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Revised Telecoms Legislation Enters Into Force
Walder Wyss Ltd., January 2021

Parliament has revised the federal telecoms legislation – in particular, the Federal Telecommunications Act (TCA) and its various implementing ordinances. These revised regulations entered into force on 1 January 2021. The revision of the telecoms legislation brings about several fundamental changes that affect consumers as well as telecoms service providers (TSPs) and telecoms operators...

Implementation of 2018-2022 National Strategy for the Protection of Switzerland Against Cyber Risks – Quarterly Report
Walder Wyss Ltd., November 2020

On 19 October 2020 the Federal Council's Cyber Committee adopted a report on the advancement of the 2018-2022 national strategy for the protection of Switzerland against cyber risks (2018-2022 NCS) and its gradual implementation. The report focuses mainly on the progress made in supporting small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and promoting research and training...

New Swiss DLT Regulation as of 2021
Walder Wyss Ltd., October 2020

On 25 September 2020 Parliament approved new regulations for Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT).(1) The goal of this new legal framework is to further establish and increase Switzerland's reputation as a leading, innovative and sustainable location for fintech and DLT companies. DLT framework DLT allows shared data management and, in particular, shared accounting among participants that do not know or do not trust each other's identity...

Revised Data Protection Act Approved
Walder Wyss Ltd., October 2020

On 25 September 2020 Parliament approved the final draft of the revised Data Protection Act (rev-DPA).(1) The rev-DPA is expected to enter into force in 2022. However, it is subject to a facultative referendum and the corresponding ordinance will be adapted accordingly – thus, the rev-DPA is still a work in progress...

Impact of Medical Device Regualtions (MDR) Postponement on Swiss Medtech Industry
Walder Wyss Ltd., June 2020

  MDR postponement On 17 April 2020 the European Parliament decided to postpone the transition timeline to implement the EU Medical Device Regulation (MDR), which was set to expire on 26 May 2020, until 26 May 2021. The EU MDR postponement was published in the Official Journal of the European Union and entered into force on 24 April 2020...

Federal Council Moves Forward in Protection against Cyber Risks
Walder Wyss Ltd., June 2020

On 27 May 2020 the Federal Council adopted the Ordinance on Protecting against Cyber Risks (OPCy, available in French and German), which is set to enter into force on 1 July 2020. This move is the next step in a series of measures taken by the Federal Council to adopt a new organisational structure and implement a national strategy to protect Switzerland against cyber risks (NCS, available in German, French, Italian and English)...

What Happens if the Employee does not Consent to Short-Time Work?
Walder Wyss Ltd., April 2020

Short-time work compensation is a crucial component of the governmental COVID-19 rescue package for Swiss economy. The Swiss Federal Council in this context has recently enacted several formal facilitations and expanded the circle of entitled employees. Nevertheless, the requirement of obtaining the employees’ consent to short-time work remains central in several aspects.   Read the entire article below...

The Swiss Government Declares a Nation-Wide Standstill of Deadlines for Debt Collection Proceedings
Walder Wyss Ltd., April 2020

On Wednesday 18 March 2020, the Swiss Government suspended all deadlines in debt collection proceedings until 4 April 2020. It is a first step under the state of emergency due to the corona crisis that was declared on Monday.   Read the entire article below...

Due to COVID-19, the Swiss Institute of Intellectual Property Suspends Most of the Deadlines until 20 April 2020
Walder Wyss Ltd., March 2020

Based on the decision of the Federal Council to extend court holidays in civil and administrative proceedings, the Swiss Institute of Intellectual Property has announced to suspend most of the deadlines with an end date between 21 March 2020 and 19 April 2020 (statutory deadlines and deadlines set by the Institute, including payment deadlines). In particular, deadlines set by the Institute that would end in that period will end on 20 April 2020...

Guidelines on Shareholders’ Meetings under COVID-19 Ordinance 2
Walder Wyss Ltd., March 2020

On 16 March 2020, the Swiss Federal Council prohibited public and private events. This newsletter deals with possible ways for Swiss companies to hold meetings, especially shareholders’ meetings.   Read the entire article below...

COVID-19 Cyber Fraud and Scams
Walder Wyss Ltd., March 2020

Scammers and cyber crooks did not take long to adapt their usual fraud to this uncertain period caused by the Covid-19, refinishing notably their sadly notorious “CEO Fraud” to the present circumstances...

The Coronavirus has Serious Consequences for the Swiss Economy
Walder Wyss Ltd., March 2020

Tourism and event industries are suffering and it is expected that manufacturing enterprises will soon be affected as well. Short-time work can provide a remedy and reduce the economic consequences of the coronavirus for employers and employees...

Ordering Home Office – The Employer’s Toolkit under Exceptional Circumstances
Walder Wyss Ltd., March 2020

Due to the increasing spread of the coronavirus, numerous companies in Switzerland have already ordered home office work for their employees. This article addresses, inter alia, the question of whether employers can unilaterally order home office work in the current situation and what  consequences this might have. Read the entire article below...

Coronavirus: Potential Employment Issues Related to COVID-19 in Switzerland
Walder Wyss Ltd., March 2020

The Coronavirus continues to spread and has now also arrived in  Switzerland. As the Swiss government ramp up efforts to contain the spread of the virus, employers and employees also need to be aware their rights and obligations at the workplace. In this Newsletter, we discuss some frequently asked questions regarding potential employment issues related to the COVID-19 in Switzerland...

IT Outsourcing by Banks and Insurers Facilitated by Revised Regulations
Walder Wyss Ltd., January 2020

On 1 January 2020 the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority (FINMA) implemented various revised rules primarily targeting small banks (the so-called 'small banks regime'). Among other aspects, this will result in a relaxation of IT outsourcing requirements for financial institutions. In this respect, a revised FINMA Outsourcing Circular is available in English and German, French...

Federal Council Considers Introduction of Cyber Incident Reporting Duty
Walder Wyss Ltd., December 2019

While many countries have introduced far-reaching obligations to report cyber incidents, Switzerland has not yet followed this lead. However, on 13 December 2019 the Federal Council adopted a report which considers key issues with regard to the introduction of a general reporting obligation for operators of critical infrastructure. The report also discusses possible implementation models. A decision is expected by the end of 2020...

Federal Council Adopts Dispatch to Improve Legal Framework for Blockchain and DLT
Walder Wyss Ltd., December 2019

On 27 November 2019 the Federal Council adopted a dispatch message to improve the legal framework governing distributed ledger technologies (DLT) in Switzerland. The Federal Council's objective is to increase legal certainty, remove obstacles to DLT-based applications and limit the risk of abuse. Parliament will examine the dispatch message in early 2020. The government's press release is available in English, German, French and Italian...

Court Annuls FOPH Order Limiting Medicinal Product Price Increase
Walder Wyss Ltd., December 2019

On 7 August 2019 the Federal Administrative Court annulled a Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) order that had limited the price increase of a medicinal product on the list of specialities to two years. The product manufacturer had requested a price increase under Article 67(2) of the Healthcare Insurance Ordinance (SR 832.102), having incurred higher costs following the loss of two suppliers...

State Aid in Life Sciences in Switzerland
Walder Wyss Ltd., June 2016

1. What Is the Size of the Market and What Are Current Trends in Switzerland? Life Sciences is one of the most dynamic and most rapidly growing sectors in Switzerland with respect to both the industrial and the academic dimension. In 2013, the total financing volume amassed by Swiss biotech companies more than doubled compared to the previous year’s figure, reaching USD 325 million, which amounts to an increase of 112%...

State Aid in Life Sciences in Switzerland
Walder Wyss Ltd., July 2015

What Is the Size of the Market and What Are Current Trends in Switzerland? Life Sciences is one of the most dynamic and most rapidly growing sectors in Switzerland with respect to both the industrial and the academic dimension. In 2013, the total financ-ing volume amassed by Swiss biotech companies more than doubled compared to the previous year’s figure, reaching USD 325 million, which amounts to an increase of 112%...

New Swiss Corporate Law – Swiss Federal Council Releases New Pre-Draft
Walder Wyss Ltd., December 2014

Back in 2007 and 2008, the Swiss Parliament was debating changes to Swiss corporate law. On 1 January 2014, the CompO was put into force, temporarily governing the subject matter of the Minder initiative. Now, the Swiss Federal Council released the Pre-Draft which would, however, not only integrate most of the provisions of the CompO into the Swiss corporate law, but in addition to several fundamental changes to certain features of Swiss corporate law strengthen corporate governance...

New Corporate Governance Rules for Swiss Public Companies
Walder Wyss Ltd., April 2013

On 3 March 2013, the Swiss electorate approved the Minder Initiative, which will fundamentally change the legal framework on executive compensation and other corporate governance matters for Swiss public companies. The implementation of the Minder Initiative will be the task of the Federal Council and the Swiss Parliament...

European Directive on Alternative Investment Fund Managers – Implications for Switzerland
Walder Wyss Ltd., February 2011

The European Parliament recently passed the Alternative Investment Funds Directive («AIFMD»). The AIFMD is focused on managers rather than investment funds and will implement broad regulatory measures on both fund managers located within the European Union («EU») and those established outside of the EU that provide asset management services to European alternative investment funds. The Swiss fund industry will have to closely examine the details of the AIFMD...

Deemed Professional Trade in Securities –Good News and Bad News!
Walder Wyss Ltd., August 2010

Professional trade in securities under the case law of the Swiss Federal Supreme Court… Under the Swiss Federal Supreme Court’s prior case law, capital gains derived from the sale of assets – in particular real estate, securities, precious metals and foreign currencies – are subject to federal income tax if such activity, taken as a whole, qualifies as self-e

A Practical Insight to Cross-Border Competition Litigation
Walder Wyss Ltd., May 2009

1.1 Please identify the scope of claims that may Switzerland for breach of competition law. Under the Swiss Federal Act on Cartels and Other Restraints of Competition (LCart), civil competition actions can be brought before Swiss civil courts by enterprises impeded by an unlawful restraint of competition...

 

 

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