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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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German firm Graf von Westphalen and Austrian firm Dorda Brugger Jordis have both established presences in Turkey, which is fast becoming a hot spot for European firms. Graf will open an office in Istanbul at the start of October in cooperation with local outfit GSI Meridian. Dorda has expanded its best-friends network to include a […]

Ogier elects new Jersey managing partner

Offshore firm Ogier has shuffled its Jersey management team, with Matthew Swan taking over the office managing partner role from Matthew Thompson. Litigation partner Thompson returns to full-time client work after four years as the office managing partner. Swan will combine the position with client work. He is also head of Ogier’s business and trust […]

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Can UK talent make white shoe firms a good fit in Hong Kong?

It is rare that New York’s white shoe firms undertake a mass shift in strategy. It is even rarer when that shift is an acknowledgement that, rather than leading the ­market, they are lagging behind. So when Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, Davis Polk & Wardwell, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett and Sullivan & Cromwell all […]

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Hack attack

Phone hacking of Bulger killer raises further questions about the police and the News of the World On Sunday 28 August 2011 The Sunday Timesreported that Operation Weeting police officers have warned Robert Thompson, one of the killers of James Bulger, that his telephone may have been hacked by the News of the World (NoW).   […]

Ropes & Gray Shanghai bulks up with senior Hogan Lovells IP hire

Ropes & Gray has strengthened the IP capabilities of its newly opened Shanghai office with the hire of Geoffrey Lin, a former IP partner at Hogan Lovells.  Ropes & Gray has strengthened the IP capabilities of its newly opened Shanghai office with the hire of Geoffrey Lin, a former IP partner at Hogan Lovells.  Lin […]

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