Hogan Lovells (Budapest)

Csaba Tóth

Hogan Lovells (Budapest)
Lawyer (Associate)

Csaba is the head of the commerce and media/telecoms group at Partos and Noblet in co-operation with Hogan Lovells. Csaba advises Hungarian and multinational television companies, radio broadcasters and advertising agencies; His experience includes : Advising UPC, the leading Central European broadband service provider and its Hungarian affiliate on regulatory matters; advising a major Hungarian internet provider and a software company in various regulatory matters; broad experience in major media transactions, programme licensing, production agreements, IP solutions; representing a major international publishing house in Hungary; advising major international companies in various cross-border M&A matters; advising Hungarian and international banks (ING, Bank of America etc.) and other financial institutions in major project finance matters, coordination of real estate development projects, preparing various due diligence reports and financial documentation; advising an international client in a significant cartel case before the Hungarian Competition office.

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40434 Bulletin

Alma Biró, Csaba Tóth The Hungarian Competition Authority’s first investigation based on the Hungarian Trade Act ends with undertakings imposed in the large retail distribution sector without final decision on alleged abuse of dominant position (Tesco)


The Hungarian Competition Authority (“HCA”) ordered Tesco to give undertakings in the first proceedings based on the Hungarian Trade Act without concluding whether or not there had been an infringement of the prohibition of abuse of dominant position. Summary In July 2006, the Hungarian (...)

Csaba Tóth, Sambor Ryszka The Hungarian Supreme Court confirms the NCA’s decision having imposed a € 1.1 M fine for price fixing on the basis of Art. 81 EC to major multiplex movie theatres (Budapest Film)


The Hungarian Competition Authority (“HCA”) established in its decision of 17 November 2003 that certain major Hungarian multiplex movie theatres (Budapest Film, Intercom, Palace Cinemas and UCICE) pursued concerted practices in 2002 by enacting similar significant price increases connected with (...)

Csaba Tóth, Endre Gombai The Hungarian Competition Office investigates whether an exclusive agreement in relation to magazine racks infringes the Hungarian Competition Act (Presti Est’s)


Background The Pesti Est media company is the largest player on the market of free program magazines in Hungary, distributing 130,000 copies a week of its magazine in Budapest. The Competition Office started an investigation into whether Pesti Est’s exclusive agreements in relation to their (...)

Csaba Tóth, Endre Gombai A Hungarian Court finds the fee recommendation of a lawyers’ association incompatible with national competition provision (Debrecen City Bar of Solicitors)


The Debrecen City Bar is an association of local lawyers, where the membership is obligatory. The association is empowered with public rights ; it may deliver obligatory decisions and non-obligatory recommendations as well. The general assembly of the Bar issued a recommendation on lawyers’ (...)

Csaba Tóth, Endre Gombai The Hungarian Competition Authority finds an exclusivity clause has an effect on trade between Member States and may distort competition in the sport events sector (Aréna / Multimédia Light and Sound / Ticketpro)


Background Aréna Üzemelteto Rt. received the right from the Hungarian State to be the controlling company of the Budapest Sports Stadium (hereinafter: the Budapest Sports Stadium). Aréna was, at the time of the investigation, an affiliate of the French Bouygues group. Multimédia Light and Sound (...)

Csaba Tóth The Hungarian Competition Authority held that refusing to enter into negotiations with one of the major competitors on the motorway construction market did not infringe competition law (Nemzeti Autópálya)


1. Summary The procedure of HCA was initiated by Decree n° 2. KpK. 45913/2001/3-I of the Capital Court (“Fõvárosi Bíróság”), having two times previously refused to investigate the complaint. The complainant (whose name is confidential, but is one of the major motorway construction undertakings in (...)

Csaba Tóth The Hungarian Competition Authority establishes that the introduction of a direct distributing system did not result in the abuse of a dominant position (Wrigley)


Summary In 2001 the Hungarian Competition Authority (hereinafter referred to as “HCA”) launched investigations in order to analyse whether Wrigley Hungária Ltd. (hereinafter referred to as “Wrigley”) violated the provisions of the Hungarian Competition Act (hereinafter referred to as "Competition (...)

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