Many years of practical experience as a legal advisor on commercial law, in particular as an expert on banking and finance, cross-border transactions and in area of real estates. She specialises also in LegalTech, in particular DLT / blockchain, smart contracts and IA. 

External legal advisor to some Polish and international big banks.  For a number of years a member of a team (as of counsel) providing day-by-day legal services to one of the leading Polish banks, a subsidiary of one of the largest international bank

Member of the advisory team to one of the global telecommunication companies in course of complex international arbitration and litigation proceedings.
Dispute value: ca. EUR 15 billion

Expert advice on resolution and liquidation of banks for
the Banking Guarantee Fund and for the working group of the Financial Stability Committee. 

Legal assistance to an international investor by the acquisition of companies and transformation of an international holding, examination of the target companies and due diligence.

Advice, transaction work, representation before the public administration, and other comprehensive services provided to an international investor in course of opening mines in Poland, starting at the stage of prospecting and exploration of mineral deposits. Key areas of legal expertise: corporate law, administrative proceedings, obtaining and performance of mining concessions.

Legal due diligence in real estate transactions. Advisory services on real estate law and perpetual usufruct to banks, companies, local governments (e.g. City of Warsaw) and bankruptcy trustees, including bankrupcy trustees for real estate development companies.

Legal opinions regarding the functioning in Poland of a trust, including the trust as a shareholder in a Polish commercial company

Expert on enforcement of claims, secured transactions and bankruptcy, World Bank - Doing Business Program

Outside Positions

Professor [in Polish: dr.habil. - postdoctoral professorship qualification 
] at Jagiellonian University in Cracov, Chair of the Private Law, 

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

Selected Former Positions

Of counsel -  KKG Kubas, Kos, Gertner - Law Firm

Member of the working groups of the Codification Commission (Ministry of Justice); co-drafter of the proposed rules on performance of obligation and the remedies for non-performance of obligations, as well as the proposal for rules on provision of services

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

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


Master of Law, Jagiellonian University

School of German Law
Universities: Heidelberg, Mainz, Jagiellonian

Judge Exam

Doctor of Law
Thesis on secured business transactions

Training: Legal Advisor Before the EU-Courts

TOLES Legal English Skills Exam, Higher Level

Habilitation (dr.habil. - postdoctoral professorship qualification)

Awards, Honors, Scholarships

Scholarship of the Rector of Jagiellonian University for research on European law on collaterals in international bankruptcy

French Government Scholarship for research at the University of Orleans, France

Awards of the Rector of the Jagiellonian University for outstanding results in research (group and individual awards)


iwona.karasek at karasekwejman.com


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

Areas of Law

banking and finance
secured transactions
contract law
resolution and bankruptcy
corporate law
conflict of laws
consumer law
real estate
mining, mineral exploration, geological concessions


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

Selected Publications

list (in Polish)