The entry into force of the new Swiss Financial Services Act in January 2020 will bring significant changes to the financial services industry in Switzerland. The well-known concept of ‘distribution’ of collective investment schemes will be replaced with the concepts of ‘offer’ and ‘advertisement’ – which will have consequences not only for Swiss financial service providers, but also for foreign players acting on a cross-border basis into Switzerland. Further, both Swiss and non-Swiss financial advisers providing services to Swiss investors will have to register in a Client Adviser Register, subject to certain exceptions. Financial services providers will also become subject to new rules of conduct and organisational requirements. This webinar will focus on the main features of the new legislation and its practical consequences, with a special focus on fund distribution in Switzerland.
Shelby R du Pasquier
Shelby R du Pasquier is considered a leading lawyer in banking and financial services in Switzerland. He heads the banking and finance group of Lenz & Staehelin in Geneva. Mr du Pasquier advises a number of Swiss and international financial institutions, as well as Swiss and offshore private equity, hedge funds and fund managers. He has been repeatedly nominated by professional directories (eg, Chambers and Who’s Who Legal) as a leading individual in banking, finance and investment funds. He is a frequent speaker at professional conferences on banking and financial law issues, as well as investment funds. Mr du Pasquier is a board member of the Swiss National Bank. He is admitted to the Bar in Geneva and New York. He has a bachelor of laws and a bachelor of business administration from the University of Geneva, as well as an LLM from Columbia University School of Law.
Maria Chiriaeva is a senior associate in the banking and finance group in Geneva and specialises in banking, securities and finance law. She regularly advises on various regulatory, contractual and corporate matters. Her practice covers banking, investment management and alternative investments. Her areas of expertise also include compliance advisory and internal investigations. She is admitted to the Bar in Geneva. She has a master’s in economic law from the University of Geneva.