DR HAB. IWONA KARASEK-WOJCIECHOWICZ
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF LAW 

ATTORNEY AT LAW

PARTNER

Experience

Iwona has many years of practical experience as an Attorney at Law in commercial law. Her main areas of expertise include: contracts law, claims collaterals, consumer protection, financial instruments and securities, payment services, personal data protection, international private law, restructuration and bankruptcy, as well as company law. The sectors that she provides her services are banking and finance (including NewTech, FinTech, DeFi), trade and services (including trading platforms), and real estate sector. 

Iwona is external legal advisor to banks. For a number of years, as of counsel for a large law firm, she provided day-by-day legal services to one of the leading Polish banks. 

Iwona was an expert advising on resolution and liquidation of banks for the Banking Guarantee Fund in the scope of a working group of the Polish Financial Stability Committee. 

Her experience includes also advice to bankruptcy trustees.

Iwona is an expert on claims enforcement, secured transactions and bankruptcy, World Bank - the Doing Business Program.
 
During her work, Iwona was a member of the advisory team to one of the global telecommunication companies in course of international arbitration and litigation proceedings. 
Dispute value: ca. EUR 15 billion.

Iwona has provided legal assistance to Polish and international investors by the acquisition of companies and due diligence processes. 

Iwona`s experience includes also advice in day-by-day business, as well as in M&A and due diligence processes.     

Iwona has been also engaged in processes of legal due diligence in real estate transactions and in an advisory on real estate law to companies, local governments (e.g. City of Warsaw) and bankruptcy trustees. 

Her experience includes also advice, transaction work, representation before the public administration and other legal services provided to an international investor in processes of prospecting and exploration of mineral deposits.   

Iwona provided legal advising regarding the legal aspects of trusts activity in Poland. 

She also cooperates with the Coalition for Polish Innovation, solving the practical challenges of Distributed Ledger Technology. She takes part in processes of designing smart contracts and assets tokenisation, cooperating with developers of smart contracts,  DLT architects and IT/blockchain projects managers. See, for example:

https://www.gov.pl/attachment/6590ce60-b640-4c4f-8d5e-11737b36b1fa https://www.gov.pl/attachment/0d76dc21-484d-4eb7-8c2f-2467a560cbf2

https://www.gov.pl/attachment/6590ce60-b640-4c4f-8d5e-11737b36b1fa 

Iwona is a speaker at numerous conferences on blockchain/DLT and NewTech and FinTech, e.g. IBM Warsaw Think, BlockchainTech Congress, Compliance National Congress. 


Outside Positions

Associate Professor
at Jagiellonian University in Cracov, Chair of the Private Law


Expert of the European Union Blockchain Observatory and Forum - an initiative of the European Commission and the European Parliament. She is a member of the Blockchain Policy and Framework Conditions working group. See, for example, the reports:

https://www.eublockchainforum.eu/sites/default/files/reports/report_legal_v1.0.pdf?width=1024&height=800&iframe=true

https://www.eublockchainforum.eu/sites/default/files/report_digital_assets_v1.0.pdf?width=1024&height=800&iframe=true


Member of Association of Polish Economists, she participates in the implementation of the Blockchain project. 



Selected Former Positions

Member of examinations commissions for notaries and attorneys-at-law. 

Of counsel at Kubas, Kos, Gertner Law Firm

Member of the working groups of the Codification Commission (Ministry of Justice) in the scope of rules for the performance of obligations and the remedies for non-performance of obligations, as well as the rules on providing of services.

Member of the Polish-German Center for Banking Law,
Jagiellonian University, Cracov

Expert on secured transactions and private law - Government Center for Legislation

Member of the Supervisory Board, Radio Kraków S.A.


Education

Habilitation (dr.habil. - postdoctoral professorship qualification)

Doctor of Law 

School of German Law
Universities: Heidelberg, Mainz, Jagiellonian

Judge Exam

Master of Law, Jagiellonian University

Training: Legal Advisor Before the EU-Courts

TOLES Legal English Skills Exam, Higher Level



Contact

iwona.karasek at karasekwejman.com

Services

legal advice and expert opinions
transaction work
legislative and regulatory matters
dispute resolution
teaching and training

Areas of Law

banking and finance 
contract law
corporate law
international private law
consumer protection 
restructuring and bankruptcy
real estate
NewTech 
FinTech  


Language

Polish (native) 
English (advanced)
German (fair) 

Selected Publications

list (in Polish)