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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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Watchdog calls for tribunal chiefs

The tribunals watchdog has warned that many of the country’s tribunals are losing their independence from government because they lack the leadership of an appointed president. In a report, the Council on Tribunals argues that most of the UK’s 78 tribunals should be led by presidents capable of asserting their independence and fighting for resources. […]

Establishment rights

The Law Society wants to hear from solicitors who have faced restrictions on providing their services outside the European Union. The move to collate information on rights of establishment follows the recent launch by the European Commission of an initiative to draw up a database of the barriers facing professionals who want to provide legal […]

Asim talks tactics

The Association of Solicitors in Investment Management (Asim) recently held a strategy meeting to draw up plans for the organisation and its members. Top of the agenda was the issue of how firms could increase the amounts of money being invested through their firms. A spokesperson said it was fairly easy for firms to get […]

Mitre Court quintet forms Fleet Street set

FOUR barristers at Mitre Court Chambers have left with its senior clerk, Robert Ruegg, to found a new set. According to Ruegg, a dispute between him and his former chambers, where he was senior clerk for five years, prompted his move to open Fleet Chambers at 44-46 Fleet Street. Neither Ruegg nor his former set […]

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