Blaise Gabor Pasztory, 85, passed away suddenly on August 10, 2021, at his home in Budapest, Hungary.
Born August 1,1936, he was the son of Blaise and Catherine Pasztory. He was preceded in death by both parents.
Blaise grew up in Budapest, Hungary, and went to the United States in 1948. He attended Phillips Exeter Academy and went to Harvard College, graduating cum laude in 1958. After such time he graduated from Harvard Law School in 1961 and New York University Law School in 1965. Blaise specialized in corporate, securities, and international law during his legal career for over fifty years. He was well a well-known and highly respected member of the legal community.
Blaise practiced law in New York and the United States District Court, Southern District of New York, and registered as a foreign legal adviser with the Budapest Bar Association. While practicing in New York, Blaise became a partner with Steward & Kissel, opening and heading their foreign office in Budapest in 1992. From 1998 to 2005, Blaise served as a partner at Squire, Sanders & Dempsey, LLP., managing their Budapest offices. From 2005 to 2014, he served as counsel and foreign legal advisor to Sandor Szegedi Szent-Ivany Kamaromi Eversheds Law Office in Budapest, exiting only to help the foundation of KCG Partners in Budapest where he worked until his death.
He served on many panels throughout his career, writing several articles related to corporate and securities matters. Blaise published a folio, “Federal Securities Laws Aspects of Pension and Profit Sharing Plan,” and the textbook, “Introduction to the International Capital Markets,” in 2016. He was a very active all-time member of the International Bar Association (IBA) for more than five decades serving several prestigious title in the organization, such as the chair of the European Forum with special focus on Eastern Europe. In 2004, he was awarded the Order of Merit (middle cross) of the Hungarian Republic for his contributions to the improvement of commercial and economic ties between Hungary and the United States.
His memory will be cherished and kept alive by his family, friends and the international legal community.