Switzerland: Overview

Legal developments In Switzerland, competition law is governed by the Federal Law of 6 October 1995 on Cartels and Other Restraints of Competition (the Cartel Act). The regulatory framework is complemented by numerous federal ordinances and general notices as well as communications of the Competition Commission (ComCo or the Commission). On 22 February 2012, the Federal Council submitted to Parliament its bill for a number of amendments of the Cartel Act for approval. Parliamentary deliberations started in summer of 2012. On 6 March 2014, the National Council dismissed all amendments already approved by the Council of States. In the meantime, the Council of States confirmed its decision to amend the Cartel Act. The revision will go back to the National Council. If this chamber of Parliament rejects the amendment again, the revision process will end.