Investment in Switzerland

Switzerland – your gateway to Europe

Multinational companies (MNCs) are under an ever increasing pressure from their stakeholders and from the markets to provide for growth prospects which are at the same time competitive and sustainable. One of the key success factors in this regards is choosing the right location for the right activities.

Switzerland and China agreed on renminbi swap agreement

On July 21 2014, the Swiss National Bank (SNB) and the People’s Bank of China (PBC) have signed a bilateral swap agreement. This swap agreement is an important step towards a renminbi trading hub in Switzerland.

Free Trade Agreement Switzerland-China: Entering into force on 1 July 2014

The free Trade agreement between China and Switzerland that was signed on 6 July 2013 by the Chinese Minister of Commerce, Gao Hucheng, and the Swiss Federal Councilor, Johann Schneider-Ammann, will enter into force on 1 July 2014.

Swiss voters adopt the “Stop mass immigration” initiative

On Sunday 9 February 2014 Swiss voters adopted the "Stop mass immigration" initiative (German: “Initiative gegen die Masseneinwanderung”). What is the current practice regarding work permit types and quotas and what will change?

DTA: Switzerland and China

The new DTA replaces the agreement applicable since 1991. With the reduction on WHT from 10% to 5%, Switzerland will become one of the most favourable countries in Europe, both for investments into China as well as for investments from China to Europe.

Shipping activities of Swiss companies in China are subject to Chinese Business Tax/VAT

Revenues of Swiss shipping companies derived from activities in China are subject to Chinese Business Tax/VAT. Neither the current double tax treaty nor the new free trade agreement between Switzerland and China provide for an exemption from VAT. Switzerland intends to eliminate this disadvantage compared to other countries.