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Kochanski & Partners

METROPOLITAN BUILDING, PL PILSUDSKIEGO 1, 00-078 WARSAW, POLAND
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Work +48 22 326 96 00
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Fax +48 22 326 9601
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www.kochanski.pl
Krakow, Warsaw

Rafal Rapala

Tel:
Work +48 608 444 650
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Web:
www.kochanski.pl/en/rafal-rapala-2/
Kochanski & Partners

Work Department

Attorney at Law, Head of Corporate Law Practice

Position

Senior Partner

Career

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 an expert in international commercial transactions, restructuring and insolvency, M&A, privatization projects and corporate conflicts of ownership.

Rafał has been involved in a number of significant cases involving acquisitions and other corporate law transactions, including privatization projects and corporate disputes. He has advised foreign investors in relation to the operation of their business and investments in Poland, including direct greenfield investments in special economic zones. His clients include, among others, companies from the FMCG, food and beverage, media and advertising, chemical, automotive, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics industry, military, shipbuilding, high tech, IT and real estate sectors, as well as banks and financial institutions.

Languages

Polish, English

Member

The Warsaw Bar of Legal Advisors

Education

UMCS University in Lublin (Master of Law, 1999)


Poland

Commercial, corporate and M&A

Within: Commercial, corporate and M&A

Kochanski & Partners' M&A team includes Gabriel Olearnik, who became head of the private equity practice following a move from Dentons in August 2017.  Corporate work is led by Rafal Rapala, who specialises in corporate conflicts of ownership. He is currently advising Mitsubishi Electric Corporation on the Polish aspects of a major restructuring and subsidiary merger; and alongside Pawel Cholewinski, is assisting Axa Direct Solutions with its merger with Avanssur. Ida Komorowska-Moj left the team for Zieba & Partners in January 2019, where she leads the M&A, corporate and private equity teams.

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    Kochański Zięba & Partners law firm (KZP) advises EPP on its EUR 91.1 million acquisition of King Cross Marcelin shopping centre in Poznan – EPP’s first entry into Poznan.
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    By its judgment dated 19 June 2015 entered in the case brought by Jan Rokita against Konrad Kornatowski (former Police Commander in Chief), the Regional Court in Warsaw allowed the claim and rendered unenforceable the 2009 judgment of the Court of Appeal ordering Jan Rokita to make a statement of apology to Konrad Kornatowski in Dziennik newspaper.
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