The entire Budapest office of Weil, Gotshal & Manges, led by Partners David Dederick and Konrad Siegler and including three other senior counsel and 15 lawyers and the entire office staff, will join Bird & Bird in Budapest on February 1. Weil will close its Budapest office.
David Dederick, who currently manages Weil's Budapest office, has been with the firm since 1999. He will serve as Co-Head of Bird & Bird's Budapest office, alongside London-based Bird & Bird Partner Peter Knight.
Siegler joined Weil in 2004 from Baker McKenzie.
Knight commented on the move: “The appointment of David Dederick, Konrad Siegler, and their team will significantly increase Bird & Bird’s presence in the Hungarian market and our clients will benefit vastly from the far wider range of services we are now able to offer them. These appointments will allow the combined team to provide deeper and more extensive services across multiple sectors. Strengthening our office in Budapest will benefit our regional strategy within Central and Eastern Europe. We are very excited to welcome our new colleagues, and we will work together to ensure the new combined larger team goes from strength to strength.”
Dederick added: “I am very excited to join the Bird & Bird team in February. The firm’s international footprint, truly deep sector expertise, and the sense of collaboration across their 29 international offices is what struck us as being so appealing. We are particularly impressed with the firm's focus on technology, both as a sector and in client service. We look forward to working with our new colleagues in Budapest and around the world to increase the opportunities and services available to clients based in Hungary and the Central and Eastern European region.”
The three senior counsel joining Dederik and Siegler are corporate lawyers Pal Szabo and Ferenc Matrai and dispute resolution specialist Laszla Nanyista. Of the other 15 lawyers, ten are associates and five are trainees. The newly combined Bird & Bird team has 29 lawyers.
According to the Bird & Bird press release, the new Bird & Bird operation “will continue to work closely with Weil, Gotshal & Manges.”