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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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$55m Caribbean generation plant contract powered by Conyers Dill & Pearman

Conyers Dill & Pearman provided Cayman Islands legal advice to Burmeister & Wain Scandinavian Contractor of Denmark (BWSC) in connection with operating a local entity in the Cayman Islands to pursue a design and build contract with Caribbean Utilities Company including advice on the contract, structuring local operations and incorporating a resident company as well as […]

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Former Olswang arbitration head joins JAMS in bid to avoid conflicts of interest

Former Olswang arbitration head Andrew Aglionby has joined arbitration provider JAMS International as an arbitrator and mediator in London and New York, ditching plans to join the bar. Aglionby announced he would leave Olswang in November 2014 to return to chambers after four years at the firm, citing conflict of interest issues (11 November 2014). […]

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US firms’ UK hourly rates outstrip the magic circle for the first time

US firms have matched and exceeded the rates charged by their magic circle counterparts for the first time in 2015, with work-hungry partners charging up to £900 per hour and newly qualified lawyers up to £400. Partners in top US firms are charging between £700 and £900 an hour, with the rates at the top […]

Baker & McKenzie advises Le Duff Group on acquisition of German bakery brand Kamps

Baker & McKenzie advised French-headquartered restaurant group Le Duff on the acquisition of the majority of shares in Kamps from German Equity Partners III, as well as in connection with the reinvestment of the Kamps management team into the company. The transaction is still subject to approval from the antitrust authorities. The purchase price and further details of […]

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