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I looked at M&A transactions in the last years using publicly available sources, our own transactions, and information provided by corporate finance advisory partners. I found that in 37% of the cases, purchasers came from Western Europe, in 37% from Hungary (private companies or the Hungarian state), and in 11% from investors in the CEE, while transactions where the purchasers were of US or Asian origin were negligible (US 3%, Asia 4%).

In The Debrief, our Practice Leaders across CEE share updates on recent and upcoming legislation, consider the impact of recent court decisions, showcase landmark projects, and keep our readers apprised of the latest developments impacting their respective practice areas.

On November 21, 2023, corporate/M&A and private equity experts from Bulgaria, Greece, Hungary, Kosovo, Moldova, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Turkiye, and Ukraine sat down for a virtual round table moderated by CEE Legal Matters Managing Editor Radu Cotarcea to discuss the key developments in the field over the past decade.

Forgo, Damjanovic & Partners Managing Partner Zoltan Forgo talks about the evolution of the practice and their role as legal advisors in Hungary over the last 10 years.

In The Debrief, our Practice Leaders across CEE share updates on recent and upcoming legislation, consider the impact of recent court decisions, showcase landmark projects, and keep our readers apprised of the latest developments impacting their respective practice areas.

In The Debrief, our Practice Leaders across CEE share updates on recent and upcoming legislation, consider the impact of recent court decisions, showcase landmark projects, and stay up to date with the latest developments impacting their respective practice areas. 

The Hungarian renewable energy sector has developed significantly in recent years: the share of electricity from renewable energy sources in gross final electricity consumption was 7.51% in 2017, increasing to 13.9% in 2021. This rapid development was mainly due to the increase in solar power capacity, as the installed capacity of Hungarian solar power plants was around 350 megawatts in 2017, while it exceeded 4000 megawatts in 2022.

In recent years, the major development in Hungary’s banking system is the establishment of the country’s superbank through the merger of Budapest Bank, MKB Bank, and the Takarek Group. DLA Piper Partner Andras Nemescsoi, Forgo Damjanovic & Partners Managing Partner Gabor Damjanovic, and Jalsovszky Law Firm Managing Partner Pal Jalsovszky share insights into the driving forces behind this development, its current status, and its anticipated impact on Hungary’s banking sector.

Contributed by Forgo Damjanovic & Partners

Under the "heavy influence" of the current autocratic regime, Hungary might seem stable but Forgo, Damjanovic & Partners Managing Partner Gabor Damjanovic wonders if the country is prepared to tackle the challenges of the wider economic context.

Forgo, Damjanovic & Partners at a Glance

Forgó, Damjanovic & Partners Law Firm is a medium-sized, full-service law firm. The firm has an especially strong track record in the fields of M&A and Private Equity transactions, Dispute Resolution and Employment Law.

Clients include foreign corporations, the Hungarian businesses of multinational companies and medium to large Hungarian businesses. The firm is typically instructed in complex transactions and legal disputes, cases of a cross-border nature, those demanding high-quality English language documentation and/or involving clients who require an international level of service.

Forgó, Damjanovic & Partners’ lawyers are business-minded and combine detailed legal analysis with practical legal advice and solutions.

Although the firm serves clients from many sectors of industry, its lawyers have an especially deep understanding and extensive expertise on which to draw in the energy sector. Forgó, Damjanovic & Partners’ track record includes acting for energy companies, private equity investors, financing banks and energy consultancy firms. They offer a full scale of services in the area of energy law, including:

  • advising on green energy projects, including wind, biomass, thermal energy, biogas, solar energy and waste-to-energy projects;
  • advising on power plant projects, including construction, licensing, regulatory, environmental and transactional issues;
  • providing oil and gas regulatory, licensing and transactional advice;
  • advising on mining projects;
  • advising on electricity-related contractual, transactional and regulatory issues.

Firm's website: https://fdlaw.hu/