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Swiss Tax Reform and AHV Financing (TRAF)

On September 17, 2018, the Swiss parliament approved the corporate tax reform (Federal Act on Tax Reform and AHV financing (TRAF). On one hand TRAF will abolish preferential cantonal tax regimes, such as holding or mixed companies, but will on the other hand implement measures to preserve Switzerland's attractiveness as a business location. In addition to such measures the cantons plan to drastically lower their ordinary tax rates on profit and capital (applicable for all companies). Overall, these developments will lead to a more favorable tax regime for most companies in Switzerland. Especially innovative companies will be promoted. 

Public Viewing in Switzerland: Do I Need a Licence?

Public Viewing in Switzerland: Do I Need a Licence?

Anyone organising a public viewing in Switzerland during the World Cup in Russia requires a separate licence under certain conditions. FIFA will lose out.

Ambush-Marketing: Associating major events in advertising

Ambush-Marketing: Associating major events in advertising

In principle, advertising in Switzerland may refer to major events, even if the promoted provider is neither an organizer nor a sponsor. However, advertisers must observe a number of rules when using such associations.

Online Enforcement: Instruments against Internet piracy in the new Swiss copyright law (no. 3)

Online Enforcement: Instruments against Internet piracy in the new Swiss copyright law (no. 3)

The planned revision of copyright law is intended to offer right holders more effective tools against online piracy. To this end, the law applies to hosting providers and creates a legal basis for the processing of personal data by rights holders.

Forum Running – Switzerland takes the lead

The Swiss Federal Supreme Court reduces the requirement for the legal interest in a declaratory judgment in an international context and thereby allows proceedings to be moved to Switzerland by means of actions for negative declaration.

Straflose Selbstanzeige – letzte Chance!

Letzte Woche wurde publik, dass die UBS nach ausländischen nun auch von bestimmten Schweizer Kunden einen Nachweis verlangt, wonach ihre Gelder korrekt versteuert sind. Auch andere Banken haben solche Nachweispflichten für Schweizer Kunden bereits eingeführt oder stehen kurz davor.

The Role of Hosting Providers (No. 2)

The Role of Hosting Providers (No. 2)

Our series "Online Enforcement" deals with particularities in the enforcement of rights on the Internet.

In the case of online infringements, content removal regularly has priority for the rights holder. Swiss industry standards enable hosting providers to block access to their customers' infringing content.

Online Enforcement: The role of the WHOIS directory (no. 1)

Online Enforcement: The role of the WHOIS directory (no. 1)

Our series "Online enforcement" deals with particularities in the enforcement of rights on the Internet.

The identification of the person responsible for an online infringement is a major challenge for the rights owner. Proxy services and the EU General Data Protection Regulation restrict the information available on domain holders in the WHOIS directory and make enforcement more difficult.

The GDPR and Switzerland: 10 Myths and Misconceptions

The GDPR and Switzerland: 10 Myths and Misconceptions

The EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will apply from May 25, 2018. The more stringent requirements for the handling of personal data will also apply to data processing by the numerous Swiss companies that target the EU end customer market or whose data processing in some other way falls within the (intended) broad scope of the GDPR. The somewhat ambiguous wording and the complexity of the GDPR favor myths and misconceptions. Some of them also find their way into publications and recommendations of advisors. In this blog post , we highlight ten myths we encounter in our practice (namely in the context of ongoing GDPR compliance projects for Swiss companies) and clarify the corresponding misconceptions.

I don't agree with the schedule of claims – what now?

I don't agree with the schedule of claims – what now?

Schedule of claims – What is it all about?

Once bankruptcy proceedings have been opened over a debtor, the bankruptcy administration must prepare an inventory to determine the extent of the bankruptcy estate. By means of public notice, the creditors and debtors of the bankrupt are requested to come forward (so-called call for claims). Within one month, the creditors must file their claims or other demands against the bankrupt with the bankruptcy administration. Subsequently, the bankruptcy administration draws up a list of claims.

The bankruptcy administration checks the registered claims and decides whether it recognizes them and, if so, in what amount and rank. Based on these decisions, it draws up the schedule of claims. It is a schedule showing the order in which the claims of the various creditors should be satisfied. The rejected demands are also marked on the schedule of claims, together with the reason for the rejection.

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