Gide has announced that four senior lawyers have joined the firm in Budapest, including Senior Associate Franck Audran, who moves from Paris to co-head the Budapest office, and Balazs Kutasi, who takes over the office’s Dispute Resolution practice.
Audran worked for three years in Gide’s Bucharest office (which closed in February of 2014) prior to joining the Competition and International Trade practice in Gide Paris in 2010.
Kutasi, who moved to Gide from Allen & Overy in September, specializes in civil and commercial litigation, as well as employment-related litigation. He started his career within the European Union Department of the Ministry of Justice of Hungary.
The firm also announced that Dasa Vukelic has joined the Budapest office from White & Case, and that Anna-Maria Veres joined the firm back in May of this year. Vukelic focuses on cross-border M&A and private equity matters in the SEE region, and Veres has experience advising international groups on complex M&A transactions, group restructurings, and corporate financing projects. She is dual-qualified in Hungarian and Romanian law.
Budapest Partner Akos Kovacs said: "We are delighted to welcome Franck, Anna-Maria, Dasa, and Balazs to our team. Their experience will fit in perfectly with our international expertise.” And Francois d'Ornano, the Partner in charge of Gide Budapest and the firm's practice in South-East Europe, adds "The skill set of our new colleagues will help us to further develop our local knowledge and assist our clients in their investment projects in both Central and South-Eastern Europe.”
As CEE Legal Matters reported in June of this year, former Co-Managing Partner of Gide’s Budapest office Eszter Kamocsay-Berta left with several colleagues to launch a new boutique in Hungary.
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