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At the end of March 2017, the Hungarian Parliament accepted the amendment to the Building Act, which enters into force on 27 April 2017. According to the current rules, if natural persons start the construction of new buildings which do not exceed the limit of 300 sqm or the extension of existing residential buildings up to 300 sqm, the constructions works have to be carried out by a simple notification instead of a building permit.

Kinstellar's Budapest and Prague offices have advised M7 Real Estate on its EUR 68.5 million senior debt facility from Starwood European Real Estate Finance and on its acquisition of Aerozone Logistics Park in Budapest from CA Immo Group and Union Invest. 

Clifford Chance and Dentons are reporting that the EUR 650 million sale of a 265,000 square meter CEE retail portfolio by CBRE Global Investors to CPI Property Group that was initially reported in January closed on March 29, 2017, and more information has been learned about the structuring of the deal and the firms involved.

Sar & Partners has advised Hungarian hotel chain management companies responsible for the Prestige, Continental, and Boutique Hotels Budapest****Superior in several trademark infringement proceedings in Hungary initiated by or against the fast fashion company, Industria de Diseno Textil S.A., holder of the international and European Union "ZARA" trademarks. The subject of these proceedings was the use of the logo by the hotel chain management companies in connection with services of four stars superior premium hotels.

CMS Budapest has advised Balbec Capital LP and APS Holding on the financing and acquisition of a non-performing loan portfolio of residential mortgages from UniCredit. The total claim value of the portfolio is HUF 42.7 billion, or approximately EUR 139 million. Reti, Antall & Partners  the law firm associated with PWC in Hungary  advised UniCredit on the deal, which is one of the first residential mortgage portfolio sale and purchase transactions on the Hungarian market. 

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