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Dentons Claims the Prize: The 2018 CEELM Budapest Law Firm Bowling Challenge

Dentons Claims the Prize: The 2018 CEELM Budapest Law Firm Bowling Challenge

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After a long year of waiting, law firms from Hungary finally had the opportunity to show off their bowling skills again last night, as the second year of the CEE Legal Matters Budapest Law Firm Bowling Challenge brought 14 four-person teams together for an intense challenge, with the proceeds donated to the winning team's charity of choice.

The bowling balls and the minutes flew fast, and although the teams took the challenge seriously, there was little doubt that the primary goals of the evening – having fun and relaxing with colleagues and counterparts – were met. When the final ball was rolled, at the end of the second round, there was little doubt as to the final result, as 2018 Champion Dentons (with 850 points) claimed the trophy.

Following Dentons was Nagy & Trocsanyi 810). Szecsenyi & Partners (782); Hogan Lovells (773); KNP Law (749); DLA Piper (726); Sar and Partners (697); Allen & Overy (627); OPL (660); SBGK (655); Schoenherr (651); Lakatos Koves & Partners (648); Szabo, Kelemen & Partners (614); and CMS (537). 

The highest individual score of the night belonged to Bernadett Lengyel from SBGK, who racked up an impressive 158.

The charity organization chosen by Dentons to receive the evening's proceeds is Onkentes Tuzolto, Muszaki-mento es Vizimento Egyesulet, a Hungarian NGO that works to strengthen the healthcare system in the Hungarian communities of Dunakeszi, Godollo, and Fot by improving family doctor and home-pediatrician care services, as well as emergency service settlements in the region. “Charity organizations are really important to us, and we choose this one because they collect money for children,” said Gabor Feher, a key member of the victorious Dentons team.

Feher went on to express enthusiasm for the event in general, noting that there are few such opportunities for lawyers to meet in a social environment in Hungary. “In my opinion there is a need for this, because we meet each other on certain cases, but never in a more informal environment. So, thanks CEE Legal Matters for this opportunity.”

Adam Dunai, a lawyer at OPL, agreed. “It is a very good idea to bring firms together like this. It’s a good way to relax after a long working day, but also to get to know people from other Hungarian firms." OPL teammate Peter Toth was also enthusiastic. “It was really great to compete with the other firms, we liked the challenge, and luckily we didn’t end up in the last place. We didn’t win either, I think we finished somewhere in the middle. Anyways, we heard that next year might be darts, we are getting prepared, and we’ll be unbeatable.”

Several teams admitted to training for the event seriously. “We had three preparation sessions in-house, and we fought with my colleagues for the four places to be on the team," said lawyer Olga Peter-Szabo, a key member of the Nagy & Trocsanyi team. "We didn’t win – last year we were fourth, now we came second – but we are really proud of all our members. It was an awesome night, we had a good game, and lots of fun.” 

"I think everybody brought positive energy," said CEE Legal Matters Events Producer Vaida Stockunaite, smiling as she recalled the night. "And we hope it provided a good opportunity to relax with colleagues outside the office." 


Nagy es Trocsanyi at a Glance

Nagy és Trócsányi was founded in 1991, turned into limited professional partnership (in Hungarian: ügyvédi iroda) in 1992, with the aim of offering sophisticated legal services. The firm continues to seek excellence in a comprehensive and modern practice, which spans international commercial and business law. 

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. 

Our activity focuses on the following practice areas: M&A, company law, litigation and dispute resolution, real estate law, banking and finance, project financing, insolvency and restructuring, venture capital investment, taxation, competition, utilities, energy, media and telecommunication.

Nagy és Trócsányi is the exclusive member firm in Hungary for Lex Mundi – the world’s leading network of independent law firms with in-depth experience in 100+countries worldwide.

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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