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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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Alston & Bird names new boss a year hence

Alston & Bird has announced its new managing partner more than a year in advance of his appointment. Richard Hays, brother of Robert Hays, the chairman of rival Atlanta-based firm King & Spalding, will succeed incumbent Ben Johnson when Johnson steps down in 2008. Johnson, 63, is obliged to retire by firm policy, which dictates […]

Cheer today, gone tomorrow

Just last week Beachcroft senior partner Simon Hodson was jubilant about the firm’s 18 per cent rise in turnover at the half-year stage. He attributed the result to the firm’s recent investment and a demonstration of what converting to a limited-liability partnership can do. Hodson said: “In the absence of walking into a brick wall, […]

Macfarlanes plumps for tailored BPP course

BPP Law School has tied the knot with Macfarlanes, meaning all Macfarlanes trainees will study the LPC exclusively at BPP’s London branch from September next year. MacFarlanes is just the latest firm to succumb to the lure of a single LPC provider, as the number of unallied firms left for law schools to play for […]

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