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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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Winds of change

The Irish energy market is opening up to new investment. Kevin Hoy reports. Kevin Hoy is a partner at Mason Hayes & Curran. Ireland has had a state monopoly on electricity production for many years. But the opening up of the energy market throughout the European Union has meant that Ireland has had to rethink […]

In brief: Entwistle to head UK Chambers of Commerce

John Entwistle, consultant at northwest firm Davies Wallis Foyster, was elected president of the British Chambers of Commerce in London last week. Entwistle was chairman of the Liverpool Chamber of Commerce between 1992 and 1994, and is chairman of several private property companies.

Edwards goes on attack over Bar's “arrogance'

Leading criminal law solicitor Tony Edwards has attacked barristers for their “arrogance” and “verbosity”. The attack came during a call for the introduction of new standards for advocacy at the Solicitors’ Association of Higher Court Advocates’ (SAHCA) first annual conference. Edwards, senior partner of London firm TV Edwards & Co, told the conference in Coventry […]

Time for a breath of fresh air at the CPS

IT IS ALMOST a year ago that The Lawyer controversially called on Dame Barbara Mills QC, the Director of Public Prosecutions, to resign. At the time, we suggested that since a new government had been elected with a set of plans for the CPS that differed radically from her own she had little option but […]

Capitalise on the markets

A listing on European stock market Easdaq could be a fast track to growth for Irish companies, writes Gerard Halpenny. Gerard Halpenny is a partner at William Fry. In the past three years a number of Irish companies, particularly those in the field of technology, have gone public by way of initial public offerings (IPOs) […]

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