Author Archives: Luca Bianchi

The Launch of the Real Estate Investment Foundation

While Swiss investment foundations have been used quite often for indirect real estate investments of Swiss pension plans in the past, recently, more market participants have been using the real estate investment foundation as an attractive real estate offering for their eligible clients. In addition to the general regulatory and civil law framework that applies to all Swiss investment foundations, some specific requirements must be observed for the launch of real estate investment foundations. This article aims to provide a brief overview on the applicable general and specific requirements.

By Sandro Abegglen / Luca Bianchi / Thomas Hochstrasser (Reference: CapLaw-2015-41)

The Rise of Actively Managed Certificates

Actively Managed Certificates (AMCs) have become more and more popular in recent years. Unlike most other structured products, AMCs have special features which enable the active selection and adjustment of the components of their underlying strategy. The fast growth of the AMC market emphasizes the importance of the applicable regulatory and contractual framework. In addition to the general rules that apply to all structured products, AMCs are subject to specific regulatory and contractual requirements. This article provides some insights on these characteristics.

By Luca Bianchi (Reference: CapLaw-2015-19)

Proposed Regulatory Framework for Financial Products in Switzerland

Two new pillars of financial markets regulation are currently being elaborated in Switzerland. The proposed laws will have a strong impact on banks, securities dealers, issuers and distributors of financial products, fund management companies, external asset managers, individual client advisors, and trading venues with respect to the legal structuring, distribution, trading, and clearing and settlement of financial products. This article provides a brief overview on the expected key points of the new laws and sets out their potential effects on financial product providers in Switzerland.

By Luca Bianchi (Reference: CapLaw-2014-5)