White & Case
Tihamér Tóth
Of Counsel

Practice Experience
Tihamér Tóth is a counsel and member of the EU Antitrust/Competition Practice Group of the Budapest office of White & Case. He joined the Firm in January 2010.

His practice mainly focuses on state aid matters, European law and Hungarian and European competition law.

Tihamér's extensive knowledge of competition law stems from his previous leadership positions, as well as from his experience representing clients. Prior to joining White & Case, Tihamér was the chairman of the Competition Council of the Hungarian Competition Office (from 2003-2009) and Vice President of the Hungarian Competition Authority.

He also has over 15 years of experience working in government with the European Office, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the competition office.

Tihamér's significant recent experience includes:
  • Providing frequent advice to a global pharmaceutical giant and a leading multinational consumer goods manufacturer on distribution agreements, abuse of dominance and advertising campaigns;
  • Advising on complex merger issues, including in connection with filings in the cable television, telecommunications and retail consumer goods sectors, and in particular providing guidance to a long-time client, Hungary's number one alternative and second-largest fixed-line telecommunications provider, on competition filing coordination with respect to its acquisition by a leading CEE private equity buyout firm, and the acquisition of its subsidiary by a leading Turkish telecommunications company;
  • Providing frequent, substantive state aid-related advice as well as advice on distribution agreements to the energy sector, including the Hungarian national electricity company, on matters involving subsidizing coal mining, winding up an insolvent company and state support granted to a lignite-fired power station; and
  • Representing clients in cartel investigations by the Hungarian Competition Authority (GVH) in the construction, mill and car coating sectors, including advising seven large Hungarian mills, and successfully advising a Hungarian railway construction company in an administrative procedure regarding a railways construction public procurement cartel where our client was granted 100% immunity from the fine.

Tihamér is an associate professor of Competition Law and vice-dean at the Pázmány Péter Catholic University in Budapest. He is a member of the Scientific Committee of the International League of Competition Law and president of the Scientific Committee of the Competition Law Research Center.

He is the editor of a quarterly journal on state aid law in Hungary.

Bars and Courts
Budapest Bar, 2010

PhD, University of Szeged, Faculty of Law, 2001
JD, József Attila University of Szeged, Szeged, 1994

Professional Associations and Memberships
Scientific Committee of the International League of Competition Law, Competition Law Research Center

Awards and Recognition
Legal 500 Europe, Middle East & Africa, 2011 – 2014
Chambers Europe, 2011 – 2014
PLC Which Lawyer?, 2012

Selected Publications

In English
"Competition Cases From the European Union" (editor Ionnis Kokkoris), Chapter 13 Hungary, Thomson Sweet & Maxwell, Pages 629-672, 2008
Co-author, "God Forbid Bid-Riggers: Developments under the Hungarian Competition Act," World Competition, Pages 205-231, 2005 (with Hargita Árpád)
"Enforcement of EC competition rules since 1 May 2004 by the Hungarian Competition Office," In: Antitrust Reform in Europe: a year in practice, International Bar Association, London (Philip Lowe – Michael Reynolds editors), Pages 77-90, 2005
"Roundtable with heads of agencies," In: Current Competition Law Volume IV (editors Philip Marsden – Michael Hutchings), London: The British Institute of International and Comparative Law, 2005
"EU Enlargement and Modernization of Competition Law: Some National Experiences," In: Modernization and enlargement: two major challenges for EC competition law. College of Europe, Global Competition Law Centre, Intersentia Antwerp-Oxford, (Damien Gerardin ed.), Pages 367-384, 2004
Co-author, "Chapter 24 Hungary in Rowley and Baker: International Mergers The Antitrust Process," London Sweet & Maxwell, Volume II., 2002 (with Ferenc Vissi)
"A More Decentralised Approach to State Aid Control in the EU? Experiences of associated countries – the case of Hungary," In: EU Competition Workshop on State Aids. Firenze, Panel Three: Possibilities for a decentralised approach to state aid control, Pages 1-19, June 1999
"Competition Law in Hungary: Harmonization towards EU Membership," European Competition Law Review, Pages 358-369, June 1998

In Hungarian (including books and editorial works):
"Advertising law" Complex Kiadó Kft., (editor and co-writer), 800 pages, 2008
"Competition law of the EU," Budapest Complex Kiadó Kft., 640 pages, 2007
"Competition law of the EC," Szeged: JATEPress, (with three editions), 269 pages, 1996
"Selected cases from the case law of the European Court of Justice," Book IV. (editor with Gátos György, Király Miklós), Budapest KJK Kerszöv, 244 pages, 2004
Competition cases of the European Court of Justice (editor with Boytha Györgyné, Hargita Árpád, Sárai József), Budapest: Ozirisz, 444 pages, 2000
Tihamér has also written several articles, papers and presentations on antitrust, consumer deception (misleading advertising) and state aid issues.