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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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Andersen Legal forms Indian association with DSK Legal

First ever international link-up for indian firm; Andersen alliance avoids local bar disapproval Andersen Legal has formed a formal association with Indian firm DSK Legal. It is believed to be the first time that an Indian firm has linked up to an international legal network. While other law firms sought to penetrate the protectionist Indian […]

Vivendi appoints ten firms to its UK panel

After a five-month review, both regional and City firms win places French utilities and media giant Vivendi has appointed 10 firms to its UK panel following a five-month review. A range of City and regional players have won places. They are Allen & Overy (A&O), Beachcroft Wansbroughs, Boyes Turner & Burrows, Brodies, Burness, Macfarlanes, Pinsent […]

Stand by your man

If success can be measured in column inches – as many law firms think – then Vanessa Lloyd Platt is without doubt the most successful divorce lawyer in the land. In the last few months there have been full page photo-features in both The Sunday Telegraph and the Independent on Sunday, not to mention a […]

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Barristers out of pocket on CFAs

Barristers’ fees have dropped significantly in conditional fee arrangement (CFA) work even if they are winning the bulk of their cases. The Lawyer has obtained details of a report’s mid-stage findings which claim that barristers are faring badly in terms of fees and control over cases. The findings appear at a time when senior barristers […]

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