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Competition authorities have increasingly far-reaching powers to investigate mergers, markets, sectors, cartels, market conduct and commercial arrangements. You face an ever-increasing risk of regulatory intervention, significant penalties, damages litigation and criminal liability.

Our dedicated competition and regulatory experts in CEE, including former regulators, can advise you on the entire range of contentious and non-contentious competition law issues. We regularly advise clients on competition matters across multiple jurisdictions in CEE, working closely together, to deliver consistent and joined-up advice. We have a successful track record in representing clients before national authorities and courts, as well as the European Commission and courts.

Extremely thorough [and] deeply experienced in the field of competition.
Chambers Europe, 2019

The CMS Competition Group is one of the largest teams in the market and works closely with the CMS EU Law Office in Brussels. We support clients on all their competition law needs: cartels, horizontal and vertical restraints, abuse of dominance, merger control, state aid, investigations and compliance, regulatory appeals, criminal liability, damages litigation, public procurement and consumer protection. Being compliant and implementing effective risk mitigation strategies is key.

Our large team of competition lawyers has extensive experience in helping navigate these challenges so that you can focus on your business. We have in-depth knowledge of competition rules across different countries and markets and use our sector approach to help us understand your business environment and get to grips with your issues.

The Competition Team in Hungary is considered to be among the best practices in the country and in CEE with a stable, sector-focused team of specialists including former in-house lawyers and a former counsel of the Hungarian Competition Office. The team has achieved outstanding results in the past years in significant antitrust, abuse of dominance, merger control, misleading consumer cases and state aid matters.

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High­lights of ex­per­i­ence in Com­pet­i­tion in Hun­gary
Ma­jor Hun­gari­an bank in the ju­di­cial re­view pro­ced­ure of the Hun­gari­an Com­pet­i­tion Of­fice’s in­fringe­ment de­cision re­lat­ing to the mul­ti­lat­er­al in­ter­change fees, where fol­low­ing the second in­stance court’s...

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19 January 2021
New GDPR strategy to tackle new tech­no­logy, data se­cur­ity, in­ter­na­tion­al...
The European Data Pro­tec­tion Board (EDPB) pub­lished its GDPR Strategy 2021-2023 on 5 Janu­ary 2021, set­ting out four main pil­lars and key ac­tions, which in­clude: Pil­lar 1: Ad­van­cing har­mon­isa­tion and...
09 April 2021
Com­pet­i­tion law in prac­tice
Dur­ing this we­bin­ar we will dis­cuss top­ics in­clud­ing why it is im­port­ant to pay at­ten­tion to com­pet­i­tion law, com­pet­i­tion danger zones in a nut­shell, and pre­par­ing for on-site in­spec­tions Re­gis­tra­tion...
13 January 2021
European Gen­er­al Court con­firms that re­course to CAS ar­bit­ra­tion un­der...
In its judg­ment of 16 Decem­ber 2020, the European Gen­er­al Court de­cides that the European Com­mis­sion was not en­titled to con­sider that the ar­bit­ra­tion rules of the In­ter­na­tion­al Skat­ing Uni­on (ISU), which...
18 December 2020
Hun­gari­an com­pet­i­tion au­thor­ity launches new in­quiry in­to on­line re­tail
On 16 Decem­ber 2020, the Hun­gari­an Com­pet­i­tion Au­thor­ity (HCA) an­nounced the launch of a mar­ket ana­lys­is to ex­plore how the “data as­sets” of on­line re­tail­ers are cre­ated and the ef­fects of data col­lec­tion...
17 December 2020
European green light for sup­port meas­ures in fa­vour of Bornholm air­port
On 27 Novem­ber 2020, the European Com­mis­sion au­thor­ised the ex­ten­sion un­til 2023 of the pub­lic ser­vice com­pens­a­tion of EUR 3.5 mil­lion per year for Bornholm Air­port in Den­mark fol­low­ing an of­fi­cial no­ti­fic­a­tion...
15 December 2020
Five years after Hua­wei ZTE FRAND li­cens­ing ob­lig­a­tions again be­fore the...
On 26 Novem­ber 2020, the Düs­sel­dorf Re­gion­al Court an­nounced that it would sus­pend a pat­ent in­fringe­ment pro­ceed­ing and refer key ques­tions on com­puls­ory li­cens­ing of stand­ard es­sen­tial pat­ents (SEP)...
10 November 2020
Hun­gary: an ex­ten­sion to for­eign in­vest­ment con­trol
The Hun­gari­an par­lia­ment has in­tro­duced an ex­ten­sion to the tem­por­ary re­gime on for­eign in­vest­ment con­trol, and as a res­ult the screen­ing for for­eign in­vest­ments un­der Act LVIII of 2020 on the tem­por­ary...
05 November 2020
European Com­mis­sion in­vest­ig­ates pos­sible pred­at­ory pri­cing by České Dráhy,...
On Oc­to­ber 30, 2020, the European Com­mis­sion sent a State­ment of Ob­jec­tions to České Dráhy, the Czech rail op­er­at­or, re­gard­ing pos­sible pred­at­ory pri­cing. At this stage of the in­vest­ig­a­tion, the Com­mis­sion...
23 October 2020
The EU FDI Reg­u­la­tion be­comes fully ap­plic­able
The EU FDI Reg­u­la­tion, which came in­to force in April 2019, in­tro­duces a frame­work for screen­ing FDI in­to the EU. It is not a sep­ar­ate new screen­ing tool at EU level, but a frame­work for co­oper­a­tion and...
14 October 2020
Anti-trust pres­sure grows on banks in­volved in syn­dic­ated lend­ing in CEE
Com­pet­i­tion au­thor­it­ies in CEE are tak­ing a keen­er in­terest in banks that provide syn­dic­ated lend­ing fol­low­ing a European Com­mis­sion re­port last year in­to loan syn­dic­a­tion and its im­pact on com­pet­i­tion...
17 September 2020
EU Com­mis­sion launches in­quiry in­to IoT sec­tor, dawn raids ex­pec­ted
On 16 Ju­ly 2020, the European Com­mis­sion launched an an­ti­trust in­quiry in­to the In­ter­net of Things (IoT) sec­tor, look­ing at con­sumer-ori­ented products and ser­vices with a spe­cial fo­cus on wear­able devices...
15 September 2020
European Com­mis­sion pub­lishes Staff Work­ing Doc­u­ment on Ver­tic­al Block...
The Staff Work­ing Doc­u­ment (SWD 2020 173 fi­nal) is the next step on the road to an up­dated VBER and cor­res­pond­ing guidelines. With the cur­rent VBER due to ex­pire on 31 May 2022, the Staff Work­ing Doc­u­ment...