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With 30 years’ experience in Central and Eastern Europe, we are the preferred M&A adviser to corporates and financial institutions, and have topped the deal tables by volume for a number of consecutive years. With domestic experts and English law practitioners on the ground in our across the region, we can mobilise international specialist teams quickly to manage your cross-border transactions.

We add value by thinking and acting beyond our traditional role to secure the competitive edge you need in an ever-changing business environment. Whether a global multinational group or a dynamic domestic business, we can deliver a tailored, commercial, cost effective solution for you, covering areas such as M&A, private equity, equity capital markets, outsourcing, group restructuring and privatisations.

Our cross-border teams include experts in sectors such as banking, consumer products, energy, infrastructure, insurance, life sciences & healthcare, real estate and construction, technology and media. This means we can save time and money by understanding your specific issues, providing advice within context and pinpointing the commercial issues and risks in your transaction.

The Hungarian Corporate and M&A Team is one of the largest dedicated practices in the country. With UK, US and locally qualified lawyers, the team manages numerous cross-border and international transactions in Hungary, CEE/SEE and beyond. CMS Hungary connects you to the know-how of more than 700 corporate lawyers in 42 countries worldwide.

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April 2018
High­lights of ex­per­i­ence in Cor­por­ate/M&A in Hun­gary
China CEE-Fund and CEE Equity Part­ners on a EUR 200 mil­lion ac­quis­i­tion of 99.9% of Mag­yar Tele­com B.V.’s hold­ings in the In­vi­tel Group by way of a sec­ond­ary buy-out trans­ac­tion and on a EUR 140 mil­lion sale of a ma­jor part of the In­vi­tel Group to DIGI Group.Liberty Glob­al on the sale of its Hun­gari­an op­er­a­tion (ex­clud­ing its Dir­ect Home busi­ness) by Voda­fone Plc in a four-jur­is­dic­tion­al trans­ac­tion, as part of a wider European ac­quis­i­tion that also in­cludes Liberty Glob­al’s op­er­a­tions in Czech Re­pub­lic, Ger­many and Ro­mania.UPC on nu­mer­ous M&A trans­ac­tions dur­ing the past few years, in­clud­ing the ac­quis­i­tion of cer­tain as­sets of NET TV Zrt. through an as­set deal.OTP Bank on sev­er­al high-pro­file, cross-bor­der ac­quis­i­tions and sales trans­ac­tions in the re­gion, in­clud­ing the ac­quis­i­tion of the So­ciété Gen­er­al S.A. of France across five jur­is­dic­tions and the ac­quis­i­tion of Split­ska Banka, So­ci­ete Gen­erale’s Croa­tian Unit in 2017.Cin­ven on its ac­quis­i­tion of Part­ner in Pet Food (PPF), a lead­ing European pet food man­u­fac­turer, with nine man­u­fac­tur­ing op­er­a­tions across Europe, from Pamplona Cap­it­al Man­age­ment. This ac­quis­i­tion marks Cin­ven’s first in­vest­ment in the European pet food mar­ket.Er­ste Bank on the ac­quis­i­tion of Hun­gary-based re­tail bank­ing, con­sumer loans and cards busi­nesses of Cit­ibank Europe Plc Hun­gari­an Branch – one of the largest sec­tor M&A trans­ac­tions on the mar­ket.Please down­load the print ver­sion be­low.


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CEE Mer­ger Clear­ance Mat­rix 2020
Cross bor­der M&A trans­ac­tions that re­quire mer­ger con­trol ap­provals in sev­er­al jur­is­dic­tions have be­come com­mon­place. To re­duce time delays and keep costs down, it is es­sen­tial to identi­fy at the early stages where and when to no­ti­fy the loc­al com­pet­i­tion
12 May 2020
CMS Ex­pert Guide for Dir­ect­ors of Com­pan­ies
03 June 2020
Hun­gary tem­por­ar­ily sus­pends oner­ous in­solv­ency rules
In a bid to as­sist strug­gling com­pan­ies amid the un­cer­tainty brought on by the pan­dem­ic, Hun­gary is­sued Gov­ern­ment De­cree No. 249/2020, which amends the Bank­ruptcy Code and gives com­pan­ies breath­ing space...
20 April 2020
CEE Green­field Guide
This guide to in­vest­ment in the Cent­ral and East­ern European (“CEE”) re­gion is in­ten­ded to help po­ten­tial in­vestors un­der­stand what in­cent­ives are avail­able when in­vest­ing in the lead­ing coun­tries in CEE. It also sets out in­form­a­tion about the pro­cess for
26 March 2020
CMS Ex­pert Guide to Sta­bil­isa­tion and Re­struc­tur­ing Ini­ti­at­ive
27 May 2020
Hun­gary is­sues de­cree re­quir­ing min­is­teri­al ap­prov­al for cer­tain for­eign...
The Hun­gari­an gov­ern­ment has is­sued a new de­cree, No. 227/2020 that in­tro­duces tem­por­ary meas­ures for spe­cial trans­ac­tions re­lated to stra­tegic com­pan­ies in­cor­por­ated in Hun­gary. These meas­ures entered...
21 January 2020
Emer­ging Europe M&A Re­port 2019/2020
05 November 2018
CMS Ex­pert Guide to Trans­par­ency Re­gister
Among oth­er meas­ures de­signed to com­bat money laun­der­ing and ter­ror­ist fin­an­cing, the 4th Money Laun­der­ing Dir­ect­ive re­quires the EU mem­ber states to set up re­gisters of the ul­ti­mate be­ne­fi­cial own­ers of leg­al en­tit­ies.
12 May 2020
Us­ing elec­tron­ic sig­na­tures ac­cord­ing to Hun­gari­an cor­por­ate law
Dur­ing these dif­fi­cult times, it is im­port­ant to cla­ri­fy cer­tain ques­tions on the use and ap­plic­ab­il­ity of cer­tain types of elec­tron­ic sig­na­tures. In or­der to sup­port so­cial dis­tan­cing in busi­ness mat­ters,...
June 2019
CMS in Hun­gary 2019
CMS’ Bud­apest of­fice has been act­ive in Hun­gary since 1989. Our award-win­ning team of 75 law­yers ad­vises na­tion­al and in­ter­na­tion­al or­gan­isa­tions on the full range of com­mer­cial law. Down­load our bro­chure to find out more about us.
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CMS Ex­pert Guide to Re­struc­tur­ing Pos­sib­il­it­ies in Europe
This CMS Ex­pert Guide fo­cuses both on the ‘in­solv­ency pro­ceed­ings’ as men­tioned in the EC In­solv­ency Reg­u­la­tion (EIR) and on re­struc­tur­ing op­tions that do not have a leg­al basis.
08 May 2020
Hun­gary an­nounces ex­ten­ded cor­por­ate tax re­lief for in­vest­ments and de­vel­op­ments
As part of the meas­ures taken to re­start Hun­gary's na­tion­al eco­nomy as a res­ult of the coronavir­us epi­dem­ic, spe­cial rules of de­vel­op­ment re­serve have been an­nounced in or­der to help com­pan­ies re­cov­er...