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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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Shell snares GSK trademark lawyer

Energy giant Shell has poached one of GlaxoSmith-Kline’s leading trademark lawyers, Georgina Evans. Shell made the move after promoting former trademark head Bob Carter to head of agreements. Evans will take over trademarks for Shell’s European offices in The Hague and London and will report to Carter. According to a Shell spokesman, Evans will “build […]

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The Variety Club will hold its annual legal gastronomic evening at The Dorchester, Park Lane, on 23 May. Executive chef at The Dorchester Henry Brosi, along with two other top chefs, will prepare six courses for the dinner, which aims to raise funds for sick, disabled and disadvantaged children in the UK. Since its formation […]

Aldridge Parker relaunches without Aldridge

Helen Parker, one of the founding partners of employment boutique Aldridge Parker and previously a partner at Bird & Bird, has launched a new niche employment and business immigration practice called Parker & Co. The move follows Parker’s split earlier this year with former partner Corinne Aldridge, with whom she founded Aldridge Parker. Aldridge joined […]

Freshfields director quits as finance teams merge

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer‘s central management has seen its first shake-up since the election of Guy Morton as senior partner. Last week the partners were told that managing director Kirk Stephenson had resigned from the firm to pursue other career opportunities. Stephenson joined the firm in 1999 as finance director and, at one point, was seen […]

Egorov targets barristers for firm’s London breakthrough

Russia’s largest domestic law firm Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners is planning to launch in London – but with barristers rather than solicitors. Egorov managing partner Dimitry Afanasiev was in London last week to sound out possibilities among the city’s barristers. “It’s not a traditional route, I realise,” Afanasiev said. “But we don’t intend to […]

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