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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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“It doesn’t matter to Andersen Consulting if they are called Andersen Consulting or Winnie the Pooh.” Simpson Thacher & Bartlett’s Barry Ostrager, head of the legal team representing Andersen Consulting on its split from Arthur Andersen, on the importance of branding.

… as it loses leading retail partner to Irwin Mitchell

Leading property lawyer Frewin Jenkins has left Manches & Co to join Irwin Mitchell’s commercial property team as a partner. Jenkins, who specialises in retail and service charges, will be joining an expanding team that works with high-street clients, such as Thorntons, Minit UK and Etam. Her arrival at the London office comes just days […]

High resolution

The defining features of the truly successful arbitration are discretion, speed and economy. In theory that is, but in practice it is not always so straightforward. Such qualities seemed in short supply in last week’s acrimonious divorce of accountancy giant Arthur Andersen and its professional service group Andersen Consulting. Break-ups are never easy and this […]

Cloisters invests in employment team

De-merged civil set Cloisters will welcome two civil practitioners and a new practice director in September. Senior junior Simon Dyer from Plowden Buildings and Declan O’Dempsey from the recently merged set Coram Buildings are both joining Cloisters. Dempsey, whose current set is headed by former Cloisters tenant Roger McCarthy QC, is a specialist in employment, […]

Matrix swoops to pick up trio

Matrix Chambers has boosted its capability in constitutional, discrimination and environmental law by taking on three tenants. The three members are Karon Monaghan, who joins from Cloisters, Kate Cook from the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions (DETR) and Janet Kentridge, a South African barrister who joins after completing her pupillage at One […]

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