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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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Squire Sanders set for Singapore launch with licence approval

Squire Sanders has secured a licence from Singapore’s Attorney-General’s Chambers for its launch in the Lion City. The firm’s Singapore office will be headed by Ignatius Hwang, formerly the Singapore managing partner of Bryan Cave who joined the firm in February 2012 (16 February 2012). He will be supported by a team of three lawyers, […]

Ashurst adds Milan corporate team from Pavia e Ansaldo

Ashurst has boosted its Italian presence with the appointment of partner Alessandro Giovannelli as head of corporate. Giovannelli joins Ashurst’s Milan office from Italian domestic firm Pavia e Ansaldo, bringing with him five lawyers. The team includes counsel Matteo Colombari and Matteo Delucchi and senior associate Fabrizio Scaparro, and focuses particularly on private equity. The […]

Freshfields adds Asia partners from Allens Arthur Robinson and Milbank

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has boosted its energy and infrastructure practices in Asia with partner hires from Allens Arthur Robinson (AAR) and Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy. Gavin MacLaren, a partner at Australian firm AAR’s Melbourne office, and Mark Plenderleith, a partner at Milbank’s Tokyo office are both set to join Freshfields. MacLaren, who focuses on […]

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SRA cracks down on rogue lawyers, but bans its panel from defending them Lawyers are under more regulatory scrutiny than ever and the profession’s watchdog is boosting its powers to crack down on rogues. Last week the SRA welcomed a Court of Appeal (CoA) ruling against solicitor Anthony Dennison, who had appealed a decision that […]

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