The amendments to the execution government decree of the Land Registry Act entered into force on 1 May 2022, which introduced a new definition of parking space. A parking space is an area serving for the placement of a motor vehicle created in the motor vehicle storage room of a building, one side of which is connected to the access road to the parking spaces and the other three sides of which are delimited by a permanent physical marking or wall on the floor of the room. The definition also specifies the size of the parking space. This is important, since as a result, a parking space in a car storage room of a condominium may be registered as an independent property in the land registry. This only requires a proof of existence of a car storage room in the building.
Marton Kocsis Makes Partner at Cerha Hempel
Cerha Hempel Head of Competition Marton Kocsis has been promoted to Partner with the firm's Budapest office.
Could Airlines be Fined for Increasing their Prices?
In Hungary the Government recently issued a decree introducing extra profit taxes affecting several sectors, among others the aviation sector. Pursuant to the Governmental decree, as of 1 July 2022 an extra profittax is payable by ground handling companies based on the number of passengers departing from Hungary, with the exception of transit passengers. The new special tax is HUF 3,900 (approx. EUR 10) or HUF 9,750 (approx. EUR 25) per passenger depending on the passenger's final destination.
Dentons and Kinstellar Advise on USD 200 Million Green Financing for Volta
Dentons has advised Raiffeisen Bank on a USD 200 million five-year syndicated green loan facility for Volta Energy Solutions Hungary. Kinstellar advised the borrower.
Queritius and Wolf Theiss Successful for Mol in ICSID Arbitration Against Republic of Croatia
Queritius and Wolf Theiss, working with Dechert, have successfully represented the interests of the Mol Group in a USD 230 million ICSID arbitration case against the Republic of Croatia. Reportedly, Weil Gotshal & Manges, Peters & Peters, and Brick Court Chambers also represented Mol.
Whistleblowing or the Need to Regulate the Reporting of Abuse
The term "whistleblowing" means a procedure for reporting unlawful, harmful for public interest, potentially damaging or simply morally questionable behaviour at work, which helps to identify inappropriate behaviour or situations in organisations where normal channels of communication would not work or would be difficult to use, mainly because of the fear from sanctions. Reportable wrongdoing can take many forms: corruption, fraud, professional misconduct or negligence.
Building on 35-Year-Old Roots: Baker McKenzie Hungary Marks Coral Anniversary with Leadership Change
With Baker McKenzie’s Budapest office celebrating its 35th anniversary this year, we spoke with Partners Zoltan Hegymegi-Barakonyi and Akos Fehervary to learn more about the firm’s track record in the country as well as what we can expect with the former passing on the Managing Partner role to the latter this July.
ICC Arbitration Conference Celebrating ICC Arbitration Rules Translation into Hungarian: A Bittera, Kohlrusz & Toth Summary
Three European law firm partners walk into a Bar Association. No punchline here, just a fascinating look into how these partners came together on a mission to translate ICC arbitration rules into Hungarian. To mark the publication of the translated rules, one partner each from Bittera, Kohlrusz & Toth; LFB Laszlo Fekete Bagamery; and Jeantet – Avocats, brainstormed and co-organised a half-day arbitration conference at the headquarters of the Budapest and Hungarian Bar Associations in Budapest.
Recovery and Resilience Plans in CEE: Overview and Implementation
Entering into force on February 19, 2021, the EU Recovery and Resilience Facility aimed, according to the European Commission, “to mitigate the economic and social impact of the coronavirus pandemic and make European economies and societies more sustainable, resilient, and better prepared for the challenges and opportunities of the green and digital transitions.” CEE Legal Matters spoke with lawyers from Bulgaria, Greece, Hungary, Latvia, Poland, and Romania to learn what each country focused on, with its Recovery and Resilience Plan (RRP), and what difficulties lie ahead, now that these plans have been submitted to the EC.
Supervisory Briefing to Ensure Convergence in the Supervision of Investment Funds with Sustainability Features and in Combating Greenwashing
On 31 May 2022 the EU’s securities markets regulator, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA), published its supervisory briefing to ensure convergence in the supervision of investment funds with sustainability features, and in combating greenwashing by investment funds.
Oppenheim Announces New Management Board
Oppenheim has announced the leadership of the firm will be handed over to its three newly-appointed board members – Jozsef Bulcsu Fenyvesi, Aron Laszlo, and Istvan Szatmary – with Fenyvesi and Laszlo to hold non-executive roles and Szatmary to take over the role of Managing Partner on July 1, 2022.
The Buzz in Hungary: Interview with Peter Berethalmi of Nagy & Trocsanyi
A new tax regime and extended price cap regulations are aimed at addressing Hungary's high inflation rates and growing energy prices, while the economic prognosis for the autumn and winter seems gloomy, according to Nagy & Trocsanyi Managing Partner Peter Berethalmi.
CMS and White & Case Advise on EUR 220 Million Investment in Rohlik
CMS has advised a group of investors on a Sofina-led EUR 220 million series D financing round for the Rohlik Group. White & Case advised the Rohlik Group. Linklaters reportedly advised Sofina. Pierstone reportedly advised some of the investors.
Possible Changes to the KATA System (Small Business Tax)
The Budapest Chamber of Commerce (“BCC”) in May 2022 proposed the change of the system of the itemised tax of small businesses (“KATA”). The main goals of the change are to keep the advantages of the system, but also to prevent and eliminate unlawful tax avoidance.
The Impact of Facial Recognition Systems on Democracy
Facial recognition system is considered an artificial intelligence solution empowered by a camera system, which can identify persons viewed based on image data stored in a related data base. Such systems have already been implemented around the globe in many countries and generally faced severe criticism, especially in Western democracies. Naturally, facial recognition systems have the capability of helping to prevent terrorist attacks and similar severe crimes an detect suspects and other persons of interest. In practice, however, such systems often provide inaccurate or biased results.
New Employment Provisions Arising from EU Directives
In 2019, two EU directives were adopted which must be transposed into Hungarian labour law within a short deadline. In order to comply with EU Directive 2019/1152 on transparent and predictable working conditions and EU Directive 2019/1158 on work-life balance for parents and carers, the modifications of the Labour Code should be adopted by the beginning of August 2022. According to the current information, no substantive work has been started by the Hungarian legislator to modify the Labour Code in order to ensure the compliance with the provisions of the EU Directives.
Dora Petranyi Appointed Global Co-Head of CMS' Technology, Media, and Communications Group
CMS Budapest Partner and CEE Managing Director Dora Petranyi has been appointed as Global Co-Head of the firm's Technology, Media, and Communications Group, alongside CMS Germany's Pietro Fringuelli.
Administrative Burden to be Eased for Employers in Hungary
Small and medium-sized enterprises could save tens of billions of forints a year by reducing employment administration, according to the latest proposal by the Ministry of Finance.