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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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Case of the Week

A convicted murderer is complaining that he has not received enough porridge. Cambridgeshire’s Whitemoor Prison inmate Fathi Toumia is suing the Prison Officers’ Association for “false imprisonment” for locking him in his prison cell all morning and making him miss breakfast. The Court of Appeal is allowing Toumia to pursue the action despite a judge […]

In brief: Rodger Pannone

Rodger Pannone, senior partner at Pannone & Partners and a former president of the Law Society, has been appointed chairman of the College of Law. He replaces Sir Derek Bradbeer. College chief executive Professor Nigel Savage paid tribute to Bradbeer, who held the post for nine years and saw the college transformed from “part of […]

Gaunt quits for in-house shipping job

SINCLAIR ROCHE & Temperley’s shipping finance expert, Ian Gaunt, is moving to an in-house position. The senior partner is to join the world’s largest cruise-line, Carnival Corporation, as senior vice-president, international, in May. Gaunt says: “I have worked closely with the Carnival group for nearly 20 years and I am eagerly anticipating a new challenge. […]

CPS to fall prey to millennium bug

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) is one of the worst government departments in the fight against Year 2000 problems. The latest review by the Cabinet Office, detailing how well government departments are doing in tackling the millennium bug, shows Court Services in England and Wales and the Lord Chancellor’s Department in the bottom quarter of […]

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