White & Case hires Bakers partner

White & Case has recruited a Baker & McKenzie partner and an associate to its Hungarian practice, Reczicza Law Firm White & Case.
Zsuzanna Kovacs is described as a senior Hungarian lawyer by Rob Irving, joint head of the White & Case Budapest office.
Kovacs was a local partner at Baker & McKenzie and joins Reczicza as a partner with associate status at White & Case.
Kovacs is taking Baker & McKenzie associate Zsuzanna Nagy with her.
Nagy, also a capital markets and financial services specialist, joins Reczicza and White & Case as an associate.
Irving says: “Our new recruits have an impressive background in capital markets. We are expecting capital markets activity in Hungary to increase significantly in the next 12 to 18 months.
“It is important to bring in lawyers with experience in these transactions.”
Baker & McKenzie is the largest international law firm in Hungary.
It lost partner Janos Martonyi last summer when he was appointed Hungarian Minister for Foreign Affairs.
The firm retains his name in its Hungarian branch – Martonyi Es Kajtar Baker & McKenzie.
“Baker & McKenzie is the largest international firm here. It's natural for people to leave,” says Irving.
Baker & McKenzie did not comment on the moves.
Both Kovacs and Nagy have practised for six years at international US firms in Hungary. They spent five years at Debevoise & Plimpton before joining Baker & McKenzie, where they stayed for a year.
“They have worked together as a team for years and years,” says Irving.
White & Case became Reczicza Law Firm White & Case this year in order to comply with the new Hungarian Lawyers Act, which requires foreign law firms to operate in association with local firms.