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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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Top-25 firm Irwin Mitchellis to merge with Glasgow-headquartered Golds to form a £125m-turnover firm. The combination, effective 1 April, will form the UK’s fourth-biggest firm by headcount, with total staff of 2,300. With the Legal Services Bill, the two firms see benefits in teaming up to create a leading player in the market for commoditised […]

Linklaters pre-empts partner vote with LLP conversion

Linklaters is set to convert to LLP status on 1 May, having already registered its LLP with Companies House. Linklaters partners still have to ratify the decision in an imminent vote, even though the process is fully underway. The magic circle firm has gone ahead despite waiting for confirmation from the French authorities on whether […]

Big cricket mandates

As if it wasn’t the best game on Earth anyway, it seems cricket might be the way to the hearts of Indian lawyers still resisting opening up the country’s legal system to foreign firms. Ever since the English colonialists brought tea and cricket to the subcontinent, the Indians have been doing it better. But Tulkinghorn […]

Viacom hires Jenner & Block for YouTube battle

Media behemoth Viacom has instructed East Coast litigation specialists Jenner & Block to handle its $1bn copyright case against video site YouTube. Washington-based Donald Verrilli, head of the firm’s telecommunications practice, is leading the team for Viacom. Viacom has sued YouTube and its owner Google for copyright infringement, alleging that YouTube features 160,000 unauthorized clips […]

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