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The Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Switzerland

The Coronavirus (COVID-19) is having a significant impact on every aspect of our lives. In Switzerland public institutions and schools are temporarily closed and businesses are required to adapt the way in which they operate. Everyone’s primary concern is to minimise the spread of the virus, to mitigate its effects and to protect those most vulnerable in society.

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9 June 2020
Im­pact of COV­ID-19 on European M&A activ­ity
The CMS Cor­por­ate/M&A Group teamed up with in­vest­ment bank Cred­it Suisse to ana­lyse the fin­an­cial and leg­al im­plic­a­tions of the COV­ID-19 pan­dem­ic on M&A trans­ac­tions in West­ern Europe.
12 May 2020
CMS Ex­pert Guide for dir­ect­ors of com­pan­ies
07 September 2020
COV­ID-19: European Com­mis­sion gives green light to aid scheme for Ger­man...
In a de­cision of 11 Au­gust, the European Com­mis­sion au­thor­ised a Ger­man aid scheme to sup­port Ger­man air­port op­er­at­ors. The scheme was au­thor­ised partly on the basis of Art­icle 107(2)(b) TFEU and partly...
07 May 2020
The COV­ID-19-Or­din­ance Rent and Lease
On 27 March 2020 the Fed­er­al Coun­cil ad­op­ted the Or­din­ance on the mit­ig­a­tion of the ef­fects of coronavir­us in the rent­al and leas­ing sec­tor (COV­ID-19 Or­din­ance on Rent and Lease, here­in­after "Or­din­ance"), as a sup­port meas­ure for ten­ants and lease­hold­ers.
27 April 2020
CMS Ex­pert Guide to gov­ern­ment sup­port for em­ploy­ers and work­ers
This ex­pert guide ex­plores the ways dif­fer­ent gov­ern­ments have at­temp­ted to al­le­vi­ate the stress the pan­dem­ic has im­posed on both em­ploy­ers and work­ers and en­sure busi­ness con­tinu­ity.
25 August 2020
COV­ID-19: European Com­mis­sion au­thor­ises EUR 1 mil­lion aid for Tim­isoara...
On 5 Au­gust 2020, the European Com­mis­sion ap­proved aid of around EUR 1 mil­lion for Tim­isoara air­port. The meas­ure is based on Art­icle 107(2)(b) TFEU and aims at com­pens­at­ing for the dam­ages suffered by...
25 March 2020
Q&A | Force ma­jeure un­der Swiss law - Re­quire­ments and con­sequences
In re­la­tion to COV­ID-19 in Switzer­land: Please read the an­swers to the most im­port­ant ques­tions re­gard­ing force ma­jeure un­der Swiss law - re­quire­ments and con­sequences and get in con­tact with our law­yers for in­di­vidu­al ad­vice.
22 April 2020
CMS Ex­pert Guide to COV­ID-19's im­pact on IP leg­al tim­ings
As in all as­pects of busi­ness, COV­ID-19 is im­pact­ing the world of IP and the po­s­i­tion is con­stantly chan­ging. To help you pri­or­it­ise and plan, the Glob­al IP prac­tice at CMS has put to­geth­er an over­view of COV­ID-19's cur­rent im­pact on pro­ced­ur­al timetables be­fore courts, na­tion­al in­tel­lec­tu­al prop­erty of­fices and key in­ter­na­tion­al IP in­sti­tu­tions.
21 August 2020
COV­ID-19: the European Com­mis­sion gives green light to the Dan­ish and Swedish...
The European Com­mis­sion ap­proved, on 17 Au­gust 2020, the re­cap­it­al­isa­tion of SAS by Den­mark and Sweden for a total budget of EUR 1 bil­lion (of which ap­prox­im­ately EUR 583 mil­lion will be gran­ted by...
25 March 2020
Q&A | Corona-Pan­dem­ic and Gen­er­al Meet­ings
In re­la­tion to COV­ID-19 in Switzer­land: Read the an­swers to the most im­port­ant ques­tions re­gard­ing Corona-Pan­dem­ic (COV­ID-19) and Gen­er­al Meet­ings and reach out to our law and tax spe­cial­ists.
17 April 2020
CMS Ex­pert Guide to coronavir­us re­lated loan morator­i­ums
This guide con­tains a brief but com­pre­hens­ive over­view of cred­it morator­i­ums for 30 coun­tries world­wide, col­lated with a view to help­ing our cli­ents nav­ig­ate through the vari­ous gov­ern­ment re­sponses, and which will be up­dated on a reg­u­lar basis.
07 August 2020
Treaty claims for can­celled or mod­i­fied in­fra­struc­ture pro­jects in the...
A re­cent IC­SID tribunal has denied an in­vestor’s claim con­cern­ing the de­vel­op­ment of an air­port pro­ject in Latvia. The in­vestor was un­able to pro­ceed with the con­struc­tion of its pro­ject due to nu­mer­ous...