Hungary

Benchmark Litigation Reviews

Dispute resolution
Bird & Bird

The dispute resolution team at Bird & Bird focuses on developing and implementing domestic and multi-jurisdictional dispute resolution strategies. The team also has experience in drafting and negotiating settlements under various circumstances.

Last year the Budapest office of the firm combined with the Budapest team of Weil Gotshal & Manges. This has allowed the firm to assist clients in a wider range of practices and sectoral expertise.

László Nanyista is the head of the dispute resolution department specialising in complex commercial litigation, securities litigation, international arbitration and litigation. Bálint Halász is another key partner in the department specialising in intellectual property related disputes. Konrád Siegler supervises Weil’s Budapest dispute resolution team.

Case highlights for the firm include representing MOL in its dispute with the Government of Croatia. Another case highlight for the firm is representing the Hungarian Government and MÁV as defendants in proceedings that were initiated by Holocaust survivors and their heirs seeking recovery of property that was taken during World War 2.

Bittera Kohlrusz & Toth

Bittera Kohlrusz & Toth practices in international arbitration and cross border litigation and arbitration. Milán Kohlrusz is the head of the dispute resolution division at the firm.

Case highlights for the firm include representing Budapest Airport against Air Berlin in a dispute regarding airport traffic charges. The firm represented Budapest Airport in another case this time relating to airport usage fees against Alitalia. Both of these cases were led by Csaba Bittera who has been a long-time legal adviser to Budapest Airport. During the research period the firm are claiming the termination of an intellectual property agreement regarding patents in the oil industry for their client Boyle Business Development Enterprises.

During the research period Milán Kohlrusz joined the firm as a partner from Dentons.

Client feedback

“Highly professional and helpful, has a deep knowledge of the country's law and litigation system.”

“Really pleased - they're a thorough, winning team. Milan's in charge and is always reassuring and one step ahead. We've worked together for years (even before they formed this firm) and he's very dependable; a consummate professional who takes a creative approach to his work.”

“BKT's cross-border capabilities is a truly winning strength. Csaba's proficiency & background with the airport combined with Milan's expertise in disputes means we get an incredible standard of work and commitment. It's great they're still growing too-we can involve more lawyers if and when necessary.”

Csaba Bittera

“Highly professional, responsive, client focused.”

Milan Kohlrusz

“Highly professional, has very good litigation knowledge, innovative”

“Milan's career history and present both speak volumes. We've worked together for years and he's worthy of every accolade.”

“He's been a valuable asset to us ever since he completely turned around a key case that we were on the verge of losing a few years ago. Milan is a bright spark with magic touch!”

Dentons

The dispute resolution team at Dentons in Hungary has experience in managing complex cross-border disputes, representing corporate clients and appearing before labour courts in relation to employment disputes. István Réczicza is the head of the firm’s practice. Lilla Király is another key name in the firm primarily focusing on civil procedure cases which includes alternative dispute resolution and court proceedings.

During the research period the firm advised ENGIE in their investment protection claim. The claim aimed to reduce the negative effects of government measures that had been recently introduced. These measures were harmful tariff regulations which affected the subsidiary of the client.

During the research period Milán Kohlrusz left the firm to join Bittera Kohlrusz & Tóth in May 2018.

Eversheds Sutherland

Sándor Szegedi Szent-Ivány Komáromi Eversheds Sutherland practice a range of litigation and arbitration services which includes disputes that are related to construction projects, breach of contract, labour law and law of torts.

Ágnes Szent-Ivány is the managing partner at the firm. Another key partner is Péter Sándor who led a large number of the cases during the research period.

Case highlights for the firm during the research period include representing Toyota Hungary in a case against their contractual partner Waberer’s. The client delivered forklifts to Waberer’s with clamps that had been ordered under the instruction of Waberer’s. The clamps failed to match their purpose leading to Waberer’s setting off damage claims against Toyota. The firm also represented Turkish airlines in a legal dispute that was initiated by passengers claiming for compensation from the client. During the research period the firm represented a private client in a dispute regarding the reclassification of the repayment of the owner’s loans by the tax authority which was challenged by the client.

Gárdos Mosonyi Tomori Law Office

Gárdos Mosonyi Tomori Law Office practices in financial markets which includes banking, capital markets and insurance issues. Péter Gárdos and Erika Tomori are the heads of the dispute resolution department.

Case highlights for the firm during the research period include representing DDSG Mahart in a case regarding legal interpretation of the deadfreight clause. The firm also represented the Municipality of Zsámbék in a case against the National Ambulance Service who had been using the facility of the Municipality to operate an ambulance station, but they had not paid for the utility cost since 2006. Another case highlight for the firm was assisting K&H Biztosító Zrt in a lawsuit that had been initiated by a logistics company.

Rátky and Partners

The dispute resolution practice at Rátky and Partners covers all aspects of civil procedures, the practice also has experience in domestic and international arbitration and matters that are related to the European Union.

Case highlights for the firm include representing a client in a lawsuit against an investment company. They also represented another client as a plaintiff in a lawsuit against an insurance company regarding the payment of the costs of repair under an insurance contract where the insurer refused to perform reimbursement to the client. The firm represented MAVIR as a claimant against an electricity distribution systems operator.

Wolf Theiss

The litigation and dispute resolution practice at Wolf Theiss Faludi Erős Ügyvédi Iroda represents domestic and international clients in matters before courts and public administration bodies. Zoltán Faludi is the managing partner of the disputes practice. 

The firm’s casework remains highly confidential.