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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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HUSBAND and wife team Geoff and Jane Morris have acquired the UK and European rights to develop and sell the ALS practice management system through Dart Legal Systems. For the past year Dart had been working with the system’s Australian proprietors to adapt the software for UK use. But communications problems have led to delays, […]

SJ Berwin report shows directors' shortcomings

Research co-sponsored by SJ Berwin reveals that company directors’ misunderstanding of their legal duties remains one of the key barriers to sustainable competitive success. The report, ‘Tomorrow’s company inquiry’ advocates the “inclusive approach”, as essential for successful companies. This entails building reciprocal relationships with all ‘stakeholders’ – employees, customers, suppliers and the community – in […]

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Elly defends Young in title fight

LAW Society President Charles Elly has mounted a spirited defence of his deputy John Young as the profession gears up for the first contested presidential election in decades. Attacking the two surprise contenders for the leadership for having the arrogance to believe they can do a better job, Elly urges the profession to vote for […]

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