Firm Profile > Oppenheim Ugyvedi Iroda > Budapest, Hungary

Oppenheim Ugyvedi Iroda

Competition Tier 1

Oppenheim Ugyvedi Iroda is experienced in handling cartel investigations and state aid matters and is regularly involved in antitrust and merger control cases. It successfully represented international wholesale chain Metro in proceedings before the Hungarian Competition Authority. Team head Gábor Fejes is recommended, as are Zoltán Marosi, who is ‘experienced’, and associate Balázs Csépai.

Dispute resolution Tier 1

Oppenheim Ugyvedi Iroda is regularly engaged in disputes across the construction, financial services, insurance, transport and real estate sectors. The team is particularly noted for its experience in cases involving bankruptcy and liquidation. Strabag and Kite are clients. Team head Tamás Éless , who is an 'outstanding litigator', and senior associate Zsolt Farkas are recommended.

Intellectual property Tier 1

Oppenheim Ugyvedi Iroda recently advised Wizz Air on a trade mark application across nine jurisdictions. The team regularly handles data protection work and has assisted numerous clients with GDPR compliance projects. IP litigation is also a key strength of the team, as is portfolio management. Team head Ivan Bartal and Áron László are recommended.

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 2

The ‘first-rate’ team at Oppenheim Ugyvedi Iroda is noted for its ‘excellent’ M&A practice. The team advised Anheuser-Busch Inbev / SABMiller on the Hungarian issues regarding the sale of its CEE business. József Bulcsú Fenyvesi heads the team. Mihály Barcza and senior associates Ágnes Száz and Gábor Kordoványi are also noted.

Projects and energy Tier 2

Headline work for Oppenheim Ugyvedi Iroda includes advising the Hungarian subsidiary of Innogy on the establishment of a battery storage park in Hungary. The Hungarian Energy and Public Utility Regulatory Authority and E.ON are also key clients. Team head Gergely Légrádi is recommended, as are senior associates Dávid Hanis and Petra Tasi.

Real estate and construction Tier 2

Notable work for the 'flexible' team at Oppenheim Ugyvedi Iroda included advising Lone Star and Hudson Advisors on the sale of a retail park in Hungary and advising IAD Investments on the €15m acquisition of logistics buildings in Dunaharaszti. Department head Márk Pintér , who is 'a very experienced and well-known practitioner', and senior associate Janos Fodor are the key names.

Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 3

At Oppenheim Ugyvedi Iroda, acquisition finance, real estate and project finance mandates are key areas of expertise, as are corporate restructurings and disputes. Péter Horvai-Hillenbrand heads the banking, finance and capital markets practice.

Employment Tier 3

The ‘business-minded’ team at Oppenheim Ugyvedi Iroda regularly advises on the employment aspects of M&A transactions. Managing partner Zsolt Cselédi’s ‘knowledge, attitude and commitment are truly exceptional’.

The firm: With its numerous international connections, Oppenheim has long played a leading role in the area’s legal market. Since Hungary’s political transition Oppenheim has focused on domestic and international commercial law. The firm first became affiliated with Vienna-based Austrian law firm Heller Löber Bahn in 1989. In testament to the reliability and high quality of its legal services together with the expertise of its legal team, leading German law firm Bruckhaus Westrick Heller Löber partnered with Oppenheim in 1989. This partnership facilitated the increased provision of multi-jurisdictional legal support to clients at a time of rapid globalisation in the legal services market. Many Oppenheim lawyers with the firm today have been with it since this time, or were then at the outset of their careers and have attained their professional knowledge within the firm. The subsequent merger between the law firms Freshfields, Deringer Tessin Herrmann & Sedemund, and Bruckhaus Westrick Heller Löber in 2000, under the name Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, was an important milestone for Oppenheim, both professionally and culturally.

Being a member of an extensive multi-jurisdictional network required Oppenheim to meet exacting international standards. It was then, and is now, a basic tenet for Oppenheim that all lawyers working at the firm should acquire a broad depth of international experience and qualifications while also expanding the firm’s presence in foreign markets. The theoretical and practical knowledge gained by its lawyers in the international arena over the years has radically enhanced the skills and experience of the firm’s outstanding team of professionals.

A sharp focus on professionalism coupled with a depth of social responsibility bonds the firm’s team of lawyers together and strengthens internal cohesion. The team consists of many outstanding individuals from diverse backgrounds who work harmoniously and effectively together, and share the same values and principles.

By the end of 2005, the shortcomings of the business models employed by large international law firms were becoming apparent and a need for increased flexibility and a new form of business organisation through which to provide sustainable high-quality legal services in the domestic market was emerging. After a year’s preparation, a newly independent commercial law firm was launched on 1 November 2007, under the original Oppenheim name and retaining all lawyers.

Since 2007, the firm has grown in leaps and bounds and as well as setting up shop in Vienna Oppenheim is currently the second biggest firm on the Hungarian market both in terms of the number of fee-earners as well as revenues. Oppenheim has also racked up an impressive amount of awards and other accolades in the process, recently chosen ‘National Law Firm of the Year’ in Hungary by Chambers and Partners, regularly ranked among the best in all important areas of commercial law by The Legal 500, and with most of the firm’s partners being recognised as leading in their areas on the Hungarian legal market. The firm has also strengthened its international ties and is currently the exclusive Hungarian member of leading international networks First Law International and Lexwork.

Areas of practice: Oppenheim currently consists of 40 plus lawyers and legal experts who provide advice on all areas of Hungarian and Austrian business law including general corporate affairs, mergers and acquisitions, finance, competition law, antitrust law, real estate law, public procurement law, environmental, planning and regulatory law, and IP/IT, and has a renowned contentious practice with experience in matters before state courts and national and international arbitration courts.

The attorneys of Oppenheim provide their legal expertise through a combination of specialised practice groups and sector experience including corporate (labour law, real estate projects and IP/IT), dispute resolution (also arbitration and contentious IP), finance, antitrust, competition and trade (including competition and consumer protection related litigation), public procurement, regulatory and energy, and real estate practice groups, and sectors such as capital markets, banking, construction, energy, utilities, automotive, healthcare, media, IP/IT and the services industry.

Department Name Email Telephone
Banking and finance Peter Horvai
Capital markets Mihaly Barcza
Competition/antitrust Gabor Fejes
Construction Zoltan Mucsanyi
Corporate/M&A Jozsef Fenyvesi
Dispute resolution Tamás Éless
Energy and natural resources Gergely Légrádi
Environment Ulrike Rein
IP/IT, data protection Ivan Bartal
Trade marks and designs Aron Laszlo
Labour and employee benefits Zsolt Cseledi
Life sciences Ulrike Rein
Projects and project finance Zoltan Mucsanyi
Real estate Mark Pinter
Restructuring and insolvency Tibor Kiss
Photo Name Position Profile
Dr Tamás Éless  photo Dr Tamás Éless
Dr Mihály Barcza  photo Dr Mihály Barcza
Dr Iván Bartal  photo Dr Iván Bartal
Dr Zsolt Cselédi  photo Dr Zsolt Cselédi
Dr Gábor Fejes  photo Dr Gábor Fejes
Dr József Bulcsú Fenyvesi  photo Dr József Bulcsú Fenyvesi
Dr Péter Horvai-Hillenbrand  photo Dr Péter Horvai-Hillenbrand
Dr Tibor Kiss M.  photo Dr Tibor Kiss M.
Dr Gergely Légrádi  photo Dr Gergely Légrádi
Dr Aron Laszlo  photo Dr Aron Laszlo
Dr Zoltán Mucsányi  photo Dr Zoltán Mucsányi
Dr Klára Oppenheim  photo Dr Klára Oppenheim
Dr Márk Pintér  photo Dr Márk Pintér
Dr Ulrike Rein  photo Dr Ulrike Rein
Dr Attila Terényi  photo Dr Attila Terényi
Dr Marosi Zoltán  photo Dr Marosi Zoltán
Number of lawyers : 53
First Law International
Other office : Vienna