BWW TEAM

Małgorzata Banasik

Managing Partner

Attorney-at-law with many years of experience in providing legal services to the largest Polish companies operating in the energy, heating and gas sectors. Also supported companies from the chemical, new technologies, IT and telecommunications sectors.

Participates in international energy and infrastructure projects. Competently involved in legislative processes, including the implementation of EU regulations in Poland. Co-founder of the free gas market. Represents energy law companies before the President of the Energy Regulatory Office (ERO).

Co-creates documents regulating ongoing activities of energy companies, including those relating to LNG regasification services at the terminal in Świnoujście, using her experience and technical knowledge.

Supports clients in capital transactions, mergers and acquisitions, transformations and restructuring. Currently, involved in creating new investment opportunities in the public-private partnership (PPP) formula, including institutional PPP.

Her strong position and activity on the legal market are based on experience in providing corporate services to companies listed on stock-exchange and state-owned companies, as well as many years of experience in investment, construction and infrastructure processes. Participated in many implementation projects in the IT sector, including SAP systems, also for telecommunications companies.

Conducts trainings and actively participates in conferences related to the gas market, heating sector and waste management.

In years 2019-2021, she was recommended in the THE LEGAL500 EMEA – Energy and natural resources ranking.

Aleksandra Woźniak

Managing Partner 

Attorney-at-law with many years of experience and extensive practice in the field of individual and collective labour law. As an experienced expert in the field of legal services for business entities, she efficiently establishes contacts and understands the business needs of clients. Gained her expert knowledge by cooperating with prof. Małgorzata Gersdorf for many years.

Aleksandra represents employers in cooperation with members of management boards and senior management (including the concerning principles of shaping remuneration of people managing certain legal entities), as well as parties in the course of pre-trial negotiations and in court disputes before administrative and common courts, the Supreme Court and the Constitutional Tribunal. She supports clients in contacts with the National Labour Inspectorate, the Chief Inspector of Personal Data Protection, the Social Insurance Authority (ZUS) and other authorities.

As part of individual labour law, prepares drafts of all types of contracts (including managerial contracts or non-competition agreements) and statements on the termination of employment contracts.

She has extensive experience in negotiations with trade unions. She participated in negotiations of company collective labour agreements and social packages on many occasions. Provided advice on agreeing the rules of remuneration, bonuses, work or the company social benefits fund. She dealt with consulting in the process of collective redundancies or in the process of the so-called transfer of undertakings (TUPE).

Participates in processes related to the termination of collective labour agreements and the implementation of new internal sources of labour law. Supports her clients at every stage of collective disputes, starting from negotiations, through the stage of mediation and strike referenda, up to the strike stage.

Author of numerous publications in the field of labour law. Co-author of a monograph on a limited liability company (C.H. Beck Publishing House) and co-author of a textbook for students and trainees entitled “Labour law – cases and exercises” and “Specimen pleadings in the field of labour law”. She conducts training in the field of labour law (counteracting mobbing, working time, termination of employment contracts).

A graduate of the German Law School at the Faculty of Law and Administration of the University of Warsaw.

Basic specializations:

  • Negotiations with trade unions
  • Collective disputes
  • Litigation

 

Joanna Bernat

Partner | Attorney-at-law

Attorney-at-law and experienced practitioner focusing on issues of broadly understood public economic law, in particular the Public Procurement Law, Energy Law and the RES Act. Comprehensively advises clients on the implementation of investment projects, in particular in the area of construction of new and modernization of existing generation sources, including those implemented in the PPP and public procurement law formula. Prepares and reviews tender documents and draft contracts, successfully representing clients before courts, National Board of Appeal and public administration bodies.

She has also advised on numerous regulatory projects in the area of concessions, tariffs and network codes of the Polish transmission system operator and distribution system operators from the gas fuel sector (IRiESP and IRiESD). Responsible for the preparation of model sales, distribution and comprehensive agreements for companies from the gas fuel and electricity sector, taking into account aspects of competition and consumer protection.

Experienced in conducting due-diligence analyzes of companies from the heating and electricity sectors.

A graduate of the Faculty of Law and Administration of the Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University in Warsaw and the British Law Center (Diploma in an Introduction to English Law and the Law of the European Union).

Agnieszka Ferek

Of Counsel

Attorney-at-law with many years of experience in the field of legal advice on infrastructure projects in various sectors of the economy, both for public and private entities. Expert recommended in the Chambers Europe and Legal500 EMEA ranking.

For many years she was practicing PPP in an international law firm.Has an extensive experience in providing advisory services to public entities on the development of effectiveness assessments for various PPP projects and preparation of tender documentation, including draft PPP contracts. As part of services, she provides legal support in connection with drawing a loan financing the project and the performance of all project contracts, including EPC “turnkey” contracts and financing contracts.

As an experienced practitioner, she represents clients in negotiating project contracts, tender procedures and provides advice on related legal problems. Provides comprehensive consultancy as part of projects in the field of waste management and heating, especially those implemented in the PPP formula. Participates in the implementation of projects consisting of the design, construction, maintenance and operation of incineration plants with energy recovery or in projects for the construction of a combined heat and power plant, and then management of the constructed infrastructure. Participates in servicing the sale of shares in municipal companies.

Provides comprehensive legal advice in the first PPP project in Poland in the water sector, especially in the field of tenders for the construction and operation of sewage treatment plants in the public-private partnership formula. She conducts trainings in the field of PPP and public procurement law for private and public entities.

 

Krystyna Kubaj

Of Counsel

Specialist in the areas of corporate law, including public companies, expert in restructuring processes.

Has extensive experience in the field of real estate law, including comprehensive analysis of the legal status of real estate, real estate transactions, encumbrance on real estate and conducting infrastructure investments.

Provides comprehensive consulting in investment processes. Gained professional experience by providing comprehensive, permanent service to entities in the great chemistry sector and the entity managing the seaport, including handling projects related to the construction of a gas terminal in Świnoujście and handling transformation processes.

Michał Legodziński

Senior Associate

Specialist in the field of administrative, civil and commercial law. Focuses on legal services for infrastructural, construction and renewable energy investments. Participated in the implementation of investments in the energy sector of Community importance (the so-called Poland-Lithuania energy bridge). Experienced practitioner in obtaining legal titles to real estate for the purposes of infrastructure investments.

Multiple representation of the parties in proceedings before common courts in the area of establishing transmission easement. He also has procedural experience in the field of construction law, gained in proceedings before public administration bodies and administrative courts.

A graduate of law and administration at the Faculty of Law of the Catholic University of Lublin and a scholarship holder of the rector of that university. He completed internships, incl. at the Government Legislation Center at the Chancellery of the Prime Minister. Participant of trainings and conferences on investments in nature protected areas, as well as on construction law and public procurement law.

Agnieszka Mikołajczuk

Senior Associate

Attorney at law with many years of experience in the provision of services in the area of labour law for private entities and entities in the broadly understood public sector. Advises companies from the aviation, energy and medical sectors, as well as local government units. To the extent necessary for comprehensive service to employers, she also has the necessary knowledge in the field of civil law and social insurance. Co-author of the procedural strategy in a case recognized by the Supreme Court changing the jurisprudence regarding the repeal of the existing and introducing new regulations regarding the principles of remunerating employees.

Comprehensively advises companies in the creation, shaping and application of internal sources of labour law. Participates in the creation and implementation of restructuring projects in the area of ​​labour law. Supports HR departments in their day-to-day operations – advising, among others in the matters of establishing, changing and terminating employment contracts, settling remuneration, bonuses, imposing order penalties, determining periods of special protection for employees, consulting the termination of employment contracts with trade unions. Cooperates with clients in processes related to counteracting mobbing and related audits. She advises on matters relating to the representativeness of trade unions, collective disputes and contacts with trade unions.

Represents employers in litigations in the area of labour law, implementing a consistent procedural strategy that takes into account the client’s needs.

She gained professional experience, among others at the Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights. Finalist of the first Constitutional Judicial Tournament organized by “Stowarzyszenie im. Prof. Zbigniew Hołda”, organized under the patronage of the President of the Constitutional Tribunal. Graduated with honours from the Faculty of Law and Administration at the University of Warsaw.

Basic specializations:

  • Collective labour law
  • HR audits, due diligence
  • Internal sources of labour law

Aneta Dybińska

Associate 

Specialist in the field of energy, civil and administrative law. She deals with issues related to the energy market, in particular related to the area of ​​activity of the gas sector and renewable energy sources. Participated, among others in drawing up network codes, tariffs and price lists for energy companies.

Provides legal advice on the implementation of infrastructure investments, in particular in the area of planning and spatial development, environmental law and construction law. Has experience in conducting legal due diligence of real estate for investments in the aviation area.

She was a representative of the parties in many proceedings before common courts in commercial and civil cases. Also has experience in providing legal services to local government units.

A graduate of law at the Faculty of Law and Administration of the University of Warsaw and post-graduate studies at the Academy of Energy at the Warsaw School of Economics. Participant of trainings and conferences on energy efficiency and renewable energy sources (including PPAs). She was a volunteer at the Academia Iuris Foundation Maciej Bednarkiewicz.

Basic specializations:

  • Infrastructural investments
  • Gas market
  • Environmental law

Magdalena Pieńkowska

Associate

Specialist in matters relating to energy law, civil law and public procurement. A lawyer with many years of experience in international cooperation, including contacts and negotiations with the administration bodies of the European Union. Has experience in negotiating draft EU directives and regulations, gained, among others, at the Ministry of Economy and then at the Ministry of Energy. Provided corporate services to companies with foreign capital, cooperating with foreign board members.

Participated in international projects, including infrastructure projects in the area of construction of gas pipelines. She prepared cooperation agreements with transmission operators from EU countries and third countries, legal opinions, proposals for legislative changes for companies from the gas fuel and electricity sector.

Fluent in English.

A graduate of the Law College of the Kozminski University in Warsaw and the Faculty of Modern Languages ​​at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań. A graduate of the National School of Public Administration in Warsaw.

Przemysław Bartoszek

Junior Associate

Specializes in civil law, energy law and public procurement law. Participated in the drafting  contracts for the construction of international gas pipeline connections and cooperation between transmission system operators. He prepared letters in proceedings before the Polish and Danish energy regulators. Participated in a public procurement procedure involving a large investment in the area of thermal energy and modern waste management.

Attorney trainee, a graduate of the Faculty of Law and Administration at the University of Warsaw and a scholarship holder of the rector of that university, graduated with a very good grade. Completed an apprenticeship and worked, among others in the Office of the Constitutional Tribunal (in 2014-2015).

Klaudia Niewęgłowska

Junior Associate

Specialist in the area of labour law and social security law. Interested in issues related to both individual employment relationships and collective labour law.

Mainly deals with issues related to the ongoing support of the HR and payroll area in connection with establishing and terminating employment relationships or the performance of obligations by employers during the employment relationship. Experienced practitioner in the field of benefits from the Company Social Benefits Fund, as well as preventing mobbing and related audits.

She also has experience in the areas of petty offences against employee rights and appeals against decisions of administrative bodies, including those related to occupational diseases.

Graduate of law and legal and managerial faculty at the Maria Curie-Skłodowska University in Lublin. Obtained a bachelor’s degree in international relations, specializing in international security, at the same the university. Attorney trainee at law at the Warsaw Bar Association.

Basic specializations:

  • Company Social Benefits Fund
  • Petty offences against employment rights
  • Ongoing HR suport

Piotr Wach

Junior Associate

Lawyer. Participates in advising companies from the gas, heating and electricity sectors.

Specialist in the field of energy law, in particular in the field of regulations concerning the gas sector and renewable energy sources. Participated in the provision of advisory services to trading companies in the implementation of obligations arising from the so-called the Electricity Act introducing the price cap of electricity prices in 2019, developing network codes (IRiESP and IRiESD), developing contracts and general contractual terms of gas system operators, developing a project to invest in renewable energy sources using a PPA agreement, advising energy companies in the field of representation in proceedings before the President of the ERO and the Court of Competition and Consumer Protection, preparation of tender documentation for the implementation of investment projects (including the construction of a incineration plant, in Olsztyn). Also participated in the development of the concept of creating a Polish gas hub.

Fluent in German and has knowledge of German law, in particular German energy law.

A graduate of the Faculty of Law and Administration at the University of Warsaw and the School of German Law at the Faculty of Law and Administration of the University of Warsaw. Participant of numerous trainings in the area of renewable energy sources.

Basic specializations:

  • gas market,
  • renewable energy sources (RES support systems, high-efficiency cogeneration),
  • capacity market,
  • German energy law

Mateusz Ducki

Legal Assistant

Student at the Faculty of Law and Administration at the University of Warsaw. He started working with the Law Firm after completing the third year of studies, including a course lecture on labour law. Second place winner in the National Competition on Labour Law organized by one of the renowned international law firms, in which he also gained professional experience.

He is particularly interested in issues related to the liability for damages in parties to the employment relationship, labour law litigations, issues on the border of labour law and tax law,  as well as the constitutional foundations of labour law and employment law.

In the Law Firm, he deals with cases related to employee claims for discrimination, collective redundancies, liability of management board members and tax optimization in employment relations. He also tracks changes in the labour law and monitors the latest case law of the Supreme Court and the Court of Justice of the EU, and helps in creating newsletters for clients.

Currently, he is also taking the first steps on the scientific path in the field of labour law, under the supervision of prof. Małgorzata Gersdorf. In May 2020, the first scientific article, which he co-authored, was published in Labour and Social Security Jourlan, a trade journal for labour law, concerning the so-called anti-crisis shields. In the spring of 2021, an article of his co-authorship will also be published, as a part of an international monograph edited by a professor from the University of Rzeszów. He also takes part in scientific conferences at universities, presenting speeches at topics related to labour law.

Basic specializations:

  • Employment restructuring
  • Anti-crisis solutions
  • Labour law of other EU countries