Katarzyna Czapracka

Partner, Brussels, Warsaw

Biography

Overview

Katarzyna advises clients on the full range of competition law issues, including complex merger control and antitrust matters, as well as general EU law and EU regulatory matters. She works across a variety of sectors including telecommunications, consumer goods, finance, IT and the media. Katarzyna was promoted to Partner effective January 2019.

Katarzyna handles complex mergers and advising clients on compliance with merger control rules in cross-border transactions. She regularly represents clients before the European Commission in Phase I and Phase II merger control reviews, and in a complex merger case before the Polish competition authority. She has advised on Telia's proposed joint venture with Telenor and on the proposed acquisition of Tele2's Dutch business by Deutsche Telekom, both four-to-three mobile market consolidations.

She has represented clients in abuse of dominance matters, both in administrative proceedings before the European Commission and in private litigation. Her experience includes handling complex cases of abuse of dominance, involving price-based conduct (rebates), refusal to supply/license and tying/bundling practices.

Katarzyna also has broad experience advising clients involved in cartel investigations and has been involved in a number of cartel cases before the EU Courts, including Chalkor v Commission (copper plumbing tubes), Kaučuk v Commission (synthetic rubber) and Sanitec v Commission (bathroom fittings).

She also has extensive experience in handling cases involving IP and competition law intersection, including technology transfer/IP licensing agreements and abuse of dominance issues, particularly in the fields touching upon exercise of IP rights. She received a doctorate (JSD) from Columbia Law School in 2007, where her thesis focused on the intersection between IP and competition law.

In addition to Brussels and Warsaw, Katarzyna has worked in the Firm's offices in New York and Washington, DC, where her practice focused on international and US antitrust matters.

Bars and Courts
Brussels Bar (E list)
Advocate, Regional Bar Chamber in Warsaw
New York State Bar
Education
JSD
Columbia Law School
LLM
Columbia Law School
Master of Laws
Adam Mickiewicz University School of Law
MA
Warsaw School of Economics
Languages
English
Polish
French
German

Experience

M7: Representation of M7 Real Estate, a European investor and asset manager, in connection with the acquisition of eight commercial properties in Poland in separate transactions for a total amount of €110 mln. The most recently acquired assets are Cristal Park and Mokotów Plaza in Warsaw, as well as the office and warehouse properties Eurologis I, Eurologis II and Długosza BC in Wrocław. At the beginning of 2019, M7 also acquired Green Park, a modern business complex in Katowice, Delta 44, a high quality multi-let office building in Wrocław's city center and Mazovia Plaza, a seven-story office building in Warsaw. In total, M7 purchased facilities with a gross leasable area (GLA) of more than 96.4 thousand sqm, which is more than 90% occupied by 120 tenants.

Speaking Engagements

June 21, Warsaw: Katarzyna Czapracka (Brussels) has been invited to give a presentation on "New Trends in EU merger control" during the Ekonomia prawa konkurencji (Economy of Competition Law) seminar organised by the UOKiK (the Polish Office of Competition and Consumer Protection).

Publications

The shifting sands of EU merger control – un, deux, trois, piano!, Competition Law & Policy Debate, Volume 3, Issue 4, November 2017 (co-author with Mark Powell)

The Transatlantic Divide on Verticals—The Underlying Reasons and the Way Forward, The Antitrust Bulletin 2017, Vol. 62(2) 294-312, May 2017

The UPS Case: Merger parties must have a chance to review the European Commission's econometric evidence, Competition Law Insight, April 2017, (co-author with James Killick)

Arbitrating Competition Law Matters in Pharmaceutical Matters, chapter in EU and US Antitrust Arbitration, Blanke & Landolt (Eds.), Wolters Kluwer, 2011, (co-author with Ian Forrester)

Compulsory Licensing in European Competition Law: The Power of the Adjective, Intellectual Property and Competition Law: New Frontiers, Anderman & Ezrachi (Eds.), Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2011, (co-author with Ian Forrester)

Recent EU Antitrust Investigations into Financial Services — What Is the Scope for Antitrust Intervention?, CPI Antitrust Chronicle, July 2011, (co-author with Mark Powell)

IP Rights in the EU Microsoft Saga, Competition Law and the Enforcement of Article 102, Etro & Kokkoris (Eds.), Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2010, (co-author with Assimakis Komninos)

Aksjologiczne ramy unijnego prawa konkurencji, Konstytucja gospodarcza Unii Europejskiej. Aksjologia, Artur Nowak-Far (ed.), C.H. Beck, 2010