Business Law Firm: We are a business orientated Law Firm dedicated to providing our clients with business solutions of the highest professional standards in various kinds of transactions as well as in dispute resolution and arbitration matters.
Success: Our reputation has been built by adapting and refining our skills to meet the challenges presented by Poland’s transformation.
Creative, effective and clearsighted: The Firm employs highly qualified, business orientated professionals with multilingual expertise in a wide range of Industries and Practice Areas.
Approach: To provide traditional but innovative solutions to the most challenging transactions and matters.
Local yet Global: Membership of the internationally recognized legal associations below means our Clients receive our full support in both local and cross-jurisdictional transactions.
KZRP is a recommended law firm according to the international ranking of law firms, IFLR1000 Financial & Corporate 2015, in several categories: Banking and finance, M&A, Energy & infrastructure – disputes, Energy & infrastructure – project development, Energy & infrastructure – corporate, Energy & infrastructure – finance.
KZRP has been found to be one of the most innovative law firms in the World in an independent and free ranking survey conducted by the elite British newspaper, the Financial Times. For the first time in the history of the publication of the report has a Polish law firm been acclaimed. A record number of 550 applications were submitted to the organizers this year. KZRP has been classified amongst several long-established leading global law firms.
On 17 September, Mr. Rafał Rapala accepted the Ambassador of Polish Economy 2014 diploma from the hands of Minister Katarzyna Kacperczyk and Mr. Marek Goliszewski, President of the BCC, which was awarded to our Law Firm in the category: “Creator of 21st Century solutions” by the Business Centre Club and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. This is the second time that our Law Firm has been awarded the title of Ambassador. Last year we were distinguished in the category: “Foreign companies’ partner”.
Further details at: BCC website and at: Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs website
KZRP has again been awarded the European Medal in the Final of the 25th Edition of the Competition organized by the Business Centre Club in cooperation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The Medal has been awarded in the field of Innovates for the IRAAPORT® system, an authorial, innovative information technology tool which allows for effective and professional management and communication with clients with respect to the provision of legal services.
Mr. Marek Goliszewski, President of the BCC, presented the European Medal to Mr. Rafał Rapala during a ceremonial Gala event which took place on 4 June 2014 at Teatr Wielki.
KZRP was distinguished in the international legal ranking organized annually by the Managing IP and was placed 4th amongst recommended law firms in Poland in the field of Intellectual Property (tier 4).
Piotr Kochański was individually distinguished in the field of Patent Rights (Patent Star) and, Karolina Marciniszyn and Krzysztof Zięba in the category of Trademark and Copyright Law (Trademark and Copyright Star).
The Legal 500 EMEA international ranking of law firms has once again distinguished our Law Firm. The following have been individually distinguished: Piotr Kochański in the field of Intellectual Property, Rafał Rapala in the field of Mergers and Acquisitions, Tobiasz Szychowski in the field of Dispute Resolution and Małgorzata Jarosińska in the field of Real Estate Law. Among the recommended practices were: Intellectual Property, Corporate Law, M&A, Litigation, Banking & Finance, Real Estate Law, Energy and Environmental Protection Law, and Tax Law.
The Chambers Europe international ranking of law firms has once again distinguished our Law Firm. Piotr Kochański has been individually awarded in the field of Intellectual Property. Among the recommended practices were: Intellectual Property, Banking & Finance and Real Estate Law.
The results of the annual ranking for 2014 of law firms were announced during a ceremonial Gala that took place on April 16, 2014 at the premises of the editorial office of Rzeczpospolita . Despite difficult years of crisis we have pushed ahead. We are placed 16th on the basis of the number of Advocates and Legal Counselors, 15th according to the number of Lawyers, 12th in the ranking of revenue and 3rd in the ranking of income. The result points to the constant, large dynamics of our Law Firm’s development.
We are honored to inform that the international publishing house IFLR1000 has awarded Kochański Zięba Rapala & Partners Law Firm a distinction in the legal ranking Energy & Infrastructure Review CEE 2014. Magdalena Mitas has been distinguished in the area of energy and infrastructure law.
“Kochanski Zieba Rapala & Partners is a Polish independent firm with offices in Warsaw, Kraków and Lublin. Apart from Poland, the firm is also active in Slovak Republic, Sweden and Ukraine. In 2013 the firm has been busy in disputes, corporate restructuring, private equity and funds, project development, concessions and tax. It has served clients in the gas, power, renewable energy, defence, energy, industry and manufacturing sectors.
Magdalena Mitas is head of the firm’s energy law practice. She advises on all matters related to conventional and renewable energy investments such as wind farms, biogas, hydro power plants, fossil-fuel power stations and coal and coke plant investments.
Kochanski Zieba Rapala & Partners is a member of independent law firm networks such as Mackrell International and International Lawyers Network. It is also on the energy and infrastructure panels of companies such as SEKAB Biofuels & Chemicals, SIAC Construction, CJR Wind and Blue Energy. “It adjusted to us,” one client says. “It’s not like we adjusted to a big law firm, and that is a nice feeling.”
The firm acted for Siac Construction, a UK infrastructure and construction company, in an investment arbitration dispute against the Poland under the Polish-UK Bilateral Investment Treaty. The dispute is concerned with the Polish Motorways Construction Programme. It also advised the IKEA group and its Polish subsidiaries – Swedspan and Swedwood – on energy and environmental protection issues related to greenfield investments. This included the construction of a production plant in Orla, near Bialystok in Poland – the largest project conducted by IKEA group in the country”.
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26 March 2015
Yesterday, Dr. Ireneusz Matusiak, legal counselor, and Partner at Kochański Zięba Rapala & Partners received an award from the Polish Chamber of Information Technology and Telecommunications (PIIT) “for many years of success in conducting the Arbitration Court PIIT”. A second award was also received by the laureate – Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Economy – Janusz Piechociński.
26 March 2015
On 25 March 2015 the Regional Court in Warsaw entirely dismissed the Statement of Claim submitted by Radosław Sikorski in a case brought against Ringier Axel Springer Polska (RASP), represented by Kochański Zięba Rapala & Partners Law Firm.
18 March 2015
Kochański Zięba Rapala & Partners shall take part in the 5th edition of the Legal Apprenticeship and Job Fair, which is held on 17-18 March 2015 at the premises of the University Library in Warsaw.
The fair is organized by the following: BCSystems, the Faculty of Law and Administration of the University of Warsaw as well as the Students Self-Governing Body of the Faculty of Law and Administration at the University of Warsaw. The fair is held under the Honorary Patronage of the Minister of Justice of the Republic of Poland, Mr. Cezary Grabarczyk.
16 March 2015
On March 16, 2015 the Regional Court in Warsaw in a case brought by Konrad Kornatowski (the former Police Commander in Chief) against Jan Rokita (a well-known Polish politician, the former member of the Polish Parliament) for payment of PLN 100,000 as compensation, dismissed the action in full and awarded against the Plaintiff to the benefit of the Defendant the amount of PLN 3,617 as reimbursement of costs of the proceedings.
6 March 2015
Kochański Zięba Rapala & Partners (KZRP) assisted SEKAB BioFuels & Chemicals AB in its 49% shareholding investment in Bioagra S.A. which concluded with a sale of the investment to companies related to the Komorowski family for approx. SEK 233 million.
3 March 2015
The most recent publication of C.H. Beck “Legal considerations of competition on the gas market” contains a chapter by Dr. Michał Będkowski-Kozioł entitled, “Access of third parties to gas installations. Selected issues.”
The book concerns issues regarding energy law, stock exchange trading, considerations as to the development of competition on the Polish gas market, and transformation of the supply sector in the gas market.
2 March 2015
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The daily newspaper Dziennik Gazeta Prawna published an article by Paweł Borowski entitled: “A bookmaker does not have to pay out on a bet”. The requirements of conducting a betting shop result in, however, that a consumer’s actions need to be verified, in particular where the consumer uses an Internet portal in a way which could be deemed contrary to its designations.
Conferences and seminars
Rafał Bobkiewicz shall be a speaker at a conference from the series “Arbitration and Mediation in theory and practice” entitled: State and ADR, organized by the Court of Arbitration at the Nowy Tomyśl Chamber of Commerce. Rafał Bobkiewicz shall discuss the following topic: “Umbrella clauses, their scope and influence on an investor’s rights based on the investment protection treaties”.
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Magdalena Mitas shall be a speaker at a conference organized by MM Conferences entitled “Disputes concerning the connection of wind farms to power grids” which will be held on 20-21 May 2015 at the Sheraton Hotel in Warsaw. She will discuss the following topic: ”What will the RES Act and Energy Law change in the scope of connections”.