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CMS Hires New Head of Compliance in Budapest

CMS Hires New Head of Compliance in Budapest


Maria Dardai has joined CMS’ Budapest office as Head of Compliance Projects.

Dardai moved over from UPC Hungary (Liberty Global), where she had been VP General Counsel, Compliance and Data Privacy Officer since 2009. Before that she was General Counsel Country Compliance Officer, Hungary at ABB (2008-2009), Head of Legal at Magyar Telekom (2002-2008), and Head of Legal, Compliance and Internal Audit at Nomura Securities Hungary (1999-2002). According to CMS, "Dardai not only has vast experience in compliance investigations but she has a deep insight into the Technology, Media and Telecommunications sector."

CMS Budapest Managing Partner Gabriella Ormai commented that: "We are very excited about the addition of Maria to our compliance, anti-bribery, and investigation practice. She will be essential to the further building of the practice in Hungary and regionally."

CMS's Global Co-Head of Disputes and Budapest-based Disputes and Investigations Partner Zsolt Okanyi commented: "Maria’s experience with high-profile compliance matters in a diverse range of sectors, coupled with massive international experience in Central and Eastern Europe, will be extremely beneficial to clients who must navigate in an increasingly complex global business environment."

Dardai added: "I am very excited to join CMS’ investigation team and looking forward to developing this practice further. I strongly believe that compliance has a tremendous importance in our clients’ operations which might be even more essential in Central and Eastern Europe than in other parts of the world. I am committed to serve clients at the highest standards and certain that clients will benefit from our strong experience in this practice area."