Gide rejigs Hungary management

French firm Gide Loyrette Nouel has restructured its Hungarian management team, appointing partner Eszter Kamocsay-Berta and lawyer Ákos Kovách as co-heads of its Budapest office.

While the duo will take over day-to-day control of the office, it will remain under the supervision of property partner François d’Ornano who is returning to Paris. D’Ornano moved to head up the Hungarian office in 2009 after previously having opened up Gide’s Belgrade office.

From Paris d’Ornano will oversee the Budapest office, with the emphasis on strengthening its profile in neighbouring countries where Gide does not currently have a presence.

Kamocsay-Berta joined Gide in 2011 and was appointed as a local partner at the end of May this year (31 May 2012). She practises in the energy and infrastructure sectors.

Meanwhile Kovách, who is dual-qualified in Hungary and France, joined Gide in 2010. He focuses on competition and corporate work.

D’Ornano said in a statement that the appointments highlight the importance of Gide’s projects, M&A and competition practices as “key development priorities” for Budapest.

In 2010 Gide undertook a strategic review which saw the closure of its Belgrade and Prague offices, with the emphasis in Eastern Europe being placed on Budapest and Bucharest (27 October 2010).