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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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Allen & Overy Amsterdam to hold breakfast meetings for financial regulatory experts

Allen & Overy Amsterdam has introduced a series of breakfast meetings called ‘Early Birds’, which has been organised by the firm’s Amsterdam financial regulatory team and is targeted at financial regulatory and compliance experts. In these meetings, new legislation will be discussed, with a focus on its interpretation and the consequences for clients’ organisations and possible solutions. In […]

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The Lawyer Awards 2014 Shortlist: Finance Team of the Year

A flair for innovation sets apart the banking and finance teams on this year’s shortlist for top honours at The Lawyer Awards  The improved financial landscape in 2013 was a gift to banking and finance lawyers, offering an abundance of opportunities to get creative with their advice to clients. That is reflected in The Lawyer […]

Fall in cash use sees pressure to reduce card use costs for retailers, says Eversheds

Tim Buckingham, partner and financial services expert at firm Eversheds, has commented on The British Retail Consortium’s (BRC) report that cash use in the UK has fallen 14 per cent in five years.  He said: ‘While the BRC considers that banks are still levying “unjustifiably” high charges for using cards, there is a clear and fundamental difference between […]

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Deutsche Bank refused Supreme Court permission to appeal in Libor battle

Indian property company Unitech will pursue Libor-based claims against Deutsche Bank after the Supreme Court refused the bank permission to appeal (PTA) a claim amendment accepted by the Court of Appeal. Last November the CoA said Unitech, which has instructed Stephenson Harwood partner Richard Gwynne, could ammend its counterclaim against the bank to include Libor […]

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This week’s top 15 legal briefings – 8 June 2014

Brace yourselves – here comes a story about accountants, although it is not as yawn-inducing as one might imagine. And it has an important solicitor angle. So if you’re still with us… The saga of Mehjoo v Harben Barker dates from 1999 when the claimant – Iranian-born, who claimed asylum in 1981 and was granted […]

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