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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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Jersey, Guernsey and Cayman boast world-class trust laws and the islands are collectively recognised as leaders in the provision of offshore fiduciary services. Collas Crill is a leading provider of trusts, foundations and other fiduciary services using Channel Islands and Cayman law, with substantial experience across all three jurisdictions. The Collas Crill team is a […]

Olswang hires four-strong Winston & Strawn IP team and promotes corporate head

Olswang has hired a four-strong IP team from US firm Winston & Strawn to join its London office and has promoted senior corporate TMT partner Mark Bertram to head of corporate. Winston & Strawn partner Richard Price has joined Olswang as head of IP arbitration with fellow partner Gareth Morgan. Morgan, who was also a […]

Strictly 9 to 5: Legal professionals take to the dance floor for charity

Leading members of the Midlands’ legal profession will soon be seen jiving, foxtrotting and quickstepping their way across the dance floor.  The No5 Chambers Strictly 9 to 5 fundraiser, in aid of the Child Brain Injury Trust, features representatives of the Bar, the Judiciary, solicitors and clerks who have now been paired with their professional […]

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Cross-border referrals don’t come easy

It isn’t that long since London was the base for a host of solid, medium-sized independent firms, all forging a profitable existence through advising primarily UK-based clients on their work at home and abroad. But as Travers Smith managing partner David Patient pointed out at The Lawyer’s inaugural European Legal Networks Summit last week, those […]

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