Michał Barłowski

attorney-at-law, senior counsel

Restructuring, transactions, bankruptcy—25 years of experience serving clients

Michał Barłowski

Michał Barłowski handles a broad range of commercial law matters. He advises on restructuring, including situations where there is a threat of insolvency or bankruptcy. He advises capital groups operating in Poland and elsewhere in the EU.

In 2005–2009 he led the first cross-border bankruptcy of a Polish company under the EU’s Insolvency Regulation (1346/2000), leading to removal of the company from the register. In 2009 he advised on one of the first cross-border mergers under the Polish Commercial Companies Code, and in 2011 he represented one of the parties before the Court of Justice in C-116/11 Christianapol.

He served in two expert groups at the European Commission, drafting the recast Insolvency Regulation (2015/848) and the proposal for a Directive on preventive restructuring frameworks, second chance and measures to increase the efficiency of restructuring, insolvency and discharge procedures and amending Directive 2012/30/EU (proposal approved by the Commission in November 2016).

He joined Wardyński & Partners in 1999 and was a senior partner in 1999–2014 heading the M&A and Bankruptcy practices.

Faculty of Law and Administration, University of Warsaw (1990)

International Relations Department, London School of Economics (BSc in Economics, 1985)

Qualification courses for members of supervisory boards of national investment funds and state-owned companies

He was a founder, partner and management board member of Amhurst Brown sp. z o.o., the Polish office of the British law firm Amhurst Brown Colombotti (1991–1998).

He serves on supervisory boards of public and private companies.

Warsaw Bar Association of Attorneys-at-Law

Polish Association of Restructuring Professionals (management board member)

International Bar Association

Allerhand Institute

International Insolvency Institute

Chambers Europe (2013 – 2019), Restructuring/Insolvency

The Legal 500 EMEA (2014 – 2017), Restructuring and insolvency

Who’s Who Legal 2020, Restructuring & Insolvency (Thought Leaders)

Best Lawyers® 2014, Insolvency and Reorganisation

“A fresh take on restructuring,” 2016 Yearbook

Company formation: A practical global guide (3rd ed.) (co-authored chapter on Poland), Globe Law and Business 2015

“Restructuring beats the bankruptcy blues,” 2015 Yearbook

“The saviour of failed rescues: A new attempt at defining who can be saved from the shoals of insolvency,” 2014 Yearbook

“Solvent and insolvent at the same time?” 2013 Yearbook

“French reorganisation proceedings recognised in Poland under the EU’s Insolvency Regulation” (co-author), 2012 Yearbook

“Easier to file for bankruptcy,” 2011 Yearbook

Editor for Poland of International Corporate Rescue, published by Chase Cambria (since 2005)

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