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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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Working holidays are a grey area

I am a senior consultant with Learned Friends, an Australian-owned legal recruitment agency. We naturally attract a lot of qualified Australian, New Zealand and South African lawyers who come to the UK on a variety of visas, including the two-year working holiday visa. It was with considerable interest therefore that I read Ms Onslow-Cole’s article […]

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Jersey-based Mourant du Feu & Jeune acted on a proposal to launch a commercial property fund in the Channel Islands. The Royal Bank of Scotland International is proposing to launch the fund in association with international property consultants Weatherall Green and Smith. The fund, which will be known as The Foundation Fund, will be used […]

Jones Day merges with Madrid firm

Jones Day Reavis & Pogue is moving into the expanding Madrid market by merging with niche Spanish firm Tena Munoz y Asociados. The firms will merge next year, a move which will upset local firms in the Spanish capital. Jones Day is the first US firm to fully merge with a Spanish practice. The Lawyer […]

Playing by a new set of work rules

Lawyers are anticipating an avalanche of employment cases as the Government introduces a number of amendments to the laws governing unfair dismissal. The new rules, introduced under the Employment Relations Act 1999, are designed to improve the employee’s lot by forcing employers to clean up their disciplinary procedures and create a better working environment. The […]

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