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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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The Firm

Henderson: …The Firm’s been stagnating for decades – working conditions here are like something out of the 19th Century. Pratchard: Tom, you’re making us sound like that firm that’s being done for male chauvinism. Come on, we appointed that woman person to the corporate department. I understand she makes a cracking cup of tea. Henderson: […]

In brief: Mundays

Mundays has appointed Ian Connell, a matrimonial and family law specialist, as a partner. The firm has also recently appointed senior associates Tina Smithson, also a matrimonial and family law specialist, from Schilling & Lom and litigator Richard Baldock from Wallis & Company.

Berwin Leighton elects new managing partner

Berwin Leighton has elected Neville Eisenberg as its new managing partner. Eisenberg, who is 37, begins his three-year term this month. He replaces Bob Jones, who is returning to fee earning in the corporate department after a single term in the job. The election, which took place on Monday, was contested but Jones did not […]

Alan Whitfield

One of a new breed of business-minded in-house lawyers, Alan Whitfield has responsibility for all of BT’s legal affairs. Sean Farrell checks up on his progress. Alan Whitfield has not got his new business stationery yet. Having been appointed general counsel at BT two weeks ago, his card still bears his old title – not […]

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