M&A activity in Switzerland remains at a high level. The M&A year to date has been characterized by larger deals in the pharmaceutical and consumer goods industries, a number of IPOs and an ongoing high level of activity among private equity investors.
In institutional fund management business, fund managers often receive their management fees directly from the investors in the fund (e.g. Swiss pension funds) rather than from the fund itself. Previously, the payment of these fees triggered Swiss VAT (currently 7.7%), albeit incorrectly.
The global significance of the Swiss financial center has made it a focus of efforts to combat organized crime and money laundering. Banks and public authorities are finding themselves faced with a variety of challenges as a result. A new study by KPMG identifies areas where action needs to be taken.