Business Location Switzerland

At Henley & Partners' Swiss offices we are best positioned to advise and assist you in all matters regarding doing business in Switzerland. Indeed, we have assisted many foreign clients - private entrepreneurs as well as multinational corporations - in establishing operations in Switzerland and are providing legal as well as administrative and support services on an ongoing basis.

An excellent business environment

Many of the world's major companies have chosen Switzerland as the location for their global, European or regional headquarters, their international finance companies or research and development facilities. Some examples are Amgen (European headquarters) in Lucerne, Kühne & Nagel (international holding) in Schwyz, Philip Morris (European headquarters) in Vaud, Compaq Computers (European headquarters) in Kloten/Zurich, or the IBM research laboratory in Rueschlikon/Zurich.

But Switzerland is keen to attract not only large corporations but also small and medium sized enterprises and private entrepreneurs. Switzerland is business-friendly by tradition and offers a solution for every need and expectation. Switzerland's 26 cantons offer companies a wide range of opportunities. The advantages associated with Switzerland are complemented 26 times over by other advantages specific to each of these locations. Through its independent and well-established Swiss subsidiary, Henley & Partners assists foreign corporations and investors to find the ideal location for their business in Switzerland.

Moderate taxation, but first rate infrastructure

The Swiss tax system is very much in line with the country's reputation as a centre for international trade and finance. Many tax privileges have been introduced in order to entice foreign investment in Switzerland, while there are very few restrictions on Swiss investment abroad. Switzerland also has an extensive network of treaties for the avoidance of double taxation. As a result of recent corporate tax reforms, doing business in Switzerland has become even more attractive as the tax system has been further improved. Also as a result of these reforms, the Swiss holding company gained again attractiveness and ranks today among the best holding jurisdictions in the world.

Switzerland is often perceived as a very expensive country and accessible only to wealthy individuals and large companies. However the overall cost of living and doing business in Switzerland compares very favourably with Germany, France, the Netherlands or the USA. What counts is what you get: State-of-the-art transport, communications, energy supplies and waste disposal systems cost no more in Switzerland than the price paid elsewhere for traffic congestion and environmental degradation.

Company Types in Switzerland

When establishing a new business or subsidiary in Switzerland, you may opt for branch office or a separate legal entity in the form of either a limited liability company or a stock corporation. Click here for an overview of key features of these main types of companies

Swiss Banking and Insurance

Banking and insurance are the foundation of Switzerland's financial system, which is arguably the most solid in the world. Swiss banks and insurance companies are extremely safe as the entire Swiss financial industry is tightly regulated. By providing sophisticated services to businesses as well as to discerning investors, by offering financial privacy, and through their solid reputation, safety and worldwide presence, Swiss banks and insurance companies are unique. Click here for more information on Swiss Annuities and Life Insurance.

Some of the many advantages of Switzerland include:

  • Political, social and economic stability
  • Multi-lingual, highly qualified and motivated workforce
  • First-class infrastructure, excellent banking facilities
  • Very attractive lifestyle and healthy environment
  • Efficient and reliable public services
  • Possible fiscal incentives for substantial investments
  • Favourable taxation system with moderate tax rates

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