Practitioners reported another strong year for trademark activity in Switzerland, with some commenting on a particular increase in pharmaceutical-related cases. The new legislation under the Trademark Act regarding the use of geographical indications looks set to come into effect later this year, following final consultations and approval from the Federal Council. As a result lawyers are continuing to see clients working to make sure they will be compliant, and that their trademarks will be fully protected. This year we feature 31 “outstanding” trademark lawyers in this chapter.
Switzerland is a leading life sciences market and the headquarters for some of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies. This fact alone attracts a number of practitioners to specialise in the area. Lawyers are predicting an active 2015 as companies seek advice on the implementation of end-of-life-cycle strategies and branding campaigns for their products. The newly proposed Swiss corporate tax reform (CTR III) may also have a distinct effect on the operation of global life sciences companies based in Switzerland, and as such there will be strong competition between leading firms and individuals for the advisory work available. Our research identifies 26 lawyers who stand out for their expertise in the field.
Recent developments in Switzerland indicate that a growing number of countries are employing bilateral and regional trade agreements rather than negotiating a multilateral approach as favoured by the World Trade Organization. Many claim that the WTO’s legislative arm is not as effective as they would hope, driving them to enforce their own rights. However, there is a core group of practitioners actively engaged in this area and we list 17 practitioners well versed in the fluctuating climate trade and customs.
As the domicile of many international banks, data protection continues to drive an increased share of work in this field, along with traditional outsourcing services. In particular, lawyers have reported ongoing compliance issues as concerns are raised over the security of company and client data. Concurrently, the Swiss federal government has looked to reform the telecoms market after its 2014 report concluded that the Telecommunications Act does not adequately provide for developments in the field and should be revised. As the TMT sector continues to develop, we have selected 36 lawyers for their stand-out expertise in these areas.
Investment management lawyers report a steady rise in their workload over the past year. New legislation on collective investment schemes has seen a growing number of clients seeking advice on licensing provisions, particularly with regard to the regulation of asset managers. As the Swiss government revises its laws on the financial market lawyers predict that demand for counsel will continue to increase in the coming years. In this chapter we identify the 20 most highly regarded lawyers in the investment management sector.
The sports market has seen a lot of activity in recent times and a number of legislative developments are in the pipeline to bring Swiss law into line with the legislation in other countries. In July 2014 it was reported that the Swiss Parliament was debating changes to the Unfair Competition Act and the Criminal Code that would criminalise corruption in international sports organisations. With a new anti-doping code also on the cards, it is anticipated that our top practitioners will be kept busy in the year ahead. We list 17 “exceptional” lawyers in this chapter.
For the first time, we identify the country’s leading investigations lawyers, who are sought by Switzerland’s major corporations for their expertise in internal and regulatory investigations, and their understanding of the many issues that arise as clients come under ever more scrutiny from the regulators. We also list the leading forensic accountants and digital forensic experts.
Over the past decade, Switzerland’s federal government has proposed various amendments to domestic public procurement law with the aim of modernising the regime, making it clearer and more flexible, and ensuring greater harmony between rules at the federal and cantonal levels. With further revision of federal law expected in the coming years, it is important for practitioners in the field to keep up to date with new developments. Our research highlights 17 leading lawyers.
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