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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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Nowcomm, the network skills, managed services and support company specialising in unified communications, has been awarded the contract to help national law firm DWF complete the integration process following its recent merger with Fishburns LLP and the recent acquisition of Cobbetts LLP.   With the urgency of delivering all employees and clients a harmonised IT […]

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An unprecedented and controversial decision was taken by Eurogroup last week, in dealing with the recapitalisation of the two largest banks in Cyprus. Having been unable to recapitalise the two banks directly, Cyprus sought the support of the EU for obtaining a loan. As a result, resolution measures were taken in regards to the two […]

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Knights chief favours apprenticeships over ‘outmoded’ training model

Knights Solicitors managing partner David Beech has claimed that the traditional training model is “dead” because it continues to teach students in the same way it did 30 years ago. “Students today are being taught the same way I was taught 30 years ago and the legal system is not the same as it was […]

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