Mr Rafal Rapala > Kochanski & Partners > Warsaw, Poland > Lawyer Profile

Kochanski & Partners
00-078 WARSAW

Work Department

Transactional Practices Group


Partner, Head of Corporate Practice, Shareholders Conflicts


Rafał advises clients on many aspects of corporate law, M&A, corporate ownership conflicts, joint ventures, ownership, financial and property restructuring involving numerous parties. He is one of the leading Polish lawyers in corporate and M&A, JVA projects, equity capital markets, private equity transactions, and in the restructuring projects of capital groups.

Rafał specialises in complex, high-profile public and private equity offerings and M&A transactions (including tender offers for the sale of shares), JVAs, as well as in general corporate practice, including advising on corporate governance matters. He has extensive experience in advising and leading international teams of lawyers providing advisory services to companies, financial institutions, or private equity investors.

His clients include, among others, companies from the FMCG, food and beverage, media and advertising, chemical, automotive, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics industry, military, shipbuilding, hightech, IT, fintech and real estate sectors, as well as banks and financial institutions.

For many years Rafał has been recommended by international legal rankings such as Chambers & Partners, The Legal 500, IFLR1000, PLC Which Lawyer.


Polish, English


The Warsaw Bar of Legal Advisors


UMCS University in Lublin (Master of Law, 1999)

Lawyer Rankings

Poland > Real estate

Kochanski & Partners is skilled in acting for both domestic and international businesses on the full range of real estate transactions; examples include acquisitions, developments, environmental aspects, planning, leasing and financing. Pawel Cholewinski has expertise in share and asset deal transactions and co-leads the team with corporate lawyer Rafal Rapala .

Poland > Private equity

Private equity transactions are a staple for the team at Kochanski & Partners, which has an impressive array of funds clients, notably in the real estate sector. The group assists investment committees and management boards with all stages of the fund’s lifecycle, and has experience in acting for funds entering the Polish market. Rafal Rapala heads the transactional team, working closely with real estate practice head Pawel Cholewinski. Pawel Mardas takes the lead on M&A, and as such, has extensive knowledge of private equity deals, as well as restructurings and reorganisations of assets.

Poland > Restructuring and insolvency

Kochanski & Partners‘ corporate department handles both consensual and in-court restructurings, in addition to assisting clients with debt recovery work. In addition to acting for clients on domestic mandates, cross-border matters also fall within the team’s realm of expertise. Practice head Rafal Rapala is assisted by real estate expert Pawel Cholewinski and litigator Mateusz Ostrowski. Karol Połosak is skilled in restructuring and bankruptcy matters.

Poland > Commercial, corporate and M&A

Kochanski & Partners has close links with private equity houses, which it regularly advises on Polish deals, restructurings and day-to-day corporate issues. The team is co-led by Rafal Rapala and Pawel Mardas, who are seasoned M&A lawyers, and real estate-focused partner Pawel CholewinskiKarol Polosak is another key team member.