Rafał is an advocate registered with the District Bar Association in Warsaw and a US-qualified attorney admitted in the state of New York. He holds an LL.M. degree from Harvard Law School and a Ph.D. in Law from the Faculty of Law and Administration at the University of Warsaw. He was also a Fulbright Commission and Polish Science Foundation Visiting Scholar at Stanford Law School. Rafał is one of the three founding and senior partners of B2RLaw. He has over twenty years of experience in the practice of law.
Prior to establishing B2R legacy firm JS Legal, for several years he was a partner at the Warsaw office of a leading international law firm where he set up and managed the capital markets practice and was one of the leaders of the private equity practice. Rafał has held positions on various Supervisory Boards (including Vice Chairman of PFRVentures, the largest Polish fund of funds (2016-2018)), and is a founding and board member of the Harvard Club of Poland.
Corporate & M&A | Private Equity | Corporate Advisory
Rafał is regarded as one of the leading M&A and private equity lawyers on the Polish market and is regularly highly ranked by local and international rankings.
Rafał has represented buyers, sellers, and target companies including major Polish, CEE and international private equity houses, investment funds, entrepreneurs, management and financial advisors and institutional investors. Transactions on which he has advised include M&A, joint-ventures, leveraged buyouts, management buyouts/buy-ins and privatizations, as well as the international expansion of Polish and other EU businesses into non-EU jurisdictions.
Rafał has been repeatedly listed in the major international legal ranking, “Chambers Europe”, as one of the leading and most efficient private equity lawyers in Poland.
The Polish and wider CEE markets have seen a growth in venture capital transactions, and Rafał is one of few Polish lawyers that has been a catalyst of this growth. He is a pioneer in venture capital in Poland and the wider CEE, and is, in part, responsible for what is now a blossoming market. He acts as a director at the US-Polish Trade Council (USPTC), a California-based non-profit organisation that deals with strengthening trade and scientific relations between Poland and Silicon Valley.
Equity & Debt Capital Markets | Capital Markets
Rafał set up and managed the capital markets practice at one of the leading international law firms. His experience covers public and private offerings of financial instruments, and acquisitions of qualifying holdings in public companies.