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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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TRYING children who commit capital crimes in an adult court and by a jury is “outdated and wrong”, according to author and journalist Gitta Sereny. Sereny, whose interest in child crime was sparked by the case of 10-year-old child killer Mary Bell, is speaking at the British Juvenile & Family Court Society’s ‘Children who Kill’ […]

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FAMILY lawyers have applauded Lord Mackay for his “political courage” in pushing divorce law reform and domestic violence issues to the fore of the Queen’s Speech. But although the Lord Chancellor’s plans to remove fault from the divorce process and encourage mediation have now received official approval, some areas of the new Family Law Bill […]

Brobeck Hale and Dorr announces closure of Prague operation

BROBECK Hale and Dorr International, the offspring practice of two US firms, will close its Prague office at the end of the year and relocate its resident partner to London. The office, which opened four years ago, is an international joint venture between California’s Brobeck Phleger & Harrison and Massachusetts firm Hale and Dorr. Based […]

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Where can you find an accountant, a trichologist and a career profiler? With expert witnesses hitting the headlines in the OJ Simpson and Rosemary West cases, this year’s Expert Witness event at the Barbican Centre’s Red Hall on 29-30 November is happening at just the right time. The event has attracted almost 80 exhibitors to […]

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