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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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Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has opted to ditch the dual senior partner role with a single partner filling the position following an autumn election. Current joint senior partners Konstantin Mettenheimer and Guy Morton have jointly held the top job since 2005, but both are standing down at the end of this year. The joint senior partner […]

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It may taste a bit nasty to some, but A&O’s arrival could be just the tonic for Australia’s legal marketplace.  Good associates can be hard to find, or at least hard to hold onto, in Australia. Despite having first-class universities and being known as an overlawyered jurisdiction, ­Australia has a scarcity of good, three- […]

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Watson Farley welcomes two to partnership

Watson Farley & Williams has promoted two lawyers to its partnership, both of whom are based outside the UK. The lawyers have been made up in its Athens and Bangkok offices and are in the project and structured finance and international litigation groups respectively. One of them is a woman. Managing partner Michael Greville commented: […]

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