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Romania plans to tighten its foreign investment screening rules

The screening of foreign direct investments (FDIs) has been a hot topic for some time now across CEE (as also covered here). Several jurisdictions have adopted stricter measures of scrutiny allowing for the vetting of transactions potentially posing security risks. In line with this trend, the Romanian Competition Council has put forward new draft legislation aimed at tightening the existing FDI screening rules. This draft is subject to public debate until 6 October.

The role and importance of the Post Implementation Review (PIR)

By Shaun Zulafqar As the world begins to move out of lockdown measures in response to COVID-19, companies and their boards will begin to reassess their business continuity plans not only to further strengthen them in the event of another incident or a second wave but also to identify lessons learned and develop narrative reporting […]


Pinsents FOI request reveals dramatic drop in SFO raids

The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) has not raided a single property in the past financial year, according to statistics obtained by Pinsent Masons. In the 2011-12 financial year the SFO, which investigates and prosecutes fraud and corruption, failed to raid a single property – a conclusion reached by looking at the number of applications it […]

Malcolm Falzon

Malta: Cruise control

From securitisations to shipping, compared with the rest of the EU Malta is making the most of its rude health by attracting increasing international work The financial crisis has been kinder to some countries than others. One of those that has arguably been among the main beneficiaries is Malta. Last year saw the Malta International […]

Competitive edge

They save companies millions while setting sector precedents, but who will walk away with The Lawyer’s Competition/Regulatory Team of the Year Award? Sam Chadderton examines the shortlist The UK competition landscape is shifting. The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) has been defeated time and again by specialised competition lawyers. It is to merge with the […]


High Court in stalemate over Twitter bomb hoax case

High Court judges are split over whether a man who tweeted a threat to blow up an airport was joking or was a menace to society. At an appeal hearing in February, the conviction of Paul Chambers for sending a menacing electronic communication was challenged by his barrister Ben Emmerson QC of Matrix Chambers, instructed […]

Simmons turns to Osborne Clarke for first Bristol hires

Simmons & Simmons has made its first lateral hires for its new low-cost Bristol base, hitting Osborne Clarke for financial services litigation partners Tim Boyce and Ed Crosse. In April the firm unveiled plans to launch in the city in the autumn (3 April 2012) with the aim of having 15 to 20 lawyers based […]

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