If a creditor decides to sue a defendant, an immediate problem arises: how can he prevent such defendant from taking his assets out of the country and thus making it impossible to satisfy the judgement? The solution is to obtain a court order freezing the defendant's a...

April 3, 2018

In a leading decision issued on March 14, 2018 (4A_417/2017 / BGE 144 III 175 ) the Swiss Federal Supreme Court considered Swatch Group AG’s interest in securing a Swiss forum  in a dispute against an English counterparty as sufficient for the filing of a negative decl...

February 23, 2018

Costs of civil litigation in Switzerland are a matter of both, uniform federal law and varying cantonal laws. This article sets out the general principles of cost calculation and cost allocation.

May 2, 2017

When parties to civil and commercial litigation procedures in foreign countries need to obtain evidence situated in Switzerland, they have - in principle - two ways at their disposal: the relevant parties may rely on the power and the proceeding of the court hearing th...

March 29, 2017

In Switzerland, only admitted attorneys may commercially represent clients in court. Any admitted attorney can represent clients in any area of law in front of all courts in Switzerland, cantonal or federal. A distinction between barristers and solicitors is unknown to...

Under Swiss law the conditions of recognition of foreign court decisions depend on the country of origin and on the subject matter of such decision. All decisions in civil and commercial matters rendered by courts of EU member states as well as of Norway, Iceland and D...

Switzerland is a federal republic of 26 autonomous cantons and 2294 (in Feb. 2016) parlty autonomous municipalities. Whilst the civil procedure is governed by federal law, the 26 cantons remain competent for the organization of their own respective courts. On cantonal...

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