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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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Anger as Court of Appeal public office is replaced by post boxes

THE public office at the Court of Appeal which receives appeal applications from solicitors and litigants in person was closed without warning last week due to staff shortages. The closure of The Civil Appeals General Office has prompted claims from angry solicitors that it will lead to delays in the Court of Appeal. The office […]

Brand names bite back

The Silhouette case has provided limited protection for trade mark owners. But caution must still be exercised to control the grey market within Europe, warns Brian March. Brian March is senior partner at Wildbore & Gibbons and president of the Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys. We have all witnessed the extraordinary growth in the power […]

Burges Salmon site

Bristol firm Burges Salmon has set up a web site which the practice claims has “a touch of humour to set it apart from its rivals”. The site, which can be found at http://www.burgessalmon.co.uk, includes cartoon characters that lead visitors to a range of information about the firm and key areas of law.

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