About Go2Law

Hugh Owen



Solicitor of England and Wales

C&SEE, Baltics, Ukraine

Hugh worked for more than 20 years at Allen & Overy, more than half of those as a partner.

Now, as a consultant through Go2Law, Hugh continues to advise on strategic, complex M&A in the wider Central European region.

He has wide and deep experience throughout Central Europe, from the Baltics to the Balkans.

He advises buy-side and sell-side, strategic and financial investors, on transactions in key sectors such as telecommunications, technology, media, financial services, energy and healthcare.

Hugh has been consistently ranked as one of the leading M&A lawyers in Central Europe by directories such as Chambers, Legal 500, IFLR.

Hugh also provides training to clients and other law firms on topics such as negotiation skills, drafting, and general M&A (SPAs, W&I).

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  • Frontier Pharma Limited on its joint venture in relation to Zdravlije Leskovac AD in Serbia
  • The shareholders of Five (a Croatian and US digital agency) on the sale to the Endava Group
  • Innova Capital on its acquisition of Paypoint and Payzone in Romania
  • Integral Venture Partners on a strategic investment in Bulsatcom, a leading telecommunications company in Bulgaria

  • The Sellers on the sale of Memsource, a.s., a language translation software provider based in the Czech Republic, to Carlyle
  • The Founder Sellers, on their sale of the Optimapharm group of companies to TRG
  • Uniqa on its EUR1 billion acquisition of the Polish, Czech and Slovak subsidiaries of Axa
  • Diligent Capital Partners, a private equity manager, in connection with the acquisition of a 16% equity stake in Allseeds SA together with the Dutch Development Bank FMO (Ukraine)
  • AEGON on the divestment of its insurance businesses in the Czech Republic and Slovakia for EUR155 million to Nationale Nederlanden Group
  • MTG Broadcasting AB on the sale of its 95% shareholding in Nova Broadcasting Group AD in Bulgaria
  • Generali CEE Holding B.V. on its acquisition of a life insurance company Adriatic Slovenica, Zavarovalna družba, d.d. (Slovenia)
  • MetLife EU Holding Company Limited on the sale of its 40% stake in UBB-METLIFE INSURANCE COMPANY AD to DZI Life Insurance JSC (Bulgaria)
  • Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets (MIRA) on its acquisition of INEA Group (INEA) from funds managed by Warburg Pincus and founders (Poland)
  • Blue Sea Capital on the sale of a 45% stake in MediGroup, a leading healthcare provider in Serbia, to Mid Europa Partners (Serbia)
  • Inercom on the acquisition of CEZ, a.s.’s electricity distribution assets in Bulgaria (Bulgaria)
  • Mr. Josip Milavic on the English law aspects of certain transaction documentation in relation to the sale of Studenac to Enterprise Investors (Croatia)
  • The seller of a retail business in Croatia
  • ATI on its acquisition of Telekom Albania from OTE
  • Kopernikus Corporation on the purchase of the operations of the Antenna Group in Serbia and Montenegro


  • Chambers 2021

    Band 2

    ”An excellent lawyer“.

  • Chambers 2017, 2018

    Band 1

    ”Has vast experience of leading M&A deals in the CEE“.

  • Chambers 2020

    Band 2

    ”He knows how to move transactions forward“.

  • IFLR 2020

    Highly regarded

    ”Good legal advice and feel for the ‘market standard’, business-oriented thinking, very responsive and accommodating“.

  • Legal 500 2017

    Tier 1

    Good negotiator.

  • IFLR1000 2012

    ”He’s an excellent lawyer and one of the best M&A lawyers around“.

  • Chambers Global 2009

    ”He’s absolutely a market leader, and always brings added value“.