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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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The consolidation of its international legal coverage is expected to begin early next year. The move comes after The Post Office reduced its UK regional panel from 40 firms to four and its City firms from 12 to two practices in April this year. The Post Office currently uses Slaughter and May and CMS Cameron […]

Leading Wilson Sonsini partner leaves to join venture capitalist

Barry Taylor to spearhead Warburg Pincus’drive into Silicon Valley; fourth Wilson Sonsini partner this year to jump ship Silicon Valley giant Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati is losing another top partner to the the venture capitalists. Barry Taylor, a member of the firm’s executive committee with responsibility for compensation, is joining long-standing client Warburg Pincus. […]

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DJ Freeman partner returns

Corporate partner Jucker rejoins DJ Freeman in its media and communications department in January after two years at Sonnenschein. Jonathan Lewis, chief executive at DJ Freeman, says: “We were very sorry to see Antoinette go then, but she had an opportunity she wanted to pursue. “When we heard what had happened to Sonnenschein I was […]

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