Region: Switzerland

Merger control rules set aside for UBS/Credit Suisse tie-up

Switzerland’s government has used emergency powers to override the country’s merger control rules so as to allow Credit Suisse’s 11th hour sale to UBS, prompting criticism that competition laws have been ignored in the creation of a banking giant.

22 March 2023

Cross-border coordination drives fragrance cartel raids

Competition authorities in the EU, UK, US and Switzerland have heeded calls to better align cartel enforcement efforts by coordinating dawn raids on four fragrance manufacturers and a global industry association.

08 March 2023

Swiss court annuls and slashes fines in “unconstitutional” air cargo decision

A Swiss court has overturned and reduced fines on eight airlines for their alleged involvement in the global air cargo cartel, while ruling that the agency’s decision to stop them exchanging air freight information was “unconstitutional”.

19 January 2023


Featured in GCR 100 2023

Very few international firms have notable competition practices in Switzerland, where local powerhouses continue to work on long-running cartel and abuse of dominance probes before the country’s antitrust enforcer.

12 December 2022

Switzerland: Foreign direct investment regulations

Featured in Foreign Direct Investment Regulation Guide - Second Edition

Switzerland does not have a coherent legal framework for controlling foreign direct investment (FDI), but a new Draft Bill for FDI regulation presented by the Swiss Federal Council aims to change this.

06 December 2022

Swiss enforcer targets banking sector in first labour markets probe

Switzerland’s Competition Commission is investigating if 34 banks violated the country’s cartel rules by exchanging information related to employee salaries, marking its first-ever foray into labour markets.

05 December 2022

Switzerland: Class actions – litigation, policy and latest developments

Featured in Class actions hub

02 December 2022

Swiss authority appoints first competition head from private practice

Switzerland’s Competition Commission has appointed Laura Baudenbacher as its new president, marking the first time the authority has ever appointed a chair from private practice.

17 November 2022

Switzerland: Merger Control Reform Could Have Big Impact, Especially for ‘National’ Markets

Featured in The Guide to Life Sciences - First Edition

Reform of Swiss merger control may have consequences for future mergers in its life sciences sector, particularly in markets defined as national in geographical scope, such as the distribution of drugs markets.

21 October 2022

Swiss enforcer raids Novartis over abusive patent litigation

Switzerland’s Competition Commission is working alongside the European Commission to investigate whether Novartis abused one of its patents by launching legal proceedings over a treatment to fight skin disease.

15 September 2022

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