DWF has advised Orlen Capital Group's special purpose vehicle CCGT Grudziadz on the execution of engineering, procurement, and construction and long-term service agreement contracts for a gas power plant with a consortium of Siemens and Mytilineos.
The refugee crisis and related organizational adjustments are the major challenges faced by Poland, according to DWF Country Managing Partner Michal Pawlowski."Times are extremely challenging and turbulent," Pawlowski begins. "The COVID-19-related situation was finally becoming normalized, after different strains, restrictions, and vaccination-related public discourse. However, since late February, we are facing an even more extreme situation, that is, the Russian invasion in Ukraine."
On 18 October 2021, the Council of Ministers has published the draft Act on protection of persons reporting breaches of law. The Act is intended to implement Directive 2019/1937 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 23 October 2019 on the protection of persons who report breaches of Union law ("Directive 2019/1937") into the Polish legal system. The Act establishes rules and procedures for the protection of whistleblowers, i.e., persons who report information obtained in a work-related context about breaches of the European Union law.
Former PwC Legal Partner and Head of TMT/IP & Data Protection Gerard Karp has joined DWF as a Partner and Head of the firm's newly established Personal Data Protection, Cyber Security, and Technology Compliance practice in Poland. Former PwC Counsels Marian Giersz and Pawel Dudojc will be joining him in DWF's new practice as Counsels.
Over the years, all countries in the CEE region have drawn best-practice models from the West, particularly in legal, economic, and business terms. In a number of CEE countries, offices of international law firms opened in response to the needs of their global clients and market opportunities. These firms played a significant role and introduced their know-how to the legal market. Parallel to this, strong local players emerged in each of these countries, changing the competitive environment and challenging the international ones. Over the last few years, you can see a revision of the need to maintain a presence in the region by some international law firms, most notably Magic Circle and White Shoe firms.