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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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DWS’s PEP rise contrasts with poor turnover

Denton Wilde Sapte’s (DWS) half-year figures revealed an astounding 29 per cent jump in average profit per equity partner (PEP) on the same period last year. The firm is predicting PEP to hit £360,000 by the year-end. Should it achieve this, it will go some way towards repairing the damage done by the firm’s disappointing […]

Introduction: Partnerships

Is there anything closer to the heart of lawyers than the structure of their own partnerships? Numerous changes to the structure of partnerships are currently being debated,with forces at play such as the Government’s proposals to introduce multidisciplinary partnerships (MDPs),which were unveiled last month (17 October).The recommendationsgo a step further than those made by Sir […]

Simmons set to achieve revenue goal

Simmons & Simmons is on track to achieve its ambitious profit target for next year after revenue for the first half was up by 10 per cent. Managing partner Mark Dawkins plans to take the average profit per equity partner, which currently stands at £385,000, up 17 per cent to more than £450,000 in 2006. […]

Regulatory Roundup

The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) is expected to deliver its much-anticipated decision regarding the pending merger of bookstore chains Waterstone’s and Ottakar’s. HMV Group, which owns rival bookstore chain Waterstone’s, made a formal £96.4m takeover

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