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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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Fried Frank wins Paris status with Lantourne link

Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson is going head-to-head with the Paris elite as it launches an association with bankruptcy litigation boutique Lantourne. As first revealed on www.thelawyer.com (8 November), the US firm’s Paris office has entered into a formal agreement with 16-lawyer Lantourne with a view to a merger in around a year’s time, which is […]

Bond Pearce hires McGrigors real estate expert

Bristol-based Bond Pearce has strengthened its commercial property department with the appointment of Nick Huddert as a partner in the Exeter office. Huddert joined from Scottish firm McGrigors, where he was a director (the equivalent of a salaried or fixed-share equity partner). He is the sixth partner-equivalent to leave the firm’s London office in the […]

Freshfields and Linklaters to review associate workload

Linklaters to review associate workload” />Freshfields Bruckhaus Derringer and Linklaters have overhauled their systems for allocating work to corporate associates in response to the boom in M&A. Freshfields London head of corporate Tim Jones revealed that for the past week the corporate group has been piloting a system of involving select senior associates in the […]

Linklaters advises TDR Capital on PizzaExpress LSE offering

Linklatersis celebrating its first successful instruction from TDR Capital after advising the private equity house on the IPO of restaurant group PizzaExpress. Meanwhile, Herbert Smith has secured a secondary role on the deal, having been the main adviser to PizzaExpress since the company bought pizza restaurant chain Ask Central last year. The acquisition was Herbert Smith’s first instruction […]

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