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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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Chancery Lane sets out EU agenda

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Johnathan Arks welcomes more power to the landlords' arm.

Jonathan Arkush is a barrister at 11 Stone Buildings. The House of Lords’ decision in Hindcastle v Attenborough Associates is significant for its rejection of the long-standing Court of Appeal authority in Stacey v Hill (1901) 1 QB 660 which prevented a landlord from suing a guarantor for an original tenant who became insolvent while […]

In brief: Halliwell Landau clinches magazine sale

Manchester firm Halliwell Landau assisted in the sale of The New Statesman magazine, following the High Court clearing the way for transactions to proceed. The deal will transfer the publication’s assets and liabilities to new owner, Labour MP Geoffrey Robinson. It was sanctioned by Mr Justice Harman in the Companies Court. The sale follows the […]

In brief: New construction head for Lewis Silkin

London firm Lewis Silkin has recruited Helen Garthwaite as a partner to head the firm’s construction and engineering unit. Garthwaite, who left Nabarro Nathanson, specialises in negotiating and drafting documentation for construction and engineering projects. She is also experienced in advising on administration and resolution issues arising from contracts, including arbitration and dispute resolution.

Time to stop dealing behind closed doors at the IGC

Uncertainty about the agenda for the Intergovernmental Conference may decrease public support for the EU, says Rose D’Sa Secrecy is a common, perhaps indispensable, phenomenon of inter-governmental negotiations. Yet the lack of a clear, published agenda for the Intergovernmental Conference (IGC) in Turin is particularly odd when viewed in the context of one of its […]

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