Attorney-at-law

Agnieszka Zaborowska

I am familiar with all stages of the public procurement procedure and take an active part in supervising the implementation of contracts related to this subject matter. I spend more time in the National Appeals Chamber and on expressway or railroad construction sites than behind my desk in the GWW office. Since the beginning of my professional career, I have provided consultancy on public procurement in various industries. I work with both public institutions and entrepreneurs. It all began in 2007 in one of Warsaw’s renowned law firms specialising in public procurement. In July 2015, I left the old ship to set sail under the GWW flag. For many years, I have been giving lectures at training sessions, conferences and postgraduate courses. Every year I run various workshops, including discussion panels at the Public Procurement School of the Polish Mining Chamber of Industry and Commerce. I have always remained faithful to my Alma Mater (the University of Warsaw Faculty of Law and Administration) where I completed my master's degree, doctoral studies and a postgraduate course in public procurement.
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Attorney-at-law, Tax Advisor

Aldona Leszczynska-Mikulska

Was it coincidence or fate? A dozen or so years ago, during my studies at the University of Warsaw Faculty of Law and Administration, I started working in a team of international tax law specialists at one of the so-called “Big Four” accounting firms. I became a tax advisor, embarking on an adventure with international law that has continued to this day. A few years ago, after passing the bar exam, I came across a previously unknown domain in the Polish legal practice, namely wealth consulting. I took a chance. In retrospect, I can see that the effort I put into defining and disseminating the so-called private lawyer service has certainly paid off. I started working for the first generation of Polish entrepreneurs, and now I am starting to work for my clients’ children. My expertise includes transactions, investments, family matters, private property disputes. Dealing with those issues sometimes requires delving into business psychology, contemporary art or the automotive industry. My clients’ countless business ideas and passions always keep me on my toes.
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tax advisor

Andrzej Ladziński

Posiadam ponad 20 letnie doświadczenie w zakresie doradztwa podatkowego. Moją specjalizacją są postępowania podatkowe, w których organy skarbowe kwestionują skutki podatkowe przeprowadzonych optymalizacji, szczególnie tych dotyczących podatku dochodowego. Mam bogate doświadczenie w planowaniu podatkowym wewnątrzgrupowych procesów restrukturyzacyjnych. Od 2018 roku jestem członkiem Krajowej Rady Doradców Podatkowych. W wolnym czasie lubię wypoczywać na Mazurach, a moją pasją jest piłka siatkowa.

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Tax Advisor

Artur Cmoch

I have been dealing with tax counseling for more than 15 years now. I started my adventure with tax consultancy while working for one of the “Big Four” accounting firms. Then, I worked briefly for the Municipal Government Office of the Capital City of Warsaw, before going back to the tax department, this time at GWW. At GWW I deal mainly in transactions and restructuring. I am a team player, and my duties require collaborating with lawyers specialising in different legal areas. The team that I manage has a track record of a few hundred successful transactions, and (hopefully) as many satisfied customers. Only in the last two years, the tax value of the cases that we handled exceeded 3.5 billion zlotys. Tax advisors have to keep up with changes in legislation and the case law, as well as interpretations issued by tax authorities. That is quite a lot to handle. Therefore, teamwork and constant interaction and exchange of views among co-workers are vital to the success of the company.
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Attorney-at-law

Bartłomiej Wyjatek

I have been working as an attorney-at-law for over 11 years now. My way to GWW (I have been working here since May 2017) has led from a small law firm in one of the smallest Polish cities, followed by a large Warsaw-based law firm, and then an international corporation (where I was an in-house lawyer). Earlier, prior to my attorney-at-law traineeship, I volunteered in Africa which had a significant impact on my worldview. At the beginning of my legal career, I saw myself as a civil law specialist, but over time (and partly perforce) I became acquainted with the fascinating worlds of transactions, competition law and personal data. As far as work is concerned, I cannot stand boredom and monotony – and try to avoid them at all costs.
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Lawyer

Grzegorz Karwatowicz

For over a dozen years, I have been dealing with State aid, including EU funds, public procurement and public finance. Initially, I combined my professional interests with working at the Lower Silesian Marshal Office. Then, from August 2011, I switched sides and joined GWW. I dealt with EU funds even before Poland's accession to the EU – during that period I managed pre-accession funds and took part in a campaign aimed at informing Poles about EU integration conditions. I am currently supporting those applying for subsidies and those who have already received aid and are struggling with the malicious system of penalties and recovery claims. I took part in the implementation of several hundred EU projects, including infrastructure projects of strategic importance (roads, railways, power industry, waterworks, telecommunications, environmental protection). I advise on public contracts (public procurements, public-private partnerships). I make sure that my customers are not prosecuted for breach of public finance discipline. As far as litigation is concerned, I am involved in a number of court and administrative proceedings. That said, drawing up legal opinions explaining complex legal issues in the field of public law is what I enjoy the most. My goal is to squeeze as much as possible out of a legal problem... and my judo skills certainly come in handy when something needs squeezing.
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Attorney-at-law, LL.M.

Helena Kozakiewicz

For more than 10 years, I have been offering advice to employers on how to most effectively deal with employees and manage HR‑related legal issues. These types of conflicts are often accompanied by strong emotions and the parties must go to court. Contrary to popular wisdom, it is an employer that usually wins in a court of law. I also handle cases with an international scope and this is where my fluent knowledge of German and my educational background come in handy. The German language and jurisdiction are very close to my heart as I have completed a German-speaking study programme at the Faculty of Law of Viadrina European University in Frankfurt (Oder) and was awarded a degree there, while pursuing a degree in Polish law at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań. In the course of my studies, together with students from all around Europe, I had a chance to discover the intricacies of law in Salzburg, the enchanting city of Mozart. After I completed my education there, it came time to practice what I had learned. I chose to settle in Berlin and began working with the Court of Justice of the European Union as a freelancer. In my work as an attorney, I mostly appreciate the variety of cases that I conduct and the opportunity to work with people. Ambitious projects and happy clients give me great satisfaction and are a source of positive energy. (Helena worked for GWW from 2005 to 2018).
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attorney-at-law

Ines Borkowska

I started to study issues connected with the labour law in the wide sense of the word while I was still studying law at the Rzeszów University, and then the labour law became my favourite field of law. According to statistical research, Poles are one of the societies which spend most time at work, and I have been adding a few hours to those statistics for the past few years as well. Working for law firms specializing in complex legal service of business entities I encountered practical problems which are faced on a daily basis by entrepreneurs hiring both a few and a few hundred employees. Joining the team of GWW in 2018, I also focus in my professional practice on the labour law. Looking at the law from the point of view of employers, I look for solutions which combine their needs with the requirements imposed by the binding provisions. I prepare legal opinions, I prepare my opinions concerning agreements, I develop rules and other internal acts of employers. I also bear in mind a need to ensure that my advice protects the interests of employees. After all, I was dealing with the labour law also from the point of view of the employee. Due to that reason, I am well aware that satisfied employees are one of the keys to the success of the employers. Trying to accommodate the new needs of employers connected with the coming into force of GDPR, I also deal with personal data protection issues in HR.
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Attorney-at-law, LL. M.

Joanna Waśko

I have been gaining professional experience at GWW for 6 years now, with the last 3 years devoted to penal law. I mainly handle cases related to tax penal law and broadly defined business penal law, but I am no stranger to the intricacies of administrative law either, especially when it concerns access to public information and proceedings before administrative courts. I earned law degrees from University of Warsaw, Aix-Marseille Université in Aix-en-Provence and University of Strasbourg. I also graduated from University of Luxembourg with LL. M. title in European Financial and Economic Criminal Law.
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lawyer

Katarzyna Adamin

At the beginning of my law studies, the quote from Socrates: “to know is to know that you know nothing” was very close t my heart. Today, after graduating from the Warsaw University and being granted a number of additional diplomas, thanks to the experience gained during my professional practice and work with experts at GWW, I am more and more willing to repeat the words of Plato - “knowledge is the second sun for the man”. Work in the Private Client sector gives me lots of satisfaction and a possibility of continuous development. On a daily basis, the division I work for provides advisory services to individual clients. My work is a mixture of family, inheritance, company and tax law. During my work, I guide my clients through the labyrinth of complex provisions and I implement solutions which actually change their reality.
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student

Krystian Trzciński

Since the beginning of my studies, I had a feeling that I would get to the tax department. But I approached this feeling with caution, even when my friends said that I would “end up in taxes”. I quenched this feeling in me with the use of stereotypical rationalizations: after all, taxes are boring, nothing interesting apart from filling-in tax returns. But at that time I didn’t know much about them apart from the fact that they are as certain as death. Now, when I work in taxes, I feel great joy and I know now that they are not boring. Quite the opposite! They are extremely fascinating thanks to their complexity, expanse (wherever we look, we come across some tax or other) and thanks to the fact that sometimes they require intellectual gymnastics. Taxes are not only and not even mainly the so-called tax returns. This is a conceptual job where one looks for the most optimum solutions for the clients in the wilderness of tax provisions with full commitment and a certain dose of fascination. And this is what I do at work – tax planning which helps the clients of the law firm to optimize the costs connected with their business activity and ultimately leads to effective allocation of capital. Taxes are also interesting from the theoretical point of view – after all, the tax law forms the basis for the consequences of the ideas of political philosophy connected with issues such as: justice, equality and solidarity.  
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Attorney-at-law

Maciej Grzesiuk

I consider myself lucky to have combined my career with my long-time passion. I have always been interested in sports, volleyball in particular. Today, I work as an attorney specialising in numerous practice areas related to sports law.  I have provided legal advice to professional volleyball event organisers and worked as an arbiter and the Secretary of the Court of Arbitration of the Professional League of Volleyball. I also act as the Secretary of the League’s Disciplinary Committee. My practice at GWW, however, is not limited to sports law. I also have experience in handling corporate matters of companies and commercial partnerships, as well as conducting optimisation and restructuring processes in companies and groups. What I enjoy most about my work is that it gives me an opportunity to get acquainted with the inner workings of the sports community.  Having worked with various Polish volleyball organisations, I feel that I have made a contribution to professionalising the sport in our country, which elevated it to the highest European level. My personal passion is sailing, and I am proud to say that I have managed to venture beyond the familiar waters of Polish lakes.
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Attorney-at-law, Doctor of Law

Marcin Borkowski

Legal studies are accompanied by the Latin sentence: “Ius est ars boni et aequi” (The law is the art of goodness and equity). However, practice makes short work of this lofty idea. It turns out that clients are more likely to expect practical and profitable solutions. That is why I specialise in commercial law (corporate law), civil law and intellectual property law. During my many years of working with businesses, I have gained the skills and extensive knowledge necessary to advise both Polish and foreign entrepreneurs, with particular focus on implementing restructuring processes, preparing legal audits and the comprehensive handling of real estate transactions. In parallel to my legal practice, I lead training sessions for entrepreneurs and local government units. I have also authored numerous publications, including two legal monographs – "Mergers of Joint Stock Companies, with Particular Focus on Banks" and "Representation of a Limited Liability Company", as well as numerous articles published in economic journals and magazines. There is an old Polish curse that says: “May you teach other people's children”. Lecturing at SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities has indeed shown me just how challenging that task may be. It cannot be ruled out that this experience will inspire me to write another monograph..., although not necessarily about law.<0}
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TRAINEE ATTORNEY-AT-LAW

Marta Banasiak

My initial plan was to work in environmental protection only until I managed to get into the Master’s programme in English Philology, a path which I have always wanted to pursue. That temporary job has proven to be permanent and I cannot imagine myself doing anything else. Waste and wastewater, installations, payments, authorisations, ETS and allowances have definitely become my thing. Yes, I admit that my career is not exactly straight out of a Grisham novel, but the multitude of obligations resulting from environmental law, their complexity and the frequency of legislative changes can still pose a daunting challenge. Analysing and interpreting environmental law and providing support to entrepreneurs in meeting its requirements gives me more than enough opportunities to put my skills and knowledge to the test. Furthermore, I also publish articles and teach entrepreneurs about the intricacies of environmental law. At the moment, I am earning my stripes at GWW as an attorney-at-law apprentice which will allow me to represent cases in court.

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TRAINEE ATTORNEY-AT-LAW

Marta Lipińska

I have always had an affinity for construction. Before I became a lawyer, I pursued and obtained an engineering degree in spatial planning from the Warsaw University of Technology. Afterwards, I started work in public procurement with one of the largest contracting authorities in Poland. It was then that my interest in law was sparked. I decided to take up legal studies and, after several years, managed to finish my dream degree in law. I am currently in my second year of apprenticeship with a view of becoming an attorney-at-law. I have been working at GWW for several years now, handling legal issues related to infrastructure and public procurement projects. I am also no stranger to civil law and procedure. Drafting legal opinions and contracts related to the construction process, and representing clients before the Polish National Chamber of Appeals (KIO) are my daily bread. I usually spend my evenings browsing Lex, a legal resources website for lawyers, and familiarising myself with new case-law developments, which unfortunately leaves little time for pleasure reading.

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TRAINEE ATTORNEY-AT-LAW

Michał Wieliński

Each day I help entrepreneurs from different sectors of the economy solve the legal problems that they face in their day-to-day business operations. I assist clients in preparing commercial contracts and advise on matters related to construction works, intellectual property rights, capital markets and transportation law. I approach my job with enthusiasm and pay due consideration to the provisions of law. The opportunity to accompany clients in business ventures which add value to our surroundings has always given me great satisfaction. I earned degrees in law and international business from Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań and a certificate from the British Law Centre. I also studied at Ghent University in Belgium for six months. My dissertation received an award of the Minister of Science and Higher Education in the Polish Patent Office Competition for the best master's theses in the field of intellectual property protection.
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Lawyer

Pawel Różyński

I have been a part of GWW for almost 10 years. During that time, I supervised and assessed hundreds of public procurement proceedings, including those that were placed under ex-ante control of the President of the Polish Public Procurement Office. I represented over 200 contractors and contracting authorities before the National Appeals Chamber. I am also well-versed in all aspects of public-private partnerships, which are more complex forms of cooperation between public and private entities. In essence, the public procurement process aims to allocate public funds (almost 200 billion zlotys each year) in the most efficient manner possible. The process is not limited to a competition between contractors, but also aims to reconcile the needs of contracting authorities with the capabilities of companies. I am grateful to GWW for giving me the opportunity to participate in the most interesting projects taking place in the market.
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Lawyer

Paweł Szabat

I set out on my tax adventure almost 20 years ago. I was young and eager back then, keen to explore the secrets of tax law, so I decided to enrol in a postgraduate course in taxation at Warsaw School of Economics. Since then, my career has focused on legal issues relating to taxes. I started out as an advisor with telecoms. As an in-house lawyer, I had the opportunity to apply my knowledge in practice, but also became familiar with the procedures and risk involved in the operations of telecommunications companies. Later, as GWW's expert, I gained experience by working with practically all of Poland's mobile network operators. I have now returned to my hometown of Rzeszów and currently supervise GWW's Podkarpacie regional office, familiarising myself with the booming local business environment, which has recently been selected as a destination for investment by a number of international players. I have always valued direct contacts with business clients. This allowed me to gain a practical view of tax matters, which I have always found fascinating. Why? Because it allows working out solutions that not only meet the legal requirements and keep the tax authorities satisfied, but also ensure that the business is not overburdened by its tax duties. As an experienced and "stable" advisor, I find reconciling these two aspects infinitely satisfying.
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attorney-at-law

Piotr Czajka

I have been with GWW since 2018, and before I had been focusing for a few years on the legal aspects of the Internet and the law on the Internet. My interests are concentrated on legal issues connected with modern technologies and businesses operated with their use. I try to combine the demand of entrepreneurs and startups for the knowledge from the fields such as copyright law, personal data protection, commercial agreements, investment agreements, legal forms of conducting business activities in the Internet sector and their influence on tax issues. I have wanted to organize “something” since always, and this represented itself, already when I was at the University, by the establishment of the Scientific Society of Financial and Tax Law and becoming its first chairman. To calm down the atmosphere, I willingly stop to concentrate on a certain issue for longer, which, with time, brings about result in the form of articles which, before now, I have managed to publish in tax magazines and on the Lexplorers blog. Being a passionate photographer and Internet media enthusiast, I try to provide hints how to legally handle the “contents”. I am glad that I can be a member of GWW due to my great passion for club volleyball which, I guess, has been present in the life of GWW since always.
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attorney-at-law

Piotr Świstak

Dzięki pracy dla wiodących firm z różnych branż: deweloperskiej, medycznej, automotive, meblarskiej, TSL i innych, zetknąłem się z w praktyce z wieloma dziedzinami prawa. Kompleksowe wsparcie przedsiębiorców umożliwiło mi zdobycie doświadczenia na każdym etapie przedsięwzięć biznesowych – od negocjacji kontraktów, zabezpieczania realizacji inwestycji, po spory sądowe. Zauważyłem, że dla klientów kluczowe znaczenie ma zawsze aspekt podatkowy. Dlatego zdecydowałem się na rozwój w tym kierunku w GWW, skupiając się na reprezentacji przedsiębiorców w sporach podatkowych z fiskusem oraz doradztwie podatkowym w ich bieżącej działalności. Ponieważ interesuję się informatyką, postanowiłem połączyć moje umiejętności z prawem. Zaawansowana znajomość obsługi komputerów stała się atutem w doradztwie z zakresu nowoczesnych technologii oraz podczas wdrażania rozwiązań informatycznych. Śledzę rozwój narzędzi informatycznych i informatyzacji życia publicznego, a także ich wpływ na zmieniające się otoczenie prawne. Prywatnie moją pasją jest muzyka i gra na gitarze elektrycznej.
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Attorney-at-law

Rafał Pietruszewski

My responsibilities include rendering legal services to businesses. I help them deal with everyday legal issues, but also handle complex, multi-stage optimisation and investment projects implemented by companies and capital groups. Moreover, I advise sporting clubs, which usually involves heated emotions and dealing with legal issues that have not been handled by courts before and to which you will not find any similar key cases or legal commentary. I feel a sense of accomplishment helping my clients solve their often very complex legal predicaments. I enjoy working with businesspeople and gaining first-hand insights into their companies. My hobbies include literature, history and weaponry, especially melee weapons.

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Lawyer

Roksana Waltrowska

Ever since I started my legal studies, I have been interested in construction law which has eventually become my passion. After graduation, I gained experience in this field by working at the District Inspectorate of Construction Supervision, where I was given the opportunity to explore legal issues from the perspective of public administration authorities. Today, my duties at GWW require me to look at the same issues from the investor’s perspective. Due to the dynamic changes taking place in the infrastructure sector, including the modernisation of technical solutions and legal instruments, I try to keep track of the problems and challenges faced both by developers and private individuals. To me, spatial planning, urban development and architecture are more than just legal and construction issues, they are my hobby. I still cannot decide what I find more appealing: Le Corbusier with his synthetic modernism or Gaudi's art nouveau lines. Because studying is the best way to self-development, I recently started a postgraduate course in Mediation allowing me to learn the secrets of amicable dispute resolution, both in administrative law and civil law cases.  
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Attorney-at-law

Tomasz Krzywański

Before I started my legal career, I saw myself as Harvey Specter, a character from the popular Suits television series, working on multi-million dollar corporate lawsuits. With time, however, I noticed that helping people solve their problems is what I enjoy doing the most. Therefore, I advise business owners and wealthy individuals, ensuring that their families and property remain safe and secure. I specialize in several interconnected areas: taxation, partnerships and companies, family and inheritance law. Most of my cases include trans-border issues spanning several jurisdictions. I am no stranger to trusts, foundations and offshore partnerships. My greatest passion, however, are citizenship cases. Looking through archives to find traces of my clients' relatives makes me feel like I am recovering long-lost tales of the past.
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TRAINEE ATTORNEY-AT-LAW

Tomasz Piejak

For quite a few years now I have been handling tax, family and inheritance cases, as well as helping set up, run and restructure corporate entities. I put all of my experience and knowledge in those areas to use by advising on tax, asset protection and succession planning strategies. Trans-border cases are my favourite as they allow me to make practical use of my foreign language skills, which I love learning in my free time. I have degrees in law and European studies from University of Warsaw and the Italian and European Law School which was co-founded by my Alma Mater and University of Catania. <0} At present I am preparing for my bar exam at the Bar Chamber in Warsaw and following a programme at the School of French Law of the University of Poitiers. Apart from learning foreign languages, my hobbies include biking, hiking in the mountains and recording songs in my home studio. Unfortunately, free time is not something that I have too much of, so most of my "gruelling" biking trips are actually limited to commuting, I sometimes go on hiking trips over the weekend and do most of my singing in the shower.
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Tax Advisor

Tomasz Sobczak

I have been working with taxes for the last 15 years. I set out on this long journey during my law studies at university. My first tax project involved transfer prices, and more precisely the obligation to document all transactions with affiliated parties which was introduced to the Polish law in 2001. Since then, I have handled all kinds of tax-related issues. I have always found transfer price legal disputes with tax authorities to be the most interesting, challenging and engaging. Currently, I head the transfer price team forming part of GWW's tax practice.
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attorney-at-law

Urszula Darkowska

I have been dealing with court trials for more than 10 years, and for the past 2 years, I have been the head of the procedural department of GWW. I mainly conduct civil and commercial cases. Those cases often concern multi-million compensation or contractual penalties. I also represent clients in matters concerning copyrights infringements, including disputes with collecting societies. My interest in court litigation and arbitration started during my studies at the Warsaw University where, while attending the British law school, I took part in moot court competition. Nowadays, my practice also extends to arbitration cases – I serve the function of an arbiter of the Conciliation Court of the Professional Volleyball League and I represent entrepreneurs in disputes before arbitration courts.
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