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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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