Employment - Hungary
THE FIRM This growing firm is an undisputed leader in the field, and clients enthuse about the excellent quality of the team's customer service. Amongst the impressive roster of recent clients are Samsung Electronics, Johnson & Johnson and GlaxoSmithKline Biologicals. Highlights include a range of employment matters for Budapest Marriott Hotel, including contract advice and representation in negotiations.
Sources say: "A perfect law firm to work with." "The team is well prepared and has a deep knowledge of the market."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Up-and-comer Péter Bán is recognised by clients for being "quick, reliable and experienced."
THE FIRM The employment practice at this top-level firm is instructed by a variety of international giants such as Google, Nike and the Institute of International Education. The highly regarded team provides a full employment service to a loyal portfolio of clients. Significant recent highlights include advising medical equipment firm Boston Scientific on, and representing it in, redundancy mandates.
Sources say: "It is the best employment law firm in Hungary." "The firm is easy to work with and proactive."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Well-known head of department Ákos Fehérváry is an "absolutely great lawyer who is precise, supportive and a perfect litigator."
THE FIRM This five-strong team deals with labour issues on a domestic and international scale, and prestigious multinational clients include Bacardi-Martini and BNP Paribas. The firm has recently amended employment documentation and offered labour code training for Raiffeisen Bank to conform with new regulations.
Sources say: "The firm is very flexible and responsive." "The team's advice is always timely and well thought through."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Head of practice Helga Fehér is greatly respected, with one client stating: "She is exceptionally responsive and engaged." She leads many of the biggest deals for the firm, including continual employment advice for Genpact, and secures her place as one of the best labour law practitioners in Hungary.
Senior associate Zoltán Kozma is "highly intelligent and well prepared," with a knack of making clients feel comfortable.
THE FIRM The Budapest branch of this firm is instructed by an illustrious portfolio of clients both domestic and abroad, with Deutsche Telekom and Expedia amongst them. A particular highlight is working with pharmaceutical titan Pfizer, where the team advised on several matters such as workforce reorganisation and labour disputes.
Sources say: "A reputable firm with strong litigation skills." "The team offers a full employment service."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Experienced and trusted head of department Ildikó Csák is lauded as "excellent at client handling," and her time as in-house counsel for big pharmaceutical companies gives her "unique experience."
THE FIRM Despite its compact size, this team continues to impress with its strong advisory, representation and training services for clients including Reckitt Benckiser and Yorkshire Fittings. Recent highlights include updating executive employee labour contracts for leading automotive leasing firm Leaseplan.
Sources say: "The deeply knowledgeable team won our long and difficult case."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Experienced head of department Hédi Bozsonyik is a skilled litigator in the employment field.
THE FIRM This firm enjoys a reputation for strong litigation abilities, and possesses all the necessary scope for cross-border transactions. One of the firm's most significant clients is Agility Logistics, and it has acted for the 25,000-strong company on several matters, including contract termination and working hours regulation mandates.
Sources say: "The firm always delivers on what it promises." "A very helpful set of lawyers."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Partner Zoltán Forgó was described by a client as "instrumental" in the success of a litigation case. He is known as being skilled in "rooting out the core of a problem."
Viktor Vasi joins the rankings on the strength of glowing comments from clients. He is "remarkably thorough and up to date."
THE FIRM This team of six draws strength from its unique position of being the leading French employment practice active in Hungary. Regular clients include French giants L'Oréal and Louis Vuitton. The firm's admirable client portfolio is growing; recent additions include O-I Manufacturing and Euro Pool System.
Sources say: "We consider the firm one of the best to work with."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Up-and-comer Levente Csengery is valued as being "smart and easy to work with."
Associate to watch Nelly Prokec "fully understands clients' concerns, and provides timely and astute advice."
THE FIRM This firm is a seasoned employment boutique, with an exceedingly good grasp of the local market. The firm enters the ranking this year due to strong praise from across the market.
Sources say: "It is a greatly experienced employment boutique." "A seriously focused local firm."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Lajos Pál is a well-known lawyer who was part of the team that drafted the new Hungarian labour code. He is a specialist in this field, and is a "most highly esteemed lawyer."
THE FIRM This seven-strong team, part of a reputable, independent firm, advises a wide spread of clients on issues such as terminations, outsourcing and collective agreements. Its diverse clientele ranges from technology multinationals to agricultural engineers.
Sources say: "A superior, long-standing independent firm."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Áron Vikor is recommended as a "calm lawyer, which clients find very reassuring."
Up-and-comer Szilvia Fehérvári receives praise for her "business understanding" and responsiveness.
THE FIRM The growing team at VJT is acknowledged for its general labour law advice and litigation services. Recent work highlights include advising ING Financial Advisory and Hewlett-Packard on a range of employment law mandates.
Sources say: "The team is capable and flexible."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Head of department János Varga is widely recognised as "especially kind and helpful."
THE FIRM In addition to its strong regional work, the Hungarian branch of Allen & Overy draws upon the firm's international network to assist multinational clients. Highlights include advising Chinese company Wanhua on its acquisition of BorsodChem and the related labour law elements.
Sources say: "Real five-star service." "The team is quick to respond and reliable."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Partner Zoltán Lengyel is the key contact for employment law at this firm.
THE FIRM This firm is known for its litigation skills in labour law matters, as well as regulatory mandates. Major clients include technology giants Microsoft and Philips. Other notable work includes providing regulatory advice to Biomet during its USD280 million acquisition of DePuy Orthopaedics.
KEY INDIVIDUALS Managing associate Éva Bognár led on the employment law elements of Biomet's acquisition of DePuy. She is valued for her practical approach.
THE FIRM This firm is making strides in the market, and notable highlights include acting for international companies Yahoo! and Sony on employee negotiations and dismissals. The team also represented manufacturer Swedex before the Hungarian Employment Authority in a labour litigation case.
Sources say: "An extremely helpful firm with excellent advice."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Richárd Eordogh is the main point of contact for clients.
THE FIRM This nine-strong team joins the rankings this year due to a wealth of satisfied clients recommending its abilities. The firm's strong focus is the domestic market, and recent highlights include regular representation of Otis in various labour law mandates.
Sources say: "We would recommend this firm for its responsiveness and in-depth experience."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Partner and real estate manager Ágnes Tigelmann is the prime point of contact for employment law.
THE FIRM This well-known firm is recognised for its team of solid litigators and knowledge of the local employment field. The team also has significant experience in the automotive, pharmaceutical and energy sectors in Hungary.
Sources say: "A reputable employment team with a commendable mindset."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Partner Mihály Barcza is the key contact at Oppenheim.
THE FIRM This compact and impressive practice is instructed by a variety of big-ticket clients including HBO, Codexis and GE. Recent highlights include advising Paks Nuclear Power Plant on union action.
Sources say: "The firm provided high-quality practical solutions to our problems."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Rising star Bíborka Jójárt joins the rankings as she is "flexible with great ideas for solutions."
Titusz Puskár recently left Bird & Bird to establish Dr. Titusz Puskár Law Firm. He joins the rankings on the back of excellent client feedback. One source says he is "always responsive with a thorough understanding of the market."