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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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Consultation is launched on proposed update to Patents Act Melanie Johnson MP, Minister for Competition, Consumers and Markets, today launched a consultation on proposed changes to the UK’s 25-year-old patent laws. This is the first update of the UK patents system since the Patents Act was introduced in 1977. The consultation will address how to […]

Maxwell Batley opponent Watson Wyatt slammed

Watson Wyatt, the consultancy that failed in a $70m (£45m) claim against Maxwell Batley in October, has been refused leave to appeal and ordered to pay more than £1m in costs Its own costs, which will go to Simmons & Simmons, Christopher Moger QC of 4 Pump Court and Brick Court’s Simon Salzedo, are estimated […]

Deutsche Börse star quits for Deka

Heiko Beck, general counsel and head of legal affairs, compliance and membership at Deutsche Börse, is quitting the German stock exchange to become general counsel at Deka Bank Beck, who has worked at the German stock exchange for eight years, resigned in June but stayed on to complete the integration of Clearstream. He will join […]

A Berry good party

Last week, Weil Gotshal & Manges came up with the absolutely wonderful idea of showing the new Bond movie at its press party – for which The Lawyer reporters are eternally grateful. Other than Halle Berry’s emergence from the sea, the undoubted highlight of the night was the introductory speech by a rather embarrassed Mike […]

Leigh Day builds case against UK for Mau Mau

Mau Mau veterans tortured in colonial detention camps in the 1950s could attempt to sue the UK Government for around £500m if a case to be brought by Leigh Day & Co goes ahead Leigh Day partner Martin Day was approached by the veterans and has so far taken about half a dozen statements. From […]

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