Author Archives: Thomas U. Reutter

Prohibited Compensation Payments under the Minder Ordinance (VegüV)

The ordinance implementing the Minder Initiative also introduces new criminal offenses in connection with certain specific and now illicit compensation payments to certain senior persons associated with a listed company. The affected compensation payments encompass: severance payments, payments in advance and commissions for certain M&A transactions. This article endeavors to shed more light on scope and consequences of such prohibited payments.

By Thomas Reutter/Daniel Raun (Reference: CapLaw-2014-3)

Swiss People to Vote on Caps on Executive Compensation

On 24 November 2013, the Swiss will have to vote on whether their employment compensation regime should become more egalitarian. A popular referendum promoted by the Young Socialist Party wants to limit executive compensation to 12 times the lowest salary within the same business undertaking. While a number of issues remain unclear at this stage, it is certain that the rather flexible and internationally competitive Swiss labor market would be severely impacted if the initiative were to be adopted by the Swiss people.

By Thomas Reutter (Reference: CapLaw-2013-27)

The Repurchase of Own Shares Outside a Parallel Buyback Offer: The Decision of the Takeover Board in re Absolute Invest

The Repurchase of Own Shares Outside a Parallel Buyback Offer: The Decision of the Takeover Board in re Absolute Invest

The Takeover Board is enforcing compliance of buyback programmes exempted via reporting procedure more strictly. It has used a large buyback of an investment company outside a repurchase programme to remind issuers that the fundamental principles of takeover law apply to buyback programmes as well – with some surprising twists and consequences.