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DLA Piper goes into proptech

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POLAND DLA Piper has set up a Proptech division, which in Poland is headed by Jacek Giziński, the co-managing partner for Poland, and Ewa Kurowska-Tober, the head of intellectual property and new technology.
"The proptech practice is a natural extension of our law firm's work with clients from both the real estate and technology sectors. Properties, in particular commercial ones, are already being managed using new technology as standard; digitisation (such as using a smartphone app to identify people at the gates on entering a building) is becoming commonplace for the tenants of the highest class office buildings. Technology also helps to effectively manage energy consumption in buildings, which generates savings for tenants and helps to protect the environment," says Jacek Giziński.

"From the legal point of view we deal with many issues that are also interesting for practicing lawyers. Licence agreements, intellectual property protection, personal data protection are standard areas of our expertise. Protecting business concepts and ideas is also an interesting challenge, which more and more often requires non-standard legal solutions, " adds Ewa Kurowska-Tober.

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schedule 23 July 2021
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schedule 23 July 2021
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schedule 23 July 2021
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schedule 23 July 2021
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Office & mixed-use development

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schedule 22 July 2021
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schedule 22 July 2021
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schedule 22 July 2021
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schedule 22 July 2021
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schedule 21 July 2021
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Office & mixed-use development

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schedule 21 July 2021
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schedule 21 July 2021
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schedule 21 July 2021
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schedule 20 July 2021
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schedule 20 July 2021
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schedule 20 July 2021
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schedule 20 July 2021
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schedule 19 July 2021
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schedule 19 July 2021
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schedule 19 July 2021
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schedule 19 July 2021
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schedule 19 August 2020

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schedule 11 August 2020

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schedule 25 June 2020

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schedule 24 March 2020

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schedule 18 March 2020

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