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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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BLG makes £20m saving with 10-year lease on HQ

Barlow Lyde & Gilbert (BLG) has secured a 10-year lease on its London headquarters, making a saving of more than £20m over the next decade. BLG chief executive David Jabbari said: “The security of low-cost London premises for 10 years, and the removal of up to £24m in property costs over that period, is a great base for […]

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The Lawyer Awards corporate shortlisters defy the downturn

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Five make director in Dickie Dees reshuffle

North East firm Dickinson Dees has promoted five of its ­associates to director level across its pensions, property, ­corporate recovery and public services departments. Neil Walker and Jackie Gray were promoted in the firm’s public services team, based in York, along with pensions lawyer Tracy Walsh. Property lawyer David Hambler and insolvency and corporate lawyer […]

Some election questions

With the prospect of a Tory-led administration becoming ever more likely, lawyers are starting to ask questions about legal life under a new government. Top of the Conservative legal wishlist is the replacement of the Human Rights Act in favour of a British Bill of Rights. But as our BadLaw blog asks: what does this […]

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