Swiss regime on corporate names revised

By Thomas Kriza and Jonas Gassmann, VISCHER

The Swiss regulations regarding corporate names shall be harmonized for all legal forms of companies and partnerships by a new act passed by the Swiss Parliament, which is expected to come into force in 2016.

Thomas Krizaj 菲谢尔律师事务所 公司业务部管理律师 Managing Associate, Corporate Department VISCHER
Thomas Krizaj
Managing Associate, Corporate Department

Goals of the new regime

With the new act the following goals shall be achieved: (1) harmonization of the criteria on corporate names; (2) harmonization with respect to the protection of the corporate name; (3) recognizability of the legal form of the entity; and (4) continuity with respect to corporate names.

The new regime offers new possibilities with respect to the corporate names of general partnerships, limited partnerships and partnerships limited by shares.

But owing to the liberal transitional provisions of the new regime, no immediate action is required to adapt the corporate names of existing companies and partnerships.

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Thomas Krizaj is managing associate in the corporate department and Jonas Gassmann is an associate in the IP department of VISCHER. Fiona Gao Yue, an associate of VISCHER’s China Desk, co-authored this article


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