Intellectual Property and Technology News — Q4 2013

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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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De Brauw confirms Shanghai launch

Benelux firm De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek is joining German best friend Hengeler Mueller with an office in Shanghai, its second Chinese base. The news follows yesterday’s announcement by Hengeler that it was moving into Shanghai (4 December 2013). De Brauw launched in Beijing alongside its UK and Iberian best friends Slaughter and May and Uría […]

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Hengeler joins fellow best friends with Chinese office

Slaughter and May’s German best friend Hengeler Mueller is launching an office in Shanghai, relocating four partners to the office when it opens towards the end of next year. The China office will be led by newly-promoted partner Tu Changfeng, who is currently based in Hengeler’s Düsseldorf office. He will be joined in Shanghai by […]

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Number crunching: Clyde & Co corporate

Earlier this year Clyde & Co revealed a 33 per cent climb in corporate revenue, from £53m to £70.7m. The £17.7m hike not only secured Clydes its first spot in The Lawyer’s UK 200’s top 15 for corporate revenue, but also knocked Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) clear off the table. Clydes has seen incremental growth in […]

DLA Piper advises liability adjuster Garwyn on its acquisition by Davies Group

DLA Piper has advised the shareholders of Garwyn Group Ltd, a specialist liability adjuster, on its acquisition by insurance claims service provider Davies Group Ltd. Garwyn will join forces with Davies’ existing liability business to form a full-service liability and specialty offering in both the UK and Ireland to complement Davies’ property claims management businesses. […]

Managing conflicts of interest for general practitioners

Managing actual or potential conflicts of interest is essential for every professional. General practitioners (GPs) are in no different position to lawyers, accountants or many other professionals who ply their professional trade for the benefit of clients but, to a greater or lesser extent, are not paid by clients but by a third party (and […]

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