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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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In brief: Lord Chief Justice given honorary degree

Lord Chief Justice Taylor has received an honorary doctorate in civil law from City University Business School. The degree was presented to the retiring Lord Chief Justice by Professor Martin Dockray at a ceremony held at Guildhall last Friday.

UK should take the moral high ground

Emergency legislation has been a feature of Northern Ireland’s legal life since partition. If a crime is committed, those suspected of political motivation can be detained for up to seven days without charge, with no access to reading or writing materials for seven days, no access to lawyer or family for up to 48 hours, […]

New senior partner at Fishburn Boxer

PROFESSIONALS are increasingly being made scapegoats when things go wrong, according to Andrew Davis, new senior partner at insurance law firm Fishburn Boxer. Davis, whose appointment will take effect from the beginning of next month, sees his role as “consolidating and building upon the existing success of the firm”. He replaces existing senior partner Richard […]

Ace targets solicitors

Applied Computer Expertise (Ace) is hoping for a breakthrough into solicitors’ practices with an adapted version of its Infinity practice management system. The firm has created a new position of sales and marketing manager to target the developing market. The post will be filled by Stephen Murphy, formerly a sales executive at legal software supplier […]

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Pinsent Curtis advised the Co-operative bank in Leeds on the acquisition and working capital facilities in relation to the management buy-out of two businesses of British Thornton Holdings.

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