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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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Tulkinghorn: Spice up your logo

Russell Jones & Walker may have missed out on the prizes at this year’s The Lawyer Awards, but in some rather high-flying quarters the firm has got the seal of approval. Witness the photo of Victoria Beckham above doing her bit to raise the national firm’s profile, wearing a dress plastered with what looks like […]

Blackstones’ junior ranks on the up

Blackstone Chambers has bolstered its junior ranks with the addition of commercial practitioners Andreas Gledhill and Leona Powell. Gledhill, who was called to the bar in 1992, joins the set from 3-4 South Square, where he specialised in insolvency and restructuring. Commercial litigator Powell, who was called to the bar in 2000, specialises in civil […]

Cuatrecasas launches in Malaga with local merger

Iberian firm Cuatrecasas Gonçalves Pereira has bolted-on an office in Malaga following a merger with local player Romero y Robles. Romero y Robles name partners Francisco Romero and Jorge Robles, experts in insolvency and public law respectively, will lead the office, which has one associate.  Lawyers from Cuatrecasas will also join the office at a […]

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Dechert, FFW and Slaughters take on Schroders’ acquisition of RWC

Dechert, Field Fisher Waterhouse and Slaughter and May have landed roles on Schroders’ acquisition of a 49 per cent stake in asset management company RWC Partners. Dechert represented long-standing client RWC with a team led by partner Graham Defries that also included financial services partners Stuart Martin and Gus Black, tax partner David Gubbay, and associate David […]

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