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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 […]

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 […]

Insurance & Reinsurance 2018: issues facing lawyers and clients today

Have there been any major changes or developments in your jurisdiction over the past 12–18 months? How have these impacted your practice? In August 2016, the Bermuda Monetary Authority (BMA) issued the Insurance Manager Code of Conduct requiring insurance managers to follow a set of procedures when carrying out their functions. In September 2017, the […]

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The ICO’s Subject Access Code

The Subject Access Code, issued under section 51 of the Data Protection Act 1998 as part of the Information Commissioner’s Office’s (ICO’s) statutory duty to promote good practice, does not have the force of law and enforcement action will not be taken against organisations that do not apply the code. However, compliance with the code should ensure […]

Allen & Overy’s M&A Index reveals mixed signals in third quarter of 2013

According to Allen & Overy’s latest M&A Index, the state of the mergers and acquisitions (M&A) market has given mixed signals in the third quarter, with a total of 458 deals announced — 22 per cent lower than the same period last year. The index also revealed a 13 per cent increase in the value of transactions […]

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Pinsent Masons extends Northern Line mandate after Bircham hires

Pinsent Masons’ freshly-installed projects team are taking forward the Transport for London (TfL) tube mandate they won while at Bircham Dyson Bell (BDB) after their move last month. Pinsents’ infrastructure, planning and government affairs group head Robbie Owen will lead his old BDB team when the public enquiry into the extension to the Northern Line […]

Goodman Derrick set to exhibit at this year’s Independent Hotel Show

Goodman Derrick is set to exhibit at the Independent Hotel Show on 30–31 October 2013 at Olympia West Hall. The event focuses on the independent, luxury and boutique hotel industry. The show is intended to be a one-stop shop for luxury and boutique hoteliers, helping them to increase profitability, identify key trends and maximise new […]

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