Strong real estate investment activity across Europe

The European real estate investment market recorded a total transaction volume of EUR 213bn in 2014. This is the highest level since the start of the recent financial crisis and reflects an increase of 13% compared to 2013.

Indirect real estate investments: Sustained demand

Indirect real estate investments were one of the most attractive investment classes for Swiss investors in 2014.

Investing in the Cloud-Future with Real Estate

Investments in data centers have become an attractive niche segment in the USA. But very little institutional capital has flowed into data centers in Switzerland so far. Reasons for this could be the lack of knowledge and expertise, potential risk clusters or limited alternative use potential.

IT departments as true “value contributors”

Information technology (IT) is the backbone of most of today’s businesses. Unfortunately the value generated by IT investments is not adequately recognized by many organizations. IT is still seen as a cost driver, rather than an equal partner and value creator.

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.

Free Trade Agreement between Switzerland and China

On 6 July 2013, the Chinese Minister of Commerce, Gao Hucheng, and the Swiss Federal Councillor, Johann N. Schneider-Ammann, signed a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between the two nations. As a result, Switzerland will become the first country in continental Europe to enter in such an agreement with China. The Free Trade Agreement covers areas of trade in goods and […]