Fund management companies

Fund management companies must be authorised by FINMA. Any changes in circumstances or intention to cease operations must be approved by FINMA.
Fund management companies manage investment funds for the account of investors and are responsible, among other things, for choosing which investments to make. They are subject to authorisation requirements.

Authorisation requirements

Fund management companies require authorisation from FINMA. In addition to the general authorisation conditions set out in Article 14 CISA, a fund management company must meet the following requirements (Arts. 28 CISO and 42 ff. CISO):

  • it must be organised as a limited company with its registered office and administrative centre in Switzerland;
  • it must meet the minimum capital requirements;
  • the board of directors must have at least three members;
  • the share capital must be divided into registered shares;
  • the company must have an organisation appropriate to its role;
  • those responsible for managing the fund management company must be independent of the custodian bank, and vice versa.

Role of a fund management company

Fund management companies manage investment funds autonomously in their own name for the account of investors. In particular, they:

  • decide on the issuing of units, the investments and their valuation;
  • calculate the net asset value;
  • set issue / redemption prices and profit distributions;
  • exercise all the rights associated with the investment fund.

Under Article 46 CISO, fund management companies are also responsible for:

  • representing foreign collective investment schemes;
  • acquiring stakes in companies whose main purpose is to operate collective investment schemes;
  • managing unit accounts;
  • distributing collective investment schemes;
  • providing administrative services to collective investment schemes and similar assets, including in-house funds, investment foundations and investment companies.

Changes in circumstances

If there is any alteration to the basis on which authorisation was originally granted, permission must be obtained from FINMA before operations can be resumed (Art. 16 CISA).

Cessation of an activity for which approval is required

Any intention to cease fund management operations requires prior approval from FINMA (Art. 16 CISA). The regulatory auditor will also be asked to give its opinion of the intended action.

Information and templates

The following documents can be used when applying for authorisation, making changes requiring authorisation and / or switching fund management companies.