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Gabor Kukovecz Joins Phoenix Hungary as Group Legal Director

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Former Diageo Head of Legal & Operations and DPO Gabor Kukovecz has joined the Phoenix Group in Hungary as the Group Legal Director.

Kukovecz had been with Diageo for over 10 years, first joining the company in July 2012 as the Company Secretary and Legal Counsel Hungary and being appointed to his last role in March 2018. Prior to that, he was a Senior Legal Manager with British American Tobacco between 2011 and 2012. Earlier still, he was a Legal Manager with Invitel International between 2007 and 2011. Kukovecz's experience includes working as a Senior Associate for Allen & Overy in 2007, as a Legal Advisor for UPC Hungary between 2001 and 2006, and as a Junior Lawyer with Tesco between 1998 and 2001.

"I believe that what I have learned in my past 22 years at various multinational FMCG and CMT companies in various legal roles I could now use it all at the Phoenix Group in Hungary to strengthen their market-leading position," commented Kukovecz. "I am really pleased that I can work with their professionals, who spent the past decades dealing with the issues of this market and thus they understand every angle of it. This is a fantastic opportunity for me and a merger between Phoenix's and my capabilities to reach out our next goals together.”

Originally reported by CEE In-House Matters.

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The firm’s lawyers provide clients with advice and representation in an active, thoughtful and ethical manner, with a real understanding of clients‘ business needs and the markets in which they operate.

The firm is one of the largest home-grown independent law firms in Hungary. Currently Nagy és Trócsányi has 26 lawyers out of which there are 8 active partners. All partners are equity partners.

Nagy és Trócsányi is a legal entity and registered with the Budapest Bar Association. All lawyers of the Budapest office are either members of, or registered as clerks with, the Budapest Bar Association. Several of the firm’s lawyers are admitted attorneys or registered as legal consultants in New York.

The firm advises a broad range of clients, including numerous multinational corporations. 

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The firm advises a broad range of clients, including numerous multinational corporations. Among our key clients are: OTP Bank, Sberbank, Erste Bank, Scania, KS ORKA, Mannvit, DAF Trucks, Booking.com, Museum of Fine Arts of Budapest, Hungarian Post Pte Ltd, Hiventures, Strabag, CPI Hungary, Givaudan, Marks & Spencer, CBA.

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