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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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According to Garrett & Co managing partner Julia Chain, the Arthur Andersen law firm is working towards the new concept of the European law practice. She adds: “The provision of legal services on a European or global basis is the way of the future.” Many UK solicitors are still in a state of shock after […]

Westminster lawyer gets the all-clear

Former Westminster city solicitor Matthew Ives has been cleared of wrongdoing in the council’s controversial “homes-for-votes” policy. Ives was among five people who were judged to have acted within the law by the council’s district auditor John Magill last week. Ives, now at the Institute of Chartered Accountants for England and Wales, was on holiday […]

Victorious Mears plans his assault

“SUPPORT the forces of darkness in July”, was one of the new Law Society president’s more tongue-in-cheek electoral battle cries. “The nice chaps have tried and failed. It is time to give the mean men a chance,” Martin Mears wrote in the May edition of the independent magazine he edits, Anglian Lawyer. Many council members […]

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Church Adams Tatham & Co and Manches & Co advised Railtrack plc and property company Lynton respectively in the sale of their interest in a site adjoining Marylebone Station to two subsidiary companies of Banque Paribas, which was advised by Holman Fenwick & Willan.

Loosening the strait-jacket

Stephen Sidkin takes a look at the CBI proposals for reforming EC competition law Last month saw the publication of another set of proposals by the Confederation of British Industry for the reform of the scope and administration of Article 85 EC Treaty. The CBI’s latest proposals, ‘Loosening the strait-jacket’, are based on the idea […]

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