REFLEX: Registry of Firms' Life and Exit


Institute of Economics

Date: 1 September 2023 / 09:00 - 17:00

East Campus Lugano, Startup Center

The NRP-77 Sinergia meeting on REFLEX - A Data Platform for the Swiss Commercial Registry (1883-present) brings together researchers and practitioners interested in the study of firms and business groups in Switzerland.

The Data Platform has the objective to recreate the 140-year history of all firms in Switzerland. It will shed lights on the different stages in the life of a company, from its founding to its dissolution (including relocations, changes in legal form, mergers and acquisitions,..), identify all owners and investors, and reconstruct groups of related companies, national or foreign, active in Switzerland.

The event is part of the Sinergia project "Institutional Foundations of Industrialization, Financialization and Globalization of the Swiss Economy. Evidence from 140 Years of the Commercial Registry" ( and the NP 77 "Companies and Tax Competition in the Digital Economy" (

Registration is compulsory (please contact [email protected])

Location: Start up center, Università della Svizzera italiana, Campus Est (Viganello)

September 1, 2023


09:15 Networking Breakfast
09.45    Welcome
Raphaël Parchet (USI) & Marco D’Ambros (CodeLounge, USI)
10.00    Mining a Century of Swiss Trademarks
Daniel Travaglia, Andrea Mocci (CodeLounge, USI)
10.30 OCR is Not Enough: How We Made Computers Read Hundred Years of Commercial Registry Entries
Jesper Findahl, Andrea Mocci (CodeLounge, USI)
11.30  From Entries to Entities: Modeling the Swiss Official Gazette of Commerce
Aron Fiechter, Francesco Bresciani, Valerie Burgener (CodeLounge, USI)
11.45 Discussion (moderator: Elliott Ash, ETH)
12:00 Lunch & Coffee
13.30  With a Little Help From My Enemy
Amanda De Pirro (Lancaster University)
14.00 You Only Weave Twice
Bruno Caprettini (University of St Gallen)
14.30 Tax Technology and Long-Term Regional Development
Tommaso Giommoni (ETH)
15.00  Coffee

The Cartographic Heritage as a Tool and as an Object of Artificial Intelligence
Eve Netchine (Bibliothèque nationale de France)

16.00 The Crux of Capitalism
Simon Evenett (University of St Gallen)
16.30  Discussion (moderator: Tina Freyburg, University of St Gallen)
17.00 Networking aperitif