The main focus of the Institute’s operations comprises conducting independent research and consulting activity in the field of legal, administrative and economic aspects of implementing restructuring and bankruptcy law as well as other social phenomena connected with corporate and consumer insolvency, including in particular:

  • Analysing legal regulations (including international and EU law) from the perspective of their impact on the operation of enterprises in distress,
  • Analysing the effectiveness of legal forms of protection against insolvency and prevention of bankruptcy;
  • Conducting comparative analyses of the legal aspects of the insolvency threat and the phenomenon of insolvency in Poland and other countries;
  • Conducting legal analyses of various social activities concerned with protecting enterprises against insolvency and bankruptcy;
  • Disseminating information about the legal aspects of insolvency and impending insolvency;
  • Initiating a public debate on restructuring and bankruptcy law and preventing insolvencies and bankruptcies;
  • Conducting trainings and devising curricula for postgraduate studies in restructuring and bankruptcy law. 

Furthermore, the Institute provides Lazarski University with researchers and faculty members specialising in restructuring and bankruptcy law and cooperates with universities and research centres in the field of implementing research and educational programmes.

Faculty members

PhD Anna Hrycaj
Head of the Institute for Bankruptcy, Restructuring Law and Insolvency Research; Head of the Institute for Bankruptcy, Restructuring Law and Insolvency Research

Professor of the Lazarski University, judge of the District Court in Warsaw with over twelve years of judicial experience in bankruptcy cases, government representative in the framework of legislative work on bankruptcy and restructuring law in the Sejm and Senate, member of Legislative Council of the 13th term, member of the Steering Committee of the National Register of Debtors, member of the Management Board Association of Bankruptcy and Restructuring Judges. In 2010-2011, a member of the state Examination Committee established by the Minister of Justice for people who apply for a trustee's license. In 2012, European Commission expert on the amendment to the European bankruptcy law. From 2013, chairman of the team appointed by the Minister of Justice for the preparation of bills in the field of bankruptcy and restructuring law. Member of the bankruptcy law section of the Allerhand Institute, Judicial Wing of Insol Europe and the International Insolvency Institute.

Author and co-author of a number of publications on enforcement and bankruptcy proceedings, including: "Execution practical", "Trustee in bankruptcy", "Patterns of letters and judgments in bankruptcy and reorganization", "European bankruptcy law", "Bankruptcy and bankruptcy law. restructuring. Commercial Law System. Volume 6 "," Restructuring Law. Comment "," Specimen pleadings and court letters in restructuring proceedings ".

PhD Bartosz Sierakowski
Deputy Director of the Institute for Bankruptcy, Restructuring Law and Insolvency Research; legal adviser, restructuring advisor

Bartosz Sierakowski is a legal counsel and restructuring advisor, a partner at the law firm Zimmerman Sierakowski and Partners, and a member of the Higher Disciplinary Court at the National Chamber of Restructuring Advisors. He specializes in insolvency and restructuring law and civil and enforcement proceedings.

He is a research worker at the Faculty of Law and Administration at Lazarski University. He conducts research on the efficiency of insolvency and restructuring proceedings and focuses his academic interests on the issue of the insolvency estate's liabilities. He teaches insolvency and restructuring law in postgraduate studies at Lazarski University in Warsaw and Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań. He is a speaker at many national and international conferences and training sessions dedicated to insolvency issues.

Bartosz Sierakowski is the author and co-author of numerous articles on insolvency, restructuring, enforcement law, published in, among others, the Law Bank Monitor, the Trade Law Monitor, the Restructuring Advisor, Real Estate, and the Legal Economic and Sociological Movement. He is also an expert for the Daily Legal Gazette and TVN Business and World. He is the co-author of the following book publications, including comments on laws: „Postępowanie upadłościowe w praktyce sądów powszechnych” (Warszawa 2022), „Postępowanie restrukturyzacyjne w praktyce sądów powszechnych” (Warszawa 2020), „Ustawa o udzielaniu pomocy publicznej w celu ratowania lub restrukturyzacji przedsiębiorców. Komentarz” (Warszawa 2020), „Prawo restrukturyzacyjne. Komentarz do ustawy” (Warszawa 2017), „Ustawa o Bankowym Funduszu Gwarancyjnym, systemie gwarantowania depozytów oraz przymusowej restrukturyzacji. Komentarz” red. R. Sura, P. Zawadzka, P. Zimmerman (Warszawa 2017), „Wzory pism procesowych i sądowych w postępowaniu restrukturyzacyjnym” red. A. Hrycaj, P. Filipiak (Warszawa 2016).

Doctoral students

Piotr Antonowicz

Lawyer, graduate of the Law Faculty of the Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University in Warsaw. Earlier, an employee of the Polish Financial Supervision Authority. Currently, he is the President of the Management Board of BPS Towarzystwo Funduszy Inwestycyjnych S.A., where he previously held the position of Vice President, Proxy and Director of the Legal Department. A specialist in the broadly understood market and the environment of investment funds. As part of his professional activity, he took part in numerous vindication and debt restructuring processes, in particular issuers of securities, and supervised these processes. He held functions in management boards and supervisory boards of many entities, including those providing services on the financial, medical and glasswork markets, as well as providing services in the field of security administration of securities issues. He participated in the structuring and issuing debt securities. Piotr Antonowicz's scientific interests include, in particular, debt restructuring and bankruptcy law as well as capital market law and securities law.

Diana Dudek

Lawyer in a law firm in Warsaw specializing in bankruptcy and restructuring law, an associate of a restructuring advisor with experience in the field of consumer bankruptcy as well as entities conducting business. 

A graduate of the Faculty of Law of the Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski University in Warsaw, a graduate of postgraduate studies: Company law at the Faculty of Law and Administration of the University of Warsaw, and Restructuring and liquidation of the company in bankruptcy proceedings at Lazarski University in Warsaw.

Lecturer and participant of conferences and trainings in the field of bankruptcy and restructuring law, organised by: the Institute of Bankruptcy and Restructuring Law and Insolvency Research at the Lazarski University in Warsaw, Allerhand Institute, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan, National Chamber of Restructuring Advisors.

Iwona Filipak

Advocate and licensed restructuring advisor. Specializes in bankruptcy and restructuring law as well as in civil and commercial proceedings. She runs her own law firm in Kraków and Wadowice. Ms Filipak's research interests are focused on issues related to the socio-economic aspects of insolvency of natural persons in Poland and the consequences of the debtor's death in the light of the provisions of Bankruptcy Law and Restructuring Law.

A graduate of the Faculty of Law at Krakow Academy of Andrzej Frycz Modrzewski. Currently, a third-year student of doctoral studies at the Lazarski University.

Klaudia Jasik-Kuchta

Lawyer in legal counsel office in Warsaw specializing in civil law, in the department responsible for pursuing claims in court proceedings. She has several years of experience related to the law of new technologies, gained in companies providing IT solutions.

Participant of the doctoral seminar in the field of law at Łazarski University. Graduated from Kardynał Stefan Wyszyński University in Warsaw in the field of law. Participant of scientific conferences on bankruptcy and restructuring law, civil law, new technologies law.

Agata Kosmal

Lawyer working as an assistant to a judge in the District Court in Płock, initially in the Civil Department and then in the Economic Department. Specializes in bankruptcy and restructuring law, has several years of experience in this field.

Graduate of the European University of Law and Administration in Warsaw, majoring in Law. Participant of Lazarski University's Doctoral Degree in Law Seminar. Participant of many scientific conferences on civil law, bankruptcy and restructuring, including those organized by the Institute of Bankruptcy Law, Restructuring Law and Research on the Insolvency of Lazarski University in Warsaw, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań and C. H. Beck.

Currently, she is conducting research on the bankruptcy of a natural person who is not conducting business activity and is preparing a doctoral thesis on the effectiveness of this institution.

Paweł Macuga

Lawyer, graduate of the Faculty of Law of Catholic University of Lublin and postgraduate studies: European Union Funds Management for Entrepreneurs - Warsaw School of Economics, Restructuring and Bankruptcy Law - Lazarski University in Warsaw and Doctoral Seminar of Legal Sciences - Lazarski University in Warsaw.

Research interests: capital market law, securities law, restructuring and bankruptcy law.

In his professional practice, he held managerial positions in the meat and pet food industries. As part of his business activities, he provided services related to obtaining EU funds and private investment projects.

Jakub Rak

Doctoral student of Institute for Bankruptcy, Restructuring Law & Insolvency Research at the Lazarski University, he is preparing a dissertation under the supervision of SSA Professor Anna Hrycaj, research area prepared liquidation (PrePack), mergers and acquisitions (M&A) in restructuring and bankruptcy.

Lawyer and economist, restructuring advisor, manager with extensive experience in the international environment. Founder of the Rak law firm. Since 2006, has been involved in the oil, petrochemical and energy sectors: PKN ORLEN, Grupa LOTOS, Unipetrol. Previously, he cooperated with financial institutions and the capital market: BZ WBK (Santander), Citibank.

Moreover, he implemented private investment projects.

He has many years of experience in the field of company restructuring, mergers and acquisitions, capital market, investor relations and crisis communication, as well as strategic planning. He participated in the process of creating and implementing the strategies of the largest capital groups in Central Europe and in the processes of deep restructuring of companies. He participated in numerous M&A projects (including Grupa Lotos, AB AB Mažeikiu Nafta, Polkomtel), asset optimization and integration, as well as IPO / SPO projects.

A graduate of the Faculty of Economics and the Faculty of Finance and Insurance at University of Economics in Katowice. A graduate of law at EWSPA in Warsaw. In addition, he completed postgraduate studies at the AGH University of Science and Technology in Kraków at the Oil and Gas Drilling Department and The George Washington University, School of Business in the field of international project management.

Member of the National Chamber of Restructuring Advisors and the Allerhand Institute, scholarship holder of the Lesław A. Paga Foundation. Former secretary general and board member of the Society of Polish Economists (TEP) and former lecturer at the University of Management and Banking in Poznań.

Marta Styba

Lawyer, licensed restructuring advisor, and mediator at the Mediation Center of the National Chamber of Restructuring Advisors. Runs their own law and restructuring firm. Their academic interests focus on bankruptcy and restructuring law, with particular attention to fraudulent conveyance issues.

They have extensive experience in corporate and transactional advisory services and ongoing assistance to entrepreneurs, including those in the franchising, transportation, and real estate industries.

They graduated from the Faculty of Law and Administration at the University of Warsaw and the Center for American Law organized by the University of Florida Levin College of Law in cooperation with the Faculty of Law and Administration at the University of Warsaw.

Mateusz Wardyn

Lawyer, restructuring advisor, participant of the doctoral seminar at Lazarski University. Mr Wardyn specializes in bankruptcy and restructuring law. On a daily basis, works in an economic and legal office dealing with restructuring consultancy and valuations.

His interests focus on research on the insolvency of business entities, in particular on the liability of management board members for the company's obligations. He has conducted research on the effectiveness of bankruptcy proceedings, and is currently conducting research on the liability of management board members for the company's tax liabilities not satisfied in the course of bankruptcy proceedings.