Wierzbowski Eversheds has announced that Ewa Lachowska-Brol, Ewa Szlachetka, and Gerard Karp have become the fifth, sixth, and seventh equity partners at the firm.
DZP is reporting that on November 24, 2016, Poland’s Constitutional Tribunal ruled that a Polish regulation allowing payments for international transport drivers to be made in the form of overnight allowances is not compliant with the Polish Constitution, in the process accepting the argument made by DZP's lawyers on behalf of the Transport & Logistics Poland Employers' Association. The firm’s application for a ruling on the constitutionality of article 21a of the Act on Drivers' Working Time was filed by the firm in February 2015.
The Robert Siwik Public Procurement Law Firm is reporting that it successfully represented two large trade associations — the Polish Association of Construction Employers and the Polish Association of Aggregates Producers — in appeal proceedings before Poland's National Chamber of Appeals (NCA) involving the award of a contract for the redevelopment and extension of a section of the "inter-regional road” 559. The two associations had joined their claim to that of appellant Skanska SA.
The Public Procurement Law Firm Robert Siwik has represented a consortium of Saferoad group companies in appeal proceedings before Poland's National Chamber of Appeals (NCA) concerning a tender for the maintenance of a section of the country's highway around Poznan. The contracting authority was the General Directorate for National Roads and Motorways – Division in Poznan (the "Directorate").
In 2016 the Polish capital markets have been influenced by two major factors: last year’s parliamentary elections, which brought the Law and Justice Party to power, and the effects of the reform of open-end pension funds (OFEs), which resulted in a reduction of the capital that OFEs could allocate to investments in shares listed on the Warsaw Stock Exchange (WSE).
Robert Siwik has announced that former Partner Artur Bierc has "ceased to be a partner in Bierc Siwik & Partners (BS&P) and engaged in the practice of the legal profession in another organizational structure," and that, going forward, his firm will do business as The Robert Siwik Public Procurement Law Firm (in Polish, the “Kancelaria Prawa Zamowien Publicznych Robert Siwik”).
Norton Rose Fulbright has advised a consortium of banks consisting of Bank Gospodarstwa Krajowego, Bank Zachodni WBK S.A., Powszechna Kasa Oszczednosci Bank Polski S.A., and the European Investment Bank on a PLN 629 million loan facility to be made available to Polish transport company Przewozy Regionalne sp. z o.o. Hogan Lovells advised Przewozy Regionalne on the deal.
Allen & Overy has advised SGL Carbon SE, a leading global manufacturer of carbon-based products and materials based in Wiesbaden, Germany, on the conclusion of a syndicated revolving credit facility with a syndicate of banks advised by Freshfields. Binder Groesswang advised SGL Carbon on matters of Austrian law, with Burness Paull advising the company in Scotland, Viera de Almeida & Associados in Portugal, and Baker & McKenzie in the United States.
In our new Marketing Marketing feature, introduced in this issue, we ask our law firm marketing and business development friends across CEE to share their experience and perspectives on their profession. The premier question is a simple one: If you had three more hours in the day at work, what one part of your job would you prioritize in that extra time?
In “The Buzz” we interview experts on the legal industry living and working in Central and Eastern Europe to find out what’s happening in the region and what legislative/professional/cultural trends and developments they’re following closely. Because the interviews are carried out and published on the CEE Legal Matters website on a rolling basis, we’ve marked the dates on which the interviews were originally published.
Greenberg Traurig, has advised Rentokil Initial plc on its joint venture agreement with Haniel & Cie. Holding Company, resulting in a unified provider of workwear and hygiene services in Europe with combined revenues of approximately EUR 1.1 billion. The Dusseldorf-based Glade Michel Wirtz law firm provided counsel to Haniel.
Norton Rose Fulbright has advised Inter Cars S.A. and its group companies on a PLN 1.1 billion loan facility. Clifford Chance, working with Tark Grunte Sutkiene (TGS), Divjak, Topic & Bahtijarevic (DTB) and Montanios & Montanios, advised Bank Pekao S.A. (agent), mBank S.A. (security agent), and Bank Handlowy w Warszawie S.A. (Citi Handlowy), ING Bank Slaski S.A., Bank BGZ BNP Paribas S.A., DNB Bank, and Caixa Bank as mandated lead arrangers on the facility.
Clifford Chance has advised the European Investment Bank (EBI) on the debut hybrid unsecured subordinated registered bonds in the amount of EUR 190 million issued on December 16, 2016 by Tauron Polska Energia S.A. Allen & Overy advised Tauron Polska on what is the first issue of hybrid bonds of this type by a Polish entity.