Firm Profile > Forgó, Damjanovic & Partners Law Firm > Budapest, Hungary

Forgó, Damjanovic & Partners Law Firm

Employment Tier 1

Forgó, Damjanovic & Partners Law Firm handles a range of contentious, non-contentious, regulatory and transactional mandates for Hungarian and international clients such as Ikea Group, Geico Taikisha Group, Tetra Pak and China Telecom. Team head Gábor Damjanovic and recently promoted partner Ákos Balázs are key contacts.

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 2

Forgó, Damjanovic & Partners Law Firm is noted for its cross-border M&A expertise and it is particularly experienced in transactions across the pharmaceutical, TMT, energy, gaming and betting sectors. Agrokor Group, United Molasses Group, Advent International and Pacific Drilling are clients. Zoltán Forgó and Gábor Damjanovic head the team, which includes recently promoted partner Ákos Balázs.

Dispute resolution Tier 2

Forgó, Damjanovic & Partners Law Firm regularly handles complex cross-border litigation and arbitration cases. It successfully represented Eurovegas Group in a €4.2m arbitration brought under ICC rules by the Hungarian state. Gábor Damjanovic, who heads the team, and Zoltán Forgó are the key contacts.

Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 3

Forgó, Damjanovic & Partners Law Firm is regularly instructed by lender and borrower clients on cross-border transactions. It acted as Hungarian legal advisers to Bank of Ireland/NAMA (National Asset Management Agency) on a €110m loan transaction for multinational borrowers based in Ireland. Of counsel Ferenc Lénárt heads the team, which also includes Gábor Damjanovic.

Competition Tier 3

Forgó, Damjanovic & Partners Law Firm advises on merger control matters, restrictive agreements, cartel procedures and unfair trade issues. Unipetrol is a key client. Team head Zoltán Forgó and Zsófia Füzi are recommended.

Intellectual property Tier 3

Forgó, Damjanovic & Partners Law Firm is regularly involved in cross-border IP issues; it handles a range of commercial matters as well as disputes. The group assists Nangenex with patent and data protection issues. Viktor Vasi heads the department.

Projects and energy Tier 3

Forgó, Damjanovic & Partners Law Firm provided pre-litigation advice to Nafta Gas Trading in relation to a gas sale contract and is assisting Pacific Drilling with a cross-border merger. Team head Zoltán Forgó and Gábor Damjanovic are the key contacts.

TMT Tier 3

Forgó, Damjanovic & Partners Law Firm is often engaged in TMT sector transactions and the team is also recommended for its experience in advising on gambling sector matters. Nielsen Corporation, Advent International and Novell Hungary are among its clients. Team head Viktor Vasi is noted, as are Zoltán Forgó and Gábor Damjanovic.

Real estate and construction Tier 4

Forgó, Damjanovic & Partners Law Firm advised Bank of Ireland, as mortgagee, and Nama on a transaction aimed at the sale of a Hungarian SPV holding two adjacent pieces of land for commercial development. Longrent is also a key client. Gábor Damjanovic heads the team and Zoltán Forgó is also noted.

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.

Department Name Email Telephone
Company law
Mergers and acquisitions
Private equity
Litigation, arbitration
Banking and financing
Capital markets
Real estate
Projects, construction
Gaming, betting, licensing
Information technology
Media, internet, e-commerce
Intellectual property rights
Competition law
Photo Name Position Profile
Dr Zoltan Forgo  photo Dr Zoltan Forgo
Number of lawyers : 12
Contacts : Zoltán Forgó
Contacts : Gábor Damjanovic