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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 […]

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 […]

Insurance & Reinsurance 2018: issues facing lawyers and clients today

Have there been any major changes or developments in your jurisdiction over the past 12–18 months? How have these impacted your practice? In August 2016, the Bermuda Monetary Authority (BMA) issued the Insurance Manager Code of Conduct requiring insurance managers to follow a set of procedures when carrying out their functions. In September 2017, the […]

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US firm Weil Gotshal & Manges has hired Latham & Watkins private equity partner Tim Gardner to join its Hong Kong practice as a partner. Gardner has joined Weil after working in Latham’s Hong Kong office for nine years. He was promoted to partner in 2010. Prior to joining the firm in 2006, he filled […]

Capita completes acquisition of Avocis

Capita, the UK business process management and outsourcing solutions company, has secured the purchase of Avocis, a provider of customer contact management services in Germany, Switzerland and Austria.  Bär & Karrer acted as legal adviser to the sellers. The Bär & Karrer team included Christoph Neeracher, Thomas Rohde, Melanie Fopp, Larissa Siegenthaler, Dimitrios Berger (all […]

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Mayer Brown scoops duo of corporate partners for Paris office

Mayer Brown has hired two senior corporate partners for its Paris office, including Davis Polk & Wardwell’s first-ever non-US qualified hire Arnaud Pérès. Pérès is joining Mayer Brown alongside former colleague Jean-François Louit. Pérès joined Davis Polk in 2005 from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, where he was co-head of French M&A (18 July 2005). He was […]

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