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.


25 septembre 2017 - Commentaires fermés sur IT and Internet Law

IT and Internet Law

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Information technologies and the Internet keep on offering new and challenging issues to lawyers. Together with much estimated colleagues, Adrien had the opportunity to explore three of those issues in the following papers recently published:

  • Legal Markeplaces: Opportunity for and/or Threat to Lawyers and Bar Associations (coauthored with Frédéric Bernard and Lionel Bugmann)
  • Professional Secrecy and Cloud Solutions (coauthored with Benoît Chappuis)
  • Data Portability and Interoperability: An Issue that Needs to Be Anticipated in Today's IT-driven World (coauthored with Yaniv Benhamou)



6 juillet 2017 - Commentaires fermés sur IP, Internet & Competition

IP, Internet & Competition

WIPO-UNIGE Summer Schools.

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For now several years in a row, Adrien had the opportunity to speak about competition law in the IP and Internet sectors. Good timing considering in particular the recent Google ruling handed down by the EU Commission.

PPTs available here:

AA - Competition & Internet - Summer School '17

AA - IP & Unfair Competition '17

AA - IP & Antitrust '17

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 .


22 mai 2017 - Commentaires fermés sur Data Protection – Cybersecurity

Data Protection – Cybersecurity

The Paradox of Cyberattacks: Victims May Be Liable.

The recent wannacry cyberattacks raise the questions of how such situations would be addressed under the GDPR. Considering the heavy regulation to be complied with, companies targeted by the attacks may well end up - paradoxically - being at the same time liable. Our perspective on this touchy topic was just published in Le Temps, the main newspaper in the French-speaking part of Switzerland (p. 11).

Le paradoxe des cyberattaques_ la responsabilité des victimes - Le Temps