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Switzerland – Shaken then spurred


Tax evasion allegations and the uncapping of the Swiss franc have kept the country in the headlines recently, but it’s all good for lawyers.


Switzerland: Peaked performance?

13-Oct-2014 | By Margaret Taylor

An innovative labour market and sophisticated business sector make Switzerland inviting to investors, but developments could diminish its appeal

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Quinn Emanuel and Niederer Kraft & Frey seal first US settlement for Swiss bank BSI

31-Mar-2015 | By Joanne Harris

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan and Swiss firm Niederer Kraft & Frey have advised BSI, the first Swiss bank to reach a deal with the US Department of Justice (DoJ) over allegations of helping clients evade tax.

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Novartis animal health GC moves to pharma supplier Lonza after Eli Lilly sale

9-Mar-2015 | By Natasha Bernal

Novartis’s animal health division general counsel Andreas Bohrer has joined pharmaceuticals supplier Lonza as group general counsel and company secretary, after the branch was sold to Eli Lilly.


HSBC turns to BLP in a bid to dispel tax evasion allegations

10-Feb-2015 | By Natalie Stanton

HSBC has instructed Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) for legal advice, following the leak of client accounts by whistleblower Hervé Falciani.

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Switzeriand: expat ordinance refined download subscription

Bär & Karrer 29-Apr-2015

Revised ordinance more narrowly defines the scope of covered expatriates.

Preliminary judicial protection in Switzerland: some hints and tips download subscription

Prager Dreifuss 29-Apr-2015

A discussion of interim relief in recent cases, highlighting the importance of clarity and areas where it pays to be prudent. 

Preparing for a dawn raid download subscription

Prager Dreifuss 23-Apr-2015

External counsel can help raided companies decide, say, whether to file for leniency. Bernhard Lauterburg of Prager Dreifuss is one of the experts on the panel in this Q&A article.

Switzerland’s anti-money laundering measures: has the fight against organised crime been successful? download subscription

Prager Dreifuss 21-Apr-2015

Financial intermediaries take centre stage as Swiss anti-organised crime measures are updated.

Integral Petroleum v SCU-Finanz case ends in default judgment weblink subscription

Ince & Co 15-Apr-2015

The case between two Swiss companies for the sale and purchase of oil products ends after seller fails to file defence.

Indirect partial liquidation — the legal situation in Switzerland download subscription

Bär & Karrer 31-Mar-2015

Swiss resident individuals selling shares in a corporation that are privately held will, instead of a tax-free capital gain, realise income from capital that is partially or fully taxed.

Swiss Withholding Tax practice regarding old reserves download subscription

Bär & Karrer 31-Mar-2015

Distributions from a Swiss resident company are subject to a 35 per cent Swiss Withholding Tax (WHT). 

Swiss tax practice regarding Thin Capitalization download subscription

Bär & Karrer 31-Mar-2015

Special Thin Capitalization Rules were introduced in Switzerland in 1997, which restrict the maximal amount of debt granted by a related company. 

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