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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 […]

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 […]

Insurance & Reinsurance 2018: issues facing lawyers and clients today

Have there been any major changes or developments in your jurisdiction over the past 12–18 months? How have these impacted your practice? In August 2016, the Bermuda Monetary Authority (BMA) issued the Insurance Manager Code of Conduct requiring insurance managers to follow a set of procedures when carrying out their functions. In September 2017, the […]

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Ince & Co hires DLA Asia projects head

Ince & Co has hired former DLA Piper managing partner and Asia projects head Martin David to lead its Asia energy practice. David joins Ince in Singapore after five years with DLA, which he joined from Linklaters in 2008 (3 November 2008). He spent a decade at the magic circle firm. Ince said he would […]

Banking Matters — May 2013

The May 2013 issue of Walker Morris’s Banking Matters publication is available now. Topics covered Cross-undertakings in damages: don’t bank on them Ignorance is bliss for lenders Essentials for lenders: freezing orders and cross examination on disclosure Banking reform progresses through Parliament Walker Morris acquires a leading banking litigation team… If you are registered and […]

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Wragge & Co launches redundancy consultation with 30 at risk

Wragge & Co has put up to 30 full-time equivalent support staff at risk of being made redundant in London and Birmingham. Wragges today confirmed that it was planning to restructure the support team. Under the proposed structure, new document production centres and concierge hubs will be managed by a third-party provider Intelligent Office, it […]

Partner Mel Sims relocates to DLA Piper’s Doha practice

DLA Piper has announced that Mel Sims, a partner from the corporate practice group in London, is relocating to Doha, Qatar. Sims joined DLA Piper in 1989. He is principally a private-equity partner specialising in the financial services sector and regularly acts for private-equity and banking institutions, as well as management teams in the context […]

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