Hungarian firm raids Kinstellar

July 7, 2016 Kinstellar is losing a three-person team to independent Hungarian firm Lakatos Köves & Partners (LKT). The team is headlined by competition head Ádám Máttyus, who is joined by Eszter Ritter and Tamás Oláh. Máttyus and Ritter join LKT as partners while Oláh will be an associate.

The two firms have similar beginnings. In 2009, LKT was founded when Clifford Chance spun off its Hungarian team. Less than a year before that, it was Linklaters' Central & Eastern European team that split off to form Kinstellar.

Máttyus came to Linklaters in 2006 from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. He was head of the firm's Hungarian corporate practice before Kinstellar was formed. Afterwards, he served as Hungarian corporate head and firmwide competition head.

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