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Erzs俠et Szalay
Erzsébet Szalay

Erzsébet is managing multi-jurisdictional and complex legal projects, delivering results by applying systematic, managed approach to business issues.

Erzsébet, one of the funding members of BLS, had spent more than a decade at top global law firm advising multinational clients in M&A, corporate and employment matters.

Her practice focuses on assisting clients with regional reach and multi-jurisdictional operation on intricate corporate governance issues, legal process management and on controlling outsourced legal projects. She regularly advises clients in M&A and real estate transactions in a wide variety of industry sectors ranging from e-commerce to transportation and logistics to energy and renewables.

Gábor Kovács

Gábor Kovács is a partner in BLS – Kovács és Szalay Law Firm. His practice focuses on providing bespoke business legal consultancy for clients ranging from private equity firms to transnational companies with investments in the Central Eastern European region.

Gábor advises clients in the financial sector, agribusiness, renewable energy, and the digital economy. He is experienced in setting up and maintaining cross-border legal operations, be it an ad hoc project or a temporary purpose, like an outsourced legal function. Gábor serves as the trusted advisor of several business leaders and entrepreneurs, who count on him to deliver bespoke legal solutions with a strong focus on wealth management.

With over a decade of experience gained working on regulatory projects in Budapest and Brussels, Gábor is adept at mitigating regulatory risks stemming from local legislation or from the European Union.

Iulia Berea
Iulia Berea
Romanian office partner

Iulia is a Romanian law qualified lawyer highly specialized in Corporate, M&A, Labour, Data Protection, Consumer Protection and Environment practices. She has extensive experience in top-ranked law firms, both international and local. Iulia is a member of the Romanian Union of Lawyers and of the Romanian Bar Association since 2004 and has an online MBA Essentials certificate granted by the London School of Economics.

Chen Chen
cooperating partner

Chen is the collaborating partner of BLS with an extensive knowledge in managing legal matters in respect of the European operation of the subsidiaries of Chinese Enterprises. Chen is specialized in Corporate M&A, construction, real estate, dispute resolution and arbitration. She is Fluent in English, Hungarian and Chinese.

M rk Bene
Márk Bene

Márk Bene is an associate at BLS – Kovács és Szalay Law Firm.
His practice focuses on advising on corporate matters, M&A transactions and regulatory risk management. Márk holds an LLM degree in international business law from Queen Mary University London. He has gathered years of international business consulting experience in Brussels and across the CEE region.

Márk regularly advises multinational companies in key industries on corporate governance and day-to-day commercial legal issues, while also helping them map and tackle regulatory risks related to domestic and EU law. He has been involved in major financial transactions including several corporate bond issues and corporate debt refinancing for multinational companies.

Adél Bognár
finance manager

As the finance manager, Adél is responsible for overseeing the financial operations of BLS. She advises on investment plans, monitors the company’s finances, produces financial reports, and is also responsible for the billing process. She is working closely with the management to develop and implement strategies and plans to achieve the company’s long-term objectives.

Ádám Benyőcs
of counsel

Ádám Benyőcs is a seasoned dispute-resolution generalist with extensive experience in domestic litigation and arbitration. Since his graduation from the Faculty of Law of Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE) of Budapest in 2011, he gained experience working with major international law firms and as a sole practitioner. Ádám’s professional goal is to determine the best route to his clients’ success – either through settlement, or by putting up a fight.

R‚ka Dancsa-N br czky
Réka Dancsa-Nábráczky
junior associate

Réka Dancsa-Nábráczky is a junior associate at BLS – Kovács és Szalay Law Firm.
Réka has experience in cross-border and domestic M&A transactions, including due diligence exercises and general corporate matters. Réka has been involved in financial, capital markets and corporate refinancing projects. She also assists clients in employment and immigration cases.

Mariann L‚gr dy
Mariann Légrády

Mariann Légrády is working as an assistant / paralegal providing legal assistance for the projects of the firm by executing administative tasks.
Before joining our team, Mariann was working for a prestigious law firm and US based multinational companies, where she had the opportunity to support the CEO as well as other key management members (production planner, logistics manager, engineering, HR leaders and legal partners) in their everyday work. Having a strong background in administration, processes and corporate matters, Mariann is responsible for building up and maintaining corporate and immigration documentation hierarchy and systems in a professional way, participating in the adequate administration of the projects, ensuring that documentation is up-to-date all the time. In project management matters she also provides general administrative support, written reports and quality data as the project and clients require.

Boldizs r Manninger
Boldizsár Manninger
junior associate

Boldizsár Manninger is a junior associate at BLS – Kovács és Szalay Law Firm, deepening his legal knowledge and experience in a wide range of areas, such as corporate, commercial, IT and litigation matters.

Boldizsár has already been involved in a number of significant cases, demonstrating an in-depth understanding of complex legal problems. His ability to analyse complex matters and provide sound legal solutions makes Boldizsár a valuable addition to any team.

Angéla Maller

Angéla’s decade-long advocacy practice is focused on criminal law. Her key strength lies in the solid knowledge of both substantive and procedural law. Angéla has argued cases in all levels of courts defending individuals and corporations facing criminal prosecution. She has successfully defended and represented clients before all sort of investigating authorities and throughout forensic audits. She has particular expertise in crimes related to the operation of business undertakings and she is experienced in representing corporations as victims of professional misconduct.

Tünde Pomozi
of counsel

Tünde is a graduate of Péter Pázmány Catholic University, Faculty of Law, and Political Sciences, and holding a master’s degree in public policy from Central European University. She has substantial experience in public administration ranging from drafting legal and policy materials to liaising with partners. During her posting as an attaché at the Permanent Representation of Hungary to the EU in Brussels, she gained valuable insights into EU decision-making procedures and was entrusted with representing national mandates. She brings a thorough understanding of EU and Hungarian policies in various fields. Tünde mainly assists clients in the energy sector, designing complex strategies to navigate them in the ever-changing regulatory environment. Building on her EU and international experience, she has joined our team as an of counsel.

Andrada Serbu
Andrada Serbu
Andrada is primarily involved in corporate/M&A, employment and employment litigation, data protection, and real estate matters. Andrada’s pragmatic approach is considered instrumental by clients with business interests across a large variety of industries, such as automotive, heavy industries, banking, insurance, agri-business, retail, and construction.
 As a former member of one of the highest-ranking Romanian law firms and also as in-house counsel of a reputed multi-national construction company, Andrada took the opportunity to develop significant commercial awareness and business acumen.
 A passionate lawyer, Andrada graduated from the University of Bucharest Law School and holds an LL.M. in Civil Law and Civil Procedure Law.
Sára Surányi-Farkas
legal researcher

Sára Surányi-Farkas is a legal researcher at BLS – Kovács és Szalay Law Firm, specializing in providing essential guidance to the dispute resolution team across various legal domains. With an academic background and comprehensive understanding cultivated during her tenure at the Supreme Court of Hungary, Sára brings invaluable expertise to her role. Her prior experience has equipped her with a keen eye for detail, meticulous research skills, and an unwavering commitment to legal excellence. Within the dynamic environment of BLS – Kovács és Szalay Law Firm, Sára’s contributions are  instrumental in achieving favorable outcomes for clients, further solidifying the firm’s reputation for well-grounded legal argumentation.

Bal zs Surinya
Balázs Surinya
law firm member in Budapest

He primarily focuses on corporate, commercial and IT/privacy matters. Balázs has comprehensive experience in corporate and commercial matters and in labour law. In his junior years, he was also involved in a series of landmark mass litigation cases. An interest in information technology drove him to continue broadening his focus to IT and data protection. Building on a strong background in traditional legal areas, Balázs provides multinational companies with top notch commercial and IT/privacy advice in complex transactional and compliance matters. In addition, he assists clients in employment and immigration cases.

Lilla Vass
office manager

Lilla Vass is a detail-oriented and reliable Office Manager with several years of experience in administrative and management support. She is well-versed in streamlining office processes, utilizing office filing systems, providing administrative support, and coordinating front desk operations. Lilla holds a bachelor’s degree in economics, providing her with an in-depth understanding of business strategy. With a strong passion for continuous learning, she is involved in a wide range of  activities, from project coordination to assisting with HR and payroll tasks. Fluent in German and intermediate in English, Lilla upholds a comfortable and professional atmosphere in the front office area with her naturally positive attitude and warm demeanor.