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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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The BNP barrister

What a complex world we live in. How should employers – and those in a similar position – balance freedom of political beliefs with respect for equality and diversity? Would a commercial entity’s reputation be damaged if it didn’t take action against an individual associated with it whose views are potentially divisive for clients and […]

Indisputable progress

Arbitration has long been central to commerce, but its processes have never been a good fit for the business world. Now, proposed changes to the IBA Rules look set to bring it into line. By Lord Goldsmith QC and Sophie Lamb If attendance by some 550 lawyers at a recent IBA Arbitration Day in London […]

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BLP prepares to take over Thames Water’s legal function

Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) is finalising a major deal with Thames Water that will see the utility company transfer its legal function over to the City firm. Under the terms of the deal, which is expected to be worth in the region of £5m per year to BLP, around 15 Thames Water lawyers will be […]

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Incoming Dickie Dees senior partner to put ABSs at centre of strategy

Dickinson Dees’ newly elected senior partner John Marshall has said the firm’s management team will reassess its business strategy to deal with the challenges posed by alternative business structures (ABSs).   Marshall was elected to the position following a ballot on 19 March, beating tax partner George Lyall and corporate partner John Flynn to the post. […]

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