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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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Law Society of Scotland to review legal training

The Law Society of Scotland is launching an extensive review of legal training and is seeking views from every part of the profession, including students. The society is reviewing all stages of training, including the LLB and the Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice. A public consultation on the diploma is to start shortly, following recommendations […]

Lovells picks candidate for Cambridge lectureship

Louise Merrett has been appointed Lovells’ lecturer in law at Cambridge University. Merrett, who is currently a college teaching officer and a director of studies in law at Trinity College, Cambridge will start her new role in September. The City firm will fund the lectureship for five years. Lovells has also provided bursaries to 14 […]

Sullivan completes rejig of general practice unit

Sullivan & Cromwell has overhauled the management of its general practice group, the firm’s largest department, which includes its core areas of corporate finance, M&A, real estate and financial institutions. The Sullivan board has appointed two new co-heads to the group. Private equity specialist Richard Pollack and securities lawyer David Harms will replace Fred Rich […]

The writing’s on the wall

Here’s a small recommendation to partners in talks to move firms. If you’re in talks with a firm and happen to pick up one of their snazzy branded pens, it’s a good idea not to take out that pen when you’re in a meeting with another firm. It may be a slight giveaway that you’re […]

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The Lawyer’s editor Catrin Griffiths looks at the latest developments in the legal world Dorsey in the doldrums There wasn’t much festive spirit at US firm Dorsey & Whitney over Christmas. Its London office has suffered an amount of turbulence, particularly when half of its successful tax litigation team resigned for DLA Piper Rudnick Gray […]

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