Dentons welcomes new partner for Budapest, Prague offices

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Chris Watkinson joined Dentons as a partner and will be active in the firm’s M&A and Private Equity practices in CEE, splitting his time in between the Budapest and Prague offices, according to a press release issued yesterday.

In his practice, Watkinson focuses on cross-border mergers and acquisitions, private equity transactions and joint ventures. He has experience in the technology, media and telecommunications industries as well as the energy and renewables sector. He also has experience in CEE/CIS – advising on major cross-border deals and providing English law advice to clients based in the region.

Watkinson joins Dentons from BBH, where he was head of the English law desk in Prague. Prior to that he worked for Squire Patton Boggs in London, where he focused on M&A transactions in Russia and the CEE/CIS region. He is a Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales and holds a law degree from UEA in the U.K., having also studied at University of British Columbia, Canada and Nottingham Trent University, in the U.K.

“With his proven transaction experience along with sector insights, Chris will help further develop our Corporate and M&A practice and bring even more value to our clients,” said Ladislav Štorek, Czech Republic and Slovakia managing partner.

“Dentons has advised on many of the most important M&A and private equity transactions in the CEE region over the last year, so we are pleased to welcome another talented partner to the team to support the growing client demand,” Rob Irving, co-head of the Europe private equity group, added. 

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