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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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Bakers man retained for Avis flotation mark two

Baker & McKenzie partner Chris Bown says he and car rental company Avis Europe have learnt the lessons of its disastrous flotation 11 years ago in time for its second flotation on Friday (4 April). Bown advised Avis Europe on its £278m flotation on the London Stock Exchange by US parent Avis Inc in 1986. […]

Saphra gets call-up from One 2 One

LEADING telecommunications lawyer Robin Saphra is leaving City firm Allison & Humphreys for a directorship created for him at One 2 One, the mobile-phone subsidiary of Cable & Wireless and US West. A partner at Allison & Humphreys since 1995, Saphra was headhunted for his new role as One 2 One’s director of public policy […]

Kevin Pettican on High Court powers to grant interim relief.

Kevin Pettican is a barrister at Warner Cranston. The Civil Jurisdiction and Judgments Act 1982 (Interim Relief) Order 1987, which came into force on 1 April this year, significantly extends the power of the High Court to grant interim relief in support of proceedings taking place in another jurisdiction. Prior to the order, the High […]

Strength in numbers – or splendid isolation?

Solicitor Peter Ievins is proof you can have it both ways. He is an independent sole practitioners, yet he need only take a few steps to consult one of six other legal colleagues at The Solicitors Chambers in Peterborough. Established in 1990 by Neil Davidson, Peterborough’s chambers pioneered an idea that Law Society president Tony […]

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