Bernadeta Kasztelan-Świetlik

Partner
Attorney-at-law

Competition and consumer law

Expert in competition and consumer protection law, with a unique track record featuring private practice as well as the public sector. Worked at the Polish Office of Competition and Consumer Protection (UOKiK) for a total of 13 years, most recently (2014-2017) as Vice President charged with three departments – Concentration Control, Competition Protection, and Legal. Active in amateur theatre, avid reader and pianist, gardener.

14. Bernadeta Kasztelan Swietlik 772x1158

Languages: en

BIO

After a brief period as a junior judge, Bernadeta developed an interest in competition law, then a new discipline in early 1990s Poland. After her first stint at UOKiK, she spent one year leading the legal department of UPC and then joined GESSEL in 2001.

In 2014, after moving to the head office of UOKiK, she oversaw the authority’s activities in the realms of corporate concentrations, market collusions, and abuse of dominant market positions. Propagated compliance culture; initiated and oversaw preparation of two publications recognised by the World Bank and the International Competition Network (in, respectively, 2016 and 2017) in contests for the best educational / information project in the field of competition law: guidelines concerning funerary services and municipal water and sewage utilities.

In 2017, returned to GESSEL, becoming a partner and building up the firm’s competition and consumer law practice. Advises clients on cases concerning mergers, market agreements, abuse of dominant market position, abuse of contracting advantage, and payment backlogs.

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Experience

Competition law

  • Verifies the necessity of filing intended concentrations to the regulatory authorities in Poland and in other jurisdictions
  • Drafts merger filings (descriptions of the relevant markets, estimation of market shares)
  • Represents business enterprises before the antitrust authorities in merger control proceedings
  • Assists with filling out official market study questionnaires

Consumer law

  • Represents clients in all proceedings before UOKiK and any ensuing appeals before the courts
  • Advises on preparation of notifications to UOKiK concerning violations of competition law and of applications for leniency
  • Advises on due diligence and internal revisions
  • Advises on implementation of compliance programmes
  • Leads training sessions / webinars on competition law (e.g. distribution agreements and franchise agreements) and consumer law (regulations, standard contract terms)
  • Advises on consumer protection in e-commerce (also as regards compliance with the OMNIBUS Directive)

News
& Insights

21.05.2024

We advised Sescom S.A. and its major shareholders on a PLN 104 mln sale of a majority stake to Enterprise Investors

GESSEL is proud to have advised Sescom S.A. and its major shareholders on a PLN 104 mln sale of a majority stake to Enterprise Investors Sescom is a Warsaw-listed pro...

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We advised Sescom S.A. and its major shareholders on a PLN 104 mln sale of a majority stake to Enterprise Investors

15.03.2024

We advised Gaz-System on its purchase of Gas Storage Poland from Orlen

We provided legal support to Gaz-System S.A. in execution with Orlen S.A., on 14 March 2024, of a conditional share purchase agreement for a 100% stake in Gas Storage Po...

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We advised Gaz-System on its purchase of Gas Storage Poland from Orlen

07.03.2024

The President of the Office of Competition and Consumer Protection (UOKIK) has given further approval for the concentration of our long-standing customer ANWIM S.A.

On March 4, 2024, the President of the Office of Competition and Consumer Protection (UOKiK) issued another approval for the concentration of our long-term client Anwim ...

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The President of the Office of Competition and Consumer Protection (UOKIK) has given further approval for the concentration of our long-standing customer ANWIM S.A.

16.02.2024

We advised ANWIM S.A.

On 15 February 2024, the President of the Office of Competition and Consumer Protection (UOKIK) approved the acquisition by our long-standing client ANWIM S.A. - part of...

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We advised ANWIM S.A.
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Education and achievements

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  • Faculty of Law and Administration, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan
  • Judge’s training articles with the Regional Court in Poznan; called to the bar as a judge, admitted practicing as an attorney
  • Internships and study visits (including the Bundeskartellamt in Berlin, the Federal Trade Commission in Washington, D.C.

Awards

Academic publications