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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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Berwins spends on full IT revamp

Alison Laferla reports City firm Berwin Leighton is completely revamping its IT system in an attempt to “leapfrog the competition”. The firm has opted to run on an Intel platform and Microsoft NT, the successor to the MS DOS operating system. The contract for upgrading the IT system, worth over half a million pounds, has […]

All aboard for big deals at Dickinsons

North East firm Dickinson Dees has tied the knot on a spate of deals worth about £400 million in the last month. Two of the biggest briefs focused on regional bus companies where Dickinsons acted for vehicles company Cowie and the Go-Ahead Group. Cowie snapped up British Bus for £282 million and County Bus for […]

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Behind the unassuming Georgian frontage in a genteel part of Edinburgh which was once home to Sir Walter Scott, is a bespoke information technology system which plays an integral part in the management of £180 million of investment funds. Murray Beith Murray WS was established in Edinburgh in 1849, and like other Scottish law firms […]

New system speaks your language

Alison Laferia reports PC users can surf the Net or produce electronic documents simply by talking, with a new version of speech recognition technology recently launched by Dragon Systems. DragonDictate for Windows version 2.1: British English, allows the user to access Netscape browser menus and dialogue boxes by speaking. It also lets the user dictate […]

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