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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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Adidas resorts to High Court over clothing clash with tennis bodies

With only weeks to go before the start of the Wimbledon tennis tournament, sporting goods company Adidas-Solomon has challenged the dress code of the International Tennis Federation (ITF) in the High Court. Adidas wants an injunction against the rules, claiming that they infringe European competition laws. The rules allow for a logo of four square […]

Midlands council trio solicit barristers’ sets

Three city councils in the Midlands are undertaking a joint panel review for barristers’ chambers. The councils of Derby, Leicester and Stoke-on-Trent began the process in April and have so far received more than 30 expressions of interest. The tendering process will be completed by the end of June, after which the selected chambers will […]

Bird & Bird takes Eversheds IP head

Bird & Bird has plundered Eversheds‘ IP and life sciences department for head of department Sally Shorthose. Shorthose specialises in non-contentious IP work, including partnering agreements and regulatory advice for life sciences and pharmaceutical clients. Morag McDonald, co-head of IP at Bird & Bird, said: “She fits in with the rest of our international life […]

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Tulkinghorn is famed throughout the legal land for his hard- headed approach to life and the law. But even he was moved (to the bar, actually) after a quick squizz at the pics that accompanied the following message:“Dear Tulkinghorn,I though you might enjoy some photos of my young daughter Lucy (aged seven months) devouring The […]

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