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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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Firm joins ranks of mediators

LONDON law firm Anthony Goldman has started offering mediation services to its clients in the run up to the introduction of the Family Law Bill. The practice, which has recently appointed family law solicitor and qualified mediator Kim Beatson as a partner in its family law team, rejects the idea that mediation will see the […]

Arab lawyers event

The first meeting of the newly-formed Arab Lawyers Association will be chaired by Judge Eugene Cotran, who has agreed to become a patron of the association. The association aims to form a professional and social link between Arab lawyers who practise and study law in the UK, encouraging networking and the exchange of professional and […]

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Making the Net work for you

So much nonsense has been written about the Internet over the past few months and so little practical information exists on how law firms can benefit from it that it is not always obvious where Information Superhighway hype ends and the serious commercial applications of the Internet begin. So what do the Internet and the […]

Clerical Medical take-over sets life assurance pattern

THE £800 million Halifax take-over of Clerical Medical is likely to herald a rash of life assurance “demutualisations”, according to the lawyers who helped forge the deal. Large teams of lawyers from City firms Lovell White Durrant and Linklaters & Paines worked on the take-over agreement which was announced in a blaze of publicity last […]

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