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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 starter bell sounds for round two of the Academies Capital Maintenance Fund

The Department for Education aims to contribute £392m for the current financial year to the Academies Capital Maintenance Fund (ACMF). In April 2013, the majority of the annual ACMF funding was distributed in the initial round of applications, leaving a significantly smaller fund of approximately £25m available for the current allocation. As a result of the […]

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Mini pupillage becomes work experience in private school auction row

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has requested that Westminster School change the name of its mini-pupillage auction to work experience amid controversy over the sale of a work placement. The bar regulator contacted the £30,000-a -year school earlier this week after it launched a mini-pupillage auction to raise money for a new building (15 May […]

Transforming Dubai into a global centre for Islamic bonds

His Highness Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum recently launched an initiative to transform Dubai into, among other things, a global centre for Islamic bonds (sukuk). The initiative, called “Transforming Dubai into a Global Centre for Islamic Bonds”, primarily aims at making Dubai the world capital of the sukuk market, hence potentially also transforming Dubai […]

European Commission’s proposed anti-dumping tariffs cast shadow over UK solar

After finally pushing past the chaotic introduction of the UK Feed-in-Tariff regime and its hasty revisions, the UK solar photovoltaics industry looks set to enter a new wave of uncertainty in light of the European Commission’s recent announcement that it is proposing to impose tariffs that will increase the costs of products imported into Europe […]

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