White & Case lawyers Jan Jakoubek, Karel Petrzela, Ida Kucerova, Jakub Wolkowicz, and Vladimir Ivanco have been promoted to Local Partner by the firm as part of its global promotion round, with those promotions becoming effective on January 1, 2020.
Czech lawyers Jan Jakoubek and Karel Petrzela are members of White & Case's Global M&A Practice in Prague. Jakoubek graduated law from the Charles University in Prague in 2004. Before joining White & Case in 2016, he spent seven years with Kotrlik Bourgeault Andrusko. He focuses on Corporate/M&A and Commercial and Media Law.
Petrzela graduated from the Charles University in Prague and holds a Ph.D. from it as well. Before he joined White & Case he spent almost five years with CMS. he specializes in Corporate/M&A, joint ventures, and portfolio company matters, particularly in regulated sectors and real estate.
Colleague Ida Kucerova, also in Prague, is a member of the firm's Global Banking Practice. Kucerova graduated from the Masarykova Univerzita Brno in 2006 and holds an LL.M. from the University of Bristol. Prior to joining White & Case in 2010, she spent a little under a year with Linklaters and a year and a half with Kinstellar. She advises clients on international and domestic financial transactions with a particular focus on real estate finance.
Polish lawyer Jakub Wolkowicz, who has been promoted to Local Partner in White & Case's Warsaw office, has been with the firm for almost nine years, working as a member of the Global International Arbitration Practice in Paris, Geneva, and Warsaw. Wolkowicz graduated from the Jagellonian University in Krakow in 2010 and holds an LL.M. from the Queen Mary University of London. Prior to joining White & Case, he was an associate with CMS UK and was an assistant with the British Honorary Consul in Michigan, USA.
Finally, Slovakian lawyer Vladimir Ivanco, promoted to Local Partner in the Global M&A Practice in Bratislava, has been with White & Case for almost 14 years. He holds a Master’s degree from the Univerzita Pavla Jozefa Safarika v Kosiciah and an LL.M. from the Ghent University Law School. Ivanco advises clients on real estate matters, corporate matters, and commercial disputes.
Speaking of all 52 lawyers involved in the firm's promotion round (including 38 promoted to Counsel and another 14 to Local Partner), White & Case Chairman Hugh Verrier said that "White & Case is a truly global and diverse law firm and these promotions, across 21 offices and 12 global practices, are a clear expression of those fundamental characteristics. These lawyers demonstrate exceptional ability and share a commitment to the highest standards of client service."