Financial services

The financial market is strongly regulated and the density of regulatory legislation has only increased in past years. Effective advice calls for specialists who are constantly active in the field of financial market regulation and know the field from the group up.

Our practice group has this constant activity and long-standing experience and advises a broad range of Swiss and foreign financial institutions. Our focus lies on the areas of asset management, banking and insurance supervisory law, prevention of money laundering and leasing. Our specialised team develops innovative solutions and implements them efficiently for your benefit.

Competences

Asset Management

Our practice group is a leading player in consulting asset management companies in Switzerland. Our expertise lies, in particular, in licensing procedures, restructurings and regulatory matters relating to organisational requirements for providers of collective investment schemes, asset managers and investment foundations (incl. ICS, risk management, compliance, corporate governance etc.). In addition, we have broad experience in advising companies on share issues and on the listing of derivatives and structured products.

Collective investments

Our practice group is a market leader in the area of collective investment schemes and investment funds in Switzerland. We advise Swiss and foreign clients on the structuring of Swiss and foreign collective investment schemes and on the regulatory approval of foreign collective investment schemes for distribution in Switzerland. The funds that are structured and launched with our support include funds that are distributed to non-qualified or qualified investors as well as regulated and unregulated offshore hedge funds, real estate funds and Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs). Several members of our funds team are recognised as issuers’ representatives on the SIX Swiss Exchange and support and represent promoters in the primary or secondary listing of funds, especially of EFTs, on the SIX Swiss Exchange. In addition, we support companies in choosing suitable service providers in Switzerland, in their distribution activities in Switzerland and abroad and in matters relating to the tax treatment of various fund structures. Thanks to our broad client base, our practice group is constantly in contact with the Swiss regulatory authority FINMA and the Swiss investment fund association SFAMA. This also means that we are well informed of upcoming changes in legislation and the practice of the regulatory authorities.

Banking law

Our practice team advises national and international clients on all questions relating to banking law. This includes banking supervisory law as well as private banking law. In the area of banking supervisory law, our focus lies on matters relating to licensing requirements and corporate organisation.

Financial market supervisory law

The area of financial market supervisory law comprises all issues in connection with Swiss legislation on the financial markets. Our practice group includes proven experts in insurance regulatory law who advise Swiss and foreign insurance companies on regulatory issues related to foundation, transfer and run-offs of insurance portfolios and restructurings and represent them in proceedings. This includes distinguishing between activities subject to licensing and those exempt from licensing as well as support in enforcement proceedings of FINMA.

Prevention of money laundering

We advise national and international clients on the fulfilment of legal requirements in connection with the prevention of money laundering, including accession to self-regulating organisations and corporate organisational requirements.

Financing/Leasing

We advise Swiss and foreign clients on all types of financing instruments, such as loans, syndicated loans, project financing, structured financing and financial derivatives. Our team benefits from the expert support of the firm’s other specialised lawyers, in particular in the areas of tax, capital markets, corporate and insolvency law. Several of our attorneys are recognised as issuers’ representatives on the SIX Swiss Exchange.

Leasing plays a special role in our firm. Long-standing experience in this area, regular publications and leading roles in trade associations form a solid foundation for our first-class advisory services. We place particular emphasis on combating white-collar crime (especially money laundering and terrorist financing) through leasing and similar transactions, on tax consulting and litigation in this field.

                            

Experience

Financial regulatory law: Comprehensive legal advice for regulated financial institutions in the areas of asset management, banking law, insurance regulatory law, financial market enforcement and combating money laundering in connection with regulatory, corporate law and contract law matters.

Financial services: Advising on the structuring and listing of structured products and derivatives; on the issuing and listing of bonds; on loans for the development of oilfields, etc.

Leasing: Founding new leasing companies; advising foreign leasing companies upon entry to the Swiss market; airplane, yacht and real estate leasing for Swiss and foreign clients.