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Opening a Swiss bank account

Opening  a new Swiss bank account is considered to be a perfect option for those who wish to manage their funds safely. It goes without saying that Switzerland has traditionally the highest level of banking stability and confidence worldwide. Opening and servicing a new account is absolutely secure, as all banks without exception are legally obligated to keep all information about their clients confidential, and this is consistently honoured.

Choosing and opening your new Swiss bank account — what type to take?

The  bank you choose to deal with in the future depends on what kinds of investment you prefer to make and what type of account you actually want to open. In Switzerland, banks offer a wide variety of accounts as well as a wide range of operations, from with money deposits to more complex operations (e.g. financial consulting, wealth management, due diligence).

You can choose the type of a new bank account which is most suitable for your purpose in managing your funds. To make your choice, pick an option from following list:

  • Savings account
  • Current account
  • Custody account
  • Special account
  • Numbered account
  • Special account for legal bodies

Choosing and opening a new Swiss bank account — how to start?

The minimal deposit will be approximately 300,000 Swiss Franсs and may count up to 500,000 Swiss Francs in the case of  some banks in Bern. This is to be kept in mind when the opening procedure starts.

Before opening an account on behalf of a legal entity, you should file the following documents:

  • Copies of all essential documentation of your company
  • 1 copy of the director’s passport
  • 1 copy of the passports of all the shareholders
  • All required additional documents

Before opening a new private Swiss bank account, a person is to provide the chosen bank with all the required data:

  • Personal information about the future depositor, including name, occupation, address, birth date and contact information
  • 1 passport-sized photo
  • All financial documents (they depend on the profession and usually contain documents proving the origin of funds)

It should be taken into consideration that all opening procedures usually take from one day to one month (it depends on a wide range of circumstances) without any influence possible on your part.The process of opening an account in a Swiss bank can also be rather difficult for non-residents.

If the chosen bank cannot open your new account, which is a rare occurrence, you will definitely receive a full refund. For instance, a bank in Switzerland may refuse to open an account for a so-called “politically-exposed person”, if the bank in question considers such a client to be disadvantageous for the bank’s reputation.

According to Swiss law, an account can be closed at any time without cost or restriction. Your money can be returned immediately as soon as the account is liquidated.

Opening a Swiss bank account — when help is needed

You can save money and time by having Goldblum and Partners open your new bank account promtly and easily. Our company keeps tracking different banks with a good price-to-book ratio and the best financial conditions and has established its reputation as a well-known market player, which is a good reason to contact us in the relevant situation.

By turning to Goldblum and Partners you will get more details on the subject of your choice and on opening a new Swiss bank account. Feel free to contact us for any informational and juridical support needed. We can assist you with managing your account, depositing money and closing your account, if necessary.