CEE Legal Matters’ 3rd Annual Budapest Law Firm Bowling Challenge took place in the bowling alley of Budapest’s Mammut Shopping Mall on the evening of January 28, 2019, with teams from 14 of Hungary’s leading law firms competing for the champion’s trophy, and proceeds going to a charity selected by the participants.
Proceeds from the evening went to the Bator Tabor Foundation, which organizes special summer camps for cancer-afflicted and chronically ill children.
DLA Piper, which beat Hogan Lovells in the first round (420-291) and Baker McKenzie in the second round (372-344), took home the trophy as the night’s Champion, with a total of 792 points. Baker McKenzie was close behind with 753 points, and Szecsenyi and Partners came in third with 742. The other firms participating were Nagy es Trocsanyi, 2018 champion Dentons, Schoenherr, bpv Jadi Nemeth, Hogan Lovells, Danubia Legal, 2017 champion CMS, Lakatos Koves and Partners, CHSH, and SBGK. The highest individual score of the night belonged to Zsuzsanna Schwanzer (145) from DLA Piper.
A team from the Bator Tabor Foundation itself represented the charity well with an impressive 673 points, while the CEE Legal Matters team was able to muster only 503.
At the conclusion of the evening, a check for HUF 913,528 was handed over to the representatives of the Bator Tabor Foundation whose energy, enthusiasm, and good cheer stood out throughout the evening. “We enjoyed it a lot and made a lot of acquaintances,” said Zsofia Verten of Bator Tabor.
CEE Legal Matters Events Producer Vaida Stockunaite, who spent most of the last month working to put the event together, declared herself thrilled with the results of the evening. “This is a great opportunity to bring so many lawyers together for an evening of laughter, music, and light competition, all for a good cause. It’s great to see even some Managing Partners participate,” she said, noting that bpv Jadi Nemeth Managing Partner Andrea Jadi Nemeth showed up in person to lead her firm’s team.
As an additional benefit of winning, DLA Piper was invited to select the charity to receive the proceeds from next year’s event, and chose Hintalovon Gyermekjogi Alapítvány (the Rocking Horse Children’s Rights Foundation). DLA Piper Hungary Country Managing Partner András Posztl commented: "We are delighted about our victory among such great peers. The good cause is all that counts. Thank you to the organizers for making the game happen and we are delighted to shed light on the amazing Hintalovon Gyermekjogi Alapitvany."
CEE Legal Matters would like to thank all the participants for coming out on a cold and snowy night to share the fun, and to help an organization dedicated to such a worthwhile cause. We hope to see everyone again in 2020!