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Allen & Overy’s group handles equity and debt transactions and regulatory matters, and its client list features major domestic issuers and international financial institutions. The team acted for a consortium of banks, led by MKB Bank, on the issuance of HUF83.3bn floating rate notes by the Investor Protection Fund. Zoltán Lengyel has ‘a strong business-minded attitude and very flexible approach’. Senior associate Norbert Hete is also noted.

Andrékó Kinstellar is best known for advising on a broad spectrum of structured equity and debt capital markets transactions as well as assisting with corporate bonds, derivatives and regulatory matters for domestic and multinational clients. In 2017, Csilla Andrékó and Ákos Mátés-Lányi advised Citigroup Global Markets on the IPO of Waberer’s International.

The practice at Horváth & Partners DLA Piper successfully assisted Duna House with its IPO, and is advising National Development Agency on the Hungarian implementation of all aspects of the HUF200bn EU subsidy programme, joint European resources for micro to medium enterprises. András Nemescsói and Gábor Molnár are the main contacts.

According to one client, Kapolyi Law Firm has ‘the best capital markets practice in the country’. József Kapolyi stands out for his ‘extraordinary knowledge’ and ‘practical and constructive approach’, and Viktor Krezinger has ‘great business acumen’. The team acted for Wing on the issuance and listing of €40m public and private placement of corporate bonds, and assisted Opimus Press with the issuance of €20m private bonds. Other clients include Keler, Dialóg Investment Management and Hungarian Post Investment Services.

The team at CMS is ‘extremely responsive’ and provides ‘excellent advice which is practical and to the point’. The group’s offering spans all areas of capital markets work, including transactional mandates and regulatory matters, and the team recently advised a number of banks on ISDA documentation issues. Key names to note include Erika Papp and Árpád Lantos.

According to one client, Gárdos Mosonyi Tomori Law Office’s team has ‘unique professional knowledge and experience with the Hungarian capital markets, enabling it to provide services of outstanding quality’. It assisted BNP Paribas with its €650m international trade receivables securitisation programme, and also handled capital markets disputes. Erika Tomori stands out for her ‘excellent problem-solving skills and high theoretical knowledge’.

Knight Bird & Bird Iroda enters the ranking following the arrival of a team from the now defunct Siegler Law Office / Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP. Konrád Siegler and senior associate Gábor Szabó are ‘outstanding’, and recently advised Alteo on its IPO and acted for UniCredit on a cash-settled put-and-call option arrangement with MOL Group.

Lakatos, Köves and Partners is frequently sought out by underwriters to assist with sovereign bond note issuances. Among its recent workload, the ‘incredibly responsive’ Szabolcs Mestyán acted for the Hungarian Development Bank on the issuance of €300m notes.

Dentons’s team is led by US-qualified Edward Keller whose experience includes advising public and private issuers, underwriters and selling shareholders on equity and debt offerings. Clients include Erste Bank, Invitel and Dana Incorporated.

Forgó, Damjanovic & Partners Law Firm’s team is singled out for its ‘business-minded and practical approach’. The group advised on regulatory matters for new clients including Bank of China, Barclays and Schroder Investment Management. Of counsel Ferenc Lénárt heads the team.

Hegymegi-Barakonyi és Társa Baker & McKenzie’s recent work includes advising on derivatives and capital markets regulatory matters, as well as assisting with a number of employee share purchase programmes. József Vági is noted.

Partos & Noblet in co-operation with Hogan Lovells International LLP has notable expertise advising venture capital funds and fund managers on regulatory matters. László Partos is the main contact.

At Schoenherr Hetényi Ügyvédi Iroda, Gergely Szalóki advised on financial regulatory matters regarding the European Market Infrastructure Regulation and also handled a stream of debt issuance mandates including high-yield bond offerings.

Szecskay Attorneys at Law’s ‘responsive and thorough’ team advised on a number of employee share purchase programmes. Judit Budai and associate György Wellmann are the key names.

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