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New Act on the Control of Investments Detrimental to the Interests of Hungarian National Security

The Hungarian Government recently adopted Act no. LVII of 2018 on the Control of Investments Detrimental to the Interests of Hungarian National Security (the “Act”). Previously we wrote about a similar legislative proposal which aimed at establishing a similar control mechanism. However, the Act has a more sophisticated approach on the control and approval procedure […]

Health and safety at work in Romania: What companies need to know

Failure to take or observe the mandatory measures for health and safety at work may entail, among other types of liability (e.g. civil, administrative), potential criminal liability for employers. The Romanian Criminal Code (the “RCC”) provides for two offences which sanction such failure: i) failure to take the mandatory measures for health and safety at […]

Switzerland: Insolvency law, policy and procedure

By Daniel Hayek and Laura Oegerli Statutory framework and substantive law Swiss restructuring and insolvency proceedings are mainly governed by the Swiss Debt Enforcement and Bankruptcy Law (DEBA), which entered into force in 1892. A number of other laws and ordinances further regulate special aspects of restructuring and insolvency proceedings, such as specific provisions according to […]

Czech Republic: Office for the Protection of Competition gets tougher

In April 2018 the Office for the Protection of Competition adopted new guidelines on the method of setting fines for competition law infringements,(1) noting that the need for a revision of the previous guidelines had emerged in the wake of developing case law, as well as amendments to the Act on the Protection of Competition. The […]

FOS expansion to SMEs – near-final rules published

By Paul Gair The Financial Conduct Authority yesterday released its policy statement on SME access to the Financial Ombudsman Service (FOS), setting out its near-final rules for amending the compulsory jurisdiction to include new definitions for “small businesses” and “guarantors”. At the same time, it has released a new consultation paper detailing proposals for increasing […]

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Parents of unmarried children over 18 can now win compensation for clinical negligence The out-of-court settlement arrived at last month between a mother and an NHS trust following the death of her paranoid schizophrenic son while he was under the trust’s care will make it easier for victims to recover damages in similar cases. The […]

Simmons tempts Little away from Kemp Little

IT boutique Kemp Little has lost name partner Jonathan Little to Simmons & Simmons. Kemp Little will retain the name that it has had since Kemp & Co became Kemp Little in 2001. “It’s not a storming off in anger thing. I wish the firm all the best and I’d be very flattered if they […]

Jones Day joins $1bn turnover club

Jones Day‘s 2004 fee income has jumped by 5 per cent to $1.03bn (£540m), making it the latest US firm to smash the $1bn turnover ceiling. Average profit per equity partner also increased by 5 per cent from $923,000 (£483,000) to $969,000 (£507,000). Meanwhile, last month, Jones Day’s London office suffered the loss of another […]

Wragges private client team joins Mills & Reeve

Wragge & Co’s 15-strong private client team is moving to the Birmingham office of Mills & Reeve. The team is led by partner Gary Barber and includes nine additional fee-earners and five support staff. Their arrival will double the size of Mills & Reeve’s private client team in Birmingham, led by former Martineau Johnson partner […]

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