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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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Lawyers accused of insider dealing to challenge FSA’s case

The partners at the centre of an insider trading investigation have opted for an old style committal hearing, signalling that they intend to challenge the Financial Services Authority (FSA) over whether there is enough evidence to bring the case to trial. Former Dorsey & Whitney corporate partner Andrew Rimmington and former McDermott Will & Emery […]

Linklaters hires Herbies litigation star Christa Band

Linklaters has hired litigation star Christa Band from Herbert Smith. Band, who played a pivotal role in the litigation arising out of Vodafone’s bid for  Mannesmann in 2000, joins Linklaters as a partner under London head of litigation Michael Bennett. She will start work at the magic circle firm in December and has now left […]

Hempsons establishes Newcastle practice

Healthcare firm Hempsons is to launch an office in Newcastle to open in September 2009. The firm has secured office space and has begun the recruitment process to staff the practice. It will be the firm’s fourth office, adding to those in London, Manchester and ­Harrogate. Hempsons managing partner Janice Barber said: “We’re expanding in […]

Simmons bolsters Frankfurt with Haarmann hire

Simmons & Simmons has hired Haarmann founding partner Jan Wildberger to bulk up its Frankfurt office. Wildberger has joined the firm as a partner in its German corporate team advising private equity houses and corporates. Simmons corporate head Mark Curtis said: “Jan’s hire will be a major step forward for the local private equity practice […]

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