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Gabriella Ormai

Partner
Head of Commercial, Head of Employment

CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP Magyarországi Fióktelepe
YBL Palace
Károlyi utca 12
1053 Budapest
Hungary
Languages Hungarian, English, German, Italian, French
Commercial

Gabriella Ormai is former managing partner (1999-2018) and now Partner at the Budapest office of CMS, co-heading the Commercial practice in Hungary. Her main areas of expertise include: commercial, employment, tax, insurance, litigation and corporate law.

She has extensive knowledge of Hungarian corporate and commercial law and has worked on several major transactions that have restructured the Hungarian economy over the last thirty years.

As a recognised lawyer and multilingual excellent businesswoman, Gabriella is arbitrator at the Permanent Arbitration Court attached to the Hungarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Moreover, she is strongly dedicated to corporate social responsibility and lends her professional skills extensively to several charities, she is chair of the board of the Red Nose Clown Doctor Foundation, as well as a member of the board of directors of the Seedling Trust. She was previously a board member of the BCCH for ten years.

Gabriella is recommended by Legal 500 in Employment as well as by Chambers & Partners in Corporate/M&A.

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Gabriella Ormai is highly praised by peers for her "great legal knowledge" deriving from her vast experience in the market.

Chambers 2018

"Gabriella Ormai is an imposing presence on the Hungarian corporate and commercial legal scene"

Chambers

"She was continuously participating in and supervising the developments, and provided insight on local specific issues that we were not aware of."

Client

Relevant experience

  • Partner in Pet Food on a wide range of their operations in Hungary, including commercial, employment and corporate issues.
  • Samsung Electronics on all commercial issues, including general commercial matters, competition, employment, regulatory and public procurement issues for more than 29 years.
  • British American Tobacco on general commercial issues and the review of GTCs and supply agreements.
  • Marriott Hotels on a regular basis regarding various general commercial law issues, including contracts and employment law.
  • A multinational computer, technology and IT consulting corporation on region wide commercial, employment related issues on a daily basis.
  • A leading American based biotech company on a wide range of corporate, commercial and regulatory and compliance issues (advertising products, data protection issues, competition law advice).
  • Baxter on all areas of law regarding their Hungarian subsidiary, including general commercial and employment matters.
  • Erste Bank on the acquisition of Citibank’s consumer portfolio, involving complex HR issues and provisions due to the large number of staff.
  • Unysis on general and contentious employment advice in connection with the its operations in Hungary, including consultancy on general labour law issues, redundancy, policy changes, restructuring, and on the review of employment incentives.
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Education

  • LLM in US and Global Business Law, Suffolk University Law School, Budapest
  • 1975 - Law Degree, Eötvös Lóránd University, Budapest
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Memberships

  • Commerce and Industry
  • Chairman, Red Nose Clown Doctor Foundation
  • Member of the Board of Directors, Seedling Trust
  • Member, European Employment Lawyers Association
  • Member, Budapest Bar Association
  • Member, International Bar Association
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Publications

  • 2015 - National Correspondent to the EELA, Journal on European Employment Law Clases.
  • 2014 - Restrictive Covenants and Trade Secrets in Employment Law (ABA), Vol. I., Chapter on Hungary.
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Employment & Pensions

Gabriella Ormai is former managing partner (1999-2018) and now Partner at the Budapest office of CMS, co-heading the Commercial practice in Hungary. Her main areas of expertise include: commercial, employment, tax, insurance, litigation and corporate law.

Gabriella’s involvement ranges from HR aspects of setting up an affiliate over ongoing collective and individual employment advice to legal advice on high-profile termination matters.

As a recognised lawyer and multilingual excellent businesswoman, Gabriella is arbitrator at the Permanent Arbitration Court attached to the Hungarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Moreover, she is strongly dedicated to corporate social responsibility and lends her professional skills extensively to several charities, she is chair of the board of the Red Nose Clown Doctor Foundation, as well as a member of the board of directors of the Seedling Trust. She was previously a board member of the BCCH for ten years.

Gabriella is recommended by Legal 500 in Employment as well as by Chambers & Partners in Corporate/M&A.

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Gabriella Ormai is highly praised by peers for her "great legal knowledge" deriving from her vast experience in the market.

Chambers 2018

"Gabriella Ormai is an imposing presence on the Hungarian corporate and commercial legal scene"

Chambers

"She was continuously participating in and supervising the developments, and provided insight on local specific issues that we were not aware of."

Client

Relevant experience

  • Partner in Pet Food on a wide range of their operations in Hungary, including commercial, employment and corporate issues.
  • Samsung Electronics on all commercial issues, including general commercial matters, competition, employment, regulatory and public procurement issues for more than 29 years.
  • British American Tobacco on general commercial issues and the review of GTCs and supply agreements.
  • Marriott Hotels on a regular basis regarding various general commercial law issues, including contracts and employment law.
  • A multinational computer, technology and IT consulting corporation on region wide commercial, employment related issues on a daily basis.
  • A leading American based biotech company on a wide range of corporate, commercial and regulatory and compliance issues (advertising products, data protection issues, competition law advice).
  • Baxter on all areas of law regarding their Hungarian subsidiary, including general commercial and employment matters.
  • Erste Bank on the acquisition of Citibank’s consumer portfolio, involving complex HR issues and provisions due to the large number of staff.
  • Unysis on general and contentious employment advice in connection with the its operations in Hungary, including consultancy on general labour law issues, redundancy, policy changes, restructuring, and on the review of employment incentives.
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Education

  • LL.M. in US and Global Business Law, Suffolk University Law School, Budapest
  • 1975 - Law Degree, Eötvös Lóránd University, Budapest
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Memberships

  • Arbitrator, Permanent Arbitration Court attached to the Hungarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry
  • Chairman, Red Nose Clown Doctor Foundation
  • Member of the Board of Directors, Seedling Trust
  • Member, European Employment Lawyers Association
  • Member, Budapest Bar Association
  • Member, International Bar Association
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Publications

  • 2015 - National Correspondent to the EELA, Journal on European Employment Law Clases.
  • 2014 - Restrictive Covenants and Trade Secrets in Employment Law (ABA), Vol. I., Chapter on Hungary.
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