La digitalisation du point de vue des consommatrices et consommateurs

Digitalization from the consumer’s point of view can take several forms. Sharing economy, social networks, e-commerce: the digital world for consumers is a vast planet whose various aspects have to be understandable. And consumers cannot be summarized in only one category. This rapid development implies that our legislation must be adapted without hindering the ­dynamism of these markets…

Digitalisierung wettbewerbsrechtlicher Verfahren?

Competition Law proceedings regularly last very long and only limitedly take into account new possibilities for the use of information technology. On the other hand, online procedures have already become more widespread in private dispute resolution and RegTech is being promoted as a new instrument for the exchange of information in the financial market sector. Although it is not possible to…
Prof. Dr. iur. Rolf H. Weber
SZW-RSDA 1/2019 | S. 61

Ursachen der Finanzkrise und seitherige Regulierungsentwicklung

A number of causes have triggered the crisis such as subprime mortgage loans in the US, the lack of regulation of derivatives and also remuneration systems which set wrong incentives. The crisis lead to the abolishment of the banking secrecy at the international level. It was replaced by the automatic exchange of information in tax matters which is now the standard. The crisis initiated the…
Prof. Dr. rer. publ. Peter Nobel
SZW-RSDA 6/2018 | S. 588

Die Rolle der Zentralbanken – 10 Jahre nach der Finanzkrise

For central banks, the financial crisis 2008 led to new insights, but it also confirmed old insights. Old insights that were confirmed concern crisis management, namely the necessity and effectiveness of the central bank’s role as a lender of last resort. The fact that the Fed could not play this role in the case of Lehman Brothers is an important reason why the crisis worsened significantly. New…

Ist die neue Finanzmarkt­regulierung funktionsfähig?

The article describes the causes of financial market crises. It assesses the advantages and disadvantages of the legislative measures taken since the crisis of 2007/­2008. Finally, it outlines what additional or alternative measures could be taken to increase the stability of the financial markets and to improve supervision.
Prof. Dr. iur. Rolf Sethe LL.M.
SZW-RSDA 6/2018 | S. 605

TBTF: Do increased capital requirements, bail-in powers and resolution ­authority solve the problem?

In the wake of the financial crisis of 2008, governments across the world decided that it was time to end the bail-out of too-big-to-fail financial institutions. This article considers the strategies deployed in Switzerland to solve the problem: increased capital requirements, including leverage ratios and liquidity requirements, funding of the resolution in the event of a gone-concern,…

Bankgeschäfte nach der Krise: Safer, simpler, fairer?

Ten years after the global financial crisis, the Financial Stability Board reports that regulation has built a «safer, simpler and fairer financial system». While there are indeed notable improvements in the regulatory architecture, the question remains whether banking, as seen from a retail customer perspective, has become safer, simpler, and fairer. This article argues that, overall, retail…
Prof. Dr. iur. Susan Emmenegger LL.M., Thirza Döbeli Mlaw
SZW-RSDA 6/2018 | S. 639


Access to the EU Single Market has always been a key concern of Swiss financial market policy. However, in the aftermath of the crisis, the EU has considerably tightened its third country regime by requiring a demonstration of «equivalent regulatory and supervisory frameworks». Given that the EU has recently implemented tougher sanctions throughout its Single Rulebook, obtaining favorable …
Prof. Dr. iur. Franca Contratto LL.M.
SZW-RSDA 6/2018 | S. 653

Automatischer Informationsaustausch: das Ende des steuerlichen Bankgeheimnisses?

Fundamental changes occurred in Swiss international tax law since 2009. These changes directly effected and fundamentally limited the scope of traditional Swiss banking secrecy with regard to foreign clients and foreign tax authorities. This paper analyses if, from a legal and practical perspective, anything remains of traditional Swiss «tax banking secrecy». The conclusion is that there are…

Führen die neuen Technologien zur Disruption der Finanzmarktregulierung?

Technological developments and respective changes in business models require adaptations of the financial regulations. The need to adopt risk-oriented rules has become apparent already some time ago. Recently, regulators acknowledged the desirability of introducing innovation-supporting rules (for FinTech enterprises). The most disruptive effects, however, come from the new distributed ledger…