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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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Ward Hadaway names latest merger partner

Newcastle firm Ward Hadaway is merging with Gateshead practice Keenlyside & Forster, only weeks after the collapse of its talks with Watson Burton. The newly created 38-partner firm will retain the name Ward Hadaway. Keenlyside & Forster staff will move to the firm’s premises in Newcastle and South Shields. Earlier this month talks between Ward […]

Dibbs loses property partner

Dibb Lupton Alsop property partner Graeme Webber is leaving the firm for a business venture that is shrouded in mystery. Webber qualified with Dibbs and has been with the firm for more than 12 years. He is based at the firm’s Leeds office. “People used to say if you cut me through the middle it […]

Chambers left in housing crisis as sets find no room at the Inns

Leading chambers are being forced to battle for commercial leases as the Inns reach bursting point. Space in the Inns is at a premium and sets say it is almost impossible to find premises large enough to house the larger sets or those set on expansion. This is forcing chambers such as magic circle sets […]

Olswang poaches top US corporate partner

Olswang is expanding its corporate practice by luring a leading partner from US firm Dewey Ballantine. The arrival of Moni Mannings brings the team up to 18 partners and 35 lawyers. It follows the poaching of Fabrizio Carpanini and Chris Mackie from Berwin Leighton in November last year. Now Olswang chief executive Jonathan Goldstein says […]

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