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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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UK firms in Singapore shift tactic to weather Asian crisis

UK City firms in Singapore are adopting divergent strategies in response to the Asian downturn which continues to eat into profits. Linklaters is trying to sub-let half of its office space at 9 Raffles Place, after a reassessment of its boom-time expansion plans. Meanwhile City rivals Freshfields and Lovell White Durrant are expanding. Tony Grundy, […]

The Lawyer Inquiry: William Yoder

William Yoder was born in Kansas in 1970. He works as an associate at Blackwell Sanders Peper Martin. What was your first job? Selling watermelons. What was your first ever salary as a lawyer? $54,000 (u32,300). What would you have done if you hadn’t been a lawyer? Become an actor. What was your most satisfying […]

Lawyer group set to tackle Y2K bug

LAWYERS from around the UK have launched an organisation to tackle the legal challenges which surround the millennium bug, known as Y2K. Five UK firms – London’s Withers, Edinburgh’s Bird Semple, Merseyside’s Ross & Co, Bournemouth’s Lester Aldridge and Newcastle’s Robert Muckle – have joined Y2K specialist John Melville-Williams QC to launch the Y2K Lawyers […]

How to make meetings meaningful

Keith Carter argues that expert witness meetings are often futile and says a definite change of emphasis is needed. Keith Carter is the principal at Keith Carter & Associates, employment consultants. Meetings between experts as a means of isolating areas of disagreement are undoubtedly helpful. Such meetings can speed up the resolution of an action […]

High noon for 'hired guns'

Mark Solon and Catherine Bond say the good times are over for expert witnesses, as the Lord Chancellor’s Department plans to restrict their use and cut back on their fees. Mark Solon and Catherine Bond are directors of witness training company Bond Solon Training. As litigation has boomed over the past 10 years, more experts […]

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