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Balázs Csépai

Senior Associate

Competition and Antitrust


Balázs Csépai deals with competition law since 2000. From 2000 to 2015 he worked as a case handler in different positions within the national competition authority. As member of the EU law team of the authority he contributed to the legal preparation for EU membership and to the introduction of EU case law in national jurisprudence. Later he was in the antitrust and then in the cartel units as case handler. He acted in approximately 100 different cases as investigator.

As a secondee at OECD Competition Division he was responsible for regulatory issues nin teh manufacturing and retail trade sector.

Balázs also holds a postgraduate degree on Public Procurement. He is one of the leading Hungarian expert on self-cleaning under public procurement law. He is also a lecturer at ELTE ÁJK (Budapest) on the intersection between competition and public procurement laws.

Besides competition and public procurement law, Balázs also advises on consumer protection, travel law and trade law.

  • Hungarian
  • English
  • French
  • P. Dipl. Eötvös Loránd University, Faculty of Law, Budapest, Specialisation in Public Procurements, Hungary, 2017-2019
  • J.D., Pázmány Péter Catholic University, Summa cum laude, Hungary, 1995-2000 


  • Abnormally low price – an abnormal way to regulate markets? – 2020 (in Hungarian)
  • Exclusion from public procurements on competition law grounds – 2020 (in Hungarian)

Prior Experience

  • Between 2009 and 2013 he worked as a case handler at the Cartel Directorate within DG Comp at the European Commission in Brussels. He worked on high-profile cases as the LCD panel, the Smart card chips and the Maritime car carriers cases.
  • In his last position, he was the head of the Cartel Investigations Unit of the national competition authority until 2015 when he left for the private sector and became an attorney at law.

Professional Qualifications

  • Lawyer admitted to the Budapest Bar Association, 2015