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Szecskay Attorneys at Law

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Managing Partner: Dr András Szecskay
Number of partners worldwide: 16
Number of other lawyers worldwide: 14
Languages: English, French, German, Danish and Hungarian

Firm Overview:
Szecskay Attorneys at Law is a progressive business law firm, founded in 1992 by Dr András Szecskay. The firm provides innovative solutions to a diverse multinational client base, typically large and medium-sized businesses from all areas of industry, trade, and services. The firm offers a wealth of knowledge and experience to its clients and is comprised of proactive attorneys who are committed to achieving results. Szecskay Attorneys at Law is an independent firm which has formed and strengthened ties during the past 20 years with other independent firms prominent in their jurisdictions and with global law firms who do not have offices in Hungary.

Main Areas of Practice:
Banking & Capital Markets, Commercial & Civil
Competition & Antitrust
Consumer Protection & Advertising
Corporate & M&A
TMT Data Protection & Regulatory
Compliance
Employment, Energy & Environment
IP & Innovation
Life Sciences
Litigation & Arbitration
Private Client/Wealth Management
Public Procurement
Real Estate
Tax

Corporate & M&A:
The firm provides advice on domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions of private and public companies (equity or asset), from pre-transaction planning through due-diligence, drafting of documentation and post-closing. Its mandate often includes the preparation of applications to merger-control and supervisory authorities. It has drafted various takeover defence mechanisms, including special charter and by-law provisions.
Key Clients: Zwack Unicum, Gedeon Richter, Reckitt Benckiser, Auchan Hypermarket Group
Contact: Dr Orsolya Görgényi
Email: [email protected]

Banking & Capital Markets:
Experience in this field includes advising on general finance and capital markets transactions and giving regulatory advice to banks and investment firms. In transactional matters they conduct due diligence procedures, assist in the structuring, drafting and negotiating of finance documents and in the perfection of various security interests. The firm’s regulatory expertise has been utilised for establishing foreign financial institutions in Hungary, including the securing of foundation and operational licenses. It regularly advises international corporations with a Hungarian presence on local banking regulations regarding factoring activities, intra-group central cash management (cash-pooling) and intra-group lending.
Key Clients: Gránit Bank, EBRD, PPF Group, BIF
Contact: Dr Judit Budai (Capital Markets)/ Dr Katalin Szecskay (Transactional and Restructuring)
Email: [email protected], [email protected]

Competition & Antitrust:
The firm has significant experience in competition and antitrust law matters and merger control procedures, in terms of both advising and representing clients before the Hungarian competition authority. The firm is recognised for its expertise and practice in competition and antitrust law, primarily with respect to FMCG, medical devices, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, energy, alcohol and the automotive industry. One of the firm’s key strengths is advising clients on how to put in place compliance and risk-management procedures in order to minimise exposure while maximising commercial flexibility for the client’s business.
Key Clients: L’Oreal, Philips, Reckitt Benckiser, DIGI
Contact: Dr Anikó Keller
Email: [email protected]

Real Estate:
The real estate development and management practice advises on complex real estate acquisitions and development ventures, including green-field investments. Recent assignments range from performing the necessary due diligence prior to acquisitions to reviewing the title, chain of ownership and the zoning and environmental status of the property in question. The firm also prepares purchase and sale agreements, architectural designs and contractors’— as well as standard lease — agreements.
Key Clients: Auchan Hypermarket Group, E.ON, BIF
Contact: Dr Patrick Tausz
Email: [email protected]

Litigation & Arbitration:
The firm represents its clients in all types of court proceedings and particularly in commercial, civil, administrative, labour and IP cases. It has a rapidly growing practice in cartel damages actions. The firm is well-known for its arbitration expertise - it regularly acts in ICC and UNCITRAL ad hoc arbitrations, as well as in local arbitration proceedings. Its attorneys are frequently appointed to act as arbitrators in domestic and international matters. The firm is one of the key players in Hungary when it comes to investment arbitration matters and ICSID proceedings.
Key Clients: Richter Gedeon, DAF Trucks, Sodexo SA
Contact: Dr Miklós Boronkay
Email: [email protected]

Intellectual Property & Innovation:
The firm frequently represents clients in trademark and patent infringement litigation and advises them on creating and maintaining IP portfolios. It also provides assistance with R&D and licensing agreements, in particular in connection with inventions, know-how, software and database protection and the remuneration of employees. The firm has long assisted clients on copyright matters relating to literary and musical works.
Key Clients: Zwack Unicum, Richter Gedeon, Budapest Festival Orchestra
Contact: Dr Gusztáv Bacher
Email: [email protected]

Employment:
The firm focuses on advising clients on TUPE laws in connection with cross border M&A transactions and corporate restructurings, outsourcings etc., preparing executive and general labour agreements, preparing collective bargaining agreements, organisational and operational rules, preparing and implementing employee share option schemes etc., advising employers regarding anti-discriminatory hiring policies, supporting employers on employment- related data protection issues and advising employers in connection with planned labour force reduction programmes.
Key Clients: Flextronics, Swiss Post, Valeo, Reckitt Benckiser
Contact: Dr Hédi Bozsonyik
Email: [email protected]

TMT/Data Protection & Regulatory Compliance:
The firm advises a vast array of market players within media & telecoms and regularly represents such clients before TMT regulators. In addition, the firm provides businesses in all industries with operational advice in areas of data protection (including matters related to GDPR preparation and management), advertising law, unfair commercial practices (UCP) and consumer protection. Areas of particular experience include UCP and conducting reviews of advertising campaigns. The firm represents clients in disputes and negotiations before all national regulators.
Key Clients: Kapsch Carriercom, Éremkibocsátó, UPC, Telenor
Contact: Dr Zoltán Balázs Kovács (Data Protection)/ Anikó Keller (TMT/Regulatory Compliance)
Email: [email protected]/[email protected] szecskay.com

Tax:
The firm is increasingly recognised as a significant player in providing tax law services with regards to business-related tax law consultancy. Their focus is on tax and customs litigation matters. Tax structuring advice is intended to support the firm’s M&A, private client/wealth management, real estate and banking and finance practices, as well as to help clients receive as much integrated advice from one source as possible.
Key Clients: Goldman Sachs, UPC, Sodexo, BIF
Contact: Dr Róbert Dezső
Email: [email protected]