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CMS is able to draw on the expertise of several highly regarded TMT specialists: practice head Dóra Petrányi, who provides ‘pragmatic advice based on a thoughtful analysis of the issues’ and can ‘reassure and calm clients in stressful situations’; Eszter Csapó, who is ‘very easy to work with’; Tamás Tercsák, who specialises in film financing; and Márton Domokos, who has particular expertise in IT and data privacy. Clients include Microsoft, Samsung, Honeywell and Magyar Telekom.

Hegymegi-Barakonyi és Társa Baker & McKenzie advised a number of clients on data privacy matters and handled a cross-border IT cloud outsourcing project. Other work includes representing major technology clients in unfair competition disputes. Ines Radmilovic and Zoltán Hegymegi-Barakonyi jointly lead the team, which also includes data protection specialist Ádám Liber.

Horváth & Partners DLA Piper advises TMT sector clients on the full range of contentious and non-contentious matters, and is particularly experienced in assisting with film and television projects. Mónika Horváth is the main contact. Zoltán Kozma moved in-house with Microsoft in 2017.

Knight Bird & Bird Iroda’s practice was strengthened by the arrival of a team, including David Dederick, from Siegler Law Office / Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP. The group advises TMT sector clients on a range of corporate, commercial, financing, IP and employment matters. Bálint Halász and Zoltán Tarján are other names to note.

Lakatos, Köves and Partners handles a range of commercial matters, including data protection issues, for several well-known technology companies. Péter Lakatos ‘gives sound advice and practical support’ and Iván Sólyom is also noted.

Dentons’s team handles a mix of large M&A transactions, telecoms regulatory issues, public procurement and contentious matters. István Réczicza and counsel Tímea Bana, who joined from Siegler Law Office / Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP in 2017, assisted key client Sony Entertainment with music licensing, competition and data protection issues.

VJT & Partnersdelivers tailor-made advice in a timely fashion’. János Tamás Varga is singled out for his understanding of ‘high-level strategic considerations and attention to detail’ and the ‘commercially-minded and efficient’ Endre Várady is recommended for data protection matters. The team is assisting an insurance company with the transfer of its business activities on to a cloud computing service.

Allen & Overy advised Magyar Telekom on a mobile network sharing arrangement with Telenor Hungary and represented a television and internet service provider in an abuse of dominance investigation. Balázs Sahin-Tóth heads the team following the departure of Hugh Owen.

Andrékó Kinstellar’s recent instructions include advising a telecoms company on a series of acquisitions and assisting a range of clients with data protection matters. Senior associate Zsombor Orbán is highly regarded.

bpv Jádi Németh Attorneys at Law advises technology and media companies on data protection and privacy matters. Péter Garancsi and Andrea Jádi Németh are the main contacts.

Danubia - Sár & Partners regularly handles data protection work as well as software-related contentious and non-contentious matters. Katalin Horváth is the main contact.

Faludi Wolf Theiss has a strong focus on data protection, cloud computing, telecoms, e-commerce and software issues. János Tóth and Norbert Bálint recently represented ACN Europe and its Hungarian subsidiary in proceedings relating to allegations of unfair market practices.

Forgó, Damjanovic & Partners Law Firm’s team has won new clients including Kingsignal Technology, HearBit and Oki Europe. Gábor Damjanovic is the stand out adviser for gaming and betting matters, where his ‘strong knowledge’ enables him to provide ‘valuable commercial advice’. Viktor Vasi is also recommended.

Partos & Noblet in co-operation with Hogan Lovells International LLP advises on corporate and commercial transactions, as well as regulatory issues. Sándor Békési recently advised a Hungarian software company on software licensing.

Sándor Szegedi Szent-Ivány Komáromi Eversheds Sutherland’s practice spans software licensing, online retail, electronic marketing and data protection. Péter Komáromi and Ildikó Szegedi jointly lead the team.

Szecskay Attorneys at Law advises TMT sector clients on a range of commercial, data protection, competition and tax matters. Zoltán Balázs Kovács and András Dániel László are recommended.

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