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.
A change in the way law firms compete in the Hungarian market was highlighted by Eszter Kamocsay-Berta, Managing Partner of KCG Partners, who explained that, while law firms have tended to compete on fees in an otherwise saturated market over the last few years, there is now a trend of “moving beyond price competition.”
Cerha Hempel Spiegelfeld Hlawati, working in association with Gowling WLG, has advised the Convergys consumer management company on its EUR 123 million acquisition of buw, Germany’s largest service provider in the customer care industry in private ownership. Taylor Wessing advised sellers Karsten Wulf and Jens Bormannon on the deal, which remains contingent on certain adjustments and regulatory approvals.
CMS has advised MOL Plc. (“MOL”), the integrated international oil and gas company headquartered in Budapest, on a EUR 615 million revolving credit facility provided by a group of ten banks. Dentons advised the banks on the facility, which was coordinated by BNP Paribas and Erste Group Bank AG, with Erste Group Bank AG acting as the Facility Agent.
Four firms in Central and Eastern European — Pepa & Dobre from Romania, JebwabnyLegal from Poland, Krutak & Partners from Czech Republic, and DKKR Partners from Hungary – have joined forces to create Arcliffe, which they describe as "a premiere legal practice in CEE.” Together, the firm claims 40 lawyers, including 18 partners.
Rob Irving is an M&A and private equity Partner and Co-Chair of Denton’s global Private Equity group. He has worked on landmark transactions throughout Central and Eastern Europe and South-Eastern Europe as well as Turkey since 1991. He started his legal career with White & Case, where he worked until May 2015, when, together with the entire White & Case Budapest office, he joined Dentons.
Janos Miklos Jakab has been the Legal Director of Coca Cola HBC for the last two years. Prior to joining the soft drinks company, he worked as an external consultant as the Managing Partner of Island Hill Consulting, preceded by a long tenure with British American Tobacco from January 2001 to 2012, by which time he had become BAT’s Director of Legal and Security Affairs for Hungary and Austria.
An Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) can be established for boosting the company’s economic performance by providing the company's workforce with business interest in the company. As a result of the newly adopted Hungarian legislation on ESOP, financial institutions and insurance companies are no longer excluded from the possibility of creating an ESOP, which, nevertheless, remains an available tool for other companies as well.
Women’s Day is behind us, but the subjects of gender equality and equal opportunity are of year-round concern. This, the first part of a special two-part CEE Legal Matters article on women in private practice in CEE, provides the numbers and percentages from leading law firms across CEE, as well as a more thorough snapshot of one representative market. Part II of the report, in the June issue, will pull back the curtain even more, providing feedback and perspectives from lawyers across the region.
On 11 January 2016, the Hungarian Competition Authority (Authority) announced the highest fine it has ever imposed on an association on account of horizontal information exchange. The fine of ca. EUR 12.7 million (HUF 4 billion) was imposed on the Hungarian Banking Association (Association) for the Association's database, which included not only strategically relevant, but also confidential data.