The codification of the new Hungarian Civil Procedure Act has commenced in 2014, for the purpose of which several working committees have been set up. As a result of the preparatory works, the Hungarian Government accepted the bill on the new Civil Procedure Act in 2015, and following a professional debate, the Minister of Justice submitted it to the Parliament on 2 September 2016.
Schoenherr is reporting that, on September 30, 2016, Michael Lagler was elected as the new Managing Partner at the firm, where he will take over from Christoph Lindinger, who has led the Central and Eastern European law firm for the past 16 years. Lagler's term will begin at the start of the firm’s next fiscal year, on February 1, 2017.
DLA Piper Horvath & Partners has advised Mediaworks Hungary Zrt. on the acquisition of Pannon Lapok Tarsasaga Kiadoi Kft. from Funke Mediengruppe. GSV Legal advised Mediaworks on Austrian matters. Schoenherr advised Funke Mediengruppe on the acquisition.
Schoenherr, working with the Swiss firm Bar & Karrer as lead counsel, is advising OVS S.p.A., a leading Italian clothing retailer, and Sempione Retail AG, in connection with Sempione Retail's cash tender offer for all publicly held bearer shares of Swiss company Charles Vogele Holding AG in Austria, Hungary, Slovenia, and Poland. The Swiss Homburger firm and investment bank Lazard advised Charles Vogele.
Financial law - Implementation of the “basic bank account” and simplifying the change of a payment account
As a result of the implementation of Directive 2014/92/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council on the comparability of fees related to payment accounts, changing payment account and access to payment accounts with basic features, several decrees have been issued by the Hungarian Government.
When asked what news he is paying the most attention to, Zoltan Faludi, the Managing Partner of Wolf Theiss’s Budapest office and Chairman of the Energy Arbitration Court in Hungary, says, "I would have to point to my original profession: Energy."
Dentons has advised Polish Enterprise Fund VII, a private equity fund managed by Enterprise Investors, on the EUR 170 million sale of a 100% stake in the Scitec Nutrition sports nutrition producer, to Ascendis Health, a South African publicity listed health and care brands company. Ascendis Health was advised by Wolf Theiss.
Hengeler Mueller was lead counsel to the Chicago-based Filtration Group on its acquisition of the industrial filtration business of the MAHLE Group with Wolf Theiss advising on Polish, Romanian, Hungarian, Austrian, and Czech law aspects of the transaction. Slaughter & May advised in the UK, Paul Hastings in United States, Fangda in China, Bredin Prat in France, and Mori Hamada in Japan.
CHSH Dezso & Partners has acted as advisor to Air Liquide, the French multinational company which supplies industrial gases and services to various industries including medical, chemical, and electronic manufacturers, on the sale of its Hungarian subsidiary to the Messer Group, its German competitor. Oppenheim advised the Messer Group on the deal.