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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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Olswang partner takes retail property clients to Clyde & Co

CLYDE & Co is strengthening its business law group by expanding its Middle East presence and poaching a leading property partner from Olswang. The departing Olswang partner David Wyatt is taking his clients, which include Carphone Warehouse and Tandy, with him, as his old firm is pulling out of retail property work. Wyatt says: “I’d […]

LAB set to cut back on temporary admin staff

The Legal Aid Board (LAB) is understood to be planning cutbacks in temporary administrative staff, say senior sources. It is thought the LAB will not renew certain temporary contracts when it becomes the Legal Services Commission following the Access to Justice Act and contracting is introduced. As reported exclusively in The Lawyer (1 February), the […]

Linklaters advises on £10bn NatWest deal

Linklaters and Slaughter and May have scooped the leading roles on NatWest’s proposed multi-billion pound takeover of Legal & General – throwing into doubt the insurer’s panel line-up. Linklaters is advising NatWest on the £10.75bn takeover attempt in the second major banking insurance deal this year, following Lloyds TSB’s – which Linklaters also represented – […]

Scuffle of the week

The Home Office v the High Court. Home Secretary Jack Straw has been urged by Mr Justice Scott Baker to “reconsider” his decision to deport London commodities broker Ben James to Nigeria, and to refer the decision to an adjudicator to review all the evidence. James, who has lived in the UK all his adult […]

New additions to the family

Family law covers a broad practice range, from the divorce of Mr and Mrs Average to international child abduction. But judging by the competition for work, the sexiest area is big-money settlements. A large chunk of this work is divided between the magic circle family lawyers, an elite group who are distinguished, says one member, […]

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