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Bridging the Gap in Poland

November 26, 2008

Vinge’s Eastern European Desk, in cooperation with the Court of Arbitration at the Polish Chamber of Commerce in Warsaw and the Arbitration Institute of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce (SCC), successfully organized a bridging the gap seminar between international arbitration practitioners in Sweden and Poland on 19 November 2008.  The seminar catered to legal professionals in Poland’s leading law firms and has sparked a great interest among practitioners in the community evidenced by more than 50 guests in attendance.

“Poland is an untapped market for Vinge. This is why it’s important that we develop relationships with law firms in Warsaw. Should our clients need any legal assistance in Poland we will be able to refer them directly to the best local firms”, says Olga Zelepukina at Vinge’s Eastern European Desk.  The success in organizing such event has created a synergy with the legal community in Warsaw that can be the basis for future cooperative alliances.

As part of its collaborative road show, Vinge’s team met with legal practitioners from seven prominent and leading Polish law firms in Warsaw, which included Domànski Zakrewski Palinka, Soltysinski Kawecki & Szlezak, Wardynski & Partners, Hogan & Hartson, Laszczuk & Wspolnicy, M Furtek i Wpolnicy and Biedecki & Ptak.

Well-attended seminar

On 19 November, the seminar participants welcomed Vinge’s prominent practitioners in the field of international arbitration and corporate mergers and acquisitions practice groups. Special attention was given to issues involving flexibility and increased efficiency as well as time and cost reduction concerns in international arbitral proceedings. Topping off the event was a presentation of the rules and practices of the SCC, by Marie Öhrström, Asst. Secretary General.

The topics discussed at the seminar included:

  • Hans Bagner, Reducing Time and Costs in International Arbitration
  • Christer Söderlund, Arbitration Proceedings:  Dynamic Techniques for Increased Efficiency
  • Finn Madsen, Recent Developments in Institutional Arbitration at Leading Arbitration Centers
  • Carl Gustaf de Geer, Vinge’s Experience in Privatization of Vin & Sprit


A warm reception by the Court of Arbitration at the Polish Chamber of Commerce and the legal community at large in Warsaw was met with future plans to continue this new association.

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