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Martin Magal

Partner

Bratislava

Magal Martin
Martin Magal

Partner

Bratislava

Martin is recognised as one of Slovakia’s most accomplished private-practice lawyers. He advises clients on a wide range of corporate and commercial transactions including acquisitions, disposals, joint ventures and restructurings. At the same time, Martin heads the firm’s dispute resolution practice in Slovakia and in the wider CEE region.

He has acted on many landmark M&A transactions involving Slovak target companies and investors across many sectors and industries, including financial institutions, media, telecoms, energy, technology and construction. He has litigated cases at all levels of the Slovak judiciary (including acting before the Supreme Court and the Constitutional Court), in civil, administrative, anti-trust and arbitration-related litigations. Martin is also one of Slovakia’s leading arbitration practitioners. He acts as counsel and arbitrator in international commercial arbitration cases under various arbitration rules, including ICC, UNCITRAL, DIS, VIAC, Swiss Rules and the rules of the Czech Agricultural and Industrial Chamber. Martin’s arbitration expertise is widely recognised through his numerous appointments, including as the principal drafter of an extensive amendment to the Slovak Arbitration Act, as a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, a member of the International Advisory Board of the Vienna International Arbitration Centre and a board member of the Permanent Arbitration Court of the Slovak Bar Association.

Sources describe Martin as “pleasant to work with and efficient,” adding that he is “very responsive in getting what we needed.” Chambers Europe, 2018

Martin is appreciated by his clients, who highlight him as “an outstanding lawyer.” Chambers Europe, 2017

Market commentators consider Martin Magal a leading corporate lawyer in Slovakia, with a “deep understanding of European and Slovak law.” Chambers Europe, 2016

Experience highlights

Office

Bratislava

Allen & Overy Bratislava, s.r.o.
Eurovea Central 1, Pribinova 4
Bratislava
81109

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Qualifications

Professional

Admitted as advokat, Slovakia, 2001

Academic

Mgr, Law, Comenius University in Bratislava, 1998

LLM, University of Cambridge, 1999

Course, European Law, European University Institute, 1994

Course, Private International Law, 1997

Recognition

Published work

  • “Slovakia – Overview of Arbitration Legislation”, Global Arbitration Review, The European, Middle Eastern and African Arbitration Review, 2016, p. 117 – 121, co-authored with Juraj Gyárfáš and Martina Kasemová
  • “Slovakia: New legislation for Central European tiger”, Global Arbitration Review, 2015, Volume 10 – Issue 1, co-authored with Juraj Gyárfáš and Michal Porubský
  • “Has Arbitration Taken a Turn for the Better?” in Global Arbitration Review, European, Middle Eastern and African Arbitration Review 2015, p. 137-141, co-authored with Juraj Gyárfáš and Martina Kasemová
  • “Slovakia: One Jump Forward, Three Steps Back” in Global Arbitration Review, The European, Middle Eastern and African Arbitration Review 2014, p. 128 – 132, co-authored with Juraj Gyárfáš
  • “Slovakia: Court expands power of review” in Global Arbitration Review, 6, 2011, p. 33 – 34, co-authored with Juraj Gyárfáš

News & insights

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Publications: 20 FEBRUARY 2020

Ineffectiveness of repayment of financing and ineffectiveness of establishing security pursuant to Art. 127.3 of Bankruptcy Law

In their podcast, Weronika Groskrejc and Artur Rutkowski, banking and finance lawyers at Allen & Overy Warsaw, try to answer the question in what circumstances it is permissible to repay debt and establish security so as not to violate the rules of hardening period under Art. 127.3 of Bankruptcy Law. Listen to the podcast.

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Publications: 20 FEBRUARY 2020

Coronavirus: Points to consider on M&A transactions

As coronavirus (Covid-19), first reported in Wuhan in December 2019, spreads across China and beyond, it has been widely reported that some Chinese companies are looking to suspend or terminate their contractual commitments. Factory closures, port and travel restrictions on goods and workers, a decline in energy demand, and reductions in consumer spending are affecting many sectors including manufacturing, transport, tourism, energy and retail.

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News: 20 FEBRUARY 2020

A&O retains title as leading global transactional law firm for sixth year

Allen & Overy advised on more deals during 2019 than any other law firm in the world. According to data from Refinitiv and Dealogic, A&O advised on 17% more deals than its nearest competitor across global DCM, ECM, M&A, loans and project finance.

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News: 25 NOVEMBER 2019

Allen & Overy advised Všeobecná úverová banka on the sale and leaseback of a large real estate portfolio

Allen & Overy has announced that the sale and leaseback of Všeobecná úverová banka's (VÚB)'s real estate portfolio was successfully signed on 12 June 2019 and closed on 7 October 2019. Post-closing works will continue during 2020.

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