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Key Investor Document – the flexible brother of the EU PRIIPs KID

On 15 June 2018, the Swiss parliament adopted the Financial Services Act and the Financial Institutions Act, which are expected to enter into force on 1 January 2020. One of the key changes introduced by the Swiss Financial Services Act is the obligation to prepare and make available to retail investors a short document setting out the key information, the so-called key information document (Basisinformationsblatt). The draft implementing ordinances the Federal Council has published on 24 October 2018 contains supplementary provisions on the content, language, layout and scope of the new regulatory leaflet. While the proposed template for the future key information document is almost identical to the EU PRIIPs KID template, the Swiss version of the key information document is far more flexible than its EU equivalent and reflects the pragmatic approach taken by the Federal Council in the draft ordinances to ensure a successful implementation of the new regulatory leaflet.

By Daniel Haeberli (Reference: CapLaw-2018-59)