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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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The launch of Cobbetts’ new London office is in jeopardy following a High Court showdown with Wedlake Bell, which has threatened an injunction to stop two partners from joining the firm. Corporate partners Simon Jones and Stuart Robinson were accused of breaching gardening leave stipulations when Cobbetts formerly announced their arrival last Wednesday (25 April). […]

New bar association launched to raise direct access awareness

A new barristers’ association is to be launched to promote direct access to the bar. The Public Access Bar Association (PABA) will aim to encourage the Bar Council to improve public awareness of the option to instruct a barrister before using a solicitor. PABA will represent the hundreds of barristers who registered in July 2004 […]

Freshfields wins back Astrazeneca’s UK work

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has reinstated itself as AstraZeneca’s main UK firm for big M&A deals, scooping a key role on the company’s $15.6bn (£7.78bn) purchase of MedImmune. Freshfields held off a chasing pack of City heavyweights, including Herbert Smith and Linklaters, which all have links with AstraZeneca. There is intense competition for AstraZeneca’s corporate work […]

Addleshaws rejigs arbitration with new boss

Addleshaw Goddard has appointed contentious partner Simon Kamstra to be the new head of international arbitration. Kamstra specialises in a range of areas including shareholder and company disputes and international arbitration. The firm’s arbitration practice is a large and successful area for the firm with 40 lawyers in the London, Manchester and Leeds offices. Partner […]

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