Danuta Świątek | White & Case LLP International Law Firm, Global Law Practice

Danuta Świątek

Associate, Warsaw

T +48 22 50 50 130

E dswiatek@whitecase.com

Overview

Danuta Świątek is a legal advisor in the Dispute Resolution practice. She focuses on insurance law issues from both the regulatory and civil procedure perspective. She advises insurance companies on the legitimacy of insurance claims raised by insured parties under various insurance contracts (D&O, PI, and property) and recourse claims of insurers, and also represents insurance companies in liquidation proceedings and court proceedings concerning insurance claims. She has extensive experience in preparing opinions on the compliance of insurance products with Polish law, in particular concerning consumer protection requirements. She has participated in the restructuring of branches of foreign insurance companies and advised insurers on the outsourcing of insurance services, cross-border transfers of insurance portfolios, the sale of insurance receivables and insurance secrets.

Her experience includes representing companies and shareholders in corporate disputes, the pursuit of claims in bankruptcy proceedings and representing employers in disputes with employees.

Bars and Courts

  • Legal Adviser, Regional Chamber of Legal Advisers in Warsaw

Education

  • PhD, Department of Private Law, Institute of Law Studies of the Polish Academy of Sciences
  • University of Warsaw, Centre for the Study of English and European Law (in cooperation with University of Cambridge)
  • LLM, French Commercial Law, University of Poitiers
  • Master's Degree, Faculty of Law, Administration and Economics, University of Wroclaw
  • Faculty of Law and Administration, Jagiellonian University, Studies at the French Law School
  • International Faculty of Comparative Law in Strasbourg (France) and in Gratz (Austria)
  • University of Strasbourg, Diploma of International, European and Comparative Law, Robert Schuman

Languages

  • English
  • French
  • Polish

Experience

Advising a French insurance company regarding the effect of the restructuring of its capital group on the insurer’s Polish branches and the scope of conditions for transferring an insurance portfolio between companies from the group

Advising one of the largest Polish insurers regarding the possibility of selling receivables arising from insurance contracts.

Advising a Spanish insurance group concerning the possibility of outsourcing and allocating services connected with the group’s insurance activity.

Advising a leading US insurance group and a leading German insurance group in several claims concerning directors’ and officers’ liability for alleged mismanagement related to entering into both currency and commodity derivative transactions with a total value of EUR 150 million.

Participating in the due diligence of one of the largest Polish insurers in connection with its takeover by a leading global insurance group.

Conducting a due diligence of a Polish company providing medical services in the scope of its insurance coverage in connection with its takeover by a British medical services company.

Advising and representing one of the largest global insurers in court proceedings with respect to damages claims as a result of a warehouse fire.

Representing a group of foreign insurers in court proceedings related to their recourse claims against a Polish insurer for payment of indemnity under a civil liability insurance contract resulting from the defective overhaul of a ship engine.

Advising banks and other creditors in numerous bankruptcy proceedings conducted in Poland.

Advising an international pharmaceutical company on avoiding the legal effects of an agreement for the supply of medicine erroneously entered into pursuant to the Public Procurement Act.