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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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TeCSA joins Seymour critics

The Technology and Construction Solicitors Association (TeCSA) has waded in to the debate surrounding the conduct of Mr Justice Seymour and the Technology and Construction Court (TCC). TeCSA members are concerned that the judge’s conduct and the furore caused by the Court of Appeal’s criticism of the judge is ruining the reputation of the TCC. “There’s been some concern […]

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There are more than a few lawyers who have given up the profession in favour of deal-making in the tough world of corporate finance. But at Milton Keynes’ firm Kimbells, the lawyers get to combine commercial with legal in a way that might persuade many a would-be businessman, perhaps even entrepreneur, to keep that practising […]

Allens Arthur Robinson scoops plum role on Commonwealth Games

Allens Arthur Robinson has once again proved it is the top choice for major sporting events, having won the coveted role of official law firm to the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games. The firm won the role from a host of other law firms, and will advise alongside the Games’ in-house legal team. Chairman of the […]

Commercial Court decision imminent

Next week, the Government will announce its long-awaited decision on whether to commit £100m to building a new Commercial Court. On 24 February, Department of Constitutional Affairs (DCA) civil servant Mark Camley will announce whether the project he is leading to build a new £100m Commercial Court has received the green light from the Treasury. […]

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