András Tóth PhD (1979) has been the vice-president of the Hungarian Competition Authority (GVH) and Chairman of the Competition Council since 2010. He previously worked at White & Case LLP, a leading international law firm’s offices in Brussels and Budapest, focusing on competition law, telecommunication/media law and white collar investigations. Dr. Tóth is an associate professor and head of the ICT Law Department at Károli University in Budapest where he teaches competition law, public procedural law and telecommunication law. He is a member of the editorial board of the European Competition and Regulatory Law Review (CoRe) published by Lexxion in Berlin and editor in chief of the Hungarian Competition Authority’s journal, the ‘Competition Mirror’
Antonio Mancini graduated in law in 1986 from University of Naples and became a fully qualified lawyer in 1988.
Antonio has developed an extensive experience within the Italian Competition Authority (AGCM -competent both for competition and for consumer protection-) since the first beginning institutional activity in 1991 and in the following positions:
Coordination function within the Directorate General for Consumer Protection and senjor official within B Directorate (Credit and TLC); Director of the Credit Directorate (2 years); Director of the Telecommunications Directorate (5 years); Co-Director and official for several years in Consumer Protection Unit; Official in several Competition Directorates.
As Director and case handler, Antonio has followed many investigations in the framework of a very wide national enforcement activity especially in consumer protection field. In this enforcement activity he has tried to develop synergies between consumer protection and competition aspects especially for cases of “aggressive commercial practices” based on obstacles to consumers’ rights.
He was Member of the National Commission for the evaluation of unfair terms in consumer contracts; member of the Commission for the transposition of the UCP (Unfair Commercial Practices) Directive; national expert in the framework of several EU and international projects.
Antonio has been speaker at lectures, seminars, conferences focused on competition and consumer protection and has published several comments and researches in the field of consumer protection.
Before joining the Italian Competition Authority, he was official (for 2 years) in another Authority (Consob: the Italian regulatory Authority competent in the field of capital markets and financial services); legal advisor for an Italian professional Organisation.
My name is Bart Wentholt. I am senior enforcement official with ACM in the consumer protection department. Before that I worked for the competition department.
I have a degree in Dutch and International Law and a postgrad from the European Institute in Saarbrucken. For ACM I work principally on energy consumer rights, for which sector I (with others) wrote a guidance paper on information obligations of energy companies . I have also worked on the enforcement in other sector, amongst which the travel industry. Before joining ACM I worked for ABN AMRO in Amsterdam, Curacao and Vancouver.
Erika Kovács has been the head of the Hungarian Financial Arbitration Board since 2014. Erika graduated at ELTE Faculty of Law in 1986, she became a fully qualified lawyer in 1988 (bar examination). She took part in postgraduate specialization course of International Trade Specialist (examination as a specialised lawyer of foreign trade, 1989) and Capital Markets and Banking Law (examination as a lawyer specialised for capital markets and banks, 1996).
Between 1987 and 2001, she worked in several commercial banks, as legal adviser at Inter-Europa Bank and at Agrobank, as chief legal advisor at Citi Bank, at Westdeutsche Landesbank and at ABN AM-RO Bank. In March 2001 she assumed the position of managing director at the National Bank of Hungary. She headed the legal directorate and the Presidential Secretariat as well. From March 2009 she became the chief legal advisor of Erste Bank.
In February 2014 - returning to the National Bank of Hungary - she became the chair of the Hungarian Financial Arbitration Board, dealing with alternative dispute resolution and consumer protection issues affecting the financial sector. She has been teaching at the Pázmány Péter Catholic University (Faculty of Law and Political Sciences) since 2000. She has been teaching several vocational training courses at Deak Ferenc School of Postgraduate Studies, where she is giving lectures in Capital Markets and Banking Law."
Ildikó Fazekas graduated from University of Economics Budapest in 1977. She is an economist and an honorary associate professor at Szent István University (Gödöllő) as well as an honorary associate professor at Budapest Business School and an honorary professor at University of Applied Sciences. From 1987 to 1998 she was an associate professor of marketing communications at the Hungarian College for Foreign Trade (now College for Management and Business Studies). From 1996 to 1998 she was the vice president of the Hungarian Advertising Association. She has been the secretary general of the Advertising Self Regulatory Board since 1998. She became the vice chairman of the European Advertising Standards Alliance (EASA) and in April 2009 she was elected its Chairman (2009-2013). She is also an author of numerous professional articles as well as a lecturer of professional conferences and training sessions.
Krisztina Grimm graduated ELTE Faculty of Law, after which she started to work at the Hungarian Competition Agency as a case handler mainly working on cases concerning the services sector. She finished her LLM in Munich in the field of regulation of General Terms and Conditions. Upon returning to the HCA she joined the Consumer Section as the senior case handler responsible for the financial sector. She lead numerous cases and also took part in HCA’s work in shaping the new financial regulation in Hungary in the light of the financial crisis. She became Head of the Consumer Section in 2012. She regularly gives speeches on consumer protection at conferences, workshops and seminars and is the author of more than one scolarly articles.
László Bak serves as Vice President of the Gazdasági Versenyhivatal (Hungarian Competition Authority). László Bak earned his law degree at Péter Pázmány Catholic University. He worked as a legal trainee and subsequently as a self-employed lawyer from 2004 until 2010. In 2009, László Bak obtained a Master of Laws (LL.M.) in German law at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich, and in 2014, he accomplished postgraduate studies of EU competition law at King’s College London. Since November 2010, Mr Bak served for the Gazdasági Versenyhivatal in several positions: after three years of being chief of staff, he was appointed as head of Litigation, later he led the Legal Unit. Since November 2016, Mr Bak serves as Vice President of the Gazdasági Versenyhivatal, where he is responsible for the supervision of antitrust and consumer protection investigations.
Márk Erdélyi is heading the legal department of Telenor Hungary, and besides being responsible for the legal team he is managing data protection, law enforcement relations and supply chain sustainability. He graduated from law and holds an economist degree. He has over 10 years practice in telecommunications law area, had run his private law firm and founded and led a consumer protection NGO for several years.
Mark P. McKenna is Associate Dean for Faculty, Professor of Law, and Notre Dame Presidential Fellow at the University of Notre Dame Law School.
Professor McKenna is widely recognized as a leading scholar in the trademark area, having published a number of articles in leading law journals on the topic of trademark law. He has also written extensively about design patent, copyright, the right of publicity, and the intersection of intellectual property rights regimes. He is the author of The Law of Intellectual Property (with Craig Nard and Michael Madison). His work has been cited in the United States Supreme Court and in a number of lower federal courts. He has been a visiting faculty member at Stanford Law School, the University of Toronto Faculty of Law, and at the Munich Intellectual Property Law Center, Max Planck Institut für Immaterial Güter- und Wettbewerbsrecht.
Dr. Michel Cannarsa is Dean of the Law School at Lyon Catholic University. He received his PhD from Université Jean Moulin - Lyon 3 and from Turin University in 2003. His areas of research are International and European Law, Commercial Law, Comparative Law, Consumer Law, Law of Obligations and Legal Translation. He is regularly involved in European and International research programs in the area of European Private Law and more particularly EU Consumer Law (e.g. the Uniform Terminology for European Private Law and the Consumer Law Compendium project). He also supervises the English taught international programs of the Law School in the area of International Business, Trade and Investment Law.
Dr. hab. Monika Namysłowska - Professor in the Chair of European Economic Law at the Faculty of Law and Administration, University of Lodz, Poland. Visiting professor in Germany at the University in Regensburg, Georg-August-University in Göttingen, Humboldt-University in Berlin and the University of Münster. Grant holder for the project “Unfair trading practices in the business-to-business relations. Searching for a paradigm of the protection against unfair competition in European Union law and national law” financed by the National Science Centre (Narodowe Centrum Nauki) in Poland. Her research and publications focus on European, Polish and German Economic Law, and particularly on unfair commercial practices and consumer law, advertising law and IT law. Member of the Advisory Board of the President of the Office of Competition and Consumer Protection (UOKiK) in Poland.
Pál Szilágyi (Ph.D., LL.M.) is the Director of the Competition Law Research Centre in Hungary. He is lecturer at the Pázmány Péter Catholic University (Faculty of Law and Political Sciences and the Faculty of Humanities) where he teaches competition law and European law. Pal obtained postgraduate diplomas from King's College London and University of Cambridge and an LLM in Competition Law at King's College London. Pal is the director of the postgraduate diploma in competition law program at PPKE and is the author of several articles and book chapters in Hungarian and English on competition law and European Law.
Piotr Adamczewski is the Director of Office of Competition and Consumers Protection (UOKiK) Branch in Bydgoszcz, Poland. He graduated from Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń, Poland where he completed law at the Faculty of Law and Administration as well as international relations at the Faculty of History. Additionally, he studied law at University of Gutenberg in Mainz under the Erasmus program and participated in a professional internship in Irish public administration under the Leonardo da Vinci program. He became a certified Legal Advisor in 2011.
He has been working for UOKiK since 2005. He started his career as a specialist in an UOKiK Warsaw branch and continued it successfully in Bydgoszcz where he assumed the position of the Deputy Director in 2008 and the Director in 2014. He repeatedly represented the President of UOKiK in numerous court cases.Piotr Adamczewski is the author of a number of publications in the field of competition law and consumer protection, the speaker at conferences and workshops as well as training sessions which include practical aspects of competition and consumer protection organized by the European Commission for future member countries of the European Union.
Susanne Augenhofer is an Associate Research Scholar in Law at Yale Law School, where she was also a visiting researcher in 2013–2014. She is a Professor of Law at Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany, holding the chair for Civil Law, European Private Law, Comparative Law and Market-regulation through Consumer and Competition law since December 2013. In spring 2016 she served as visiting professor at Columbia Law School. During the academic year 2016/17 she serves as Global Hauser Senior Fellow at NYU.
Before her appointment as associate professor at Humboldt University in 2009, she conducted research at the Max-Planck-Institute for Comparative and International Private Law (Hamburg, Germany), the London School of Economics (Great Britain) and the European University Institute (Florence, Italy). Professor Augenhofer studied law at the University of Graz (Austria, Mag. Iur.), the Universitá Statale di Milano (Italy), the University of Vienna (Austria, doctor iuris), and as a Fulbright scholar at Yale Law School (LL.M.) as well as at the Free University Berlin (Germany, LL.M.), where she was supported by a Yale Fox Fellowship.
Her focus in teaching and research ranges from (international) contract and consumer law to fair trading (advertising) law and antitrust law—with a special emphasis on the enforcement of rights and legal comparison in the context of the harmonisation of private law in the EU and transnational settings. Her current research focusses on the liability of businesses for corporate speech, self-regulation of privacy law, and the private enforcement of antitrust law.
Professor Augenhofer is a Fellow of the European Law Institute (ELI). She has advised the European Parliament and the European Commission on various issues regarding European fair trading as well as consumer law and its enforcement. She is the co-founder of the Humboldt Consumer Law Clinic, the first German legal clinic for consumer rights
Tihamér Tóth is an associate professor and associate dean at the Pázmány Péter Catholic University in Budapest, giving lectures in EU, international and Hungarian competition law, public consumer protection law and the law of administrative sanctions for both undergraduate and postgraduate students. He obtained his PhD in 2001 at the University of Szeged. He is chairman of the Scientific Committee of the Competition research Center. He is chief editor of the quarterly Hungarian State Aid Law journal and member of the editorial board of the Competition Mirror, the official journal of the competition authority. He is the author of numerous competition law related books and papers in Hungarian and in English. During the 2015/16 academic year he was teaching and researching at the law schools of Loyola Chicago and Notre Dame as a Fulbright scholar.
His knowledge of competition law stems from his previous engagement with the Hungarian Competition Authority, where he was chairman of the Competition Council of the Hungarian Competition Office from 2003-2009. After graduating from the University of Szeged in 1994 he worked at various ministries preparing Hungary for the EC accession negotiations.
Tihamér Tóth has also been an of-counsel for Réczicza Dentons Europe LLP in Budapest since 2009.
Veronica Manfredi is the Head of the Consumer and Marketing Law Unit in DG Justice and Consumers, which oversees the effective implementation of key Directives building up the EU consumer acquis, such as the Unfair Commercial Practices and the Misleading and Comparative Advertising Directives, the recent Consumer Rights Directive, the Directive on Unfair Consumer Contract Terms, the Timeshare Directive and the newly revised Package Travel Directive.
Her Unit has the goal to guarantee an adequate representation of consumer interests within most of the 10 Political Priorities of President Juncker. As a matter of fact, the Unit contributes, directly or indirectly, to the policy work aimed at promoting cross-cutting initiatives such as the Digital Single Market, the Internal Market Strategy, the Circular Economy, the Energy Union and the Capital Markets Union. Moreover, the Unit provides legal advice for a stepped up enforcement of the EU consumer acquis across the EU and internationally; it has established a close cooperation with other International Organizations (i.e. OECD, UNWTO) in order to strengthen EU's global role.
On May 25th 2016, the Consumer and Marketing Law produced, within the e-commerce package, a revised Guidance on the Unfair Commercial Practices Directive, which has clarified the applicability of this important and cross-sectorial Directive to the digital world, including on-line intermediaries.
On May 29th 2017, the Fitness Check Report on 6 key Directives of EU Consumer and Marketing Law and the Evaluation Report on the Consumer Rights Directive, both produced by the Unit, were presented at the Competitiveness Council by Commissioner Jourovà. Their findings will be key for future EC and EU actions to ensure a high level of consumer protection fit for the digital age too.
Virag Balogh graduated from ELTE Faculty of Law in Budapest. She started her professional career at the Consumer Section of the Hungarian Competition Authority. She was international fellow at the Federal Trade Commission, Washington DC, where she worked at the Bureau of Economics studying the economic approach to consumer law enforcement. She became Head of the Consumer Section of the HCA in 2008 - as section head, she was responsible for consumer law enforcement of the HCA, as well as formulating HCA's consumer policy and acting as a spokeperson for the agency on numerous occasions. After leaving HCA, she became Practice Leader of the competition/advertising law practice of CLV Law Firm. Currently she is head of the Service Support Legal Department at Magyar Telekom, overseeing - amongst others - the legal support of Magyar Telekom's B2C and B2B communication. Leaving the law practice, she was general secretary of the Hungarian Advertising Association. Currently she is head of the Service Support Legal Department at Magyar Telekom, overseeing - amongst others - the legal support of Magyar Telekom's B2C and B2B communication.She regularly speaks at conferences, is the author of numerous articles on books on consumer law and policy, and pursuing her PhD-studies at ELTE Faculty of Law where she also teaches regularly.