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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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Singapore flings: the politics of local tie-ups revealed

Despite A&O’s failed gambit with Allen & Gledhill, foreign firms can now take shares in Singapore outfits and the polite clamour of tie-up talks can be heard, says Yun Kriegler In a move that was expected to provoke Singaporean firms into a period of introspection over their international strategies, in November 2011 Allen & Gledhill […]

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Judgment call: 9 April 2012

The European Convention on Human Rights 1950 art.10 had no application to a case involving a journalist’s application to the Charity Commission for the disclosure of information concerning an inquiry it had conducted, and the Freedom of Information Act 2000 s.32(2) did not have to be read down to give effect to it. Human rights […]

Police don’t fit the bill

The police lack the powers enabling them to launch effective corporate killing investigations  The fourth anniversary of the Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act (CMCHA) coming into force was marked on 6 April. Although it was always understood that there would be a delay in cases reaching the courts, it has been somewhat perplexing […]

So far, so what?

LSB interim report inconclusive on impact of LSA The overarching message of the Legal Services Board’s (LSB) interim report into what impact the Legal Services Act has had on the profession is a resoundingly non-committal ’it’s too early to tell’. Critics say five years is a long time to wait for just three approved alternative […]

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