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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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Amber Melville-Brown

What was your first-ever job? A bicycle-riding guide around a Kentish holiday camp. What was your worst ­experience as a trainee? Being locked in a police cell with an irate client arrested for an assault. I’ve had better days – as, I suspect, had he. Where’s the best place to go if you want to […]

Lovells promotes 19 to partnership

Lovells has promoted 19 to its partnership, pushing the firm’s total tally of partners up to 365 across its international network. The promotions are spread across the firm’s international network with Continental Europe gaining 10 partners, with one being made up in Asia and two gaining partnership in the US. Meanwhile, the firm’s London office […]

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Hausfeld to appeal class action decision

Hausfeld is to appeal a High Court decision that effectively spelt the end for US-style class actions in English and Welsh courts (see blog ). Anthony Maton Hausfeld partner Anthony Maton met with the claimants, cut flower importers Emerald Supplies and Southern Glass House Produce, this morning to discuss the possibility of an appeal. The […]

Insurance: Home guard

Can we expect a rash of major directors’ and officers’ claims to hit the UK? asks John Turnbull One could be forgiven in the current climate for ­adopting Private Frazer’s helpful advice in Dad’s Army: “We’re all doomed, I say. Doomed.” Given some predictions concerning directors’ and officers’ (D&O) claims, one could expect D&O insurers […]

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