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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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Pleming to head 39 Essex Street

Leading public lawyer Nigel Pleming QC is to become the new head of chambers at 39 Essex Street. Pleming, who recently won the latest round of the Pinochet saga as lead counsel for the Kingdom of Belgium, will replace Edwin Glasgow QC at the beginning of April. Glasgow has completed his three-year term at the […]

Dot com gets head of legal from bank

Online financial services company Interactive Investor International has appointed its first head of legal from investment bank Morgan Stanley Dean Witter. As counsel in the law and compliance department at Morgan Stanley, Anil Raval was responsible for all legal and regulatory issues surrounding international private wealth management. He has been appointed head of legal and […]

Law firms waste money on poor marketing according to survey

Law firms have miscalculated their marketing strategies and are wasting vast amounts of money on them, according to a new survey. The report, produced by corporate branding specialists Springpoint, also reveals that there is little differentiation between the top six law firms and that business is dependant on the people and the relationships that clients […]

Listening without prejudice

Jim Drake and Peter MacDonald Eggers reports on the different types of ADR and the part that the courts play. Alternative dispute resolution (ADR) refers to all means of resolving disputes, other than by a decision of the court after a trial, with the assistance of an impartial third party. The essence of ADR is […]

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