Małgorzata Grzelak heads the Warsaw Labor & Employment team. Małgorzata’s practice focuses on labor, employment and immigration laws, as well as related corporate and commercial issues. She advises clients in the production, commercial and service sectors, with particular focus on advising IT/technology, shared services centers/BPO and medical technology/products companies.

    Małgorzata provides advice to investors outside Poland in the course of their commercial activities on investment processes, including all aspects of setting up a business presence in Poland, acquisition or leasing of real estate, structuring of labor and employment relations, immigration, and various corporate and contract law issues. She counsels both local and international entrepreneurs conducting business in Poland with respect to contract, collective and individual labor law and real estate law. Małgorzata also advises clients on various aspects of occupational safety and health regulations.

    She has served as counsel in numerous merger and acquisition transactions and restructuring processes, particularly with the development of principles and procedures for employee takeovers and the legal aspects of remuneration systems and labor organizations, and often including significant real estate components. She also advises on closing operations in Poland, including mass redundancies.

    Małgorzata is recognized in Chambers Europe 2019 as up and coming, recommended in The Legal 500 EMEA 2018 and listed in PLC Which lawyer? Yearbook 2009. Małgorzata is co-author of “EU Competition Law: ECJ Judgments in 1990 – 2004” and “EU Competition Law: CFI Judgments in 1990 – 2004,” as well as Legal Guidance for Establishing Corporations in 40 Countries & Regions and a chapter on Polish Immigration Law in Inside the Minds: Immigration Law Client Strategies in the EU.

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    • Counseling a medical technology and wound management products company in the process of setting up a new operational center in Poland and in adjusting its existing corporate structure to the new scope of operations; in structuring employment relations, internal policies, daily compliance matters, and health and safety; in the areas of recruitment, the transfer of work establishments, immigration law and employee representation; and in engaging with the labor inspection and other authorities.
    • Providing ongoing counseling to a motor vehicle parts manufacturer on the transfer of employees, unification and implementation of new collective labor law regulations (remuneration regulations, work regulations, social benefits fund regulations and business travel regulations), and various individual employee cases relating to recruitment, current staff dismissals, training and implementation of internal employee-related policies, including negotiations with suppliers of services for employees.
    • Providing legal counsel to an international bank on social security premiums and payments for its employees in Poland and counseling on proposing new rules and regulations pertaining to compensation and bonuses.
    • Counseling a bank’s majority shareholder in structuring bonus schemes for the senior management and key personnel of the bank located in Poland.
    • Providing legal counsel to a capital group of furniture producers in Poland on structuring employment relations with its directors and officers including employment contracts and noncompete covenants, as well as transfer of undertakings (employees) procedures and negotiations of collective regulations for the workplace.
    • Counseling the world’s leading manufacturer of construction and mining equipment on immigration issues in Poland.
    • Counseling an India-based software services and consulting company on structuring labor and employment relations in its Poland office, as well as providing legal counsel on immigration issues pertaining to non-EU citizens.
    • Counseling a five-star hotel on individual and collective labor issues and employment disputes.
    • Providing legal counsel to companies from the energy sector (a national power grid operator and its subsidiaries) in negotiations with trade unions operating in the companies; the implementation of the new remuneration system; collective labor disputes with trade unions; the process of transferring employees and negotiations with trade unions in pursuance of EU directives; and negotiations of collective bargaining agreements.
    • Analyzing the remuneration and work organization system for a paper products manufacturer, providing day-to-day counseling in individual and collective labor law issues and advising on employment disputes, relations with trade unions, and implementation of collective regulations on remuneration and work organization.
    • Counseling a non-Poland-based investor on negotiations of a social package in the privatization of a ceramics producer.
    • Counseling a telecom company in implementation of compensation and organizational regulations, elections of work council and various employment issues including contract drafting and termination.
    • Counseling a Belgium-based leading manufacturer of specialty chemicals for the pulp and paper industry in an employment dispute in Poland.
    • Advising private investors on numerous mergers and acquisitions projects in the service sector and other branches of industry.

    Education

    • University of Lodz, J.D., 1999
    • Universitá degli Studi di Reggio Calabria, 1997

    Admissions

    • Warsaw Bar Association, 2003

    Languages

    • English
    • Italian
    • Polish

    • Recognized in The Legal 500 Europe, Middle East & Africa 2019 for Poland – Employment
    • Recognized in Chambers Europe 2019 in: Poland - Employment as Up and Coming, mentioned having "strong business acumen" and not using "the legalese that is difficult to somebody who is not a lawyer"
    • Recommended for employment in The Legal 500 EMEA 2018 as "commercially minded and responsive", providing "practical and reliable" advice 
    • Recommended for employment in The Legal 500 EMEA 2017 and noted as “extremely professional and client-oriented”
    • Recognized as an up and coming lawyer for employment in Chambers Europe 2017 as “very thorough and anticipates clients' concerns” and “business-oriented, very communicative and friendly”
    • Recommended in The Legal 500 EMEA 2013, 2015 and 2016


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