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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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QinetiQ general counsel and company secretary Lynton Boardman stands to reap a £2m windfall when the company lists on the London Stock Exchange next week. Boardman is expected to sell 150,870 of his one million shares when the UK Government’s defence research agency lists as a public company. At the top price range of 205p […]

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LeBoeuf Lamb Green & MacRae posted a 23 per cent jump in gross revenue for 2005 with the firm’s turnover hitting $440m (£249m). The result marks a return to form for the New York-based firm, which only grew its turnover five per cent in 2004. The firm posted year-end turnover figures of $340m (£192.5m) in […]

US group sues over Yukos share losses

A GROUP of US shareholders in the besieged Russian oil company Yukos has launched a civil lawsuit against the Russian Federation and state-owned companies in a bid to recoup millions in lost share value. Washington DC firm Covington & Burling, led by international litigation partner Thomas Johnson, is representing at least 12 holders of American […]

Clerksroom negotiates takeover of 199 Strand

Innovative practice administration service Clerksroom is in talks to take over the remains of dissolving set 199 Strand, it has emerged.199 silk Robin de Wilde QC is set to join Clerksroom on 1 March, as the organisation takes over the chambers’ premises, phone numbers and goodwill. Other 199 tenants are understood to be in talks […]

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