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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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Rave reviews expected as CPS pilot scheme report is compiled

A REPORT on the CPS pilot project to install prosecutors in police stations – which is certain to be positive – is due this week to be submitted to Dame Barbara Mills, the Director of Public Prosecutions. The project, launched in January 1996, was designed to improve communications between the CPS and police to ensure […]

Aborigines' legal group bites the dust

The Australian Supreme Court has ordered the closure of the Aboriginal Legal Service (ALS), a pioneering group dedicated to representing aborigines which was equipped with solicitors to defend them in civil and criminal cases. The ALS, which was set up 25 years ago and run by aborigines, was ironically shot in the foot by aborigines […]

Accused terrorist to appeal

Law Lords in Northern Ireland have given an Irish man detained under the Prevention of Terrorism Act leave to appeal. Charles Begley claims police wrongly refused to allow his solicitor to attend interviews the police had with him. Begley was detained under s.14 of the 1989 Act on suspicion of involvement in the murder of […]

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Lovell White Durrant acted for property company Shaftesbury on its £63m debenture issue to re-finance part of the £90m it borrowed to buy the Carnaby Estate from Dutch property group Wereldhave. Linklaters & Paines advised Kleinwort Benson, the arranger and underwriter of the issue. It was the first issue to be completed in Crest, the […]

Dirty laundry in public

I read with interest the letter from David McIntosh in your issue of 25 February. There is a world of difference between accepting certain basic principles on the one hand and, on the other, apparently deliberately making attempts, in a public forum, to lay stress on practices, whether they are common or not, which are […]

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