About Me

I am the Managing Partner of the Warsaw office and an expert in the legal aspects of financial markets, including regulatory matters, financing transactions, fintech and payment services.

Taking a business-oriented and customer-focused approach to my work, I provide legal services to financial institutions, including public companies and investment funds.

I'm passionate about supporting innovations and new technologies in the financial sector. That's why I try to be as close as possible to this environment and its market trends. I co-operate with the FinTech Poland foundation, and The Heart – a corporate innovations centre which leads a consortium developing new technologies in the financial sector. I have worked on many exciting projects; and I had the pleasure leading a team that acted as sole legal advisor to the Polish API - the dedicated interface model for fintechs, which complies with the new directive on payment services (PSD2), and was initiated by The Polish Banks Association.

I build strong relationships with clients and partners based on trust and common business targets. This requires listening, creating, and thinking one step ahead at all times. What I enjoy most about my job is the Bird & Bird collaborative approach, and working closely alongside colleagues as part of a bigger team with people who are passionate about what they do.

Prior to joining our firm, I had worked in banks and international law firms since 1998.
Education

Studied

  • University of Warsaw, Law

Admissions

  • Polish Bar Association
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Testimonials

Sławomir Szepietowski has been extremely knowledgable about Polish banking requirements. He had a very business-oriented approach and was available for questions any time. He delivered a very convincing and thorough work product which was easy to understand and use. We wholeheartedly recommend him and his team to anyone dealing with banking regulatory questions in Poland.

The Legal 500 EMEA 2023

Sławomir Szepietowski is managing partner of the Warsaw office, as well as head of the banking and finance team. Szepietowski is adept at guiding international FinTech startups on entry into the Polish market, as well as helping incumbents and investment funds with corporate governance or regulatory matters.

Chambers FinTech Legal 2022

Sources praise him as an 'active member in expert peer groups we know of' and 'a best-in-class adviser.' One source says: 'Slawomir is excellent at building rapport with his counterpart in negotiations. He has a phenomenal attitude and chooses to go beyond the normal scope of the mandate. He doesn't narrow down the variables to just what's been agreed; he steps beyond that if needed.'

Chambers FinTech Legal 2021

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