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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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From Linklaters’ German lawsuits to the LDA’s panel announcements, this year has held its fair share of ups and downs. The Lawyer looks back at the year’s biggest stories

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It’s The Lawyer’s last issue of 2005 and we’d like to nominate the following for our Christmas awards: Spats of the year: RHM and former interim legal head Kevin Mutch; Honda and Eversheds; Lester Aldridge and ex-banking head Kevin Heath; Lovells and Sidley in Germany. The ooh-get-her prize: Dentons bitching about departing partners; Slaughters’ David Frank collecting a […]

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As revealed by The Lawyer (16 May), Herbert Smith occasionally likes to hoard documents. The firm was roundly castigated by Equitable Life judge Mr Justice Langley for not carrying out a full disclosure exercise in the case. Now the firm has found the perfect solution by investing in a high-tech storage system. According to the […]

Shearman ramps up competition with Lovells raid

Shearman & Sterling has raided Lovells to bolster its London competition and antitrust practice with the hire of the group’s second partner. Matthew Readings joins the US firm’s London competition practice bolstering the local team seven lawyers. He will work alongside partner Christopher Bright, who moved across from Clifford Chance to launch the group in […]

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