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Legal Update for Geneva based international NGOs 10.03.2020 - POSTPONED

12:00 - Welcome speech

  • Mr. Olivier Coutau, Delegate for International Geneva, Republic and State of Geneva
  • Mr. Julien Beauvallet, Head of the NGO Service, CAGI
  • Mrs. Laetitia Gill, Executive Director, Geneva Centre for Philanthropy (GCP), University of Geneva

12:15-13:15 - Conferences

  • Review of Swiss case law by Me Julie Wynne (30 min)

Julie Wynne will provide an outlook of the latest case-law and practice from the authorities in Switzerland with regards to foundations and associations and related matters which have an impact on these organisations. She will review in particular the issues related to tax exemption for public benefit, governance, changes to the Articles of the association of foundations and data protection.

  • Legislative initiatives – Where are we headed? by Me Vincent Pfammatter (30 min)

This second conference will present the latest legislative initiatives in Switzerland related to foundations and associations, with a focus on the following topics: (1) amendment of the purpose of a foundation, (2) automatic exchange of information (tax transparency, and prevention of cross-border tax evasion), (3) initiative from State Counsellor Luginbühl to reinforce the attractiveness of Switzerland for foundations (legal and tax components), (4) amendment of the Anti-Money Laundering Act (and its impact on registration of associations in the Register of commerce), and (5) new Swiss Data Protection Law. 

 

13:15-13:30 - Q&A

 

13:30-14:15 - Light lunch and networking

 

14:15-15:15 - 1st round of workshops

  • Banking & Finance – Me Philipp Fischer (Oberson Abels, Academic Fellow at the GCP)
  • Corporate structuring – Me Vincent Pfammatter (sigma legal, Academic Fellow at the GCP)
  • IP and Data Protection – Me Stéphanie Chuffart-Finsterwald (sigma legal)
  • Real Estate - Dr. Giulia Neri-Castracane (Lenz & Staehelin, Academic Fellow at the GCP) and Mr. François Schaller, Head of the Housing & Information Service at CAGI
  • Tax – Dr. Giedre Lideikyte Huber (Senior Researcher at the GCP)
  • The Board – Me Bottge (Bottge & Associés, Academic Fellow at the GCP)

 

15:15-15:30 - Break


15:30-16:30 - 2nd round of workshops

  • Banking & Finance – Me Philipp Fischer (Oberson Abels, Academic Fellow at the GCP)
  • Corporate structuring – Me Vincent Pfammatter (sigma legal, Academic Fellow at the GCP)
  • IP and Data Protection – Me Stéphanie Chuffart-Finsterwald (sigma legal)
  • Real Estate - Dr. Giulia Neri-Castracane (Lenz & Staehelin, Academic Fellow at the GCP) and Mr. François Schaller, Head of the Housing & Information Service at CAGI
  • Tax –  Dr. Giedre Lideikyte Huber (Senior Researcher at the GCP)
  • The Board – Me Bottge (Bottge & Associés, Academic Fellow at the GCP)

 

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