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On 30 November 2018, a new law implementing several changes to existing legislation (1), notably to the Civil Code and the Commercial Companies Code, as well as to tax laws, was announced. The new law, which will enter into force at the beginning of 2019 (with respect to matters commented on below, mostly as of 1 March 2019).

CMS has advised private equity fund Value4Capital on the acquisition by its V4C Poland Plus Fund of waste management firm Kom-Eko S.A. from Royalton Partners. Allen & Overy Warsaw advised the sellers, Royalton Partners’ Royalton Capital Investors II.

The Polish Competition Authority has been increasingly active as the market watchdog. In assuming his position as President of the Competition Authority in 2016, Marek Niechcial announced his commitment to strengthening competition law enforcement via a stricter approach, more investigations, and higher fines for wrongdoers. The last two years demonstrate that the Authority is working towards delivering on this promise.

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