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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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Reed Smith has named Richard Swinburn as London managing partner as part of a wave of management changes across the firm’s global practice. Swinburn, who headed the City arm between 2007 and 2009, has agreed to take on the role again, with current managing partner Roger Parker taking responsibility for the firm’s Asia offices. Although […]

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On 8 March, in front of a sell-out California crowd, five rock groups made up of legal professionals from around the world took to the stage as Law Rocks! made its debut in West Hollywood. The music pumped out at the legendary Whisky A Go-Go for what is expected to be the first of an […]

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How often do you text your clients or key contacts just to say hi? Not often is my guess. But then I’d also guess that, even now, the majority of lawyers reading this haven’t done much business in China. All the more reason why our cover feature is required reading. As our Asia editor Yun […]

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Allen & Overy welcomes 23 to its partnership, six in London

Allen & Overy has announced the largest round of 2012 promotions by any City firm so far, with 23 joining the partnership on 1 May. The round is slightly up on last year, when 21 made the grade (4 April 2011). A total of 73 per cent of the new partners are based outside London, […]

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