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Switzerland: Finma’s new rules on outsourcing for banks and insurance companies

By Rashid Bahar and Martin Peyer On 5 December 2017, the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority FINMA published its new circular 2018/3 Outsourcing – Banks and Insurance Companies. In contrast to the current rules, the new circular not only covers banks and securities dealers but is also applicable to insurance companies…

Switzerland: Banking regulation update 2018

By Peter Hsu and Rashid Bahar In the aftermath of the financial crisis of 2008/2009, Switzerland launched a massive overhaul of its financial regulations. These reforms followed several objectives…

Switzerland: ICO for financial startups

By Daniel Flühmann and Philippe Seiler Initial coin offerings (ICOs) or token sales as alternative financing methods continue to generate increasing interest – in particular in Switzerland. Initial coin offerings conducted out of Switzerland between January and October 2017 raised between $550 and $650m, which represents approximately one quarter of the volume of ICOs worldwide (including […]

New guidelines for ICOs in Switzerland

By Dr Daniel Flühmann On 16 February 2018, the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority FINMA published a guidance paper on the treatment of ICOs. The Guidelines summarise the principles FINMA applies in assessing ICO projects and, more generally, blockchain tokens, under financial market laws, with a focus on securities regulation and anti-money laundering (AML) laws…

Switzerland M&A Guide 2018

A practical cross-border insight into mergers and acquisitions – the Swiss chapter…

Switzerland: the OECD’s corporate tax reform project

By Joe Stanley-Smith The OECD’s BEPS project has created myriad questions for companies and countries alike. Switzerland has had its fair share of controversy in balancing its commitment to the BEPS project and remaining attractive to foreign investors. Nevertheless, the alpine state manages to cooperate multilaterally on international tax initiatives while being able to provide […]

Switzerland: Fintech outlook 2018

Addressing the rapid developments in the financial market, the Swiss Federal Council in 2016 proposed certain easements and other changes to Swiss regulatory requirements, primarily with the intention to foster an active and sustainable Fintech ecosystem, but in most cases applicable to any business fulfilling the relevant requirements. Some of the proposed new rules were […]

Switzerland: FINMA guidelines for initial coin offerings

By Dr Daniel Flühmann The FINMA ICO Guidelines aim to inform prospective and existing market participants as to how FINMA intends to respond to enquiries regarding the Swiss legal and regulatory framework for ICOs. The Guidelines also summarise the principles FINMA applies to assess individual projects under the various Swiss financial market laws, in particular, anti-money […]

Switzerland – Environment & climate change Law 2018

By Markus Schott This guide provides corporate counsel and international practitioners with a comprehensive legal analysis of environment and climate change laws and regulations in Switzerland…

Switzerland: The legal landscape

The Legal Landscape addresses the key factors that underpin civil and common law legal frameworks, policy, regulation and enforcement, taxation, organisational behaviour and investor strategies…

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