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Managing Partners: Dr. Péter Lakatos LL.M.
Number of partners: 9
Number of lawyers: 46
Languages: English, German, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Russian

Firm Overview:
Lakatos, Köves and Partners (LKT) is a full service commercial law firm based in Budapest, Hungary. It has a predominantly international client base, offering cutting-edge know-how and matching innovative legal solutions to business needs. The firm has been independent since 2009 having been Clifford Chance’s office in Budapest from 1993 to 2009. LKT’s market standing is reflected in top tier rankings in many areas including corporate/M&A, banking and finance, real estate, dispute resolution, TMT and tax. The firm frequently works with leading law firms from around the world, in relation to their Hungarian activities and issues.

Main Areas of Practice:
Banking & Finance
Capital Markets
Consumer Protection
Dispute Resolution
Real Estate
Tax Advisory


The firm advises on the full range of M&A transactions. Representing foreign investors both in relation to Hungary specific transactions and also regional or global transactions, on which the firm assists in relation to the Hungarian aspects of such deals.
Key Clients: Vodafone, Invitel, EdF, EPH, Citibank, Triton, Karlovarské Mineral Water

The firm advises many corporates, in particular the subsidiaries of international companies on the full range of issues facing them in their operations in Hungary, ranging from general corporate establishment and maintenance through their compliance with all local regulatory requirements (e.g. sectoral regulation, competition law) and also issues arising from e.g. FCPA, UK Bribery Act.
Key Clients: Mastercard, Mars, Colas, Facebook, Konica Minolta, Bayer, Altria, Panasonic, Sanshin, Lindab, Energizer
Contact: Richard Lock
Tel: +36 20 921 5035
Email: [email protected]

Banking & Finance:
■Advises on acquisition, project and corporate financing both on the lender and the borrower side
■Advising on NPL, restructuring and insolvency transactions
■Regularly advises market participants on Financial services regulatory issues
Key Clients: China Investment Corporation, UniCredit Bank, Deutsche Bank, Citibank, Nordea Bank, Commerzbank, VTB Bank, Keybank, Sberbank, EBRD, Raiffeisen Bank, Indotek, Carval, UniCredit Bank, Alipay, Shell, Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Mastercard
Contact: John Fenemore
Tel: +36 20 921 5034
Email: [email protected]

Capital Markets:
■Advising Mid Europa Partners in relation to the IPO of Waberer’s International Nyrt. on all aspects of Hungarian law throughout the IPO process — winner of ‘Deal of the Year 2017’ at CEE legal matters
■Regularly the local advisor on sovereign bond issuances in Hungary and on regulating issues
■Advises on securitisation transactions
■Advising on financial services and regulatory issues including securities litigation
Key Clients: Deutsche Bank, BNP Paribas, Citigroup, JP Morgan, UniCredit, Eximbank, Bank of America, Credit Agricole, Bank of America/Merrill Lynch, Societe Generale, Credit Suisse
Contact: Szabolcs Mestyán
Tel: +36 20 336 4497
Email: [email protected]

Advises on merger filings, competition/anti-trust issues and representation during investigations by the Hungarian Competition Office and court litigation procedures. LKT advises in cartel proceedings, abuse of dominant position and unfair competition matters.
Key Clients: Mid Europa/Waberer’s, Citibank, GE, Mars, Colas
Contact: Ivan Solyom
Tel: +36 20 344 8089
Email: [email protected]

Consumer Protection:
LKT’s practice advises on: fair business practices, contract terms, advertising, compliance of guarantee and warranty documentation; adequate consumer information practices, consumer complaint settlement procedures, product safety and liability matters and dispute-settlement mechanisms.
Contact: Péter Lakatos
Tel: +36 20 952 8799
Email: [email protected]

LKT advises the full spectrum of aviation matters including aircraft finance, securitisation of aircraft lease receivables, aviation regulatory, financial and operating leases, sale and leaseback transactions, pooling of engines, security interests (mortgage over aircraft and engines, assignments, options etc.), insurance and reinsurance liability, litigation and dispute resolution with strong trial capability, repossession of aircraft, tax issues.
Key Clients: AerCap, GE Aviation, Aviation Capital Group, Avolon, Jackson Square Aviation, JP Lease Products and Services Ltd., Accipiter, SMBC Aviation Capital, Airwork Holdings Ltd., FPG Amentum
Contact: Szabolcs Mestyán
Tel: +36 20 336 4497
Email: [email protected]

Real Estate:
■Acquisition and structuring
■Construction and development
■Asset and property management
Key Clients: GLL, Átrium Properties, Morgan Stanley Real Estate Fund, Stonehill Group, Mattoni Group, Carepark, DVM, Horizon Development, Al Habtoor Group, Indotek, Europa Capital, CBRE Global Investors, CPI, Unicredit Bank, Prologis, Standard Life Bank, Alipay, Shell, Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Mastercard Contact: Altila Ungar
Tel: +36 20 9725 878
Email: [email protected]

Dispute Resolution:
■International arbitration before the ECHR, ECJ, ICSID
■Litigation at ordinary courts (employment, administrative, IP, commercial, consumer protection, bankruptcy proceedings, damages, disclosure and confidential treatment related litigation etc.)
■Arbitration, mediation and assisting at regulatory investigations
Key Clients: Mars, GLL, Emplain Chaker, Energizer, Lindab, Waberer, Shannon West, Marzek Kner, Bayerische Landesbank, Waberer’s, W&Cie SA, Public Budapest Power Plant, Nokia, LG,
Contact: Péter Lakatos
Tel: +36 20 952 8799
Email: [email protected]

■Advising on optimal labour structures, drafting executive and standard employment contracts, advising on staff re-structuring, redundancy matters and ordinary and extraordinary dismissals
■Assistance on internal organisational regulations, negotiation with trade unions, advising on all aspects of executive and employee share schemes, advising on transfer of undertakings issues
■Employment law litigation
Contact:Éva Bognár
Tel: +36 20 318 6923
Email: [email protected]

■Advising in brand protection, trade mark filings, renewals and due diligence
■IP litigation and disputes
■Tech related matters
■GDPR and data protection including full GDPR audits
Contact: Iván Sólyom
Tel: +36 20 344 8089
Email: [email protected]

Tax Advisory:
LKT advises on tax implications and planning aspects of corporate restructuring, M&A, cross-border transactions including intra-group management and technical services agreements, cost contribution agreements, sales, marketing and distribution agreements and associated transfer pricing issues, financial transactions, real estate transactions, employment benefit schemes, private investment products, assisting clients in tax authority audits and litigation.
Contact: Balázs Kántor
Tel: +36 20 952 8799
Email: [email protected]

■Advising on all aspects of telecommunication law, internet and e-commerce (i.e. data protection, M&A, corporate, competition and regulatory)
Key Clients: Vodafone, Invitel, Eutelsat, T-Systems, Huawei, Samsung, Mid Europa Partners, LG, Net-Connect
Contact: Péter Lakatos
Tel: +36 20 952 8799
Email: [email protected]


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