Swiss Competition Law - Quo Vadis?

7 Pages Posted: 29 Apr 2016

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Marino Baldi

Prager Dreifuss

Nicolas Birkhäuser

Niederer Kraft & Frey

Andreas Heinemann

University of Zurich

Reto Jacobs

Walder Wyss

Date Written: April 28, 2016


The 2016 St.Gallen International Competition Law Forum ICF will serve as the backdrop for discussions on a variety of current competition law, economics and policy topics. One of the panels is going to focus on the future of competition law in Switzerland.

As Dr. Marino Baldi points out: “the Swiss Cartel Act of 1995 entered into force almost exactly 20 years ago. In 2003, a review of the law was conducted which mainly related to the introduction of direct sanctions. In 2011 the Swiss Government made some further proposals to amend the law. These proposals were turned down by the Swiss Parliament in 2014. Many think this is no great pity. Nevertheless, one or another of the Government's proposals might be worth being considered again, perhaps not exactly in the same way as before. I am thinking in particular of improvements in the law concerning private enforcement. In addition, there have recently been intense discussions of certain features in the law which might also sooner or later end in legislative proposals.”

The following interview between Former Ambassador Dr. Marino Baldi (Senior Counsel, Prager Dreifuss) and Nicolas Birkhäuser (Partner and Attorney-at-Law, Niederer Kraft & Frey), Prof. Dr. Andreas Heinemann (Professor of Commercial, Economic and European Law, University of Zurich UZH; Vice-President, Swiss Competition Commission) and Dr. Reto Jacobs (Partner and Attorney-at-Law, Walder Wyss) offers you some food for thought and a starting point for our panel discussion.

Join us in St.Gallen on May 19th and 20th for the “Swiss Competition Law - Quo vadis?” panel. More information about the conference and a list of the remaining panels and speakers is available on the conference website (accessible via the linked reference above).

Suggested Citation

Baldi, Marino and Birkhäuser, Nicolas and Heinemann, Andreas and Jacobs, Reto, Swiss Competition Law - Quo Vadis? (April 28, 2016). 23rd St.Gallen International Competition Law Forum (ICF) 2016, Available at SSRN: or

Marino Baldi (Contact Author)

Prager Dreifuss ( email )



Nicolas Birkhäuser

Niederer Kraft & Frey ( email )


Andreas Heinemann

University of Zurich ( email )

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Zürich, CH-8001

Reto Jacobs

Walder Wyss ( email )


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