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Great success for the Swiss financial sector: L-QIF adopted unanimously by Council of States
News - 11 Jun 2021

Great success for the Swiss financial sector: L-QIF adopted unanimously by Council of States

The new legal provisions on the limited qualified investor fund (L-QIF) were adopted unanimously (with one abstention) by the Swiss Council of States on 9 June 2021. The introduction of the L-QIF is intended to strengthen the competitiveness of Switzerland as a location for funds and asset management.

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Innovation Challenge ’21: the jury has selected the six finalist teams
News - 08 Jun 2021

Innovation Challenge ’21: the jury has selected the six finalist teams

In April 2021, everyone at Loyens & Loeff was invited to join the first ever Innovation Challenge to help build the next generation law & tax firm. After receiving 42 impressive submissions from 188 colleagues firmwide, the jury has selected the six finalist teams that will pitch their idea during the Grand Finale in July.

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Holding Regimes in a New Era - 2021 edition
News - 02 Jun 2021

Holding Regimes in a New Era - 2021 edition

We are pleased to present you the 2021 edition of the Loyens & Loeff publication Holding Regimes in a New Era – Comparison of Tax and Non-Tax Aspects of Selected Countries.

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Revised Swiss Rules of International Arbitration
News - 28 May 2021

Revised Swiss Rules of International Arbitration

On 1 June 2021, the revised Swiss Rules of International Arbitration (Swiss Rules) will enter into force and generally apply to all arbitrations in which the Notice of Arbitration is filed on or after that date. Read this article to find out about the key changes.

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Far-reaching EU tax reform plans announced: what they could mean for corporate taxpayers
News - 19 May 2021

Far-reaching EU tax reform plans announced: what they could mean for corporate taxpayers

On 18 May 2021, the European Commission issued a communication on “Business Taxation for the 21st Century”. The announcements made therein are expected to translate into actual legislative proposals in the next three years.

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Swiss Special Purpose Acquisition Company – Frequently Asked Questions
News - 18 May 2021

Swiss Special Purpose Acquisition Company – Frequently Asked Questions

The number of IPOs in the US more than doubled in 2020 compared to 2019. The reason for this sharp increase can partly be found in the popularity of special purpose acquisition companies (SPACs). In fact, SPAC IPOs accounted for over 50% of US IPOs in 2020.

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Client Feedback
News - 10 May 2021

Client feedback survey

Loyens & Loeff wants to ensure that we continually meet our clients expectations and that we deliver the best service possible. Besides regular and informal feedback, more formal feedback can demonstrate structurally how we can improve our services.

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Life Sciences Bit Tightened Swiss regulatory requirements in relation to international pharmaceuticals trading
News - 06 May 2021

Life Sciences Bit: Tightened Swiss regulatory requirements in relation to international pharmaceuticals trading

Swiss wholesale license holder must tighten their audit practices towards suppliers from countries outside of the EU.

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Corporate Governance I: Modernising company law (1 of 5)
News - 05 May 2021

Corporate Governance I: Modernising company law Episode 1 of 5

In the Loyens & Loeff Switzerland podcast series “Let’s talk legal”, we provide succinct insights into key Swiss legal issues and developments. In five episodes, we talk about the main aspects of the Swiss corporate law reform. After being in the making for almost 20 years, the corporate law reform touches a wide area of topics.

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Swiss Withholding Tax Reform
News - 04 May 2021

Swiss Withholding Tax Reform: Federal Council publishes dispatch on reform of the Withholding Tax Act

The Swiss Federal Council intends to strengthen Switzerland as a location for debt capital market and group financing activities by abolishing withholding tax on interest payments and securities transfer stamp tax on the transfer of domestic bonds. The dispatch now lies with the Swiss parliament for approval.

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Paid childcare leave for parents of seriously ill or injured children
News - 03 May 2021

Paid childcare leave for parents of seriously ill or injured children

Working parents of seriously ill or injured children currently have no choice but to take unpaid leave, take sick leave themselves or temporarily give up work altogether. To ease the burden on these families, the Swiss Code of Obligations (CO) and the Income Compensation Act will introduce new provisions on up to 14 weeks’ paid childcare leave to allow employees to care for seriously ill or injured children. The new provision will enter into force on 1 July 2021.

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IFLR Awards 2021 Europe
Press release - 29 Apr 2021

Loyens & Loeff wins IFLR Europe 2021 Award “Debt and Equity-Linked Deal of the Year"

Loyens & Loeff won the IFLR Europe 2021 Award “Debt and Equity Deal of the Year” for advising Novartis with the offering of EUR 1.85 billion 0.000% Sustainability-Linked Notes due 2028. This transaction is the first-ever offering of sustainability-linked notes in the healthcare industry and the first incorporating “social” targets. The winners were announced by IFLR in a virtual ceremony on 29 April 2021.

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