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Open a Crowdfunding Company in Switzerland

Open a Crowdfunding Company in Switzerland

Crowdfunding became a popular way of raising capital for the investors who want to open a company in Switzerland. The crowdfunding system functions by obtaining small amounts of money from natural persons and legal entities that want to invest in a particular business registered here. The crowdfunding sector provides certain regulations and the legislation on this matter was recently modified, on 1st of August 2017. Our team of agents in company formation in Switzerland can offer in-depth assistance on the registration of a crowfunding business in this country. 

Crowdfunding sector in Switzerland  

The crowdfunding sector in Switzerland increased rapidly in the last years. At the level of 2015, Switzerland registered 1,342 crowdfunding campaigns, which accounted for CHF 27,3 million. In 2016, the market registered an important increase on the crowdfunding campaigns, which reached a total of 3,098

Investors interested to start the procedure of company registration in Switzerland should know that in the following year, the value of the crowdfunding market increased to CHF 128,2 million and that in April 2016, the country had 50 crowdfunding platforms. This represented an increase of 10 platforms compared to the previous year. Our team of consultants in company formation in Switzerland can provide further information on the legal manner in which crowdfunding activities can be developed here. 

Regulations for Swiss crowdfunding  

Swiss companies operating in the crowdfunding industry may need to obtain a business license depeding on the specific objects of the respective business. The field falls under the regulations of the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority (FINMA), which has to prescribe business licenses for plaforms that perform one of the following activities:

accepting funds for a commercial activity;

channeling funds on an operator’s account, in the situation in which the operator will provide a professional service

On 1st of August 2017, the local authorities have enacted a new Banking Ordinance, imposing new regulations for crowdfunding platforms. For example, companies requesting funds from investors can accept debt capital from more than 20 lenders, in specific conditions. 

Investors can receive assistance on the Banking Ordinance from our agents. Foreign businessmen who want to set up a crowdfunding company are invited to contact our team of specialists in company registration in Switzerland for consultancy services regarding this economic sector.