GIR looks at the intricacies of carrying out investigations in Switzerland as the country considers introducing deferred prosecution agreements to its enforcement arsenal and the Office of the Attorney General grapples with a scandal emanating from its Fifa investigation.
GIR profiles the leading lawyers in Switzerland’s investigations community.
The president of a supervisory body in Switzerland’s attorney general’s office has confirmed that it is looking into an alleged third meeting between Swiss Attorney General Michael Lauber and Fifa president Gianni Infantino in June 2017.
Fifa has hired new lawyers to represent it in Swiss and US criminal investigations into corruption and bribery in world football.
Insurance company Zurich obtained an NPA from the US Department of Justice’s tax division after helping the authority circumvent Switzerland’s de facto blocking statute.
Swiss Attorney General Michael Lauber rejected allegations of wrongdoing in a press conference hours after the supervisory body in Switzerland’s attorney general’s office announced it has opened a disciplinary investigation into him.
A court in Bellinzona has ordered the Swiss attorney general, Michael Lauber, a prosecutor, and a former chief prosecutor to be recused from the Fifa investigation.
Swiss lawyers have expressed their disappointment at revisions to the country’s criminal procedure that will make it harder for prosecutors to offer settlements to foreign companies.
Swiss federal prosecutors want a four-year prison term to be imposed on a fugitive ex-UBS employee who allegedly stole and sold client data to German tax authorities in 2010.
Michael Lauber said DPAs are the best tool to tackle economic crimes cases instead of a controversial settlement tool used by Geneva prosecutors, which his office stopped using years ago.
Swiss bank and asset manager Mirelis has entered into a $10 million non-prosecution agreement after initially applying to qualify for the Swiss bank programme in 2013.