A Swiss holding company is usually founded in the form of a GmbH or AG. This type of company holds and manages long – term financial investments and participations in other corporations. A holding company is the perfect solution for investors that need to manage the majority of the shares from other companies. Switzerland is currently one of the countries that offer the best tax benefits for foreign investors.
Subsidiaries are legal entities with capital that is partially or totally owned by foreign companies. However, the management of the subsidiary is not conditioned by the foreign capital, and the entity is able to handle business contracts, hire employees or issue and transfer shares.
Switzerland is often considered one of the best locations for incorporating a company. It is a prestigious country with a relatively low tax rate and, above all, a credible reputation for the quality and security of its business environment.
Last year, Switzerland introduced a new law, the "blockchain law". The implementation of this law will follow two stages: the first which already occured on the 1st of February, and the other to eventuate in August. Invoked on the 1st of February were reforms on company law. In the second phase in August, the State will put into effect upgrades of the financial market infrastructure. These will allow Switzerland to have a properly managed cryptocurrency industry where all actors are fully informed of the opportunities & risks associated.
Recently, Switzerland adopted a new DLT Regulations which sets the country as a leader in FinTech, Blockchain, DLT Technologies and other related programs. The new regulations will enter into force starting from this year.
From January 1, 2020. The Swiss Financial Institutions Act (FinIA) and the Swiss Financial Services Act (FinSA) entered into force, updating the regulatory regime for trustees working in Switzerland. This means that all independent portfolio managers (PMs) and trustees subject to supervision under FinIA will have to be supervised by a Supervised organisations (SO) authorised by FINMA and get licensed by FINMA before they can be able to carry out their activities as financial intermediaries in Switzerland.
The new year, 2020 has brought with it a raft of new laws and changes in Switzerland.
This comprehensive guide contains detailed information for entrepreneurs and legal entities interested in company formation in Switzerland. Get enlightened on all the legal processes and dodge the common pitfalls!
Establishing a new business can be a daunting task. While it's important to put much emphasis on the fulfilment of the legal requirements for company registration, the planning and execution of other elements in company incorporation shouldn't be taken lightly. This includes choosing the business location, obtaining financial resources, hiring employees among other factors.