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The ‘brilliant’ team at CMS is regularly instructed on high-profile TMT deals in the region. The extensive practice is also active on a range of regulatory, data protection and cybersecurity-related mandates. Its clients include names such as AMC Networks Central Europe and Siemens. Department head Dóra Petrányi is ‘exceptional’; senior associate Eszter Csapó is noted for media and telecoms work and is experienced across regulatory matters and TMT projects; counsel Tamás Tercsák is experienced in film financing; and senior counsel Márton Domokos handles a range of technology and data protection instructions.

Lakatos, Köves and Partners handles a raft of transactional, regulatory and data protection-related work. The team advised Vodafone on its acquisition of the Hungarian subsidiary of Liberty Global and acted for Samsung on its investment in AdasWorks. Magyar Telekom is also a key client. Péter Lakatos, who is 'a premier disputes lawyer’ and also handles corporate finance mandates, and Iván Sólyom , who is active across competition, regulatory and contentious mandates, lead the team. Péter Homoki joined in November 2018 from Homoki Law Firm.

Dentons handles a range of transactional, regulatory, and data protection mandates. Key highlights include acting for Invitel Group on its sale to CEE Equity Partners. It also advises Sony Entertainment on music licensing and competition matters. István Réczicza leads the team and counsel Tímea Bana is also recommended.

DLA Piper Hungary stands out for its experience in advising on film and television projects, and the team has been engaged in a raft of data privacy mandates as well as transactions in the TMT sector. 'Expert' department head Mónika Horváth advised Paramount Television on the production of the television series, The Alienist. Senior associate Mariann Rajnai and associate Gábor Bertók are also recommended.

Hegymegi-Barakonyi and Partner Baker & McKenzie Attorneys-at-Law stands out for its ‘in-house IT security capabilities’ and for its data protection expertise. Google, Telekom Indonesia and Ford Central & Eastern European are clients. Ines Radmilovic, who ‘understands the clients’ quality expectations and ensures that the whole team is delivering this quality’, Zoltán Hegymegi-Barakonyi and senior associate Ádám Liber, who is 'an excellent data privacy lawyer and has a business-friendly mindset’, lead the department. Senior associate Zsófia Lendvai and associate Tamás Bereczki, who was a new arrival in 2018 from Deloitte Legal Erdos and Partners Law Firm, are also key figures.

Siegler Bird & Bird Ügyvédi Iroda is ‘able to find efficient solutions for difficult problems’. The team is noted for its transactional expertise and it advised Providence Equity on the acquisition of a music and festival business in Europe. Magyar Telekom and Alma Media are also clients. Team heads David Dederick and Bálint Halász are recommended, as are senior associates Zoltán Tarján, who is experienced in data protection and outsourcing, and Gábor Helembai, who handles gaming and betting sector mandates.

VJT & Partners’ ‘friendly’ team ‘strives for perfection’; it ‘speaks the language of the client’ and is praised for its ability to provide ‘creative and tailor-made solutions’. The team’s client base includes Google and 4Life Direct. Practice head János Tamás Varga is 'a strategic thinker and an excellent leader’. Counsel Endre Várady has ‘excellent problem-solving skills’.

Allen & Overy is experienced in handling regulatory and competition mandates and the team is also involved in a range of M&A and financial transactions in the sector. Magyar Telekom is a key client. Counsel Tibor Szántó heads the team and senior associate Attila Kőmíves is also recommended.

Andrékó Kinstellar has been engaged on a significant number of GDPR compliance projects for clients such as NKM Nemzeti Közművek, Ibiden and Sanofi. Anthony O’Connor and senior associate Zsombor Orbán head the team. Ákos Nagy is also a key figure, as is junior associate Dániel Nagy.

bpv JÁDI NÉMETH Attorneys at Law is experienced in technology-related mandates, while data protection is also a key area of expertise. Péter Garancsi and Andrea Jádi Németh are singled out.

Danubia - Sár & Partners  is praised for its ‘wealth of knowledge’ and for its ‘precision’. It is experienced in IT, copyright, software and data protection matters.

Forgó, Damjanovic & Partners Law Firm is often engaged in TMT sector transactions and the team is also recommended for its experience in advising on gambling sector matters. Nielsen Corporation, Advent International and Novell Hungary are among its clients. Team head Viktor Vasi is noted, as are Zoltán Forgó and Gábor Damjanovic.

Partos & Noblet in co-operation with Hogan Lovells International LLP is adept at advising on disputes, commercial contracts, sale agreements, regulatory matters and licensing issues for TMT sector clients. László Partos and Sándor Békési, who led advice to Digi Távközlési és Szolgáltató on its acquisition of Invitel’s residential business, lead the department.

Key clients for the team at Sándor Szegedi Szent-Ivány Komáromi Eversheds Sutherland include Universal Music Publishing. Péter Komáromi and Ildikó Szegedi lead the team. Katalin Varga and Ágnes Szent-Ivány are also key figures.

Szecskay Attorneys at Law is regularly instructed on data protection matters, and the team stands out for its advertising law expertise. It also handles high-profile TMT sector transactions and advised PPF Group on the acquisition of Telenor’s telecoms assets in CEE. Zoltán Balázs Kovács heads the team and senior associate György Wellmann is also noted. András Dániel László left the firm to establish LFB – László Fekete Bagaméry.

Wolf Theiss Faludi Erős Ügyvédi Iroda is experienced in cross-border data protection matters and IT outsourcing projects. Fintech, e-commerce, disputes and regulatory matters are also key areas of expertise. Türk Telekom International, ACN Europe and Cognizant Technology Solutions are among its clients. Team head János Tóth and senior associate Norbert Bálint are recommended.

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