Former Aldertree Legal Partners Zoran Draskovic and Peter Hodal have joined Hillbridges as Partners together with their team.
Draskovic and Hodal had previously worked at White & Case – which announced it was leaving the Slovakian market on March 31, 2022 – with the firm's Bratislava team set to continue as Aldertree Legal (as reported by CEE Legal Matters on March 8, 2022).
Specializing in M&A, energy, infrastructure, and real estate, Draskovic was a Partner with Aldertree Legal from April to November, in 2022, and previously spent over 13 years with White & Case, first as an associate between 2009 and 2018 and, later, as a Partner from 2018 to 2022. Before that, he was a Junior Associate with Kinstellar in 2008, and, earlier still, he worked at Linklaters as a Student Associate from 2004 to 2006, and as a Junior Associate from 2006 to 2008.
Hodal specializes in litigation and public procurement. He was a Partner with Aldertree Legal from April to November 2022. Before the switch, he spent over 14 years with the White & Case team, as an Associate from 2008 to 2019, and later as a Counsel from 2019 to 2022.
The two are followed by Managing Associates Barbora Malik and Lukas Kralovic and Associate Alex Medek.
"We are excited to further consolidate Hillbridges’ market-leading position by hiring a superb team of lawyers with an impressive track record and market recognition," the firm announced. "By combining the experience of the two teams with all partners originating from Linklaters or White & Case, we are creating not only a very attractive proposition for clients but a strong team that shares common culture and values."
"We are very pleased to be joining Hillbridges and look forward to contributing together with our team to further growth and development of the firm," Draskovic commented.
"I personally look forward to new challenges and have full confidence that together we offer comprehensive transactional experience and unique expertise on the market," Hodal added.