Our firm has been in operation for nearly 30 years in the centre of Budapest, and we have been advising domestic and foreign clients since 1991. Lawyers have been in the Petneházy family for a number of generations.

Petneházy and Partners specialise in helping both individuals to realise their property ideals and companies to establish and manage ventures in Hungary. We are very active in the field of civil law, and we have been involved in the establishment and representation of major civil society organisations. Over the past 30 years we have provided representation for a number of public institutions and higher-education institutions and acted as consultants for government departments. We also have extensive specialist experience in the field of higher-education law and administration.

We are proud of the fact that the knowledge and achievements of our staff have been recognised with 9 outstanding awards in Hungary and abroad.

As new generations come on line, our practice is expanding its scope to include international activities.

Petneházy and Partners welcome clients whose working languages are English, German and French.

Dr. Judit Petneházy

Judit was the founder of Petneházy and Partners Law Firm and also its Managing Partner from 1991. Before establishing the practice, she worked as a company consultant for a transport construction company, a member of the legal staff of the Budapest Metropolitan Municipality and a lawyer in the Ministry of Culture and then in the Ministry of Cultural Affairs before becoming a member of a legal consultancy practice. Backed by her knowledge and experience of civil society organisations, she is widely active in the field of civil society, providing assistance and know-how in legal matters affecting foreign and Hungarian organisations set up chiefly in support of socially-disadvantaged and damaged social groups and strata. Her work for civil society organisations has been recognised with the award of the Knight’s Cross of Merit of Hungary. She gained her degree from the Eötvös Loránd University of Budapest.

Dr. Eszter Torda

Before joining the law firm again, Eszter has been working as an international advisor in the private and non-profit sectors in Vienna. She also worked in the diplomatic service of Hungary, most recently serving as Ambassador to the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, accredited also to the Kingdom of Cambodia. During this mission, the focus of her activity included boosting bilateral economic relations, with a particular emphasis on designing big projects and investments. These efforts were rewarded by 7 high-level awards from the receiving country which were conferred, among others, by the President, Minister of Justice and Chief Justice of Supreme People’s Court of Vietnam. Prior to this she worked for a number of years in a European Union institution in Brussels. She holds a master’s degree in law from the Eötvös Loránd University of Budapest and a Master of European Studies from the University of Hamburg (Europa-Kolleg). She obtained a certificate on Dutch law from a comparative perspective from the Erasmus University Rotterdam. She has also received the Gold Cross of Merit of Hungary.

Petneházy and Partners work chiefly in the following four areas

company law

We cover all aspects of company law, with a special focus on providing the requisite legal support for medium-sized international companies setting up in Hungary to ensure their continuous operation. Our team is well versed in the expectations of foreign clients and has all the necessary knowledge and experience to ensure that undertakings can operate smoothly and in full compliance with the law.

real estate

We provide a full range of services in the field of real estate and will, depending on the client’s wishes, handle all stages and aspects of property law transactions.

civil society organisations

We lead the field with our experience and expertise in dealing with civil society organisations, for which we provide a full range of services.

higher education institutions

We also provide consultancy services in organisational, legal and administrative matters for higher education institutions.

Our practice can be contacted in writing

feel free to contact us at the following contacts