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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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Clifford Chance lobbies for tightening of Information Act

Clifford Chance is to lobby the Cabinet Office for a tightening up of the proposed Freedom of Information Act to allow companies to make a case for preventing the release of documents. The proposals, outlined in a White Paper published before Christmas, ‘go much further than many had expected’, said Richard Thomas, the director of […]

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Nicholas Tott of Herbert Smith acted for Bromley Hospital NHS Trust on its #150m deal to build a new general hospital in Farnborough

Fox & Gibbons in bribery claim twist

FOX & Gibbons’ Turkish office has faced claims it paid bribes to the local authorities after they discovered it was running a bogus tax account. The claims were made by Paul Cadney, the counsel for former Fox & Gibbons solicitor Ian Philliskirk, at Cardiff Industrial tribunal last week. However, it was not necessary for him […]

In brief: Finance ace makes First move to Pinsents

David Macfarlane, a former director of the Securities and Futures Authority, is joining Pinsent Curtis as litigation partner to lead its City litigation team as part of its newly-launched Financial Institutions Real Solutions Team (First). First aims to offer a one-stop shop of legal expertise to City financial institutions. Macfarlane has spent the past two […]

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