Switzerland’s private banks are emerging from a dark period in their history. The weight of regulatory change over the past ten years has proved too big a burden for some. And structural change in the industry has caused others to go out of business or be absorbed by competitors.
Many of Switzerland’s banks haven’t yet adopted the FX Gobal Code. But the tide is changing. Some regulators such as the Swiss National Bank recently signed a Statement of Commitment to the FX Global Code and announced its expectation that its counterparties do the same.
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.