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B2RLaw is Poland’s law firm, formed through the merger of well-regarded Polish law firms, JS Legal and Zięba & Partners.

We have extensive experience acting in specialized and complex deals and disputes. With an emphasis on client service, we harness knowledge, technology and innovation to improve efficiency and deliver value. Working together as a team is paramount to how weoperate, and we firmly believe in working with our clients with common business goals.

MEET OUR TEAM

We don’t just go beyond law, we go well beyond it, and we live by three core principles:

01.

Breaking Boundaries

We see ourselves as cutting edge legal advisors and pioneers on the Polish and international legal market. We prefer not to follow, but lead by example.

02.

Transforming 2gether

The world around us is changing rapidly. We too aim to transition in line with those changes so that you can be sure to have an advisor that is not just keeping up with transformation, but is ahead of it. We do this as an agile unit, collaborating as a diverse team, and with our clients in a seamless relationship.

03.

Law Redefined

Law, by its nature, has its historical roots. We challenge the law, the way its practiced and applied with one clear goal – finding the best possible solution. The desire to provide outstanding service underpins everything that we do, and we do it with huge enthusiasm that inspires.

International

With Poland being the beating heart of the CEE region, we operate not only locally but across the region from our offices in Poland, working closely with trusted local teams.

B2RLaw houses a number of foreign qualified lawyers, for the sole reason of building a bridge between Poland, the CEE region, and the wider global market. We assist Polish companies in becoming international companies. On the other hand, we assist international companies and funds to operate and invest in Poland and the wider CEE region.

Many of our Polish lawyers have either practiced or been educated abroad at institutions such as Harvard University, Oxford University and Imperial College, London. We speak a host of different languages.

As an independent firm we have forged a unique network of international relations, with leading foreign and international law firms, as well as with intermediaries and consultants such as brokers and investment banks. In what is a people business, these relations add value and through the right connections and introductions, our clients have been able to leverage these relationships to grow their businesses globally. Likewise, prior to investing in Poland, we help international investors not only in understanding the law, but in navigating the political and economic climate.

Diversity & Inclusion

Diversity and inclusion are integral to both our internal and external culture. The legal business is a business made of people, and based on relationships. Diverse relationships lay at the heart of our firm. We are open and transparent about our numbers, our targets and the initiatives we take to promote diversity and inclusion. We have set a clear target to have a partnership made up of at least 40% females by 2022.

Pro bono & the Community

Social responsibility is not just a marketing catchphrase for B2R, but a mission statement that reflects our core values. Though the primary goal of our lawyers is to dedicate themselves to B2R’s business clients, we strongly encourage them to also engage in pro bono work. At B2R we believe that it is our obligation to give back to the community as well as support those that are less fortunate or oppressed. B2R takes great pride whenever its lawyers are recognized for pro bono work, most recently by the Polish Ombudsman.

Evolution

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1994

Bartłomiej Jankowski and Rafał Stroiński meet for the first time at Univeristy, both studying law.

2001

Rafał Zięba forms SWZ Law Firm with two other partners in Krakow.

2001

Bartłomiej Jankowski and Rafał Stroiński work together at the Warsaw office of CMS Cameron McKenna where they both become partners and lead or co-lead the Litigation/White-Collar Crime and Corporate/Private Equity/Capital Markets practices respectively.

2008

Rafał Zięba separates from SWZ to form Zięba i Wspólnicy which eventually has 10 lawyers.

2009

Zieba i Wspólnicy merges with Kochanski i Partnerzy to form what becomes known as Kochanski Zieba & Partners (KZP) with two offices in Warsaw and Krakow, and 45 lawyers. Rafał Zięba becomes co-Managing Partner of KZP.

2010/2011

Bartłomiej Jankowski and Rafał Stroiński leave CMS Cameron McKenna and form a new independent Polish law firm with 7 lawyers in total. The new firm is called Jankowski, Stroiński i Partnerzy JS Legal. The two Partners, now in the capacity of their own law firm continue to be highly ranked for Litigation (including Business Criminal Litigation) and Private Equity practices and, with the passage of time, so does JS Legal.

2014

JS Legal launches its Krakow office. The firm dynamically develops a strong IP/IT practice, in addition to its leading transactional and litigation practices.

2015

Rafał Zięba and Adam Piwakowski (Partner) devise a new strategy for KZP which encompasses a complete rebrand, a new innovative approach to legal services in Poland, and a largerfocus on industry sectors and international work.

2016

KZP advises on two landmark transactions – the dual listing of Work Service on the Main Market of the London Stock Exchange and Redefine Properties’ acquisition of 18 commercial properties for EUR 1.2 billion (the largest ever real estate transaction on the Polish market). Both clients of Rafal Zieba and Adam Piwakowski, with both lawyers playing key roles.

2017

JS Legal launches its Katowice office. The firm enters the employment law practice area.

2018

KZP is officially recognised by Rzeczpospolita Newspaper as the fastest growing law firm in Poland, and the fifth in size overall, with in excess of 130 lawyers. In the time preceding, and since the launch of the new strategy in 2015, KZP is ranked twice by the Financial Times Innovative Lawyers Ranking (with B2R Law Partner Adam Piwakowski being personally commended); shortlisted as Law Firm of the Year, CEE on three occasions by The Lawyer European Awards; wins Poland Tax Firm of the Year at the International Tax Review’s European Tax Awards (KZP’s Tax practice was led by current B2R Law tax partner, Tomasz Zaleski) and is nominated/wins a number of other awards and rankings.

2019

Rafał Zięba and a number of partners and lawyers (including 8 practice heads) leave KZP to form Zieba & Partners, a firm consisting of just under 40 lawyers across two offices – Warsaw and Krakow. The firm hires two new partners with a strong focus on M&A, Private Equity and Venture Capital, as well as experts in Retail, Franchising and Trade & Distribution. Zieba & Partners advises onthe largest ever real estate lease transaction on the Polish market.

2020

JS Legal merges with Zieba & Partners to form a single larger law firm - B2R Law Jankowski, Stroinski, Zięba & Partners, which provides legal services in an initial 32 practice in Poland and the wider CEE region. B2R Law starts with nearly 70 lawyers and three combined offices – Warsaw, Krakow and Katowice.

Our Team

Our firm consists of nearly 80 people including lawyers, tax experts and support staff specialising in a number of key practice areas and industry sectors, and located in three offices in Poland.

Bartłomiej Jankowski

Senior Partner Warsaw

Rafał Stroiński

Senior Partner Warsaw

Rafał Zięba

Senior Partner Warsaw

Anna Cichońska

Partner Krakow

Paweł Gunia

Partner Krakow

Agnieszka Hajos – Iwańska

Partner Krakow

George Havaris

Partner Warsaw

Marcin Huczkowski

Partner Krakow

Roman Iwański

Partner Warsaw

Przemysław Krzemieniecki

Partner Warsaw

Adam Piwakowski

Partner Warsaw

Aleksandra Polak

Partner Warsaw

Szymon Syp

Partner Warsaw

Tomasz Zaleski

Partner Warsaw

Przemysław Barchan

Counsel Warsaw

Tomasz Ciałowicz

Counsel Krakow

Bogdan Duda

Counsel Warsaw

Katarzyna Knapik – Pacyga

Counsel Katowice

Andrzej Krawczyk

Counsel Warsaw

Malwina Niczke – Chmura

Counsel Warsaw

Maciej Schmidt

Counsel Krakow

Agnieszka Wojciechowska

Counsel Warsaw

Luiza Wyrębkowska

Counsel Warsaw

Paulina Wyrostek

Counsel Krakow

Anna Grochowska – Wasilewska

Senior Associate Warsaw

Aleksandra Karteczka

Senior Associate Krakow

Kinga Kowalska

Senior Associate Warsaw

Piotr Leonarski

Senior Associate Warsaw

Marcin Malinowski

Senior Associate Warsaw

Agnieszka Roztoczyńska – Groele

Senior Associate Krakow

Mikołaj Stępkowski

Senior Associate Warsaw

Iga Wojtczak – Opala

Senior Associate Warsaw

Edyta Zalewska

Senior Associate Warsaw

Radosław Zdzieborski

Senior Associate Warsaw

Krystyna Jakubowska

Associate Warsaw

Natalia Leszko

Associate Warsaw

Dawid Malinowski

Associate Warsaw

Joanna Markowicz

Associate Krakow

Paulina Milewska

Associate Katowice

Radosław Minh Nguyen

Associate Warsaw

Kacper Oleksy

Associate Warsaw

Teresa Pilecka

Associate Warsaw

Agnieszka Przybyłowicz

Associate Krakow

Aleksandra Bartoszewicz

Junior Associate Warsaw

Dominika Guzek

Junior Associate Krakow

Marta Kądziołka

Junior Associate Warsaw

Inka Kalista

Junior Associate Warsaw

Kinga Karaszewska

Junior Associate Warsaw

Aleksandra Kuliczkowska

Junior Associate Krakow

Tomasz Michalczyk

Junior Associate Krakow

Jacek Mizgier

Junior Associate Warsaw

Jakub Niemiec

Junior Associate Krakow

Jakub Przybyliński

Junior Associate Warsaw

Martyna Szpakowska

Junior Associate Warsaw

Weronika Gadzicka

Paralegal Krakow

Ewelina Gralicka

Paralegal Warsaw

Aleksandra Kizior

Paralegal Krakow

Jagoda Michalska

Paralegal Warsaw

Małgorzata Tomaka

Paralegal Katowice

Filip Wójtowicz

Paralegal Warsaw

Krzysztof Młynarz

Finance Director Warsaw

Katarzyna Jankowska

Head of HR and Administration Warsaw

Karolina Jabłońska – Brzozowska

Office Manager Warsaw

Jowita Kościńska

Office Manager Krakow

Sylwia Kocyk

Marketing Manager Warsaw

Oskar Rykowski

Marketing Manager Warsaw

Małgorzata Dunal

Administration Warsaw

Monika Kania

Administration Warsaw

Marta Miliszewska

Administration Warsaw

Agata Socińska-Osińska

Administration Warsaw

Stephen Morgan

Administration Krakow

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