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On 7 June 2018, the Swiss Council of States  issued its revised version for a corporate tax reform. It is based on the government’s proposal issued in March 2017. The purpose of this new proposal is to set the basis for new rules on Swiss corporate taxation (the last proposal having been rejected in a […]

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By Hubertus Hillerström, Fouad G. Sayegh and Yacine Rezki The Canton of Geneva has published a guide on Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) on 28 May 2018 in view of attracting more ICO initiators to the region and strengthening Switzerland’s leading position in this field by adding a «Crypto Lake» hub to the already well-established Crypto Valley between […]

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