29 June 2017

Improved protection from unjustified debt enforcement

The Debt Enforcement and Bankruptcy Act (DEBA) regulates the procedure by which a person in Switzerland is able to recover money from his/her debtors by means of governmental enforcement. In Switzerland, it is relatively easy to initiate a debt enforcement procedure compared to other legal systems. When a debt enforcement procedure is initiated against a person, an automatic entry is made against him/her in the debt enforcement register, which is also visible to third persons for up to five years after completion of the procedure. This can have negative consequences for him/her. The planned amendments to the DEBA are intended to provide a remedy.

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23 May 2017

Why should I care about Brexit?

At the IBA Litigation Conference in Zurich at the beginning of this month, one session was dedicated to the impact of Brexit to the statutory landscape relevant for litigators. Many litigators will have thought before that session: Why should I care about Brexit? The answer came quickly and clearly. Brexit will have negative consequences on the allocation of jurisdiction between States and the recognition and enforcement of judgments.

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27 April 2017

Why does my bank's name now include "Switzerland"?

The two Swiss major banks have changed their legal structure. Towards the end of 2016, Credit Suisse launched its new subsidiary Credit Suisse (Schweiz) AG, which comprises the universal bank's business for Swiss customers. UBS already spun off the areas retail & corporate and wealth management booked in Switzerland into UBS Switzerland AG in June 2015. What is the background of these structural changes? And what do they mean for the two major banks' customers?

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