CMS has announced the promotion of Michal Pawlowski and Piotr Ciolkowski to Partner, and Katarzyna Kucharczyk, Adam Stopyra, and Ewa Swiderska to Counsel and head of practice in Poland.
“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 specialization and adjusting to our clients’ needs,” says Malgorzata Surdek, who herself was recently named Managing Partner of CMS Poland (as reported by CEE Legal Matters on May 17, 2016). All appointments took effect on May 1, 2016.
New Partner Michal Pawlowski specializes 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 from DLA Piper. He also worked for two and a half years at White & Case in Warsaw. 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.
Fellow new Partner Piotr Ciolkowski will continue to develop the regulatory team he runs within the energy department. An alumnus of CMS’s graduate program, 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. He is, like Pawlowski, a graduate of the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan.
According to CMS, new Counsel Katarzyna Kucharczyk has over 10 years’ experience in representing financial institutions and construction, IT and telecommunications clients in court disputes and in national and international arbitration. She has also acted before patent office and administrative courts on intellectual property matters. In her new role, Kucharczyk 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.
New Counsel Ewa Swiderska, who has been with CMS since 2006, has taken over the office’s Insurance team from new CMS Managing Partner Malgorzata Surdek. CMS reports that Ewa “gained professional experience as an in-house lawyer at various international insurance companies,” and says that “she has advised on proceedings before the supervisory authority, as well as on the creation and marketing of insurance products, and on bancassurance issues, [and] has also dealt with data protection and consumer protection issues." She graduated from the University of Warsaw.
New Counsel Adam Stopyra will lead the derivatives, securitization, and regulations practice at CMS. According to the firm, “he combines legal expertise with experience gained in the Department of Capital Adequacy at Raiffeisen Bank, where he was responsible for portfolio sales and securitization. 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."
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