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Paweł Matej

Senior Associate

Paweł Matej advises entities engaged in conducting international trade and providing cross-border services.

Paweł specializes in comprehensive advisory concerning international trade law. He advises clients in numerous customs matters including classification, valuation and customs origin issues. In addition, he has sizeable experience in advisory regarding non-tariff measures including trade in dual-use items and military goods, product and environment requirements as well as sanctions.

Paweł’s area of expertise also covers advisory to entities providing cross-border services, in particular entities engaged in gambling and insurance sectors.

He represents clients before common courts of law and administrative courts, as well as before the Polish customs authorities and the European Commission. In addition, Paweł advises clients in penal-fiscal proceedings in relation to the violation of customs law and excise duty regulations.

Professional QualificationsAdvocate (Adwokat) registered with the Warsaw Bar Association of Advocates (Okręgowa Izba Adwokacka w Warszawie)


  • Advising a client in proceedings before the European Commission related to expanding the application of anti-dumping customs duty.
  • Advising clients in relation to international trade of military equipment and dual use items.
  • Advising clients in proceedings regarding customs classification and valuation.
  • Advising a client in the course of civil and administrative proceedings in relation to a refund of EU subsidies.
  • Representing an EU agency in precedential proceedings before common courts in connection with the enforcement of due monies.
  • Representing a gambling operator in proceedings concerning the entry of an Internet domain on an official blacklist (i.e. a register of Internet domains offering gambling games contrary to the Polish Gambling Act).
  • Representing the president of the management board of an oil company in penal-fiscal proceedings concerning the diminishing of a tax receivable.
  • Advising clients in relation to impact of sanctions on the ability to import and export goods to and from Poland.
  • Representing clients in numerous proceedings regarding the seizure of goods at the European Union border.
  • Representing clients in criminal proceedings concerning the breach of export control regulations.
  • Advisory regarding the import of advanced military equipment to the European Union.
  • Advisory regarding the export of military equipment and dual-use items to Ukraine.
  • Representing clients in customs, administrative and criminal proceedings concerning the breach of CITES.
  • Polish
  • English
  • University of Warsaw, Master of Laws, 2012


  • Recommended in White-Collar Crime – The Legal 500 EMEA 2022-2024
  • “Paweł Matej is very professional, committed to the job, and provides legal advice in a timely and professional manner.” – The Legal 500 EMEA, White-Collar Crime 2023
  • “Pawel Matej is highly professional and supportive partner.’” – The Legal 500 EMEA, White-Collar Crime 2022


  • Restrictions on international trade of goods (Taxation and Customs Law Monitor 5/2021)
  • Violation of recommendations issued by the Polish Financial Supervision Authority as a basis for imposing sanctions pursuant to Article 362(1) of the Insurance and Reinsurance Activity Act of 11 September 2015 (Insurance Law 3/2021)
  • Territorial scope of application of the Polish Sanctions Act (Compliance Magazine 2/2022)
  • Prohibition on the import of Russian and Belarusian coal products into the territory of Poland (Taxation and Customs Law Monitor 12/2022)
  • Performance of insurance and reinsurance contracts under sanctions regime imposed on the Russian Federation (Insurance Law 4/2022)

Prior Experience

  • May 2019 - present, Senior Associate, DLA Piper, Warsaw
  • May 2016 - April 2019, Associate, DLA Piper, Warsaw
  • June 2013 - April 2016, Junior Associate, DLA Piper, Warsaw

Memberships And Affiliations

  • Warsaw Bar Association, Advocate, 2017