Senior Associate Tolga Tezel and Associates Radek Kraus and David Wilhelm have been appointed as Local Partners at White & Case in Istanbul and Prague respectively. The appointments were part of a broader round – including 23 Local Partners and 22 Counsels – and followed the firm's earlier Global Partner round, which included Prague's Vaclav Zaloudek (as reported by CEE Legal Matters on November 20, 2023).
Tezel focuses on commercial, corporate, and M&A as well as capital markets matters and was appointed a Local Partner in the Global Mergers & Acquisitions practice. He started his career with GKC Partners, the Turkish affiliate of White & Case, back in 2011 as an Intern. He returned a year later and spent 13 months with the team, before a one-year stint in the Armed Forces, to finally take up a permanent position with GKC in 2015.
Kraus specializes in banking & finance and insolvency as well as corporate and commercial law and was named a Local Partner in the Global Debt Finance practice. He joined White & Case back in 2017. Before that, he spent two years with Wolf Theiss as an Associate and two more with KPMG Legal. He started out with NSG Morison in 2010, where he spent three years and made Associate in 2011.
Wilhelm focuses on energy, construction, and general corporate law matters and became a Local Partner in the Global Project Development and Finance practice. He joined White & Case in 2011, the same year he received his LLM degree from Masaryk University in Brno.
Prague's Vladimir Ivanco was also appointed a Counsel in the firm's Project Development and Finance practice as part of the same promotion round. The promotions will become effective on January 1, 2024.