On 24 October 2018, the Swiss Federal Council began the consultation for the 3 implementing ordinances to the Financial Services Act and the Financial Institutions Act. The consultation period will last until 6 February 2019; the ordinances and the two laws will enter into force on 1 January 2020.
On 17 October 2018, the Geneva State Council presented its final cantonal project for the implementation of the Federal Act on Tax Reform and AVS Financing (TRAF). It introduces minor changes compared to the previous project and leads to a massive decrease of the corporate income tax rate to 13.79%.
The Financial Action Task Force is constantly updating its country risk assessment. Whilst the list of high-risk jurisdictions include the usual suspects, there is surprisingly one European country on the list, making this is another challenge to be tackled by financial intermediaries.