The codification of a new Hungarian Administrative Procedural Act and the Hungarian Administrative Court Procedural Act had commenced in 2014.
Schoenherr has advised Italian private equity firm Quadrivio SGR S.p.A. on the Hungarian and Slovakian legal aspects of the acquisition of a 70% stake in Farmol S.p.A., and its Hungarian subsidiary Farmol Hungary Kft, from Old Mill Holding S.p.A., an Italian investment holding company. The consideration was not disclosed, and the founders and management team of Farmol will retain the remaining 30% equity stake. The closing of the transaction was announced on October 21, 2016.
16 November 2016, 09:00 - 10:30: CMS Budapest are hosting a business breakfast on EU General Data Protection Regulation – Preparatory Tasks
On September 22, 2016, CEELM reported that CA Immo had purchased the Millenium Towers office complex in Budapest in what was described as the biggest real estate transaction of this year in Hungary. CA Immo’s Group Head of Legal Affairs Ingo Steinwender agreed to elaborate on the acquisition.
In The Corner Office, we invite Managing Partners at law firms from across the region to share information about the strategies they employ to keep their teams motivated, effective, and focused. For this issue, we asked them to reveal what sorts of firm retreats and activities they host and/or organize for their lawyers.
In “The Buzz” we interview experts on the legal industry living and working in Central and Eastern Europe to find out what’s happening in the region and what legislative/professional/cultural trends and developments they’re following closely. Because the interviews are carried out and published on the CEE Legal Matters website on a rolling basis, we’ve marked the dates on which the interviews were originally published.
The EU trademark history of the Rubik’s Cube, which was invented in 1974 by the Hungarian Erno Rubik, goes back to April 1, 1996, when the UK-based company Seven Towns Ltd, filed an application to register the “three-dimensional puzzles” trademark by using the three-dimensional mark of the Rubik’s Cube. The trademark for the shape was issued by the EU’s Trademark Office (EUIPO) on April 6, 1999.
The Kapolyi Law Firm has provided legal assistance to the Magyar Posta Takarek Real Estate Fund, represented by Diofa Asset Management, during the acquisition of the 15,000 square meter Infopark G building from Magyar Telekom Telommunications Public Limited Company. Baker & McKenzie advised the sellers on the deal.
Comprehensive Review in Bulgaria
Hristo Nihrizov, Partner at Dimitrov, Petrov & Co., reported that the Bulgarian TV and radio markets are dominated by three big, established operators in the country. There are some new international players (e.g., Bloomberg recently launched a new business-oriented channel with a local partner), but Nihrizov noted that these new channels usually face an uphill battle in carving out market share and generally focus instead on niche markets. Overall, though, he pointed to a growing number of channels in the country, “which is good for the consumers.”