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Mr István Réczicza
Litigation and Dispute Resolution, TMT, IP and Energy
István Réczicza is a partner in Dentons’ global Litigation and Dispute Resolution group and he is also the Hungary Managing Partner.
He focuses on the areas of telecommunications, energy, mergers and acquisitions (M&A), and intellectual property regulation, particularly as these relate to transactions involving foreign investment. In the course of representing clients in these fields, István has become one of Hungary’s leading figures in the analysis of industry regulation and the drafting of proposed amendments in connection with such legislation.
István has a significant track record advising on litigation and domestic and international arbitration matters, as well as white collar matters. Over the years he has represented numerous clients before the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), including recently the Republic of Hungary in a significant victory following an arbitration tribunal’s rejection of all claims brought by the plaintiff. He also represented a client in the first ever case brought before the Hungarian Energy Arbitration Court. Furthermore István has significant white collar experience, having conducted several internal corporate investigations.
Widely recognized as a leading M&A lawyer, István has advised on a number of landmark transactions. For example, he advised a UK leading airport operator in the US$2.2 billion privatization of a Central European airport operator, in relation to the acquisition of the said airport operator by a Spanish construction group, and a newly formed entity in its sale of the airport operator’s majority stake in the above mentioned Central European airport operator to a leading German construction company for €1.9 billion. István also advised the airport operator on the restructuring of approximately €1.6 billion of its debt.
One of Hungary’s leading figures in the field of TMT regulation, István has advised the government and state agencies on issues including the revision of national communications and media legislation, and has also helped to prepare Hungary’s implementation of EU directives on electronic communications.
Member, Budapest Bar Association, 1991
Eötvös Loránd University, 1988, JD
Leveraging its international footprint, Dentons is frequently the go-to counsel for high-value merger clearances; in one highlight, it acted for Mediq Kft on the second phase merger investigation by the GVH into its merger with competitor Replant 4 Care. Elsewhere, the team acts for clients in cartel investigations, abuse of dominance cases and compliance audits, it also advises on state aid matters. Counsels Tihamér Tóth and Tünde Gönczöl co-head the group, which includes István Réczicza, who leads on contentious competition matters. Senior associate Áron Károlyi-Szabó advises on EU competition, state aid and competition law matters that overlap with data protection.
Dentons‘ team maintains a busy practice in solar power park and nuclear power developments. It also has a good national reputation assisting both borrowers and lenders with project finance matters. Elsewhere, the firm advises on tenders under the METÁR system, the operational system used to facilitate renewables-based electricity generation. Gergely Horváth‘s specialism in banking and project finance is complemented by the experience of Anita Horváth and István Réczicza in energy M&A. Other key figures include Eszter Zádori and counsel Emőke Kovács.
As part of a pan-European dispute resolution practice, Dentons‘ team is well-placed to handle complex cross-border litigation and coordinate CEE-wide cases across a broad range of disciplines. The firm demonstrates strong expertise in international arbitration and claims arising under the Energy Charter Treaty and in relation to bilateral investment treaties. As one of Hungary’s leading litigators, István Réczicza is sought after by private, state-owned companies and sovereigns in a variety of administrative, court and arbitral disputes.
Dentons attracts mandates from international TV broadcasters, social media companies, film production companies, private equity clients and well-known Hungarian media and telecoms players. It is also a regular adviser to film and TV production studios. The team is sought after for advice on asset acquisitions, telecoms and media regulation, licensing, copyright, broadcasting and contentious matters. Managing partner and practice head István Réczicza is ‘instrumental in maintaining a top TMT practice group’. Counsel Tímea Bana‘s practice spans the full range of TMT, privacy and data protection and IP issues.
Dentons‘ Budapest team assists clients with the exploitation and enforcement of copyright, trade marks and designs, as well as commercial and regulatory matters, including IP transfers, data protection and data privacy. István Réczicza is the main partner for IP work. In addition, he is also recommended for assistance with drafting film licence agreements, as well as software development and license contracts. Counsel Tímea Bana and senior associate Tibor Kancsár are other members of the practice.
Dentons assists Hungarian and multinational clients with privacy and data protection, e-commerce, drafting data access agreements and other relevant documentation, as well as the development, maintenance and protection of database assets. The team is well known for its expertise in matters concerning telecoms and media, pharma, consumer goods, the public sector and non-profit organisations. Managing partner István Réczicza is the lead lawyer, and is supported by senior associates Tímea Bana and Tibor Kancsár.
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