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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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The Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) is in advanced talks with the Indian government to launch in the country. The negotiations are likely to result in a court being set up in India’s capital Delhi, although discussions continue as to whether this is the most suitable location for an arbitration court. PCA secretary general Tjaco […]

BLP axes Kramer Levin transatlantic alliance

Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) and New York firm Kramer Levin have ditched their formal alliance after nearly five years of cooperation, The Lawyer can reveal. The association was set up in October 2002 and was seen by both firms as a prelude to a full merger, but it came to an end earlier this year […]

CEDR kicks off mediation audit

The Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR) has launched its biennial audit into commercial mediation, the only review of its kind in the UK. The previous audit, held in 2005, found that the mediation market has grown by 35 per cent to 2,700 mediations a year. The statistics also showed that in 2005 there were […]

Banging on about work-life balance

Bristol has long touted itself as an alternative to London: it has less traffic, less smog and beaches nearby. Burges Salmon built its whole image on this pretext, with recruitment ads featuring surfers. London firms are slowly catching on to this work-life balance shtick, but flexible working policies are still way behind their Bristolian brethren’s. […]

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