DLA Piper has taken a team of lawyers from Austrian firm Wolf Theiss in a bid to strengthen its presence in the Czech Republic.
Partners Pavel Marc and Jakub Adam join DLA Piper along with a team of associates. The hires come three months after the firm closed down its Bulgarian office, with partner Anna Rizova-Clegg and her 11-strong team moving to Wolf Theiss in Sofia.
Marc and Adam practise corporate, finance, energy and real estate law and will also establish a German desk in DLA Piper’s Prague office.
The hires are a significant boost for DLA Piper in the Czech Republic. The office was previously manned by local managing partner Peter Valert and a handful of associates.
In turn, the loss of the duo leaves Wolf Theiss with only eight lawyers in Prague, including partner Paul Sestak.
DLA Piper’s managing director for Europe Ulrich Juengst said the appointments solidified the firm’s commitment to the Prague market and fitted in well with the firm’s strategy.
Wolf Theiss’s chief strategic officer Janis Nordstrom said: “Post-crisis, there have been numerous moves within the Prague legal market due to a variety of offers from various law firms for individuals and teams and we too have been scouting the market for additional talent recently. It was an amicable separation and we wish them well.”
Nordstrom added that Wolf Theiss is planning to make its own hires in Prague soon.