The Engel & Eszes Legal Partnership is the legal partnership of Hungarian law firms engaged in the international practice of commercial and business law. We continuously offer high-level services at competitive fees to our clients. Our practice entails commercial law, corporate law, dispute resolution, real estate and immigration. We handle the legal aspects of corporations, joint ventures, mergers, acquisitions, international and domestic shipping and trade, project finance, real estate, media, litigation, arbitration, mediation, aviation, telecommunications, and administrative law. Most of the Partnership's clients are domestic or international corporations. We have international experience in serving clients with both domestic and foreign background. We combine the local knowledge with international expertise in order to provide comprehensive legal services to our clients. A large number of the Partnership's business is generated by other law firms what also retain the Partnership for its legal expertise.

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  • Full Name:
  • Dr.Tamás ENGEL
  • Date of Birth:
  • 3 August,1952
  • Nationality:
  • Hungarian


  • Institution:
  • Eötvös Lóránd University, Faculty of Law, Budapest, Hungary
  • Degree/ Diploma:
  • Doctor of Law
  • Dates:
  • 1971 to 1976
  • Bar Exam:
  • 1978
  • Institution:
  • National Patent Office, Hungary
  • Dates:
  • 1986
  • Degree/Diploma:
  • Advanced level Specialized Qualification of Legal Protection of Industry,


  • Body:
  • Budapest Bar
  • Date of Admittance:
  • 1996
  • Body:
  • California State Bar
  • Date of Admittance:
  • 1993


  • Organisation:
  • Engel Law Office
  • Dates:
  • 2018-
  • Position:
  • Managing Partner
  • Location:
  • Budapest, Hungary
  • Organisation:
  • Engel & Eszes Law Office
  • Dates:
  • 2015-2018
  • Position:
  • Managing Partner
  • Location:
  • Budapest, Hungary
  • Organisation:
  • Engel Ügyvédi Iroda
  • Dates:
  • 2004-2015
  • Position:
  • Ügyvezető partner
  • Location:
  • Budapest, Hungary
  • Organisation:
  • Ormai és Társai CMS Cameron McKenna
  • Dates:
  • 2002 - 2004
  • Position:
  • Head of dispute resolution practice group
  • Location:
  • Budapest, Hungary
  • Organisation:
  • Nagy és Trócsányi Law Office
  • Dates:
  • 1996-2002
  • Position:
  • Partner
  • Location:
  • Budapest, Hungary
  • Organisation:
  • Law Offices of Thomas Engel
  • Dates:
  • 1993-1996
  • Position:
  • Partner
  • Location:
  • Calabasas, California, USA


  • English
  • Hungarian


  • Client
  • Country
  • Industry
  • Nature of assignment
  • Real Estate investment companies, individuals
  • UK, USA, Ireland
  • Real Estate
  • Represented foreign companies and individuals to invest in real property; to develop unimproved land in Hungary,
  • Individuals
  • USA, Russia
  • Immigration
  • Representation of foreign individuals in residency and permanent residency matters in Hungary.
  • Major Radio broadcast providers
  • Hungary
  • Media
  • Representation during negotiations regarding broadcasting agreements; legal disputes with regulator.
  • Major international and Hungarian companies
  • Mainly Hungary, USA, Finland Israel
  • All kind
  • Appeared before first instance and appellate courts and before the Highest Court of Hungary. Participated in domestic and international arbitration proceedings and mediation. Represented clients in -among others- commercial, breach of contract, business tort, intellectual property, insurance and competition disputes.
  • International and Hungarian manufacturers
  • Hungary , USA, Portugal, Ireland
  • Manufacturing and services companies
  • Advised several international and Hungarian companies in their activities connected to legal aspects of strategic planning, real estate acquisition.
  • Hungarian affiliation of a Foreign based Bank
  • Hungary
  • Financial services
  • Represented client before State Supervision of Financial Services regarding licensing issues and consumer complaints.
  • Major Hungarian Company
  • Hungary
  • Aviation
  • Advised major Hungarian aviation company in aircraft purchase and lease matters, issued legal opinion for lenders
  • Major international and Hungarian telecommunication companies
  • Japan , Ireland, USA, Hungary
  • Telecommunications
  • Advised and represented clients in establishing Hungarian operations obtaining license from Telecommunications Supervision. Participated in preparation of service contracts packages
  • Major International and Hungarian Companies
  • USA , Finland, Hungary,
  • All kind
  • Assisted and represented clients on the protection of intellectual property, including the procedures for application for patents and trade marks, drafted and negotiated contracts concerning a wide spectrum of matters such as licensing, and research agreements. Also, represented clients in infringement and other disputes concerning intellectual property.
  • Major Finnish company
  • Finland
  • Electric Power
  • Helped major Finnish electricity supply company on its proposed investment and acquisition in a Hungarian electricity company.
  • Major Hungarian and international companies
  • Hungary , USA,
  • All kind, such as: IT, manufacturing,
  • Conducted extensive due diligence connected to M&A of Hungarian companies together with the negotiation of sale and purchase and shareholders' agreements. Headed due diligence team connected to the U.S. FCPA legislation as well as to the restructuring of Hungarian companies
  • Leading Hungarian philharmonic orchestra
  • Hungary
  • Cultural services
  • Participated in restructuring of the leading Hungarian philharmonic orchestra
  • Major electronic parts manufacturer
  • USA
  • Manufacturing
  • Represented a major US-based international electronic parts manufacturer, in establishing manufacturing facility, in Hungary, including negotiations with landlords and drafting option and sale and purchase agreements
  • Major market player of the Hungarian chemical industry
  • Hungary , Italy
  • Chemicals
  • Assisted in the negotiations, preparation and finalization of joint venture agreements, preparation of all the necessary documentation and the obtaining of governmental and judicial approvals for the transaction


Award for Outstanding Legal Services, Bet Tzedek Legal Services, Los Angeles, California, 1994

Wiley W. Manuel Award, TheState Bar of California, 1994


Publications and articles on Hungarian business law in California periodicals;

Studies on changes in Hungarian economy, law and politics for lectures in California and in Hungary; the Hungarian chapter in the Product Liability Handbook issued by a major US lawfirm, 2002.

We understand the commercial and legal environment and always focus on resolving legal issues based on understanding of the client's business needs. The Firm seeks to provide comprehensive and practical legal solutions to our clients. We customarily appoint a contact person who will be responsible for the client's matters, and who can be easily reached so that we can respond quickly to issues that may arise during the work undertaken. We strive to combine quality services similar to that of large international law firms with special personal care and attention offered only by small law firms.

Commercial Law 
Our Partnership provides general advice on daily business matters. This includes the preparation, negotiation and conclusion of routine sales, administrative, commercial, packaging, storing, transporting, marketing agreements as well as advice on and procedure regarding special operations exceeding the scope of daily routine such as joint ventures and asset purchase agreements.

Real estate law 
We have sufficient experience to represent our clients in real estate purchase or sale in Hungary, both on the seller's and on the buyer's side.

Corporate Law 
The Partnership's practice involves the formation of Hungarian business entities and the acquisition and sale of such entities. The Partnership assists in the negotiations, preparation and finalization of corporate agreements. We prepare all of the necessary documents and obtain all necessary governmental and judicial approvals for such transactions.

Intellectual Property, trademarks
We represent our clients in Hungarian national, European and international trademark registration proceedings; and in opposition procedures related to such proceedings. We also perform trademark research for our clients. Our practice involves proceedings before domestic, foreign and international authorities, administrative agencies and courts regarding licensing of trademarks, utilty models, patents, copyrights. We also represent our clients in relation to the sale, and purchase of such rights. We handle legal protection of such rights through various forms of dispute resolution.  

Project Finance and Real Estate 
The Partnership is experienced in assisting clients with project finance and real estate acquisitions. We negotiate the terms of the transactions, draft the necessary documents, obtain all necessary government approvals and registrations.

Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) 
The Partnership's role in the implementation of FDI include legal assistance in: land acquisition, installment of utilities, examination of environmental implications, construction of plants, obtaining various permits etc. The attorneys of the Partnership would routinely conduct negotiations with various organizations, corporations, utilities, central and local governmental bodies during the implementation of FDIs.

Employment Law
Our experience indicates that the development of sound legal conditions of contracts concluded with employees or agents is an area of high priority to our clients. We represent the employer in possible employment litigation cases, however our primarily aim is to prevent legal disputes with the implementation of appropriate regulations.

We provide assistance for our clients in Hungarian immigration matters to obtain residency and permanent residency permits.

Litigation and Arbitration 
The Engel & Eszes Legal Partnership represents its clients in various types of commercial and civil cases before the regular Hungarian courts, as well as before the regular or ad hoc Hungarian and international arbitration tribunals. We regularly proceed in matters of international business practice, encompassing breach of contracts, damages, competition law, employment law, administrative law, real estate, corporate disputes, business torts, intellectual property and telecom matters before the first instance and appellate courts in Hungary and also have an active arbitration practice involving claims before the Budapest Chamber of Industry and Commerce and other major arbitration centers. Our Partnership represents its clients in front of various administrative authorities as well. The Partnership is involved in mediation procedures.



H-1027 Budapest, Horvát utca 14-24. IV. emelet
Phone: (36-1) 882-0365
Fax: (36-1) 488-7116