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About Us

Our  aim at Erdős | Katona is to serve our clients with Knowledge, Skill and Precision and we are committed to providing the highest quality legal services to our clients.

Knowledge to us means that our partners and lawyers have outstanding, in-depth in their field of expertise, in particular in banking and finance, real estate, energy, litigation and transactional law. Our partners and the team have been involved in many of the market’s ground-breaking transactions and have gained significant experience working for international law firms over the last decade.

Skill means that our dedicated team is skilled, experienced and committed to deliver the broad scope of quality legal services our clients require to adequately respond the changing shape of the various sectors of the economy. Our commitment, combined with our in-depth knowledge and experience in a number of industries, allows us to deliver the highest level of service.

Precision means that we focus on our client and we provide him with precise, quality and innovative legal services that is best suited to our client’s need.

Expertise

Banking and Finance

The banking team of Erdos | Katona is the long time partner of leading Hungarian and international banks, financial institutions and market players. We assist our clients in the solutions of their most important financings, money and capital markets transactions and day-to-day legal challenges. Our lawyers are praised individually by independent rankings and also as a team amongst others for 'sound technical knowledge and precise approach'.

Our experience covers:

° Project financing;
° Syndicated and club loans;
° Acquisition finance;
° Debt restructuring;
° Legal and regulatory compliance;
assistance for financial institutions;
° Capital market services;
° Insolvency proceedings;
° Fintech solutions.

Contact us

Luca Bokor
luca.bokor@erdoskatona.com

Gábor Erdős
gabor.erdos@erdoskatona.com

György Katona
gyorgy.katona@erdoskatona.com

Energy Law

Our lawyers at Erdős | Katona provide businesses, investors and financial institutions across the energy industry with pragmatic, actionable legal advice addressing the range of issues they confront in relation to projects and transactions in the energy industry, and in other legal areas relevant to those.

We have an in-depth understanding of the special risks and industry-specific issues that are unique to the energy industry. Our clients trust and depend on us to provide the value-added insight they need to be well-funded decisions leading to success.

Our experience covers:

° Regulatory advice and licensing;
° Energy trading;
° Renewable project and energy production;
° Project development assistance;
° Acquisitions & financing transactions;
° Real estate matters.

Contact us

Balázs Várszeghi
balazs.varszeghi@erdoskatona.com

Real Estate

Erdős | Katona’s real estate team knows and understands the trends and the most important aspects of the Hungarian real estate market thus assists clients in buying, selling, financing, developing, leasing and constructing real estates. We provide practical and innovative legal solutions, identify business opportunities and manage risk with a keen eye towards achieving our clients’ business goals in terms of commercial and residential properties as well. Our team is active in every sector of the highest-level real estate market and has comprehensive experience with logistic, industrial, residential, office and commercial real estate transactions.

We represent a wide range of variety of clients including leading real estate developers, lenders, domestic and foreign investors, hotel operators and constructors.

Our experience covers:

° Real estate acquisition and sale;
° Real estate and land regulatory matters such as permitting or land registry procedures;
° Real estate financings;
° Construction agreements;
° Leasing agreements;
° Real estate holding structures such as REITs or real estate funds.

Contact us

György Katona
gyorgy.katona@erdoskatona.com

Gábor Erdős
gabor.erdos@erdoskatona.com

Litigation and Dispute Resolution

Erdős | Katona’s litigation and dispute resolution practice is widely recognized and appreciated for the ability to handle our clients’ most critical legal disputes with the utmost professionalism. We have handled and have succesfully argued some of the largest and most high-profile cases of the recent years in banking and real estate sectors.

Our team of litigators includes former judges, arbitrators and lawyers having deep knowledge and court experience combined with the utmost and ever-growing will to win.

Our experience covers:

° Representation before lawsuit;
° Alternative dispute resolution before domestic and international forums;
° Mediation;
° Litigation before domestic and non-domestic courts.

Contact us

György Katona
gyorgy.katona@erdoskatona.com

Transactions

Erdős | Katona has an eminent and unique transactional practice that is engaged in the full spectrum of public and private mergers and acquisitions and transactions across a variety of industries. Our clients include large and small Hungarian and international companies, private equity funds, other financial institution, financial advisors and other investors.

We deliver exceptionally high and uncompromising standards of quality and expertise, and no matter how the transaction is structured, we take full responsibility for ensuring that our clients receive an integrated, high-quality work product.

Our experience covers:

° Merger and acquisitions;
° Private equity;
° Corporate reorganisations, mergers and spin-offs;
° Foreign direct investment;
° Distressed and special situations;
° Corporate governance;
° IP / IT;
° Competition law.

Contact us

György Katona
gyorgy.katona@erdoskatona.com

Gábor Erdős
gabor.erdos@erdoskatona.com

Commercial law and Employment law

Erdős | Katona’s commercial & employment group advises our clients in relation to general employment law issues as well as industry or sector related specific issues, such as financial sector employment law, compensation, capacity planning related legal issues.

Our experience covers:

° Employment agreements;
° Employment disputes;
° Work councils, labour unions;
° Employee share schemes;
° Fit and proper policies;
° Recruiting;
° Internal HR rules procedures;
° Outplacement;
° Termination, collective redundancies.

Our commercial practice also provides general and sector/industry specific legal services, especially with respect to digital banking, financial consumer protection, privacy law, and financial product development.

Our experience covers:

° Data protection;
° PSD2 and digital banking;
° Consumer protection;
° E-contracting;
° E-commerce;
° Outsourcing agreements;
° Commercial agreements;
° Public procurement.

Contact us

Gábor Erdős
gabor.erdos@erdoskatona.com

Balázs Várszeghi
balazs.varszeghi@erdoskatona.com

Team

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Gábor Erdős

partner

Gábor Erdős is a founding partner and the managing partner of the law firm. With more than 19 years of experience his main focus areas are banking and finance, real estate law and transactional services.

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Gábor Erdős

partner
+36 30 919 3169

Gábor Erdős is a founding partner and the managing partner of the law firm. With more than 19 years of experience his main focus areas are banking and finance, real estate law and transactional services. Gábor was the managing partner of the Budapest office of Deloitte Legal for 7 years, and before that he led the banking and real estate practice groups of Faludi Wolf Theiss Attorneys at Law and worked as an attorney at Martonyi és Kajtár Baker and McKenzie Attorneys at Law.

Education

1996 – 2004 Eötvös Lóránd University, Faculty of Political Sciences
2000 – 2001 University of Manchester, L.L.M in International Business Law
1995 – 2000 Eötvös Lóránd University, Faculty of Law

Languages

English
German

Recognitions

° Chamber’s Global 2020, Banking & Finance – Band 3 recommended lawyer;
° Gábor Erdős is respected by clients for his "prompt legal advice" while another interviewee highlights that "he goes into the depths of problems". He has vast experience in financial regulatory work and real estate finance. He also advises on acquisition financing, especially in the retail sector;
° Legal 500
Department head Luca Bokor is ably supported by managing partner Gabor Erdős and both are praised for their "sound technical knowledge and precise approach".

Others

° Arbitrator – Court of Arbitration at the Hungarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Selected Experience

° Advising on the largest Hungarian bond issuance under the Growth Bond Programme;
° Advising on the establishment of the first Hungarian real estate investment trust.

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György Katona

partner

György Katona is a founding partner and the managing partner of the law firm. Previously he was at leading Hungarian banks and law firms, where he was a senior associate of the banking and finance practice group.

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György Katona

partner
+36 20 956 5319

György Katona is a founding partner and the co-managing partner of the law firm. Previously he was at leading Hungarian banks and law firms, where he was a senior associate of the banking and finance practice group. György has expertise in projects, real estate, acquisition, and asset finance matters as well as in the areas of derivatives. He has been involved in many of the market’s ground-breaking legal disputes arising from financing transactions trialed successfully for banks over the last decade. He secured for his clients nearly one Billion euros in litigation cases and arbitration disputes.

Education

° Central European University - Master of International Business Law (LL.M.)
° University of Miskolc (Doctor of Juridical Science)

Languages

° English

Recognitions

° IFLR1000 – "Selected Leading Lawyer" (2014 - )

Selected Experience

° Projects, real estate, acquisition, asset finance matters and derivatives;
° Advising clients in market’s ground-breaking legal disputes relating to financing transactions;
° Advising investors relating to real estate developments and acquisitions.

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Luca Bokor

partner

Luca Bokor is a founding partner of the law firm. Luca has more than 15 years of experience in the field of banking and finance and banking regulatory law.

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Luca Bokor

partner
+36 30 859 3522

Luca Bokor is a founding partner of the law firm. Luca has more than 15 years of experience in the field of banking and finance and banking regulatory law. For 3 years she led the banking and finance practice group of Deloitte Legal in Budapest. Before that she worked in Banking and Finance and Restructuring Group in the Budapest office of Dentons as well as in the Budapest, Brussels and London offices of another major US law firm.

Education

1998 – 2003 Pázmány Péter Catholic University, Faculty of Law and Political Sciences
2001 – 2002 Paris London University of Salzburg, Faculty of Law

Languages

English
German

Recognitions

° Chamber’s Global 2020, Banking & Finance;
Luca Bokor enters the rankings following outstanding client feedback. Interviewees consider her "an excellent lawyer who is responsive and reliable", adding that "she handles legal tasks with special care". Bokor also receives praise for her "comprehensive background knowledge coupled with wide practical experience and outstanding communication skills". She acts on financing and restructuring mandates in the energy and real estate industries;
° Legal 500
Department head Luca Bokor is ably supported by managing partner Gábor Erdős and both are praised for their "knowledge, skill and precision".

Selected Experience

° Advising the Hungarian subsidiary of a leading European group providing banking services with the financing of several of its solar power plant projects;
° Advising the Hungarian subsidiary of Central-Europe’s leading bank-group in connection with the refinancing of real estate projects of a major Hungarian real estate developer;
° Advising the market leading Hungarian energy drink producer in connection with its financing provided by a consortium of four major Hungarian banks.

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Balázs Várszeghi

partner

Balázs Várszeghi is a founding partner of Erdős | Katona. Balázs is a member of the Budapest Bar Association since 2011, and he has over 13 years of professional experience in energy law, transactions, and related legal matters.

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Balázs Várszeghi

partner
+36 70 708 4038

Balázs Várszeghi is a founding partner of Erdős | Katona. Balázs is a member of the Budapest Bar Association since 2011, and he has over 13 years of professional experience in energy law, transactions, and related legal matters. Before joining the law firm, Balázs has worked as lawyer in CMS Cameron McKenna, White&Case and Dentons, and Deloitte Legal Erdős and Partners, where he had led the firm’s Energy & Resources service line as partner associate. His practice mainly focuses on advising electricity and gas industry clients in connection with commercial and regulatory matters with special regard to renewable energy projects. Balázs also has extensive experience in general corporate law matters and M&A transactions.

Education

2001 – 2008 Eötvös Lóránd University, Faculty of Social Sciences
2006 – 2007 University of Hamburg and Rotterdam, L.L.M in Law and Economics
2000 – 2006 Eötvös Lóránd University, Faculty of Law

Languages

English
German
Spanish

Selected Experience

° Advising domestic and international investors regarding the acquisition and development of Hungarian solar electricity generation projects;
° Advising on energy trading matters and (private) energy networks;
° Advising on the sale and purchase of the shares of universal service gas and electricity supplier companies;
° Advising to a word leading energy company in relation to environmental and nuclear liability.

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Sándor Csordás

associate

Sándor Csordás is a senior associate in the litigation group of the firm. After graduation Sándor gained professional experience as a court clerk and as a court secretary, where he obtained in-depth theoretical knowledge (...)

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Sándor Csordás

associate
+36 1 499 9784

Sándor Csordás is a senior associate in the litigation group of the firm. After graduation Sándor gained professional experience as a court clerk and as a court secretary, where he obtained in-depth theoretical knowledge and comprehensive practical skills in civil, criminal, employment and administrative cases in first and second instance. He also worked in the central administration of the Hungarian judicial system at the National Office for the Judiciary.

Education

2008 – 2014 Pázmány Péter Catholic University, Faculty of Law and Political Sciences

Languages

English
Spanish

Selected Experience

° Advising and representing Hungarian investors in a HUF 1 bn court litigation on title claims relating to a state of the art commercial property in Budapest, Hungary;
° Advising and representing a Hungarian investor in an administrative court litigation in relation to the permitting issues of a HUF 6 bn commercial property development.

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Mátyás Környei

associate

Mátyás has multiple years of experience in the field of banking and finance, capital markets, and banking regulatory law, as well as in corporate law and dispute resolution.

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Mátyás Környei

associate
+36 1 499 9784

Mátyás has multiple years of experience in the field of banking and finance, capital markets, and banking regulatory law, as well as in corporate law and dispute resolution. Mátyás worked for a leading Hungarian IT/IP boutique firm for 3 years, in the dispute resolution group of Weil, Gotshal & Manges’ Budapest office for 2 years, and in the banking & finance group of Deloitte Legal’s Budapest office for 2 years.

Education

2017 – 2019 University of Pécs, Faculty of Business and Economics
2011 – 2016 University of Pécs, Faculty of Law

Languages

English

Selected Experience

° Advising the Hungarian subsidiary of Central-Europe’s leading bank-group in connection with the refinancing of real estate projects of a major Hungarian real estate developer;
° Advising one of Hungary’s most significant real estate developer in its bond issuance;
° Advising one of the world’s biggest bank in financial regulatory matters (PSD2, IPU establishment, capital requirements compliance, outsourcing and data protection);
° Advising a real estate investment and a venture capital fund and their managers in licensing and transactional matters.

Inez Bozó

associate

Inez areas of expertise cover corporate law, cross-border M&A transactions, banking & finance, capital market, private equity and venture capital investment. Specialist areas of practice also include cryptocurrenices, blockchain, and distributed ledger technologies.

Inez Bozó

associate

Inez areas of expertise cover corporate law, cross-border M&A transactions, banking & finance, capital market, private equity and venture capital investment. Specialist areas of practice also include cryptocurrenices, blockchain, and distributed ledger technologies. Before she joined Erdos I Katona, she has worked as an associate with a financial services law firm in Malta where she advised collective investment schemes and investment services licence holders. She also gained experience in the Budapest office of a Silicon Valley-based American law firm in the formation and structuring of companies and in the launching process of European companies in the United States.

Education

2015 – 2017 University of Pannonia, Faculty of Modern Philology and Social Sciences
2012 – 2013 University of Jean Moulin Lyon III, Faculty of Law
2008 – 2014 University of Szeged, Faculty of Law

Languages

English
French

Selected Experience

° Advising corporate structuring matters and cross-border M&A transactions;
° Advising digital exchanges in the process of obtaining a securities license to operate a multilateral trading facility and trading of virtual financial assets;
° Advising buyback transaction of hotels with EUR 64 million aggregate price.

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Noémi Jung

associate

Noémi Jung graduated in 2017 at Pázmány Péter Catholic University, Faculty of Law and Political Sciences where she is continuing her PhD studies.

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Noémi Jung

associate
+36 1 499 9784

Noémi Jung graduated in 2017 at Pázmány Péter Catholic University, Faculty of Law and Political Sciences where she is continuing her PhD studies. Noémi is a junior associate of the law firm since January 2018, and previously she gained experience as an intern also in various law offices. Noémi’s main focus areas are property and corporate law.

Education

2018 – Pázmány Péter Catholic University, Faculty of Law – PhD studies
2011 – 2017 Pázmány Péter Catholic University, Faculty of Law

Languages

English

Nelli Simonyi

associate

Nelli has multiple years of experience in the field of real estate law, transactions, and related legal matters. (...)

Nelli Simonyi

associate

Nelli has multiple years of experience in the field of real estate law, transactions, and related legal matters. During her work she has advised Hungarian and international clients, including real estate investors, developers and funds on a broad range of real estate transactions and construction projects as well as on their general corporate matters, lease transactions and asset management. Nelli also has extensive experience in general corporate and commercial law matters. From 2018 to 2021 she worked in the Real Estate Practice Group of Baker McKenzie’s Budapest office.

Education

2011 – 2016 Pázmány Péter Catholic University, Faculty of Law and Political Sciences

Languages

English

Selected Experience

° Advising domestic and international clients on real estate and related assets acquisition matters (including legal due diligence, SPA negotiation, assistance in transaction related issues etc.);
° Advising clients’ real estate portfolio in office, shopping mall and logistic park projects (including negotiation, preparation and review of lease, facility and property management contracts);
° Supporting the in-house legal team of a world leading project development and construction group in various construction related matters including negotiation and preparation of design and construction contracts, and all related agreements and advising on regulatory matters.

Szilárd Németh

junior associate

Szilárd Németh has wide experience in real estate law, banking law and corporate law.

Szilárd Németh

junior associate

Szilárd Németh has wide experience in real estate law, banking law and corporate law.
Szilárd obtained his law degree with summa cum laude from Eötvös Loránd University Faculty of Law and studied at the Workgroup for Civil Law Studies at Bibó István College for Advanced Studies. During his time at university in 2016 he was awardee of the Scholarship of the Hungarian Republic.
Prior to joining Erdős | Katona, Szilárd also gained experience at market-leading international and domestic law firms.

Education

2017 – 2018 Ghent University, Faculty of Law
2015 – 2019 Bibó István College for Advanced Studies, Workgroup for Civil Law Studies
2014 – 2016 Comenius University, Faculty of Law
2014 – 2019 Eötvös Loránd University, Faculty of Law

Languages

English
Slovak
Czech

Selected Experience

° Advising clients in major industrial real estate transactions;
° Advising on acquisitions and project developments;
° Syndicated and other loan financing.

Réka Deák

junior associate

Réka Deák is a junior associate of the law firm since November 2020. Réka obtained her law degree with summa cum laude from University of Szeged Faculty of Law, during her studies Réka was also an intern in a law firm in Munich.

Réka Deák

junior associate

Réka Deák is a junior associate of the law firm since November 2020. Réka obtained her law degree with summa cum laude from University of Szeged Faculty of Law, during her studies Réka was also an intern in a law firm in Munich. Prior to joining Erdős | Katona, Réka also gained experience at market-leading international law firms as a trainee and a junior associate, in the fields of corporate and labor law. Réka is involved in several projects and transactions, besides drafting various contracts and corporate documents, her main tasks include advising national and international companies.

Education

2016 – 2017 Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Faculty of Law
2013 – 2019 University of Szeged, Faculty of Law

Languages

English
German
Spanish

Richárd Holló

junior associate

Richárd has wide experience in the field of energy law and administrative law. He graduated summa cum laude from Eötvös Loránd University (...)

Richárd Holló

junior associate

Richárd has wide experience in the field of energy law and administrative law. He graduated summa cum laude from Eötvös Loránd University, and during his university years he studied at the Law School of Mathias Corvinus Collegium. His thesis on innovative energy regulations was both awarded at an academic conference and in a parliamentary competition. Prior to joining our firm, Richard gained experience in the energy law groups of market leading domestic and international law firms.

Education

2017 – 2021 Mathias Corvinus Collegium Law School
2016 – 2021 Eötvös Loránd University Faculty of Law

Languages

English
German

Selected Experience

° Legal support and advsing on PV power plant projects;
° Advising on regulatory and licencing issues of renewable projects;
° Transactional advisory of various energy companies.

Richárd Romsics

junior associate

Richárd obtained his law degree with summa cum laude from Eötvös Loránd University Faculty of Law and studied civil law at Bibó István College for Advanced Studies.

Richárd Romsics

junior associate

Richárd obtained his law degree with summa cum laude from Eötvös Loránd University Faculty of Law and studied civil law at Bibó István College for Advanced Studies.

Prior to joining Erdős | Katona, Richárd also gained experience at market-leading international and domestic law firms.

Education

2016 Universidade de Lisboa, Faculdade de Direito
2013 – 2018 ELTE Bibó István College for Advanced Studies
2013 – 2018 Eötvös Loránd University, Faculty of Law

Languages

English
German

Selected Experience

° Advising clients in syndicated and other loan financings;
° Advising domestic companies in their bond issuances;
° Advising banks in financial regulatory matters

Tímea Kovács

junior associate

Tímea has wide experience in banking law and corporate law.
Tímea obtained his law degree with cum laude from University of Debrecen Faculty of Law (...)

Tímea Kovács

junior associate

Tímea has wide experience in banking law and corporate law.
Tímea obtained his law degree with cum laude from University of Debrecen Faculty of Law and studied at the department of financial law at Praetor College for Advanced Studies.
Tímea is currently a student of capital markets and banking law at Pázmány Péter Catholic University.
Prior to joining Erdős | Katona, Tímea also gained experience at market-leading international and domestic law firms and in banking sector.

Studies

2018 – Pázmány Péter Catholic University, Capital markets and banking
2016 – 2018 Praetor College for Advanced Studies, Department of Financial Law
2013 – 2018 University of Debrecen, Faculty of Law

Languages

English

Linda Kiss

financial assistant

Linda Kiss

financial assistant

Dóra Csaba

office manager

Dóra Csaba

office manager

As an NGL Symbio Partner Firm

NGL Symbio is an alliance of independent local law firms integrated where it matters for our clients – at the service level. As a solid regional player in Central Eastern Europe (CEE) with strong ties to Baltics, Balkans & Adriatics (BBA), we offer fast and easy access to diversified regions with consistent practice and quality support wherever you need it.

NGL Symbio official website: https://www.nglsymbio.com/

Our partner law firms:

 

What makes us special:

  • Consistent practice – We are one team built upon the same values and sharing the same culture.
  • Experience in cross-border projects – All members in our alliance have significant experience managing international projects and transactions gathered in international law firms or BigFour firms at the senior managerial level.
  • Unique approach to team integration – csapataink nem azért működnek együtt nemzetközi szinten, mert utasították őket, hanem azért, mert érdekeltek benne. Ez a megközelítésbeli különbség nagyobb elkötelezettséget, megoldásokat és tudáscserét tesz lehetővé. Leegyszerűsítve: azért dolgozunk együtt, mert akarunk, nem azért, mert rákényszerülünk.
  • Shared know-how – We learn from each other, share best practices, and strive to improve ourselves every day.

Contacts

Bank Center
1054 Budapest,
Szabadság tér 7.
+36 1 499 9784
office@erdoskatona.com