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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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HOUSING lawyers have fought back against press reports which accuse them of profiting from council housing funds by touting for business among dissatisfied tenants. Lawyers were accused of forcing local authorities to spend up to 10 per cent of their housing repair budgets on litigation costs. The article which appeared in The Times last week […]

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BANKING ombudsman Laurence Shurman is to step down at the end of the year. Shurman gave up his managing partner post at Kingsley Napley in March 1989 to take up the ombudsman post. His pending retirement at the end of the year has prompted the Council of the Banking Ombudsman to advertise for a senior […]

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THE FOLLOW-UP to last year’s controversial ‘Woman Lawyer’ event promises to go much further in promoting the position of women in the legal profession. This year’s conference, ‘Woman Lawyer II’ which takes place on 20 April, hosts a range of leading barristers and solicitors who are directly involved in the equality debate. Chair of the […]

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