CMS is focusing on the development of key practice areas by nominating new partners and counsels:
- Michał Pawłowski, partner in charge of Warsaw’s capital markets team – to the position of equity partner;
- Piotr Ciołkowski – to the position of partner in the energy practice;
- Katarzyna Kucharczyk – to the position of counsel in the dispute resolution department;
- Adam Stopyra – to the position of counsel in the banking and international finance department;
- Ewa Świderska – to the position of counsel in the insurance team.
“This year’s nominations are a reflection of the growth of our practice and our plans for further development, as well as the result of our increasing specialisation and adjusting to our clients’ needs,” says Małgorzata Surdek, managing partner of CMS Poland. All appointments take effect from 1 May 2016.
Michał Pawłowski specialises in capital market transactions, commercial law and securities law. He represents clients in transactions involving public offerings of shares (primary and secondary) bond issues, withdrawing companies from trading (P2P) as well as mergers and acquisitions.
Along with his team, he joined CMS in the summer of 2015. In his new role Michał will focus on the further development of the capital markets practice in Central-Eastern Europe. The capital markets team made its debut in this year’s Legal500, ranking immediately in group 2. Michał Pawłowski is recommended by Chambers & Partners as a capital markets lawyer.
He is an attorney, a doctor of law and an economist. He graduated from the faculty of law at Poznan’s Adam Mickiewicz University and earned a degree in economics at the University of Economics in Poznan. He teaches at the Kozminski University in Warsaw.
Piotr Ciołkowski will continue to develop the regulatory team he runs within the energy department. An alumnus of CMS’s graduate programme, Piotr has over 11 years’ experience advising energy clients. In addition to assisting clients with the start-up, safe running and restructuring of their operations, he is responsible for negotiating contracts for sales of goods such as oil, electricity and gas, and property rights. He participates in acquisitions transactions both in the conventional energy and renewable energy sectors. He has also conducted litigation in particular with the President of the Energy Regulatory Office.
CMS’s regulatory team, led by Piotr Ciołkowski, won first place in this year’s Polityka Insight ranking of regulatory law firms. For many years CMS’s energy practice in Poland has found itself in the highest categories (Band 1 and Tier 1) of the Chambers & Partners and Legal500 rankings, and has been recommended by Rzeczpospolita daily. Piotr Ciołkowski was also individually recommended in the last edition of the Legal500. He is a legal advisor, a graduate of the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan.
Katarzyna Kucharczyk, legal adviser, has over 10 years’ experience in representing financial institutions and clients from the construction, IT and telecommunications sectors in court disputes and in national and international arbitration. She has also actedbefore patent office and administrative courts on intellectual property matters. In her new role, Katarzyna will focus on the development of a practice devoted to construction disputes and disputes in the field of competition and consumer protection in the financial sector.
Katarzyna specialises in disputes concerning construction projects, infrastructure and real estate. She has acted for, among others, the perpetual usufructee in a precedent-setting case concerning the perpetual usufruct of land located in central Warsaw, and was a representative in matters concerning the construction of motorways. She also represents clients on competition law and consumer protection issues, including clients from the financial sector. She is a recommended dispute resolution lawyer in the international ranking Chambers Europe.
Dr Adam Stopyra, advocate, has been associated with the banking sector for more than 10 years. He specialises in regulatory issues. As counsel he will lead the derivatives, securitisation and regulations practice. He combines legal expertise with experience gained in the Department of Capital Adequacy at Raiffeisen Bank, where he was responsible for portfolio sales and securitisation. He has experience in the implementation of EU regulations such as EMIR, CRD IV, MiFID, UCITS. He has a doctorate in legal sciences from the University of Warsaw.
Ewa Świderska, legal advisor, specialises in providing legal advice to companies in the financial services sector, especially the insurance sector. She has been with CMS since 2006. As counsel and leader of the insurance team she will be responsible for the further development of this practice. She combines legal expertise with an excellent understanding of the insurance market. She gained professional experience as an in-house lawyer at various international insurance companies. She has advised on proceedings before the supervisory authority, as well as on the creation and marketing of insurance products, and on bancassurance issues. She has also dealt with data protection and consumer protection issues. Her professional experience includes transactions on the financial services market, including mergers and restructuring of international financial institutions. She graduated in law from the University of Warsaw.