CC Family Business and Entrepreneurship
Contact Person: Alexander Jungmeister
Family Businesses in Switzerland are of extraordinary significance. Of 3.4 million workers in Switzerland 2.3 million work for 311,000 SME’s up to 250 employees – that is 99% of all Swiss companies. Major challenges for SMEs / family businesses are the areas of internationalization, foreign exchange differences, issues of corporate governance and corporate governance within the family, succession planning as well as optimizations of corporate and tax structures.
Nevertheless, there are only few institutions and research institutions that deal with the importance of family, and throughout Switzerland, none, that places the legal issues in the center.
Research strategy CC Family Business and Entrepreneurship
The competence center will focus in the coming years, amongst others on the following topics:
- Legal and regulatory framework for family businesses
- Familiy Businesses at the intersection of business, politics and law
- Internationalization of family businesses
- Corporate governance and management structures
- Leadership issues and in family businesses
- Liability and liability prevention for Executive members of the board or senior management and boards of directors
- Structural changes in family businesses and in particular succession planning
On going Dissertations CC Family Business and Entrepreneurship
Thesis of Christian Grätzer: “Risk management as a board level requirement” (supervisor Prof. Dr. F. Taisch)
Risk management in the entrepreneurial praxis has become wide spread over the last twenty years. In legal literature this issue has not so far been thoroughly investigated. Subject of the dissertation is to describe the duties of the Board in connection with risk management Ausfluss aus der Oberleitungspflicht gemäss Art. 716a Abs. 1 Ziff.1 OR Clause 1 OR. Thereby, risk management in the sense of the enterprise risk management (ERM) thus continuing to be understood as the in Art, 66b Ziff. 12 OR requested information of the implementation of a risk assessment in the annex of an annual report. Finally basic approaches are demonstrated how to deal with legal risks respectively how the law can be used for risk management.
Master’s theses CC Family Business and Entrepreneurship
“Maturity and retention of compensation for work completed of defective structures”
(Completed project, Pascal Schmid, Supervisor Prof. Dr. Daniel Girsberger)
In this study, the maturity date and the retention of compensation for work completed of defective structures investigated both under the Obligations law and under SIA Standard 118, the author also examines the delivery of the work, as it is regulated differently in the Code of Obligations and the SIA standard 118 and subsequently has different effects on the maturity and retention.
“Differences and similarities in consumer leasing legislation in relation to cars in Switzerland and Spain”
(Completed Project, Scarlett Schwarzenberger, Supervisor Prof. Dr. Daniel Girsberger)
This study examined the differences and similarities between the Swiss and Spanish consumer leasing legislation related to automobiles. Particular attention is placed by the Author on the protection of the lessee and the contractual freedom of the lessor
Bachelor Programs CC Family Business and Entrepreneurship
Education Bachelor Company Law (Prof. Dr. P. Forest Moser, Prof. Dr. F. Taisch), University of Lucerne – during the course of public law, Swiss public law is brought closer to the students. The aim of the lecture is to convey the general principles of company law and the rules of law for private and public companies.
Master Programs CC Family Business and Entrepreneurship
Contract law and enforcement (Prof. Dr. D. Girsberger), University of Lucerne
Executive EducationCC Family Business and Entrepreneurship
- Module responsibility at the Executive School of Management, Technology and Law (ES-HSG) at the University of St. Gallen, Management for the Legal Profession (MLP-HSG), Legal & Risk Management (Prof. Dr. Franco Taisch together with Prof. Dr. em. Matthias Haller), 19.-23. September 2011 in St. Gallen.
- Cooperation with the Executive School of Management, Technology and Law (ES-HSG) at the University of St. Gallen and the European Institute of the University of Zurich, St. Gallen, 4rd International Corporate Counsel’s Day 2011 Conference for Legal Executives, Competencies to become a true business partner (Prof. Dr. Franco Taisch), 18 May 2011 in Zurich-Airport.
• Module responsibility Module corporate governance and legal SFS Leadership, October 2011 Bezau / A (Prof. F. Taisch).
- In the reporting period interdisciplinary training modules (Business and Law) for company’ management in respect to the top level management (Board, Management) was conceived and a training course held for directors of the St. Galler Stadtwerke and their closely related partner companies (Prof. Dr. F. Taisch / Prof.Dr. A. Jungmeister).
Publications of books, articles, scientific conferences, conference papers
Special provisions for KMUs in corporate law and its significance, in: On the soil and in the hights, Festschrift for Paul Richli 65th Birthday, ed. by Professors Martina Caroni, Sebastian Heselhaus, Klaus Mathis and Roland Norer, Zurich / St. Gallen 2011 (Assistant Professor Dr. K. Müller).
Principles of the Merger Act, and selected issues; presentation of 7 September 2011 at the Association of Solothurnisher Notaries Canton Solothurn, the Solothurn Bar Association and the Solothurn Lawyers Association (Assistant Professor Dr. K. Müller).