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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 big auditors are targeting the legal sector again, and this time the mid-market had better be prepared The accountants’ previous assault on the legal market might have turned out to be a bit of a damp squib, but this time around law firms could really have something to worry about. With PricewaterhouseCoopers’ legal arm […]

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Time for action on data security

A recent Microsoft case in the US highlights the lack of clarity over data security, and European businesses need to take note. In late April, the US authorities issued, via a New York court, a search warrant to Microsoft seeking the release of emails and data belonging to one of its customers, even though the […]

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Kirkland hires Weil banking star Stephen Lucas

The London office of Weil Gotshal & Manges has been the apple of many a US firm’s eye in the last 12 months. After losing a three-strong private equity team to Shearman & Sterling and its star tax partner Brenda Coleman to Ropes & Gray, the firm now faces its highest-profile partner exit yet – […]

Khaitan advises Piramal Enterprises and IndiaReit on formation of debt fund platform

Khaitan & Co has advised Piramal Enterprises Ltd (India) (PEL) and IndiaReit Fund Advisors in relation to formation of a debt fund platform with initial aggregate size of $500m (£300m) where each of PEL and Canada Pension Plan Investment Board committed $250m. The fund will provide rupee debt financing to residential projects across India’s major […]

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