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Doing business in Switzerland

A selection of articles, books and online resources to help you explore the key issues for doing business in Switzerland.

eBooks

The Library provides full text access to a selection of key business and reference eBooks from leading publishers.

Passport Switzerland: Your Pocket Guide to Swiss Business, Customs & Etiquette
Micheloud, Francois (World Trade Press, 2008)

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Useful links

Switzerland
Key country facts, business news, contacts and export information from UK Trade & Investment.

Ease of Doing Business in Switzerland
Summary of comprehensive annual data collated by the World Bank giving key indicators for business and economic conditions. Includes information on typical business procedures, showing time to complete and associated costs for each step.

Guides

Doing Business in Switzerland
Guide prepared by a local firm within the UHY network which provides an overview of the relevant issues to consider when establishing a business in this country. Published in 2013.

Doing Business in Switzerland
Detailed guide produced by UK Trade & Investment, updated in September 2012. Sections cover:

  • preparing to export
  • business culture
  • challenges and opportunities
  • how to invest.

Import and export

Market Access Database
Useful guidance covering this region compiled by the European Commission aimed at EU countries exporting to the rest of the world. The Exporter's Guide to Import Formalities lists relevant import procedures, documents and requirements by product code and country or customs area.

Law and regulation

Doing Business Law Library: Switzerland
Links to business laws and regulations collated by the World Bank. Topics include:

  • banking and credit laws
  • bankruptcy and collateral laws
  • commercial and company laws
  • labour laws
  • land and building laws
  • securities laws
  • tax laws
  • trade laws.

The float guide: How to float a company on the SIX Swiss Exchange
Overview prepared by the International Bar Association in 2012 describing the process for initial public offering (IPO) by companies. The guide explains the steps involved and offers a typical timetable.

Doing business in… Country Q&A tool
Useful tool from Practical Law that allows users to compare summaries of key legal issues across several jurisdictions, including this country. Summaries cover:

  • the legal system
  • foreign investment
  • business vehicles
  • employment
  • tax
  • competition
  • intellectual property
  • marketing agreements
  • e-commerce
  • data protection
  • product liability.

International debt collection handbook
Detailed guide compiled by Atradius looking at debt collection procedures, legislation and culture across 35 countries, including a profile of this jurisdiction. Profiles include information on:

  • the amicable phase
  • legal procedures
  • enforcement
  • insolvency proceedings
  • arbitration and mediation.

Forums and support networks

British-Swiss Chamber of Commerce
A support network for promoting business and trade between Britain, Switzerland and Liechtenstein.

Embassies and consulates

Publications

Buy books from Amazon on doing business in Switzerland

Articles and books in the Library collection

Selected books

The Business Operations in... series from Bloomberg BNA provides expert guidance on the tax aspects of expanding and operating businesses abroad.

Business Operations in Switzerland
Analysis of the business environment in Switzerland, focusing on: the economy and government, operating a business, forms of doing business, principal taxes and taxation of domestic corporations.

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