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Redesign of Budapest Marriott Hotel’s event floor completed

 After two months of renovation, Budapest Marriott Hotel’s event floor returns with Bauhaus- and Cubism-inspired inner spaces bringing a new spark to the famous hotel’s life, as it turns 25 years old this year.

Over the summer the hotel’s 1595-square-metre first-floor event space has been completely redesigned and renewed. Besides the existing 11 event rooms of different size and mostly having a wonderful panorama over the Danube, a new event room with an open kitchen called ”Studio Kitchen” has been developed together with a cloakroom and a smaller office room.


The studio kitchen

The largest ballroom, with a view of the Buda Castle and the Chain Bridge, is the Grand Budapest Ballroom covering  614 square meters and capable of accommodating 650 people with theatre seating, while the second-largest Liz Ballroom, facing the Elizabeth Bridge and the Gellért Hill, can fit in 350 people with ease. In the foyer area of all the rooms, spectacular high tables have been set to ensure that events run smoothly. The renewed audiovisual services were provided by Special Effects Zrt.

With the reopened event floor on the mezzanine plus the renovation of the 344-square-metre meeting space on the ground floor, DNB Budapest restaurant and Liz & Chain lounge bar in the first two months of the year, the Budapest Marriott Hotel  has become one of the largest and most modern hotel venues of the city, and its one-and-a-half-year reconstruction program has also arrived at its end.

The Budapest Ballroom

“With the redesign of our hotel, we aimed to create interiors that are inspiring and exciting yet provide an exceptional venue for relaxation,” says Arne Klehn, General Director of Budapest Marriott Hotel. “I can proudly say that we have succeeded: the almost 150 people working in the implementer team did an exceptional job and we are more than satisfied with the results.”

Budapest Marriott Hotel was elected as the Business Hotel of the Year in June and plans to build on this success by remaining one of the most popular event venues in the whole city, not just for professionals but also for private gatherings.

For further information, contact János Parti, Market Director of Sales & Marketing of Marriott International, Budapest at





Hungary's Most Excellent Companies Casebook 2017 Available


Organisational quality paves the way for business excellence. We all need good examples to learn from. The Hungary’s Most Excellent Companies Programme, initiated by Investors in People in partnership with the British Chamber of Commerce in Hungary, awards organisations that apply best practice in specific organisational areas and are able to shape the business culture in Hungary, in line with the strict criteria of the Investors in People Standard.

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CMS advises Becton Dickinson on the construction of a new plant in Hungary


CMS Budapest advised US medical technology company Becton Dickinson on its new plant opened at the Tatabánya industrial park, west of Budapest, following a HUF 6bn investment. The 10,500 square-meter plant will make immunology and cellular biology research reagents used for manufacturing medical products and it will reach full capacity in 2018 when it makes 8,000 different products.

The team assisting Becton Dickinson was led by Senior Associate András Klupács and Real Estate Partner Gábor Czike.


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New General Manager at GSK Pharma Hungary

GSK Hungary is pleased to announce that Samuel (Sam) Shaw has been appointed GM Hungary as of 1 October 2017. Sam joined GSK in 2013 as Global Marketing Director in the Global Respiratory Franchise before taking on his current role. Sam is a qualified physician and prior to joining GSK, he held a variety of roles across sales, marketing and medical affairs in Astra Zeneca UK and Servier. In his new role, Sam is responsible for managing the Pharma operations in Hungary and is a member of Central Europe Leadership Team.

Claire Roger, who lead GSK HU since 2015, has been appointed Commercial Director, Vaccines New Assets, France.

Erika Papp appointed as new managing partner at CMS Hungary


Budapest, 27 April 2018.
From May 2018, Erika Papp - Head of the CMS Banking & Finance team in Hungary - assumes the position of Managing Partner at CMS Hungary. She replaces Gabriella Ormai, managing partner of CMS Hungary for the past 22 years, who will continue in her role as co-head of the Budapest commercial team.


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Danubius revamping more than just the appearance of its hotels

Balázs Kovács, CEO of the Danubius Hotels Group looks back with satisfaction at the recent period and optimistically ahead to the coming months. He has a good reason for this as the hotel company has plans to introduce several novelties in the near future to increase guest satisfaction and to provide high-standard service at events in addition to the renovations already completed.

Budapest had a very successful season from the point of view of tourism. What does it mean for the Danubius Hotels Group?

On the whole, it can be said that these were the most successful months of our history of almost 50 years, which resulted from the sustained efforts and good teamwork of all of our colleagues.

Between May and August, sales are dominated by leisure tourism. During these months, we operated at high occupancy rates already in earlier years, but this year we managed to achieve a substantial increase in average room rates. This was also supported by various sports and other events such as the Formula-1 Hungarian Grand Prix and the 17th FINA World Championships held simultaneously in July. In the case of the latter, the Danubius Hotels Group was in a special position as our hotels were among those where organisers booked rooms for the athletes.

What renovations were completed this summer?

In Budapest, three of our hotels underwent more than a facelift. At Hilton Budapest, we renovated two-thirds of the rooms and created a spacious group check-in area for receiving large groups, from which guests are taken to the lobby by a panorama lift overlooking the most splendid sight of the city. We have modernised the Ball Room, which has the capacity for 600 guests, making it an even more perfect venue for weddings, gala dinners and conferences. This was done with the involvement of renowned interior designers, ensuring that all design elements reflect the harmony between the hotel’s historic features and modern elegance. I am convinced that our Buda Castle gem deservedly attracted recognition two years ago when it was one of the gold winners of the London Design Awards and in May this year when it won the title of Hungary’s best five-star conference hotel.

We will soon continue renovating the rooms at the Hilton, just as at the Radisson Blu Béke Hotel on the Grand Boulevard, where guest rooms and suites on two floors have so far been renovated. Here, the style of the interior furnishings combines sleek Scandinavian design and refined ergonomic solutions. We have also approved some exciting ideas for the revamping of the lobby and the Café Zsolnay, which has been firmly attached to the name of the hotel. So we will set to work again in the autumn.

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CMS Budapest strengthens its Insurance practice with a senior hire

István Pozsgay has joined the Insurance practice of CMS as Of Counsel, effective from 2nd of October. 

István brings over 20 years of experience working as a commercial, transactional and regulatory legal professional in multinational corporate environment at US-based insurance companies in Hungary. Before joining CMS, István was Head of Legal and Data Protection Officer at MetLife Hungary and General Counsel and Compliance Officer at AIG/ALICO Hungary, where he also gained robust experience in compliance and data protection matters.

Managing Partner, Gabriella Ormai comments: “Adding István to our team illustrates our mission to have the best sector-experts on board. He has an extremely valuable knowledge and understanding of the insurance sector, which we intend to fully capitalize on.” 

“István’s work as a corporate counsel earned him an outstanding reputation on the market and a strong national and international network of key figures in the insurance sector, which will be an invaluable asset to us” – added Zsolt Okányi, CMS’ Global Head of Dispute Resolution and Head of Dispute Resolution at CMS Budapest.

“As Head of Legal at MetLife, I have been working with CMS for many years before actually joining the company, so I know that I will be part of a competent and professional team. I am positive that my years of experience as a corporate counsel in a heavily regulated sector such as the insurance sector will add a new dimension to the team’s current capabilities.” – said István Pozsgay.

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CMS Budapest Advises Goodman on Auchan's Large-scale Logistics Development Project

13 February 2018

CMS has advised Goodman, an Australian integrated commercial and industrial property group on the development of an 87,200 sqm greenfield logistics facility, which will be the largest of its kind ever built in Hungary.

The building is let to Auchan and will handle Auchan Retail Hungary’s food and non-food logistics for both existing and planned new stores, while also supporting the company’s online commerce countrywide.

CMS assisted Goodman in relation to the construction aspects and the letting of the building.

The CMS team was led by partner Gábor Czike and included senior associate András Klupács and consultant Róbert Kotsis.

Szecskay Attorneys at Law's 25th Birthday

Szecskay Attorneys at Law celebrated its 25th Birthday with over 400 clients and peers on the 12th of September 2017. Founder and named partner Andras Szecskay opened the event by giving an overview of the office’s past 25 years, from its beginnings after the political and economic changes in 1989 and the following period when international law firms entered the Hungarian market in the 1990s. He also explained other important milestones, such as the decision by the firm’s partners to remain independent.

Loyalty, commitment, dedication and professionalism are the key markers defining the office’s past and present. All 16 partners at the firm are “home-grown” and some of them have been working with the office right from its foundation.

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Szecskay Attorneys at Law claims victory in an EUR 35 million real property litigation

Szecskay Attorneys at Law secured a major victory before the Hungarian Supreme Court (Kúria) in its representation of a major real estate development company.

The litigation, which was commenced by the Hungarian State, was aimed at establishing that the contracts by which our client acquired two real properties were null and void. The properties were first sold by the Hungarian State to the local municipality, then the municipality sold them to our client. The case concerns two high profile real properties. The value of the claim was EUR 35 million (HUF 11 billion).

On November 14, 2017, the Kúria upheld the first instance judgement of the Metropolitan Court of Budapest, which rejected the Hungarian State’s claim. The Kúria confirmed that the contracts subject to the lawsuit were not invalid. The Kúria’s judgement is noteworthy because it overturned the second instance judgement, which held that the contracts were null and void for several reasons.

Szecskay Attorneys at Law’s litigation team consisted of András Szecskay, Judit Gulás and Miklós Boronkay.

András Szecskay, lead counsel in the case said: “We are extremely proud to have successfully represented our client in this high value litigation. The Kúria’s judgement concludes four years of litigation, which consisted of two first instance and two second instance proceedings. It is always difficult to overturn a second instance judgement, and we are happy to have achieved this.” Miklós Boronkay, senior associate added: “This was a complex and challenging case, both from a factual and a legal point of view. We saw two favourable first instance judgements getting overturned by the second instance court. We are therefore very pleased that we could secure the final victory.”

CMS Budapest advises NEPI Rockcastle on EUR 275 million acquisition of Arena Plaza shopping centre in Budapest

CMS advised NEPI Rockcastle plc on the acquisition of Arena Plaza shopping centre in Budapest, through buying all the issued shares in, and claims against, Symmetry Arena Ingatlankezelo Korlatolt Felelossegu Tarsasag, the owner of Arena Plaza. 

With a gross lettable area of 66,000m2, Arena Plaza is the second largest retail centre in Budapest and its EUR 275 million acquisition is considered to be one of the biggest Hungarian real estate transaction this year.

Real Estate team included Partners Gabor Czike and Jozsef Varady and Senior Associate Andras Klupacs, Associate Zsofia Zsurzsa, Trainee Aniko Szucs, and Lawyer Laszlo Jokay. The CMS Budapest Banking team representing the banks (as sellers of the senior loan receivable) in the framework of a Chinese Wall arrangement included Partner Erika Papp and Senior Associate Dorottya Varga-Giesz. Corporate law matters were covered by Partner and English law specialist Eva Talmacsi and Senior Associate Zoltan Poronyi.

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