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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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Bingham’s no-thrills HK launch

Bingham’s announcement that it is opening in Hong Kong (see story) is hardly a firecracker moment – more a damp squib. Chairman Jay Zimmerman is one of those burnished, on-message managing partners the Yanks seem to be able to produce in abundance; think Orrick’s Ralph Baxter. Zimmerman, like Baxter, has a mission to create a […]

Missing the missus

Another bigwig giving a keynote speech recently was Lord Falconer, who took the occasion of the Bar Conference – held on a Saturday – to renew a few old acquaintances. This is how he started: “It is a great honour to be invited here to speak. It is a great pleasure to see old friends, […]

Hammonds’ Euro vision suffers myopia

Another week, another couple of partners to quit Hammonds. José Rivas and Edward Borovikov are the twelfth and thirteenth partners to leave the firm since June this year and are just the latest in a long line of departures. But Rivas’s and Borovikov’s departures are different. They are the first partners to quit one of […]

Beachcroft ready for cull to up profit

Beachcroft is to axe its London-based private client team as it embarks on a review of underperforming practice groups. The firm has begun consultations with partners, lawyers and staff in the three areas under threat. These are understood to be the firm’s professional risks team in Birmingham, projects in London, and the tax and trusts […]

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