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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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Mathesons lures Corrs Chambers IP specialist in refocusing strategy

Leading Dublin firm Matheson Ormsby Prentice has expanded its IP team with the recruitment of Alistair Payne from rated Australian firm Corrs Chambers Westgarth. Payne’s recruitment is part of Mathesons’ decision to focus on highly regulated complex industries such as life sciences. He will be based in London and support the firm’s industry-focused groups as […]

DWS moots closure of office after mass exodus

Denton Wilde Sapte (DWS) is considering the closure of its 5 Chancery Lane office as part of a cost-cutting drive. The office was home to the technology, media and telecoms (TMT) department, which last month saw 11 partners quit for DLA. A senior DWS partner said the defections had given the firm an opportunity to examine its […]

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The RAC is calling for a radical reformation of the legal profession to allow the incorporation of practices owned by non-solicitors. In its response to Sir David Clementi’s review of the regulation of the legal profession, made public for the first time this week, RAC Legal Services says that practices owned and managed by a […]

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