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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 to recruit former UBS global counsel

Clifford Chance is poised to take on the former global general counsel of UBS Warburg Dillon Read. Mark Harding is planning a return to the firm he left in 1996, when he decided to join the investment banking arm of UBS. He walked out of the bank in July, saying he was taking several months […]

Trenité splits up Amsterdam and Rotterdam to hike merger appeal

TrenitÉ Van Doorne, The Netherlands’ fourth largest law firm, has announced that its Amsterdam and Rotterdam offices are demerging. The move will boost the appeal of the 27-partner Amsterdam unit to foreign merger partners. The Amsterdam office specialises in banking and securities law while the 25-partner Rotterdam office focuses on the less profitable areas of […]

Camerons sets up HK banking team

CMS Cameron McKenna has launched a Hong Kong banking practice, 20 years after arriving in the region. Following the 1997 Asian “meltdown”, local banks limited lending to mortgages. Now the economy is improving, this is changing. The practice will start as an extension to the firm’s corporate recovery department, taking advantage of the upturn in […]

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