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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 Soc slams Govt fraud trial measure

The Law Society has hit out at new Government proposals suggesting that judges be allowed to dismiss defendants’ advisers in very high-cost fraud trials. The Department for Constitutional Affairs (DCA) consultation paper, published last week (4 August), proposed that judges should be given the power to order the withdrawal of a defendant’s lawyer in cases where there appears […]

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As the arrest of BetOnSports’ former chief executive David Carruthers continues to send shockwaves through the online gaming industry, a split has emerged in the investment banking and legal communities. There are those banks and firms that fall into the Skadden and Credit Suisse camp and those occupying the Freshfields and HSBC camp. As we […]

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GlaxoSmithKline has hired a new global head of IP, scooping King & Spalding partner Sherry Knowles. Knowles will join as senior vice-president and global head of the corporate IP division in September, replacing David Roberts, who is retiring. Before qualifying as a lawyer, Knowles spent several years at SmithKline Beecham as a pharmaceutical synthetic chemist.

Ashurst scoops Stratford City mandate

Ashurst has won a role advising on the £4bn Stratford City development. Ashurst has won a role advising on the £4bn Stratford City development. Ashurst was previously advising Stratford City Development Partnership, a consortium of developers comprising Westfield, the Reuben Brothers and Stanhope, but Westfield opted to continue the arrangement with Ashurst rather than side […]

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