Former Squire Patton Boggs Hungary Managing Partner Akos Eros has moved to Wolf Theiss Budapest, bringing with him former Squire Patton Boggs Senior Associates Judit Nador and Artur Tamasi and Associate Agnes Budai.
According to Squire Patton Boggs Partner Akos Mester, London-based SPB Partner Andrew Wilkinson, who, according to Mester, had been sharing leadership of the office with Eros since 2015, will take over sole as sole Managing Partner, with Mester and fellow Budapest-based Partner Judit Kelemen sharing the responsibility for day-to-day management of the office.
Eros, who joined Squire Patton Boggs in 2000, after spending one and a half years at Coopers & Lybrand (now PriceWaterhouse Coopers) and then four years as a National Partner at Arent Fox's Budapest office, specializes in mergers and acquisitions and private equity, MBOs, and other corporate matters. Wolf Theiss reports that, "over the years, he has also advised on some of the most important capital market transactions in Hungary," and says that "as the former Managing Partner of Squire Patton Boggs in Budapest, his experience, commitment to this profession, existing clientele and business approach will be a perfect complement to the Wolf Theiss team not only in Hungary but also regionally."
Judit Nador focuses on corporate and employment law. Wolf Theiss describes her as having "a wide range of experience in merger and acquisition transactions and general corporate law and has participated in numerous privatizations and company acquisition procedures."
Artur Tamasi specializes in commercial litigation, Hungarian and international commercial arbitration, enforcement proceedings, administrative proceedings, and litigious matters involving public law and criminal law.
Agnes Budai specializes in corporate/M&A, and focuses her practice on various areas of corporate matters including mergers and acquisitions, international business, telecommunication, competition, and trademark matters.
“It’s a great pleasure for us to join a leading law firm in the CEE/SEE region and to be part of Wolf Theiss' eminent team," Akos Eros said. "Working together, we can continue to serve our clients on the highest level and further expand our services and workforce not only in Hungary but also in the region."
Zoltan Faludi, Managing Partner of Wolf Theiss Budapest, expressed similar enthusiasm. “We are looking forward to the new opportunities that the expansion will bring us. We are happy to add the talents of Akos, Judit, Agnes, and Artur to our team in Hungary. They will be a great addition to our highly regarded corporate and dispute resolution practice and their market knowledge will be a great asset for our clients."
“We are delighted to welcome Akos and his team to the firm,” said Erik Steger, Chair and Managing Partner of Wolf Theiss, from his office in Vienna. "Hungary is a key market with exciting opportunities in our regional platform and we have a top-notch team in Hungary. The arrival of this group will be a perfect complement to our existing practice."
At Squire Patton Boggs, Akos Mester insisted there was little disruption. "We all know that Akos’s name had been associated with Squire Sanders and then Squire Patton Boggs in this market for almost twenty years," he said. "But things change, and over the years he developed a different vision for his future and career goals." Eros's departure, Mester insisted, "doesn’t affect Squire Patton Boggs or our demonstrated commitment to the Hungarian market. We continue to operate and serve our clients as before."