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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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In brief: English Heritage stays with Burges Salmon

Bristol firm Burges Salmon has been re-appointed to act as external legal adviser for English Heritage in the South West. The firm was first appointed in 1993, but as a quasi-governmental body English Heritage had to re-tender the work this year.

Petersons sets up MDP in City for insurance clients

Chicago firm Peterson & Ross has chosen London for the location of its first international office. The office, which is a multinational partnership, is located on Lime Street in the City, and will be headed by partner Michael Skrbic who has joined the firm from McKenna & Co’s Hong Kong office, where he had been […]

In brief: Watsons' senior partner steps down

The senior partner of Newcastle law firm Watson Burton is to step down in January and will stand for election as President of Newcastle Law Society. David Foster (left), senior partner of the firm for 16 years, will be succeeded by 37-year-old Andrew Hoyle (right). Foster will continue as a partner with the firm.

In brief: Hobsons' IT department expands further

City solicitors, Hobson Audley Hopkins & Wood, have further strengthened their IT department with the appointment of Iain Stansfield from Halliwell Landau. Stansfield will be involved in issues from negotiating software agreements to the largely unchartered territory of the Internet. His appointment, which brings the IT team to three, follows the recent arrival of Alan […]

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