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By Markus Pfenninger, Pascal Zysset Introduction and regulatory framework 1.1 Swiss hedge fund industry While the Swiss hedge fund industry is not comparable to the likes of those in the United States and the United Kingdom, it still ranks among the top European nations in terms of size. Numerous hedge funds are domiciled outside of […]

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By Maurus Winzap, Fabienne Limacher On 26 June 2019 the Federal Council announced its intentions to resume the temporarily suspended Swiss withholding tax reform and set out the general framework to introduce a paying agent tax system with regard to interest payments. Background In Switzerland, interests from bonds issued by Swiss entities or customer deposits […]

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By Jürg Schneider, Noémi Ziegler, Elma Berisha Background In June 2017 a Swiss-based company (the employer) dismissed an employee with immediate effect on the grounds that she had made wrongful use of her work mobile phone by installing WhatsApp and using it for private purposes, thereby infringing the employer’s terms of employment. In particular, she […]

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