Mr Martin Magal

Martin Magal

Lawyer biography

Martin advises clients on a wide range of corporate and commercial transactions including acquisitions, disposals, joint ventures and corporate restructurings. He often acts as chairman of shareholder meetings of various listed companies in Slovakia.
Martin also heads A&O’s Dispute Resolution practice in the CEE region. He represents clients before arbitral tribunals and general courts, including the Supreme Court and the Constitutional Court of the Slovak Republic.
Martin is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and an arbitrator with the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), Vienna International Arbitral Center (VIAC) and German Institution for Arbitration (DIS).
"Pleasant to work with and efficient," adding that he is "very responsive in getting what we needed." Chambers 2018 (Dispute Resolution)
"He's very talented: a great negotiator. I don't think there is another like him!" enthuses one interviewee. Chambers Europe 2014


Arbitration & ADR

Way forward for corporate arbitration
Slovakia | 21 May 2020

The arbitration court of the Slovak Bar Association (SBA) recently adopted new corporate dispute resolution rules. The SBA arbitration court is one of the most prominent arbitral institutions in Slovakia and the first to adopt specific rules for corporate disputes. The new framework aims to pave the way for more effective and specialised resolution of corporate disputes.

Draft Amendment to Arbitration Act May Discourage Arbitration
Slovakia | 18 September 2008

The Ministry of Justice recently published its proposal for an amendment to the Arbitration Act which aims to strengthen consumer protection. This update looks at some of the key changes envisaged by the amendment and the effect that they might have on arbitration proceedings.

New Law Restricts Arbitration of Consumer Disputes
Slovakia | 10 January 2008

A recent amendment to the Slovak Civil Code has made it harder to arbitrate consumer disputes. Effective as of January 1 2008, the amendment makes all exclusive arbitration clauses within consumer contracts null and void. The amendment also appears to apply retroactively to all consumer contracts concluded before it came into force.

Corporate & Commercial

COVID-19 and business: force majeure
Slovakia | 27 April 2020

Within the framework of commercial relationships, the question has arisen as to whether the COVID-19 pandemic may be considered a force majeure event and, if so, what impact this could have on contractual obligations. Notably, the occurrence of a force majeure event does not automatically relieve the liability to fulfil an obligation.