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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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Partners at smaller firms in the South East and London were disheartened recently by research showing that they earn less than their counterparts in the East Midlands, Yorkshire and the North East. The annual Financial Benchmarking Survey, conducted by the Law Society’s law management section and published in late April, found that South East firms […]

A clear carbon strategy will help firms gain sustainability

On 1 May Business in the Community hosted a countrywide summit on climate change. The summit, led by HRH the Prince of Wales, brought together more than 1,000 senior CEOs and business leaders to discuss climate change and the business response to this global issue. The summit was also evidence of the growing trend towards […]

SJ Berwin enjoys results to shout about

The UK’s law firms are really getting their acts together. We’re just eight days into the new financial year and the results are flowing in. SJ Berwin is the latest to post fantastic figures, with billings up by 23 per cent – which means that an extra staff bonus of five per cent kicks in. […]

Charles Russell institutes audit of diversity policy

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