Under MiFID II, financial institutions providing both execution and research services must price and supply them separately (i.e. unbundled). As the separately supplied research service is subject to 7.7% VAT, the new rule will impact Swiss businesses providing or receiving research services.
The Economic Commission of the Swiss National Council started discussing the FinSA at the end of January 2017. So far, the Commission has treated the first 10 articles of the act. However the controversial question whether insurance companies should remain in the scope of the FinSA or not has been delayed for the time being.
On 14 December 2016, the Council of States discussed the Swiss Financial Services Act (FinSA) and the Financial Institutions Act (FinIA) and approved the legislative drafts which proposed some major changes compared previous drafts. What are the key changes and next steps?