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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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Referral relationships help independent firms to punch above their weight against internationals in an increasingly cross-border legal world. In a legal world increasingly characterised by global consolidation, having a strong referral network not only helps independent firms compete with their international rivals when trying to attract clients or break into emerging markets – it can […]

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DLA Piper’s Middle East and Kuwait managing partner Abdul Aziz Al-Yaqout has resigned to launch his own boutique firm in Kuwait. Al-Yaqout has teamed up with Carlyle Group MENA general counsel Bader El-Jeaan to launch the firm, Meysan Partners. Restructuring and M&A lawyer Al-Yaquout took up the regional managing partner role at DLA Piper in […]

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Conyers Dill & Pearman has advised on the establishment of a Cayman Islands securitisation structure for Manitowoc Company. This was the 5th Amended and Restated Receivables Purchase Agreement. The Manitowoc Company is a multi-industry, capital goods manufacturer with more than 100 manufacturing and service facilities in 27 countries. It is recognised as one of the world’s […]

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Firm branding – it might get you in the room but it’s up to you after that

Pinning down elusive firm differentiation may soon be easier thanks to market forces, but will it actually deliver what we want? I have spent many hours over the years discussing how law firms can achieve differentiation in the market. The conversations are often very similar. First someone says ‘we have a very collegiate culture’. Then […]

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