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Launch of the 4th Edition of the Switzerland Business and Investment Handbook

London, Friday 17 November 2017

International residence and citizenship advisory firm Henley & Partners has launched the 4th edition of the Switzerland Business and Investment Handbook, which covers all key aspects of doing business, investing, and living in Switzerland. The handbook was launched to coincide with the 11th Global Residence and Citizenship Conference in Hong Kong.

Over the last few decades, Switzerland has become an even more important residence option for high net worth individuals and their families. There are many reasons why wealthy and talented individuals choose to relocate to Switzerland, including greater business opportunities, personal and legal security, a higher quality education, a healthier environment, as well as a sensible and reliable tax climate.

Residence and citizenship planning has established itself as an important professional field over the last few years, providing a rapidly growing number of wealthy individuals the privileges of visa-free travel as well as better security, quality of life, and education. In response to this growing trend, Henley & Partners has released its 4th edition of the Switzerland Business and Investment Handbook. The handbook is a unique reference manual featuring 27 separate chapters, each of them concise and to the point, providing the information that really matters.

Besides an introduction to Switzerland’s historical, political, social, and economic framework, the handbook covers company and contract law, competition law, intellectual property law, taxation of personal income and investments, corporate taxation, VAT, international tax aspects, real estate, residence, the social security system, private banking, financial market regulation, and other important subjects. This range of relevant chapters combined with portraits of the Swiss cantons and a facts-and-figures section make the handbook user-friendly and practical.

Aside from investors and entrepreneurs interested in investing, living, and doing business in Switzerland, the handbook is also aimed at executives, international tax and legal advisors, business consultants, and fiduciaries who wish to have a clear overview of the legal, tax, and economic framework in Switzerland, as well as English-speaking individuals living and doing business in Switzerland.

The Switzerland Business and Investment Handbook was edited and co-authored by Swiss lawyer and Group Chairman of Henley & Partners, Dr. Christian H. Kälin, who pioneered the concept of international residence and citizenship planning, and who remains one of the world’s leading authorities on the subject.

A growing interest in residence and citizenship planning

The need for a reference and benchmarking tool such as the Switzerland Business and Investment Handbook reflects the strong growth of the investment migration industry in recent years. Dr. Kälin says, “Interest in residence- and citizenship-by-investment has steadily increased over the past decade, and we anticipate that it will continue to do so. In fact, it speaks to this that hundreds of attendees from over 40 countries attended this year’s Global Residence and Citizenship Conference in Hong Kong.”

The annual event, now in its 11th year, has become the world’s most significant conference on investment migration. It brings together presidents, prime ministers, senior government officials, leading academics, and industry professionals, as well as top-tier financial and business media. According to Dr. Kälin, this year’s conference again offered delegates an outstanding opportunity to engage with the leading minds and ideas driving the growing trend towards global mobility and citizenship.


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