The Kieszkowska Rutkowska Kolasiński law firm was established by recognised experts in pharmaceutical and medical law - Paulina Kieszkowska-Knapik, Advocate, Ewa Rutkowska, Advocate, and competition law - Marcin Kolasiński,  Legal Advisor. The law firm comprises an experienced team, which has worked with the founders for a long time.

We all have many years of experience of working in international law firms (including Baker & McKenzie, Hogan Lovells and CMS Cameron McKenna).

We have been regularly recommended as leading law firm and lawyers in pharmaceutical law and competition law by Polish and international rankings of law firms and lawyers, such as Chambers Europe, The Legal 500 and ranking of one of the best known Polish daily papers Rzeczpospolita. Since 2014 the prestigious international Chambers Europe ranking has acknowledged our law firm as the best Life Sciences practice in Poland.

We advise domestic and foreign businesses. We have been working for them for years and understand their needs. We ensure that our assistance not only provides our clients with legal safety, but also gives their business practical assistance.

We help businesses operate in compliance with regulatory requirements and the principles of competition law. We advise them in relations with public authorities, other businesses and consumers, including in product liability cases.

We provide services to businesses from various sectors, having special expertise in advising the pharmaceutical and medical sectors. We take advantage of this experience in our work for clients from other sectors. We also advise employers’ organisations and chambers of commerce.

We provide advice on the basis of Polish law and European law. We work with foreign law firms if the need arises for support by lawyers from other jurisdictions.

We represent companies in administrative and court proceedings. We also work pro bono.

REGULATORY ADVICE

  • Pharmaceutical and healthcare sector
    • Pharmaceuticals

      We provide legal advice in the following areas:

      • Clinical trials and observational studies
      • Marketing authorisation and post-authorisation variations
      • Manufacturing and imports of pharmaceuticals
      • Wholesale distribution of pharmaceuticals
      • Activities of pharmacies and retail trading of pharmaceuticals
      • Pharmacovigilance
      • Pharmaceutical advertising
      • Compliance
      • Regulations on veterinary drugs
      • Proceedings before the Main Pharmaceutical Inspector, the President of the Drug Registration Office, the Minister of Health and administrative courts in relation to pharmaceutical law
      • Business activities in the light of industry codes of good practice
      • Disputes based on codes of good practice
      English
    • Medical devices

      We provide legal advice in the following areas:

      • Applications and notifications of regulatory authorities
      • Clinical trials of medical devices
      • Manufacturing, imports and distribution of medical devices
      • Advertising of medical devices
      • Compliance
      • Medical device incidents
      • Administrative proceedings before administrative courts
      • Advice based on codes of good practice
      English
    • Reimbursement

      We provide legal advice in the following areas:

      • Market access
      • Reimbursement of drugs, medical devices and foodstuffs for special nutritional purposes
      • Reimbursement proceedings
      • Appeal proceedings and cases before administrative courts regarding reimbursement
      English
    • Healthcare

      We provide legal advice in the following areas:

      • Disputes between healthcare providers or patients and the National Health Fund
      • Appeal and administrative court proceedings with regard to the Act on Healthcare Benefits Financed with Public Funds
      • The establishment and operation of healthcare establishments
      • Medical experiments and research
      • Liability of healthcare establishments and physicians
      • Legal issues on matters covered by the Act on Healthcare Benefits Financed with Public Funds, the Act on Medical Activity, the Act on the Professions of Physicians and Dentists and other related legal acts
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    • Food and cosmetics

      We provide legal advice in the following areas:

      • Notification proceedings
      • Regulatory issues related to food and cosmetics
      • Advertising of foods and cosmetics
      • Safety of foods and cosmetics
      • Proceedings before the Chief Sanitary Inspector and other supervisory authorities
      • Disputes regarding unfair competition
      English
  • Other regulated sectors

    We provide legal advice in the following areas:

    • Solutions for highly regulated sectors, for example, the telecommunications, postal, railway and energy sectors
    • Obtaining administrative permits to conduct business
    • Launch of new products onto the market or definition of their terms of sale
    • Third party access
    • Administrative and court proceedings
  • Other regulatory advice

    We provide legal advice in the following areas:

    • Legal restrictions on conducting business in sectors other than highly regulated sectors
    • Borderline products and identification of their corresponding sectoral regulations
    • Standardisation, certification and marking of products, including the CE mark
    • Quality requirements and technical inspections
    • Inspections and authorities supervising markets
    • Product marking

COMPETITION ADVICE

  • Competition protection

    We provide legal advice in the following areas:

    • Identification of illegal agreements
    • Identification of the abuse of dominant market power
    • Notifications to the antitrust authorities of breaches of competition law
    • Notifications to the antitrust authorities about the intention of businesses to concentrate
    • Preparation of distribution and marketing strategies in accordance with competition law
    • Training on compliance with competition law
    • Antitrust audits
    • Mock dawn raids
    • Procedures in the event of audits by the antitrust authorities and assistance of clients in the case of such audits
    • Administrative and court proceedings
  • Combating unfair competition

    We provide legal advice in the following areas:

    • Identification of acts of unfair competition
    • Negotiations with market players on their acts of unfair competition
    • Audits of compliance with the Act on Combating Unfair Competition
    • Preparation of legally safe trading strategies
    • Administrative and court proceedings
  • Tender proceedings

    We provide legal advice in the following areas:

    • Preparation of tender procedures in public and private procurement
    • Preparation of tenders and participation in tender procedures
    • Development of specific tender strategies (e.g. establishment of consortia)
    • Administrative and court proceedings
  • State aid

    We provide legal advice in the following areas:

    • Analysis of the possibility of the existence of state aid in specific situations
    • Identification of permissible and prohibited state aid
    • Proceedings on the award of state aid
    • Proceedings on the refund of illegal state aid

CONSUMER LAW

  • Abusive clauses

    We provide legal advice in the following areas:

    • Identification of contractual provisions breaching consumer interests
    • Preparation of model contracts, sales and promotional regulations used in retailing
    • Advice on online sales and other forms of modern communication
    • Audits of compliance regarding the risk of using abusive clauses
    • Register of prohibited clauses
    • Administrative and court proceedings
  • Breach of the collective interests of consumers

    We provide legal advice in the following areas:

    • Identification of breaches of collective consumer interests (e.g. unfair market practices, acts of unfair competition)
    • Audits of compliance regarding the risk of breaching collective consumer interests
    • Preparation of the principles of an information policy in sales relations with consumers
    • Administrative and court proceedings

     

PRODUCT LIABILITY

  • Product safety

    We provide legal advice in the following areas:

    • General product safety and specific requirements for a given type of product
    • Corrective actions in the case of unsafe products
    • Recall of unsafe products from the market
    • Administrative proceedings on recalling products from the market
    • Product liability risk management
  • Crisis situations

    We provide legal advice in the following areas:

    • Assessment of legal risks and support in building a strategy
    • Coordination of activities of experts and the crisis team
    • Representation before supervisory authorities and the law enforcement agencies
    • Legal assistance in relations with injured parties
    • Legal assistance in relations with business partners
    • Cooperation with PR specialists and insurers
  • Product liability disputes

    We provide legal advice in the following areas:

    • Building a strategy with respect to claims for damages
    • Coordination of the process of examining claims for damages
    • Settlement negotiations
    • Representation of businesses in product liability litigation
    • Cooperation with lawyers from other jurisdictions in the case of disputes in various countries
    • Cooperation with PR specialists and insurance companies

PERSONAL DATA PROTECTION

  • GDPR

    We provide legal advice in the following areas:

    • Audits and implementation of the requirements of the General Data Protection Regulation 2016/679 (GDPR), including reviewing and preparing the necessary documentation
    • Matters related to personal data processing (including data transfers outside the EEA, processing of sensitive data, as well as processing of data for marketing purposes)
    • Drafting and negotiating contracts regarding personal data (including data processing agreements, arrangements between data controllers or co-controllers and others)
    • Representing clients in proceedings regarding personal data before the President of the Personal Data Protection Office, administrative courts, and in privacy-related civil and criminal cases
    • Trainings on personal data protection law

IP | NEW TECHNOLOGIES

  • IP

    We provide legal advice in the following areas:

    • All aspects of intellectual property, including copyrights, patents, rights to software, rights to trademarks, trade secrets (confidential know-how), as well as unfair competition, including unfair advertising matters
    • Representing clients before courts of general jurisdiction and specialised IP courts, in particular in patent, trademark, and copyright infringement, as well as unfair competition cases
    • Representing clients before arbitration courts in proceedings concerning Internet domain names
    • Representing clients before the Polish Patent Office, and EUIPO, as well as before administrative courts (including the Supreme Administrative Court) in IPR cancellation, opposition, and expiration proceedings
    • Proceedings concerning intellectual property before customs authorities
    • Representing clients before Polish and EU authorities in trademark registration proceedings
    • Management of trademark portfolios
    • Registrability of intellectual property and freedom-to-operate/IP clearance issues regarding patents, trademarks and designs
    • Monitoring of trademarks registered by other entities, review and preparation of intellectual property protection and enforcement strategies
    • Drafting and negotiating contracts regarding intellectual property, including transfer and/or licence agreements, as well as agreements on the in-kind contribution of intellectual property and know-how to commercial companies
  • New technologies

    We provide legal advice in the following areas:

    • Software licensing (including reviewing, drafting and negotiating, as well as localisation of licence agreements, and contracts for the implementation, maintenance (including SLA), and development of IT systems)
    • Non-personal data protection, including on free flow of data and data ownership, as well as legal aspects of Big Data
    • Legal aspects of outsourcing of IT services, cloud computing, and blockchain technologies, as well as use of the neural networks
    • Reviewing and preparation of the required documentation (including terms of use, as well privacy policies/notices, cookie policies etc. for websites, social media profiles (fan pages), e-stores (and other e-commerce activities) as well as for competitions and other promotional campaigns (both online and offline)
    • Representing providers of e-services
    • Legal aspects of creating and distributing computer games, music, and e-books
    • E-health, telemedicine, computerisation of healthcare providers, modern medical devices and mobile applications for healthcare (mHealth)
    • Reviewing, drafting and negotiating non-disclosure agreements (NDAs), R&D contracts and others

OTHER ADVISORY SERVICES

  • Compliance

    We provide legal advice in the following areas:

    • Identification of areas of legal risk
    • Preparation of compliance procedures (at Polish and European level)
    • Verification of compliance procedures of multinational corporations in the light of Polish law
    • Coordination of the localisation of procedures and of compliance advice in other countries
    • Training on compliance
    • Assessment of consistency of operations with the compliance rules
    • Compliance audits
    • Negotiation of contracts encompassing compliance clauses
    • Representation of clients in proceedings conducted by authorities responsible for areas of compliance
    • Training and internal procedures in the case of dawn raids
  • Litigation and arbitration

    We provide legal advice in the following areas:

    • Product liability litigation
    • Disputes regarding competition protection and unfair competition, including advertising disputes
    • Consumer law disputes
    • Disputes regarding parallel imports of pharmaceuticals
    • Other business disputes
    • Proceedings before arbitration courts (permanent and ad hoc)
    • Administrative court proceedings (Voivodship and Supreme Administrative Courts)
    • Proceedings before industry disciplinary courts and the Advertising Ethics Council
    • Individual complaints to the Constitutional Tribunal
  • Ongoing advice to businesses

    We provide legal advice in the following areas:

    • Legal support in civil law, commercial law, labour law, personal data protection, advertising law, etc.
    • Advice on company restructuring, e.g. advice during merger processes and the reorganisation of distribution models
    • Conducting due diligence analyses
  • European law

    We provide legal advice in the following areas:

    • Advice on the relationship between European law and Polish law
    • The State’s liability for the incorrect implementation of European law
    • The use of European law in commercial relations with players on the market
    • Proceedings before the European Commission and the European courts
  • Legal assistance to industry organisations

    We provide legal advice in the following areas:

    • Ongoing legal advice
    • Training and audits
    • Analysis of the compliance of draft legislation with European law
    • Analysis of the practical effects of planned amendments to legislation
    • Preparation of draft positions in public consultations on draft legislation
    • Preparation and revision of codes of best practices

Principals

  • Paulina Kieszkowska-Knapik - Attorney-at-Law

    advises companies and industry organisations on healthcare law, especially the Pharmaceutical Law, the Reimbursement Act and the Act on Medical Activity. 

    Paulina Kieszkowska-Knapik is also a co-founder of the Lege Pharmaciae Foundation, a non-governmental organisation formed to analyse and hold a public debate on defects in legal regulations in the healthcare sector. Paulina Kieszkowska-Knapik works with the Civic Legislation Forum at the Stefan Batory Foundation on the introduction of European lawmaking standards in Poland.

    Recommended for many years by Polish (Rzeczpospolita and Dziennik Gazeta Prawna) and international (Chambers Europe, The Legal 500) rankings as the best specialist in pharmaceutical law in Poland. She advises patient organisations pro bono, including the Polish Coalition of Cancer Patient Organisations, the Alivia Foundation and the Federation of Polish Patients.

    Paulina worked at Baker & McKenzie law firm for a decade, having previously worked at CMS Cameron McKenna.

    Law Firms' Ranking 2022 by the Polish daily newspaper Rzeczpospolita 

    Paulina Kieszkowska-Knapik – lawyer-leader in Pharmaceutical and Medical Law.

    Chambers Europe 2022 – Life Sciences – STAR INDIVIDUAL

    The Legal 500 Europe, Middle East and Africa 2022 – Healthcare and life sciences –​ LEADING INDIVIDUAL

    Puls Medycyny (Polish medical portal)  List of 100 for 2021

    Paulina Kieszkowska-Knapik on the Puls Medycyny List of 100 most influential people in the Polish healthcare system in 2021.

    e-mail: paulina.kieszkowska-knapik@krklegal.pl

  • Ewa Rutkowska - Attorney-at-Law

    is an expert in pharmaceutical law, healthcare law and product liability. She has many years of experience in legal advice to Polish and international companies from the pharmaceutical industry, the medical devices sector and the FMCG sector. She advises industry organisations which she has repeatedly represented as the public party in the legislative process as well as supporting them in work on industry codes of best practices. Ewa also works pro bono for non-profit organisations, including the Foundation “Warsaw Hospice for Children.”

    Ewa Rutkowska has many years of experience in product liability litigation, including highly publicised cases of global product recall from the market. She also represents clients in other cases before courts of law and arbitral tribunals. She is the Chair of the Nominating Committee of the Court of Arbitration at the Confederation of LEWIATAN and a member of the Revising Committee at the Polish Arbitration Association. She is also a member of the mediators / conciliators team of the Center for Amicable Resolution of Food Disputes at the Polish Federation of Food Producers of the Employers' Union and the Diversity and Inclusion Officer of the Product Law and Advertising Committee of the International Bar Association.

    For years, she has been recommended in rankings of law firms and lawyers: Polish (ranking of the Polish daily paper Rzeczpospolita) and international (Chambers Europe, The Legal 500) legal rankings as a leading lawyer in pharmaceutical law in Poland, and by the Who's Who Legal 2020 ranking, in the area of product liability.

    Ewa worked for Hogan Lovells law firm (previously Lovells) for many years, creating and managing the pharmaceutical law and product liability practice. Later, together with her team of four she joined as a partner Baker & McKenzie law firm, where she worked for almost four years.

    Law Firms' Ranking 2022 by the Polish daily newspaper Rzeczpospolita 
    Ewa Rutkowska recommended in Pharmaceutical and Medical Law.

    Who's Who Legal 2022

    Ewa Rutkowska recommended as Global Leader in Product Liability Defence: Ewa Rutkowska has a strong depth of expertise in multiple areas of the product liability sector.

    Ewa Rutkowska recommended as the only Global Leader in Product Liability | Life Sciences in Poland: “Ewa Rutkowska is lauded by peers as the best in Poland for product liability proceedings.

    Chambers Europe 2022 ​ Life Sciences  BAND 1 

    The Legal 500 Europe, Middle East and Africa 2022:

    Healthcare and life sciences – LEADING INDIVIDUAL

    Dispute resolution –​ Ewa Rutkowska recommended: "I’ve worked most closely with Ewa Rutkowska for well over a decade and she is a superb lawyer with a very sophisticated understanding of the relevant science and law. She is also an excellent communicator and excels at explaining Polish law issues to foreign clients

    Ewa Rutkowska is an excellent lawyer, and a standout in biopharmaceuticals and life sciences. An excellent choice in Poland."

    e-mail: ewa.rutkowska@krklegal.pl

  • Marcin Kolasiński - Attorney-at-Law

    has extensive experience in matters related to competition and consumer protection, combating unfair competition, public procurement, compliance, product safety, legal issues in regulated sectors and corporate advice.

    He worked for the Office of the Committee for European Integration, where he was involved in the process of implementing EU law into the Polish legalsystem. He then worked for the Office of Competition and Consumer Protection, where he was Deputy Director of the Competition Department. At that time, he gained experience at the European Commission’s Directorate General for Competition. He then worked for more than eight years at the Baker & McKenzie law firm, where, as a partner, head of the competition law and regulatory practice, he represented clients before the President of the OCCP, the European Commission, as well as Polish and European courts.

    Marcin Kolasiński is a member of the Polish Competition Law Association, the Polish Association of Law and Economics and the Centre for Antitrust and Regulatory Studies. He is also a non-governmental adviser within the International Competition Network.

    Marcin Kolasiński is a co-author of a commentary on the Act on Competition and Consumer Protection, edited by Tadeusz Skoczny, published by C.H. Beck, as well as the author of numerous publications in the daily press, as well as industry and specialist legal publications. 

    Chambers Europe 2022  Competition / Antitrust BAND 2

    The Legal 500 Europe, Middle East and Africa 2022  Competition / Antitrust  Marcin Kolasiński recommended: "Marcin Kolasiński heads the practice and is able to draw on his previous role in the Polish Office of Competition and Consumer Protection. 

    Marcin Kolasiński is very engaged personally in supporting the clients. He always wants to understand the context and cares about the practical aspects of his advice. Very trustful partner."

    Law Firms' Ranking 2021 by the Polish daily newspaper Rzeczpospolita 

    Marcin Kolasiński recommended in Competition & Antitrust Law.

    Who’s Who Legal 2021

    Marcin Kolasiński recommended as Global Leader in Competition.

    e-mail: marcin.kolasinski@krklegal.pl

Partner

  • Michał Chodorek - Attorney-at-Law

    specialises in pharmaceutical law, intellectual property law (particularly e-commerce, copyright and trademark law), unfair competition and personal data protection.

    His professional experience includes transactional advice on intellectual property rights, representing clients in civil and criminal cases on infringements of IP rights and unfair competition, as well as assessing the legality of the purpose, scope, and methods of processing personal data.

    Michał also provides day-to-day legal assistance to pharmaceutical firms on the pharmaceutical law and other regulations. He has represented associations of pharmaceutical companies in legislative works on amendments to the pharmaceutical law and the reimbursement act.

    Michal graduated from Warsaw University’s Faculty of Law and Administration. He is also a graduate of the British Law Centre, created by Cambridge University in collaboration with Warsaw University. He completed his postgraduate studies of Business.AI: Technology, Law, Application of Artificial Intelligence at Kozminski University in Warsaw.

    He was a trainee at the Warsaw Bar Association, where he passed his final exams to become an attorney-at-law.

    The Legal 500 Europe, Middle East and Africa 2019 – TMT – Michał Chodorek recommended: "Michał Chodorek is another key contact, with expertise at the intersection of pharmaceutical law, IP and personal data."

    e-mail: michal.chodorek@krklegal.pl

COUNSEL

  • Ewa Auleytner - Attorney-at-Law

    provides comprehensive legal advice related to dispute resolution and represents clients before courts of law. She represents clients in civil and commercial cases including in matters related to unfair competition and disputes regarding the performance of contracts. She has extensive experience in liability cases, especially product liability, as well as cases regarding civil and criminal liability for damage to health. She has represented clients in numerous court disputes between entrepreneurs and consumers related to prohibited contractual provisions, as well as labour law cases. She has also successfully represented a client before the General Court of the European Union.

    Ewa Auleytner gained her professional experience while working for many years at international law firms in Warsaw, namely White & Case, Gide Loyrette Nouel, Hogan Lovells and Baker & McKenzie.

    The Legal 500 Europe, Middle East and Africa 2021 – Dispute resolutions –​ Ewa Auleytner recommended: "Ewa Auleytner focuses on contractual disputes, often arising from the performance of civil contracts."

    e-mail: ewa.auleytner@krklegal.pl

Lawyers

  • Emilia Kałyńczak - Attorney-at-Law

    handles matters of broadly-understood pharmaceutical law. In her everyday work, she focuses on legal assistance to companies operating on the healthcare and FMCG markets. She drafts, verifies and negotiates agreements and advises clients in their day-to-day operations. The main areas of her specialization are compliance and advertising of medicinal products, dietary supplements and medical devices. She also supports other KRK’s lawyers in administrative proceedings and conducting proceedings before administrative courts. Moreover, Emilia gained experience as a seconded lawyer in several pharmaceutical companies.

    Before joining the KRK Kieszkowska Rutkowska Kolasiński law firm, Emilia Kałyńczak completed a two-year internship in the legal department of an international pharmaceutical company. She also gained her professional experience as an intern at the Office of the Commissioner for Human Rights and other Polish law firms.

    Emilia is a graduate of the Faculty of Law and Administration of the Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University in Warsaw. During her studies, she attended a two-year specialisation programme named “Business Law”, which gave her in-depth knowledge of economic law, commercial law and financial law.

    Emilia Kałyńczak is a member of the Warsaw Bar Association of Attorneys-at-Law.

    e-mail: emilia.kalynczak@krklegal.pl

  • Katarzyna Kęska - Attorney-at-Law

    has been advising clients from the pharmaceutical, medical and food processing sectors for more than twelve years. She gained her experience in the life sciences departments of international law firms and as an in-house lawyer at one of Poland’s largest pharmaceutical companies, where she worked for seven years including two years in a compliance department. 

    Katarzyna specialises, among others, in registration, advertising, sales and distribution of medicinal products, medical devices and dietary supplements. She has represented numerous clients in negotiations and proceedings before regulators. She has also participated in due diligence analyses of businesses.

    She has many years of experience in supervising marketing and sales activities, including verifying promotional and advertising materials, and in conducting trainings and audits. She has participated in drafting industry codes of good practice, disciplinary court rules and drafting and updating internal corporate procedures. She has also acted as an arbitrator in industry associations for many years.

    e-mail: katarzyna.keska@krklegal.pl

  • Justyna Nowak - Attorney-At-Law | PhD

    specialises in pharmaceutical and food law, especially regarding dietary supplements, consumer protection law and advertising law. Before joining KRK, she worked for several years as an in-house lawyer at one of Poland’s largest pharmaceutical companies, where she jointly created and legally supported its foreign operations. She previously gained experience in a law firm. Her doctoral thesis regarded the issue of self-regulation and co-regulation on the food products markets.

    Justyna has extensive experience in representing pharmaceutical wholesalers and pharmacies, as well as health food producers, before bodies of public administration and in drafting agreements for such entities. Her experience includes, in particular, support of pharmaceutical wholesalers and pharmacies in administrative proceedings, monitoring the compliance with GDP in international relations and issues of serialisation of drugs in individual countries of the European Union. Justyna is a co-author of a report on principles of transparency on the EU pharmaceutical markets. 

    She also advises food producers on labelling and advertising, distribution and agency agreements, legal support and coordination of activities with foreign lawyers in proceedings before food market supervisory bodies and the consumer protection bodies in the EU member states, training for marketing staff on advertising of food products, as well as self-regulation and co-regulation – the creation and application of industry codes.

    e-mail: justyna.nowak@krklegal.pl

  • Bartłomiej Sasin - Attorney-At-Law

    specialises in pharmaceutical law, medical devices and legislative advisory services. His professional experience encompasses the provision of advisory services to national and international entities, including such scopes as the distribution of medicinal products and medical devices, marketing, reimbursement, compliance, negotiating contracts and the operation of pharmacies.

    He has been actively supporting industry organisations from the Life Sciences sector for years. He has taken part in events of key importance to the industry in recent years, such as the establishment of the National Medicines Authenticity Verification Organisation, the Educational Event Evaluation System and the most important legislative changes (“Pharmacy for the pharmacist”, the Act on the Medical Fund and the “Act on the Profession of Pharmacist”).

    He is the author of numerous publications and a speaker at training courses and industry events.

    Bartłomiej Sasin is a graduate of the Faculty of Law and Administration of the University of Warsaw and the Center for American Law Studies managed by the University of Florida in cooperation with the University of Warsaw.

    The Legal 500 Europe, Middle East and Africa 2021 –​ Healthcare and life sciences –​ Bartłomiej Sasin recommended: "(…) Bartłomiej Sasin’s experience spans negotiating agreements and representing medical and pharmaceutical companies in court and administrative proceedings."

    e-mail: bartlomiej.sasin@krklegal.pl

  • Michał Tracz - Attorney-at-Law

    specialises in pharmaceutical, food and cosmetic law. He also advises on legal aspects of manufacturing, import, distribution and marketing of other regulated products, such as animal feed/pet food, veterinary medicinal products, hygiene products, household chemical products, biocidal products, etc.

    He represents clients before authorities, in particular, the Sanitary Inspectorate, the Trade Inspectorate and the Agricultural and Food Quality Inspectorate. He provides legal support in crisis situations (suspension / recall of products from the market, the RASFF system) as well as advice regarding procedures and training.

    He supports businesses (manufacturers, importers and distributors, including retail chains) as well as industry initiatives and industry associations. He advises owners, board members as well as various departments within companies such as legal and compliance, regulatory, medical, quality assurance, R&D, public affairs, public relations, marketing and sales departments. He has experience in compliance issues and business self-regulation. He participated in the preparation of the Code of Good Marketing Practice of Dietary Supplements. He additionally has experience in coordinating legal support in various countries.

    Before joining KRK, he worked for almost 9 years in the Life Sciences team of one of Poland’s largest law firms. During his professional career to date, he has advised over 100 entities from various regulated industries, including FMCG.

    Michał Tracz is a member of the Warsaw Bar Association of Attorneys-at-Law and holds the post of Chairman of the Ethics Committee of the Polish Council for Supplements and Nutritional Foods.

    e-mail: michal.tracz@krklegal.pl

  • Marta Urbańska-Arendt - Attorney-at-Law | PhD

    has almost twenty years of professional experience in competition law. She also specialises in legal issues in regulated sectors, unfair competition law, intellectual property law, commercial and corporate law and consumer protection law.

    She advises businesses from various industries, including Life Sciences and FMCG, media and IT. She represents them in administrative proceedings before the Office of Competition and Consumer Protection, as well as in court proceedings, including before the Competition and Consumer Protection Court.

    She supports clients in creating and negotiating distribution agreements. She is the author of numerous legal analyses on the compatibility of intended market activities, including distribution systems, with public competition law (so called “antitrust”). Her experience also includes training of managers and employees of businesses, in particular on antitrust and unfair competition law. 

    Dr Marta Urbańska-Arendt completed her bar training at a law firm specialising in competition law. She also gained experience during an internship at the European Commission, in the Directorate-General for Competition, working as a member of teams investigating breaches of EU competition rules. She also worked at the Office of Competition and Consumer Protection, where she conducted proceedings on the abuse of a dominant position and restrictive agreements. Her academic activity also focuses on antitrust law issues. Her PhD thesis was on the issue of effectively applying Polish competition law regulations to foreign entrepreneurs.

    e-mail: marta.urbanska-arendt@krklegal.pl

  • Julia Żychlińska - Attorney-at-Law

    specializes in product liability and general product safety matters. She advises companies from regulated industries on regulatory and contractual issues related to placing various types of product on the market. She supports KRK’s lawyers in court and administrative proceedings. Her interests include intellectual property law and the European Union law. Before joining KRK, Julia gained experience in the Life Sciences and Competition practices of other Polish and international law firms, as well as in an NGO providing legal aid pro bono.

    Julia Żychlińska is a graduate of the Faculty of Law and Administration at the University of Warsaw and the British Law Centre, established by Cambridge University in collaboration with Warsaw University. She was a competitor in the 23rd edition of the Central and Eastern Europe Moot Court Competition (CEEMC) held under auspices of the Court of Justice of the European Union.

    She is a member of the Warsaw Bar Association.

    e-mail: julia.zychlinska@krklegal.pl

  • Ewa Bugajska - Attorney-at-Law Trainee

    specialises in intellectual property law, personal data protection law and new technology law.

    She has been supporting clients from food processing, chemical, construction, clothing and video games industries, as well as companies from the banking and finance sectors and start-ups. Ewa has primarily been advising in trademark cases (including registration proceedings and disputes), as well as managing intellectual property rights portfolios. She has also been providing legal advice in the process of drafting and negotiating agreements on copyrights, trademarks and personal data processing, including transfers of data outside the EEA. She was also involved in the implementation of the GDPR in various organisations and supported clients in the processes of adapting their personal data processing to the relevant data protection regulations. Ewa has also been involved in M&A deals and asset deals related to the acquisition, transfer and contribution of intellectual property rights into an enterprise.

    She graduated from the Faculty of Law and Administration at the University of Warsaw, as well as gained the title of Master of Business Law, specialising in French and European law (Master professionnel de Droit des affaires, spécialité Droit français et européen) from the French Law Centre, operated by the University of Poitiers in cooperation with the Faculty of Law and Administration at the University of Warsaw.

    Ewa is a member of the International Association of Young Lawyers (AIJA).

    She is currently an attorney-at-law trainee at the Warsaw Bar Association.

    e-mail: ewa.bugajska@krklegal.pl

  • Julia Gołąb - Attorney-at-Law Trainee

    supports KRK’s lawyers in pharmaceutical and product law matters, especially regarding regulatory issues and day-to-day legal support of companies.

    Before joining KRK, she completed a one-year internship in the Legal & Compliance Department of a global pharmaceutical company, internships at the Supreme Administrative Court, the Ministry of Investment and Development and a summer internship at an international law firm. At the University of Warsaw Law Clinic, she provided pro bono legal aid in the civil law section.

    Julia graduated with honours from the Faculty of Law and Administration at the University of Warsaw and from the British Law Centre organised by the University of Warsaw in cooperation with the University of Cambridge, also obtaining a diploma with honours. She received a scholarship from the Prime Minister and several scholarships from the Rector of the University of Warsaw.

    She is currently an attorney-at-law trainee at the Warsaw Bar Association.

    e-mail: julia.golab@krklegal.pl

  • Miłosz Huszcza - Attorney-at-Law Trainee

    focuses in his day-to-day practice on matters related to pharmaceutical law and legal assistance to companies operating on the healthcare and FMCG market. The main areas of his specilization are clinical trials, distribution, reimbursement, safety and advertising of medicinal and borderline products and personal data protection in Life Sciences sector.

    Miłosz gained his professional experience working in a legal department of an entity rendering services to companies in the field of medical devices, food and cosmetics industry, in law firms, as well as in the international contract research organisations (CROs).

    Miłosz obtained his Master’s Degree in Law at the Krakow University and completed postgraduated studies in the field of „Medical and Pharmaceutical Law” at the University of Social Sciences and Humanities in Warsaw. During the studies, as the President of the Legal Clinic, Milosz dealt with pro bono matters, by providing legal assistance to people in need.

    He is currently an attorney-at-law trainee at the Warsaw Bar Association.

    e-mail: milosz.huszcza@krklegal.pl

  • Marcelina Izydorczyk - Attorney-at-Law Trainee

    specialises in providing legal on advertising and promotion, compliance, manufacturing and distribution advice to food and pharmaceutical companies. Her experience also includes advisory services in launching innovative services and products onto the market and the regulation of the feed and cosmetics industry.

    Before joining the KRK Kieszkowska Rutkowska Kolasiński law firm, she gained professional experience in advising entities in the Life Sciences sector in renowned Polish law firms. 

    Marcelina graduated with honours from the Faculty of Law and Administration of the University of Warsaw. During her studies, she completed a scholarship at the Faculty of Law at Georg-August-Universität in Göttingen, Germany. Marcelina is also a scholarship holder of the 7th edition of the Lesław Paga Foundation Healthcare Leaders Programme.

    She is currently an attorney-at-law trainee at the Warsaw Bar Association.

    e-mail: marcelina.izydorczyk@krklegal.pl

  • Zuzanna Rosłonowska - Attorney-at-Law Trainee

    focuses in her day-to-day practice on matters related to the reimbursement of medicinal products, broadly understood organization, financing and contracting of the healthcare system, as well as legal aspects of biological medicinal products.

    Patients’ rights are also one of the main areas of her interests. Therefore, her responsibilities also include assistance in matters related to handling litigation and proceedings before bodies of public administration in pro bono cases conducted by KRK. These cases primarily apply to the reimbursement of individually imported medicinal products and patient access to health services both in Poland and in the cross-border context.

    Before joining KRK Kieszkowska Rutkowska Kolasiński, Zuzanna Rosłonowska gained experience in another Polish law firm and in the legal department of one of the non-governmental organizations. Zuzanna is also an alumnus of the Healthcare Leaders project organized by the Lesław A. Paga Foundation.

    e-mail: zuzanna.roslonowska@krklegal.pl

  • Paweł Sobel - Attorney-at-Law Trainee

    handles matters related to personal data protection, new technology law and legal issues regarding e-commerce.

    Before starting to work with KRK Kieszkowska Rutkowska Kolasiński, he gained experience in law firms, consulting firms and working with non-governmental organisations.  As part of his duties, he held the post of Data Protection Inspector in companies conducting market research, sales and IT support. 

    Paweł graduated in law from the Faculty of Law and Administration of the Jagiellonian University.  As a student, he actively participated in academic circles on Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) methods and Public International Law within the Jagiellonian University Law Readers Library Association.  He was actively participated in international student organisations, being involved, among others, in the project of the model sessions of the European parliament in Strasbourg (MEUS). 

    He is currently an attorney-at-law trainee at the Warsaw Bar Association. 

    e-mail: pawel.sobel@krklegal.pl

  • Mateusz Winczura - Attorney-at-Law Trainee

    supports KRK’s lawyers in court and administrative proceedings. He specialises in civil proceedings, commercial law and civil law, especially with regard to product liability, tort liability and consumer protection law.

    Before joining KRK Kieszkowska Rutkowska Kolasiński, Mateusz gained experience in litigation departments of international law firms. He also underwent an internship with a law firm in the U.S. which specializes in trials and dispute resolution.

    Mateusz graduated cum laude from the University of Warsaw, Faculty of Law and Administration, as well as Center for American Law Studies, which was jointly established by the University of Warsaw, Georgia State University and Emory University. He is currently a doctoral student at the University of Warsaw, where he is preparing his thesis on civil proceedings. He was awarded the Minister’s Scholarship for outstanding achievements, as well as a number of other academic awards and scholarships. Mateusz is an author of a dozen or so papers and academic speeches on the topic of civil proceedings and private law.

    He is currently an attorney-at-law trainee at the Warsaw Bar Association.

    e-mail: mateusz.winczura@krklegal.pl

Of Counsel

  • Marek Świerczyński, PhD Habil., prof. UKSW - Attorney-at-Law

    advises healthcare businesses and organizations on the Pharmaceutical Law, Reimbursement Law, Intellectual Property Law, e-commerce and private international law.

    He is employed as an Assistant Professor at the Department of Civil Law and Private International Law of the Faculty of Law and Administration of the Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University. A graduate in law from the Jagiellonian University in Kraków, he defended his doctorate in legal sciences with honours at the Faculty of Law and Administration of the University of Silesia.  He has been awarded the title of Doctor Habilitatus in Legal Sciences by a resolution of the Council of the Faculty of Law and Administration of the University of Silesia. Author of numerous scientific publications, including the co-author of the first textbook on pharmaceutical law (editions of 2008, 2012 and 2019), and the monographs: “Advertising and Promotion Law”, “Internet Law” and “Legal Aspects of E-Commerce,” as well as a supplement to the encyclopaedia “Cyber Law in Poland.” He is an arbitrator at the Arbitration Court for Internet Domains.

    Employers of Poland legislative expert. From January 2013 to January 2014, he worked in Switzerland as the Legal Director Africa, S. Africa and Israel for a multinational pharmaceutical corporation. A long-time associate and counsel at the Baker & McKenzie law firm, he previously worked for the Traple Konarski Podrecki law firm, as the Warsaw Branch Director.

    Chambers Europe 2020: Life Sciences - BAND 4 

    The Legal 500 Europe, Middle East and Africa 2019 - TMT -​ Marek Świerczyński recommended

    "A new technology law practice under the leadership of Marek Świerczyński handles the implementation and development of agreements relating to IT systems, service-level agreements and outsourcing contracts."

    e-mail: marek.swierczynski@krklegal.pl

     

  • FIRM RANKINGS
    • Law Firms' Ranking 2022 by the Polish daily newspaper Rzeczpospolita 

      KRK Kieszkowska Rutkowska Kolasiński – leader in Pharmaceutical and Medical Law.

      KRK Kieszkowska Rutkowska Kolasiński acknowledged as Pro Bono Law Firm.

    • The Legal 500 Europe, Middle East and Africa 2022

       

      Healthcare and life sciences – TIER 1

      "The healthcare and life sciences department at boutique firm Kieszkowska Rutkowska Kolasinski Kancelaria Prawna sp. j. supports businesses operating in regulated markets, such as the pharmaceutical, medicinal, food and cosmetic sectors. The team also increasingly advises on mandates regarding new technology such as AI and e-Health. Paulina Kieszkowska Knapik and Ewa Rutkowska jointly lead the team. The team has undergone changes with the addition of senior associates Michał Tracz, who has expertise in food and cosmetic law (...) in September 2020, and Bartłomiej Sasin, who specialises in pharmaceutical and medical law, (...) in April 2021. Michał Chodorek was promoted to partner in June 2021. 

      Testimonials: 

      Diversity is a very strong asset of the team. This is a boutique law firm, with great specialists in place. I think that what makes it special is also their pro bono work, especially for patients and patient organisations. The team is full of energy with a business approach.

      KRK law firm has a number of seasoned legal experts that have deep understanding of the market and legal environment makes this law firm special in the field they operate in. The expertise coming from KRK is based on a very practical approach to the cases they work on, deep legal expertise and excellent understanding of the market dynamics.

      We have worked with KRK for many years for the simple reason that this is one of the best Healthcare practices in the Polish market. They are real experts in the field, very flexible, professional and open-minded. They promptly respond to our requests. We can rely on them; we simply trust their legal and business-based solutions. Last but not least, they are very pleasant to work with."

       

      Competition / Antitrust – TIER 3

      "Kieszkowska Rutkowska Kolasinski Kancelaria Prawna sp. j. advises on regulatory and competition issues to clients in the FMCG, financial services, media and pharmaceutical sectors. Of note is the team's assistance with competition law issues relating to distribution and cooperation agreements and cases of abuse of a dominant position. Marcin Kolasiński heads the practice and is able to draw on his previous role in the Polish Office of Competition and Consumer Protection. 

      Testimonials:

      Very responsive and they treat you as their only client. Always help, even after hours.

      The team is very dedicated to their duties and the needs of the customers. Additionally, the lawyers understand the business specifics, and this is what makes them special and different to other law firms. I always get the feeling that they are deeply engaged in each and every problem that we face."

       

      Dispute resolution – TIER 4

      "Kieszkowska Rutkowska Kolasinski Kancelaria Prawna sp. j. is a boutique focusing on medical and pharmaceutical law. As such, the dispute resolution group, has an impressive product liability and personal injury practice, particularly in relation to clinical trials and issues surrounding medical products. The department is led by founding partner Ewa Rutkowska, whom clients praise as a superb lawyer with a very sophisticated understanding of the relevant science and law. Promoted to counsel in 2021, Ewa Auleytner is regularly instructed by Polish and international medical industry clients to defend product liability claims and assist with crisis situations.

      Testimonials:

      I work with the firm primarily on pharmaceutical litigation matters, and the lawyers are incredibly knowledgeable about the relevant scientific issues as well as of course the substantive, procedural, and strategic components of Polish law."

    • Law Firms' Ranking 2021 by the Polish daily newspaper Rzeczpospolita 

      KRK Kieszkowska Rutkowska Kolasiński – leader in Pharmaceutical and Medical Law.

      KRK Kieszkowska Rutkowska Kolasiński acknowledged for pro bono support for Polish health service during Covid-19 pandemic.

    • The Legal 500 Europe, Middle East and Africa 2021

       

      Healthcare and life sciences – TIER 1

      "Kieszkowska Rutkowska Kolasinski Kancelaria Prawna sp. j. is a life sciences boutique focusing on advising clients in regulated markets, including the pharmaceutical, medical, food and cosmetics sectors; offering a unique combination of ethical approach and pro-business solutions. In addition to non-contentious regulatory advice, the group is also highly experienced in product liability cases. The team also advises industry bodies, including Infarma, on issues such as the Reimbursement Act and pharmaceutical law. Co-leading the team are founding partners Paulina Kieszkowska-Knapik (a legend of the practice) and Ewa Rutkowska, whom clients rate for product liability disputes. Patent and trade mark attorney Piotr Zawadzki's arrival in March 2021 bolsters the firm's IP offering to clients operating in the healthcare and life sciences space.

      Testimonials: 

      Wonderful team, 100 % dedicated to the life sciences practice. Very knowledgeable. On the top of every development, it is the best life sciences practice in Poland.

      Ewa Rutkowska is my main contact. Very nice to work with, very responsive, very knowledgeable. I also work from time to time with Paulina Kieszkowska-Knapik who is also on the top of the HLS practice.

      Vast experience in life sciences, practical approach to problems, able to perform reasonable risk assessment: a good mix of theory and practice, perfect understanding of customer’s needs due to expertise about external and internal environment."

       

      Competition / Antitrust – TIER 3

      "Kieszkowska Rutkowska Kolasinski Kancelaria Prawna sp. j.'s competition and antitrust practice is well-placed to handle matters arising from the life sciences sector, which is the focus of the wider firm. The main contact is former deputy director of the competition protection department at the Polish competition authority Marcin Kolasiński, whose expertise spans competition, consumer protection and public procurement law and is praised for his 'ability to clearly define what is the key legal issue and also to explain it to members of business organisations. 

      Testimonials:

      Practical approach, solutions oriented, very deep understanding of pharmaceutical sector, advice based on analysis of legal risks resulting from practice of National Competition Authority.

      Advice is very practical, which is possible only because team members know the pharmaceutical market and competition law concerns that are discussed inside and out."

       

      Dispute resolution – TIER 5

      "Kieszkowska Rutkowska Kolasinski Kancelaria Prawna sp. j. is a healthcare and life sciences boutique, and its dispute resolution department reflects this specialism; representing clients in disputes involving unfair competition and advertising, consumer protection, as well as regulatory disputes before the administrative authorities. The group also has substantial experience representing pharmaceutical clients in reimbursement disputes regarding decisions of the ministry of health and the national health fund. Co-founding partner Ewa Rutkowska heads the team and is particularly adept in product liability cases. Senior associate Ewa Auleytner focuses on contractual disputes, often arising from the performance of civil contracts.

      Testimonials:

      This team is agile, in addition to being highly skilled and motivated."

       

    • Chambers Europe 2021

      Life Sciences – BAND 1

      Competition / Antitrust – BAND 3

       

       

    • Law Firms' Ranking 2020 by the Polish daily newspaper Rzeczpospolita 

      KRK Kieszkowska Rutkowska Kolasiński – leader in Pharmaceutical and Medical Law.

      KRK Kieszkowska Rutkowska Kolasiński acknowledged for:

      1. pro bono support for Polish health service during Covid-19 pandemic;
      2. the office's internal work organization during Covid-19 pandemic.

       

    • Chambers Europe 2020

      Life Sciences – BAND 1

      Competition / Antitrust – BAND 3

       

    • The Legal 500 Europe, Middle East and Africa 2020

       

      Healthcare and life sciences – TIER 1

      "Kieszkowska Rutkowska Kolasinski Kancelaria Prawna sp. j. is a healthcare and life sciences specialist firm, which caters to clients in the pharmaceutical, medical, food and cosmetics sectors. The 'extremely knowledgeable' group is well placed to advise on regulatory, competition and consumer issues, as well as representing clients in disputes with competitors and administrative authorities.

      A Client says: This is the strongest, most reputable legal team in the sphere of life sciences in Poland. They have vast experience and know how in this area. They built their reputation through years of advising innovative companies and industry associations."

       

      Competition / Antitrust – TIER 3

      "Kieszkowska Rutkowska Kolasinski Kancelaria Prawna sp. j. is focused on providing regulatory and competition advice to entrepreneurs with operations in Poland, with particular expertise in the pharmaceutical and medical device sectors. 

      Clients say:

      Exceptional knowledge of various competition legal aspects and international environment, deep involvement in client matters, solution-oriented approach.

      Ability to find an acceptable and balanced solution for every problem."

       

      Dispute resolution – TIER 6

       

    • Law Firms' Ranking 2019 by the Polish daily newspaper Rzeczpospolita

       KRK Kieszkowska Rutkowska Kolasiński – leader in Pharmaceutical and Medical Law.

       

    • Chambers Europe 2019

      Life Sciences – BAND 1

      Competition / Antitrust – BAND 3

       

    • The Legal 500 Europe, Middle East and Africa 2019

       

      Healthcare and life sciences – TIER 1

      "At Kieszkowska Rutkowska Kolasinski Kancelaria Prawna sp. j., co-founders Paulina Kieszkowska-Knapik ('an undisputed leader in the sector') and Ewa Rutkowska are noted for their high degree of specialisation in life sciences and anti-monopoly law. The group is frequently instructed on contentious and non-contentious matters, involving pharmaceuticals, healthcare, food and cosmetics. Other key individuals include 'recognised expert in pharmaceutical law' Natalia Łojko and Agnieszka Zielińska-Krywoniuk, who focuses on clinical trials, distribution safety and product advertising. The impressive client roster includes Polish industry bodies Infarma and the Polish Association of Producers and Importers of Veterinary Medicinal Products."

       

      Competition / Antitrust – TIER 3

      "Kieszkowska Rutkowska Kolasinski Kancelaria Prawna sp. j. predominantly advises clients in the pharmaceutical and medical sectors on regulatory and competition law. The group has particular expertise in public procurement and anti-monopoly proceedings. Name partner Marcin Kolasiński leads the team, which consists of seasoned experts with deep understanding of the market and legal environment."

       

      TMT – TIER 4 

      "Healthcare and life sciences boutique Kieszkowska Rutkowska Kolasinski Kancelaria Prawna sp. j., has developed a new technology law practice under the leadership of Marek Świerczyński, which handles the implementation and development of agreements relating to IT systems, service-level agreements and outsourcing contracts. Senior associate Michał Chodorek is another key contact, with expertise at the intersection of pharmaceutical law, IP and personal data."

       

      Dispute resolution – TIER 6

    • Law Firms' Ranking 2018 by the Polish daily newspaper Rzeczpospolita

      KRK Kieszkowska Rutkowska Kolasiński – leader in Pharmaceutical Law.
      KRK Kieszkowska Rutkowska Kolasiński recommended in Medical Law.
      KRK Kieszkowska Rutkowska Kolasiński recommended in Competition & Anitrust Law.

    • Chambers Europe 2018

      Life Sciences – BAND 1

      Competition / Antitrust – BAND 3

       

    • The Legal 500 Europe, Middle East and Africa 2018

      KRK Kieszkowska Rutkowska Kolasiński ranked TIER 4 in Competition / Antitrust and recommended in Dispute Resolution.

    • Law Firms' Ranking 2017 by the Polish daily newspaper Rzeczpospolita 

      KRK Kieszkowska Rutkowska Kolasiński – leader in Pharmaceutical Law.

    • Chambers Europe 2017

      Life Sciences – BAND 1

      Competition / Antitrust – BAND 3

       

    • The Legal 500 Europe, Middle East and Africa 2017

      KRK Kieszkowska Rutkowska Kolasiński ranked TIER 4 in Competition / Antitrust and recommended in Dispute Resolution.

    • Polityka Insight 2017

      KRK Kieszkowska Rutkowska Kolasiński Group 1 for the third time in the category of Pharmaceutical Law and recommended in the category of Competition Law.

    • Law Firms' Ranking 2016 by the Polish daily newspaper Rzeczpospolita 

      KRK Kieszkowska Rutkowska Kolasiński – leader in Pharmaceutical Law.
       

    • Chambers Europe 2016

      Life Sciences – BAND 1

      Competition / Antitrust – BAND 3

       

    • The Legal 500 Europe, Middle East and Africa 2016

      Competition / Antitrust and Dispute Resolution – KRK Kieszkowska Rutkowska Kolasiński recommended.

    • Polityka Insight 2016

      KRK Kieszkowska Rutkowska Kolasiński – Group 1 in the category of Pharmaceutical Law.

    • Law Firms' Ranking 2015 by daily newspaper Rzeczpospolita 

      KRK Kieszkowska Rutkowska Kolasiński – leader in Pharmaceutical Law.

    • Chambers Europe 2015

      Life Sciences – BAND 1

       

       

    • LMG Life Sciences Awards 2015

      KRK Kieszkowska Rutkowska Kolasiński – Law firm of the year – Poland.

    • Polityka Insight 2015

      KRK Kieszkowska Rutkowska Kolasiński – Group 1 in the category of Pharmaceutical Law.

    • Chambers Europe 2014

      Life Sciences – BAND 1

       

  • INDIVIDUAL RANKINGS
    • Paulina Kieszkowska-Knapik

      English

      Law Firms' Ranking 2022 by the Polish daily newspaper Rzeczpospolita

      Paulina Kieszkowska-Knapik – lawyer-leader in Pharmaceutical and Medical Law.

      The Legal 500 Europe, Middle East and Africa 2022

      Healthcare and life sciences –​ LEADING INDIVIDUAL

       

      Puls Medycyny (Polish medical portal) – List of 100 | 2021

      Paulina Kieszkowska-Knapik on the Puls Medycyny List of 100 most influential people in the Polish healthcare system in 2021.

      Chambers Europe 2022

      Life Sciences – STAR INDIVIDUAL

       

      Law Firms' Ranking 2021 by the Polish daily newspaper Rzeczpospolita

      Paulina Kieszkowska-Knapik – lawyer-leader in Pharmaceutical and Medical Law.

      The Legal 500 Europe, Middle East and Africa 2021

      Healthcare and life sciences –​ LEADING INDIVIDUAL

      "Co-leading the team Paulina Kieszkowska-Knapik is a legend of the practice.

      A client says: Paulina Kieszkowska Knapik is on the top of the HLS practice."

      Chambers Europe 2021

      Life Sciences – STAR INDIVIDUAL

       

      Who's Who Legal 2021

      Paulina Kieszkowska-Knapik recommended as the Global Leader in Life Sciences – Regulatory.

      Law Firms' Ranking 2020 by the Polish daily newspaper Rzeczpospolita

      Paulina Kieszkowska-Knapik – lawyer-leader in Pharmaceutical and Medical Law.

      Puls Medycyny (Polish medical portal) – List of 100 | 2020

      Paulina Kieszkowska-Knapik on the Puls Medycyny List of 100 most influential people in the Polish healthcare system in 2020.

      Meritorious for the Bar (Adwokatura Zasłużonym

      Paulina Kieszkowska-Knapik honored by the Supreme Bar Association with the "Meritorious for the Bar" badge for activities related to the defense of the rule of law in Poland.

      Chambers Europe 2020

      Life Sciences – STAR INDIVIDUAL

       

      The Legal 500 Europe, Middle East and Africa 2020

      Healthcare and life sciences –​ LEADING INDIVIDUAL

      "(...) Paulina Kieszkowska-Knapik is a noted expert in pharmaceutical and healthcare law (...).

      A client says: Paulina Kieszkowska Knapik is a strategic thinker, understanding business and the market. Her advice goes beyond classic legal work."

      Who's Who Legal 2020

      Paulina Kieszkowska-Knapik recommended as the Global Leader in Life Sciences – Regulatory.

      Law Firms' Ranking 2019 by the Polish daily newspaper Rzeczpospolita 

      Paulina Kieszkowska-Knapik recommended in Pharmaceutical and Medical Law.

      Puls Medycyny (Polish medical portal) – List of 100 | 2019

      Paulina Kieszkowska-Knapik on the Puls Medycyny List of 100 most influential people in Polish healthcare system in 2019.

      Chambers Europe 2019

      Life Sciences – STAR IDIVIDUAL

       

      The Legal 500 Europe, Middle East and Africa 2019

      Healthcare and life sciences –​ LEADING INDIVIDUAL 

      "Paulina Kieszkowska-Knapik (an undisputed leader in the sector) is noted for her high degree of specialisation in life sciences and anti-monopoly law. She is frequently instructed on contentious and non-contentious matters, involving pharmaceuticals, healthcare, food and cosmetics."

      Who’s Who Legal 2015 –​ 2019 

      Paulina Kieszkowska-Knapik recommended in Life Sciences.

      Pro Bono Lawyer 2018 – contest of the Polish daily newspaper Rzeczpospolita and Legal Clinics Foundation (Fundacja Uniwersyteckich Poradni Prawnych)

      Paulina Kieszkowska-Knapik – 1st Distinction: Pro Bono Lawyer Award

      Law Firms' Ranking 2018 by the Polish daily newspaper Rzeczpospolita

      Paulina Kieszkowska-Knapik –​ the leader for the 12th time in Pharmaceutical Law.

      Paulina Kieszkowska-Knapik recommended in Medical Law.

      Puls Medycyny (Polish medical portal) – List of 100 | 2018

      Paulina Kieszkowska-Knapik on the Puls Medycyny List of 100 most influential people in the Polish healthcare system in 2018.

      Chambers Europe 2018

      Life Sciences – STAR INDIVIDUAL 
       

      Law Firms' Ranking 2017 by the Polish daily newspaper Rzeczpospolita

      Paulina Kieszkowska-Knapik – the leader for the 11th time in Pharmaceutical Law.

      Puls Medycyny (Polish medical portal) – List of 100 | 2017

      Paulina Kieszkowska-Knapik on the Puls Medycyny List of 100 most influential people in the Polish healthcare system in 2017.

      Chambers Europe 2017 

      Life Sciences – STAR INDIVIDUAL

       

      Law Firms' Ranking 2016 by the Polish daily newspaper Rzeczpospolita

      Paulina Kieszkowska-Knapik – Precedent Case Lawyer of the year 2016.

      Puls Medycyny (Polish medical portal) – List of 100 | 2016

      Paulina Kieszkowska-Knapik on the Puls Medycyny List of 100 most influential people in the Polish healthcare system in 2016.

      Chambers Europe 2016 

      Life Sciences –​ STAR INDIVIDUAL

       

      Law Firms' Ranking 2015 by the Polish daily newspaper Rzeczpospolita

      Paulina Kieszkowska-Knapik –​ the leader for the 9th time in Pharmaceutical Law.

      Chambers Europe 2015

      Life Sciences –​ STAR INDIVIDUAL 

       

      Chambers Europe 2014

      Life Sciences –​ STAR INDIVIDUAL

       

      Chambers Europe 2013

      Life Sciences –​ STAR INDIVIDUAL

       

      Dziennik Gazeta Prawna (Polish best known legal daily paper) – Top 50 Most Influential Lawyers' Ranking in 2013 

      Paulina Kieszkowska-Knapik (position 37, rise from position no. 39 in 2012) – (…), co-founder of Lege Pharmaciae foundation

      "One of the most consistent and militant critics of the Reimbursement Act. Author and co-author of numerous pharmaceutical analyses. Thanks to her personal involvement, last year PricewaterhouseCoopers and IMS Health - a provider of insights into the pharmaceutical market, prepared two large reports summarising the effects of the Reimbursement Act. Her legal opinions have a large impact on the amendment of defective healthcare regulations. She was the first to raise the alarm about the adverse effects on patients’ welfare of the regulations of the Reimbursement Law which banned pharmaceutical companies from donating medicines to hospitals. Last year, the Ministry of Health amended the regulations at issue, and hospital donations were again permitted. Her major success was also bringing about the resolution of the eight-year long court battle to recognise that innovative, research-based producers have a legal standing in assessments of the legality of copies of their pharmaceutical products. As a member of the Batory Foundation’s Civic Forum on Legislation, Mrs Kieszkowska-Knapik fights for the introduction of European law-making standards in Poland. She enjoys voluntary work. She advises patients’organisations pro bono, including the Polish Coalition of Oncological Patients Organisations, the Rak’n’Roll Foundation and the Polish Patients' Federation."

      Chambers Europe 2012 

      Life Sciences –​ BAND 1

       

      PLC Which Lawyer 2012

      Paulina Kieszkowska-Knapik –​ recommended in Life sciences: regulatory, Life sciences: competition / antitrust and Intellectual property.

      Chambers Europe 2011 

      Life Sciences –​ BAND 1

       

      PLC Which Lawyer 2011

      Paulina Kieszkowska-Knapik –​ recommended in Life sciences: regulatory and Life sciences: competition / antitrust.

      Chambers Europe 2010 

      Life Sciences –​ BAND 1

       

      PLC Which Lawyer 2010

      Paulina Kieszkowska-Knapik –​ recommended in Life sciences: regulatory and Intellectual property.

      Chambers Europe 2009

      Life Sciences –​ BAND 2

       

      Chambers Europe 2008

      Life Sciences – BAND 1

      PLC Which Lawyer 2008

      Paulina Kieszkowska-Knapik –​ recommended in Life sciences and Intellectual property.

      Chambers Europe 2007 

      Life Sciences –​ BAND 1

    • Ewa Rutkowska

      English

      Law Firms' Ranking 2022 by the Polish daily newspaper Rzeczpospolita 

      Ewa Rutkowska recommended in Pharmaceutical and Medical Law.

      The Legal 500 Europe, Middle East and Africa 2021

      Healthcare and life sciences –​ LEADING INDIVIDUAL

      Dispute resolution –​ Ewa Rutkowska – Recommended lawyer

      "I’ve worked most closely with Ewa Rutkowska for well over a decade and she is a superb lawyer with a very sophisticated understanding of the relevant science and law. She is also an excellent communicator and excels at explaining Polish law issues to foreign clients.

      Ewa Rutkowska is an excellent lawyer, and a standout in biopharmaceuticals and life sciences. An excellent choice in Poland."

      Who's Who Legal 2022 

      Ewa Rutkowska recommended as Global Leader in Product Liability Defence.

      “Ewa Rutkowska has a strong depth of expertise in multiple areas of the product liability sector.

      Chambers Europe 2022

      Life Sciences –​ BAND 1

       

      Who's Who Legal 2022 

      Ewa Rutkowska – the only Global Leader in Product Liability | Life Sciences in Poland.

      “Ewa Rutkowska is lauded by peers as the best in Poland for product liability proceedings.

      Law Firms' Ranking 2021 by the Polish daily newspaper Rzeczpospolita 

      Ewa Rutkowska recommended in Pharmaceutical and Medical Law.

      Who's Who Legal 2021 

      Ewa Rutkowska recommended as Global Leader in Product Liability Defence.

      “Ewa Rutkowska stands out as a go-to for product liability disputes in Poland thanks to her long-standing experience in the area.

      The Legal 500 Europe, Middle East and Africa 2021

      Healthcare and life sciences –​ LEADING INDIVIDUAL

      "Clients rate Ewa Rutkowska for product liability disputes.

      A Client says: Ewa Rutkowska is my main contact. Very nice to work with, very responsive, very knowledgeable."

      Dispute resolution –​ Ewa Rutkowska – Recommended lawyer

      "Co-founding partner Ewa Rutkowska heads the team and is particularly adept in product liability cases.

      Ewa Rutkowska is a great lawyer and leader of her team."

      Who's Who Legal 2021 

      Ewa Rutkowska – the only Global Leader in Product Liability | Life Sciences in Poland.

      “Ewa Rutkowska is highly recommended and great to work with effuse sources who regard her as the person you want to see for life sciences litigation in Poland.

      Chambers Europe 2021 

      Life Sciences –​ BAND 1

       

      Who's Who Legal 2021

      Ewa Rutkowska recommended as Global Leader in Life Sciences – Regulatory.

      Who's Who Legal 2020 

      Ewa Rutkowska recommended as Global Leader in Product Liability Defence.

      “Ewa Rutkowska is absolutely fantastic and gains high praise as the best Polish product liability defence counsel and a true leader of the bar.

      Law Firms' Ranking 2020 by the Polish daily newspaper Rzeczpospolita 

      Ewa Rutkowska recommended in Pharmaceutical and Medical Law.

      Chambers Europe 2020 

      Life Sciences –​ BAND 1

       

      The Legal 500 Europe, Middle East and Africa 2020

      Healthcare and life sciences –​ LEADING INDIVIDUAL

      "(...) Ewa Rutkowska has developed a strong focus on product liability.

      A Client says: Ewa Rutkowska has exceptional knowledge and differentiated, long-term experience in all aspects of the life science sector."

      Who's Who Legal 2020

      Ewa Rutkowska recommended as Global Leader in 2 catgories: Life Sciences – Regulatory and Life Sciences – Product Liability.

      "Ewa Rutkowska at KRK Kieszkowska Rutkowska Kolasiński is the go-to person in Poland. One peer effuses: I’ve worked with her for a very long time – the recognition is very well earned.”

      Expert Guides 2020

      Ewa Rutkowska recommended in 2 categories: Product Liability and Women in Business Law.

      Law Firms' Ranking 2019 by the Polish daily newspaper Rzeczpospolita

      Ewa Rutkowska recommended for the 11th time in Pharmaceutical and Medical Law.

      Chambers Europe 2019 

      Life Sciences –​ BAND 1

       

      The Legal 500 Europe, Middle East and Africa 2019

      Healthcare and life sciences –​ LEADING INDIVIDUAL 

      "Ewa Rutkowska is noted for her high degree of specialisation in life sciences and anti-monopoly law. She is frequently instructed on contentious and non-contentious matters, involving pharmaceuticals, healthcare, food and cosmetics."

      Who's Who Legal 2019 

      Ewa Rutkowska recommended as Global Leader in Product Liability Defence.

      Who’s Who Legal 2015 – 2019

      Ewa Rutkowska recommended in Life Sciences.

      Expert Guides 2015 – 2019

      Ewa Rutkowska recommended in Product Liability.

      Expert Guides 2014 – 2019 

      Ewa Rutkowska recommended in Women in Business Law.

      Law Firms' Ranking 2018 by the Polish daily newspaper Rzeczpospolita 

      Ewa Rutkowska recommended for the 10th time in Pharmaceutical Law.

      Chambers Europe 2018 

      Life Sciences –​ BAND 1

       

      Who’s Who Legal 2015 – 2018

      Ewa Rutkowska recommended in Product Liability Defence.

      Law Firms' Ranking 2017 by the Polish daily newspaper Rzeczpospolita 

      Ewa Rutkowska recommended for the 9th time in Pharmaceutical Law.

      Chambers Europe 2017 

      Life Sciences –​ BAND 1

       

      Law Firms' Ranking 2016 by the Polish daily newspaper Rzeczpospolita 

      Ewa Rutkowska recommended for the 8th time in Pharmaceutical Law.

      Chambers Europe 2016 

      Life Sciences –​ BAND 1

       

      Law Firms' Ranking 2015 by the Polish daily newspaper Rzeczpospolita 

      Ewa Rutkowska recommended for the 7th time in Pharmaceutical Law.

      Chambers Europe 2015 

      Life Sciences –​ BAND 1

       

      Chambers Europe 2014 

      Life Sciences –​ BAND 1

       

      Chambers Europe 2013

      Life Sciences –​ BAND 1

       

      Chambers Europe 2012

      Life Sciences –​ BAND 1

       

      PLC Which Lawyer 2012

      Ewa Rutkowska recommended in Life sciences: regulatory and Life sciences: corporate & commercial.

      Chambers Europe 2011

      Life Sciences –​ BAND 1

       

      PLC Which Lawyer 2011

      Ewa Rutkowska –​ recommended in Life sciences: regulatory and Life sciences: corporate & commercial.

      Chambers Europe 2010

      Life Sciences –​ BAND 1

       

      Chambers Europe 2009

      Life Sciences –​ BAND 1

       

      Chambers Europe 2008 

      Life Sciences –​ BAND 2

       

    • Marcin Kolasiński

      English

      The Legal 500 Europe, Middle East and Africa 2022

      Competition / Antitrust – Marcin Kolasiński – Recommended lawyer

      "Marcin Kolasiński heads the practice and is able to draw on his previous role in the Polish Office of Competition and Consumer Protection

      Marcin Kolasiński is very engaged personally in supporting the clients. He always wants to understand the context and cares about the practical aspects of his advice. Very trustful partner."

      Chambers Europe 2022

      Competition / Antitrust – BAND 2

       

      Law Firms' Ranking 2021 by the Polish daily newspaper Rzeczpospolita

      Marcin Kolasiński recommended in Competition & Antitrust Law.

      Who’s Who Legal 2021

      Marcin Kolasiński recommended as Global Leader in Competition.

      The Legal 500 Europe, Middle East and Africa 2021

      Competition / Antitrust – Marcin Kolasiński – Recommended lawyer

      "A Client says: Marcin Kolasiński is responsive, with the ability to clearly define what is the key legal issue and also to explain it to members of business organisations."

      Chambers Europe 2021

      Competition / Antitrust – BAND 2

       

      Who’s Who Legal 2020

      Marcin Kolasiński recommended as Future Leader in Competition Future Leaders – Partners 2020 and as Global Leader in Franchise.

      Chambers Europe 2020

      Competition / Antitrust – BAND 2

       

      The Legal 500 Europe, Middle East and Africa 2020

      Competition / Antitrust – Marcin Kolasiński – Recommended lawyer

      "Competition, consumer protection and public procurement expert Marcin Kolasiński is noted for his experience in merger control proceedings before Polish and EU authorities.

      A Client says: Marcin Kolasiński has exceptional knowledge in various competition legal issues and the international environment."

      Expert Guides 2020 

      Marcin Kolasiński recommended in Competition and Antitrust.

      Chambers Europe 2019 

      Competition / Antitrust – BAND 2

       

      The Legal 500 Europe, Middle East and Africa 2019

      Competition / Antitrust – Marcin Kolasiński – Recommended lawyer

      "Name partner Marcin Kolasiński leads the team, which consists of seasoned experts with deep understanding of the market and legal environment."

      Who’s Who Legal 2019  

      Marcin Kolasiński recommended as Global Leader in Franchise and as Future Leader in Competition Future Leaders – Partners 2019.

      Chambers Europe 2018 

      Competition / Antitrust – BAND 2

       

      Law Firms' Ranking 2018 by the Polish daily newspaper Rzeczpospolita

      Marcin Kolasiński recommended in Competition & Antitrust Law.

      Who’s Who Legal 2015 – 2018 

      Marcin Kolasiński recommended in Competition.

      Expert Guides 2015 – 2018

      Marcin Kolasiński recommended in Competition / Antitrust.

      Chambers Europe 2017 

      Competition / Antitrust – BAND 2

       

      Chambers Europe 2016

      Competition / Antitrust – BAND 2

       

      Chambers Europe 2015 

      Competition / Antitrust – BAND 2

       

      Chambers Europe 2014

      Competition / Antitrust – BAND 2

       

      Chambers Europe 2013 

      Competition / Antitrust – BAND 3

       

      The Legal 500 Europe, Middle East and Africa 2013

      "Very professional (…) Marcin Kolasiński heads the practice, and creatively challenges the status quo to find new strategies."

      Chambers Europe 2012 

      Competition / Antitrust – BAND 3

       

      PLC Which Lawyer 2012

      Marcin Kolasiński recommended in Competition / Antitrust and Life sciences: competition / antitrust.

      The Legal 500 Europe, Middle East and Africa 2012

      “(…) Marcin Kolasiński has a charismatic personality.”

      Chambers Europe 2011

      Competition / Antitrust – BAND 3

       

      The Legal 500 Europe, Middle East and Africa 2011

      “Clients praise Marcin Kolasiński’s brilliant mind, analytic personality and pro-business approach."

      PLC Which Lawyer 2011

      Marcin Kolasiński recommended in Competition / Antitrust.

      Chambers Europe 2010 

      Competition / Antitrust – BAND 3

       

      PLC Which Lawyer 2010

      Marcin Kolasiński recommended in Competition / Antitrust.

      Chambers Europe 2009 

      Competition / Antitrust – BAND 3

       

    • Michał Chodorek

      English

      The Legal 500 Europe, Middle East and Africa 2022

      Healthcare and life sciences –​ Michał Chodorek – Recommended lawyer

      The Legal 500 Europe, Middle East and Africa 2021

      Healthcare and life sciences –​ Michał Chodorek – Recommended lawyer

      The Legal 500 Europe, Middle East and Africa 2019

      TMT – Michał Chodorek​ – Recommended lawyer

      "Senior associate Michał Chodorek is another key contact, with expertise at the intersection of pharmaceutical law, IP and personal data."

    • Ewa Auleytner

      English

      The Legal 500 Europe, Middle East and Africa 2022

      Dispute resolution –​ Ewa Auleytner – Recommended lawyer

      "Promoted to counsel in 2021, Ewa Auleytner is regularly instructed by Polish and international medical industry clients to defend product liability claims and assist with crisis situations."

      The Legal 500 Europe, Middle East and Africa 2021

      Dispute resolution –​ Ewa Auleytner – Recommended lawyer

      "Ewa Auleytner focuses on contractual disputes, often arising from the performance of civil contracts."

    • Michał Tracz

      English

      The Legal 500 Europe, Middle East and Africa 2022

      Healthcare and life sciences –​ Michał Tracz – Rising Star & Recommended lawyer

    • Piotr Zawadzki

      English

      The Legal 500 Europe, Middle East and Africa 2021

      Healthcare and life sciences –​ IP –​ Piotr Zawadzki – Recommended lawyer

      "Patent and trade mark attorney Piotr Zawadzki's arrival in March 2021 bolsters the firm's IP offering to clients operating in the healthcare and life sciences space."

       

    • Bartłomiej Sasin

      English

      The Legal 500 Europe, Middle East and Africa 2022

      Healthcare and life sciences –​ Bartłomiej Sasin – Recommended lawyer

      The Legal 500 Europe, Middle East and Africa 2021

      Healthcare and life sciences –​ Bartłomiej Sasin – Recommended lawyer

      "(…) Bartłomiej Sasin’s experience spans negotiating agreements and representing medical and pharmaceutical companies in court and administrative proceedings."

    • Julia Łokaj

      English

      The Legal 500 Europe, Middle East and Africa 2022

      Dispute resolution –​ Julia Łokaj – Recommended lawyer

      The Legal 500 Europe, Middle East and Africa 2021

      Dispute resolution –​ Julia Łokaj – Recommended lawyer

    • Mateusz Winczura

      English

      The Legal 500 Europe, Middle East and Africa 2022

      Dispute resolution –​ Mateusz Winczura – Recommended lawyer

      The Legal 500 Europe, Middle East and Africa 2021

      Dispute resolution –​ Mateusz Winczura – Recommended lawyer

       

    • Marek Świerczyński

      English

      Broad Alliance for Digital Skills in Poland – List of 100 | 2021

      Marek Świerczyński on the List of 100 people who, thanks to their actions, contributed to the development of digital skills in Poland.

      Chambers Europe 2020 

      Life Sciences –​ BAND 4

       

      Chambers Europe 2019

      Life Sciences –​ BAND 4

       

      The Legal 500 Europe, Middle East and Africa 2019

      TMT –​ Marek Świerczyński recommended

      "A new technology law practice under the leadership of Marek Świerczyński handles the implementation and development of agreements relating to IT systems, service-level agreements and outsourcing contracts."

      Chambers Europe 2018

      Life Sciences –​ BAND 3

       

      Chambers Europe 2017

      Life Sciences –​ BAND 3

       

      Chambers Europe 2016

      Life Sciences –​ BAND 3

       

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