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.

– The most valuable part of the ranking are the distinctions obtained on the basis of client reviews. This is why THE LEGAL 500 EMEA enjoys such a broad recognition in the legal market. And this is also why we feel we have a reason to celebrate. We wish to thank our clients for all their positive feedback about our team – says our Managing Partner, Prof. Maciej Mataczyński.


  1. Commercial, Corporate and M&A

The ranking confirms our experience in the energy, telecommunications and production sectors. The authors have appreciated SMM Legal’s achievements in advisory to public businesses and in the field of mergers and acquisitions, highlighting our projects related to the merger of PKN ORLEN S.A. Apart from our Managing Partner Prof. Maciej Mataczyński, other team members recognized in this field include Tomasz Jaranowski, Magdalena Cisowska and Dr. Miłosz Malaga.

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  1. Capital Markets

The key strength of our Capital Markets Department underlined in the recommendation is our unique set of competences. Apart from the thorough knowledge of the sector, they include a much broader and comprehensive approach to the handled transactions. Out advisory to PKN ORLEN S.A. has been highlighted in this category as well.

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  1. Dispute Resolution

In this category, one of our Managing Partners, Mr. Przemysław Maciak, was individually recognized for his role in the high-profile case concerning CHF-denominated mortgage loans. For another year in a row, THE LEGAL 500 distinguished the head of the department, Patrycja Starczewska. Other highlighted lawyers include yet another Managing Partner at our Firm, Prof. Maciej Mataczyński.

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  1. Intellectual Property

The recommendation emphasized our unique specialised offer for the R&D sector as well as services dedicated to energy companies, banks, telecoms and health care providers. One of our lawyers, Prof. Rafał Sikorski, earned an individual distinction for his experience in handling matters regarding industrial property and unfair competition.

The ranking has also recognized one of our flagship projects, “IP Friendly” aimed at protecting intellectual property of exhibitors participating in the International Poznan Fair.

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  1. Energy and Natural Resources

A distinction in this category went to the co-heads of our Energy Law Department – Dr. Paweł Łącki and Michał Tarka. On top of this – according to the ranking authors – the involvement of Marcin Trupkiewicz confirms our Team’s strong competence in the field of renewable energy sources. 

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 – This precisely reflects our philosophy – concludes Przemysław Maciak, Managing Partner at SMM Legal. – Apart from identifying creative solutions, we help our clients find new paths and define ways to develop their businesses. The ranking only confirms this fact – he explains.

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