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Roman Iwański

Partner | Warsaw

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Experience

Roman leads the Commercial Law Practice and is also an expert in Dispute Resolution. Roman is an advocate at the District Bar Association in Warsaw. He has over 13 years of experience in providing commercial legal advice to companies, as well as representing them in litigation, arbitration and in settlement talks.

He is a citizen of both Poland and Canada.

Commercial law

Roman advises clients both at a management level on strategic projects and in organizing day-to-day advice to companies. He oversees the work of groups of lawyers dedicated to a specific client or industry sector. In doing so, he works closely with management, in-house lawyers or coordinators in order to provide seamless and timely assistance. He strongly believes that a lawyer needs to understand the client’s business and internal structure in order to be a source of solutions that are not only legally sound, but also practical from a business perspective.

Roman has advised clients in the following sectors: management consulting, compliance, corporate, real estate and construction matters, insurance and reinsurance matters, labour law/employment matters, energy and renewable energy matters, IP and data protection matters, bankruptcy cases, among others.

Dispute Resolution (Litigation, Arbitration and Settlement Negotiations)

Roman has represented clients from numerous industry sectors in disputes that concerned a wide range of legal issues. He strongly believes in the need to efficiently communicate strategy, Polish legal issues (especially to international clients) and keep clients informed on legal costs, as only such an approach ensures that clients remain in control of such proceedings.

Roman thrives in complex litigation and arbitration cases, especially when the need arises to cooperate with party-appointed experts. He has also experience in managed dozens of litigation cases for an entire group of companies.

Roman also advises clients on ADR solutions, keeping in mind the cost of litigation and arbitration, their duration, as well as the financial interest of the clients. He has negotiated complex settlement agreements as an alternative to resolving matters before a court or tribunal.

Pro bono

Social responsibility is not just a marketing catchphrase, but a mission statement that reflect Roman’s core values. Roman is regularly engaged in pro bono work and also encourages his team members to get involved as well. He believes it is an advocate’s obligation to give back to the community as well as support those that are less fortunate or oppressed. Roman has been recently recognized for his pro bono work by the Polish Ombudsman.

Competence

QUALIFICATION Advocate
LANGUAGE English and Polish (both native)
MEMBERSHIP The Warsaw Bar Association
EDUCATION - University of Warsaw:
Faculty of Law and Administration (Master of Law, 2007),
Interdisciplinary Individual Studies in the Humanities (MISH),
International Affairs – Faculty of Journalism and Political Science,
Currently pursuing a PhD degree in international dispute resolution with a focus on the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA).
- University of Florida, Fredric G. Levin College of Law (semester in Gainesville and two semesters at the American Law Centre)
- British Law Centre in Warsaw supervised by the University of Cambridge (four semesters)
- University of Gdańsk, Faculty of Law and Administration (two semesters)

Credentials

  • Lead external counsel for the Polish office of a US-based global management consulting firm, negotiating contracts on their behalf, ensuring compliance with global standards, as well as overseeing a dedicated team of lawyers, a secondment program, employment/labour law and GDPR advice.
  • Advising an international aerospace and defence company on Polish labour law matters and working closely with international corporate structures.
  • Representing a leading New York and London-based private equity firm, a Luxembourg company and a group of Polish logistics, transportation, railway and mining companies in complex settlement talks with an ex-CEO of the Polish group that ended up being resolved amicably.
  • Representing a US foundation, Polish foundation and a Polish company in a sensitive labour dispute with an ex-manager.
  • Representing and advising senior partners of an a leading independent private equity fund manager in relation to risks arising out of criminal proceedings being conducted with regard to a Polish investment.
  • Representing an international property management firm and their SPV (owner of a shopping centre) in a dispute with one of the tenants over complex technical issues that was heard by the Court of Arbitration at the Polish Chamber of Commerce.
  • Advising the Electric Insurance Company – group insurer of the General Electric Company (GE) – on Polish legal and insurance matters relating to a PKN Orlen CCGT unit investment.
  • Managing several dozen litigation cases for a group of Polish logistics, transportation, railway and mining companies and representing the client in court, including key cases concerning railway accidents.
  • Representing a leading manufacturer of charging infrastructure for electric vehicles in key litigation cases.
  • Advising a Polish e-commerce company with regard to a litigation matter in Ireland brought by an international airline company (incl. selection process of Irish law firm/solicitor).
  • Advising clients from the Polish real estate sector in disputes against both commercial and municipal entities over the ownership of land, the right of perpetual usufruct (RPU), the lease of retail space and rights under master leases.*
  • Advising an international consortium in a dispute with the Polish General Directorate of National Roads and Motorways (GDDKiA), commissioning expert reports and overseeing their preparation.*
  • Advising a property investor and asset management firm on a possible claim against another international law firm for malpractice and conducting talks with the general counsel of said firm regarding an amicable resolution of the dispute.*
  • Representing a global engineering consultancy firm as respondent in an engineering dispute before an ad hoc Arbitral Tribunal. The engineering dispute concerned an incident at a major Romanian commercial centre and required cooperation with Polish and foreign experts on complex technical matters. The claim against the client was successfully defended and significant legal costs were awarded to the client.*
  • Representing a major UK reinsurance company regarding a subrogated claim concerning an incident at a Polish power plant. This case required extensive incident investigation with the cooperation of Polish and foreign experts across several areas of specialization from technical issues to a business interruption forensic investigation.*
  • *Advice provided at previous US, UK and international law firms.

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