We are proud to announce that, as of 4 October 2017, Bernadeta Kasztelan-Świetlik is joining our firm as a partner.


Bernadeta Kasztelan-Świetlik is one of Poland’s leading competition law professionals, with extensive experience in cases concerning mergers, competition-inhibiting collusions, abuse of dominant market positions, protection of consumer interests and unfair exploitation of contracting advantage. 


Over the past three years, Bernadeta Kasztelan-Świetlik served as Vice President of the Office of Competition and Consumer Protection, managing the operations of three departments – Concentration Control, Competition Protection, and Legal. Her responsibilities included enforcement of Polish and European competition law and representing the Office vis a vis other governmental and public institutions (e.g. Polish parliament) and at the European Union level (e.g. within the European Competition Network). 

Bernadeta Kasztelan-Świetlik will head GESSEL’s competition law practice. 

The GESSEL legal team now comprises 50 lawyers, including 12 partners. Apart fromBernadeta Kasztelan-Świetlik, our partners include Małgorzata Badowska (who leads GESSEL’s banking and finance and M&A practices), Dorota Bryndal (employment law, intellectual property law, and pharmaceutical law), Dr Janusz Fiszer (tax law), Dr Beata Gessel-Kalinowska vel Kalisz (senior partner, head of our arbitration practice), Leszek Koziorowski and Krzysztof Marczuk (capital markets), Marcin Macieszczak (managing partner, also involved in operations of our M&A practice), Maciej Kożuchowski (M&A),Aldona Pietrzak (companies law), Christian Schmidt (German Desk) and Piotr Schramm(litigation, special projects / risk & support).