Welcome our new member – CMA Architects

CMA Architects are a Canadian Hungarian team of architects, interior architects and administrators who have, over 20 years, crafted a niche, quality design and project delivery practice.  With a portfolio of published and award winning projects ranging from offices to hotels to schools, landmark historical renovations to new build office tower, hotels to loft condo buildings CMA has delivered projects in 20 countries on 4 continents. CMA Architects are focused on design quality, quality execution and believe strongly in sustainable design having delivered LEED Gold certified offices buildings and educational buildings in both Europe and North America.

Dentons advises UniCredit and MUFG on EUR 750 million revolving credit facility for MOL

Budapest, 21 December 2017 – Dentons has advised UniCredit Bank AG, London branch and MUFG as coordinators on a EUR 750 million revolving credit facility provided by a group of 13 banks to MOL Plc., the Hungarian multinational oil and gas company. Société Générale acted as the facility agent.

The new facility has been arranged as a club deal with a group of MOL’s relationship banks. It has a tenor of five years (with two one year extension options) and can be drawn in both Euros and US Dollars.

Lee Federman, partner in Dentons’ Banking and Finance team, said, “We are delighted to have advised UniCredit and MUFG on MOL’s new revolving credit facility, which will serve to further enhance MOL’s financial profile and liquidity position.”

The Dentons team which advised UniCredit and MUFG was led by Lee Federman alongside Gergely Horváth, partner in Dentons’ Budapest office, and associates Alistair Stoddart and Emily Higgins in London.

Szilaspogony nursery upgrade event

Sponsored by the IHBC (Irish Hungarian Business Circle), Clarke & White Property, St Andrew’s Association and the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Hungary.

Thank you Zsuzsa Bozó and Patrick McMenamin for all the hard work you have done!

Dentons, the world’s largest law firm, announces new leadership roles at Nextlaw Labs and Nextlaw Ventures

Washington, D.C., December 7, 2017 – Dentons is pleased to announce that Marie Bernard has been named the new CEO of Nextlaw Labs, an accelerator of early-stage technology startups focused on the legal industry.

Dan Jansen, who currently serves as the CEO of both Nextlaw Labs and Nextlaw Ventures, effective immediately will focus on Nextlaw Ventures as CEO. Ventures had a successful first investment round in which it invested in 10 innovative legal tech companies located in the US and abroad. Seeking to build on that success, Jansen will spend his time preparing for a second round of investment so Dentons can continue to support its brand for innovation.

In her new role, Bernard, who will be based in Berlin, will work closely with Dentons’ leaders across the globe to develop Nextlaw Labs 2.0, helping to bring competitive advantage to Dentons, as well as design, develop and deliver “innovations as a service” to Dentons’ clients.

Jansen will remain very closely involved with Nextlaw Labs, as a Strategic Advisor, and continue to manage relationships with Nextlaw portfolio companies.

Bernard was most recently Europe Director of Innovation at Dentons, has served as Strategic Advisor to Nextlaw Labs, and she has been recognized in the Fastcase 50 as one of the world’s leading innovators in law. She will work closely with Dentons, clients and industry leaders to help shape the future of the legal industry.

“We welcome our dynamic new leadership structure as we enter the exciting next phase of our Nextlaw enterprises,” said Dentons Global CEO Elliott Portnoy.

Dentons launched Nextlaw Labs in 2015 as an autonomous, wholly owned subsidiary dedicated to developing and deploying new technologies that transform the business and practice of law.

One year later, Dentons announced the Nextlaw Global Referral Network, an innovative global platform that is now the largest legal network in the world, with over 500 members firms and more than 30,000 lawyers covering every major jurisdiction in the world.

Then, earlier this year, Dentons continued to execute on our vision and launched the Nextlaw Global Public Affairs Network, a bold venture representing our firm’s ability to deliver a digitally based, fully integrated, cross-functional solution that we can truly say solves clients’ business problems, not just legal ones.

Last month, Dentons rolled out our newest Nextlaw initiative, Nextlaw In-House Solutions, providing clients with sophisticated consulting solutions that go above and beyond the practice of law, taking us into the new realm of the business of law.

“Dentons, through Nextlaw Labs and Nextlaw Ventures, is poised to take another step in challenging the status quo of the legal profession,” added Dentons Global Chairman Joe Andrew.

About Dentons

Dentons is the world’s largest law firm, delivering quality and value to clients around the globe. Dentons is a leader on the Acritas Global Elite Brand Index, a BTI Client Service 30 Award winner and recognized by prominent business and legal publications for its innovations in client service, including founding Nextlaw Labs and the Nextlaw Global Referral Network. Dentons’ polycentric approach and world-class talent challenge the status quo to advance client interests in the communities in which we live and work.


Welcome our new member – Alfonz Hamori

Hi, my name is Alfonz,

I was born and raised in Budapest, Hungary and at the age of 18, after spending some time in Germany, I moved to Vancouver, Canada. In 2011 my wife and I decided to sell everything and start a new adventure to give our children a broader perspective of life, and so we moved to the south of France. After a successful five years in the abundance of sunshine and in the latest chapter of our lives, we are now living in Hungary and are very excited to be here!

I have had businesses in Canada, France and now in Hungary, ranging from the automotive sector to wine and tourism and language education.

This past year I have been very busy creating our new life here, finding the right schools, a nice area to settle in and ultimately, building a house.

Now that we have our routine and my projects have come to an end, it is time for me to get out there and start something new!

I speak fluent English, Hungarian, conversational French and I look forward to being a member and meeting other like-minded people sharing our ideas and experiences.

Jennifer Leigh Orange Rosebrugh – Obituary

A career long Foreign Service Officer for Global Affairs Canada, accepted her final posting with grace and dignity on November 8, 2017 in Ottawa. Anyone who met Jennifer could not help but be impressed by her positive outlook on life and her wonderful joie de vivre! She was raised in Cambridge, Ontario, a community her family had lived in for generations.
After graduating from Trent University (BA, honours) and Carleton University (Masters of Public Administration), Jennifer was immediately hired by Industry Canada and put on the Poultry file! Soon confirming that this was not her life’s calling, she transferred to Global Affairs as a Commercial Trade Officer. She was lucky enough to serve Canadian interests in Rome, Geneva, Moscow, Sub-Saharan Africa, Budapest and Atlanta. On a summer break at her cherished family cottage on Lake Huron, she connected with the love of her life, Jeff Murray. Together they shared life abroad and generously welcomed family and friends to visit at every opportunity.
Predeceased by her beloved father, H.Bennett Rosebrugh. Loved and missed by her husband Jeff Murray, mother, Patricia Orange Rosebrugh, aunt, Nancy Orange Birch of Claremont, California, brother Jeff Rosebrugh (Dr. Anne Galipeau) and by treasured niece Maya.Fondly remembered by sister in law Catherine Murray and family.
Her many friends’ and colleagues’ lives were enriched for knowing her. Jennifer’s wish would be for people to tell those they care for how much they love them and to reach out to those in need.
A gathering of her friends to be held at the Lindenlea Community Centre, 15 Rockcliffe Way, Ottawa, on Saturday December 2nd, 2-5 pm. (PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF LOCATION).
Jennifer was a proud member of Amnesty International and Heritage Ottawa.
Published in The Ottawa Citizen on Nov. 18, 2017

Welcome Paul Fodor – our new member

Paul is originally from Montréal, Canada he is best defined as a entrepreneur, consultant and a BD executive. Paul has worked for the likes of The Walt Disney Company, The Boston Consulting Group, Tesco and Iron Mountain in a variety of leadership roles. Paul up until recently ran and built his own analytics company which he exited in 2016. Paul currently is a partner in UK based The Barton Partnership a specialty recruiting firm that provides both permanent strategy professionals and independent consulting (freelance) professionals with background from McKinsey, Bain BCG. Paul is responsible for sourcing and leading strategy, M&A, and Transformation projects across Europe and has worked with a number of leading PE firms and advised a number of senior executives across a broad range of topics. Paul holds a B.Com from McGill University and an International MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business where he graduated with highest honours.

Dentons launches in-house counsel consultancy

Washington, D.C., November 15, 2017 – Dentons today launched Nextlaw In-House Solutions, a strategic consulting service, with more than 50 former general counsel across the globe ready to provide integrated, multi-disciplinary solutions to in-house counsel.

In-house counsel play an increasingly important role in companies all over the world, but often times have limited resources to build contemporary, effective operations. Managing new legal problems, legal technologies, procurement processes, and varying types of legal service providers is more challenging than ever before. A significant gap exists between client expectations of value, innovation and efficiency, and the effectiveness with which law firms are responding.

Driven by the voice of the client, Nextlaw In-House Solutions answers these challenges by bringing together profound experience in the general counsel role from major organizations around the world, along with legal technology and process management experts and professionals across the spectrum of legal operations disciplines, to provide advisory services, market insights and experienced perspectives.

These services can range from delivering solutions to improve the management of external counsel relationships and legal spend to leveraging innovation and legal technology to enhance the value delivered by legal departments. Our experienced team also provides coaching and mentoring for new general counsel or counseling on risk and compliance issues, as well as experienced interim or permanent in-house support wherever and whenever needed.

“As part of Dentons, the largest, most innovative law firm in the world, we enjoy unique advantages, including the privilege of working with and learning from sophisticated clients across the globe, spanning diverse industry sectors, legal systems and cultures,” said Chris Pinnington, CEO of Nextlaw In-House Solutions.

“One thing we consistently hear is that our clients are under enormous pressure, not just to resolve legal issues but to deliver business solutions, play a more strategic role in the C-Suite, modernize their legal departments, redefine processes and implement the latest technologies,” Pinnington said.

“Dentons is at the forefront of reinventing the legal profession, and Nextlaw In-House Solutions is a further step in a comprehensive strategy to lead transformation and disruption in the industry,” said Elliott Portnoy, Dentons Global CEO.

“With the launch of Nextlaw Labs in 2015, Nextlaw Global Referral Network in 2016, Nextlaw Public Affairs Network in 2017, and now Nextlaw In-House Solutions, Dentons is demonstrating that we are a catalyst for change in the delivery of solutions to the challenges confronting our clients. Nextlaw In-House Solutions teams will be on the same side of the table as their clients delivering solutions to the real problems facing in-house counsel,” said Dentons Global Chair Joe Andrew.

“Other firms market to clients, while we are focused on their real, day-to-day challenges. In- house counsel have clients as well, the business leaders, and while Dentons and other law firms will provide solid legal advice, the in house-counsel need more. They need someone who understands the pressures they are under, because they have been in the same situations, and can provide guidance on how to manage those pressures,” added Andrew.


About Dentons


Dentons is the world’s largest law firm, delivering quality and value to clients around the globe. Dentons is a leader on the Acritas Global Elite Brand Index, a BTI Client Service 30 Award winner and recognized by prominent business and legal publications for its innovations in client service, including founding Nextlaw Labs and the Nextlaw Global Referral Network. Dentons’ polycentric approach and world-class talent challenge the status quo to advance client interests in the communities in which we live and work. www.dentons.com



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Dentons launches in Scotland

World’s largest law firm now able to offer clients a combination of size, quality and smarter resourcing in the key UK market

31 OCTOBER – Dentons, the world’s largest law firm, today formalized its combination with leading Scottish firm Maclay Murray & Spens. Clients of the Firm now benefit from the experience of 8,800 lawyers and professionals in 158 locations across 66 countries, with a significantly enhanced presence in the UK where some 800 fee earners, including 200 partners, operate from offices in Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow, London, Milton Keynes and Watford.

“Our UK and Middle East region continues to make strong progress capitalizing on the opportunities presented by the Firm’s global platform,” said Dentons’ Global Chairman Joe Andrew. “By joining forces with such a high-quality firm in one of the world’s most competitive legal markets, we are significantly enhancing our ability to serve clients of all sizes, across all sectors, as they increasingly instruct firms that can offer a deeper level of relationship commitment in all of the places they do business.”

“Our UK strategy is built around the three pillars of creating stronger ties with key clients, investing to further develop a high-quality lower-cost platform, and growing UK market share,” said Dentons CEO for the UK and Middle East Jeremy Cohen. “Maclay Murray & Spens is one of Scotland’s leading law firms, and combining with them enables us to offer clients a combination of size, quality and smarter resourcing that few of our competitors in the UK can match.”

“Our Scottish clients will benefit greatly from the fact that we have now become the only truly global law firm with a significant presence in the Scottish legal market,” said Kenneth Shand, UK Board member and Senior Partner, Scotland. “We are particularly excited by the fact that this combination offers our lawyers, as well as the next generation of Scottish lawyers, the opportunity to work at one of the world’s most innovative and forward-thinking law firms.”

“We are delighted to welcome our new Scottish colleagues to the Firm,” said Dentons’ Global CEO Elliott Portnoy. “Following recent combinations with equally high-quality firms in Latin America and Africa, launching in Scotland demonstrates that our journey ‘from largest to leading’ means pursuing growth opportunities in both established and developing markets as we continue to meet the needs of sophisticated global clients.”


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