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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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With less than two weeks to go before the demise of the Solicitor’s Indemnity Fund, market sources say that as few as 10 per cent of firms are signed up for insurance on the open market. Most of the concern is centred on SME-focused firms with 10 to 25 partners, a sector in which there […]

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Holman Fenwick & Willan’s Greek office is losing its managing partner to Watson Farley & Williams. John Krzywkowski, who was set to move back to Holman Fenwick’s London office next year, has decided to remain in Piraeus. He is taking shipping partner Jeremy Watson with him. Krzywkowski has already been replaced by Charles Lowe, who […]

Martineau Johnson opens office in City

Martineau Johnson, which has existed as a single office firm in Birmingham since 1828, is to break with tradition and open in the City. The new core office, opening on 4 September, will be headed by Edge Ellison partner Heather Leeson, a specialist in banking litigation and recovery work. She will be bringing with her […]

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