Magdalena Kowara

Magdalena Kowara

Associate
Warsaw

Email magdalena.kowara@​hoganlovells.com

Phone +48 22 529 29 00

Fax +48 22 529 29 01

LanguagesEnglish, German

Practice groupGlobal Regulatory

Magdalena Kowara combines guiding clients through Polish and EU competition & State Aid law, consumer law, and advising in the energy industry sector.

Her professional experience covers advising clients in proceedings carried out by the the Office of Competition and Consumer Protection, and the European Commission both in regard to merger control and antitrust issues; and proceedings concerning infringements of the collective interests of consumers, as well as in any subsequent court proceedings. She also advises on the antitrust and State Aid aspects of M&A transactions, and on project compliance with EU State Aid law.

Magdalena assists clients in dawn raids conducted by the competition authority, as well as provides dawn raid trainings. She also advices on commercial agreements, distribution systems, pricing policies, and on the companies' day-to-day business.

Magdalena has also extensive expertise in the oil and gas, and energy sectors (including renewable energy). She represents clients in the proceedings before the Energy Regulation Office; advises on the commercial and regulatory aspects of their business activity including commercial agreements, distribution systems, and rebate schemes. Magdalena has also successfully taken part in energy sector-related transactions and due diligence of RES projects in Poland.

Education and admissions

Education

German Law School, (in cooperation with the University of Bonn), Poland

Postgraduate studies in the Functioning of the Energy Market in Poland, SGH Warsaw School of Economics

British Law Centre at Warsaw University

Participant in LL.M. in European Business Law (within Erasmus LLP), Lund University, Sweden

Master of Law, University of Warsaw, Poland

Master in European Studies with expertise in the Single Economic Area, University of Warsaw, Poland

Memberships

Polish Competition Law Association

International Bar Association Antitrust Committee

Bar admissions and qualifications

Warsaw Bar Association (Advocate)

Representative experience

Representing a wind towers’ manufacturer, an investment fund, and a mining / steel company in merger proceedings concerning a joint venture manufacturing wind towers.

Representing international clients in merger control proceedings concerning a joint venture active in the production of electricity and heat.

Advising on State Aid issues concerning the sale of Gdansk Shipyard, and GSG Towers, a wind turbine towers’ manufacturer, to Polish Industrial Development Agency.

Advising on the regulatory aspects of the transactions involving wind farm projects in Poland.

Advising on the distribution system, pricing policy, and commercial contracts of a leading fuel company in Poland.

Advising on State Aid issues relating to PPP project concerning the supply of heat, including on application of private investor principle.

Advising on State Aid issues related to the scheme of service compensation for the waste collection services in Polish municipality.

Representing Arcus Infrastructure in merger proceedings in the acquisition of the managing company of the A1 Motorway, one of the main traffic routes in Poland.

Representing Smurfit Kappa, the producer of paper-based packaging, in merger proceedings in a EUR 460 million acquisition of Reparenco, a paper and recycling company.

Representing Union Investment Real Estate, a member of the DZ Bank Group, in merger proceedings concerning the acquisition of a shopping centre in Poland.

Assisting and representing international client in dawn raid conducted by the competition authority, and in subsequent court proceedings.

Representing Marvell, a global semiconductor solutions provider, in merger proceedings in a US$ 6.1 billion acquisition of its rival, Cavium Inc.

Advising Affinia in two-phase merger proceedings with extensive market research and economic analyses in a US$513 million sale of its filtration businesses to Mann+Hummel.

Representing Recordati in merger proceedings in a US$300 million acquisition of the assets and rights to 3 of AstraZeneca’s pharmaceuticals for cardiovascular diseases.

Representing Airbus and WorldVu Satellites in merger proceedings concerning the formation of a JV active in the satellite industry.


Representing Danfoss Silicon Power and Bosch Thermotechnik in merger proceedings regarding the formation of a JV active in production of compressors.

Advising Polish banks, BGZ BNP Paribas and mBank, in court proceedings against the Polish Competition Authority's decision concerning interchange fees in card payments.

Representing Blackstone in merger proceedings in the acquisition of MB Aerospace, a leading engine component manufacturer and repair business.

Advising various clients on commercial policy including distribution system, marketing activities, and rebate schemes, supporting negotiations and drafting agreements.

Advising international chains of retail clothing stores in relation to consumer issues connected to online sales, online purchase processes and terms and conditions.

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