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Bird & Bird Budapest moves to a new office, strengthening its presence in the Hungarian market

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International law firm Bird & Bird is moving its Budapest premises to a new office in the Hungarian capital’s Víziváros district on the Buda side, bringing the entire Hungarian operation under one roof for the first time since the appointment of a large and highly respected team from Weil, Gotshal & Manges, headed by partners David Dederick and Konrád Siegler.  The new combined Bird & Bird team in Hungary, co-headed by Peter Knight and David Dederick, will move into the third floor of the modern Víziváros Office Center on 25th June.

Víziváros Office Center is located at the corner of Csalogány utca and Kapás utca, just a short distance from Budapest’s Castle District, in the top-end office and retail area around Mammut Center – one of the largest shopping malls in the capital. The new Bird & Bird office space is equipped with state-of-the-art technology, reflecting its vision to be the number one law firm in the world for organisations impacted by technology and digitisation, and is in a building with LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold certification, exemplifying the firm’s commitment to minimize the impact of its business on the environment.

David Dederick, Managing Partner of Bird & Bird Budapest office and Co-Head of Bird & Bird Hungary, says:

“Our new premises and its design reflects the wider firm, which has a huge footprint across Europe, the Middle East and Asia Pacific. It is a truly Bird & Bird space that our clients in technology, M&A, corporate and other practice areas will feel comfortable in. It also reflects our deep relationships within the local and regional real estate community that have enabled us to source such a perfect venue.”

Peter Knight, Partner and Co-Head of Bird & Bird Hungary, says:

“The integration of our new combined Bird & Bird team under one roof establishes a powerful position in the Hungarian market and enhances our existing service in the Central European Region. This is a timely development as we celebrate ten years of presence in Central Europe.”

Konrád Siegler, Partner of Bird & Bird Budapest office, adds:

“This marks a new phase for Bird & Bird in Hungary, as we completely combine businesses which have been present in the market for more than 20 years. The complementary strengths of the teams and synergies between their areas of work will be further enhanced, enabling us to fully service our clients from a single common platform.”

Lorant Varga, MRICS, Managing Director at CBRE Hungary, Bird & Bird’s commercial real estate advisor in the move, added:

“We are proud to have been able to provide Bird & Bird with such an excellent office, which truly reflects their commitment to cutting-edge technology and high-quality service, as well as a pivotal location to address Hungary’s business community.”

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TrueLayer continues its European expansion appointing Sebastian Tiesler as Country Manager for Germany

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TrueLayer, Europe’s leading open banking platform, has announced that Sebastian Tiesler has joined the firm as Country Manager for Germany. A highly experienced product and commercial manager, Hamburg-based Sebastian will define and manage commercial strategy in Germany, alongside TrueLayer’s Chief Revenue Officer Max Emilson.

The announcement comes as TrueLayer consolidates its position as the leading open banking platform across Europe, routing more than half of all traffic in the UK, Ireland and Spain. TrueLayer offers 90% coverage of German banks delivered through PSD2-compliant APIs and has been active in the country through its collaboration with innovators such as Revolut.

“Open banking offers significant benefits over the existing payment methods available to German consumers and businesses – they’re instant and digitally-native, providing an improved payment experience and at a lower cost to the merchant,” Tiesler explained. “This is the ideal time to join an innovator like TrueLayer as more German banks, consumers and businesses embrace open banking. There is so much opportunity and I’m incredibly excited to help build the business, expand our local market presence, win new business with local clients and work with our existing clients as they expand into Germany to take advantage of the changing market landscape.”

Sebastian brings more than a decade of experience in fintech product management and commercial development, most recently from German open banking firm, finleap connect, where he was responsible for solution engineering & go-to-market strategy. He has extensive banking and payments knowledge having also worked at figo, responsible for product development and subsequently helped merging with two other firms to create finleap connect, and as Head of Mobile Solutions at Star Finanz, a subsidiary Finanz Informatik (Sparkassen FInanzgruppe), among others.

Max Emilson, CRO at TrueLayer, commented: “TrueLayer is accelerating its European expansion, tackling the issues of costly, poor converting payment methods with instant, secure bank-to-bank payments. Germany offers a huge opportunity with established financial services centres, a thriving fintech scene, and ecommerce platforms that can all benefit from TrueLayer’s services. Sebastian will play a critical role for us in Germany, building on our work with clients such as Revolut, and expanding our operations in the country. His experience, within the local fintech and payments ecosystem and in-depth knowledge of open banking will be vital as we continue to grow in the country.”

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BTOBET ENTERS HIGHLY REGULATED POLISH MARKET WITH MULTI-CHANNEL BESTBET24 LAUNCH

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Leading sportsbook platform provider BtoBet, now part of Aspire Global, has announced a deal with BestBet24 marking its entry in the highly regulated Polish market.

BtoBet is providing BestBet24 with its Neuron 3 sportsbook platform for both its retail and online channels, as well as a dedicated risk management service.

Warsaw-based BestBet24’s operations will feature an extensive network of over 80 retail shops in parallel to an online and mobile offering.

Dima Reiderman, Chief Operating Officer at BtoBet, said: “We are delighted to announce the launch of this strategic partnership with BestBet24. This partnership and the resultant entry of BtoBet in the highly appealing Polish market falls in line with our growth strategy in the mature European market and other regulated jurisdictions. We are very pleased to be working alongside BestBet24 to build a market leading sportsbook offer for the Polish players and to transform their brand into a market leader through a unique and engaging betting experience.”

Kamil Kliniewski, Chief Operating Officer at BestBet24 said: “We seek to present a new approach to the Polish betting industry, which has up until now been characterised by a lack of diversity amongst the different brands already operating in the market. We are confident that our market knowledge, in synergy with BtoBet’s technological capability will enable us to acquire a strong market share.”

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Superbet Romania features NSoft’s Roulette and Virtual Penalty Shootout

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Superbet Romania recently added NSoft’s second most popular game, Roulette and Virtual Penalty Shootout, into its online channels.

The players of Superbet in Poland and the ones in Romania have already recognised this newest addition to NSoft’s hot game portfolio.

“NSoft are a long-term strategic partner for us at Superbet, their Virtuals are a fan-favourite for our omnichannel customer base” Adam Shaw, MD Online at Superbet.

“Our companies have grown together. It is safe to say that we have found a reliable partner in NSoft, and we are always open to new features, games and solutions coming from NSoft dev kitchen”, concluded Shaw.

NSoft’s Roulette is a round-based modular game available for all channels. It is one of the most popular NSoft’s games thanks to its stability, simplicity and well-developed user interface.

Simplicity in bet placement, fast rounds and additional features, such as statistics including hot and cold numbers, makes it very appealing for the players. The game is a must-have from the betting operators’ side as the players are accustomed to having quality roulette software on display.

“In the initial phase of development, we have learned that there are very few round-based Roulette games in general, and not a single retail-based Roulette. Most of the Roulette products were on-demand casino category products and real, physical roulette machines located in casinos and bet shops. So, that was our niche. Soon after Roulette for retail and terminals, we have developed a version for the online channel,“ said Karlo Kralj, VP of Sales at NSoft.

Kralj added that the NSoft dev team went one step further and developed Lightning Roulette, a version created for the online channel with lightning-fast rounds and revamped UI.

The second novelty on Superbet’s betting website is Virtual Penalty Shootout, a virtual sports game that captures the players’ attention with stunning visualisation created using motion capture technology. This engaging game, with the various betting markets, has been nominated for the Global Gaming Award in the category Product Launch of the Year.

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