Clifford Chance bags White & Case partner for Prague

Clifford Chance has beefed up its Prague office with the hire of White & Case partner David Kolacek.

Kolacek, whose practice focuses on M&A, privatisations, joint ventures and private equity transactions, brings Clifford Chance’s partner headcount in Prague to four. He will work alongside existing partners Vlad Petrus, Emil Holub and Alex Cook.

Cook said: “David is one of the top corporate lawyers in the Czech market. He has worked on a number of high-profile transactions in the past decade, and he will contribute significantly to developing our corporate practice into the leading practice in the Czech Republic.”

Kolacek joined White & Case on 1992 and, after a spell in the firm’s New York office, moved to Prague in 2005. Recent work includes acting for the Czech government on the privatization of Unipetrol, a petrochemical company in the central and eastern European region.

Clifford Chance is keen to bulk up its presence in the Eastern European region and earlier this year announced the opening of an office in Kiev (www.thelawyer.com, 7 March). The Ukrainian office, which is due to open this summer, will be run by Nick Fletcher, currently managing partner of the firm’s Warsaw office. He will be joined by Warsaw counsel Tomasz Stasiak as well as four Ukrainian real estate associates who are currently based in Warsaw.