Małgorzata Grzelak heads Warsaw labor and employment team. Małgorzata’s practice focuses on labor and employment and related corporate and commercial issues. She advises clients in the production sector, commercial and service sectors, and various other industries.

    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, structuring of labor and employment relations, management contracts, immigration, and various corporate and contract law issues related with doing business in Poland.  She counsels both local and international entrepreneurs conducting  business in Poland with respect to contract, collective and individual labor 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, being particularly involved with the  development of principles and procedures for employee takeovers and the legal aspects of remuneration systems and labor organizations. She also advises on closing operations in Poland including mass redundancies.

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    • Advising a group of furniture producers on labour & employment law issues during employers’ merger and transfers of employees from different employers, on the collective bargaining agreements, on the remuneration systems, work rules, employee benefits fund, agreements and understandings with trade unions with respect to their rights guaranteed under the Trade Union Act, understandings concluded under the anti-crisis regulations, dismissals, mass redundancies, agreements for executives and on other selected aspects of labour and employment law.
    • 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.
    • Advising an international chemicals company on labour and employment law issues related to establishing a shared services centre in Poland, including hiring employees, works council, setting up internal policies/procedures and various individual employment matters.
    • Counselling on establishment a new employer in the telecom sector and taking over employees from two competitive employers, including the employee transfer process, devising basic principles and drawing up labour law documentation in the newly created entity.
    • Advising a number of foreign companies in hiring their employees or contractors in Poland through various foreign companies and in the process of setting up their business presence in Poland. Localizing common law employment / services contracts for Poland-based employees. Counselling on social security registrations related to employment by foreign entities.
    • Advising on immigration related matters pertaining to employment of foreigners in Poland.
    • 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 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.
    • Advising companies in the energy sector (a national power grid operator and its subsidiaries) in negotiations with trade unions regarding employee transfer, application of the collective bargaining agreement, and in collective labour disputes with trade unions operating in companies; counsel in the negotiations and implementation of a collective bargaining agreement and a new remuneration system and in the process of transferring employees as well as in selected issues of individual labour law, including restrictive covenants.
    • Advising private investors on numerous mergers and acquisitions projects in the service sector and other branches of industry.


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


    • Warsaw Bar Association, 2003


    • 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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