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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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Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP), DAC Beachcroft (DACB), Nabarro, Macfarlanes, Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) and Linklaters have played key roles in the £770m sovereign wealth deal expected to resurrect the Pinnacle at 22-24 Bishopsgate. Singaporean sovereign wealth fund Tamasek Holdings is understood to be the principle member of the buying consortium of four investors, lead by […]

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European moves: 19 February 2015

All the latest partner hires and other appointments within Continental European firms and offices. Benelux Crowell & Moring has promoted Brussels-based lawyer Jan-Diederik Lindemans to partner in its litigation and IP groups. The firm has also hired Loyens & Loeff partner Geert Bogaert as a senior counsel in its litigation team. France Gide Loyrette Nouel […]

Karanovic & Nikolic hires M&A banking and finance lawyer Ketler

M&A and banking and finance lawyer Marko Ketler has been appointed to head Karanović & Nikolić’s Slovenian office. He joins from from ODI in Ljubljana. Ketler is a highly experienced transaction lawyer with a wealth of experience in corporate mergers and acquisitions. He has over seven years of professional experience and niche expertise in acquisitions with financing aspects. […]

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BLP lawyer joins competition boutique Hausfeld in mass litigation hiring spree

Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) senior associate Ed Coulson has joined claimant litigation firm Hausfeld as a partner in its London office bringing its European partner head count to six. Coulson joins Hausfeld after 10 years at BLP, which he joined as a trainee, working on competition and commercial litigation including advising National Grid on a damages […]

A&O and Linklaters earn bumper payday as public M&A fees rebound

It’s fair to say that the UK’s public M&A market has been going through somewhat of a dry patch, at least compared to the heady days of the mid-2000s. The number of deals has shrunk, having a knock-on effect on the number of law firms instructed. And the legal fees paid by the companies involved […]

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