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Strike! Law Firms Compete in 5th CEELM Budapest Law Firm Bowling Challenge

Strike! Law Firms Compete in 5th CEELM Budapest Law Firm Bowling Challenge

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On June 30, 2022, CEE Legal Matters hosted the fifth edition of the CEELM Budapest Law Firm Bowling Challenge: A competition of four-person teams from leading law firms in Hungary, with all proceeds going to the previous winner’s charity of choice. A total of 13 law firms competed for the trophy – and the bragging rights that go along with it.

Competing in the charity event were (in alphabetical order):

  • Allen & Overy
  • Baker McKenzie
  • Ban, S.Szabo, Rausch & Partners
  • Bird & Bird
  • CMS
  • DLA Piper
  • KCG Partners
  • Komor Hennel Attorneys
  • Nagy & Trocsany
  • Oppenheim
  • Schoenherr
  • Szecskay
  • Wolf Theiss

After an intense competition, KCG Partners managed a solid comeback in the last round to win the championship, followed closely by Oppenheim and CMS.

The charity organization chosen by DLA Piper (the previous champions) to receive the evening's proceeds was the Hintalovon Foundation, which has been working to raise awareness of children’s rights in Hungary since 2015. The programs of the foundation include the Yelon program for the healthy development of children; the Pro Bono Child Rights Centre, providing free legal aid services; the Child Participation program, which aims to develop high school students’ knowledge of children’s rights and supports their effective participation; and the NEMECSEK Program for the prevention of school abuse. The foundation publishes the Child rights report annually, presenting the current situation of children’s rights in Hungary. The new champions – KCG Partners – will get to choose the recipient of the proceeds from next year’s edition.

“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,” commented the event’s organizer CEELM’s Anna Vinar.

Pictures of the evening are available on our Facebook page here.

CMS at a Glance

CMS Sofia is a full-service law firm, the largest international law firm in Bulgaria and one of the largest providers of legal services in the local market as a whole. The breadth and depth of our practice means that our lawyers are specialised, with a level of specialisation that few of our competitors can match.

CMS Sofia is the Bulgarian branch of CMS, a top ten global legal and tax services provider with over 5000 lawyers in 43 countries and 78 offices across the world.

CMS entered the Bulgarian market as one of the first internationally active law firms in 2005 and is now among the most respected legal advisors in the country. We have 7 partners, 4 counsel and over 30 lawyers in our office in Sofia.

Our legal experts, who are rooted in Bulgaria’s local culture, can also draw on years of experience in foreign countries and are at home in several legal systems at once. We know the particularities of the local market just as well as the needs of our clients and combine both to achieve optimum solutions. Our lawyers are Bulgarian qualified and we also have English qualified experts – all of them regularly working on cross-border mandates.

In our work, we focus on M&A, Energy, Projects and Construction, Banking and Finance, Real Estate, Media, IP and IT law, Tax, Employment law, Competition, Procurement and any kind of Dispute resolution, including arbitration and mediation. What’s more, we also take care of the entire legal management of our clients’ projects.

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