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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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SJ Berwin hands senior partner mandate to competition head Kon

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Doughty Street Chambers’ Christopher Gibson QC has defected to rival set Outer Temple Chambers. Gibson, who specialises in medical law and professional negligence, is the second silk to quit Doughty Street in a week, with Richard Hermer QC leaving the join Matrix (14 March 2012). Gibson has experience in cases involving children’s birth injuries, psychiatric […]

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The compliance team is often seen as the poor relation to the in-house legal team in a business, but I suspect this is all about to change. Imagine asking any board director: “Would you please specify the laws and regulations that apply to your business that you will be choosing not to comply with in […]

CoA rejects Times journalist’s FOI bid into George Galloway fund

Barristers from 5 Essex Court and 11KBW have defeated opponents from 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square in the latest round of a Freedom of Information Act (FOI) row relating to former MP George Galloway’s Mariam Appeal. Journalist Dominic Kennedy of The Times was appealing an earlier High Court decision that found that the Charity Commission did […]

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