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Leading individuals

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    • Mónika Horváth - Horváth & Partners DLA Piper
    • Péter Lakatos - Lakatos, Köves and Partners
    • Dóra Petrányi - CMS
    • István Réczicza - Réczicza Dentons Europe LLP

Next generation lawyers

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The 12-strong team at CMS is renowned in the market, regularly advising key industry players such as Magyar Telekom and Samsung, as well as Microsoft, which Dóra Petrányi has been advising on a host of matters including cloud services, data privacy and regulatory issues. Eszter Csapó has ‘wide experience in the television sector’, Márton Domokos is ‘highly appreciated’ for his IT and data protection knowledge, and Tamás Tercsák – who joined the firm from Réczicza Dentons Europe LLP – specialises in film financing.

Horváth & Partners DLA Piper has a strong track record in film and television projects, and recently advised a client on an independent production. Transactions in the technology and media sectors are also mainstays of work. Mónika Horváth is a key figure in the market; she leads the team, which includes counsel Zoltán Kozma, whose expertise includes data protection.

Allen & Overy’s ‘strong team’ represents major local and domestic companies in the TMT sector in their corporate and commercial transactions. Hugh Owen recently advised UStream, a video streaming service, on its sale to IBM. Zoltán Lengyel heads the department.

Clients highlight the ‘business-oriented advice’ and ‘impressive response times’ from Hegymegi-Barakonyi és Tarsa Baker & McKenzie. The department handles a range of contentious and non-contentious matters for companies in the IT, software, telecoms and media sectors. Zoltán Hegymegi-Barakonyi and Ines Radmilovic are key contacts.

Data protection is an area of expertise for Péter Lakatos’ team at Lakatos, Köves and Partners, which also has a thriving transactional practice. Recent highlights include advising Schibsted Classified Media on the acquisition of OLX.hu, a Hungarian online advertising portal.

The TMT sector is a focus area for many of Réczicza Dentons Europe LLP’s corporate and M&A lawyers. 2016 was a busy year for the department, which was instructed by corporates and investors in high-value transactions. István Réczicza was part of a multi-office team that advised a multinational media company on several acquisitions.

The ‘very professional’, ‘well-prepared’ team at Siegler Law Office/Weil, Gotshal & Manges has an active transactional practice, with a notable track record in the TMT field. It advised TV2 Media on the sale of the TV2 Group to Magyar Broadcasting. David Dederick is recommended.

The ‘approachable, fast and efficient’ team at VJT & Partners is noted for its ‘tailor-made solutions’. It is ‘especially strong in data protection, privacy issues and internet-related matters’, and has been advising Google on right-to-be-forgotten matters. Gábor Hacsi and János Tamás Varga are well regarded.

Andrékó Kinstellar recently recruited ‘very street-smart adviser’ Zsombor Orbán, who was previously an in-house counsel at Nestlé. The team, which also includes counsel Ákos Nagy, regularly advises clients on data protection issues.

bpv Jádi Németh Attorneys at Law advises technology and media companies on data protection and privacy, as well as a host of corporate and commercial matters. Andrea Jádi Németh and Péter Garancsi are the key contacts.

Faludi Wolf Theiss acts for major telecoms and technology companies. János Tóth and senior associate Norbert Bálint have been advising a longstanding client on telecoms regulatory issues.

Forgó, Damjanovic & Partners Law Firm handles a range of corporate and commercial deals for multinational TMT companies, and is noted for its ‘very responsive service’. Viktor Vasi heads the practice.

Knight Bird & Bird Iroda provides a range of corporate, commercial, employment and IP advice to major TMT companies. The team is headed by senior associates Bálint Halász and Zoltán Tarján.

Partos & Noblet in co-operation with Hogan Lovells International LLP assists telecoms and media companies in transactions and regulatory matters. Sándor Békési has ‘a breadth of knowledge and experience in M&A and TMT’.

Péter Komáromi and ldikó Szegedi’s team at Sándor Szegedi Szent-Ivány Komáromi Eversheds (a member of Eversheds Sutherland) routinely advises on online retailing, software licensing, electronic marketing and data protection.

Szecskay Attorneys at Law’s ‘accessible and easy-to-reach’ team frequently advises its TMT industry clients on a host of commercial, competition and tax matters. Zoltán Balázs Kovács heads the team alongside the ‘sharp, quick-witted and creative’ András Daniel László.

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