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Schoenherr Hetényi Budapest welcomes new attorney at law

Gábor Kordoványi has been appointed attorney at law at the Schoenherr law firm in Buda pest after spen- ding nearly ten years with Réti, Antall & Partners PricewaterhouseCoopers Legal, according to a press announcement. Kordoványi, who graduated in 2006 and completed his MBA in 2015 in Germany, specializes in corporate law, mergers and acquisitions and financing related securities. “Schoenherr is a powerhouse in the CEE and Hungarian M&A markets. I was drawn by the opportunity to be part of this dynamic team and work on exciting regional and international projects,” said Kordoványi. Kinga Hetényi, the firm’s managing partner believes Gábor will be a valuable asset to a strong team and will help in tackling the continuously increasing and broadening workload.

Jeantet Budapest expands M&A team

The Budapest office of Jeantet law firm has expanded its team with the addition of attorney Kornél Szabó to help augment its M&A and competition practices. Szabó has more than ten years’ experience working at magic circle law firms, in the fields of M&A, competition and state aid, including JEREMIE venture capital investments, Jeantet said. “Kornél’s expertise and position on the Hungarian market enables our office to reinforce itself in the fields of competition law and state aid but also to further develop our Hungarian client base,” said François d’Ornano, head of Central European activities at Jeantet. French law firm Jeantet opened its Budapest office in November 2015, and currently operates with a team of 12 covering corporate transactions and M&A, real estate transactions, restructuring, competition and state aid, labor law, data protection, e-trade, litigation, finance and banking, and insurance law.

Andrékó Kinstellar Law Firm expands advisory team

Andrékó Kinstellar Law Firm has expanded its advisory team with the addition of locally recognized senior lawyers to its real estate practice, in response to the expansion of the local real estate market. Team leader Dr. Mónika Frank joined as managing associate formerly of Dentons/White & Case, while the practice is further enhanced by senior associate Dr. Gábor Gömöri, who previously worked as legal counsel for the TriGránit Group, and as a lawyer at Baker & McKenzie, according to a press release. To further expand Andrékó Kinstellarʼs M&A and private equity focused practice, Dr. Ákos Mátés-Lányi, formerly of Dentons/ White & Case, has joined the corporate practice group as managing associate. Dr. Ferenc Dávid also joined Andrékó Kinstellar as an associate, with a focus on acquisitions, as well as corporate and employment matters.

EY Hungary welcomes new communications chief

Stefanie Orsolya Ludvig has been appointed communication chief of EY Hungary, responsible for brand communication and the planning and controlling of the firm’s PR and marketing activities, according to a press release issued on February 8. Ludvigʼs duties will focus on the marketing and communication support of the various branches of EY Hungary, with plans to increase the reach of EY’s brand across the country. With 20 years of experience in the PR field, Ludvig worked for Siemens Hungary and prior to that as the director of her own communications and marketing agency. She has been a presidential member of the Business Council for Sustainable Development in Hungary (BCSDH) since 2013.

Weil Budapest welcomes new counsel

The Budapest office of law firm Weil, Gotshal and Manges LLP carried out two promotions at the beginning of this year, welcoming László Nanyista and Pál Szabó to counsel, according to a press statement. Nanyista, was promoted to counsel as of January 1. He has been practicing for more than 18 years and is currently in the complex commercial litigation and international arbitration practices. Szabó was also promoted to counsel at Weil as of January 1. He is in the mergers and acquisitions practice and covers all types of corporate and commercial transactions with significant cross-border and domestic M&A and joint ventures experience. With more than 12 years of experience, Szabó leads the employment practice of the Budapest office and has advised clients on collective redundancies, benefits and incentive programs, share incentive schemes, as well as both domestic and cross-border labor-law related transactions.

Zuhair Awad, left, and Sameer Hamdan onsite at the Párizsi Udvar.

Mellow Mood CEOs named among most influential people in Hungarian tourism

Tourism Ltd. has ranked the owners and CEOs of Mellow Mood Group, Sameer Hamdan and Zuhair Awad, among the 50 most influential persons in the Hungarian tourism industry for the third year in a row, according to a press release issued on February 4. The list was compiled by a jury from Tourism Ltd. and 20 members of professional organizations who voted for the most influential persons in the domestic tourism sector, based on their professional work, the press release said. During the selection process, not only the size and revenues of the companies were taken into consideration, but also their influence on the tourism sector and their foreign and domestic reputation. The results were published at the 24th Season Opening Tourism Gala and Award Ceremony by Tourism Ltd. Hamdan and Awad, whose firm runs the Buddha Bar Hotel in Budapest, arrived in Hungary more than 20 years ago, as students, and soon after opened their own hostel. They now operate a large group of accommodation businesses in the city. The past few years for Mellow Mood Group were not only about growth and stabilization, but also about planning and preparing for new developments, the press release said. The owners and CEOs of Mellow Mood Group said they believe that their success is due to their hard work – and the work of their employees. The hotel group is currently involved in overseeing restoration of another important historic building in the capital. Construction on the Párizsi Udvar is underway to transform this landmark into a luxury hotel with conference facilities, a lavish penthouse suite, a bar on the top floor with panoramic views of Buda, as well as cafés, restaurants and shops on the ground and first floors.