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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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As the deadline for responses to Lord Justice Jackson’s interim report on civil litigation costs draws closer, it is worth noting that across the City senior litigators are questioning the motives behind the review. In the first in a series of profiles by The Lawyer of leading litigation practices, Norton Rose global head of dispute […]

Osborne Clarke sees PEP plummet as turnover drops 12 per cent

Bristol headquartered Osborne Clarke has seen significant falls in both turnover and profitability during the last financial year. The firm’s 2008-09 results show that turnover dropped 12 per cent from £95.3m to £84m, while average profit per equity partner (PEP) plunged 36 per cent to £352,000. Managing partner Simon Beswick (pictured) put the fall down […]

Work Life Quiz: Peter Talibart, Norton Rose

If you weren’t a lawyer what would you have been? A professor of history or a rugby player. Peter Talibart What was your first-ever job? Loading aeroplanes at Montreal airport. What was your worst experience as a trainee? Getting told off by a judge for using the words “screw up” in court.  He only heard the first word.   […]

Freshfields targets quality litigators

UK firm adopts cautious approach to pinpoint the right US laterals. By Julia Berris Ted Burke Cracking the US litigation market has long been a challenge for the magic circle. Even the most ambitious and capable of UK firms have found competing with US heavyweights on their home turf troubling. But Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer does not seem ­intimidated. […]

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