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Barbara Szczepkowska

Co-Head of Bankruptcy and Restructuring Practice / Attorney-at-law / Partner / Licensed Restructuring Advisor

Barbara consults on bankruptcy and restructuring law. Her expertise also covers civil and commercial litigation.

Her practice focuses on bankruptcy and restructuring proceedings regarding businesses, during which she represents creditors (currently mainly investment funds) and debtors alike. Having supported receivers, court-appointed supervisors and administrators, she boasts vast experience in advising insolvency practitioners. She also is licensed restructuring advisor herself. During restructuring processes, she has drafted key documents for bodies handling the proceedings, such as restructuring plans and arrangement viability opinions. She assisted in proceedings involving over 1500 creditors and PLN 500m in debt, advising clients on all the facets of the process, from the selection of best-suited type of restructuring proceedings, through petition drafting and the court’s approval of the arrangement. Moreover, Barbara offers support in pre-pack liquidation proceedings. Bankruptcy and restructuring proceedings have also been the focus of numerous legal opinions prepared by her.

Barbara has successfully protected clients’ interests in almost 100 personal bankruptcy processes, ending in the release of former business owners and management board members (among others) from their debts. One of her clients had a record-high debt of over PLN 90m.

She also represents clients before courts in a variety of other cases, including ones regarding complex fraudulent transfer claims (also ones involving a receiver) and major damages recovery cases, e.g., against receivers in connection with damage caused by them in bankruptcy proceedings. She also handled litigation between a creditor and a receiver aiming to determine whether the transfer of the bankrupt’s patent rights to the receiver was ineffective vis à vis the bankruptcy estate, which she won following an appeal.

Prior to joining act BSWW legal & tax, Barbara worked for many years for Zimmerman i Wspólnicy.

She authored numerous publications related to her practice.

She is a fluent speaker of English.