Bird & Bird (Budapest)

László Zlatarov

Bird & Bird (Budapest)
Lawyer (of Counsel)

László is a Special Counsel in Bird & Bird’s Competition & EU practice in Budapest, he has a deep insight into Hungarian and international competition law. With over 20 years’ experience specialising in Hungarian and EU competition law, as well as related dispute resolution matters, he advises on the competition aspects of M&A transactions, guiding clients through the merger process from pre-notification to obtaining clearance. He also represents clients in cartel investigations before the Hungarian Competition Authority and courts, as well as in competition litigation before the courts and arbitral tribunals. He often advises on vertical and horizontal agreements, pricing issues and competition compliance. His prior experience includes membership at the Competition Council, the decision-making body of the Hungarian Competition Authority, where he shaped some of the authority’s landmark decisions and significant policy papers. He has also worked for major international law firms in Brussels and Budapest. In addition to his native Hungarian, he is fluent in English.

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Articles

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László Zlatarov, Dániel Aranyi The Hungarian Competition Authority investigates therapeutic claims attributed to cosmetic products containing C-peptide as consumers are subjected to unfair commercial practices due to COVID-19 (Vargapeptide)

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The Hungarian Competition Authority (GVH) keeps a watchful eye over advertisement claims regarding alleged COVID-19 treatments that exploit the vulnerability of consumers in the current pandemic. The GVH initiated an investigation against Max-Immun Kft. in May (VJ/22/2020), because of its (...)

Daniel Arányi, László Zlatarov The Hungarian Competition Authority reopens a previously approved acquisition between two telecommunication players on the basis that the parties submitted false and misleading data during the notification and approval procedure (Invitel / GVH)

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The Hungarian Competition Authority (GVH) finally approved the acquisition of Invitel by DIGI, both significant players on the Hungarian telecoms market. However, with with a complex remedies package as published on 18 March 2020 (Vj/42/2018). As we already reported, the approval of the merger (...)

Daniel Arányi, László Zlatarov The Hungarian Competition Authority initiates a procedure to determine if the parties provided false data during a pre-merger review in the poultry products market (SáGa Foods)

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In December 2019, the Hungarian Competition Office (“GVH”) acknowledged the notification of the acquisition of SáGa Foods Zrt. by Master Good Kft. without raising doubts (ÖB-0052/2019/6). After the implementation of the merger, the merging parties issued a press release, which was also sent to the (...)

Daniel Arányi, László Zlatarov The Hungarian Competition Authority fines undertakings €4.8 million for sharing EU-funded public procurement tenders for diagnostic imaging equipment (GE Hungary / Premier G / Euromedic Technology)

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The Hungarian Competition Authority (’’GVH’’) fined several undertakings which were found to have shared amongst themselves the EU-funded public procurement tenders for diagnostic imaging (MRI, CT and X-ray) equipment in Hungary in 2015. The total fine amounts to EUR 4.8 million, with GE Hungary (...)

Daniel Arányi, László Zlatarov The Hungarian Competition Authority publishes updates to the collection of its important decisions relating to the Competition Act and to the Consumer Protection Act

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The Hungarian Competition Authority (“GVH”) has published updates to the collection of its important decisions relating to the Competition Act (the “Competition Act Collection”) and to the Consumer Protection Act (the “Consumer Protection Collection”), respectively, covering cases closed by the GVH (...)

Daniel Arányi, László Zlatarov The Hungarian Competition Authority accepts commitments from insurance companies to compensate the incomplete information provided to costumers (4Life Direct / Red Sands Life)

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In case Vj/68/2016 (31 July 2019), the GVH accepted the commitments of 4Life Direct Kft., Red Sands Life Assurance Company (Europe) Limited and Red Sands Insurance Company (Europe) Limited to pay approximately HUF 100 million (EUR 3 million) to beneficiaries of insurance products compensating (...)

Daniel Arányi, László Zlatarov The Hungarian Competition Authority publishes a draft of the investigative report after its sector inquiry regarding payment card acquiring services

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On 15 May 2019, the Hungarian Competition Authority (“GVH”) published the draft of the investigative report on its sector inquiry regarding payment card acquiring services in Hungary (the “Draft Report”) investigating the period between 2013 and 2018. The GVH initiated the sector inquiry in January (...)

Daniel Arányi, László Zlatarov The Hungarian Supreme Court annuls the Competition Authority’s decision which fined a company for having applied a discount scheme leading to dual pricing on the contact lenses market (Alcon)

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The Hungarian Supreme Court ("Kúria") annulled on 10 April 2019 a decision of the Hungarian Competition Authority ("GVH") which had imposed a € 321,000 fine on Alcon Hungária Kft. and Alcon Services AG Hungarian branch (jointly, the "Alcon Companies") for having applied a discount scheme leading (...)

Daniel Arányi, László Zlatarov The Hungarian Competition Authority finds that an association restricted price competition by issuing and monitoring compliance with its fee regulation (LOSZ)

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The Hungarian Competition Authority (“GVH”) had found that the Hungarian association of home decorators (in Hungarian: Lakberendezők Országos Szövetsége, “LOSZ”) restricted price competition in the period between 1997 and 2016 by issuing, and monitoring compliance with, its Fee Regulation in the (...)

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