FINSA Switzerland

Requirements under the new Swiss law

Financial services: requirements under the Financial Services Act (FINSA)

Financial service providers who wish to publicly offer or distribute financial instruments on the Swiss market will need to follow new rules and regulations from 1 January 2020

  • Prospectus Inspection Office
    Prospectuses for financial instruments offered for sale to the public in Switzerland will need to be reviewed and approved by a Prospectus Inspection Office.
  • Registration Office
    Client advisors providing their services to Swiss clients or clients in Switzerland must register with the Client Advisor Register which will be maintained by a Registration Office. 
  • Ombudsman Office
    All financial service providers with Swiss clients or clients in Switzerland will need to join an Ombudsman Office.

FinSA Client Advisor Courses

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According to the Swiss Federal Act on Financial Services, client advisors of domestic financial service providers who are not supervised in accordance with the Swiss financial market acts and collective capital investments and client advisors of foreign financial service providers may only exercise their activities in Switzerland if they are entered in a register of advisors. In order to enter into the advisor register, the client advisor will therefore have to prove that he possesses the necessary knowledge and skills by passing the client advisor test.

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Martin Liebi

Martin Liebi

Director, Legal, PwC Switzerland

Tel: +41 58 792 28 86

Barbara Gallati

Barbara Gallati

TLS Manager, PwC Switzerland

Tel: +41 58 792 40 22

Silvan Thoma

Silvan Thoma

Director, Legal FS Regulatory & Compliance Services, PwC Switzerland

Tel: +41 58 792 1817