• Glossary: Categories of publications

    On this page you will find an explanation of the individual terms according to which our publications on companies and individuals are categorised. To view the description, simply click on a term.

    In this category you will find all notifications concerning newly registered companies, corporations and other legal entities. This publication is published only once per company.

    If a company declares its dissolution on its own initiative, the corresponding publications are listed under this category.

    This category includes all notifications related to bankruptcy. The reason for the bankruptcy can be found in the company's declaration.

    Official bankruptcy according to OR Art. 731b
    Pursuant to Art. 731b, para. 1, no. 3, the judge, if he receives a petition to that effect from a shareholder, a creditor or the Registrar of Companies, may dissolve a company and order its liquidation in accordance with the provisions on bankruptcy if the company lacks one of the prescribed organs or if one of these organs is not legally composed. Such notifications shall be deemed to be dissolution as a result of a shortage of governing bodies; the board of directors shall be deemed to be the governing body.

    A declared bankruptcy can be revoked if certain conditions are met. For example, a bankruptcy can be revoked on the basis of a complaint approved by the court or a voluntary declaration of bankruptcy can be withdrawn by the company itself. However, this category may also include notifications of extensions of deadlines in the context of a bankruptcy.

    If a notification contains this category, the company was effectively deleted from the commercial register. However, the entry of this company is still listed in the commercial register, but with the status «deleted». The reason for a dissolution can be bankruptcy or the termination of a business, but also in the case of a merger with another company a company is dissolved and deleted.

    If a commercial register incorrectly publishes the deletion of a company which should not or had not to be deleted, the error will be pointed out with a follow-up message in the category «Revocation of deletion». In most cases, an organisation is re-registered due to the reaction of the company itself. In some cases, companies are re-registered after the deletion so that they can still carry out the liquidation correctly.

    There is a message in this category when a company changes its name. In the case of a sole proprietorship, a company name must always include the full family name of the owner. In the case of a PLC or LLC, fantasy names can also be chosen as long as it is clear which type of company is involved.

    If a company changes its legal form - for example from LLC to PLC - this is entered in the commercial register and a notification with this category is published.

    If the purpose of a company was modified, all associated messages are collected in this category. The company purpose describes the activities of a company.

    If two companies are merged, there are two different publications: One notification of dissolution for the dissolving company and a second notification for the company resulting from the merger.

    If an LLC or PLC changes its capital, this is published publicly in the commercial register. Details on the increase or decrease of the capital can be found in the corresponding publication.

    If a company moves within the same municipality, it must have its domicile adjusted in the commercial register. If a company moves its registered office to another political municipality, both the registered office and the domicile must be adjusted in the commercial register.

    Here you will find all publications relating to the change of mandate holders. Mandate holders are all persons or companies entered in the commercial register of an organisation. This category therefore contains publications on retired or newly added persons and companies in the management of an organisation.

    If the auditor of a company is changed, newly elected or completely relinquished (opting out), all associated publications with this category are displayed.

    In this category, general announcements of the Federal Administration or similar bodies are published in the SOGC.

    Publications on composition proceedings are published in the SOGC and partly in cantonal official journals, but the SOGC's notification is legally relevant. A «provisional composition moratorium» is granted at the request of a debtor. The debt restructuring judge may grant the debtor the «definitive composition moratorium". Creditors are requested to file their claims by means of a «call to debitors». Before the deferment expires, the administrator submits all the files to the probate judge. Creditors can also raise objections to the composition agreement. If a composition agreement is approved, the realisation of the debtor's assets begins - if it is rejected, any creditor can demand the opening of bankruptcy proceedings.

    If a composition agreement with respect to a creditor is not fulfilled, the creditor may demand the cancellation of the composition agreement for his claim.

    If a composition moratorium with respect to a creditor is not fulfilled, the creditor may demand the cancellation of the composition moratorium for his claim.

    Publications on debt enforcement are published in the SOGC and partly in cantonal official journals and serve to collect monetary claims. The relevant SOGC publication is always legally relevant.

    In order to dissolve a company and delete it from the commercial register, a threefold debt call must be published in advance. This calls on creditors to file their outstanding claims. The liquidation of the company must be entered in the commercial register in order for the call to creditors to be legally valid. One year after the third publication of a debt call, the definitive cancellation of the company can be applied for at the relevant commercial register office. The publication of debt calls in the Swiss Official Gazette of Commerce (SOGC) is intended to record which debts are owed to a creditor.

    This category includes all publications that we cannot assign directly to a suitable categorization from the commercial register. The details of the publication can be found in the notification text.