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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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Orrick finalises hire of Watson Farley duo

Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe has finally completed negotiations for the acquisition of the two partners joining from Watson Farley & Williams’ New York office along with Watson Farley’s Paris team, led by David Syed US-qualified partners William Haft and Craig Stearns are expected to join Orrick in the next few weeks.

Feel the benefit

It seems the little darlings at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer are still upset with the powers that be.Tulkinghorn was most intrigued to be collared by a Freshfields assistant who was particularly unhappy with the firm’s benefits package, including the ominously-titled ‘Long Term Incentive Plan’.Tulkinghorn, being of the era when a nice pot of tea and a […]

Leading the game

Tulkinghorn is what is commonly known as an armchair sportsman – one of the main reasons he gets on so well with so many of the UK’s managing partners. After all, the only sport it is sensible to indulge in is golf, and even then only if one hasn’t been enjoying a gruelling four-hour luncheon […]

The retiring type

Tulkinghorn has long looked forward to the moment when he can hang up his pinstripes and spend more time with Mrs Tulkinghorn (though he often asks just where he will fit into her life, what with her avid membership of the bridge club, the Women’s Institute, watercolour for beginners, and so on). So his sympathy […]

Buchanan: what went wrong?

Incoherent vision, strategy U-turns, departures: the Buchanan London venture needs sorting out. Kathryn Hobbs reports Buchanan Ingersoll’s London office is faltering. The original strategy of building a practice around PFI and projects work was shelved last year and, for the partners attracted to the firm on the promise of building a new office from scratch, […]

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