Sicav in Switzerland

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a Swiss Federal Law on Collective Investment Institutions distinguishes between collective investment institutions with variable capital, that is, a contractual fund or an investment company with variable capital (SICAV) and Fixed Capital Collective Investment Institutions (SICAF).

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At Foster Swiss, international and independent banking consultants, we have successfully incorporated different Variable Capital Investment Companies (SICAV), investment funds and collective savings structures in Switzerland, and in European jurisdictions, being able to legally circumvent some of the CNMV - FINMA provisions in savings and credit structures.

Please check the sections on Swiss financial companies and savings and credit companies on our website, especially those on FINMA-OAR-G.





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    What is a SICAV?

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    na variable capital investment company (SICAV) is a company whose capital and number of shares are not specified in advance and is divided into shares of the company and investors. Only the assets of the company are responsible for your liabilities. its sole purpose is the investment of collective capital.

    Obviously, the Sicav is protected by the swiss bank secret. Bank secrecy protects the business relationship between banks and their customers. No information may be disclosed, either to an individual or to any authority. Except in the case of flagrant crime.

    Where can the SICAV invest?

    • Corporate
    • Units of collective investment institutions
    • The Money Market Instruments
    • Precious metals
    • Derivatives (whose underlying are securities, collective investment, money market instruments, derivatives, indices, interest rates, exchange rates, credits, precious metals, raw materials or any other similar product).
    • Structured financial products (related to securities, collective investment, money market instruments, derivatives, indices, interest rates, exchange rates, credits, precious metals, raw materials or any other similar product).
    Investment companies

    How to set up a SICAV in Switzerland?

    PFor the creation of a collective investment structure, a duly qualified Swiss resident representative must be appointed (we can offer you the services of this representative) whose functions are:

    Communication point

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    act as a communication / information point for Swiss participants.

    Informs presentation

    Preview the annual and semi-annual reports on collective investment.

    Fund issue

    Plocate the issuance and redemption of funds.

    Inform the authorities

    EComply with the notification requirements to the Swiss Supervisory Authority and with the publication obligations.

    Mandatory FINMA license

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    The representative has to obtain an authorization from the Swiss supervisory authority. Qualified individuals or entities under Swiss supervision (such as banks, brokerage firms, and insurance companies) are exempt from this requirement.

    We help you establish a SICAV

    PTo use this figure, the entity must develop an industrial or commercial activity, have a 5% foreign investment or 6 million euros, and commit to maintain the investment for at least one year. We will help you in all phases of the procedure to constitute a Sicav perfectly regulated. There are cases of well-known companies that operate in our country under this modality, such as: Exxon Mobil, Vodafone, Pepsi, American Express ...
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