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New international law firm with CEE focus enters market

Collegium Bitai & Partners, a new law firm with a special focus on the CEE region, has entered the Hungarian market, according to a press release sent to the Budapest Business Journal. 

Zsófia Bitai (photo: bitailegal.com)

Collegium is an alliance of independent law firms which, already operating in CEE cities such as Prague, Bratislava, Košice, Žilina and Brno, has now also decided to enter the Hungarian market. Representatives of the alliance signed the accession agreement with the Bitai Law Firm at the opening ceremony on January 31, 2019, thus establishing Collegium Bitai & Partners.

Initially Collegium was launched by Slovak and Czech lawyers in 2015. Collegium defines its key areas as commercial law, company law, real estate law and intellectual property law, GDPR, competition and advertising law.

"In a top law firm clients always find a rare harmony of legal and human support. Our speciality is that we work not only with professional care, but also with heart," said Leo Vojčík, managing partner of the Slovak offices, at the signing ceremony.

The Bitai Law Firm was established by Zsófia Bitai, providing legal services with a business approach for local and multinational companies in Hungary since 2015. Its key areas are GDPR, competition and advertising law. Collegium invited the Bitai Law Firm to join the alliance in 2018.

"It is a logical step on the way to first covering the V4 and other neighboring countries, and in a longer period the whole CEE region," noted Vojčík. "I know Zsófia personally for many years and we decided to prefer an enthusiastic law firm with big potential to a maybe more established but also more rigid competition. We have been cooperating with the Bitai Law Firm less formally for about a year and the benefits for our existing clients, as well as attraction to potential new ones, is clearly visible."

"The cooperation with Collegium was established with the objective of providing our clients with even cross-border legal services, that are professional and always in line with their business needs," said Bitai, managing partner of the Hungarian office.