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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 Government has lost an appeal against a High Court ruling that found that its plans to cut solar subsidy payments were unlawful. In a judgment handed down this morning, Lord Justices Lloyd, Moses and Richards unanimously ruled that the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) will not be able to overturn the original […]

Linklaters picks Gray as new leveraged finance chief

Linklaters has appointed former Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer partner Brian Gray as co-head of its leveraged finance practice, replacing global banking head Gideon Moore. Gray, who joined the firm from the magic circle rival in 2007 (25 June 2007), will co-run the team alongside current head Nick Syson. Moore exited the role after being appointed global […]

Hogan Lovells capital contributions up £10m last year

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Chinese food such as lemon chicken and sweet and sour pork is now popular in the West. But as an expat lawyer working in China, the eating experience can be quite different, and sometimes verging on the horrifying. Peter Bradley, a London partner at Stephenson Harwood, spent several years in the firm’s Hong Kong office […]

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