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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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Drugs "sting' cops sue over lack of backup

Two former policemen are suing the West Midlands force in a case which also raises the spectre of racism, reports Roger Pearson. A major civil action against the police is set to go to the High Court. Two former Metropolitan police officers, who were shot when on undercover duty, are suing the West Midlands force […]

Civil Justice Council line-up is revealed

A MIXED bag of critics and supporters of government policy has been appointed to the new legal watchdog, the Civil Justice Council, due to have its inaugural meeting on 20 March. The 22-strong body will meet four times a year to co-ordinate and oversee changes to the civil justice system. It will be headed by […]

In brief: DAC appoints its new marketing director

Davies Arnold Cooper has appointed Paul Jaffa, chair of professional marketing association the Professional Services Marketing Group, as its marketing director. Jaffa was previously marketing director at chartered surveyor Weatherall Green & Smith.

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Foreign law firms in China face a government bureaucracy notable for its bare-faced cheek, reports Richard Tyler. On the face of it British lawyers working in China are well prepared for a new life when their plane touches down in the world’s most populous country. Most arrive at one of the 13 UK firms granted […]

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