Kalman, Szilasi, Sarkozy & Partners
Since its establishment in 1991, Kálmán, Szilasi, Sárközy and Partners has been focusing on commercial and corporate transactions. Our lawyers offer a broad range of legal services to foreign and domestic clients from both the private and public sector.We facilitate the effective handling of local and cross-border transactions, day-to-day operations, and solving complex and challenging legal problems. Furthermore, since 2005, our law firm has been a member of the Integrated Advisory Group (IAG International), the world-wide association of independent lawyers, accountants and tax advisers.While our practice is focused on corporate and commercial law, litigation, public procurement procedures, we have extensive experience in real estate law. Our familiarity with cases related to telecommunications, media, and technology is particularly important to those of our clients, who wish to meet the challenges of dynamic adjustment, technological change and globalisation.Beside the provision of the above mentioned services, we are also ready to represent our clients' business interests by making use of our local experience.Kálmán, Szilasi, Sárközy features:- pragmatic, business-focused approach,- thoroughness and competence,- wide range of practice areas of law,- exceptionally wide local experience,- client-oriented teams, tailored to individual needs,- accountability and a transparent fee-structure.In order to provide the best service to our clients, we combine legal expertise with a profound knowledge of the commercial environment.To ensure the highest quality of service, our lawyers are organised into practice groups specialising in a particular field, while they have available the combined knowledge and experience of the entire firm.We make all endeavours to meet our clients individual needs. Therefore, whenever a case extends beyond the scope of one particular practice area, lawyers from different practice groups team up on an ad hoc basis to offer our clients the combination of the necessary expertise.Our pragmatic, constructive approach grounded in sound legal knowledge provides our clients with a stable footing to cope with complex business situations.Our lawyers are organised into the following practice groups:Commercial and corporate groupKálmán, Szilasi, Sárközy and Partners has established a strong reputation in handling corporate and commercial transactions, drafting and negotiating contracts, and establishing companies and partnerships including all the associated regulatory work. In addition, the corporate and commercial group advises clients on EU legislation and competition law. The group's efforts are largely devoted to cross-border transactions.The corporate and commercial group deals also with corporate financing matters. The proficiency of the group in this practice area results from the handling a number of complex and difficult transactions in the past, such as high-profile floatations, fundraisings, joint ventures, M&As, disposals, MBOs and restructurings.The group represents bidders, financial advisors, merchant bankers, and other parties in deals ranging from small, privately negotiated transfers of shares or assets, to leveraged buyouts, domestic and cross-border public company combinations, joint ventures and strategic alliances and other distressed M&A transactions.Our corporate finance lawyers have extensive experience in:- floatations and secondary issues- stock exchange requirements- corporate governance- takeovers- management buyouts- venture capital- public-to-private transactions- securitisations- corporate acquisitions and disposals- joint venture- fundsBanking and finance groupThe banking and finance group advises our clients on traditional banking and financial services related matters. Whether the client is a lender or borrower, our experienced team takes an innovative and commercially sound approach focusing on the individual needs of the client.Areas covered:- general lending work, secured/unsecured, single bank/syndicated loans and credits, acting for lenders and borrowers- preparation of standard lending forms and mortgage documentation for bank/lender clients- verification of mortgage documentation for banks on ad hoc or long-term basis- project financing with a particular emphasis on the property, telecom and technology fields- advising on matters related to PPP financing- asset-based financing including lease-financing and structured finance products- banking and financial services regulatory compliance work, including obtaining financial services authorisationsPublic sector groupSince its establishment, Kálmán, Szilasi, Sárközy has regularly provided legal assistance to public sector clients.Our reputation is built on our vast experience, which can be seen as the consequence of our active involvement in the Hungarian privatisation process. We advise major international oil, gas, and electricity companies and prestigious financial and credit institutions as well as investors interested in these sectors. Our activity comprises the conduction of legal due diligence, the preparation of privatisation tenders and the negotiation of financing agreements. Moreover, our law firm has recently developed a strong track record in public private partnership (PPP) transactions.Our numerous long-term assignments reflect our proficiency in handling the full range of public procurement related tasks. We prepare or legally examine the call text and tender documentation, take part in the opening of the bids, and committee's discussions, then assist our clients throughout the contract negotiation and drafting phase. On behalf of bidders, we prepare the tender proposal or help them with drafting in accordance with the specific call and applicable laws. In addition, we assist clients from both the public and private sector with matters related to EU tenders.The public sector group has in-depth experience in:- advising on privatisation matters- planning, development and regeneration- legal due diligence of ventures- assisting the tender-awarding commission- drafting standard form contracts- preparation of tender proposals in public procurement and EU tender procedures- dispute resolution and judicial reviewProperty groupKálmán, Szilasi, Sárközy's property group handles real estate transactions involving small or large, private or commercial properties. Our projects embrace all sectors of the real estate business, from acquisition, development, and management, through utilisation and disposal. Relevant expertise in these areas includes legal due diligence, advising on drafting sales agreements, construction contracts, lease agreements and security documents.The property group advises major domestic and foreign real estate investors and developers, as well as institutional investors, local authorities and public bodies. Nevertheless, we are keen to assist SMEs with their investment-related matters.We advise on all aspects of real estate investments including:- due diligence- acquisitions, disposals- construction contracts- standard lease agreements for shopping centres and office buildings- joint ventures- drawing-up of project structuresLitigation and arbitration groupKálmán, Szilasi, Sárközy's litigation practice is widely recognised for both the breadth of its knowledge and experience. Our litigation practice serves individuals and corporations across a broad range of business disputes and civil litigation, from counselling through representation in court proceedings. In accordance with our principal endeavour, namely, to avoid time and money consuming litigation, we are also engaged in the preparation and management of out-of-court settlements. Furthermore, we provide representation to clients before various public authorities, such as the Competition Council, Gaming Board, Hungarian Financial Supervisory Authority, and assist them in petitioning the Constitutional Court.We regularly represent our clients in complex legal disputes before Hungarian and international courts of arbitration.We have among our clients, beside domestic companies and a number of leading financial institutions, multinational undertakings as well.We have a unique blend of local and international experience:- commercial and contractual disputes- financial institutions- property and commercial property- IP litigation- competition disputes- labour and employment- securities, shareholders disputes- preparation of submissions to be filed with the Constitu-tional CourtIP, media and IT groupOur lawyers advise clients on the acquisition, transfer, and exploitation of technology and intellectual property assets through commercial transactions, such as licensing, strategic alliances, and joint development. Our experience extends from the creation, maintenance, and exploitation of trademark, domain name, and copyright rights, to their protection against infringement, unfair competition and counterfeiting.The group has assisted clients in print, broadcast, electronic and other media. Our clients include broadcasters, cable operators, publishers and printing companies.We have conducted data protection reviews, providing a co-ordinated approach to international data transfer regulations, including those imposed by the EU Data Protection Directive.The group includes solicitors who can provide advice in relation to:- copyright in literal, music works and softwares- trade marks and registered designs (including their registration)- franchising, technology transfer, licence- advertising and broadcasting standards- cable operation- data protection law- information technology (supply, procurement, outsourcing)

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