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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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Tax Update — April 2013

Arendt & Medernach has released the April 2013 edition of its Tax Update, which includes the latest news from Luxembourg, as well as covering international matters. In this issue, the firm discusses the adoption of the law on administrative co-operation in the field of direct taxation, the introduction of the bill regarding deferred taxation of […]

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Partner numbers at US firms’ City offices soar in last five years

Partner headcount in the top 30 international firms in London has increased by around 25 per cent since the credit crisis in 2008, while turnover has increased by an average of 8 per cent. The research, which compares results from The Lawyer’s annual top 30 international firms in London table from 2008 and 2012 (focus, […]

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Quinn Emanuel boosts products liability group with Skadden hires

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan has hired one of the best-known products liability lawyers in the US, Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom’s mass torts and insurance group co-head Sheila Birnbaum, as a partner in its New York office. Birnbaum, who will be global co-head of Quinn Emanuel’s products liability and mass torts practice, is […]

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Job Watch: Employment

Employment law is one area where there is generally a steady demand for talent, particularly those who have high level experience acting for employers. Recently this has been even more the case due to the increasing number of disputes that have arisen due to the economic climate. “We’ve seen international demand for high-calibre employment lawyers, […]

Internal intellectual property management

Are you deriving the most value out of your intellectual property (IP) assets? Unless you have implemented an effective IP management programme, the answer will most likely be in the negative. In many cases the IP subsisting in for example marketing properties, products, materials, processes and know-how is what gives a business its competitive advantage […]

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