The Cathay Associates network member in Budapest, Hungary:

Established: 2007

Staff: 20

“You jump off a cliff and you assemble an airplane on the way down.”

— Reid Hoffman, founder of LinkedIn

Varnai & Partners offers more than simple legal advice, but tailor-made, business-minded solutions. We work on the level of international firms, providing proactive services, quick and clear answers along with flexibility. Our aim is to expand both professionally and geographically. With a special focus on China, we offer advice on legal issues, tax, and deal with financial matters while consulting in Hungary, most European countries, and Asia. Our team consists of 20 experts with international training and experience.


  • Full-scale corporate law and M&A advisory in the entire CEE region for one of the largest French hypermarket chain, involving the full-scale management of numerous mergers and acquisitions by and within the group (M&A, Corporate)
  • Acquisition of a British automotive company: full-scale legal advise and representation, corporate law related due diligence (M&A, Corporate)
  • Providing full-scale legal services to the acquisition of a Hungarian steel wire producer by a market leading European steel manufacturer (M&A, Corporate)
  • Representation of a state-owned Chinese enterprise completing the largest Hungarian investment in corporate law matters (M&A, Corporate)
  • Full-scale corporate law advisory for a US corporation in the clinical research industry (M&A, Corporate)


Dr. Rupert VÁRNAI

Managing Partner

Global Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Pascal DEMKO

Global Managing Partner

Dr. Attila TIBORCZ

Of Counsel


Legal advisor


With a broad client portfolio, Cathay Associates Budapest offers a one-stop-shop for a comprehensive legal service, touching a wide-range of law and business issues. As experts on the Hungarian jurisdiction, our Budapest-based firm provides a key local point of contact while connecting to the Cathay Associates global network, giving the necessary know-how on both ends of the venture. As a leading legal and business advisory firm, we maintain the wide and deep sector knowledge necessary for seamless business development in Hungary and worldwide.

We recently advised a number of leading companies in major projects, including: the second largest telecommunication company of Hungary (legal consultancy in the fields of telecommunications, competition, real estate and litigation); a leading foreign owned bank and its subsidiary investment bank in Hungary (general legal advisory and data privacy matters); an international innovation, research and development hub focusing on new technologies in machinery and chemicals (full-scale legal advisory related to international trade, IP and corporate law).


  • Immigration law
  • Competition law
  • Telecommunication law
  • Litigation, arbitration
  • Real estate law
  • Criminal law
  • International commercial law


1037 Budapest, Szépvölgyi út 141. Hungary