Firm profile submitted by Forgó, Damjanovic & Partners Law Firm
Managing Partners: Zoltán Forgó, Gábor Damjanovic
Number of partners: 5
Number of lawyers: 12
Languages: English, Hungarian
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 business 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, employment law, and dispute resolution. The lawyers have a deep understanding and extensive expertise on which to draw in the firm’s key sector focuses of pharmaceuticals, TMT, energy and gaming/betting.
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. In M&A assignments its lawyers combine a thorough knowledge of UK/US type transactional documentation with the realities of doing business in Hungary and ensure that everything written down is legally enforceable in Hungary.
Litigation & Arbitration:
Forgó, Damjanovic & Partners regularly acts in contentious cases before various courts and authorities and in a wide range of proceedings. The firm is often instructed by Hungarian and foreign companies, and by international law firms, on their litigation and arbitration matters and as they seek pre-litigation advice. Forgó, Damjanovic is also frequently involved in dispute resolution in other jurisdictions acting in conjunction with local counsels.
Labour & 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.
Banking & 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.
Forgó, Damjanovic & Partners provides clients with full service real estate/construction advice placing particular emphasis on the firm’s specialist knowledge on complex real estate transactions and disputes. The firm assists institutional investors, developers, property owners, financiers, designers, infrastructure companies, lessors and lessees in their real estate/construction-related matters. Many of their assignments have cross-border aspects.
Life Sciences & Pharmaceuticals:
Forgó, Damjanovic 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, pharmaceutical wholesale companies, pharmacy chains, industry associations, strategic and private equity investors and corporate finance firms specialising in the industry.
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, software and hardware companies applying new generation technologies, e-commerce businesses and media companies. Forgó, Damjanovic is frequently instructed on TMT related corporate transactions due to its understanding of the sector.
Forgó, Damjanovic 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 gaming related issues, in addition to providing transactional and litigation support in the gaming sector.
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, with a significant proportion of the assignments coming from international referrals. Most of the lawyers have gained foreign work experience at large international law firms or have studied abroad. Lawyers of the firm regularly speak at and attend international law conferences, thus enabling the firm to keep abreast of the most up-to-date international know-how and practice.