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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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QC deadline day prompts bar complaints

The deadline for QC applications closed on Monday (January 29) prompting a barrage of complaints from harrassed barristers struggling to meet the tight deadline. The QC appointments committee today kicks off the next stage with professional conduct checks and references sought from judges and arbitrators for all applicants. Applicants felt “hard done by” due to […]

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Sets to have their say over client gift furore A commotion is brewing at the bar as the barrister’s right to entertain came under scrutiny last month. The turmoil began when the Bar Standards Board (BSB) issued a consultation into the issue on 13 December 2006. It has been claimed that barristers’ gifts to solicitors […]

Simmons takes Houthoff banking head

Simmons & Simmons’ brand new Amsterdam office has wasted no time in hiring its first lateral partner. Equity and Capital Markets (ECM) partner Daphne Brinkhuis joins the five-partner office from local firm Houthoff Buruma where she was head of banking. Brinkhuis also spent eight years in the ECM practice at Clifford Chance before moving to […]

Wooing women

The Lawyer‘s groundbreaking survey by YouGov revealed that 54 per cent of women surveyed believe that associate retention is one of the most important issues facing the profession. And the way to retain them? Women, far more than their male colleagues, overwhelmingly favoured alternative career paths and flexible working. See story. So hats off to […]

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