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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.

Key data

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.


Switzerland company registration
Comprehensive guide produced by Healy Consultants explaining company structures and business entity types, fees and timelines for incorporation, accounting and tax in this jurisdiction and comparisons with other countries in the region.

Overseas Business Risk - Switzerland
Report from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office looking at potential risks for UK businesses operating in this country. It includes economic and political risks, human rights issues, bribery and corruption, terrorism, intellectual property and organised crime.

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 February 2016.

Switzerland: Guide to Doing Business
Guide published by legal firm Lex Mundi in July 2015, providing an overview of the legal and business environment in Switzerland.

Doing Business in Switzerland
Guide from PKF International which provides an overview of the country, types of business entities, accounting, taxation and other useful information. Updated in 2015.

Setting standards: Switzerland as a business location 2014
Attractiveness survey report published by EY in September 2014 analysing the investment climate in Switzerland. The survey looks at how global business leaders perceive the country's growth potential and examines foreign direct investment trends.


On our Exporting to Switzerland page you can find export guides, trade forecasts and economic and political updates.

Corporate governance

European Corporate Governance Institute: Index of codes
The ECGI provides a listing of corporate governance codes from Switzerland, with links to downloadable PDFs and useful organisations. You can also search the codes database by country, title, language and year of publication.

Law and regulation

Doing Business law library
World Bank
Collection of business laws and regulations from economies around the world, linking to official government sources. Topics include company law, labour, tax and trade.

The float guide: How to float a company on the SIX Swiss Exchange
Overview prepared by the International Bar Association 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 and 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


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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