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Allen & Overy has a leading cartel practice, and is particularly experienced in acting for clients in the regulated industries including telecoms, media and the financial services. Practice head Tibor Szántó successfully achieved the annulment of a cartel fine regarding FX mortgage loans for CIB Bank before the Hungarian Competition Authority, and is handling the antitrust aspects of Magyar Telekom’s mobile network sharing arrangement with Telenor Hungary.

Recent activity for Andrékó Kinstellar’s team includes handling major cartel investigations, merger control proceedings, dawn raids and state aid matters. Péter Vörös is representing DIGI Távközlési és Szolgáltató before the Hungarian Competition Authority in merger control notification proceedings concerning its acquisition of Invitel Group’s retail and SME business. Associate Orsolya Staniszewski is also noted.

CMS’ team advises on the full gamut of antitrust matters including state aid and abuse of dominance investigations. Recent highlights include representing the Hungarian subsidiary of a multinational healthcare company in a high-profile cartel investigation. Dóra Petrányi is the key contact and is supported by senior associate Nóra Jekkel.

Clients of Hegymegi-Barakonyi és Társa Baker & McKenzie value its strong knowledge of regulated industries, spanning energy, pharmaceutical, transport and automotive. The team successfully defended Sanofi-Aventis in abuse of dominance investigations relating to the selection of contracted wholesaler partners, and acted for K&H Bank and its subsidiaries in a number of high-profile cartel investigations. Zoltán Hegymegi-Barakonyi and Márton Horányi, who has ‘excellent communication skills’, are the key names.

Lakatos, Köves and Partners’ ‘excellent’ team is able to leverage the firm’s transactional strength to handle an impressive flow of M&A-related competition matters. Other areas of expertise include state aid, abuse of dominance and cartel investigations. Ádám Máttyus, Iván Sólyom and Eszter Ritter are key contacts.

Oppenheim’s team, which is active across the telecom, retail, financial services and pharmaceutical sectors, handles a diverse range of antitrust matters including state aid, merger control, cartel investigation and competition compliance. Gábor Fejes is ‘one of the leading competition lawyers’, and is recommended alongside Zoltán Marosi.

CHSH Dezsö & Partners’ team covers the full range of competition matters, and is particularly experienced in handling merger control issues relating to cross-border M&A transactions, as well as private enforcement issues. Tamás Polauf and Márton Kocsis are the main contacts.

Jointly led by Tihamér Tóth and Tünde Gönczöl, Dentons’s team has recently advised on merger control matters, cartel cases, and competition compliance audits. Leveraging its impressive global network of offices, a multidisciplinary team is advising CEFC Hainan International on the merger filing procedures in several jurisdictions following the client’s acquisition of a stake in KMG International.

Schoenherr Hetényi Ügyvédi Iroda’s practice has notable experience in cartel investigations, merger control proceedings and compliance training programmes. Anna Turi has ‘deep expertise and experience in the field of competition law’ and is ‘an experienced litigator in competition cases before courts’. Associate Attila Jákói was a new hire from Szecskay Attorneys at Law in 2017.

Szecskay Attorneys at Law’s team recently handled merger control proceedings, compliance matters and cartel investigations. The team also has particular expertise in advertising law, where it advises on behavioural issues. Anikó Keller and János Vajda are ‘knowledgeable and responsive’. Clients include Philips, Sió-Eckes, L’Oréal and Boiron.

Erös Ügyvédi Iroda/Squire Patton Boggs is a popular choice for clients from the banking sector, which routinely instruct Lajos Wallacher to handle cartel cases. Wallacher successfully represented Erste Bank in two major competition disputes and acted for Nitrogénművek in an abuse of dominance case.

Faludi Wolf Theiss routinely advises multinational clients on region-wide antitrust compliance and dawn raid issues, where the team works with its network of offices. Other recent work includes representing a construction company in an appeal against a cartel finding by the Hungarian Competition Office. János Tóth is the main contact.

Forgó, Damjanovic & Partners Law Firm’s experience lies in merger control matters and unfair trade practice cases, particularly in the pharmaceutical industry. Zoltán Forgó is noted.

Horváth & Partners DLA Piper’s recent workload includes cartel investigations, merger filings, and on-going advisory work. Counsel István Szatmáry recently represented Duna House in a matter concerning a horizontal cartel arrangement that alleged resale price maintenance and territorial restrictions. Managing partner András Posztl is another name to note.

Jalsovszky is particularly experienced in handling proceedings at the European Commission, as well as judicial appeal proceedings. Other areas of strength include advising on abuse of dominance and antitrust compliance counselling. Bálint Bassola heads the practice.

The ‘excellent’ team at Klart Szabó Legal is praised for its ‘responsiveness’ and ‘appropriate and tailor-made advice’. Recent highlights include handling judicial proceedings and a series of merger clearance mandates. Árpád Hargita and public procurement specialist Gábor János Dudás are highly regarded.

Knight Bird & Bird Iroda handles a steady flow of merger control proceedings before the Hungary Competition Authority and the European Commission. The team is assisting MOL with the merger clearance aspects of its acquisition of OT Industries. Special counsel László Zlatarov is the main contact.

At Partos & Noblet in co-operation with Hogan Lovells International LLP, counsel Ákos Kovach is advising DIGI Távközlési és Szolgáltató on the merger control aspects of its acquisition of Invitel’s residential business, and acted for Medirex in an antitrust investigation.

Szabo Kelemen & Partners Attorneys acts for banking sector clients in cartel investigations. László Kelemen heads the team which also includes Balázs Dominek whose advice is ‘well balanced between the business needs and the legal environment’.

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