The Duty of Due Diligence under the Responsible Business Initiative – a Change-Maker?

On 29 November 2020 Swiss citizens will vote on the Responsible Business Initiative (Initiative pour des multinationales responsables / Konzernverantwortungsinitiative).

The Responsible Business Initiative (the Initiative) proposes a new due diligence obligation for Swiss-based large companies as well as a liability provision to hold them accountable for human rights and environmental violatio…


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Challenge of the initial rent: definition of the “old building” by the Swiss Federal Supreme Court

According to a new Swiss Federal Supreme Court judgment, a rental object is considered an old building in connection with the challenge of the initial rent if at least 30 years have elapsed since the date of construction of the property or since the date of the last acquisition of the property until the beginning of the rent.

For decades, Swiss tenancy law has been substantiated by a very …


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