Supervisory organisations (SOs)

Independent portfolio managers and trustees are subject to supervision by supervisory organisations (SOs), which are authorised and supervised by FINMA (Federal Act on Financial Institutions (Financial Institutions Act, FinIA) and the Federal Act on the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority (Financial Market Supervision Act, FINMASA)

Since 1 January 2020, all independent portfolio managers and trustees subject to supervision under FinIA have had to be supervised by a SO authorised by FINMA and be licensed by FINMA in order to carry out their activities as financial intermediaries. Besides being responsible for granting licences, FINMA has the authority in connection with the indirect supervision of these financial institutions to enact measures and sanctions to restore compliance.

Authorisation (licensing) and supervision of SOs

In order to carry out their supervisory activity under financial market law and to implement their statutory mandate, SOs must be authorised by FINMA in accordance with the Financial Market Supervision Act. The Act and its associated Ordinance set out the requirements of an SO. During the authorisation process, FINMA verifies whether the persons responsible for administration and management meet these requirements. Subsequent changes that affect the authorisation requirements must be submitted to FINMA for prior review and approval.

 

FINMA supervises the licensed SOs on an ongoing basis. If FINMA notices irregularities or deficiencies in the course of the supervisory activity, it will take the necessary action to restore compliance. If the authorisation requirements of the SO are no longer met and compliance cannot be restored another way, FINMA will revoke authorisation from the SO.