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Marta Sendrowicz



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Marta Sendrowicz



Marta leads Warsaw's Competition and EU practice and coordinates the competition practices of Allen & Overy's CEE offices. She advises on a wide range of competition law issues arising out of commercial agreements, as well as on cases concerning abuse of a dominant position and high profile mergers. She represents clients in proceedings before the Office of Competition and Consumer Protection and the European Commission, covering explanatory and antimonopoly proceedings, leniency applications and concentration proceedings.

Other noteworthy experience includes advising:

  • P4, a Polish mobile phone operator, in an investigation by President of the Competition and Consumer Protection Office regarding an alleged cartel concerning mobile television services. The Polish courts of both instances repealed the decision and found that mobile phone operators had not entered into an anti-competition agreement.
  • Tesco Polska on the construction and implementation of a highly-innovative online sales system which relies on the guide price concept. The sale system was successfully defended before the President of the Competition and Consumer Protection Office and before Polish courts of both instances.
  • Amazon on a wide range of legal matters relevant to implement a strategy of the launch of online sales platform in Poland.
  • Naspers on developing assumptions and preparing a process aimed at obtaining a merger clearance, including in the context of notifying the European Commission of the intended sale of 100% of shares in Allegro Group, which included both and, to private equity funds Cinven, Permira and Mid Europa.
  • Asahi Group Holdings on the competition law aspects of its acquisition of the former SABMiller plc’s businesses and operations in the Czech Republic, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Hungary from AB InBev.
  • a client in the banking sector in an Arts. 101 and 102 TFEU investigation initiated by the European Commission regarding potential foreclosure of FinTech companies (preventing them from gaining access to bank customers’ account data), in the context of the implementation of the Payment Services Directive 2.
  • AkzoNobel Decorative Paints on matters related to an appeal against the decision of the President of the Competition and Consumer Protection Office concerning an agreement restricting competition between AkzoNobel, Castorama, OBI, Leroy Merlin and Praktiker, including representing AkzoNobel in proceedings before the Court of First Instance and the Court of Appeal, securing a significant reduction of the fine imposed on AkzoNobel.
  • Deutsche Bank on State aid law aspects of planned legislation concerning banking tax.
  • Tesco on State aid law aspects of planned legislation concerning retail tax. 

Experience highlights



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Dottore commercialista, Poland, 2001

Admitted as an attorney-at-law, Warsaw Bar Association of Attorneys-at-law


PhD, Competition Law, University of Warsaw, 2001

LLM, European Law, Maastricht University, 1995

Faculty of Law and Administration, University of Warsaw, 1994

Pro-bono experience

  • Marta is the head of the Warsaw Pro Bono Team. She supports the Warsaw team’s initiatives and Allen & Overy’s global pro bono programmes. She is also involved in pro bono initiatives for Court Watch Foundation. Outside Allen & Overy, she supports a charity that provides care for homeless people.


Awards & accolades

A lead antitrust professional, Women in Antitrust 2016

Private Practitioners, Global Competition Review, 2016

Highlighted individual for Competition/Antitrust in Poland

Hall of Fame ranking, Legal 500, 2018

Leading individual in Competition/Antitrust in Poland

Legal 500 EMEA, 2019; Chambers Europe, 2019

Published work

  • Parallel Trade and the Limits of Permitted Actions of Major Medicinal Products’ Suppliers in the Decisions of the European Court of Justice, in: Changes in Competition Policies for the Last Twenty Years, ed. Małgorzata Krasnodębska-Tomkiel, Warsaw 2010
  • Competition Law, in the European Union. Institutional and Economic Law, published by Meritum, Warsaw 2008
  • New Competition Law In Poland – Much Done but Still Some Changes Desirable to Attain a Market-focused Legislation, E.C.L.R, 2008/28
  • Competition Law, in: European Union. Institutional and Economic Law, published by Meritum, Warsaw 2007
  • Breach of Competition Law and Consumers Ability to Enforce Claims, Bulletin No. 6, collection of articles of the President of the Office for Competition and Consumer Protection, Warsaw 2007
  • Control of Business Concentrations in the European Union Law – selected issues, in: Modern Challenges of the European Legal Space, ed. A. Łazowski, R. Ostrihansky, Kraków 2007
  • Competition Law, in: European Union. Institutional and Economic Law, Meritum, 2006
  • Antimonopoly Law and Practice in Poland, in: The European Antitrust Review 2002, Law Business Research Ltd., 2002
  • Polish Merger Control Regulations, in: From Notification to Approval. Competition Law Handbook. EC Merger Control 12th Anniversary Edition, Global Counsel, 2002
  • Polish Competition Law in: The Global Merger Notification Handbook by Howard Adler Jr., Cameron, May 2001
  • Vertical and Horizontal Agreements under Polish Competition Law and Practice, used by Russell Pittman in Competition law in Central and Eastern Europe: five years later, Antitrust Bulletin/Spring, 1998
  • Competition Law in Central and Eastern Europe: Five Years Later, cooperation in a study developed by Russell Pittman from the USA Department of Justice, Antitrust Division, Antitrust Bulletin/Spring, 1998
  • Market definition in competition cases in the light of rulings, with St. Gronowski, Court Review (Przegląd Sądowy), 7-8 1997
  • Definition of market in an antitrust case in the light of judicial decisions, with St. Gronowski,Court Review (Przegląd Sądowy), 1997/7-8
  • Subsidiarity as a fundamental rule in the European Community legal system, Subsydiarność. Monografie I Studia. Centre for Europe Warsaw University, 1996
  • The Principle of Subsidiarity in the European Community - selected issues, European Integration Bulletin No. 4 Centre for Europe Warsaw University, 1995
  • Judiciary in the European Community, (Orzecznictwo Sądów Gospodarczych), 1994

News & insights

Publications: 19 OCTOBER 2020

Covid–19 coronavirus update: an overview of European Commission State aid decisions (updated 19 October 2020)

Under State aid rules, UK and EEA Member State governments may not generally provide selective assistance to businesses without prior approval from the European Commission (EC). This includes…

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News: 19 OCTOBER 2020

Allen & Overy advises Adevinta ASA on the sale of its online classified businesses

Allen & Overy is advising Adevinta ASA (Adevinta) on the sale of its online classifieds businesses Avito in Morocco, Tayara in Tunisia and Fincaraíz in Colombia to Frontier Digital Ventures (FDV).

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Publications: 03 APRIL 2020

Covid-19 coronavirus: competition and consumer protection in Poland

The new Polish Anti-Crisis Shield legislation, being the response to the Covid-19 crisis, introduces significant changes to competition law and consumer protection. Below we summarise what these newly…

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Antitrust in focus

Publications: 27 SEPTEMBER 2019

Antitrust in focus - September 2019

This newsletter is our take on the antitrust developments we think are most interesting to your business. Marta Sendrowicz, partner based in Warsaw, is our editor this month. She has selected:

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