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Contracting and commercial matters

Our lawyers help clients at different levels of the supply chain, so that on one hand contracts properly reflect the business agreements of parties, and on the other hand include information needed for accounting or taxation reasons. The new Civil Code of Hungary offers wide opportunity for limitation of contractual liability and we use those for the benefit of our clients. Also, we assist clients using the same rules to broaden the liability of their contracting parties as far as possible. Our law firm often prepares templates and general terms and conditions for our clients, so legal compliance and safety is ensured in day‑to‑day business transactions.
We support clients in meeting competition compliance requirements by proper contractual solutions, internal competition trainings and representation in procedures in front of the Competition Authority. Our lawyers can assist clients in debt collection and litigation matters too.

HR legal support

The support of our lawyers covers all legal aspects of the HR lifecycle from hiring personnel through different compliance matters to employment restructuring transactions and dismissals. We provide assistance in the planning of the employment structure and working time schedule of the new Hungarian operation in close cooperation with payroll and taxation advisors. Flexibility of employers and smooth relation between employers and employees materially depend on the contents of the employment agreement and application of several optional opportunities offered by the Labor Code. Our law firm advises clients not only on the statutory content of their labor documentation but on the compliance of their everyday labor practice in order to pass the strict and regularly repeated labor inspections. In restructuring situations, specific rules apply on transferring employees (TUPE) or mass dismissals. Termination of employment is still quite a rigid part of Hungarian labor law and requires utmost cautiousness from employers in order to avoid potential labor disputes.

Corporate restructuring, mergers and demerger

Our lawyers have obtained substantial experience in various transactions aiming corporate restructuring, including cross-border and domestic intra-group mergers, demergers, sale or contribution of shares of Hungarian entities of multinational groups. We are happy to be involved in the transaction already in the planning phase and work on the proper structuring plan together with financial and tax advisors involved in the project. In case the transaction is driven from Hungary, our law firm is pleased to prepare detailed step plan and also coordinate the process among the different advisors and decision makers of the client, so that the transaction is implemented in line with the client’s needs and the professional advice received from various fields. Our lawyers put emphasis on implementing the legal documents so as to properly reflect the transaction not only from legal but also from accounting and tax perspectives.

Corporate finance transactions

Our lawyers have gained extensive experience in planning and implementing corporate finance transactions. In such matters, we generally work together with financial and tax advisors or accountants, and implement the structure designed by such financial professionals in the corporate documentation. The services of our law firm in corporate finance matters include advisory on the capital structure at the setup of the entity, advice on choice of functional currency and accounting date of business year. At capital injection, we cover not only aspects of share capital increase, but also the transfers among other equity items, and provide different solutions in low equity situations or for debt-to-equity transactions. If it comes to capital withdrawal from the company, we provide full documentation and advisory on quick capital reduction solutions or different ways of distributing dividends.

Corporate secretarial support

Hungarian companies are registered in the Register of Companies kept by Courts of Registration in each county. Any changes to the corporate details need to be reported for registration within 30 days, corporate compliance requires therefore quite often filings with the Court of Registration. Besides meeting statutory requirements, the services of our law firm include advisory on what information should be registered for practical or corporate governance reasons in respect of e.g. the representation of the company, restriction of power of the management, scope of activities of the company or shareholders’ voting rights.

Data protection

Protection of personal or other confidential information has become a hot topic in our digitalized world, especially since the entry into force of the general data protection regulation of the EU (GDPR) on 25th May 2018. The GDPR places heightened liability on the data controllers. Our law firm helps clients with preparation of full scope of data privacy documentation including information materials for their clients, different data processing approval forms, as well as internal and external data processing by-laws and manuals. Our firm is ready to conduct full-scope data privacy audits in preparation for or as a periodic review of the compliance with the GDPR. Upon the findings of the audit, our law firm can assist you in the preparation and implementation of the necessary data privacy documents or in adjusting the pre-existing documentation to the new rules of the GDPR. Our lawyers also assist clients in the preparation and/or registration of the group-level binding corporate rules (BCR).