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Posting of workers after 30 July 2020 | Legal Alert

Workers’ mobility has been significantly reduced in recent months due to the Covid-19 pandemic. However, employers posting workers abroad should be aware of changes that will take effect after 30 July 2020. The new rules on posting follow from the implementation of Directive 2018/957 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 28 June […]

New provisions on the control of certain investments

As part of the so-called Anti-Crisis Shield 4.0. new provisions of the Act on Control of Certain Investments have come into force. The amendment is aimed at increasing the control of the President of the Office of Competition and Consumer Protection (UOKIK) with respect to the acquisition of Polish enterprises whose business is important for […]

Another litigation win for Kochański & Partners: Onet journalist walks free from court

The District Court for Kraków-Śródmieście has discontinued criminal proceedings against an Onet journalist who wrote about paedophilia in the Tricity area (Gdansk, Gdynia and Sopot). Mr Podolski was represented by advocate Mateusz Ostrowski, Partner and Head of Litigation at Kochański & Partners. Mikołaj Podolski detailed several paedophile crimes that were to be committed in the […]

Rzeczpospolita ranking: Kochański & Partners among growth leaders

In this year’s Rzeczpospolita law firm ranking, Kochański & Partners is ranked among the top ten law firms experiencing the most dynamic growth in the last decade. In addition, we are also recognized for our commitment to regulatory actions in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The organizers of the Rzeczpospolita ranking analyzed the growth dynamics […]

CJEU judgment on data transfer to the USA

On 16 July the Court of Justice of the European Union announced its judgment in Case C-311/18 (Data Protection Commissioner/Maximilian Schrems and Facebook Ireland)   What did the Court decide? The Court of Justice invalidated Commission Decision 2016/1250 on the adequacy of the protection provided by the EU-US Privacy Shield. The CJEU also found that […]

Kochański & Partners’ Litigation Success Before the Supreme Court – Royalties

Co-authors of films accompanying newspapers are entitled to additional royalties,  however only on copies actually sold, and not on the entire published run. Moreover, the amount of royalties may not be arbitrarily imposed by copyright collecting societies. This is the conclusion stemming from a judgment of the Supreme Court, which endorsed the arguments of Kochański […]

The Polish Labour Market Beyond Covid-19

The Polish labour market as it was in January 2020 and the one that exists six months later are two different worlds. This year began with an unemployment rate of 5.5%. The shortage of employees was one of the biggest challenges of the Polish labour market in 2020. The problem with the shrinking pool of […]

Banking sector still in crisis [Kochański & Partners report]

Polish banks have still not begun to recover from the coronavirus pandemic. Analysts warn: if specific measures are not taken quickly, the banking sector will plunge even deeper into crisis.  COVID-19 crisis in the Polish banking sector  The Polish banking sector has been severely affected by the coronavirus pandemic, recording drops of around 45% in […]

Legal Alert | Anti-Crisis Shield from Employers’ Perspective

Further regulations of the Anti-Crisis Shield, intended to support businesses affected by the COVID-19 epidemic,  have recently taken effect. The following solutions are significant from an employer’s perspective: Salary subsidies from the Guaranteed Employee Benefits Fund (FGŚP) in case of economic downtime A business which has experienced a decline in turnover attributable to COVID-19 may […]

New MDR Regulation and Draft VAT Regulation

On 1st July 2020, a new Regulation of the MF extending certain deadlines for disclosure of tax schemes and exchange of tax information with other states entered into force (“MDR Regulation”). In addition, a draft Regulation amending the Regulation on goods and services subject to preferential VAT, and conditions for application thereof, has recently been […]

Financial Shield: Aid to Large Enterprises

As part of the support programme for businesses to counteract the consequences of the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic in Poland, implemented by Polski Fundusz Rozwoju S.A. (Polish Development Fund, PFR), large enterprises may apply for financial support offered under the so-called Financial Shield. Financing of large companies includes both debt and equity financing, and is handled directly […]

COVID-19 and the Pharmaceutical Industry [Kochański & Partners report]

International investment capital will flow to companies capable of developing a cure for COVID-19. However, the Polish pharmaceutical sector, contrary to earlier expectations, has been experiencing serious declines compared to pre-coronavirus pandemic quotations.  Surprising declines Although global pharmaceutical companies have responded relatively mildly to COVID-19, the Polish sector has been experiencing heavy declines, reaching 50% […]

Poland | New anti-crisis package

Poland | New anti-crisis package – M&A screening procedures ultimately lifted for investors from OECD including the US, Canadians, Japanese and Koreans Introduction Investors from the United States, Canada, Israel, Japan or South Korea can breathe a sign of a relief that the new Polish M&A restrictive measures will not influence their plans with regard […]

A contractual penalty for early termination of a lease contract may be qualified as a cost.

In today’s Rzeczpospolita, Agata Dziwisz comments on the judgment of the Supreme Administrative Court regarding the qualification of payments as tax deductible costs, related to early termination of a lease contract: Tax authorities often take the view that payments related to early termination of a lease contract do not constitute tax deductible costs for tenants, […]

Construction industry in view of COVID-19 – impact of the pandemic on the construction and real estate sector [Kochański & Partners report]

Polish construction and real estate businesses are doing surprisingly well in the face of the coronavirus pandemic. The sector is now recovering following early slight losses. However, the question arises how the market will react to the drastic decline in the number of granted mortgages.   Construction and real estate sector in Poland The Polish […]

IP courts and changes in intellectual property proceedings

As early as the 1st of July, an amendment to the Code of Civil Procedure will enter into force, introducing specialised courts for intellectual property matters (IP Courts) into the common court system. The purpose is to ensure efficient resolution of intellectual property cases by specialised judges. IP Courts Upon entry into force of the […]

Kochański & Partners studying impact of Covid-19 on economy

The coronavirus pandemic has affected all sectors of the economy, causing one of the largest economic crises in the last 100 years. Today, almost five months after the outbreak of the epidemic, we are observing a slow return to the so-called new normality, although the situation will improve in some industries. From mid-March 2020, the […]

Situation of foreigners in Poland in view of COVID-19

The situation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic has undoubtedly affected the status of foreigners remaining in Poland, and in particular the legality of their residence and employment. This is particularly important for those whose documents legalising work and residence have expired during the pandemic, or for those trying to obtain new such documents. Extension of […]

Energy Law – New Deadlines in the Era of COVID-19

Due to the state of epidemic, Shield 2.0* has extended the deadlines for entities operating in the energy sector. The new deadlines are presented below: New deadline The validity of licensing decisions that expire during the state of epidemic threat or state of epidemic in the territory of the Republic of Poland has been extended, […]

POLISHCLOUD ACADEMY: Cooperation with leading consulting and technology companies brings banks closer to the cloud

The Polish Bank Association, Microsoft, Google Poland, the National Cloud Operator, Accenture and Kochański & Partners have established a joint group to promote cloud computing solutions in the Polish banking sector, creating the PolishCloud Academy project, providing free training and workshops relating to cloud implementation for representatives of financial institutions. Polish banks are world leaders […]

Return to a new “normality” at work

Due to the SARC-CoV-2 pandemic, measures to prevent the spread of the disease have been implemented in Poland. Regardless of whether the hazard takes a chronic form or whether it is possible to quickly eliminate the pathogen from public spaces, the time to return to normal functioning of the economy and the workplace is approaching. […]

Modern forms of advertising in the banking sector – training

The next edition of the online Digital Banking Academy training, organized by the Polish Bank Association and featuring a K&P representative, is coming on 29 May. Agnieszka Choromańska-Malicka, Counsel, Intellectual & Industrial Property Law Practice, will present the legal environment for modern forms of advertising via the legal framework of native advertising, content marketing, virals […]

New Kochanski & Partners business strategy and marketing team

Kochański & Partners (K&P) is implementing a new business strategy to rapidly accelerate its penetration of international markets via strategic alliances with key foreign law firms. This strategy involves a reformulation of the business model and closer, comprehensive cooperation with clients. K&P also plans to remodel its internal structures and processes, in particular in the […]

Kochański & Partners recognised in the Media Law International 2020 ranking

We are delighted to announce that Kochański & Partners law firm has been ranked among the best firms providing media law advice in the prestigious Media Law International (MLI) 2020 ranking. This recognition is a reflection of many years’ experience of K&P lawyers in advising leading players on the media market in Poland and involvement […]