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Private expert opinions in civil law litigation

Private expert opinions in civil law litigation

The evidentiary value of private expert opinions with a focus on medical malpractice cases.

Clarification by the Federal Supreme Court

In civil law litigation, private or party expert opinions are repeatedly submitted by the...

Information Rights in Administrative Assistance in Tax Matters

Information Rights in Administrative Assistance in Tax Matters

FAC confirms Data Protection Commissioner's recommendation

A recent decision (A-5715/2018) by the Swiss Federal Administrative Court (FAC) strengthens the right of third parties in proceedings concerning administrative assistance...

Equal pay for equal work

Equal pay for equal work

Obligation to analyse wage equality comes into force on 1 July 2020

First equal pay analysis due at the end of June 2021

The mandate to achieve equal pay has been enshrined in the Swiss Federal Constitution since 1981. The...

Limited Qualified Investor Fund ("L-QIF")

Limited Qualified Investor Fund ("L-QIF")

Good News for Swiss Private Equity and Venture Capital Structures At the end of June this year, the Federal Council opened the consultation process on the amendment of the Collective Investment Schemes Act ("CISA") to introduce...

Payments, reminders and debt enforcement: guidelines for startups

Payments, reminders and debt enforcement: guidelines for startups

You have founded a startup company and you want to conquer the market with a great product or service. When the first customers don't pay on time, however, menacing clouds are starting to appear on the horizon. Failing incoming payments can squeeze your cash flow and, as a result, you might become unable yourself to settle all your payments on time. In either case, taking an efficient approach conscious of the legal framework gives you a big advantage.

No Limitation for Europeans

No Limitation for Europeans

In its session of 7 June 2019, the Federal Council passed its dispatch on the popular initiative "For moderate immigration" (the so-called Limitation Initiative). It spoke out against the Limitation Initiative and thus in favour of the free movement of persons.

Client advisors must now be registered

Client advisors must now be registered

FinSA / FinIA – Our blog series with the most important findings for the business world (post 2)

Certain client advisors of Swiss and non-Swiss financial service providers with clients in Switzerland must be registered in the new advisor register created by the Swiss Financial Services Act (FinSA - German only).

FinSA / FinIA are just around the corner

FinSA / FinIA are just around the corner

FinSA / FinIA – Our blog series with the most important findings for the business world

According to the Federal Council's timetable, the Financial Services Act and the Financial Institutions Act are to enter into force on 1 January 2020. The results of the consultation on the corresponding Federal Council ordinances are available. We expect the Federal Council to publish the definitive texts of the ordinances in October 2019.

What happens after the startup?

What happens after the startup?

The unemployment insurance helps − but only when the decision-making powers are relinquished.

Hardly any founder wastes much thought in the early phase of a startup on what might come after but when the project advances and becomes more and more demanding, the moment comes when the founders have to put all their eggs in one basket.

Focus Taxes - Investors and Founders: Tax-free Capital Gains

Focus Taxes - Investors and Founders: Tax-free Capital Gains

The founding of a startup is typically a turbulent process. An existing idea has to be transformed into a business model, the team has to be assembled and investors have to be found for the financing. The focus in this phase is on driving the project forward and the practical implementation of the business model - less on contracts and tax optimization. However, strong contracts and forward-looking tax planning are a must for every startup in the medium and long term - especially if it is successful! The VISCHER Startup Desks's three-part series Focus on Taxes is dedicated to the tax aspects that have to be considered for a successful startup from the point of view of investors and founders, employees and the company:

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