Gábor Fejes

Oppenheim (Budapest)
Lawyer (Partner)

Gábor is a partner of Oppenheim. He is the head of the anti-trust, competition and trade practice group. His areas of practice include European and Hungarian competition law, antitrust, unfair competition and IP related litigation as well as domestic arbitration. He has particular expertise in handling domestic cartel cases, both in front of antitrust authorities and courts. His sector experience includes consumer products and retail, construction and energy. Gábor graduated from the Eötvös Loránd University School of Law, Budapest and from the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium. He lectures in Hungarian contract and tort law at the Eötvös Loránd University School of Law, Budapest and various EU law related subjects (EC competition law, merger control, conflicts of laws) at the Pázmány Péter Catholic University, School of Law, Budapest. Gábor is the “National Correspondent Editor” of Bellamy & Child (the leading EU competition law treatise) and a member of the Editorial Board of the Oxford Journal of European Competition Law & Practice as well as that of Európai Bírósági Ítéletek (the first Hungarian language digest of European courts’ case law). Gábor regularly publishes on EU and Hungarian competition law and questions of Hungarian contract law. Gábor is a member of the Board of the Competition Law Institute of Pázmány Péter Catholic University and the author of the competition chapter in the first full Hungarian language commentary to the EC Treaty. Prior to joining Oppenheim, Gábor spent 9 years with Freshfields in Brussels and Budapest. He speaks Hungarian, English, German and Spanish.

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Gábor Fejes, Zoltan Marosi The Hungarian Competition Authority does not rule on anti-competitive agreements in the agricultural sector due to a new domestic sectoral exemption (Watermelon cartel)

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1. Introduction On 10 April 2013, the Hungarian Competition Authority (GVH) terminated its competition proceedings concerning anti-competitive agreements against several multinational grocery retail chains as ALDI, Auchan, Lidl, Spar, TESCO and a domestic franchise, CBA as well as the Hungarian (...)

Gábor Fejes, Zoltan Marosi The Hungarian Metropolitan Court of Appeal rules on the validity of the agreements concluded by members of a horizontal cartel with their customers (Fruit contracts)

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In a landmark decision published in December 2010, the Court of Appeal of Budapest had the opportunity to rule on the important question of the validity of agreements concluded by members of a horizontal cartel with their customers (so-called “fruit contracts” or “Folgeverträge”) under Hungarian (...)

Gábor Fejes, Zoltan Marosi The Hungarian Parliament adopts new procedural rules rewarding individuals for reporting hard-core cartels (Act CLXIII of 2009 on the protection of fair procedures)

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In December 2009, the Hungarian Parliament adopted Act CLXIII of 2009 on the protection of fair procedures (“Fair Procedures Act”) which aims to enforce the right to fair trial in the field of public finance, public procurement and competition procedures. The Fair Procedures Act enters into force (...)

Gábor Fejes, Zoltan Marosi The Hungarian Competition Authority condemns vertical resale price fixing agreement concluded between a wholesaler of medicines and pharmacies but without imposing a fine (Hungaropharma)

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Description of the impugned case The case concerned a straightforward RPM arrangement, where the pharmacies, in their agreements concluded with a wholesaler of medicines (Hungaropharma), agreed to maintain (discounted) resale prices. Due to the wording and context of the arrangement, the HCO (...)

Gábor Fejes, Zoltan Marosi The Hungarian High Court of appeal upholds the competition office decision case and also accepts the approach of the first instance decision as regards the reduction of the fines (GIS cartel)

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The Budapest Court of Appeal upheld, in its second instance judgment, the verdict of the Metropolitan Court of Budapest in the "GIS cartel" case: the judgment confirmed the existence of the infringement, whilst it accepted the lower court’s decision to decrease the fines imposed on the (...)

Gábor Fejes, Marton Barna, Zoltan Marosi The Hungarian Competition Office concludes that the conditions for individual exemption are fulfilled in case of a joint purchasing and marketing agreement, having found that the joint-venture was not full function (Euronics)

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The Hungarian Competition Office (HCO) initiated proceedings against the founding companies of Euronics to verify (i) whether Euronics can be regarded as a full-function joint venture, whose establishment should have been notified to the HCO, and (ii) whether the cooperation agreement concluded (...)

Gábor Fejes, Lia Scheuer-Szabó The Hungarian Competition Office finds certain marketing and advertising restrictions on pharmacists contrary to both Art. 81 EC and its Hungarian equivalent (Association of Hungarian Pharmacists)

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The Hungarian Competition Office (HCO) initiated proceedings against the Association of Hungarian Pharmacists (AHP) in order to verify whether certain rules of the AHP regulating advertising and marketing by pharmacists infringe Article 81 of the EC Treaty and Article 11 of the Hungarian (...)

Gábor Fejes, Lia Scheuer-Szabó The Hungarian Competition Office gives conditional clearance to the creation of a joint venture in the press logistics sector (MédiaLog Fiege)

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MédiaLog was founded by various large Hungarian publishing companies such as Ringier Kiadó Kft. (“Ringier”), Népszabadság Kiadó és Nyomdaipari Zrt. (“Népszabadság”), Sanoma Budapest Kiadói Zrt. (“Sanoma”) and a major German logistics company F-LOGAG (“F-LOG”). According to the joint venture agreement 51% of (...)

Gábor Fejes, Zoltan Marosi The Hungarian Competition Office dismisses the proceedings on abuse of dominant position against the postal sector incumbent but phrases various recommendations on discounts (Hungarian Post)

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Proceedings, applicable law An abuse of dominant position is prohibited by both Article 82 of the EC Treaty as well as Article 21 of the Hungarian Competition Act (the latter provision contains materially identical rules to its EC counterpart). The HCO stated that in the present case both the (...)

Gábor Fejes, Zoltan Marosi The Hungarian Competition Office finds certain advertising restrictions on lawyers contrary to Art. 81 EC and its national equivalent (Hungarian Bar Association)

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The Hungarian Competition Office (HCO) initiated proceedings against the Hungarian Bar Association (HBA) in order to verify whether certain rules of the HBA regulating advertising by attorneys as well as the content of webpages of attorneys infringe Article 81 of the EC Treaty and Article 11 of (...)

Gábor Fejes, Zoltan Marosi The Hungarian Competition Authority does not find RPM in the automobile sector to be anti-competitive due to low market shares of seller (MB-Autó)

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Description of the impugned case The agreements by MB-Autó (the importer of Mercedes-Benz type motor vehicles in Hungary) with its dealers / distributors contained a clause whereby the delaers / distributors were obliged to request the written approval of MB-Autó to discounts provided to their (...)

Gábor Fejes, Zoltan Marosi The Hungarian Competition Authority finds price fixing among competitors concerning the determination of recommended prices applied towards their sub-contractors to be anti-competitive (Trans Holding)

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Description of the impugned case The undertakings under investigation (five Hungarian undertakings, the business activity of which is carrying out the examination of originality of automotives) agreed in fixing their prices towards their sub-contractors and at the same time required such (...)

Gábor Fejes, Zoltan Marosi The Hungarian Competition Authority finds making a set resale price as a condition to conclude a distribution agreement with a producer to be anticompetitive (Magyar Suzuki)

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Description of the impugned case Magyar Suzuki, the Hungarian producer of Suzuki branded motor vehicles concluded distribution agreements with 110 dealers. An overall condition for the conclusion of the distribution agreement was, among others, that the distributors / dealers undertook to (...)

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