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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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Eversheds strengthens Hong Kong office with two appointments

Eversheds has appointed two new partners in Hong Kong: Stephen Hopkins, head of global client development, and Adam Ferguson, partner in the competition team, have joined the firm’s Asian operations. Hopkins is closely involved with some of the firm’s largest clients, including Tyco. He is known for his ground-breaking approach, which recently won him the […]

DLA Piper appoints Iñigo Gomez-Jordana as co-senior partner in Spain

DLA Piper has appointed corporate lawyer Iñigo Gomez-Jordana as co-senior partner in Spain. Gomez-Jordana joins the firm from Allen & Overy where he was senior partner of the Madrid office. He will work alongside the firm’s incumbent senior partner in Spain, Juan Picon. Gomez-Jordana has more than 20 years’ experience advising on debt and equity capital markets […]

This week’s top 15 legal briefings – 14 December 2014

“That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.” Yes, it’s a tenuously Christmassy-themed Briefings Digest this week and that gospel quote (John 1:9, as if you didn’t know) heralds one of the most-read briefings this week: Dentons’ summary of the Law Commission’s report on rights to light. In short, the […]

This week’s top 15 legal briefings – 23 November 2014

For anyone who grew up watching the sci-fi classic Tron, the current cyber war is a huge disappointment. No sexy body suits or light bikes – just spam email and feeling vaguely guilty because all your passwords are LAW1234. But cyber security is a serious issue. Regular readers of The Lawyer may remember that the […]

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