For over 20 years, our Law Firm has assembled teams of experts with capabilities to undertake the most ambitious business projects on the domestic and international markets, and to act in precedent-setting cases before national and EU courts. Currently, our Law Firm consists of more than 60 lawyers who are supported by experts in management, finance and IT.
The Law Firm’s Clients include small and medium-sized enterprises, holding companies, large corporations based in Poland and elsewhere, as well as major public institutions. We also advise individual Clients on selected matters, assist SMEs, and cooperate on an ongoing basis with many chambers of commerce, trade and employer associations, and collective management organizations. Our expert lawyers are involved in work on legislative proposals and participate in the legislative process by drawing up opinions for government administration bodies and the Sejm and the Senate of the Republic of Poland.
Our long history of practice and extensive expertise, with particular experience in intellectual property law, new technologies law, competition law, personal data protection law, and civil and procedural law, have earned multiple distinctions and awards. Each year, we are featured in the most prominent Polish and international law firm ranking guides (Chambers Europe, Chambers Global, Chambers Fintech Legal, IP STARS, WTR 1000, The Legal 500, Rzeczpospolita, IAM Patent 1000).
Our Law Firm has established a well-deserved reputation for combining practical skills with theoretical knowledge of the law. Many partners and lawyers are lecturers and academics at renowned Polish universities and research institutes (including the Jagiellonian University and the Polish Academy of Sciences), as well as authors of publications, monographs, and commentaries (on topics such as copyright and related rights, industrial property law, and personal data protection law, ) and the regime of private law.
With offices in Warsaw and Kraków, the Firm is well situated to represent Clients before all courts and administrative bodies in Poland. Thanks to international collaboration, our Firm can offer legal assistance to Clients in most countries of the world, and for many years it has been coordinating legal services for foreign Clients based on a permanent partnership with leading law firms in the Central and Eastern Europe region (CEE Legal Hub). Our lawyers have the skills to provide services in English, French, German and Spanish.
We truly focus on the personal development of our Firm’s lawyers and we aid them in continuously improving their professional, business and management competence. Our Law Firm also supports pro bono work.
We are aware that innovation and emerging technologies are shaping the ways in which legal services are provided. Therefore, we are committed to creating and implementing innovative solutions that improve our performance and address the needs of our Clients.Show more +
Jan Byrski specializes in financial innovation law (FinTech, including payment, banking and the insurance market), in legal protection of information (personal data, professional secrets, trade secrets), and IT and TMT, including in particular proceedings before the President of the National Bank of Poland, President of the Polish Financial Supervision Authority, Inspector General for Personal Data Protection, and administrative courts. He provides legal advice to companies and financial institutions operating on the Polish and international markets.
He is a legal expert at the Polish Chamber of Insurance and the Foundation for Development of Non-Cash Transactions (FROB). He is a member of the IAPP (International Association of Privacy Professionals) organization and SABI-IOD (Data Protection Officer Association, Poland), and Vice-President of the FinTech Committee of the Polish Chamber of Information Technology and Telecommunications (PIIT). He is a member of working parties at the KNF Office on the development of financial innovation (FinTech) and MC working groups, including distributed registers and blockchain. He takes part in parliamentary work on the adaptation of Polish law to PSD 2, interchange fee regulation (IF Reg), the GDPR, and numerous amendments to the Act on the Protection of Personal Data and the Act on Payment Services.
He is a speaker at conferences, seminars and training courses in Poland and elsewhere, and a member of the Consultative Council of the IT in Administration monthly. He is the author and co-author of numerous academic and popular-science publications, including the monograph Tajemnica prawnie chroniona w działalności bankowej (Legally-Protected Secret in Banking Operations), which earned him the top award in the Scientiae Legis Excellentia contest for the best PhD dissertation on economic law organized by the National Bank of Poland, as well as the habilitation dissertation “Outsourcing w działalności dostawców usług płatniczych” (Outsourcing in the Activities of Payment Service Providers) (C.H. Beck 2018). He has also received individual recommendations in the Chambers & Partners Europe 2020, 2021 and 2022 Banking & Finance ranking, Regulatory Poland, FinTech Legal Poland 2020, 2021 and 2022 The Legal 500 EMEA 2020, 2021 and 2022 in the category Data privacy and data protection.
He is a professor in Economic Law of the Faculty of Finance at the Cracow University of Economics. He is a graduate of the Faculty of Law and Administration of the Jagiellonian University, and attended the School of German Law of the Jagiellonian University, University of Heidelberg, and the University of Mainz, and the School of Austrian Law of the Jagiellonian University and the University of Vienna. He studied at Ruhr-Universität Bochum on a scholarship awarded by the Foundation for Polish-German Cooperation. He has been on scholarships at the Ernst-Moritz-Arndt Universität Greifswald, Johann Gutenberg Universität Mainz, and Max-Planck-Institut für Immaterialgüter-und Wettbewerbsrecht.
He speaks fluent Polish, German and English.Show more +