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Dr. Wojciech Sadowski

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Dr. Wojciech Sadowski is a member of the international arbitration practice of the firm. He focuses on international and/or trans-border matters.

Dr. Sadowski has broad experience in arbitration proceedings under international investment treaties. He has been acting for both investors and states in that respect.

Dr. Sadowski has also been extensively involved in commercial arbitrations and litigations before domestic, international and EU courts. He has represented clients in disputes relating to i.a. construction, infrastructure, energy, real estate, finance, intellectual property, telecoms, mining and metals, pharmaceutical, outsourcing, FMCG, international sale of goods, shareholders’ agreements and unfair market practices.

Dr. Sadowski holds a PhD in legal studies and is the author or co-author of more than 30 articles and books on international and trans-border dispute resolution. Since 2008 he has been constantly ranked as one of the leading dispute resolution lawyers.

Achievements

  • Chambers (Global and Europe), Dispute Resolution - Poland: 2012 - 2019 (Band 2); 2009 - 2011 (Band 3); 2008 (up & coming)
  • Chambers (Global and Europe), Dispute Resolution - Most in Demand Arbitrators: 2017 - 2019 (Band 3); 2014 (Band 3)
  • The Legal 500 Europe, Middle East and Africa, Dispute Resolution - Poland: 2014 - 2019 (Tier 1), 2013 (Tier 2); 2012 (Tier 3); 2011(Tier 3); 2010 (Tier 2); 2009 (Tier 3)
  • Who’s Who Legal, International Arbitration, 2015 - 2019
  • Best Lawyers, Arbitration - Poland: 2010-2019

Professional/Civic Activities

  • Club Español del Arbitraje, Vice-President of the Polish-Ukrainian Chapter
  • Former President of the Court of Arbitration at the Polish National Bar Association

Additional Information

Publications
  • Sadowski W., Effect of Bankruptcy Proceedings in Poland on Arbitration Proceedings Conducted Abroad: Remarks based on the Elektrim case e-Przegląd Arbitrażowy, e-Arbitration Review (wydawnictwo dwujęzyczne); Sąd Arbitrażowy „Lewiatan” 2010, No. 2, p. 5-20, Warszawa.
  • Morek R., Sadowski W., Recognition and Enforcement of Arbitral Awards in Poland [in:] Arbitration in Poland, Warszawa, 2011; p. 125-140.
  • Sadowski W., Wętrys E., The Arbitration Clause in An Underlying Contract and Non-Contractual Claims Arising in Connection with Such Contract, e-Przegląd Arbitrażowy, No. 3-4 (18-19/2014),p. 6
  • W. Sadowski, No Taxation Without Arbitration? Jurisdiction of Investment Treaty Tribunals over Tax Measures in the Aftermath of Yukos, in B. Gessel (ed.), The Challenges And the Future of Commercial and Investment Arbitration. Liber Amicorum Professor Jerzy Rajski, Warszawa 2015, p. 483-516
Investment Treaty Arbitration
  • Counsel to the Republic of Poland in the USD 16 billion arbitration against Eureko B.V., relating to privatization of Poland’s largest insurance company, PZU SA.
  • Counsel to a Central European state in the arbitration against Spanish investors, relating to revocation of a tax exemption.
  • Counsel to a Central European state in the arbitration against two Luxembourg companies relating to supervisory measures applied by the regulator to a commercial bank.
  • Counsel to the Republic of Poland in the case David Minnotte and Robert Lewis vs. Republic of Poland (ICSID Case No. ARB(AF)/10/1), relating to an investment in the pharmaceutical sector.
  • Counsel to the Republic of Poland in the case Vincent J. Ryan, Schooner Capital LLC et al vs. Republic of Poland (ICSID Case No. ARB(AF/11/3), relating to an investment in the vegetable fat industry.
  • Counsel to a Central European state in the arbitration against Dutch investors relating to a regulatory change in the entertainment sector.
  • Counsel to a Central European state in the arbitration against a Luxembourg company relating to an investment in a real estate development company.
  • Counsel to Corona Materials LLC in the case Corona Materials LLC v. Dominican Republic (ICSID Case No. ARB(AF)/14/3), relating to an investment in the mining industry.
  • Counsel to Marion and Reinhard Unglaube in the dispute against Costa Rica (ICSID Case Nos. ARB/08/01 and ARB/09/20), relating to expropriation of real property for environmental purposes.
  • Counsel to EU investors from the renewable energy sector in an arbitration against a CEE country related to regulatory changes.
  • Counsel to a CEE country in a dispute against U.S. and Canadian investors relating to an investment related to development of a seaport facility.
  • Counsel to a multinational exploration company on treaty-related claims against a Central European state relating to an investment in the mining sector.
  • Counsel to a U.S. technological company on treaty-related claims against a Southern European state relating to the non-performance of the concession agreement.
Commercial Arbitration
  • Counsel to a US provider of cargo scanning technology in an ICC arbitration against a Southern European state over non-performance of the concession agreement.
  • Counsel to a combined-cycle power plant operator in three arbitrations against the general contractor and the insurer of the combined value of EUR 200 million.
  • Counsel to an international organization in a commercial arbitration regarding early termination of a lease of real property.
  • Counsel to an FMCG producer in an ICC arbitration against a Luxembourg company, in a dispute arising under a joint venture agreement.
  • Counsel to an international telecom in a VIAC arbitration regarding the acquisition of shares in a major Polish telecom.
  • Counsel to a construction company in an ICC arbitration over settlement of a consortium agreement related to construction of a water treatment plant.
  • Counsel to a seaport authority in an arbitration over a terminated tenancy agreement.
  • Counsel to an apparel company in an arbitration with a multinational shopping centre operator arising from a commercial lease agreement.
  • Counsel to an international motion picture distribution company in an arbitration with a cinema operator over license fees.
  • Counsel to a hotel operator in a VIAC arbitration in a dispute arising from a contract for refurbishment of a hotel.
  • Counsel to a Portuguese company in an UNCITRAL arbitration arising from a contract for construction of a motorway.
  • Counsel to a German construction company in an arbitration with the Polish road authority in a dispute arising from a FIDIC Red Book contract.
  • Counsel to an association organizing a major film festival in an ad hoc arbitration against a Polish city, in a dispute resulting from a co-operation agreement.
  • Counsel to a construction company in an arbitration related to a dispute arising under a FIDIC contract for construction of a major shopping mall in Poland.
  • Counsel to an IT solution provider in an arbitration against an insurance company related to the development of an IT project.
  • Counsel to a construction company in two ICC arbitrations against a Macedonian company, related to settlement of a joint venture agreement.
  • Counsel to a mining company in an arbitration against the consortium of a Polish and a Spanish company, related to the performance of a construction contract.
  • Sole arbitrator in an SCC arbitration related the aviation sector.
  • President of an ICC arbitral tribunal in a dispute concerning international sale of goods.
  • President of the arbitral tribunal in a dispute between two companies over payment of rent under the commercial property lease agreement.
  • Arbitrator in a dispute related to the construction of a technological plant delivered under the Vienna Convention on the International Sale of Goods.
  • Arbitrator in a post-M&A transaction dispute concerning a tax issue.
  • Arbitrator in three cases concerning alleged unfair practices in the FMCG sector.
Commercial Litigation
  • Counsel to Poland’s largest bank before the European Court of Justice in the preliminary reference proceedings under Article 267 TFUE.
  • Counsel to a TSO in the interim relief proceedings before the General Court of the EU related to the construction of an international pipeline.
  • Counsel to an O&G company in the action of annulment of a decision of the European Commission related to the construction of an international pipeline.
  • Counsel to a construction company in an individual application to the European Court of Human Rights against a Balkan country.
  • Counsel to a Polish engineering company in a dispute over settlement of a contract for construction of an oil pipeline.
  • Counsel to Portuguese construction companies in a dispute arising from a FIDIC contract for construction of a motorway.
  • Counsel to eight investment funds and private investors in a precedent dispute before the Polish courts regarding the application of the investment funds law.
  • Counsel to a manufacturer of RFID inlets in a dispute against a competitor relating to annulment of a contract awarded through tender.
  • Counsel to an English company in a dispute with a Polish distributor under a framework license agreement.
  • Counsel to an international motion picture distribution company in a dispute with a public institution regarding enforceability of a license agreement.
  • Acted for a spirits manufacturer in a dispute against its major competitor related to misleading packaging.
  • Counsel to a shopping mall operator in a dispute against a defaulting and insolvent lessee under a commercial lease contract.
  • Counsel to an Italian shareholder of a Polish construction company in a dispute with a State agency regarding validity of a strategic resolution taken by shareholders of that company.
  • Counsel to a Polish distributor of mechanical tools in a dispute with a U.S. manufacturer in a dispute regarding unfair market practices.
  • Advisor to a Polish company in a dispute with an international bank resulting from an FX transaction.
  • Counsel to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs before the Polish Constitutional Court in a dispute related to the constitutionality of the U.S. – Poland extradition treaty.
  • Counsel to a Polish energy company in a set of litigations against the consortium of Bulgarian and US companies arising from a contract for services related to environmental studies.
  • Counsel to a railroad company in a dispute against another railroad company and the railroad infrastructure operator in a set of litigations concerning the consequences of a railroad accident.