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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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Masons gives up on Dublin after competition hots up

Masons has closed its Dublin branch, a niche projects and construction practice, citing increased competition from the full-service domestic firms as the reason behind the decision. The two partners who ran the office, Eamonn Conlon and Dudley Solan, are moving to A&L Goodbody, but seven assistants and the entire support staff are yet to decide […]

Norton Rose man convicted for child porn

Norton Rose’s former head of operations Mike Walker has been convicted on charges of downloading child pornography on his work computer. Walker, who left the firm in January 2002, was charged by the police after an individual within Norton Rose contacted BBC’s Crime Stoppers following the first firmwide monitoring exercise in November 2001. A Norton […]

ECJ and Court of First Instance suffer serious backlog of cases

The caseload of the European Court of Justice (ECJ) has increased by more than 17 per cent in the last year. According to the institution’s 2003 annual report, there were 561 new cases brought to the ECJ last year and 466 to its sister court, the Court of First Instance. This is compared with 477 […]

SJ Berwin scores Kennedys partner for arbitration drive

SJ Berwin is taking steps to prepare for the upcoming 10-country EU accession after recruiting Kennedys‘ former co-head of international arbitration. David Goldberg joins SJ Berwin today (April 5) to help develop its international practice group using his experience of working on Central and Eastern European cases. Alex Leitch, litigation partner at SJ Berwin, said: […]

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