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28 novembre 2017 - Commentaires fermés sur Publication of a Guide to Legal Structures for NGOs and Social Entrepreneurs in Switzerland

Publication of a Guide to Legal Structures for NGOs and Social Entrepreneurs in Switzerland

NGO Guide
Vincent coauthored a short guide for philanthropists, non-profit organizations and social entrepreneurs in Switzerland, which can be downloaded freely here.  




This guide intends to provide an overview of the Swiss legal framework, to help social entrepreneurs and philanthropists to select the most appropriate legal structure for their venture. It covers the legal vehicles used by both non-profit (charitable) organizations and or socially driven businesses, and it explores new ways of doing business, as the boundaries of non-profits and for-profit businesses tend to disappear.

2 novembre 2017 - Commentaires fermés sur Legal Workshop for NGOs and Social Enterprises (28.11.17)

Legal Workshop for NGOs and Social Enterprises (28.11.17)



Join us on 28 November 2017 for an interactive workshop for social entrepreneurs and NGOs. This will be an opportunity for NGOs and social enterprises to discuss directly with specialized lawyers about common legal issues faced in the non-profit sector, such as Governance, Tax, Regulatory Compliance, Corporate Structuring, IP, Data Protection and Employment.

Sigma Legal is very pleased to organize this event with the Thompson Reuters Foundation and FRORIEP Legal AG.

Register now to secure your place!

5 octobre 2017 - Commentaires fermés sur Health Tech Lunch 2017 – HES SO

Health Tech Lunch 2017 – HES SO


Upcoming Framework Governing the Protection of Personal Data in High-Tech Research Projects

Recent revision of data protection laws aim at adapting such laws in accordance with the technological evolution that took place over the past 20 years. Taking into account the GDPR, the current and revised draft of the Swiss data protection act and more specific rules such as the provisions governing research activities in Switzerland, Adrien & Vincent addressed in a presentation given at HES SO on 2 October 2017, the application of Data Protection to high tech research projects.

They adressed the following questions (i) which data gathered in high-tech projects qualify as personal data (data gathered on social networks, data stemming from crowdsensing and geolocation tools, etc.), (ii) collection and use of data by controllers in specific environments such as a hospital or a research lab (including for instance in relation to machine learning), (iii) the type of consent that may have to be obtained from data subjects, and (iv) the right balance between the interests of data subjects and the freedom of scientists to innovate.

Adrien and Vincent's presentation is available here.


20 juin 2017 - Commentaires fermés sur Art & Law Seminar 2017 – Art Basel

Art & Law Seminar 2017 – Art Basel


Between Consignors and Buyers:
Conflicts of Interest of Auction Houses

Joëlle Becker has participated as a speaker in the Kunst & Recht 2107 / Art & Law 2017 Seminar organized by the University of Basel, in the context of Art Basel.

In her presentation, Joëlle has analyzed the duties ensuing from the contractual relationships entered into by auction houses under Swiss law. In doing so, she has focused on the cases of conflicts of interest, which auction houses may have to handle, as well as the possible solutions at their and their clients' disposal.

Joëlle’s presentation is available here.


8 juin 2017 - Commentaires fermés sur Conférence en droit des fondations

Conférence en droit des fondations


Symposium des fondations suisses 2017 Actualités en droit des fondations

Vincent Pfammatter a participé en tant qu'orateur au Symposium des fondations suisses 2017 organisé par SwissFoundations à la Maison de la paix à Genève, le 7 juin 2017.

Vincent a présenté trois actualités juridique distinctes, soit (i) l'impact du rapport du GAFI du mois de décembre 2016 pour les fondations suisses, (ii) la possibilité qu'offre à présent l'article 86a CC au fondateur de modifier le but de sa fondation, et (iii) deux arrêts du Tribunal fédéral (thésaurisation) et du Tribunal administratif fédéral (gouvernance).

La présentation de Vincent est disponible ici .


8 mai 2017 - Commentaires fermés sur Internet of Things (Internet des objets)

Internet of Things (Internet des objets)


IoT - For Better or Worse

Internet is developing tremendously through the Internet of Thing (IoT), which refers to the networked interconnection of everyday objects and devices. Today, more than 15 billion objects are connected to the Internet and it is expected that they will reach 80 billion by 2020. This evolution offers immense potential for new business opportunities. But it also raises a lot of questions and concerns about privacy threats and data protection. Together with Gilles Meynet, we shared some thoughts in a recent an article which is accessible here (in French).

7 avril 2017 - Commentaires fermés sur IoT Security : Meetup held at sigma legal

IoT Security : Meetup held at sigma legal


IoT Security

On April 4th, 2017, sigma legal hosted a conference from the association Swiss Cybersecurity. Enlightening speeches and discussions about connected devices, their security weaknesses and the consequences this may have on privacy.

17 mars 2017 - Commentaires fermés sur Data transfer to the US: What’s hot?

Data transfer to the US: What’s hot?


The Swiss – US Privacy Shield will be effective in less than a month

In January 2017, the US and Switzerland agreed to a new legal framework to transfer personal data from Switzerland to companies based in the US. Switzerland will apply roughly the same conditions as the European Union, which set up a comparable system with the US in 2016 (the EU–US Privacy Shield).

Is it better than the previous agreement?

Read more here: New_Swiss-US_Privacy_Shield

30 décembre 2016 - Commentaires fermés sur Draft Bill on Data Protection

Draft Bill on Data Protection


In the wake of the EU, Switzerland revises its legislation
It’s time for businesses to adapt !

On December 21, 2016, the Federal Council (finally!) released, as part of the Swiss Digital Strategy, its draft bill for a brand-new Data Protection Act. This draft bill aims at modernizing and reinforcing data protection laws in Switzerland, but also at aligning with foreign regulations in order to facilitate cross-border transfer of data. More on this enclosed.
Download PDF here

10 novembre 2016 - Commentaires fermés sur Conférence


Avis d’experts: responsabilité et limites contractuelles

 de Me Joëlle Becker

Joëlle Becker a participé au colloque pluridisciplinaire organisé par la Fondation pour le droit de l’art et le Centre universitaire du droit de l’art, relatif aux "Risques et périls dans l’attribution des oeuvres d’art: de la pratique des experts aux aspects juridiques".

La présentation de Joëlle porte sur la responsabilité dérivant des avis d’experts et certificats d’authenticité, ainsi que sur les limites contractuelles pouvant être posées à une telle responsabilité.

C’est avec plaisir que nous mettons à disposition notre présentation PowerPoint, qui peut être utile à identifier les enjeux juridiques liés à l’émission d’avis d'experts.

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