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Lenz & Staehelin | Switzerland | 24 Aug 2021

No interruption of statute of limitations during appeal stages

Civil Law provides for various statutes of limitations. As a rule, and unless otherwise provided, civil claims become time barred 10 years after their due date. However, there are some exceptions to this rule. There are several accepted circumstances within which the statute of limitations may be interrupted within civil claims, but the statute of limitations cannot stay interrupted forever....
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Lenz & Staehelin | Switzerland | 19 Aug 2021

Secretariat of Competition Commission clarifies conditions for unlawful consortium

To date, there has been hardly any practice on the antitrust assessment of consortia in Switzerland. The Secretariat of the Competition Commission has published the final report of a preliminary investigation concerning a matter in the construction sector. This report clarifies the conditions under which a consortium, particularly a permanent one, is permissible.
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Lenz & Staehelin | Switzerland | 28 Jul 2021

Federal Council proposes parental leave for care of seriously ill children

A new form of parental leave to care for a child with serious health problems due to illness or accident recently came into force. Its flexible terms and conditions allow care to be provided in a way that accommodates the needs of both parents and children.
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Lenz & Staehelin | Switzerland | 14 Jul 2021

UK nationals: impact of Brexit on residence and work permits in Switzerland

The Agreement on the Free Movement of Persons (AFMP) no longer applies between Switzerland and the United Kingdom. However, new bilateral agreements have been agreed to regulate important areas such as trade and immigration. This article investigates the impact of Brexit on UK nationals who acquired rights in Switzerland based on the AFMP before 1 January 2021 and its impact on the rights of......
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Lenz & Staehelin | Switzerland | 12 Jul 2021

Latest regulatory developments in Swiss energy law

Following a call for a referendum, the revised CO2 Act was recently rejected by the Swiss voters. The revised CO2 Act provided for a range of measures which would have particularly affected energy-intensive industries. In addition, the Federal Council recently adopted various revised ordinances in the energy sector which have now come into force. The Federal Council has also approved the......
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Lenz & Staehelin | 24 Jun 2021

First judicial review of dawn raid confirms easily met requirements

In March 2021 the Federal Administrative Court judicially reviewed a search warrant and confiscation order in the context of a dawn raid carried out by the Competition Commission. According to the court, this was the first such appeal ever. This was likely mainly due to the fact that the chances of success of such an appeal have always been considered low, which is confirmed by this decision.
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Lenz & Staehelin | Switzerland | 8 Jun 2021

Complying with professional conduct rules for lawyers – a balancing act

The Swiss Bar Association (SAV) Code of Professional Conduct contains provisions on how lawyers should interact with clients, the courts and professional colleagues. A recent Federal Supreme Court decision illustrates the forms which violations of the SAV Code of Professional Conduct can take. In this judgment, the highest Swiss court decided that such a violation can take the form of "active......
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Lenz & Staehelin | 27 May 2021

Public contracting entities and distribution grid operators must publicly tender electricity purchases

In a formal recommendation, the Competition Commission has opined that Swiss public tender law applies to an electricity supply where a public contracting entity purchases electricity for its own internal consumption (eg, the supply of administrative buildings or public transport) and a distribution grid operator purchases electricity for further delivery to end customers. It is fair to say......
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Lenz & Staehelin | Switzerland | 24 May 2021

Public contracting entities and distribution grid operators must publicly tender electricity purchases

In a formal recommendation, the Competition Commission has opined that Swiss public tender law applies to an electricity supply where a public contracting entity purchases electricity for its own internal consumption (eg, the supply of administrative buildings or public transport) and a distribution grid operator purchases electricity for further delivery to end customers. It is fair to say......
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Lenz & Staehelin | Switzerland | 5 Apr 2021

Capital cost rates for electricity supply, renewable energy production and high-pressure natural gas networks

The Federal Electricity Supply Act regulates the fee structure to be applied by electricity suppliers when delivering electricity to end consumers. The federal government adjusts this fee structure annually based on a pre-defined calculation method. An important element of this calculation method is the capital cost rates. The Federal Department of the Environment, Transport, Energy and......
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