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New Approach to No-Deal Brexit in Poland – Polish Brexit Bill Will Grant a Transition Period for UK Financial Market Entities

As the political turmoil regarding Brexit continues to grow in the UK, the spectre of a “no-deal” Brexit becomes a very realistic scenario. The shortness of time left to make the final decision is forcing businesses in the UK and EU to view the short-term future with unease and anxiety, particularly the uncertainty surrounding the … Continue Reading

Polish data protection authority announces which sectors will come under scrutiny in 2019

On 24 January 2019, the Personal Data Protection Office (UODO) published a sectoral inspection schedule for 2019. According to the schedule, as approved by UODO’s President, the inspections will aim at verifying the legitimacy of personal data processing in the following private sectors: telemarketing, data brokers (as regards legal grounds for personal data processing) and … Continue Reading

KNF-Polish Financial Supervision Authority Announces No Transition Period for UK Entities in the Case of a No-deal Brexit

In the announcement of 29 January 2019, KNF-Polish Financial Supervision Authority confirmed that, in the case of no-deal Brexit, UK entities operating on the Polish financial market will be treated as third-country entities. In the wake of the recent British Parliament vote rejecting the UK’s EU withdrawal agreement, the eventuality of a no-deal Brexit has … Continue Reading

Registration of a lease in CEE – should it be on your checklist or not?

When two do the same, it is not the same. This old saying is true especially when comparing legal regulations in different countries. Businesses that are present in various jurisdictions sometimes tend to expect the same, when, at first glance, the regulation seems to be similar.… Continue Reading

Poland’s New Energy Policy Until 2040 Goes Nuclear

On November 23 this year, the Ministry of Energy published its draft Polish Energy Policy until 2040 (PEP2040). This long-awaited document is significant for both the energy sector and the entire economy; however, it is subject to social consultations until January 15, 2019, and its assumptions may (but do not have to) evolve. A Generational Structural … Continue Reading

Debt financing in Poland –New Developments

The Polish Parliament has recently adopted a new law implementing certain changes to the Polish financial system (“the Act”).[1] The aim is to strengthen supervision over capital markets and improve protection of investors, but it will significantly impact the timing and cost of raising capital through debt securities offered outside the public market. The new … Continue Reading

Central Sea Port PPP Project in Poland – “Anchors Aweigh and Full Speed Ahead”

Large-scale public-private partnership (PPP) projects are not common in Poland. However, the amendment to the PPP law, which came into effect in September 2018, should change this. Therefore, we welcome the fact that, recently, the Port of Gdańsk announced a tender for a PPP advisor for the Central Sea Port Project (available in Polish). Thus, … Continue Reading

RES Auctions in Poland Ready to Take Off

The RES auctions are fast approaching – the first one, for existing installations, is due to start on October 17. The long-awaited RES auctions start tomorrow. This year, the President of the Energy Regulatory Office has divided the auctions into two rounds: 17-25 October for existing installations and 5-20 November for new installations. The auction … Continue Reading

Poland’s Mega-investment Project Doubles in Size

The Polish government has announced details of the high-speed rail network to be built in connection with its Central Communications Port (CCP) project. The PLN 40 billion (€9.25 billion) planned rail network is even more ambitious than the PLN 35 billion (€8.10 billion) airport project. With a target date of 2027, the CCP involves: Construction … Continue Reading

Poland’s New Split Payment Mechanism Affects Financing and Factoring Transactions

On July 1, 2018 the so-called split payment mechanism was introduced into the Polish legal system. Split payment refers to the splitting of invoice payments in B2B relations between a supplier’s current bank account and a VAT account, which is automatically opened by banks as an account directly linked to current accounts. Funds constituting the … Continue Reading

Poland’s New Law on the Central Communications Port Takes Effect, But Questions Remain

President Duda has signed the new law on the Central Communications Port (CCP) (see our summary of the new law here and it will take effect on 20 June 2018. However, questions remain on the scope of Poland’s mega-investment project. Prime Minister’s Volte A key element of the plan for CCP is that the existing Warsaw … Continue Reading

The Tale of Standardization: The Use of LMA Standard Forms in CEE

If there is a holy book for finance lawyers, at least on this side of the Atlantic Ocean, it would be the Loan Market Association (LMA) standard form. Aimed to improve liquidity and efficiency in the syndicated loan markets in EMEA, the recommended standard forms developed by the LMA are here to stay. Although intended … Continue Reading

Plans for Poland’s Mega-Airport Progress Rapidly

The Polish government is rapidly moving forward with plans for Poland’s new mega-airport. Proposed implementing legislation has been prepared and circulated for initial comments, an extensive concept document has been prepared, the office of the project’s plenipotentiary at the Ministry of Infrastructure has taken shape, an advisory council for the project has been appointed, and … Continue Reading

EU Action Plan for the European FinTech Sector and its Polish Context

On 8 March 2018, the European Commission (EC) published its long-awaited new FinTech Action Plan. The EC understands FinTech to be technology-enabled innovation in financial services, and the strategy covers developments related to new technologies which are changing the financial industry and the way consumers and firms access services. At the same time, the action … Continue Reading

Poland’s Draft GDPR Implementation Law – Where Are We At?

On 15 January 2018, the Ministry of Digital Affairs (Ministry) held a conference to summarize the outcome of a public consultation on Poland’s draft GDPR implementation law. The consultation invited all citizens and entrepreneurs to express their opinion on the draft law on the protection of personal data, which was released by the Ministry on … Continue Reading

PSD2 Fintech Puzzle – To Screen Scrape or Not to Screen Scrape?

The Polish Financial Supervision Authority (KNF) recently published (on 12 January 2018) a long-awaited statement relating to the “selected regulator’s expectations” as regards the interim period(s) relating to the implementation of the Payment Services Directive 2 (PSD2) in Poland. The statement is key for banks and FinTech companies (TPPs) to understand how to operate until the … Continue Reading

Poland’s Parliament Enacts Far-reaching Changes Regarding the Supreme Court

Significant changes will affect Poland’s highest court when President Andrzej Duda, as expected, signs new legislation just passed by Parliament. The changes are far-reaching, but among the major changes are: Creation of a division of extraordinary control with new jurisdiction – A new chamber of the Supreme Court called the “Chamber for Extraordinary Control and … Continue Reading

Material New Developments in the Reprivatization of Property in Warsaw

This post follows up on previous articles on the reprivatization of property in Warsaw and the governmental commission reviewing the legality of the process (see here and here). At a press conference on October 11, First Deputy Minister of Justice Patryk Jaki outlined the law that is to regulate property reprivatization in Poland. It is … Continue Reading

The Polish Draft of the New Personal Data Protection Act – Announced!

On 14 September 2017, a draft of the new Personal Data Protection Act “implementing” EU General Data Protection Regulation (the “PDPA Draft”) was published as well as a draft amending numerous sectoral laws (“Amending Act Draft”). As announced by the Minister for Digitization, the drafts are to be subject to extensive public consultation. Here are … Continue Reading
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