Dentons has enhanced its CEE presence in Budapest with the hire of White & Case partners István Réczicza, Rob Irving and Edward Keller who join alongside 30 local partners, associates and other legal professionals.
The team will officially make the move at the beginning of May to ‘strengthen’ the firm’s corporate M&A, private equity, TMT and disputes offering in Hungary. Currently Dentons’ Budapest office houses 13 lawyers.
A spokesperson for White & Case confirmed the firm would no longer have an office in Hungary and said: ‘The White & Case office in Budapest will move to Dentons with effect from 3 May 2015. From this date, we will no longer maintain an office there. The firm is committed to supporting our clients’ cross-border needs in Central & Eastern Europe and we will continue to be recognised as a market leader for international work in the region. We wish István, Rob and Edward and the Budapest team well in their future endeavours.’
On the hires, Dentons Europe chief executive Tomasz Dabrowski, said: ‘We are delighted to welcome this prominent team to Dentons. Their market leading expertise will significantly broaden our offering to clients not only in Hungary but in the CEE region and across Europe. This is another step in our Firm’s strategy to be one of the very top practices globally offering top-notch, band 1 advice to its clients and at the same time to be deeply rooted in the communities in which we work.’
It follows Dentons’ announcement last week that it was to officially combine with Atlanta-based firm McKenna Long & Aldridge in a bid to further boost its US presence following approval from both partnerships.