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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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Traditionally, male barristers have carried out patents work, which explains the predominance of male silks in this area The massive increase in the use of computers and information technology in all areas of work (and even in chambers) has meant that barristers have to ensure that they are up-to-date with all the latest developments in […]

Bar Council unveils fees plan

THE BAR Council has drawn up its blueprint for a scheme to regulate civil court fees in a bid to head off the Lord Chancellor’s Department’s (LCD) controversial fixed fees proposals. A Bar Council working party, headed by Roderick Wood QC, has just submitted the blueprint to the LCD in the hope that the department […]

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Deloittes in Paris merger

Deloitte & Touche Juridique et Fiscal, the Paris legal arm of the Big Six accountancy firm, is to merge with French law firm Thomas & Associes in a move that will create the fourth largest law firm in France. The new firm, which will begin operating on 1 September, will bring together 200 lawyers, including […]

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