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Hungary

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

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July 2019
CMS Com­pet­i­tion Con­tact Card
13 Nov 19
CMS Guide to Private Place­ment of Funds : Ac­cess­ing European In­vestors...
08 May 18
Green­field In­vest­ments in CEE 2018
13 Nov 19
CMS Guide to Pass­port­ing: Rules on Mar­ket­ing Al­tern­at­ive In­vest­ment...
CMS Ex­pert Guide to Mer­ger Con­trol in Europe
13 Nov 19
CMS Guide to Pass­port­ing : Rules on Mar­ket­ing Un­der­tak­ings for Col­lect­ive...
CMS Ex­pert Guide to Third Party Costs
05 Nov 19
Whis­tleblow­ing Dir­ect­ive ad­op­ted by the EU Coun­cil
On 7 Oc­to­ber 2019, the EU Coun­cil ap­proved the word­ing of the "Dir­ect­ive of the European Par­lia­ment and of the Coun­cil on the pro­tec­tion of per­sons who re­port breaches of Uni­on law", also known as the...
23/06/2014
CMS Guide to Mer­ger Con­trol in Europe 2014
02 Aug 19
Con­sulta­tion on EC Com­mu­nic­a­tion on the pro­tec­tion of con­fid­en­tial...
Na­tion­al courts are in­creas­ingly deal­ing with com­pet­i­tion law pro­ceed­ings brought by con­sumers and com­pet­it­ors, so-called private en­force­ment pro­ceed­ings. Un­like com­pet­i­tion au­thor­it­ies, these private...
02 Aug 19
Hun­gari­an Com­pet­i­tion Au­thor­ity finds no ma­jor prob­lems with pay­ment...
Bring­ing a sigh of re­lief from pay­ment-card is­suers, the Hun­gari­an Com­pet­i­tion Au­thor­ity (HCA) has just re­leased a fi­nal re­port on pay­ment card ac­cept­ance ser­vices (Fi­nal Re­port), and iden­ti­fied no ser­i­ous...
27 May 19
AB In­Bev hit with a EUR 200 m fine for re­strict­ing cross-bor­der sales
On 13 May 2019, the European Com­mis­sion fined AB In­Bev EUR 200 mil­lion for ab­us­ing its dom­in­ant po­s­i­tion on the beer mar­ket by re­strict­ing cross-bor­der sales of its products. As an ex­ample of the Com­mis­sion's...