Whether as an entrepreneur or a private person: the investment of assets in corporate projects in Switzerland is more popular than ever. In particular, the digitization of financial transactions and banking transactions has ensured in recent years that it is easy to enter the financial market in the financial sector. The investment in Switzerland is always interesting for both small and large investors because the country has proved to be financially and economically strong due to the stable and efficient industry and has always been a preferred investment alternative.
Investing in Switzerland over the long term and also over the medium term has proven to be an optimal way to profitably invest your own funds with good earnings and manageable risks.
Especially interesting for foreign investors is the option to invest in real estate. In addition to the classical investment in equities, this represents a very popular method of increasing assets at low risk. Foreign investors, in particular, are constantly taking advantage of the opportunity to buy real estate and properties in Switzerland - from single-family homes to multi-family houses and industrial buildings. In doing so, investors are taking advantage of Switzerland as an economic and business location.
Acquisition of real estate
The acquisition of real estate by non-Swiss citizens (whether for investment purposes or for private use) is governed by different rules. Thus, a person abroad can’t acquire unlimited real estate in Switzerland - this is to prevent that it comes in extreme cases to a foreign infiltration. In theory, this can always be the case when wealthy foreigners make large-scale land purchases and less real estate properties remain in Swiss possession.
The so-called Lex Koller of 1983 is still today the standardized basis, which applies to purchase contracts of real estates and properties - if they are acquired by persons, who do not possess the Swiss nationality. The law is intended to restrict acquisition and counteract excessive acquisitions. Lex Koller explicitly does not apply to EU and EFTA nationals who have a Swiss residence permit or a settlement permit.
In addition to land acquisition, domestic and foreign persons also have the opportunity to work directly and economically by establishing a business in Switzerland. However, depending on the type of company or legal form chosen, different conditions apply here. For example, a residence permit or residence within the Swiss Confederation may be necessary in order to found a company or to financially participate in a company.
This often becomes relevant when founding a stock corporation (AG), because the majority of the members of the board of directors must have a Swiss domicile on the board of directors. The majority of types of Swiss companies are covered by the following types of companies:
- joint-stock company;
- a company with limited liability;
- general partnership;
- limited partnership;
- sole proprietorship.
The still relatively young startup form of business has also become established in everyday Swiss law and is therefore available to investors as an opportunity to operate as part of a new business start-up. For foreign entrepreneurs, relocating to Switzerland can also be an attractive option to use the advantages of a top European location for their own operations and to profitably integrate them into corporate planning.
Mergers & Acquisitions (M & A)
Closely connected with the company foundation is also the economic participation in the form of:
- business succession;
- mergers & acquisitions;
- takeovers of another kind.
For potential investors, a deeper analysis of the investment is always recommended and necessary. This includes not only appraisals related to business valuation, but also expert legal advice that accompanies and supports all steps from acquisition to completion of the transaction.
Our firm also offers the required legal support and the necessary know-how in the company formation and business mergers sector in order to optimize all your strategic projects in business life. Our specialist lawyers have many years of experience in handling business transactions and thus ensure the required expert advice.
If you are interested in investment opportunities in Switzerland, you should contact us immediately. We assist you in all areas of the investment and show you potential partnerships and areas of application. Just send us a message or give us a call - we will get back to you with all the necessary details.