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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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SJ Berwin hires three for Munich office

SJ Berwin is recruiting three partners for its Munich office, giving it European Union (EU) and competition law capability in Germany for the first time. Corporate lawyers Thomas Pauls and Axel Pajunk join from Haarmann Hemmelrath & Partner. EU and competition lawyer Alexander Rinne joins from Düsseldorf-based Bender Zahn Tigges. SJ Berwin Knopf Tulloch Steininger […]

BLP in public sector push with R&M hire

Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has made its first post-merger lateral partner hire with an appointment to its property department. Lesley-Anne Avis joins later this month from Rowe & Maw, where she is a fixed-share partner. She specialises in property development and local authority-related work and has worked on PFI transactions. Avis has been at Rowe […]

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CMS Cameron McKenna’s financial results are expected to show an increase of 20 per cent on last year’s turnover. Preliminary figures are showing a turnover of more than £160m compared to £136m in 1999/2000. This increase would represent the largest year-on-year increase since 1997’s merger, exceeding the annual target by 7 per cent. The firm […]

In-house bar litigation rights reviewed

Thousands of employed barristers in companies may soon have their powers considerably extended to that of lead litigators under proposals under inspection by the Lord Chancellor. At present, in-house barristers are restricted to working on cases until the point that court action arises, when work is done by in-house solicitors or outsourced. The Bar Council […]

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