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FinSA Q&A: Financial Intermediaries (FIM)

FinSA Q&A: Financial Intermediaries (FIM)

UBS Business Solutions AG

Date: May 12, 2022

This product consists of 42 Q&As with elaborations on the impact of the FinSA on external asset managers (EAM).

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$2,330.17

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The product, a know-how collection entitled “ FinSA Q&A: Financial Intermediaries (FIM) ” consists of 42 questions and answers (" Q&As ") developed by the UBS team of regulatory experts and provides you with the basis for understanding the impact of the FinSA on external asset managers. Your purchase gives you access to a know-how collection prepared by UBS and may serve as a basis for you to establish your best practices as a financial service provider. The impact of the FinSA on EAM When applying the FinSA in its interplay with the Swiss Financial Institutions Act (“ FinIA ”) and the revised Swiss Collective Investment Schemes Act (“ revCISA ”), financial service providers acting as or collaborating with external asset managers also have to understand which requirements apply in the context of their activities. The rules in their interplay can be complex and the practice is still developing. A good understanding of this topic may hence be helpful in order to avoid...

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The product, a know-how collection entitled “FinSA Q&A: Financial Intermediaries (FIM)” consists of 42 questions and answers ("Q&As") developed by the UBS team of regulatory experts and provides you with the basis for understanding the impact of the FinSA on external asset managers.

Your purchase gives you access to a know-how collection prepared by UBS and may serve as a basis for you to establish your best practices as a financial service provider.

The impact of the FinSA on EAM

When applying the FinSA in its interplay with the Swiss Financial Institutions Act (“FinIA”) and the revised Swiss Collective Investment Schemes Act (“revCISA”), financial service providers acting as or collaborating with external asset managers also have to understand which requirements apply in the context of their activities. The rules in their interplay can be complex and the practice is still developing. A good understanding of this topic may hence be helpful in order to avoid regulatory and operational risks in this context.

These Q&As are essential practical knowledge for those that provide financial services in Switzerland or to clients in Switzerland.

For a full overview of the questions covered by this product, see Questions answered by UBS' FinSA Q&A under the Special Topics section.

What you get

After you make your purchase, PartnerVine makes the Q&A available to you for download as a searchable pdf. Below are two Q&As from this product so you can see a sample of what you will get:

Samples of the Q&A

Are FIMs and depositary banks subject to information duties?

If the depositary bank classifies the EAM as institutional client the conduct rules which include the general information duties (art. 8 and 9 FinSA) do not apply (art. 20(1) FinSA). However, information duties stipulated in other articles of the FinSA may apply towards the EAM (e.g., duty to inform about opt-in option). Furthermore, the depositary bank remains obliged to fulfil information duties towards EFCs and the end-clients, insofar as they do not qualify as institutional clients. If the EFCs and/or end-clients are professional clients, they may waive their right to receive information as stipulated in art. 8 and 9 FinSA. The waiver does not apply to information duties set forth in other articles of the regulation. In particular, end-clients which only receive execution only services by the depositary bank, must be notified that no suitability and appropriateness assessment is provided by the depositary bank and that this warning (if not repeated at each transaction) is only provided once.

FIMs are subject to information duties towards their end-clients within the limitations described above. 

Are FIMs and depositary banks obliged to conduct an appropriateness or suitability assessment?

The FIM as financial service provider is subject to appropriateness and suitability duties towards its end-clients as laid out in arts. 10 to 14 FinSA since it provides portfolio management and potentially investment advisory services. 

Since the depositary bank typically provides execution-only services to end-clients the duties of arts. 10 to 14 FinSA do not apply.

 

Who needs it

The FinSA Q&A: Financial Intermediaries (FIM) is for financial service providers providing their services in Switzerland or to clients in Switzerland. If you are a financial service provider, this product helps you understand the FinSA requirements related to the activities of an external asset manager and implement them.

About UBS

UBS Business Solutions AG ("UBS") is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the UBS Group AG. For more information on UBS, go to www.ubs.com.

Key features

Key features of this product include: 

  • Structured & easy-to-read. Structured in a reader-friendly, easy-to-access Q&A format that is aligned with the relevant regulations.
  • Easy-to-understand. The language is practical and business friendly. The explanations in the text are accompanied by tables and graphics which make it easier to understand and communicate the regulations.
  • Interconnected. The Q&As include references to related content in other modules of UBS' FinSA Q&A and third party content to help readers understand the issues.
  • Categorization. All of the Q&As are categorized into specific topic groups which you can adapt to your individual needs.
  • Upskilling your employees. Underlined terms are explained in the Glossary, which is a complementary product that comprises over 160 terms and definitions. Together with the Glossary, the Q&As provide knowledge management support not just for employees that know an issue well, but employees that need to learn about an issue, increasing expertise across your firm.
  • Cost & time savings. You receive extraordinary value when you purchase this product. As your usage increases, your savings increase dramatically (see the Relative Advantage Calculator on the left hand side and the section below on the Relative Advantage Calculator, which will help you understand the value of this product).

Relative Advantage

The FinSA Q&A: Financial Intermediaries (FIM) gets rid of the need to research Swiss regulatory requirements of the FinSA and the FinIA in the context of the activities of an external asset manager. The Relative Advantage Calculator on this page shows a conservative use case, and the amount you would save compared to doing the tasks without the benefit of our product. For the calculator, we've taken an hour as the estimate for a lawyer charging CHF 450 per hour to research the answer to one of our Q&As. Our assumptions are conservative ones based on our experience. If you'd like to change our assumptions, you can do so in the calculator and run the number again. The value delivered by our product is meaningful in the vast majority of circumstances, and exceptional as your usage increases. 

Circumstances of Use

This product is intended for Swiss financial service providers and financial institutions and provides general information on the FinSA and related laws as of the date of finalization. Our objective is to provide the UBS' perspective of the law in order to help support a better understanding of the new regulatory framework in Switzerland. This product can be used either for implementing the new regulatory framework or as the basis of your own internal knowledge management. This product is not for use outside of Switzerland.

Important Terms

  • This product is provided to you only for use in Switzerland.
  • You are required to pay for this product by invoice after you have received it. As digital products are so easily replicable, there is no right of rescission for this product and your obligation to pay is unconditional.
  • This product is provided to you on a non-reliance basis. There is no guarantee that this product will address your particular facts and circumstances, and you will have no recourse to UBS or PartnerVine if you do not think it does.
  • Use of this product does not create an attorney-client relationship with UBS Business Solutions AG or PartnerVine, nor should the product be considered a substitute for qualified legal advice. If you need advice tailored to your facts and circumstances, please consult qualified counsel.
  • Your contract for this product is with UBS Business Solutions AG. You will not have recourse to PartnerVine in respect of your use and enjoyment of this product. 

Support

This product is a downloadable pdf. There is no additional support for this product.




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