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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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Controversial cricket umpire Darrell Hair’s race discrimination claims against the International Cricket Council (ICC) will be heard in the London Central Employment Tribunal on Monday (1 October). Hair is the Australian umpire who unleashed a firestorm last year when he accused the Pakistani team of ball-tampering during the fourth day of the fourth test match […]

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Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW) has ramped up the hiring spree at its Brussels office, taking an eight-lawyer competition team from US firm McKenna Long & Aldridge. Partners Koen Van Maldegem, Claudio Mereu and Ruxandra Cana have moved to FFW, bringing with them one of counsel, one consultant and three associates. Clients coming with them include […]

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Winchester-based set 3 Pump Court Chambers has taken on accountant BDO Stoy Hayward’s regional forensic accounting head Mike Mason as a pupil. Mason, who was BDO’s forensic accounting chief in Southampton, said he decided to qualify as a barrister and move to the bar on the back of his contact with the legal profession during […]

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