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CMS handles a broad mix of employment matters, and has particular experience assisting with internal audits and investigations. Recent highlights include advising on collective and individual employment matters and handling TUPE-related issues and contentious matters for Samsung Electronics. Gabriella Ormai’s ‘strong’ team was further bolstered by the arrival of senior associate György Bálint from CHSH Dezsö & Partners.

Forgó, Damjanovic & Partners Law Firm’s client base includes blue-chip and domestic companies, which the team advises on contentious and non-contentious employment matters. The practice counts OKI Europe, United Molasses Group and Allegis Group as its new clients. The highly regarded Gábor Damjanovic and Ákos Balázs advised on the employment aspects of various restructurings.

Hegymegi-Barakonyi és Társa Baker & McKenzie’s team ‘consistently delivers practical and business-minded advice’. It acts for a number of major domestic and multinational clients in labour disputes and also handles the employment aspects of cross-border transactions. Ákos Fehérváry is singled out for his ‘commercial approach’ and senior associate Éva Nagy is ‘accessible on short notice’.

VJT & Partners handles the full spectrum of employment matters, and is particularly experienced in handling high-profile litigation and the employment aspects of restructurings. The ‘business-oriented’ team gained new clients including Gentherm, Profuma and Skechers. Zoltán Csernus is ‘commercial and responsive’. János Tamás Varga is also recommended.

Andrékó Kinstellar’s team, led by transactional lawyer Anthony O’Connor, advised a US start-up on immigration and data protection matters. O’Connor is also advising Nokia Corporation on a CEE-wide employment restructuring following its acquisition of Alcatel-Lucent. Ákos Nagy and Dávid Ferenc are also key names.

CLV Partners - Csabai & Partners Law Firm’s ‘excellent’ team ‘always responds in a timely manner’ and is ‘friendly and pragmatic’. Recent work includes handling day-to-day employment advisory matters, mass redundancy exercises, discrimination litigation and equal treatment issues. Nóra Óváry-Papp and Boglárka Kricskovics-Béli are the main contacts.

Faludi Wolf Theiss regularly works with its network of offices to advise clients on regional employment matters. Key clients include H&M, Himile Group, Türk Telekom and Shell. László Kenyeres heads the team. Senior associate Barnabás Buzási is ‘business-minded and solution-oriented’.

Led by the ‘precise and prompt’ Helga Fehér, Horváth & Partners DLA Piper’s team handled the employment-related aspects of restructuring, transactions and data protection for clients in the aviation, energy and manufacturing sectors. Csaba Vári was a new hire from Erös Ügyvédi Iroda/Squire Patton Boggs in 2017.

At KCG Partners Law Firm, the team is singled out for its ‘business-minded approach and in-depth knowledge of employment law’. It is particularly experienced in advising on employee-stock ownership plans and handling contentious employment matters. Levente Csengery and Rita Párkányi jointly head the team.

Dentons advises on the labour law aspects of large M&A transactions and also has the capacity to handle contentious matters. Counsel Márton Kertész is the main contact.

The highly regarded team at Szecskay Attorneys at Law stands out for its ‘responsive and proactive approach’. László Pók and Hédi Bozsonyik handled the employment aspects of several restructurings and are representing Reckitt Benckiser in a series of labour disputes.

bpv Jádi Németh Attorneys at Law’s team handles a mix of contentious and non-contentious employment matters, and has seen an increase in instructions relating to data privacy. Andrea Jádi Németh is the name to note.

Erös Ügyvédi Iroda/Squire Patton Boggs’ team is now led by senior associate Judit Nádor following the departure of Csaba Vári to Horváth & Partners DLA Piper. Recent work includes handling fraud investigations and assisting a technology company with issues related to temporary workers.

Employment boutique Kinga Zempléni Law Firm advises large and medium-sized companies as well as employees. Kinga Zempléni is ‘a very insightful legal adviser’ and has ‘anexcellent understanding of business and extensive subject matter knowledge’.

At Knight Bird & Bird Iroda senior associate Zoltán Tarján has notable experience in employment litigation matters. Pál Szabó, who was promoted to the partnership in May 2018, joined the firm from now defunct Siegler Law Office / Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP. The group also handles complex restructuring and collective redundancy matters.

Lakatos, Köves and Partners significantly enhanced its employment practice with the hire of Éva Bognár from Andrékó Kinstellar. Recent highlights include advising on employee share schemes, handling employment disputes and assisting with the employment aspects of transactions.

Noerr is particularly active in the automotive, life sciences and manufacturing sectors. Viktor Füzi is the key contact.

Led by Zsolt Cselédi, Oppenheim’s team has recently handled day-to-day employment issues, as well as employment disputes.

Recent work for the team at Sándor Szegedi Szent-Ivány Komáromi Eversheds Sutherland, includes handling internal investigations, a dispute pertaining to the termination of an employment contract and advisory work relating to data protection. Katalin Varga is a key name.

Schoenherr Hetényi Ügyvédi Iroda handles a mix of contentious and non-contentious work and counts Waters Research Centre, Arylux Hungary and Fressnapf-Hungária as key clients. Kinga Hetényi and Dániel Gera are recommended.

Áron Vikor’s team at Szabo Kelemen & Partners Attorneys handles contentious and non-contentious employment matters for multinational and domestic clients. Szilvia Fehérvári ‘communicates advice clearly’.

Taylor Wessing Hungary’s team advises on employment issues relating to management restructuring and employee data protection. Torsten Braner and Zoltán Novák focus on non-contentious and contentious employment matters, respectively.

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