On 25 June 2015, an event organised by the Lewiatan Confederation Tax Council’s Congress was held to discuss various aspects of new standards of cooperation with the revenue office. Patrycja Goździowska, member of the Tax Council, delivered a speech on “Key dilemmas of the Tax Ordinance (current practices and practice of application, planned changes presented in the Government and in the Presidential drafts, postulates of entrepreneurs)”.
On 28 May 2015, the festival of the most interesting startup projects organised by the Agora media company was held for the fifth time. The purpose of the event was to enable innovative projects with a good business case, selected by the competition jury, to establish first contacts with potential investors and strategic partners. Lawyers from our Law Firm - Partner Michał Badowski and Associate Łukasz Kędzierski, who conduct the Law Firm’s SSW4STARTUPS programme addressed to entrepreneurs and projects from the sector of new technologies, participated in the event as mentors.
The SSW Law Firm was the sponsor of the prize for one of the finalists of Startup Fest Agora 2015 - Rombo Games, which received recognition for the surprisingly unobvious and uncompromising nature of the project presented. The project received a prize in the form of legal services to be provided by the Law Firm for the total value of PLN 10,000.
The winner of Startup Fest Agora 2015 was the Enso project – a project of a device measuring temperature, humidity, pressure and level of harmful chemical substances in the air which lead to allergies, asthma and inflammatory diseases. The sponsor of the main prize for this project was the Energa company.
The competition jury also recognised a project under the name of CivilHub. This is a social medium concentrated around bottom-up social initiatives. The prize for this project was sponsored by PKN Orlen. The special prize from Amazon Web Services went to the BuyBox project.
The best startup was selected by mentors of this year’s edition of the event, including – besides SSW lawyers – also representatives of such companies as: Energa, Agora, mBank, PKN Orlen, Deloitte, PZU, AdTaily Group, CTO Dentsu Aegis Network, WinVentures, WinQbator, VML Poland, Lubię To linked by Izobar, CEO Brand 24, funds: Protos Venture Capital, Innovation Nest, Experior Venture Fund, Hedgehog Fund and the StartUp Hub Poland Foundation. The event partner was also the chain Friends Taste Your Time.
The media reported on the event extensively:
An extensive gallery of photos from Startup Fest Agora 2015 is available on the dedicated Facebook page: link
The SSW4STARTUPS programme meets the expectations of innovative entities commencing their operations, using the experience of lawyers and the Law firm in providing advisory services to entrepreneurs and with regard to new technologies, and also enables startups to contact potential investors. We would like to encourage those who want to develop a business with a trusted advisor, able to ensure legal security at the highest level, to contact us.
From the left: Łukasz Kędzierski (SSW), Hubert Spala (Rombo Games), Marcin Maciejewski (Rombo Games), Michał Badowski (SSW).
Photo: Ivan Sitsko, project author ZielonaiCzarna.pl
An international conference organised by the SSW Law Firm, in cooperation with the Arbitration Court of the Lewiatan Confederation, Club Espanol de Arbitraje (Capitulo de Polonia y Ucrania) and the Legal Sciences Institute of the Polish Academy of Sciences, was held on 27 May 2015 During the event, experts from all over the world discussed practical aspects of arbitration during international conflicts.
Dr Szymon Okoń – a co-author of the publication entitled “Is it a Low or High Price Anomaly? The Curious Case of the Polish Stock Market”
On 26 May 2015, Dr Szymon Okoń took part as a speaker in the XVI Conference in the series: Financial Management - Theory and Practice in Wrocław. He presented a paper in which research on finance was conducted and an analysis of share prices was performed for over 850 public companies listed in Poland in the years 2000-2014 in order to check whether the market anomaly, the so-called low-price effect (obtaining higher rates of return from shares with a lower nominal value) also takes place in the Polish capital market. The article was deemed to be the best article of the conference, receiving the Best Paper Award.
Please read on at link.
On 19 May 2015, experts from the SSW Law Firm for the first time under the SSW Academy conducted Legal Workshops for the Food Industry. During the meeting which lasted several hours, our specialists talked about legal aspects of the regulated sector, among other about the rules of labelling in the food industry, about methods of protecting names and shapes of products, personal data protection in the marketing activity, and the latest decisions of the Office for Competition and Consumer Protection (UOKIK) for the food industry with regard to competition-restricting practices.
The speakers during the workshops were: Michał Badowski, Anna Grau, Joanna Wieczorek, Jakub Jędrzejewski, Joanna Tomaszewska and Iwona Waglowska.
On 18 May 2015, Agnieszka Pajurek made a speech at the conference organised by Adventure Consulting. The subject of the speech was cross-border E-commerce as well as courier and logistic services versus tax obligations.
SSW Law Firm was yet again recommended by the prestigious Ranking Chambers Europe 2015 in the following categories:
- Real Estate / Construction (Band 3) – according to Chambers, the team is known for its extensive experience in advisory services concerning infrastructure, and is recommended and appreciated for depth and complexity of the lawyers' knowledge.
- M&A / Corporate (Band 5 – one level higher than in the previous year) - practice recognised for the first time in the ranking thanks to the experience in restructuring, mergers and acquisitions, and excellent recommendations, i.a.
The firm gives quality advice and provides a comprehensive service. Proactive and commercially minded team.
- Energy and natural resources (Band 3 – one level higher than in the previous year) – according to Chambers, the team stands out due to its complex experience in the mining segment, in the words of its clients: SSW’s natural resources team provides tailor-made, pragmatic advice.
Individual awards went to:
Wojciech Szczepaniak was indicated as Notable Practitioner, whereas Paweł Chyb was recognised for the first time as Other Noted Practitioner w with regard to the merger and acquisition practice.
Maciej Kruś – in the Construction area was recognised as Up and Coming for the experience in infrastructure and environmental protection
Energy and Natural Resources
Dominik Strzałkowski – recognised for achievements in renewable energy sources and recommended as open-minded, helpful and easy-going, and indicated as the Associate to watch.
Piotr Spaczyński – recommended by clients as stellar in specific mining regulations and recognised in Band 3.
We are pleased to announce, that once again SSW Law Firm was recommended by the prestigious Legal 500 Ranking.
This year SSW was awarded in eight categories:
- Corporate and M&A – (Wojciech Szczepaniak’s team distinguished for advisory on share acquisitions)
- Energy and natural resources (praised for its dedicated experts who form a dynamic duo by being as open and communicative as Piotr Spaczyński and as proactive as Anna Piotrowska)
- Tax (distinction for Patrycja Goździowska’s client-oriented team, which treat matters with the utmost care and are especially good with audits and restructuring work, recommendation for Tomasz Wickel, who is very clever, highly experienced and extremely flexible)
- Banking and finance
- Real estate and construction
In addition, for the first time, the following practices were awarded:
- Capital Markets > Debt
- Capital Markets > Equity
Among the recommended lawyers were: Wojciech Szczepaniak, Piotr Spaczyński, Patrycja Goździowska, Akinkayode Robert Phillips, Michał Badowski, Tomasz Wickel and Anna Piotrowska.
Paweł Chyb Ph.D., attorney at law and Doctor of Laws, was appointed Partner in the mergers and acquisitions department. He specialises in corporate law (with particular emphasis on mergers, restructurings and acquisitions) and commercial law. He has extensive experience in legal analysis of corporate entities and as regards M&A transactions, joint-venture projects and restructuring processes.
Szymon Okoń Ph.D., attorney at law, Doctor of Laws and Doctor of Economics, was appointed Partner in the capital markets department. He specialises in capital markets law, finance and banking. He participates in projects to secure financing and to publicize companies, and he offers ongoing advise to issuers, inter alia as regards compliance with their disclosure obligations. He has considerable experience in regulated financial markets, including the creation of investment funds, and with the licensing and supervision of financial institutions.
On 30 March 2015, Joanna Tomaszewska, Ph.D., gave a speech at the conference organised by Multiexpo. The subject of her presentation included legal aspects and security of personal data processing within data centres.