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In its decision of 6 May 2024, the Swiss Federal Supreme Court (SFSC) clarifies the conditions for a claimant to appeal an interim decision ordering it to provide security for the defendant’s costs due to appearing insolvent or having liquidity problems (case No. 4A_93/2024 [in German]; intended for official publication). The SFSC held that, in this case, a claimant must prove that it is unable to pay this security and thus the legal disadvantage of being…

In brief In Germany, a new criminal offense of improper lobbying came into force on 18 June 2024[1]. Its impact on the lobbying activities of companies may not be underestimated. Amongst others, the practice of paid lobbying at ministries or other public bodies by mandate holders is now subject to criminal prosecution. It will hence be vital for companies to critically review lecture and consultancy fees for mandate holders as well as remuneration for supervisory…

In brief On 15 December 2023, the Federal Council adopted a draft Investment Screening Act (the “D-ISA”). To date, Switzerland has no overarching regulation for the review of foreign investments as prevalent in other countries. The D-ISA intends to introduce sector-specific investment control in Switzerland to prevent takeovers of Swiss companies operating in critical sectors by foreign state-controlled investors (public or private investors that are directly or indirectly controlled by a state) if these takeovers…

The European Court of Human Rights (“ECtHR”) has ruled on a case brought against Switzerland by the Swiss association KlimaSeniorinnen on behalf of its members and four individual women of the association. More than 2,000 members of the association are elderly women (the majority over the age of 70) concerned about the consequences of global warming on their living conditions and health. The ECtHR found that Switzerland has violated Art. 8 of the European Convention on…

Revision of the Swiss Declaration to the Hague Evidence Convention and the Federal Act on Private International Law: Facilitation of the use of electronic means of communication in cross-border civil proceedings Persons residing in Switzerland who are involved in foreign civil proceedings may soon be able to be examined or heard by telephone or video conference directly by foreign authorities or a person tasked to do so without prior authorization from the Federal Office of…

In its decision of 8 December 2023, the Swiss Federal Supreme Court (“SFSC”) deliberated on the reservation of Swiss public policy (case no. 4A_11/2023 [in French]). Factual background In the case at stake, a Swiss watch manufacturer (the respondent before the Commercial Court of the Cantonal Supreme Court of Berne and defendant before the SFSC) purchased packaging material for watches and jewellery from a supplier domiciled in Hong Kong. The supplier (the claimant before the Commercial Court and…

In a decision published on 16 January 2024, the Swiss Federal Supreme Court (“SFSC”) ruled on the enforceability of a foreign judgment in Switzerland  (case no. 4A_547/2022 [in German]). Factual background The judgment in question was issued by the Cour de Cassation of France, i.e., a court of a Lugano Convention (“LC”) member state. With its cassation judgment, the Cour de Cassation set aside the judgment of the lower instance insofar as it had ordered the…

On 1 January 2025, a revision of the Swiss Civil Procedure Code (CPC) introducing key amendments intended to facilitate the practical application of the CPC and improve access to courts in Switzerland will enter into force (see our blog post with a summary of the key amendments). This revision will also introduce provisions allowing the use of electronic means in civil proceedings in Switzerland, which was not explicitly mentioned in the CPC before (cf. art.…

In brief On 13 February 2024, the FCA issued a Final Notice to Floris Jakobus Huisamen, the former director and compliance officer of London Capital & Finance plc (LCF), fining him GBP 31,800 and banning him from working in financial services in relation to misconduct connected to financial promotions issued by LCF. This Final Notice follows the FCA’s previous censure of LCF in October 2023 for connected behaviour. In this alert we draw out the key takeaways that compliance…

I OVERVIEW Technology disputes in Italy involve a large and varied amount of litigation, ranging across sectors covered by traditional patents (mechanical, electronic and pharmaceutical), telecommunications and other fields that are often hotbeds of new industry technology standards that can be protected by standard-essential patents (SEPs). Such standards may, in turn, generate licensing disputes. Disputes also often occur in sectors that involve more innovative and trend-setting technologies, such as the use of algorithms, artificial intelligence…