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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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Links and CC advise on Macquarie’s £2.5bn National Grid deal

Linklaters advised National Grid on the £2.5bn sale of its mobile mast business to Australian bank Macquarie – the owner of Britain’s second largest mast network Arqiva. The Linklaters team was led by corporate partner and co-head of Linklaters’ media & entertainment sector Roger Barron. Barron’s team worked alongside the National Grid’s in-house team led […]

Simmons’ financial markets team bags two laterals

Simmons & Simmons has made two lateral hires from US firms into its financial markets team, which is expecting revenue increases of between 20 and 25 per cent on last year. Financial regulatory partner Jennifer Donohue is leaving Hogan & Hartson’s London office to join Simmons. Donohue has expertise in insurance and reinsurance, and before […]

E.ON pulls out of Endesa saga

Bonelli Erede Pappalardo client Enel and German utility E.ON, advised by Perez-Llorca, have come together to carve up Endesa in what should be one of the final chapters of the 18-month saga to gain control of the Spanish utility company. E.ON sensationally withdrew its €42bn (£28.4bn) offer for Clifford Chance client Endesa last night, just […]

CC follows Linklaters with 38 promotions

Clifford Chance has unexpectedly announced its promotions ahead of the Easter break, making up 38 to the partnership, exactly the same amount as last year. The promotions take the partnership globally to 619. Clifford Chance operates a salaried tier prior to the equity partnership. In May last year the firm backed away from radical plans […]

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