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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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In brief: Calows partner jailed for false accounting

A former partner of London law firm Calow Easton has been jailed for a year. Simon Easton was convicted of three charges of false accounting at Southwark Crown Court. Judge Robin Laurie said that Easton senselessly threw away an “enormously successful” career to help a greedy client pay a divorce bill. The Solicitors Complaints Bureau […]

In brief: Mining group wins coal bill amendments

The Mining and Mineral Law Group had considerable success in obtaining amendments to the Coal Industry Bill on ongoing liabilities for subsidence and industrial disease and injury, members heard at their first annual general meeting. They were also told that the Law Society was not yet ready to recognise them as a special interest group […]

In brief: Liberty champions Balfour appeal

Civil rights group Liberty takes the case of Andrew Balfour to tribunal this week arguing that he was unfairly dismissed by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Central to the case is the debate over Public Interest Immunity Certificates which were signed by the Foreign Secretary and Home Secretary to prevent the disclosure of a number […]

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