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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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Baltic boost for Hills

Hill Taylor Dickinson assistant Roderick Palmer has been seconded to the Kalpeida branch of the Agricultural Bank of Lithuania for a three-month placement. Palmer, who works in the firm’s commercial department, will assist the bank’s legal department with banking, ship finance and other transactional work. Partner Malcolm Entwistle said Palmer’s secondment provides “a tremendous opportunity […]

Fixer makes way for family man

THE PRIME MINISTER announced the appointment of a new parliamentary secretary to the Lord Chancellor’s Department on the eve of the controversial Family Law Bill’s second reading. Jonathan Evans, MP for Brecon and Radnor, is stepping into his role at a stormy time for the department. Listing “family law” as one of his political interests, […]

Terrorism Act ruling 'must apply to UK”

THE EUROPEAN Court of Justice’s ruling that member states cannot expel foreign nationals without an official hearing except in the case of emergency is “entirely reasonable” and the UK Government should support it, the Liberal Democrats say. The ruling, handed down in Luxembourg last Thursday, followed a challenge by Irish national John Gallagher who argued […]

Mudge Rose toughs out crisis period

TROUBLED New York firm Mudge Rose Guthrie Alexander & Ferdon is reportedly in crisis following failed attempts to secure a merger partner. The 190-lawyer practice, which once courted Coudert Brothers, last week lost its executive committee chair John Kirby who resigned his position after partnership disputes. He remains a partner. White collar defence lawyer Kenneth […]

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