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Robert Wąchała

Of Counsel

He joined Forton Legal in April 2023. Since October 2020, he has been active in the field of capital market advisory. This primarily includes support for public companies in strategic and crisis actions but also assistance with the ongoing disclosure obligations of these entities, members of their bodies as well as shareholders. Provides support in contacts with the Polish Financial Supervision Authority, the Warsaw Stock Exchange and the National Depository for Securities, as well as other capital market institutions, particularly brokerage houses and investment fund companies. He also offers substantive and procedural assistance in supervisory actions and proceedings conducted by the Financial Supervisory Commission.

Gradueted from the Faculty of Law and Administration at the Maria Curie-Skłodowska University in Lublin and from postgraduate studies at the Warsaw School of Economics. For 23 years he was associated with the capital market supervisory authority. From 1996 to 2006, he worked at the Office of the Securities and Exchange Commission, most recently as Director of the Information and Analysis Department. From 2007 to 2019, at the Office of the Financial Supervision Commission, he was successively in charge of the Trading Supervision Department, the Department of Capital Market Infrastructure and Trading Supervision and the Department of Financial Market Development.

As Director of the Trading Supervision Department (2007-2018), he supervised:

  • stock exchange trading with regard to the detection of manipulation and insider trading offences,
  • the performance of disclosure obligations by listed companies,
  • investors’ compliance with notification obligations on transactions and major shareholdings,
  • compliance by investors with takeover rules for public companies,
  • the performance by investment firms and trading platforms of their obligations under the MAR Regulation and the MiFIR Regulation with regard to the provision of transaction information by these entities.

As Director of the Department of Capital Market Infrastructure and Trading Supervision and the Department of Financial Market Development (2018-2019), he was also responsible for, among other things:

  • exercising control and supervision over capital market infrastructure companies (companies in the stock exchange group and the national securities depository group), and
  • coordinating work at the Financial Supervisory Commission related to the Capital Market Development Strategy.

In the course of his professional work he has held the functions of:

  • Secretary of the Examination Board for Investment Advisers (1999-2001).
  • Member of the Examination Board for Securities Brokers (2004-2007).
  • Member of the Stock Exchange Index Committee (2005-2009 and 2013-2019).

From October 2019 he joined the Association of Stock Exchange Issuers and holds the position of Vice President of the Board of Directors. As part of the Association’s Board of Directors, he is responsible for the creation and application of regulations related to public companies with regard to their stock market listing.

Since October 2020 he has been a member of the Supervisory Board of Ceres Dom Inwestycyjny S.A. and a member of the Advisory Panel at the National Securities Depository.

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