Firm Profile > Forgó, Damjanovic & Partners Law Firm > Budapest, Hungary
Forgó, Damjanovic & Partners Law Firm Offices
ALKOTÁS U 17-19 (DÉLI POINT)
Forgó, Damjanovic & Partners Law Firm > The Legal 500 Rankings
Forgó, Damjanovic & Partners Law Firm is noted for its capabilities in M&A, joint ventures and restructurings. It is notably active in the pharmaceutical, energy, TMT and gaming sectors. Zoltán Forgó has over 26 years of experience acting for major Hungarian and international corporates on corporate and commercial law matters. He co-heads the practice with Gábor Damjanovic, with both individuals being experienced in advising on the Hungarian law aspects of multijurisdictional corporate and private equity transactions.
Zoltán Forgó; Gábor Damjanovic
Pacific Drilling S.A.
Pamplona Capital Management
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Dispute resolution Tier 2
Forgó, Damjanovic & Partners Law Firm's team has 'a very professional, efficient service' with a 'very good understanding of law and legal procedure'. Gabor Damjanovic handles a wide spectrum of commercial litigation and arbitration before Hungarian courts, regulatory bodies and international tribunals. Zoltán Forgó is the other key arbitrator.
Other key lawyers:
‘They have a very professional, efficient service. They are always available and continuously advise us on developments in the case. They also have a very good understanding of law and legal procedure and the best way to handle the different stages of the litigation. They have some great advocates as well.’
Employment Tier 2
Forgó, Damjanovic & Partners Law Firm's practice is led by Gábor Damjanovic, who is 'highly responsive, practical and commercial'. Under his leadership, the 'responsive' employment team is noted for its 'strong practical advice'. The group's experience includes litigation arising from executive dismissals, as well as the employment aspects of M&A deals and corporate restructurings, and issues presented by the Covid-19 pandemic. Business immigration specialist Ákos Balázs assists foreign clients with obtaining special entry permissions and waivers during the different phases of the COVID-19 lockdowns.
Other key lawyers:
‘The team communicates, thinks and acts as a client-based unit. They identify and act on real risks and manoeuvre around theoretical ones.’
‘Excellent communication style in English, solution oriented’
‘An excellent full-service law firm. It is unique for strong practical advice on what happens in reality at local level, in particular advice on the local custom and practice. ’
‘Gabor Damjanovic is highly responsive, practical and commercial.’
‘I worked with Gábor Damjanovic and Ákos Balázs.They were both very responsive, even during strange hours, weekends and holidays. I received immediate answers to everything I needed.’
‘Very responsive team. Very professional service. Got me the results I needed. Billing was accurate and fair.’
At boutique firm Forgó, Damjanovic & Partners Law Firm, Gábor Damjanovic is the main transactional partner. He works closely with of counsel Ferenc Lénárt. The practice acts for numerous banks and corporate clients on banking and capital markets transactions, and also advises investment funds on licensing and regulatory matters.
Other key lawyers:
‘A well-trained team, used to collaborating on larger transactions with an pragmatic approach. ’
‘Good ability to weed out unimportant items, and finding pragmatic solutions to legal issues.’
Competition Tier 3
Zoltán Forgó leads Forgó, Damjanovic & Partners Law Firm's practice, and he focuses on competition law aspects of corporate transactions and M&A for clients in the telecoms, pharmaceuticals, automotive and consumer goods sectors. Elsewhere, beyond transactional matters, the firm is sought after for advice on unfair trade practices and it is also active in antitrust litigation.
‘Specialised knowledge in the field of pharmaceuticals, dietary supplements and competition. Very high level of legal advice accompanied with reasonable pricing.’
Projects and energy Tier 3
Forgó, Damjanovic & Partners Law Firm maintains a strong and busy transactional energy practice, focusing on M&A, restructuring and regulatory advice on behalf of a mix of Hungarian and international clients. Zoltán Forgó is the managing partner at the firm, working alongside Gábor Damjanovic, who are both 'excellent lawyers with a quick grasp of the matter at hand'.
Zoltán Forgó, Gabor Damjanovic
‘We enjoy working with Gabor Damjanovic and Zoltan Forgo. They are excellent lawyers with a quick grasp of the matter at hand, and easy to work with in a relationship of mutual trust. This is particularly important in complex cross-border matters, and we are looking forward continuing to work with Gabor and Zoltan, and recommend them to our clients for matters in Hungary.’
TMT Tier 3
At Forgó, Damjanovic & Partners Law Firm, Viktor Vasi specialises in transactional work in the media, telecoms and software sectors, specifically M&A deals, contractual issues and advice to multinational companies on establishing their Hungarian subsidiaries. Online gaming and betting is another key area of strength. Gabor Damjanovic is the main contact.
Forgó, Damjanovic & Partners Law Firm > Firm Profile
The firm: Forgó, Damjanovic & Partners is one of the leading independent commercial law firms in Hungary. 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. Whilst the firm provides clients with all the benefits of a full service law firm, it prides itself in an especially strong track record in the fields of M&A and private equity transactions, dispute resolution and employment law.
Forgó, Damjanovic serves clients from all over the world; a high percentage of its turnover is generated from foreign clients or multinational clients with a presence in Hungary. Foreign law firms regularly instruct Forgó, Damjanovic on their clients’ Hungarian legal needs. Most of the lawyers have gained foreign work experience at large international law firms or have studied abroad.
Areas of practice
Corporate & M&A: Forgó, Damjanovic offers clients specialist corporate/M&A advice. The partners’ extensive track record includes acting for Hungarian and international blue-chip companies, private equity and venture capital investors, leading corporate finance firms and high-net worth individual owners of target companies. Forgó, Damjanovic regularly acts as lead counsel on cross-border transactions in conjunction with foreign legal advisors, and on transactions referred by international law firms. The firm is typically instructed by clients in complex medium-sized or high-value transactions, mostly of a cross-border nature and requiring heavy documentation.
Dispute resolution: Forgó, Damjanovic & Partners regularly acts in contentious cases before various courts and authorities, as well as international arbitration cases in a wide range of proceedings.
Banking and capital markets: Forgó, Damjanovic & Partners offers specialist expertise for banking and capital markets services. The firm has represented numerous banks and corporate clients in banking and capital markets transactions, and provided financial enterprises and investment funds with legal advice on licensing and regulatory matters.
Labour and employment: Forgó, Damjanovic & Partners is one of the leading labour/employment practices in Hungary, earning recommendations from international directories. The firm acts for international recruitment agencies, multinational corporations, major Hungarian enterprises and top managers and its services cover the full spectrum of labour and employment matters, with many of the assignments typically having international or cross-border aspects.
Life sciences and pharmaceuticals: Forgó, Damjanovic & Partners is one of the few law firms in Hungary which offers niche expertise on legal matters affecting the life sciences and pharmaceuticals industry. The firm‘s extensive track record includes advising Hungarian and foreign producers of pharmaceuticals, food supplements and medical devices, pharmacy chains, industry associations, strategic and private equity investors and corporate finance firms specialising in the industry.
IP/TMT: Forgó, Damjanovic & Partners has a solid and diverse IP practice, handling copyright matters, software licensing issues, trademark matters, domain name disputes and advising on patent related issues. The firm has acted for a number of blue-chip clients in the TMT industry, including telecommunication service providers and software and hardware companies applying new generation technologies.
Energy: Forgó, Damjanovic & Partners advises energy clients on a wide range of matters. Its track record includes acting for energy companies, private equity investors, financing banks and energy consultancy firms.
Gaming/betting: Forgó, Damjanovic & Partners offers specialist advice on the legal issues of gaming/betting. Over years of working for major online and land-based gaming clients, it has developed niche expertise in this area. Its lawyers’ extensive track record includes advising operators and slot machine manufacturers, negotiating concession agreements, assisting other clients in gambling related issues, in addition to providing transactional and litigation/arbitration support in the gaming sector.
|Mergers and acquisitions|
|Banking and financing|
|Gaming, betting, licensing|
|Media, internet, e-commerce|
|Intellectual property rights|
|Dr Gábor Damjanovic||Co-managing partner of the firm, head of the Dispute Resolution and Labour/Employment…||View Profile|
Staff FiguresNumber of lawyers : 12
OtherContacts : Zoltán Forgó Contacts : Gábor Damjanovic
Forgó, Damjanovic & Partners is a highly rated local business law firm based in Budapest, Hungary with very strong international ties. 75%+ of the work handled by the firm is cross-border work or assignments with significant international elements.
Almost all of the disputes (arbitration, as well as litigation) we handle concern foreign parties or laws and the transactions we work on are also of a cross-border nature, let them be standalone mandates or parts of global acquisitions.
Last year, we acted for clients from over two dozen jurisdiction and 5 continents. We are often called upon to act for the foreign headquarters of our clients in delicate matters where they do not want to use the counsels of their Hungarian subsidiaries.
Managing partner Gábor Damjanovic has been actively involved in the International Bar Association (IBA) for over 20 years, having attended over 70 conferences and forged friendships and good working relationships with numerous colleagues from all over the world. Gábor is an active arbitrator, listed by a number of arbitral institutions’ list of arbitrators (e.g. in Belgrade, Budapest, Seoul, Vienna and Warsaw), he is the Secretary-Treasurer of the Professional Ethics Committee of the IBA and the Hungarian member of ICC Fraudnet.