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New Arbitration Boutique Queritius Opens for Business in Warsaw

New Arbitration Boutique Queritius Opens for Business in Warsaw

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Former K&L Gates Partner Wojciech Sadowski and ESSEC Business School Professor Veronika Korom have established the Queritius arbitration boutique in Warsaw.

According to Sadowski, “Queritius is a highly-specialized law firm and will be focused on international dispute-resolution work related principally, but not exclusively, to Central and Eastern Europe. Our team currently consists of four lawyers – Of Counsel Marcin Menkes and Associate Karolina Czarnecka in addition to the founding partners.”

Sadowski began his career at Hogan & Hartson in 2001 after graduating from the University of Gdansk. He moved to K&L Gates in 2010 and made partner in 2013. He stayed at K&L Gates (and its successor DFW, which took over the Warsaw office of K&L Gates in May of 2019 (as reported by CEE Legal Matters on May 2, 2019)) until leaving to establish Queritius. He received his PhD from the Institute of Law Studies at the Polish Academy of Science in 2009.

Korom began her legal career in 2009 with Clifford Chance, then spent from 2010 to 2016 at Shearman & Sterling, and from 2016 to 2019 at Bredin Prat. She obtained her first doctorate at the Eotvos Lorand University of Budapest in 2004 and her second at the Aix-Marseille University in 2014.

“We have been seeing an important disconnect between the expectations of clients from CEE in terms of the type and quality of international dispute services they were looking to receive, and the price these clients were ready or able to pay for these services at top legal brands,” said Sadowski. “What sets us apart on the market is that we are able to provide these services at affordable prices. Most importantly, we are CEE lawyers by origin, so we understand the legal, social, and cultural problems of the region inside out. We are also a post-Covid organization, which means we are designed to be agile, adaptive, and digital.”

Veronika Korom commented that, “[the creation of Queritius] allows us to easily collaborate on an ad hoc basis, not only with other boutique firms which do not have international arbitration capabilities, but also with many other law firms in the region and beyond. We can see the market is clearly moving in the direction of assembling the best available team for a case from different brands and we are in this trend.”

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