SMM LEGAL NAMED ONE OF THE GROWTH LEADERS AND RANKED 14th IN THE RZECZPOSPOLITA 2020 LAW FIRM RANKING
The Rzeczpospolia Law Firm Ranking is the most influential list of law firms in Poland. The firms are ranked on the basis of the number of lawyers – bar members and all law graduates – employed by the firms requesting to be included in the list. A report on the situation in the market of legal services published by Rzeczpospolita together with the ranking placed SMM Legal in the exclusive group of growth leaders in the last decade.
With our Firm’s support, on 14 July PKN ORLEN was granted European Commission’s consent for conditional concentration with Grupa Lotos. This is the first decision of this kind in Poland and probably the largest M&A transaction in the history of the Polish economy as such. The procedure lasted for over one year, and the project team was managed by Prof. Maciej Mataczyński.
On 7 July 2020, Grupa Energa S.A. launched one of its largest wind farms in Poland. A dedicated SMM Legal team led by Paweł Łącki, PhD, assisted the client in the investment process. The project is a new addition to a long list of successful investments in the energy sector handled by SMM Legal.
The Universum Most Attractive Employers Poland, an independent ranking, placed SMM Legal on the 8th position among the best places to work in Poland in the ‘law’ category. The top 10 include two tech giants, Google and Microsoft, and only four law firms. Only one of them ranked higher than SMM Legal. The remaining international law firms were placed below ours.
On 12 May 2020, Jan Stranz, one of our Senior Associates, successfully defended his PhD dissertation on company law. On 09 June 2020, the Academic Council of the Faculty of Law and Administration of Adam Mickiewicz University resolved to award him a doctoral degree in legal sciences. Congratulations!
On 21 May 2020, a legal handbook for medium and large enterprises entitled Jak przetrwać kryzys? (How To Survive the Crisis?) hit the virtual bookshelves. The publication was prepared under the editorial eye of Wojciech Kapica, Head of our Financial Markets Law Department. The authors include also other SMM Legal lawyers: Piotr Kawiak, Wojciech Stawnicki and Paweł Stępniak.
Our Client, the National Centre for Research and Development, has launched an innovative project entitled “Grand Challenge: Energy”. This is the first Polish initiative in a unique formula modelled upon DARPA Grand Challenge competitions. The legal aspects of the project are handled by one of our lawyers, Mateusz Stańczyk.
On Wednesday, 22 April, after a lengthy procedure, PKN ORLEN S.A. has been cleared to take over ENERGA S.A. Throughout the transaction process, PKN Orlen was supported by SMM Legal’s expert team led by Prof.Maciej Mataczyński, Manging Partner at our Firm.
SMM LEGAL RECOMMENDED IN AS MANY AS FIVE CATEGORIES BY THE LEGAL 500, A PRESTIGEOUS LAW FIRM RANKING
Another year in a raw, the effects of our work have been recognized by THE LEGAL 500, a prestigious law firm ranking. This year our firm has earned recommendations in as many as five categories: corporate practice and M&A, intellectual property, litigation, capital markets and, for the first time, investment funds.