White & Case gains Czech litigation team with local acquisition

White & Case has taken on board the bulk of Czech independent firm Horák & Chvosta in a significant hire for its Prague office.

Horák & Chvosta founders Luděk Chvosta and Jiří Horák join White & Case as partners. They will bring with them Barbora Rovenská, David Padyšák and David Ilczyszyn, who will be counsel at White & Case, as well as two junior lawyers and a trainee.

The team will boost White & Case’s Czech litigation expertise. Until now the Prague office has primarily focused on corporate, banking and real estate law.

Jan Matějček, White & Case’s Central and Eastern Europe managing partner, said: “This step is in line with our global strategy and strengthens our position of the European leader in the area of arbitration and insolvency process. It represents a logical response to the growing demand for services related to litigation, both in the Czech market and globally.”

Chvosta added: “Our decision to drop anchor in the international waters of White & Case was a culmination of a natural progression. We also reached an understanding with the partners of White & Case on a personal level, and I’m confident that with the backing of an international firm, we’ll be able to offer an even more comprehensive range of services to our clients.”

The news continues the shake-up of the Prague market, which most recently saw two partners from Austrian firm Wolf Theiss join DLA Piper. In November 2010 Czech firm PRK Partners picked up Gide Loyrette Nouel’s Prague team, which was let go after a strategic review by the French firm.