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Siegler Bird & Bird Ügyvédi Iroda
KAPÁS UTCA 6-12
1027 BUDAPEST
Hungary

Hungary > Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 1

Siegler Bird & Bird Ügyvédi Iroda's practice is led by Konrád Siegler, who is one of Hungary’s best-known banking and capital markets lawyers. He has 30 years of experience in this space. The firm's core areas of activity include transactions involving project finance, structured finance and syndicated loans, as well as advice on regulatory issues. Tamás Simon provides support in project finance transactions, as well as in bankruptcy and restructuring mandates.

Practice head(s):

Konrád Siegler

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

K&H Bank and ČSOB Bank

OTP Bank

Széchenyi Tőkealap-kezelő

MVM

Hungarian Export and Import Bank

K&H Bank

CEVA

Revetas Capital

Unicredit Bank

Work highlights

  • Advised K&H Bank and ČSOB Bank, one of the largest commercial banks in Hungary and in the Czech Republic respectively, in connection with the establishment of a payment institution in Hungary.
  • Providing regulatory support to OTP Bank on its contemplated acquisition of Nova KBM, the second largest bank in Slovenia.
  • Counsel to Eximbank (Hungarian Export Import Bank) in connection with a corporate restructuring of Kopaszi Gát Kft., the borrower and the developer of the largest real estate development in Budapest on the banks of Danube.

Hungary > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 1

Siegler Bird & Bird Ügyvédi Iroda's Budapest office maintains a strong track record of involvement in the most standout M&A transactions across the region. Managing partner David Dederick‘s specialism in private equity transactions is complemented by Pál Szabó‘s significant experience of various domestic and cross-border commercial and corporate transactions. Konrád Siegler is highlighted for public company M&A, privatisations and financial institutions M&A. Associate Dária Szabó is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

David Dederick; Pál Szabó

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Magyar Telekom Plc.

OTP Bank Plc.

Iron Mountain

MVM Group

Tresorit Group

General Electric

Danubius Hotels

ConvergenCE

Work highlights

  • Represented Magyar Telekom Plc with respect to the planned sale of T-Systems Hungary Zrt. and its subsidiaries to 4iG Plc., a public company.
  • Advised OTP Bank Plc. in connection with the contemplated acquisition of 100% of the issued and outstanding share capital in Abanka d.d, a Slovenian commercial bank ultimately owned by the Republic of Slovenia, in an auction process.
  • Assisting the MVM Group, a state-owned energy group and one of the largest corporates in Hungary, in connection with the acquisition of two energy companies in Romania; SC CYEB srl and Aqua Energia SA.

Hungary > Intellectual property Tier 1

Siegler Bird & Bird Ügyvédi Iroda is highly regarded for its wide-ranging transactional and contentious IP capabilities. Bálint Halász heads up the practice, which continues to build on its expertise in the biotech, pharmaceutical and telecoms space. It also attracts a steady stream of instructions in the retail and sports arenas, particularly in relation to the protection of trade marks and designs. Halász’s expertise spans all areas of IP, including management of portfolios, licensing, infringement litigation and advice on anti-piracy strategies.

Practice head(s):

Bálint Halász

Work highlights

  • Assisting SPEEDFITNESS Kft. in registration of its key brands as a community trademark and brand management issues.
  • Advising Polyduct Zrt. in a design infringement and a separate design cancellation action.
  • Representing Naturtrade Hungary, a large health-food retailer, in trademark cases, inter alia, an opposition action against the Hungarian unlawful registration of the brand name “Eden Premium” by a former employee; as well as opposition action at the EUIPO regards the EUTMa for their brand and logo.

Hungary > Projects and energy Tier 1

Siegler Bird & Bird Ügyvédi Iroda maintains a strong national presence in energy M&A, wind and solar project refinancings, regulatory advice and licensing matters. Konrád Siegler‘s reputation and financial sector background has contributed to the growth in project financing instructions from major Hungarian banks and utilities companies. Ferenc Mátrai is another key partner, focusing on real estate, retail and infrastructure developments and PPP projects. Senior associates Tamás Simon and Dániel Arányi are also active in project finance mandates.

Practice head(s):

Konrád Siegler

Key clients

Hungarian Export and Import Bank

Montport Capital ApS

Work highlights

  • Advising the Hungarian Export and Import Bank in connection with structuring and documenting complex secured financings for the Kopaszi Gát real estate development on the Danube.
  • Continuing to advise Montport Capital ApS, the holding company and investment vehicle for Adriatic Marinas, and the developer and operator of the Porto Montenegro marina and resort complex, with a contemplated joint venture with Netherland-based Damen Shipyards Group. The joint venture is being formed to acquire Adriatic Shipyard AD Bijela, the holding company of the largest shipyard facility in the Southern Adriatic region, through a privatization process.
  • Representing the Hungarian Export-Import Bank, in connection with its export financing of a greenfield agricultural project in Romania.

Hungary > Data privacy and data protection Tier 2

Siegler Bird & Bird Ügyvédi Iroda's expertise cuts across intellectual property, tech and communications and dispute resolution. Newly appointed partner Bálint Halász is the primary figure for data protection work, and is active in relation to GDPR audits and compliance, data breaches and subject access requests.

Practice head(s):

Bálint Halász

Key clients

National Gaming and Esports Federation

Work highlights

  • Supported the National Gaming and Esports Federation on various regulatory issues, including, regulating data flows inside the federation, internal data protection bylaws, among others.

Hungary > Dispute resolution Tier 2

László Nanyista, who leads the disputes practice at Siegler Bird & Bird Ügyvédi Iroda, has over 20 years of experience in complex bet-the-company corporate, commercial and capital markets lawsuits, as well as cartel cases, squeeze-outs and takeover-related matters. In addition to handling litigation, he is also a skilled international arbitration counsel. Bálint Halász  specialises in IP and TMT-related cases.

Practice head(s):

László Nanyista

Other key lawyers:

Bálint Halász

Work highlights

  • Hungarian defence counsel alongside Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP’s New York office, to the Hungarian Government and MÁV, the Hungarian national railway company (defendants)  in proceedings initiated by certain Holocaust survivors and their heirs seeking restitution of property taken during World War II.

Hungary > Real estate and construction Tier 2

Siegler Bird & Bird Ügyvédi Iroda‘s real estate practice is led by Ferenc Mátrai, together with managing partner David Dederick, who have a wealth of experience advising investors, lenders and developers. Their work covers all phases of commercial developments, PPP projects, built-to-suit leases and other developments across the CEE region. The duo also handle high-value real estate financing mandates, with the support of its wider banking team, as well as zoning and planning, leasing and acquisitions.

Practice head(s):

Ferenc Mátrai

Other key lawyers:

Work highlights

  • Advising various Hungarian governmental bodies on a number of contractual, planning and construction issues in connection with the development of the Puskás Ferenc Stadium; a new campus for the Moholy Nagy Arts University; new campus for the National University of Public Service, and the redevelopment of the Hungexpo Fair Center.
  • Advised ConvergenCE in connection with the sale of the B52 office building in Budapest.
  • Assisting MOL with drafting and negotiation of the design and construction agreements for MOL’s new headquarters, which will be the first high rise building in Budapest.

Hungary > TMT Tier 2

Siegler Bird & Bird Ügyvédi Iroda's Budapest office maintains a strong and historic presence in the region, supported by its vast network and cross-departmental expertise. It advises on a mix of transactional, regulatory and contentious TMT matters. M&A and private equity transactions in the media sector form a significant portion of instructions. The firm is notably active in the growing e-sports and online gaming spheres, where it advises on IP and brand commercialisation through sponsorships and endorsements. Practice head Bálint Halász David Dederick and senior associate Péter Rippel-Szabó are key contacts.

Practice head(s):

Bálint Halász; David Dederick

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Univision Communications Inc. / General (GMG)

Providence Equity (Project Huxley)

National Gaming and Esports Federation

HAVASI Entertainment Zrt.

Telenor Hungary

Nestlé Hungary

Barion Payment

Work highlights

  • Continuing to support Providence Equity, a TMT specialised private equity firm, with the acquisition of music and festival business in Europe through a newly established platform.
  • Advised the National Gaming and Esports Federation, a Hungarian esports federation, on the full set up of its business structure, its regulations and the organisation of tournaments.
  • Advising Havasi Entertainment Zrt., a Hungarian private company engaged in managing, producing and selling recordings by Hungarian classical pianist, Balázs Havasi, in negotiating and entering into a long-term cooperation agreement with the Universal Music Group.

Hungary > Competition Tier 3

Siegler Bird & Bird Ügyvédi Iroda‘s team, which is led by special counsel László Zlatarov, has a strong track record in merger investigations by the Hungarian Competition Office. It also handles merger filings throughout the SEE region. Elsewhere, on the behavioural side, other areas of strength include HCO investigations into cartels, vertical restraints and abuses of dominance. The firm also advises on matters such as exclusivity arrangements and pricing practices, as well as state aid issues.

Practice head(s):

László Zlatarov

Key clients

Heineken Hungaria Breweries Plc

Sió-Eckes (Eckes-Granini Group)

RECASH Kft.

be2 s.á.r.l.

Work highlights

  • Represented Heineken Hungária Zrt. in the investigation of the Hungarian Competition Office against the three largest breweries in Hungary for alleged foreclosure practices on the Hungarian HoReCa beer market.
  • Advising Sió-Eckes on competition law aspects of its day-to-day operations in respect of its commercial contracts and market practice with resellers, and marketing.
  • Represented be2 s.á.r.l. before the Hungarian Competition Office in the investigation into alleged unfair commercial practices in connection with two Hungarian online-dating websites operated by the client (be2.hu and academicsingles.hu).

Hungary > Employment Tier 3

Utilising its wide network of offices, Siegler Bird & Bird Ügyvédi Iroda is noted for its involvement in multijurisdictional M&A and business immigration employment matters. It also advises on benefits and share incentive schemes. Pál Szabó is the main contact for employment law instructions and contentious proceedings.

Practice head(s):

Pál Szabó

Key clients

Univision

Intrexon

Flaga

GE Hungary

Work highlights

  • Advising U.S-based Intrexon Corporation on various employment issue concerning the integration of its Hungarian operations.
  • Advised Tresorit on recruitment of executives and employment contracts.
  • Represented Univision in an asset sale related employment aspects.

The firm: Bird & Bird is an international law firm, with a long-established reputation for having a rare and invaluable grasp of strategic commercial issues. The firm combines exceptional legal expertise with deep industry knowledge and refreshingly creative thinking, to help clients operating at the forefront of their industries to achieve their commercial goals.

Bird & Bird has over 1,200 lawyers and legal practitioners with broad advisory transactional and contentious capability, with a particular focus on key industry sectors. The firm has an extensive international reach with 28 offices in 19 countries across Europe, Asia-Pacific and the Middle East, offering a seamless, cross-border service between locations and sector and practice groups.

Bird & Bird’s Budapest office particularly excels in the areas of intellectual property, technology, communications and media law, corporate and M&A, dispute resolution, employment, competition law, public procurement and data protection, with growing practices in energy and real estate.

The Budapest Bird & Bird office is a fully integrated part of the international Bird & Bird network, co-operating effectively with other Bird & Bird offices, in particular the UK, Germany, the Netherlands, France, Belgium, Spain and Italy, in addition to close co-operation with the other CE offices in Prague, Bratislava and Warsaw.

Areas of practice: Underpinned by deep client and industry knowledge, the firm’s key sectors include:

Automotive: advising on all stages of a life cycle of a motor vehicle, from initial design, to sales and distribution, through to disposals.

Aviation, aerospace, defence and security: advising on asset management and financing, civil aviation matters, including airlines, regulatory and competition issues, and aerospace and defence, including PPP/PFI and product liability.

Energy and utilities: advising large multinationals, investors, project companies and large energy consumers on electricity generation, energy trading, renewable energy, cleantech and climate change, and upstream oil and gas.

Financial services: advising global clients in the financial services sector, such as global retail and investment banks, investors and hedge funds, on transactions, regulatory issues, commercial contracts and dispute resolution.

Food and beverage: advising on a full range of areas, including branding, labelling, health claims, fair trade and patents on novel foods.

Life sciences and healthcare: advising clients in biotechnology, bioinformatics and pharmaceutical companies on licensing and drug development agreements, R&D collaboration, IP acquisitions and joint ventures.

Media and entertainment: advising clients from across the media spectrum on a wide range of issues, including exploitation across all forms of digital media and emerging areas, such as user-generated content exploitation.

Sports: advising clients such as national and international sports governing bodies, event organisers and sponsors on issues including exploitation of commercial rights, brand management, regulatory and disciplinary issues.

Technology and communications: advising international corporations, local businesses, regulators, financiers and public sector entities on the full scope of technology and communications matters, from regulatory and commercial to M&A, intellectual property and disputes, on matters ranging from smaller innovative projects to some of the largest, most complex and ground-breaking transactions and disputes of recent years.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Banking and finance Konrád Siegler
Corporate David Dederick
Corporate Pál Szabó
Commercial David Dederick
Commercial Gábor Helembai
Dispute resolution László Nanyista
Data protection Bálint Halász
Employment Pál Szabó
Employment Zoltán Tarján
Intellectual property Bálint Halász
Technology and communications Bálint Halász
Technology and communications Zoltán Tarján
Media David Dederick
Media Bálint Halász
Competition Konrád Siegler
Competition László Zlatarov
Real estate David Dederick
Real estate Ferenc Mátrai
Projects and energy Konrád Siegler
Projects and energy Dániel Arányi
Number of lawyers : 1,200
at this office : 10
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