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Mónika Horváth

Head of IPT
She is a great expert in the field of film financing.
Chambers Europe 2022

Mónika Horváth is a qualified Hungarian solicitor who has been involved in numerous international and domestic IT and IP related transactions, litigations and commercial matters. She has been involved in international mergers and acquisitions, restructuring and compliance projects. She has advised major technology companies, on line retail companies, software developers and on demand content providers.

Her main focus is providing legal support for film productions. She became the go-to lawyer for film industry players in Hungary. She has top-drawer portfolio of film industry clients, film production and financing projects. She has been involved in international productions, advising on the structuring and the financing aspects of film productions and providing legal representation and advice in day-to-day production issues. Her clientele includes all major US film studios, US, UK and European producers, international banks and film finance companies, as well as Hungarian producers and production service companies. Mónika also focuses on IP issues, in particular on copyright matters.

Professional QualificationsLawyer (Ügyvéd) admitted to the Budapest Bar Association (Budapesti Ügyvédi Kamara), 1992


  • Hungarian counsel for the production of the Oscar winning motion picture “Dune” remake in Hungary and in several international locations.
  • Hungarian counsel for several international co-productions producing in Hungary (Mrs. Harries, SAS Red Notice, Ransom S2-3, Infinity Pool).
  • Hungarian legal counsel for production and financing of international television productions in Hungary (The Witcher, The Last Kingdom S1-5, James Town S1-3, Continental, Jack Ryan S3-4, Shadow & Bone S1-2).
  • Advising in respect of a business transfer transaction by representing an international on line retail company in restructuring its online business in Hungary and within the CEE region.
  • Advising an international online retail company on all aspects of integrating and merging its business with the biggest Hungarian online retail company and market place. As a result of this transaction the merged company became one of the most important online retail company in the Cenral-European region.
  • Providing an over all redraft of the Hungarian Motion Pictures Act for the request of the Hungarian Film office.
  • Hungarian
  • English
  • German
  • Academy of American and International Law, Postgraduate Course, 1992
  • Eötvös Loránd University, Faculty of Law, J.D., 1985-1990


Mónika Horváth is regarded as the standout media sector specialist in Hungary, with notable experience advising film and television producers on content production and financing matters. One interviewee enthuses: "Mónika Horváth is exceptional," before particularly highlighting that she is "very commercially aware, pragmatic in her advice and responsive." Another commentator adds: "She is a great expert in the field of film financing." – Chambers Europe, 2022 Mónika Horváth receives praise from clients for her customer-centric approach, one deeming her "one of the best in terms of business skills, knowledge and speed," before adding: "She responds quickly and effectively." She is a leading expert in media law with unrivalled experience acting for domestic and international production companies. - Chambers Europe, 2021 Mónika Horváth leads the practice and is well known and highly regarded. She is very knowledgeable about the sector and offers clear commercial advice. – Legal500, 2022

Pro Bono

Mónika is leading DLA Piper Hungary's CSR and Pro-bono activities with special focus on legal assistance in representing children's rights.

Rankings and Awards

  • Chambers Europe, 2019 - 2023, TMT, (Individual Rankings): Band 1
  • Legal 500, 2020 - 2023, TMT, (Individual Rankings): Hall of Fame
  • Legal 500, 2016 - 2020, TMT, (Individual Rankings): Leading Individual