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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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London

EY Law continues growth spurt with Freshfields partner hire

Accountancy and consulting giant EY has made another foray into the legal sector, hiring Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer partner Richard Norbruis to lead its global transaction law practice. Norbruis has been a partner in Freshfields’ Amsterdam office since 1999. For the last three years he has held the role of global people partner, responsible for issues […]

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Watson Farley & Williams’ turnover rises by 14.6 per cent to £117m

Watson Farley & Williams (WFW) increased its revenue in 2013/14 by 14.6 per cent last year, resulting in a jump in revenue from £102.1m to £117m. The results are a significant uptick on last year’s financials, when the firm grew turnover by just 2 per cent from £99.9m to £102.1m (16 July 2013). The total […]

No5 Chambers’ Khalique appears on behalf of family of girl who died in foster care

Nageena Khalique of No5 Chambers has appeared on behalf of the family of Dana Baker in a lengthy four-week inquest, which culminated in a narrative determination by the Worcestershire coroner Mr Geraint Williams. The inquest into the death of a 16-year-old girl who was a ‘looked-after child’ under the auspices of the local authority identified […]

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DLA Piper Italy partner caught up in corruption probe

A partner in DLA Piper’s Milan office is facing trial on corruption charges related to Milan’s hosting of next year’s ‘Expo 2015’ world fair. Giorgia Romitelli, an administrative law specialist, was arrested along with seven other individuals earlier this year on fraud-related charges. Last week (16 June) Milan prosecutors requested that the proceedings should move […]

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