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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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Take a look at the most-read stories on TheLawyer.com this week and share your views The week has been dominated by the 2013/14 financial reporting season. Clifford Chance became the first magic circle firm to publish results and won praise from the market for pushing up average profit per equity partner (PEP) by 16 per […]

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Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has pushed up revenue by 1 per cent at the 2013/14 year end to £1.232bn, while average profit per equity partner (PEP) increased by 6 per cent from £1.398m to £1.48m. Net profit has also climbed upward by 5 per cent from £548m to £578m for 2013/14 (5 July 2013). When foreign […]

DLA Piper acts for Rioprevidência and State of Rio de Janeiro in landmark transaction

DLA Piper has represented Rioprevidencia (Rio de Janeiro’s state-owned pension fund) as sponsor, as well as the State of Rio de Janeiro, in a 144A/Reg S $2bn (£1.1bn) securitisation of oil royalties, the first-ever cross-border transaction of its kind in Brazil. The international offering was launched together with a local debenture offering limited to Brazilian […]

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The quality of football at the 2014 World Cup has been so high as to overcome less positive issues around the competition. Concerns around the impact of stadium building and other infrastructure facilities on social divisions in Brazil have, sadly, some suggest, taken a back seat, as just about every match has been a thriller. […]

Leeds law undergoes a shake-up

Yorkshire has been the source of many good things over the centuries – Yorkshire puddings, Geoff Boycott, the Brontë sisters, Alan Bennett, and seven London 2012 gold medallists all spring to mind. It’s also the source of some of the world’s largest law firms, not least DLA Piper, which started life as Dibb & Co […]

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