMPLE JOINT-STOCK COMPANY BECOMES A FACT. PROF. TOMASZ SÓJKA AMONG EXPERTS-AUTHORS OF THE CONCEPT.

The legislative process introducing Simple Joint-Stock Company (Prosta Spółka Akcyjna) into Polish law is now complete. Prof. Tomasz Sójka, SMM Legal’s Founding Partner, is one of the few expert-ideators of the project. What is more, Prof. Maciej Mataczyński and other lawyers from our Firm’s company law department made their substantive contributions at the earlier stages of the work.

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July 23, 2019

SMM LEGAL SUPPORTS ENERGA IN SETTLEMENT NEGOTIATIONS WITH WIND FARMS

Energa – Obrót S.A. has entered into yet another settlement agreement with one of the wind farms it sued in September 2017. Our team, coordinated by Paweł Łącki, PhD, and Ms. Patrycja Starczewska, supported the Client in the preceding negotiations.

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July 22, 2019

SMM LAWYERS ADMITTED TO THE BAR

In July three of our lawyers took their oath and were admitted to the bar. Our team has two new advocates, Ms. Elimia Topolnicka, and Mr. Mateusz Kotowicz, and a new legal advisor – Ms. Magdalena Cisowska.

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July 3, 2019

THE PKN ORLEN AND LOTOS MERGER ENTERS ITS KEY STAGE: THE CONCENTRATION NOTIFICATION HAS BEEN SUBMITTED TO THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION

On 3 July 2019, PKN ORLEN notified the European Commission of its intent to acquire Grupa LOTOS S.A. The notification was preceded by a lengthy preparatory process spanning many months and involving dozens of SMM Legal lawyers led by Prof. Maciej Mataczyński, our Firm’s Managing Partner. 

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June 14, 2019

TWO SMM LAWYERS ADMITTED TO THE BAR

Over the last month, two SMM Legal lawyers, Kalikst Nagel, PhD, and Tomasz Lewandowski, PhD were admitted to the bar. As a result, our team has a new licensed legal advisor and a freshly minted licensed advocate. Both lawyers have been working with our Firm for years.

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June 10, 2019

A LEAP IN THE ‘RZECZPOSPOLITA’ RANKING! SMM LEGAL MOVES UP TO THE 11TH PLACE

The "Rzeczpospolia" Law Firm Ranking is the most influential list of law firms in Poland. The firms are ranked on the basis of the number of licensed lawyers and the number of all lawyers in general. The results were revealed during a ceremony held on 7 June at the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews.

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June 4, 2019

SMM LEGAL SUPPORTS AMBITIOUS INNOVATORS AND RESEARCHERS

SMM Legal has partnered with Alfa School in providing workshops for innovative entrepreneurs and researchers organised by SpeedUp Venture Capital Group. During the event, Prof. Rafał Sikorski explained how to protect one’s know-how in the corporate context.

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June 3, 2019

LEGAL ASSISTANCE ON ENERGA’S SHAREHOLDERS LOYALTY PROGRAMME

SMM Legal has worked on the development on the "Energa w Akcji!" loyalty programme for Energa’s shareholders. Our team, headed by Aleksander Czech, Managing Partner, and consisting of Jan Stranz, Maksymilian Saczywko and Tomasz Lewandowski, provided comprehensive legal advisory on the project, the first of this kind in Poland.

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May 10, 2019

SMM LAWYERS PASSED THEIR BAR EXAMS

Five of SMM Legal lawyers have successfully passed their bar exams. The newly admitted bar members are Magdalena Cisowska, Monika Ratajczak, Mateusz Kotowicz, Wojciech Krzysztofik and Emilia Topolnicka. As a result, SMM Legal has gained two new advocates and three new licensed legal advisors.

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April 24, 2019

PROF. RAFAŁ SIKORSKI SPEAKS AT AN INTERNATIONAL PATENT CONFERENCE IN MUNICH

Prof. Rafał Sikorski gave a lecture entitled “Global convergence of approaches towards injunctive relief in patent law: achieving flexibility via different legal tools” at an international patent conference “Injunctions and flexibility in patent law” in Munich, Germany.

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April 11, 2019

SMM LEGAL HIGHLIGHTED BY THE LEGAL 500 IN AS MANY AS FOUR CATEGORIES

For another year in a row, experts from SMM Legal have been highlighted by a prestigious law firm ranking, THE LEGAL 500. This year we feature among leading firms in as many as four categories: commercial, corporate practice and M&A, intellectual property, dispute resolution and capital markets.

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March 27, 2019

PATRYCJA STARCZEWSKA TO LEAD THE LITIGATION DEPARTMENT

We are pleased to announce changes to our team. Ms Patrycja Starczewska, Senior Associate, will lead our Litigation Department. Ms Starczewska has worked with us since 2012. In her practice she has focused on civil, business law and litigation and has represented SMM Legal Clients in many court disputes. Her extensive experience includes energy-related projects and litigation regarding utility easements.

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February 6, 2019

PROF. TOMASZ SÓJKA IN A GROUP OF TOP EXPERTS FINALISING DRAFT LEGISLATION ON SIMPLE JOINT-STOCK COMPANIES

A Simple Joint-Stock Company (Prosta Spółka Akcyjna, PSA), a new flexible legal vehicle facilitating the development of start-ups, is about to become a reality. The government has approved draft amendment to the Code of Commercial Companies regarding the introduction of this novel solution in Poland. Prof. Tomasz Sójka, an outstanding specialist in the field, has been working on the draft in a small group of top experts.

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January 30, 2019

SMM LEGAL WELCOMES A NEW PhD TO ITS TEAM

We are pleased to announce that our Firm has yet another PhD in its ranks. 

On 11 December 2018, Mr. Kalikst Nagel of SMM Legal’s Public Procurement Department successfully defended his PhD dissertation on human rights theory entitled “Inherent human capacity for inherent rights. A study in legal theory and philosophy of law” at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań. On 29 January 2019 the Council of the Faculty of Law and Administration adopted a resolution conferring on Mr. Kalikst Nagel the degree of PhD in legal sciences.

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January 11, 2019

MR. ALEKSANDER CZECH PROMOTED TO MANAGING PARTNER AT SMM LEGAL

We are pleased to announce that as of 14 January 2019 Mr. Aleksander Czech becomes a managing partner at SMM Legal.

Mr. Czech has worked with us from the very beginning. In 2014, he joined S&M,  the predecessor of our Firm, and once SMM Legal was established, he became its limited partner, to obtain a senior partner status in 2017.

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October 1, 2018

Wojciech Kapica joins Financial Markets Law department

Since this October, Mr. Wojciech Kapica, a leading expert in the field of compliance, financial sector regulations and regulatory relations, joins SMM Legal. Together with Prof. Tomasz Sójka, he will coordinate the Financial Markets Department at our Firm.

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September 17, 2018

SMM LEGAL LAWYERS AMONG SPEAKERS AT THE 3RD GWOR CONFERENCE

On 11-13 September, the 3rd Conference on Rainwater and Meltwater Management (GWOR) was held in Zakopane. This year, as many as three SMM lawyers from our Administrative Law Department were invited to speak at the event: Mr. Jędrzej Bujny, PhD, Partner at our Firm, Mr. Mikołaj Maśliński, and Ms. Emilia Topolnicka, advocate trainee.

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September 11, 2018

SMM LEGAL TO ADVISE POZNAŃ INTERNATIONAL FAIR ON THE ORGANISATION OF THE COP24 CLIMATE CONFERENCE

The Poznań International Fair (MPT) and the Ministry of the Environment have announced that MPT has been selected to handle the logistics of the biggest global forum on climate policy - the COP24 climate conference. SMM Legal supported MPT throughout the process of contract negotiation; our team, consisting of Ms. Olga Sokołowska and Mr. Maciej Goncerzewicz managed by Mr. Aleksander Czech, Head of our Corporate Department, will continue to provide comprehensive legal advisory related to the organisation of the event.

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September 5, 2018

SMM LEGAL TO ADVISE PKN ORLEN IN THE PROCESS TO NOTIFY THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION OF ITS INTENT TO ACQUIRE THE LOTOS GROUP

The 27th Economic Forum in Krynica, the biggest conference in Central and Eastern Europe on the current political, economic and social developments in the world, attended by more than 4,000 participants, is currently underway. On this occasion, we recommend an interview with Mr. Daniel Obajtek, CEO of PKN Orlen, summarising the developments in the European Union prenotification process.

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September 5, 2018

TOMASZ LEWANDOWSKI, PHD, AMONG THE REVIEWERS OF AN UN PROJECT ON THE PROTECTION OF HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS

Mr. Tomasz Lewandowski, PhD, was selected to join a group of reviewers of an UN project entitled ‘Global Survey of the situation of human rights defenders’.

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August 20, 2018

PROF. RAFAŁ SIKORSKI SPEAKS AT THE ANNUAL ATRIP CONGRESS IN HELSINKI

On 05-08 August 2018, the Hanken School of Economics and  the IPR University Center in Helsinki hosted the prestigious annual international academic congress organised by ATRIP - the International Association for the Advancement and Research in Intellectual Property.

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August 20, 2018

NEW PUBLICATION BY PROF. MACIEJ MATACZYŃSKI

A new publication by Prof. Maciej Mataczyński, Managing Partner at SMM Legal, has just appeared in bookstores. The book, written in the English language, is entitled ‘Seat of the Company in Private International Law. Selected Issues’.

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June 8, 2018

SMM LEGAL IS AN OFFICAL LEGAL PARTNER OF ENVICON WATER 2018

On 5-6 June 2018 the Fair and Exhibition Centre in Bydgoszcz hosted ENVICON Water – the 3rd International Congress of the water supply and discharge sector. This year SMM Legal was the legal partner of the event. Our Firm was represented by Jędrzej Bujny, PhD, Partner at SMM Legal, and Mr. Mikołaj Maśliński. Both lawyers are on our administrative law team.

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May 24, 2018

SMM LEGAL ASSISTS THE NATIONAL CENTRE FOR RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT IN A NEW INNOVATIVE PROJECT

The National Centre for Research and Development announced a call for proposals in its new program “Hydrogen storage”. Following the “Blocks 200+” programme, this is the second contract to be awarded in an innovative pre-commercial procurement (PCP) procedure designed by the Centre with the assistance of SMM Legal.

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May 14, 2018

SMM LEGAL PROVIDES ADVISORY TO PKN ORLEN ON THE LOTOS GROUP MERGER

SMM Legal has been selected by PKN ORLEN to provide comprehensive legal advisory on its merger with the LOTOS Group. Our Firm will carry out the due diligence audit of the LOTOS Group and will assist ORLEN in developing a merger strategy. What is more, we will draft comprehensive documentation of the deal and will participate in its preparation and closure, including the anti-monopoly procedure.

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May 14, 2018

PROF. MATACZYŃSKI SPEAKS AT THE 10TH EUROPEAN ECONOMIC CONGRESS IN KATOWICE

Prof. Maciej Mataczyński, Managing Partner at SMM Legal, is attending the European Economic Congress, a three-day event (14-16/05/2018) launched today in Katowice.

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May 7, 2018

MS. AGNIESZKA SZTOLDMA, PhD, JOINS SMM LEGAL IP DEPARTMENT

On the 7th of May 2018, SMM Legal will welcome a new member – an outstanding lawyer, Ms. Agnieszka Sztoldman, PhD, will join our team.

She will partner with Prof. Rafał Sikorski to manage a dozen lawyers from our intellectual property and competition practice.

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April 24, 2018

SMM LEGAL AMONG TOP 3 FASTEST-GROWING LAW FIRMS

As announced in the Rzeczpospolita Law Firms Ranking, SMM Legal is the 13th biggest law firm in Poland in terms of number of lawyers, and the 14th in terms of advocates and legal advisors nationwide.

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April 24, 2018

PROF. RAFAŁ SIKORSKI AND SMM LEGAL IP TEAM ATTEND THE “INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAW – COMPETITION – NEW TECHNOLOGIES” CONFERENCE

On 24 April, a conference “Intellectual Property Law – Competition – New Technology” was held in Warsaw. Prof. Rafał Sikorski, head of the IP and Competition law and partner at SMM Legal was among the speakers.

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April 16, 2018

SMM LEGAL PROVIDES COMPREHENSIVE LEGAL ADVISORY IN THE LARGEST POLISH ELECTROMOBILITY IMPLEMENTATION PROJECT (PLN 2 BILLION)

SMM Legal Team provides the Polish National Centre for Science and Research with comprehensive legal assistance in the first and so far the largest Polish project (total worth over PLN 2 billion) aimed at boosting the development of the electric transportation sector in Poland. The programme is being carried out within the innovative partnership formula. So far advisory has focused on public procurement law and electro-mobility regulations, but SMM Legal supports the Centre also in ongoing liaison with other contracting parties and stakeholders.

 

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April 13, 2018

THE LEGAL 500 RECOMMENDS SMM LEGAL AGAIN

As in previous years, SMM Legal is amongst the law firms recognized by the prestigious THE LEGAL 500 RANKING. This time, we were recommended in two categories: Corporate Practice, Capital Markets and M&A Transactions, as well as Telecommunications Law.

 

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April 9, 2018

SMM LEGAL CO-ORGANISES PROF. BENTLY’S LECTURE ON “CLAIMS, NOTICE AND PROPERTY DEFINITION IN THE LAW OF TRADE MARKS” AT ADAM MICKIEWICZ UNIVERSITY

On 26 March 2018, the Faculty of Law and Administration of Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań had the pleasure to host Prof. Lionel Bently of Cambridge University, who presented his lecture entitled “Claims, Notice and Property Definition in the Law of Trade Marks”. The lecture was organised with the support of SMM Legal by the Faulty, the British Law Centre and the Intellectual Property and Competition Law Society.

 

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January 10, 2018

PARTNER AT SMM LEGAL RAFAŁ SIKORSKI, PHD, RECEIVES PROFESSORSHIP AT ADAM MICKIEWICZ UNIVERSITY

We are honoured to announce that the Board of the Faculty of Law and Administration of Adam Mickiewicz University has awarded tenured professorship to Mr. Rafał Sikorski, PhD, Senior Partner at SMM Legal. 

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January 10, 2018

SMM LEGAL WELCOMES A NEW PHD

SMM Legal welcomes a new doctor of legal sciences (PhD) to its legal team.

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January 5, 2018

SMM LEGAL IS ADVISING THE NATIONAL CENTRE FOR RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT ON THE LARGEST PUBLIC CONTRACT TO BE AWARDED IN POLAND

The SMM Legal team has been advising the National Centre for Research and Development on the largest public contract to be awarded in Poland in the innovation partnership procedure. The successful bidder will develop and deliver innovative emission-free public transport vehicles.

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November 20, 2017

MR. PRZEMYSŁAW MACIAK IN ‘RZECZPOSPOLITA’ ON RENEGOTIATING ENERGA-OBRÓT’S LONG-TERM AGREEMENTS

On 20 November 2017, ‘Economics & Market’, a specialist insert in leading Polish daily ‘Rzeczpospolita’, published a comment by Mr. Przemysław Maciak, Managing Partner at SMM Legal, on the possible renegotiation of the long-term agreements made by Energa-Obrót S.A.

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November 17, 2017

Tomasz Lewandowski, PhD wins ‘Rising Stars’ Lawyers of Tomorrow 2017’

Tomasz Andrzej Lewandowski, PhD, Senior Associate at SMM Legal, is among the lawyers awarded a special prize in the ‘Rising Stars’ Lawyers – Leaders of Tomorrow 2017, a prestigious competition organised by the Dziennik Gazeta Prawna, a specialist daily dedicated to legal issues, and Wolters Kluwer Polska, to distinguish outstanding lawyers aged under 35.

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October 30, 2017

TOMASZ LEWANDOWSKI, PhD, A KEYNOTE SPEAKER AT INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE IN YEREVAN

From 26 to 28 October 2017, a member of SMM Legal team, Tomasz Lewandowski, PhD, attended the 10th International Conference for Young Researchers on International Humanitarian Law at the University of Yerevan.

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October 23, 2017

RAFAŁ SIKORSKI, PhD, SPEAKS AT THE 36TH INTERNATIONAL ATRIP CONGRESS IN NEW ZEALAND

On 25 October, Mr. Rafał Sikorski, PhD, Partner at SMM Legal and the Head of our Intellectual Property Team, will present his lecture entitled “Searching for Optimal Response to PAEs’ Excessive Enforcement Practices” at the University of Wellington  in New Zealand.

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October 17, 2017

R. Sikorski, PhD, Senior Partner at SMM Legal speaks to The Financial Times about ENERGA-Obrót’s compliance with CPAs

The Financial Times recently published an article on actions that Invenergy, an American Corporation, intends to take against Poland.

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October 12, 2017

MEDIA WEIGHS IN ON PRECEDENTIAL ACTIONS TO INVALIDATE CERTIFICATE PURCHASE AGREEMENTS

Ever since the joint press conference held by SMM Legal on behalf of the ENERGA Group announcing precedent court and arbitration actions, the media have been incessantly covering the case.

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October 12, 2017

ARTICLE ON PRECEDENTIAL CASES BROUGHT BY SMM LEGAL ON BEHALF OF THE ENERGA GROUP PUBLISHED ON THE PRESTIGIOUS ‘CEE LEGAL’ WEBSITE

The prestigious specialist legal website, CEE Legal Matters, recently looked at the precedential nature of actions declaring the invalidity of contracts for the purchase of so-called green certificates, brought by SMM Legal on behalf of the Energa Group.

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September 27, 2017

PROF. MATACZYŃSKI AND PROF. SÓJKA PUBLISH THEIR RESEARCH ABROAD

Peter Lang, a prestigious German academic publishing house, has just published a volume of collected works, edited by Prof. Maciej Mataczyński.  The book is entitled The Takeover of Public Companies as a Mode of Exercising EU Treaty Freedoms and features papers by a number of scholars, including Prof. Mataczyński and Prof. Sójka.

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September 26, 2017

PROF. MATACZYŃSKI PRESENTS HIS PAPER AT THE 11TH MEETING OF COMMERCIAL LAW CHAIRS IN WARSAW

From 21-22 September 2017, the Faculty of Law and Administration at the University of Warsaw hosted the 11th Meeting of Commercial Law Chairs. This year’s meeting was entitled ‘Searching for the optimum company governance – effective management and supervision’, and included a presentation by Prof. Mataczyński on Management and supervision models in a limited company, outlined in the European Model Company Act draft.

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September 26, 2017

PROF. MATACZYŃSKI SPEAKS AT THE NATIONAL ADVOCATE TRAINEES’ ACADEMIC CONFERENCE

At the recent National Advocate Trainees’ Academic Conference, which ran from 22-24 September 2017 in Warsaw at the Ministry of Development, Prof. Mataczyński presented his paper entitled The supervisory board and audit committee functioning model in the corporate oversight system viewed from the perspective of the Act on Statutory Auditors, Audit Firms and Public Supervision of 11/05/2017 and the Code of Commercial Companies Act of 15/09/2000.

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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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