Sophie is a financial economist with 10+ years experience in private sector, academia and EU public administration. She currently works as a policy officer in the newly created Directorate J – Markets and Cases VI - Digital Platforms of the European Commission’s DG Competition, focusing on the implementation of the Digital Markets Act. Sophie holds a Masters in European Studies from the Freie Universitaet Berlin.
Fülöp Beyer (1997) is a lawyer. He graduated in 2022 from ELTE, and Bibó István College for Advanced studies. During university years he worked at several public institutions including the Hungarian NRA for telecommunications. Fülöp is currently working towards a PhD title in law. His field of interests is the socio-economic change, driven by internet intermediaries and big tech, and adjacent regulatory philosophies.
Borbála Dömötörfy has a dual qualification in law (PPKE, 2011) and economics (LSE, 2021). She holds an LL.M. (Ulg, 2014) and a Ph.D (PPKE, 20222), and she gained 10+ years of experience in competition law at international law firms and competition authorities. During the last few years, she has deep-dived into the technology side, especially into UX design, data analytics, and web3 technologies. Her main research interests cover the application of competition law in innovative industries, especially the pharma sector, competition law in the digital economy, legal technology, and computational antitrust.
Judit Firniksz: head of the Digital Markets Working Group of the Hungarian Competition Law Association, researcher and PhD candidate at the Competition Law Research Center at Pázmány Péter Catholic University, and Senior Regulatory Counsel at Vodafone Hungary. Her primary focus falls on the development and regulation of digital economy, interaction between antitrust and consumer law, changes in the online value chain and the role of telecom sector in the digital economy. In the period between 2006-2021, she worked as senior attorney-at-law at PwCLegal Hungary leading the competition law practice group and co-operated as a key member of the retail, pharmaceutical, IT and data protection projects, as well. Prior to that, from 1998 to 2006, she held various positions (competition analyst, case handler, head of department) at the Hungarian Competition Authority.
Prof. Huffman is Professor at Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law. He teaches classes in Antitrust, Bankruptcy, Commercial Law, and Comparative and International Antitrust, and writes on issues of antitrust, consumer law, and bankruptcy. Before returning to the academy, Professor Huffman was affiliated with the Washington, D.C. litigation boutique Robbins, Russell, Englert, Orseck & Untereiner LLP, served as a trial attorney at the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, and clerked on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
Márton Kocsis is a partner at CERHA HEMPEL, Budapest, as the head of the Competition & Compliance Department. He has been active in competition law for well over a decade: first, he worked for the Hungarian Competition Authority in Budapest and the European Commission DG Competition in Brussels for more than eight years. Márton joined CERHA HEMPEL as an attorney in 2015. Since then, he represents national and international clients from many sectors – such as pharmaceutical industry, telecommunication, e-commerce, banking, construction industry – in all kinds of competition law cases (antitrust, cartel, bid-rigging, abuse of dominance and merger proceedings) as well as consumer protection proceedings before authorities and courts. Besides providing legal representation, he gives advice on various regulatory matters, distribution law and consumer protection law, while he also regularly holds compliance trainings for clients. In 2019 Márton also spent a year as Chief Compliance Counsel of MOL Group Hungary, before returning to CERHA HEMPEL in 2020 to lead the Budapest Office’s competition practice as partner. Márton is a member of the Supervisory Board of the Hungarian Competition Law association, author of many articles, research papers and co-author of books on competition law, as well as, a regular speaker at competition law conferences.
György is an attorney, specialized in international business transactions. He is a visiting lecturer at Pázmány Péter Catholic University, at the Department for European Law for 15 years, and he is a research fellow at the Central European University, Center for Ethics and Law in Biomedicine. He is a former legal and policy officer at the European Commission, where the main focus of his work was intellectual property enforcement and regulation of internet platforms. He is a member of the Bar Exam Committee of the Ministry of Justice, and he is a member of the Public Body of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. He is the President of the Hungarian Fulbright Association and Vice-President of the Hungarian Piarista Alumni Association. He is member of the executive board of the European Network of American Alumni Associations. He is regularly publishing and speaking at international conferences about topics in the area of European Union law. He was a speaker at international conferences in 12 countries, and he has published in English, German, Czech and Hungarian languages.
He studied European Union Law at the Europa Institut at the University of Saarland in Germany as a DAAD scholar, and he studied American Law and International Business Practice at the Boston University as a Fulbright Scholar. He was conducting research at the Harvard European Law Research Center, at Harvard Law School. He holds a PhD in Comparative Constitutional Law and European Union Law.
Dr. Kőhalmi Attila graduated from the Faculty of Law and Political Sciences of Pázmány Péter Catholic University in 2004 and in 2008 he obtained a Master's degree in economics from Szent István University. He worked as a judge at the Metropolitan Court of Budapest until 2011, then became senior supervisory consultant advisor at the State Financial Supervisory Authority, chairman of the first council of the Financial Arbitration Board and since 2013 a member of the Competition Council, the decision-making body of the Hungarian Competition Authority.
Zsófia Maka attended PPCU-since her graduation, she has interned at various European Insitutions, like the European Commission and European Parliament. Thereafter, she worked at the Hungarian Ministry of Justice as a competition law expert also participating in the negotiation of the DMA. Currently, she is a Legal Counsel at the Vodafone Procurement Company and she negotiates group-wide procurement agreements.
Zoltán is the Co-Head of the Competition and Antitrust practice group at DLA Piper Hungary. His main area of expertise lies in Hungarian and EU antitrust law, consumer protection law and administrative litigation. He has published numerous articles and book excerpts in the fields of competition law, commercial law and European Union law. Zoltán is currently a lecturer of EU law and EU competition law at ELTE School of Law and serves as a member of the Hungarian committee of bar examiners.
Full-time Professor at the Faculty of Law at Lusíada University (Porto); Professor at Católica Porto Law School. Investigator at Center for Juridical, Economic and Environmental Studies (CEJEA); Invited Professor at the Faculty of Economics of the University of Porto. Editor of C&R - Competition and Regulation Journal. Works in the area of Law, with a special focus on competition law; regulation; European law and European Union.
Fatma Ceren MORBEL graduated from the Law Faculty of Istanbul University in 2019. She then obtained her LLM degree at Károli Gáspár University of the Reformed Church in Hungary in 2021. Currently, she is writing her PhD thesis on the topic “EU competition law as a tool for data protection” under the supervision of Dr. András TÓTH at Károli Gáspár University of the Reformed Church in Hungary.
Fanni Oroszi specializes in EU and Hungarian competition law and consumer protection law. She holds an LL.M degree in European Law and Economic Analysis from the College of Europe (Bruges) and a Master’s degree in law from Pázmány Péter Catholic University where she’s currently a PhD candidate at the Environmental and Competition Law Department. Fanni is the member of the Competition Law Research Centre (Budapest) and she’s currently working as an associate in an international law firm in Brussels.
András Pünkösty is an assistant professor at the European Law Department at Pázmány Law. András works as a researcher at the Competition Law Research Centre at Pázmány and also a research associate at the Institute of the Information Society at the Ludovika University of Public Service. András is a member of the Hungarian branch of the International Federation of European Law (FIDE) and an editor of the Hungarian Competition Authority’s (GVH) journal titled ‘Competition Mirror’. András worked for the Competition Authority between 2013 and 2018, dealing primarily with merger control. His most recent publication is ‘Competition Law Sanctions in Hungary’, published by Cambridge University Press in Tihamér, Tóth (ed.) The Cambridge Handbook of Competition Law Sanctions (pp. 407-459.)
Kerem Cem Sanlı is an associate professor in Civil Law Department at Istanbul Bilgi University where he teaches contract law, competition law and economic analysis of law courses at undergraduate and graduate levels. He is also the founder and the director of the Competition Law and Policy Research Centre at the University which is the leading academic institution in the field (https://rhm.bilgi.edu.tr/en/). He has been conducting research in economic analysis, law of obligations and antitrust. He has numerous publications including books and editorships in these fields. He is one of the co-authors of Serozan, Law of Obligations (2022) and Serozan, Law of Obligations, Private Provisions (2018). He is also the editor and the co-editor of more than 10 books in the field of Competition Law, including Competition in Practice Series. Since 2011, he has been also working as a consultant to law offices and firms in various industries including digital technology, consumer electronics, cement and energy etc.
He has graduated from Istanbul University Faculty of Law (1996) and following his
graduation he has been awarded two LL.M. degrees, one from Marmara University (1999) and the other from Harvard University (2000). He has completed his PhD at Marmara University. He has conducted academic research as a visiting researcher/scholar, at Harvard University (2004), University of California Berkeley (2013), Hamburg Max Planck Institute (2014), Munich Max Planck Institute (2021) and Columbia University (2022).
Director of the Competition Law Research Center and Associate Professor of Law and Political Science at Pázmány Péter Catholic University, where he teaches competition law & policy and European Union law. He obtained his law degree at PPKE JÁK, then obtained postgraduate diploma in European law at the University of Cambridge, competition law at King's College London, and an LL.M. in Competition Law degree at the latter institution. Pál is the program director of the PPKE JÁK competition law specialist training, the author of numerous domestic and foreign publications.
Mr TÓTH is an associate professor and the Head of the Department of Infocommunication law at the Faculty of Law at the Károli Gáspár University of the Reformed Church in Hungary. From 2002 to 2007 he worked at the Hungarian Competition Authority. In 2007 he worked at a leading American law firm’s offices in Brussels and Budapest. Since 2010 he has been the vice-president of the Hungarian Competition Authority (GVH) and Chairman of the Competition Council. He is the editor in chief of the scientific paper of the GVH, the ‘Competition mirror’ (‘Versenytükör’); furthermore, he is a member of the editorial committees of the European Networks Law and Regulation Quarterly and the Public Governance, Administration and Finances Law Review.
President of the Scientific Council
Tihamér Tóth teaches competition law, consumer protection law and the law of public administrative sanctions at the Faculty of Law and Political Science of Pázmány Péter Catholic University in Budapest. He is also the Faculty's deputy dean responsible for international relations. He has taught competition law courses as an invited lecturer at the University of Notre Dame, Loyola University Chicago, Catholic University of Leuven and Catholic University of Lyon. In cooperation with his colleague Pál Szilágyi, Tihamér managed various Hungarian and EU research projects. In 2019, Jean Monnet was appointed president of the EU Commission. With the help of several co-authors, he writes three manuals on the subject of Hungarian and EU competition law.
As a lawyer, he leads the competition and antitrust practice group in Dentons' Budapest office. As a practicing specialist, he primarily focuses on advising international businesses, covering almost the entire spectrum of Hungarian and European competition and antitrust law, such as unfair competition cases, merger approvals, cartel proceedings and state subsidies. He has been classified (awarded?) as a "Premier Practitioner" by Chambers Europe in the area of "Competition/Antitrust".
He obtained his law degree in 1994 and his PhD degree in 2011 at the University of Szeged. He is the chairman of the Scientific Council of the Competition Law Research Center and a member of the Scientific Committee of the International Competition Law Association. Tihamér was the chairman of the Competition Council of the Economic Competition Authority (GVH). He has more than 15 years of experience in government work at the European Office of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Hungarian Competition Authority.
Currently he is Judge at the General Court of the European Union.
Spencer Weber Waller is the John Paul Stevens Chair in Competition Law, Director of the Institute for Consumer Antitrust Studies, and Professor at Loyola University Chicago School of Law, where he teaches antitrust, intellectual property, civil procedure, and international litigation courses. He is a member of the American Law Institute, Advisory Board of the American Antitrust Institute, as well as the editorial boards of the Antitrust Law Journal, World Competition Law and Economics Review, and other scholarly journals. Professor Waller is the author, co-author, or editor of eight books and over 100 articles on United States and international antitrust, including Antitrust and American Business Abroad, the leading treatise in the field, and the first full-length biography of Thurman Arnold, the founder of modern antitrust enforcement in the United States. His recent scholarship focuses on antitrust, brands, class actions, high-tech industries, innovation, and intellectual property. In 2022, Professor Waller served as a Senior Adviser to the Chair of the United States Federal Trade Commission.
Zsolt Ződi (1967) is a lawyer. He graduated from the University of Miskolc, earned a Ph.D. in the University of Pécs, and habilitated at Eötvös Loránd University Budapest. Besides his academic career, he worked in the professional publishing industry for 20 years, between 1995 and 2015. His recent fields of interest are regulation of the information society and technology, regulation of platforms and artificial intelligence. He is the author of 2 books and more than 110 articles.