Katarzyna Solarz appeared as a speaker during a workshop on “The amendment of the Act on Investment Funds: Implementation of ZAFI and UCITS Directives”
On 7-8 December 2015, during a workshop dedicated to the changes to the act on investment funds, Katarzyna Solarz discussed the role of new market players. Specifically, the presentation concerned:
- division and classification of entities according to the amended legislation;
- licences required in the creation of new funds;
- additional permits for the operation of alternative funds.
More information on the workshop is available at the following link.
Joanna Wieczorek participated in conference “Les Entretiens de Royaumont – What about you, are you green?”
On 4-5 December, a meeting under the theme “And what about you, are you green?” was held in France. It concerned issues related to environmental protection, economic development and energy.
Joanna Wieczorek took part in the Conference of the General Meeting of the Centre of Advanced Technologies AERONET “Aviation Valley”
Joanna Wieczorek participated in the Conference of the General Meeting of the Centre of Advanced Technologies AERONET “Aviation Valley”, which was held on 1 December 2015 in Rzeszów. The purpose of the conference was to summarise a key project titled “Modern materials technologies in aerospace industry”. The subject of the presentation of Joanna Wieczorek concerned the protection of intellectual property in the aerospace industry.
The agenda of the conference is available here.
Piotr Spaczyński as a guest speaker in the WTK television channel during the dispute around the Constitutional Tribunal
On 30 November, Piotr Spaczyński appeared in WTK television channel. The discussion concerned the dispute around the Constitutional Tribunal. The record of the discussion is available here: discussion at WTK
Krynica Vitamin S.A., a leading producer on the functional beverages market published a prospectus in connection with the initial public offering and the planned introduction of its stocks on the Warsaw Stock Exchange. The preparation works concerning the prospectus and the initial public offering have been coordinated by the capital markets law team of SSW.
The business activity of Krynica Vitamin S.A. is based on the production of beverages and bottling services. Currently, the majority of the company's product portfolio is constituted by energy drinks but the group has a broad range of isotonic, hypotonic, metabolism boosting beverages and vitamin dietary supplements, functional waters, modern multi-fruit drinks, alcopops, ciders, malt drinks as well as selected CSDs.
The preparation of the prospectus and other activities related to the public offering have been coordinated by Dr Szymon Okoń, Partner in the Capital Markets Law Team of SSW.
“Company management vs. legal responsibility of management board members and the possibilities of its limitation” – SSW as a partner of the “Lewiatan” Academy
On 6 October, at the offices of the “Lewiatan” Confederation in Warsaw, as part of the “Lewiatan” Academy initiative, a training session titled “Company management vs. legal responsibility of management board members and the possibilities of its limitation” was held. The training was delivered by lawyers from SSW Law Firm: Dr Joanna Tomaszewska, Iwona Waglowska, Michał Badowski, Jakub Jędrzejewski and Marcin Muchowski.
The lawyers from SSW presented selected legal aspects concerning the activities of a company, which are relevant from the board members' perspective. They concerned, among other things, corporate governance, tax obligations, intellectual property and competition rules. The training was addressed to all the companies associated in the “Lewiatan” Confederation.
In a prestigious ranking of the rising starts of the Polish legal profession Dr Szymon Okoń, legal counsel, Partner of SSW was ranked in the second position.
The 4th edition of the competition and the presentation of statuettes was held on 29 October at the Olympic Centre in Warsaw. The ranking was organised by Dziennik Gazeta Prawna daily and Wolters Kluwer publishing house. The jury was composed of the representatives of the lawyers' community and journalists. The title of a “rising star” of the legal profession was awarded to individuals below 35 years of age who successfully combine a solid education background with work for demanding clients.
Dr Szymon Okoń has worked for 5 years. He has been developing his professional experience in the capital markets as well as in finance and banking departments.
The competition jury characterised Dr Szymon Okoń as follows: “He is a living proof that the day may be a bit longer than 24 hours. Otherwise it is impossible to explain the fact that in October 2014 he earned a double Ph.D. degree: first, based on a dissertation titled “The oversight over an investment company in Poland” he became a doctor in law, and then, with a paper on “The capital adequacy requirements vs. brokerage house security and efficiency” he obtained, with distinction, the title of doctor of economics in the area of finance. Currently, as an assistant professor at the Chair of Investment and Capital Markets of the Poznań University of Economics he is preparing for a post-doctoral degree and is actively teaching and lecturing.”
The first position in the competition went to Katarzyna Wiśniewska, attorney-at-law from Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights, The next position among the top 3 after Dr Szymon Okoń was taken by Jacek Błachut, attorney-at-law.
Dr Szymon Okoń makes it to the finals of the Rising Stars ranking: Lawyers – the leaders of tomorrow
Dr Szymon Okoń, legal counsel, Partner at SSW Spaczyński Szczepaniak and Partners law firm became a finalist of this year's Rising Stars ranking: Lawyers – the leaders of tomorrow, organised by Dziennik Gazeta Prawna daily and Wolters Kluwer publishing house. This prestigious ranking presents thirty young lawyers with excellent career prospects, who were selected by a jury composed of the representatives of the lawyers' community and journalists.
The organisers of the competition underline that the title of a “rising star” will be awarded to an individual who can demonstrate a combination of a solid educational background and hands-on experience in working with demanding clients. Other aspects that will be taken into account include innovation, ability to recognise new trends, creativity as well as recommendations from clients and superiors.
The gala event during which the winner of the ranking will be announced will be held on 29 October in Warsaw.
In 2016, the IFLR1000 ranking distinguished the SSW Law Firm in three categories:
- Capital Markets: Debt
- Energy & Infrastructure: Energy
- Energy & Infrastructure: Infrastructure
- Energy & Infrastructure: Mining
- Banking & Finance: Project Finance
- Banking & Finance: Banking
Financial and corporate:
An investment fund client who worked with SSW Spaczyński Szczepaniak & Partners finance partner Wojciech Szczepaniak describes him as: “Excellent, hardworking, available 24/7, attentive to detail, excellent negotiator.”
In the finance space Wojciech Szczepaniak acted for a construction industry leader on the financing for an acquisition. Szczepaniak also acted for a catering company on its debt restructuring via a debt for equity swap.
In the capital markets the firm is focused on debt matters. Highlights include Szczepaniak’s work for a leading construction company on its bond issue on the catalyst market. On the equity side Szczepaniak advised a manufacturer of alcoholic beverages on its dual listing on the French Euronext exchange and the Warsaw Stock Exchange.
In the M&A area the firm added Michał Badowski to its team, who previously worked for another leading Polish law firm. Major transactions include the acquisition of a logistics company by a construction player which was also supported by Piotr Spaczyński. Szczepaniak has also served companies from the renewable energy sector.
Energy and infrastructure:
Name partner Piotr Spaczyński is the key contact within the SSW energy and infrastructure team. The firm has been particularly active in mining and natural resources matters and this is backed up not only by transactional highlights but also its work alongside on the revisions and amendments made to the country’s Geology and Mining Act.
To back this up further Spaczyński is picked out specifically by clients in the mining sector, as one says: “He is professional and pragmatic in understanding clients’ needs. I also appreciate his commitment, availability and flexibility in operation. Moreover, Piotr is always up-to-date with changes in mining regulations.”
Another mining client highlights the team’s innovation: “SSW provided legal advice in the process of amending the Geological and Mining Act. During the course of the proceeding we have managed to introduce a vast number of amendments to the initial draft, which made the project successful.”
A technology client says of the team: “Excellent legal services provided by a competent team of lawyers. This includes work on new technology in the energy sector and the legal framework to apply them in practice. Excellent competence on European law.”
One of the firm’s key clients - a lignite mine operator, who the firm has advised on various court issues relating to its activities including local disputes, land rights and remuneration issues.
Marcin Cetnarowicz appears as the moderator at the meeting of the CCIFP discussion club titled “The cooperation with trade unions: the role of HR department in conflict resolution”
On 22 September 2015, a meeting of the experience sharing club at the French-Polish Chamber of Commerce, meeting was dedicated to various aspects of the effective implementation of HR and remuneration policy in large companies. The discussion was moderated by Marcin Cetnarowicz.