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Firms To Watch: TMT

At PROVARIS Varga & Partners, the focus is on mandates relating to digitalisation and technology regulation. Ádám Liber and Tamás Bereczki are the key contacts.

TMT in Hungary

CMS

Drawing on its region-wide network, CMS’ sizeable TMT team advises a host of multinational corporations and technology companies on regulatory compliance and multijurisdictional transactions. Key clients include Microsoft, Samsung and ABB. The team is led by CEE managing director and industry-leading AI expert Dóra Petrányi, who focuses on technology sector M&A, regulatory compliance and data protection issues. Senior counsel Márton Domokos brings his corporate and data protection expertise to the team, advising on cybersecurity, autotech and fintech. Katalin Horváth specialises in technology, fintech, software law and data protection matters. Eszter Csapó, Ágnes Sólyom, Gábor Tóth, Miklós Boros and Gábor Bertók are noted associates.


Practice head(s):

Dóra Petrányi


Other key lawyers:

Márton Domok; Katalin Horváth; Eszter Csapó; Ágnes Sólyom; Gábor Tóth; Miklós Boros; Gábor Bertók


Testimonials

‘Key capabilities in collaboration, technology and diversity.’

‘Commitment to understanding our business needs.’

Key clients

Microsoft Hungary


Magyar Telekom Plc., T-Systems Hungary, IT Services Hungary |(Deutsche Telekom subsidiaries)


ABB


Samsung Electronics


RTL Group (Bertelsmann Group subsidiary)


ChemAxon


OTP Mobile


SkyShowTime – a streaming service provider


CEE Equity Partners


Hungarian AI Coalition


Work highlights


  • Assisting Microsoft with a wide array of commercial matters, including TMT regulatory issues.
  • Providing day-to-day advice to two subsidiaries of Deutsche Telekom on issues such as IT development and service agreements, contracting procedures and specific requirements, and customers’ needs in heavily regulated industries.
  • Advising Samsung Electronics on day-to-day legal matters, including regulatory issues, contracting procedures and the local feasibility of various global features.

DLA Piper Posztl, Nemescsói, Györfi-Tóth and Partners Law Firm

DLA Piper Posztl, Nemescsói, Györfi-Tóth and Partners Law Firm is recognised for its sector-specific expertise in film and TV production, advising several US and international film production companies and studios on their Hungarian and CEE-wide operations. The team’s multidisciplinary work in the film industry includes financing, production structuring, contract drafting, broadcasting regulations, licensing and service agreements. Industry-leading film production expert Mónika Horváth serves as head of the IPT department, and also advises on commercial transactions in the technology sector. Zoltán Kozma acts as head of the technology group, focusing on corporate and commercial matters, e-commerce and cybersecurity. Kozma also regularly represents clients in court proceedings. Mariann Rajnai, Dániel Necz and Eszter Viktória Varga are also core members of the team.

Practice head(s):

Mónika Horváth; Zoltan Kozma


Other key lawyers:

Mariann Rajnai; Dániel Necz; Eszter Viktória Varga


Testimonials

‘The Film & TV group within the TMT practice is pre-eminent. They know everyone in the industry, and have a broad commercial understanding. They work on the most high profile projects shooting in Hungary, representing Hollywood Studios, the streamers, and financiers.’

‘They are responsive, and their advice is always commercially focussed.’

‘Mónika Horváth and her team are all excellent. They have a commercial and pragmatic approach, and simply get the job done. Their advice is always business focussed and solution orientated.’

Key clients

Knackered Productions Limited UK


Shadow Films Kft.


Continental Productions Inc.


Pioneer Stillking Continental Kft.


Legendary Features Productions


Royalty Films Kft.


Bluestone Entertainment LLC


Element Pictures PT Limited UK


PS Films 2021 Kft.


1440 Productions UK Ltd.


White Mountain Productions, Ltd. UK


Station Films Kft.


Ninja Productions Limited UK


Silver Entertainment Kft.


Varian Medical Systems Hungary Kft.


Hungarian Tourism Agency


Szerencsejáték Zrt.


Rolls Royce Hungary


BorgWarner Group


Work highlights


  • Assisted the Hungarian Tourism Agency Foundation with the drafting and negotiating of co-operation agreements with Viacom and all local agreements concerning the MTV European Music Awards.
  • Advising Legendary Features Productions US on the production of the feature film Dune.
  • Providing day-to-day advice on BorgWarner Group’s global operations relating all of the client’s privacy-related matters.

Lakatos, Köves and Partners

With a strong background in radio, print media, online media and television, the longstanding TMT team at Lakatos, Köves and Partners has recently enjoyed growing mandates in the technology space, representing notable clients such as Vodafone. The team often advises clients from a regulatory, GDPR, and consumer protection point of view, as well as offering multidisciplinary transactional support. Iván Sólyom leads the department, advising clients in the telecoms, media and technology sectors on IP, data protection, M&A and competition law. Seasoned litigator Péter Lakatos  is a core member of the team, with nearly 30 years’ experience in the field. György Tóth and Nóra Szigeti are noted at the associate level.


Practice head(s):

Péter Lakatos; Iván Sólyom


Other key lawyers:

György Tóth; Nóra Szigeti


Testimonials

‘A team experienced in sophisticated and complex cross-border transactions.’

‘Very approachable and communicative.’

Key clients

Tencent


Netease


Allegro


PPF


Vodafone


Norbit ASA


Soulbrain


Szentkirályi és Kékkúti Ásványvíz


Mars/Royal Canin


Gunnebo


Work highlights


  • Advised Tencent on the acquisition of 1C Entertainment and Cenega.
  • Advised NetEase on its acquisition of a minority holding in Gaijin Entertainment.
  • Assisted Allegro with buy-side due diligence in relation to the purchase of the Mall Group.

Andrékó Ferenczi Kinstellar

Andrékó Ferenczi Kinstellar‘s TMT practice predominantly advises telecoms clients on regulatory and commercial matters, as well as handling high-value acquisitions and corporate transactions. Recently the firm carried out EU-wide regulatory advisory work for major technology players, including Google. Senior associate Dániel Endre Nagy joined from Kapolyi Law Firm in late 2021 to become head of the local TMT team, and co-head of data and cybersecurity. Senior counsel Ákos Nagy and junior associate Anna Szilágyi are also core members of the team.

Practice head(s):

Dániel Endre Nagy


Other key lawyers:

Ákos Nagy; Anna Szilágyi


Key clients

Google LLC


Vorwerk International & Co. KmG


Work highlights


  • Advised Google on regulatory changes concerning the implementation of the EU regulatory initiative New Deal for Consumers, and participated in a multi-jurisdictional project which compared the changes in EU countries.
  • Advised Vorwerk International & Co regulatory changes concerning the implementation of the EU regulatory initiative New Deal for Consumers, and participated in a multi-jurisdictional project which compared the changes in EU countries.

Deloitte Legal Göndöcz and Partners Law Firm

With an infusion of new talent joining the team from Kinstellar in autumn 2021, including all the practitioners named below, Deloitte Legal Göndöcz and Partners Law Firm’s expanding TMT practice is well placed to advise a growing roster of domestic and international clients across a wide range of TMT issues. Working closely with the firm’s data protection, cybersecurity and finance advisory arms, the team is well versed in TMT financing and regulatory compliance issues, as well as complex cross-border transactional support. Dániel Attila Nagy focuses on tech-centred M&A, e-commerce and telecoms matters. Flora Szalai is a key associate.

Practice head(s):

Dániel Attila Nagy


Other key lawyers:

Flora Szalai; Lili Albert


Testimonials

The group is very well known on the market, and we continue to work with them in Hungary. The have developed new unique services, not only offering legal advice but IT implementation services as well.’

‘Dániel Attila Nagy is well known for GDPR audit and compliance projects, and has vast experience in almost all the sectors. Flora Szalai is a very talented technology lawyer.’

‘The team is deeply knowledgeable in relation to telecommunications and technology law.’

‘Dániel Nagy was highly educated with a lot of attention to detail.’

Key clients

TokenTrust (Atomyze AG)


Delivery Hero Hungary Kft. (FoodPanda)


Portfolion Regional Private Equity Fund II


Sberbank Magyarország Zrt. “under voluntary liquidation”


Budapest Sewage Works Pte Ltd.


W.UP Szolgáltató Kft.


Thermo Fisher (Thermo Services Hungary Kft.)


Deloitte Central Europe Holdings Ltd.


Samsung SDI Magyarország Gyártó és Értékesítő Zrt.


LeanPay Ltd.


Work highlights


  • Advised the liquidator of Sberbank Magyarország and the bank itself on the public sale of its performing and non-performing loan portfolios.
  • Advised W.UP Szolgáltató on the review of the privacy design and compliance of its key software products and services, and adjustments to its data protection framework.
  • Advised LeanPay on legal, compliance, information security, and tax matters in relation to its entry to the Hungarian market, and meeting the Hungarian Central Bank’s requirements.

Dentons

Serving as a regional hub for the firm, Dentons‘ TMT practice in Budapest caters to major international telecoms, tech, and film and TV production companies, advising on a wide range of TMT-specific issues. The group regularly advises on telecoms regulation, licensing, tariffs, broadcasting and media regulatory practices, as well as finance, insolvency, employment law and public procurement issues. Recently promoted partner Tímea Bana leads the TMT, IP and data protection practices with extensive experience in the field. István Réczicza is considered an expert on Hungarian and European telecoms legislation and regulation. Associates Tibor Kancsár and András Peisch specialise in TMT, and are also noted for their extensive corporate experience.

Practice head(s):

István Réczicza; Tímea Bana


Other key lawyers:

Tibor Kancsár; András Peisch


Testimonials

‘Tímea Bana is reliable, prompt, and provides a high-level service in the field of media law.’

‘This firm is really great in terms of TMT.’

Key clients

Vodafone


Facebook


4iG Nyrt.


DIGI


UFA Hungary


Flex


Porsche Hungary


UPC


Miniszterelnökség/Prime Minister’s Office


Greencells


Work highlights


  • Advising Vodafone on the implementation of the European Electronic Communications Code, as well as on various TMT-related issues requiring data protection regulatory, compliance and competition advice.
  • Providing ongoing TMT-related advice to Airbus in connection with its operations in Hungary.
  • Advising Facebook on TMT and e-commerce issues regarding a new app that is under development.

Hegymegi-Barakonyi and Fehérváry Baker&McKenzie Attorneys-at-Law

With considerable cross-border capabilities, Hegymegi-Barakonyi and Fehérváry Baker&McKenzie Attorneys-at-Law balances a host of locally and internationally generated mandates concering telecoms, media and e-commerce regulation. The firm regularly advises world-leading technology, media and telecoms companies, as well as clients undergoing digital transformation initiatives, such as connected car manufacturers and service providers, cloud computing companies, and companies handling genetic data. Csaba Vári heads the team, while Zoltán Hegymegi-Barakonyi and Ines K Radmilovic bring considerable transactional and advisory experience in the field.

Practice head(s):

Csaba Vári


Other key lawyers:

Zoltán Hegymegi-Barakonyi; Ines Radmilovic


Testimonials

‘The team has an astute professional manner in all areas of their work. Their expertise exceeds the average legal support in the market.’

Key clients

Disney Networks Group Poland sp. z o.o.


Embracer Group AB


Google Ireland Ltd.


Work highlights


  • Assisting Disney Networks Group Poland with the launch of the Disney+ service in Hungary.
  • Advised Embracer Group on its acquisition of 100% of the DIGIC Group, including three Hungarian companies.
  • Advising Google on a range of matters in Hungary, including advising on regulatory aspects of various new services to be launched and the advertising, e-commerce, and telecoms requirements applicable to those new services.

Siegler Bird & Bird Ügyvédi Iroda

Siegler Bird & Bird Ügyvédi Iroda advises foreign investors, broadcasters, telecoms corporations, and technology start-ups on a wide range of technical, corporate and contentious matters including regulatory compliance, data protection and financing. The team is well placed to advise on AI and its growing impact on the market. Bálint Halász leads the team. Senior associate Péter Rippel-Szabó and associate Ádám Simon are also noted for their contributions to the practice.

Practice head(s):

Bálint Halász


Other key lawyers:

Péter Rippel-Szabó; Ádám Simon


 


Testimonials

‘The team was up-to-date on global standards and how to adapt best practices to our very new industry.’

‘Both Ádám Simon and Péter Rippel-Szabó were accessible and weren’t afraid of finding quick solutions to ad-hoc problems.’

Key clients

Starschema Kft.


National Gaming and Esports Federation


Omnicoach


Telenor Hungary / Yettel


Bitrise Ltd.


Sió-Eckes


Leet Gaming


SEON Technologies Ltd.


Shapr3D Zrt.


VJT & Partners

János Tamás Varga and Endre Várady lead the TMT group at VJT & Partners, noted for its ‘outstanding sector know-how‘ and ‘unique ability to get to the commercial point‘. The team regularly advises technology and media clients on their operational, corporate, M&A, commercial, IP and employment matters, as well as providing advisory services on technical issues to non-TMT clients. Varga brings decades of cross-border transactional and advisory experience to the team, while Várady is a key contact for many of the firm’s most high-profile clients. Andrea Belényi is also a core member of the team.

Practice head(s):

János Tamás Varga; Endre Várady


Other key lawyers:

Andrea Belényi


Testimonials

‘They are one of our most experienced legal partners, their business understanding is outstanding in the market.’

‘János Tamás Varga provides us fast, accurate and comprehensive services and his business understanding is uniqe in the market.’

‘All of the lawyers that we have engaged with in this firm have been very professional and quick to react.’

‘Both quality of service and knowledge are outstanding. They understand the nuances of modern technologies which helps them to provide tailor-made advice. We fully trust them, not only as our lawyers but as our business advisors. They always put the client first, putting our needs ahead of anything else. ’

‘János Tamás Varga is extremely professional, very commercial, and always down-to-earth and fast-moving.’

‘Andrea Belényi is superb in communication with excellent problem-solving skills and the unique ability to get to the commercial point as well.’

‘Endre Várady is the team’s TMT star. He is very committed with excellent problem-solving skills and pragmatic approach. We always rely on his knowledge in TMT related matters.’

‘Exceptional team providing international professional standards and outstanding sector know-how combined with flexibility and personal touch.’

Key clients

Google


Prohumán


4Life Direct


Simplexxy


Work highlights


  • Advising Google on the launch of Pixel in Hungary.

Wolf Theiss Faludi Ügyvédi Iroda

With a combined IP and IT practice, WOLF THEISS FALUDI ÜGYVÉDI IRODA is agile across software and technology patent and licensing issues, as well as being active in the fintech and e-commerce spaces. The team also fields multiple strong litigators, and is consequently well placed to represent clients in contentious TMT matters. János Tóth leads the sizeable multidisciplinary team, with Norbert Bálint, Barnabás Buzási and Marietta Molnár supporting.

Practice head(s):

János Tóth


Other key lawyers:

Norbert Bálint; Barnabás Buzási; Marietta Molnár


Key clients

Tricentis


Türk Telekom


4iG Nyrt.


Courage Music Partners II, L.P.


PlayTech Plc.


AT&T Inc.


Work highlights


  • Advising Tricentis on a software license agreement.
  • Advising 4iG on the acquisition of a majority shareholding in Albtelecom SHA from Calik Holding and Türk Telekom.
  • Advising Courage Music Partners on the establishment of a cross-border acquisition structure through Hungary and on its acquisition of music rights assets from Hayden Bell, Bell Partners, The Kennel, and Firefly Entertainment.

Forgó, Damjanovic & Partners Law Firm

With a client list spanning notable global and local names, the TMT arm of Forgó, Damjanovic & Partners Law Firm offers cross-border transactional advice to multinational corporations on their most complex TMT-related issues. The team also had a strong foothold in the online gambling sector. Viktor Vasi heads up the department with the support of managing partners Zoltán Forgó and Gábor Damjanovic.

Practice head(s):

Viktor Vasi


Other key lawyers:

Zoltán Forgó; Gábor Damjanovic


Key clients

Nielsen Corporation


Novell Hungary


Autovista Hungary


China Telecom


Zomato


Autovista Hungary


CECONOMY/MSH Group


Microgaming


Unipetrol


Novell Hungary


Deanwood TMT I, LP


Semeris


adesso SE


Partos & Noblet in co-operation with Hogan Lovells International LLP

Partos & Noblet in co-operation with Hogan Lovells International LLP is active across all areas of media and telecoms law, including commercial contracts, sale agreements, and regulatory and licensing issues. László Partos heads up the 'great team of knowledgeable lawyers'.

Practice head(s):

László Partos


Testimonials

‘László Partos has a great team of knowledgeable lawyers.’

‘They are customer-focused and quick. We felt in good hands for our very complex project.’

‘They provide outstanding support.’

Key clients

Radio Free Europe (RFE/RL)


AMC Networks CE


TATA Communications


Capture Group


IBM Group


Kyndryl Group


Work highlights


  • Advised on the demerger of the IBM Group and the creation of the Kyndryl Group.
  • Advised the Capture Group on its European expansion via joint ventures.
  • Advising TATA Communications on TMT regulatory matters in Hungary on a continuous basis.

Szecskay Attorneys at Law

Szecskay Attorneys at Law’s 'all-around super helpful' TMT practice focuses on software, digital platforms, and advertising and media law issues, and is noted for its sector-specific expertise in the video games industry. The team is also well placed to represent telecoms clients in regulatory disputes. Anikó Keller and Gusztáv Bacher lead.

Practice head(s):

Anikó Keller; Gusztáv Bacher


Testimonials

‘Excellent team overall, strong across the board and with good capacity for large cases.’

‘Szecskay Attorneys at law is my go-to law firm in Hungary. Their knowledge in the video game sector is hugely important to my clients. I am not aware of another firm in Hungary which can match them in this area.’

‘Anikó Keller has strong knowledge in the video game industry. I value her responsiveness and business-focused approach to her advice.’

‘We can adress sector-specific questions to them with high level of confidence.’

‘Knowledgeable, commercial, highly responsive and just all-around super helpful.’

Key clients

DIGI Hungary (part of the 4iG group)


ID & Trust


Danish Artist Union


Digic Pictures


XO Trademarks LLC


Echosens SA


L’Oréal


Reckitt Benckiser


Kifli.hu


Emporia Style Kft.


Work highlights


  • Representing DIGI Hungary before the Hungarian Competition Authority in connection with cases relating to unfair commercial practices.
  • Advising L’Oréal on advertising compliance matters.