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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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Addleshaw Goddard hires Norton Rose chief

Addleshaw Goddard has bolstered its corporate department with the hire of Norton Rose senior associate Ivor Edwards, who joins as a partner. Edwards comes with an insurance and financial services background, an area an Addleshaws spokesman said the corporate department had targeted to bulk up. Edwards starts at the end of the month.

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James Blendis: T-Mobile

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A&O moves data centre outside capital

Allen & Overy (A&O) has spent £5.5m outsourcing its IT infrastructure to ensure the safety of its technology systems. The magic circle firm has signed a five-year contract with Savvis, which will house its data centre outside London while A&O remains responsible for its day-to-day running. Chief information officer Dave Burwell told The Lawyer: “The […]

Clarke Willmott loses conveyancing arm to rival

Clarke Willmott’s new homes bulk conveyancing team is moving to South West rival Foot Anstey following an agreement between the two firms. The new homes team has decided to part company with Clarke Willmott because of an increasing level of conflicts. The team advises the buyers of homes on new residential developments, but was often […]

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