Ákos Mester has been in private practice for two decades and focuses on transactional matters including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, project finance and capital market deals. In the commercial law area he works on complex contractual arrangements. He frequently counsels on various investments, real estate and private equity matters. He also drafts and negotiates real estate purchase and lease agreements, as well as technology transfer agreements. Ákos’ regulatory experience centers on banking and capital markets.

Ákos’ recent transactions include several high-scale acquisitions, venture capital and strategic investments and project financings, as well as greenfield projects and tax-driven legal entity restructurings. As the lead lawyer of a team of lawyers in multiple offices, Akos advised GE Capital on sophisticated banking regulatory and corporate law on a number of intricate share transfers completed in a successful public purchase offer and a squeeze-out process, which extended control over Budapest Bank and resulted in the new deed and new share scheme of the bank being registered in the commercial registry.

Ákos represents clients from numerous industries and services including manufacturing, financial services, communications, real estate and various technology industries.

Ákos has earned multiple recognitions in legal directories such as Legal 500 EMEA, Chambers Global, PLC Which lawyer? and IFLR 100 for various practices including corporate, real estate, project finance and capital markets.

He frequently speaks and publishes professional articles on a variety of legal topics and is also the co-author of a comprehensive handbook outlining the fundamentals of Hungarian business law, published by Kluwer Law International.

Ákos has been a member of the Budapest Bar Association since 1996.

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  • Advising a group of UK-based investors in connection with legal opinion on exploration licenses in precious ore mining and a series of corporate and governance documents of the investment vehicle. A legal opinion issued by a reputable international legal practice was a key prerequisite of the listing of the investment vehicle’s shares on the Alternative Investment Market, operated by the London Stock Exchange.
  • Counseling the European property group of a Wall Street powerhouse in the acquisition of seven special purpose entities owning multiple office complexes from a Germany-based closed-ended property fund for more than €107 million.
  • Counseling on the acquisition of more than €37 million by a Guernsey-based real estate investment fund in three Category A office buildings in Budapest.
  • Advising on a recommended cash offer of US$75 million by a major US-based financial institution for a leading Hungary-based commercial bank.
  • Counseling on a strategic investment of more than €23 million by a US-based venture capital fund consisting of multinational major North American financial institutions in a Hungary-based savings and loan cooperative.
  • Counseling on a US$100 million greenfield investment by a major US industrial corporation in Hungary.
  • Outsourcing the entire energy and utility provision system of a major Hungary-based vehicle manufacturer including negotiating and drafting a 20-year quasi-concession based energy-efficiency and supply contract.
  • Counseling on project financing in the form of a US$150 million syndicated loan facilitated by major Europe-based banks to several Hungary-based telephone service providers for the construction of their grids.

Education

  • József Attila University, J.D., cum laude, 1994
  • University of Turku, Diploma, International Trade Law, 1992

Admissions

  • Hungary, 1996

Languages

  • Hungarian
  • English
  • German
  • Recommended in The Legal 500 Europe, Middle East & Africa 2016 in real estate and construction, Hungary
  • Recommended in The Legal 500 EMEA 2016 Edition
  • Recommended in The Legal 500 EMEA 2015 Edition
  • Recommended in The Legal 500 Europe, Middle East & Africa 2016 in banking and finance, Hungary

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