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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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MAB and McGrigors act on Asda’s partnership with website

Matthew Arnold & Baldwin (MAB) and McGrigors have advised on an agreement between supermarket giant Asda and price comparison website mysupermarket.co.uk. The deal will see Asda use technology developed by the independent price comparison site to launch a scheme whereby shoppers will be refunded the ­difference if they find their purchases cheaper at a rival supermarket. MAB […]

English briefs join jet set as chambers go global

“Having a permanent base abroad with a ­permanent barrister situated there is really the key to success internationally. If you don’t have that then you don’t have any credibility,” states Nicholas Luckman, senior practice manager at XXIV Old Buildings. XXIV Old Buildings has had an outpost in Geneva for more than nine years and Luckman […]

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Focus: Vivian Robinson QC, SFO, Serious issues

With its very existence hanging in the balance, the SFO is demanding the powers necessary for it to do its job so that it can then be taken seriously The SFO, like many government agencies, is facing an uncertain future under a hung parliament. The agency has seen its budget cut by more than 10 […]

Travers welcomes four new partners in promos round

Travers Smith has promoted four lawyers to its partnership for the third year running. After being overlooked last year, the corporate practice will be boosted by the addition of one new partner – Chris Gower – with one each also made up in the firm’s employment, litigation and tax groups. Litigation partner Caroline Edwards is […]

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