Bálint Bassola

Bassola (Budapest)
Founding Partner

Bálint Bassola is the Head of the Competition Law Practice Group of Bassola Law Firm. He studied in Budapest, Strasboug and Regensburg and earned his LL.M. at the College of Europe (Bruges). He obtained his PhD at Eötvös University of Budapest. During his carreer Bálint practiced as a competition lawyer at Dentons LLP, at bpv LLP and at Jalsovszky Law Firm. Previously, he worked as a Case Handler at the Hungarian Competition Authority. Bálint advises on EU and Hungarian competition law issues, including merger control, cartel proceedings, unfair manipulation of business choice, consumer protection, as well as advertising and marketing law. Besides his native Hungarian, he provides legal advice in English, German and French.


29420 Bulletin

Bálint Bassola A Hungarian Appeal Court upholds the NCA decision fining EUR 28 M construction companies in several public procurement procedures for motorway-construction (Betonút / Debmút / Egút / Hídépítő / Strabag)


Facts of the case July, August 2002: the National Motorway Co Ltd (NM) issues invitations to motorway construction works February 2003: ex-officio proceedings of the GVH commenced in order to establish whether the construction companies committed collusive bidding September and October 2003: (...)

Bálint Bassola The Hungarian Competition Authority accepts commitments by the largest commercial banks to terminate the possible anti-competitive effect of the augmented repayment fee (OTP Bank)


The reason the GVH has initiated proceedings against OTP Bank was because OTP Bank unilaterally raised its repayment fee, charged in case of early repayment of the total amount of the personal credit or the mortgage, by 600%. The case ended with commitments undertaken by OTP Bank. 1 (...)

Bálint Bassola The Metropolitan Court of Budapest applies for the first time both EU and national competition law while sanctioning an exclusive ticketing agreement (Budapest Sports Stadium)


This case was among the first in which EC competition law was applied by a Hungarian court. In October 2006 the Metropolitan Court of Budapest had rejected the appeals of the plaintiffs, and thus confirmed the legal assessment of the decision of the Competition Council of the Hungarian (...)

Bálint Bassola The Hungarian NCA holds that the professional rules of book publishers and retailers association restrict competition (Association of Book Publishers and Book Retailers-MKKE)


The Competition Council of the Hungarian Competition Authority (Gazdasági Versenyhivatal - GVH) established in its decision, issued on 11 April 2006, that certain provisions of “The rules concerning competition of Hungarian publishing and bookselling” of the Hungarian Association of Book (...)


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