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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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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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