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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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Forex conversion in China via a RMB clearing bank in Singapore

MAS has invited comments on the proposed criteria and other requirements for banks and merchant banks that wish to conduct forex conversion in China through a RMB clearing bank in Singapore. Comments must be submitted to MAS by 23 May 2013. The People’s Bank of China (PBC) has appointed the Industrial and Commercial Bank of […]

Withers and Speechly Bircham call it a day

It could have been a £170m business, edging the top 20 of The Lawyer UK200. It could have been a £170m business, edging the top 20 of The Lawyer UK200. But the news today that the talks are off means that Withers and Speechly Bircham join the roll call of Field Fisher Waterhouse and Lawrence […]

DWF improves client service with real-time information

London, UK – 9 April 2013, – QlikTech (NASDAQ: QLIK), a leader in Business Discovery – user-driven Business Intelligence (BI), today announces that business law firm DWF has chosen the QlikView Business Discovery platform to share client management information. DWF will use QlikView to reduce the amount of time it takes to respond to a […]

Shoosmiths and DCLM Commercial Property help clinch £110m deal for pub giant Marston’s

Shoosmiths has worked with DCLM Commercial Property to help clinch a £110m deal for Marston’s. The law firm’s real-estate team provided legal advice to the independent and pub retailing business on a sale-and-leaseback transaction of 45 public houses. Shoosmiths’ Vaqas Farooq and Lisa On-Iam led a cross-office team of nine real-estate specialists from Manchester, Birmingham […]

MENA investment into Africa: Mauritius is the bridge

Many MENA-based investors looking to expand into Africa operate from Dubai, which has positioned itself as the regional leader for trade, transport, tourism, logistics and financial services. Ideally positioned between the Asian tigers and the African lions, Dubai is very much the choice of investors seeking to do business in the African continent, with COMESA […]

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