Emanuel Wanat

Associate, Warsaw



Emanuel Wanat represents clients in disputes related to various commercial projects, real estate, financial services and M&A transactions, as well as construction projects. He has experience in both state court litigation and international arbitration. He has been actively engaged in the Polish cryptocurrency sphere, including on the tax law reform. He is currently working on a PhD thesis concerning the civil aspects of cryptocurrency trading.

Emanuel represented the Jagiellonian University in Krakow on numerous occasions in international moot court competitions concerning commercial and investment arbitration. He was awarded an honorable mention for the best speaker at the Foreign Direct Investment Moot Court Competition (2013) and an honorable mention for the statement of defense at the Willem C. Vis Moot International Competition (2014). Throughout his studies Emanuel was awarded separate scholarships for educational achievements and sports achievements.

Since early 2018 Emanuel is an expert member of the major Polish think-tank the Jagiellonian Institute, consulting on the matters of trade law, law of new technologies and infrastructure.

Bars and Courts
Advocate, Regional Bar Chamber in Warsaw
Master's Degree
Jagiellonian University

Krakow, Faculty of Law and Administration



Representing a Spanish client in a post M&A dispute relating to the sale of shares in a Polish company in the energy sector.

Advising a major loan originator in Poland in relation to enforcement of debts and criminal risks.

Participating in an internal investigation of a financial institution in relation to alleged irregularities in setting the LIBOR.

Representing a sovereign employer in ICC arbitration against a contractor of IT systems and facilities at an airport in the Middle East.

Representing a Polish subsidiary of an international manufacturer of packaging machines in a dispute against a company established by its former managers.

Advising a client in relation to potential investment arbitration against Poland.

Representing a Scandinavian investor in a dispute over lost profits claimed by one of its clients for alleged breach of contract. 

Representing a Scandinavian producer in commercial arbitration before the Court of Arbitration at the Polish Chamber of Commerce over a termination of the lease agreement concerning a production facility.

Representing an international consortium in relation to claims for wrongful termination of a contractor by an investor.

Representing contractors in numerous disputes relating to the construction projects, advising on a pre-trial basis and obtaining orders for injunction in multiple instances.

Representing an employer in a series of pre-arbitration judgments against a contractor responsible for engineering, procurement, supply, construction and commissioning for onshore LNG facilities in Western Australia.


Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies as monetary goods (in edition - Transformacje Prawa Prywatnego, 2019)

What do the first Polish courts cases tell us about Bitcoin? (Biznes Alert, 2017)

Exclusion of Subclauses 13.7 and 13.8 FIDIC and possibility of applying the statutory rebus sic stantibus clause (Transformacje Prawa Prywatnego, 2017)

Arbitrability of tax disputes (Młoda Palestra, 2017)

Admissibility of witness preparation in arbitration proceedings (International and Polish perspectives, Dispute Resolution International Vol 10 No 1, April 2016)

Admissibility of witness preparation in arbitration proceedings (Arbitration Bulletin 22/2015)