Rafał Kania

Legal Counsel

Languages: Polish, English

Rafał Kania


Experience / Projects

Ever since the beginning of his career, Rafał has professionally explored financial markets and broad banking industry. He was involved in the restructuring of the Polish banking sector. With time, he came to provide regular assistance to a bank. Then he assisted in the emergence of the largest private financial group in Poland. At that time his focus was on consumer protection in the financial services industry.

Until late 1990s, Rafał was deeply involved in privatization. He took part in large projects contracted by the then Ministry of Ownership Transformations (including the privatization of state-owned enterprises, such as the Jelcz motor company and the PHS food wholesaler). He was engaged for various activities in course of the General Privatization Programme (working for VI NFI Magna Polonia, one of the National Investment Funds). Later he worked on the privatization of a large majority of Polish mining companies.

Since 2000, Rafał’s focus has been on employment law. At first he worked as an employment lawyer for the largest French investor in Poland and then for dozens of other employers and sometimes even for top executives. His special practice areas within employment law are trade unions, employer’s social and welfare activities, and health and safety at work, including occupational diseases.

In 2004, Rafał started to pay close attention to personal data protection. After more than ten years he managed a team of lawyers to successfully implement GDPR for several dozen clients. About that time Rafał also started to deal with broad matters of product and service quality and continues to develop his experience in this area.

In early 2010s Rafał’s professional interests expanded to include intellectual property and unfair competition.

He was involved in lots of interesting projects. He acted as chief counsel in land acquisition for the construction of the tallest building in Wrocław. He successfully assisted in the employment restructuring of one of the best known Polish orchestras. He drafted model pay rules for major technical universities and academies in Poland. He was involved in nearly 100 due diligence investigations of various entities. His clients are employers for a total of over 40,000 people

Curriculum vitae

A law graduate of the Wrocław University (1994). From 1994 to 1996 worked on large restructuring and privatization projects as part of Nicom Consulting, a consultancy led by Henryka Bochniarz. In 1996-2000 Rafał was an employee of the Legal Department of WBK S.A. while at the same time using his earlier experience to work on many privatization projects together with Arcanum. Having been admitted as attorney-at-law in 2000, Rafał worked with Domański Zakrzewski Palinka law firm, including as head of its Wrocław office (2000-2001, 2003-2005). In 200-2001 he was on the staff of the Department of Commercial Law at what is today the Wrocław University of Economics. Since 2007, Rafał has been a partner with Sendero Kania, Lubaszka, Michalski i Wspólnicy sp.k. In 2015 he completed an intellectual property law programme at the Jagiellonian University.

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