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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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Spotted in SW1: DLA Piper‘s chief executive Nigel Knowles surreptitiously handing a package to new Mourant counterpart Stephen Ball. What could it possibly be, Tulkinghorn wondered. Nigel’s instructions on how to achieve world domination? Surely Mourant isn’t about to embark on a similar growth strategy. Apparently the book is entitled Getting to Yes: Negotiating Agreement […]

Our friends in the north

There was much hilarity at Tulkinghorn Towers following a call from a PR lackey at Newcastle-based Watson Burton. Readers will recall the firm was at the centre of gossip following the ousting of managing partner Andrew Hoyle late last month (first reported in The Lawyer, 26 September). The same issue also mentioned the delicious fact […]

Freshfields beats Linklaters on M&A deals

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has knocked rival Linklaters off the top of the European M&A rankings. According to Thomson Financial’s third-quarter league tables, Freshfields took pole position after advising on 211 announced deals with any European involvement worth $323.8bn (£171.4bn). Linklaters, which topped the third-quarter rankings in 2005, advised on 216 deals totalling $285.8bn (£151.3bn). Linklaters […]

Faegre falls foul of Speechly tech raid

Speechly Bircham has bolstered its new technology and commerce group with the hire of Faegre & Benson’s London head of IP. Robert Bond joins Speechly to head up the technology and commerce group from the London office of the US firm. He had been part of Faegre’s IP group for 11 years. Bond specialises in […]

Freshfields Berlin hit by partner loss

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has lost another German partner, this time seeing Berlin-based litigation partner Alfried Heidbrink leave for German firm Lindenpartners. Heidbrink, who leaves Freshfields in November, has been with the magic circle firm since 1992 and a partner since 1997. He specialises in M&A, bankruptcy and financial services litigation. Heidbrink told German legal publication […]

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