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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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Lovells has advised Veolia Environmental Services on a 27-year waste PFI deal, having been appointed to the company’s panel earlier this year. Veolia won preferred bidder status for the Shropshire project in August and the deal closed just six weeks later. According to projects partner Jason Radford this was a speedy completion in the context […]

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The partner exodus from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s European offices continues, with Brussels corporate partner Klaus Heinemann leaving the firm. The partner exodus from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s European offices has continued, with Brussels corporate partner Klaus Heinemann leaving the firm for Marx Van Ranst Vermeersch & Partners. Heinemann’s departure ends his 16 year stint in Freshfields’ […]

Finers secures property litigation head

Finers Stephens Innocent has hired Amanda McNeil as head of its property litigation department. McNeil was previously head of property litigation at US firm Faegre & Benson. Earlier this month Finers lost its litigation and dispute resolution partner Mark Brown to Bristows. Finers’ property clients include the Barclay Brothers, who own The Daily Telegraph, X-Leisure, […]

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