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Hugh Owen Becomes Head of Legal at PwC CEE

Hugh Owen Becomes Head of Legal at PwC CEE

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Hugh Owen was appointed to the role of Head of Legal at PwC Central and Eastern Europe.

Taking over from Karl Paadam, Owen will be covering 27 countries in his new role. He first joined PwC as an Of Counsel on September 1, 2021 (as reported by CEE Legal Matters on September 2, 2021). He was previously a Partner with Allen & Overy, having joined the magic circle firm in 1994. He was the Head of the SEE Desk and, since early 2016, head of the Ukraine Desk. He set up A&O's Slovak office in 2000 and established A&O's associated office in Romania in 2008. At the end of 2018, Owen established his own consulting firm, called Go2Law.

Former PwC Legal Central and Eastern Europe Managing Partner Paadam announced: "The time has come for me to step aside from PwC and join the ranks of Estonian founders and leave the business in the hands of exceptionally driven Partners who are passionate about our clients, people, and solving complex business problems that go beyond law."

“I am really excited about this amazing role, where I will work with several hundred talented PwC lawyers and other professionals and staff across the region in 27 countries (and more)," commented Owen. "Our team can, together with their PwC colleagues who are absolutely at the top of their game in their respective fields, offer unique capabilities to help our clients. I have lots of plans, and plenty of energy and enthusiasm, and I am really looking forward to rolling my sleeves up and embracing the challenges and successes that lie ahead.”