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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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OFT director Priddis quits for Freshfields

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has bolstered its London competition practice with the star hire of the Office of Fair Trading’s (OFT) senior director Simon Priddis. Priddis will join Freshfields’ competition practice as a partner in January 2007. His five-year tenure at the OFT included a term as head of the mergers branch where most notably he […]

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Osborne Clarke is seeking to strike a deal to reduce the period of gardening leave placed on a four-lawyer residential property team it hired from fellow Bristol-based firm Clarke Willmott last week. As reported on www. thelawyer.com (4 October), Osborne Clarke raided its rival for the team led by head of residential development David Powell. […]

A&L and Arthur Cox square up for airline battle

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Watson Farley beefs up Rome with local hire

The Rome office of Watson Farley & Williams has raided local player Agnoli Bernardi e Associati for a banking and finance partner and his assistant. Vincenzo Di Spinzero joins Watson Farley on Monday (16 October), along with his assistant, boosting the firm’s partnership headcount in Rome to three. He joins from Agnoli, the 22-partner spin-off […]

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