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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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DLA Piper has announced that the firm is relocating its Wilmington office to a 23-storey office building at 1201 North Market Street on 30 September.  The building is the tallest in the state of Delaware and includes as its tenants CAI Inc and Brown Advisory. DLA Piper will occupy 17,050ft² (1,584m²) of office space on […]

DLA Piper receives Sustaining Justice Award from San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program

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The South London Legal Partnership (SLLP), which opened earlier this week following the merger of London’s Merton, Kingston, Sutton and Richmond legal teams, is to launch its own trainee scheme.  Merton, which merged its legal capability with Richmond in 2011 (28 February 2011), is hosting the trainee programme and the 90-strong shared service, believed to […]

Supreme Court rules on alternative service on foreign defendants

In overturning an earlier Court of Appeal decision (reported in the March 2012 Litigation Review), in Albert John Martin Abela & ors v Ahmad Baadarani & anr, the Supreme Court has confirmed a more pragmatic, modern and claimant-friendly approach to the circumstances in which the courts will grant an order for alternative service. The decision […]

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