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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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Focusing on Europe’s special situations

Every week in The Lawyer we focus our attention on a different jurisdiction – often European – in our regular special reports. Very often the timing of these coincides with a major political or economic event within the country under focus, or with moves within the legal market. That was precisely the case with this […]

Strong manufacturing outlook is driving expenditure and M&A activity, says Eversheds

Robin Johnson, head of diversified industrials at Eversheds, has commented on the CBI Industrial Trends figures for May. Johnson said: ‘Reflecting the strong outlook for the sector identified by the CBI, the feedback from our clients on the health of UK manufacturing is one of renewed optimism. ‘There is an increase in capital expenditure on […]

Plastic bag levy may help focus consumers’ minds on recycling, says Eversheds

Michael Grimes, head of waste at law firm Eversheds, has commented on the new plastic bag levy set to be announced in the Queen’s Speech. According to Grimes, recent figures from the government show that, despite all the efforts of councils and businesses, the annual recycling rate in England has remained level at just under 40 per cent […]

Arendt & Medernach wins Luxembourg Law Firm of the Year accolade at Chambers Awards

Arendt & Medernach has been named Luxembourg Law Firm of the Year at the Chambers Europe Awards for Excellence 2014 ceremony, which took place in London on 24 April 2014. The evening saw 24 individual country awards, including a new country award for Luxembourg. Arendt & Medernach is the first law firm in Luxembourg awarded for its excellence […]

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