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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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Destination HK

Freshfields is boosting its Far East practice with the transfer of a Frankfurt partner, Lucille Barale, to the Hong Kong office next month. Barale speaks Mandarin and is a China specialist. She has worked in Frankfurt for three years, handling German and other European clients investing in China. From next month she will do the […]

Ex-champion's share deal goes sour

Motor racing driver Nigel Mansell is facing allegations of insider share dealing in a case now pending in the High Court’s Chancery Division. Mansell and his wife Rosanne are suing for return of money alleged to have been paid by them to a golfing friend, Anthony Collard, in a share transaction. Collard, who it is […]

Law Society on hunt for publicity and policy gurus

TWO key policy making and publicity supremos are wanted by the Law Society to help it revitalise its flagging image. The new posts of director of policy and director of communications will be advertised in the autumn by the society at competitive salaries. And although several existing officials will by vying for the posts, it […]

SCB is no 'masquerade'

I think it is a bit strong for you to describe the Solicitors Complaints Bureau as an institution which “masquerades” as an independent complaints handling body (The Lawyer 23 July). I have been the partner in our practice dealing with complaints over the past six years and on occasion have had to deal with the […]

Litigation Recent Decisions 06/08/96

Non-disclosure of police reports in appeal healing R v Secretary Of State for the Home Department, ex parte Paul Alexander Cleeland (1996). DC (Auld LJ and Ebsworth J) 25/7/96. Summary: Disclosure of all the evidential material upon which reports on the police conduct of a murder investigation were based held to be sufficient to enable […]

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