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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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EU merger control: new notification procedures in effect

A number of reforms designed to simplify certain aspects of the EU merger control process came into effect from 1 January 2014. There are three main changes. First, the scope of the simplified review procedure under the EU Merger Regulation (EUMR) has been widened. Second, the amount of information required by the European Commission has […]

Manchester

DAC Beachcroft names new Manchester head

DAC Beachcroft appointed professional negligence partner Ian McConkey as Manchester head from the 1 January following an uncontested election for the position. McConkey takes over the reigns from real estate partner Robert Moss who stood down after two three-year terms in the role (10 May 2010). Moss has returned to a solely fee-earning role at […]

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Balfour Beatty keeps £154m Olympic stadium job in-house

Construction giant Balfour Beatty has handled in-house all the legal work connected to the company’s £154m mandate to transform the London 2012 Olympic stadium for its future use as West Ham Football Club’s home ground. Rather than handing the work to one of its preferred law firms, general counsel and chief corporate officer Chris Vaughan […]

London

Sedgwick hires DLA Piper insurance litigator

DLA Piper insurance litigation partner David Murphy has left the firm to join US-firm Sedgwick in London. Murphy formally left DLA Piper on 31 December and was admitted to Sedgwick’s partnership on 1 January, his first day in the office is tomorrow (10 January). Sedgwick will have five partners in London including Murphy, whose focus […]

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