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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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Tulkinghorn’s done it!! He’s found an interesting law firm website. Usually the world of legal cyberspace is about as interesting as the radio version of Baywatch, but finally he has found one which stands out from the greyness.It belongs to Powers Phillips, a small firm based in Denver.Here is a sample from its welcome page: […]

Freethcartwright makes up three new partners

Freethcartwright has appointed three partners from within the firm Freethcartwright has appointed three partners from within the firm, including Kathy Pickup, head of the firm’s product liability unit, who has been involved in litigation relating to the MMR vaccine and defective breast implants. Clinical negligence expert Julie Hardy and private client lawyer Michael Alden have […]

WIPO begins first hearings following seven-year hiatus

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) has just hosted its first hearings to resolve disputes, even though it has been open for business since 1995 to handle the hundreds of thousands of intellectual property (IP) disputes that occur worldwide each year.Despite not conducting a single hearing in the six years up to April 2001 (it […]

China meets WTO commitments with five extended licences for HK firms

The Chinese government has issued the first set of licences to foreign law firms that have applied for second offices on mainland China Five licences were issued, all of which went to Hong Kong law firms, including Deacons.China agreed to relax the ‘one-firm, one-office’ rule as part of its World Trade Organisation commitments. The rule […]

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