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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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US firms tango with Big Six accountants

Four leading US law firms have approached Price Waterhouse in the past month about an association or possible merger. The move is a first indication that US law firms may globalise their businesses hand-in-hand with the Big Six accountants rather than with UK law firms. Paul Downing, head of Price Waterhouse’s European legal network, told […]

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The managing partner of Williams Davies Meltzer, a firm that specialises in professional indemnity, liability claims and insurance work, has written to Law Society president Tony Girling claiming he has learned from specialist PI brokers that his firm could obtain equivalent PI cover to that offered by the Solicitors Indemnity Fund at about one third […]

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The Law Society has expressed deep concern about proposals for a solicitor pilot scheme for the block contracting of civil green form work, which it says may set unrealistic precedents and put firms in breach of society practice rules. It is writing to the Legal Aid Board (LAB) to say it finds the proposals for […]

Department closure furthers Eversheds commercial focus

Eversheds in Birmingham has closed its private client trust and probate department in order to concentrate on commercial and corporate work. Keith Dudley, former senior associate, who ran the department, together with two executives and their secretaries, have joined Martineau Johnson’s private client department. Hugh Carslake, head of Martineau Johnson’s private client department, said the […]

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