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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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New London firms bring more names on board

TWO recently-formed law firms have strengthened their practices with the appointment of new lawyers. City-based Orchard, formed last March from a management buy-out of Berman’s London office, has taken on a partner and a solicitor for its commercial property arm. Gordons, the niche commercial practice launched by three senior lawyers from Baker & McKenzie and […]

Lovells pulls off property portfolio 'first'

Lovell White Durrant has just completed one of the largest and most complex property deals during 1995 when it advised new company Albion Property Investments on its acquisition of a £100 million property portfolio. “This is an industry first,” said property partner Simon MacDonagh. “Albion is a new company which on day one has £100 […]

Face up to professional pressure

An Industrial Society survey recently found workplace stress to be a serious problem in 90 per cent of organisations, leading to rising absenteeism, poor productivity, and low morale. These are the damaging effects of workplace stress and the legal profession is not immune to them. Every aspect of life is a potential source of stress. […]

In brief: Dibbs strengthens IP team

Dibb Lupton Broomhead has boosted its intellectual property group with the appointment of five new staff. Registered trademark agent Alan Fiddes, former head of the Linklaters & Paines’ trade mark unit, joined the firm’s London office earlier this month with four of his team. He became head of the Dibbs’ unit. The team is made […]

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