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The Central Bank of Hungary (MNB) has announced a new program, for the purpose of providing capital requirement benefits to those credit institutions based in Hungary that offer so called green loans for energy efficient housing goals (purchase, building or refurbishment) between 1 January 2020 and 31 December 2023. During this time period, these credit institutions will receive capital requirement benefits (5 to 7% depending on the energy efficiency of the related property) after the provided green loans, and the customers taking out these loans are eligible for lower, discounted rates.

While dozens of programmers, engineers and hairdressers continue to opt for KATA [the fixed-rate tax for enterprises categorised as “small taxpayers”] in Hungary, the tax is increasingly coming under fire from all sides. Apparently, the Hungarian Tax Authority (NAV) is stepping up its investigations into businesses who employ KATA payers, and at the same time rumours are also flying about a planned KATA tightening.

DLA Piper has advised the Hungarian Fund Management Company on the acquisition of Forgacs Intezet, a company focusing on the provision of reproductive health services and obstetric and outpatient care. The unidentified seller was advised by Solo Practitioner Tomcsanyi Tamas, and financial details were not disclosed.

Gyorgy Zalavari, Senior Partner at the Ecovis law firm, has set up a Hungarian network of lawyers who also act as realtors in the country: UgyvedHazak (in English: RealtorLawyers).

Contrary to all expectations, Hungary still does not require the use of building information electronic modelling (BIM) tools in tenders for public works contracts, despite the excitement in the construction industry about the possibility that the tools would be made mandatory as early as 2014.

In The Corner Office we ask Managing Partners across Central and Eastern Europe about their unique roles and responsibilities. The question this time around: What was the most useful or valuable piece of software or new technology your firm has acquired in the past five years?

“We had municipal elections in October, and much to everybody's surprise, the opposition to Prime Minister Viktor Orban did quite well,“ reports Tamas Szabo, Managing Partner at Szabo, Kelemen & Partners in Budapest. “The opposition took the Mayorship of Budapest and around half of the districts in the capital – this is very surprising, especially given that Orban holds a two-thirds majority in the Parliament. This shows that the opposition is still alive, but it remains to be seen if this signifies a new trend.“ He notes that the Prime Minister and his political party remain popular in the countryside.

For two years, new rules apply to proceedings at the ordinary courts, which make litigation a lot more difficult and formalised. As a result, lawyers are increasingly confronted with the question of whether the arbitration court or the ordinary court is more appropriate for ruling on any potential disputes. Of course, the time-worn answer is: it depends… But on what?

A new era began on October 1, 2019 in the history of Hungarian investment promotion: there is no need for new job creation of VIP Cash Grant (regulated by Government Decree No. 210/2014) applicants anymore in case of classical manufacturing investments. The measure is a relief in the tight Hungarian labor market for both newcomers and those considering capacity expansion. In line with the above, the conditions of Development Tax Allowance (regulated by Government Decree No. 165/2014) were amended as of January 1, 2020; therefore, investors commit only to the maintenance of their current level of employees.

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Nagy és Trócsányi was founded in 1991, turned into limited professional partnership (in Hungarian: ügyvédi iroda) in 1992, with the aim of offering sophisticated legal services. The firm continues to seek excellence in a comprehensive and modern practice, which spans international commercial and business law. 

The firm’s lawyers provide clients with advice and representation in an active, thoughtful and ethical manner, with a real understanding of clients‘ business needs and the markets in which they operate.

The firm is one of the largest home-grown independent law firms in Hungary. Currently Nagy és Trócsányi has 26 lawyers out of which there are 8 active partners. All partners are equity partners.

Nagy és Trócsányi is a legal entity and registered with the Budapest Bar Association. All lawyers of the Budapest office are either members of, or registered as clerks with, the Budapest Bar Association. Several of the firm’s lawyers are admitted attorneys or registered as legal consultants in New York.

The firm advises a broad range of clients, including numerous multinational corporations. 

Our activity focuses on the following practice areas: M&A, company law, litigation and dispute resolution, real estate law, banking and finance, project financing, insolvency and restructuring, venture capital investment, taxation, competition, utilities, energy, media and telecommunication.

Nagy és Trócsányi is the exclusive member firm in Hungary for Lex Mundi – the world’s leading network of independent law firms with in-depth experience in 100+countries worldwide.

The firm advises a broad range of clients, including numerous multinational corporations. Among our key clients are: OTP Bank, Sberbank, Erste Bank, Scania, KS ORKA, Mannvit, DAF Trucks, Booking.com, Museum of Fine Arts of Budapest, Hungarian Post Pte Ltd, Hiventures, Strabag, CPI Hungary, Givaudan, Marks & Spencer, CBA.

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