Leading global law firm Baker McKenzie has brought on board Kristóf Kovács, a prominent energy expert, as a consultant to join its Energy Mining and Infrastructure industry group. With over 20 years’ experience, he will join the Firm’s Budapest office as a Consultant.
Kristóf joins the Firm having spent the past 15 years at the European Commission. This included six years in the Directorate-General for Competition advising on complex antitrust, merger control and state aid matters in the energy sector; seven years in the Directorate-General for Energy, where he led the gas policy team responsible for developing and implementing sector regulation; as well as heading up the performance-based budgeting team within the Directorate-General for Budget.
He has a wide range of expertise in energy market and infrastructure regulatory matters. In recent years, his achievements have included overseeing the development of comprehensive pan-European gas sector regulations and the Grid Codes, and leading the Commission’s regional cooperation efforts in Eastern and Southern European gas markets.
Welcoming Kristóf, Christopher Jones, Principal Energy and Antitrust Advisor in the European Competition Law Practice Group of Baker McKenzie’s Brussels office said, “Baker McKenzie is committed to providing clients with the industry-leading service on energy matters. Understanding both markets and the regulation that drive them is an essential part of this, not least given the huge changes that we expect in European energy markets over the coming years. Given Kristóf 's role as former Head of the Gas Team in the European Commission's DG Energy, and given his experience in energy cases in DG Competition, he further reinforces the depth and breadth of our recognised team of energy regulatory and competition experts.
“We are very excited to add an economist with significant EU experience to our team,” said Dr. Zoltán Hegymegi-Barakonyi, Managing Partner of Baker McKenzie’s Budapest office. “Kristóf’s specialist expertise in multiple aspects of the energy sector will enable us to offer our clients real added value in a new way, whereby we can contribute to the success of our clients’ energy sector transactions and assist in market regulatory issues with comprehensive legal and economic advice.”