Financial Services

Evolution or revolution for Swiss insurers?

The word ‘change’ conjures up a myriad images and expectations. For some, it represents a threat. For others, it is possibility and potential. Which one it turns out to be for Swiss non-life insurers depends on how they grasp the need for transformation amid current challenges to the status quo.

Swiss Federal Supreme Court considers Dutch Group Request as permissible

While the Federal Tax Administration found the Dutch group request to be permissible in fall 2015, the Swiss Federal Administrative Court on the other hand deemed it not permissible. However, upon its deliberations held on 11 September 2016, the Swiss Federal Supreme Court decided that this group request was acceptable after all.
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Guidelines as last step to implementation of the AEoI

The Automatic Exchange of Information (AEoI) will follow in Switzerland in a few months’ time. After the publication of the draft AEoI ordinance in May 2016 and the draft AEoI guidelines on 3 August 2016, the legal bases for the AEoI are complete.
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The 5 most challenging trends for Swiss private bankers

10 percent of private banks did not survive 2015. KPMG’s joint study with the University of St. Gallen finds that many banks’ efforts to adapt their business and operating models to the new environment have proven insufficient. Despite trying to turn around their performances, many banks face a stark reality - they can’t survive.
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FINMA’s new Public Disclosure rules pose challenges for insurers

Beginning in financial year 2016, Swiss insurance companies will have to meet new minimum disclosures requirements. The rules – set out in the FINMA circular 2016/02 "Offenlegung Versicherer" – are part of the Swiss regulators’ ongoing policy of bringing Swiss supervision into line with its European Union peers under the Solvency II equivalence framework.
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Revision of FINMA’s SST Circular

On 31 May 2016, FINMA opened the consultation phase for the new SST circular which closes on 12 July 2016. The new SST circular will replace the current SST circular 2008/44 from 1 January 2017 and is a complete revision. It includes many changes which impact the insurance industry.
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