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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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With uncertainty over how the law can be used to combat content piracy in the video games industry, Paul Groves and Michael Lister examine the position of rights holders There is currently a great deal of uncertainty about how, and how effectively, the law can be used to combat content piracy, particularly within the video […]

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Former Daily Mail legal chief joins Finers as consultant

Associated Newspapers’ former legal head Harvey Kass has taken on a consultancy role with Finers Stephens Innocent. Kass, who has 30 years’ experience working with media clients and fighting for journalists’ rights to freedom of expression, said the move was “the perfect synergy” and “sounded like a lot of fun on every level”. After 17 […]

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Co-op Legal Services first to launch as an ABS

Co-operative Legal Services (CLS), Oxford-based John Welch and Stammers and Kent-based Lawbridge Solicitors have become the first alternative business structures (ABS) to be approved by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA). CLS has long been vocal about its ambitions to convert to an ABS. The retail giant established CLS in 2006 with a view to converting […]

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