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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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Hill Dickinson hires from Clydes and Kennedys to bolster Asia base

Hill Dickinson has bolstered its Asia office network with the hire of two shipping partners, taking one from Clyde & Co in Singapore and another from Kennedys in Hong Kong.  Former Clydes partner Chris Edwards will join the firm in Singapore on 2 June, while Kennedys partner Anthony Woo is to join the Hong Kong. […]

City AM reports on Collyer Bristow’s hire of Christopher Rennie-Smith

City AM has reported on Christopher Rennie-Smith’s move to Collyer Bristow’s intellectual property (IP) team. Rennie-Smith has spent the last 15 years working as a senior judge of the Boards of Appeal of the European Patent Office (EPO) in Munich, and will be joining the firm as a consultant in June. Along with a wealth of IP experience, he brings […]

Focusing on Europe’s special situations

Every week in The Lawyer we focus our attention on a different jurisdiction – often European – in our regular special reports. Very often the timing of these coincides with a major political or economic event within the country under focus, or with moves within the legal market. That was precisely the case with this […]

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PLMJ turns to Garrigues for Porto tax hire

Portuguese firm PLMJ has picked up tax partner Miguel C. Reis from the Porto office of Iberian giant Garrigues. Reis joined Garrigues in 2006 and specialises in all areas of tax. He becomes the fourth partner in PLMJ’s tax team, led by João Magalhães Ramalho. Porto is one of three Portuguese offices for PLMJ, alongside […]

Construction dispute costs show importance of effective dispute management, says Eversheds

Eversheds construction expert Michael Conroy Harris has commented on news that dispute costs in the construction industry have risen, saying that it is important to deal ‘effectively and innovatively’ with disputes. Conroy Harris noted that Eversheds’ recent report, Companies in Conflict: How commercial disputes are won, showed a general upward trend in major business disputes […]

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