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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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The magic circle’s greatest rivals – Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Linklaters – may have reacted to the credit crunch in very different ways, but they have been similarly pessimistic in the annual promotions round. Linklaters, which is in the midst of its New World review of its size and shape, has made up 18 new […]

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DLA Piper focus of Ethiopian hate campaign in US

DLA Piper has been the focus of protests in Washington DC over its role advising the Ethiopian government. Adverts have been posted on a taxi bearing the slogan “DLA Piper shares blood money with Ethiopian dictators”, according to legal website Above The Law. The firm acted for the country’s prime minister Meles Zenawi last year, […]

Candover turns to SRM for first GC

Candover Investments, the listed-arm of the UK private equity group, has appointed its first general counsel, hiring Philip Price from hedge fund SRM Global. Price, who was chief executive officer of SRM during its legal action against the British Government over the collapse of Northern Rock, started work this month. He has previously held in-house […]

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Magic circle firms Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Linklaters have lined up to advise on brewing giant Heineken’s surprise investment in Globe Pub Company’s senior debt. Magic circle firms Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Linklaters have lined up to advise on brewing giant Heineken’s surprise investment in Globe Pub Company’s senior debt. Under advice from a Freshfields […]

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