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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 […]

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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 […]

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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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Stevens & Bolton snares Bristows IP star

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Asda scraps employees’ date of birth stipulation

Asda’s legal and HR teams are implementing a radical recruitment strategy ahead of the introduction of age discrimination legislation. The supermarket giant has elected to scrap the requirement for job applicants to disclose their dates of birth on application forms after scrutinising the new legislation, which comes into force on 1 October. In addition, Asda […]

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Divorce maintenance payments remain a somewhat cloudy issue, with recent rulings struggling to clarify the law, says Andrew Breakwell Family lawyers were eagerly anticipating the House of Lords’ decisions in Miller v Miller and McFarlane v McFarlane. The profession had hoped for clarification to a number of areas, in particular on how maintenance should be […]

Egorov case reshapes Russian antitrust law

Russia’s largest domestic firm Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners has negotiated the end to a major Russian antitrust dispute that will result in new legislation to bring Russia into line with European antitrust practices. The case comes ahead of the implementation of a new federal anti-monopoly law, on which Egorov advised the Russian Federation. The […]

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